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Global Warming

6-9-14 Polar Bears Are Cuddly and 'Political Shenanigans' Abound!

09 June 2014 6:54am

World Energy, by George Backwell.  ...a fraction of natural gas projects ... will become reality as high costs and weakening gas prices....

Alaska Dispatch, by Brigham McCown.  

As political shenanigans continue to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Alaska voters hold the key to avoiding a similar fate for what could be North America’s largest pipeline project (i.e. Natural gas pipeline).

 


Matt Cronin, Polar Bear, Global Warming, University of Alaska, Photo by Dave HarbourWashington Examiner by Mark Tapscott.  Another scientist has more bad news for global warming advocates who claim that Americans are killing Arctic Polar Bears....  *** Professor Matthew Cronin (NGP Photo) of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks studied the genetic histories of the three bear species, brown, black and polar (NGP Photo). *** What Cronin found casts significant Polar Bear, Alaska Zoo, Male and Female, Matt Cronin, Photo by Dave Harbour, Climate Chamge, Global Warmingnew doubt about claims that the furry white monsters of the Arctic are soon going to be extinct if America doesn't stop causing global warming by burning fossil fuels. *** Cronin has been studying animal genetics for 25 years and his latest study will be made public in a paper to be published shortly in the online Journal of Heredity, according to UAF's Nancy Tarnai.  (See a related article)

National Ocean Policy Coalition Newsletter

Fuel Fix.  American Energy Partners said Monday it plans to spend $4.25 billion to expand into Texas and West Virginia for the first time and to snap up more land in Ohio.

Aubrey McClendon, Wilcatter, Fuel Fix, Texas, Chesapeake, Permian, Marcellus, Greenwich Group, Photo by Dave Harbour, NARUCThe three announced acquisitions are the latest — and the most expensive — in a series of moves by Aubrey McClendon (NGP Photo), one of the first wildcatters to capitalize on the U.S. shale boom, to rebuild his empire after he relinquished his perch at the top of Chesapeake Energy last year.

 

From the National Ocean Policy Coalition: The U.S. Arctic Research Commission's daily update (last week) included an announcement by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Ocean Council that former Alaska State Rep. Beth Kerttula has been selected to serve as National Ocean Council Office (NOC Office) Director.  Kerttula replaces Dr. Brad Moran, who has been serving as Acting NOC Office Director since November 2013.  Coverage of the announcement includes articles in the Alaska Daily Dispatch,Anchorage Daily News, and KTOO News.  KTOO reports that Kerttula will serve as NOC Office Director for one year, with an option to remain through the remainder of the Obama Administration.

Calgary Herald, by Stephen Ewart.  The military crisis in Ukraine has brought into focus Europe's dependence on Russian natural resources for 30 per cent of its energy requirements just as Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in Europe for the G7 Summit and the D-Day anniversary events Friday in Normandy.

With coercion of Russian oil supplies deemed "unacceptable" by political leaders in Europe this week, it appears crude from Canada's oilsands has become much more acceptable.

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) tells us that last Thursday, CEA-Florida joined PACE for the Gulf Coast Energy Forum in Mobile, Alabama during which executives from five southern utilities raised concerns about the EPA’s new rules on carbon emissions for existing power plants. As Alabama.com noted, one of the biggest concerns highlighted by the executives was the rule’s effect on the energy mix and the likely dependence on natural gas that will result.


The Daily Caller: EPA Rules To ‘Necessarily Skyrocket’ U.S. Electricity Prices
U.S. electricity rates are set to rise more than 10 percent by 2020 because of onerous federal environmental regulations on coal-fired power plants, according to an analysis by American Action Forum. This means consumers could be forced to pay $150 more each year for electricity due to Obama administration power plant regulations.


E&E News: “The United Mine Workers of America is blasting the Obama administration's new proposal for controlling greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, which will likely contribute to the loss of coal mining jobs. "The UMWA has not and does not dispute the science regarding climate change," Cecil Roberts, the group's international president, said in a statement this afternoon. "Our dispute is with how our government is going about addressing it, and on whom the administration is placing the greatest burden in dealing with this challenge," he added. Roberts said the rule would lead to "long-term and irreversible job losses." The union says it calculated the potential direct coal generation job losses at 75,000 by 2020.”


