Looming Human Crisis

There may well be a calamitous price to pay for decades of lies about climate and carbon dioxide. Extended solar minima are typically accompanied by pronounced global cold. If crucial decades of cold, warmth, and true climate data had not suffered arrogant erasure to feed the global warming construct of Al Gore, humans might remember the Dalton Minimum and the Maunder Minimum with some well-deserved, healthy concern. But sadly, the facts had to be removed, and the lie is sustained at the expense of human appreciation for the sometimes harsh realties of life on Earth.

Prospects of this boreal growing season are not improving. News of late frosts, snow, and cold, and late planting continuously sneak through the artificial carbon clamor. Is Al Gore concerned about food shortages? Not on your life! Al Gore is concerned about selling useless carbon credits to his unsuspecting, naive clients. The potential for catastrophic food shortage grows with every day. There is not the first inkling of concern from government, and governments, utterly invested in anthropogenic global warming as a political and financial tool.

And Cycle 24 is nowhere to be found. The Sun remains ominously quiet.

From Greenie Watch:

There are food shortages now? It will get worse as the climate cools

An email from Paul Stevens [pstevens2@gmail.com] warns of a REAL climate danger

I haven’t yet seen many articles in the popular media linking the expected cooling, or current stasis in temperature rise to the biofuels mania, and then predicting the “perfect storm” for reduced food production that will lead to widespread starvation in the developing world. Numerous articles about crop diversion for energy use, of course. But not many speculating on what happens if worsening weather conditions also occur.

In the US, corn and soybean planting has already been much delayed by the weather and there is now widespread doubt about the size of the potential harvest. I am reminded of the days in the mid to late sixties when my own relatives in Saskatchewan, Canada suffered through year after year of early frost, too much rain, not enough rain and then late frost, all affecting growing conditions and essentially destroying or reducing their wheat crops.

We have had relatively benign conditions for food crops world-wide, over the last 4-5 years. With the diversion to biofuels, continued increase in population and continued demand from the rising middle class in China and India, it only takes a couple of years of bad weather in the worlds bread or rice baskets to equal millions of deaths. From what I read, wheat stocks are reduced around the globe. There won’t be any warehoused grain to go to for aid shipments. It’s all being sold off to the ethanol folks. A dark day could be coming.

Massive Growth in Polar Ice – Arctic Ice

See the sturdy Russian icebreaker trapped in the Arctic Ice (Watt’s Up? file photo).

But wait, there is NO arctic ice, according to climate manipulators Al Gore, Jim Hansen, and their muppets. How does this compute for you?

H/T: The venerable Watt’s Up?

Watt\'s Up File Photo

The irony leaves us cold
LEE TRELOAR

Special to The Globe and Mail

May 24, 2008

. . . By days five and six, the tension is rising. The situation is getting serious. Many of us have deadlines and other commitments. The ship’s bar does a brisk business.

Then, on the seventh day, just as quickly as the ice had come in at 3 a.m. a week earlier, our captor sets us free. The engines are turned on and soon we are racing to make up time.

The ice master was right: This waterway may look like an easily navigable shortcut across the top of the globe, but we are not in charge of the itinerary. This is still an unpredictable passage.

Source

Now, why would anyone consider this a “passage?”

BECAUSE IT WAS A PASSAGE BEFORE.

Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less

Coincidentally, demand for this video exceeds supply!

More: http://www.AmericanSolutions.com/DrillNow

Situation Normal – at UN

H/T: Loose Ends

Cap-and-Trade; a brilliant new Financial Opportunity.

That is what the United Nations is ALL ABOUT – financial opportunities. UN is on it, hot!

Billions wasted on UN climate programme

Billions of pounds are being wasted in paying industries in developing countries to reduce climate change emissions, according to two analyses of the UN’s carbon offsetting programme.

Leading academics and watchdog groups allege that the UN’s main offset fund is being routinely abused by chemical, wind, gas and hydro companies who are claiming emission reduction credits for projects that should not qualify. The result is that no genuine pollution cuts are being made, undermining assurances by the UK government and others that carbon markets are dramatically reducing greenhouse gases, the researchers say.

