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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

China will rely on coal for many years to come says China Climate official, hundreds of millions in China still live in rural areas. US CO2 could go to 0, won't affect planet-NY Times, Revkin, Zou Ji interview dialogue. Waxman 'bicameral' whistling past 'green' graveyard. 23 yr. long 'climate' gravy train at end of the line

2/26/13, "Tough Truths from China on CO2 and Climate," Andrew Revkin, NY Times, Dot Earth

"I’m way overdue to post excerpts here from an extraordinary recent China Dialogue with Zou Ji, the deputy director of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy. (China Dialogue is a fascinating independent dual-language blog...).

The interview is blunt and crystal clear in laying out the demographic and economic realities that will, for many years to come, slow any shift from Chinese dependence on coal. Zou Ji has a remarkable resume for someone now working inside the Chinese establishment, having worked previously as the China director for the World Resources Institute....

ZJ: "The international community has some misconceptions, such as believing China is now a developed nation. This could mean China ends up taking on more global responsibility than its capabilities allow. We’ve held the Olympics and sent astronauts into space, but you can’t look at the richest parts of Beijing and Shanghai and assume the whole country is like that. The welfare of hundreds of millions of rural residents isn’t yet assured. Healthcare, unemployment benefits, pensions, all of these are weak. Many Chinese people have no safe drinking water, and our per-capita GDP ranks ninety-something globally. Overall, China is still a developing nation.

Another important disadvantage is the make-up of our natural resources.

Brazil gets 90% of its energy from hydropower. It is fortunate enough to have those resources. If China could replace coal with oil as a primary source of energy, emissions would drop by one third. If we could replace coal with natural gas, they would drop by two thirds. But China’s main resource is coal. We only have limited amounts of other sources of energy, and obviously a reliance on imports is unrealistic. Moving to clean energy is a massive challenge.

Meanwhile, we still need to urbanize and educate hundreds of millions of rural residents. Quality of life needs to be improved. There can be no disagreement about that.

Domestically, there are two dangerous trends we need to steer clear of. One is sticking too rigidly to our traditional way of doing things. The other is changing too quickly, trying to create a low-carbon economy in a Great Leap Forward manner and misjudging China’s circumstances and technological ability.

China can only do its best as it is able. Moving too quickly will actually hold back low-carbon development....

In the current world economic system, it is difficult for a developing nation to cut emissions. China currently accounts for 70% of new emissions each year, and the pressure and expectations it faces are increasing. But China is still on the left-hand side of the Kuznets curve, while the EU is on the right-hand side, beyond the peak. The type of emissions of the two different stages aren’t the same, they can’t be compared. China’s high emissions come mainly from industry and are driven by investment. The EU’s emissions come mostly from building and transportation, and are due to consumption.

At their peak, France’s per-capita emissions were 19 tonnes, while Germany’s approached 15 tonnes. We shouldn’t forget that. You can’t ask China to get to 7 tonnes and level off or fall. It goes against the basic laws of developmental economics. Japan and Australia have per-capita GDPs of US$40,000, but their emissions still haven’t peaked. China’s per-capita GDP is US$5-6,000. The curve is still going up.

China can peak at a lower level than the US and EU did historically. But even a per-capita peak of 10 tonnes means total emissions of 13 billion tonnes. That’s more than I can imagine. It’s a huge challenge for China…."...via Tom Nelson


among comments


  • Kip Hansen
  • St Thomas, USVI
"Well, the actuality strikes and shaken the branches.

Mr. Revkin has been trying to point this out for years now.....China will develop, will provide electrical power and modern transportation to its burgeoning billion plus people  

and so will India and SE Asia and Malaysia and Africa. 

No amount of politicking, pressure group pressuring, or whining on blogs is going to change that nearly overwhelming fact. They will dam rivers, burn coal, drill for gas and oil (and then burn that) to achieve that.

The part that is nearly overwhelming is that no matter what the US and Europe do, it will have very little effect on CO2 levels. China currently has a population of one billion more than the US. The developing world has a population of > 5 billion people -- Africa and Asia combined -- not counting underdeveloped South and Central America. That's five times that of the Developed World (US and European Union 27) These countries will ramp up energy production and will do it with coal, oil, hydro, plus a little bit of wind and solar (if someone else pays for it).

