Political Climate
Apr 13, 2016
Letter to the Sun Herald responding to Editorial gets it right

Gentlemen:

I believe you are both honest brokers and you print your Sun editorials based on the information you have available and have researched at the time of the writing. As you know, I deal in facts and the facts I rely on concerning the subject of Man Made Climate Change/Global Warming conflicts 100% with today’s Our View editorial entitled “Locals Aim To Slow Down Climate Change.”

The three legged stool constructed by the EPA in 2009 to prove its “Endangerment Finding”, which declared man made Greenhouse Gases Emissions into Earth’s atmosphere (primarily CO2) endanger public health and endanger public welfare; and such emissions are the cause of Global Warming/Climate Change, have been scientifically proven to be false on all counts.  This is the false theory, which the members of the Charlotte based Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Our View seem to totally espouse, which is nothing but a scare tactic being utilized by EPA in its prime objective of substantially reducing the global use of fossil fuels to power the globe. This scare tactic is politically, not scientifically based. The EPA relies on the theoretical information distributed by the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change ("IPCC") to justify creation of the regulations the EPA adopts.

Ottmar Edenhoffer, Co-Chair of IPCC’s Working Group III Committee has stated “Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection. The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.” Therefore, Global Warming/Climate Change in the IPCC’s opinion is about destruction of world capitalism and the re-distribution of wealth from the “have” countries to the “have not” countries. It is about achieving the goals of U.N.’s Agenda 21, which is the eventual establishment of a one world government.

So I contend the environmentalists and media, when confronted with contrary evidence/fact, but still buy into IPCC’s and EPA’s Global Warming/Climate change lies, are doing a terrible disservice to citizens by distorting the truth.

The attachment to this e–mail contains an Amicus Brief recently submitted to the D.C. Circuit Court associated with plaintiffs’ petition to the court to void the EPA’s proposed carbon pollution guidelines for existing power plants and emission standards for modified and reconstructed power plants. The Amicus Brief is a scientific study submitted independently to the Court by 13 scientists, all having the required diversified excellent academic experience/scientific expertise to perform such a study. The Brief represents the results of their scientific investigations, which via several sourced empirical data sources generated by internationally based recognized/credible organizations, proves that each of the three EPA’s pillars of evidence (?) which was used to prove/justify its Endangerment Finding, (leading to EPA’s Man Made Global Warming/Climate Change assertions) is patently false on their face and must be rejected by the court.

This study is the first of its kind and, if both of you gentlemen are truly honest brokers, you will print out the document and read it very thoroughly for the scientific based conclusions reached by these 13 recognized scientists totally negates the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s positions, which in the editorial you discussed extensively and seemed to agree with. Since I do not know how to contact Ms. Knolenburg or Mr. Keller, leaders of the local Chapter of CCL, maybe you could forward this e-mail to them.

Additionally, you state, as alluding that your statement is unchallengeable, that an “overwhelmingly number of climate scientists”, ...are warning of the dire things that are heading our way due to Climate Change. As a rebuttal to this false statement, I refer you to a publication entitled “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming"---a Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change sponsored book (Phone 312/377-4000 or http://www.heartland.org) which which, via documented factual information and the conclusions of many independent studies, clearly illustrates the millions of top global climate scientists are no where near reaching consensus regarding whether alarming Climate Change/Global Warming exits; and for those who believe it exists there is no consensus among that group as to why it exists.

Gentlemen, I believe a responsible media source would advise their readership that contrary scientifically based evidence exists challenging the prognostications of environmentalists regarding the direness of Man Made Global Warming/Climate Change, and that evidence (the Brief and the name of the book citing no scientific consensus exists) would be posted on the media’s website.

I hope you decide to do the right thing with the new documentary evidence I have provided you.

Bill Bigelow

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ICECAP NOTE:

We with a large team of scientists and economists and lawyers recently published a detailed scientific brief to the courts battling bad science.  It was the 5th such brief the last 5 years.



Apr 12, 2016
Why You Should Mourn Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement

By Dr. Calvin Beisner, Cornwall Alliance

The climate agreement reached in Paris last December will become effective on Earth Day, (Friday, April 22) with a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

We’ll all hear of heroic world leaders who joined together in Paris to ensure the planet’s survival. The Obama administration will try to enforce the agreement (which meets all the legal criteria of a treaty though the President chooses not to call it that to evade Senate disapproval) by imposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial “Clean Power Plan” (CPP), which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants by 32% by 2030, and other onerous regulations that will drive up utility rates.

What we won’t hear much about are the Americans harmed by the rising energy prices the policies cause.

