Tesla battery, subsidy and sustainability fantasies

More subsidies from exhausted California taxpayers cannot compensate for hard realities Paul Driessen The first justification was that internal combustion engines polluted too much. But emissions steadily declined, and today’s cars emit about 3% of what their predecessors did. Then it was oil imports: electric vehicles (EVs) would reduce foreign dependency and balance of trade…

California’s “leading” climate change fighting partner China funds coal plants in Indonesia violating Paris agreement

By Larry Hamlin Governor Brown who claims that China is “leading” the fight against climate change alongside California seems incredibly oblivious to the reality that China is committed to building hundreds of new coal plants as addressed in a recent New York Times article. Adding to the Governor’s embarrassment over his phony China climate change…

California is handling climate change all wrong – Bjorn Lomborg

  While the L A Times is busy hyping Governor Brown’s success in extending its expensive and bureaucratically onerous cap and tax law from 2020 to 2030 Bjorn Lomborg director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center has an article in the Times showing how California’s climate alarmist schemes are incredibly wrong. However Lomborg clearly articulates the…

Confessions of an author’s serial meetings with Russians

By Larry Hamlin With all the focus these days by the mainstream media on exposing Americans that have had undisclosed meetings with Russians a little clearing of the air seems to be in order. A number of recent essays here, here, here and here at Watts Up With That have addressed the ridiculously costly, monstrously…

Eclipseocalypse – Electrics Brace for Solar Darkness

When the sun goes dark, California will lose the equivalent of five nuclear power plants of power. Martin Rosenberg | Jun 29, 2017 The Energy Times   California is bracing for a significant loss of electric power as its fast-growing fleet of solar electric panels plunge into darkness during a major solar eclipse on August…

An Engineer’s Take on Climate Change #2

Guest essay by Ronald D. Voisin High Atmospheric CO2 is Good for All Life on Earth At an atmospheric concentration of 380ppm and higher the limited long-wave spectral absorption of CO2 is essentially saturated. Consequently, yet more atmospheric CO2 becomes vanishingly less relevant to a greenhouse effect (if at all). And when more atmospheric water…

An image of the Powerhouse Fire in California

From NASA: NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color satellite image of California’s Powerhouse Fire with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on June 1, 2013. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. According to the CBSnews.com, “Nearly 3,000 people from some 700 homes were under evacuation orders Monday as…

San Jose State University Meteorology decides burning books they don’t agree with is better than reading them

From the Fahrenheit 451 department comes this indictment of California’s higher education’s “tolerance” for opposing views. When I first got the tip on this, I thought to myself “nobody can be this stupid to photograph themselves doing this” but, here they are, right from the San Jose State University Meteorology Department web page: The caption…

California to quantify UHI statewide

From the if we can quantify it we’ll figure out a way to tax it department comes this short press release (h/t Kakatoa) The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research is joining with Cal/EPA and several other State agencies on a new research project about the Urban Heat Island Effect. A major goal of this…

Moronomics

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Reading my Sunday paper today, I find the following: Customers Can Sell Back Solar Power. The Los Angeles District of Water and Power will allow customers to sell back excess solar energy created on their own equipment. Described as the largest urban rooftop solar program of its kind in the…

Peter Gleick misses chilly cook-off in California

While the eastern United States is warm, prompting the clueless to claim the climate is being “mucked with” (point: the reason for the Tornado Watch is the clash of cold air against the warmer air, something called a “front”)… …at my personal weather station, we logged a new record low this morning, 21°F, breaking the…

Mercury in California fog linked to ocean upwelling

From the AGU fall meeting in SFO and the University of California – Santa Cruz  comes this rather odd statement that I thought was interesting. It seems like an ecological horror story until you realize it is all natural processes involved. Mercury in coastal fog linked to upwelling of deep ocean water SANTA CRUZ, CA–An…

Government Gone Wild: California Department of Fish and Game diverts fishing and hunting license monies to study climate change