The criticism centres on the UN’s clean development mechanism (CDM), an international system established by the Kyoto process that allows rich countries to meet emissions targets by funding clean energy projects in developing nations.

Credits from the project are being bought by European companies and governments who are unable to meet their carbon reduction targets.

The market for CDM credits is growing fast. At present it is worth nearly $20bn a year, but this is expected to grow to over $100bn within four years. More than 1,000 projects have so far been approved, and 2,000 more are making their way through the process.

A working paper from two senior Stanford University academics examined more than 3,000 projects applying for or already granted up to $10bn of credits from the UN’s CDM funds over the next four years, and concluded that the majority should not be considered for assistance. “They would be built anyway,” says David Victor, law professor at the Californian university. “It looks like between one and two thirds of all the total CDM offsets do not represent actual emission cuts.”

More here

The obvious rewards of global warming far exceed the warming. No wonder global warming persists, even while the thermometers turn down. Yanks, a pound is $2; of which you pay only 50 cents.

Source: guardian.co.uk

Without Energy Life Is Brutal And Short

This from a guy who taught high school in (tropical) East Africa: Without Energy Life Is Brutal And Short.

He also knows a great deal about the economic interaction between big government and science, which is a thousandfold more lucrative than that between “big-oil” and science. He is John R. Christy, Lead Author of the 2001 IPCC report. His opinion on IPCC reports, and on much-lauded scientific consensus, is interesting, timely, and highly relevant. The only more important video I can think of is “The Great Global Warming Swindle.” The question-and-answer section at the end is illuminating; Christy is the one with the facts. The questioners have only the worn-out illusory accusations of global warming pseudoscience.

H/T: GloWarming Skeptics

Ultralong Solar Cycle 23

Must-read article by Joe D’Aleo summarizes perfectly the real factors in climate; “carbon dioxide” is not found in this text.

“. . . we will find proof that solar changes drive the ocean cycles which drive the land temperatures.”

Evidence is overwhelming. There was a correlation first, but no mechanism. Now the mechanism is identified and gaining definition. Clearly, it is a political barrier now between humans and climate understanding; not a scientific barrier.

H/T: ICECAP

National Energy Plan Chokes

Our climate-alarmist government demonstrates astute management of energy, and of your tax dollars, below. When the premise (global warming) of every consideration is false, you are bound to cause some real damage.

The REAL, IMPORTANT CONCERN of government? Your gasoline could get too cheap! U.S. government studies (energy efficient studies) show it! They sure took care of that possibility.

“Lost in the debate over the fuel’s contribution to food scarcity is the possibility that the ethanol policy itself isn’t working, said David Just, an associate professor of economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It may stimulate demand by making gas cheaper, he said, an argument supported by at least two U.S. government studies. (emphasis added)”

These buffoons have the audacity and the arrogance to blame “big oil” for expensive gasoline?

They would fix everything by nationalizing energy?

If we weren’t trapped in a nightmare of government utterly beyond control, this would be funny.

H/T: Greenie Watch

Ethanol Vehicles for Post Office Burn More Gas, Get Fewer Miles

Bloomberg.com News Item
By Peter Robison, Alan Ohnsman and Alan Bjerga

May 21 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Postal Service purchased more than 30,000 ethanol-capable trucks and minivans from 1999 to 2005, making it the biggest American buyer of alternative-fuel vehicles. Gasoline consumption jumped by more than 1.5 million gallons as a result.

The trucks, derived from Ford Motor Co.’s Explorer sport- utility vehicle, had bigger engines than Jeeps from the former Chrysler Corp. they replaced. A Postal Service study found the new vehicles got as much as 29 percent fewer miles to the gallon. Mail carriers used the corn-based fuel in just 1,000 of them because there weren’t enough places to buy it.

“You’re getting fewer miles per gallon, and it’s costing us more,” Walt O’Tormey, the Postal Service’s Washington-based vice president of engineering, said in an interview. The agency may buy electric vehicles instead, he said.

The experience shows how the U.S. push for crop-based fuels, already contributing to the highest rate of food inflation in 17 years, may not be achieving its goal of reducing gasoline consumption. Lawmakers are seeking caps on the use of biofuels after last year’s 40 percent jump in world food prices, calling the U.S. policy flawed.

