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bacteria, methane, lignite and oil

13 November 2015
Climate change

Wonderful post by a maverick at Anthony's place this week – by one Caleb Shaw (go to http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/11/12/micro-critters-rule/ … where we learn that the CAGW bogey gas, methane (causes farting in cows and makes the world warmer which ignores the fact the even bigger grass munchers, the mammoths and mastadon, lived during the Ice Ages, in a colder world) is greedily being gobbled up, all the time, by bacteria, natures way of coping with methane emissions (and ignored by the alarmists for obvious reasons). This post is a bit of a biological lesson – back to school. It seems that bacteria are doing the same thing with oil seeping out of the sea bed in the Gulf of Mexico – they are dealing with natural oil leakage and had a feast during the recent BP oil fiasco. We also learn that along the coast of the NW territories of Canada, in the Arctic, there are smoking hills – miles and miles of exposed seams of lignite that are burning – and have been burning for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, a nature's own version of the Chinese nightmare (power plants burning coal). How embarrassing for the CAGW agenda – but we hear nothing of this. Absolutely nothing at all. 

Not only that we learn that bacteria thrives in the cold environment of the Arctic. It exists as a slime on the underside of sea ice. Its presence feeds plankton which feed fish which feed polar bears – even the old skinny ones that CAGW alarmists like to claim are evidence of bears starving in the bounty of the Arctic. Caleb Shaw even claims a link between bacteria and the ozone hole – ozone munching bacteria in the atmosphere. Is this going too far. Read it and make up your own mind. Also have a look at www.polarmicrobes.org

Meanwhile, the Roger the tall chap says renewable subsidies in the UK will hit 20 billion pounds in a few years time – the figures are eye watering (go to https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/unreliables-subsidy-to-hit-11… … and this actually comes from a ministerial statement following a question in the House of Lords.

Also, at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/taylor-dome-co2-used-by-ipcc-… … involves a bit of reality shifting by Tim Channon, Roger's co-conspirator at the Talk Shop, and in fact we have sombody showing pretty convincingly that ice core data is not all it is cracked up to be (in this instance, in the Antarctic). The ice core data is out of sync with the rest of the world. Since accumulation and compaction are thought to follow some kind of law it is useful to note this seems to vary with overburden (and so on). Nice argument.

At http://notrickszone.com/2015/11/13/a-quarter-billion-euros-for-nothing-p… … in Germany electricity paying consumers are approaching being made to lob out a quarter of a billion euros in subsidies for renewables even when the wind isn't blowing and the sun is hidden in clouds. Renewables stand still but the operators are still being paid, rolling in mountains of money for providing absolutely nothing of use to anyone. No wonder the hedge fund managers like investing in renewable – monye for old rope is now money for sitting idle. The capitalist system is creating a massive own goal.

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