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Solargate: Solyndra to close?

DOA ?

UPDATE: Just heard on the radio that Solyndra is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will lay off 1,100 employees, essentially their entire workforce.

Yesterday I questioned what’s going on in the solar industry and picked Solyndra as a potential candidate to close its doors since it’s losing titanic amounts of money.

I wasn’t off the mark at all. This morning, it sounds that Solyndra may announce it’s closing its doors. According to KTVU Channel 2 News in Oakland, California this morning, employees are being laid off and given unemployment packets. Today, I again wonder if they’ll now file bankruptcy and take their manufacturing to China like Evergreen Solar of Massachusetts?

The Street reports:

U.S. solar company Solyndra, which once had dreams of a big IPO, is headed into bankruptcy.

A analyst in the solar market said an announcement from the embattled U.S. solar company was imminent, expected at noon on Wednesday, after speaking with an employee of the firm in Europe, where all employees were told on Wednesday that they were being let go.

A local Bay Area NBC affiliate also posted a report saying doors of a Solyndra California location had been shuttered and quoted employees as saying the company was finished.

KRON TV in San Francisco, California,  is also now reporting live that workers are getting pink slips and are getting ready to attend a meeting inside Solyndra HQ to hear about what is happening.

No wonder the CEO resigned and appears to be hiding out. Now I wonder how much of that loan money and VC money he has stuffed in his bank accounts and what will happen to it? After visiting this plant and touting green jobs I wonder what President Obama will  have to say about this? He’ll probably remain silent and play golf or go on another vacation.

That’s $535 million of your tax dollars thrown out the window by President Obama. That’s what the federal loan guarantee was and no doubt Solyndra won’t be able to make good on it. With things like this it’s no wonder we need to increase the federal debt limit.

As for Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who have been touting all these wonderful green jobs in California, here’s another massive green jobs fail for you. Now California will again get to blow more money on unemployment checks instead of raking in tax dollars. Their sub-contractors will no doubt be laying off their people next and the city of  Fremont, California, will not be getting any revenue from this bad deal either. There will now be two Solyndra building that will be empty or almost empty sitting beside Highway 880 in Fremont.

Want to bet no one goes to jail over this? I hope Congress takes a hard look at this. Yet more CO2 Insanity of the expensive kind.

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Solargate: How much longer will Solyndra (and others) be around?

Another solar company flop?

I’ve ragged about Solyndra before. There’s weird stuff going on with this company who even after obtaining a $535 million government loan guarantee and venture capital funds has suffered the inability to go public. They had to lay off employees and shut down one facility immediately after California’s Prop 25 initiative failed (the one that would have neutered California’s global warming law AB32). They’re now being investigated by Congress  (House Energy and Commerce Committee) and their CEO recently bailed out. All in all it doesn’t appear to be a pretty picture for Solyndra, California,  or their green jobs poster boy Governor Jerry Brown.

Wall Street Pit has some pretty damning information not only about Solyndra but the solar industry in general:

Solar stocks have been a terrible investment over the past few years. Some of the big public names have been hammered.

FSLR – First Solar = -65%
LDK – LDK Solar = -88%
ESLR – Evergreen Solar = -100%
SPWR – SunPower = -88%

Regarding their failed IPO:

What was in the prospectus wass (sic), no doubt, the real reason that investor chose to take a ‘pass’ on the deal. There were revenue/expense numbers for the nine months preceding the proposed deal:

Revenue: $58.8mm
Cost of Goods Sold: $108.0mm

That is an absolute complete disaster. This is a low margin business to begin with. At Solyndra they were losing 84 cents for every dollar of sales.

Based on that and the rest of what’s in this article about Solyndra, one has to wonder how much longer they’ll be in business. Will they do what Evergreen Solar did and move their operations to China and then file bankruptcy to get out of their massive debt in the United States?

Or, will some other state offer them greener pastures like these two companies, who couldn’t get away from California’s high taxes, business stifling  regulations, congestion, high housing and labor costs fast enough.

Sooner or later reality has to hit the people who think solar and wind provide magic free electricity. Until then it’s more CO2 Insanity.

Source:  Wall Street Pit

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Mitt Romney does an Al Gore

No, we don’t make this stuff up. If you remember, the Reverend Al Gore, head kook of the Church of Global Warming, preached the gospel about how global warming will cause the sea-level to rise. Then, after all that preaching, Reverend Al bought beach front mansion in upscale Montecito, California.

We thought it was hysterical when I Hate the Media’s Mr. Editor and Mr. Administrator were so excited they bought a full-page ad in the local paper to welcome the Reverend Al to town, which got some warmer type people upset.

