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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #411

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #411


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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #411

Quote of the Week: “It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn’t get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man.” – Richard Feynman,…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #411
https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/home.htm

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Apples and Oranges: Articles claiming to compare climate models with Covid-19 models continue to appear. It is like comparing apples to oranges. Both are fruits that grow on trees, but beyond that there is little similarity. Solid models require solid physical data, not speculation or extrapolation. As more data emerge, the models must be tested against the new physical data. At this point the climate modelers fail. Prior to 1990, we had no method of calculating comprehensive atmospheric temperature trends. Now we have thoroughly verified data extending to 1979. The climate modelers ignore these data because the data refute the assumptions in the models. Instead, the modelers resort to political rhetoric.

For example, in an article comparing Covid modeling and climate modeling, investigator Eric Felten quoted George Mason University climatology professor Jagadish Shukla as saying:

“There are fundamental differences between epidemiological models and climate models.”… “The former are empirical models driven by incomplete data; climate models are based on fundamental laws of physics and thermodynamics.”

The last clause is political rhetoric. Climate models do, of course, use some laws of physics and thermodynamics, but to say that they are based on those laws is to ignore the guesswork that underlies their projections. The models fail the most basic testing precisely because they are NOT based on verified and validated data, but rather on baseless empirical models driven by incomplete data and wishful thinking. That is the exact opposite of what is being claimed.

Crucially, the greenhouse effect is not sufficiently understood or developed to make precise predictions of what occurs in the atmosphere. Additionally, convection theory of the two principal fluids involved, the atmosphere, and the oceans, is not sufficiently developed to make precise predictions. The inability to make weather reliable forecasts more than 5-7 days out demonstrates the limits to this knowledge.

One can only collect the best data possible and base short-term estimates of the future on these data. Yet, climate modelers insist on using inferior data to make long-term predictions of 50 to 200 years, which render them akin to just wishful thinking.

Although we cannot precisely predict what the increase in temperatures will be with a doubling of carbon dioxide, we can set an upper bound for the estimate. Based on 40 years of atmospheric temperature trends, the upper bound may be no more than 3 degrees F, and it may be far less – even one-half that. Importantly, these atmospheric temperature trends are constantly monitored.

To have a good political discussion addressing whether adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere is harmful or not, such bounding must be clearly presented. However, it is not. See links under Censorship, Measurement Issues – Atmosphere and Model Issues.

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Ignorance: Australian scientist Jennifer Marohasy had an essay on her explorations of the Great Barrier Reef, the efforts of John Cook University (JCU) to suppress Peter Ridd who questioned overblown claims that the reef was dead or about to die, and the waste of public funds to continue the litigation after the University decisively lost in Federal Court. Marohasy opened her essay with an unusual paragraph on the importance of recognizing one’s ignorance.

“To be truly curious we must confess our ignorance. The person who knows everything would have no reason to question, no need to experiment. If they went in search of evidence, it could only be to confirm what they already knew to be true. Knowledge then would be something that conferred prestige, rather than something to be built upon.”

See link under Suppressing Scientific Inquiry

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Alkalinity: By definition, a water-based solution with a pH of 7 is neutral. Above 7 is alkaline, below 7 is acidic. Unfortunately, some scientists have stated that lowering the pH of a solution is acidifying it, even if the pH remains above 7, which is effect reducing the alkalinity, not increasing the acidity. To TWTW, the use of the “scientist’s” definition would mean that lowering the pH of drain cleaner (14) to that of bleach (13) is acidification. Yet both are highly alkaline and corrosive, and clearly unfit for consumption.

Writing for the CO2 Coalition, Jim Steele et al. have produced a paper addressing the misleading term ocean acidification, which is an example of political rhetoric. As Steele writes:

“Ocean ‘acidification’ from carbon dioxide emissions would require a virtually impossible ten-fold decrease in the alkalinity of surface waters, so using that term is misleading. Even if atmospheric CO2 concentrations triple from today’s four percent of one percent, which would take about 600 years, today’s surface pH of 8.2 would plateau at 7.8, still well above neutral 7.

“In fact, ocean health is improved rather than damaged by additional CO2, because it is a phytoplankton food that stimulates food webs. Converted CO2 allows phytoplankton such as algae, bacteria, and seaweed to feed the rest of the open ocean food web. As carbon moves through this food web, much of it sinks or is transported away from the surface. This ‘biological pump’ maintains a high surface pH and allows the ocean to store 50 times more CO2 than the atmosphere. Digestion of carbon at lower depths maintains the lower pH in the deeper ocean. Carbon is then stored for up to millennia.

“Upwelling recycles carbon and nutrients from deep ocean waters to sunlit surface waters. Upwelling injects far more ancient CO2 into the surface than diffuses there from atmospheric CO2. Upwelling at first lowers surface pH, but then stimulates photosynthesis, which raises surface pH. It is a necessary process to generate bursts of life that sustain ocean food webs.

“When CO2 enters ocean water, it creates a bicarbonate ion plus a hydrogen ion, resulting in a slight decrease in pH. But photosynthesis requires CO2. So marine organisms convert bicarbonate and hydrogen ions into usable CO, and pH rises again. Contrary to popular claims that rising CO2 leads to shell disintegration, slightly lower pH does not stop marine organisms from using carbonate ions in building their shells.”

As with the greenhouse effect, political rhetoric has changed an important physical process, needed for diverse life on the planet, to something that is to be feared. Ignored in the political rhetoric is that photosynthesis, critical for life, consumes CO2, thereby raises pH. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy.

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Extreme Weather: The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) is a severe critic of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its followers. But on one subject there is agreement. Contrary to the claims of many, global warming is not causing more extreme weather. Physicist Ralph Alexander writes:

“This report discusses the lack of scientific evidence for the popular but mistaken belief that global warming causes weather extremes – a notion hyped by the mainstream media and believers in the narrative of human-caused climate change. If there is any trend at all in extreme weather, it’s downward rather than upward. Our most extreme weather, be it heat wave, drought, flood, hurricane, or tornado, occurred many years ago, long before the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere began to climb at its present rate.

“The recent atmospheric heat waves in western Europe pale in comparison with the soaring temperatures of the 1930s, a period when three of the seven continents and 32 of the 50 US states set all-time high temperature records, which still stand today. The assertion that marine heat waves have become more severe is dubious because of the unreliability and sparseness of ocean temperature data from the pre-satellite era, for which reason earlier marine heat waves were likely missed.

“No long-term trend exists in drought patterns, either in the US or elsewhere in the world. Nor is there any evidence that floods are becoming worse or more common, despite average rainfall getting heavier as the planet warms. Excessive precipitation isn’t the only cause of flooding: other influences include alterations to catchment areas such as land use changes, deforestation and the building of dams.”

For the full report please see the link in a place unusual for a report by GWPF, under Defending the Orthodoxy.

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The Third Generation: An old saying about family wealth is: The first generation makes it; the second generation uses it; and the third generation squanders it. If applied to scientific integrity, NASA-GISS must be in the third generation. See link under Below The Bottom Line.

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SEPP’S APRIL FOOLS AWARD

THE JACKSON

Since 2012, SEPP conducted an annual vote for the recipient of the coveted trophy, The Jackson, a lump of coal. Readers are asked to nominate and vote for who they think is most deserving, following these criteria:

  • The nominee has advanced, or proposes to advance, significant expansion of governmental power, regulation, or control over the public or significant sections of the general economy.
  • The nominee does so by declaring such measures are necessary to protect public health, welfare, or the environment.
  • The nominee declares that physical science supports such measures.
  • The physical science supporting the measures is flimsy at best, and possibly non-existent.

The eight past recipients, Lisa Jackson (12), Barrack Obama (13), John Kerry (14), Ernest Moniz (15), Michael Mann (16), Christiana Figueres (17), Jerry Brown (18), and AOC (19) are not eligible. Generally, the committee that makes the selection prefers a candidate with a national or international presence. The voting will close on June 30. Please send your nominee and a brief reason why the person is qualified for the honor to [email protected] Thank you.

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Number of the Week: 10% Loss: An experienced UK electrical engineer writes in the Global Warming Policy Forum on the Inter-Connector Merry-Go-Round.

“On Saturday 23 May at about 8.30 pm the electricity interconnectors that link us to grids across the Channel were humming. France was supplying us with 152 MW and the Netherlands were supplying 466 MW. Meanwhile, however, the UK was supplying Belgium with 688 MW.

“The cables across the English Channel can only use direct current (DC), and the grids on both sides of the water use alternating current (AC). So, the 600-odd megawatts of electricity coming from France and the Netherlands had to be converted from AC to DC and then back again. A somewhat larger supply of power was, at the same time, sent to the Belgian interconnector, where it was converted to DC for its journey back across the water. At the other side it was converted back to AC for injection into the Belgian grid.

“But each step along the way involves energy losses. For electricity that does the full trip, from the Netherlands to the UK to Belgium, the conversion process is only 90% efficient. So, 60 MW of electricity is simply being converted to heat and lost; at the windspeeds prevailing that weekend, this is the equivalent of the output of 150 onshore wind turbines.

“And who pays for those losses? Why of course we, the electricity consumers, do.”

Censorship

Sky News: German Authorities Are Cracking Down On ‘Climate Dissent’

By Staff, Sky News, Transcript Via GWPF, June 1, 2020

David v. Goliath in Cyberspace

By Clarice Feldman, The Pipeline, June 2, 2020

The Dangers of Scientific Censorship—on Climate and COVID

By William D. Balgord, Townhall, June 3, 2020

https://townhall.com/columnists/williamdbalgord/2020/06/03/the-dangers-of-scientific-censorshipon-climate-and-covid-n2569943

Suppressing Scientific Inquiry

Peter Ridd versus Prestige, and Clown Fish Beyond that Mudflat

By Jennifer Marohasy, Her Blog, May 30, 2020

Challenging the Orthodoxy — NIPCC

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science

Idso, Carter, and Singer, Lead Authors/Editors, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), 2013

https://www.heartland.org/media-library/pdfs/CCR-II/CCR-II-Full.pdf

Summary: https://www.heartland.org/_template-assets/documents/CCR/CCR-II/Summary-for-Policymakers.pdf

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts

Idso, Idso, Carter, and Singer, Lead Authors/Editors, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), 2014

Summary: https://www.heartland.org/media-library/pdfs/CCR-IIb/Summary-for-Policymakers.pdf

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels

By Multiple Authors, Bezdek, Idso, Legates, and Singer eds., Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, April 2019

Download with no charge:

http://climatechangereconsidered.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Climate-Change-Reconsidered-II-Fossil-Fuels-FULL-Volume-with-covers.pdf

Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming

The NIPCC Report on the Scientific Consensus

By Craig D. Idso, Robert M. Carter, and S. Fred Singer, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), Nov 23, 2015

Download with no charge:

https://www.heartland.org/policy-documents/why-scientists-disagree-about-global-warming

Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate

S. Fred Singer, Editor, NIPCC, 2008

http://www.sepp.org/publications/nipcc_final.pdf

Global Sea-Level Rise: An Evaluation of the Data

By Craig D. Idso, David Legates, and S. Fred Singer, Heartland Policy Brief, May 20, 2019

https://www.heartland.org/_template-assets/documents/publications/SeaLevelRiseCCRII.pdf

Challenging the Orthodoxy

The Coming Dark Age & The Death Of The Scientific Method

By Gideon Rozner, The Australian, Via GWPF, May 30, 2020

Ocean Health – Is there an “Acidification” problem?

Press Release, CO2 Coalition, June 1, 2020

Link to paper: Ocean Health – Is there an “Acidification” problem?

By Jim Steele, et al. CO2 Coalition, June 2020

http://co2coalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Steele-Ocean-Health-White-Paper-final-5-28-20.pdf

When Science Becomes a Cult

By William DiPuccio, American Thinker, May 30, 2020

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/05/when_science_becomes_a_cult.html

COVID-19 Global Economic Downturn not Affecting CO2 Rise: May 2020 Update

By Roy Spencer, His Blog, June 5, 2020

Fear: The Best Tool of the Ruling Class

By Charles Battig, American Thinker, June 3, 2020

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/06/fear_the_best_tool_of_the_ruling_class.html

In 6 New Studies Scientists Agree Clouds Play A ‘Central Role’ In Regulating The Earth’s Climate

By Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone, June 4, 2020

New Video: Global Weirding Of 1934

By Tony Heller, His Blog, May 30, 2020

https://realclimatescience.com/2020/05/new-video-global-weirding-of-1934/

Alarmist queen Hayhoe takedown by Friends of Science

By David Wojick, CFACT, June 1, 2020

https://www.cfact.org/2020/06/01/alarmist-queen-hayhoe-takedown-by-friends-of-science/

Defending the Orthodoxy

Critical Review Confirms IPCC Assessment On Extreme Weather

Press Release, GWPF, June 4, 2020

Link to report: Weather Extremes: Are They Caused By Global Warming?

