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What modulates our Sun? The majority of science work on the principle that the Sun is self modulating and each solar cycle is a product of a random number generator. There are others that suspect the Sun is modulated by the planets with a special emphasis on Uranus & Neptune. Thanks to Carl Smith who has recently left us we have new knowledge that significantly adds to Jose, Landscheidt & Charvàtovà's work.

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Power bills jump $100k – Business forced into liquidation

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:28

Electricity bills increased from $80,000 to $180,000 over the past 18 months.

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South Australia’s sky-high electricity prices have forced an Adelaide plastics recycler to shut its doors,” says this article on abc.net.au. The shut-down will cost 35 workers their jobs.

Plastics Granulating Services managing director Stephen Scherer said the high cost of power had crippled his business of 38 years and  had led to his company being placed in liquidation.

Den Tucker, the managing director of a company that had been using Mr Scherer’s plastics recycling services, said, “The price of our power has gone through similar numbers and we employ 45 people.”

“There is no solution being put forward at the present time,” said Tucker. “Our government is asleep at the wheel.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-27/sa-recycling-business-power-bills-rise-causing-closure/8654638

Thanks to Sultanaman for this link

“This is direct evidence of why renewables harm the environment,” says Suyltanaman.

Reader Rosco Mac explains the situation thusly:

South Australia’s madness affects the rest of eastern Australia because 2 other state governments privatized their electricity supply totally.

Hence when demand is high in South Australia and the big bad wolf isn’t “a-huffin and a-puffin” they import electricity through their grid connection to Victoria and the rest of eastern Australia.

The “spot” price escalates to many many times what suppliers normally get so they all line up to try to sell to South Australia.

If the South Australian government weren’t able to buy electricity from the rest of us who still have reliable coal fired power stations we’d be better of and the people of South Australia would be “lynching all their parliamentarians.

Only one state in eastern Australia did not sell their electricity generation companies – Queensland.

And guess who has the cheapest electricity (despite joining in the ridiculous solar program where solar panels used to get paid double the retail price for electricity subsidized by all the suckers who can’t afford solar panels) – Queensland !

Other states electricity prices rise by up 20% tomorrow – July 1.

Queensland – less than 3% !


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Why is the media ignoring the record low temperatures? – Video

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 17:10

Record Cold USA During Summer in Dakotas and the Great Lakes – Media Ignores

28 Jun 2017 – Dozens of summer cold records set  in Dakotas & Great Lakes and temperatures at least 10-15F below normal … and the media remains silent.

Last week all you heard was it’s so hot the airplanes can’t take off, but now with record cold during summer and 1/4 of the northern and N.E USA below normal … not a peep.

Also, global temperatures aren’t rising as expected this summer, another indication of the intensifying mini ice age. Snows in Russia  days earlier, meters of snow in South America and atmospheric compression events at dozens of locations planet wide.

The changes are beginning. We are entering a mini ice age.

Indeed, according to accuweather.com, September-like cool air is about to plunge into the midwestern and northeastern US.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/midwestern-northeastern-us-to-feel-more-like-september-from-sunday-to-tuesday/70002016

Global temperatures have fallen back to levels of 20 years ago
http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?…

https://twitter.com/RyanMaue


http://www.drroyspencer.com/

Global Temperatures
http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-conten…

2017 Global Temperatures
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DDQrz77Vo…

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DDODMiuVY…

Record cold Dakotas https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DDNmsG7UA…

Thanks to Craig Adkins for these links


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Earthquake Swarm Near Yellowstone Soars To 800

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:48

Some fear a supervolcanic eruption, but the USGS remains calm.

More than 800 earthquakes have been recorded at the Yellowstone Caldera over the last two weeks, leading to fears that a potentially catastrophic eruption could be brewing.

However, according to Newsweek,  despite earthquakes occurring at a frequency unseen during any period in the past five years, the US Geological Survey says the risk level remains unchanged from its normal levels.

If a supervolcanic eruption should occur, “it has been estimated that 90 percent of all people living within 600 miles of Yellowstone would be killed,” an article on zerohedge.com points out.

“Experts project that such an eruption would dump a layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away, and approximately two-thirds of the United States would suddenly become uninhabitable,” the article continues. “The volcanic ash would severely contaminate most of our water supplies, and growing food in the middle of the country would become next to impossible.”

“An extreme period of “global cooling” would take place, and temperatures around the world would fall by up to 20 degrees. Crops would fail all over the planet, and severe famine would sweep the globe.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-28/scientists-fear-supervolcano-eruption-swarm-earthquakes-near-yellowstone-soars-800

http://www.newsweek.com/yellowstone-supervolcano-earthquake-swarm-update-eruption-risk-629272

Thanks to Kurt Strom for these links


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Solar Minimum is Coming – Video from NASA

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:24

the sun is set to ‘change form,’ says NASA . 

 

During a solar minimum, certain types of activity, such as sunspots and solar flares will drop – but NASA also expects the development of long-lived phenomena including coronal holes.

The sun’s magnetic field weakens during solar minimums, thus providing less shielding to the earth. With our protective shield thus weakened, the number of galactic cosmic rays that reach the earth’s upper atmosphere increases.

The above video is from NASA.
The article below is from the Daily Mail.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4648214/NASA-says-solar-minimum-way.html

Thanks to Sonya Porter, Lepetrowsky, Heidi Black and Sir Vancelot for this link


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US funding dubious science and unfounded fear

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 20:24

“Using secretive, questionable science to reach politically motivated conclusions.”

US funding dubious science and unfounded fear

Eco-militants that defiled scientific integrity in government agencies defy corrections

By Ron Arnold

Donald Trump’s EPA is facing a tsunami of vitriol for trying to drain the DC swamp of rogue regulators that rule with made-to-order scientific lies and invented threats, such as its ruling that the carbon dioxide which makes life on Earth possible is a pollutant. When President Trump proposed a $1.6 billion cut from EPA’s expected $8.1 billion budget, employee screams of doomsday intimidated Congress into forking over the full gimme-gimme. In response to the specter of lost jobs and less political power, entrenched Obama holdovers have organized to sabotage Trump’s reforms in what is being called the Deep State.

Fear is palpable throughout the EPA, where secret email accounts revealed serious abuses of power, where bureaucrats dictatorially took over virtually anything wet as “Waters of the United States,” including agricultural irrigation ditches and stock watering ponds (Trump revoked that rule), and where policies that destroyed the homes and lives of thousands have been routinely based on “liberal” interpretations of federal laws and scientific research that did not stand up to critical scrutiny.

The fear evidently touched EPA “Scientific Integrity Official” Francesca Grifo, an Obama appointee who previously oversaw the “scientific integrity program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (“an oxymoron if there ever was one,” said Forbes magazine). She postponed this year’s meeting of EPA’s scientific integrity “stakeholders” when she found out that her faithful corps of environmental activist advisors was to be joined by independent scientists approved by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The Grifo flap and other Environmental Protection Agency problems masked a much bigger government science outrage: the $315 million scandal engulfing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This scandal further underscores why Trump’s reforms are necessary.

In March, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee probed into HHS’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the $315 million in taxpayer-funded grants awarded since 1985 to the Italian research group Ramazzini Institute. The organization is an “independent” science academy focused on cancer research into commercial products. Its output had become the subject of controversy for its fixation on “scaremongering about chemicals, artificial sweeteners and other products.”

Ramazzini’s early claim that sweetener aspartame was carcinogenic was widely panned by the European Food Safety Authority, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Italian media. Its 2016 claim that sucralose (Splenda) was linked to cancer brought similar reactions. Not surprisingly, government and scientific bodies around the world have long criticized it for using secretive, questionable science to reach politically motivated conclusions.

In 2012, EPA scientists “identified discrepancies in the results of methanol studies” conducted by Ramazzini. Similar EPA complaints from 2010 prompted Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and David Vitter (R-LA.) to say Ramazzini’s work “is in dire need of review.”

The question remains: Who opened America’s public coffers – mostly without competitive bidding – for Ramazzini and its New York-based affiliate Collegium Ramazzini, the advocacy cooperative of scientists and researchers in the grant-gobbling Ramazzini circle?

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute (E&E Legal) confirm that the money came from HHS’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program.

Since toxicologist-microbiologist Linda Birnbaum became director of both in 2009, the two agencies provided $92 million, one third of Collegium members’ support. She herself is a Collegium member. A knowledgeable source says she got the NIEHS-NTP appointment largely because she was willing to expand the agency’s mission to include the health effects of climate change, while the other candidate for her job was not.

According to public records, Birnbaum’s NIEHS contracted with Ramazzini and its affiliates – through multiple third parties – muddying it up what services were rendered under these contracts and how they were prearranged.

Another Ramazzini fellow, Dr. Christopher Portier, a senior collaborating scientist for the anti-pesticide Environmental Defense Fund, and a well-known anti-glyphosate activist, worked for an HHS agency for 32 years. He initiated a report claiming the common weed killer glyphosate (used in Roundup herbicides) is carcinogenic. It was the only study among many that made this assertion, but activists used it to call for banning Roundup, which is often used in conjunction with genetically engineered crops to eliminate the need for weeding and tilling, thereby reducing erosion.

The president of Collegium Ramazzini is former NIH researcher Dr. Phil Landrigan, now a professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. According to reports, Director Birnbaum coordinated with Dr. Landrigan to publish more than two dozen Ramazzini studies in the NIEHS-run journal, Environmental Health Perspectives. Landrigan also received substantial funding from Birnbaum’s NIEHS, E&E Legal reported.

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee continues to probe the Ramazzini morass. Backed by Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is following up on a joint letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, requesting documents and correspondence between Ramazzini and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The letter noted that Birnbaum’s NIEHS “has refused to respond to [FOIA] requests seeking information related to contracts between your Department, including NIH and NEIHS, and Ramazzini.” A source familiar with the issue says a dialogue was established and is progressing.

