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By: Ian Cameron                 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

2019-03-12

 

Climate Horrorscope-Modern Day Forms of Medieval Prognostation

Friends of Science’s Communication Manager Michelle Stirling compares the dire prognostications in The Augsburg Book of Miracles, written and compiled in ~1550 Europe in the midst of the Little Ice Age, with the climate predictions of modern-day prophets such as Al Gore, mainstream media, authors, climate scientists and child climate activists.
 
<https://www.cfact.org/2019/03/10/climate-horrorscope-modern-day-forms-of-medieval-prognostication/>
 

Collateral Damage in the WWF’s Secret War

The World Wide Fund for Nature has long helped fund and equip forest rangers who patrol against poachers in Nepal’s renowned Chitwan National Park. When three of the rangers were charged with murdering a Nepalese suspected of helping his son bury a rhino horn, the WWF swung into action by successfully lobbying the government to drop the case and then continued to work with the rangers-and then claimed that the case was a victory against poaching. This was no isolated incident. BuzzFeed News conducted a year long investigation across six countries, revealing a pattern that persists to this day.
 
In national parks across Asia and Africa, the beloved nonprofit with the cuddly panda logo funds, equips, and works directly with paramilitary forces that have been accused of beating, torturing, sexually assaulting, and murdering scores of people. As recently as 2017, forest rangers at a WWF-funded park in Cameroon tortured an 11-year-old boy in front of his parents, the family told BuzzFeed News. Their village submitted a complaint to WWF, but months later, the family said they still hadn’t heard back.
 
Parts 2 and 3 of the BuzzFeed News series detail how the WWF commissioned an internal review in 2015 implicating the charity in violence against indigenous people in Cameroon, and got the EU to fund a national park in the Republic of Congo over the objection of locals opposed to the park.
 
<https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomwarren/wwf-world-wide-fund-nature-parks-torture-death?bftwnews&utm_term=4ldqpgc#4ldqpgc>
<https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katiejmbaker/wwf-report-human-rights-abuses-rangers>
<https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katiejmbaker/wwf-eu-messok-dja-fears-repression-ecoguards>
 

Maine Becomes Most Recent State to Reject a Carbon Tax

On March 7 Maine’s House Committee on Energy Utilities and Technology voted against reporting a carbon tax bill out of committee. In a hearing on Bill 60 Maine residents testified in opposition and one in favour. Maine becomes the most recent blue state to reject a carbon tax. Legislation to impose a carbon tax has also been introduced in Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Oregon, and other states, but all have declined to implement one. Ballot measures to enact the nation’s first statewide carbon tax were rejected by Washington State voters in both 2016 and 2018.
 
<https://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickgleason/2019/03/10/maine-becomes-the-most-recent-blue-state-to-reject-a-carbon-tax/?utm_source=CCNet%2BNewsletter&utm_campaign=4f71c60483-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_11_03_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-4f71c60483-36424765#71384ad72595>
 

Half of Europe No Longer Wants Wind Energy

Twelve countries in the EU failed to install “a single wind turbine” last year, moaned the CEO of industry body WindEurope on February 21. Giles Dickson said that while more and more people and businesses were benefiting from wind power, many things were “not right” beneath the surface. He added that growth in onshore wind fell by more than half in Germany last year and “collapsed in the UK”, stating that, in the EU, 2018 was “the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011.”
 
<https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/21/wind-suffers-tough-year-in-europe-12-nations-failed-to-install-turbine.html>
 

Trillion-euro EU Climate Finance Pact

A group of experts has published a draft treaty for a sweeping European climate finance pact, to inject more than a trillion euros into the fight against global warming. The climate finance pact proposes two new tools to address global warming and social inequality: a green subsidiary of the European Investment Bank, to lend to member states, and a fund to disburse grants across Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa. Under the proposal, the bank subsidiary would provide concessional loans for climate projects to each EU member state worth up to 2% of their GDP. That amounts to €65 billion in Germany’s case or €45 billion for France.
 
A 2017 report by the European Court of Auditors calculated that the bloc would need to invest €1,115 billion a year between 2021 and 2030 into the transport, buildings, services, energy and industrial sectors, for the bloc to meet its 2030 climate targets.
 
<https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/02/25/french-experts-propose-trillion-euro-eu-climate-finance-pact/>
 

Senator Feinstein Upsets the Climate Lobby

Veteran US Senator Dianne Feinstein got herself in hot water with climate activists when, on February 22, she clashed with a group of children by criticizing the kids’ request to back the Green New Deal [FoS Extracts - 2019-02-24]. The California Democrat argues that the GND policy is unworkable, saying “… there’s no way to pay for it” and “That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that back to whoever sent you here.” Sen. Feinstein proposes to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through regulation and carbon taxes, rather than the GND’s radical ten-year plan.
 
Sen. Feinstein’s reply was too much for the New Republic, which says that the senator is a bigger threat to the left’s goal of slowing climate change than Donald Trump.
 
<https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/22/politics/feinstein-video-sunrise-movement-kids/index.html>
<https://newrepublic.com/article/153152/dianne-feinstein-bigger-climate-threat-trump>
 

California’s San Bernardino County Stops Big Solar Projects

California's largest county has banned the construction of large solar and wind farms on more than 1 million acres of private land, bending to the will of residents who say they don’t want renewable energy projects industrializing their rural desert communities northeast of Los Angeles. State lawmakers passed a bill last year requiring utility companies to get 60% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and 100% from climate-friendly sources by 2045. But achieving those goals will require cooperation from local governments — and big solar and wind farms, like many infrastructure projects, are often unpopular at the local level.
<https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-san-bernardino-solar-renewable-energy-20190228-story.html
 

Green Lawyers Target Toilet Paper

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Stand.earth issued a report The Issue with Tissue: How Americans Are Flushing Forests Down the Toilet. The report argues that products such as toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissues, while cheap and convenient, are made from wood pulp, with “devastating” consequences for Indigenous Peoples, wildlife and the global climate. Instead of wood pulp the report advocates using recycled fibres.
 
Donna Laframboise’s blog NoFrakkingConsensus, however, points to this report as part of a decades-long war against the forestry industry conducted by “parasite lawyers.” She notes that it costs money to collect, sort, bleach, and sanitize material from residential recycling programs, and these use massive amounts of fossil-fuelled energy and water. The lawyers’ goal is to coerce manufacturers to into making toilet paper with ever higher amounts of recycled paper (due to government-imposed mandates), thus forcing everyone to pay more.
 