The higher rates will affect all Americans, but the impoverished and working poor will suffer most. Many already experience “energy poverty,” in which a household spends 10 percent or more of its income on household energy costs (excluding gasoline and other transportation-related costs). Many others will be driven into it.

A study by scholars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that a policy imposing a CO2 tax or cap-and-trade regime (and the CPP allows states to use either or both) would impose higher costs nationwide. States that currently get more energy from fossil fuels would face smaller increases, and those that currently get less would face larger increases.

The lower you push CO2 emissions, the more expensive it is to generate electricity. Not surprisingly, richer people can afford more expensive things than poorer people. That includes energy. Consequently, the poorer you are, the less likely you are to choose more expensive energy sources.

Richer states, like the Pacific Coast, New England, and New York (which averaged $46,954 per capita in income in 2012, one-tenth more than the national average), have already pushed their CO2 emissions down somewhat. Poorer states, like South Central States, Texas, and Mountain States (which averaged $36,854 per capita in income, 14% lower than the national average and more than a fifth lower than those richer states), have not.

Because the poor spend a higher percentage of their incomes on energy in the first place, an increase in energy prices - which implementation of the CPP and the Paris climate agreement would cause - will cause disproportionately heavy harm to them, ironically functioning as if it were a regressive tax.

Consider examples from a few states, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Agency:

Although on average Colorado families spent just 8% of their after-tax incomes on energy in 2013, the 879,000 Colorado families with income under $50,000 per year spent more than twice as much, an average of 17%, and the 128,000 families earning under $10,000 per year spent more than seven times as much, an average of 57%. For the average family, a 10% increase in energy prices would push energy costs to 8.8% of after-tax income; for the family earning under $10,000, that same increase in energy prices would push energy costs to a crushing 62.3%.

While on average Florida families spent 10% of their after-tax incomes on energy in 2013, the 3.9 million households with annual income under $50,000 spent nearly twice as much, an average of 19%, and the 587,000 families earning under $10,000 per year spent nearly seven times as much, 68%. For the average family, a 10% increase in energy prices would push energy costs to 11% of after-tax income; for the family earning under $10,000, that same increase in energy prices would push energy costs to 74.6%.

The average Iowa family spent 11% of after-tax income on energy in 2013. The 600,000 Iowa families with under $50,000 in annual income spent on average 19%, while 80,000 Iowa families with annual incomes under $10,000 spent on average 69% - more than six times the average. For the average family, a 10% increase in energy prices would push energy costs to 12.1% of after-tax income; for the family earning under $10,000, that same increase in energy prices would push energy costs to 75.9%.

Data for these and twelve other states are summarized in the Cornwall Alliance’s A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor 2014.”

To comprehend the impact of EPA’s proposed new rule on America’s poorest, just imagine what it would be like to have to spend three-fourths of your household income on energy, leaving only one-fourth for food, clothing, shelter, transportation, health care, education, and everything else combined.

That’s why we should mourn, not celebrate, implementation of the Paris climate agreement on Earth Day.



Apr 02, 2016
Government-Tampered Temperature Data Goes To The DC Circuit

March 31, 2016/ Francis Menton

In a famous column in 2006 titled “How to identify American totalitarians,” author Dennis Prager quoted what he called the old Soviet dissident joke:

“In the Soviet Union, the future is known; its the past that is always changing.”

Prager cited examples of the likes of the ACLU and anti-smoking activists brazenly altering things from the past to support their narratives.  But of course the far more serious totalitarian threat comes when the government makes up facts about the past in its quest to expand its own power and take freedom away from the people.

Now, our own government would never do anything like that, right?  Right??????  If you think that, then you obviously haven’t been reading my long-running series titled “The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time,” the most recent entry of which (Part IX) appeared in December.  That series has included links to some dozens of articles and blog posts where mostly independent researchers have gone out and compared raw temperature data from hundreds of places around the globe to the current data sets published by our government functionaries at the likes of NASA and NOAA.  And somehow, when these comparisons are made, the results are always the same, over and over again: the government agencies have altered older data to be cooler, thereby introducing into history exaggerated warming trends not present in the raw data.

As just a few examples from the series, in Part IX I linked to descriptions by German journalist Gunter Ederer describing the recent (November 2015) work of Professor Friederich Ewert that included checking raw data of large numbers of randomly-sampled stations against current NASA-GISS data.  In Part III I discussed the work of a guy named Paul Homewood as to massive lowering of old temperatures from Paraguay and other locations.  In Part II I dealt with the extensive work of a blogger named Tony Heller in documenting literally dozens of instances of lowering old temperatures from around the world.  Follow this link to get an idea of the massive extent of this. 

