"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Thursday, March 31, 2011

From Both Sides Now- Climate Science Contradicts Itself!

Joni Mitchell's song "From both Sides Now" came to mind when looking at the contradictory views of warmist scientists giving me a good excuse to play one of my favourites!

The Warmists with their settled science have a vast array of "peer reviewed" papers to draw on to explain how Global Warming has caused any particular problem. Warm or cold,wet or dry, snow or drought ,whatever happens evil Global Warming is the root cause of it and it can be scientifically proved. The list of so-called bad effects of AGW is huge but not always consistent.
Pierre Gosselin of the No Tricks Zone reports on 30 Contradictory Pairs of Peer-Reviewed papers showing how man-made climate change experts contradict themselves taking both sides of a particular position.

Amazon dry season greener
Amazon dry season browner
Avalanches may increase
Avalanches may decrease – wet snow more though [?]
Bird migrations longer
Bird migrations shorter
Bird migrations out of fashion
Boreal forest fires may increase
Boreal forest fires may continue decreasing
Chinese locusts swarm when warmer
Chinese locusts swarm when cooler
Columbia spotted frogs decline
Columbia spotted frogs thrive in warming world
Coral island atolls to sink [?]
Coral island atolls to rise [? - ?]
Earth’s rotation to slow down
Earth’s rotation to speed up
East Africa to get less rain
East Africa to get more rain – pdf
Great Lakes less snow
Great Lakes more snow
Gulf stream slows down
Gulf stream speeds up a little
Indian monsoons to be drier
Indian monsoons to be wetter
Indian rice yields to decreasefull paper
Indian rice yields to increase
Latin American forests may decline
Latin American forests have thrived in warmer world with more co2!
Leaf area index reduced [1990s]
Leaf area index increased [1981-2006]
Malaria may increase
Malaria may continue decreasing
Malaria in Burundi to increase
Malaria in Burundi to decrease [?]
North Atlantic cod to decline
North Atlantic cod to thrive
North Atlantic cyclone frequency to increase
North Atlantic cyclone frequency to decreasefull pdf
North Atlantic Ocean less salty
North Atlantic Ocean more salty
Northern Hemisphere ice sheets to decline [? - ? - ?]
Northern Hemisphere ice sheets to grow [?]
Plant methane emissions significant
Plant methane emissions insignificant
Plants move uphill
Plants move downhill [?]
Sahel to get less rain
Sahel to get more rain
Sahel may get more or less rain
San Francisco less foggy
San Francisco more foggy
Sea level rise accelerated
Sea level rise deceleratedfull pdf
Soil moisture less
Soil moisture more
Squids get smaller
Squids get larger
Stone age hunters may have triggered past warming [?]
Stone age hunters may have triggered past cooling
Swiss mountain debris flow may increase
Swiss mountain debris flow may decrease
Swiss mountain debris flow may decrease then increase in volume
UK may get more droughts
UK may get more rain
Wind speed to go up [?]
Wind speed slows down [?]
Wind speed to speed up then slow down
Winters maybe warmer [? - ?]
Winters maybe colder ;O)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Garnaut - More Bureaucrats Will Keep Power Prices Down!

And this bloke purports to be an economist! Ross Garnaut , expert in everything from Global Warming to Power Generation thinks a new committee will reduce energy price increases - jet flight paths will have to change to avoid the proliferation  of aerial porkers we expect at the same time. I recommend Garnaut study the Deadweight Ratio before he adds to the burden of useless bureaucracy on the backs of Australian workers. This brilliant fellow proposes we tax the power generators out of existence and then we generously intervene with a loan to keep them going. The simple idea of not taxing them in the first place seems to have escaped him.

Loonies in Charge of EU Asylum!

 The European Commission has gone barking mad with their latest plans to ban cars and lorries from all European cities from 2050. If anyone is in doubt how sick the EU has become this should remove all doubt. The British Driver's Association summed it up simply " The man is off his rocker!"
The Telegraph reports:

Bolt vs Flannery - Bolt wins by Knock-out!

Andrew Bolt

While Andrew Bolt's public battle with Tim Flannery over global warming has gone on long enough for Flannery's foolish predictions to catch up with him , the formation of Flannery's  Climate Commission has given the Bolter's campaign a new lease on life. When Andrew asked Flannery how much warming would be forestalled by Australia's Co2 reduction target he could not answer and blustered.Bolt has now enlisted the aid of the skeptic's classically educated scholar , the colorful Christopher Monckton to answer the question Flannery squibbed.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Professor Carter Corrects Climate Commissioners Oral Exam --- Fail!

I recently sat through a television interview where Tim Flannery and his Climate Change Commission catastrophists answered Dorothy Dixers on global warming passing silly questions from one to another with such unctuous good manners I was looking for the closest of the sick bag or the TV remote. Not one questioner asked why there has been no global warming in the last 15 years while CO2 rose 5% or any other hard questions to show up the  nonsense that was being parrotted by these "independent" commissioners.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Safe nuclear does exist, and China is leading the way with thorium

With the Japanese nuclear reactor disaster causing a huge PR problem for the industry it may just be be the time for the thorium reactor to get recognition as a cheaper ,cleaner and safer alternative. Thorium is a material in abundant supply throughout the world and may be the Holy Grail energy suppliers have sought.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dead-weight Ratio - A Metric For Our Times.

The gut feeling you have that things are going wrong in society has never had a better measure than  that described by William Baldwin as the  Deadweight Ratio - the ratio of Government,semi-government employee and welfare recipient  numbers to those in the private sector.  It measures how many mouths each private sector worker has to feed and it is unsurprising that California is near the top of the list!

Bob Carter et al - Peer Review Corruption!

The UK's House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is conducting an inquiry into the peer review process and with submissions now appearing here. Our own Bob Carter and his co-authors have submitted a scathing review of the peer review process they encountered in publishing their paper. The journal's process of choosing reviewers who would "know what to do" with  the paper , was disclosed in some of the Climategate emails.

Friend or foe could kill carbon bill!

On the carbon tax issue Julia Gillard is wedged uncomfortably between an invigorated Abbot opposition and the dreamers and fellow travellers that make up the Greens . Dennis Shanahan in  the Australian  reports:

JULIA Gillard has adopted plan B. The Prime Minister has declared simultaneous war on the climate-change denying Tony Abbott and the otherworldly Bob Brown over the implementation of a carbon price that both fights global warming and defends Australian jobs.
The Prime Minister has whole-heartedly and explicitly decided to take on the "two extremes" of Australian politics, as she describes the Coalition and the Australian Greens, in her efforts to impose a carbon tax from July 1 next year.
All the polls - not just the record low for Labor's primary vote in Newspoll - have Labor flailing, Gillard's dissatisfaction rocketing and, for the first time, the majority of public opinion against the idea of imposing a carbon price to combat global warming. There is also a sudden decline in the US in public concern about climate change as the US government retreats from an emissions trading scheme.
Recent polls both in Australia and the US show declining support for    man-made warming alarmism with many people tending to get bored with the subject and adopting a "been there ,done that" attitude. Trying to foist a "great big new tax" on an apathetic populace is a Herculean task and Gillard is not up to it , but the bridges have all been burnt now and there is no way back!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hide the Decline for Dummies!

Colorful Berkley physics professor Richard Muller does a great job in explaining the bad science in the "hide the decline " scandal in layman's language.

Professor Judith Curry comments on the video in her Climategate blog entry.
Slowly the analysis of the Climategate scandal is being investigated by very senior scientists who don't like what they see.

Monday, March 14, 2011

With God on Our Side!

Catholic Archbishop Pell has large cojones and serves it up to the Warmists in no uncertain fashion as he comes out swinging in the Global Warming debate. While he is not claiming "infallibility" he is making a lot of sense. It is gratifying to see such a public figure take part while so many  prominent sceptics don't have the courage to speak out.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Carbon Tax Rallies!

The Climate faithful are rallying in Melbourne to support Gillard's Carbon tax without any regard for how un-Australian their actions are. Any red-blooded Aussie hates the taxman and in fact it was a tax on miners in Victoria that provoked the only armed rebellion in this fair country when miners fought at the Eureka Stockade - an Ocker version of the Tea Party. The miners produced their own flag and acquitted themselves bravely with the result that the tax was removed. The Eureka Stockade story was committed to verse by Australia's own bush poet laureate Henry Lawson.

Nissan Leaf Range Problems!

Electric cars have introduced a new term" range anxiety" to the world of motoring because the splendid automotive technology available today has been subverted by politics. The result is the modern electric car which couples an impressively engineered electric vehicle to a completely inadequate battery technology.There was never any point in manufacturing electric vehicles until the battery problem was solved.

Somewhere a village has lost its idiot!

Treehugger has plumbed new depths with its latest offering linking a minute change in temperature to a shifting of tectonic plates following the disaster in Japan. In the process of writing this I realised that the headline was incorrect as there seems to be quite a bunch of villages missing one of their own.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Carbon tax wonder tonic proves tough sell!

Christopher Pearson of the Australian who is a climate realist wonders,in a good article, at the bad political judgement that has put Julia Gillard's Labor government on the skids. Having seen the demise of Kevin Rudd over the Global Warming issue she has elected to risk her future and follow the last bunch of Labor-lemmings over the very same cliff. Poll-wise she is now in a worse position than Rudd was at the time of his political downfall and the same  knives are being re-sharpened.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Poll- Labor in Freefall!

The latest Roy Morgan Poll has the Coalition leading Labor 55% to 44.5% following announcement of Labor's proposed carbon tax. Of those polled 72% believed Gillard lied when she promised before the election that she would not introduce such a tax.

