Posting from Hotair.com titled “Psst: There are four separate scandals going on at EPA right now” is an interesting read. The four do not include the EPA “study” as directed by the Supreme Court to determine if CO2 were a threat to the nation. Of course the EPA found that it was a serious, immediate threat and was then granted the right to write regulations to control CO2. The biggest fool was of course the Supreme Court that turned that question over to the EPA assuming the Court actually expected a reasoned decision. The EPA really never did a study, just took the IPCC report, which meant that the question was answered in the affirmative. All they had to do was to silence their own people that had a different opinion, which they did, and ignore any of the written comments which were not consistent with their already formulated decision. Got that off my chest, at least for a while. On to the Hotair posting.
1) The EPA gave an ethics award to fake employee, “Richard Windsor,” who was already just an unethically created e-mail alias for the agency’s former head, Lisa P. Jackson.
2) The EPA makes conservatives pay a fortune for FOIAs to be granted while waiving fees for liberal groups.
3) EPA contractors are basically Gym, Tan, and Laundrying in new, swanky rec rooms thanks to your tax money.
4) The EPA leaked confidential information on farmers and cattle facilities to environmental groups. No bigs.
My guess is that the first one could be the big one if they can get Lisa P Jackson’s emails that she created using the name of Richard Windsor.
The details for each of the four scandals are covered in the posting which can be accessed by clicking here. I hope that Congress looks into these.
Dr. Roy Spencer posted ‘EPIC FAIL: 73 Climate Models vs. Observations for Tropical Tropospheric Temperature” on his website. The posting used, “Courtesy of John Christy, a comparison between 73 CMIP5 models (archived at the KNMI Climate Explorer website) and observations for the tropical bulk tropospheric temperature (aka “MT”) since 1979.” That chart is shown below: (Click chart for better view.)
The source for this posting comes from work done by Dr Roy Spencer. His web site can be accessed by clicking here.
Satellite Measured Atmospheric Temperature Anomalies.
First the University of Alabama –Huntsville (UAH) satellite global temperature anomaly. The May anomaly dropped to +0.074 C from April’s anomaly of +0.103. The global temperature anomaly in January 2013 was +0.504 which was the highest temperature since early 2010. This chart below covers the time period that the satellite system has been in existence. By contrast with the ground based temperature measuring systems, the satellite system is essentially global in that it is measuring lower atmospheric temperature of the ¾ of the globe represented by the oceans as well as the ground. It is the gold standard of global temperature measurements in my opinion. (Click on Charts to Enlarge.)
Because the OPEC cartel provides about 40% of the world’s crude oil, it has been able to control the crude oil price. Its members meet and set the amount of crude they will produce for sale opposite the forecast world demand. They can reduce or increase production to raise or lower prices. Other major crude producers outside of OPEC have been able to sell all their crude oil but acting independently are unable to displace OPEC’s role as the selling price arbiter. As you would expect, OPEC wants the price to be high but recognizes that if they set it too high, demand will drop and competitors will be encouraged to prospect for more crude. Within OPEC, the members have their own issues that make setting the production levels and thus the price, not easy. However, Saudi Arabia, currently the world’s largest producer of crude oil, is said to be the primary voice in this process. When the OPEC members meet, as they did on May 31st, to set the production level/price, one big factor was how much of their government’s budget is derived from the oil revenues. And what is the price of crude oil that makes that budget whole? The graph below, from the American Interest’s posting “OPEC Sweats: How Low Can Oil Prices Go?” illustrates the price needed to balance their government’s budget: