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03 September 2010 @ 05:48 pm
Mann, Toxic Credits, Toxic Biofuel and Wind, EPA, Bent T Curves, EU lies, CO2 & CFCs  
Judge sides with UVa in climate case, dismissing Cuccinelli demands
Cuccinelli, a vocal climate change skeptic, had been investigating the possibility that climatology professor Michael Mann fraudulently obtained five taxpayer-funded research grants while employed at UVa between 1999 and 2005.
[...] In his ruling, Peatross set aside Cuccinelli’s civil investigative demands “in their entirety, without prejudice to the Commonwealth to proceed according to the law.”
Cuccinelli did not show, Peatross wrote, any evidence that Mann’s work was “misleading, false or fraudulent in obtaining funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
[...] Cuccinelli said in a statement that he will send a new CID to UVa to continue his hunt for proof that Mann defrauded Virginia’s taxpayers in obtaining grants that funded his climate change research.
“While this was not an outright ruling in our favor, I am pleased that the judge has agreed with my office on several key legal points and has given us a framework for issuing a new civil investigative demand to get the information necessary to continue our investigation into whether or not fraud has been committed against the commonwealth,” Cuccinelli said.
A UVa spokeswoman said a statement on Peatross’ ruling will be forthcoming.
Mann, who now works at Penn State, said he is “very pleased” the judge set aside Cuccinelli’s subpoenas.
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I would have thought Mann would be anxious to have his name cleared by an investigation. Does he have something(s) to hide? The ruling doesn't answer the question and reduces the accountability of institutions funded by the public purse.
And: "
Judge in Virginia ‘Global Warming’ Investigation Blocks Inquiry Into…His Wife’s Former Employer".
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Carbon Dioxide Riches Disappear
. [US 5 cents/ton]
[...] Putting aside the United Nations’ never-ending effort to exert authority over all the nations and all the peoples of the world, global warming was about an audacious scheme to monetize carbon dioxide; to sell “carbon credits” and, by doing so, enrich those who were behind the scheme.
Recently, Patrick Henningsen, the editor of 21st Century Wire, penned a commentary, “The Great Collapse of the Chicago Climate Exchange”, an excellent analysis of how the bottom fell out of the scheme to buy, sell, and trade “carbon credits” based on the fraudulent claim that “greenhouse gas emissions” had to be reduced worldwide to avoid global warming.
Henningsen noted that Reuters had reported that the Intercontinental Exchange, Inc, the operating body of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), “will be scaling back major operations (in August), a move that includes massive layoffs. This is likely due to the complete market free-fall of their only product…carbon emissions.” In May and June 2008, the carbon credits were trading at $5.58 and $7.78 respectively” until it finally dawned on investors that they were utterly worthless.
“Unlike most real markets,” wrote Henningsen, “the carbon market was created by banks and governments so that new investment opportunities could seamlessly dovetail with specific government policies. It’s a fantasy casino based on a doctrine of pure science fiction.”
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Why does the EC/EU artificially maintain credit cert value with public funds? Probably vested interest plays a large role. Whatever happened to investigative journalism?
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Killing Biofuels
[...] even the US Congress is incapable of turning corn ethanol into a positive proposition. Investigations by the US EPA, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the EU's joint Research Council all reported that biofuels pollute more than the fossil fuels they are supposed to replace, leading researchers to conclude that it would be better to simply burn the crops rather than convert them to biofuels. Add to that excessive water use in creating biofuels and the green luster of these fuels fades significantly.

