Friday Funny – Renewable Energy Fails Protesters Calling for More Renewable Energy

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Oh, this is precious. In Madison, Wisconsin, demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of “dirty coal” and called for more renewable energy. To make their point, they had a blow-up coal power plant that was running on a fan powered by wind and solar charged batteries. Before the protest was over, however, the batteries died and their solar panel could not produce enough energy to keep the power plant standing upright.

h/t to Paul Westhaver

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NASA Study Finds 1934 Had Worst Drought of Last Thousand Years

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

A new study using a reconstruction of North American drought history over the last 1,000 years found that the drought of 1934 was the driest and most widespread of the last millennium.

Using a tree-ring-based drought record from the years 1000 to 2005 and modern records, scientists from NASA and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory found the 1934 drought was 30 percent more severe than the runner-up drought (in 1580) and extended across 71.6 percent of western North America. For comparison, the average extent of the 2012 drought was 59.7 percent.

farmer and sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936

This photo shows a farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936. The 1930s Dust Bowl drought had four drought events with no time to recover in between: 1930-31, 1934, 1936 and 1939-40.Image Credit: Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration

“It was the worst by a large margin, falling pretty far outside the normal range of…

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Yet another significant paper finds low climate sensitivity to CO2, suggesting there is no global warming crisis at hand

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Hot on the heels of the Lewis and Curry paper, we have this new paper, which looks to be well researched, empirically based, and a potential blockbuster for dimming the alarmism that has been so prevalent over climate sensitivity. With a climate sensitivity of just 0.43°C, it takes the air out of the alarmism balloon.

The Hockey Schtick writes: A new paper published in the Open Journal of Atmospheric and Climate Change by renowned professor of physics and expert on spectroscopy Dr. Hermann Harde finds that climate sensitivity to a doubling of CO2 levels is only about [0.6C], about 7 times less than the IPCC claims, but in line with many other published low estimates of climate sensitivity.  

The paper further establishes that climate sensitivity to tiny changes in solar activity is comparable to that of CO2 and by no means insignificant as the IPCC prefers to claim.


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Michael Mann loses the Nobel Prize – again

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

nobelprize[1]Yesterday I was privileged to be cc’d in some communications between Steve Milloy (of and UCLA. The communications dealt with yet another false claim of Michael Mann being a “Nobel Prize Winner” in an announcement about an upcoming talk of his, as seen below:

UCLA clip for Mann

Milloy wrote:

From: Steve Milloy
Date: Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM
To: Nancy
Subject: Request for correction of event promotion
Ms. Lee,

This UCLA promotion incorrectly promotes Michael E.Mann as a Nobel Prize winner (see highlighted text).

Mann is not a Nobel laureate and did not share the Prize.

I request that you correct this error,

Thank you for your attention,

Steve Milloy
Potomac, MD

The reply from Ms. Lee said:

From: Nancy Lee
Subject: Re: Request for correction of event promotion
Date: October 13, 2014 at 9:14:09 PM EDT
To: Steve Milloy
Thanks for pointing out this error, Steve. We have…

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PAGES2K: More Upside Down?

Originally posted on Climate Audit:

Does it matter whether proxies are used upside-down or not?

Maybe not in Mann-world (where, in response to our criticism at PNAS, Mann claimed that it was impossible for him to use series upside-down).  But, unlike Mann, Darrell Kaufman acknowledges responsibility for using proxies upside-up. Unfortunately, he and the PAGES2K authors don’t seem to be very diligent in ensuring that they do so.

Shortly after release of PAGES2K, I observed that they used both Hvitarvatn and Quelccaya upside-down (the latter on Neukom’s watch.) I also observed that correct orientation of Hvitarvatn ought to have a knock-on impact on Big Round Lake, which matched Hvitarvatn about as closely as two distinct proxies could be expected. Thus far, Kaufman’s already corrected upside-down Hvitarvatn: Big Round Lake should be in play as well. This inconsistency is something that ought to have been “assessed” in an assessment report, but wasn’t.

In a previous post…

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Benburb Man Completes Fourth Grueling Marathon. Of Box Sets.

Originally posted on Tyrone Tribulations:



A man has privately admitted that his boasts of completing four exhausting marathons in as many weeks relate not to running 26-mile marathons, but in fact to lying on the couch watching entire series’ of television programmes in one sitting.

Paul McElhatton, a 28-year old banana ripener from Benburb, spent all day Monday recovering from what he called ‘one the most intense marathons he had ever endured’.

 “You have to prepare for these things”, said McElhatton. “I did no training at all for my first one, and it was bad. Breaking Bad, all five seasons series of it. House of Cards wasn’t quite as tiring although it was quite difficult to follow, but a multipack of the Tayto gave me the strength to get through it. To be honest, it was actually my third marathon, Homeland, that I found most draining. Was yer man going to blow…

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Revisions to Pages2K Arctic

Originally posted on Climate Audit:

Kaufman and the PAGES2K Arctic2K group recently published a series of major corrections to their database, some of which directly respond to Climate Audit criticism. The resulting reconstruction has been substantially revised with substantially increased medieval warmth. His correction of the contaminated Igaliku series is unfortunately incomplete and other defects remain.

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