By Ralph Alexander, GWPF, 2020

https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2020/06/Alexander-Weather-Extremes.pdf

Delaying COP26 is not a reason to delay climate action

Coronavirus has delayed climate talks by a year. But the planet doesn’t have extra time, so action on global warming cannot be postponed.

Editorial, Nature, June 2, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01621-0

“The pressure is on and countries must continue to act with urgency. They might think that they have carved out an extra year to prepare for COP26, but, in practice, there is no extra time. The climate clock is still ticking and by delaying emissions reductions, all countries have done is borrow against the planet’s future.”

Climate change is the most important mission for universities of the 21st century

By Lauren Rickards and Tamson Pietsch, The Conversation, June 3, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-the-most-important-mission-for-universities-of-the-21st-century-139214

[SEPP Comment: The two Australian Associate Professors do not know where to measure the greenhouse effect, but are declaring it to be the major threat to civilization?]

Pandemic is chance to reset global economy, says Prince Charles

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, June 4, 2020

[SEPP Comment: To the royal liking?]

Questioning the Orthodoxy

Hump Day Hilarity – How Science vs. Climate Science works

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, June 3, 2020

Humans do Ultimate Paris Lockdown, CO2 hits record high anyway

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, June 6, 2020

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/06/humans-do-ultimate-paris-lockdown-co2-hits-record-high-anyway/

Iceland Temperature Trends Show There’s More To Climate Change Than Just Trace Gas CO2

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, May 29, 2020

Bad Day At BlackRock?

ESG investing is already taking a toll on state pension funds—now it might transform the world’s largest private asset manager, too.

By Rupert Darwall, City Journal, May 30, 2020

https://www.city-journal.org/blackrock-esg-strategy

Climate Scientists Projecting Again

By Tony Heller, His Blog, June 3, 2020

https://realclimatescience.com/2020/06/climate-scientists-projecting-again/

TURNER: Models Can’t Accurately Predict Next Week’s Weather, So Why Should We Trust Them To Predict Climate Change?

By Daniel Turner, Daily Caller, June 1, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://dailycaller.com/2020/06/01/turner-models-cant-predict-weather-why-should-trust-predict-climate-change/

After Paris!

Paris Climate Accord Hyperbole (who’s winning now?)

By Robert Bradley Jr. Master Resource, June 4, 2020

“Virtually all countries have chosen business-as-usual energy policy in place of the voluntary, aspirational goals of the Paris Climate Accord. Of the 189 signatories to the Accord, 181 countries have not updated their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) targets to indicate decarbonization ‘progress.’ For the Climate Action Tracker, the nation-by-nation analysis (updated May 20, 2020) is quite grim with ‘critically insufficient,’ ‘highly insufficient,’ and ‘insufficient’ predominating over ‘2C compatible,’ ‘1.5C Paris Agreement Compatible,’ and ‘Role Model.’”

Energy Freedom vs. Paris Agreement

By David Kreutzer, Institute for Energy Research, June 4, 2020

Change in US Administrations

Trump Executive Order to Expedite Project Approvals

By Ben Lieberman, CEI, June 5, 2020

https://cei.org/blog/trump-executive-order-expedite-project-approvals

Trump signs order removing environmental review of major projects

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, June 4, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/501258-trump-signs-order-removing-environmental-review-for-major-projects

Link to Executive Order: EO on Accelerating the Nation’s Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Emergency by Expediting Infrastructure Investments and Other Activities

By Staff, White House, June 4, 2020

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/eo-accelerating-nations-economic-recovery-covid-19-emergency-expediting-infrastructure-investments-activities/

Trump signs order to waive environmental reviews for key projects

New executive order would affect how agencies apply laws such as the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act

By Juliet Eilperin and Jeff Stein, Washington Post, June 4, 2020

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/06/04/trump-sign-order-waive-environmental-reviews-key-projects/

EPA Finalizes Rule Limiting State Abuses of Clean Water Act to Block Fossil Energy Projects

By Ben Lieberman, CEI, June 1, 2020

https://cei.org/blog/epa-finalizes-rule-limiting-state-abuses-clean-water-act-block-fossil-energy-projects

EPA Curbs State Review of Energy Projects

By Darrell Proctor, Power Mag, June 1, 2020

Trump rule limits states from blocking pipeline projects

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, June 1, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/500480-trump-rule-limits-states-from-blocking

Problems in the Orthodoxy

Application to extend Thanet Offshore Wind Farm rejected

By Kathy Bailes, The Isle of Thane News, June 2, 2020 [H/t GWPF]

“The [offshore] turbines would have been up to 250 metres tall.”

Coal Power: Western Decline & The Rise Of Asia’s Tiger Economies

By Staff, The Times, Via GWPF, June 3, 2020

A Return to Normal in China Means Air Pollution is Back in Force

Bloomberg News, May 18, 2020

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-19/a-return-to-normal-in-china-means-air-pollution-is-back-in-force

[SEPP Comment: No measures of water vapor or CO2.]

Seeking a Common Ground

Retired Navy SEAL commander who led the Osama bin Laden raid tells MIT 2020 graduates: “To save the world, you will have to be men and women of great integrity.”

By Admiral William McRaven, Business Insider, May 29, 2020

https://www.businessinsider.com/william-mcraven-mit-navy-seal-commencement-speech-2020-5

[SEPP Comment: An outstanding graduation speech — far better than the overwhelming collection of trivial fluff that most speakers present.]

Climate Scientists Praise Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ Science Boost

By David Whitehouse, GWPF, June 4, 2020

Link to paper: Multidecadal modulations of key metrics of global climate change

By Nathaniel C. Johnson, et al., Global and Planetary Change, May 2020

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921818120300394

Why scientists are changing their minds and disagreeing during the coronavirus pandemic

By Christina Farr, CNBC, May 23, 2020 [H/t Climate Etc.]

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/23/why-scientists-change-their-mind-and-disagree.html

“But changing your mind based on new evidence is a badge of honor in the scientific community.”

[SEPP Comment: Tell that to those who changed their minds about global warming.]

Science, Policy, and Evidence

Brazilian scientists and academics write an Open Letter on the “science” of the #coronavirus pandemic

By Prof. Marcos N. Eberlin, CONEXÃPOLÍTICA, Via WUWT, May 31, 2020

Richard Feynman put it this way: “Science is the culture of doubt”. And I would add, “science is the culture of debate, of divergence of opinions”.

Covid-19 Leaked Emails: WHO Feared Chinese Scientists Would Suffer Reprisals if the WHO Criticised China

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, June 3, 2020

Staggering Death Rate in 7 US States

By Donna Laframboise, Big Picture News, June 3, 2020

[SEPP Comment: Upon analyzing the chart presented, TWTW realized that the top five states for deaths per million also aggressively promote alternative sources for electricity. It may be a coincidence or a result of general policies.]

Covid discussion thread: Part VIII

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. June 5, 2020

Coronavirus, Unemployment, Riots, And The Summer Of Our Discontent

By Alex Berezow, ACSH, June 1, 2020

https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/06/01/coronavirus-unemployment-riots-and-summer-our-discontent-14820

A Look at COVID-19 Data

By Donn Dears, Power For USA, June 5, 2020

[SEPP Comment: Interesting tables on cases per 100,000.]

Review of Recent Scientific Articles by CO2 Science

The Combined Impacts of CO2 Fertilization and Nitrogen Supply on Wheat

Asif, M., Zora, S., Ceylan, Y., Rehman, R. and Ozturk, L. 2020. Nitrogen supply in combination of nitrate and ammonium enhances harnessing of elevated atmospheric CO2 through improved nitrogen and carbon metabolism in wheat (Triticum aestivum). Crop & Pasture Science 71: 101-112. June 5, 2020

http://www.co2science.org/articles/V23/jun/a3.php

“Additionally, Asif et al. report that ‘in contrast to the general assumption of a decrease in total N concentration at elevated CO2, our results show no decrease in shoot or root N concentration at elevated CO2 except with urea supply.’ This latter observation is important, because it suggests that protein and other micronutrient declines that are sometimes observed in crops at higher CO2 concentrations can be overcome by providing the right balance of N supply.”

[SEPP Comment: Bringing out another example of advocates using selective studies.]

Positive Effects of Ocean Acidification on a Giant Kelp Species

Zhang, X., Xu, D., Guan, Z., Wang, S., Zhang, Y., Wang, W., Zhang, X., Fan, X., Li, F. and Ye, N. 2020. Elevated CO2 concentrations promote growth and photosynthesis of the brown alga Saccharina japonica. Journal of Applied Phycology https://doi.org/10.1007/s10811-020-02108-1. June 3, 2020

http://www.co2science.org/articles/V23/jun/a2.php

“Commenting on these several findings, Zhang et al. conclude that ‘predicted ocean acidification may alleviate the effect of high temperatures on giant kelp, conserving energy for growth and photosynthesis.’ And that is great news, considering the economic and ecological value of this key marine species!”

Models v. Observations

Cloud Feedback, if there is any, is Negative

By Mike Jonas, WUWT, June 5, 2020

Model Issues

Covid vs. Climate Modeling: Cloudy With a Chance of Politics

By Eric Felten, Real Clear Investigations, June 4, 2020

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2020/06/04/covid_vs_climate_modeling_cloudy_with_a_chance_of_politics_123891.html

Climate Scientist Calls For Another Billion

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, June 5, 2020

“Which brings us back to square one. Why should we give them another billion, when they cannot even forecast the weather two weeks ahead now?”

Measurement Issues — Surface

Announcing BomWatch: Auditing the fake warming created by site changes near the Great Barrier Reef

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, June 4, 2020

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/06/announcing-bomwatch-auditing-the-fake-warming-created-by-site-changes-near-the-great-barrier-reef/

“The BOM says the climate is the most important issue for life on Earth, but it isn’t important enough for the BOM to find the archived photos and documents that show the thermometers kept moving and the area around the thermometers kept changing.”

Climate agency reports May was hottest on record worldwide

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill, June 5, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/501335-climate-agency-reports-may-was-hottest-on-record-worldwide

Link to report: Surface air temperature for May 2020

By Staff, Copernicus Programme, May 2020

https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-may-2020

“warmer by 0.05°C than May 2016, the previous warmest May”

[SEPP Comment: Strongly doubt that the global coverage of surface-air instruments is sufficiently comprehensive to make such a precise statement.]

Sunny May–But Only The 48th Warmest [in UK]

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, June 3, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/06/03/sunny-may-but-only-the-48th-warmest/

Measurement Issues — Atmosphere

UAH Global Temperature Update for May 2020: +0.54 deg. C

By Roy Spencer, His Blog, June 2, 2020

Link to: Global Temperature Report

By Staff, Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville, May 2020 Mas and Graphs

Map: https://www.nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2020/may2020/202005_map.png

Graph: https://www.nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2020/may2020/202005_bar.png

Record Cold Upper Mesospheric Temperatures Suggest Another Good Noctilucent Cloud Viewing Season

By Roy Spencer, His Blog, May 31, 2020

http://www.drroyspencer.com/2020/05/record-cold-upper-mesospheric-temperatures-suggest-another-good-noctilucent-cloud-viewing-season/

Changing Weather

Unprecedented? No, Liz [Bentley], Go Away & Check The Facts

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, June 1, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/05/31/unprecedented-no-liz-go-away-check-the-facts/

“And, of course, coming from the Head of the Royal Met Society [Liz Bentley], it has the voice of authority. Surely she knows all of the facts?

“Well, weather such as this is not ‘unprecedented’ or ‘concerning’, so why has she said it is?”

“The existence of high pressure blocking, as we have seen this spring, is nothing new either. Back in May 1980, this article appeared in The Times:

“Note as well the penultimate paragraph about the Little Ice Age.”

