60 scientists call for EPA endangerment finding to be reversed

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October 17, 2017

Electricity Consumers Fully Support Scientists’ Letter to EPA Calling for Immediate Reopening of its GHG Endangerment Finding

 Key Points: 

  1. This Letter from over 60 highly credentialed scientists states that: “We the undersigned are individuals who have technical skills and knowledge relevant to climate science and the GHG Endangerment Finding. We each are convinced that the 2009 GHG Endangerment Finding is fundamentally flawed and that an honest, unbiased reconsideration is in order.”
  2. The letter states further that: “If such a reconsideration is granted, each of us will assist in a new Endangerment Finding assessment that is carried out in a fashion that is legally consistent with the relevant statute and case law.  We see this as a very urgent matter – – – – “
  3. The Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council fully endorses the recommendations of these scientists because recent research has definitively validated that: once certain natural factor…

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Green Power is Part Time Power 

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Guest opinion by Viv Forbes

Solar power only works while the sun shines – it is part-time power.

Wind power only works when suitable winds blows – also part-time power.

Batteries only work when charged – part-time power again.

Hydro fails in droughts – more part-time power.

And using full-time power like natural gas to fill the inevitable supply gaps from part-time power forces backup gas to operate like part-time power.

Moreover, on sunny windy days, wind and solar generators spew out electricity at little extra cost. These erratic surges of part-time power drive electricity prices so low that even low-cost full-time producers like coal cannot operate profitably at those times. They are throttled back and forced to operate as yet another part-time power plant.

24/7 electricity users such as hospitals, trains, factories, refineries, fuel and water pumps, cash registers, infrastructure and mines cannot operate on part-time electricity.

Moreover, every…

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Disastrous fire management wreaks havoc on California


By Paul Homewood



Like swarms of locusts devouring everything in their path, the wildfires that struck California’s fabled wine country and surrounding areas have left behind death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.

With no warning, the blazes began spreading rapidly on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8th, and by the end of the week, there had been 31 confirmed deaths, over 400 people still missing, and 3,500 structures destroyed. In Santa Rosa, long considered safe from wildfires, whole neighborhoods went up in flames within minutes. An estimated 60,000 people were forced to flee or were evacuated from the fire-ravaged area.

All told, some 22 separate fires scorched 191,000 acres, or about 300 square miles. It is the second-deadliest wildfire in California since 1923. Adding to the misery were quirks of Mother Nature. The Diablo, a strong gusty wind prevalent in northern California, helped spread the…

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Laptev Refreezes in 13 Days

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Is Arctic Ice recovering?  Let us count the ways.  In just the last 13 days, Laptev Sea doubled its ice extent from 400k km2 to 870k km2.  That is 97% of its March maximum, leaving only 30k km2 to fill in absolutely.

Then we can observe the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (CAA) adding 200k km2 over the same time frame.

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The Laptev wall of ice is in place, and the Northwest Passage is full of ice.  The Arctic ocean is now effectively divided into two parts, Pacific and Atlantic sides, with refreezing underway independently.

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Claim: use ‘nature’ to beat climate change

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From the NATURE CONSERVANCY and the “beating natural climate change over the head with nature department”…comes this odd press release along with a “we hate cars” graphic. On the plus side, at least they aren’t proposing taxes that will accomplish nothing but line the pockets of special interests.

New study finds nature is vital to beating climate change

Washington DC, USA and London, UK, 16 October 2017 – Better stewardship of the land could have a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date of how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced and stored in forests, farmland, grasslands and wetlands using natural climate solutions.

The peer-reviewed study, led by scientists from The Nature Conservancy and 15 other institutions , and published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, expanded and refined the scope of land-based climate…

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Update: October 16 Snow and Ice

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Yesterday at AER Dr. Judah Cohen provided his Arctic Oscillation and Polar Vortex Analysis and Forecasts biweekly report and outlook regarding the arctic oscillation and the coming winter in Northern Hemisphere. Excerpts with my bolds.

  • As is often the case, the current positive AO is associated with a relatively mild weather pattern across the NH continents including Europe and much of North America.
  • However over the next two weeks with the predicted overall negative trend in the AO a concomitant cooling trend is predicted across the NH continents including the British Isles and Western Europe but especially the Eastern United States (US).
  • Across East Asia troughing will allow a series of fronts to swing through the region keeping temperatures variable but overall close to seasonable.
  • Looking ahead to this upcoming winter, in my opinion both below normal Arctic sea ice and above normal Siberian snow cover so far this…

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How bright is the moon, really?

Tallbloke's Talkshop

Researchers aim to find out. It’s an interesting question as ‘our Moon’s average visual albedo is 0.12’, similar to soil or asphalt, and yet songwriters can describe ‘the light of the silvery Moon’.

The “inconstant moon,” as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought, says Phys.org.

Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan to make the moon even more reliable with a new project to measure its brightness.

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