Saturday, August 20, 2011

Observations From the Back Row: 8-20-11

“De Omnibus Dubitandum”
Everthing we are told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality!


Quote of the Day

"A major problem has been the co-option of climate science by politics, ambition, greed, and what seems to be a hereditary human need for a righteous cause. What better cause than saving the planet, especially if one can get ample, secure funding at the same time? Huge amounts of money are available from governments and wealthy foundations for climate institutes and for climate-related research. Funding for climate studies is second only to funding for biological sciences. Large academic empires, prizes, elections to honorary societies, fellowships, consulting fees and other perquisites go to those researchers whose results may help “save the planet.” Every day we read about some real or contrived environmental or ecological effect “proved” to arise from global warming. The total of such claimed effects now runs in the hundreds, all the alleged result of an unexceptional century-long warming of less than one degree Celsius. Government subsidies, loan guarantees, and captive customers go to green companies. Carbon-tax revenues flow to governments. As the great Russian poet Pushkin said in his novella Dubrovsky, “If there happens to be a trough, there will be pigs.” Any doubt about apocalyptic climate scenarios could remove many troughs." - Professor Happer, Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University (Go here for the rest of the article. RK)


President Obama promises a "new" jobs program when he gets back from vacation. But he won't change his central idea that only debt and higher-tax-fueled government spending can lead the economy out of recession. Obama's existing jobs program was based on the same premise, and it is a failure…… Evergreen Solar was the poster boy company for the new Obama green economy. Its government-subsidized solar panel manufacturing plant in Massachusetts once employed 800 workers. The plant is closed, as is Evergreen's Midland, Mich., plant. Evergreen has opened a new plant in Wuhan, China….

Solyndra, a California-based solar manufacturer that benefited from a $535 million government loan guarantee, has closed its doors too. SunPower has closed U.S. operations to move to the Philippines. First Solar has moved to Malaysia. While there are complex reasons for this exodus of green jobs, across the industry there are common concerns. For these companies, Obama's promotion of green jobs came with strings. Unionized workforce. Compliance with expensive environmental technology in the manufacturing process. Promotion of politically correct benefits (e.g., gay partners). Uncertain cost of electricity. The conflicting parts of the Obama Agenda doomed these companies as they competed against countries with competitive workforce costs, minimum permit processing and government regulation, easy credit, and cheap land, water and electricity.

Tim Blair recently posted this list of things that the media have trumpeted as being the “first casualties of climate change”. I thought it would be an interesting exercise to check the veracity of each story – but what I was not expecting is that every story up until 2010 (after which some of the claims are too recent to verify one way or another) has either been completely debunked, or has since had some serious doubts placed on it. So the following examples have not been cherry picked – it’s a quick analysis of every claim made about “the first casualty of global warming” up until 2010.  Here are the stories that Tim gathered together, followed by the latest information about them:

Ridiculously, more corn is now being used to make corn ethanol than is being consumed as food. Apparently, the USA would rather burn its food as fuel instead of keeping food prices affordable for American families:

The world has a food shortage. This isn't speculative or subjective, and it's not fear-mongering or alarmist. It's a well-documented fact and, what's more, the real experts - those who aren't influenced by government or corporate interests - have been trying to make that case for months.  Moreover, these same experts say, the shortages are causing global food prices to rise - dramatically in some cases - which is only leading to more hunger, more pain and more hardship.  So, what is the United States doing to blunt the effects of this food shortage? What is official U.S. policy regarding, say, the production of corn - the primary ingredient in scores of food products and livestock feed? Well, officially, our policy is to burn up a substantial amount of corn every year in our automobiles - food that could be used to feed Americans and the world….

As most of the Republican presiden- tial hopefuls stake their posi- tions to win the hearts of the party’s base, the Tea Party has made it safe for honest conservatives to stand up and demand more than spin. If we can demand fiscal responsibility, however, we also should demand fiscal honesty. And, if there is a subject where Republicans should be willing to be honest, it is on environmental and energy policy - in particular, climate change. After all, environmental policy does not sway voters, as it always ranks last on surveys that ask about domestic priorities. Republicans don’t get any of the hard “green” voters and never will, so they should be honest about today’s hallmark environment and energy issue.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is just the latest to state that he doesn’t believe the science on climate change is settled - a nice start. Unfortunately, all the candidates say they support an “all of the above” energy policy, which is problematic. Are they talking about options available within the free market or about an outcome determined by bureaucrats to be forced on the public?

The Corbett administration is de-emphasizing renewable energy and energy conservation, eliminating programs created by previous Democratic and Republican administrations as it focuses on natural gas energy from booming Marcellus Shale.  Quietly but systematically, the administration has all but shut down the state Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Energy and Technology Deployment -- the state's primary energy office -- and removed directors and reassigned staff in the Office of Energy Management in the Department of General Services and the Governor's Green Government Council. It has also forbidden state executive agencies from signing contracts that support clean energy supply.

My Take – Although this last article is subtly against shutting down the “alternative” energy programs claiming that they created tons of green jobs, we already know that this is claptrap. All around the world at least 2.2 jobs were lost for every so-called “green job” that was created. The favorite line used by all of these advocates is ;
"Around the world countries are realizing there needs to be a mix of fossil and sustainable energy and unless we continue to diversify we will be left in the dust," and "We should be doing everything we can to create jobs in those areas and embrace those opportunities. But what we're doing just doesn't make sense."
This quote is correct in that what we are doing ‘just doesn’t make sense’, because Green jobs are nonsense. These aren’t opportunities; they are hand outs, and expensive inefficient handouts that benefit only a few while wreaking havoc with the economy….and the environment. As for the need for diversification of energy sources; if it ever becomes worthwhile some businessman will do it, and without government grant money. So I have no problem with "being left in the dust". Any country that is foolish enough to make this a major national priority and is willing to devote taxpayers dollars to pay for it will soon be back in the fold. Sheepishly!

Green energy was based on the idea that we were running out of traditional energy sources and what we were using was causing climate change. Both claims have proven to be wrong or fraudulent lies. Does ‘green energy’ really do any of the things they claim are necessary? What happens when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine? In order to maintain a constant and reliable energy grid we have to maintain a backup system of plants fired by coal, natural gas and nuclear. For those who aren’t aware of how this works; you must understand that these plants using traditional sources of energy have to be up and running all the time. They don’t just come on and off like your light does in the bedroom when you throw the switch. That means we are paying for energy we aren’t using in order to use energy we don’t need.

We need to get this! We don’t need wind, solar or bio-fuel as energy sources! Once again! We don’t need wind, solar or bio-fuel as energy sources. Once again, now on your own…and again….and again….and again! Now if only everyone starts repeating this to themselves often enough perhaps everyone will get it. We don’t need wind, solar or bio-fuel as energy sources!

Stuff You Won’t See on the News

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax -
Of cabbages and kings,
And why the sea is boiling hot,
And whether pigs have wings."


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