The controversies are likely to heat up in the face of news stories saying that Aaron Blair, the scientist who led IARC’s review of glyphosate risks, deliberately withheld findings from studies of some 89,000 U.S. farm workers and family members, concluding that there was no link between cancer and exposure to the chemical. Under Blair’s direction, while he and his team for years apparently ignored evidence that contradicted that conclusion, IARC found that the weed killer was “probably carcinogenic.”

Collegium Ramazzini strongly rebuts any assault on its integrity and infallibility. Its website says its mission “is to be a bridge between the world of scientific discovery and the social and political centers which must act on the discoveries of science to protect public health.” Is this self-congratulation, a power ploy – or a subtle warning to anyone who might question its funding arrangements?

In his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the military-industrial complex and included this important final caveat: “In holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”

Can the Trump Administration or Congress untangle today’s web of the scientific-technological elite and, more importantly, prevent our health and agricultural policies from being driven by dubious science, unfounded fears, deliberately withheld studies, and serious potential conflicts of interest?

It would take more than plowing through mountains of paper. We would learn a lot more from public testimony taken under oath.

Ron Arnold is a widely known researcher, columnist and the author of eleven books on environmental and public policy issues.

 

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Power prices pushing more people into poverty

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 20:16

“Do they pay their credit cards? Do they pay their utility bill? Do they buy food for the table?”

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“South Australia power prices to rise to highest in the world.” reads the headline.

When the country’s major energy retailers jack up their prices on July 1, it will add hundreds of dollars to annual household bills.

Residential customers will see a rise of 16.1 to 19.9 per cent.

“The latest increases are remarkable — the household price going up by around a fifth on top of the existing prices is extraordinary,” said Bruce Mountain, head of a private energy consultancy firm. “It’s very rare to see such large increases in retail electricity from one year to the next.

Power prices pushing more people into poverty

Anglicare SA’s general manager of community services Nancy Penna said demand for the organisation’s financial services had increased by as much as 20 per cent this year.

“We’ve calculated that there are at least 500 additional, new people coming to our services seeking financial assistance and counselling related to their cost of living,” she said.

“People will actually state that they can’t pay their electricity bills and they’re having to make decisions about which bills to pay.

“Do they pay their credit cards? Do they pay their utility bill? Do they buy food for the table?

Ms Penna said she believed demand would increase further, when the new, higher power bills start to arrive.

All this because of the global warming hoax.

“What the story does not make plain is that South Australia has decided to go “all renewable” electrical power supply,” says reader Oz. “The Greenies got the State Government to shut down the only coal fired power station at Port Augusta, and go with Wind Turbines and (some) solar.

“The whole problem is that in very high winds, the wind turbines have to shut down (or they fall apart),” Oz continues. “And the other source of electrical power is the inter-state link, which had some of the power lines blown down by the wind. In the Old Days, this would not have mattered too much, because the coal-fired Port Augusta Power Station could take over. Now, they have gone and shut it down, to “reduce Global Warming.”.

“In the last few minutes, the Australian media have reported the entire South Australian mobile phone network is about to run out of emergency power supply and shut down.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-28/sa-has-most-expensive-power-prices-in-the-world/8658434

Thanks to Sultanaman for this link

“This is where believing in suspect science has got this state,” says Sultanaman.


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No hiding this decline

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 18:10

Google “Record high temperature” … …You get about 7,910,000 results (0.61 seconds).

Google “Record low temperature” … …You get about 148,000,000 results (1.15 seconds)

Even Google cannot “hide the decline”

Thanks to Norman Grant Smith for this info

“LOL,” says Norman.


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More record lows since 1937 than record highs

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:24

At least 30 states had their lowest recorded temperatures on or after 1937. This means there have been more record lows since 1937 then there have been record highs.

Also, more than half of all U.S. states had their highest recorded temperatures prior to 1937.

So where’s the global warming?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._state_temperature_extremes

Thanks to Jim for this link

 

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Our Neighbors – Video from Dr Klaus LE Kaiser

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:53

“This post is different from my usual rants,” says Dr. Kaiser.

“It’s a brief (6 second) video recorded by our trail camera around June 10, 2017. It shows an unusual scene, only a few feet from our hide-out in the boonies. In fact, the “path” shown is frequently travelled by bipeds, myself included.”

“In this brief clip you will actually see TWO neighbors, one is a fawn, the other does not need an explanation.”

About the Author
Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc.

Dr Kaiser is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles. Her has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.


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Argentina – More than a meter of snow

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:16

Residents isolated. No electricity, no gas, no firewood, no clean water, and 20 degrees below zero.

24 June 2017 – Northeast of Rio Negro is a plateau some 1000 km (600 miles) long, dotted with a few villages that seem to live in another time.  Here in the last ten days it snowed a meter (39 inches) of snow. More than 200 families were isolated. No electricity, gas, firewood or clean water.

Temperatures dropped to minus 20 degrees. And the outlook is not good, with forecasts calling for more snow, rain and cold as a glacier in coming days.

The government of Río Negro, along with municipalities, Volunteer Firefighters and Civil Defense, organized a rescue operation to cover the needs of about 250 families living in very isolated places.

The people here remember the great snowfall of 1984, which took 95% of the animals of the desert region of Rio Negro. Somehow, the residents recovered.