This is excerpts from a column that appeared Sunday by Chico Enterprise-Record editor David Little. To say he’s annoyed would be an understatement, especially when he titles it ‘Another startling episode of ‘Your Tax Dollars At Work’  – Anthony By DAVID LITTLE I fish and I hunt, which means I send about $200 a year…

And it’s gone…Governor Brown’s office responds to WUWT

Sunday, I point out the glaring error in California Governor Jerry Brown’s website with a climate time-series that only showed 1/3 of the year, January-April: I got an email for the direct of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research yesterday responding to the issue I pointed out: Climate FAIL: Governor ‘Moonbeam’ Brown’s ‘denier page’…

Fun puzzle: Name these official stations

Here’s a fun little puzzle for you, two older station siting photographs from former California State Climatologist, Jim Goodridge, circa the 1980’s. I had Jim find these because I was recently interviewed for a national network newscast, and when I told the story of them, the reporter wanted these photos. Jim found them attached on…

California Air Resources Board cap and trade program circumvents state open meeting laws with a Moonbeam assist

Strong headline, I know, but I didn’t believe this was true until I researched it myself. First some background; I once served as an elected official on my local school board. During orientation and virtually every annual CSBA meeting after that, along with numerous public meetings and letters to the editor where people constantly reminded…

The National Academy of Sciences Loses The Plot

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A man who has a daughter is a pretty pathetic specimen, ruled by the vicissitudes of hormones and hairspray. So when my daughter told me this morning “Hey, Dad, I put the newspaper on your desk, you’re gonna like it a lot!”, I knew my blood pressure was in deep…

Another skeptical university professor fired – related to CARB’s PM2.5 air pollution regulation scandal

There’s more ugliness like what went on recently with Oregon State University. This professor exposed corruption within the California University system that had ties to the California Air Resources Board’s botched PM2.5 rules. As we’ve seen recently, this PM2.5 regulatory action is so vile that the EPA does unannounced human experimentation. From WND: What’s academia’s…

Deep sea hydrothermal vents discovered in Gulf of California

From the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute something not unexpected, given the San Andreas Fault goes through the Gulf of California, but interesting nonetheless. Images follow. MBARI discovers new deep-sea hydrothermal vents using sonar-mapping robot These maps show the location of the Alarcón Rise, a 50-kilometer-long (31-mile-long) spreading center at the mouth of the Gulf…

Ninth Circuit’s eco-forays are unconstitutional says dissenting judge

Guest post by Alec Rawls Gabrial Malor at Ace of Spades HQ pulls some choice excerpts from what he calls an “epic broadside” by Judge Milan Smith. After reviewing a number of cases where the Ninth Circuit has upended whole fields of economic activity with rulings that contradict both statutory requirements and executive rulemaking (imposing stormwater…

Cap and Trade protest petition in California

Thousands Petition Gov. Brown To End Cap And Trade By Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network Californians Against Higher Taxes and business groups delivered the petitions against what they call an illegal and hidden energy tax. The cap and trade program would limit greenhouse gas emissions by requiring polluters to purchase pollution credits at auction.

H2O 2012 conference theme: “please send money”

From Stanford University , this press release with a “who the heck cares?” question as a title. We have far bigger problems in California to worry about. It is another one of these “might result” weasel word press releases in the guise of “please send money”, see my bolding. The digs where they are holding…

Asteroid blows past Earth in near miss

From ChicoEr.com Flying close enough to Earth that in astronomic terms one could feel the breeze as it passed, a small asteroid flashed by just after midnight today. NASA reported the space rock, with the unimaginative name of 2012 KT42, was just 8,700 miles above the atmosphere when it went by. While the asteroid’s approach…

The question put to Dr. Mann at Disneyland today

UPDATE: 12:55PM Dr. Mann ducks a TV station reporter who requested an interview afterwards, see below. Steve McIntyre recently published a new graph on his website Climate Audit. Alerted to the fact that Dr. Mann would be speaking at the OC Water Summit, I was asked to submit a question, but I could not make…