First, - UP! - CO2 Taxes up - the ETS by stealth.
IN the Australian, Imre Salusinsky and Annabel Hepworth report that the "NSW Labor government is modelling a national version of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme (GGAS), which has operated in NSW since 2003...."
They report that under GGAS energy companies have to comply with an ever growing array of crazy greenhouse schemes. No evidence that CO2 is causing warming, no science studies, but, what the heck, let's tax the workers.
Energy Supply Association of Australia chief executive Brad Page has warned that this is saddling power suppliers with significant compliance costs. He is quoted as saying: "All these costs are passed through to consumers. There's no two ways about it."
Origin Energy chief executive Grant King said there was "a myriad" of schemes "where it's not clear that people truly understand the cost of those schemes". (Thanks JeffT)
Second, - OUT! Left-wing Env. Scientist Bails Out Of Global Warming Movement.
Mark Morano reports: "Physicist Dr. Denis Rancourt, a former professor and environmental science researcher at the University of Ottawa, has officially bailed out of the man-made global warming movement. In a hard-hitting and exclusive new video released by Climate Depot, Dr. Rancourt declares that the entire man-made global warming movement is nothing more than a “corrupt social phenomenon.” “It is as much psychological and social phenomenon as anything else,” Rancourt, who has published peer-reviewed research, explained in June 8, 2010 essay entitled Some Big Lies of Science.
(Thanks Marc Morano)
Third, - Down! Say Goodbye to Sunspots.
Phil Beradelli reports on Sunspots in Science Now.
In the 17th Century, in the Middle of the Little Ice Age, there was a period of absence of Sunspot Activity. Science Now reports:
"Astronomers have been observing and counting sunspots since Galileo began the practice in the early 17th century. From those studies, scientists have long known that the sun goes through an 11-year cycle, in which the number of sunspots spikes during a period called the solar maximum and drops—sometimes to zero—during a time of inactivity called the solar minimum.
The last solar minimum should have ended last year, but something peculiar has been happening. Although solar minimums normally last about 16 months, the current one has stretched over 26 months—the longest in a century. One reason, according to a paper submitted to the International Astronomical Union Symposium No. 273, an online colloquium, is that the magnetic field strength of sunspots appears to be waning."
And later goes on to say:
The phenomenon has happened before. Sunspots disappeared almost entirely between 1645 and 1715 during a period called the Maunder Minimum, which coincided with decades of lower-than-normal temperatures in Europe nicknamed the Little Ice Age. But Livingston cautions that the zero-sunspot prediction could be premature. "It may not happen," he says. "Only the passage of time will tell whether the solar cycle will pick up." Still, he adds, there's no doubt that sunspots "are not very healthy right now." (Thanks Bruce M)