So if you think the CO2 concentration ramped up when the US and Europe developed, you've got a real surprise coming while the Rest of the World catches up.

Those who feel this will threaten the very existence of mankind and all of nature had better start supporting a "space-race scale energy quest" --- and had better start right now. Be nice if we could offer cheap fusion plants or clean safe mini-nuclear."

  • Mike Roddy
  • Yucca Valley, California
"Andy, I suggest that you interview a dissident or Chinese exile. Their government is totalitarian, and nearly as corrupt as ours."


2/14/13, "Benjamin Zycher response to Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change," Benjamin Zycher, American Enterprise Institute


Unregulated coal mining emissions flow to the US from Northern Mexico coal mines run by the Zetas:

Coal mining is "more lucrative for Zetas than selling drugs."

 11/17/12, "Mexican druglords strike gold in coal," AFP via Gloucester City News


Monday, February 25, 2013

Sebastopol Ca. City Council bans further installation of smart meters, $500 fine for violations. PG&E says will ignore

2/21/12, "PG&E won’t comply with Sebastopol SmartMeter ban," Press Democrat, Guy Kovner, via

"Sebastopol and PG&E appear to be on a collision course following the city’s adoption Thursday of a ban on the installation of SmartMeters, the controversial wireless devices that critics contend are a threat to public health.

PG&E, which is spending $2.3 billion to install SmartMeters throughout its service area from Eureka to Bakersfield, will not comply, a spokesman said.

The city’s measure, citing the “potential risks to the health, safety and welfare of Sebastopol residents,” imposed a moratorium, effective immediately, with a $500 fine for violations.

“We cannot agree to a moratorium,” PG&E’s Paul Moreno said.

As a state-regulated utility, PG&E “operates under the exclusive jurisdiction” of the California Public Utilities Commission, he said.

PG&E will continue to install SmartMeters in the city, Moreno said, noting residential gas and electric customers have the right to opt out of the technology.

PG&E notifies customers by phone and letter before installing SmartMeters, and advises them of the right to decline them and pay monthly fees for that option, Moreno said.

Sebastopol has been ground zero for a leading SmartMeter resistance group, the EMF Safety Network, and opponents hailed the City Council’s unanimous action at a special meeting called Thursday solely for that vote.

I’m glad to see democracy in action. It’s heartwarming,” said Alan Horn of Sebastopol, who spoke in favor of the ordinance.

City Manager Larry McLaughlin said it would remain in effect until the council takes further action.

“It starts today and it will last indefinitely,” McLaughlin told the council and 14 people attending the meeting.

Asked by Councilman John Eder what happens to residents who want SmartMeters removed from their homes, McLaughlin, who is also the city’s attorney, said the measure “cannot compel removal of meters already installed.”"...via DemocratsAgainstUNAgenda21


Henry Waxman doesn't care about the planet, won't stop 'carbon emissions' in the US that come from illegal coal mines in Northern Mexico operated by the Zetas. If he really cared about the planet he would stop unregulated Northern Mexico coal mining

1/15/13, "Miners ride in a car after working in an unregulated coal mine in Sabinas January 15, 2013," Reuters

"Everyday, thousands of miners go to work in the unregulated coals mines of northern Mexico knowing they may not return. Facing death on a daily basis has become a fact of life for these men as they struggle to scrape out a living in an environment bereft of rules and regulations, lacking even the most basic equipment. Unregulated mines are legal in Mexico. A company buys or leases land from a cooperative and is legally allowed to mine on it, but is not subject to any regulations. Despite the dangers, some 30,000 miners find themselves willing to take the risk, approaching their job with a matter-of-fact philosophy. Picture taken January 15, 2013." Reuters

Coal mining "more lucrative for Zetas than selling drugs."
 11/17/12, "Mexican druglords strike gold in coal," AFP via Gloucester City News

"Coal mined by the Zetas is "sold to state-owned electric company CFE."