They also remember that before the Puyehue volcano erupted in 2011, there were 710,000 cattle in the Comallo area alone. Then the ashes came. By January 2012 only 60,000 animals survived.

“With the ashes the sheep were feeding and in a while they exploded in blood like balloons. It was because they ate the material of the volcano that was pure glass, “recalls Ramiro Hermosilla, born and raised in the locality.

Again, the inhabitants of northern Patagonia rose to the challenge. Little by little their herds have increased. Today in the vicinity of Comallo graze 200 thousand animals. But the South Line again is going through a critical period.

(Note: I have taken great liberties with my translation. You may want to read the original articles for yourself.)

https://www.clarin.com/sociedad/rutas-heladas-20-grados-cero-rescate-familias-aisladas-nieve_0_H14OMv3Qb.html

https://images.clarin.com/2017/06/24/B1-Tzw3XW_930x525.jpg

https://www.clarin.com/sociedad/rutas-heladas-20-grados-cero-rescate-familias-aisladas-nieve_0_H14OMv3Qb.html

Thanks to Argriris Diamantis for these links


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We should be glad the US is out

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:54

“We Are Still In” actions will hurt America’s working-class families.
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Following President Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate Treaty, a number of states, cities, universities, companies and institutions formed a “We are still in” consortium. Its members insist that they remain committed to Paris and are determined to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and prevent climate change.

As this article by Paul Driessen and David R. Legates explains, this is all puffery and belief in tooth fairies. “We Are Still In” ( WASI ) members ought to be ashamed and embarrassed for spending countless billions of other people’s dollars to prevent an undetectable and irrelevant 0.01 degrees of global warming.

Driessen and Legates also ask whether jurisdictions within WASI states can take the “progressive” route and declare themselves sanctuary cities or counties, to protect their jobs and families against WASI dictates. Perhaps this article will persuade more Americans to make their voices heard, ask hard questions – and start resisting The Anti-Trump Resistance.

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We should be glad the US is out

States that claim they’re committed to Paris do nothing for the climate and ill serve their citizens

By Paul Driessen and David R. Legates

Ten states, some 150 cities, and 1,100 businesses, universities and organizations insist “We are still in” – committed to the Paris climate agreement and determined to continue reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing climate change. In the process, WASI members claim, they will create jobs and promote innovation, trade and international competitiveness. It’s mostly hype, puffery and belief in tooth fairies.

Let’s begin with the climate. When Delaware signed on to WASI, for example, Governor Carney cited rising average temperatures, rising sea levels, and an increase in extreme weather events. In Delaware, sea level rise is almost entirely due to subsiding land resulting from compaction of glacial outwash, isostatic response from the retreat of the ice sheets more than 12,000 years ago, and groundwater extraction.

The biggest threat to homes, roadways and wildlife habitats lies not in sea level rise – but in the effects of nor’easters, tropical storm remnants and other weather events that impact Delaware’s sand-built barrier islands. Moreover, not a single category 3-5 hurricane has struck the US mainland for a record 11.5 years.

Climate models have long overstated the supposed rise in air temperature. Recently, even alarmist scientists like Ben Santer have agreed that a warming hiatus has kept air temperatures unchanged for over 15 years, even as plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere rose to 400 parts per million.

Insisting that cyclones, tornadoes, floods, droughts must be caused by humans reflects a denial of basic climate science

No trends exist in tropical cyclones, tornadoes, floods, droughts or other weather extremes. Contentions that these changes will pose health risks and threaten our economy are purely scare tactics. Climate has always changed and weather is always variable, due to complex, powerful natural forces. Insisting that these events must be caused or exacerbated by human activity reflects a denial of basic climate science.

Full adherence to the Paris Treaty by all nations would prevent an undetectable 0.3°F (0.2°C) rise by 2100 – assuming that all climate change is driven by humans and not by natural forces. This meaningless achievement, by switching to 100% renewable energy, would cost $12.7 trillion to $93 trillion by 2030.

Better uses for that money

Surely, WASI members and the rest of the world have better uses for that money than chasing climate chimeras. Paying their massive state debt, pension, welfare and retirement obligations, for instance; in developing nations, getting electricity and safe water to people and ending their poverty and disease.

But substantially reducing CO2 emissions will create jobs, won’t it? For every job these mandates and subsidies create, multiple jobs will be lost in businesses that require affordable, reliable energy. Your local or statewide CO2 emissions may decrease. But in 150+ countries that are under no obligation under Paris to reduce their fossil fuel use, emissions will increase. WASI groups may take pride in “resisting Trump,” but their actions really hurt America’s working class families, who had no vote on the matter.

Residential electricity rates are already outrageous

WASI members California, Connecticut, Hawaii and New York already have among the worst unfunded pension liabilities. Their residential electricity prices are already outrageous: 17 cents a kilowatt-hour in NY, 19 in CA, 20 in CT and 29 in HI – versus 9 cents in North Dakota. Honoring “Paris commitments” would send rates skyrocketing to German and Danish levels: 37 cents per kWh. Expensive energy will hurt poor and minority families the most and send jobs to countries where energy costs less.

