Sweet Subsidies

Did you ever wonder about the return one gets for tax dollars? There is a bit of a sad story at the Examiner http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/02/green-energy-plant-sucks-subsidies-then-goes-bust of a bio-fuel plant closing down. It is an example of what we get for our subsidy dollars.

Range Fuels built a cutting-edge refinery, to turn wood chips into fuel. Net cost to the taxpayer: $162,000,000, and private investors added another $100,000,000. $262 million and the amount of bio-fuel they produced: zero. The realization that the taxpayers and green investors were taken for a ride: priceless.

Don’t worry. We are still subsidizing bio-fuel, and the farmers are doing somewhat better than Range Fuels, but bio-fuel costs more to make than it is worth. The same goes for wind generated electricity and photoelectric cell electricity, but what the heck. It’s only taxpayer money. Do you suppose it’s too late to jump on the investment wagon?


Yasi, a Force of Nature, Not Man-Made Global Warming

Anyone who has spent a few nights in a tent during a storm can tell you: The world doesn’t care all that much if you live or die.
Anthony Doerr-writer

For those with friends in Australia, eyes are turning to weather channels showing the massive cyclone, Yasi, as it begins to hammer the coast. To get an idea of the power of this storm, there is an article in Watts Up With That, http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/02/01/the-approach-of-cyclone-yasi-as-told-by-the-data/, showing the automated readings from the evacuated weather station on Willis Island, right up until Yasi blasted it off the air, and possibly off the planet.

Apparently someone has said that cyclone ground falls in Australia are unusual; although I have not been able to locate that quote, Seven Goddard, in his blog, http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/cyclones-are-a-rare-event-in-australia/, preempted that argument.

If it has not already happened, there will soon be stories of Yasi being the result of man made global warming. Australians blogger JoNova, posted in http://joannenova.com.au/2011/02/yasi-is-a-monster-but-not-an-unusual-one/, on the expert work of Jon Nott, who has compiled a record of cyclone strikes on Australia going back 5,000 years. It seems that Yasi is huge, but not unusually so when compared to cyclones of the past.

Do not be sucked into that man made global warming trap. It is not true.

Published in: on February 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm  Comments (1)  
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The Intellectual Elite

To sustain longevity, you have to evolve.
Aries Spears—actor

Perhaps we are spending too much time trying to fix the schools, which fail to prepare graduates for college. Time may be better spent evaluating the product we receive from the colleges.

There is an interesting post today in a blog called hauntingthelibrary, see http://hauntingthelibrary.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/scientist-farming-causes-obesity-mental-illness-overpopulation-and-global-warming-says-eugenics-inevitable/. I seem to find myself at hauntingthelibrary more and more here lately.

In today’s blog, they comment on a BBC article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10257679 on a new book by a:

Dr Spencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist and explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.

While reading the above blog and article, I was rolling on the floor. Never have I read anything with such a lack of common sense. This man says mankind’s biggest mistake was agriculture. If not for agriculture, we would not have global warming, obesity, diabetes and many of the other health problems related to age that plague us today.

What he did not mention is, by remaining hunter-gatherers, we would have a life expectancy of around thirty years–if the species had survived at all. There would be no age-related health problems.

Published in: on January 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm  Comments (2)  
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Climate Challenge

The danger sensation is exciting. The challenge is to find new dangers.
Ayrton Senna-race car driver

No, “Climate Challenge” is not a new game show. It is the latest incarnation of, climate change, global warming, climate change (yes, we have gone through climate change twice), global climate disruption, and now, new and improved “climate challenge.” For some reason, we the people are too stupid to understand the threat of the constantly changing climate. Rather than confuse us with data, which does not exist or is so tenuous as to be laughable, the warmists have turned the whole thing over to the ad-men to prove their case.

Since the advent of newspaper, radio and television, the advertisement marketers have honed their craft. In the early days, things were simple. One only needed to go from Tide, to New Tide, to New and Improved Tide, to New and Improved Tide with a Springtime Fresh Scent, ad infinitum. The ladies of the households, who controlled the purse strings, were always looking for something to not only make their lives easier, but to improve the lot of their families.