It seems that Mitt Romney has now developed a similar case of AGW hypocrisy. Back in June he told everyone he believes in anthropogenic global warming, ergo he believes in sea-level rise. Ergo, if one is going to build a mansion it had better be on top of Mount Araratnext to what’s left of Noah’s Ark so it’s safe.

So, what does Uncle Mitty do? Well, not only does Uncle Mitty own some beachfront property just north of San Diego in La Jolla, California, he now wants to tear down that measly 3,000 square foot mansion and replace it with an 11,062 square foot mansion, larger than Revered Al’s 6.500 square foot villa.

Sounds like a case of keeping up with the Gore’s to us. Or, perhaps a game of who has the bigger beachfront mansion full of global warming BS. Or, perhaps Uncle Mitty has some warmer-type investments we don’t know about? Or, it could just be a case of common CO2 Insanity.

Meanwhile, poor Obama has to rent his beach front vacation house. Loser!

Source: Daily Mail

Written by: CO2 Insanity

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Global Warming Hits New Zealand’s North Island

Here we go folks! Global warming has hit New Zealand’s North Island for the first time in 40 years.

Blizzards lashing the South Island moved on to the more populated North Island, with falls in central Wellington and southern suburbs of Auckland where snow had not been seen since the mid-1970s.

Emergency services in four-wheel drive vehicles and a snow plough managed to free more than 100 people who were trapped after nightfall in their cars on a treacherous road over the Rimutaka Hills, north of Wellington.

Isn’t it just amazing how the planet is warming up! Kudos to Al Gore for making such terrific predictions about how hot we are aren’t.

Source: The Telegraph

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Oops! That Heat DOES radiate into Outer Space!

Well, it seems more computer models need to be flushed down the toilet.  According to this item from Forbes via Yahoo News……..

NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxidetrap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA’s Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

Gee, I wonder what people like Rajendra Pachauri, James Hansen, et al,  have to say about this? They’ll probably either hide out or come up with newer and better BS to baffle us all with. Contrary to warmer BS those CO2 molecules evidently do not radiate heat back to Earth in some magic focused one-way back to Earth beam.

Back to the thermodynamics law that heat flows to cold. Read the whole article at the source below.

Source: Forbes via Yahoo News

 

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Is James Hansen of GISS in Deep Doo-Doo?

No you can't see my records!!! They're...ummm...Top Secret! Yeah! That's it!

Here we go again with more Obama Administration FOIA (Freedom of Information Antics), this time with a subsidiary of NASA, GISS (Goddard Institute for  Space Studies).

According to the Daily Caller GISS doesn’t want to give up any information on Hansen’s outside income that may potentially be a conflict of interest…….

The American Tradition Institute’s (ATI) Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit Tuesday to force the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to make public ethics records for global warming activist and chief climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies James Hansen — to ensure that he did not use his public position for personal gain.

According to ATI, over the past four years Hansen has earned an estimated $1.2 million from outside opportunities.

I guess that they’re perhaps afraid that ATI may find out that Hansen, who’s known about for adding some ‘warming’ here and there might just be adding that ‘warming’ to feather his own nest.

You can read the rest of the Gore-y details at the source below.

Source: The Daily Caller

 

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New Photo of Typical AGW Believer Just In!

Typical AGW Believer

Regardless of the proof, the typical believer in anthropogenic global warming appears to resemble the above with their head in the sand. Or, perhaps someplace else?

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Ten Physics Facts – Setting the Record Straight

Curious about some of the faux claims made by warmers and what the real deal is about them? Here’s something from Slaying the Sky Dragon.com that sets the record straight on 10 physics facts that some warmers like to twist to suit their vision of global warming.

This is a rebuttal based on Physics Trumps Right-Wing Ideology written by Mr. Puckerclust. Puckerclust begins his post thusly:

“Global warming deniers know as much about climate science as they do about brain surgery. Would you let them tell your doctor what to do about that tumor?

“Why do I–a professional physicist and lifetime member of the American Physical Society–accept the reality of human-caused global warming? Because I accept the following top-ten list of physics facts, which have never been disputed in the scientific literature. This is also why the American Physical Society of 47,000 physicists says “The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring”.”

Before we set the record straight about those ten supposed physics facts, let’s also set the record straight on some preliminary information that Mr Puckerclust would like us to believe.

(a) The APS statement on climate change was not drafted or confirmed by “47,000 physicists” of the APS, but by the APS council.

(b) Many members of the APS have criticized the statement, incl. Harold Lewis who resigned in protest. Lewis’ analysis of the motivations behind the APS council position on climate change is better than anything we could come up with.