 

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3-2-14 Is Global Cooling About To Overrun Global Warming? What Would Aristotle Say?

02 March 2014 8:37am

From Forbes

Opinion by

Peter Ferrara

Dear Readers:  We have documented excesses in policy and deficiencies in decision making owing to the 'global warming' faith crowd.  

Still, we must prize facts and science over politics in our search for 'Endless Progress'.  In this spirit, we ask our more knowledgeable friends to help us with a response or rebuttal to this reaction to Ferrara's commentary.    -dh

(Our Comment: The Obama Administration departments -- including DOD -- base many changing policies on a bureaucratic faith in the siren calls of global warming.  

Upon the "environmental protection/global warming" assumptions are based programs causing vast damage to American employment, economic health and national security--while building big government bureaucracies and political dependencies on the Executive branch.  

This explains why the Administration and its allies will fight to the death to impugn the reputation of global warming critics.  After all, if the climate is actually growing cooler or simply cycling through another historic period of 'cooling/warming', how can government justify its damaging policies?  

Ferrara's Forbes column may represent an inconvenient truth to disciples of global warming--but integrity demands that we hear a response to the challenge laid out in the box above.  After all, even if it can be shown that warming is a long term trend, we would still demand -- in the name of science -- proof that mankind (and not the oceans, etc.) were the major contributor of greenhouse gasses.  

Then, if man is proved to be the principle cause, is America wisely adopting policies that are reasonable and do not threaten to bankrupt the country while major carbon producers in the developing world are making little to no effort to contain carbon output?  

Lastly, even if the United States (i.e. with over $17 trillion dollars in short term debt and over $90 trillion in unfunded liabilities)  bankrupts itself in search of the holy climate grail, will the end result of global domination by powerful green house gas emitters produce a more sustainable world?   

We do not advocate one political position over another or one extreme view over another (i.e. except that as our dear readers know, we do not deny that we are dedicated to the intent and protections of the Constitution of the Unites States and its precedent, Declaration of Independence).  And we do not seek compromise for the sake of 'getting along'.  Instead, we search for reason, a place between excess of bureaucracy and deficiency of precaution -- which which Aristotle might still today characterize as the "Golden Mean".  -dh) 


Ferrara's words, continued:  "...future generations of scientists will look back and say this is the moment when we took the political out of the political science of "climate change," and this is how we did it. Real scientists know that these 50 co-authors are real scientists. That is transparent from the tenor of the report itself.

"The publication is "double peer reviewed," in that it discusses thousands of peer reviewed articles published in scientific journals, and is itself peer reviewed. That is in sharp contrast to President Obama's own EPA, which issued its "endangerment finding" legally authorizing regulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, without submitting the finding to its own peer review board, as required by federal law. What were they so afraid of if 97% of scientists supposedly agree with them?

"The conclusion of the report is that the U.N.'s IPCC has exaggerated the amount of global warming likely to occur due to mankind's emissions of CO2, and the warming that human civilization will cause as a result "is likely to be modest and cause no net harm to the global environment or to human well-being." The primary, dominant cause of global climate change is natural causes, not human effects, the report concludes."   


 

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7-5-13 The White House Fatāwā On Energy Consumers and Taxpayers

04 July 2013 9:51am

President Obama's Climate Action Plan

by

Dave Harbour

There is nothing significantly "good" about Obama's simultaneous attack on American taxpayers, energy consumers and the free market.  
 
His "Climate Action Plan" will lead America away from energy

Report and Commentary: CANADA.  (Draft, subject to edits)

In Canada, the environmental community continues a more than 40 year strategy for opposing development.  It flowered in the 1970s as various environmental activists, church activists and other liberal allies created a 'moratorium' strategy for blocking construction of the original Alaska/Canada natural gas pipeline. 

Today, the issue du jour is 'fracking'.  In spite of decades of safe use of fracking technology and in spite of a multitude of private, state and federal studies documenting the safety of fracking anti-development groups are still encouraging local communities to stop development.