<https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/issue-tissue-how-americans-are-flushing-forests-down-toilet-report.pdf>
<https://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2019/02/25/parasite-green-lawyers-target-toilet-paper/>
 

Climate Science’s Myth Buster

City Journal interviewed Judith Curry, who gave up her post as head of the the department of earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology because “Independence of mind and climatology have become incompatible.” Dr. Curry points out that climate models can’t explain the 1910-1940 warming (similar to the current warming, but with much less CO2 emissions) nor the 1950-1970 cooling. There had to be natural factors at work. She is skeptical of environmental treaties like the Paris Accord, which-if the climate models are correct and all states respect their commitments-will reduce 2100 temperatures by an insignificant 0.2°C. Dr. Curry recommends research be diversified to study of the natural causes of climate change and not focus so obsessively on the human factor. Also, instead of wasting time on futile treaties and in sterile quarrels, we would do better to prepare ourselves for the consequences of climate change, whether it’s warming or something else.
 
<https://www.city-journal.org/global-warming>

 

2019-02-24

 

Susan Crockford: Polar Bear Lecture in April at Friends of Science Event

The title of Dr. Crockford’s lecture, on April 10 in Calgary is Polar Bears: Too Hot to Handle. Also at the event is astrophysicist Willie Soon whose  talk is titled: The Sun Also Warms. Just prior to the event, Dr. Crockford will be launching her new book, The Polar Bear Catastrophe that Never Happened.
 
<https://polarbearscience.com/2019/02/03/polar-bear-lecture-in-calgary-coming-up-in-april-book-friends-of-science-event-now/>
 

BC Government Putting Alternative Energy on Ice

Dozens of solar, wind and run-of-river power projects have been indefinitely suspended by the British Columbia government in an effort to manage the cost of electricity from independent power producers. The government’s Clean BC program calls for massive electrification of home, industry and transportation with aggressive emission reduction targets for 2030. By 2040 every car sold in BC must be zero emissions, while every home is to be zero-energy ready by 2032.
 
However, BC Hydro, the province’s electric utility predicts that it will have a surplus supply until the early 2030s, while Clean Energy BC forecasts electricity demand increasing 50% by 2030. On February 14 BC Hydro suspended its Standing Offer for independent power producers, stalling about 250 alternative energy projects and causing consternation at Clean Energy BC.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/02/15/b-c-government-putting-alternative-energy-sector-on-ice/>
<https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-government-putting-alternative-energy-sector-on-ice>
 

The White House’s Climate Security Panel

The White House is considering establishing a presidential committee to assess the consensus of scientists and the Pentagon that climate change poses a national security threat. The move, being spearheaded by William Happer, a physicist and National Security Council senior director who has touted the benefits of carbon dioxide emissions, could give climate skeptics a platform to push back against conclusions reached by Pentagon and other agencies within President Trump’s own administration that climate change is a major national security threat.
 
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-20/-climate-security-panel-may-give-white-house-skeptics-new-voice?utm_source=google&utm_medium=bd&cmpId=google>
<https://www.thegwpf.com/white-house-readies-panel-to-assess-if-climate-change-poses-a-national-security-threat/>
 

Bill Gates Slams Unreliable Wind and Solar

Mr. Gates, a true believer in the climate change scare, gave an interview at Stanford University during which he scoffed at the notion that wind and solar power, together with battery back-up, could ever replace conventional electricity generation. He quoted Vaclav Smil who said: “Here’s Tokyo, 27 million people, you have three days of a cyclone every year. It’s 23 GW of electricity for three days. Tell me what battery solution is going sit there and provide that power.” He pointed out that electricity is responsible for only 25% of greenhouse gas emissions and asks how steel is going to be manufactured without them, as well products such as plastics, fertilizers and cement, as well as air travel. There is no substitute for how the industrial economy runs today.
 
<http://joannenova.com.au/2019/02/gates-on-renewables-how-would-tokyo-survive-a-3-day-typhoon-with-unreliable-energy/?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=f739b48694-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_18_04_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-f739b48694-20168513>
<https://www.thegwpf.com/peter-foster-bill-gates-defying-the-climate-barons-tells-the-ugly-truth-about-renewables/>
 

The Green New Deal

On February 7 congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey presented an outline of a sweeping federal program aiming at decarbonizing the US economy, known as the Green New Deal. The GND, a non-binding resolution, calls for getting all US energy needs by 2030 from “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” by “dramatically expanding and upgrading existing renewable power sources.” It also includes a variety of social justice and welfare state goals, including “a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security” and “high-quality health care” benefits for Americans.
 
The text of the GND is less than 14 pages. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’ office released six pages of FAQs that quickly became the subject of ridicule and were withdrawn, but preserved by NPR. The GND would be paid for, not by taxes, but by a massive expansion of credit by the Fed and “new public banks.” 
 
In a piece published by the Global Warming Policy Forum, Robert Lyman, a former director-general of environmental affairs at Transport Canada, explains why a timeframe of 50 to 70 years would be needed to manage the GND’s proposed energy transition. A story in The New American describes an interview with Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore wherein he calls the GND a recipe for mass suicide, adding “Why would anyone vote for something that was going to result in the death of nearly all humans on Earth?” 
 
<https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/07/ocasio-cortez-green-new-deal-oppression/>
<http://2hiwrx1aljcd3ryc7x1vkkah.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Green-New-Deal-FINAL.pdf>
<https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=5729035-Green-New-Deal-FAQ>
<https://www.thegwpf.com/the-green-new-deals-toughest-transition-will-be-to-reality/>
<https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/31465-green-new-deal-would-kill-almost-everyone-warns-greenpeace-co-founder>
 

Judge Tosses Kids Climate Suit in Pennsylvania 

A federal judge in Pennsylvania dismissed a climate lawsuit brought by an environmental organization and two children against the federal government. The lawsuit, Clean Air Council v. United States, claimed that Trump administration rollbacks of environmental regulations and other “anti-science” decisions violate Constitutional rights and the public trust. The judge scoffed at what he interpreted as a request that he “supervise any actions the President and his appointees take that might touch on ‘the environment.’” 
 