1919 or 2019? Halifax Precipitation Edition

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, June 3, 2020

https://climatediscussionnexus.com/2020/06/03/1919-or-2019-halifax-precipitation-edition/

The Highest Cloud Tops in Many Years for Western Washington

By Cliff Mass, Weather Blog, June 3, 2020

https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-highest-cloud-tops-in-many-years.html

Changing Climate

Tibetan pollen speaks inconvenient truth

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, June 3, 2020

https://climatediscussionnexus.com/2020/06/03/tibetan-pollen-speaks-inconvenient-truth/

Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice

End Of May Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Highest In Five Years… No Evidence Of Warming Or Melting

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, May 31, 2020

https://notrickszone.com/2020/05/31/end-of-may-antarctic-sea-ice-extent-highest-in-five-years-no-evidence-of-warming-or-melting/

Spring feeding season almost over for polar bears & sea ice becomes less important

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, June 4, 2020

https://polarbearscience.com/2020/06/04/spring-feeding-season-almost-over-for-polar-bears-sea-ice-becomes-less-important/

New Study: Arctic Waters Were 4°C Warmer Than Today And Nearly Sea-Ice Free Year-Round ~4100 Years Ago

By Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone, May 28, 2020

https://notrickszone.com/2020/05/28/new-study-arctic-waters-were-4c-warmer-than-today-and-nearly-sea-ice-free-year-round-4100-years-ago/

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Study shows erosion of ozone layer responsible for mass extinction event

By Staff Writers, Southampton UK (SPX), May 28, 2020

https://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_shows_erosion_of_ozone_layer_responsible_for_mass_extinction_event_999.html

UV-B radiation was the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary terrestrial extinction kill mechanism

By John E. A. Marshall, Science, May 27, 2020

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/22/eaba0768

Acidic Waters

Team works to characterize ocean acidification throughout coastal North America

By Adam Thomas, University of Delaware, June 1, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-team-characterize-ocean-acidification-coastal.html

Link to paper: Controls on surface water carbonate chemistry along North American ocean margins

By Wei-Jun Cai, et al., Nature Communications, June 1, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-16530-z

[SEPP Comment: Another example of political rhetoric, The introduction of the paper opens with a false statement: “Absorption of anthropogenic CO2 from the atmosphere has acidified the ocean, as indicated by increases in sea surface pCO2…” As long as the pH remains above 7, oceans are still alkaline, not acidic.]

Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine

New Study: Climate Impact Of Grazing Cattle Overestimated

By David Whitehouse, GWPF, June 5, 2020

https://www.thegwpf.com/new-study-climate-impact-of-grazing-cattle-overestimated/

Link to paper: Elucidating three-way interactions between soil, pasture and animals that regulate nitrous oxide emissions from temperate grazing systems

By G.A.McAuliffe, et al, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Sep 15, 2020

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167880920301638?via%3Dihub

Un-Science or Non-Science?

Study shows today’s atmospheric carbon dioxide levels greater than 23 million-year record

By Staff Writers, Boulder CO (SPX), Jun 02, 2020

https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Study_shows_todays_atmospheric_carbon_dioxide_levels_greater_than_23_million_year_record_999.html

Link to paper: Study Shows Today’s Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Greater than the Past 23 Million-Year Record

By Ying Cui; Brian A. Schubert; A. Hope Jahren, Geology, June 1, 2020

https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/News/pr/2020/20-17.aspx

[SEPP Comment: Question the method: “The team used the fossilized remains of ancient plant tissues to produce a new record of atmospheric CO2 that spans 23 million years of uninterrupted Earth history. They have shown elsewhere that as plants grow, the relative amount of the two stable isotopes of carbon, carbon-12 and carbon-13 changes in response to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.” Is the recent history fossilized?]

Hydropower plants to support solar and wind energy in West Africa

By Staff Writers, Leuven, Belgium (SPX), May 29, 2020

https://www.terradaily.com/reports/Hydropower_plants_to_support_solar_and_wind_energy_in_West_Africa_999.html

Smart renewable electricity portfolios in West Africa

By Sebastian Sterl, et al., Nature Sustainability May 25, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-020-0539-0

From the abstract: “By 2030, renewable electricity in such a regional power pool, with solar and wind contributing about 50%, could be at least 10% cheaper than electricity from natural gas.”

[SEPP Comment: No measurements of wind and solar outages or natural gas costs. Just vague comments that wind and solar are becoming cheaper, which is questionable if the costs of storage are included. More green promises.]

Lowering Standards

Lancet, New England Journal retract Covid-19 studies, including one that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs

By Andrew Joseph, STAT, June 4, 2020

https://www.statnews.com/2020/06/04/lancet-retracts-major-covid-19-paper-that-raised-safety-concerns-about-malaria-drugs/

Huge Lancet study that was used to stop HCQ trials has been retracted

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, June 5, 2020

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/06/huge-lancet-study-was-used-to-stop-hcq-trials-has-been-retracted/

BBC’s Fake Claim About “Hottest May”

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, June 5, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/06/05/bbcs-fake-claim-about-hottest-may/

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Yellow (Green) Journalism?

BBC Alarmed By A Sunny Spring!

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 30, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/bbc-alarmed-by-a-sunny-spring/

Link to: Met Office 3-month Outlook, Period: May – July 2020

By Staff, Met Office, April 23, 2020

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/metofficegovuk/pdf/business/public-sector/civil-contingency/forecast-temp-mjj-v1.pdf

From e-month Outlook: “Overall, the probability that the UK-average temperature for May-June-July will fall into the coldest of our five categories is between 5% and 10%, and the probability that it will fall into the warmest of our five categories is between 50% and 55% (the 1981-2010 probability for each of these categories is 20%).

““Context:

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently in a neutral phase and is likely to remain so throughout this forecast period. It is therefore not expected to have a significant effect on UK weather. Sea surface temperatures are below average across the North Atlantic Ocean west of the UK. This pattern has been linked to greater incidence of high pressure in summer, implying increased chances of higher-than-normal temperatures in the Outlook period.” [Boldface added]

Here’s every environmental protection in Canada that has been suspended, delayed and cancelled during COVID-19

By Emma McIntosh, Canada’s National Observer, June 3, 2020 [H/t Dennis Ambler]

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/06/03/news/heres-every-environmental-protection-canada-has-been-suspended-delayed-and-cancelled

[SEPP Comment: Complete with a photo of chimneys billowing dense clouds of what appears to be smoke, but probably steam.

Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?

Mississippi Delta marshes in a state of irreversible collapse, study shows

Remaining marshes in the Mississippi Delta are likely to drown

New Release, NSF, May 29, 2020

https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=300662&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1

[SEPP Comment: More political rhetoric from NSF. The start period of the study was 7,000 years ago during the melting of glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere.]

Ocean uptake of carbon dioxide could drop as carbon emissions are cut

By Kevin Krajick, Earth Institute at Columbia University, June 3, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-ocean-uptake-carbon-dioxide-emissions.html

Link to paper: External Forcing Explains Recent Decadal Variability of the Ocean Carbon Sink

By Galen A. McKinley, et al. AGU Advances, June 3, 2020

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2019AV000149

Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.

It’s gone even if it’s still here

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, June 3, 2020

https://climatediscussionnexus.com/2020/06/03/its-gone-even-if-its-still-here/

Sloppy Media: Veteran Meteorologist Slams DPA/Media Warnings Of Record Hot Europe Summer As A Lie

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, May 30, 2020

https://notrickszone.com/2020/05/30/sloppy-media-veteran-meteorologist-slams-dpa-media-warnings-of-record-hot-europe-summer-as-a-lie/

Study: Integrating satellite and socioeconomic data to improve climate change policy

News Release, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 29, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoia-sis052920.php

“Extreme climate events, such as drought and flood, changes in urban and rural population and economic conditions are driving the changes from forest to shrub land in the southeast region of Bangladesh,” Jain said.

[SEPP Comment: Droughts and floods never happened before in Bangladesh?]

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda

Public Manipulation: German ARD Television Using Red Hot Weather Charts For Showing Cool Temperatures

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, June 2, 2020

https://notrickszone.com/2020/06/02/public-manipulation-german-ard-television-using-red-hot-weather-charts-for-showing-cool-temperatures/

A desperate Press Release from “Climate Power 2020

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, June 2, 2020

[SEPP Comment: Slogan from Climate Power 2020: “We Believe in Science. Donald Trump Does Not.” Is this the science by mob rule?]

Expanding the Orthodoxy

IMF: Investors are Ignoring Climate Change Risks

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, May 30, 2020

[SEPP Comment: The influence of the IMF is diminishing deservedly.]

Questioning European Green

Inter-Connector Merry-Go-Round

By Mike Travers, GWPF, May 4, 2020

BBC’s Global Green Deal Delusion

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, June 1, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/06/01/bbcs-global-green-deal-delusion/

“He repeats the commonly made claim that renewables are cheaper than conventional energy, but fails to explain why bailout money should be spent developing them.

“In the real world, of course, the opposite is true. With ultra low oil prices likely to persist for some time to come, it is fossil fuel energy which will power economic growth.

“The real risk to economies is the broken balance sheets of otherwise perfectly viable companies. If bailout money is not used to address this, no amount of green deal spending will avoid a catastrophic worldwide recession.”

‘For climate protesters, we are like filth’: the German village where coal is still king

Europe is going coal-free, but a vast lignite mine is expanding in eastern Germany and coronavirus has delayed new climate laws

By Anna Saraste in Mühlrose, Guardian, June 1, 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2020/jun/01/climate-protesters-german-village-coal-still-king

Questioning Green Elsewhere

It didn’t work

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, June 3, 2020

https://climatediscussionnexus.com/2020/06/03/it-didnt-work/

“So billions of dollars, a massive research effort, endless speechifying: You can treat it as evidence that nobody’s doing anything, or that the problem is hard. And once we know your response, we know what you are.”

Funding Issues

Reuters: Poor Nations insist the Rich should not use Covid-19 to Avoid Climate Cash Payouts

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, June 4, 2020

Reuters: Brazil Slashing Climate Change Budgets

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, June 2, 2020

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/06/02/reuters-brazil-slashing-climate-change-budgets/

The Political Games Continue

Second Trump term would kill chances of world keeping climate change to 2°C, say scientists

Four more years of climate inaction by a US administration would make it almost impossible for world to meet Paris Agreement targets, study reveals

By Leigh Collins, Recharge, June 1, 2020 [H/t Dennis Ambler]

http://www.rechargenews.com/transition/second-trump-term-would-kill-chances-of-world-keeping-climate-change-to-2-c-say-scientists/2-1-817609

[SEPP Comment: Demonstrating the highly politicized world of “science.”]

Biden’s Green New Deal Turns One

By Robert Bradley, Jr. Institute for Energy Research, June 3, 2020

https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/climate-change/bidens-green-new-deal-turns-one/

House Democrats roll out $500B green transportation infrastructure bill

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, June 3, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/500959-house-dems-roll-out-500b-green-transportation-infrastructure-bill

Litigation Issues

Climate Change Litigation Takes an Ominous Turn

By William Savitt, Anitha Reddy, Bita Assad (h/t to Felix Bronstein) Via WUWT, June 4, 2020

Transnational UK Supreme Court Ruling May Open the Floodgates for Global Climate Change Lawsuits

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, May 31, 2020

Energy Issues – Australia

A cold snap in Queensland cut the state’s solar power to just 5% of its average daily output

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, June 4, 2020

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/06/a-cold-snap-in-queensland-last-week-cut-the-states-solar-power-to-just-5-of-its-average-output/

“There goes another Gigawatt — there one day and gone the next”

“the NEM [National Energy Market] is becoming increasingly dependent on the weather“

“Not surprisingly the same clouds that ruined the large solar farms also wrecked the rooftop solar.”

“Coal was, of course, what saved Queensland:”

“We need an Intervention”: Desperate Aussie Manufacturers Demand Cheaper Energy

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, May 31, 2020

Energy Issues — US

Destroying the environment to save it

By Paul Driessen, WUWT, May 31, 2020

Renewables Overtake Coal, But Lag Far Behind Oil And Natural Gas

By Robert Rapier, Forbes, May 31, 2020

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2020/05/31/renewables-overtake-coal-but-lag-far-behind-oil-and-natural-gas/#21641c983ffd

Virginia Is Deluding Itself About Green Energy

By Francis Menton, Manhattan Contrarian, May 30, 2020

https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2020-5-30-virginia-is-deluding-itself-about-green-energy

CFACT Makes It Official: The Virginia Clean Economy Act is a Disaster

By Collister Johnson, CFACT, June 2, 2020

http://www.cfact.org/2020/06/02/cfact-makes-it-official-the-virginia-clean-energy-act-is-a-disaster/?mc_cid=b987c324da&mc_eid=ffd82d3222

Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?

Defund the Police… Because Climate Change

By David Middleton, WUWT, June 6, 2020

[SEPP Comment: The appeal to anarchy in the post is so absurd that TWTW initially ignored it. However, Middleton reproduces a graph and table from Rystad Energy indicating that existing onshore fields have plenty of oil that can be produced at $42/bbl]

Fossil Fuels for Decades and Beyond

By Frank Clemente, Real Clear Energy, June 04, 2020

https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2020/06/04/fossil_fuels_for_decades_and_beyond_495202.html

New study reveals cracks beneath giant, methane gushing craters

By Maja Sojtaric, Phys.org, June 5, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-reveals-beneath-giant-methane-gushing.html

Link to paper: Geological controls of giant crater development on the Arctic seafloor

By Malin Waage, et al. Nature Scientific Reports, May 21, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-65018-9

[SEPP Comment: In the late 1970s, when Vincent McKelvey an authority on methane and director of the U.S. Geological Survey stated there was 3,000 to 4,000 times more methane in hydrates than the US was consuming annually, the Carter Administration got rid of him, claiming the US was about to run out..]

