American Elephants


The Department of Justice Is After The Wrong Person, for The Wrong Reason! by The Elephant's Child

ClimateGate 2.0 has been even more revealing than the first round of exposure of emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, and Professor Michael Mann and his cohorts. Politicized science, coverups, falsification of evidence, and attempts to suppress the work of those who disagree. It just is not the way Science is supposed to work.

The revelations contained in the emails is increasing public doubt in the extravagant claims of global warming. The percentage of people who accept the warming theory is plummeting. Now Bishop Hill reports that the IPCC has declared itself above the law.The meeting of IPCC WGII lead author meeting in San Francisco has ruled on freedom of information legislation:

…the IPCC member states have ruled on freedom of information legislation. Specifically, it has been decided that FoI does not apply to IPCC material. This is false. FoI is national legislation. These laws can only be interpreted by the relevant courts. These laws can only be changed by the relevant parliaments. The civil servants that speak on behalf of their countries have no right to usurp FoI legislation, and the IPCC has no say in this matter.

Now the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is working with the United Kingdom police to pursue the leaker of the 2009 and 2011 “ClimateGate” emails.  Last week the DOJ sent a search-and-seizure letter to the host of three climate-change-”skeptic” blogs.  Last night, UK police raided a blogger’s home and removed computers and equipment.

The leaked ClimateGate records derailed the Obama administration’s much desired ‘cap-and-trade’ legislation in the U.S. and internationally as well as climate talks for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. The emails and computer code were produced with taxpayer funds and held on taxpayer-owned computers both in the US and the UK and all were subject to the UK Freedom of Information Act, the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and state FOIA laws.

They were also being unlawfully withheld in both the UK (by the University of East Anglia) and in the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for more than two years.  Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of the state of Virginia is pursuing specific anti-fraud authority to seek records from University of Virginia following up on revelations from the first release of ClimateGate emails, for evidence of possible fraud against the taxpayers.  So far University of Virginia has spent upwards of $1 million fighting Cuccinellli’s request, and opposing every effort to produce the requested documents.

Now the Department of Justice is, with the UK police, attempting to find the leaker.  The ClimateGate  email release has suggested that there is yet a third, and even more revealing batch of emails to come. Yet authorities are pursuing the leaker, rather that those who unlawfully refused to release records  that were unlawfully withheld under Freedom of Information laws.  They are on the wrong side of this one, which suggests that they are desperately trying to prevent a further release of records that might further expose the faulty science upon which the White House’s embrace of global warming, subsidies for alternate energy, regulations from the EPA and the Energy Department that are meant to replace the cap-and-trade that they couldn’t get past Congress.

The text of the DOJ request to the ISP is here.  The extent of the information they want to attempt to prosecute the leaker is quite breathtaking, and their interest in the fraud on the taxpayer that has been revealed is even more so.

The climate is always warming and cooling. It is a natural process. Over the past century the climate warmed by about one degree — in a hundred years. Surely we can adapt to that.  Now it has been cooling since 1998. Perhaps we don’t need to spend billions in futile efforts to change from cheap, plentiful energy to alternate energy sources that simply don’t work. When or if wind and solar energy technology is capable of providing cheap dependable energy, the government won’t have to be involved. The market will support it.



The Sun is Setting on the Highly Subsidized Solar Industry. by The Elephant's Child

Solar power companies in Germany don’t go’ bankrupt,’ they become ‘insolvent’ and file for creditor protection.  The pioneer German power company Solon filed for creditor protection on Tuesday. Germany is cutting back on the subsidies, the political backing is dissolving. There had been massive overexpansion, and popular support is diminishing.  Some venture capitalists and financial heavyweights have been riding the global climate change scare for every dollar of subsidy that they can get out of it.

Germany determined to phase out its nuclear energy, but the resulting power gap will be filled by coal and gas rather than solar and wind. Vogt Group has slashed more than a third of its workforce in one day. SPA Solar, Germany’s top solar group is laying off up to 1,000 temporary workers by the end of the year.  Q-Cells is laying off 250, and SolarWorld has shut down production at one of its U.S. based solar plants to save costs. Overcapacity, uncompetitive,  and dependent on government subsidy, there will be a continuing shakeout .

We had $535 million Solyndra; the Germans have Solon, which has been  slashing costs and staff for months, but still needs protection from a $375 million loan from Deutsche Bank AG.

In Oregon, the notorious Shepherds Flat, the world’s largest wind farm, last week received a positive credit rating from Fitch, but with a negative outlook on $1.2 billion in loans.  The project calls for $1.9 billion in General Electric turbines to be installed with $1.2 billion in subsidies. Terence Corcoran says in his Financial Post article:

Fitch says the operation is  “bankruptcy remote” since the government guarantees the loans.  But it attached a negative watch because the U.S. government is on negative watch.

Fitch didn’t say that the U.S. government is on negative watch because of spending on such things as wind and renewable energy.  Since enaction as part of the 2009 Obama stimulus program, renewable power has cost $9.6 billion, which Time magazine says is three times what Congress had expected.

The renewable energy lobbyists are hard at work trying to convince the Senate finance committee to extend the subsidies to their industry.  Biodiesel relies on a $1 per gallon tax credit which expire Dec. 31, and ethanol subsidies expand at the same time.  The tax credit for wind at 2.2¢ per kilowatt hour of electricity also expires at the end of he year.

The pitch is that their operations create jobs and provide clean energy, but numerous reports and studies show that the cost of the tax breaks and subsidies destroys at least as man obs as are gained.  With all of these nations facing financial problems, the bubble is bursting and the industry is losing support and logic. In Canada, Ontario is cutting back on subsidies as well.

There is a lesson, as Matt Ridley says,—  cheap energy is an employment multiplier, while costly energy is an employment divider.  Governments would do well to recall that fact, for the green jobs myth will cause far more unemployment.




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