by Brian Kubicki
SOLAR COLLECTORS AND WIND TURBINES BRING RELIABILITY ISSUES
Did you hear that thousands of Southern Californians were left without power as a heat wave gripped the region? 15,000 Los Angeles residents were still without power Monday morning. The outages were a result of too much strain placed on the grid as people cranked up their air conditioning to escape the heat. (Who could have predicted THAT?!?)
The electric grid on Friday reached 6,256 megawatts, a record for a July day. Saturday exceeded 5,700 megawatts, the second-highest weekend day ever recorded in Los Angeles history. The extremely high use of the grid comes as Los Angeles is undergoing a scorching heat wave.
Utility crews have worked non-stop to bring relief to residents with no air conditioning. While 15,000 people still had no power on Monday morning, it was an improvement of the 30,000 who were powerless a day before.
The power outages come as no surprise to those who have long warned that California was at risk of rolling blackouts. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the grid reliability watchdog in the U.S., cautioned that California was at potential risk of power outages during summer heat waves, with NERC officials stating in May that California has “potential reliability concerns” stemming from “a resource shortfall or a diminishing resource surplus.”
The state’s grid reliability issues are largely due to closed-down power plants and a lack of energy storage. That’s what you get when you replace reliable fossil fuel power plants with solar collectors and wind turbines!
•Michael Bastasch at The Daily Caller noted recently that United Kingdom meteorologists won’t be declaring a June 28 temperature reading as the hottest recorded in Scotland since the early 20th century
after discovering a car parked near the weather station may have contaminated the data.
That’s science for you!
•I love when Supreme Court nomination time rolls around under a Republican President and the Democrats kick their smear machine into gear insisting that any and all potential candidates be forced to publicly admit that they believe in Stare Decisis, which is the legal principle of determining points in litigation according to precedent. They of course use it as a wedge against nominees that may be in favor of repealing Roe vs Wade.
I’d like to know if Democrats think that the Dred Scott Decision, an 1857 case wherein the Supreme Court held that black slaves were not considered people under the U.S. Constitution, should be restored using the principle of stare decisis?
What about Korematsu vs. United States, the 1944 Supreme Court case concerning the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066, which ordered Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II regardless of citizenship.
In a 6–3 decision, the Court sided with the government, ruling the exclusion order was constitutional. Six of the eight justices appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt sided with Roosevelt. The two others and the lone Herbert Hoover appointee, Owen Roberts, dissented.
Should that decision be restored using stare decisis?
And for the record, I am not going to fill my pants over the bona-fides of a Supreme Court nominee. The key is he or she staying true to the Constitution as they fit into liberal D.C.
•The city of Motherwell, southeast of Glasgow, Scotland recorded a record-high temperature of 91.8 degrees on June 28, according to Met
Office figures, breaking the previous record of 91.2 degrees set in Greycrook in August 2003.
The record temperature reading was noted in the Washington Post. The Post’s Capital Weather Gang included Motherwell’s heat in a round-up of record-high temperatures around the world.
“No single record, in isolation, can be attributed to global warming,” the Post reported, trying to link summer weather to global warming. “But collectively, these heat records are consistent with the kind of extremes we expect to see increase in a warming world.”
However, the Met Office posted a blog post on Thursday noting “subsequent information has cast some doubt on the Motherwell measurement for that day, meaning that we will not be able to accept it as an official new record for Scotland.”
So what happened? It turns out exhaust from a nearby vehicle may have heated up the weather station that reported the record-breaking heat.
“Unfortunately in this particular instance we have evidence that a stationary vehicle with its engine running was parked too close to the observing enclosure and the Stevenson screen housing the thermometers during the afternoon of 28th June,” the Met Office explained.
“Although the measurement appears plausible given the weather conditions that day we cannot rule-out the potential for contamination of the measurement by this non-weather-related factor,” officials wrote.
This is a common problem for weather stations. Many are located in urban areas, especially airports, where they’re susceptible to urban heat islands (UHI) — which results in erroneous measurement data falsely indicating warmth present in cities. They are contaminated by artificial heat sources.
GOODBYE SPORKS IN SEATTLE
•From Tony Heller at The Deplorable Climate Science Blog, a review of June temperature data from 1895 to 2018 from all U.S. historical climatological network stations revealed some interesting observations.
Maximum temperatures have been a little below average.
Mean temperatures have been a little above average.
The frequency of hot days has been about average.
Conclusion: June is typically hot.
•From the Seattle Times, climate nonsense lives and breathes.
All businesses that sell food or drinks must offer compostable or recyclable options — or ask patrons to forgo the tools altogether — come next July as part of a citywide ordinance to curb plastic waste across the city.
