September 20, 2017
September 20, 2017
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LEFTISTS DEMAND CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTICS BE PUNISHED AFTER HURRICANE IRMA, HARVEY
‘Climate Change Denial Should Be A Crime’
The Washington Times
Calls to punish global warming skepticism as a criminal offense have surged in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. That hasn’t discouraged climate scientists like Judith Curry, retired Georgia Tech professor, who argued on her Climate Etc. website that Irma, which hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Saturday, was fueled in large part by “very weak” wind shear and that the hurricane intensified despite Atlantic Ocean temperatures that weren’t unusually warm. That is the kind of talk that could get policymakers who heed her research hauled before the justice system, if some of those in the climate change movement have their way.
RICO INVESTIGATION OF FOSSIL FUEL CORPORATIONS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS
Seven Scientists Targeted- Singling Out Climate Scientist Willie Soon (A Solar Physicist) A New Low In Science: Criminalizing Climate Skeptics
by Judith Curry
Fox News op-ed
The UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris takes an ugly turn of events. Some were working hard to clarify uncertainties in the science, while others worked on developing and evaluating alternative climate policies. One group of climate scientists is trying a different approach. Dismayed by what they see as a lack of progress on the implementation of climate policies that they support, these 20 scientists sent a letter to the White House calling for their political opponents to be investigated by the government. In particular, they are voicing their support of a proposal by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for a RICO investigation of fossil fuel corporations and their supporters, who the scientists allege have deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, with the consequence of forestalling America’s response to reducing carbon emissions.
RICO, short for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, is a federal law enacted in 1970 as a crime-fighting tool for use against the Mafia. It includes prison sentences of up to 20 years and seizure of financial assets for those found guilty of such “racketeering.” Senator Whitehouse singled out one climate scientist, Willie Soon, a solar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Research Center who argues that changes in solar radiation, rather than carbon emissions, are the major force behind global warming. 7 other climate scientists were the targets of a recent McCarthyite ‘witch hunt’ by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ). I, Judith Curry was 1 of the 7. Rep. Grijalva indicated that I was investigated because of my recent Congressional testimony summarizing peer-reviewed research indicating that the magnitude and impacts of expected warming could be less than generally believed.
None of the targets of Rep. Grijalva 7 was found to have engaged in wrongdoing of any sort, yet there have been significant career consequences for some. The demand by Senator Whitehouse and the 20 climate scientists for legal persecution of people whose research on science and policy they disagree with represents a new low in the politicization of science. The role of these 20 scientists is particularly troubling. The consequence of this persecution, intended or not, is to make pariahs of scientists who are doing exactly what we expect of researchers: to critically evaluate evidence and publish that work in the scientific literature. Minority perspectives have an important and respected role to play in advancing science, as a mean for testing ideas and pushing the knowledge frontier forward. What these 20 scientists have done with their letter is the worst kind of irresponsible advocacy. Attempts by powerful people to silence other scientists, especially in this brutal fashion, is a recipe for stifling scientific progress and for making poor policies. Climate policy has been limited by an overly narrow set of narratives and policy options. Expanding the frameworks for thinking about climate change and climate policy can lead to developing a wider choice of options in addressing the risks from it. We especially should not try to criminalize scientists who have a different view. I would like to acknowledge comments from Peter Webster and Roger Pielke Jr. in preparation of this op-ed.
