Recent Energy And Environmental News – June 24, 2013

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There is an important UPDATE at the bottom of this current post, and this Update is further information following the Climate Change speech from President Obama.

John Droz JrBy John Droz, Jr. ~wind turbine

Quiz: See how many of the “Mad Men” you know. (BTW, I’ve never smoked and only drink beer [not mixed drinks], but accuracy wasn’t the objective here.)

Please read this excellent article about Common Core — and note that the first several paragraphs all exactly apply to global warming.

Greed Energy Economics

Excellent Commentary on the proposed carbon tax idea

Court ruling called a game changer for renewable power

America should learn from Europe on wind energy

Big Wind SLAPPs Critic

DOE Green Energy Loans: $11.45 million per job

Falmouth (MA) Real Estate — the Turbine Effect

Know our opponent’s propaganda: The social cost of Carbon

Trade War: Solar Panels vs Wine

Spain Said to Be Poised to Cut Renewable Subsidies

Tax lobbyists work to get on ‘The List’

Offshore Wind: The Enormously Expensive Option

The real meaning of clean energy is to clean out our wallets!” — Jelinski

A new site on US energy subsidies.

Britain’s Wind Jobs cost over $150,000 (US) each

Constitutionality of Renewable Energy Mandates in Question

Positive news: Ontario ends its FIT program

Turbine/Health Issues

Two New Studies show that Turbines Affect Health

Couple Can’t Escape Shadow of Wind Turbines

It Breaks My Heart

Letter to Victoria Dept. of Health re: acoustics of wind turbine noise

Precautionary Double Standards

Fairhaven halts overnight use of turbines

Wind industry complains against noise rules — boo hoo.

Turbine/Wildlife Issues

German wind turbines kill over 200,000 bats a year

Numerous benefits of bats to humans

Turbines are Bat Chomping, Bird Slicing

Raptors are attracted to wind turbines

Killing Them Softly: How Wind Turbines Affect Waterfowl Nesting

Spotted Owls & the Spotty Sciences that Spawned Them: 5 Questions

Miscellaneous Energy Reports

President Obama commits to tough push on global warming

And a response that we would endorse

Pandora’s Promise: A Sundance Film Selection about nuclear power

Locals to get veto power over wind projects.

England’s U-Turn on Turbines

Renewable Energy’s Reversal of Fortune

Connecticut makes a sensible improvement to their RPS

British Environmental Secretary: Wind Farms are a Complete Scam

Good Hawaii TV commercial re wind energy

Massachusetts group has national plans to fix wind energy

Alliance for Responsible Siting for Alternative Energy Installations

A superb letter to the editor about a NNY town supervisor and wind energy

Good upstate NY newspaper energy editorial

A good wind energy editorial by an Ohio paper

“All of the Above” Must Be Weighted by Common Sense

Wind Energy as a Supplement…

The Rationale for Wind Power Won’t Fly

FERC head steps down: we can only hope

The New Prometheus

A good discussion of gas electrical energy being “clean”

Study Finds No Evidence of Water Contamination from Shale Gas Drilling

Shale Gas versus Ethanol: A Water Perspective

Frac Gas and Wind Blindness

We May Live on a Natural Gas Machine

Manmade Global Warming Articles

Obama Quietly Raises ‘Carbon Price’ as Costs to Climate Increase

Info on major lawsuit against EPA — we support this effort

An insightful piece by the Economics: The Cooling Consensus

Cooling looms as Earth’s true climate calamity

NZCLIMATE Truth Newsletter No. 313 has some excellent insights

Extreme Weather Report (If I had this before, it is worth a re-mention)

NOAA US 2013 Climate Highlights: a more reasonable assessment

The New Normal: Sustainable Serfdom

Could Global Warming Slow Sea Level Rise?

EPA Honors Fake Employee

EPA climatism: Dictating our lives, living standards and life spans

How to Run a Really Bad Infowar Campaign

China translates 1200 page IPCC rebuttal

Two local meteorologists speak out against global warming

UPDATE – Following the Climate Change speech from President Obama.