(c) Even APS editor Jeffrey Marque had to make the public admission ”There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution.”
(d) Furthermore, even if there was “consensus” on AGW by APS or any other institution this wouldn’t make the theory valid unless Puckerclust is also willing to accept that the Sun had revolved around the Earth prior to 1543.
(e) The snide title of Puckerclust’s essay implies that those on the political left could not possibly dispute his opinions. That alone is far from the truth.
(f) By the way, nobody is denying that global warming occurred during the last decade of the last century, it’s just that the emissions of carbon dioxide have nothing to do with it.

Now for our point by point response, not just one, but all ten.

You can read the rebuttal to all 10 at the source below.

Source: Slaying the Skydragon

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New islands? I thought the sea-level was rising?

So why isn't this barrier island submerged? Bad predictions?

According to this article in the Daily Mail……

Using satellite images, topographical maps and navigational charts they have identified a total of 2,149 such islands worldwide.

This is significantly higher than the 1,492 identified in a 2001 survey conducted without the aid of publicly available satellite imagery.

So, long story short they missed 657 islands.

My point is that you’ve been hearing about global warming, climate change, climate disruption (or whatever you prefer to call it) that “the science is settled” for years.

Can someone please explain to me how the science can be “settled” about global warming when they can’t even account for all the islands on the planet? I’d guess we have certain scientists who “cant’ find their ass with both hands,” some of who may have either the cojones or the stupidity to attempt to predict what the climate will be on Earth 100 years from now.

It gets more ridiculous if you take into consideration all the predictions of sea-level rise. I mean if we have all this sea-level rise, then why aren’t these islands all submerged? Hmmmm?

Actually according to a post at Real Science, “the sea-level has dropped 30mm since the end of 2009,” as you can see from the chart at their site here.

Source: The Daily Mail

H/T to Real Science

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Debunking the Greenhouse Gas Theory in Three Simple Steps

By: John O’Sullivan

A group of international scientists find that carbon dioxide is a coolant, the calculations in the greenhouse gas theory are wrong and humans are not killing the planet.

It may have taken the Climategate controversy to prompt a growing band of specialist scientists to come forward and work together to help climatologists get themselves out of an almighty mess. But at last we know for sure that the doomsaying equations behind the man-made global warming new research shows the numbers were fudged, the physics was misapplied and group thinking perpetuated gross errors.

Yes, the greenhouse effect has now been proven to be a fabrication. That mythical concept called ‘back radiation’ whereby heat was supposed to be recycled in the atmosphere and worsened by the dreaded burning of fossil fuels is contradicted. In reality it’s now been shown that the atmosphere acts like a coolant of Earth’s surface, which, otherwise, would have a temperature of 121 Degrees Celsius, or 394 Kelvin (K).

A team of dedicated international experts, known as the ‘Slayers,’ all highly qualified in their respective fields, spent the past year deliberating over the deep-rooted errors in the calculations employed in the greenhouse gas theory. Their findings are devastating to all those who claim carbon dioxide and the ‘greenhouse effect’ heats our atmosphere.

The standard argument of a clique of climatologists associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is as follows:

  • A warm body (the earth) radiates heat to a cool body (the atmosphere)
  • The cool body “back-radiates” (IPCC term) heat to the warm body.
  • This process continues perpetually, with heat flowing round and round in a continuous cycle.
  • The result of this perpetual process is that the warm body becomes warmer.

This is the so-called greenhouse effect (GHE) examined closely by a team of professors of physics, mathematics, astrophysics, chemistry and biology who joined forces to put the numbers under a fresh microscope.

This group of 20+ specialist scientists has given the infant (and generalist) science of climatology a much-need shake up. Indeed, the ‘Slayers’ say a monumental paradigm shift is now very much under way.

Below, in simplified form, we examine in three parts how their brilliant analysis has eviscerated one of the most costly and mistaken theories of modern science, man-made global warming.

Part One: Coolant Carbon Dioxide

In a recent ground breaking paper Professor Nasif Nahle proved that carbon dioxide (CO2) actually works as a coolant when it interacts with water vapor in the atmosphere to induce the air temperature to cool not a warm.

Physicist, Joe Postma, in this epic debunk further describes the correct application of the laws of thermodynamics to address how the thermal capacity (or conductivity) works with the ‘coolant’ CO2. As Postma tells us,

“Carbon dioxide and other atmospheric gases merely serve to make the atmosphere cooler in daytime, warmer at nighttime. This is what empirical evidence tells us. ”

He asks us to think of how this interpretation differs from what the uneducated and pseudo scientists say that is “the greenhouse effect makes the planet warmer than it should be.” But we know that in truth what we actually observe is somewhat entirely different.

In the future, says Joe, people will declare: “The atmosphere keeps the planet from getting too hot in the daytime, and too cold at night-time”.

Just that simple realization alone kills the so-called ‘blanket’ analogy of greenhouse gas theorists stone dead.

Step Two: How the IPCC Picked Wrong Numbers from the Get-go

Now we address the IPCC’s biggest mistake. They started off with a flawed number, and then have to invent lots of other unreal processes and mechanisms to make the real Earth’s average temperature coincide with their numbers.

Professor Nasif Nahle points out that error in IPCC models:

“It’s quite simple. The flux of power on the top of the atmosphere is 1368 W/m^2; however, they [IPCC] say it is 341 W/m^2.”

Without an atmosphere, the Earth would be receiving a flux of 1368 W/m^2 of solar power (394K under the zenith facing the Sun). With the atmosphere, it receives and absorbs 718 W/m^2 (335K) on its surface.

Postma, a recent addition to the team sums up how much getting those first numbers right matters:

“We all agree that the atmosphere has an “atmosphere effect.” But what is of interest to us is how this effect changes if the properties of the atmosphere changes (a little).”

In this excellent paper geologist, Timothy Casey, gives a calculation for how much temperature variation will be caused by changes in CO2. It tells us:

“If carbon dioxide produced the backradiation claimed by Arrhenius, thermal conductivity measurements of carbon dioxide would be so suppressed by the backradiation of heat conducted into this material, that the correspondingly steep temperature gradient would yield a negative thermal conductivity of carbon dioxide.”

What Casey shows is that in reality, a 10,000 ppm increase in carbon dioxide could, at most, reduce the conductivity of air by a measly one percent and given the actual difference between the thermal conductivities of carbon dioxide (0.0168) and zero grade air (0.0260), a 10,000 ppm increase in carbon dioxide would lower the thermal conductivity of zero grade air by 0.36 percent.

Casey finds,

“That would represent a 0.36 percent increase in thermal gradient, or a surface warming of 0.18 percent and a ceiling cooling of 0.18 percent of the total difference in temperature between the top and bottom of the affected air mass. In the case of a tropospheric carbon dioxide increase of 10,000 ppm, that would correspond to a warming of 0.125ºC, or one eighth of a degree Celsius at the earth’s surface.”

“However, even if this wasn’t a negligible enough effect, Casey finds the proverbial doubling of CO2 would only contribute a change of 0.0040C at the surface”.

Step Three: Exposing the Idiocy

Groupthink is ‘Step Three’ in our explanation of how climatology got itself into such a muddle. Here’s a perfect example of scientific idiocy displayed by someone who ought to know better. Postma shows how a reality disconnect by one such theorist makes a mockery of IPCC numbers when applied to the real world. He explains,

“Yesterday a professor tried to tell me that a blackbody (BB) would heat itself up if its radiation would shine back on it – if it was surrounded completely by a perfect mirror.

I told him that all that would happen is you’d get a standing electromagnetic wave between the BB and the mirror, with a frequency spectrum and flux density equal to that of the BB – there’d be no spontaneous increase of temperature.  50C is 50C and there’s no way to get more than 50C, from 50C.  The only way to get more than 50C is to bring in some outside work or something hotter than 50C.”

Postma then enlightened the perplexed professor that it’s impossible to make candles or insulation warm itself by its own radiation.  “If we could make a candle burn hotter by reflecting it’s light back onto it, that would have been discovered long ago.”

The Slayers thus ask us to put it all in terms of radiation and conduction being analogous modes of heat transfer.  Then it becomes plainly obvious and ridiculous.

Like his learned colleagues Postma suggests climatologists apply a little more common sense and joined up thinking; their heat transport equations should properly be addressed in terms of conduction such that radiation and conduction are simply MODES of heat transfer. If an object can heat itself via its own, or “colder” radiation, then it should also be able to heat itself by conducting with itself, or conducting with a cold body.

“An object conducting with itself to make itself hotter?  What the heck does that even mean?  An object conducting with a colder one and thereby becoming hotter?  I don’t think so,” insists Postma.

Thus when we start to accept that conduction and radiation are analogous modes of heat transfer, then it dawns on us all that the laws work the same way with both of them.

Therefore, by working through this ‘Three Step Greenhouse Effect Debunk’ we are left with only one conclusion: IPCC junk (generalist) science is well and truly busted by the specialists in their fields.

Source: John O’Sullivan

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