☀‘COLOSSAL’ ENERGY SOURCE OF SOLAR FLARES ‘TORMENTING EARTH’ STUMPS ASTRONOMERS
In The Space Of A Minute, Energy Equivalent To Humankind’s Entire Consumption Of Energy Over A Million Years Is Released From The Sun
Another powerful solar flare rocked the sun on Friday, just days after scientists registered a separate eruption as the most powerful event of its kind in over a decade. Speaking to Sputnik, Russian physicist Sergei Bogachev explained what was so mysterious about this solar activity. The sun shot out another massive solar flare at 8:00 GMT Friday Sept 8th, according to a solar activity graph by the Laboratory of Solar X-Ray Astronomy at Russia’s Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The X-class solar flare, the biggest class of solar flare there is, was nearly ten times more intense than scientists expected. Friday’s solar flare follows a series of eruptions which started earlier this week, beginning with 5 minor M-class events, and continuing Wednesday with a pair of X-class and X9.3-class flares which scientists said were the largest events on record since 2006. Experts said the solar activity was a consequence of changes on the star observed over the last 3 days. 2 large groups of sunspots first accumulated an enormous amount of energy, and then emitted it via the flares. Scientists have said the consequences of this natural phenomenon are difficult to predict. Dr. Sergei Bogachev, chief researcher at the Lebedev Physical Institute, said that in one very important sense, the events of this week have been a mystery. “This event is not so much abnormal as it is mysterious,” Dr. Bogachev explained. “It’s mysterious because solar flares don’t come from nothing. They require energy, which then turns into explosions, but such energy has not been seen on the sun over the last year.” “So in a sense, it is mysterious that in a short time, large spots containing colossal amounts energy were formed, and are now ‘tormenting’ earth with this series of flares. Most importantly, they aren’t calming down, or exhausting this unexpected reserve of energy.” According to the scientist, the incredible solar flare activity on the sun may cause disruptions in the work of satellites and communications systems. However, solar flares in themselves are not capable of destroying life on earth. “A certain danger exists, of course, but not of an apocalyptic nature. Not to be offensive, but the sun is a dwarf star, and isn’t capable of producing solar events of such magnitude as would destroy life on our planet. But it is capable of some excessive perturbations which can affect life, creating what we are seeing right now.”
"The energy contained in these large-scale events on the sun is colossal – it really boggles the mind. In the space of a minute, sometimes even less, energy equivalent to humankind’s entire consumption of energy over a million years is released. At the same time, we should remember that the energy released from the explosion is chaotic, and in a sense, of poor quality. It’s extremely difficult to harness it for humanity’s benefit.
MASSIVE LAKE OF MOLTEN CARBON THE SIZE OF MEXICO FOUND UNDER YELLOWSTONE
Changes Our Understanding Of How Much Carbon The Earth Contains
A huge well of molten carbon that would spell disaster for the planet if released was found under the Yellowstone in February. Scientists using the world's largest array of seismic sensors have mapped a deep-Earth area, covering 700,000 sq miles. This is around the size of Mexico, and researchers say it has the potential to cause untold environmental damage. The discovery could change our understanding of how much carbon the Earth contains, suggesting it is much more than we previously believed. What they found was a vast buried deposit of molten carbon, which produces carbon dioxide and other gases, situated under the Western US, 217 miles beneath the Earth's surface. If just a fraction of the carbon found by the Royal Holloway team were released into the atmosphere, it could have grave implications for the planet. Just 1% of the O2 stored would be equivalent to burning 2.3 trillion barrels of oil. If a substantial amount was released all at once, it could bring about an environmental disaster on the scale of nuclear warfare.
NORTH KOREA FIRES ANOTHER MISSILE OVER JAPAN-LANDS FAR OUT IN THE PACIFIC
N Korea Ratcheting Up Tensions After Pyongyang's Recent Nuclear Bomb Test
Jack Kim | William Mallard
North Korea fired a missile on Friday that flew over Japan's northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean, South Korean and Japanese officials said, further ratcheting up tensions after Pyongyang's recent test of a powerful nuclear bomb. The missile flew over Japan, landing in the Pacific about 1,240 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in a hastily organized media conference. "These repeated provocations on the part of North Korea are unpermissible and we protest in the strongest words," Suga said. The unidentified missile reached an altitude of about 770 km (480 miles) and flew 3,700 km (2,300 miles), according to South Korea's military - far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
Last month, North Korea fired a missile from similar area near the capital Pyongyang that also flew over Hokkaido into the ocean. South Korea said it had fired a missile test into the sea to coincide with North Korea's launch. The presidential Blue House has called an urgent National Security Council meeting. Japan also convened a National Security Council meeting. The North's launch comes a day after the North threatened to sink Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing new sanctions against it for its Sept. 3 nuclear test, its most powerful by far. The United States, has 28,500 troops in South Korea. Australia, a strong and vocal ally of the United States, quickly condemned the launch. "This is another dangerous, reckless, criminal act by the North Korean regime, threatening the stability of the region and the world and we condemn it, utterly," Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in an interview with Sky News on Friday. The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on a U.S.-drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions on Monday, banning North Korea's textile exports and capping fuel supplies.
