Eco-links (week of 2/19/2012)

by james on February 18, 2012

in Eco-links


China says (again): go jump – If we are going down (by suicide) please join us. Uh, no, say the Chinese. China just barred its airlines (they’re communist; they can do that) from joining an EU scheme that could charge for carbon emissions from flights in and out of Europe, escalating a global trade row over the taxing of foreign carriers. This is one of many As I wrote in Resisting the Green Dragon, “Were it really in danger, perhaps one might try to justify such extreme costs of tens of trillions to “save the world.” But such self-inflicted economic trauma will do nothing of the sort, not least because the rest of humanity will continue to hobble along even if Americans choose to punch themselves out and turn the lights off. At Copenhagen 2009 China and India pulled the plug on the dreams of not a few wannabe carbon billionaires. Both nations signaled that they will not sign any treaty that might reduce their capacity to increase economic production.”


A brutal cold – I am glad that after four super cold winters, this year has been closer to average where I am. But not so in Europe or North Korea. North Korea’s largest port of Nampo has frozen for the second winter in a row due to a severe cold spell, an environmental research institute said Friday. The trade port, the marine gateway of the country’s capital Pyongyang, is believed to have been frozen since Jan. 6, according to the Korea Center for Atmospheric Environment Research.


Stop the world – The UN needs to take over everything, or else! The world must redefine the very concept of national wealth, a UN panel of heads of state and environment ministers said Monday. And why? To save the planet, of course! From global warming! Or just to keep it it in the Goldilocks zone? Sustainability is the code word for this power grab. It matters not that there has been no global warming (human caused or not) for 15+ years, completely opposite of UN favored model predictions.


bering ice Jan 2012

Bering sea ice January 2012

Bering down – Sea ice is encroaching unusually early on the central Bering Sea, threatening to grind Alaska’s economically important snow crab fishery to a halt at the peak of the season, leaving crabbers facing major losses.


Forget global warming– Look instead at solar cycle 25.

The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

cycle 25

Solar cycle 25 sunspots and sunspots and model (red)

The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.

Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.


How low? – The temperature at Fairbanks International Airport hit 50 below zero Saturday morning for the first time since 2006, while a low of 57 below was reported in North Pole. Fort Yukon and Huslia were the coldest Interior communities at 63 below zero. Tanana hit 61 below zero Saturday morning. Bettles, at 60 below, broke its previous record of 56 below, which was set in 1989.


Green lay-offs – Green jobs is a scam, robbing Peter to pay Paul, leaving both hurt. Just seven months after California-based solar power company Amonix Inc. opened its largest manufacturing plant, in North Las Vegas, the company’s contractor has laid off nearly two-thirds of its workforce. Flextronics Industrial, the Singapore manufacturing service provider that partnered with Amonix to staff the new $18 million, 214,000-square-foot plant, laid off about 200 of its 300-plus employees Tuesday. They have received the US government green jobs money, so your job is done. Federal government money in pocket, and bye-bye workers. So the green scam continues. Mr. President, are you still sure you want to “double down” on renewable energy giveaways?


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