CCNet – 8 February 2011
The Climate Policy Network
Flawed Climate Policy Is ‘A Crime Against Humanity’A UN expert yesterday called the growing practice of turning crops into biofuel "a crime against humanity" because it has created food shortages and sent food prices soaring, leaving millions of poor people hungry. Jean Ziegler, who has been the UN's independent expert on the right to food since the position was established in 2000, called for a five-year moratorium on biofuel production to halt the growing "catastrophe" for poor people. Using biofuels instead of gasoline in cars is generally considered to cut carbon dioxide emissions, which cause global warming, although some scientists say greenhouse gases released during the production of biofuel crops can offset those gains. –The Independent, 27 October 2007
Governments should stop promoting biofuels rather than considering curbs on speculation if they want to fight food inflation, the chairman of Nestle, the world's biggest food group, said on Thursday. "There is one very simple solution: no food for fuel," Peter Brabeck said. "It is not about every-day speculations. It's about fixing the fundamentals, which is ... reducing food for biofuels then we can tackle that in a relatively short period of time." --Reuters, 27 January 2011
According to The Wall Street Journal, in 2001, only 7 percent of U.S. corn went to ethanol. By 2010, the ethanol share was 39 percent. So instead of growing wheat, our farmers are growing corn in order to cash in on ethanol subsidies. Egyptians who can't afford to buy bread and have taken to the streets in protest might be very interested to know this. Not even Al Gore still believes that ethanol provides any environmental benefits. -- Lawrence Kudlow, Rasmussen Reports, 2 February 2011
1) Egyptian Revolt Fuelled by Ethanol Subsidies and Biofuel Mandates - Open Market, 4 February 2011
2) Egypt's unrest tied to high food prices - McClatchy-Tribune, 31 January 2011
3) Ethanol Lobby: Fuel Trumps Hunger - Dakota Voice, 2 February 2011
4) Rich Lowry: The Ethanol Idiocy that Will Not Die - When Al Gore drops an environmental fad, it has truly reached its expiration date. In his wisdom, the Goracle recently acknowledged what almost all disinterested observers concluded long ago: Ethanol is a fraud. It has no environmental benefits, and harmful side effects. The subsidies that support its use are an object lesson in the incorrigibility of Washington’s gross special-interest politics. It is the monster that ate America’s corn crop. –Rich Lowry, National Review 2010
5) Bio-Fools: Green-energy plant sucks up subsidies, then goes bust - To turn wood chips into ethanol fuel, George W. Bush's Department of Energy in February 2007 announced a $76 million grant to Range Fuels for a cutting-edge refinery. A few months later, the refinery opened in the piney woods of Treutlen County, Ga., as the taxpayers of Georgia piled on another $6 million. In 2008, the ethanol plant was the first beneficiary of the Biorefinery Assistance Program, pocketing a loan for $80 million guaranteed by the U.S. taxpayers. Last month, the refinery closed down, having failed to squeeze even a drop of ethanol out of its pine chips. --Timothy P Carney, Washington Examiner, 7 February 2011
6) Republican’s Green Energy Lobbyists May Save Obama's Presidency - Many Republicans have their own industry favorites, and such parochial interests could undercut their opposition to Mr. Obama's wider agenda. Even Al Gore now admits that the only reason he supported ethanol in 2000 was to goose his presidential prospects, and the only difference now between Al and Newt is that Al admits he was wrong.—The Wall Street Journal, 7 February 2011
7) And Finally: Paul Krugman Loses Perspective - Roger Pielke Jr Blog, 7 February 2011
Thanks to Dr Peiser, GWPF
(I think political cartoons are a good addition)
Insight into the agenda driven EPA's determination to let no obstacle stand between their ambition to
EPW Minority staff release Bush administration views on endangerment (CFP)
Humour - Paul Krugman has caused quite a stir with his claims that the riots in Egypt are the result of: global warming > causing bad weather > causing crop failure > causing increased food prices > causing riots. Chastisement dished out here.
Ross McKitrick at Suite 101 - Discussing his latest paper, "Conflict Resolution in Climate Science: Some Preliminary Thoughts from an Outsider" published as a news item (February 7, 2011) on his website, rossmckitrick.weebly,
“The public has acquired a dim view of the credibility of climate science, and based on what I have seen, the public is right.” (skeptic economist in damning assessment of climate consensus)
Pielke Sr. Self Regulation Of The Climate System By Deep Cumulus Convection, link,
[...] Only if the high latitude oceans warm to well above freezing almost everywhere (which means most of the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice disappears) and/or the tropical oceans warm substantially above their current values, will this self-regulation of the climate system change. The role of human climate forcings would have to be large enough to alter these surface temperatures.
Worth the time to read.
(Also see W. Eschenbach's excellent Thermostat Hypothesis pdf, Energy & Environment (£18) discussed at WUWT here.)
Pielke Sr. The Westerlies Explain The Recent Extreme Winter Weather, Not “Global Warming”
Not much one can add to that. The good doctor's explanation and data here.
A simpler explanation of the phenomenom can be found in the prestigious Browning Newsletter, link
"Since 1995, the rapid flows of the Gulf Stream and other tropical currents have created an unusually warm North Atlantic."
Didn't alarmists tell us the GS must slow down due to global warming driven ice melt stalling the submergence of surface water?
While in the N. hemi the westerlies cool, the S. hemi's equivalent warm the Antarctic peninsula. Isn't that CO2 just amazing? /sarc
Some interesting thoughts on Antarctic peninsula warming at WUWT.
The stronger westerlies above the Southern Ocean also increase the insulation of the Antarctica. As a result, there is less heat exchange between the tropics and the poles, leading to a cooling of the Antarctica and the surrounding seas. However, the Antarctic Peninsula warms due to a western wind anomaly bringing maritime air onto the Peninsula.
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The real CO2 alarm foundation
Rothschild established the CO2–fraud at the 4. World Wilderness Congress as a “fact”. “It needs money”, he said. In Rio 1992 his friend Maurice Strong made Rothschild´s lie and GEF Bank UN policy. Link (... that was promoted by UNEP, the program itself created by Strong under Kofi with £public and £Rockefeller. Is Strong paid a UN pension? Are such means tested?)
It needs the public's money, the source of ever growing private wealth by stealth and sharp practice, I mean what else are charities useful for? When you are worth enough fiat currency to wallpaper a city or three politicians trip over themselves to please. When you have henchmen in high places majority support is simple. That's politics the Rothschild way. MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME
If you don't already know about Bin Laden's origins, this will blow your socks off. Wikileaks: US Embassy Illuminati
And from Daniel Hannan, [...] "One of the most encouraging developments of recent years has been the readiness of philanthropists to purchase millions of acres of endangered ecosystems. When rich people buy rainforests, they make damn sure that no one degrades their property. When, by contrast, Sting made over a chunk of the Amazon to its indigenous population, local chiefs promptly set about reducing their tribes to near-slavery, and started logging and mining on an unprecedented scale. Why? Because, as in the old USSR, the land was owned communally, not privately." Link