Will kill jobs

Just imagine what your WASI actions would do to households, hospitals, businesses, factories, malls and schools. How it would kill jobs and swell unemployment and welfare rolls – while creating a lot of low-pay, largely part-time jobs. Rather than producing jobs, the Paris Treaty is a job-killer for the USA.

For all these reasons, we should be glad we are out! We ask those who have told their constituents they are “still in,” How exactly will you meet your Paris commitments, and what exactly will you achieve?

How will you slash your CO2 emissions by 26-28% by 2025, as required for the USA under the Paris pact?  The United States reduced CO2 emissions by 12% between 2005 and 2015. But that was accomplished by a downturn in the economy and increased reliance on natural gas, most of which is produced by hydraulic fracturing. Will you support fracking and build more gas-fired power plants?

Or will you build new nuclear and hydroelectric power plants to reduce your fossil fuel dependence? You cannot rely on wind and solar, as they currently account for barely 2% of overall US energy needs and the mining required to get rare earth metals, cadmium, iron, copper, limestone and other raw materials for these technologies has extensive, often horrendous environmental, health and human rights impacts.

From whom will they take the money?

Growing populations mean more energy will be needed. Do you expect wind and solar to grow to cover the new demand? These highly expensive technologies require vast land areas, much of it taken from wildlife habitats – and huge government/taxpayer subsidies. From whom will you take this money?

The impact will be devastating

What will you get for your efforts? The cost is enormous, for minimal benefits. Higher electricity prices will affect businesses, hospitals, jobs and families in your state. The impact of 30, 40 or 50 cents per kilowatt-hour electricity will be devastating – especially for the poor, minority and blue-collar workers and families you say you care deeply about. They will be forced to choose among energy, food, clothing, shelter, health and safety. How will this serve climate and environmental justice?

An un-measurable decrease in air temperature

By contrast, a change in global air temperature of about 0.01°F will have zero impact. That’s how much reduced warming the world is likely to see from all the sacrifices imposed by “We are still in” programs. Storms, floods and droughts are not linked to CO2 concentrations, so your actions will have no effect in these areas. Avoidance of an un-measurable increase in air temperature is simply not worth the cost.

How do they propose to pay for it?

Governors who have committed their states to this climate-centered resistance movement have done so without approval from the legislature or their constituents. How do you propose to pay for this unilateral executive decision? With tax increase and soaring energy costs? How will your constituents react to that?

The “We are still in” press release proudly proclaims that its members contribute $6.2 trillion a year to the US economy. That’s one-third of the United States $18.5 trillion GDP in 2016.

Under the Paris formula, the United States is to contribute $23.5 billion per year initially to the Green Climate Fund – with the US contribution rising to some $106 billion per year by 2030, based on the same percentages. Your one-third WASI share of that would be $7.8 billion in 2017, rising to $35 billion a year by 2030. Is this part of your vaunted commitment to the Paris treaty? How do you anticipate paying that?

Can individual cities and counties opt out of your pact, and become sanctuary cities or counties, to protect their jobs and families against runaway energy costs, climate fund payments and more autocratic actions?

Will drive up energy costs

By deciding that their schools will stay in the Paris Treaty, college and university presidents will drive up energy and other costs on their campuses. Did you consult with and get approval from your boards of trustees, legislators, taxpayers, students and parents – or was this simply another executive decision?

Delaware gets 95% of its electricity from natural gas, coal and oil. How exactly will the University of Delaware slash its fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by the 26-28% required by Paris? How will George Mason University, with Virginia getting 63% of its electricity from fossil fuels?

Have you calculated how much this will cost?

Will you make up the difference by increasing tuition? How will you compensate those who can least afford these increasing expenses? In the interest of integrity, accuracy, transparency and ethics, have you made those analyses public (if they exist)?

Are you the real climate deniers?

Did all you “socially responsible” companies and organizations in WASI get approval from your boards of directors, shareholders, customers and clients before committing to stay in Paris? Did you analyze and discuss the likely economic and employment ramifications? Or are you the real climate deniers – denying the costs of anti-fossil fuel, renewable energy commitments, regulations, subsidies and mandates?

Finally, for the millions of voters, taxpayers, citizens, students, workers and consumers who are being impacted by “We are still in” states, cities, colleges, universities, businesses and organizations, we ask:

Are you still in with expending trillions of dollars to have an undetectable effect on Earth’s future climate? If not, perhaps it’s time you made your voices heard – and started resisting The Resistance.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.

David R. Legates is professor of climatology at the University of Delaware and a former Delaware State Climatologist.

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Russia – Snow and ice cover Tatarstan and Murmansk

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:27

Local residents called this month “jubrem”

25 June 2017 with video – Residents complain of the cold apartments because central heating has already been shut down. in some areas there is no hot water.

In late June, the temperature dropped sharply, hail and snow fell. Residents complain about the cold – apartments in the summer are not heated.

21 Jun 2017 –  Snow, showers and squally wind: summer presents nasty surprises to Russians

In the Murmansk region it began to snow, in Tolyatti, a storm broke from the office building with a storm from the office building, and a storm warning was announced in Moscow.