The ban is intended to prevent the plastic from polluting ocean waters and threatening marine life. It is among similar efforts by advocacy groups in largely Democrat-led cities spanning the country, from San Diego to Miami.
Supporters say the change will save one million plastic straws from circulating in Seattle this month alone. That many straws end to end could nearly cover the distance from Seattle to the Canadian border. Who would stack straws end-to-end? Isn't that a pipeline?
Many places across the city have made the switch from plastic to compostable straws, utensils and other items, including CenturyLink Field, Safeco Field and Columbia Tower's Juicy Café, for example. Other local restaurants, such as Kidd Valley, are in the process of phasing out plastics.
“When they go to a restaurant they may not get a straw — and that's OK,” Ives said, shortly after a Thursday-morning event at the Seattle Aquarium to raise awareness for the September campaign. “They're a part of this.”
Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils is part of a 2008 ordinance that phases out various plastic products from the city's food industry, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) spokeswoman Becca Fong said. Grocery and supply stores are not included.
SPU officials revisit the list each year, creating exemptions for certain plastic items — such as straws and other utensils. But come June 30 they will let that exemption expire, Fong said.
Restaurant leaders for years have supported a switch to remove the plastic tools from the ordinance's exemptions, she said. But they waited until the supply market advanced enough to provide good alternatives, like compostable spoons that will not melt in hot soup.
“Seattle is a super-progressive city, and we had a lot of support for phasing some of these things out,” Fong said. “But the market had not caught up.”
Via mailers and outreach events, SPU is reaching out to business owners to help them prepare for the switch from plastic straws and utensils, she said. The agency will also host a public-comment period.
At this point, it is unclear if the city will allow a grace period for places to swap out plastic supplies after the ban takes effect in July. Also unclear is whether the city will fine businesses for serving the plastic items.
As part of that push, SPU is working with leaders of the campaign to protect whales, turtles, seabirds and other marine life, led by the Lonely Whale Foundation.
The advocacy nonprofit launched “Strawless in Seattle” this month with support from big-name influencers, including the Seahawks, Mariners, Space Needle and Port of Seattle.
Participants will use straws by one manufacturer, specifically, called Aardvark Straws. The foundation applauds Aardvark for making “flexible, customizable, durable and marine degradable paper straws that decompose in just 45-90 days.”
More than 170 species of marine life are affected by ingesting debris, according to biologists. Researchers estimate that more than 70 percent of seabirds worldwide, for instance, have swallowed plastic at some point, according to a 2015 research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Actor Adrian Grenier, who is known for playing Vincent Chase in HBO's “Entourage” series, is a co-founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation. “We are living during a critical turning point for our ocean, and that's why I'm excited to celebrate the city of Seattle as a true ocean health leader,” he said in a news release. The nonprofit is set to launch similar campaigns in cities elsewhere, too.
The movement nationwide to stop plastic straws from polluting seas took off after a video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose went viral online in 2015.
More than 12.8 million people have viewed the clip. Another popular video shows a sea turtle harmed by a plastic fork.
Manhattan Beach outside Los Angeles has banned all disposable plastics, including straws, The Washington Post reported.
Berkeley, Calif., is also considering a ban. And restaurants in San Diego; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Asbury Park, N.J.; New York; Miami; Bradenton, Fla.; London; and British Columbia have pledged to ban straws or withhold them until patrons ask for them, the newspaper reported.
This is just nuts! When I order fish, turtle soup, or whale, I am pleased to remove the straw from my meal before I eat it. Isn't that just common sense?
(Email The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki at firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE NETWORK OF NONSENSE IS BEING DISMANTLED
•The Trump administration seems to be getting ready to take the subject of climate change away from the responsibility of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is part of the Department of Commerce, for some odd reason.
Past and present missions for the agency have been: “to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts.” The present mission removes the word “climate” and the wording changed: “to observe, understand and predict atmospheric and ocean conditions.”
Also, a new emphasis was added: “To protect lives and property, empower the economy, and support homeland and national security.”
Piece-by-piece the Obama Network of Nonsense is slowly and steadily being dismantled!
•Did you know that this is the 30th anniversary of climate alarmist James Hansen's testimony to Congress regarding “global warming?” It was his testimony that set off the disastrous 30 Year War on Carbon.
It has been a war with many victims; mostly the poor who can least afford it. It's a war that has increased energy prices across the board.
How did we get into this insane fight against a natural component of the atmosphere? Much of it traces back to a very successful scam pulled off by James Hansen surrounding his Congressional testimony during that summer 30 years ago.