Return of King Coal?

Thanks to Asia, Coal Is Still King Worldwide

By Mary Hutzler POWER Mag, May 26, 2020

https://www.powermag.com/thanks-to-asia-coal-is-still-king-worldwide/

Germany Brings Last New Coal Plant Online

By Darrell Proctor, Power Mag, June 2, 2020

https://www.powermag.com/germany-brings-last-new-coal-plant-online/

Oil Spills, Gas Leaks & Consequences

Russia declares emergency after 20,000 tons of diesel leak near Arctic Circle

By Zack Budryk, The Hill, June 4, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/501102-russia-declares-emergency-after-20000-tons-of-diesel-leak-near

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind

Parasitic Power: Intermittent Wind & Solar Take More From Power Grid Than They Ever Add

By Jay Lehr, Stopthesethings, May 23, 2020

https://stopthesethings.com/2020/05/23/parasitic-power-intermittent-wind-solar-take-more-from-power-grid-then-they-ever-add/

Renewable Energy Threatens Thousands Of ‘Globally Important Biodiversity Areas’ – And It’s Worsening

By Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone, June 1, 2020

https://notrickszone.com/2020/06/01/renewable-energy-threatens-thousands-of-globally-important-biodiversity-areas-and-its-worsening/

Link to paper: Renewable energy development threatens many globally important biodiversity areas

By José Andrés Rehbein, et al., Global Change Biology, March 2020

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339715092_Renewable_energy_development_threatens_many_globally_important_biodiversity_areas

In New York and New England, Wind Energy Projects Are “Like Siting Landfills. Nobody Wants Them.”

By Robert Bryce, Real Clear Energy, June 1, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]

https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2020/06/01/in_new_york_and_new_england_wind_energy_projects_are_like_siting_landfills_nobody_wants_them_494945.html

“New Englanders like the idea of wind energy they just don’t want any wind turbines in New England. So, they are putting them in New York.”

Big Wind Throws in the Towel in Lapeer County, Michigan (grassroots environmentalism prevails)

By Robert Bradley Jr., Master Resource, June 3, 2020

https://www.masterresource.org/wind-turbine-noise-issues/big-wind-loses-lapeer-county/

Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 2, 2020

By John Droz, Jr. Master Resource, June 2, 2020

https://www.masterresource.org/alliance-for-wise-energy-decisions/energy-environmental-newsletter-june-2-2020/

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other

World’s First Integrated Hydrogen Power-to-Power Demonstration Launched

By Sonal Patel, Power Mag, June 4, 2020

https://www.powermag.com/worlds-first-integrated-hydrogen-power-to-power-demonstration-launched/

[SEPP Comment: Wonder what the net efficiency will be?

When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

By Jon Honea, The Conversation, May 29, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://theconversation.com/when-dams-cause-more-problems-than-they-solve-removing-them-can-pay-off-for-people-and-nature-137346

[SEPP Comment: Many older dams in New England were built for industry before fossil fuels were used to generate electrical power. They are of questionable value. Also, earthen dams can be dangerous.]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Storage

Finding balance between green energy storage, harvesting

By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), Jun 03, 2020

https://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Finding_balance_between_green_energy_storage_harvesting_999.html

Link to paper: Wind and photovoltaic potential in Europe in the context of mid-term energy storage featured

By Jacek Kapica, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, June 2, 2020

https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.5131560

From the abstract: “If the reliability of the power supply has to be increased from 95% to 98%, the nominal power of the photovoltaic generator has to be increased, depending on the assumed days of autonomy, between 1.25 and 1.45 times and the power of the wind turbine at 50 m between 1.3 and 2 times for the greater number of locations”

[SEPP Comment: For modern civilization, anything less than 99.99% reliability is unacceptable.]

How efficient are solar power storage systems?

‘Testbench’ project improves quality of measurement results and facilitates comparison

News Release, Karlsruher Institute For Technology (KIT) June 4, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/kift-hea060420.php

[SEPP Comment: An attempt to establish standards.]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles

Country’s battery electric car strategy is ‘doomed to failure’

Andrew Forster, TransportXtra, June 1, 2020

https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/65650/country-s-battery-electric-car-strategy-is-doomed-to-failure-/

Link to paper cited earlier: Electrifying the UK and the want of engineering (pdf)

By Michael Kelly, GWPF, May 2020

https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2020/05/KellyDecarb-1.pdf

Electric Corsa–A Snip At Only £33,310

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, June 3, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/06/03/electric-corsa-a-snip-at-only-33310/

“I would have thought that forcing people to buy cars, which they don’t want, which cost twice the normal price and which manufacturers don’t want to make, would have the opposite effect!”

BBC Puff For Duracell Airplanes

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 30, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/bbc-puff-for-duracell-airplanes/

“This in turn severely limits the carrying capacity and range. The idea, as suggested, that ‘hopes for one day powering commercial airplanes with electricity instead of fossil fuels took a big leap forward this week’ is frankly absurd.”

Oh Mann!

Because …. Climate

By Tony Heller, His Blog, May 31, 2020

https://realclimatescience.com/2020/05/because-climate/

Other Scientific News

Enterprising Private Sector Propels US in Space

By Larry Bell, Newsmax, June 1, 2020

https://www.newsmax.com/larrybell/aldrin-armstrong-musk-spacex/2020/06/01/id/969883/

NASA Astronauts Launch from America in Historic Test Flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon

News Release, NASA, May 30, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-astronauts-launch-from-america-in-historic-test-flight-of-spacex-crew-dragon

Other News that May Be of Interest

‘Madness of Crowds’ Shakes American Freedoms

By Michael Walsh, Epoch Times, May 20, 2020

https://www.theepochtimes.com/madness-of-crowds-shakes-american-freedoms_3357233.html#Print

Irish Potato Famine: How Belief In Overpopulation Leads To Human Evil

By Alex Berezow, PhD, ACSH, May 14, 2020

https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/05/14/irish-potato-famine-how-belief-overpopulation-leads-human-evil-14792

Climate resolutions fail at Chevron, Exxon

Forty-six percent of investors backed the Chevron proposal, compared with 25 percent of Exxon Mobil shareholders.

By Zack Colman, Politico, June 2, 2020

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/02/climate-resolutions-fail-at-chevron-exxon-297455

China’s Giant Fishing Fleet Depletes Stocks Around The World

By Staff, The Times, Via GWPF, June 2, 2020

https://www.thegwpf.com/giant-chinese-fishing-fleet-depletes-stocks-around-the-world/

BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:

NASA scientist Dr. Kate Marvel links ‘climate change’ to ‘white supremacy’ – ‘We’ll never head off climate catastrophe without dismantling white supremacy’ – Calls for climate & racial ‘justice’

By Marc Morano, Climate Depot, June 2, 2020

Claim: George Floyd Protests Are Linked to Climate Change

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, June 2, 2020

[SEPP Comment; From State College, the home of Penn State.]

Manntastic question: Death or Utopia in the Next Three Decades?

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, June 1, 2020

Sponsors: The Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop and The Stanford EE Colloquium on Computer Systems.

ARTICLES

How WHO Really Feels About China

Officials coddled Beijing publicly while privately doubting its honesty.

Editorial, WSJ, June 3, 2020

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-who-really-feels-about-china-11591226923?mod=opinion_lead_pos4

TWTW Summary: The editorial states:

“International agencies like the World Health Organization often praise misbehaving regimes publicly while pushing for improvement privately. Bureaucrats say this is the best way to get cooperation, but the Covid-19 outbreak shows how this undermines an agency’s credibility.

“‘The speed with which China detected the outbreak, isolated the virus, sequenced the genome and shared it with WHO and the world are very impressive, and beyond words,’ WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus declared on Jan. 30 after returning from Beijing. ‘I left in absolutely no doubt about China’s commitment to transparency.’

“While Dr. Tedros was gushing in public, WHO officials were privately fretting about Beijing’s secrecy—and its deadly consequences. That news comes from recordings of internal WHO meetings obtained by the Associated Press that show China failed to report information quickly and comprehensively. At best Beijing provided the minimum required of WHO members.

“Chinese doctors began noticing clusters of a new virus in late December. By Dec. 27 a Chinese lab had decoded most of the Covid-19 virus. A Chinese researcher sequenced the entire genome Jan. 2 and others followed. Yet on Jan. 3 China’s National Health Commission ordered virus samples destroyed or turned over to the government. Labs were forbidden from sharing information or warning the public.

“A quickly disseminated genome would have helped other countries identify and contain the virus. It is also critical for the production of tests, treatments and a vaccine.

The Journal on Jan. 8 broke the news that a new coronavirus had been identified in China, an embarrassment to Chinese and WHO officials. Chinese state media then announced the news. But government labs published the genome only after it appeared on a virology website on Jan. 11. Beijing held back other critical patient data for two more weeks.

“Amid the blackout, WHO emergency chief Michael Ryan lamented privately that ‘we’re two to three weeks into an event, we don’t have a laboratory diagnosis, we don’t have an age, sex or geographic distribution, we don’t have an epi curve.’ WHO’s representative in China complained ‘when asked for specifics, we could get nothing.’

“Dr. Ryan also warned that ‘other countries will have to reinvent the wheel over the coming days’ if China wasn’t more forthcoming. He noted that WHO previously rebuked Tanzania for not being forthcoming about an Ebola outbreak: ‘We have to be consistent.’ No such rebuke would come.

“While China kept others in the dark, it prepared. A Chinese researcher concluded the virus was likely contagious on Jan. 5 and informed the National Health Commission. By Jan. 14 Chinese officials were preparing for an epidemic. Yet WHO tweeted the same day that ‘preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.’”

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Global Warming

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #411

Quote of the Week: “’It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of the castle and to see the battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #411

Quote of the Week: “’It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of the castle and to see the battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth (a hill not to be commanded and where the air is always clear and serene), and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.’ so always that this prospect be with pity, and not with swelling or pride.” – Of Truth, Francis Bacon (1625)

Number of the Week: 140% more than [of] a very small number is still a very small number

THIS WEEK:

By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

Political Rhetoric: Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Todd Myer, the author of “Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism Is Harming the Environment” discusses how certain politicians use the term science without any special meaning. Myer states:

“The word ‘science’ has been hollowed out by politicians, who have stripped it of its substance and power and replaced them with emotional pabulum. These politicians discard the scientific method and deploy the term merely as a weapon against their opponents.”

After discussing an example by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, Myer states further:

“When the governor and other politicians refer to ‘the science,’ they rarely point to actual science. It is a bluff designed to imply that their chosen policy is based on more than guesswork and politics.

“In his 2015 book, ‘Government That Works,’ John Bernard—a onetime member of Mr. Inslee’s transition team and the nation’s leading expert on using data to improve government management—approvingly quotes a physician-politician who observes that ‘the lack of measures in government allows political leaders to play a blame game with no way to verify whose rhetoric is accurate.’ On both climate change and the Covid-19 crisis, Mr. Inslee has either refused to provide real measures or has changed the metrics when they became politically inconvenient.

“For a while, Mr. Inslee claimed he supported using objective metrics to improve government performance. After he took office, he launched Results Washington, a program he said was designed to set data-driven targets for many areas of public policy. For example, he set targets for policies designed to reduce CO2 emissions from cars, buildings, and energy. By the beginning of 2018, five years into Mr. Inslee’s governorship, his administration was missing nearly every target.

“Soon before Mr. Inslee announced his 2020 presidential campaign—based almost entirely on fighting climate change—the embarrassing metrics were removed from the state webpage. After the Washington Policy Center highlighted this, a reporter from the Seattle Times asked the head of Results Washington about it. The agency director answered: ‘The new dashboards also represent a shift away from the old data-only approach to a more human-centered approach that incorporates narratives.’ Replacing data with ‘narratives’—story telling—is practically the definition of unscientific. It is exactly what Mr. Bernard’s book warned about: eliminating measures and replacing them with political rhetoric. It’s one reason Mr. Bernard has expressed disappointment with Mr. Inslee’s management.

After discussing how meaningless the Covid-19 dashboard has become, Meyer states:

“Ironically, a Bloomberg interview with the governor this month about his response to the coronavirus referred to his work on climate change. The headline: ‘Fighting Climate Change Prepared Jay Inslee for a Pandemic.’ That’s partly correct: His use of ‘science’ as a rhetorical tool, rather than a guide, is similar in both cases.