RUSSIA FIRES YARS ICBM AT TEST TARGET 6,000 KM AWAY
Missile Can Be Launched Both From The Ground And From A Vehicle
Russia has successfully completed a test launch of a new-generation RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from a silo at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia “The main purpose of the launch is to confirm the reliability of rockets of the same class. The warheads successfully reached their target – the Kura testing range in Kamchatka. All aims of the test were achieved,” said a statement from Russia’s Defense Ministry. The RS-24 Yars, which is equipped with 3 to 6 warheads, is capable of hitting different targets up to 12,000 km away. It was first tested a decade ago, and has been in use by Russia’s strategic forces for the past 7 years. The solid-fuel rocket is an upgraded version of the Topol-M missile, and can be launched both from the ground and from a vehicle. At the beginning of September, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced extensive drills for 11 strategic regiments across 20 regions. Russia tested its submarine-based Bulava ICBM in June, successfully targeting the same facility as in the latest test, located near the Pacific coast in Kura. A test of its RS-28 Sarmat super-heavy thermonuclear missile could be held in October, TASS reported on Monday, citing a military source. Designated SS-X-30 Satan 2 by NATO, it is expected to enter full deployment in 2020. While most leading nuclear powers conduct scheduled tests of their strategic arsenals, recent launches by Russia, China, and the US have attracted extra attention in the wake of North Korea’s ballistic missile and underground nuclear tests.
☤EXCLUSIVE: NEW ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT ‘HYPERVIRULENT’ SUPERBUG DISCOVERED IN CHINA
Antibiotic-Resistant Pneumonia Evolutionary Event- Deadly Combination Of Two Previously Known Strains Declared An Alarming Evolutionary Event
The superbug until now, has come underreported in the media, with only a handful of regional outlets providing limited coverage. Scientists in Hangzhou, China have discovered a new strain of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia which spreads incredibly fast, following a 2016 outbreak in a hospital ICU which led to the deaths of 5 patients ranging in age from 53 to 73. This superbug was first revealed in The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal. The Lancetresearchers conclude that the triple-threat posed by the new superbug poses a “substantial threat to human health because they are simultaneously hypervirulent, multidrug resistant, and highly transmissible.” K. pneumoniae (ST11 CR-HvKP) is a deadly combination of two previously known strains of pneumonia; one which shrugs off all but the toughest antibiotics, and the other which is classified as ‘very severe’ and ‘hypervirulent’ in terms of lethality and how quickly it spreads. The new report also reveals that samples from other parts of China tested positive for the new superbug, noting that “[f]ailure to control its early spread right now, will make a global epidemic of carbapenem-resistant [CRE], hypervirulent K. pneumoniae hard to avoid,” advising that “Control measures should be implemented to prevent further dissemination of such organisms.” Epidimiologiests Liang Chen and Barry Kreisworth call the new strain alarming evolutionary event.”
While Allergan’s U.S. approved antibiotic of last resort ‘Avibactam’ can likely handle ST11 CR-HvKP, it is not available in China, which currently has nothing it its pharmaceutical arsenal to battle the infection. The microbe can fight off all drugs available in China, Chen says. “We don’t have anything in China to stop it,” he says. “There is a drug available in the U.S. that should be effective against it, but we haven’t tested it yet.” In the outbreak, the 5 patients who died were all older than 53. They were all on ventilators after undergoing major surgeries. And they died from severe lung failure, multiorgan failure or septic shock, the researchers found. “The disease progresses very fast,” Chen says. “It starts in the lungs and then infects other organs, like the liver.” Until China approves Avibactam or a similarly effective antibiotic of last resort, doctors and health officials can prevent the spread of hypervirulent pneumonia by quickly identifying outbreaks and isolating the infected.
☠SEA SALT AROUND THE WORLD CONTAMINATED BY PLASTIC
Most contamination Due To Plastic Water Bottles
Sea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that micro-plastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding their way into the food chain via the salt in our diets. Following this week’s revelations in the Guardian about levels of plastic contamination in tap water, new studies have shown that tiny particles have been found in sea salt in the UK, France and Spain, as well as China and now the US. Researchers believe the majority of the contamination comes from microfibers and single-use plastics such as water bottles, items that comprise the majority of plastic waste. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans every year, equivalent to dumping one garbage truck of plastic per minute into the world’s oceans, according to the United Nations.
