Friday, October 21, 2022

Please, someone: hit the brakes on Biden’s gas and energy nonsense

Team Biden’s energy nonsense never stops. The latest: a bizarre claim that Americans are saving money — $120 a month, or $420 million in total since summer — at the pump.

Yes, gas prices are down from their scorching-hot $5.01-per-gallon June peak to a still-painful $3.85. But, by all accounts, the main reason for the drop was that Americans reduced their driving in response to the sticker shock.

And that $3.85 is still 62% higher than when Biden took office. So there have been no savings at all.

Nearly as pathetic is Biden’s new drawdown of our Strategic Petroleum Reserve: 15 million barrels, enough to cover a puny seven-and-a-half days of reduced OPEC output.

And this will draw the reserve down to near 40-year lows. Cross your fingers it’s not needed for its actual purpose, namely in case of military emergency.

Even when the prez calls for increased domestic production — the actual solution here; unshackling the enormous capacities of American energy as his predecessor did — he plays lickspittle to Green New Dealers. We “need to responsibly increase US oil production,” Biden postured Wednesday. “Responsibly” here means “not at all.”

All this after the Saudis wouldn’t play nice with Biden over oil output (maybe because he vowed to make the kingdom a “pariah” state and cozies up to Iran). Even now, his main idea is to burn foreign oil, as if Saudi or Venezuelan oil is somehow better for the environment.

Yet more proof Biden’s energy policies are as nonsensical as . . . everything else he argues for. And as damaging to average Americans and the nation.


Earth records 600 millionth consecutive cooler-than-average month

The Earth just had its 600 millionth straight cooler-than-average month thanks to naturally-driven cooling.

An historical reconstruction of the Earth’s temperature by Northwestern University Adjunct Professor Dr. Christopher Scotese provides an illuminating and surprising comparison of today’s temperatures to that of the past. And it’s not what you think.

According to Dr. Scotese the Earth “has alternated between a frigid ‛Ice House’, like today’s world, and a steaming ‛Hot House’, like the world of the dinosaurs.”

That’s correct, he described today’s temperatures as frigid. It turns out that most of Earth’s history since the explosion of life in the Cambrian Period nearly 600 million years ago was hotter than our climate today — a lot hotter.

Scotese 2002 - An analysis of the temperature oscillations in geological eras.
Scotese 2002 – An analysis of the temperature oscillations in geological eras.
For fully two-thirds of that time the Earth experienced temperatures that were much warmer than today. During these periods of “Hot House” conditions there was no ice at either pole. We “only” entered our current “Ice House” conditions about 50 million years ago. Using the average temperature of the Earth for the last 600 million years, we have experienced 50 million consecutive years of below average temperature.

While factually correct and, for a climate geek and geologist like myself, quite interesting, this information has nothing to do with the current climate debate.

And neither does a headline-grabbing report (For 420 straight months, Earth has been…blazin’) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the planet had its 420th consecutive month with above-average temperature. Bear in mind that the “average temperature” they were referring to was that of the 20thcentury. Well, duh.

Of course recent temperatures would be higher than the 20th century average. That is because the Earth’s temperature has been increasing for more than 300 years. Had NOAA used a 300-year average they could have added even more months of above-average temperatures because the average would have been even lower.

The blessed rise of temperature that we are experiencing is lifting us out of the death-dealing cold of the horrific Little Ice Age, when half the population of Iceland perished. The beginning of this warming started in the late 1600s, long before man could have had any effect on temperature. In fact, the rate of warming over the first 40 years of the trend, extending into the early 1700s, was several times the rate of the 20th century warming and was 100 percent naturally driven.

At least the first 150 years of our current warming were also entirely naturally-driven and contributed about the same amount of warming as the last 150 or so years during which we have been adding CO2 to the atmosphere.

The question is not whether the planet is warming. It is, and demonstrably so. We know this from both direct measurement and thousands of historical records.

The real question is did the natural forces that were driving the temperature increase in the 17thcentury, or for that matter over the last hundreds of millions of years, suddenly stop for some reason in the 20th century? Of course not, but that is what the Ayatollahs of Alarmism want you to believe.

