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How Interested Are You In The Climate? by The Elephant's Child

I know that many of you are interested in matters climate, but I don’t know just how interested. If you are willing to do some reading, go to
http://www.sepp.org/the-week-that-was.cfm

There are all sorts of interesting articles, particularly those relating to the NIPCC, (the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change) in contrast to the U.N’s IPCC.

This organization began with an informal meeting in Milan, Italy in 2003. by Fred S. Singer PhD and SEPP to propose independent evaluation. They said Our sole goal in presenting this information is to enable fellow scientists, elected officials, educators, and the general public to make up their own minds about what the science says, to understand climate change rather than simply believe in it.

7 chapters begin with list of key findings that contradict those of the IPCC. Findings are discussed in detail, using in depth reviews and analysis of thousands of scientific papers.

Climatology as a field is young, and new discoveries are being made seemingly every day that reveal how little we know about how the climate works. An expert in one field may not understand or follow the latest developments in another field and depend on an organization like the IPCC to report accurately and truthfully on the overall picture of the human impact on climate. One important finding from our work is that the IPCC has abused that trust and misled countless scientists and policy makers.

That’s from “the-week-that-was”. Tantalizing, isn’t it?

You can sign up to receive their weekly newsletter on a weekend. I always enjoy it, although I’m not a scientist, but an English major who likes to read.

Kinda puts AOC and her pronouncements about approaching doom and “the Green New Deal” in proper perspective, as well as a few presidential wannabes.



I Didn’t Watch The Debate. Smartest Thing I Did Today. by The Elephant's Child

I did not watch the debate tonight. I am tired of this whole bunch who are vying to see who can offer the best thing to buy the peoples’ votes. Did anyone watch the whole thing?

I’ve seen lots of comments, which only make me glad I did not watch. Best analysis was from John Hinderaker at PowerLine blog.

1) Joe Biden was the winner tonight. He pretended to be sane, and did a decent imitation.

2) Julian Castro–did anyone remember that he was on the stage?–is running to be Elizabeth Warren’s VP. He did her dirty work tonight.

3) It’s time to pull the plug on Bernie Sanders. It’s not just that he is a raving maniac–he is an extremely elderly raving maniac. I hope he made it through the night.

4) Early on in the campaign, I thought Kamala Harris had a good shot. I was wrong.

5) Andrew Yang showed himself to be the quintessential Democrat. He gets votes the old-fashioned way: he buys them. Unfortunately, he could only afford to buy 12.

6) I heard a rumor that Amy Klobuchar participated tonight, but I can’t verify it.

His analysis was enhanced with the best Bernie Sanders picture I’ve ever seen. You can see it here.



Jordan Peterson Comments on Climate Change by The Elephant's Child

I always enjoy Jordan Peterson, because he’s so opinionated. He thinks deeply about matters, and sorts out the pluses and minuses and decides  what’s important and what is not, and talks with his hands as well.

This one is great fun.



Dr. William Happer is Leaving the Administration by The Elephant's Child

Dr. William Happer announced today that he is leaving the National Security Council on Friday September 13 after completion of his one-year term as director of emerging technologies. He had previously served as the director of energy research for the Department of Energy from 1991 to 1993.

A statement by Dr. Patrick Moore who chairs the CO² Coalition and Caleb Stuart Rossiter, a climate statistician and the executive director of the coalition read in part:

We particularly call attention to your efforts this year to harden American infrastructure from electro-magnetic pulses, and to improve a government science bureaucracy that had been producing scientifically unsound and wildly exaggerated reports on the impact of carbon dioxide emissions on global temperature and hence weather variables.

While your proposed review of alarmist analyses and projections has been delayed, we believe your work in calling attention to the problem of unscientific climate alarmism has reduced the chances of the dramatic increases in energy prices that would arise from the banning of fossil fuels that some have proposed. That in turn will improve and even save lives, both here and abroad.

Do read the whole article at Climate Depot. There is a huge push to spend $16 Trillion to stop climate change (We have no idea of how to stop the climate from changing), the government has no money of its own and $16 trillion coming out of your pocketbooks and wallets would have more effect on your well being than it would on the climate. Greta Thunberg has spoken and wants you to be scared about the climate like she is.



Don’t Let Them Fool You! Carbon is NOT a Pollutant. Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate. by The Elephant's Child

Can people get it through their heads? Carbon is not a pollutant. We are carbon life forms. We exhale carbon dioxide every time we breathe. Plants absorb the carbon dioxide as fertilizer – that makes them grow, and releases oxygen. You were supposed to have learned that in high school biology. It’s a cycle called photosynthesis.