The judge also rebuked another judge for her ruling in the Juliana v. United States case [FoS Extracts - 2019-01-03 and 2018-10-27] that the young plaintiffs had a Constitutional right to a livable climate, stating that her ruling is at odds with previous court decisions and “the Juliana Court certainly contravened or ignored longstanding authority.” 
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/02/22/judge-tosses-kids-climate-case-in-pennsylvania/>
 

EU Shelves Climate Concerns in US Trade Talks

The EU is preparing to negotiate two trade agreements with the US, contrary to pledges to only strike deals with countries committed to the Paris Agreement. A committee of the European Parliament on February 19 endorsed opening talks. Adopted by 21 votes to 17, the resolution by the committee for international trade empowers the European Commission to discuss two trade deals, respectively designed to lift tariffs and iron out bureaucratic hurdles between the two. It goes to a full parliamentary vote in mid-March.
 
<https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/02/20/eu-committee-shelves-climate-concerns-open-us-trade-talks/>
<https://www.thegwpf.com/eu-ready-to-give-up-climate-pledge-for-us-trade-deal/>
 

EU Commission Report Reveals Competitive Disadvantage of Climate Policies

The third release of the EU Commission’s periodic study of global electricity and gas prices for the first time compares the EU 28 with the whole of the G20 for the period 2008 to 2016. EU 28 household electricity prices are now more than double those in the G20, while industrial  electricity prices are now nearly 50% higher. The only G20 states with higher industrial electricity prices are those with heavy commitments to renewables.
 
The authors attribute the high electricity prices in the EU 28 to the “tax regime”, by which of course is meant energy and climate policies, where the EU is out of step with the rest of the world. As the authors themselves gloomily comment: “Whilst a convergence in tax rates may occur if other G20 countries implement similar fiscal measures as the EU as part of their climate mitigation policies, there is as yet little evidence that this is the case” (p. 16). So much for the “leadership” exhibited by the EU; no one is following that lead or seems likely to do so.
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/eu-commission-study-reveals-international-competitive-disadvantage-of-climate-policies/>
<https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/energy_prices_and_costs_-final_report-v12.3.pdf>
 

Australia: The Renewable Energy Superstar

Three academics at Australian National University have published a paper showing that, per capita, Australia is installing unreliable generators in a blitzkrieg pace, more than twice as fast as Germany is, and 4-5 times as fast  per capita than the EU, the US, Japan and China. The largest coal exporter in the world is working harder than anyone to destroy its largest export earner. According to the experts at ANU the net cost of adding renewables is zero (ignoring the subsidies, the extra transmission lines, the blackouts and the emergency demand management.)
 
However, as Joanne Nova points out Australians have the most expensive electricity in the world, for a reason. 
 
<http://joannenova.com.au/2019/02/australians-destroying-their-grid-faster-than-any-country-on-earth/>
<http://re100.eng.anu.edu.au/publications/assets/100renewables.pdf>
 

Response to Manifesto by 3,400 Belgian Academics

On February 10 more than 3,400 academics from across Belgium published an open letter to the federal and regional governments, backing the call from school and university students for better and more rapid government action to mitigate the effects of climate change.The Climate Intelligence Foundation has prepared a rebuttal to the seven assertions made by a the academics. Among the assertions is that almost 100% of the observed warming is human caused and that CO2 is the cause of it.
 
<http://www.brusselstimes.com/rss-feed/13920/more-than-3-000-academics-write-to-government-the-climate-activists-are-right>
<http://notrickszone.com/2019/02/02/climate-foundation-calls-belgian-manifesto-by-3400-academics-alarmist-unacademic-and-even-refuted-by-ipcc/>
<https://www.thegwpf.com/dutch-climate-intelligence-foundation-challenges-belgian-climate-alarmists/>
 

Behind Climate-Change Activist Greta Thunberg’s Rise to Fame

Less than a year ago Ms. Thunberg was an unknown schoolgirl in Sweden. Last August she came into the public eye with her decision to stage a “school strike” to draw attention to climate change. This led to appearances at the UN climate conference in Poland and most recently in Davos. At the latter event her message to the billionaires was: “I want you to panic” about climate change. 
 
However, her sudden appearance in the limelight has led to some pointed questions: is Ms. Thunberg’s celebrity status less to do with chance and more to do with a carefully orchestrated public relations campaign? It turns out that her school strike was timed to coincide with the launch of a book about climate change written by her mother. The book’s PR man has recently launched a business called “We Don’t Have Time”, a sort of climate-focused PR agency. 
 
<https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/whats-behind-climate-change-activist-greta-thunbergs-remarkable-rise-to-fame/?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=77eb1ef5ff-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_13_10_44&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-77eb1ef5ff-20168513>

 

2019-02-06

 

Hothouse Earth? “Advertorials” in Science 

Friends of Science’s Communication Manager Michelle Stirling responds to an oft-cited climate-change story in Slate that refers to a “Hothouse Earth” paper  in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (the paper is actually titled: Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene). As Ms. Stirling points out, the International Union of Geological Sciences, the body that issues the stratigraphic charts and names epochs, doesn’t include the term “Anthropocene”.  However the Hothouse authors still plowed ahead with this term, using repetitive hot, tipping-point, hyperbolic language throughout a scientific paper.
 
The IUGS tweeted that the term “Anthropocene” has more meaning sociologically than stratigraphically.
 
<http://www.cfact.org/2019/01/30/hothouse-earth-advertorials-in-science/>
 

Carbon Credits Could Cost Canadian Taxpayers Billions 

The Trudeau government’s national carbon price alone will not achieve the 192 Mt reduction in greenhouse gas emissions promised in the Paris Agreement (2030 commitment = 512 Mt; 2016 emissions = 704 Mt.) To help meet its target the government is considering buying international carbon credits to offset its shortfall. On the California carbon market, where the current price is $C20/t the 192 Mt reduction would cost Canadian taxpayers $3.84 billion/year. If Canada agrees to the UN’s recommendation of a more stringent 45% reduction below 2010 levels by 2030, we would have to cut emissions by 322 Mt (to 382 Mt). That would cost $6.44 billion annually.
 
<https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-carbon-credits-could-cost-canadian-taxpayers-billions>
<https://climateactiontracker.org/countries/canada/>
 

IBC Exaggerated Insurance “Climate Risks” 

The Insurance Bureau of Canada has waged a decade-long campaign to raise alarms about the ravages of floods. Blair Feltmate, a favourite star climate-change witness for the biggest insurers, heads the industry-funded Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at Waterloo University, which claims that climate change has triggered a surge in flood events in recent years. At a recent public meeting Mr. Feltmate said: “The elephant in the room, from a climate-change perspective, is… too much water in the wrong places.”
 
The real elephant sharing the room turned out to be a detailed report from Guy Gendron, a CBC/Radio Canada International ombudsman, outlining how such distorted flood claims led the news network to publish stories last fall that contained “inaccurate and irrelevant” information. Last September Mr. Feltmate was interviewed by the CBC’s English-language Radio Canada International arm, promoting the insurance industry’s sensational new report that claimed bad weather and flood events are soaring due to climate change.
 
An Ontario municipal engineer complained to the CBC ombudsman, pointing to flaws in Mr. Feltmate’s and the insurance lobby group’s claims. He alleged that the CBC report misrepresented science and insurance risks. In his review of the complaint, the ombudsman delivered a scathing critique of the CBC coverage on its Radio Canada International site, saying that the CBC report had “failed to comply with journalistic standards” in assessing and reporting on the industry’s claims.
 
On January 29 the CBC published corrections to its reports. saying: “Certain statements relating to rainfall amounts and the so-called 100-year events deemed to be inaccurate or irrelevant to the story have been removed and/or replaced. Information from Environment Canada has been added to indicate their statistics show no increase in rainfall or extreme rain events beyond ‘normal’ variations …”
 
<https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/terence-corcoran-cbc-admits-it-wrongly-reported-hyped-up-insurance-climate-risks>
<http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/01/30/how-to-mitigate-the-effects-and-flood-damage-from-climate-change/>
 

Decline in GDP-Adjusted Global Catastrophic Losses over the Past 25 Years

When MunichRe and other insurers disseminate statistical loss figures they do so in absolute terms, without accounting for the growth in total gross domestic product. A new study by Roger Pielke, published in the journal Environmental Hazards, finds that since 1990 both overall and weather/climate losses have decreased as proportion of global GDP since 1990. 
 
<http://notrickszone.com/2019/01/23/surprise-decline-in-gdp-adjusted-global-catastrophe-losses-over-past-25-years-violent-tornadoes-trending-downward/>
<https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17477891.2018.1540343>
 

Media Climate Hype

As a mid-winter freeze hits the Great Plains and the Midwest of the US, many in the media are rushing to blame the deep freeze on global warming, The New York Times filled the top of its website with coverage of the Midwest’s polar plunge, including one prominent article that claims record heat in Australia and record cold in the US were two sides of the global warming coin. “Also, broadly speaking, scientists say, a hotter planet makes extreme weather more frequent and more intense,” reads the Times article, warning we live in the “Age of Weather Extremes.”
 
The Chicago Times, Axios, The Washington Post and others echoed the theory that global warming was weakening the jet stream, allowing the “polar vortex” to meander south and bring record cold. Many experts don’t think this is correct and say it’s media climate-hype. In fact, weather events that used to be considered, well, weather are now attributed to global warming that’s supposed to play out over decades and measured in trends, not short-term weather variability.
 
“‘Climate change’ once referred to outcomes measured via statistics (‘detection’) tracked over decades,” University of Colorado professor Roger Pielke Jr. noted. “Today ‘climate change’ is most often used as a causal factor in attributing events over hours, days or weeks,” Dr. Pielke said. “We’ve become dumber.” Even Kevin Trenberth, a “mainstream” climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research said: “Frankly, it is a stretch to make that link … There is always cold air over the Arctic in the polar night and the question is whether it sits there or breaks out … So all this is in realm of weather. Not climate.”
 
<https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/29/polar-vortex-global-warming-disputed/?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=f7f56536cd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_31_04_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-f7f56536cd-20168513>
 

“Clean Energy Leader” PG&E Files for Bankruptcy

Pacific Gas & Electric, a distressed California utility facing claims of $30 billion resulting from the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, rejected last-minute rescue bids and decided for file for bankruptcy. PG&E used to boast that it and California led the nation in clean energy development. If only it had spent more money on maintaining its infrastructure than chasing green dreams.
 
A day after PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection a federal judge spent three hours excoriating the company for its role in the blazes that have ravaged Northern California over the past two years. PG&E is asking the court to allow it to potentially cancel $42 billion in power purchase contracts it signed over the past 15 years. The majority of these contracts commit PG&E to purchasing solar, wind or other renewable energy over terms of 15 to 20 years to meet California’s environmental goals.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/29/clean-energy-leader-pge-filing-bankruptcy-rejects-investor-bailout-massive-rate-hike-looms/>
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/31/quote-of-the-week-federal-judge-global-warming-is-not-starting-these-fires/>
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/30/uh-oh-california-solar-and-wind-projects-at-risk-due-to-pge-bankruptcy/>
<https://www.npr.org/2019/01/31/690371352/heres-how-pg-e-s-bankruptcy-might-hurt-california-s-ambitious-climate-goals?t=1549016082463>
 

Carbon Disclosure Project and PG&E

The PG&E collapse will likely ramp up the already intense demands by climate activists for companies to confess that their business models fail adequately to reflect climate risk. One of the most prominent promoters of the disclosure of emissions and climate programs is a London-based NGO named CDP (previously the Carbon Disclosure Project). CDP ranked PG&E as “A-“ in 2017 (the 2018 score is “forthcoming”). If this disclosure ritual was meant to assure investors that PG&E was a sound investment, they were misled.
 
Meanwhile, the last thing that PG&E’s stumble justifies is any redoubling of international climate conferences to conjure up more fake commitments. It is bordering on insanity to suggest that the way to deal with California wildfires is to force more solar panels on Burundi, windmills on Spain, or electric cars on China.
 
Canadian petroleum companies have lined up to be ranked by CDP, an organization that is part of an agenda to shut them down. In this year’s rankings, Husky and Suncor scored “B”s. Enbridge and TransCanada scored “C”s. CNR and Encana sat bottom of the class with “D”s. Still, one encouraging sign is that last year both Exxon Mobil and its Canadian subsidiary, Imperial Oil, stopped reporting. CDP ranks such refusal under “F,” for failure.
 