“The history of the past seven years indicates that Mr. Inslee uses the word ‘science’ mostly to construct a rhetorical Potemkin village: a facade that conceals the lack of substance behind his decisions while giving the public something nice to look at.

“By hiding the data on Washington’s climate goals and refusing to reveal the scientific basis for its current coronavirus guidelines, the governor is substituting a political blame game for real measurements.”

After another example, Myer concludes:

“Numbers speak for themselves. When the numbers tell the wrong story, politicians retreat into narratives that they pretend are science.

“Mr. Inslee isn’t unique, but the national attention he has received for his work on climate change and now the coronavirus make him a prime example of how prominent politicians use the word ‘science’ to mask their motives in managing health and environmental challenges.” [Boldface added to the above]

Tricks such as meaningless dashboards and other political rhetoric are becoming common to many once distinguished scientific organizations, such as the UK Met Office, discussed below. See Article # 1.

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State of the Climate – Physical Evidence: In sharp contrast to political rhetoric, Ole Humlum a former Professor of Physical Geography at the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway, and Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography, University of Oslo, reported “The State of the Climate 2019,” published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. It is based on data, not model speculation. In the Executive Summary Humlum presents ten key facts:

“1. According to the [surface] instrumental temperature record (since about 1850), 2019 was a very warm year, but cooler than 2016.

2. In 2019, the average global air temperature was affected by a moderate El Niño episode, interrupting a gradual global air temperature decrease following the strong 2015–16 El Niño.

3. Since 1979, lower troposphere temperatures have increased over both land and oceans, but more so over land areas. The possible explanations include insolation, cloud cover and land use.

4. The temperature variations recorded in the lowermost troposphere are generally reflected at higher altitudes too. In the stratosphere, however, a temperature ‘pause’ commenced in around 1995, 5–7 years before a similar temperature ‘pause’ began in the lower troposphere near the planet’s surface. The stratospheric temperature ‘pause’ has now persisted for about 25 years.

5. The 2015–16 oceanographic El Niño was among the strongest since the beginning of the record in 1950. Considering the entire record, however, recent variations between El Niño and La Niña are not unusual.

6. Since 2004, when detailed recording of ocean temperatures began, the global oceans above 1900 m depth have, on average, warmed somewhat. The strongest warming (between the surface and 200 m depth) mainly affects the oceans near the Equator, where the incoming solar radiation is at its maximum. In contrast, for the North Atlantic, net cooling at the surface has been pronounced since 2004.

7. Data from tide gauges all over the world suggest an average global sea-level rise of 1–1.5 mm/year, while the satellite record suggests a rise of about 3.2 mm/year, or more. The noticeable difference in rate (a ratio of at least 1:2) between the two data sets still has no broadly accepted explanation.

8. Since 1979, Arctic and Antarctic sea-ice extents have had opposite trends, decreasing and increasing, respectively. Superimposed on these overall trends, however, variations of shorter duration are also important in understanding year-to-year variations. In the Arctic, a 5.3-year periodic variation is important, while for the Antarctic a variation of about 4.5-years’ duration is seen. Both these variations reached their minima simultaneously in 2016, which explains the simultaneous minimum in global sea-ice extent. This particularly affected Antarctic sea-ice extent in 2016.

9. Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent undergoes important local and regional variations from year to year. Since 1972, however, snow extent has been largely stable.

10. Tropical storms and hurricanes have displayed large annual variations in accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) since 1970, but there has been no overall trend towards either lower or higher activity. The same applies for the number of continental hurricane landfalls in the USA, in a record going back to 1851.”

Of particular interest to TWTW are the two different temperature records for lower troposphere (# 3 & #4) and the different trends in sea levels depending upon the instruments making the measurements (#7).

In 2017, Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) adjusted their data showing an increase in warming ostensibly to compensate for orbital drift. University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) did not because Roy Spencer and John Christy had previously recognized the drift and adjusted for it based upon measurements.

After explaining the adjustments, Spencer concluded:

“The bottom line is that we still trust our methodology. But no satellite dataset is perfect, there are uncertainties in all of the adjustments, as well as legitimate differences of opinion regarding how they should be handled.

“Also, as mentioned at the outset, both RSS and UAH lower tropospheric trends are considerably below the average trends from the climate models.

“And that is the most important point to be made.”

On Humlum’s point # 7 regarding different rates of sea level rise:

The April 25, 2020 TWTW presented the different rates in sea level rise depending the instruments used in measurement. These were discussed in the Journal of Marine Geodesy in presenting sea level rise in geologically stable Newlyn, England. The rate of increase in the short-term satellite data (1993-2014) is less than the variation found in the long-term tidal gage data (1915-2014), although the measured rate was greater. Rather than misleading the public by combining the two, without calibration, and declaring an acceleration; Humlum honestly states this is a problem yet to be resolved.

Among other major points Humlum brings up are the following:

“We can detect a great deal of heat rising from the bottom of the oceans. This obviously cannot be anything to do with human activity. So, although people say the oceans are warming, in reality there is still much to learn.”

“We have learned in recent months about the potentially high cost of leaping to conclusions. We must take more care in our response to small changes in the climate.”

See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy and http://www.drroyspencer.com/2017/07/comments-on-the-new-rss-lower-tropospheric-temperature-dataset/ and http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/APJAS-2016-UAH-Version-6-Global-Satellite-Temperature-Products-for-blog-post.pdf which links to the UAH paper. For Newlyn tidal gage data: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01490419.2015.1121175

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What Distinct Human Fingerprint? After peer review, the leadership of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Second Assessment Report (AR-2, 1995) inserted a graph claiming to show a distinct human fingerprint, pronounced warming over the tropics between 7 and 14 km (between 23,000 and 46,000 feet). Within weeks of publication, the late Frederic Seitz wrote in the Wall Street Journal:

“In my more than 60 years as a member of the American scientific community, including service as president of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society, I have never witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer-review process than the events that led to this IPCC report.”

Of course, Seitz was rebutted by the leadership of the IPCC and its followers. Even though no one has been able to find the distinct human fingerprint, the IPCC, and its followers such as the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) have retained it. Now it appears to be disappearing from the political rhetoric. Will it disappear from the climate models?

In a wonderful example of what Myers, above, calls replacing evidence with political rhetoric, including dashboards, the UK Met Office has declared that the human fingerprint is everywhere. Paul Homewood addresses some of the weaknesses of the new dashboard. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy and Defending the Orthodoxy.

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Climate Velocity? A paper published in Nature Climate Change brings up more political rhetoric – climate velocity is changing – based on narratives from the IPCC Assessment Reports.

One can wonder what the climate velocity was during the Younger Dryas (12,900 to 11,700 years ago) when the world returned to glacial conditions after warming for about 5,000 years, then suddenly warmed again? According to estimates from Greenland ice cores, the temperature swings were about 15 ºC or about 27 ºF. See links under Defending the Orthodox.

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Dinosaur-Dooming: Another example of disguising crucial facts with political rhetoric appeared in an article in Nature Communications, discussing the estimated angle of the asteroid hitting off Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico creating a crater, covered by water, known as Chicxulub. The abstract states:

“A steeply-inclined impact produces a nearly symmetric distribution of ejected rock and releases more climate-changing gases per impactor mass than either a very shallow or near-vertical impact.” [Boldface added]

The article states:

“Such a strike likely unleashed billions of tonnes of sulphur, blocking the sun and triggering the nuclear winter that killed the dinosaurs and 75 per cent of life on Earth 66 million years ago.”

So, the climate-changing gases killing the dinosaurs caused a global cooling. However, the climate change gases the political rhetoric claims we must fear cause warming. If both warming and cooling are to be feared, then we must understand both causes. The IPCC and its followers ignore causes of global cooling. See links under Communicating Better to the Public – Use Yellow (Green) Journalism?

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Uncertainty: The IPCC and its followers express great certainty in their work, which is unjustified. They frequently state “the science is settled,” even though it is not. For example, the greenhouse theory is not well developed as it applies to the globe.

By contrast, in astrophysics, significant uncertainty is common and well noted. For over 20 years, astronomers have been seeking about half the ordinary matter making up the universe. [The missing ordinary matter is different than the invisible, unidentified dark matter that makes up most of the mass in the universe. Dark matter does not absorb, reflect, or emit light, thus cannot be detected by observing electromagnetic radiation.] The missing ordinary matter is made up of ordinary particles such as protons and neutrons, called baryons.

Now, using an ensemble of telescopes in the desert of Australia, cosmologists believe they may have observed the missing ordinary matter between galaxies by observing how the velocity of radio waves change in “empty space.” The radio waves are caused by mysterious blasts which no one can explain. See links under Other Scientific News.

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Not Disney Too! Among others, Susan Crockford has debunked the documentaries of walruses falling to their deaths from overcrowding caused by disappearing sea ice. Thus, parts of the documentaries are “fake news.”

According to the Alaska Fish & Wildlife News, the 1950s Disney documentary of lemmings herding together and committing mass suicide by jumping into the ocean is fake. A 1983 investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, among other things, that the film was shot in Alberta, which has no ocean coastline and the lemmings were thrown over a cliff along a river. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it may be misleading as well. See links under Below the Bottom Line.

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SEPP’S APRIL FOOLS AWARD

THE JACKSON

Since 2012, SEPP conducted an annual vote for the recipient of the coveted trophy, The Jackson, a lump of coal. Readers are asked to nominate and vote for who they think is most deserving, following these criteria:

  • The nominee has advanced, or proposes to advance, significant expansion of governmental power, regulation, or control over the public or significant sections of the general economy.
  • The nominee does so by declaring such measures are necessary to protect public health, welfare, or the environment.
  • The nominee declares that physical science supports such measures.
  • The physical science supporting the measures is flimsy at best, and possibly non-existent.

The eight past recipients, Lisa Jackson (12), Barrack Obama (13), John Kerry (14), Ernest Moniz (15), Michael Mann (16), Christiana Figueres (17), Jerry Brown (18), and AOC (19) are not eligible. Generally, the committee that makes the selection prefers a candidate with a national or international presence. The voting will close on June 30. Please send your nominee and a brief reason why the person is qualified for the honor to [email protected] Thank you.

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Number of the Week: 140% more than a very small number is still a very small number. When RSS increased its estimates of atmospheric temperature of temperature change by 40%, the Carbon Brief website made a big deal of it. Roy Spencer commented at the time: 140% more than a very small number is still a very small number. It may have been more correct to say: a 40% increase of a trivial number is still trivial. See link http://www.drroyspencer.com/2017/07/comments-on-the-new-rss-lower-tropospheric-temperature-dataset/

Science: Is the Sun Rising?

New Study: Region’s Climate Aligns With Solar Forcing – Today’s ‘Natural’ Warm Period Will Last ‘Some More Decades’

By Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone, May 25, 2020

Link to paper: Pollen-based Holocene quantitative temperature reconstruction on the eastern Tibetan Plateau using a comprehensive method framework

By Liang, et al. Science China: Earth Sciences, Apr 26, 2020

http://engine.scichina.com/publisher/scp/journal/SCES/doi/10.1007/s11430-019-9599-y?slug=fulltext

Commentary: Is the Sun Rising?

29 Bullet Points Proving the Sun Causes Global Warming, Not CO2:

By Geologist Roger Higgs, Electroverse, Mar 11, 2020

Censorship

Youtube censorship gone wild removing Michael Moore’s documentary

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, May 27, 2020

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/05/youtube-censorship-gone-wild-removing-michael-moores-documentary/

“Moore put it on Vimeo, but searching there finds nothing too. Has Vimeo been ‘got to’?

“Doesn’t matter, because Moore’s now moved to Bitchute.”

https://www.bitchute.com/video/KQnVEMOOYuJd/

“Old Data” Is a Lie

By Jeff Gibbs, writer, director, and producer of Planet of the Humans, May 18, 2020 [H/t Dennis Ambler]

“What the eco-industrial complex wants to steer you away from is the reality that all of their ‘ever-improving, better, more advanced’ technologies now, in the past, and in the future will depend on a giant, planet-wrecking industrial civilization.”

‘Planet Of The Humans’ EP Michael Moore & Director Jeff Gibbs Blast “Blatant Censorship” After Controversial Documentary Yanked From YouTube

By Staff, Deadline, Via GWPF, May 26, 2020

According to writer-producer Jeff Gibbs: “It is a misuse of copyright law to shut down a film that has opened a serious conversation about how parts of the environmental movement have gotten into bed with Wall Street and so-called ‘green capitalists.’ There is absolutely no copyright violation in my film.”