Climate models predict disaster and a carbon crisis, but real world evidence shows no such thing is occurring. Back when the first faint screams of climate crisis were appearing, governments wanted some kind of proof. Federal grants were available to scientists who were studying climate. Well, lots of professors in mostly ignored labs in American universities knew how to write a grant proposal, or studied up quickly on how it was done, and said that with a grant, they could surely figure it all out very quickly. The grants brought money and prestige for professor and university. Professors turned quickly to computerized  models used for predicting future outcomes for the stock market. Prediction is just prediction, right? So they entered what they knew about the climate, and then what they thought might be probable, then some educated guesses and a few wild guesses, and assumed that to be an accurate projection of the future climate. Well, the computer said it was.

Speaking at the 13th International Conference on Climate Change, held July 25 in Washington, DC, Dr. Roy W. Spencer of the University of Alabama in Huntsville said: “There is no climate crisis. Even if all the warming we’ve seen in any observational dataset is due to increasing CO2 (carbon dioxide), which I don’t believe it is, it’s probably too small for any person to feel in their lifetime.”

Then there was a story published from the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, It begins this way:

The same oceans that nourished human evolution are poised to unleash misery on a global scale unless the carbon pollution destabilizing Earth’s marine environment is brought to heel, warns a draft UN report obtained by AFP.

Destructive changes already set in motion could see a steady decline in fish stocks, a hundred-fold or more increase in the damages caused by superstorms, and hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising seas, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “special report” on oceans and Earth’s frozen zones…

Again, Carbon is not a pollutant. Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas the IPCC is most worried about, yet what each of exhale each time we breathe. Without carbon dioxide, all life on this planet would perish.

The IPCC is a political organization composed of representatives from various governments. The report also said:

While the underlying science – drawn from thousands of peer-reviewed studies – cannot be modified, diplomats with scientists at their elbow will tussle over how to frame the findings, and what to leave in or out. [bold added]

Here’s More from No Tricks Zone

And here is a report from the Science and Environmental Policy Project/  S. Fred Singer



Wind and Solar Simply Do Not Work As Dependable Power Sources. They Require 24/7 Backup from a Conventional Power Source. by The Elephant's Child

For more information of the accomplishments of the Obama administration in the area of climate, do enter “Solyndra” in the space over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar. Major scandal for the Obama administration.

Or enter “The Shepherds Flat Wind Project” by Robert Bryce, energy expert at the Manhattan Institute. It was the world’s largest wind farm, located about halfway between The Dalles and Pendleton in Oregon just south of the Columbia river. Bryce wrote:

Shepherds Flat is the world’s largest wind farm, about halfway between The Dalles and Pendleton in Oregon, south of the Columbia River. Interestingly, what energy is produced goes not to Oregon, but to Southern California which is always hungry for Northwest power. The Obama administration’s loan guarantee for Solyndra got lots of attention, but Shepherds Flat is an even better example of corporate welfare, and a huge drain on taxpayer funds when the economy is in the tank. The Oregonian newspaper has launched an investigation about the federal Energy Department’s loan-guarantee program and the state of Oregon’s decision to award a total of $30 million to the project — “frosting on a multilayered cake of federal, state and local subsidies.”  Reporter Ted Sickinger said “Its developers gorged themselves on hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers, and government officials were well aware it was over-subsidized.”

Oregon is oversupplied with green activists, so the Shepherds Flat project added luster to Oregon’s green ambitions. Sickinger added “Though its renewable energy credits flow to California, it generates lots of clean power. Politicians can point to property taxes and community service fees for rural counties, big lease payments for a handful of landowners and 45 permanent jobs.”

The Oregon Department of Energy ignored its own rules, legislators’ intent and taxpayers’ interest in reaffirming its decision to define Shepherds Flat wind farm as three separate facilities and provide its owners three separate $10 million tax credits.

Carbon Dioxide is not a pollutant. It’s what you exhale every time you breathe, and it is fertilizer for plants. which, in turn, release oxygen. The earth is greening to such an extent that it can be seen from space. And a lot of hungry people are getting fed. That’s a very good thing.

Wind and Solar energy sound wonderful, but they just don’t work. The wind does not blow steadily, but only intermittently. It requires 24/7 backup from a conventional power source. Solar energy is too diffuse. The sun sinks beneath the horizon every night, and is useless when there are too many clouds. They simply cannot produce the energy required by a modern civilization. It has nothing whatsoever to do with plastic straws, eating meat, or for that matter keeping a herd on the back 40. Fracking is a technique that has allowed us to become the world’s leading oil exporter. Power may seem irrelevant when you are in a large television studio, but not funny when you are in the hospital and the power fails. It is not wind or solar that provides the emergency backup.