<https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/peter-foster-climate-activists-cheer-corporate-carbon-disclosures-and-regular-investors-get-burned>
 

Good News: The UN’s Global Green Law is Going Nowhere for Now

The first major meeting of the UN’s “Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group towards a Global Pact for the Environment” (OEWG) convened on January 14, 2019 at the United Nations Environment Program offices in Nairobi, Kenya. During the week-long session, delegates considered the report of the UN Secretary-General titled “Gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments: towards a global pact for the environment.” The object of the exercise was enact a binding set of new global laws that both encompasses and surpasses all of the existing multinational environmental treaties and agreements.
 
About 300 participants attended the meeting, including government delegates from many countries plus representatives of various international and UN organizations. The good news is that the meeting turned into something of a fiasco, as countries proved unwilling to surrender existing treaties and agreements. The US delegation questioned whether the “gaps” exist, saying that many are instead biased wishes.
 
The second of three OEWG meetings is now scheduled for March 18-20, 2019, again in Nairobi.
 
<http://www.cfact.org/2019/01/24/good-news-the-uns-global-green-law-is-going-nowhere-for-now/>
<http://enb.iisd.org/vol35/enb3501e.html>
 

“End of the Road” for UK Citizens’ Climate Case

In December 2017 the NGO Plan B and 11 UK citizens filed a case seeking to compel the UK’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary to raise the country’s target for cutting emissions by mid-century. Last July the High Court decided not to hold a full hearing on the case, and the plaintiffs took that decision to the Court of Appeals. On January 28 the appeals court refused the appeal, stating that the plaintiffs’ arguments had no prospect of success.
 
This is one of a growing number of cases in which civil society and individuals are challenging government policies on climate change. The Irish High Court heard arguments in late January on an NGO’s case over the country’s plan for limiting emissions, while the European General Court has said it will hear a case over the EU’s 2030 targets
 
<https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/01/30/end-road-uk-citizens-climate-case-rejected-appeal-court/>
 

Global Warming Myth Debunked

Global warming activists argue CO2 emissions are destroying the planet, but the climate impacts of CO2 are minimal, at worst. Claims of unprecedented CO2 levels ignore most of Earth’s 4.6-billion-year history. For example, 600 million years ago, when history’s greatest birth of new animal species occurred, atmospheric CO2 concentrations exceeded 6,500 parts per million, which is 16 times today’s 410 ppm. Over billions of years, the geologic record shows there is no long-term correlation between atmospheric CO2 levels and Earth’s climate.
 
Currently all living things on Earth produce 440 billion tonnes of CO2 each year, or 13 times the amount from fossil-fuel emissions. When the activists make their apocalyptic pronouncements, the primary goal is not to save plants, humans or animals, but to use “climate change” as justification for centralizing power into the hands of a select few.
 
<https://www.westernjournal.com/global-warming-myth-debunked-humans-minimal-impact-atmospheres-carbon-dioxide-climate/>

 

2019-01-26

 

Dark Green Money Reveals Vast Self-Dealing Network in Canada’s Climate Change “Leadership”

Dark Green Money is a new report by Ottawa energy policy consultant, Robert Lyman, that takes the mask off the big green funding machine behind Canada’s Climate Change “Leadership”, was issued by Friends of Science on Jan. 15, 2019. According to Friends of Science, what is in play in Canada sounds like the proposed US Green New Deal, as outlined by Vox, Jan. 7, 2019. 
 
Dark Green Money gives a glimpse into a vast self-dealing network of foreign billionaire foundation funding in Canada, detailing staggering amounts of money pouring into questionable “climate change” initiatives.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/18/dark-green-money-reveals-vast-self-dealing-network-in-canadas-climate-change-leadership-like-green-new-deal-proposal-says-friends-of-science/>
<https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/12/21/18144138/green-new-deal-alexandria-ocasio-cortez
 

Exposing the Money behind the US-based Campaign to Kill the Alberta Oilsands

Vivian Krause has become synonymous with the fight against the concerted effort by US oil interests working to land-lock Canadian oil and gas by using environmental groups to protest against the industry with the stated aim of grinding development to a halt. On January 16 she warned the Indian Resource Council-which represents 134 First Nations that have oil and gas resources on their land- what kind of opposition it will face if it pushes forward with a plan to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from the federal government, saying: “you don’t just get the pipeline, you get a foreign-funded campaign along with the pipeline.”
 
Eight years ago, while researching who was behind an unscientific, misinformation campaign against farmed Canadian salmon, Ms. Krause “came across these three little words: Tar Sands Campaign” in the tax forms of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (which, ironically, made its billions from oil and gas). She saw that the foundation donated $1.4 million in 2007 to Corporate Ethics, “to recruit the groups, develop the strategy, create a co-ordinated campaign and act as a re-granting agency for the North American Tar Sands Campaign,” states CorpEthics.org, the group’s website. “This strategy is successful to this day,” adds the CorpEthics post. “All the proposed pipelines in Canada have effectively been blocked.”
 
Ms. Krause finished her talk with this question: “We need to ask ourselves, what would Texas do if a group of charitable foundations from Canada were running a multimillion-dollar campaign to land-lock Texan crude? Would they let it go on for 10 years? I don’t think so. Maybe that’s what we need. We need to think like Texas.”
 
<https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/corbella-vivian-krause-should-become-a-household-name-across-canada?fbclid=IwAR3S21H_vcss-13WHq0msFQKZHBUslWTo5gqB8Mjo6oa6cNV7lJqUbXXVzA
 

Blaming Canada’s Sky-high Emissions on Alberta

The City of Victoria, which gets more than 200 cruise ship visits a year and is aggressively trying to attract more, has announced plans to launch a class action lawsuit against the oil and gas sector. The idea is to tally up the various damages done to the city by climate change and send the bill to the likes of Suncor or CNRL. This is the latest salvo of a movement that seeks to singularly blame the oil industry for climate change while conveniently ignoring the millions of daily consumer choices, often made by activists themselves. Across the Georgia Strait the City of Vancouver hosts the largest single coal export facility-Westshore Terminals-in North America. Coal is British Columbia’s main export commodity, with $3.32 billion worth being shipped in 2016. 
 
In fact, it turns out that everywhere in Canada, except Alberta, is emitting more CO2 than they assume. In per-capita terms, Alberta has a carbon footprint of 67 tonnes/year, compared to 13 t for the average Ontarian and 10 t for the average Quebecer. The reason is all the emissions in producing petroleum products is charged to Alberta. If the oil-production emissions were charged to the end users, the emissions for Alberta, Ontario and Quebec would be 39.5 t, 17.6 t and 15 t, respectively.
 