“Using food for fuel has created some unintended consequences: food shortages, the high price of livestock feed,” said Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican. “I think it’s leading a lot of people to wonder whether our corn-based ethanol goals need to be adjusted.”

Stimulating Demand

Lost in the debate over the fuel’s contribution to food scarcity is the possibility that the ethanol policy itself isn’t working, said David Just, an associate professor of economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It may stimulate demand by making gas cheaper, he said, an argument supported by at least two U.S. government studies.

The Postal Service bought the ethanol vehicles to meet alternative-fuel requirements. The vehicles’ size and ethanol’s lower energy content lowered mileage, the agency said. It takes 1.33 gallons of E85 (85 percent ethanol) and 1.03 gallons of E10 (10 percent ethanol) to travel the same distance as with one gallon of pure gasoline, the Department of Energy says.

The Energy Independence and Security Act, passed in December, called for ethanol production to more than double to 15 billion gallons in 2015 from 6.5 billion last year. The U.S. pays oil refiners like Exxon Mobil Corp. 51 cents in tax refunds for each gallon of ethanol they blend into regular gasoline. Automakers get extra credit toward federal fuel-efficiency standards for models that can run on ethanol.

No Federal Requirement

No federal law requires that oil companies make the fuel widely available or that vehicles actually burn it.

About 1,560 of 180,000 U.S. gas stations, or fewer than one in 100, sell E85, according to Ford and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition in Jefferson City, Missouri. E85 accounted for 1 percent of ethanol sold in 2006. The rest was blended into regular gasoline at lower concentrations, the Energy Information Administrationsays.

“Whether it was intended this way or not, the U.S. policy helps gasoline companies,” said Cornell’s Just. He and colleague Harry de Gorter estimated in a February paper that the credit may increase gasoline consumption by 628 million gallons to 156.6 billion gallons by 2015, compared with 155.9 billion without it.

Findings `Questionable’

“The findings of these professors are questionable,” said Matt Hartwig, a spokesman for the Renewable Fuels Association, a nonprofit group in Washington representing ethanol producers including Archer Daniels Midland Co. of Decatur, Illinois. The Energy Department’s estimates show that ethanol will contribute to a reduction in U.S. petroleum demand in 2008, he said.

A limited number of stations selling ethanol and the scarcity of vehicles burning it diminish the fuel’s appeal, according to a June 2007 report by the Government Accountability Office, the research arm of Congress. Three of the 26 ethanol- capable vehicles offered in 2007 were compact or mid-size cars, and the rest were large autos, pickups, SUVs or vans.

The big vehicles help automakers meet fuel-economy standards. General Motors Corp.’s “dual-fuel” 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV was rated at 33.8 miles per gallon for city-highway driving, while a gasoline-burning model was at 20.5 mpg. A study by three government agencies in March 2002 found that the U.S. would consume 17 million gallons of additional gasoline through 2008 if the flex-fuel vehicles ran on E85 1 percent of the time.

“Not only does this credit do nothing to improve fuel efficiency,” said Daniel Becker, an environmental lawyer and former head of Sierra Club’s global-warming program. “It’s also ensuring that we’re going to use more gasoline.”

Spurring Sales

Federal credits over time will spur more stations to sell ethanol, said Greg Martin, a spokesman for Detroit-based GM. The three largest U.S. carmakers pledged to make half their vehicles capable of using alternative fuels by 2012.

“There is a caveat: providing that the infrastructure and the proper incentives are in place,” said Jennifer Moore, a spokeswoman for Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford.

As for the Postal Service, the agency delayed a $4 billion investment in as many as 150,000 delivery vehicles until around 2015, O’Tormey said. Until then, it will experiment with Ford Escape hybrid-electric SUVs, an Azure Dynamics Corp. electric vehicle and a GM hydrogen fuel-cell model, to be introduced in Los Angeles in July, he said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Peter Robison in Seattle at robison@bloomberg.net; Alan Ohnsman in Los Angeles at aohnsman@bloomberg.net; Alan Bjerga in Washington at abjerga@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: May 21, 2008 00:01 EDT

Source