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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #522 – Watts Up With That?

The Week That Was: 2022-10-01 (October 1, 2022)
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Quote of the Week: “A man who is certain he is right is almost sure to be wrong.”– Michael Faraday

Number of the Week: 14


By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

Scope: The weather disturbance in Southeast US disrupted travel resulting in a brief TWTW with a very brief This Week Section which is not summarized.


Tim Ball – RIP: The world lost a gentleman and scholar with the death of Timothy Francs Ball at the age of eighty-three. Tim retired as a professor at the University of Winnipeg specializing in geography with emphasis on historical climatology. He emphasized the weather records of the Hudson Bay Company which covered the area of North America that drains into the Hudson Bay, most of central Canada. The area is also known as Rupert’s Land. The records show that warming and cooling in the area is natural, there is nothing unusual with today’s climate change.

Ball was co-author of Eighteenth-Century Naturalists of Hudson Bay which discusses the flora and fauna of Rupert’s Land as well as the careful efforts by members of the Hudson Bay Company to consistently record weather. Although these locations were far distant from one another, they provide a solid 200-hundred-year record of what occurred over a large, major area of North America.

In 2007, Tim earned the wrath of the climate change alarmists including the United States Geological Survey when he criticized the listing of the polar bear as an endangered species about to be eliminated by global warming. Based on the weather (climate) records, Ball did not consider the melting of the Arctic ice sheet unusual. A member of the US National Snow and Ice Data Center strongly disagreed and trashed the paper, without evidence why. We are now seeing that the polar bear is thriving due to a reduction in hunting (particularly the use of airplanes while hunting polar bear) and that the Arctic Ice Sheet is rebounding as it has in the past.

Tim long recognized the great failings of global climate models that are not tested against observations. He authored several essays on the importance of naturally occurring Rossby Waves. These eddies, or swirls, can become stationary. In the summer they can cause stationary high-pressure systems, causing “heat waves.”   In the winter they can cause polar weather to descend on the east side of the Rockies, over parts of the Great Plains – a Texas “blue norther.” Among other matters, he understood the difference of behavioral pattern of plains and woodland buffalo (bison) and how natives hunted them.

Since he plainly spoke for science based on evidence, Tim was sued by several people. Perhaps the worst was by Michael Mann, which drained him financially and emotionally. Mr. Mann lost and was ordered to pay court costs in British Columbia, Canada. But Mr. Mann never did. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy – Tim Ball – RIP and Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice


Challenging the Orthodoxy: Recently retired from Plasma Physics Division, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Wallace Manheimer has authored papers on diverse subjects such as magnetic fusion, inertial fusion, and the energy/climate dilemma. His recent paper in the Journal of Sustainable Development, “While the Climate Always Has and Always Will Change, There Is no Climate Crisis” is noteworthy.

Chairman of SEPP, Tom Sheahen gave a presentation to the Irish Climate Science Forum and CLINTEL on the second most absurd push by climate scientists after CO2 – Methane. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy.


Hurricanes: After a strong tropical storm weakens, it become an “extratropical” storm, but this has no clear definition as to either strength or latitude. It is extratropical because it began in the tropics and was a cyclone (a hurricane).   Former hurricane Fiona hit eastern Canada and politicians shouted alarm of global warming; however,  former hurricanes have hit Greenland as well, without such cries of alarm.

Hurricane Ian was a large strong storm that made landfall in the Fort Myers and Cape Coral area of Florida, where hurricanes seldom make landfall. But the claims that the hurricane was unprecedented appear false. After presenting records of prior hurricanes, Paul Homewood writes:

“To be blunt, 130 Kt wind speeds are not consistent with 940 MB pressure.

“And this is not the only evidence of inconsistency. Estimates of wind speeds from satellite data are largely based on the Digital Dvorak system, which measures temperatures within the cyclone.

“According to the satellites, Ian only peaked at around 120 Kts at landfall. Indeed, it briefly peaked higher on the 27th when winds were estimated at 110 Kts. The red line represents the actual measurements, while the green line is the published number, in this case peaking at 135 Kts just prior to landfall:” [Homewood gives charts supporting his statements]

The claim of 150 mph winds (130 Kt) may be quietly abandoned. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy and Changing Weather.


A Mineral Cliff? As the leaders of many nations assert that solar, wind and other sources of energy are the solution to the [non-existent] problem of human-caused climate change, resorting to censorship of “climate change deniers” is very much in vogue. Further, advocates of the great energy-leap forward assume that there are no difficulties for obtaining the rare earths needed for this transition. See links under Censorship and Challenging the Orthodoxy.


Number of the Week – 14: According to an article in Geosystems and Geoenvironment, there are fourteen rare earths or metals that will be needed to reach net zero. The most critical rare earths of metals are: Te (tellurium), In (Indium), Ag (silver), and Cd (Cadmium). See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy.


Jacinda Ardern calls for a Global Ministry of Truth to stop disinformation “weapon”

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Oct 1, 2022

Jacinda Ardern is Prime Minister of New Zealand

Challenging the Orthodoxy — NIPCC

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science

Idso, Carter, and Singer, Lead Authors/Editors, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), 2013


Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts

Idso, Idso, Carter, and Singer, Lead Authors/Editors, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), 2014


Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels

By Multiple Authors, Bezdek, Idso, Legates, and Singer eds., Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, April 2019

Download with no charge:

Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming

The NIPCC Report on the Scientific Consensus

By Craig D. Idso, Robert M. Carter, and S. Fred Singer, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), Nov 23, 2015

Download with no charge:

Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate

S. Fred Singer, Editor, NIPCC, 2008

Global Sea-Level Rise: An Evaluation of the Data

By Craig D. Idso, David Legates, and S. Fred Singer, Heartland Policy Brief, May 20, 2019

Challenging the Orthodoxy

While the Climate Always Has and Always Will Change, There Is no Climate Crisis

By Wallace Manheimer, Journal of Sustainable Development, Sep 8, 2022


Methane: The Irrelevant Greenhouse Gas

By Tomas P. Sheahen, ICSF & CLINTEL, Sep 21, 2022

Slides and Video

The rush towards Net Zero risks global geopolitical instability, along with the loss of vital technological capabilities, according to a new analysis of the future requirements for rare metals.

By David Whitehouse, Net Zero Watch, Sep 29, 2022

Link to paper: Net Zero climate remediations and potential terminal depletion of global critical metal resources: A synoptic geological perspective

By David Groves, et al., Geosystems and Government, Sep 22, 2022

After Hurricane Ian: No Trend in Florida Landfalls, Global Activity Trending Down

By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Sep 29, 2022

Data Driven Perspective on Ian and Hurricane Trends

By Joseph D’Aleo, ICECAP, Sep 30, 2022

Challenging the Orthodoxy – Tim Ball — RIP

Tim Ball, R.I.P.

By John Robson, Climate Discussion Nexus, Sep 28, 2022

On The Death Of Climate Scientist Dr. Tim Ball

By Francis Menton, Manhattan Contrarian, Sep 26, 2022

Ball’s Bearing, Tim Ball, 1938-2022

By Mark Steyn, His Blog, Sep 26, 2022

RIP Dr. Tim Ball, Climate Realist

By Anthon Watts, WUWT, Sep 25, 2022

Please Donate Towards Dr. Tim Ball’s Funeral Expenses

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 30, 2022

Defending the Orthodoxy

Climate Scientists Want To Ban Dissenting Views

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Sep 28, 2022

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