6/4/12, Climate change stunner: USA leads world in CO2 cuts since 2006,” Vancouver Observer, Saxifrage

“Not only that, but as my top chart shows, US CO2 emissions are falling even faster than what President Obama pledged in the global Copenhagen Accord.… Here is the biggest shocker of all: the average American’s CO2 emissions are down to levels not seen since 1964 --over half a century ago. …Coal is the number two source of CO2 for Americans. Today the average American burns an amount similar to what they did in 1955, and even less than they did in the 1940s. …It is exactly America’s historical role of biggest and dirtiest that makes their sharp decline in CO2 pollution so noteworthy

and potentially game changing at the global level.”...


News of US CO2 plunge has been described as:
11/19/12, "More than 1,000 New Coal Plants Planned Worldwide," Damian Carrington, UK Guardian

"India is planning 455 new plants compared to 363 in China."...



Above, August, 2007:China’s industrial growth depends on coal, plentiful but polluting, from mines like this one in Shenmu, Shaanxi Province, behind a village store,” NY Times.



Sunday, February 24, 2013

US CO2 dropped 13% in past 5 yrs., 2007-2012

2/7/13, "U.S. Carbon Emissions Dip To 1994 Levels," Russell McLendon, Mother Nature Network via Forbes

"Not since 1994 have U.S. CO2 emissions been as low as they were in 2012, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Output of the heat-trapping gas fell 13 percent in the past five years, putting the country well on its way to meeting President Obama’s target of cutting emissions 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. By the end of last year, U.S. CO2 emissions were already down 10.5 percent from the 2005 baseline....

Coal represented just 18.1 percent of all U.S. power sources in 2012, down from 22.5 percent in 2007."...


'No other country matched US 2012 CO2 reduction':

1/4/13, “An American Triumph: US Carbon Emissions In 2012 Fall 4% & 12% From Peak Level In 2007,John

Through September 2012, carbon emissions were "down every month in 2012, when compared to each of the first 9 months of 2011 and 2010. No other country matches that record."

EIA US emissions 1973 through Sept. 2012


India is planning 455 new coal plants, China 363:

"More than 1,000 New Coal Plants Planned Worldwide," Damian Carrington, UK Guardian
"More than 1,000 coal-fired power plants are being planned worldwide, new research has revealed.,

The huge planned expansion comes despite warnings from politicians, scientists and campaigners that the planet's fast-rising carbon emissions must peak within a few years if runaway climate change is to be avoided and that fossil fuel assets risk becoming worthless if international action on global warming moves forward....

The capacity of the new plants add up to 1,400GW to global greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of adding another China – the world's biggest emitter.
India is planning 455 new plants compared to 363 in China, which is seeing a slowdown in its coal investments after a vast building programme in the past decade....
JP Morgan Chase has provided more than $16.5bn (£10.3bn) for new coal plants over the past six years, followed by Citi ($13.8bn).

Barclays ($11.5bn) comes in as the fifth biggest coal backer and

the Royal Bank of Scotland ($10.9bn) as the seventh. The Japan Bank for International Co-operation was the biggest development bank ($8.1bn), with

the World Bank ($5.3bn) second.
Guy Shrubsole, at Friends of the Earth, said of the WRI report:
"This is a scary number of coal-fired plants being planned. It is clear that the vested interests of coal companies are driving this forward and that  
they will have to be reined in by governments.""...

1/29/13, "China Uses Nearly as Much Coal as Rest of World Combined, EIA Says," Wall St. Journal, Cassandra Sweet 



Above, August, 2007: China’s industrial growth depends on coal, plentiful but polluting, from mines like this one in Shenmu, Shaanxi Province, behind a village store,” NY Times.