On the Kola Peninsula snowfalls brought the Arctic cyclone, the air temperature there does not rise above plus 1 degree. Residents of Murmansk, Kirovsk, Severomorsk put on the Internet photos of snow-strewn streets and courtyards, ironically over the northern summer and the need to uncover skis.

In Togliatti, a gust of wind blew the roof off the office building. The multi-ton construction of 500 square meters collapsed. Damaged 10 cars, there are no victims or injured.

Hurricane swept through the Kurgan region. There, the wind not only tore the roof, but even destroyed the walls.

Strong rains hit the North Ossetia. There an emergency mode was introduced. The mountain river that came out of the banks demolished the bridge. Several villages and a camp site were cut off from the outside world. Rescuers evacuated dozens of
tourists, including children, on the air crossing. Powerful flows damaged roads, bank protection structures, a gas pipeline, water penetrated the cellars of houses.

http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/1823782/
http://www.ntv.ru/video/1440722/
http://img.ntv.ru/home/news/20170621/mur_w.jpg

https://kloop.kg/blog/2017/06/25/leto-v-rossii-grad-i-sneg-posredi-iyunya/

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BVrZ8yXFx8k/

 

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links


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Bone-chilling cold in New Zealand

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:13
26 June 2017 – It’s been a bone-chilling start to the week for some, with temperatures dipping to negative 7 degrees Celsius.

The chilly low was recorded in Hanmer Springs, with many other parts of the lower South Island plunging to -6C.

In coastal Canterbury the temperatures fell to -4C and inland Otago dipped to -3C.

At Pukaki, the temperature dipped to -6C, St Arnaud was -5.9C, Dunedin hit -4.5C, Alexandra was -4.4C and Christchurch was -3.5C.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/94068892/bitterly-cold-start-as-overnight-temperatures-plunge-below-freezing

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link


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Argentina – Some areas running out of firewood and bottled gas

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 20:38

:Intense cold increases demand, and half of  Río Negro province is covered with snow.

24 June 2017 – The storm affected 11 million hectares, with snow accumulations of 20 to 80 cm  (8 to 28 inches)

The snow knocked down many poles that now must be replaced. There are still problems in El Manso, El Foyel and the El Bolson area.

There is still no official report on the mortality of animals, although there may be a small number of them killed.

http://www.rionegro.com.ar/sociedad/mas-de-la-mitad-de-rio-negro-esta-cubierta-de-nieve-KC3040185

JOSÉ DE SAN MARTÍN (ADNSUR) – Twelve people isolated by the snow were rescued by agencies of the Government of Chubut in  the areas of El Molle and Cushamen.

Pablo Garcia, Undersecretary for Citizen Protection of the Province, reported: “11 people, including an 80 year old man, were isolated by snow and were rescued in the El Molle area and Tres Picos in the vicinity of José de San Martín.”

http://www.adnsur.com.ar/2017/06/rescataron-12-personas-estaban-aisladas-la-nieve/
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21 June 2017: Parts of the South Region rionegrina remains covered with snow and ice. Yesterday morning in Maquinchao the thermometer marked 18.5 degrees below zero. In the rest of the region the mercury dropped  to 8 and the 13 under zero and for most of the day temperatures remained zero.

The streets of the various localities remain covered with ice, creating a great danger for motorists and pedestrians.

The intense cold increased the demand for firewood and gas. In some places they distributed what little they had left. The municipality of Jacobacci awaits the arrival of a shipment of firewood for the next few hours and in Los Menucos the arrival of bottled gas.

http://www.rionegro.com.ar/sociedad/el-frio-polar-no-le-da-tregua-a-la-region-sur-18-5-en-maquinchao-EE3017886

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Then Senator Obama On Illegal Immigration – Video

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:02

Flashback 2005 – Short video speaks for itself.


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Many US temperature sensors improperly placed

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:36

“Nearly every single weather station the U.S. government uses to measure the country’s surface temperature may be compromised.”

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From the article”
(Click on highlighted city for photo of compromised sensor):

• A sensor in Tahoe City, Calif., sits near a paved tennis court and is right next to a “burn barrel” that incinerates garbage.

• A sensor in Marysville, Calif., sits in a parking lot at a fire station right next to an air conditioner exhaust, a cell phone tower and a barbecue grill.

• A sensor in Redding, Calif., is housed in a box that also contains a halogen light bulb, which could emit warmth directly onto the gauge.

See article:
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2010/02/26/climate-data-compromised-by-heat-sources.html

Thanks to Harold J. Satterfield for this link


 

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Katla volcano earthquake activity continues

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:58

“It is unclear at the moment if this is going to result in a eruption but at the moment it is my view that chances of an eruption happening soon (maybe in matter of hours) is high.” – Blogger Jón Frímann
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21 June 2017 – The past few days have seen a swarm of tremors around Katla volcano, with some reaching up to 3.6 magnitude.

“Earthquake activity continues in Katla volcano,” writes Frímann.”It is unclear at the moment if this is going to result in a eruption but at the moment it is my view that chances of an eruption happening soon (maybe in matter of hours) is high.”