Also, Canadians are driving more and bigger cars. Only ten years ago trucks, vans and SUVs made up 45% of Canada’s private vehicle sales. In 2017 that figure had risen to 69%. In Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, most commutes are by car. More and more Canadians are sending up their carbon footprint by flying. Every anti-oil sands activist uses eye-watering quantities of fossil fuels.
 
<https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/youre-all-hypocrites-why-its-a-colossal-cop-out-to-keep-blaming-canadas-sky-high-emissions-on-alberta>
<https://www.vicnews.com/news/city-of-victoria-endorses-potential-class-action-lawsuit-against-fossil-fuel-giants/>
 

Carbon Taxation Needs a Buy-in

Joe Oliver, a former minister of finance and of natural resources, says that the outcome of next fall’s federal election will depend on whether the public buys into climate-change alarmism. Mr. Oliver describes five ways in which extreme polarization of the debate over climate change has occurred. However, the public may sense that alarmist hysteria suggests uncertainty and that hard evidence does not point to an inevitable catastrophe. Thus Canadians are unwilling to make painful sacrifices today to prevent an unsure dystopian future that the government has not demonstrated it can do anything to prevent. Other countries are putting their own economic interests first, despite their hypocritical posturing at the UN.
 
<https://nationalpost.com/opinion/joe-oliver-carbon-taxation-needs-public-buy-in-are-you-seeing-much-of-that>
 

Rex Murphy: Spare Us the Mantras about the Environment and the Economy

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna likes to state: “The environment and the economy go hand in hand.” These two concepts are too vast and complex for any one-to-one equivalence. This simplistic slogan tries to pass off as a truism that there is equal and mutual correspondence between two of the most intricately dynamic, various systems known to peoplekind.
 
For example, consider the question: Should one build a small waste-disposal plant, get 15 jobs for a small town, or save the rare puff-breasted, beakless codswallop? Both cannot be accommodated. As that campaign against Alberta energy shows, for professional activists and protesters, the environment is a concept-weapon to be used to confound and obstruct the economy.
 
For the activists the economy is the enemy of the environment. Anywhere you find Green radicalism, Green advocacy, Greenpeace, or Green parties, you will find attacks on industry and jobs wrapped up in the false flag of “concern for the environment” and the avoidance of global-warming perdition. This Minister McKenna’s chirpy slogan is a mockery of the biggest internal issue in Canadian politics today.
 
<https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-spare-us-the-yoga-mat-mantras-about-the-environment-and-the-economy>
 

Green No More: Germany Delays Coal Exit

Economy and Energy Minister, Peter Altmaier, said that Germany needs to retain half its coal-generation capacity until 2030, to offset the closure of its nuclear reactors by 2021/22. Specifically he stated: "No other country getting out of coal is also getting out of nuclear power,” adding that “the ending of nuclear and the phasing-out of coal should not overwhelm each other.” 
 
After late-night talks on January 25, a commission drawn from industry, civil society, green groups and government outlined a plan to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2038.
 
<https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/coal/012219-germany-needs-longer-timetable-to-end-coal-fired-power-minister>
<https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/01/26/german-quit-coal-2038-commission-proposal/>
 

More and Bigger Private Jets Land at Davos as Elites Discuss Climate Change

At least 1,500 private jets are expected to arrive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, up from last year’s 1,300. Also, this year’s jets tend to be larger and more expensive. “This is at least in part due to some of the long distances traveled, but also possibly due to business rivals not wanting to be seen to be outdone by one another,” said Andy Christie, the private jets director at Air Charter Service. 
 
The high-profile event started on January 21 with naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough urging attendees to take action against global warming before it’s too late. “What we do now, and in the next few years, will profoundly affect the next few thousand years,” he implored. The effects of global warming are well known to the WEF. Its own Global Risk Report, published earlier this year, identified climate change and environmental degradation as “the gravest threats” over the next 10 years.
 
<http://fortune.com/2019/01/22/more-and-bigger-private-jets-landing-at-davos-as-leaders-discuss-climate-change/>
<https://www.aircharterserviceusa.com/about-us/news-features/news/1500-private-jets-predicted-to-descend-on-davos-this-week>
<https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jan/21/david-attenborough-tells-davos-the-garden-of-eden-is-no-more>
<https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-risks-report-2019>
 

IEA: Electric Cars Will Not Stop Rising Oil Demand

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, reported that while electric car use may be growing exponentially, they are doing little to curb rising CO2 emissions and oil demand. He said: “This year we expect global oil demand to increase by 1.3 million barrels per day. The effect of 5 million cars is [to diminish that demand by] 50,000 barrels per day. 50,000 versus 1.3m barrels.” Last year, the IEA predicted that the number of electric cars globally would grow from 3 million today, to 125 million by 2030. But Mr. Birol said the number paled in comparison to the 1 billion cars powered by internal combustion engines.
 
<https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/01/22/electric-cars-will-not-stop-rising-oil-demand-says-energy-agency-chief/>
 

China’s Coal Output Highest in Three Years

China’s December coal output climbed 2.1% from the year before, government data showed, hitting the highest level in over three years as major miners ramped up production amid robust winter demand and after the country started up new mines. Miners produced 320.38 million tonnes of coal in December, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics. That is the largest volume since June, 2015.
 
<https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-economy-output-coal/chinas-coal-output-hits-highest-in-over-3-years-as-mines-start-up-idUKKCN1PF0DI>
<https://www.forbes.com/sites/judeclemente/2019/01/23/coal-is-not-dead-china-proves-it/#210b22aa65fa>
 

US Conservatives Push for More Permanent Exit from Paris Agreement

While President Trump announced that the US will withdraw from the agreement, the withdrawal takes three years and won’t be completed until after the 2020 election. If Mr. Trump were defeated a future administration could reimpose it. To prevent this, the solution is to submit the Paris Agreement to the Senate for ratification as a treaty, where it would be defeated, for good.
 
<https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/20/conservatives-want-more-permanent-exit-from-paris-/?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ac164ec2dd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_22_03_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-ac164ec2dd-20168513>
 

Climate Change Concern is Surging-But Nobody Wants to Pay More Taxes

A poll from Yale and George Mason University found that Americans believe that climate change is happening and could harm their families and the country. However, another poll conducted by Associated Press and the University of Chicago says they are not willing to pay any more to “fight climate change” than they were three years ago. In fact, 70% of Americans say they wouldn’t pay $10/month to cool the planet. 
 
Part of the problem might be that people don’t trust politicians. Also, the greens have been saying for years that renewable energy is the cheapest option. If so, why would anyone pay more for something which is supposed to be cheaper?
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/25/claim-climate-change-concern-is-surging-but-nobody-wants-to-pay-more-taxes/>
<https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/do-most-americans-believe-climate-change-polls-say-yes/580957/>
 

97% of Scientists Agree on: Nothing

According to Prof. Ian Plimer, while it is often claimed that 97% of scientist conclude that humans are causing global warming, it is a zombie statistic. In his 50-year scientific career he has never seen a hypothesis where 97% of scientists agree. The oft-quoted 97% figure derives from a survey sent to 10,257 people with a self-interest in human-induced global warming who published “science” supported by taxpayer-funded research grants. Replies from 3146 respondents were whittled down to 77 self-appointed climate “scientists” of whom 75 were judged to agree that human-induced warming was taking place. Thus the 97% comes from a tribe with only 77 members, and there is no mention that 75 out of 3146 is only 2.38%.
 
More recently a paper claimed that published scientific papers showed there was a 97.1% consensus that man had caused at least half of the 0.7°C global warming since 1950. This was determined by “inspection” of 11,944 published papers by a “citizen science” group of volunteers contributing to the Skeptical Science website. This study was a biased compilation of opinions from non-scientific, politically motivated volunteer activists who used a search engine for key words in 11,944 scientific papers, were unable to understand the scientific context of the use of “global warming” and “global climate change”, who rebadged themselves as “citizen scientists” to hide their activism and ignorance, who did not read the complete papers and were unable to evaluate critically the diversity of science published therein.
 
As Dr. Plimer concludes: “Activists with no skin in the game are setting the scene for economic suicide. Time for yellow shirts to shirt-front politicians about their uncritical acceptance of a fraud that has already cost the community hundreds of billions of dollars.”
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/ian-plimer-97-of-scientists-agree-on-nothing/>

 

2019-01-03

 

StatCan Exposes How Worthless “Green” Industries Are

Statistics Canada reported last month that environmental and clean-tech industries accounted for 3.1% of Canada GDP in 2017, about the same as in 2007, despite ten years of pro-green policies and hefty government support. The green economy is even less important for jobs, contributing only 1.6% of total employment. This ignores the job losses resulting from the higher cost of renewable energy. Despite the evidence showing environment and economy work in opposite directions, politicians like federal environment minister Catherine McKenna keep repeating that they don’t.
 
There are two lessons to be drawn from the tepid growth of Canada’s green sector. It will be a long time, if ever, before it makes a significant contribution to jobs and income in Canada. And in the meantime, even its marginal and largely meaningless existence will be expensive for both taxpayers and electricity customers.
 
<https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/philip-cross-statcan-just-exposed-how-worthless-green-industries-are-to-canadas-economy>
 

Poll: Trudeau’s Carbon Tax Won’t Motivate Canadians to Switch to More Fuel-efficient Transportation

An Ipsos poll of 2001 Canadians conducted last month suggests a disconnect between Canadians’ acceptance of climate change as a problem and their willingness to potentially incur financial loss to help the government tackle it. Fewer than one in five Canadians said gas prices between $1.00 and $1.25 a litre would prompt them to switch to a more fuel-efficient car or find alternate modes of transportation; it would take a near doubling of gas prices to $2.00-$2.25/litre to make them rethink their vehicular choices. 
 
The dilemma facing the Trudeau government is that gas prices in that $2.00 to $2.25 per litre range wouldn’t merely convinces Canadians to switch to fuel-efficient transportation, they might also convince many Canadians to vote the Liberals out. Only 19% of respondents chose climate change among the three issues that they said are most likely to influence their voting decisions in this year’s federal election.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/29/trudeaus-carbon-tax-on-gas-wont-motivate-canadians-to-switch-to-fuel-efficient-transportation-ipsos-poll/>
 

US Court Rules Against Young Climate Activists

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a Dec. 26 ruling that granted the DOJ’s petition for interlocutory appeal that decreases the chances of the climate lawsuit going to trial anytime soon. Our Children’s Trust filed the suit against the federal government in 2015 on behalf of 21 youths, aged 11 to 22, arguing their right to a “stable climate system” was being violated. The suit asks the court to order the government to issue laws and regulations to fight global warming. The legal process will continue during 2019.
 
<https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/02/trump-global-warming-youth-lawsuit/>
 

US Democrats’ Green New Deal

Following the recent midterm elections some Democratic members of Congress, in particular NY Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are proposing a “green new deal” to decarbonize the US economy. In less than 10 years under this deal: 100% of electricity would come from renewable sources; a national “smart grid”; upgrading of every residential and industrial building for state-of-the art energy efficiency and comfort; decarbonizing manufacturing, agricultural and other industries; decarbonizing, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure; funding massive investment in the drawdown and capture of greenhouse gases. 
 
The massive investment required would be funded not only through taxation, but primarily by increasing the money supply via the Federal Reserve and by new public banks to extend credit.
 
<https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-why-some-us-democrats-want-a-green-new-deal-to-tackle-climate-change>
<https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/417843-five-things-to-know-about-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal>
 

The Greenpeace Business Report

The Heartland Institute has published a report, by an international team of five authors, on Greenpeace’s business model and philosophy. Over the last 20 years Greenpeace’s annual income has risen from $150 million to over $350 million. Greenpeace is a Dutch company with assets of $277 million, of which 64% is in cash or equivalent. It has a highly-centralized structure and requires local (i.e., national) branches to prioritize the organization’s global agenda.
 
Greenpeace’s modus operandi is to find a catastrophic and urgent campaign issue; choose a villain and a sympathetic victim; choose a simple and plausible solution to the issue while accusing the villain of preventing the solution from being implemented; issue a call to action and get people engaged; control the narrative by using sympathetic media outlets. Education increases knowledge and understanding, which undermines the campaign’s call to action. 
 

Over 1994-2015 Greenpeace waged campaigns on a variety of issues that have waxed and waned over time with some campaigns (e.g., biodiversity, GM foods, nuclear, peace & disarmament) being discontinued. However, the campaign on man-made climate change continued throughout the study period, though its relative importance has recently declined.