East African rainfall due to natural cycles in Indian Ocean, not due to man made CO2-Nature Magazine

1/17/13, "Multidecadal variability in East African hydroclimate controlled by the Indian Ocean," Nature Magazine

"Editor's Summary: Factors causing the East African drought"

"The recent calamitous drought in East Africa was severe in part because it was superimposed on a persistent, decadal-scale decline in spring rainfall. Attempts to understand the mechanisms responsible for hydroclimate variations — and thus food security — in the region have been compromised by the brevity of the instrumental record, which makes it difficult to tease out their influences on multidecadal timescales. Here Jessica Tierney et al. present a palaeoclimate synthesis and model simulations for the past millennia, showing that that sea-temperature variations in the eastern Indian Ocean — rather than the Pacificare the dominant long-term influence on East African rainfall

Cool conditions in the Indian Ocean set up a local atmospheric circulation that favours ascending conditions and higher precipitation."


Nature study on East African rainfall:

"The recent decades-long decline in East African rainfall1 suggests that multidecadal variability is an important component of the climate of this vulnerable region. Prior work based on analysing the instrumental record implicates both Indian2 and Pacific1 ocean sea surface temperatures (SSTs) as possible drivers of East African multidecadal climate variability, but the short length of the instrumental record precludes a full elucidation of the underlying physical mechanisms. Here we show that on timescales beyond the decadal, the Indian Ocean drives East African rainfall variability by altering the local Walker circulation, whereas the influence of the Pacific Ocean is minimal. Our results, based on proxy indicators of relative moisture balance for the past millennium paired with long control simulations from coupled climate models, reveal that moist conditions in coastal East Africa are associated with cool SSTs (and related descending circulation) in the eastern Indian Ocean and ascending circulation over East Africa. The most prominent event identified in the proxy record—a coastal pluvial from 1680 to 1765—occurred when Indo-Pacific warm pool SSTs reached their minimum values of the past millennium. Taken together, the proxy and model evidence suggests that Indian Ocean SSTs are the primary influence on East African rainfall over multidecadal and perhaps longer timescales."

Further comment on the East African rainfall study:

2/23/13, "East African Drought Due To Natural Cycles – Not Man-Made, Study In Nature Shows," P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone 

"A new publication in the journal Nature casts serious doubt on the supposed man-made East African drought assumption. US scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, led by Jessica Tierney, have taken a closer look at moisture trends in East Africa and have uncovered a surprise. Using geological reconstructions, the scientists were indeed able to confirm that East Africa has dried out during the past decade. However, the group also succeeded in reconstructing the data all the way back to the year 1300....

Jessica Tierney and her team started looking for a natural driver for East Africa’s moisture development. They compared the drought data with the temperature development in the Indian Ocean. Lo and behold: both curves showed a high degree of similarity. Obviously the rain in East Africa is driven significantly by the Indian Ocean. Whenever the India Ocean is cool, the rains in East Africa increase. And when the Indian Ocean is warm, the rains become more seldom."... (charts at link) via Tom Nelson


UK Guardian's Suzanne Goldenberg is the one who is factually incorrect about climate science per latest peer reviewed study that CO2 lags temps. UN IPCC Chief and UK Met Office say global warming change has stopped. Goldenberg's personal views aired on a US taxpayer funded radio program

UK Guardian reporter Suzanne Goldenberg appeared on a US taxpayer funded environmental news outlet. Her comments portrayed Americans who disagree with her views on CO2 as the equivalent of people who say "you can get HIV aids from toilet seats:"

Week of 2/22/13, "Secret Cash for Climate Denial," PRI's Environmental News Magazine, Living on Earth, Planet Harmony, transcript

"There's broad scientific consensus that climate disruption is human-induced, yet global warming is still hotly debated. Suzanne Goldenberg joins host Steve Curwood to discuss her recent article in the UK newspaper The Guardian. It investigated the anonymously funded Donor’s Trust and Donor’s Capital Fund which together have given over $100 million dollars to climate change denial groups in the United States over the past decade....
(6th Goldenberg parag.): "When you're talking about science - when you're talking about the facts of climate science - the two sides aren't equivalent. And I don't think that it's legitimate to say putting out information about science is one thing and putting out information that is factually wrong is just as valid. Because they clearly aren’t. I think as a society we’d be concerned if organizations were taking secret money to go out and say, hey, smoke as many cigarettes as you like, it won't hurt you; hey, be afraid when you use a public washroom, you can get HIV aids from toilet seats. I think it's a very different thing when you're talking about putting out information that is factually incorrect, and you're doing that in a secretive fashion."...via Tom Nelson


As to cash behind 'climate' views, major funding for the above radio program is provided by the US taxpayer: "Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation:

Major funding for Living on Earth is provided by the National Science Foundation.

