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  • GOP Hearings On Climate Change May Threaten Entire Green Economy [View article]
    Lawrence Solomon: Global warming doomsayers take note: Earth’s 19th Little Ice Age has begun

    With a century of cold weather ahead, the public won’t buy that cold weather is caused by global warming

    The news was all gloom for global warming doomsayers this week — a double whammy of (for them) incomprehensible findings that proves (to them) that the world is either mad or in denial.

    The first whammy came via Gallup, in a comprehensive study of American attitudes to the environment in general and global warming in particular. Despite the obvious-as-the-nose-on... (to them) environmental calamities that are at this very moment overwhelming the planet, only 9% of the public rate the overall quality of the environment as poor. Inexplicably, 50% rate the environment as excellent or good — the highest degree of satisfaction with the state of the environment that Gallup has recorded since it began asking this question in 2001.

    But the gloom for the doomsayers was only beginning. When Americans do worry about the environment, they worry “a great deal” about the quality of their drinking water, followed by pollution of rivers and lakes. They don’t worry a great deal about global warming, which ranks dead last on Gallup’s list of worries. Fewer than one-third of Americans lose sleep over global warming, fewer than express concern over air pollution, fewer than get stressed over environmental issues that haven’t dominated the news in decades, such as the extinction of plants and animals and the loss of tropical rain forests.
    Mar 29, 2015. 09:49 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors' Guide To El Nino, Climate Change And Summer Weather Forecast [View article]
    Atmospheric physicist Dr. Murry Salby: Man-made CO2 could only cause warming of 'a few tenths of a degree, if at all'
    A recent seminar presentation by atmospheric physicist & professor Murry Salby in Germany strikes another huge blow to climate alarm, demonstrating:

    The man-made share of CO2 in the atmosphere is only a maximum of 30% (0-30%). The remainder is related to temperature changes, natural outgassing from the oceans, and to humidity.
    The residence time of CO2 in the atmosphere is only 4-7 years, not hundreds of years as falsely claimed by the IPCC Bern model.
    Man-made CO2 emissions increased a whopping 350% faster since 2002, yet the rate of CO2 increase in the atmosphere remained steady at ~2.1 ppm/yr, a "strong indication that anthropogenic emissions can not have a significant or even dominant share."
    His conclusion: "Because of the saturation effect in the energy absorption of CO2 molecules with increasing concentration and short residence time, the further increase in temperature could be therefore only at most a few tenths of a degree, if at all. However, the known fossil reserves would be exhausted by then."
    Mar 24, 2015. 09:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors' Guide To El Nino, Climate Change And Summer Weather Forecast [View article]
    You just have to love this "Settled Science."

    This in turn strengthens the idea that cosmic ray variations through solar activity affect the climate. In this picture, solar activity increase is responsible for about half of the twentieth-century global warming through a reduction of the cosmic ray flux, leaving less to be explained by anthropogenic activity. Also, in this picture, climate sensitivity is on the low side (perhaps 1 to 1.5°C increase per CO2 doubling, compared with the 1.5 to 4.5°C range advocated by the IPCC), implying that the future is not as dire as often prophesied.
    Mar 22, 2015. 08:29 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GOP Hearings On Climate Change May Threaten Entire Green Economy [View article]
    Republicans To Investigate Climate Data Tampering By NASA

    Are government climate agencies tampering with climate data to show warming? Some Republicans think so. California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says to expect congressional hearings on climate data tampering.

    Renowned Princeton Physicist Freeman Dyson: ‘I like carbon dioxide’ – Warns ‘Climate experts have set themselves up as being the guardians of the truth…& that is a dangerous situation’

    Freeman Dyson - June 30, 2014 - IEEE Spectrum Video Interview:

    Q: Dyson asked if he is hoping we reduce Co2 levels:

    Dyson: ‘I like carbon dioxide, it’s very good for plants. It's good for the vegetation, the farms, essentially carbon dioxide is vital for food production, vital for wildlife.

    0800 min: Dyson: 'The effects of co2 on climate are really very poorly understood…The experts all seem to think they understand it, I don't think they do…Climate is a very complicated story. And we may or may not understand it better (in the future). The main thing that is lacking at the moment is humility. The climate experts have set themselves up as being the guardians of the truth and they think they have the truth and that is a dangerous situation.

    Q: Dyson is asked about reducing CO2 emissions just in case global warming claims are correct.

    0900: Dyson: 'I don't think that's sensible. It means you are doing huge damage to the environment…at cost of large amounts of money and very likely getting no benefits at all. I don't think its a good bargain no matter which way you look at it.'
    Feb 20, 2015. 07:15 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Higher Soybean Prices Are Helping Renewable Energy Group's Margins [View article]
    "Robert, does the fact that REGI has its own blending/distribution arm mean that it can keep the entire $1/gallon credit for any gallons it sells through that unit? If so ... they'll get much more than $100M."

    I believe that is correct. By blending their renewable diesel with their biodiesel REGI would qualify as the "blender" and not have to share the $1 btc with an outside blender. Assuming that the Geismar plant reaches 75 million gallons, and they blend in 10% biodiesel, that should allow them to keep another $7.5 million. They also get 1.7 vs 1.5 RINs for the renewable diesel.
    Feb 14, 2015. 04:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Government Won't Kill Bitcoin, Apple Or Some Other Corporation Will [View article]
    Tim Cook: Apple Pay designed for security

    "Only way to keep this alive is by commenting on your own flawed analysis?
    Give it up. You've lost and have been proven wrong. Again and again."

    Considering the Bitcoin recently traded below $200 and gold is collapsing, it looks like my analysis has been right again and again. Just look at the price.
    Feb 14, 2015. 12:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Renewable Energy Group Faces An Uncertain Regulatory Environment In 2015 [View article]
    Another well written article Tristan, much appreciated. One thing I've noticed is that feedstock have finally started to respond to market conditions.
    Yellow grease is at $23 and Soybean Oil is near $31, well off their highs.
    Feb 10, 2015. 09:15 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GOP Hearings On Climate Change May Threaten Entire Green Economy [View article]
    I've said this countless times:

    Flashback: Meteorologist Anthony Watts on ‘adjusted’ U.S. temperature data: ‘In the business and trading world, people go to jail for such manipulations of data’
    Feb 8, 2015. 09:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors' Guide To El Nino, Climate Change And Summer Weather Forecast [View article]
    Forget Climategate. This ‘global warming’ scandal is much bigger…

    BTW, if Climate "Science" was a real "science" they would have a "Control" on which to base all other comparisons. In Climate "Science" that would be air that is exposed to nothing but the impact of changing CO2, with the impact of other major greenhouse gasses removed, namely H2O, and no "heat island" or "urbanization" effect. The best example of a "control" would be the very very very dry cold air found near the center of the South Pole. That would be the control. One would expect that without H2O and without any other exogenous factors one would find a very tight fit between CO2 and temperature IF CO2 was the cause of the warming. The function becomes temperature is a function of CO2, and nothing else. Here is the chart of South Pole Temperatures and CO2. Clearly there is no relationship between CO2 and Temperature what so ever, in fact, if there is a relationship, it is an INVERSE relationship. No climate model or theory defines an inverse relationship between CO2 and temperature.

    Here is the station:
    Feb 8, 2015. 08:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors' Guide To El Nino, Climate Change And Summer Weather Forecast [View article]
    The current warm period is no “anthropogenic product”, rather it is the natural result of a repeating 1000-year cycle that goes back far into the past. Today’s warm period does not even reach the temperatures seen in the past warm periods, which at times were 1 to 2°C higher. Moreover it is important to note that during both of the past temperature maxima of 1000 and 2000 years ago, the CO2 values were at 280 ppm while today they are at 400 ppm. This indicates that the earlier warmer periods likely were related to natural solar activity and not to a rise in CO2 because there was no CO2 rise during those warm phases. - See more at:
    Feb 8, 2015. 07:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bitcoin ETF Is A Way To Corner The Bitcoin Market And Create A Bubble [View article]
    Don't take my word for it, simply take the Winkelvi at their own words. The clearly understand the concept of hording an "asset" with an inelastic supply.

    The Winklevoss twins are creating the exchange while they seek approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch a bitcoin exchange-traded fund. The agency has been reviewing their filing since 2013.

    The twins anticipate that institutional investors, like mutual funds and pension plans, will be interested in a bitcoin ETF since they are not permitted to buy the currency itself.

    "Most bitcoin losses have not been due to theft or hacking," Tyler Winklevoss said. "It has been due to user error. It is people forgetting their passwords or losing their keys."

    "We have never sold a bitcoin," Cameron Winklevoss said.

    In essence, the Winkelvi are hoping to use the ETF and Pension money as a way to corner the Bitcoin market. They buy up Bitcoins now, and then manufacture demand through an ETF and Pensions as a way to spike the demand for their Bitcoins. The Winklevi are modern day Fisks and Goulds. I can't believe the SEC won't see through this scheme, but if they do, if economics has any value at all, this ETF should explode.

    Jan 27, 2015. 08:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors' Guide To El Nino, Climate Change And Summer Weather Forecast [View article]
    Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company
    Executives at a Bermudan firm funneling money to U.S. environmentalists run investment funds with Russian tycoons
    Jan 27, 2015. 06:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GOP Hearings On Climate Change May Threaten Entire Green Economy [View article]
    Big threat for Obama's climate efforts from GOP-run Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The GOP vows to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development.

    The GOP's first order of business: the Keystone XL pipeline. The Republican-led House has repeatedly passed legislation to approve the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada deep into the United States.
    Jan 6, 2015. 09:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bitcoin Is Sinking Fast, So Are Hopes Of Bitcoin-Related Investments [View article]
    The bad news just keeps coming, my bet is 2015 will see the end of the Bitcoin.

    Major bitcoin exchange suspended after price plunge

    Bitstamp, the second-largest dollar-bitcoin exchange, suspended operations early Monday, signalling what some are calling a watershed moment for the cryptocurrency.

    The U.K.-based exchange said it would be halting withdrawals and dissuaded customers from making deposits following what it implied was a security lapse. Still, some have argued that this could be an excuse for a larger liquidity problem after the weekend's big drop in bitcoin's price.

    "We have reason to believe that one of Bitstamp's operational wallets was compromised on January 4th, 2015," the company wrote in a message on its website.|finance...
    Jan 5, 2015. 09:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bitcoin Is Sinking Fast, So Are Hopes Of Bitcoin-Related Investments [View article]
    "The #1 priority of eBay and any other merchant should be to protect the consumer so that they can continue to shop on eBay or any other store. Bitcoin fails miserably at that. EBAY, or any other merchant, should not be encouraging its customers to become high risk currency speculators, it should be developing a solution that works for the customer, not against them.

    The Bitcoin peaked near $1,200 and now trades near $260. Consumers that merchants encouraged to use the Bitcoin now have about 75% LESS purchasing power. Only the most foolish of merchants would want to bankrupt their consumers. As I've been saying in countless articles and posts, the computer geniuses in Silicon Valley need to put down their programing manuals and pick up a Money and Banking 301 Economics book. The Bitcoin never had a chance, never. Any 2nd year economics student could have told them that, at least those that understood how flawed the Austrian School's monetary theories are.
    Jan 4, 2015. 03:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment