Maybe Al Gore Should Be The Subject of a RICO Investigation

RICO is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Recently a bunch of scientists with the noses deep in the trough tried to get a RICO investigation going against their enemies — which means anyone who exercises their right to free speech.

Now a House committee is looking into this. But I want to know when Al Gore will be charged.

13 Science, Space, and Technology Committee Republicans sent letters to 17 state attorneys general and eight environmental activist organizations. The letters request documents related to the groups’ coordinated efforts to deprive companies, nonprofit organizations, scientists and scholars of their First Amendment rights and their ability to fund and conduct scientific research free from intimidation and threats of prosecution.

“On March 29, 2016, you and other state attorneys general – the self-proclaimed ‘Green 20’ – announced that you were cooperating on an unprecedented effort against those who have questioned the causes, magnitude, or best ways to address climate change,” the letter states. “The Committee is concerned that these efforts to silence speech are based on political theater rather than legal or scientific arguments, and that they run counter to an attorney general’s duty to serve ‘as the guardian of the legal rights of the citizens’ and to ‘assert, protect, and defend the rights of the people.’”

Former Vice President Al Gore spoke at the March 29 press conference and addressed the need to prosecute fossil fuel energy companies for engaging in fraud. Gore and the Green 20’s efforts are part of a larger strategy to achieve the president’s sweeping, job-killing climate change agenda.”

Reports show 14 green-tech firms that Gore invested in benefited from over $2.5 billion in loans, grants and tax breaks as part of the administration’s push to fund U.S. renewable energy industry with taxpayer funds.

La Niña coming? Deep pool of cool water is making its way across tropical Pacific

La Nina is coming

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One of the strongest El Niños on record has been dominating the tropical Pacific Ocean for the past year. But beneath the surface, a deep pool of cool water has been sliding slowly eastward for the past couple of months. This massive, slow-motion wave is a favorable sign that La Niña—the cool phase of the ENSO climate pattern—might develop.

This animated gif shows where temperatures in the top 300 meters (~1,000 feet) of the Pacific Ocean at the equator were warmer or cooler than average during 5-day periods centered on three dates this spring: March 14, April 13, and May 3.

As the weeks pass, the layer of warm water at the surface contracts to the central Pacific and becomes very shallow, a sign that the current El Niño is on its way out. By the final frame of the animation, the cold pool is just breaching the surface of the eastern Pacific off South America. (You can see these cool-water breakthroughs in our map of April 2016 surface temperatures.)

 

 

USA: CO2 Down 21% Since 2005 – Thanks Fracked Natural Gas!

Fracking is amazing.

A new report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) found hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has pushed CO2-Cutscarbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generation to the lowest levels since 1993.

Fracking created immense amounts of natural gas, lowering the price and causing the amount of electricity generated from natural gas to pass the amount of electricity generated from coal for seven of the months in 2015, according to the new EIA report. The report specifies that natural gas power plants produce about 40 percent of the CO2 emitted from a coal plant creating the same amount of electricity. This caused U.S. CO2 from the electricity sector to fall by 21 percent since their high in 2005.

“[T]he drop in natural gas prices, coupled with highly efficient natural gas-fired combined-cycle technology, made natural gas an attractive choice to serve baseload demand previously met by coal-fired generation,” read the report. “Coal-fired generation has decreased because of both the economics driven by cost per kilowatthour compared to that of natural gas and because of the effects of increased regulation on air emissions.”

 

Polar Bears and ISIS?

Bear with me. (This is just a mini-rant brought on by this. Skip it if you want)

 

Lets say ISIS takes 25,000 hostages. And then executes 1,000. And then ISIS broadcasts pictures of the survivors.

And then Obama goes on TV and notes that the survivors are sweating. He then blames the deaths on global warming.

Normal people would rightly claim he was insane because it wasn’t the heat that killed those hostages.

 

Well … there are 25,000 polar bears. Somewhere between 500 and 1,000 are shot each year by aboriginal hunters (or the people they guide for).

And the usual suspects (like Greenpeace and Obama and the whole climate change scam) blame it on global warming.

 

References:

Annual harvest is between 500 and 700 bears or 2-3% of the world population of about 25,000 bears and is thought to be sustainable.

Russians say Canadian documents help polar bear poachers

Hunting polar bear in the Arctic is a privilege that so few outdoorsman will ever have the chance of experiencing. All of our guides and guide helpers are Inuit and posses government certification on safety standards used when out on the land.The Inuit are the only people in Canada who can legally harvest a polar bear based on cultural and subsistence purposes and is done through strictly enforced regulations and highly monitored tag allocations. A sustainable harvest quota system set by Canadian scientists and local Inuit Wildlife Management Boards are based on the principles of conservation and aboriginal subsistence hunting, and are not market-driven. Measures are in place to allow a limited number of polar bear tags from the overall annual harvest quota to be allocated for non-Aboriginal hunters thereby not affecting the management objectives and conservation of the species.

All the meat derived from a sport hunted polar bear goes directly to the Inuit guide and his family or the community food bank.

Hunters in Quebec have killed 12 times the usual number of polar bears they harvest in southern Hudson Bay this winter, leading a Canadian polar bear researcher to wonder if soaring prices for polar bear hides are to blame.

 

 

Europe Energy Costs: Choose Eating or Heating

The rich don’t care about energy costs. They can lobby for carbon taxes and massive subsides for wind knowing full well it is a trivial amount of their spending.

The poor though. They get screwed.

“An estimated 54 million Europeans suffer from energy poverty, according to a European Commission analysis, which blames rising prices, low income and energy inefficient homes for forcing people to choose between eating or heating.

You are in energy poverty if you cannot afford to heat your home at an affordable cost. Almost 11% of the EU’s population are faced with that reality, according to the Commission.

Despite this, less than a third of the member states officially recognise energy poverty, and only a few define it in their national laws.

Consumers spend on average 6.4% of their total consumption on electricity, gas, heating and cooling – up by 15% compared to five years ago.A693C0 elderly lady holding her hands near an electric fire

Fuel poverty is not about being poor, but about a combination of low-quality housing and high energy prices causing financial difficulties, and ultimately compromising health and well-being.

Eurostat figures for 2014, the most recent year with complete results, showed that almost half of Bulgarians suffer from energy poverty.

40% of its 6.9 million 2014 population – about 2.8 million people – can’t afford to heat their homes.

The figures, obtained by EurActiv.com, revealed that just over a third of Greeks (32.9%) – more than 3.5 million people – were in the same situation.

28% of the Portuguese population,  27.5% of Cypriots, 26.5% of Lithuanians and 22.1% of Maltese are in energy poverty, according to the EU’s statistics service.

Latvia (16.8%), Romania (12.3%), Hungary (11.6%) come next in the scale. Italy scores at 18% and Spain 11%.

Energy poverty is particularly prevalent in southern and central European households but by no means exclusively so.

 

How Ontario Won Its War on Coal

I was reading a paper suggesting the world could rid itself of fossil fuels in a decade. Ha ha.

One quote jumped out at me: “The study highlights numerous examples of speedier transitions that are often overlooked by analysts. For example, Ontario completed a shift away from coal between 2003 and 2014”

How did Ontario win its war on coal? Nuclear and Hydro. As I write this I checked Ontario current stats:

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Did Ontario suddenly build new nuclear power facilities or new hydro dams in 10 years? No.

No new dams. No new nuclear power facilities. 

“Since 2003, Bruce Power, which operates a massive nuclear plant near Lake Huron, has refurbished and placed back into service two of its units. Today, Bruce Power’s eight units make it the “world’s largest operating nuclear site” with a capacity of about 6,300 megawatts.”

“The Sir Adam Beck plant, which harnesses the power of the water tumbling over Niagara Falls, was upgraded in 2005. In 2013, a giant tunnel that funnels even more water to the plant was completed. To the north, several expansions of the Lower Mattagami River complex … ”

Sure, you can get rid of coal in 10 years if you’ve already built the dams or the nuclear power plants. Because you know damn well environmentalists won’t want you to build any new dams or nuclear power plants.

 

 

Meteorlogical Satellites DMSP Block 5D3

DMSP-5D3 (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Block 5D3) is the eleventh and most recent version of the military meteorological satellites of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.

F15 was launched in 1999. Others followed.

And now a couple of them are no longer capable of producing sea ice data.