Socially and environmentally sustainable investing.
Pax World. For Tomorrow.

Kendeda Fund, furthering the values that contribute to a healthy planet.
Contribute to Living on Earth and receive, as our gift to you, an autographed copy of Mark Seth Lender's Salt Marsh Diary - A Year on the Connecticut Coast, plus a signed copy of one of his wildlife photographs."


Interviewing Suzanne Goldenberg was Steve Curwood, founder and Exec. Producer of Planet Harmony. Planet Harmony's launch was announced in 2010:

6/24/10, "Planet Harmony Launches As Only Online Environmental Science/Justice Force Purposed To Broaden Participation Of People Of Color In Their Ecological Well-Being,"


Based in Somerville, MA, Planet Harmony is a community and major source of news and information about environmental change made possible in part by member contributions. A project of Living on Earth syndicated radio program reaching more than 300 public radio stations and World Media Foundation, Inc. and funded by the National Science Foundation, Planet Harmony was founded by Steve Curwood in 2009 and is comprised of a network of student reporters, researchers, activists, policy makers, entertainers and other environmentally-vested partners that share ideas and explore solutions on pressing environmental issues and concerns otherwise neglected in the African American community.

For more information, contact Planet Harmony at info(at) myplanetharmony(dot)com or visit us at"


Suzanne Goldenberg's recent article related to Planet Harmony interview:

2/14/13, "Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks," Suzanne Goldenberg, UK Guardian


For Ms. Goldenberg's information, following is a recent peer reviewed study that finds CO2 lags temperature:

Scientists find humans don't cause weather, carbon dioxide 'lags' global temperature, 'changes in atmospheric CO2 not tracking changes in human emissions,' Jan. 2013 peer reviewed study, Global and Planetary Change:
January 2013, "The phase relation between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature," Global and Planetary Change,

Ole Humluma, b, Corresponding author contact information, E-mail the corresponding author,Kjell Stordahlc, Jan-Erik Solheimd 

a Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1047 Blindern, N-0316 Oslo, Norway, b Department of Geology, University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), P.O. Box 156, N-9171 Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, c Telenor Norway, Finance, N-1331 Fornebu, Norway, d Department of Physics and Technology, University of Tromsø, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway


"Using data series on atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperatures we investigate the phase relation (leads/lags) between these for the period January 1980 to December 2011. Ice cores show atmospheric CO2 variations to lag behind atmospheric temperature changes on a century to millennium scale, but modern temperature is expected to lag changes in atmospheric CO2, as the atmospheric temperature increase since about 1975 generally is assumed to be caused by the modern increase in CO2
In our analysis we use eight well-known datasets: 1) globally averaged well-mixed marine boundary layer CO2 data, 2) HadCRUT3 surface air temperature data, 3) GISS surface air temperature data, 4) NCDC surface air temperature data, 5) HadSST2 sea surface data, 6) UAH lower troposphere temperature data series, 7) CDIAC data on release of anthropogene CO2, and 8) GWP data on volcanic eruptions. Annual cycles are present in all datasets except 7) and 8), and to remove the influence of these we analyze 12-month averaged data. We find a high degree of co-variation between all data series except 7) and 8), but with changes in CO2 always lagging changes in temperature. The maximum positive correlation between CO2 and temperature is found for CO2 lagging 11–12 months in 
relation to global sea surface temperature, 9.5–10 months to global surface air temperature, and about 9 months to global lower troposphere temperature. The correlation between changes in ocean temperatures and atmospheric CO2 is high, but do not explain all observed changes.

