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Monday, April 27, 2015

 

Offshore Turbine Costs Prohibitive And Weather Events Not AGW Caused

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Roanoke Times, 4-24-2015, Pg 3:  Coastal turbines’ expense blows up.  A wind energy project is in the doldrums after “unexpectedly” high installation bids.
http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/dominion-resources-says-off-shore-wind-project-could-cost-far/article_c3a96402-6ee9-5c5a-8390-5ee8d5532e50.html
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Why would Wind Turbines on towers 250 above the water, in 100 feet of salt water, offshore in the direct path of annual coastal hurricanes with associated high-voltage power lines laying on the sea-floor be expensive?
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Obama: If you like your low energy costs you can keep them! 
 If you like your 24-7-365 reliable energy you can keep it!
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Richmond Times Dispatch Commentary:
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Even the U.N. climate panel has stated that today's extreme weather  events cannot be attributed to “climate change.”
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:30 pm By Ed Martin  Va SEEE
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We continually read letters, articles and columns that support the anthropogenic global warming theory (AGW), along with the usual claims and allegations that this will cause nearly every imaginable problem and catastrophe.

And we now see President Obama deciding these claims are correct and demanding remedial actions — specifically, more controls, taxes and “green” energy. Since such reports often include unsupported allegations and claims, here is an attempt to provide verifiable factual information and background:

1) According to the various published temperature records, the amount of global warming since 1850 is about 0.8 degrees Celsius, i.e., a very small amount in relation to the enormous temperature range we experience diurnally and seasonally. (And indeed, so small that it is difficult to determine with accuracy and precision.)

2) These same temperature records also now show that no significant warming has occurred for about 18 years — while atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased by nearly 10 percent. It appears that there is no causal relationship here and suggests that other natural factors may be influencing temperature.

3) The many claims predicting dramatic and catastrophic temperature increases have been based on “global climate models.” However, these computer models have not been validated and have badly failed to predict current temperatures. And the divergence between the models and actual temperatures is widening, thus making any predictions based on them highly doubtful.

4) Some recent studies suggest the Earth’s temperature is less sensitive to carbon dioxide levels than previously thought — including studies show that even if atmospheric carbon dioxide should double, temperature increases could be as low as 1 or 2 degrees Celsius. And many agree that a 2-degree increase could, overall, be beneficial.

5) And a positive aspect has appeared — satellites are now showing overall increased vegetation growth around the globe due to stimulation by the higher carbon dioxide levels. This includes our food supply. Current data show that almost all food crop yields are increasing.

6) However, many activist groups and firms with vested interests — often with support from the Obama administration — loudly demand that we retreat from fossil fuels and replace them with “green” wind and solar power — even though such power is very expensive. European countries with extensive wind and solar installations are seeing dramatically higher electricity costs. (Germany’s are nearly twice as expensive as ours.) Plus, the intermittent and erratic nature of solar and wind power are creating instabilities in their electric grids. The fossil-fuel systems required for back-up must meet sudden and highly variable output demands, which has contributed to increased emissions there. In addition, the higher costs hurt the poor and the middle classes — and are reported to be causing “energy poverty” in Germany, the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

7) Several years ago, Google commissioned an engineering team to find ways to make green power costs lower than coal, but found that with current technology, it could not be done, according to a report last year in IEEE Spectrum, an electrical engineering magazine — and that even if they were successful, it would not be enough to “reverse climate change”.

8) Global warming skeptics are often pejoratively called “deniers.” But in reality, tens of thousands of scientists and engineers are skeptical about the catastrophic scenarios and extreme remedies, including eminent physicists Freeman Dyson, Robert Laughlin and Ivar Giaever, the latter two both Nobel laureates.

9) The claim that 97 percent of climate scientists believe in human-caused warming is incessantly parroted but it has been, beyond all doubt, shown to be fallacious. The paper that made the claim has been condemned by several prominent climate scientists who indicated that their views were wrongly used — and it has been condemned as poorly conceived, designed and executed. (Apparently, the media didn’t get the memo.)

10) And yet, almost every day brings more claims and predictions of increasing catastrophic weather events due to “climate change” — tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, wildfires. Various government and other reports clearly show that links between extreme weather and global warming are unproven. Even the U.N. climate panel has stated that such events cannot be attributed to “climate change.”

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The bottom line: Vast amounts of misinformation, scare stories and propaganda continue to be inflicted on us, much of it propelled by enormous government outlays and grants — as well as large expenditures by activist groups and from businesses that are pursuing government subsidies.

But as more actual climate data and facts become available, more people are seeing them, asking questions and making their own decisions — instead of merely taking the word of politicians such as Al Gore and Barack Obama. And hopefully this will help.

Ed Martin lives in Williamsburg and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an M.B.A.. He worked in the malting and brewing industry for 35 years and is now retired.
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Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/11561629/Top-scientists-start-to-examine-fiddled-global-warming-figures.html
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More details of the Global Warming Policy Foundation's International Temperature Data Review Project are available on the inquiry panel's website www.tempdatareview.org
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Man-made Global Warming AGW Alarmists Gather In Roanoke
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/04/man-made-global-warming-agw-alarmists.html
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Media Continues To Propagate The Belied AGW Hypothesis
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/04/media-continues-to-propagate-belied-agw.html
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Global Warming Meets Mother Nature
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/01/global-warming-meets-mother-nature.html
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Man-made Global Warming or Mother Nature's Normal Climate?
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/01/man-made-global-warming-or-mother.html
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The Pope, Global Warming And The AGW Wealth Redistribution Movement
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-pope-global-warming-and-agw-wealth.html
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