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By W. James O’Brien, W. James O’Brien Associates
Two satellites which will answer the question of what impact carbon dioxide (CO2) content in the atmosphere has with real data, not models, are on track with NASA: the Orbital Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) and The Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO). OCO-2 launches this summer; CLARREO is in the development stage for launch or locating on the International Space Station during the next decade.
The American Thinker has an interesting article on how science could be abused by regulatory agencies and the value of enforcing basic standards of transparency on the “science” driving their various regulations.
On November 19, 2014, the House of Representatives passed HR 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014. The bill would prohibit the US Environmental Protection Agency from regulations based on “science that is not transparent or reproducible.
The claims that “the science is settled” or the “debate is settled” are demonstrably false. Scientists on both sides of the issue are still very actively debating and discussing.
Science magazine has published an interesting and disconcerting article on the peer review process carried out at many open-access journals. This definitely shows that one cannot just accept the findings of a paper, simply because it has been published in an ostensibly “peer reviewed” journal.
On 4 July, good news arrived in the inbox of Ocorrafoo Cobange, a biologist at the Wassee Institute of Medicine in Asmara. It was the official letter of acceptance for a paper he had submitted 2 months earlier to the Journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals, describing the anticancer properties of a chemical that Cobange had extracted from a lichen.
If you haven’t seen the latest ALEC report on the EPA, it’s time to head on over to their website, download the report, and read it. This is (or should be) essential reading for anyone in the energy sector, transportation, policy … well … pretty much anybody who is impacted by EPA regulations. (Which means all of you out there.)
Obama’s recently released climate change initiative calls for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to unleash yet another energy regulation aimed at reducing greenhouse gases from existing power plants, severely threatening the generation of affordable and reliable energy. This is only one piece of an unprecedented EPA regulatory assault unleashed in the past few years as detailed by ALEC’s latest report,The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assault on State Sovereignty.
Wow! The ship is apparently sinking a lot faster than was previously thought. (Hat tip to NoTricksZone.)
Fifty senior NASA executives, astronauts, scientists, and engineers, with a combined professional experience of over 1,000 years, have come out openly in opposition to the “extreme climate position” of the Agency – as advanced by climate activist and Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Head, James Hansen.
The letter states clearly that tens of thousands of respected scientists have “publicly declared their disbelief in (NASA’s) catastrophic forecasts,” and requests that NASA cease publishing unsubstantiated and “unproven remarks” in their public releases and on their websites.
Coalblog readers – We have reprinted (with permission) a recent interview with Dr. Judith Curry, a climate scientist Professor and Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Curry provides a unique view of the discussion of climate change and offers the opinion (among others in this interview) that the IPCC may have outlived its usefulness.
I would be interested in your thoughts and comments. Let me know what you think of Dr. Curry’s views on the state of climate science and policy today.
Most Coalblog readers will be familiar with the headlines and media attention generated in the wake of a peer-reviewed observational report that was published in Polar Biology in 2006. The paper was characterized by environmental groups and the media as having found a strong link between climate change, receding polar ice pack, and increased polar bear mortality in the Beaufort Sea.
At the time the paper was published, lead author, Dr. Charles Monnett, appeared to take part in the public concern and campaign when he stated this paper that
Recently published findings on the Rasmussen Reports site shows that the field of climate science losing public support. Rasmussen’s latest telephone survey of American Adults indicated that 69% believe that some climate scientists have “falsified research data in order to support their own theories and beliefs.” 40% of American adults believed that is was “Very Likely” that scientists have falsified data, while only 6% believe that its “Not At All Likely.”