As my newsletter email on Monday warned, the President revealed his climate & energy plan this afternoon.

Unfortunately there was no surprise, as it was entirely a political speech, essentially devoid of any real science.

[Note that their newest PR tactic was on display: since citizens have already been flogged into insensitivity with the end-of-the world malarky, their focus now is that it's your kids at stake!]

He is also quite proud of the fact that he is largely bypassing Congress (the elected representatives of the people), and acting contrary to the wishes of US citizenry. Additionally the fact that his unilateral actions will likely result in widespread economic harm to the country, thousands of net jobs lost, and a reduction of our security — are also taken as a badge of honor.

This makes perfect sense once one fully grasps that this is a religious campaign, and the main tenet of this secular belief is: “The End Justifies The Means.” Put another way: a lot of casualties are a necessary byproduct of war.

Marc Morano wrote a good summary: “President Obama is still parading his ignorance on climate science, linking bad weather to ‘global warming’, claiming a mythical 97% consensus, and implying that his executive actions can alter the globe’s temperature and lessen extreme weather events. The President has descended into the realm of medieval witchcraft by claiming he can combat global temperature rises and weather patterns through administrative action.”

CEI issued an insightful commentary: “President’s Climate Plan Undemocratic, Bordering On Authoritarian“. They rightly characterize his proposal as “all pain, no gain.” Other good observations from several independent experts can be found here.

The Good The Bad and the Ugly (which includes two PDF documents: 1) the President’s plan and 2) the White House “fact sheet” for climate policies for both new and existing power plants.

To understand the Big Picture of our concern here, please carefully look at ScienceUnderAssault.info.

What can you do? Despite his blatant attempt at an end-run, Congress still has some say here — for instance they control the purse strings of government agencies. So please do call your Representative and Senator to express your views: 1-866-220-0044.

regards,

John Droz, jr.

PS — If you’d like to dig a little deeper, here’s more. Thanks to Bob Ferguson (president of SPPI) for most of the following summary:Claims that CO2 emissions are “contributing to higher rates of asthma attacks and more frequent and severe floods and heat waves” not only lack scientific and observational validity, but the growing body of literature across a broad spectrum of related fields of research often contradicts such claims.

A search of these web resources by the Center for the Study of CO2 and the Science and Public Policy Institute returns ample review papers of CO2 and climate related research:

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/

http://sppiblog.org/

http://www.co2science.org/

http://www.nipccreport.org/

Sample papers and summaries:

Carbon Dioxide and the Earth’s Future, Pursuing the Prudent Path

Storm Trends Across North America

North American Flood Activity

Floods (North America) — Summary

Flood Activity in Asia

Historical Response of Heat Waves to Global Air Temperature

Riding the Heat Waves

Heat Waves — Summary

Weather Extremes (General) — Summary

Storm Trends Across the Globe

Extreme Temperatures in Europe

Extreme Temperatures in Asia

Extreme Temperatures Across the Rest of the Globe

Extreme Temperatures in North America

Extreme Weather Extreme Claims

Rising Temperatures and Tropical Cyclones in the Atlantic Basin

Drought Trends in the Northern Great Plains, USA

Drought Trends Across the Eastern United States

Drought Trends Across the Western United States

C02 Science’s Ocean Acidification Database

Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Ecosystems

Mercury Science Fact Sheet

How Safe Are We From The Fish We Eat? A Review of the Current Literature on Mercury, Fish and Human

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“All of The Sensible”
“All of The Sensible”

“All of the Sensible”

Our proposed national energy slogan is “All of the Sensible” (in contrast to the absurd “All of the Above”). Additionally we should be using the term “unreliables” when speaking of renewables. Please pass these on. US citizens should make sure to get up-to-speed with what is on our PTCFacts.Info pages, as the PTC is still a political issue.

 

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Please pass this information on to other open-minded, science-oriented people.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

John Droz, Jr.

 

Physicist and Environmental Advocate

 

Fellow: American Tradition Institute (http://www.atinstitute.org)

 

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