They claim such development will injure the subsistence way of life.

Activists tend to shortchange the benefits of jobs and educational opportunites for local people and the detriment to families caused by a continued dependence on government welfare subsidies.  Liberal supporters of big government in both countries are wedded to the strategy of demonizing oil and gas energy exploration and development to achieve their goals.

Today, we read of  a resolution adopted by the Na-cho Nyak Dun First Ruth Massie - Chief - Na-cho Nyak Dun First Nation - Oil and Gas Congress 9-14 to 18_2009 by Dave HarbourNation, advocating a fracking prohibition.

This CBC report, notes that in her re-election address, Grand Chief Ruth Massie (NGP Photo) said, “I pledge to continue to protect our inherent rights, our land, our water, our environment as our ancestors would have wanted...."

The report goes on to quote Don Roberts leader of a group called Yukoners Concerned about Oil and Gas Development.  “This is a game-changer," he said. "The First Nations are there to protect the land, protect the environment.  ...  The basic issue is water. It takes millions of litres of water to do this process and it poisons the land and it poisons everything around you,” said Roberts.
 
We do not blame Grand Chief Massie for doing her best to protect her people and their futures.  In fact, we know her and have the deepest respect her lifelong commitment to her people.
 
However, we are very concerned for both the American and Canadian economies (i.e. including those of Alaska Native, Lower 48 Indian and Canadian Aboriginal groups) when irresponsible and innacurate statements like Roberts' provide the basis for what should be decisions based on experience, history, technology, science, fact and socio-economic impact.  -dh

Meanwhile, in the neighboring NWT, the CBC reports that the Sahtu Land and Water Board "...said it has determined this development will not cause a significant adverse environmental impact and that it will not be a cause of public concern, adding the effects of this development would be insignificant or could be mitigated with known technology."  Board spokesman Paul Dixon complimented ConocoPhillips for doing, "...an excellent job on speaking to the community organizations, other regulators, government and non-government for the development of this project....”  
independence, further disable the economy, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs and diminish our national security without providing any meaningful environmental improvement.  The President's initiative is not a 'War on Coal' as some have called it; so much as it is a war on consumer jobs, consumers of energy and the taxpayer consumers who will pay the tab for this disastrous policy.
 
Created out of thin air, many of Obama's policies -- including this one -- evade Congressional policy and budget oversight by issuance of American-style fatāwā taking the form of Executive Orders and Executive Memoranda.
 
Last week, amid a growing litany of scandals, seemed the perfect time to 'change the subject'.  The new 'shiny object' to divert citizen attention was the Administration's dedication to using "climate change science" as a basis for increasing government controls over citizen behavior.  The President's Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Muñoz, defended the new policy with a satement that began with: "Hi, everybody. This week the President unveiled the national Climate Action Plan which will reduce carbon pollution and protect our country from the impacts of climate change, and lead the world in a coordinated assault on a changing climate.  Carbon pollution contributes to a higher risk of asthma attacks, which disproportionately affects the Latino community according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  Carbon pollution also contributes to more frequent and severe storms, floods, heat waves, and wildfires, driving up food prices and threatening our communities...."  
 
Combine this 'Climate Change" initiative with roadblocks to leasing/permitting on federal, private, state and Native lands; the uncontrolled, pervasive abuses of the EPA; the White House effort to zone the oceans and rivers leading to them; and, countless other constrictive and cancerous regulatory practices and one finds little reason for confidence or faith in America's now redefined "rule of law" or a truly recovered American economy.

 
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Shale Gas, Gasland, and Truthiness. Forbes, Column. It would be easy to dismiss Josh Fox as being on a par with Ancient Alien theory proponents, whose logic systems he most clearly resembles, but astonishingly, he continues to be embraced by many activists, including celebrities such as Alec Baldwin and Yoko Ono. Criticisms are often met with ad hominem attacks and cries of conspiracy, which now seems to include most environmental regulators, who can’t validate his claims.

WH advisor: Shale gives U.S. “stronger hand” in pursuing security goals. Wall Street Journal. The increasing U.S. energy supply "helps reduce our vulnerability to global supply disruptions and price shocks" and thus "affords us a stronger hand in pursuing and implementing our international security goals," Tom Donilon, the White House national-security adviser until recently, said in April. Exhibit A: Washington's success last year in pushing through tough new economic sanctions against Iran to blunt its nuclear ambitions.
 

 
Sorry Josh. You Actually Show Hydraulic Fracturing Is Safe. Real Clear Energy, Thomas Pyle. Unlike Fox, when I write that there are no confirmed cases of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing, I can provide support for the claim. For example, President Obama’s leading environmental regulator, former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, testified under oath to a House committee that she was “not aware of any proven cases where the fracking process itself has affected water.” Jackson also told reporters “in no case have we made a definitive determination that the [fracturing] process has caused chemicals to enter groundwater.” Lisa Jackson, the darling of the environmental community, certainly has no incentive to repeat the so-called “big lie” before Congress or to the media.
 
Shale oil will shake the world. The Times, Column (sub req’d). Exciting as Britain's latest shale gas estimate is — 47 years' supply or more — it pales beside what is happening in the United States. There shale gas is old hat; the shale oil revolution is proving a world changer, promising not just lower oil prices worldwide, but geopolitical ripples as America weans itself off oil imports and perhaps loses interest in the Middle East.
 
Marcellus Brings Major Growth to Pennsylvania. CNBC. Many people know the City of Williamsport, located in Lycoming County, as the site of the Little League World Series, but gas production helped make it the seventh fastest-growing community on a percentage basis in the U.S. And while that growth appears to be leveling off, the region looks set to ride out the boom for as long as the gas remains economic to produce.
 
Landowners threaten suit over DRBC moratorium. E&E News (sub req’d). "The Commission's inaction has brought natural gas exploration in the basin to a complete halt to the detriment of the local economy and the citizens who in good faith leased their land for gas exploration and development," Bob Rutledge, executive director of the landowners group, wrote in the letter to Carol Collier, executive director of the commission.
 
Josh Fox Very Secretive About His Sauce Recipe. New York Magazine, Q&A. Gasland, Part II, the the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film Gasland, premieres on HBO on Monday, July 8, at 9 p.m..
 
EPA's abandoned Wyoming HF study one retreat of many. ProPublica. The EPA says that the string of decisions is not related, and the Pavillion matter will be resolved more quickly by state officials. The agency has maintained publicly that it remains committed to an ongoing national study of hydraulic fracturing, which it says will draw the definitive line on fracking's risks to water.
 
'Gasland Part II': TV review. New York Daily News, Review. Josh Fox sounds personally soft-spoken, which probably makes it more effective when his film “Gasland Part II” turns into a cinematic primal scream.
 
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Can we afford to ignore shale gas? Peterborough Telegraph, Column. There is, however an answer – lying hundreds of feet beneath Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire - after a survey found enough shale gas to power Britain for half a century. Some experts think this is just the start. Even if just 10% is extracted, that will be worth billions of pounds in today’s money and could potentially solve our energy problems for future generations.
 
Repsol Delays First Shale - Gas Project in Spain After HF Ban. Bloomberg. Repsol SA (REP), Spain’s largest oil producer, delayed starting to explore for shale gas in the north, where a local government has outlawed drilling projects that use water-intensive hydraulic fracturing.
 
Producers eye Canada's new Duvernay shale play ; investment set. Platts. Producers in Alberta's liquids-rich shale play at Duvernay are likely to invest some C$1 billion ($955 million) in drilling activities over the remaining six
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Global 'Warming' Cons From Alaska Feds?

29 July 2011 12:31pm

(You probably read it here first; the next day the AP reported it locally.  We are often first to report breaking energy news of interest to our readers--in these pages and via more immediate email alerts for the more relevant items.  More than half the time, the tip comes from an observent reader.  We lament just beginning the category "You Read It Here First", today, since these pages are filled with at least scores of such breaking news reports to our readers.  But, better late than not at all.   -dh)

Yahoo News (From our NGP Reader Rocky Dipple):  JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears (NGP Photo) had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement.  Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct.  The federal agency where he works told him he was on leave pending the results of an investigation into "integrity issues." A watchdog group believes it has to do with the 2006 journal article about the bear, but a source familiar with the investigation said late Thursday that placing Monnett on leave had nothing to with scientific integrity or the article.

