A bunch of “scientists” and “grad students” singed a petition essentially begging for the gravy train of money to keep flowing to them despite Trump being elected.
Item #1 was: Make America a clean energy leader
And then they said:
“Wind technician” is the fastest growing job category in America, and the solar industry has hired more veterans than any other sector9.”
Shah, J. Clean Energy Jobs Are Exploding in America. Why Don’t Mainstream Reporters Know? Greentech Media (Sept. 2, 2016). [link]
The relevant section:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “wind technician” is the fastest-growing job category — expanding twice as much as the next-fastest growing job, occupational therapy assistant.
What did I find when I sent searching?
It was a projection to 2024. Not actual numbers.
And the numbers are pitifully small. An increase of 4800 jobs over the next 10 years. 1.3 jobs a day!
Occupation Therapy Assistants (which pay better) are projected to have a 14,100 increase.
There are 9 careers in that list that pay better than Wind Turbine Service Technicians and most will supposedly have way more jobs in 2024.
But its a projection. And we know how good climate scientists are at making projections!
The occupations with the most job growth (total jobs … not percentage):
Personal Care Aides 458,100 ,Registered Nurses 439,300 etc
In Europe: “diesel has been favored by public policy because it produces less carbon emissions than petrol, and is therefore better in the fight against climate change. But diesel produces far more air pollution – up to 15 times more than petrol (or unleaded gasoline).”
“The French and British capitals are grappling with dangerous levels of air pollution this week – conditions in winter help smog stick around. The mayor of Paris wants to ban diesel cars to stem it. Will London follow?”
Remember, this is all going on at the same time the UK is building diesel farms to save their electricity grid from the stupid decision to rely on wind.
According to Willis Eschenbach there isn’t enough fossil fuels left in the ground to double CO2 in the atmosphere even if we burned it all by 2100.
Physics says the direct warming caused by a doubling of CO2 is only around 1.2C.
Then there are theories about feedbacks that have yet to be proven.
Good news on the climate front!
The doom and gloom surrounding global warming tends to offer a depressing picture of the future, but there may be a small glimmer of hope.
Scientists have discovered climate change may actually be making wine taste better.
They have found the conditions typically associated with high-quality wines have altered in recent years as temperatures have risen, resulting in consistently better vintages.
I usually laugh at these stories when they show the opposite. So I’m going to highlight 2 things.
CO2 is never mentioned in the story. Yet its easy to find research showing higher CO2 increases grape yields.
Their “temperature reconstruction” splices 100 years of thermometer data onto 300 years of tree ring data (which they claim tells you what the temperature and precipitation is).Thats pretty bogus “science”.
“Australian academics say they are being forced to exaggerate or embellish the potential impacts of their research when trying to secure limited funding for projects.
- Study based on 50 interviews of unnamed academics in Australia and UK
- Australian academics said they struggled to be “fully frank and honest”
- Australian Research Council funds more than $700 million worth of projects each year
- The council rejects claims scientists have to lie to get funding
But the head of the Australian Research Council has rejected the claim scientists have to lie to get a project funded, saying there is a difference between speculating and lying.
The revelations are included in a study of a relatively new system where academics forecast the impact of their research when applying for funding.
The study is based on 50 interviews of unnamed academics in Australia and Britain.
The 25 Australian academics said it was difficult to give an accurate answer when a grant application asked them to predict the impact of their project.
“It’s virtually impossible to write one of these grants and be fully frank and honest in what it is you’re writing about,” one unnamed academic said.
“I don’t know what you’re supposed to say. Something like, ‘I’m Columbus, I’m going to discover the West Indies’,” a second unnamed academic said.
The proposals are reviewed by experts who do have a really good and sharp sense of what’s plausible and what’s implausible, and what’s fictitious and what’s not.Professor Aidan Byrne, Australian Research Council
“It’s really virtually impossible to write an Australian Research Council grant without lying, and this is the kind of issue they should be looking at,” a third unnamed academic said.”
A few days I published 10 more randomly chosen graphs of TMAX using Environment Canada’s monthly summaries.
I was fiddling with the graphing code to add the overall rate of temp change and color the title – red for warming and blue for cooling.
I took a closer look at 3 stations (2 are airports).
Tmax temperatures falling at -.414C /dec, -.224/dec and -.246/dec
April Tmax in Brandon have fallen 7C in 35 years.