That is all well and good, but when anthropogenic global warming came along, the problem was no longer how to make it sound attractive, it was to make it sound frightening and still make people want to buy into it. So how does one sell frightening? Ah, there is the rub, because it must be sold at great expense to a reluctant buyer.

A percentage of the population enjoys horror movies. It is easy to sell frightening to them, at a few dollars a showing, but what about the rest of the population. The early attempts to list the horrors of global warming lost all their meaning when extremists blamed everything on it (see an ongoing list of over 800 items, with links to publications, at http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm). Many might be swayed by listing the ingredients and showing the proof, but when the ingredients are from a 180-year-old list, which is routinely modified with top-secret computations, and mixed within a computer program to pour out a proof that cannot be replicated, what then?

Then the only recourse is to keep changing the name in hopes that one of them resonates enough for the consumers to overlook the lack of data. That is the real “climate challenge.” Good luck with that.

Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

The ARGO Buoys Have Been Found!

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
John F. Kennedy

You may not have noticed, but the ARGO buoys have apparently been lost for the last few years. ARGO is the name of a program that dropped 3,000 buoys into the oceans to get data on water temperature and salinity from the surface to as deep as 6,500 feet. Although the buoys began operating as they were dropped, starting in the early 2000s, it was not fully operational until November 2007. Interestingly, the initial temperature results were made available online, but were suddenly removed without explanation. Why was that?

For a long time, the bloggers have been saying it is because the data did not fit with the official position on global warming. The global warmist have maintained that there is a problem with the Earth’s energy balance. The amount of heat the Earth receives and gives off should match, but the amount the computers project is leaving is too low. Although an alleged scientific consensus says there is global warming, it refuses to show up in the observed climate system. The computer models said the excess heat was being held in the troposphere, but that was disproven by satellite imagery. The additional heat must be somewhere. There are still two possible explanations: one, the heat is being absorbed by the oceans, where it hangs around and contributes to global warming; two, the heat is going harmlessly out to space and global warming is a sham.

Well, there is good news and bad news. A new paper has been published on the early results from the ARGO system: http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~douglass/papers/KD_InPress_final.pdf. The good news is that the ARGO system, or at least the ARGO data, has been found. The bad news, for the warmists, is that the oceans are cooling. Where, oh where, has the global heat gone, now that the oceans are eliminated?

Published in: on January 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Best Global Warming Blog Heading of the Year

Another Reason to Love Global Warming: Great Tits Out Earlier in the Year

Just when one thought that the study of global warming was getting dull because almost everything has been blamed on it, the above headline appears in the World Climate Report blog. Reading the first couple of paragraphs of the blog would make one think it is about global cooling because it is about both great tits and blue tits. We have all been admonished by our mothers about the danger of staying outside in the cold until we turn blue, but why would tits be blue?

A couple of excerpts from the blog make it sound even more interesting:

. . . a group of scientists led by Dr. Erik Matthysen from the University of Antwerp in Belgium set out to study the tits up close and personal . . .


. . . the team of scientists carefully handled as many young tits as possible . . .

Although you can click on the headline to read the blog, do not expect any pictures of scantily clad females, it is about a family of birds identified as the Parus major (the great tit) and Cyanistes caeruleus (the blue tit).

Oh well, you have to admit it is an interesting blog heading, and if you are a member of the Audubon Society, it may hold your interest.

Published in: on December 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Challenge You

Don’t be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.
Colin Powell

I saw a request today, on one of the larger blogs, that a November 8, 2110 challenge from Peter Laux be reposted. I did not blog on it earlier because, with the present state of climate change knowledge, there is zero chance of anyone accepting it. Here is the challenge:

Mr. Laux, Locomotive Engineman from Australia, “will pay $10,000 (AUS) for a conclusive argument based on empirical facts that increasing atmospheric CO2 from fossil fuel burning drives global climate warming.”


For the uninformed, computer models are not empirical facts. Empirical facts are scientific measurements, not computer projections.

It is 44 days and counting with none of the world-famous Climatologists coming forward with the proof they claim to have. I wonder why?