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Happy Earth Day; and, Don't Forget Energy Day 2011! - Feds Waste Money on Environmental Propaganda Program Kicking Off Today

22 April 2011 3:43am

As environmental extremism uses the good name of "Earth Day" to promote new initiatives, let's remember to celebrate American innovation, independence, resourcefulness, entrepreneurship and free enterprise by celebrating "Energy Day" this coming October 15: Thank you to Consumer Energy Alliance and the City of Houston for giving us this opportunity to remember our heritage!  -dh

Bjorn LomborgWe rose on this Earth Day, mindful of the great bounty God has given mankind and our responsibility to properly husband our resources while we are here.  We also recall that it is possible to do stupid things in the name of "environmental correctness".  One of the illogical things we can do, according to global warming guru Bjorn Lomborg (NGP Photo), is to tax productive, fossil fuels to subsidize as yet uneconomic alternative energies.  He likens that folly to the government of 40 years ago applying a tax to typewriters and carbon paper in order to subsidize a new computer industry.  Computers naturally evolved, Lomborg reminds us, when the Apple, Microsoft and IBM entrepreneurs among us engaged in basic research and invention to create the new computer technology that today is so ubiquitous.  Lomborg counsels us to subsidize research, if we must, not manufacturers producing uneconomic products.

Readers can view one of Lomborg's latest interview here.  Then, enjoy our brief, amateur clip as he appeared before a University of Alaska audience in 2008.  See his new book.

We also appreciate the visit -- also to the University of Alaska -Irish producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney by Dave Harbour, UAA, Young Republicans Anchorage campus by veteran, Irish producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney (NGP Photo) who presented their new film, "Not Evil, Just Wrong", which you may review here.

One notes today, that Barrack Obama's federal minions are pumping Earth Day for all it's worth and wasting taxpayer dollars in the process.   One example is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which is initiating a new, global warming, propaganda program today.  It launches a "50 Stories in 50 States Environmental Campaign", arrogantly adding that, "No geographic area is immune."  See below:                              -dh

As environmental extremism uses the good name of "Earth Day" to promote new initiatives, let's remember to celebrate American innovation, independence, resourcefulness, entrepreneurship and free enterprise by celebrating "Energy Day" this coming October 15: Thank you to Consumer Energy Alliance and the City of Houston for giving us this opportunity to remember our heritage!  -dh

We rose on this Earth Day, mindful of the great bounty God has given mankind and our responsibility to properly husband our resources while we are here.  We also recall that it is possible to do stupid things in the name of "environmental correctness".  One of the illogical things we can do, according to global warming guru Bjorn Lomborg (NGP Photo), is to tax productive, fossil fuels to subsidize as yet uneconomic alternative energies.  He likens that folly to the government of 40 years ago applying a tax to typewriters and carbon paper in order to subsidize a new computer industry.  Computers naturally evolved, Lomborg reminds us, when the Apple, Microsoft and IBM entrepreneurs among us engaged in basic research and invention to create the new computer technology that today is so ubiquitous.  Lomborg counsels us to subsidize research, if we must, not manufacturers producing uneconomic products.

Readers can view one of Lomborg's latest interview here.  Then, enjoy our brief, amateur clip as he appeared before a University of Alaska audience in 2008.  See his new book.

We also appreciate the visit -- also to the University of Alaska -Irish producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney by Dave Harbour, UAA, Young Republicans Anchorage campus by veteran, Irish producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney (NGP Photo) who presented their new film, "Not Evil, Just Wrong", which you may review here.

One notes today, that Barrack Obama's federal minions are pumping Earth Day for all it's worth and wasting taxpayer dollars in the process.   One example is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which is initiating a new, global warming, propaganda program today.  It launches a "50 Stories in 50 States Environmental Campaign", arrogantly adding that, "No geographic area is immune."  See below:                              -dh

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