Policy Based Evidence Making

This is how the fraudsters operate.

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The International Energy Agency reports that this marks “the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas that was not tied to an economic downturn.”

Record First: Global CO2 Emissions Went Flat In 2014 While The Economy Grew | ThinkProgress

The message for the day  was “we can grow the economy without increasing CO2 emissions”

So they made up some completely bogus statistic about CO2 emissions, which have been increasing linearly and were one of the highest on record last year.

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There isn’t one smidgen of truth to Joe Romm’s claim. It is nothing but propaganda. China is bringing a new coal plant on line every week.

They change the message every day to fit the current propaganda needs.

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.

Coal plants are the most polluting of all power stations and the World Resources Institute (WRI) identified 1,200 coal plants in planning across 59 countries, with about three-quarters in China and India. 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.

More than 1,000 new coal plants planned worldwide, figures show | Environment | The Guardian

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12 Responses to Policy Based Evidence Making

  1. Warren D. Walker says:

    The missing CO2 emissions are in the same place as the missing heat.

  2. Anto says:

    Given that history shows CO2 lags temperature, it’s far more likely that measured atmospheric is simply catching up with the flatline in temperatures.

  3. R. Shearer says:

    And if atmospheric CO2 concentration continues to rise it demonstrates Salby’s hypothesis.

  4. Crowbar says:

    This story doesn’t fit the usual alarmist meme. I smell a rat.
    Could this be excuse #142 for “The Pause”?
    Alarmists would buy it, no matter what the Moana Loa CO2 levels say.

    • Tony B says:

      I agree. It smells more to me like the alarmists are trying to plow the field in preparation to explain the “pause”. And coming from Romm, I’m guessing it’s probably fodder for some impending White House announcement (just like “hottest year ever” was rolled out ahead of the State of the Union address).

  5. Robertv says:

    And there is NO economic growth. It is all about ‘money’ printing.


    • Gail Combs says:

      You can not have ‘economic growth’ when you are busy shipping all your industry to China and India.

      Remember the GDP INCLUDES the salaries of all those government employees. Hire more government parasites, give them all raises and Voilà! the ‘GDP’ grows.

    • DD More says:

      Its a tight race to see who has more fake numbers, climate or GDP.

      In this chart, PCE dwarfs everything else. If you just look at the BEA’s numbers you see that personal consumption expenditures in the second quarter were running at a $10 trillion annual rate, 70.7% of the $14.1 trillion GDP figure.

      But when you actually look at the detailed breakdown of PCE, you get a much different picture. I divided PCE into five categories

      Second category: Import-intensive goods. These are items such as clothing, personal computers, cell phones, televisions, toys, sporting goods, cars, gasoline, and so forth. These are items where a substantial amount of production is done abroad, either directly or indirectly.
      For such import-intensive goods, a $1 of consumer spending does not correspond to a $1 of domestic activity. If you buy a shirt or a laptop which is made overseas, much of your money supports economic activity in China or Taiwan, not the U.S. This category is worth $1.7 trillion, or 12% of GDP.

      Third category of PCE—“imputed services.” What this means is that the BEA assigns a number to certain economic activities, even though no money actually changes hands. The two most important imputed services are “imputed rental of owner-occupied nonfarm housing” and “financial services furnished without payment”. Respectively, these are the money you supposedly pay yourself to live in your own home, and the money you supposedly pay the bank for such services as free checking (by accepting lower or no interest on your demand deposits).
      This category—worth $1.5 trillion or 11% of GDP

      Are you saying you didn’t know that GDP includes a rent payment on the portion of your paid for house? It does.

      • Jason Calley says:

        Back about two years ago I saw an article where some Chinese economists were saying that perhaps as much as a third of reported US GDP was smoke and mirrors. It reminds me of the old joke. A ship sinks and leaves two economists stranded on a desert island. After six months they still have no hut, no tools and no raft, but they had both become millionaires from trading back and forth an old hat one of them had.

        Great Britain recently had a surge in GDP. How? They started including estimates of money changing hands via prostitution and drug dealing. Really, no joke…

      • Jason Calley says:

        I almost forgot. “Are you saying you didn’t know that GDP includes a rent payment on the portion of your paid for house? ”

        You know, the IRS was trying to actually charge you tax on that amount, but the public outcry was too much. If you owned your home, you would have been charged taxes on the amount of rent you would have collected if you rented it out instead of living in it. Crazy? Sure, but no worse than charging you a tax penalty for the money you didn’t spend by not buying health insurance.

  6. gator69 says:

    Personally, I’d like to see some error bars around CO2 measurements.

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