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August 2012

The Speech Ron Paul Should Have Given at the RNC

When it was discovered that they were heading straight for an iceberg the captain’s first command was to turn hard port. The captain’s instincts were based on his many years of experience commanding smaller ships but the Titanic was too big and moving too fast and it was slow to turn. He then made the command to reverse engines full throttle but it was too late and the ship hit the iceberg with a glancing blow which cut a huge gash below the water line. The captain then continued on for a while and only until it was obvious that they were sinking did he finally bring the ship to a stop.

Breaking News Part Deux: Minne Loa IS Lower than Mauna Loa

I started measuring yesterday morning and the CO2 was about 430 ppm but it kept dropping as the day progressed. The good people at CO2 meter.com warned me this would happen but I had no idea it would be this dramatic. The CO2 levels yesterday went from 430 ppm at 8 AM in the morning to 381 at 5:30 PM the height of the Photosynthesis Effect. That is an 11% shift in one day. I have know idea what this means but it was an interesting exercise.

Breaking News: Minne Loa is NOT Lower Than Mauna Loa… It’s about the same

The other way to calibrate it is in a 100% Nitrogen environment which is how it came shipped but I didn’t know that. So I tried creating a 100% Nitrogen environment to recalibrate it but that, turns out, is hard to do. I went to a welding supply store who sells 99.9% Nitrogen gas but the other .1% was probably air which was enough to throw off the calibration. Remember we are taking about .03% of the atmosphere. So I sent it back ti the good folks at CO2meter.com and they recalibrated it in a100% Nitrogen environment.

Is Global Warming Causing A Record Breaking Lack Of Tornado Activity?

According the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, only 12 tornadoes touched down in the United States during July 2012, shattering the previous July record low of 42 tornadoes recorded in 1960. Because radar technology in 1960 could not detect many of the smaller tornadoes that are detectable today, scientists believe the actual number of tornadoes that occurred in the previous record-low July 1960 was actually about 73. Accordingly, six times more tornadoes occurred in July 1960, the previous record-low year, than occurred in July 2012.

DC Circuit Court Tosses Out EPA’s Cross-State Pollution Rule

In August 2011, Obama’s EPA imposed a cap and trade style program to expand existing limitations on sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from coal-fired power plants in 28 “upwind” states. They claimed that they had unlimited authority pursuant to the Clean Air Act to cap emissions that supposedly travel across state lines. The EPA admitted that the rule would cost $2.7 billion from the private sector and force many cole-fired power plants to shut down. Priorities USA might have even run an ad against Obama claiming that his superfluous regulations cause workers to lose their health insurance and die.

An ‘inconvenient result’ – July 2012 not a record breaker according to data from the new NOAA/NCDC U.S. Climate Reference Network

I decided to do myself something that so far NOAA has refused to do: give a CONUS average temperature for the United States from the new ‘state of the art’ United States Climate Reference Network (USCRN). After spending millions of dollars to put in this new network from 2002 to 2008, they are still giving us data from the old one when they report a U.S. national average temperature. As readers may recall, I have demonstrated that old COOP/USHCN network used to monitor U.S. climate is a mishmash of urban, semi-urban, rural, airport and non-airport stations, some of which are sited precariously in observers backyards, parking lots, near air conditioner vents, airport tarmac, and in urban heat islands. This is backed up by the 2011 GAO report spurred by my work.