So why the media firestorm and portrayal of the latest data as dangerous? H. L. Mencken warned us of imaginary “hobgoblins of alarm” that governments needed to create to frighten the population into accepting onerous regulations such as the Paris Climate Accords. Climate change today is one of those hobgoblins of alarm used to convince people that our current warming is “unusual and unprecedented” when it is neither.

Six hundred million months of below average temperature or 420 months of above average temperature? Both are true, depending on what metric you choose to use, but the media are publicizing what is designed to best promote fear of catastrophic climate alarm. We have seen in the recent COVID-19 pandemic that fear is one of the most potent motivators of public action. Those promoting the economically destructive green policies will be using this and any other event deemed out of the ordinary to further the climate of fear that they need for public acceptance of these harmful policies.


Atmospheric Phenomena, Climate Science Manipulation, and Earth's Cooling: Eleven Important Atmospheric Phenomena
(from a physicist's perspective)

by Gordon Fulks, Ph.D. (Gordon Fulks received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago)

Our knowledge of the physical phenomena contributing to climate is vast.

Adiabatic cooling (gravity)

Planck Heat Radiation

Properties of water, its abundance and high heats of vaporization and fusion.

Elastic Mie/Raleigh Scattering (clouds and blue sky)

Inelastic Raman Scattering (thermalizing, greenhouse effect)

Oceans (heat sink and source)


Two fluid problem with neither in equilibrium

Coriolis Effect with a circumpolar jet stream and large amplitude Rossby waves

Solar Cycles - Wilson Cloud Chamber/Svensmark amplification effects with cosmic rays

Milankovitch Cycles

But which dominate in particular situations is far from understood.

Attempts to combine these effects and keep track of everything that is going on are called 'Computer Simulations' or 'Climate Models.' Unfortunately, computer simulations of climate are just computer games USELESS in accurately predicting the future.

Professor of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Gerhard Gerlich said:

“To derive climate catastrophes from these computer games and to scare Mankind to death is a crime.”

“It cannot be overemphasized that even if the [fluid] equations are simplified considerably, one cannot determine numerical solutions, even for small space regions and even for small time intervals."

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Australia: New coal mine approved

The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water has granted New Acland Coal its water licence, clearing the way for the mine to reopen and for New Hope Group to start hiring hundreds of staff.

The decision comes about a month after it was granted a mining lease.

The water licence comes with 35 strict conditions, including that NAC offsets underground water impacted by mining activities by surrendering equivalent water entitlements.

It must also monitor the impacts on aquifers and groundwater users, implement an underground water monitoring program to track any impacts that may occur and publish the volume of underground water taken.

New Acland Coal general manager Dave O’Dwyer said the mood at the site was ecstatic. “It is great news,” he said. “When the head office rang me up this afternoon I was a bit taken aback,” he said.

Mr O’Dywer said the team had some environmental processes to move through before he could hire new staff. ‘We are hoping within a few months we’ll be moving dirt,” he said

“We have worked so hard to get this far and there has been huge support from the community and through our expressions of interest portal.

About 800 people have put their hand up to work at the mine, with the vast majority coming from the Darling Downs.

All the water used at the site will be trucked in from the Wetalla Waste Water Treatment Plant in Cranley.

The water licence governs the incidental interaction with groundwater.

Mr O’Dwyer said while he expected the licence would be approved, he didn’t think it would happen so soon.

“We have had some interaction with the department talking about some things but we didn’t expect it to happen so quickly,” he said.

“We wanted to be sure the department went through its due diligence and we are really happy it has worked through that process and come forward with an answer for us.”

In December 2021, Queensland’s Land Court recommended the granting of the mining leases and issuing of a draft amended Environmental Authority for the Stage 3 development, subject to certain conditions being met.

Earlier this year NAC was granted a mining lease for Stage 3, which will see operations run for at least 10 years and employ an estimated 600 workers during construction and 400 during operation. It also means the area of mined land will roughly double.

The final approval comes after a 15-year battle between the mine’s owner New Hope Group and a collection Oakey farmers and residents.




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