One of the dependable sources of clean energy is nuclear power. The Democrats are too scared of it, because the Russians had one that blew up, and the Japanese had one that was ruined in a tsunami.  Californian’s on the other hand are trying to keep their Diablo Canyon nuclear plant going to the dismay of ill-informed Democrats.

The Obama administration wanted acclaim for it’s environmental efforts, but they mostly turned sour. The Solyndra scandal was a very bad one. But they apparently were not as worried about Climate Change and rising seas. The Obamas have just purchased a $15 million waterfront home in Martha’s Vineyard. Funny. When Al Gore made a lot of money on his Climate Change movie, he bought a waterfront home in San Francisco. If they waited until the prospective rising seas rose a little uncomfortably, the price would have dropped a whole bunch.



Been There, Done That. Doesn’t Work! by The Elephant's Child

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Environmentalists have long been sure that if we could just eliminate things that are not “natural” from our lives, live in harmony with nature, then the world would be a better place. Relying on the Sun and the Wind were right at the top of the list. We should eliminate chemicals from our diet, stop cutting down trees, save endangered species but stop putting animals in cages, and just quit eating meat. The very word “natural” moved right to the top of the advertising buzz-word list.

So it is no surprise that in the panic about Global Warming, which was the next big thing after we stopped panicking about a new ice age in the 1970s, and the threat of a nuclear winter receded, we turned to trying to harness the power of the sun. Sensible people pointed out that the power of the sun was very diffuse, the sun had the habit of sinking below the horizon at night, and there was the problem of cloudy days and clouds on even nice days. But this is America, and the Twenty-First Century, as we are so frequently reminded, and we have technology!

Well, yes. Words for today, but written on the 15th of June in 2015.

The 2.2 billion Ivanpah solar project in California’s Mojave Desert is definitely high-tech. Those tiny white rectangles in the picture above are more than 170,000 mirrors, each about the size of a garage door, that rotate to follow the path of the sun across the sky. Solar-thermal technology was meant to supersede old-fashioned solar panel farms. The mirrors would reflect the sunlight to the huge “power towers,” enormous pillars to create steam which would generate electricity.

The facility was built by Bright Source Energy Inc, and operated by NRG Energy Inc. NRG owns the facility along with Bright Source, Google and other investors. Last time I wrote about Ivanpah in November, they were trying to get a federal grant to pay off their $1.6 billion federal loan.

The $2.2 billion project is supposed to be generating more than a million megawatt hours of electricity, but 15 months after starting up, the plant is producing just 40% of that, according to the U.S. Energy Department. Why, with new technology, there is a lot more that can go wrong. There’s a lot more on-the-job-learning. The power plant needs a lot more steam to run smoothly and efficiently. They thought they could ramp up the plant before sunrise with fossil fuels to get it humming, but it needs four times as much fossil fuel help to get going.

And despite being in one of the hottest places in the U.S. — not enough sun. Weather predictions underestimated the amount of cloud cover. Then there were millions in cost overruns because of wildlife protections for the ‘endangered’ Desert Tortoise. The birds are not so lucky. Government biologists estimate that  3,500 birds died at Ivanpah in the course of a year. The songbirds go up in a puff of smoke as they chase the bugs that are drawn to the bright light. Raptors chase the songbirds, and die instantly. I wonder if the big corpses break the mirrors when they fall?

New solar farms generate electricity at about 5 cents a kilowatt-hour. Ivanpah is running between 12 and 25 cents a kilowatt-hour. Plans for solar-thermal plants elsewhere are being canceled. American Solar farms generate nearly 16 million megawatt-hours of electricity each year. That amounts to less than 1% of U.S. electricity demand. Utilities are likely to opt for cheaper solar farms that use panels. The Sierra Club continues its disgraceful “War on Coal.” And the EPA continues its efforts to shut down America’s coal-fired power plants that produce nearly 40 percent of America’s electricity, under the illusion that removing whatever carbon dioxide they produce will have a measurable effect on climate change. It won’t. And we will pay a high price for that loss of energy.

You did notice the prominent role of Google, did you not? Do put “Ivanpah” into the search bar of your favorite search engine to see what comes up.  Or you could go outside and sit in the sun for a while, (if any) and see how many clouds there are. The problem is that the sun does not shine all the time. There is night. And in the daytime, there are clouds which prevent getting the energy from the sun, a clear cloudless day is not the norm. Sometimes the sun does not shine for days. Obama’s Clean Power Plan regulations to shut down coal-fired power plants in favor of “clean” wind and solar energy was estimated to prevent approximately 0.03 degrees of warming by 2100.

The reason is simple. The global warming agenda is not about the planet.

The Head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, readily admitted that the real climate change agenda has nothing to do with the environment, but instead is about redistribution of wealth. “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves,” she says, “which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.




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