Reuters Fake Factcheck

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 29, 2020

Claim: Aussie Fire Chiefs “gagged”, Ordered not to Talk about Climate Change

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, May 27, 2020

Suppressing Scientific Inquiry

Peter Ridd case: JCU appeals for their right to threaten and scare staff and ignore potential fraud

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, May 26, 2020

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/05/jcu-appeals-the-peter-ridd-unfair-dismissal-win-today-and-tomorrow/

The Heretic: Inside Peter Ridd’s fight for freedom of speech on climate change

By The Institute of Public Affairs, Accessed May 26, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

Extensive interviews.

Challenging the Orthodoxy — NIPCC

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science

Idso, Carter, and Singer, Lead Authors/Editors, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), 2013

https://www.heartland.org/media-library/pdfs/CCR-II/CCR-II-Full.pdf

Summary: https://www.heartland.org/_template-assets/documents/CCR/CCR-II/Summary-for-Policymakers.pdf

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts

Idso, Idso, Carter, and Singer, Lead Authors/Editors, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), 2014

Summary: https://www.heartland.org/media-library/pdfs/CCR-IIb/Summary-for-Policymakers.pdf

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels

By Multiple Authors, Bezdek, Idso, Legates, and Singer eds., Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, April 2019

Download with no charge:

http://climatechangereconsidered.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Climate-Change-Reconsidered-II-Fossil-Fuels-FULL-Volume-with-covers.pdf

Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming

The NIPCC Report on the Scientific Consensus

By Craig D. Idso, Robert M. Carter, and S. Fred Singer, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), Nov 23, 2015

Download with no charge:

https://www.heartland.org/policy-documents/why-scientists-disagree-about-global-warming

Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate

S. Fred Singer, Editor, NIPCC, 2008

http://www.sepp.org/publications/nipcc_final.pdf

Global Sea-Level Rise: An Evaluation of the Data

By Craig D. Idso, David Legates, and S. Fred Singer, Heartland Policy Brief, May 20, 2019

https://www.heartland.org/_template-assets/documents/publications/SeaLevelRiseCCRII.pdf

Challenging the Orthodoxy

The Reassuring Facts About The Climate In 2019

By Staff, GWPF, May 26, 2020

Link to report: The State of the Climate 2019

By Ole Humlum, GWPF, 2020

https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2020/05/State-of-the-climate-2019.pdf

‘The human fingerprint is everywhere’: Met Office’s alarming warning on climate

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 29, 2020

[SEPP Comment: See first link under Defending the Orthodoxy.]

The importance of red teams

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.” —Richard Feynman

By Peter Attia, His Blog, May 24, 2020 [H/t GWPF]

“Red teaming is more of a mindset to maintain topically, rather than an obscure tactic to pull out for special occasions. Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s right-hand man, encapsulated this mental model during his 2007 USC Law School commencement address: ‘I’m not entitled to have an opinion on [a] subject unless I can state the arguments against my position better than the people do who are supporting it.’” [Boldface added]

Net-Zero Emissions Plans for Economy Are ‘Madness,’ Engineering Expert Claims

Decarbonization would be ‘ruinous of our current standards of living,’ Cambridge professor of technology says

By Alan McDonnell, The Epoch Times, May 27, 2020

https://www.theepochtimes.com/net-zero-plans-to-decarbonize-economy-madness-claims-engineering-expert_3358591.html

Link to paper: Electrifying the UK and the want of engineering (pdf)

By Michael Kelly, GWPF, May 2020

https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2020/05/KellyDecarb-1.pdf

Judge finds fact-faking Facebook “fact-check” false

By Christopher Monckton, WUWT, May 28, 2020

Man-Made Global Warming Destroyed in 500 Words

By Geologist Roger Higgs, Electroverse.net, May 27, 2020 [H/t Climate Depot]

Defending the Orthodoxy

‘The human fingerprint is everywhere’: Met Office’s alarming warning on climate

Exclusively compiled data from the Hadley Centre’s supercomputer shows alarming climate trajectory

By Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, May 27, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/27/hadley-climate-centre-turns-30-the-human-fingerprint-is-everywhere

Link to: Climate Dashboard: Tracking the Changing Climate with Earth Observations

By Staff, Met Office, UK, Accessed May 29, 2020

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/monitoring/dashboard.html

Charles Calls For Emissions To Be Kept At COVID Levels

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 25, 2020

[SEPP Comment: Prince Charles does not have to earn a living.]

Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

By Deidra Miniard, et al, The Conversation, May 5, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://theconversation.com/both-conservatives-and-liberals-want-a-green-energy-future-but-for-different-reasons-134534

Link to paper: Shared vision for a decarbonized future energy system in the United States

By Miniard, Kantenbacher and Attari PNAS, Mar 16, 2020

https://www.pnas.org/content/117/13/7108

[SEPP Comment: Ignores that wind and solar are not reliable.]

Climate change in deep oceans could be seven times faster by middle of century, report says

Uneven heating could have major impact on marine wildlife, as species that rely on each other for survival are forced to move

By Graham Readfearn, The Guardian, May 25, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/26/climate-change-in-deep-oceans-could-be-seven-times-faster-by-middle-of-century-report-says

Link to paper: Climate velocity reveals increasing exposure of deep-ocean biodiversity to future warming

By Isaac Brito-Morales, et al, Nature Climate Change, May 25, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0773-5

There is no escaping from climate change, even in the deep sea

News Release, Hokkaido University, May 25, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/hu-tin052220.php

“Our results suggest that deep sea biodiversity is likely to be at greater risk because they are adapted to much more stable thermal environments,” says Jorge Garcia Molinos, a climate ecologist at Hokkaido University’s Arctic Research Center, who contributed to the study.

[SEPP Comment: More on climate velocities from the University of Queensland in Australia and Hokkaido University in Japan.]

Why ‘Irresponsible’ Governments Are Failing To Protect Citizens From Covid-19, Climate Change

By David Vetter, Forbes, May 26, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2020/05/26/why-irresponsible-governments-are-failing-to-protect-citizens-from-covid-19-climate-change/#7ef16fe77f75

“The U.S., the U.K. and Brazil have been ‘nothing but irresponsible’ in their isolationist approaches to the coronavirus crisis, and such stances will weaken the global response to climate change, climate action advocate Christiana Figueres has said. At the same time, she claimed, the pandemic had created an opportunity to ‘reinvent’ the economy in a way that valued sustainable outcomes over growth.” [Boldface added]

Questioning the Orthodoxy

It’s gone

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, May 27, 2020

“Think of something you like. Well, climate change will destroy it. It doesn’t matter what it is, from a Louisiana wetland to fine French wine. Global warming is coming for it.”

After Paris!

UK proposes new date for delayed climate change summit

The event, at Glasgow’s SEC, has been postponed from this November because of the coronavirus pandemic.

By Staff, STV News, May 27, 2020

“In a letter to UN member states, the UK has proposed the Cop26 talks, which were originally due to be held in Glasgow in November 2020, could be moved to November 1-12 2021.”

Change in US Administrations

Trump: US ‘terminating’ relationship with WHO

By Morgan Chalfant, The Hill, May 29, 2020

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/500161-trump-us-terminating-relationship-with-who

Problems in the Orthodoxy

Pacific Island states will no longer play the patsies for the climate alarmists

By Craig Kelly, Spectator Australia, May 25, 2020

Bust-up over climate weighs on EU-UK talks, risks trade rifts

By Gabriela Baczynska and Kate Abnett, Reuters, May 22, 2020

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-climate/bust-up-over-climate-weighs-on-eu-uk-talks-risks-trade-rifts-idUKKBN2311A2

Sir David Attenborough: “Coronavirus pandemic has swept climate change off the front pages”

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, May 26, 2020

Science, Policy, and Evidence

When does government intervention make sense for COVID-19?

By Nic Lewis, Climate Etc. May 29, 2020

Prioritizing climate over pandemics

We need a full accounting of what was spent preparing for the ‘climate crisis’ versus COVID

By Paul Driessen, WUWT, May 25, 2020

Air Pollution And COVID-19: Stay In Or Get Out?

By Fred Lipfert, ACSH, May 18, 2020

https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/05/18/air-pollution-and-covid-19-stay-or-get-out-14801

“’The inconveniencie of the aer and smoak of London dissipated together with some remedies humbly proposed by J.E. esq. to His Sacred Majestie, and to the Parliament now assembled.’ Fumifugiau, by John Evelyn, 1661”

Fire seasons don’t run around the country lighting fires

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, May 27, 2020

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/05/fire-seasons-dont-run-around-the-country-lighting-fires/

“Fires are not where the heat is, they’re where the fuel is.”

The Bureau of Meteorology gets it wrong, again

By Anthony Cox, The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog, May 27, 2020

http://theclimatescepticsparty.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-bureau-of-meteorology-gets-it-wrong_27.html

Boris: take back control

Steve Baker calls on Dominic Cummings to go

By Steve Baker, The Critic, May 24, 2020

https://thecritic.co.uk/boris-must-take-back-control/

Review of Recent Scientific Articles by CO2 Science

The Combined Impacts of CO2, Temperature and Water Supply on Litter Decomposition

Park, H.J., Lim, S.S., Yang, H.I., Lee, K.S., Park, S.I., Kwak, J.H., Kim, H.Y., Oh, S.W. and Choi, W.J. 2020. Co-elevated CO2 and temperature and changes water availability do not change litter quantity and quality of pine and oak. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 280: 107795. May 29, 2020

http://www.co2science.org/articles/V23/may/a13.php

Spring Phenology Trends in Mediterranean Reptiles and Amphibians

Prodon, R., Geniez, P., Cheylan, M., Devers, F., Chuine, I. and Besnard, A. 2017. A reversal of the shift towards earlier spring phenology in several Mediterranean reptiles and amphibians during the 1998-2013 warming slowdown. Global Change Biology 23: 5481-5491. May 27, 2020

http://www.co2science.org/articles/V23/may/a12.php

“The importance of Prodon et al.‘s work is summed up by their statement that ‘Mediterranean amphibians and reptiles respond without any time lag to variations in early-spring temperatures, with shifts of their appearance dates of up to 9 days earlier for every 1°C increase in temperature (average 6.35 days).’ And this rapid phenological response of adjusting their date of first spring appearance in consequence of spring temperature fluctuation may well point to an inherent climatic resilience in coping with global warming projections.”

Seagrass Buffering of Ocean Acidification Effects in a Coral Reef Mesocosm

Liu, P.J., Ang, S.J., Mayfield, A.B. and Lin, H.J. 2020. Influence of the seagrass Thalassia hemprichii on coral reef mesocosms exposed to ocean acidification and experimentally elevated temperatures. Science of the Total Environment 700: 134464. May 25, 2020

http://www.co2science.org/articles/V23/may/a11.php

“Results indicated, in the words of the authors, that ‘seagrass shoot density, photosynthetic efficiency, and leaf growth rate actually increased with rising temperatures under ocean acidification.’ They also found that coral calcification rates at a given temperature were higher in mesocosms where corals were co-incubated with seagrass than when they were not. Consequently, based on these and other key observations, they conclude that ‘seagrass helped to stabilize the system’s metabolism in response to projected climate change stressors.’ And that is good news for those concerned about the potential impacts of ocean acidification on coral reefs.”

Model Issues

Forecast models encounter reality

By Kenneth Green, CFACT, May 28, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://www.cfact.org/2020/05/28/forecast-models-encounter-reality/

LIVE Webinar: Mathematical Models and Their Role in Government Policy

By Staff, GWPF, May 28, 2020

Measurement Issues — Surface

Germany’s DWD National Weather Service Denies Station Siting Problem: “Dubious” All-Time Record Temperature Allowed To Stand

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, May 26, 2020

Snow mass estimates now more reliable

By Staff Writers, Paris (ESA), May 22, 2020

https://www.terradaily.com/reports/Snow_mass_estimates_now_more_reliable_999.html

Link to paper: Patterns and trends of Northern Hemisphere snow mass from 1980 to 2018

By Jouni Pulliainen, et al. May 20, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2258-0

Changing Weather

Heatwave Of May-June, 1934

By Tony Heller, His Blog, May 29, 2020

https://realclimatescience.com/2020/05/heatwave-of-may-june-1934-2/

1919 or 2019? Back to Ranfurly

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, May 27, 2020

[SEPP Comment: Now looking at changes in precipitation, rather than temperatures, at locations in Canada.]

The rain in the Amazon falls mainly at random

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, May 27, 2020

What is the streamflow outlook for this summer?

By Cliff Mass Weather Blog, May 24, 2020

https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2020/05/what-is-streamflow-outlook-for-this.html

“The bottom line is that at this point it appears that streamflow in Washington State rivers and streams should be near normal for most of the State and that some claims of drought and water shortages may not be well founded …”

Changing Climate

A global context for megadroughts in monsoon Asia during the past millennium

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 24, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/05/24/a-global-context-for-megadroughts-in-monsoon-asia-during-the-past-millennium/

Link to paper: A global context for megadroughts in monsoon Asia during the past millennium

By Ashish Sanha, et al. Quaternary Science Reviews, Oct 11, 2010

https://www.academia.edu/25345390/A_global_context_for_megadroughts_in_monsoon_Asia_during_the_past_millennium

“This paper also provides yet more evidence that the Little Ice Age truly was a global phenomenon.”