Katla is a large subglacial volcano located beneath the Mydalsjokull glacier in southern Iceland. It has been dormant  for almost 100 years, but with twenty documented eruptions between 930 and 1918 at intervals of 13 – 95 years it is considered very active.

Earthquake activity in Katla volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Although Katla hasn’t erupted forcefully enough to break through the ice since 1918, its present dormancy is among the longest in known history. Because of that long period of dormancy, many think the current seismic activity is a sure sign of a pending eruption.

Such an eruption could prove to be significant.

Katla’s 1918 eruption, a major eruption, lasted almost a month and extended the southern coast by 5 km due to lava flow deposits.

The Icelandic Met Office, which is closely monitoring the volcano, ssures that there are no definite tell tale signs of a looming eruption.

https://www.sott.net/article/354362-Earthquakes-and-tremors-continue-around-Katla-volcano-in-Iceland

Katla volcano earthquake activity – Update 2

Thanks to Sonya Porter and Laurel for these links


 

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EPA’s Suspect Science 

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:51

“EPA’s analysis is a dishonest, purposeful scam …. Is it ignorance? malignance? eco-professional propaganda? Yes, yes, and yes.”
– John Rafuse

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been roundly criticized in recent years for numerous errors of omission and commission, for secret email accounts designed to hide questionable official dealings and activities, and for being increasingly dictatorial in implementing policies that are often rooted in highly “liberal” interpretations of federal laws and scientific research. What many people don’t realize is that problems like these have plagued the agency since its inception in 1970.

Energy and environmental consultant John Rafuse presents some of the unsavory details in this fascinating article.

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EPA’s Suspect science 

Its practices have defiled scientific integrity, but proposed corrections bring shock and defiance

By John Rafuse

President Trump’s budget guidance sought to cut $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1 billion expectation. Shrieks of looming Armageddon prompted Congress to fund EPA in full until September 2017, when the battle will be joined again.

Then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would prioritize Superfund cleanups based on toxicity, health-impact and other factors. The ensuing caterwauling suggested that EPA had no priorities since Bill Ruckelshaus (EPA’s first administrator, 1970-1975). But consider some standard EPA practices:

  1. 1. EPA advocates claim the US is unhealthy and dirty. They won’t admit that US water quality has improved dramatically since 1970. They deny that factories, cars and power plants are far more efficient and clean. They ignore that, while most nations continue to cut down forest habitats for fuel, the Lower 48 states have more forest coverage than when the Pilgrims landed in 1620.

They never mention that the US did not sign the 1992 Kyoto Accord, nor that it is the only nation to meet its Kyoto targets. Is it ignorance? malignance? eco-professional propaganda? Yes, yes, and yes.

The U.S. is one of the cleanest, healthiest nations on earth

The United States is one of the cleanest, healthiest nations on earth. Our progress will continue because we rejected the Paris Accord and thus will not cripple our economy, jobs or environmental progress. Other nations must work hard to catch us. They may work hard, but they won’t catch up, and they’ll blame us.

  1. Eco-militants at EPA tricked the Supreme Court into letting it label plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide a pollutant. Meanwhile, professional enviros demand “zero tolerance” for pollutants – because they claim “any dose kills.”

CO2 is not a pollutant

However, CO2 is plant fertilizer, the trace gas that makes plant and animal life possible on our planet. Atmospheric CO2 is just 400 parts per million (ppm), or 0.04% of the air we breathe, compared to 21% oxygen and almost 1% argon.  Classrooms average 1,000 to 2,000 ppm; US nuclear submarines average 5,000 to 8,000ppm. We inhale 400 ppm and exhale 40,000 to 50,000 ppm.

That means 100 to 125 times the “fatal dose” of a “zero tolerance pollutant” is always in our lungs.  We don’t die, because CO2 is not a pollutant and because real scientists know that dosage, not microscopic presence, is the key.

EPA keeps cheating

EPA keeps cheating, but dosage always determines poisonous impact. In fact, EPA experiments illegally exposed human test subjects to 10 and even 30 times the levels of fine soot particles that EPA claims are lethal. No one got sick or died, and yet EPA continues its “standards” and lies.

  1. DDT saved millions in World War II from death by typhus. By 1970 DDT had helped wipe out malaria in 99 countries, including the USA. Administrator Ruckelshaus appointed a scientific committee to examine claims that the pesticide caused cancer and other problems. The experts said it did not, because dosage determines effect.

Ruckelshaus ignored them, never attended a minute of their hearings, never read a page of their extensive report. He simply banned DDT in 1972.  He later said he had a “political problem” due to Rachel Carson’s misinformed book Silent Spring and pressure from the Environmental Defense Fund, and he needed to “fix it.”

Other nations followed suit, banning DDT. Since 1972, some 40 million children and parents have needlessly died from malaria. Today DDT is partially reinstated, but P.A. Offit, Pandora’s Lab, Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong, quotes Michael Crichton, MD: “Banning DDT is one of the most disgraceful episodes in twentieth century America. We knew better, and we did it anyway, and we let people around the world die, and we didn’t give a damn.”