Here's a description of the deception from an interview with Senator Tim Wirth, one of the con men who helped Hansen with his Congressional testimony. The interviewer is asking Senator Wirth about the events surrounding that Congressional Hearing. The interviewer asks:
“What else was happening that summer? What was the weather like that summer?”
Senator Wirth: “Believe it or not, we called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6 or June 9 or whatever it was, so we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo: It was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it. It was stiflingly hot that summer. [At] the same time you had this drought all across the country, so the linkage between the Hansen hearing and the drought became very intense…”
So these clowns set the stage for hyping “global warming” by deliberately choosing the hottest day of the year for Hansen's testimony. Then they morphed his oh-so-movingly hot testimony into a very successful partisan political issue for the Democrats.
But that's not all of it. Here's the next question to Senator Wirth:
“And did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?”
Senator Wirth: “… What we did was went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right? So that the air conditioning wasn't working inside the room and so when the, when the hearing occurred there was not only bliss, which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot. …
So Hansen's giving this testimony, you've got these television cameras back there heating up the room, and the air conditioning in the room didn't appear to work. So it was sort of a perfect collection of events that happened that day, with the wonderful Jim Hansen, who was wiping his brow at the witness table and giving this remarkable testimony. …”
They picked the hottest day, opened the windows, and disabled the air conditioning to create a made-for-tv illusion of global warming, nobody could deny it seeing Hansen and the Senators sweat … and now Senator Wirth is boasting about how clever they were.
The Thirty Year War on carbon dioxide was born of lies, cheating, deliberate subterfuge, and intentional misrepresentations by James Hansen and Senator Tim Wirth … and it has continued down that same path since the beginning.
The most amazing part of this story is that even though these scientific malfeasants fooled Congress, lied, stacked peer review panels with climate alarmists, and though the governments and universities and scientific organizations and the mainstream media all bought into their deceit, even despite the fact that tragically they poured billions and billions of dollars into the effort, they still haven't convinced the core of the US population that CO2 is the control knob that can simply be turned up and down to regulate the global temperature to the nearest degree.
Thirty years, and all that time and effort and deception, but they still couldn't pull it off.
•The war on carbon and human progress is not over, but we're winning!
(Email Landmark columnist Brian Kubicki at email@example.com)
IG REPORT FINDS PRO-CLINTON BIAS IN FBI'S PROBE
••The liberal media's obsession with Border Patrol agents “tearing children away from their parents” who are storming the border supposedly fleeing oppression is nothing more than an attempt for Democrats to deflect from the Department of Justice’s Inspector General (IG) report on the Clinton Server and FBI controversy. Do not let them distract you from what is REALLY important.
•On Thursday, the Justice Department's IG released a long-anticipated report on the FBI's handling of the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server that handled classified information.
Mollie Hemingway wrote a fantastic summary of that report that appeared at TheFederalist.com. Highlights follow:
The 568-page report includes many examples of then-FBI Director James Comey being duplicitous and sneaky during his handling of the Clinton email probe. For instance, he asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch how to handle questions regarding the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information on a secret server. She told him to call it a “matter.” He didn't object and even complied.
Comey also claimed he didn't grasp the significance of the hundreds of thousands of Clinton emails being found on Weiner's computer because he didn't know that Weiner was married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Some FBI sleuth he was!
The claim is hardly exonerating. It would mean he was not interested to learn that hundreds of thousands of Clinton emails relevant to a highly charged criminal investigation were found on the laptop of an unrelated man.
The report showed myriad FBI employees violating FBI policy and department ethics rules.
FBI employees received tickets to sporting events from journalists, went on golfing outings with media representatives, were treated to drinks and meals after work by reporters, and were the guests of journalists at nonpublic social events.
In September 2016, when an investigator in the Southern District of New York found hundreds of thousands of Clinton emails and Blackberry messages on a laptop being searched in relation to an investigation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, he immediately alerted his supervisors. They alerted the FBI, who sat on the information for weeks, only acting after the New York office complained repeatedly.
By Oct. 3, the case agent assigned to the Weiner investigation expressed concern that the FBI appeared to be sitting on what he'd told them.
The FBI claimed that they didn't take action on the laptop because “…key members of the FBI Midyear team had been reassigned to the investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election, which was a higher priority.”
So Hillary was ahead in the polls, would likely be president, so the FBI decided it was a higher priority to look into Trump-Russia so as to serve it up for President Hillary to take it on after the election!!!
The IG found breathtaking anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias from five of the key employees handling the Clinton email probe. No evidence was found of pro-Trump bias.
