Monthly Archives: June 2016

Intergenerational Equity Arguments Go Both Ways

This article is interesting (here). Think carefully. What are intergenerational equity problems with alarming predictions unsupported by science driving policy decisions that unnecessarily raise the cost of energy? What are impacts on future generations of embracing inflated statements (eg here) and regulations (eg here) that for all practical purposes prevent less developed states and nations from improving their society and economy to meet their own citizens needs? Not only does it rob future generations of health and prosperity but it has an immediate negative effect on the here and now generations. 

“Risk management and the well-being of future generations must trump ideology and fear in the November elections. We simply can’t afford two of the world’s superpowers being dictated by populism and xenophobia at the expense of our youth’s future.” quoted from WUWT here.

Solar Cycle 24 Continues Sunspot Weakening Activity

“For the second time this month, the sun has gone completely blank.  On June 4th, the sun went completely spotless for the first time since 2011 and that quiet spell lasted for about 4 days.  Sunspot regions then reappeared for the next few weeks on a sporadic basis, but are once again completely missing from the surface of the sun.  The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an increasing number of spotless days over the next few years.”  click here

Brexit Vote a Repudiation of Green Mandates and Global Warming Policy

“When British voters chose to leave the European Union Thursday night, they weren’t just voting against Brussels’ immigration policies, they were also voting against Europe’s growing list of green mandates.” click here

Racketeering Lawsuit Against Greenpeace

“Financial Post columnist Peter Foster talks with Marita Noon and Canadian timber company Resolute’s racketeering lawsuit against Greenpeace.” click here

Another Federal Agency Lab Caught Manipulating Data, Closed

“The inorganic section of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Energy Geochemistry Laboratory in Lakewood, Colo. manipulated data on a variety of topics – including many related to the environment – from 1996 to 2014. The manipulation was caught in 2008, but continued another six years.” click here

BAC Effects on Haloacetaldehyde and Trihalomethane Formation Potentials

Mao YQ, Wang XM, Guo XF, Yang HW, Xie YF. Characterization of haloacetaldehyde and trihalomethane formation potentials during drinking water treatment. Chemosphere. 2016 Jun 16;159:378-384. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.05.088.

Haloacetaldehydes (HAs) are the third prevalent group of disinfection by-products (DBPs) of great health concern. In this study, their formation and speciation during chlorination were investigated for raw and process waters collected at three O3-biological activated carbon (BAC) advanced drinking water treatment plants. The results showed that all HA formation potentials (HAFPs) were highly enhanced whenever ozone was applied before or after conventional treatment. Sand filtration and BAC filtration could substantially reduce HAFPs. Trihalomethanes (THMs) were also measured to better understand the role of HAs in DBPs. Very different from HAFPs, THMFPs kept decreasing with the progress of treatment steps, which was mainly attributed to the different precursors for HAs and THMs. Brominated HAs were detected in bromide-containing waters. Chloral hydrate (CH) contributed from 25% to 48% to the total HAs formed in waters containing 100-150 μg L-1 bromide, indicating the wide existence of other HAs after chlorination besides CH production. In addition, bromide incorporation factor (BIF) in HAs and THMs increased with the progress of treatment steps and the BIF values of THMs were generally higher than those of HAs. The BAC filtration following ozonation could significantly reduce HA precursors produced from ozonation but without complete removal. The brominated HAFPs in the outflow of BAC were still higher than their levels in the raw water. As a result, O3-BAC combined treatment was effective at controlling the total HAs, whereas it should be cautious for waters with high bromide levels.

Democratic Platform “Global Warming” Provisions Unsupportable

Regardless of political party, no one should support this type of tyranny in any political platform. Deception can just as easily be argued in the other direction. That is, Democrats making inflated and misleading claims about global warming for the sake of profit and political gain.

“Democratic operatives responsible for creating their party’s platform this year have unanimously adopted a provision calling for the Department of Justice to investigate companies who disagree with Democrats on global warming science.” click here