The Water Requirements of Biofuels
[...] The three U.S. researchers say their results suggest that "the most water-efficient, fossil-based technologies have an EROWI one to two orders of magnitude greater  [italics and bold added] than the most water-efficient biomass technologies, implying that the development of biomass energy technologies in scale sufficient to be a significant source of energy may produce or exacerbate water shortages around the globe and be limited by the availability of fresh water."
[...] Clearly, there are way too many ulterior motives involved in the debate over possible CO2-induced climate change and what to do about it. So what is our solution? Let simple facts prevail, realizing that one of those facts is that there simply is not enough freshwater on the face of the earth to make the production of biofuels a viable and significant alternative to the mining and usage of fossil fuels.
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Reality bites finally
Will wind farms pick up the tab for new nuclear?
Wind farm developers fear National Grid proposals designed to accommodate nuclear power plants will lead to a huge increase in backup costs
National Grid released a consultation document in June detailing how the proposed development of six nuclear power stations would require the grid operator to increase the amount of backup power, known as "spinning reserve", that it has available to call on in the event of a large power plant failing, from 1,320MW to 1,800MW.
The company estimated that as a result, the annual cost of providing so-called Large Loss Response will rise from £160m a year to £319m.
The consultation looked at a number of approaches to charging energy firms to cover the increased cost, but in a letter to Ofgem National Grid commercial director for transmission Alison Kay said the company had decided to retain the current regime, whereby generators are charged an equal amount per megawatt they provide to the grid.
Wind farm operators are known to be furious at the decision, which they claim will see them face an unfair doubling in charges from National Grid, despite the fact the company concluded in its consultation that generators with less than 350MW of capacity, including all operational wind farms in the UK, "pose no additional loss risk to the system".
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How the BBC pretended to be balanced on 'climate change'. And failed, obviously.
[...] Its slipperiest trick, to my mind, was giving so much space – almost unchallenged but for some (heavily edited) interpolations from an underrepresented Nigel Lawson – to former UN ambassador Sir Crispin Tickell.
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Fires in Russia
Yuri Izrael, one of the most authoritative scientists studying the issue, director of the Global Climate and Ecology Institute and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
[...] I would like to stress right off that the anomalously warm periods are features of weather, and on no account of climate.
(H/t reality returns)
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SPPI
Texas Response to EPA "Tailoring Rule" for Greenhouse Gas Regulation
(Where to get off.)
Dear Administrators Jackson and Armendariz,
In order to deter challenges to your plan for centralized control of industrial development through the issuance of permits for greenhouse gases, you have called upson each state to declare its alligence to the Environmental Protection Agency's recently enacted greeenhouse gas regulations - regulations that are plainly contrary to United State Law. 75 Fed. Reg. 31,514, 31,525 & 31,582 (June 3, 2010) (herinafter, the "Tailoring Rule"). To encourage acquiescence with your unsupported findings you threaten to usurp state enforment authority and to federalize the permitting program of any state that fails to pledge their fealty to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
On behalf of the State of Texas, we write to inform you that Texas has neither the authority nor the intention of interpreting, ignoring, or amending its laws in order to compel the permitting of greenhouse gas emissions.
And

Surface Temperature Records: Policy Driven Deception? Updated 27 Aug, 2010
(Also, this broadcast is worth listening to: Joe D’Aleo discusses the report with Kim Greenhouse... Here.)

Another Day, Another Dollar - CFC's and the UN
The BAS web site has data for 2009-10 and reports that:
“Ozone values dropped, to reach a minimum of around 125 DU (60% depletion) in late September, (Antarctic spring). The lowest daily value measured was 107 DU on October 1. This minimum value is similar to those recorded each October since the early 1990s.”
It is also similar to those in the spring of 1958 at the French Antarctic Observatory at Dumont d'Urville [opposite side of the South Pole from Halley Bay], when Rigaud and Leroy [quoted in Annales Geophysicae (November, 1990)] reported atmospheric ozone levels as low as 110 DU.
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EU says: Hammer British Drivers
BRITISH drivers face being hammered by taxes from Europe to pay for climate change policies.
The plans include controversial road pricing and higher levies on fuel.
A 99-page study commissioned by the European Union says “aggressive policy measures are vital in reducing transport emissions”. It favours imposing the same measures across the continent – a move critics say would further erode British sovereignty.
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Disasters show 'screaming' need for action - climate chief
GENEVA — UN climate chief Christiana Figueres on Thursday warned that a string of weather calamities showed the deepening urgency to forge a breakthrough deal on global warming this year.
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Milking it for all they can get before the scam goes belly-up.
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Tropical Cyclone Activity As Of September 2 2010 From Ryan N. Maue
August ACE for the Northern Hemisphere was 63 which is much less than the climatological average of 115. The Western Pacific again was much below average. It was indeed the Atlantic that produced two long-lived storms, Danielle and Earl that picked up some of the slack. The global and NH ACE remains at/near 30-year lows.”
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Climate CO2 Sensitivity Overestimated
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Liability for climate change
[Trenberth, a political advocate first and foremost.]
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Analysis: German Coal Imports To Rise Despite Green Lobbying
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Has the AGW by CO2 scam become too big to fail? No. It is being kept alive by those with vested interests that include political and closely linked financial profit and progression of idealogue and misanthropic agendas. If only the media pulpit that is maintaining the myth to the detriment of Western civilisation would change with the climate as it use to do, balance would return. The media could sack or gag the alarmists for as long as the realists have been gagged. Better still, the public could stop buying rags that use and promote alarm to sell copy.

Thanks
http://climaterealists.com
http://junkscience.com
and those linked in the body.