Changes in global atmospheric CO2 are lagging 11–12 months behind changes in global sea surface temperature.Changes in global atmospheric CO2 are lagging 9.5–10 months behind changes in global air surface temperature. ► Changes in global atmospheric CO2 are lagging about 9 months behind changes in global lower troposphere temperature. ► Changes in ocean temperatures explain a substantial part of the observed changes in atmospheric CO2 since January 1980. ► Changes in atmospheric CO2 are not tracking changes in human emissions." via Tom Nelson
Ed. note on above study: This means man-caused global warming does not exist. It never has existed. The 2007 US Supreme Court 5-4 ruling is null and void. A multi-trillion dollar criminal industry is bankrupt. A generation of humanity has been wasted on CO2 fraud.
UN IPCC Chief and UK Met Office say global warming change has stopped: 
2/21/13, "IPCC Head Pachauri Acknowledges Global Warming Standstill," The Australian, Graham Lloyd

"The UN’s climate change chief, Rajendra Pachauri, has acknowledged a 17-year pause in global temperature rises, confirmed recently by Britain’s Met Office, but said it would need to last “30 to 40 years at least” to break the long-term global warming trend.

Dr Pachauri, the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said that open discussion about controversial science and politically incorrect views was an essential part of tackling climate change.

In a wide-ranging interview on topics that included this year's record northern summer Arctic ice growth, the US shale-gas revolution, the collapse of renewable energy subsidies across Europe and the faltering European carbon market, Dr Pachauri said no issues should be off-limits for public discussion.

In Melbourne for a 24-hour visit to deliver a lecture for Deakin University, Dr Pachauri said that people had the right to question the science, whatever their motivations.

“People have to question these things and science only thrives on the basis of questioning,” Dr Pachauri said."...

Regarding grant-making abilities of the NSF:

The NSF has been so overwhelmed with porn viewing and staff romances for many years that it's had to divert personnel from scientific grant oversight to address the problem, per a 2009 Inspector General report and FOIA documents. An IG report said science staffing would be "significantly" affected for "years" to come. Following are 2 related articles, one from the Washington Times and one from the NY Times:

9/29/2009, "Porn Surfing rampant at US science foundation," Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton

""To manage this dramatic increase without an increase in staff required us to significantly reduce our efforts to investigate grant fraud," the inspector general recently told Congress in a budget request.

  • "We anticipate a significant decline in investigative recoveries and prosecutions in coming years
  • as a direct result."
The budget request doesn't state the nature or number of the misconduct cases, but records obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act laid bare the extent of the well-publicized porn problem inside the government-backed foundation. For instance, one senior executive spent at least 331 days looking at pornography on his government computer and chatting online with nude or partially clad women without being detected, the records show. 

When finally caught, the NSF official retired. He even offered, among other explanations, a humanitarian defense, suggesting that he frequented the porn sites to provide a living to the poor overseas women....

The independent foundation, funded by taxpayers to the tune of $6 billion in 2008, is tasked with handing out scientific grants to colleges, universities and research institutions nationwide. ...It has a total of 1,200 career employees. Recent budget documents for the inspector general cite a "6-fold increase in employee misconduct cases and associated proactive management implication report activities." ...Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for the nonpartisan watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste, called the situation "inexcusable." 

"What kind of oversight is there when they have to shift people from looking at grant fraud to watch for people looking at pornography?" she said....

The foundation's inspector general uncovers scientific misconduct that can force the return of misused grant money to the government but told Congress it was diverted from that mission by the porn cases. 

The office was unable to immediately provide an estimate of how much money the projected decline in investigative recoveries
  • will cost taxpayers....
The newly obtained documents provide fresh evidence that the problem wasn't just an embarrassment: 

It was expensive and often went undetected for long periods of time

The names of all of the employees targeted in the pornography cases were redacted from the more than 120 pages of investigative documents released to The Times. Names were withheld because none of the employees was subject to criminal prosecution, recent civil court action or debarment....

Another employee in a different case was caught with hundreds of pictures, videos and even PowerPoint slide shows containing pornography. Asked by an investigator whether he had completed any government work on a day when a significant amount of pornography was downloaded, the employee responded,

  • "Um, I can't remember," according to records....
The foundation is hardly the only government agency to be embarrassed by disclosures about employees looking at pornography at work. 

The inspector general for the Securities and Exchange Commission noted in a report last fall that it had recently conducted three investigations into employees who misused government computers to view pornography."...

