“The stories in Eichenwald’s book [on Enron] about [Andy] Fastow’s rage reminded me of [Michael] Mann’s rage – often exemplified in public, but now placed further into context by the Climategate letters.”
“The comparison with Enron may also be helpful in placing Climategate into context.”
– Steve McIntyre, February 2010
Back in 2010, Steve McIntyre at Climate Audit wrote a post, Rob Bradley: Climategate from an Enron Perspective. Bradley and McIntyre focus on the intellectual specter of bad science driving out good. As revealed by Climategate, mainstream climate scientists, driven by an agenda of alarmism in the service of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), chose to defend each other (with some exceptions) rather than let the hammer of the scientific method fall where it might.
Jerry North at Texas A&M, featured below, particularly culpable in the wake of Climategate, has largely withdrawn from the debate after a period of activism with his colleague Andy Dessler (who is no doubt having second thought about his I-am-certain high-sensitivity warming position of years past).…
“Over the past year, the cost of electricity for California residents increased by 5.2% versus a national average that rose 0.8%. If you are a business or industrial user of electricity in California, your May power bill was 42% or 64%, respectively, above the national average. We suspect power costs in California are going nowhere but up given the mandates in this clean energy plan.”
A recently completed study by the Associated Press (AP) into the performance of California’s Clean Energy Jobs Act showed that the money earmarked for the state’s coffers well below projections. More than half the money spent by the program has gone to consultants and auditors.
There’s more. The board created to oversee the plan has yet to meet after three years. And only 15% of the annual job creation target has been achieved over the three-year period the law has been in effect.…
“The committee had evidence … from … a very credible witness, that about 16 years of the use of a wind turbine would be necessary before you would actually get back to the cost-benefit of the greenhouse gases forgiven as a result of the construction.”
“People say that [wind-turbine residents] are not really sick at all, that it is just in their heads. It is in their heads. You are quite right. Nausea, anxiety, annoyance, and sleeplessness are sure as hell in your head.
Let me put on the record that I am very much in favor of aspects of renewable energy…. I also want to place on the record my strong support for hydroelectricity in your state, Senator Anne Urquhart, and in the Snowy Mountains. When you can generate in the high peak periods and when you can use off-peak periods to pump water back up to generate again the next time it is needed surely has to be the ultimate value of renewable energy….…