NRDC Recommends Gas Dryers

The National Resources Defense Council went on a little rant about clothes dryers in the USA.

A couple of items stood out:

“natural gas dryers typically cost 50 percent to 75 percent less to operate.”

“A typical household pays over $100 in annual utility bills to operate an electric dryer and $40 for a gas dryer.

Clearly, to me, the NRDC is telling people: Buy A Gas Dryer!

“If all of America’s electric dryers were updated to the most efficient models sold in other parts of the world, U.S. consumers would not only save $4 billion worth of energy per year”

The NRDC are certifiably insane. An “Eco-Dry” dryer costs 1,199$.  There are 89,000,000 dryers in the USA. That would cost 107 billion dollars to save 4 billion dollars. Does that make sense?

And if the USA did have a spare 108 billion dollars to send to Korea or China or Europe for new dryers:

” it would prevent roughly 16 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, equivalent to the pollution from three coal-fired power plants””

Or one natural gas power plant. Unless the 107 billion dollars was spent on gas dryers (as the NRDC recommends) in which case it would probably increase the amount of CO2. Just kidding. Gas dryers produce less CO2 than electric ones because a large portion of US electricity comes from coal.

“How a consumer uses a dryer is almost as important as which dryer is purchased. Choosing a lower operating temperature can slow the drying process a little, but it cuts energy use significantly. Stopping the dryer before all of the clothes are bone-dry saves time and energy, while reducing wrinkles and helping clothes last longer.”

Sure. Lets spend 107 billion, burn more natural gas (actually I like that recommendation) so we can have slow drying wet clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could Climate Change Have Caused the Polar Vortex?

According to Time Magazine: “Climate change skeptics are pointing to the record cold weather as evidence that the globe isn’t warming. But it could be that melting Arctic ice is making sudden cold snaps more likely—not less

Do you want to see what a cold snap really looks like according to the NOAA?

February 1936 – Coldest Month in USA History (click on the image for the full effect)

cag_[ Statewide Temperature Anomalies (Feb 1936) ]

 

In 2014, Feb was -1.69°F below the 1901-2000 average. In February 1936 the USA was -8.59°F below average. Big difference.

NOAA_Feb_1936_Lower_48

 

In North Dakota, February 1936 was 26.0°F below the 1901-2000 average. The whole month averaged -14.1°F below 0.

NOAA_Feb_1936_North_Dakota

In comparison, lets take a look at Feb 2014:

cag_[ Statewide Temperature Anomalies (Feb 2014) ]

USA March 1910 versus March 2014 (according to the NOAA)

March 1910 (Before Global Warming) 7.94°F Above the 1901-2000 Average

cag_[ Divisional Temperature Anomalies (Mar 1910) ]

 

Some of those divisions are 16F above normal.

March 2014 (After Global Warming)  -0.99°F Below the 1901-2000 Average

cag_[ Divisional Temperature Anomalies (Mar 2014) ]

http://gis.ncdc.noaa.gov/map/cag/#app=cdo

PS I just randomly picked 1934 without checking. And then I noticed 1910 … but I’ll post the 1934 map so it doesn’t go to waste.

March 1934 (Before Global Warming) 1.28°F Above the 1901-2000 Average

cag_[ Divisional Temperature Anomalies (Mar 1934) ]

 

Could CO2 have lowered the rate of natural warming in the oceans?

As a minor followup to my post “Could CO2 have lowered the rate of natural warming?” lets consider ocean warming.

From 1900 to 1945 oceans were warming at a rate of  0.0116188C per year.

After 1945 oceans were warming at a rate of 0.00654978C per year.

Which means the massive 1945 increase in CO2 after 1945 slowed the  rate of ocean warming by 0.00506902C per year. Which is a drop off 44%.

Could_CO2_SST

Woodfortrees Url is here.

