About Those Windmills

August 24, 2008

I remember back when windmills were just coming on the scene, coming over Altamont Pass into Silicon Valley — My first reaction was, who the hell built those stupid things on the scenic vista, and why? We are repeatedly warned about destroying the scenic beauty of mother Earth, this was a travesty of eye polution. Years later I went off road and we explored the wind farm, what a mess they had made of the formerly pristine hills. It was like a huge industrial park had engulfed the natural surrounding. And this is supposed to be pretty and blending in? My first reaction to the windmill farm area is you really don’t want to stay here for long.

How many windmills does it take to meet the power needs of a typical city?

At www.scitizen.com, Kurt Cobb worked the numbers. Generously, he presumed the windmills would use 5-megawatt turbines – generating three times the output of a typical 1.5-megawatt turbine. He compared that with a 500-megawatt coal fired power plant needed to power a city of 300,000 people. A typical coal fired power plant, he noted, would cover 300 acres, but use only 30 of those for the actual facility.

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Obami’s US Military Plans

August 20, 2008

I assume this was before he consulted with Russia …

Bet You Didn’t Know What DQA Is ?

August 16, 2008

The U.S. has a law, Data Quality Act of 2001, this law requires federal agencies to ensure the integrity of the information they use and distribute. It also allows outside parties to petition to force the correction of information they believe is wrong.

The Data Quality Act (DQA) passed through the United States Congress in Section 515 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001 (Pub.L. 106-554). The Government Accountability Office calls it the Information Quality Act, while others call it the Data Quality Act.
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Where Are The Peace Protesters ?

August 13, 2008


Victor Davis Hansen sums it up thus …

The Russians have sized up the moral bankruptcy of the Western Left. They know that half-a-million Europeans would turn out to damn their patron the United States for removing a dictator and fostering democracy, but not more than a half-dozen would do the same to criticize their long-time enemy from bombing a constitutional state.

I might also add, the Russians have taken the measure of Obama and found him just right for their plans to rebuild the Soviet Union, and decided to roll troops into Georgia. Not a good sign.

Remember Jimmy Carter? Yes that one, the doofus President? Well he set the mullahs up in Iran so they could have a nice country terror base, plenty of oil money to fund terrorists, and then they could spread their terror worldwide.

Code Pinkers, the Georgians need you now. How about a bus load of human shields. Pick your best. Or are you just another tool of the Democrat Marxists in Congress, seems so. You International peaceniks, Amnesty International, chime in anytime …. crickets, all I hear is crickets. Damn crickets.

The IPCC Hockey Stick, The Cliff Notes Version

August 12, 2008

The intrigue and shenanigans to track down the truth and get to the bottom about the “Mann hockey stick” has now been told, in easy to understand “Cliff Note” format. It’s obvious the intent was to get the bogus information into the 2005 IPCC report, so that politicians could then use that report to bludgeon the public with the global warming hoax. It couldn’t last forever, and finally a few weeks back, the tale came to an end.

That the statistical foundations on which they had built this paleoclimate castle were a swamp of misrepresentation, deceit and malfeasance was, to Wahl and Amman, an irrelevance. For political and public consumption, the hockey stick still lived, ready to guide political decision-making for years to come.

The hockey stick is a fraud, total fraud, based on faked information when the real calculation would not support the conclusions needed. Bishop Hill, who is not a Bishop and lives on a hill in Scotland, has produced a Cliff Notes version of Climate Audit’s Hockey Stick investigation in Caspar and the Jesus paper.

Steve McImtyre’s post with the final runs of the statistics program “R” are here.

All Of The Above

August 12, 2008

American Energy Act (H.R. 6566), the House GOP’s “all of the above” energy plan to lower gas prices.

Do all the above, you never know where breakthroughs will come from.

To increase the supply American-made energy in environmentally sound ways, the legislation will:

* Open our deep water ocean resources, which will provide an additional three million barrels of oil per day, as well as 76 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, as proposed in H.R. 6108 by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC). Rep. John Peterson (R-PA) has also worked tirelessly on this issue.