Gary Morgan says:
“The latest telephone Morgan Poll shows the L-NP (55.5%, up 4%) gaining a very strong lead over the ALP (44.5%, down 4%) after Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced plans to reintroduce ‘carbon tax’ legislation in Parliament to put a price on carbon.
“The immediate reaction of the public is very poor to the Government’s proposal with a clear majority of Australian electors (57%) opposed to the legislation and an even higher majority (72%) saying Gillard lied about the issue with a pre-election commitment.

A Few Kangaroos Short in the Top Paddock!

The latest fruitcake idea from the econuts is a proposal that rather than give Granny a dignified conventional funeral she should have a choice of a cardboard box ,chemical liquefaction or being frozen and powdered. Next it will be an open pit and a bucket of lime or maybe a composter or even possibly a giant worm farm where she could go in with the vegetable peelings and back into the garden.
Have these people completely lost their marbles and does human dignity mean nothing to them?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Climategate - Whitewash is Peeling!

The whole Climategate inquiry saga has shades of Monty Python where the question " Are you the man who always lies?"  is answered in the affirmative. Climategate inquiries , especially where Mann was concerned seemed to take the form:
"Did you do it?"
"OK- You're cleared!"
 An interview with Eugene Wahl , one of the Team. and the NOAA Inspector general confirms he did receive instructions from Michael Mann to delete emails and he did do so.
Steve McIntyre has the story

Friday, March 4, 2011

Brisbane Mayor a great Disappointment! More Folly for Our Children to Spend Decades Paying Off

Brisbane's Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was an engineer but seems to have lost his calculator.He should be able to do the basic maths on green power showing what an economic disaster it really is. His plans with nearby councils to build a 100 gigawatt "green" power station to be on line by 2014 are simply breathtakingly stupid and a colossal waste of ratepayers money. This new project follows his other pet tunnel projects that have been financial wrecks.
The Gold Coast, Ipswich and Scenic Rim councils have volunteered to be part of Brisbane's bold bid for a new green power station.

It was revealed yesterday Brisbane City Council planned to build a renewable energy plant in southeast Queensland by 2014.
The plant, which would be connected to the electricity grid, would also offer the flexibility for excess electricity generated to be sold to other users through the grid.
The council yesterday announced that it had begun to make a shortlist from 20 firms that had lodged expressions of interest to build a 100-gigawatt plant by 2014.
Environment chairman Peter Matic said the short-listed firms would be asked to submit tenders.
"We will make the announcement in June 2011 and we will ask them to be operating in 2014-15," he said last night.
The council will offer a 20-year contract to provide all its electricity from green energy.
Cr Matic would provide no details of the firms, but said the range of opportunity put forward included biomass, solar, hydro-electric and wind generators.
Electricity generated from these green sources would power street lights, council buildings and offices, libraries, and community centres in participating local government areas.
"Gold Coast City Council have shown an interest, Scenic Rim and Ipswich have also indicated interest in the projects as well," Cr Matic said.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale last night confirmed Ipswich was interested, with green energy vital to its plans to have Japan's biggest housing company Sekisui House build Australia's first zero-emission house factory in Ipswich.
"When I put my hand up to be the mayor of Ipswich, I put my hand up to think outside the square," he said.
"I put my hand up to do something different so that we don't just subdivide land. We are going to create communities."
Under the project brief, Brisbane City Council has not restricted what type of renewable power should be used, Cr Matic said.
"We haven't specified a certain type of renewable. We have gone to the market and said 'You tell us what you have to offer'," he said.
Cr Matic said this approach had drawn a significant response from the private sector.
"It is providing the kind of leverage that the market needs - as far as a contract - but it is also providing an added level of excitement in different non-renewable areas," he said.
"So it is not all about solar, it is not all about thermal or wind.
"It can be a combination. We have left it completely open to the market to combine these elements, or provide other options."
Ipswich City Council already has methane gas from two dumps providing power to several thousand homes.
Cr Matic said council officers would use criteria set during the project's procurement stage would be used to choose the winning tender.
"Those proposals have been marked against those [criteria] and now we are at the next stage where we are going out and asking for tenders," he said.
Cr Matic said no site had been finalised.
"We have left it to the market to tell us where they think the best location for it is.''
Cr Matic would not say if the 20 submissions had concentrated on a particular city, town or suburb.
He said the private sector response showed there was a demand now for renewable energy.
"It is seen as a viable reality," Cr Matic said.
"It is absolutely possible and there are technologies out there that can provide the level of supply, and make it guaranteed supply."
Campbell would be well advised to do some reading on wind energy and also here.
H/T Trevor

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Global warming means more snowstorms and Gadaffi's people love him!

The Sydney Morning Herald predictably trumpets the headline by the "Union of Concerned Scientists" that global warming is causing more snowstorms. The Union is the Carbonista version of Goebbels propaganda machine reacting to bad warmist news with suitable "scientific research" showing snow caused by warming .