Changing Climate – Cultures & Civilizations

Global cooling event 4,200 years ago spurred rice’s evolution, spread across Asia

Scientists use genomics, archaeology, and climate data to reconstruct history of rice

News Release, NSF, May 22, 2020

https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=300630&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1

Link to paper: Genomic history and ecology of the geographic spread of rice

By Rafal M. Gutaker, et al. Nature Plants, May 15, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41477-020-0659-6

From news release: “For the first 4,000 years of rice’s history, farming was confined largely to China, and japonica was the subspecies grown. Then 4,200 years ago, global cooling known as the 4.2k event occurred. The event, thought to have had widespread consequences including the collapse of civilizations from Mesopotamia to China, coincided with japonica rice diversifying into temperate and tropical varieties.”

Changing Seas

Sugar turns brown algae into good carbon stores

News Release, Max Planck Society, May 26, 2020

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-sugar-brown-algae-good-carbon.html

Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice

German AWI Research Vessel Gets Stuck In Arctic: “Two-Year Drift Ice Too Thick”

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, May 24, 2020

https://notrickszone.com/2020/05/24/german-awi-research-vessel-gets-stuck-in-arctic-two-year-drift-ice-too-thick/

The Yin and Yang of Holocene Polar Regions

Guest post by Renee Hannon, WUWT, May 27, 2020

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/05/27/the-yin-and-yang-of-holocene-polar-regions/

Changing Earth

It’s Official: Louisiana is Sinking

LSU C4G Helps NGS Measure Subsidence

News Release, LSU College of Engineering, July 16, 2019 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/07/16/1883668/0/en/It-s-Official-Louisiana-is-Sinking.html

“This is the second observation NGS has performed in Louisiana, with the first one having taken place at the University of New Orleans in 1989,” LSU Chief of Geodesy Cliff Mugnier said.

“Since then, the four additional observations through 2018 (at the University of New Orleans) show a cumulative apparent subsidence of 147 mm in 29 years, which is 5 mm a year.”

[SEPP Comment: The marshlands are no longer refreshed by huge floods bringing in new soil.]

Loss of Louisiana marsh lands highly likely as sea levels rise, study shows

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By J. Edward Moreno, The Hill, May 23, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/499329-loss-of-louisiana-marsh-lands-highly-likely-as-sea-levels-rise

Tipping points of Mississippi Delta marshes due to accelerated sea-level rise

By Torbjörn E. Törnqvist, Science, May 22, 2020

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/21/eaaz5512

[SEPP Comment: From the abstract: “We present an 8500-year-long marsh record from the Mississippi Delta, showing that at rates of RSL rise exceeding 6 to 9 mm year−1, marsh conversion into open water occurs in about 50 years.” Boldface added. The study of sea level rise begins when the great ice sheets of the Northern Hemisphere were still melting!]

Volcanic eruptions reduce global rainfall

By Staff Writers, Pohang, South Korea (SPX) May 28, 2020

https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Volcanic_eruptions_reduce_global_rainfall_999.html

Link to paper: Volcanic-induced global monsoon drying modulated by diverse El Niño responses

By Seungmok Paik, et al., Science, May 22, 2020

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/21/eaba1212

Un-Science or Non-Science?

New Study Predicts Higher Sea-Level Rise than IPCC Projections

By Staff, AZoCleantech, May 26, 2020

https://www.azocleantech.com/news.aspx?newsID=27325

Link to paper: Estimating global mean sea-level rise and its uncertainties by 2100 and 2300 from an expert survey

By Benjamin P. Horton, et al. Nature, May 8, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41612-020-0121-5

[SEPP Comment: A poll of modelers who have failed to produce a valid model?]

Lowering Standards

What The BBC Don’t Want You To Know About Miami’s Rising Seas

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 25, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/05/25/what-the-bbc-dont-want-you-to-know-about-miamis-rising-seas/

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Yellow (Green) Journalism?

Dinosaur-dooming asteroid struck earth at ‘deadliest possible’ angle

News Release, Imperial College London, May 26, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/icl-das052520.php

Link to paper: A steeply-inclined trajectory for the Chicxulub impact

By G. S. Collins, et al. Nature Communications, May 26, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15269-x

Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?

New Video: 1969

By Tony Heller, His Blog, May 28, 2020

https://realclimatescience.com/2020/05/new-video-1969/

It was already too late in 1969?

Study Shows Climate Change Expands North American Bird Ranges – Media Sounds Alarm

By James Taylor, Climate Realism, May 28, 2020

Link to paper: Migratory behavior and winter geography drive differential range shifts of eastern birds in response to recent climate change

By Clark S. Rushing, PNAS, May 26, 2020

https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/05/20/2000299117

Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.

Exposing the lies

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, May 27, 2020

https://climatediscussionnexus.com/2020/05/27/exposing-the-lies/

“Maybe what Oreskes meant was that the memo is typical of the lying lies of the liars who lie about climate, and her book is about the lying lies of these liars and they lie so much that they must be exposed as lying liars who lie so much. Or something of that sort.”

Corporate Green ‘Disclosures’ Are Often Mere Marketing

Companies tout their work on climate change in their filings but mislead the public about their impact.

By Steve Milloy, WSJ, Via Junk Science.com, May 26, 2020

https://junkscience.com/2020/05/corporate-green-disclosures-are-often-mere-marketing/

Global warming now pushing heat into territory humans cannot tolerate

By Tom Matthews and Colin Raymond, The Conversation, Via Phys.org, May 21, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-global-territory-humans-tolerate.html

[SEPP Comment: A small increase in warmth is now dangerous for humans who evolved in the tropics and crossed the Sahara?]

Communicating Better to the Public – Do a Poll?

BBC Plug Silly Survey

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 25, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/05/25/bbc-plug-silly-survey/

“BBC confuses ‘CO2’ with ‘clean air’.”

Communicating Better to the Public – Go Personal.

In Big Oil Fight, Climate Activists Are Suddenly Preaching Against The Choir

By Ed Hirs, Forbes, May 26, 2020

https://www.forbes.com/sites/edhirs/2020/05/26/the-proxy-war-of-climate-blackrock-and-oil–gas/#1a6ce03a4f1c

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda on Children

When in danger or in doubt

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, May 27, 2020

https://climatediscussionnexus.com/2020/05/27/when-in-danger-or-in-doubt/

“Indefatigable evangelical alarmist Katharine Hayhoe tweets that ‘HALF of all young people report that concern over climate change is hurting their mental health.’”

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Children for Propaganda

Greta Thunberg Or Naomi Seibt — How They Enforce Official Orthodoxy

By Francis Menton, Manhattan Contrarian, May 27, 2020

https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2020-5-26-greta-thunberg-or-naomi-seibt

Expanding the Orthodoxy

BBC Plug Yet Another Coronavirus Green Recovery Plan

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 27, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/bbc-plug-yet-another-coronavirus-green-recovery-plan/

Military intelligence

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, May 27, 2020

https://climatediscussionnexus.com/2020/05/27/military-intelligence/

[SEPP Comment: Many veterans joke that the term, military intelligence, is a self-contradiction. Apparently, some retired officers desire to keep the joke alive.]

Questioning European Green

Europe Is Firmly Committed To Economic Suicide

By Francis Menton, Manhattan Contrarian, May 23, 2020

https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2020-5-23-europe-is-firmly-committed-to-economic-suicide

China To Boost Oil & Gas Exploration, As EU Prepares To Commit Suicide

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 22, 2020

EU lawmakers debate 65% climate target proposal

By Florence Schulz, EURACTIV, May 29, 2020 [H/t GWPF]

https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eu-parliaments-climate-committee-divided-over-65-climate-target/

Questioning Green Elsewhere

The Global Economy’s Fuel Gauge

Oil powers almost all transportation—and Covid-19 will only intensify its dominance.

By Mark Mills, City Journal, May 21, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://www.city-journal.org/covid-19-will-intensify-dominance-of-oil

The Green God That Failed — Almost

By Steven F. Hayward, Real Clear Energy, May 28, 2020

https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2020/05/28/the_green_god_that_failed__almost_494439.html

Dominion Energy proposes 40% rate hike in Virginia to pay for “net zero carbon”

By David Wojick, CFACT, May 23, 2020

https://www.cfact.org/2020/05/23/dominion-energy-proposes-40-rate-hike-in-virginia-to-pay-for-net-zero-carbon/

[SEPP Comment: No wonder the state legislators and governor eliminated the authority of the State Corporation Commission to review proposed new facilities for cost effectiveness.]

Covid-19 Exposes the Folly of Push for Renewable Energy Investment

By Gerard Scimeca, The Hill, May 26, 2020

https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2020/05/26/covid-19_exposes_the_folly_of_push_for_renewable_energy_investment_492557.html

Funding Issues

BlackRock and ESG

By Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, May 21, 2020

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/blackrock-esg-climate-politics/

The Political Games Continue

Andrew Dessler: Climate Alarmist as Energy Expert (Part II)

By Robert Bradley Jr., Master Research, May 28, 2020

https://www.masterresource.org/houston-chronicle/dessler-energy-expert-ii/

“The popular climate discussion … looks at man as a destructive force for climate livability … because we use fossil fuels. In fact, the truth is the exact opposite; we don’t take a safe climate and make it dangerous; we take a dangerous climate and make it safe. High-energy civilization, not climate, is the driver of climate livability.” (Alex Epstein, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, pp. 126–127).

Litigation Issues

Response to Ninth Circuit’s Decision on California Climate Litigation: Ruling Underscores Why the Supreme Court Should Hear These Cases

From the Manufacturers Accountability Project (MAP), Via WUWT, May 26, 2020

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/05/26/response-to-ninth-circuits-decision-on-california-climate-litigation-ruling-underscores-why-the-supreme-court-should-hear-these-cases/

“The Ninth Circuit ruling identifies the main reason this case and all climate tort litigation is not suited for federal or state court, stating ‘whether the Energy Companies can be held liable for public nuisance based on production and promotion of the use of fossil fuels and be required to spend billions of dollars on abatement is no doubt an important policy question.’”

Win for Climate Skeptics: Trump’s EO Begins to Strip Section 230 Protection from Social Media Giants

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, May 28, 2020

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/05/28/giant-win-for-climate-skeptics-president-trump-just-removed-section-230-protection-from-abusive-social-media-giants/

Court strikes down 440 oil and gas leases across the West

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, May 26, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/499548-court-strikes-down-440-oil-and-gas-leases-across-the-west

[SEPP Comment: To protect sage grouse habitat, is the next step to eliminate all fences which are the real problem, not oil and gas development?]

Judge throws out lawsuit attempting to halt federal coal leases

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill, May 22, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/499245-judge-throws-out-lawsuit-attempting-to-halt-federal-coal-leases

Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes

Denmark Puts Plans for Climate-Focused Tax Reform on Hold

By Jan Stojaspal, Bloomberg, May 27, 2020

https://news.bloombergtax.com/daily-tax-report-international/denmark-puts-plans-for-climate-focused-tax-reform-on-hold

Subsidies and Mandates Forever

IRS Relaxes Requirements for Renewable Energy Tax Credits—Coronavirus Edition

By Ben Lieberman, CEI, May 29, 2020

https://cei.org/blog/irs-relaxes-requirements-renewable-energy-tax-credits%E2%80%94coronavirus-edition

Link to: U.S. renewable energy consumption surpasses coal for the first time in over 130 years

By Staff, EIA, May 28, 2020

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=43895

Hydropower explained

https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/hydropower/

Wind Farms Paid Record £.9.3m To Switch Off Their Turbines For One Day

By Staff, The Sunday Telegraph, UK, Via GWPF, May 25, 2020

https://www.thegwpf.com/wind-farms-paid-record-9-3m-to-switch-off-their-turbines-for-one-day/

EPA and other Regulators on the March

House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, May 28, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/499989-house-republicans-introduce-bill-to-speed-mining-projects-for

“Republican lawmakers on Natural Resources as well as the House Science Committee hope the permitting changes would decrease the length of the process from seven to 10 years to two or three years.”

Energy Issues – Non-US

Balancing Unstable National Grid Could Be Lights Out For UK Energy Companies

Energy companies could go bust because of a surprise £500 million bill for keeping the lights on during the coronavirus pandemic, SSE has warned.

By Staff, The Times, Via GWPF, May 25, 2020

https://www.thegwpf.com/balancing-unstable-national-grid-could-be-lights-out-for-uk-energy-companies/

Council Borrowed £1BN From Taxpayers to Bet on British Sunshine

By Gareth Davies and Charles Boutaud, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, May 22, 2020

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2020-05-22/thurrock-council-borrowed-1bn-from-taxpayers-to-bet-on-british-sunshine

Drax CCGT Project Wins First Court Battle

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 23, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/drax-ccgt-project-wins-first-court-battle/

“It appears likely that this judgement will be appealed, and it was the Appeal Court which ruled against the Heathrow expansion.

“It is noteworthy that Greenpeace’s John Sauven claims CCGT makes ‘little economic sense’, because wind and solar are already cheaper. But surely that is a decision for Drax to make?

“What remains indisputable is that Britain’s power grid cannot operate without the back up of reliable sources of generation, such as CCGT. The dependability of our energy infrastructure is far too important to be put into the hands of unelected, activist judges.”

IEA: Coronavirus ‘accelerating closure’ of ageing fossil-fuelled power plants

By Josh Gabbatiss, Carbon Brief, May 27, 2020

https://www.carbonbrief.org/iea-coronavirus-accelerating-closure-of-ageing-fossil-fuelled-power-plants?utm_campaign=RevueCBWeeklyBriefing&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

No Green Strings Attached in Lufthansa’s Bailout Package

By William Wilkes, Bloomberg, May 26, 2020

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/lufthansa-bailout-comes-with-no-new-climate-strings-attached

Energy Issues – Australia

Victoria blows up cheapest electricity generator in the state

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, May 25, 2020

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/05/victoria-blows-up-cheapest-electricity-generator-in-the-state/

“Every single week in January, when electricity demand peaks in Australia, there were days when one old coal plant could have provided more electricity than all 57 new wind farms on the National Electricity Market could.

“How much did it cost to build 57 not-there-when-you-need-it wind farms?”

Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?

COVID-19 Dooms the Climate… Again! IEA: Oil Demand to Soon Exceed Pre-Lockdown Level

By David Middleton, WUWT, May 28, 2020

Asian Demand For LNG Remains Resilient

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 26, 2020

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/asian-demand-for-lng-remains-resilient/#more-44944

Bloomberg: “Achilles’ Heel of Shale” Epic Fail

By David Middleton, WUWT, May 26, 2020

“Which, mathematically, makes it relatively easy for US oil production to be ramped up or down fairly quickly in response to price swings… It’s the exact opposite of an ‘Achilles’ Heel.’”

U.S. Shale Could Crush The Oil Market Recovery

By Haley Zaremba, Oil Price.com, May17, 2020

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/US-Shale-Could-Crush-The-Oil-Market-Recovery.html

Return of King Coal?

GenOn Will Close Three Coal-Fired Units

By Darrell Proctor, Power Mag, May 21, 2020

https://www.powermag.com/genon-will-close-three-coal-fired-units/

“GenOn Holdings said Units 1, 2, and 3 at its Dickerson Generating Station will be closed due to ‘unfavorable economic conditions and increased costs associated with environmental compliance.’”

“The plant completed a $1.1-billion upgrade to its emissions system in late 2009. NRG in 2013 said it planned to decommission the coal-fired units by 2017, due to Maryland’s emissions regulations, but in 2015 said it would delay that action until 2019. NRG in early 2016 then said it would continue to operate the units.”

Nuclear Energy and Fears

One More To Go

By Donn Dears, Power For USA, May 26, 2020

https://ddears.com/2020/05/26/one-more-to-go/

[SEPP Comment: Irresponsible government following lobbyists with no responsibilities.]

With Vogtle Completion in Sight, Southern Company Targets Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

By Aaron Larson, Power Mag, May 28, 2020

https://www.powermag.com/with-vogtle-completion-in-sight-southern-company-targets-net-zero-carbon-emissions/

[SEPP Comment: At what costs to the consumers?]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other

Great civilizations are built on good fuel (not on hydrogen)

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, May 29, 2020

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/05/great-civilizations-are-built-on-good-fuel-not-on-hydrogen/

“The Global Warming religion is a new form of animism.”

[SEPP Comment: Animism can be described as the belief that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. The Greens practice compulsory animism, you must believe!]

Thought Bubbles from Canberra – more useless energy policies

By Viv Forbes, The Saltbush Club, May 26, 2020

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles

States, environmental groups challenge EPA fuel efficiency rule

Trump administration rule is ‘riddled with errors, omissions, and unfounded assumptions,’ lawsuit charges

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call, May 27, 2020 [H/t Cooler Heads]

https://www.rollcall.com/2020/05/27/states-environmental-groups-challenge-epa-fuel-efficiency-rule/

“Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the rule would ‘degrade air quality, exacerbate serious public health risks, and worsen the climate crisis’ during a pandemic.”

[SEPP Comment: Currently in the US, automobile emit water vapor and carbon dioxide, which humans exhale, and little else. Does breathing degrade air quality, exacerbate serious public health risks?]

Detroit Three have a new competitor in the electric pickup war — it’s called Endurance

By Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press, May 26, 2020 [H/t William Dwyer]

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/05/26/lordstown-motors-all-electric-endurance-intensify-truck-war/5257797002/

Health, Energy, and Climate

Don’t Expect Public Health Policy To Change After Coronavirus

American culture, specifically our disdainful attitude toward expertise and leadership, is not conducive to making improvements to public health policy. Don’t expect many changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

By Alex Berezow, ACSH, May 19, 2020

https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/05/19/dont-expect-public-health-policy-change-after-coronavirus-14803

[SEPP Comment: Often that distain is well earned by the experts and leadership.]

Environmental Industry

Green group proposes nearly $6T infrastructure and clean energy stimulus plan

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill, May 26, 2020

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/499575-green-group-proposes-6t-infrastructure-and-clean-energy-stimulus

[SEPP Comment: Even $6 trillion cannot make the wind blow and sun shine 24/7, but the Sierra Club does not care.]

Other Scientific News

Half the universe’s ordinary matter was missing — and may have been found

The long-sought matter appears to have been hiding in the gaps between galaxies

By Maria Temming, Science News, May 27, 2020

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/universe-missing-matter-found-fast-radio-bursts

Link to paper: A census of baryons in the Universe from localized fast radio bursts

By J.-P. Macquart, Nature, May 27, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2300-2

From the article: “But all that wispy material, taken together, is enough to account for all the universe’s missing matter — bringing ordinary matter up to about 5 percent of the modern universe’s overall matter and energy, the researchers say.”

The most common organism in the oceans harbors a virus in its DNA

News Release, University of Washington, May 29, 2020

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uow-tmc052820.php

Link to paper: Lysogenic host–virus interactions in SAR11 marine bacteria

By Robert M. Morris, et al., Nature Microbiology, May 18, 2020

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41564-020-0725-x

“‘There are 10 times more viruses in the ocean than there are bacteria,’ Morris said. ‘Understanding how those large numbers are maintained is important. How does a virus survive? If you kill your host, how do you find another host before you degrade?’”

Tiny plankton drive processes in the ocean that capture twice as much carbon as scientists thought

By Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Via The Conversation, May 21, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://theconversation.com/tiny-plankton-drive-processes-in-the-ocean-that-capture-twice-as-much-carbon-as-scientists-thought-136599

COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

By Richard Primack and Casey Setash, The Conversation, May 19, 2020 [H/t WUWT]

https://theconversation.com/covid-19-is-eroding-scientific-field-work-and-our-knowledge-of-how-the-world-is-changing-137045

Other News that May Be of Interest

Researchers use drones, machine learning to detect dangerous ‘butterfly’ landmines

By Staff Writers, Binghamton NY (SPX), May 27, 2020

https://www.spacewar.com/reports/Researchers_use_drones_machine_learning_to_detect_dangerous_butterfly_landmines_999.html

Link to paper: Applying Deep Learning to Automate UAV-Based Detection of Scatterable Landmines

By Jasper Baur, et al, Remote Sensing, Mar 6, 2020

https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/12/5/859

Stunning Satellite Image on a Nearly Clear Day

By Cliff Mass Weather Blog, May 27, 2020

https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2020/05/stunning-satellite-image-on-nearly.html

BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:

Lemming Suicide Myth: Disney Film Faked Bogus Behavior

By Riley Woodford, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sep 2003 [H/t WUWT]

https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=56

Death by climate

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, May 27, 2020

https://climatediscussionnexus.com/2020/05/27/death-by-climate/

[SEPP Comment: If someone freezes to death in Alaska, where it has warmed, would it be classified as death from climate change?]

Climate Clowns Call For Timber Building Boom–Despite Safety Fears

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, May 28, 2020

“As for the hard left Schnellhuber’s claim that ‘societies have made good use of wood for buildings for many centuries’, I suggest he studies the history of the Great Fire of London.”

New Video: Disasters Slated For 2020

By Tony Heller, His Blog, May 28, 2020

https://realclimatescience.com/2020/05/new-video-disasters-slated-for-2020/

If we make it that long!

“Mummy, What’s that Smell?”: SMH Climate Activist Explains Tim Flannery’s Electrical Impulse Tree Communication Theory

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, May 30, 2020

ARTICLES

1. When Covid ‘Science’ Is a Smokescreen

Like many politicians, Washington’s Jay Inslee trusts the numbers only when they serve his purposes.

By Todd Myers, WSJ, May 27, 2020

https://www.wsj.com/articles/when-covid-science-is-a-smokescreen-11590600067?mod=opinion_lead_pos5

TWTW Summary: The article by the environmental director of the Seattle-based Washington Policy Center is in the section News You Can Use.

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Trump Protects Your Rights From Regulators

A little-noticed provision of his executive order will help people like our clients, who’ve spent years in court fighting abuses.

By Jonathan Wood and Elizabeth Slattery, WSJ, May 16, 2020

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-protects-your-rights-from-regulators-11590532916?mod=opinion_lead_pos9

TWTW Summary: The members of Pacific Legal Foundation write:

“One of the first actions of Congress in 1789 was proposing a bill of rights that limited government power and guaranteed the liberties of the American people. Power has since shifted from Congress to an unaccountable regulatory state, but there is no equivalent bill of rights to limit its power or protect liberty in the bureaucratic process.

“President Trump last week issued an executive order, ‘Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery.’ Its temporary relief provisions have attracted much attention, and deservedly so, but an important part has been overlooked. The executive order includes a regulatory bill of rights that identifies ‘principles of fairness in administrative enforcement and adjudication’ and commands agencies to revise their procedures accordingly.

“Here are some of the principles: You should be presumed innocent unless proven guilty of violating a regulation. Agency enforcement should be prompt and fair, not needlessly drawn out. Disputes should be decided by neutral judges, not agency enforcement officials. Agency rules of evidence should be clear and fair, and agencies shouldn’t withhold evidence that is potentially exculpatory. Threatened penalties should be proportionate to the alleged wrong. Agencies shouldn’t coerce you into giving up your rights. Agencies shouldn’t engage in practices that cause unfair surprise. And agency practice should promote, rather than evade, accountability.

“These principles may seem basic, but federal agencies have too often failed to uphold them, as we explain in a Pacific Legal Foundation report released this month, ‘The Regulatory State’s Due Process Deficits.’ Through nine case studies of enforcement abuse involving our foundation’s clients, we show how agencies withhold fair notice, use biased rules of evidence, threaten excessive penalties to coerce people into giving up, resist scrutiny by courts and evade democratic accountability.

“Consider the Environmental Protection Agency’s treatment of Mike and Chantell Sackett, who in 2007 were attempting to build their dream home in Priest Lake, Idaho. As work began, the EPA without notice claimed their lot was a federally protected wetland and demanded they abandon their plans for a home. Large daily fines would pile up if they failed to comply. When the Sacketts protested, bureaucrats refused to provide evidence to support their claims and attempted to deny the Sacketts their day in court.

“The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 2012 that EPA orders alleging Clean Water Act violations are judicially reviewable. But the foot-dragging had its intended effect, and the potential fines ultimately grew to more than $150 million. Only after 12 years of litigation and public criticism did the EPA relent and drop the order and the fines. It still isn’t clear whether the Sacketts can build anything on their property. Our appeal to clarify is pending at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.”

The authors give two more examples and conclude:

“The problem isn’t that agents occasionally cross lines in pursuit of clear villains. Bureaucrats have stacked the process against ordinary people even in mundane cases. These problems aren’t isolated to the EPA. Our report details abuses by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Food and Drug Administration and others.

“The First Congress included in the Bill of Rights a guarantee that no one would be deprived of life, liberty, or property ‘without due process of law.’ The protections inherent in this clause are vital to shielding Americans from arbitrary or abusive government action. The Regulatory Bill of Rights promises the same protections against the regulatory state, protections that are long overdue, as our clients can attest.”

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