* Open the Arctic coastal plain, which will provide an additional one million barrels of oil per day, as proposed in H.R. 6107 by Rep. Don Young (R-AK);

* Allow development of our nation’s shale oil resources, which could provide an additional 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, as proposed in H.R. 6138 by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI); and

* Increase the supply of gas at the pump by cutting bureaucratic red tape that essentially blocks construction of new refineries, as proposed in H.R. 6139 by Reps. Heather Wilson (R-NM) and Joe Pitts (R-PA).

To improve energy conservation and efficiency, the legislation will:

* Provide tax incentives for businesses and families that purchase more fuel efficient vehicles, as proposed in H.R. 1618 and H.R. 765 by Reps. Dave Camp (R-MI) and Jerry Weller (R-IL);

* Provide a monetary prize for developing the first economically feasible, super-fuel-efficient vehicle reaching 100 miles-per-gallon, as proposed in H.R. 6384 by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT); and

* Provide tax incentives for businesses and homeowners who improve their energy efficiency, as proposed in H.R. 5984 by Reps. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Phil English (R-PA), and Zach Wamp (R-TN), and in H.R. 778 by Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL).

To promote renewable and alternative energy technologies, the legislation will:

* Spur the development of alternative fuels through government contracting by repealing the “Section 526” prohibition on government purchasing of alternative energy and promoting coal-to-liquids technology, as proposed in H.R. 5656 by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), in H.R. 6384 by Rob Bishop (R-UT), and in H.R. 2208 by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL);

* Establish a renewable energy trust fund using revenues generated by exploration in the deep ocean and on the Arctic coastal plain, as proposed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA);

* Permanently extend the tax credit for alternative energy production, including wind, solar and hydrogen, as proposed in H.R. 2652 by Rep. Phil English (R-PA) and in H.R. 5984 by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD); and

* Eliminate barriers to the expansion of emission-free nuclear power production, as proposed in H.R. 6384 by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT).

Rep John Boehner issued the following statement.


August 6, 2008

#dontgo is the new gathering place for conservative activism.

To quote top political analyst Paris Hilton: That’s hot.

UPDATE: The revolt is going to continue for at least the next two weeks …

The nationwide House GOP energy protest is making history, and we are writing to announce that the Call to Arms will continue. And with your help, we will keep the pressure on the Speaker until she gives the American people the energy vote they want, need and deserve. Republicans will not rest until we have an honest, up-or-down vote on the American Energy Act.

To that end, we request that you contact the Whip’s Office and indicate any time you may have available to come to Capitol in the coming weeks. We specifically request that you indicate your availability for any days during the next two weeks, August 11th through 22nd, as soon as possible.
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Housing Market

August 4, 2008

In Science, Ignorance is not Bliss

August 2, 2008

I met Walter Cunningham, after his Apollo 7 flight, in the late 60s, he was an inspiration for us all. As a young bright eyed bushy tailed aspiring engineer, it was a grand time. I was engineering a science project for Rice University Space Science Lab, to be flown on later Apollo flights. The instrument was  designed to study the Aurora Borealis and solar wind from a perch on the moon, if all went well. It was a great time for “can-do” America.

These days, I wish we had leaders who had ideas of grandeur for America, instead of ideas for grandeur about themselves. The later is so tacky.

Following Article — Written by Walter Cunningham, published in Launch Magazine

NASA has played a key role in one of the greatest periods of scientific progress in history. It is uniquely positioned to collect the most comprehensive data on our biosphere.

For example, recently generated NASA data enabled scientists to finally understand the Gulf Stream warming mechanism and its effect on European weather. Such data will allow us to improve our models, resulting in better seasonal forecasts.

NASA’s Aqua satellite is showing that water vapor, the dominant greenhouse gas, works to offset the effect of carbon dioxide (CO2). This information, contrary to the assumption used in all the warming models, is ignored by global warming alarmists.
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Must See video

August 1, 2008

Go here.


Thanks to Moderate Wolverine

The music translates as:

We are Shias and Sunnis
Who gathers us is God and Mohammed
No Sunni No Shia
We have one goal
Stay together
God bless you all
Who separates us
is not from us

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