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Feb 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM | Lord Beaverbrook>>>>>>

thanks for the link.

Feb 28, 2013 at 3:57 PM | Registered CommenterRKS

Truly, my flabber has been gasted!

Somewhat related to the STEPS symposia thread, the following is a lecture by Prof. Anne Glover, science adviser to the EU saying the reason we (Europe's taxpayers) invested billions in the LHC is to discover levitation;

Had to watch it a couple of times to make sure I heard correctly.

Feb 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterSir Digby CS

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is holding another hearing on Climate Change. More information at the link, evidence is being sought (and anyone is free to submit) the questions being asked are shown below

The Committee has agreed to hold an inquiry into what the public understand about climate, where people look for their information and how that may impact climate change policy and seeks written submissions on the following matters:

What is the current state of public understanding of what is meant by climate change? How has this changed in recent years?
Which voices are trusted in public discourse on climate science and policy? What role should Government Departments, scientific advisers to Government and publicly funded scientists have in communicating climate science?
How could public understanding of what is meant by climate change be improved? What are the main barriers to this? Does the media have a positive role to play?
How important is public understanding in developing effective climate change policy?
What evidence is there that public attitude to climate science affects their engagement with energy policies or initiatives?
Does the Government have sufficient expertise in social and behavioural sciences to understand the relationship between public understanding of climate science and the feasibility of relevant public policies?
Can lessons about public engagement with climate change policy be learned from other countries?

Feb 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterArthur Dent


"could we all relax?"

We could, I'm sure, but the greens would hate it, don't you think? Cheap, plentiful, guilt-free energy? Heaven forfend!

Feb 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Tuesday evening there was a sad BBC4 programme about the pillaging of Italy by the rich and crooked.

Although direct corruption is less of a problem in blighty, it seems to me that the Renewables industry is a method of legally milking the many by the few. With influential lawmakers on the boards of Renewables companies this is daylight robbery. Shame on the activist, gravy-train scientists for giving legitimacy to this wickedness, and the BBC for its stream of global warming propaganda.

Such corruption is more flagrant in Italy than in Britain, but that's no great comfort.

Feb 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrent Hargreaves

If this turned out to be real, could we all relax?

Feb 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Registered Commenterrhoda

And on the no business like snow (job) business front ... courtesy of the Guardian Sustainable Business

Climate change abolitionists: who is fighting for a more sustainable world?

It took Abraham Lincoln and others many years of campaigning to abolish slavery - but who are the contemporary figures fighting to abolish dangerous climate change? [emphasis added -hro]

Well, I don't think they can actually abolish "climate change" (although I'm sure that with the "introduction of new - and heretofore unknown - statistical techniques" [pls. see below], they could go a long way towards redefining it). So it must be the "dangerous" bit they're after!

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who's the greatest abolitionist of all?!

But that aside ... The following description of one of their prime candidates must surely be in the running for Quote of the Week and/or one of Josh's inimitable treatments and/or one of Geoff's. ...

Michael Mann is a climatologist, he introduced new statistical techniques for measuring temperature change which resulted in the famous "hockey stick graph". He is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.[emphasis added -hro]

"Danger Ahead ... to prove it, new statistical techniques are required". Must be "transformative" (buzzword gaining increasing currency in UNEP sustainable development docs and speeches)

Feb 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

@Green Sand
I liked the diagram on the previous (1 of 2) slide on your link.

Feb 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Shell is big on LNG for enabling access to natural gas markets. This kind of recommended policy, to emphasize natural gas and nuclear for the coming century, makes sense insofar as countries can't resist political pressures to have such "policy" at all (I'm not sold on CCS but it may be worth continued research). Of course it would be better to chuck all of the b.s. away, but I'm simply noticing that as the more extreme CAGW types are seen as discredited, something like what Shell is talking about may be the default compromise.

Shell bets on gas to limit climate change until 22nd century

LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch/Shell believes a policy-led shift to gas, carbon capture and nuclear power could keep a lid on climate change into the 22nd century while a more free market approach would result in carbon emissions some 25 percent higher.

Sketching possible paths of development for global energy use, Shell, which has bet the most heavily of all the top oil firms on a big future for natural gas, promoted its use as a way to moderate greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2100....

Feb 28, 2013 at 6:47 AM | Registered CommenterSkiphil

"Berlin Agrees on Fracking Regulations"

"Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Monday took an important step toward establishing regulations for fracking, the controversial method of exploiting unconventional gas deposits. A natural gas boom similar to the one in the US seems unlikely."

But don't you just love the photo?

"A fracking rig in Pennsylvania. Germany is wary of the technology."

Feb 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

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