9/29/2009, "Porn Surfing rampant at US science foundation," Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton


"Two senior (NSF) agency employees used government travel money to pursue intimate relationships with subordinates."...

4/7/09, "Senators fault science agency over lax handling of pornography case," NY Times, by Gardiner Harris

"The National Science Foundation has failed to respond adequately to a government investigation that found that more than a dozen agency employees viewed or shared sexually explicit materials, two senators contend in a letter sent to the agency on Monday.

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, asked the National Science Foundation to explain how the agency could have failed to detect the use of pornography that eventually involved more than 30 employees

In one case, a senior staff member used his agency computer to view live sexual performances and engage in sex-oriented online “chatting” with performers.
  • “I am trying to learn how to use cam2cam capability on your site,” he wrote in an e-mail message to the site from his agency computer. “I do not seem to be able to do that.”
Jeff Nesbit, an agency spokesman, responded that the employee was no longer with the agency and that other agency employees had been disciplined or dismissed. The agency is conducting a comprehensive review of the issue, Mr. Nesbit said.

But the senators’ letter noted that in 5 of 11 cases of employees viewing explicit material or being involved in sexual harassment cases,

had failed to notify its inspector general of any action taken
  • or had failed to investigate the cases itself.
The foundation has not disciplined one 20-year employee who has acknowledged 

visiting pornography Web sites on his agency computer, the letter said. The agency has said it had been “unable to substantiate allegations sufficiently enough to support disciplinary action” despite the employee’s admissions, it said.

The senators wrote that they did not understand “how or why N.S.F. failed to take action.” 

Their letter also noted that two senior agency employees used government travel money to pursue intimate relationships with subordinates.

And it said that all of the employees investigated for viewing sexually explicit material had been through the agency’s mandatory security awareness training.

Clearly, N.S.F.’s current polices and their implementation are apparently insufficient to deter, among other things, inappropriate Web access for the purpose of viewing sexually explicit material,” the senators wrote."


Ed. note: The time frame for this reaches back indefinitely and carries forward at least a few years after 2009. NSF is a frat party agency with non-existent supervision, no respect for the assigned work nor for taxpayers whose earnings were confiscated to pay for it. The point is NSF approval doesn't necessarily confer scientific virtue.


Suzanne, major funding for the CO2 terror industry is provided by the US taxpayer:

1/11/11, “Big Money in Climate Change: Who Gives, Who Gets, Al Fin


In 2011 alone the US spent “$10.6 million (taxpayer dollars) a day to study, combat, and educate about climate change.” 1/5/11


Saturday, February 23, 2013

EPA says they 'have nothing to hide' then redacts emails sent pursuant to court order

2/22/13, "What EPA Transparency Looks Like in Most Open, Honest Administration Ever,", William Yeatman

"Having had their fun, EPA officials got serious in the second tranche of emails they released to CEI late Friday, pursuant to a court ruling that ordered the agency to comply with our FOIA requests. This time, we got actual emails that revealed a lot about the fine art of redaction....

Remember, this is the production of the most powerful regulatory agency of the most transparent administration in history. “We have nothing to hide,” the EPA has told us: Sure doesn't seem that way to us."...(a whole page of these at link)


Friday, February 22, 2013

ClimateGate celebrity Michael Mann on Al Jazeera to celebrate Earth Day in 2012

4/24/12, "Why Americans doubt man-made climate change," Al Jazeera

Michael Mann, the director of the Earth System Science Center, Penn State University. photo via American Thinker article below.

"Joining presenter Anand Naidoo on Inside Story US 2012 to discuss these questions and more are guests: Michael Mann, the director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University and author of The Hockey Stick and Climate Wars; Kenneth Green, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and Lynn Thorp, the national campaigns coordinator for Clean Water Action, one of four organisations that endorsed US President Barack Obama's record on the environment last week.

2/19/13, "Getting Gored: Michael Mann's Apocalyptic Prophecies and Al Jazeera's Green Jihad," American Thinker, Mark Musser

"In celebration of Earth Day, Al Jazeera interviewed Michael Mann on April 24 (2012)."...



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