 
In the words of the Wilderness Society vice president of public policy Rindy O’Brien: Greenpeace has tended to look for ways to publicize problems instead of ways to actually solve them.” 
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/20/the-heartland-greenpeace-business-report/>
<https://andymaypetrophysicist.com/greenpeace-crimes-and-lies-2/>
 

Furious NGOs Sue French Government over Carbon Tax Retreat

Four NGOs—Oxfam, Greenpeace, Notre Affaire à Tous, and Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme—have initiated legal proceedings saying France has defaulted on its environmental obligations. This is the result of the gilets jaunes protests over the government’s attempted increase in carbon taxes on automotive fuels and its subsequent rescinding of the tax. The initial December 18 filing gives the government two months to respond, after which the organizations can choose to move forward with their lawsuit in administrative court.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/27/furious-greenpeace-oxfam-suing-the-french-government-over-macrons-carbon-tax-retreat/>
<https://qz.com/1507841/petition-to-sue-france-over-climate-change-is-signed-by-1-7-million/>
 

Climate Skeptics: The Despised Minority

Paul Krugman, New York Times Columnist and 2008 winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, declines to use the word “skeptic.” In November 2018 he published in the Times an opinion piece, The Depravity of Climate Change Denial - Risking civilization for profit, ideology and ego. In his words: “there are almost no good-faith climate-change deniers.”
As Donna Laframboise concludes: “In other contexts, we make a point of treating minorities with courtesy. But it remains open season on people who think humanity has more pressing problems than climate change, who draw different conclusions from the available scientific evidence, who’ve concluded that science is being abused by political operatives, or who’ve noticed that many similar eco-apocalyptic predictions have failed to materialize.”
 
<https://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2019/01/02/climate-skeptics-the-despised-minority/>
<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/opinion/climate-change-denial-republican.html>
 

The World Is Bored with Climate Change

Public interest in “climate change” peaked in March 2007 as Al Gore and “An Inconvenient Truth” basked in the glow of an Academy Award win, but faded away ever since. RealClear Politics surveyed climate change news on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, as well as worldwide news coverage in 65 languages. Also surveyed were Google searches for “climate change” and “global warming.” Coverage peaked in 2009 with the Copenhagen climate conference, in 2015 with the Paris Accord and again in 2017 when President Trump announced US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
 
RealClear Politics’ conclusion: “Whether this means the world believes the debate about causality and consequences is settled or whether the public has been so inundated with climate messaging that it simply can’t sustain the same level of concern anymore, the end result is that the topic has been slowly fading from the public view.”
 
<https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/12/21/are_we_bored_with_climate_change_138984.html>
 

Germany’s Green Transition Has Hit a Brick Wall

While Germany has installed enough wind and solar power to theoretically supply the power requirements on any day with sufficient wind and sunshine, both of the latter are frequently lacking. More problematical is that wind turbines and solar panels often overproduce, creating major problems in equalizing production and consumption. Production is often too high to keep the network frequency stable without disconnecting some solar and wind facilities. This leads to major energy losses and forced power exports to neighbouring countries (“load shedding”) at negative prices. In 2017 about half of Germany’s wind power was exported.
 
Germany can never shut down its thermal power plants as planned. Without them a stable network frequency is impossible. Solar and wind power today covers only 27% of electricity consumption and only 5% of Germany’s total energy needs, while impairing reliability and raising electricity prices to among the highest in the world. Yet the country’s goal still is to get 60% of total energy from renewables by 2050.
 

 <https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/21/germanys-green-transition-has-hit-a-brick-wall/>

 

Can Wind and Solar Replace Fossil Fuels?

Politicians, such as New York’s Andrew Cuomo, sometimes make announcements like: “The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030…” To determine whether that is even possible, it’s worth considering the example of Germany, which has some of the highest electric bills in the world as well as a high proportion of its electric power produced by wind and solar (19%). As the plots in the WUWT article show, the increase in wind and solar between 2011 and 2016 (from 68 to 116 billion kWh) had no effect on fossil fuel use. However, the grid suffered from increasing stability problems, and Germany is now plagued with blackouts.
 
As advertised by its politicians, Germany gets 19% of its energy from wind and solar. What they do not say is that it also exports 1/3 of that energy out of country, leaving its carbon footprint unchanged since 2011. Some small countries, notably Denmark, have advertised that they get 50% or more of their energy from sun and wind. What they really mean is that they have a large country (in the case of Denmark, Germany) next to them absorbing that power and selling them power when the wind stops blowing and the sun goes down.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/01/can-wind-and-solar-replace-fossil-fuels/>
 

Sustainable Fuels Unlikely to Replace Hydrocarbons for Air Travel

Commercial air travel poses a problem for climate change fighters. There is no viable low-carbon substitute for most of today’s air travel. Aircraft CO2 emissions are projected to quadruple by 2050 from 2010 levels. Airlines are counting on what they call Sustainable Aviation Fuel, produced from vegetable oils or biomass, such as soybeans, sugar cane, or algae.
 
According to the International Civil Aviation Organization replacement of traditional aviation fuel from hydrocarbons with SAF would require 170 new large bio refineries to be built every year from 2020 to 2050 at a cost of up to $60 billion per year. But it’s not clear that sustainable aviation fuels will significantly reduce CO2 emissions. When traditional aviation fuel combusts, about three tonnes of carbon dioxide are created from each tonne of fuel. When SAF is burned, about three tonnes of CO2 is also exhausted for each tonne of fuel. Hence, hydrocarbon fuels will remain essential for air travel.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/03/sustainable-fuels-unlikely-to-replace-hydrocarbons-for-air-travel/>
 

Organic Food Worse for the Climate

A new international study published in Nature finds that organically-farmed food has a greater climate impact than the conventionally-farmed kind. While organic farming has lower direct emissions through use of less fossil fuel, it produces less crops per hectare, which leads to greater indirect CO2 emissions from deforestation. For example, organically-farmed peas in Sweden have a 50% greater impact; for Swedish winter wheat the difference is closer to 70%.
 
The researchers used a new metric, which they call “Carbon Opportunity Cost”, to evaluate the effect of greater land-use contributing to higher carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation. This metric takes into account the amount of carbon that is stored in forests, and thus released as carbon dioxide as an effect of deforestation. The study is among the first in the world to make use of this metric.

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