Daily Archives: January 10, 2015

There is a Moral Case for Using Fossil Fuels

Contrary to what is being touted by advocacy groups against fossil fuels there indeed is a strong moral case for their use.

” This paper has aimed to identify rarely acknowledged profound historical facts about the role of energy in human history and the extent to which fossil fuel derived energy has improved human well-being across the world. As a necessary condition of the industrial revolution, the vast store of concentrated energy in fossil fuels unleashed sustained productivity and economic growth which in turn led to monumental improvements in human living conditions as measured by life expectancy, income per capita, calorific intake, clothing, shelter and fuels. And the greatest beneficiaries of this energy revolution known as the Industrial Revolution were average workers and the most impoverished. Increasing emissions of man-made CO2 is tightly correlated with this monumental improvement.” click here for the paper (fee)

San Diego will Soon be Washed Away in 0.67 ft of Sea Level Rise!

If one eyeballs the data since about 1980 there looks to be no rise in sea level of any significance.

san diego sea level rise

The mean sea level trend is 2.04 millimeters/year with a 95% confidence
interval of +/- 0.18 mm/yr based on monthly mean sea level data from
1906 to 2013 which is equivalent to a change of 0.67 feet in 100 years.

But San Diego should be concerned about rapid sea level rise, such as this (click here).


Acute Flaccid Myelitis

“Only one child has fully recovered in 103 confirmed cases of children experiencing a sudden and mysterious onset of acute limb weakness called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) since last August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.”

“How Many of the World’s Poor will Climate Alarmists Let Die?”

How about that. I asked this same question in a slightly different way on Dec 30,2014 (here). Perhaps others will realize that the misguided priority being given to chasing the “climate change” tail has immediate health consequences for many of the world’s poor.

” ‘How many people do you want to kill or let die?” That’s how I’m going to respond from now on to anyone who argues we should end or sharply restrict fossil fuel use to prevent global warming. “ click here

The Sun is the Climate Pacemaker

David H. Douglass, Robert S. Knox.  The Sun is the climate pacemaker I.
Equatorial Pacific Ocean temperatures Physics Letters A  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physleta.2014.10.057

“Equatorial Pacific Ocean temperature time series data contain segments showing both a phase-locked annual signal and a phase-locked signal of period two years or three years, both locked to the annual solar cycle. Three such segments are observed between 1990 and 2014. It is asserted that these are caused by a solar forcing at a frequency of 1.0 cycle/yr. These periodic features are also found in global climate data (following paper). The analysis makes use of a twelve-month filter that cleanly separates seasonal effects from data. This is found to be significant for understanding the El Niño/La Niña phenomenon.” 

Full paper is here.

David H. Douglass, Robert S. Knox. The Sun is the climate pacemaker II.
Global ocean temperatures. Physics Letters A  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physleta.2014.10.058

“In part I, equatorial Pacific Ocean temperature index SST3.4 was found to have segments during 1990–2014 showing a phase-locked annual signal and phase-locked signals of 2- or 3-year periods. Phase locking is to an inferred solar forcing of 1.0 cycle/yr. Here the study extends to the global ocean, from surface to 700 and 2000 m. The same phase-locking phenomena are found. The El Niño/La Niña effect diffuses into the world oceans with a delay of about two months.”

Full paper is here.