 

 

Climate Change Is Damaging Brains (of the Researchers Probably)

Every once in a while I read the Daily Mail website Today I came across:

Climate change is damaging fish brains and causing them to lose their survival instinct, researchers warn

Immediately all I could think of was:

Climate change is damaging fish brains researchers brains and causing them to lose their minds

So lets get to the key point. They claim fish act bolder when exposed to water with a lower pH level:

There’s no difference between the fish treated with CO2 in the lab in tests for chemical senses versus the fish we caught and tested from the CO2 reef”

Could it be that catching the fish and not killing them causes the fish to act differently?

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2605560/Fish-losing-survival-instinct-climate-change-claim-researchers.html

Could CO2 have lowered the rate of natural warming?

Lets say you have a pot of water that is warming, but you can’t see underneath it. There is a thermometer in the pot, and intermittently you write down the temperature.

And at some point some people come up with a theory that suggests a 2nd candle is now adding its energy to the pot of water. So what are you going to do?

Well, one way is to take the temperature data and graph it and calculate the trend before and after the supposed appearance of the 2nd candle. The change in trend is possibly the extra energy added by the 2nd candle.

Of course the analogy is really about CO2. So lets pick say … 1945 as the supposed appearance of the 2nd candle (CO2).

Why 1945? That is when CO2 really took off. Here is the CDIAC data in million metric tons of CO2.

CDIAC-co2

 

And here is the data graphed. 1900 to 1945 in red. And 1945 to 2014 in blue. With trends.  I used Woodfortrees for the graph and here is the url.

Candle_1945_2014

 

So … what are the trends.

1900 to 1945 = 0.0110866C / Year

1945 to 2014 = 0.00954579 / Year

 

I conclude the 2nd candle actually changed the trend downward by 0.00154081C / Year.

Maybe it wasn’t a candle? Maybe it was an ice cube.

I think only conspiracy theorists could come up with a 2nd candle theory when the trend actually went down.

 

 

 

How To Get Cheap High Speed Trains

I have a foolproof plan for cheap high speed rail.

hs_train

  • Take a medium speed train. Paint it in a new color scheme. And announce it is a new high speed train.
  • Wait until a stupid greenie holds a news conference demanding that the high speed trains run slower to save on CO2.
  • Have the train company announce that it will gladly comply with the greenies and run the new “high speed” train at “medium speed” train velocity.
  • Bank the savings.

 

(Inspiration Tim Blair)

 

The Denier Credo

The Denier Credo

 

1) The Earth HAD been warming. And it stopped. And it also warmed from 1909 to 1945 and stopped for almost 35 years and cooled some. And it also warmed to about 1878 and also stopped and then cooled.
2) CO2 acts as a green house gas, and the amount of CO2 is increasing, and has increased a lot since 1998 with no effect on temperature

3) If Humans are causing climate change, it is very selective and tends to coincide with the AMO cycle.

4) This small amount of warming will cause fanatical people to squander trillions of dollars trying to prevent the same warming/cooling that has occurred in the past in a similar form to the AMO. This insane response to natural fluctuation is causing net economic harm and increase human suffering by replacing nuclear and coal power with tree burning power plants (which produce way more CO2) and bird chopping wind turbines and filthy rare earth contaminated solar panels.

5) The natural warming after the Little Ice Age is a good thing.

 

Stop The Sahara Before It Kills Again!

This really isn’t funny at all.

Millions of asthmatics unable to breathe as giant cloud of Saharan sand and toxic air covers Britain in layer of smog

But the greenies like to blame everything on coal. In fact in many countries the major sources of Particulate Matter are in fact dust, agricultural and fires.

 

PM10 PM2.5

 

But coal is always blamed. The biggest man made source of PM many times is diesel soot. And diesel cars are 50-70% of cars sold in Europe.

 

Back to the Daily Mail article:

 

“One sufferer said she felt like she had ‘a baby elephant sitting on my chest’, while another said her lungs felt like they had ‘cobwebs’ inside them.

Even those without health difficulties have been told by experts to reduce outdoor exercise, with air pollution set to hit 10 out of 10 in some areas.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2594730/Health-warning-smog-soars-dangerous-high-country-People-heart-lung-problems-told-avoid-exercise.html

Sahara