The texts range from vile insults of Trump and his supporters to fears about how awful a Trump presidency would be and the need to prevent it. One employee said Trump voters were “all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS.” One FBI lawyer discussed feeling “numb” by Trump's November 2016 election win, later proclaiming “Viva le Resistance” when asked about Trump.
Strzok wrote in July 2016, “Trump is a disaster. I have no idea how destabilizing his Presidency would be.” After the election, Page wrote that she'd bought “All the President's Men,” adding, “Figure I needed to brush up on watergate.” The two openly fantasize about impeachment.
In the preparation to interview Clinton as part of the criminal probe, Page tells a handful of her colleagues to take it easy on Clinton. “One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear.”
After each text exchange, the IG report includes defenses from the agents, some even harder to believe than the previous:
August 8, 2016: In a text message on August 8, 2016, Page stated, “[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok responded, 'No. No he's not. We'll stop it.' When asked about this text message, Strzok stated that he did not specifically recall sending it, but that he believed that it was intended to reassure Page that Trump would not be elected, not to suggest that he would do something to impact the investigation.
•Then there was this…
The IG found that Obama was “one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail[.]com account.”
In fact, Clinton used her private email for “an exchange with then President Obama while in the territory of a foreign adversary,” a move that led investigators to believe hostile actors had likely gained access to her server. But a paragraph in a draft of Comey's exoneration of Clinton was changed from Obama to “another senior government official,” and later deleted. Obama had falsely told reporters he didn't know of Clinton's private email system.
(Email The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)
THE G7 IS ONLY ABOUT GETTING MORE MONEY OUT OF THE U.S.
•For the record, President Trump meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a mistake.
A leader of the free world should not meet with the leader of a brutal dictatorship because such an action elevates the status of the brutal dictator.
Trump should bring Un to his knees. They have nothing to bargain with. Are they really going to fire a nuclear weapon onto American soil? Give up your nuclear weapons and free your people or face the might of America.
It is that simple.
•President Trump departed from last weekend's G7 summit in Canada several hours early, punctuating an explosion of angst among his foreign liberal Leftie counterparts.
Trump departed mid-morning on Saturday, skipping sessions on climate change and the environment. An aide will take his place, the White House said.
I would have LOVED to be that aide!
The announcement came as Trump engaged in a bitter back-and-forth with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over Twitter.
Trump expected, and got, a cool reception from Germany, France, and Canada over trade during his time at the conference, held in remote Quebec.
At the end of the day, the G7 is only about getting more money out of the US, whether it be in the form of tariffs, carbon taxes, or actual monetary aid. That's all the United States is to these leftie countries. Let them fund their own nonsense for a while.
•The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote last week that Obama's Environmental Protection Agency jammed through an average of 565 new rules each year during his eight years, imposing the highest regulatory costs of any agency. It pulled off this regulatory spree in part by gaming cost-benefit analysis to downplay the consequences of its major environmental rules. The Trump Administration has already rolled back some of this overregulation, and now Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to stop the EPA's numerical deceptions as well.
On Thursday the EPA will take the first step toward a comprehensive cost-benefit reform by issuing an advance notice of proposed rule-making. After weighing public input, EPA will propose a rule establishing an agency-wide standard for how regulations are assessed. The reform would make it easier for Americans and their elected representatives to see whether more regulation is truly justifiable.
The EPA has a statutory obligation to look at the costs and benefits of many proposed rules. That responsibility has been reinforced by executive orders and court rulings. But while all three branches of government have supported such assessments, they leave the EPA broad discretion. Enter the Obama Administration, which saw the chance to add additional considerations to the cost-benefit equation.
By introducing “social costs” and “social benefits,” the EPA began factoring in speculation about how regulatory inaction would affect everything from rising sea levels to pediatric asthma. EPA optimists even included their guesses about how domestic regulations could have a global impact. Meanwhile, the agency ignored best practices from the Office of Management and Budget, juking the numbers to raise the cost of carbon emissions.
This proved as politically useful as it was scientifically imprecise. Months before introducing the Clean Power Plan, the EPA suddenly raised the social cost of a ton of carbon emissions to an average of $36 from $21. Before it embarked on new oil and gas regulations, the EPA put the social cost of methane at an average of $1,100 per ton.
At White House direction, the Trump EPA recalculated those figures last year to include only demonstrable domestic benefits. The social cost estimates dropped to an average of $5 per ton of carbon and $150 per ton of methane. That made a big difference in the cost-benefit analysis. While the Obama Administration claimed the Clean Power Plan would yield up to $43 billion in net benefits by 2030, the Trump EPA concluded it would carry a $13 billion net cost.