Published in: on December 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fun with Mother Nature, AKA the Gore Effect

Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she’s going to come around and whack you. You’ve got to be prepared.
Geraldo Rivera—journalist

The Genesis of the global warming hoax in the United States began with a trick. Prior to James Hanson’s global warming testimony before congress in Washington DC, June 23, 1988, his co-conspirators called the weather bureau to find which date is usually the hottest day of the summer. Then, the night before, they opened all the windows in the room of his testimony. When the members of congress arrived, the room was HOT. Thus, the testimony on global warming and the push for cap-and-trade began with a trick.

Since that time, Al Gore entered into the affray by becoming the face and voice of global warming. After he received the Nobel Prize for his work in saving the world, Mother Nature has demonstrated her unhappiness with that trick and Al Gore in general. Her response has been christened, “The Gore Effect.” Every time there has been a major meeting of those who have perpetrated this hoax, the meeting has occurred during an extreme cold-weather event. These weather events have dogged the heels of Al Gore all around the world. It culminated at the Copenhagen summit in January of this year, with freezing temperatures and snow again diluting the global warming message.

To avoid a recurrence of the cold temperatures, the 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) climate meeting is presently being held in Cancun, Mexico. It worked. There are no freezing temperatures in Cancun; however, Mother Nature made her presence and her displeasure known. During the entire conference Cancun has been plagued with historically record low temperatures—in the low 50 degree Fahrenheit range, for a location that normally enjoys temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s this time of the year. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/09/gore-effect-strikes-again-new-coldest-ever-december-record-temperature-in-cancun/#more-29153

Oh well, better luck next time, next meeting is in Cape Town, South Africa November 28 to December 9th, 2011. That is right in the middle of South Africa’s summer. Let’s see how that works out for them. I hope they do not lose their crops due to frost. It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.

Published in: on December 10, 2010 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Mexico Missives 3 and 4

National sovereignty is an obligation as well as an entitlement. A government that will not perform the role of a government forfeits the rights of a government.
Richard Perle—public servant

More massive missive mails marginalizing the miserable misanthropes in Mexico. Lord Monckton has sent two more postings to WUWT. Mexican Missive #4, http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/10/moncktons-mexican-missive-4/#more-29184, is Mexico’s answer to global warming and has to do with those damn CFL bulbs I wrote about in December 8th’s posting https://stlouisooz.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/a-light-goes-on-in-washington/. For that reason alone, I had to send it along, it is also funny and gives one an example of Lord Monckton’s back-of-the-envelope number crunching.

The other missive, actually the third one, http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/09/moncktons-mexican-missive-3/, is much more sobering and much more troubling. It is a delineation of the hidden agenda of the IPPC and therefore of the U.N. It is truly frightening. While not fun to read, is should be required reading for every citizen in a democracy, because these unelected U.N. officials are trying to slip binding agreements into impossible-to-read documents. Documents that have to be signed and agreed upon before anyone finds out what is in them. Documents, once signed by a country’s legal representatives, would effectively undermine a country’s sovereignty. Please take the time to read it. It is important

Published in: on December 10, 2010 at 9:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Mexican Missives Done Well

The right response to the non-problem of global warming is to have the courage to do nothing.
Christopher Monckton

I write because I love to write. Well, for that and the desire to improve any marginal abilities I may have. While I use this blog to improve my working vocabulary, paragraph transitions and to practice various styles and tenses, I always love to read the output of a truly great wordsmith. Such are the ramblings of Lord Christopher Moncton, the Viscount of Brenchley.

For those unfamiliar with Lord Moncton, he was an adviser for Margret Thatcher in the United Kingdom. As such, he studied global warming and is a self-taught expert in its debunking. While not fitting the legal definition of a scientist, Lord Moncton has had numerous scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals. His intelligence, wisdom, innate wit and marvelous oratory skills have made him the bane of those with the courage to debate for the legitimacy of manmade global warming.

For the moment, Lord Moncton is at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. He is a scheduled speaker there later in the week. In his free time, he has been entertaining those who follow the Watts Up With That (WUWT) blog by sending his so-called Mexico Missives for Anthony Watts to post. See http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/06/moncktons-mexican-missive/ and http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/07/moncktons-mexico-missive-2/.

Lord Moncton’s missives are what I strive for as a writer. His command of the English language, blended with that dry, British humor, makes his writing brilliant. I hope someday to achieve something close to it, of course, minus the British humor. Please click on the above links, especially the second one, and read the posts. They are a joy.

Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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