Deliver Us – in Kansas

In Kansas, fence-posts often are made from stone.

There is not much to burn, if you need to stay warm, and there is no power.

Sebelius vetoes bill that would resurrect coal-burning plant

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TOPEKA | Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today vetoed legislation to allow a sizeable coal plant expansion in western Kansas.

The bill would have eliminated the discretion a state regulator used last year to block Sunflower Electric Power Corp.’s plans to add two coal-burning generators to its existing Holcomb, Kan., power station.

Sebelius said that she couldn’t support an erosion of an environmental regulator’s powers and that the bill didn’t do enough to encourage renewable energy.

“Instead of building two new coal plants, which would produce 11 million new tons of carbon dioxide each year, I support pursuing other, more promising energy and economic development alternatives,” she said in a statement accompanying the veto.

The long-anticipated veto sets up a showdown with the Legislature, where leaders are counting votes to see whether they have the two-thirds majorities needed to override a veto. Debate and controversy surrounding the coal plant, climate change and state energy policy have dominated the 2008 legislative session.

In her veto message, Sebelius reiterated her offer to negotiate with lawmakers and Sunflower to reach a compromise. She has said she would support a plan calling for only one generator.

She also announced that she will form a new group, the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group, to investigate ways the state can encourage reductions in greenhouse gases.

The vetoed bill included some modest environmental initiatives, including new renewable energy standards for many utilities and a provision to allow those with solar panels on their homes to sell excess power to their utility.

Many lawmakers, led by the House Speaker and Senate president, argue that there was no legal basis for the rejection of the power plant and that the decision is costing the state jobs and economic investment. They warn of higher electric bills for western Kansas and accuse Sebelius of pandering to environmentalists.

The Senate appears to have more than enough votes to override the veto. The House, however, appears to be several votes short. The Legislature has 30 days to attempt an override.

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Frigid Forecast

Our reaction to inconsequential warming during an interglacial phase is seriously misdirected.  Here the argument to increase carbon dioxide emissions is set forth, and it is rather well done.  The current solar minimum is expected to continue until as late as July of next year (2009). The bottom line? A 2.2 degree C decline by 2030, shortening growing seasons by a month. Pay attention, environmentalists, and all.

Via  Dalton Minimum Returns

Solar Cycle 24: Implications for the United States

When I asked at the beginning of this presentation if we lived in a special time, well that is true in relation to the last three million years. The special time we live in is called an interglacial. Normally, and that is 90% of the time, the spot I am standing on is covered by several thousand feet of ice. Relative to the last four interglacials, we may be somewhere near the end of the current interglacial. The end of the Holocene will be a brutal time for humanity.

and

Polar faculae are another sign of weaker magnetic fields on the Sun. Based on the relative number of polar faculae during this minimum relative to the last, and the intervening solar cycle peak of 120, I predict that the amplitude of Solar Cycle 24 will be 45. This is very similar to the amplitudes of Solar Cycles 5 and 6 during the Dalton Minimum.

the bad news (but not as bad as it could be):

The evidence from the Hanover solar cycle length to temperature relationship, and that of the other cities in this presentation, is incontrovertible. There will be a significant cooling very soon.

Our generation has known a warm, giving Sun, but the next generation will suffer a Sun that is less giving, and the Earth will be less fruitful.

Klimamysteriet 1

Recommended video which documents the suppression of legitimate science by degenerate collectivists/would-be kommissars:

Klimamysteriet 1

 Enjoy.

Edit, 12-July: Youtube has taken the the Klimamysteriet (“The Cloud Mystery”) series down. A very brief trailer can be found here – but the site is not fast.

The Chilling Stars (redux)

Read ASAP “The Chilling Stars: The New Theory of Climate Change” by Prof. Henrik Svensmark and Nigel Calder 

Chilling Stars

Circa 1950, scientists confirmed that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a spiral galaxy. Our Sun, a small star, is not fixed in an arm of the spiral, but orbits outside the galaxy’s center, moving from arm to arm, over hundreds of millions of years. The galactic environment of our system actually changes pronouncedly, from age to age. Inside a dense galactic arm, populated with large, short lived stars, there are many star births, and catastrophic star deaths. Our solar system passes through dense arms periodically, and also through the much less dense space between the arms.

Large stars typically “die” in a massive explosion called a super nova. Such stellar explosions result in highly energetic subatomic particles called “cosmic rays.” Cosmic rays are much more frequently encountered, in the dense arms of the galaxy, and of course, near super novae. Two cosmic rays on average zip through your head every second, unobserved by you. If you are reading this at jet cruising altitude, the number is higher. At present, we are located in a minor or spur arm, called Orion.  Only within the last 15 years have scientists discovered that these energetic particles, creating cascades of free electrons in the atmosphere, contribute effectively to low cloud formation.