EPA’s analysis a dishonest, purposeful scam

  1. EPA knowingly relies on fake science. Data from point-source “pollution” are used to “project” thousands of asthma cases and cancer deaths. EPA “validates” the analyses by “assuming” that each projected death and illness happened to someone who had spent every second of a 70-year life at the point-source – within 6 feet of the measurement point. But Newton’s Law of Inverse Squares proves that dosage wanes by the inverse square of the distance; 5 units of distance cuts dosage impact to 1/25 what it was at its source. At 10 units, the impact is 1/100th.  EPA’s analysis is a dishonest, purposeful scam.

The 70-year/6-foot/no-movement assumption makes a joke of all its calculations and projections. EPA has relied on that scam for decades to “prove” need for a non-scientific regulatory remedy for every newly invented threat.

  1. EPA colludes with professional environmentalists to “fix” “inadequate” draft regulations. EPA then “settles” cases, pays co-conspirators’ fees with taxpayer funds and wins excessive regulatory powers it sought from the beginning. Parties who oppose the decision never get a day in court, and the “sue-and-settle” cases ensure high costs but provide no health or environmental benefits.
  2. EPA covers up crimes. As the auto industry cratered since 2000, Flint, Michigan has lost 25,000 citizens and become poorer and more minority. The 2010 Census Report concluded that 42% of the population was in a “level of poverty and health … not comparable to other geographic levels of these estimates.” Yet EPA (and state and local authorities) did nothing to protect them. What happened?

The 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act delegated compliance to EPA, which typically approves a State Compliance Plan, re-delegates authority, and oversees State and local enforcement. Flint’s drinking water has been lead-poisoned for three years – ever since state and local officials switched water sources to save money with no hearings, approvals or notifications to EPA or affected citizens.

Drinking, tasting and smelling nauseating newly-brown water alerted residents to potential dangers. An EPA expert tested the water in 2014 and wrote repeated warnings to Agency officials. A February 2015 Detroit News report said EPA’s Regional Administrator knew the facts but claimed her “hands were tied.”

Then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy forbade the staff expert from meeting, writing or speaking about the issue, and reassigned him.  Thus the two most senior and directly responsible EPA officials “washed their hands” of the problem.

But Flint Medical Center tested for lead in the water and sounded the alarm. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added powerful voices. Flint’s mayor and Michigan’s governor took heat until the state’s attorney general initially charged five Flint and Michigan officials with wrongful issuance of permits, and tampering, altering and falsifying evidence. That has now expanded to more than 50 criminal charges against 15 state officials; including one of involuntary manslaughter (an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease took 12 lives).

The two “clean-handed” EPA officials kept mum until June 12, 2016, when Gina McCarthy wrote to Michigan’s governor and Flint’s mayor. Citing “major challenges” and her “long-term” clean water goal, she blamed state and local staffs and old and (newly) over-large piping. She said EPA had no money to help. Will Michigan’s AG indict EPA officials involved in the EPA cover-ups?  That would be logical, but don’t bet on it.

McCarthy’s was a nasty letter from a culpable official. Later in 2016, Congress voted $110 million to repair Flint’s drinking water, no thanks to EPA. The work will go on for years as Flint residents get bottled water from EPA and the state.

President Trump’s budget guidance exposed decades-old EPA abuses. The evidence exposes EPA’s lack of mission, commitment and integrity. If EPA would use honest, evidence-based science to protect the nation’s health, it would be a welcome and long overdue change – perhaps a miracle. What’s your bet?

Independent consultant John Rafuse worked for government agencies, a think-tank and an international oil and gas company on energy, trade, environmental, regulatory and national security issues.   


 

 

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Snowing in Murmansk on June 20

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:55

Heat wave? Not in Russia.

“In Moscow we have had repeated waves of cold (practically every week) since April and the social networks are full of jokes on “global warming”, writes Moscow reader Alexey Parkhomenko.

“Here are the links to the news about snow in Murmansk.”

https://news.mail.ru/society/30140408/?frommail=1

https://twitter.com/sZ3eR5rOV2CBIXy/status/877412175610032128/photo/1

MURMANSK, June 21 – RIA Novosti.

Arctic cyclone brought snow on the Kola Peninsula, the temperature dropped to +1 degrees, said Murmansky Met.

https://news.mail.ru/society/30140408/?frommail=1

See video:
“Evening of June 20 2017. In Murmansk quietly pours snow”
https://vk.com/videos14718824?z=video14718824_456241399%2Fvideos14718824%2Fpl_14718824_-2


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Is this heat really unprecedented?

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:34

Here’s some historical perspective on today’s heat. Look at how temperatures soared in many states in 1936. 

“During 1936, 117F temperatures were common from Texas to North Dakota,” says Tony Heller. “South Dakota was over 120F. North Dakota was over 119F. Nebraska was 118F. Iowa was 117F. Missouri was 118F. Oklahoma was 120F. Texas was 119F. Arkansas was 117F.”

Can you believe that?

Over 119F in North Dakota? North Dakota is right up there adjacent to the Canadian border.

Over 120F in South Dakota? Now that’s a heat wave,.

See more from Tony Heller:
https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Image969_shadow.png

Thanks to McLovin’ for this link


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