Somehow, I am on Climate Home’s email list. The news in this edition is several months old, but a couple of its postings bother me a lot. While the postings do not address repeal of the Endangerment Finding, they do leave me wondering how committed are the Congressional Republicans to the draining of the EPA swamp”?
Several years ago, a hearing before the Supreme Court was being conducted, that wanted CO2 to be added, as a pollutant, in the Clear Air Act. Congress had passed and the President had signed the Clear Air Act into law a number of years prior to the case in question. Despite the fact that the legislative body of the US Government had considered CO2 and had rejected it being included, the Supreme court said that the EPA should determine if CO2 was a danger to the nation. The EPA cherry picked the science from the IPCC, in particular, and announced that indeed CO2 was endangering the nation. So, the Supremes, ignoring the separation of powers, said ok, it’s now the law of the land that CO2 is a pollutant. From that moment, the EPA has been writing the laws about CO2. They have carte blanc to do whatever they want.
By now the Trump Administration should have acted to repeal this inclusion of CO2 on several bases. One: the science is bogus and two: the Supremes overstepped their Constitutional authority.
Polar bears are disappearing from the warmer’s publications (including Al Gore’s new movie). Why? Well, because the polar bear population is growing, not declining as the warmers had forecast.
The following video was produced by GWPFTV and narrated by Susan Crockford. PhD.
It seems that the global temperature as measured by the UAH satellite is not going down at the rate most expected. The ENSO meter shows a cooling temperature, finally. But I doubt that anyone is going to call it an La Nina. The August global temperature anomaly is +41C.
YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. TROPICS
16 08 +0.43 +0.54 +0.32 +0.49
16 09 +0.45 +0.51 +0.39 +0.37
16 10 +0.42 +0.43 +0.42 +0.47
16 11 +0.46 +0.43 +0.49 +0.38
16 12 +0.26 +0.26 +0.27 +0.24
17 01 +0.32 +0.31 +0.34 +0.10
17 02 +0.38 +0.57 +0.19 +0.07
17 03 +0.22 +0.36 +0.09 +0.05
17 04 +0.27 +0.28 +0.26 +0.21
17 05 +0.44 +0.39 +0.49 +0.41
17 06 +0.21 +0.33 +0.10 +0.39
17 07 +0.29 +0.30 +0.27 +0.51
17 08 +0.41 +0.40 +0.41 +0.46
(Chart and table are from Dr Roy Spencer’s posting
Reviewing the table above , August 2017 is nearly a match with Aug 201. August last year was recorded at the time the EL Nino temperatures were on the rise.
Solar Cycle 24 still has some surprises. Both the NOAA Sunspot count and F10.7 solar flux spiked. The right hand side of the chart below, from Solen shows the Sunspot count to have peaked at about 120 and the F10.7 solar flux above 130. Sunspot count and Solar Flux usually act in unison. Dr Svalgaard says that F10,7 is a more reliable indicator of solar activity than Sunspots
Last major update issued on September 6, 2017 at 05:00 UT. Update posted at 13:50 UT
The generally accepted way to portray Sunspots is using a smoothed count from Sunspot Index and Long-term Solar Observations (SILSO). SILSO data is provided by the Royal Observatory of Belgium, in Brussels. That number is charted below as Ri smoothed. ” Smoothed” is the process of averaging the daily numbers over some period of time. Silso number uses a formula* (see below) that incorporates some 13 months of monthly data.
In the chart below, Ri is the total monthly Sunspots that were occasioned by the solar polar fields, north (Rnorth ) and south (Rsouth).
Spikes in activity are not uncommon as can be seen in the above chart which chronicles Solar Cycle 24 from its beginning to the current time. I am still surprised at this late date.
*The Silso formula:
The smoothed count is a 13-month averaged sunspot count using this Belgium’s formula:
Rs= (0.5 Rm-6 + Rm-5 + Rm-4 + Rm-3 + Rm-2 + Rm-1 + Rm + Rm+1 + Rm+2 + Rm+3 + Rm+4 + Rm+5 + 0.5 Rm+6 ) / 12
Rs = smoothed monthly sunspot count
Rm = One month’s actual sunspot count
The “-6” through “+6” appended to each Rm is the number of months before or after the month whose smoothed count is being calculated. The beginning and ending months in the formula are only given half the value of the others.*
Many of the catastrophic warming brigade are shouting that hurricane Harvey is the fruit of global warming tree. The media, the other branch of the Democrat Party, are saying the same thing. Joe D’Aleo’s marvelous website, IceCap, provides a chart that will show open minded people that these big hurricanes have been going on for quite a while. Well before the supposed start of the CO2 caused global warming. The following chart shows the history of the biggest hurricanes that have hit the US since 1851:
Note that Katrina and Sandy are not on the list. Hurricanes can be destructive even if they are not 4 or 5 category storms. Sandy perhaps not even a category 1 hurricane when it made landfall, caused considerable damage from the storm surge. Storm surge occurs when a major storm pushes water on to the shore at levels well above normal.
Further, how do you account for the fact that the last hurricane of category 3 or larger to make landfall on the US was 12 years ago. I guess that means there has been no warming during those 12 years. But wait, how can that be because the warmers keep telling me that the “hottest ever years” are now.