💔8.2 MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE HITS MEXICO'S SOUTHERN COAST
Biggest Earthquake In A Century Rocks Mexico
The Epicenter of the earthquake was off Mexico’s southern coast. it was felt 650 miles north in Mexico City, and as far east as Guatemala and Honduras. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale, but Mexican President Enrique Nieto on Twitter said the latest measures put the earthquake at 8.2, making it the “the strongest in nearly a century.” The earthquake triggered a small tsunami, with waves of about 2.3 feet. The tsunami is not a big worry, President Nieto said. At least 15 people have died from the earthquake, Mexican civil defense Minister Luis Felipe Puente said on Televisa network Friday. Severe warning were issued that aftershocks could be as strong as 7.2, and U.S.G.S. has recorded 20 aftershocks higher than 4.0. When the earthquake struck at 11:49 p.m. local time, people fled to the streets in their pajamas. Since Mexico City was struck by a devastating earthquake in 1985, the city has imposed building standards and earthquake response systems that sounded moments after the earth began to shake. 3 were killed in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost and poorest state, according to Puente, and 10 have died in Oaxaca. The governor of neighboring Tabasco state said 2 children had died, bringing the death toll to almost 100, perhaps more.
MEXICO RESCINDS TEXAS AID OFFER AFTER HUGE QUAKE
Redirecting Emergency Services To Affected Region
Mexico has withdrawn its offer to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas due to demands on its emergency services from a massive earthquake that struck late last week, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday. Mexico’s government offered to send food, beds, generators, mobile kitchens as well as doctors after torrential rains from Harvey flooded vast parts of Houston. Unfortunately the earthquake that struck southern Mexico on Thursday killed at least 96 people and left some 2.5 million people in need of aid. Hurricane Katia also hit the Gulf state of Veracruz this weekend and heavy rains have stretched emergency services. “Given these circumstance, the Mexican government will channel all available logistical support to serve the families and communities affected in the national territory,” the foreign ministry statement said.
☂HURRICANE HARVEY - THE COSTIEST STORM IN US HISTORY
Harvey Damages Will Cost More Than Katrina And Sandy Combined
Robert A. McKeown
As Hurricane Harvey, now tropical storm Harvey, makes its way across the southern US, estimates have already come in as to the cost of the storm. According to AccuWeather, Harvey is expected to cost upwards of $190 billion in damages, 1% of the national GDP. This makes Harvey the costliest storm ever to hit the United States, more than Katrina ($100 billion) and Sandy ($60 billion) combined. As in the wake of every disaster, pundits and politically biased economists — including Larry Summers who declared Japan’s 2011 Tsunami would boost economic growth — will wax elegantly on how Harvey will end up being a boon for “the economy.” 1 report according to CNBC, for example, said that Hurricane Harvey may ultimately “raise wages.” It will spawn government spending and insurance payouts to flood victims, we’re told. These victims will spend that money in the economy which will put people back to work, employ the factors of production and so on and so on. As usual, these types of talking heads forget Frederic Bastiat's writings of 1850 at their own peril. In his pamphlet, “That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen“, he warns of the unseen consequences of wasting scarce recourses by replacing capital and capital equipment. Replacing goods that have already been produced is always an expense, a net negative, and never a positive. It’s no cause for celebration to replace a flat tire or a broken windshield. As a simple reductio ad absurdum thought experiment, imagine tanks driving through our city streets, blasting away at buildings and infrastructure, so that insurance companies and governments can spend money on rebuilding them. Yes, it employs labor and capital to rebuild, but what about the unseen? What new products or services could these people have produced had they not been involved in replacing things? The economy as a whole loses when capital must be spent twice on the same things. Nothing new, hence no real wealth, has been created.
Insurance companies are still paying for Hurricane Sandy. The rising costs of petroleum based products have already begun to rise as refining capacity has been interrupted for a time. Not just gasoline and diesel, but the myriad of plastics and other products the refiners produce in the East Texas area will become more expensive. This is the supply side of the equation. By reducing supply, price increases. This is basic economics. Higher prices are never a net gain for consumers. Where do politicians get the money to spend on disaster relief? Certainly, not their bank accounts. They will get another loan from the Federal Reserve System, at interest, and the American public will foot the bill. Now you know why legislation is called a “bill” before it is passed into law. The Fed, on the other hand, will create this new “money” from thin air with a few computer keystrokes and dilute the current supply of money even further. Monetary inflation provides another unseen tax. Realize, the greatest destruction left in the wake of one of these events is the irreplaceable resource of human lives and the disruption of livelihoods. All of their life’s treasures have been destroyed. Not just houses and cars, but records, photos, and heirlooms that are not replaceable. The loss of incomes causes people into foreclosure, prematurely. Once the news cameras are packed away and Houston, Port Arthur or wherever USA is no longer in the news cycle, these victims must still cope with the damages.
☂ HURRICANE IRMA IS NOT THE MOST POWERFUL ATLANTIC HURRICANE EVER RECORDED
Hurricanes Are Not Increasing In Severity
Editor’s Note: This article is well worth a read given how the establishment media is already politicizing Hurricane Irma to push the “global warming” agenda. Hurricane Irma is really bad. It may be the worst storm to hit the U.S. since 1935, but it is NOT the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. With headlines to make people fearful, trust in the government for help, programming us to evacuate: Hurricane Harvey, the US is preparing for an even more dangerous storm – Hurricane Irma with wind speeds 185 miles per hour, Irma now ranks as the most powerful hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second most powerful in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, behind Hurricane Allen in 1980 that hit the latter two with winds of 190 mph.
Among the 24 most intense Atlantic hurricanes since 1924, Irma is currently tied for second in wind speed.
|Maximum Sustained |
|Storm ||Year ||Winds (mph) |
|Allen ||1980 ||190 |
|“Labor Day” ||1935 ||185 |
|Gilbert ||1988 ||185 |
|Wilma ||2005 ||185 |
|Irma ||2017 ||185 |
|Mitch ||1998 ||180 |
|Rita ||2005 ||180 |
|“Cuba” ||1932 ||175 |
|Janet ||1955 ||175 |
|Camille ||1969 ||175 |
|David ||1979 ||175 |
|Andrew ||1992 ||175 |
|Katrina ||2005 ||175 |
|Dean ||2007 ||175 |
|“Cuba” ||1924 ||165 |
|Isabel ||2003 ||165 |
|Ivan ||2004 ||165 |
|Hattie ||1961 ||160 |
|Hugo ||1989 ||160 |
|“Bahamas” ||1929 ||155 |
|Floyd ||1999 ||155 |
|Igor ||2010 ||155 |
|Opal ||1995 ||150 |
|Gloria ||1985 ||145 |
“The Most Powerful Atlantic Ocean Storm In Recorded History” meme fits the narrative: Global warming is causing hurricanes to become more severe-leftist media lies. Hurricanes are not increasing in severity according to the facts of The National Hurricane Center’s hurricane climatology page where a handy list of Atlantic Basin tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes from 1851-2014 are recorded. There is no statistically meaningful trend in hurricane frequency or severity. While there might be a somewhat statistically significant increase in the number of tropical storms, this could simply be due to improvements in the detection and identification of storms at sea. There are also no statistically meaningful trends in the rates at which tropical storms are “blossoming” into hurricanes.
YELLOWSTONE SUPERVOLCANO HIT BY 878 EARTHQUAKES OVER TWO WEEKS
The Most Active It Has Been For Five Years
Strongest earthquake of 4.4 magnitude hit on Thursday June 15th, could this be a warning sign of an impending eruption of the supervolcano. A swarm of nearly 900 earthquakes have hit Yellowstone National Park since June 12th, according to experts. The park sits on one of the world's most dangerous supervolcanoes and recent activity has raised fears the supervolcano is about to blow. If it were to erupt, the Yellowstone volcano would be one thousand times as powerful as the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption, experts claim-although they say the risk is 'low'. A swarm of hundreds of earthquakes have hit Yellowstone National Park with up to 4.4 magnitude. The Grand Prismatic hot spring is among the park's many hydrothermal features created by the supervolcano. Researchers from the University of Utah's Seismograph Stations (UUSS) have been monitoring the activity since. Earthquake swarms are common in Yellowstone and, on average, comprise about 50% of the total activity in the Yellowstone region.
Although the latest swarm is the largest since 2012, it is fewer than weekly counts during similar events in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010. The tremors were recorded at depths from ground level to 9 miles below sea level. Seismic activity could be a sign of an impending eruption of the supervolcano, although this is currently impossible to predict exactly. YVO is 1 of 5 United States Geological Survey volcano observatories that monitor volcanoes within the United States for science and public safety. In a written statement, a spokesman for the team said: 'Yellowstone hasn't erupted for 70,000 years, so it's going to take some impressive earthquakes and ground uplift to get things started. Besides intense earthquake swarms, we expect rapid and notable uplift around the caldera. Finally, rising magma will cause explosions from the boiling-temperature geothermal reservoirs. Even with explosions, earthquakes and notable ground uplift, the most likely volcanic eruptions would be the type that would have minimal effect outside the park itself. Yellowstone is the site of the largest and most diverse collection of natural thermal features in the world.