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Professor Friederich Ewert

Consider this from the description by Ederer of Ewert’s 2015 work:

Ewert painstakingly examined and tabulated the reams of archived data from 1153 stations that go back to 1881 - which NASA has publicly available - data that the UN IPCC uses to base its conclusion that man is heating the Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels. According to Ederer, what Professor Ewert found is “unbelievable”:

From the publicly available data, Ewert made an unbelievable discovery: Between the years 2010 and 2012 the data measured since 1881 were altered so that they showed a significant warming, especially after 1950. [...] A comparison of the data from 2010 with the data of 2012 shows that NASA-GISS had altered its own datasets so that especially after WWII a clear warming appears - although it never existed.”

Ederer writes that Ewert particularly found alterations at stations in the Arctic. Professor Ewert randomly selected 120 stations from all over the world and compared the 2010 archived data to the 2012 data and found that they had been tampered to produce warming.

(The work of Ederer and Ewert is in German, but the above can be found at NoTricksZone here.)

Now, what could be the purpose of the government altering temperatures of the past substantially downward?  Really, does anybody care what the temperature in Nome, Alaska was in 1910?  Well, there is the fact that EPA has declared to the world in its 2009 “Endangerment Finding” that CO2 from fossil fuels is a danger to humanity because it is warming the planet.  And EPA has used that “Endangerment Finding” as the basis for what it calls its “Clean Power Plan,” (CPP) otherwise known as a massive seizure of power unto EPA, a federal takeover of the electric-power generating sector of the economy, as well as an effort to shut down the entire American coal industry from mining through power generation.

In one of the more consequential litigations going on in the country right now, some 27 states, plus numerous utilities that burn coal and numerous coal companies have sued EPA in the DC Circuit seeking invalidation of the CPP.  Early this year those petitioners asked the DC Circuit to stay the CPP pending the result of the litigation, and the DC Circuit refused the stay; but then the petitioners went to the Supreme Court for the stay, and in February they got it.  Now the case is before the DC Circuit for consideration on the merits.  And a couple of days ago there arrives on my desk a copy of EPA’s main brief in the case justifying its position that the CPP is a valid exercise of its authority.  The brief is a massive effort at impenetrability, 175 pages of bureaucratic doublespeak.  But as relevant to this post, we find this at page 9:

Climate change is already occurring.  Nineteen of the twenty warmest years on record have all occurred in the past twenty years, and 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded.  Recent scientific assessments have found that climate change is damaging every area of the country.  80 Fed. Reg. at 64,686-88.  These assessments make clear that substantially reducing emissions now is necessary to avoid the worst impacts.

And what is the support for that statement that “2015 was the hottest year ever recorded”?  A footnote gives us these two links, here and here. These are precisely the government press releases based entirely on the altered surface-temperature record discussed above.  And, despite the vast amount of discussion all over the web about the data alterations and the fact that they always go one direction and that the alterations turn a record that does not support the government’s narrative of unusual warming into one that seemingly does, this brief simply does not mention the subject of the alterations at all.  The altered record is just presented to the DC Circuit as incontestable fact.  Hey, it comes from the perfect, all-knowing government functionaries!

Also somehow completely omitted from the government’s brief is any mention of the satellite and balloon data sets that are inconsistent with and contradict the surface temperature record on which the government relies.  In a post on January 22 titled “It’s Easy To Prove Your Hypothesis If You Just Pretend That The Adverse Evidence Does Not Exist,” I commented on the very NOAA press release now used by EPA as the support for its position in court:

Everybody who follows this also knows that the ground-based thermometer records have been greatly “adjusted” by the people who publish them, and that all or nearly all of the increase in temperatures in recent years is in the adjustments and not present in the raw data.  So wouldn’t you think that NOAA in its release would at the minimum acknowledge the existence of the other contrary data and attempt somehow to deal with the contradictions?  Well, take a look at that release; and, if you will, follow the link through to their full end-of-2015 Report.  You will not find the slightest mention that the satellite or balloon data even exist.  And of course that also means that you will not find any attempt to explain the discrepancies between and among data sets, or to justify why one is better than others.

That post also includes a chart of the satellite and balloon temperature data as presented by John Christy of UAH in his recent Congressional testimony.  The chart shows that the satellite and balloon temperature sets agree closely during the periods for which they co-exist.  Now, the satellite and balloon data sets on the one hand, and the altered surface temperature data set on the other hand, cannot both be right.  The government’s presentation only of the one record it prefers, known to be filled with massive alterations all going the direction it needs them to go to support the narrative, without any mention or discussion of discrepancies as against other data sets, is the height of unethical conduct.

On the other hand, this approach maximizes the government’s chance for success in a huge seizure of power.  Do they really care about anything else but that? 



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