This July 6th WSJ editorial on the fantasy of relying on renewable energy is a must read. Here’s a few good quotes from the article to get you started.
Recently Bill Gates explained in an interview with the Financial Times why current renewables are dead-end technologies. They are unreliable. Battery storage is inadequate. Wind and solar output depends on the weather. The cost of decarbonization using today’s technology is “beyond astronomical,” Mr. Gates concluded. …
The American Coal Council welcomes Mr. David A. Christian to present our Keynote address on August 11, 2015 at the Coal Market Strategies conference in Park City, Utah August 10-12, 2015. Mr. Christian is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Dominion Generation. He oversees the more than 24,600 megawatt generation operations of Dominion’s merchant fleet and regulated generation assets. Dominion serves utility and retail energy customers in 13 states with its generation portfolio of fossil, nuclear, and renewables. Its fossil-fueled power stations use coal, natural gas and oil. Dominion also has 12,200 miles of natural-gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 928 billion cubic feet of storage capacity.
File this story under ‘irony so thick it can be cut with a knife.’
“Arctic expedition to study global warming put on hold because of too much ice
A research expedition to study the effects of global warming aboard the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen is on hold as the icebreaker is needed to do it’s primary job — break up ice”
This story sounds a lot like the winter weather that seems to follow Mr. Gore around whenever he gives one of his speeches on global warming.
While coal has lost market share in the U.S. due to a mix of low gas prices and extreme, anti-coal regulation, Rob Nikolewski’s recent Watchdog.org article shows how coal use is growing rapidly around the world.
“Coal remained the fastest-growing fossil fuel in 2013 in both absolute and relative terms, accounting for approximately 30 percent of global primary energy consumption, second only to oil,” said an IEA report on coal markets, released in December.
Another IEA report, published in May, tracking the progress of clean energy showed low-priced coal was the fastest-growing fossil fuel in 2013 and that coal production worldwide outpaced the growth of oil and gas in 2012.
This quote from meteorologist Joe D’aleo speaks for itself. (Read the full post on the NoTricksZone.com blog.)
The problem is that the same staff responsible for creating the reports about the climate (USGCRP, State of the Climate, EPA TSD, IPPC) and running some of the greenhouse models that project the scary scenarios (NOAA and downstream NASA) are also responsible for the databases that validate the forecasts. The actual data should be constructed independently of the forecasts with people who do not have a financial and personal interest in seeing their forecasts verify. Indeed we see in the independent datasets like the satellite and balloon based ones, widespread model failures.
WUWT has an interesting article (by Bob Tisdale) at the “fundamental differences” between the NOAA and UAH global temperature updates. The author describes the NOAA adjustments (which claim to show increased global surface warming) as unjustified and “overcooked.”
The author also notes that “we can’t say the changes to the UAH database (which showed a decreased warming rate in their lower troposphere dataset) are unjustified because they are so similar to those of RSS.”
As with many of these types of posts, you can learn almost as much from the numerous comments after the posts as you can from the initial article.
The Supreme Court dealt the EPA a substantial setback in their Monday, June 29 ruling that struck down the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS). The 5-4 decision ruled that the EPA misinterpreted the Clean Air Act in that they did not consider the costs of the emissions reductions mandated by the rule. This decision overturned an April 2014 District Court ruling that found the EPA had acted within its legal mandate. SCOTUS remanded the the regulation back to the D.C. Circuit Court, which must now reconsider the case.
Readers can click here to download the full text of the decision.
A few thoughts on the climate/environment “experts” – like Mr. DiCaprio – and their demands that the average person stop using fossil fuels.
Seems pretty legit that Leo, Mr. Gore, and so many of the other well-to-do environmental campaigners demand you stop using fossil fuels. You need to stop, but they can continue to indulge themselves in the benefits fossil fuels provide, as they sate every whim and fancy that flits through their skulls.
Supposedly record-high temperature and carbon dioxide levels supposedly bring record chaos
Paul Driessen and Tom Tamarkin
A recent NOAA article is just what Doctor Doom ordered. It claims the 18-year “hiatus” in rising planetary temperatures isn’t really happening. (The “pause” followed a 20-year modest temperature increase, which followed a prolonged cooling period.) The article states:
“Here we present an updated global surface temperature analysis that reveals that global trends are higher than reported by the IPCC, especially in recent decades, and that the central estimate for the rate of warming during the first 15 years of the 21st century is at least as great as the last half of the 20th century. These results do not support the notion of a ‘slowdown’ in the increase of global surface temperature.”