Economic Optimism? Yes, I’ll Take That Bet By John Tierney
Five years ago, Matthew R. Simmons and I bet $5,000. It was a wager about the future of energy supplies — a Malthusian pessimist versus a Cornucopian optimist — and now the day of reckoning is nigh: Jan. 1, 2011
[...] It’s true that the real price of oil is slightly higher now than it was in 2005, and it’s always possible that oil prices will spike again in the future. But the overall energy situation today looks a lot like a Cornucopian feast, as my colleagues Matt Wald and Cliff Krauss have recently reported. Giant new oil fields have been discovered off the coasts of Africa and Brazil. The new oil sands projects in Canada now supply more oil to the United States than Saudi Arabia does. Oil production in the United States increased last year, and the Department of Energy projects further increases over the next two decades.
The really good news is the discovery of vast quantities of natural gas. It’s now selling for less than half of what it was five years ago. There’s so much available that the Energy Department is predicting low prices for gas and electricity for the next quarter-century. Lobbyists for wind farms, once again, have been telling Washington that the “sustainable energy” industry can’t sustain itself without further subsidies. /full story
An Interesting Correlation Between Atmospheric CO2 and Sea Surface Temperatures By David Middleton
I was “playing around” with the Mauna Loa CO2 data and I noticed something “funny.”
Here’s the Mauna Loa CO2 (25-month running average) plotted with the HadSST2 sea surface temperature…
There seems to be a secular correlation between CO2 and sea surface temperature. The correlation doesn’t tell us anything about causality. The AGW theory of an enhanced greenhouse effect says that the CO2 is driving up the temperature… But… Is there anything in the data that might be indicative of causality? /full story
The Carbon Sense Coalition, Viv Forbes wrote:
Carbon Dioxide and the Oceans – temperature controls carbon dioxide, not the reverse.
and included the following links
[...] The seasonal variation in atmospheric content of carbon dioxide is well known, and the huge southern oceans are key players.
See the short paper by Bob Beatty on the carbon dioxide cycle at : http://www.bosmin.com/HenrysLaw.pdf [PDF, 689 KB]
[...] On a medium time scale (21 year moving average) Professor Lance Endersbee published a short paper in August 2008 and he concluded that the oceans regulate the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the influence of human-generated carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is negligible.
His paper included the following diagram:
See full article at: endersbee-co2-and-oceans.pdf [PDF, 490 KB;Source: ATSE No 151, August 2008.]
See also this paper by Alan MacRae: http://icecap.us/images/uploads/CO2vsTMacRae.pdf [PDF, 286 KB]
The most dramatic evidence of this lagged response comes from ice core data. These show that significant turning points in temperature precede the corresponding turning points in carbon dioxide content in air by between 650 and 1600 years.
Climate Science Coalition Vindicated Monday, 20 December 2010
BoMshell: feeble support from Aussie peers
NIWA has abandoned the official national temperature record and created a new one following sustained pressure from the NZ Climate Science Coalition and the Climate Conversation Group.
Spokesman for the joint temperature project, Richard Treadgold, Convenor of the CCG, said today: “We congratulate NIWA for producing their review of the NZ temperature record — more than a year after we challenged it — and we think it’s great that NIWA have produced a graph with full details behind it.
“But we note that, after 12 months of futile attempts to persuade the public, misleading answers to questions in the Parliament from ACT and reluctant but gradual capitulation from NIWA, their relentless defence of the old temperature series has simply evaporated. They’ve finally given in, but without our efforts the faulty graph would still be there.” /full story
Scottish wind turns parasitical - the poor wee windmills caught cold and had to be kept warm. (So much for Scots being canny.)
'Green' Scotland relying on French nuclear power By Jane Bradley
SCOTLAND'S wind farms are unable to cope with the freezing weather conditions – grinding to a halt at a time when electricity demand is at a peak, forcing the country to rely on power generated by French nuclear plants.
Output from major wind farms fell to as low as 2.5 per cent of their potential generation capacity during the cold snap as power demand rose to close to the highest level yet recorded, new figures have revealed.
Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Jan 6th 2011
A NOAA boffin knows what is wrong with the planet – too many people and too much economic growth. Dr. Miller is in the fortunate position to do something about both on a personal level – but will he be the change he advocates? After you, doc.
George Monbiot is angry that people live in houses with more rooms than they ‘need’. Except him, because lefty journalists living alone in 4-bedroom farmhouses are more equal than you.
The journal International Socialism has a column that contains every warmist talking point in one easy to remember place. Oh, and capitalism is bad, very bad.
Remember the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ so beloved of fund-raisers like David Suzuki? Turns out that it’s just more junk science than actual junk – the amount of plastic covers less than 1% of the ocean area claimed.
Sweden has invented a watering can that you pee in, then use to water your garden with. Why wasteful Swedes can’t just step outside to pee on their plants without using a plastic can is unclear.