Another statistical sleight of hand involves the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The regulation's stated purpose was to reduce mercury pollution, but the EPA added the rule's potential to decrease dust. That was irrelevant to the central question of whether it was worthwhile to regulate mercury as proposed. But without the erroneous co-benefits, EPA would find such regulations tougher to justify.
The regulatory specifics will be hashed out in the coming months, but there's real potential here to curb the distortions that mask bad policy. If Mr. Pruitt succeeds, future cost-benefit analyses will be more consistent and transparent. The reform would help to ensure regulation is based on sound scientific analysis instead of wishful bureaucratic thinking.
I've said it before and it bears repeating – Scott Pruitt is the most important and effective cabinet member of the Trump Administration. The more the liberal media tries to make up controversies about Pruitt, the more effective he is being at dismantling the Obama liberal regulation machine.
Get behind Pruitt and be vocal about it!
(Email The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)
THE WEIGHT OF LIFE UNDERGROUND
•Remember when I once told you that the weight of all the life underground, like earthworms and whatnot, outweighs all the life on top of the ground? Well, here's some elucidation…
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers some interesting information. Every living thing on Earth — from the tiniest bacteria to a mighty redwood tree — weighs a combined 550 gigatons when removing water from the equation.
One gigaton is one trillion metric tons. You're probably going to be surprised by how little humans contribute to that total. As it turns out, the combined weights of many different classes of animals outweigh humans by a huge margin. Fish, for example, weigh roughly 0.7 GT C (gigatons of carbon), while viruses weigh around 0.2 GT C. Humans weigh even less than that.
According to the research, the combined weight of humans comes in at approximately 0.06 GT C. We're outweighed by almost everything, including bacteria (70 GT C), fungi (12 GT C), arthropods (1 GT C), Mollusks (0.2 GT C) and even our own livestock (0.1 GT C). When combined, the mass of humans and their livestock outweigh wild mammals by a huge margin, with wild mammals only accounting for 0.007 GT C. In fact, all of the animal kingdom only accounts for a measly two gigatons overall.
The biggest heavyweight? Plants, of course! Plants account for an absolutely mind-boggling 450 GT C. That's every tree, blade of grass, vine, veggie and floating clump of algae, among many other things.
To arrive at these figures, scientists spent three years calculating the biomass of every living thing and feeding that data into their census. They initially intended to discover the amounts of different proteins present on the planet — the scientists will be working more on that soon — but in order to do so they had to also figure out how much all life on Earth weighs, which is probably a more interesting data point for most casual science fans.
So we humans really aren't that much of a “thing” and never have been.
•Netflix host “Science Guy” Bill Nye has a new solution for the world's environmental problems: tax cow farts.
“Well, this is what we can do and it's a win-win: to have a fee on carbon. So if you are raising livestock and producing a lot of carbon dioxide with your farm equipment and the exhaust from the animals, then you would pay a fee on that and it would be reflected in the price of meat, reflected in the price of fish, reflected in the price of peanuts,” Bill Nye said in a recent interview with the Daily Beast.
“This would be a free-market way to reckon the real cost of a meat diet to the world,” Nye continued. “But conservatives now are against such a thing because they're against any regulation, any tax or any government involvement in anything. But again, it won't last, and a carbon fee would be a fantastic thing for the world.
How exactly are taxes a part of the free market?
Environmentalists have been barfing up nonsense like this for years. In 2008, Rajendra Pachauri the then-head of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was urging people to go meat-free at least once a week to save the planet.
In 2010, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), also urged the world to go vegan, claiming in a report: “Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.”
In 2016, an Oxford University report made much the same claim: “The research, led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, found that shifting to a mostly vegetarian diet, or even simply cutting down meat consumption to within accepted health guidelines, would make a large dent in greenhouse gases.”
But there is, in fact, little scientific evidence to support the contention that cow farts contribute in any serious way to global warming.
As climate scientist Tim Ball has argued, the myth arose because “special interest environmental groups used inadequate data and scientific knowledge to create a false narrative.”
In fact, Ball says:
Methane is 0.00017% of all atmospheric gases and only 0.36% of the total greenhouse gases. These fractions were so small that even people who didn't understand the science became skeptical of the claims that it was doing harm.
But Nye's cow farts theory is just another part of his nonsensical opinions on mankind and environmentalism, many of which regurgitate the green lobby's favorite scare stories.
Last year, for example, the Bill Nye Saves the World star charmingly hinted that the best thing older people can do to save the planet is die:
“Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It's generational. So we're just going to have to wait for those people to 'age out,' as they say.” “Age out” is a euphemism for “die.”
We can say the same thing for environuts like Nye.
(Email The Landmark’s Brian Kubicki at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @bkparallax)
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