DMSP F17 is no longer producing reliable sea ice data from its sensors.

NSIDC has suspended daily sea ice extent updates until further notice, due to issues with the satellite data used to produce these images. The vertically polarized 37 GHz channel (37V) of the Special Sensor Microwave Imager and Sounder (SSMIS) on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-17 satellite that provides passive microwave brightness temperatures is providing spurious data. The 37V channel is one of the inputs to the sea ice retrieval algorithms, so this is resulting in erroneous estimates of sea ice concentration and extent. The problem was initially seen in data for April 5 and all data since then are unreliable, so we have chosen to remove all of April from NSIDC’s archive.

DMSP F19 is no longer controllable.

NOAA satellite operators unexpectedly lost the ability to command one of the Air Force’s primary weather satellites on Feb. 11 and now officials from both organizations are racing to determine if the spacecraft can return to service, officials told SpaceNews.

The satellite, known as the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 19, is used to help weather forecasters predict fog, thunderstorms and hurricanes that could impact military operations. Launched in April 2014, the spacecraft is the Air Force’s newest weather satellite on orbit.

Air Force officials do not yet know the cause of the problem, or if the satellite can be recovered, Andy Roake, a spokesman for Air Force Space Command, said in a March 2 email.

“Operators lost the ability to command and control Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 19 (DMSP F-19) Feb. 11, 2016 and subsequently are making attempts to regain connectivity,” he said. “The satellite is in a stable configuration while operators continue to troubleshoot the anomaly.

“At this time, it is not known what caused the anomaly or if the satellite will be recovered, and the anomaly is under investigation. There are no other known issues with the satellite.”

Air Force Space Command disclosed the problem with the satellite March 2 in response to questions from SpaceNews.

The DMSP constellation requires at least two primary satellites and two backup satellites to gather cloud imagery. As a result of the problem, the Air Force has reassigned an older satellite, DMSP Flight 17, which launched in 2006 and had been serving as a backup, into a primary role, Roake said.

More info here:

Instruments on this series are:

OLS (Operational Linescan System) weather imager

SSMIS (microwave imager and sounder)

SSULI ultraviolet limb imager

SSUSI ultraviolet spectrographic imager and nadir airglow photometer

SSI/ES-3 thermal plasma instrument

SSJ/5 precipitating particle spectrometer

SSF laser threat warning sensor

Following instruments are on the individual satellites:

DMSP-5D3 F-15: OLS, SSM/I, SSJ/4, SSI/ES-2, SSM-Boom, SSZ
DMSP-5D3 F-16: OLS, SSMIS, SSI/ES-3, SSJ5, SSM-Boom, SSULI, SSUSI, SSF
DMSP-5D3 F-17: OLS, SSMIS, SSI/ES-3, SSJ5, SSM-Boom, SSULI, SSUSI, SSF
DMSP-5D3 F-18: OLS, SSMIS, SSI/ES-3, SSJ5, SSM-Boom, SSULI, SSUSI, SSF
DMSP-5D3 F-19: OLS, SSMIS, SSI/ES-3, SSJ5, SSM-Boom, SSULI, SSUSI, SSF
DMSP-5D3 F-20: OLS, SSMIS, SSI/ES-3, SSJ5, SSM-Boom, SSULI, SSUSI, SSF

The DMSP-5D3 series was to be succeded by the jointly with NASA and NOAA developed NPOES system, which was cancelled in 2010 due to massive cost overruns. As a replacement, they were to be replaced by the military DWSS series, which in turn also was cancelled.

The last satellite, DMSP-5D3 F20, which is in storage since the 1990ies, might eventually not launch, as the Senate drafted a bill, which prohibits the Air Force from spending any money on the DMSP-5D3 F20 launch pending certification from the secretary of defense that the military cannot obtain comparable data at a lower cost from other sources, such as civilian or international weather satellites. In the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2016, lawmakers provided no funding neither for DMSP nor for the launch of DMSP-5D3 F-20 around 2018, effectively ending the program.

DMSP-5D3 F19 has stopped responding to commands on 11 February 2016 for reasons unknown. It remains unclear, if the satellite can be recovered. In the aftermath of this failure, the USAF is reconsidering the future of DMSP-5D3 F-20.