Only within the last 15 years have scientists discovered HOW clouds form! Astounding that it took so long.  (What were they working on?  Carbon Credit sales, instead)

We know for sure that our Sun itself effectively regulates the flow of cosmic rays reaching the Earth, through the Sun’s magnetosphere, which extends far beyond the planetary orbits. When the Sun is magnetically active (sunspot maxima) cosmic rays are more often deflected from reaching Earth. There is a well known 11 year sunspot cycle, highly correlated with the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere. There are more cycles, clearly correlating Earth’s temperature and solar activity. At a sunspot minima, more cosmic rays interact with our atmosphere, resulting in more formation of low clouds, over vast areas of the Earth. The upper aspect of low clouds is highly reflective, like the ice of Antarctica. Low clouds reflect most of the Sun’s energy which otherwise would be absorbed by the ocean or the land mass at the surface.  Sunspot activity can also slow dramatically for long periods. A very recent such period, prior to 1725, is called the Maunder Sunspot Minimum. It is also called the “Little Ice Age.” They are intimately related. With the Sun’s magnetic activity at a prolonged null, more cosmic rays interacted with Earth’s atmosphere creating more low clouds, and Earth’s atmosphere was cooled, fast. When the Sun became magnetically active again, low cloud formation slowed, and the atmosphere warmed.

Carbon dioxide comes mostly from the ocean, to a large extent generated by sea life. When the ocean warms, carbon dioxide normally dissolved in sea water is forced into the atmosphere. The temperature of the ocean is slow to change, because it is so massive, and also because water takes more energy to heat than does the same mass of atmosphere. Hundreds of years after a major reversal in solar activity, ocean temperature follows. So does carbon dioxide. Human activity generates a tiny fraction of the carbon dioxide which the ocean periodically takes up, or gives off, depending on its temperature. The carbon dioxide content of our atmosphere is a result of ocean temperature, much more than a cause.

If you want a clear explanation of all this and much more, read “The Chilling Stars” by Prof. Henrik Svensmark and Nigel Calder, or watch “The Great Global Warming Swindle” at http://www.rightalk.com . There is still much more to learn; climatology is practically a reborn science, as a result of the recent research of Svensmark and others!

Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change

Reproduced here for (my) convenience from  The Heartland Institute

A significant document, adopted by some 500 scientists and researchers. Well done!  At long last, a viable consensus seems to be emerging!

Also posted with comment at   Global Warming Politics.

Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change

“Global warming” is not a global crisis

We, the scientists and researchers in climate and related fields, economists, policymakers, and business leaders, assembled at Times Square, New York City, participating in the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change,

Resolving that scientific questions should be evaluated solely by the scientific method;

Affirming that global climate has always changed and always will, independent of the actions of humans, and that carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a pollutant but rather a necessity for all life;

Recognising that the causes and extent of recently observed climatic change are the subject of intense debates in the climate science community and that oft-repeated assertions of a supposed ‘consensus’ among climate experts are false;

Affirming that attempts by governments to legislate costly regulations on industry and individual citizens to encourage CO2 emission reduction will slow development while having no appreciable impact on the future trajectory of global climate change. Such policies will markedly diminish future prosperity and so reduce the ability of societies to adapt to inevitable climate change, thereby increasing, not decreasing, human suffering;

Noting that warmer weather is generally less harmful to life on Earth than colder:

Hereby declare:

That current plans to restrict anthropogenic CO2 emissions are a dangerous misallocation of intellectual capital and resources that should be dedicated to solving humanity’s real and serious problems.

That there is no convincing evidence that CO2 emissions from modern industrial activity has in the past, is now, or will in the future cause catastrophic climate change.

That attempts by governments to inflict taxes and costly regulations on industry and individual citizens with the aim of reducing emissions of CO2 will pointlessly curtail the prosperity of the West and progress of developing nations without affecting climate.

That adaptation as needed is massively more cost-effective than any attempted mitigation and that a focus on such mitigation will divert the attention and resources of governments away from addressing the real problems of their peoples.

That human-caused climate change is not a global crisis.

Now, therefore, we recommend —

That world leaders reject the views expressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as popular, but misguided works such as “An Inconvenient Truth.”

That all taxes, regulations, and other interventions intended to reduce emissions of CO2 be abandoned forthwith.

Agreed at New York, 4 March 2008

What If Sunspots Remain Stopped?

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Sunspots are all but stopped. 

Remember . . . 

Hey, sunspots have stopped before.   And what happened? (Keywords:  Dalton, Maunder).   Disease, malnutrition, and death resulted.  Even for the noble polar bears. 

Should history matter?  Can history ever repeat?  Or is the debate over?  Is the solar magnetic cycle shut off, as easily as debate? 

The solar magnetic cycle, and its impact on Earth, can be practically ignored, for hundreds of years.  But very suddenly, it becomes a reality of mortal significance; again.  Inevitably.

History, and carbon dioxide chemistry (cold ocean absorbs a bunch of it) is not your forte, Al.

Gore Minimum Continues to Affect Temperatures Globally

a>From    Anthony Watts:

It appears the La Niña in the Pacific and the solar minimum are continuing to affect temperatures globally, resulting in this cooler period for the last 13 months sin January 2007.

Feb 2008 UAH

Updated May 24, 2008 with April 2008 UAH, showing extension of nascent Gore Solar Minimum: