fearmongering has turned totally unhinged. One of the hallmarks of the "Ugly American" is the habit of thinking
foreigners will understand what you're saying if you just shout it louder and louder. The Ugly Environmentalist does
something similar. He exaggerates the challenge of global warming by using ever more hysterical rhetoric, thinking that
if the last doomsday prediction didn't work, this one will. For instance, Stephen Hawking, the famous astrophysicist,
recently said that the consequences of Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord were monumental:
"Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees [Celsius]
and raining sulfuric acid." As Nathan Cofnas notes in The Weekly Standard, this is nuts.
media moments of the week: NY Mag climate screed wins! [Scroll down] "There are now, trapped in Arctic ice, diseases that have not circulated in the
air for millions of years," goes one of the milder passages. It was so bad that climate alarmist and hockey stick creator Michael Mann teamed up
with two others to write a response, arguing, "Doomsday scenarios are as harmful as climate change denial." Mann and his compatriots criticized the New
York Mag piece as painting, "an overly bleak picture, arguing that climate change could render the Earth uninhabitable by the end of this century."
They also called it out for errors. Mann made an interesting comment that seems to go right over the head of eco-journalists, explaining, "fear does
not motivate, and appealing to it is often counter-productive." Yet fear is about 99.99 percent of all media climate catastrophe coverage.
The sky is falling!
Uninhabitable Earth. Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives,
parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end
of this century. Even when we train our eyes on climate change, we are unable to comprehend its scope.
What a dope!
Hawking [says] Trump's Withdrawal From Paris Farce Will Cause 250° Temperatures, Sulfuric Acid Rain. The
problem with professional doom-mongering is that you have to keep escalating the hysteria or people lose interest.
Before long, your outlandish predictions exceed the credulity of the audience, and you find they are laughing instead of
gasping in horror. Al Gore is one example. Another is Stephen Hawking.
Warming Alarmists Have Jumped The Shark: Stephen Hawking Claims Climate Change Could Turn Earth Into Venus.
Proponents of man-made global warming have a habit of making frightening predictions that never come true. Every ten years
or so, they tells us that within a decade the human race will have destroyed the planet with our carbon emitting vehicles and
power plants. They say the same thing every time. The seas will rise several feet, atmospheric temperatures will
skyrocket, ecosystems will be obliterated, and human civilization will collapse. And after ten years passes by without
incident, they shamelessly make their next prediction.
has three years to save humanity from climate change, warn experts. The world has three years to start making significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
or face the prospect of dangerous global warming, experts have warned in an article in the prestigious journal Nature. Calling for world leaders to be guided
by the scientific evidence rather than "hide their heads in the sand", they said "entire ecosystems" were already beginning to collapse, summer sea ice was disappearing in
the Arctic and coral reefs were dying from the heat.
Warming Hasn't Caused a Health Crisis. The statement of Mary Pittman, president and CEO of the Public Health
Institute, reads like a script from a low-budget 1950s science fiction film: "Climate change is perhaps the most
important public health issue of our time. Aggressive, unilateral and mutual action is urgently needed to protect our
people and our planet." Likewise, Alden Meyer from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Dr. Georges Benjamin of the
American Public Health Association stop just short of flapping their arms around and shouting "Danger, Will Robinson!" In
an effort to provide some "scientific" cover for these outraged experts, the author of the [Los Angeles] Times piece
refers her readers to the climate and health assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). Sadly, the
scientific credibility of USGCRP is somewhat less than stellar. It has, for example, consistently overstated the adverse
health effects of extreme heat — a phenomenon that has itself been wildly exaggerated without ever being credibly
connected to anthropomorphic climate change.
Air Conditioners as Big a Threat as ISIS. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday [5/26/2017]
that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the
Islamic State. The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol
that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners,
refrigerators, and inhalers.
issue dire forecast if America pulls out of climate change pact. Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels
of warming even sooner if the US retreats from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists said. That's
because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. President Donald Trump, who once proclaimed global warming
a Chinese hoax, said in a tweet Saturday [5/27/2017] that he would make his "final decision" this coming week on whether the
United States stays in or leaves the 2015 Paris climate change accord, in which nearly every nation agreed to curb its
greenhouse gas emissions.
Unholy Alliance Between Big Biz And Big Alarmism. Cargill, one of America's biggest food and agriculture
companies, recently announced its partnership with the Non GMO Project, an organization focused on misinforming consumers
about GMO safety, and, as the organization's name implies, ridding the American marketplace of GMOs. [...] Cargill claims
this move comes in response to their customers demanding GMO-free products. If this is true, Cargill is smart to provide
products and services that please their customers. Yet, Cargill could have provided this verification independently
and without aligning with a radical anti-GMO activist organization that tries to stoke public fear about GMOs.
Freak Over Trump's Climate Change Order, But Will Earth Notice? Listen to the critics, and you'd think
President Trump's executive order on federal climate change regulations spells doom for the planet. But an Obama
administration report shows why such fears are wildly exaggerated.
Handy Primer for Deluded Warmists. Similar dire climate predictions have been around since the late
1970s. And in all that time, none has come true. None at all. Undeterred, the climate soothsayers ignore
their failures and carry on as if nothing had happened. The fact that good science should produce good predictions, and
this is not happening, is also largely ignored. Instead, impending climate doom, and what must be done to avoid it, is
orthodox thought in much of government, academia and environmental groups everywhere. This thinking is much at odds
with key facts.
Climate Alarm "Scientist": Get Rid of Cars, Coal, Steel — or Its End of the World. Professor Hans
Joachim Schellnhuber (shown) wants to take us back to the Stone Age — literally. In a March 15 interview
with the German newspaper Deutsche Welle, the German physicist declared that global warming is so serious that not only must
we all give up the use of coal and our internal combustion vehicles in the next 13 years, but we must also ditch concrete and
steel — for "wood, clay and stone." If we don't do this, along with other drastic measures, we are headed toward
planetary warming of "4, 5, 6 or even 12 degrees," he claims. This would bring, he insists, "the end of the world
as we know it." Asked by Deutsche Welle where we stand now with regard to "the world's carbon budget," Schellnhuber
responded: "It's quite mind-boggling — for example, by 2030, we have to phase out the combustion engine.
Chief: Abandoning Paris Climate Deal Will 'Condemn Future Generations to Untold Suffering'. Ban told a
Council on Foreign Relations audience Friday that the accord, reached at a U.N. conference in the French capital a year ago,
was "key to sustainable future for us, human being, and our planet Earth." "To jettison or damage it is to condemn future
generations to untold suffering." Ban declared that the planet was at "a critical juncture." "We are ... the last
generation that can avert the existential threat of climate change," he said. "We are the last generation to do
something to prevent — stop this climate change happening."
Freezing: 15-year Ice Age to hit in just 4 years as the sun prepares to hibernate. A 15-year long mini ice age
could be due to hit the Northern hemisphere in just FOUR years as the sun prepares for 'hibernation' — triggering a barrage
of cataclysmic events. A team of experts have warned that huge seismic events, including volcanic eruptions, plunging
global temperatures and destabilisation of the Earth's crust will become more common after worrying changes to the surface of
the Sun were recorded. It could take up to 15 years for solar activity to return to normal with extreme weather
and freezing temperatures continuing until 2035. The warning will infuriate environmental campaigners who argue by 2030 the
world faces increased sea levels and flooding due to glacial melt at the poles.
The Editor says...
This is news media hysteria: the sort of material that is written for the purpose of selling newspapers. One
or two degrees of global cooling — or the continuation of the current world-wide stability — is not an ice age.
Notice also that "extreme weather" is blamed on colder temperatures and warmer temperatures. No matter which direction the
average temperature goes, the hysteria will continue until you stop buying the newspapers!
One Wants to go Broke for Ineffective Climate Change Solutions. Okay, sure, everyone knows that short-term
weather fluctuations have little to do with long-term climate trends, but someone needs to tell the climate-change
alarmists. Because weather, in the form of Hurricane Matthew, is suddenly proof of climate change again. The
Huffington Post pointed to Matthew's "unusual" strength as a climate-change indicator. A Slate piece made
the same point, arguing that "October hurricanes aren't supposed to be this scary." Newsweek claimed that Matthew
"signals the devastation that lies ahead." The problem for alarmists, as always, is that the true devastation is always
just over the horizon. The present reality never justifies the language of crisis, and as time marches on, more and
more of the most hysterical predictions fail.
Because of Climate Change 'We Will Have to Say Goodbye' to Lady Liberty, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone and More. The Department of
Interior's blog stated Thursday [10/6/2016] that the biggest threat to seven of the most iconic landmarks in the United States is climate
change. "Climate change is the biggest threat to our national parks," the blog stated. "It's not just a future
threat — we're seeing the impacts right now at national parks and other public lands across the country.
The Editor says...
What "impact" of climate change can be seen "right now" at any national park — or anywhere else?
issues 50-state climate warning, flood, drought, 'insect outbreaks'. The Environmental Protection Agency
Thursday unveiled its new online tool to help local officials deal with climate change, and it warns that no state in the
nation is safe from disaster. The "Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center," or "ARC-X," provides a map that break
the country into eight regions and every single one comes with a threatening warning and long list of threats to human life.
Climate Paper: 7 to 13°C / doubling of CO2. A paper published in Nature claims an estimated 7 to
13°C. / doubling of CO2 — an estimate so wild it has drawn criticism from NASA GISS chairman Gavin Schmidt.
Change' Named As One of Biggest Threats to America's National Parks. "Climate change" and "staying relevant"
are two of the biggest challenges for the National Park Service as it celebrates its centennial this month, a park service
official told CSPAN on Thursday [8/26/2016]. "So climate change is one of our very large threats," said Mike Reynolds,
deputy director of NPS operations.
Climate Change Brigade Are Wrong Again. A few weeks of not abnormally warm summer weather have prompted
light-headed journalists to report not only that this could be the "hottest August for years" and "the hottest year on
record" but that, thanks to climate change, we can, within 30 years, expect "killer heatwaves" to become "the norm". [...]
This report on the risks posed to the UK by climate change was produced by a special sub-committee chaired by the zoologist
Lord Krebs, and made up of a solicitor, a doctor, an engineer, an economist and the former chief executive of the RSPB.
None has any expertise in climate science. So their familiar predictions about Britain's future climate —
more floods, extreme weather events, rising sea levels, etc — were simply parroted from elsewhere.
on Air Conditioners and ISIS. Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that air conditioners and
refrigerators are as big a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. Careerist
folks in government parrot the party-line message. Kerry has heard it from the top-down and buys into it. President
Obama has said that global warming, not the Islamic State was the real threat. Kerry was negotiating a global climate
deal to phase out chemicals used as refrigerants in basic household and commercial appliances such as air conditioning and
refrigerators, called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.
Kerry: Air conditioners [are] as big a threat as
ISIS. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday [7/22/2016] that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life
as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal
Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.
"As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism," Kerry said. "It's hard for some people to grasp it, but what we —
you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself."
Kerry says air conditioner and refrigerator chemicals are as threatening to human life as ISIS. Chemicals used
in refrigerators and air conditioners pose as big of a threat as ISIS, John Kerry said. The Secretary Of State traveled
to Vienna, Austria on Friday to negotiate an amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, created to protect the ozone
layer. The amendment phases out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), compounds that are mostly used as refrigerants and act as
potent greenhouses gases. Kerry went to Vienna with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy
and compared the fight against climate change to the fight against terrorism during talks with parties to the Montreal Protocol.
Kerry: Air conditioners [are] as big a threat as
ISIS. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday [7/22/2016] that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life
as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal
Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.
"As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism," Kerry said. "It's hard for some people to grasp it, but what we —
you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself."
To Remove Air Conditioning From State Department Has Over 1,800 Signatures. An online petition to remove all
air conditioning from Department of State property has gotten more than 1,800 signatures since it was posted online
Sunday. A Change.org user named Hopalong Ginsberg created the petition in response to remarks made by Secretary of
State John Kerry claiming air conditioning and refrigerants are as much of a threat to the world as the Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The petition garnered 1,869 signatures by Monday afternoon [7/25/2016].
Petition Calls for State Department to Forsake AC, Which
Kerry Says Is as Dangerous as ISIS. Petitions are a waste of time in most respects, but at least this one makes
a good point. Secretary of State Hanoi John Kerry recently proclaimed that refrigeration and air conditioning —
two of America's greatest contributions to the modern world — are as dangerous as the Islamic State, which has been inspiring
massacres around the world, on the grounds that AC and refrigerators make it be too hot outside according to leftist ideology.
warns poor nations will put planet 'under water' by using fossil fuels. The world's richest nations have long
been fueled by oil, coal and natural gas, but President Obama warned Friday that less affluent countries trying to take the
same path will put the planet "under water." In an interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. Obama said
he hoped social-media "connectivity" will help convince developing nations to eschew fossil fuels, which contribute to rising
carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere but are also less expensive and more reliable than green energy alternatives.
House Declares May 23-27 'Extreme Heat Week'. As part of its efforts to address climate change the Obama
administration has designated May 23-27, 2016, as Extreme Heat Week. According to the White House, the five-day
span is dedicated to having federal agencies work with communities to "enhance preparedness for extreme heat events."
"Climate Hustle" Exposes Global-warming Con Job. [Marc] Morano allows alarmists to speak for themselves throughout the
documentary. Climate Hustle is packed with clips and interviews of alarmist politicians, "experts," celebrities, and scientists
bloviating about alleged man-made global cooling, warming, the supposed urgency of doing something about it, and more. Hilariously,
some of the supposed effects of alleged man-made global warming — everything from weather events and increased prostitution to rape,
car theft, airplane turbulence, barroom brawls, and even the extinction of coffee — are highlighted, too. The humor throughout
the film is absolutely fantastic, making it perfect to watch with others of all political persuasions. Morano also catches some
climate alarmists involved in blatant, demonstrable deception.
ditch the doom and gloom and celebrate our improving environment. The Emmy Award winning series, "Years of
Living Dangerously," hosted by Hollywood's greenest actors, produced enough apocalyptic storytelling to leave viewers with
feelings of guilt, despair, frustration, and helplessness. Is it any surprise, therefore, that the International
Journal of Mental Health Systems reported that a survey of Australian children found that a quarter were "so troubled about
the [environmental] state of the world that they honestly believe tit [sic] will come to an end before they get older.
The result is the feeling that we are locked in a war to save the planet, a war that only can be won with an arsenal of
government regulations. The Emmy Award for "Years of Living Dangerously" was in the category of non-fiction, but fiction
might have been a more appropriate category because the facts simply do not bear out many of the gloom and doom predictions.
Black lungs matter!
Promises Al Sharpton A Task Force To Fight 'Environmental Racism'. Hillary Clinton will empower the Department of Justice and
Environmental Protection Agency to fight against "environmental racism" through "stronger enforcement" of environmental regulations, she
announced on Wednesday [4/13/2016]. "Across America, the burdens of air pollution, water pollution, and toxic hazards are borne disproportionately
by low-income communities and communities of color," states a memo on the climate justice initiative released by Clinton's campaign.
The Editor says...
The air in every large American city is cleaner now than it was 50 years ago. And unless you live in Democrat-controlled Flint, Michigan,
the quality of the water supply is more than adequate all over the country. Big government is far more dangerous than environmental hazards.
Junk Science. The government's Environmental Protection Agency promotes junk science because it gives the
bureaucracy mission and funding. The Sierra Club is little more than a junk science 5th column. The club has
adopted global warming as its primary tool for frightening people into paying dues. The club's war on coal promotes
numerous imaginary scares concerning the alleged toxicity of coal. The Sierra Club deserves much credit for destroying
the nuclear power industry and promoting radiation hysteria to scare [...] everyone in the 1970s and 1980s. The
Sierra Club would rank high in a list of subversive organizations that threaten the national welfare.
word from a toxicologist who defected from the federal junk science army. [Scroll down] I have a modest archive
here at American Thinker that includes essays on EPA misconduct. Steve Milloy, proprietor of JunkScience.com, and I have
written some articles on the same subject together for AT. We focus on EPA cheating on air pollution research but also human
experimentation with air pollutants. All of our efforts are intended to show that EPA sponsors scare-monger scientists
who promote the idea that small particle and other air pollutants are deadly when they are not. We have written a number of
essays about how the EPA cheats on science and creates false scares. Here is a guy who can confirm the nature of the deceit
that we saw and understood from the outside, and he knows the how and why and even the motives.
and the Irrelevance of Science. [Scroll down] The position of the policy world is clear. Here is
President Obama's constant refrain: "Climate change is contributing to extreme weather, wildfires, and drought, and that
rising temperatures can lead to more smog and more allergens in the air we breathe, meaning more kids are exposed to the
triggers that can cause asthma attacks." Pope Francis, President Hollande, and virtually all state leaders have chimed
in with similar proclamations. And yet, the whole proposition is largely without basis and highly implausible.
The association with asthma that is regularly made by both Obama and Hillary Clinton is a good example of nonsense driven
by focus groups who find this to be an effective scare theme. The other claims are no better.
weather to trigger epidemics and starvation. The apocalyptic forecasts threatens to throw the world into a violent chaos. NASA
recently warned that the impact of this year's so-called "Godzilla El Niño", a warming of sea temperatures in the Pacific, could be the worst in
history. Catastrophic weather this year has already seen dozens of countries around the world declare emergencies while the UN warned at least a
million children face agonising starvation. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the "unprecedented situation" could devastate the world with
severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and scorching temperatures. The killer record-breaking phenomenon has already unleashed devastating storms
in the United States, mudslides in South America and raging wildfires in Australia.
Don't Be Blown Away by Winter
Weather. The D.C. area endured a big weather event in January — more than two feet of snow in places and high winds... blizzard
conditions! [...] For the champions of climate catastrophe, selective "unique" events like this recent blizzard translate into "extreme weather" surely
brought on by manmade climate change. Championing the claim of meteorological mayhem from people pollution is convenient for two reasons.
First, it's so hard to prove or disprove the long-term cause of any particular stormy episode; and second, every weather event is "unique," so the
mundane becomes the spectacular simply by designation.
pushes for warning labels at the pump: Drivers, you're hurting the planet!. Can you guess where such an idea sprouted from?
Because I can. The city of Berkeley, with San Francisco possibly soon to follow, has voted to push forward with a plan to affix warning labels
to gas pumps. Their purpose? To subtly shame drivers for contributing to climate change.
Of Climastrology Members Now Tattooing Themselves With Birth Year CO2 Level. We learn about this from Warmist
Morgan Curtis, who learned about this new fad after taking a long fossil fueled flight to Europe, before engaging in Climate
Journey, ending up in Paris. [...] She was in one of the typical Warmist workshops, learning about how to force everyone else
to live the life Warmists refuse to live themselves, how to tax Other People, the typical Cultist stuff, in this case, a
"sustainable activism" workshop, when she learned of what is called Birthmark, whereby idiots tattoo themselves with the CO2
level of their birth year.
The Editor says...
In other words, you're saying the world was a better place before you were born.
Climate Change Agreement 'Now or Never,' Humanity on the 'Edge of Suicide'. Little was accomplished at the 1997
Kyoto conference, [Pope] Francis said, and since then "every year the problems are more serious." The Pope recounted
discussing with college students about what sort of world we want to leave our children, when one of the students asked:
"But are you sure that there will be children from this generation?"
The Editor says...
It's sad but amusing to see that school children have been indoctrinated so completely with global warming alarmism that some of them
believe this is the last generation that will be able to reproduce. That would require a lot more warming than a mere 1° per century.
On the other hand, maybe this kid was just an audience plant, asking a question that was written by a professional agitator.
frets over global warming while adding to it. Besides themselves contributing to global warming, Obama's 1,750
words in Paris were largely pep-rally remarks, portraying the roughly five-billion-year-old planet as basically doomed until
this magical meeting in France, "a turning point, that is the moment we finally determined we would save our planet."
He described for attendees the devastated Alaska he visited last summer, beset by seas "already swallowing villages," erosion,
glaciers that melt in the summer, burning forests and tundra. That's merely a preview of the future, Obama said, "a
glimpse of our children's fate if the climate keeps changing faster than our efforts to address it. Submerged countries.
Abandoned cities. Fields that no longer grow. Political disruptions that trigger new conflict, and even more floods of
desperate peoples seeking the sanctuary of nations not their own."
Effort to Fight So-Called "Climate Change," Hysterical Obama Recycles Dire Predictions. The Climate Clown
Conference has kicked off in Paris, and in an effort to drum up more hysteria, our fearless leader is helpfully recycling
discredited fearmongering and gloom and doom predictions. He knows the media won't even notice this stuff so he just
regurgitates whatever's on his teleprompter.
in Malaysia: 'You'll See Oceans Rise ... More Drought, More Flooding, Bigger Hurricanes, Typhoons'. Speaking
today [11/20/2015] at a townhall meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, President Barack Obama warned that if the world does not
"stop the amount of carbon that we send up" there will be everything from rising oceans to more droughts and more floods and
bigger hurricanes and typhoons. Obama was speaking to a group of people associated with the Young Southeast Asia Leaders
Initiative (YSEALI), a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
The Editor says...
Carbon dioxide is not carbon, in exactly the same way that water is not hydrogen.
on our planet at stake': Warnings over climate change catastrophe. If global warming continues on its present
trajectory of 4 degrees Celsius, rising sea levels will claim land inhabited by more than 600 million people, according
to a survey by Climate Central, a US-based research group.
Environmental activists turn up the rhetorical heat. What is the
endgame of the contemporary green movement? It's a critical question since environmentalism arguably has become the leading ideological influence in both California
government and within the Obama administration. In their public pronouncements, environmental activists have been adept at portraying the green movement as reasonable,
science-based and even welcoming of economic growth, often citing the much-exaggerated promise of green jobs. The green movement's real agenda, however, is far more
radical than generally presumed, and one that former Sierra Club President Adam Werbach said is defined by a form of "misanthropic nostalgia." This notion extends to
an essential dislike for mankind and its creations.
Clowns: 'Hillary Clinton Is Living in a Climate Change Fantasy World'. [It is] as if the constant claim of it
being "undeniable" will make it real. It is deniable, no matter what these buffoons claim. They can't prove [anything]
and they know it, but they have nothing to offer but fear. This is how they control you.
Climate Alarmist Lets It Slip: Why They Want To Scare You. The most persistent hobgoblin of the last quarter-century has been global
warming, now called climate change but eventually to be known as extreme weather, or some such other fright-inducing name. The climate activists
are constantly bombarding us with warnings, hectoring, hysteria, pleading and threats. Apocalyptic books have been written and shrill movies made,
all in an effort to slow man's combustion of fossil fuels. Included among these is a new documentary "inspired" by Naomi Klein's book "This Changes
Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate." If the title isn't enough to give away Klein's motives for attacking the climate "crisis," then a
comment she makes in the trailer — please forgive: watching the entire documentary would be as agonizing as any medieval
torture — should.
To Rolling Stone: Climate Change Is So Terrible I Dare Not Tell You The Full Truth. [Scroll down] But the
thing that ought to scare us all far more than any of the above is the insight it offers into the terrifyingly desperate
lengths to which President Obama and his fellow travellers are now prepared to go in order to advance the green agenda.
One of these fellow travellers is Rolling Stone editor Jeff Goodell, who was granted an exclusive audience with the
President in order to promote what the video calls "Obama's Climate Crusade". Crusade? I thought that word was on the
presidential banned list on account of its being offensive to followers of the Religion of Peace (TM). Apparently, though,
climate change is so incredibly important that it trumps any of that minor-league rape, crucifixion and enslavement stuff
going on in Syria and Iraq right now.
Climate Insanity on steroids!
[Scroll down] The alarmist assertions are absurd. "Climate change is already disrupting our agriculture and ecosystems,
our water and food supplies," Obama recently inveighed. "If we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between
six and twelve degrees by the end of the century." Projected by whom? Who concocts these fables?
Nature-driven climate change has disrupted lives throughout human history. Seas have risen 400 feet since the last
mile-thick glaciers melted off the northern half of Asia, Europe and North America. How did "imperiled" Pacific islands
survive that? Some Alaskan glaciers have been retreating for decades, but Hubbard is growing and Glacier Bay's ice
retreat began around 1750. Arctic sea ice has increased some 26% (400,000 square miles) since 2012, in a cycle that's
continued for millennia.
Forget Iran, jobs, terror, doom looms from global warming. The president said addressing climate change is
urgent and dismissed fears that more environmental controls and regulations would hurt the stumbling economy and jobs. The
pattern of talking up a crisis as a means to control the nation's political agenda and provide a distraction from other news
has been very familiar during these interminable 2,416 days of Obama's White House occupancy. Even if, in the end,
little useful action ever ensues on such issues. But Obama's remarks in Alaska this week were by far his most apocalyptic
to date. [...] "There is such a thing as being too late," Obama warned. "That moment is almost upon us." Global
warming, he said, is "a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other."
Obama issues stern warning on climate change ahead of hike on melting Alaskan glacier. President Barack Obama
is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn't dealt with fast: entire nations submerged
underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.
Warns of Planet Beyond Repair: 'Submerged Countries. Abandoned Cities. Fields No Longer Growing'. In a speech
in Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday President Barack Obama warned that if nations do not act to stop climate change "we will
condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair." "Climate change is no longer some far-off problem,"
Obama said. "It is happening here. It is happening now. Climate change is already disrupting our agriculture
and ecosystems, our water and food supplies, our energy, our infrastructure, human health, human safety — now. Today."
"If we were to abandon our course of action, if we stop trying to build a clean-energy economy and reduce carbon pollution,
if we do nothing to keep the glaciers from melting faster, and oceans from rising faster, and forests from burning faster,
and storms from growing stronger, we will condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair," he said.
paints doomsday scene of global warming in Alaska. President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for
the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn't dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned
and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe.
Summer Book List Includes Doomsday Climate Change Extinction Book. The White House has released a list of books
that President Obama is expected to read during his two week vacation with family members. The list includes the Pulitzer
Prize winning book "The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert. It predicts an upcoming devastating extinction like the one
that wiped out the dinosaurs. This disaster, the book asserts, would be partially because of global warming and climate change.
Charles extends climate doomsday deadline by 33 years. Prince Charles is warning that
there are only 35 years left to save the planet from climate disaster, which represents a 33-year
extension of his previous deadline. In March 2009, the heir to the British throne predicted that
the world had 100 months "before we risk catastrophic climate change," as pointed out by Climate
Depot's Marc Morano.
of Science Magazine Should Resign! The 3 July 2015 issue of Science features a
remarkable editorial by Editor Marcia McNutt. Titled "The beyond-two-degree inferno," it
suggests that an anthropogenic greenhouse (GH) warming of more than 2 degrees C (global average)
will literally cause hell on earth, unless we can all agree to reduce emissions of the "infernal"
GH-gas carbon dioxide — preferably before or at a UN-sponsored mega-confab in Paris in
December. [...] McNutt's editorial claims a "global threat to food supplies, health, ecosystem
services, and the general viability of the planet." Yet none of these threats are supported by
any scientific evidence — even from the usually alarmist UN-IPCC. She fails to remind us
that atmospheric CO2 is the essential ingredient for sustaining carbon-based life on Earth.
Scientists Are Dealing With Psychological Problems. [Scroll down] One psychologist who works
with climate scientists told [John H.] Richardson they suffer from "pre-traumatic stress," the overwhelming
sense of anger, panic, and "obsessive-intrusive thoughts" that results when your work every day is to chart a
planetary future that looks increasingly apocalyptic. Some climatologists merely report depression and feelings
of hopelessness. Others, resigned to our shared fate, have written what amount to survival guides for a sort of
Mad Max dystopian future where civilization has broken down under the pressures of resource scarcity and
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Men without faith live in constant fear.
Global warming killed us all 15 years ago. I don't know if you believe in life after
death, but if you accept as valid a grim prediction that ran in the San Jose Mercury News on June 30,
1989, you must be reading this from the grave. The article, an excerpt from which follows, makes no
mention of a scientific consensus, but it does cite as an authority the U.N. Environment Program, which
has been in the business of making gloom-and-doom pronouncements for several decades.
to the 6th mass extinction (which you caused, of course). The planet is dying. Or at
least the animals on it are. That's the conclusion of "a team of scientist" as reported in the San
Francisco Gate. This is some dire news to be sure. With all the animals gone, we're going to be
in a lot of trouble, and it's really all your fault. [...] You'll note that a chief member of of that "team of
scientists" was Paul Ehrlich, a professor at Stanford. [...] Over at National Review, Wesley Smith takes us
for a brief trip down memory lane, to a time when Paul Erlich was writing a wildly popular book (at least
wildly popular among the green warriors) titled The Population Bomb. Ehrlich was issuing some dire
warnings then as well.
will be extinct in 100 years because of climate change, warns expert. Humans will be extinct in 100 years due to
overcrowding, declining resources and climate change, according to a prominent scientist. The comments were first made by
Australian microbiologist Dr Frank Fenner in 2010, but engineer and science writer David Auerbach has reiterated the doom-laden
warning in his latest article. He criticises the recent G7 summit for failing to deal with the problems facing the survival
of humanity, such as global warming and exhausting Earth's resources.
Worrywart Generation. Apparently a large fraction of America's creative talent is being used
for the creation of imaginary anxieties. These faux phobias are doing great damage to our abilities
to live our lives to the fullest. A partial list of bogus anxieties would include sustainability, GMOs,
glutens, pesticides, running out of resources, CO2, fossil fuels, insufficient diversity, climate change,
endangered species, landfills, loss of wet lands, carbon footprints, fracking, plastic bags, renewability,
sugary soft drinks, and "white privilege."
The Age Of Disinformation.
No doubt national news media outlets are out of control when it comes to weather coverage, and their
idiotic claims find their way to us on a daily basis. The Houston flooding is a great example.
We are being told this is "unprecedented"... Houston is "under water"... and it is due to manmade global
warming. Yes, the flooding in Houston yesterday was severe, and a serious threat to life and
property. A genuine weather disaster that has brought on suffering. But, no, this was not
"unprecedented". Flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 was more widespread, and flood
waters were deeper.
Climate Doom Comes and Goes. The nice thing about making predictions of doom is that
they really grab people's attention. Just make sure you don't use specific dates.
Otherwise, people will laugh at you when the predictions don't come true.
Are Now Just a Thing of the Past. Those of us who grew up in the 1970s recall an era
when the media was awash in doomsday, paranormal crankery and conspiracy theories —
Bigfoot, looming global cooling, mass starvation and lurking UFOs. [...] Global cooling / warming /
climate change / climate chaos was kept alive by old media from the first Earth Day in 1970 (which
really taught the value of composting...) until the rise of the World Wide Web in the 1990s. Any
scientist seeking plentiful government funding and/or any politician wishing to reduce his constituents'
freedoms could appear on the nightly news and mutter, all but wearing a sandwich board that "we only have
five years/ten years/eight years" to save the earth, and no sympathetic media figure would ever refute
such a statement with earlier expired final countdowns — perhaps the scientist or politician's
own. Today, as with UFOs and Nessie, it's far easier to illustrate a multitude of failed predictions
'Only Thing Our Generation' May Be Remembered for Is Not Acting on Climate Change. Secretary of
State John Kerry asked Americans to "crank up the volume" today on Earth Day, arguing "we still have time to
make a difference" on climate change, "but it's fast running out." "Make no mistake: If we let this
opportunity pass us by, that may be the only thing our generation is remembered for," Kerry warned in a statement.
Climate change is the greatest threat to America today. President Obama's weekly
remarks: ["]Hi everybody. Wednesday is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and protect this precious
planet we call home. And today, there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change.["]
and Envy. Environmentalists subscribe to continually changing prophecies of apocalyptic disaster.
Our topsoil is being washed into the ocean (The Road to Survival — 1948). DDT is
exterminating birds (The Silent Spring — 1962). Overpopulation will result in starvation
(The Population Bomb — 1968). We will run out of resources and strangle on pollution
(The Limits to Growth — 1972). Acid rain from burning coal will destroy our forests and
crops (circa 1985). Hairspray will destroy the ozone layer and cause cancer (1980s). Burning fossil
fuels adds CO2 to the atmosphere that will cause disastrous global warming (1988-2015). These prophecies
and many others were claimed to be scientifically justified. The science is always secondary and almost always
poor science. What's important is the thrill of impending doom and the call to activists to engineer a rescue.
seas may spell end to Britain's fish and chips. Warming seas may spell the end to traditional British
food favourites such as haddock and chips, researchers said on Monday [4/13/2015]. Haddock, plaice and lemon
sole are to decline in numbers as the North Sea warms by a predicted 1.8 degrees Celsius (35.24 degrees [sic]
Fahrenheit) over 50 years, according to research by University of Exeter scientists.
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The writer of the article above can't convert °C. to °F., so the rest of his or her assertions can be
proportionally discounted as well. This is another vague prediction of what might happen in the worst case
over the next 50 to 100 years. In all likelihood, no shortages of fish will ever result from climate
change, largely because fish are able to swim up or down to find warmer or cooler water — even if
the dreaded 1.8 degree estimates turn out to be accurate, which (in my opinion) they won't.
Use High Schoolers To Shame Republicans On Global Warming. Environmentalists are now
using kids to "school" lawmakers on the science behind man-made global warming. On Tuesday
[3/10/2015], six high schoolers from states "hard hit" by global warming will go to Capitol Hill to
try and convince lawmakers skeptical of man-made global warming that it's real and it's impacting
peoples' lives today. "What I know about climate change is that it's real, it's man-made and
there's scientific evidence to back it up," Helen Winston, a high schooler from Nebraska, said in a
video produced by the liberal campaign group Avaaz. "Climate change impacts my life most
directly through sea level rise," echoed Jack Levy from Florida.
The Editor says...
Really, Jack? How much has the sea level risen in Florida in your lifetime? Maybe
a millimeter? That impacted your life enough to go to Congress and whine about it? Is
that the best you can do?
climate predictions gets a website. We are a small group who have followed the global
warming / climate change issue for some years. Initially we didn't know which version was correct but
we noticed several things. One was the frequent use of predictions, often scary, that seemed on the
surface to be believable. We wondered whether anyone ever went back to see if the predictions turned
out to be true.
House threat assessment: Climate change as dangerous as terrororism. President Obama's
new national-security strategy ranks combating climate change as a priority alongside more
traditional threats such as terrorism, biological emergencies and nuclear weapons in the hands of
rogue states. The White House released an outline Friday of Mr. Obama's updated national-security
strategy, the administration's first revision in five years. Along with confronting terrorist
groups such as the Islamic State and working to reverse automatic budget cuts for national defense,
the administration cited climate change as a top priority.
Chief: 'Aspen's Climate Could Be a Lot Like That of Amarillo, TX' in 2100. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy took to the EPA and White House blogs Wednesday [1/28/2015] to declare that
"We Must Act Now to Protect Our Winters." McCarthy was in Aspen, CO, last week, the famous ski destination and
home to an X-Games venue, and she warned that without action on climate change, "Aspen's climate could be a lot like
that of Amarillo, TX, by 2100."
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Aspen's elevation is 7890 feet. Amarillo's elevation is 3500 feet. The climates of the two
cities are probably similar right now, except for the altitude. I find it difficult to believe that
a bureaucrat can predict the weather 85 years from now. Most global warming alarmists are worried
about a temperature change of two degrees per century, which would not be enough to kill the skiing industry
in Colorado, nor would two degrees of warming turn Aspen into Amarillo.
change brings world closer to 'doomsday', say scientists. Climate change and the danger of nuclear war
pose an ever-growing threat to civilization and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, a group of prominent
scientists and Nobel laureates said Thursday [1/22/2015]. "It is now three minutes to midnight," said Kennette
Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as the group moved its symbolic "Doomsday
Clock" two minutes forward.
The Editor says...
Climate change is a constant: The climate won't stop changing. Changes in the climate are not a new
development, nor are they sudden changes. Therefore, climate change cannot lead to "doomsday."
If global warming happens at a rate of one degree per century, and you live for a whole century, you still
won't notice it. Global warming is not a catastrophe. Unlimited world-wide nuclear war is
far more of an immediate threat.
An example of environmental hysteria, with a heavy dose of racism thrown in:
and the Lamb: Climate change and the white male dilemma. Climate change is a threat to
all of humanity, as it is to all non-human species. Climate change is a threat to all the elements
of creation — water, soil, air — which allow for humans to live and to thrive.
Climate change is a threat to everything on the planet, and the window of opportunity to respond is
rapidly running out.
Should Stop Lecturing Americans About Their Ebola Concerns. The very moment that the
news was confirmed about Dr. Ebola, various reporters started telling everyone to calm down. But
nobody was panicking. I mean, expressing interest in an unbelievably deadly disease that has spread
quickly is not panicking. Panicking is loading up your car like a prepper who just won the Lottery
and heading to your cabin in West Virginia. I mean, maybe there's someone who has done just that.
But there is no evidence that we have any serious problem with people panicking.
Change is even worse than Ebola says British Medical Journal. Climate change is even
deadlier than ebola according to the editor of one of the world's oldest and most distinguished
medical journals. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal;
established 1840), claims in her latest editorial: ["]Deaths from Ebola infection, tragic and
frightening though they are, will pale into insignificance when compared with the mayhem we can
expect for our children and grandchildren if the world does nothing to check its carbon emissions.
And action is needed now.["]
Crumbling Climate-Change Consensus. The United Nations Climate Summit will begin in
New York this Tuesday [9/22/2014], but environmental activists didn't wait. All day Sunday, they filled the
streets of Manhattan for a march that featured Al Gore, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, and
various Hollywood actors. But they certainly didn't act like a movement that was winning. There
was a tone of fatalism in the comments of many with whom I spoke; they despair that the kind of radical change
they advocate probably won't result from the normal democratic process. It's no surprise then that the
rhetoric of climate-change activists has become increasingly hysterical.
Using science fiction to push public opinion and/or policy:
Nations predicts climate hell in 2050 with imagined weather forecasts. The United
Nations is warning of floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia within four decades, as
part of a series of imagined weather forecasts released on Monday for a campaign publicising a UN
climate summit. [...] A UN report last year concluded it is at least 95% probable that human
activities, rather than natural variations in the climate, are the main cause of global warming
The Editor says...
If that last sentence is true (and it isn't), then human activity must have stopped in
1998, because that's when global warming stopped.
Agency Presents 'Imaginary But Realistic' Weather Forecasts for 2050. In a fresh effort to generate fervor for a
far-reaching new global climate agreement, a U.N. agency is releasing videos featuring "imaginary but realistic" weather reports
set in 2050, to illustrate the type of extreme conditions it predicts we will face by mid-century. But the first video in the
series of 15 to be rolled out over the coming weeks shows some temperatures for 2050 considerably in excess of those projected in the
latest major U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (which has itself been dubbed "too alarmist" by some critics.)
Climate Chief: 'Not Very Far' from Considering 'Climate Change as a Public Health
Emergency'. Secretary of State John Kerry has called climate change "the biggest
challenge of all that we face right now," and his French counterpart has warned of climate "chaos"
in 500 days, and now the U.N. climate change chief is implying that climate change can be viewed on
a par with the deadly Ebola outbreak. Christiana Figueres told a World Health Organization
(WHO)-hosted event in Geneva Wednesday that "we are not very far" from the point where climate
change should be declared an international public health emergency, according to her prepared remarks.
change' more likely as emissions rise, says UN draft report. The effects of climate
change will grow more severe as greenhouse gas emissions rise, according to a draft United Nations
report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned the "risk of abrupt and irreversible
change increases as the magnitude of the warming increases," according to a New York Times account
of the draft, which could change before its expected final release in November. Nations are
looking to secure commitments at U.N.-hosted climate talks next year in Paris to restrain enough
greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to prevent a 2 degrees Celsius global temperature rise by
the end of the century.
The News Media Now Reports All Weather
as "Extreme". In a desperate effort to keep the global warming hoax alive even though
it is now called "climate change", the meteorologically challenged print and broadcast media is now
declaring all weather "extreme" these days. The Media Research Institute recently analyzed
broadcast network transcripts between July 1, 2004 and July 1, 2005, along with those
between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. What it discovered was the network coverage
of "extreme weather" had increased nearly one thousand percent!
Change Hysteria and the Madness of Crowds. Years of relentless doomsday prognostications by a variety
of public voices spanning the political-scientific spectrum have found their mark in a gullible and guilt-prone public.
There is a Medusa-like quality in the serpentine web of doomsday prophets, including members of the Club of Rome, Paul
Ehrlich's "Population Bomb," and the current White House science advisor, John Holdren. In the U.S., Rachel Carson
proclaimed DDT to be environmental enemy number one, and inspired Al Gore to discover "Inconvenient Truths," later
found to be not so truthful.
Risky Business of Extreme Heat Hysteria. The Risky Business Project led by Michael
Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer recently released its report on "The Economic Risks of
Climate Change in the United States." The project's co-chairs have all been out in the media
promoting the project's report, and — like sheep — the mainstream media have generally been
uncritical of the report's claims. A core concern repeated throughout the Risky Business report
is the predicted massive increase in what are termed "extremely hot days" (defined as days with a
temperature exceeding 95°F) throughout the United States over the coming century due to
anthropogenic climate change, and the resulting negative impacts of these increasingly numerous
"extremely hot days" on the American economy.
doomsayers and the disasters that never arrive. [Scroll down] The creepiest
warning comes from an old if not very honored prophet, Dr. Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University, a
biologist who is fond of making predictions that never come true but never tarnish his reputation.
He's still an honored professor at an honored university, he still gets his books published and he
still gets respectful treatment by the grunions in the media. The professor's hobby
horse — more a pony than a horse — is the notion that we're breeding
ourselves to an early end on the great spaceship Earth. Ronald Bailey of Reason magazine calls him
the "irrepressible doomster" who has never been right. On the first Earth Day in 1970, he warned
that "in 10 years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct and large areas of coastline
will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish." He said in 1971 that by the year
2000 Britain would be but a small group of impoverished islands inhabited by hungry people. "If I
were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000."
Says — Wrongly — Some Temps This Week Broke 'Every Record That's Ever Been
Seen'. Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Mexico on Wednesday [5/21/2014] that
temperatures in Europe and in Vietnam were "unprecedented" and broke "every record that's ever been
seen." However, although it was hot that day, he was off the mark. Speaking at an
environmentally-friendly technology event in Mexico City, Kerry said he had just caught a CNN
weather report in his hotel and "saw the temperatures around the world right now." "Thirty-four
degrees centigrade [Celsius] in Vietnam today, in May. Twenty-nine, thirty, thirty-two,
thirty-three in places all around Europe," he said. "Unprecedented. Breaks every record
that's ever been seen."
Americans no Longer Live in a Scientific
Society. In addressing the claims of misused science, no subject is more readily
apparent than Global Warming. To suggest that AGW has been designed to punish more advanced nations
and force them to disgorge wealth to the developing world is certainly true. Moreover, that the
ideology is transparently Marxist in origin is obvious to the nth degree. The employment of
"science" in the support of AGW has been so far over the top as to beggar belief. Despite the
announcement that the globe has not increased in temperature for several decades, and scientists
were asked to cover this up, it has become a weekly event for some group or person to claim that
the earth is on the verge of baking, melting, drowning, or somehow dying.
Respond to the Obama Administration's 2014 National Climate Assessment. As independent scientists, we know that
apparent evidence of "Climate Change," however scary, is not proof of anything. Science derives its objectivity from robust
logic and honest evidence repeatedly tested by all knowledgeable scientists, not just those paid to support the administration's
version of "Global Warming," "Climate Change," "Climate Disruption," or whatever their marketing specialists call it today.
EPIC FAIL — Obama's climate report
card. A team of independent scientists fact checked President Obama's new national climate assessment report and issued
it a failing grade. They wrote that the President's report is "a masterpiece of marketing that shows for the first time the full
capabilities of the Obama Administration to spin a scientific topic as they see fit, without regard to the underlying facts."
Scientists Disembowel Latest Green Drivel from Obama. A group of 15 scientists
has issued a scathing attack on Obama's latest environmentalist hyperventilation, the 829-page National Climate Assessment (released May 6),
and offer a defense of Promethean Man to boot. [...] Among the signatories are: Dr. George Wolff, who formerly chaired the
Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee; Joseph S. D'Aleo, a fellow with the American Meteorological
Society; Dr. Neil Laverne Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center in Florida; and William M. "Bill" Gray, emeritus
professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University.
It's a Very Complex
World. It's not by accident that environmental groups all trumpet the same doomsday
lies at the same time. Their leaders get together to coordinate their efforts and the current one
is aimed at what they call "de-growth", the reduction of economic growth by any means. With
President Obama blathering about "climate change" threats, it should not surprise anyone to
conclude that the horrible economic conditions he has imposed on our nation was not an accident,
nor that he focuses on thwarting the provision of energy, the most vital component of economic
More Obama Climate Lies.
The continuing drama of a President willing to lie about the climate continues with the release of
a report, the National Climate Assessment. It is a repeat of all the lies that have been generated
by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "The climate report," said Dan Kish, a
Senior Vice President of the Institute for Energy Research, "bears a strong resemblance to the IPCC
report, only with less science and more rhetoric." It is "just another attempt to justify more
government intervention in American's lives and more attacks on affordable energy and economic
growth." Like Obamacare, the new report is, said Kish, "intentionally confusing and misleading."
Real Weapon Of Mass Destruction: 'Climate Change' Or Barack Obama? Working for the
Obama Administration on a project called the National Climate Assessment, the scientists warned
immediate action has to be taken by governments acting in concert (sounds like global government)
to prevent a global catastrophe. [...] The report stated that corn producers in Iowa, oyster
growers in Washington State and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related
changes that are "outside of recent experience." Left out was whether dogs and cats are living
together in California, but you get the drift; without the help of Obama and other Democrats,
planet Earth faces an environmental Armageddon.
warming — It's real. It's here. Deal with it. After several years of work by hundreds of scientists
with the Global Change Research Program, a report on the state of our climate was released last week. The conclusions
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The report may be bleak, but there is no global warming; therefore global warming has not caused anything since 1998.
White House sets
out looming climate risks for U.S., calls for 'urgent action'. Flooded rail lines.
Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires. Those are some of the alarming predictions in
a White House climate change report released Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's broader second-term
effort to help the nation prepare for the effects of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and more erratic weather.
Youth anxiety on the rise amid changing climate.
Child psychiatrists, psychologists and educators say they've seen an escalation in the anxiety levels of
today's youth, who are constantly exposed to doomsday talk about the destruction of our planet. But
despite the fact that we live in a world with more volatility and fear, experts say there is hope. And
to stay mentally strong, they all advocate not just calling for change, but acting for it.
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There is no "destruction of our planet." The kids' anxiety problems aren't due to the climate.
The problem is the constant message of impending doom coming from the public schools and left-wing
environmentalists, as well as a great number of godless, fatherless households. It doesn't help that the
public schools are constantly chattering about self-esteem one minute, and the next minute telling the kids
they evolved from swamp gas, or bacteria, or monkeys or something.
Climate Change 'Forcing Farmers Out of Business and Driving Up Grocery Bills'. Kerry stressed that
"climate change's impacts aren't far off in the future — they are here and now," adding in bold type,
"We're increasingly seeing events like those that scientists have long predicted." "Extreme droughts
are hammering crop production, forcing farmers out of business and driving up grocery bills. More intense
floods and storm surges are causing billions in property damage. The coasts are swiftly eroding, rendering
home after home uninhabitable or uninsurable. We still have a short window of time to prevent the worst
impacts of climate change, but the science tells us that window is closing," he said.
The Editor says...
I challenge Mr. Kerry, or you, or anyone else, to name one farmer who was forced out of business because of climate change.
The climate has always changed, and farmers have always planned ahead for it and/or adapted to it when it happened.
Chicken Little 'science'.
A recent story in The New York Times sought to help alarmists raise the decibel level: "The countries of the world
have dragged their feet so long on global warming that the situation is now critical, experts appointed by the United
Nations reported Sunday, and only an intensive worldwide push over the next 15 years can stave off potentially
disastrous climatic changes later in the century." I guess we had better get ready for climate Armageddon then
because China, one of the world's worst polluters, is not likely to comply.
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When we all dragged our feet, what was the result? Global
warming stopped, all by itself.
Let's all drag our feet for another 50 years and see what happens.
Earth Daze: Overcoming
Environmental Hysteria. A few years back, we were going to be killed by global cooling,
overpopulation, pesticide residues, West Nile virus, bird flu, Y2K, cellphone radiation, mad cow disease, etc.
Now it's global warming. Reporters don't make these scares up. The recent hype about global warming comes
from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Most of its members are serious scientists. But
reporters don't realize that those scientists, like bird flu specialists, have every incentive to hype the risk.
If their computer models (which so far have been wrong) predict disaster, they get attention and money. If they
say, "I'm not sure," they get nothing. Also, the IPCC is not just a panel of scientists. It's an
intergovernmental panel. It's a bureaucracy controlled by the sort of people who once ran for student
council and are "exhilarated by the prospect of putting the thumb of the federal government on the scale."
Science and Panic.
Given what was taught in high school, at this point in time, the gas pumps should be empty, our boilers without
coal, O-zone nowhere, skin cancer everywhere, and the Midwest a desert covered in trash. If what my parents
were taught was true, the Midwest should be a glacier covered in trash. My eyes were opened when I
learned environmental science from a real environmental scientist. During my graduate years, my
department invited many climatologists to present their research. Not one of them showed anything to
demonstrate that the Earth had warmed, nor did any claim it had.
Climate Control: Brainwashing in schools. Concerns about
environmental education in modern times are not new. For example, in 1984 Herbert London wrote Why are they Lying
to our Children? in response to the following incident described in the book's Introduction: One evening more
than a year ago I came home from university to find my elder daughter — then 13 — with tears streaming
down her cheeks... When I gently inquired why she was crying, Staci said, 'Because I don't have a future'.
[She] produced a mimeographed sheet suggesting that a dismal future — or none at all — is what awaits
her...widespread famine... overpopulation... air pollution so bad everyone will wear gas masks... befouled
rivers and streams... melting of the polar ice caps and worldwide devastation of coastal cities... an
epidemic of cancer brought on by damage to the ozone layer... [...]
but hot air: another alarmist report from global warming brigade. I have long come to realise how
environmental science works: it starts from the premise that everything in the natural world is under threat,
that mankind is to blame and that only drastic changes can save it. It is bad news if temperatures rise,
bad news if they fall, bad news if the climate gets wetter, bad news if it gets drier. If a type of animal
or plant is decreasing it is a man-made tragedy. If it is increasing it is a threat to the "delicate
ecological balance" caused by mankind's mismanagement. The IPCC's latest summary for policymakers on
the "impacts, adaptation and vulnerability" is a fine example of the genre. It portrays a grim future
of mass food shortages and asserts that the effects are already there to be seen."
America Needs a Bunker to Store Its Mountain of Toxic
TVs. As we move to flat screen TVs and computer displays, we're discarding our big, bulky old school
televisions and CRT monitors, and they're piling up in warehouses like the one that caught fire in Parowan [Utah],
with nowhere to go. These discarded screens aren't just a fire hazard. They're filled with lead and
other toxic materials. [...] At the very least, we need a place where this growing pile of glass and lead can be
cleaned and stored until we know what to do with it. We need a Yucca Mountain for all our CRTs.
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Glass does not catch fire, and leaded glass is not dangerous, so the problem — if there is one — is
the plastic housing and circuit boards in the old TVs and CRT monitors. Years ago I heard that old CRTs were
being shipped to Russia, where they make crystal glassware out of the leaded glass. This article describes
a problem, but an uncontrolled fire in any garbage dump is bad news.
Boxer warns Keystone will
cause cancer. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants to add a new element to the Keystone XL oil pipeline debate: its effects on health.
The California Democrat claims negative health effects from the proposed pipeline's development were ignored by the State Department's
environmental impact review. "The Environmental Impact Statement was woefully inadequate when it came to exploring human impacts of
the pipeline," Boxer said Wednesday [2/26/2014] at a press conference held with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and anti-Keystone XL
activists and environmentalists.
Says Keystone Pipeline Would Cause Cancer And Heart Disease. California Senator Barbara Boxer has come up with yet another
reason to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. According to the senator, the pipeline would lead to increased serious illness in
America. In a Wednesday [2/26/2014] press conference held with with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), anti-Keystone XL activists and
environmentalists, Boxer said the pipeline would add pollutants to the air that would increase the likelihood of people getting cancer
or heart disease.
[are] Never Called Out For Spreading Fear. Al Gore was at it again over the weekend, scaring people unnecessarily about global warming.
He, and others like him, should be held accountable for constantly trying to terrify the public. [...] The man has made a post-vice-presidency career
of scaring people for no reason. From his wildly exaggerated "Inconvenient Truth" movie to his claim years ago that the north polar ice cap would
be gone by 2013 — it wasn't — to loopy predictions that "we're approaching this tipping point," Gore has been spreading hysteria
and fright like a farmer sows seeds. And so have the Democrats who have followed. Just last week, Secretary of State John Kerry said global
warming is "the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction." He's clearly taking cues from his boss, President Obama, who has said that
climate change is the "global threat of our time."
Caution: This Warning May Be
Useless. For more than 25 years Californians haven't been able to pump gas, go to the grocery store or even
buy coffee at Starbucks without seeing a sign with wording such as: "WARNING: This Area Contains A Chemical Known To The
State of California To Cause Cancer." [...] However, I recently examined cancer rates and discovered no evidence that Proposition 65
has lowered cancer incidence among Californians. There isn't a single empirical study that demonstrates any public-health benefits.
Climate change warning stickers on gasoline
pumps? A group of Bay Area environmentalists wants to slap warning stickers on gasoline pumps, telling drivers that the fuel
they're buying is cooking the planet. The stickers would constantly remind consumers of the link between driving and climate change.
"Human beings are not really wired for seeing the cause and effect of climate change," said Jamie Brooks, with the Bay Area chapter of 350.org.
"The cause is burning fossil fuels, but we're not going to feel the effects until well into the future. There's no immediate signal to a
consumer of gasoline to show their effects on climate." That's where the labels would come in.
The Editor says...
Those who put political graffiti on other people's private property are truly annoying. In this case, the left-wing earth-worshiping
activists are spreading a lie,
because carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.
The politicization of Christmas:
Warns In Greenpeace Video Christmas Will Be Canceled Due To Global Warming. Greenpeace is warning children the world over Santa Claus
might not be bringing gifts to them because of global warming. A "Save the Arctic" video released by the environmental group shows a sullen
and dirty Santa — played by Jim Carter of "Downton Abbey" — in a dark, concrete room with water dripping from the ceiling.
Isn't Our Top Public Health Threat. The Environmental Protection Agency chief says global warming is the most urgent threat to public
health. [...] And how many Americans die each year due to man-made global warming? The answer is none, of course. When confronted with
this fact, the alarmists will seamlessly shift to global warming's future threat. The danger, they say, is out there — somewhere.
Just trust them. It is. Even though the climate disasters they've predicted and so tightly embraced have not occurred.
Consequently, we are left to wonder: If the real threat is to come, how many will die due to man-made global warming in coming years?
No one can say for sure, but we'll venture a guess: zero.
EPA Chief: 'No More Urgent
Threat to Public Health Than Climate Change'. Ahead of her upcoming trip to China, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina
McCarthy told a liberal advocacy group in Washington on Monday that she has dedicated her life to protecting the environment: "And I really
see no greater issue and no more urgent threat to public health than climate change."
New Attack on Fracking. Those opposed to fracking have
used fear as a weapon: Fear of well water being contaminated by natural gas, with pictures of "flaming" water faucets; fear of chemicals
contaminating groundwater supplies; fear of earthquakes, etc. They have now opened a new front in their war against fracking. The new
campaign targets homeowners, attempting to scare them about how noise and truck traffic related to fracking might affect their families and
neighborhoods; or about how they may have been swindled out of the mineral rights under their homes.
Networks Embrace 'Catastrophic' Warnings of Latest IPCC
Report. The UN's climate panel (IPCC) released its latest warning about "catastrophic" climate change on Sept. 27, garnering the frantic
attention of all three broadcast networks that night. CBS even aired a claim about temperatures rising "more than 200 degrees." Predictably,
the evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC Sept. 27 repeated the IPCC's dire warnings without including any skeptics and without mentioning past failures
such as their inability to accurately predict warming or sea level rise.
Another Busy Hurricane Hoopla Season.
This spring, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its annual hurricane forecast. In its report, NOAA indicated a 70%
chance that the 2013 season would be "more active than usual." So far, they've been wrong. "More active than usual" has become so
common in hurricane forecasting parlance that one wonders what happened to "normal."
Your iPhone uses more energy than a refrigerator.
A midsize refrigerator that qualifies for the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star rating uses about 322 kW-h a year, while your iPhone uses about
361 kW-h if you stack up wireless connections, data usage, and battery charging.
The Editor says...
Really? How much power does "data usage" consume? Does your phone put out as much heat as your refrigerator? How big is a "midsize refrigerator" and is the
latest Energy Star "midsize" model as good as the one you owned ten years ago? Even if the assertion (stated in the title) is true, so what? Your electric appliances consume energy,
and you pay the electric bill and enjoy the convenience. There is no problem here. The article goes on to say that all the computers in the country "are taking up
a larger and larger slice of the world's energy pie." So what? That's because our country runs on computers now, and not so much on steel mills and trolley
cars. It is also because the U.S. produces a huge percentage of the world's prosperity. And "the world's energy pie" is not growing fast enough because of the
tree-hugging, earth-worshiping hippies who oppose every practical source of energy — starting with coal. We should be building more coal-fired power plants,
not shutting them down.
Wasserman Schultz global warming
hysteria. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has claimed her Florida constituency will be underwater "in a few short years" because of
Global Warming? Oops! Never Mind!
Almost every place on Earth today has a different temperature from that of any other location. So, is our planet's temperature
rising? Do we even know? However, it is officially admitted: Global warming stopped 15-20 years ago. The
mainstream media is struggling very hard to explain this away. They admit that the Earth stopped warming 15 to 20 years
ago. But just you wait — disaster is coming unless we vote liberals into office. They cannot explain the pause.
Yet they "know" global warming will kill us all unless we vote Democrat.
America's New Theocracy. Guns. Soda.
Salt. SUVs. Trans Fats. Plastic bags. [...] Styrofoam. Fracking. The Bible. Rush Limbaugh.
Conservative talk radio. Fox News. Plastic bags. Smoking. Shark fin soup. Bacon. Paper Bags.
Oil. Coal. The internal combustion engine. Incandescent light bulbs. And don't forget the Foie Gras. One
could keep going, but suffice to say these things are on the short list of things liberals in America either have banned or seek to ban.
The cleaner the enviroment, the more desperate enviros become to tackle the Next Big Scare.
[T]he irony behind the modern-day environmental movement in America is that the more successful the movement is, the more petty subsequent
goals necessarily become. There is no other choice. The big environmental organizations have mouths to feed and rents to pay just
like any other business. [...] The pressing need to find new problems to solve is moving the big environmental organizations in new directions.
Their unending search for risks to micromanage and overinflate are leading towards a growing war on chemistry and common sense.
Mice are not little men.
Biomedical researchers have long used mice in the lab to learn about human diseases and to test treatments. Now, a new study strongly
suggests that mice are poor models for studying trauma or infections in humans. In a test comparing the genetic responses of mouse and
human immune cells, mice had vastly different reactions to toxins and trauma, according to findings published Monday [2/11/2013] in
the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Extreme media alert. The
insurance industry appears to be behind all the hype of extreme weather.
No VT Skiing, Maryland Destroyed If Global Warming Not Addressed. A group of House Democrats labeling themselves the
Safe Climate Caucus held a press conference today [2/15/2013] to warn that if Congress does not address global warming, the country
could face dire consequences, including detrimental effects to California wines and an end to Vermont skiing. One Democratic
representative even worried that global warming could destroy the state of Maryland.
Obama Should Regulate Oil Refineries, Household Appliances to Stop Global Warming. Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)
said the Obama administration should regulate oil refineries, household appliances, and even renegotiate climate treaties if Congress
does not pass legislation dealing with global warming. "The president will be taking action by executive order through his
administration," Waxman said at a press conference on Friday [2/15/2013] unveiling his Safe Climate Caucus, which will work to
pressure House Republicans to take up a climate change initiative.
Here's a news bulletin for Mr.
Waxman: Global warming has already stopped.
issues warnings, but are rising temperatures a health risk?. The report concludes that "Climate change is already
affecting the American people" and that US communities will face "economic or health-related challenges." Sadly, common
sense is hard to find in the 1146-page document. The report is driven by the misguided ideology of Climatism, the belief that
man-made greenhouse gases are destroying Earth's climate. According to Climatism, Earth's climate has been unchanging for
thousands of years, but carbon dioxide emissions from human society are now causing dangerous global warming. Further, any
change in Earth's climate must be bad for US citizens. The document uses the word "extreme" more than 600 times to
create an alarming picture of the future.
100 million to die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate: Report. More than
100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product by 2030 if the world
fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday [9/26/2012]. As global average
temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and
rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organization DARA.
Kerry: Climate Change 'As
Dangerous' as Iran's Nukes and Possibility of War. The situation facing the planet because of climate change is "as
dangerous" as the possibility of war over Iran's nuclear activities, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) told the U.S. Senate on Wednesday
[8/1/2012]. Delivering what his office described as "a major address and current assessment of the global climate change
challenge," Kerry acknowledged and bemoaned the success of those who question the notion of human-induced global warming. He
compared skeptics to flat-earthers and decried what he called a "concerted assault on reason."
Earth Summit Babble. Why anyone still believes anything the UN
Environmental Program and its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has to say is one of those great imponderable questions. To prepare
you for the flood of totally idiotic predictions to which you will be treated during the June 20-21 Earth Summit, here are just a few and I
strongly advise you to ignore all of them.
The Global Doomsayers' Ever-Changing Story.
Part of the preamble to Agenda 21, the action plan that came out of the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, reads: "We are confronted with a
perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration
of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being." In the 20 years since, something embarrassing has happened: a sharp
decrease in poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy and a marked reduction in these global disparities. The conference that begins next week
in Rio de Janeiro, on the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit, will nonetheless remain resolutely pessimistic about the planet's ecosystems
and their capacity to support human beings indefinitely if economic growth continues.
zealots are destroying the planet. Just imagine a world where you never had to worry about global
warming, where the ice caps, the 'drowning' Maldives and the polar bears were all doing just fine. Imagine
a world where CO2 was our friend, fossil fuels were a miracle we should cherish, and economic growth made the
planet cleaner, healthier, happier and with more open spaces. Actually, there's no need to imagine:
it already exists. So why do so many people still believe otherwise?
Age of environmental fear.
The United States is among the cleanest nations on the planet. U.S. environmental programs have set the
standard for the world. Many other nations copy our regulations wholesale. We have set tough goals and
achieved them. Lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and carbon monoxide levels have declined precipitously.
Likewise, levels of benzene, arsenic, mercury and many other pollutants have decreased. Perhaps most important,
the life expectancy of the average American has risen from 71 to about 77 years. But don't expect the
government or environmentalists to talk about this success.
'End of America-Ism": Sad Variant of Global Warming Alarmism. It's time we start addressing the
sheer arrogance of the alarmist point of view. The earth was here long before us, and will be here long
after us. Simple vanity makes us assume we're incredibly significant, but the greater truth is that as
measured against the planet on which we reside, we're the proverbial ant on the elephant's posterior. We
ultimately don't count relative to planet earth, and this should be remembered the next time someone tells us
we're wrecking it.
Witchcraft and Post-Normal Science. If it weren't for the prophecies of doom, climate science
would be an obscure academic niche. Global warming has made everyone in the field rich, at least in
academic currency if not dollars. The wealth has spread to other academic niches that have become more
important in light of connections to climate. Global warming is a huge bonanza for the do-good environmental
organization industry. Organizations like the Sierra Club or the Environmental Defense Fund need a perpetual
stream of impending environmental disasters. When the public becomes bored with an impending disaster that
never materializes, a new impending disaster must be found.
Species Prefer Warmer Climate? No person could ever get to the end of [the web] sites proclaiming
that the Arctic is ground zero for climate change, the ice is melting, permafrost is being destroyed, habitats
of everything and anything living there are highly sensitive to even the smallest change in climate, the whole
place is fragile beyond belief, and on and on.
prophets who never say they're sorry. During the Cold War, liberal schoolteachers scared the beans
out of children with dire predictions about imminent nuclear war. They had kids saying things like, "if
I grow up," not "when I grow up." In 1989, the media terrified the country over the threat of Alar-tainted
apples, but mass poisonings didn't happen. Most of the false predictions have involved weather. As
the Media Research Center's Dan Gainor reported in his "Fire and Ice" paper, the New York Times warned of a
new ice age in 1895. "It was just one of four different time periods in the last 100 years when
major print media predicted an impending climate crisis," Mr. Gainor noted.
Drinking too much water can kill you. Too much vitamin C can be fatal, too. And your brain
actually requires tiny concentrations of arsenic — rat poison — to function properly.
So it's the dose that makes the poison. ... You'd have to drink 1,000 cans of soda every day (for life!)
to reach the level of chemical exposure that causes cancer in lab-rat studies. The same kind of logic
applies to acrylamide, a chemical compound commonly found in French fries, coffee and roasted asparagus.
Makes a Poor Physician. American life is characterized by pervasive, low-level anxiety about health
risks in our air, water, cellphones, power lines, chemicals, prescription drugs, and, most of all, food —
punctuated by periodic panics about this or that (avian flu, "flesh-eating" bacteria, H1N1, SARS, and on and
on). We are healthier than human beings have ever been in the history of the world, but we are beset by
an epidemic of worry. The federal government both responds to and contributes to this fear.
Having Solved All The World's Other Problems...
EPA Takes On The Deadly Scourge Of ... Hand Soap. The environmentalists pushing this
issue want the EPA and/or the FDA to ban Triclosan, but there seems to be little evidence that the
substance is problematic. It's been used in anti-bacterial soap since the 1920's, and the last
time I checked there haven't been any health epidemics kicked off by the use of Triclosan. What's
more, the FDA reports that "Triclosan is not currently known to be hazardous to humans," though they
couch that statement in a bit of uncertainty. Scientists, after all, never like making absolute
statements. They'll never admit that something couldn't be true. Only that they
don't know something to be true.
They're coming for
your hand soap. Antimicrobial hand soaps and body washes are very popular, especially
in cold and flu season. They've been found to be effective in limiting the spread of bacteria,
which is why they're so popular. But, like anything people like, there are people who don't
like it, and the people who don't like something are rarely content until their will is imposed upon
everyone else. In this case, the people who don't like it are the left-wing environmentalists
who don't seem to like much of anything humans concoct to improve people's quality of life. Their
usual modus operandi is being followed in this case. Rather than trying to make a case for or
against something, these groups have taken to the courts.
Obama's EPA is going after your soap. Under the Obama administration, the EPA has been transformed
into a job-killing machine. ... While many are aware of the fight against cap and trade and the EPA's regulation
of greenhouse gas emissions, the totality of their smaller actions, which often go unnoticed, is starting to
add up. They already tell us what kinds of light bulbs we can use and how much water we are allowed
to have in our toilets. Now, they have their sights set on our soap.
Congress's Styrofoam cups could cause cancer. A group of Democrats complain Styrofoam cups in
the House cafeteria could contain carcinogens.
The Editor says...
SO? If that's what you believe, then don't use those cups. That will leave more for
the rest of us. But really, styrofoam products have been marketed since
1954*, and if
there was anything dangerous about it, we'd all be dead by now. Lots of things cause cancer,
apparently. Get used to it.
Change and Civilisation Collapse. One of the most powerful drivers of environmental gloominess and
cultural pessimism is the spectre of ecological apocalypse. The mutation of age-old, religious end-time
prophecies into secular predictions of natural cataclysms and societal collapse — in short, the
emergence of environmental apocalypticism — is perhaps the most significant ideological development
in the western world since the demise of Marxism.
Autism Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg.
Last year the World Health Organization, having exaggerated the world AIDS problem by 12-fold, then hyped SARS
and then spent four years terrifying us over avian flu (remember avian flu?), converted the mildest flu strain
in decades (swine flu H1N1) into the first flu pandemic in 41 years simply by rewriting the flu pandemic
definition. Aiding it was a study in Science magazine that completely misrepresented the citations it
used as authority. Likewise, San Francisco last year became the first jurisdiction in the country to put
warning labels on cell phones, influenced in great part by a series of studies published in peer-reviewed
journals alleging they cause brain tumors. Yet they're all by a single environmental activist and
totally fly in the face of the main body of research. Plus the city relied on an Environmental Working
Group paper that used citations saying exactly the opposite of what the report claimed.
Another Climate Change Scare Is On Thin Ice.
All the scares generated by the false climate science promoted by political agendas disappear from the mainstream
media and are rarely heard of again. There's no follow up in the mainstream media, no apologies for providing
false or inadequate information. Nasty old Mother Nature causes the demise by going about her normal business.
Global Warming / Cooling / Warming / Cooling.
[Scroll down] The media has written on the dangers of global warming or cooling for almost a century.
Guess what? The sun still rises in the east and sets in the west. The moon still goes through its phases
from full-moon to new-moon and back again as always. Since Reid Bryson predicting "a billion people starving in
1974," the earth's population has increased by 2.5 billion. So, as you see, amid the steady proclamation
of doom by the media, the politicians, and the scientists, life does in fact go on. Unfortunately the
gloom and doom prophecies do so as well.
All The News That Is
Unfit to Print. [Example #3] The Gulf Oil Hysteria: We were told that aquatic life in
the Gulf of Mexico would be ruined for generations. Offshore drilling in general was now to become obsolete
and synonymous with environmental catastrophe. Drilling was stopped in the gulf. Prophets of doom
assured us of the scary Exxon Valdez comparisons. And yet life returned to normal, without much discussion
of the absence of permanent damage or why the horror stories proved not so horrific.
Water Is The New Target. Self-proclaimed
environmentalists and people who use the environment as a vehicle for political control, often the same people,
have not quite destroyed environmentalism. They are running out of exotic scares as coral bleaching, ocean
acidification and a multitude of other claims prove unwarranted. A sign of desperation is the shift to
much larger targets, but they pose the problem that people know a little more and basic questions raise immediate
Breaking News! The earth is warming! No wait, it's cooling!
Warnings of global warming have been with us now for two decades, courtesy of the news media. And surely
these respected and long-lived newspapers, magazines and television networks can be trusted to tell us what the
current state of the climate is and what it will do? A least one would think so. Interestingly, the
history of climate reporting is not unlike the reporting of so many other doomsday scenarios, from the "population
bomb" which should have caused the death of two billion people by the 1980s, to aids which should have infected
the majority of Americans by 2000, to the Y2K disaster that never came to be.
Poverty: The Real Face of the Leftist Environmental Agenda. Since the seventies, the
American left has warned of coming famine, overpopulation, total deforestation, urban sprawl, and
overcrowding. The only problem is that none of this has ever happened. The left lied, and
The climate crackup.
The radical green movement is all about scaring the public into adopting unpopular policy initiatives, such as
hefty taxes on important sources of energy and increased government direction of our lives through regulation.
The Chicken Little strategy can work if the possibility of major disruptions such as a devastating Katrina-style
hurricane push people into embracing protection from Washington. Unfortunately for the scaremongers, the
disruptions just aren't happening.
Environmentalism. Winnie-the-Pooh's Eeyore is funny as a caricature of the pessimist, but it is
pathetic in real life. Yet it is the default mode of environmentalism, which is why Eeyore-like
environmentalists are seldom the life of any party.
Now that global warming has fizzled, let's
move on to the next crisis.
Climate Alarmism Takes
Off in a New Direction. NASA has just voiced its concern over the threat that our modern
technological society is now facing from "solar storms." Now it's true of course, that our society has
become quite dependent on new technology, such as satellite communications and GPS mapping, that is vulnerable
to the effects of major solar storms, but NASA seems to be a bit too worried about how big the threat
Atrazine Scare Is Just the Beginning. Recently, I reported here on the environmentalists'
trumped-up scare campaign targeting atrazine, a valuable, widely used agricultural herbicide. I quoted a
Wall Street Journal editorial that observed, "The environmental lobby also figures that if it can take down
atrazine with its long record of clean health, it can get the EPA to prohibit anything." In fact, the
attack on atrazine is just part of the total war against man-made chemicals that is waged today by
environmentalists inside and outside of government.
'Cancer Scare' Report So Bogus Even the New York Times Notices. Hard as it to imagine, a recent
government report was so ridiculously hysterical that even the New York Times noticed. The President's
Cancer Panel's released a report entitled "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk" ... The report was a collection
of conjecture, unrelated factoids and, more than anything, a shrill call for more: more government, more
studies and, of course, more money. ... It's the silliest example so far of Obama's "scientific experts"
delivering hysteria where hysteria is wanted, but it's sure to be far from the last.
New Global Warming Alarmism from
LA Times. We have now reached the apex of "heads I win, tails you lose" global warming-alarmism.
In his April 18 op-ed for the LA Times, author Eli Kintisch warned that "the world is running short on air
pollution, and if we continue to cut back on smoke pouring forth from industrial smokestacks," global warming
consequences could be "profound." Having painted themselves into an environmental conundrum, Kintisch and
climate scientists are left debating how they are going to proceed with sulfate aerosols — a natural
and anthropogenic air pollutant believed to have cooling properties on the earth's atmosphere.
Global warming follies.
I use Yahoo as the home page for my internet browser. This exposes me to the daily global warming propaganda
Yahoo publishes, with correspondingly outrageous, inflammatory headlines. These types of articles are
specifically selected to frighten us into acceding to the pro-warming political forces' demands, including
surrendering our freedoms and our prosperity.
Shut down the IPCC.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced yet another "flaw" in their reports.
It's time — once and for all — to be very clear about the obvious. There are serious
conclusions to be drawn from the fact that the "flaws" in the UN reports produced bias in only one direction.
The latest announcement admits an error that supported Vegan propaganda against the meat industry. Researchers
have also admitted that there is no scientifically supportable case for the IPCC's exaggerated worst-case sea-level
rise (which by the way has been orders of magnitude lower than Al Gore's), dramatic ice-melts in the Himalayas
and elsewhere, danger to the South American rain forest, warming of oceans, etc. etc. etc.
Reports Newsweek. Just in time for Earth Day at your local supermarket newsstand,
Newsweek has published "100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear," a shrill, apocalyptic,
scaremongering photo album of favorite hot spots the world over that are threatened with destruction by
Science and the
Toxic Scare Machine. United States Federal Agency-sponsored research in public health toxicology
is as irresponsible and misleading as the IPCC misconduct. ... Well of course we're gonna die, eventually.
This scientific misconduct suggesting that we are going to die from the environment is intended to scare the
most anxious and comfortable society in history. The research is the result of agency money spent to
make the public more anxious and push the idea that government is a savior; regulations and programs must be
instituted now to rescue us from Armageddon.
the Climate Numbers: [Scroll down] We've been given some clear answers that weren't
serious, ranging from the famed "hockey stick" diagram, that entirely misrepresented planetary temperature
trends; to smaller assertions such as, "all the glaciers in the Himalayas will have melted by the year 2035."
This latter we now know was made up from whole cloth, like the polar bear die-off, and a great deal of nonsense
about Arctic and Antarctic ice cover. To my survey, there is not a single aspect of the "anthropogenic
global warming" hypothesis that has been left standing by recent revelations, and more shoes drop every day.
This article is an equal mix of environmental
alarmism and anti-gun propaganda:
ammo's harm to environment is debated. Lead in paint, gasoline and drinking water is prohibited
as dangerous for health and the environment. But the material is scattered in abundance outdoors when
it comes to hunting grounds and firing ranges. Tons of lead from ammunition can accumulate on the ground
over years and decades.
Government hysteria: A
dread disease, no known cure. Somewhere betwixt swine and swindle, we've got a flu crisis. Well, maybe
not a real crisis, or even a semi-convincing phony crisis, but the government is working on it. What we have,
actually, is a crisis of hysteria promoted in certain government precincts.
Experts Warn of Impending Phosphorus
Crisis. The element phosphorus is essential to human life and the most important ingredient in
fertilizer. But experts warn that the world's reserves of phosphate rock are becoming depleted.
Why You Should Boycott Build-A-Bear. [Scroll down] The company also has a website called
Build-A-Bearville.com where children can play an interactive video game that, on it's [sic] surface, is
unlikely to raise suspicion or sound alarms. But when your unsuspecting tot logs on and hops a virtual
train to the North Pole... you should know that he or she will be informed — by Santa
Claus — that Christmas may be canceled this year due to Global Warming.
Back On! Build-A-Bear Surrenders, Pulls Videos. Yesterday, we brought you the disturbing story
of Build-a-Bear's on-line video series warning kids that the North Pole may completely disappear in just a few
days, threatening Christmas. (Average December temperature in the North Pole is around minus
40 degrees Farenheit.) Needless to say, the story received a lot of attention and sparked several
organized efforts to boycott the company's products.
The Editor says...
If you paid attention in high school, you know -40°F. = -40°C.
The global carbon footprint
scam. I never cease to marvel at the environmental alarmists who create one "crisis" after another
using wretchedly bad "science" to support their scams. On Tuesday, November 24, the Global Footprint
Network ... "release[d] new data on the Ecological Footprint of 100 nations and humanity as a whole, and the
current ledgers are sobering." Well, of course, they're sobering. Everything the Greens announce is sobering
because, as you well know, the oceans are rising, the glaciers and polar caps are melting, we're running out of oil,
every animal on Earth is endangered, incandescent light bulbs and global warming will destroy all life on Earth, yada,
Only 50 days left to save the world?
I might listen to the doomsayers if they weren't such ludicrous
hypocrites. Not many people understand climate change. But they can recognise hypocrisy
when they see it, and are also likely to count their spoons whenever wild-eyed politicians invoke the
impending end of the world. On Tuesday [12/15/2009], Prince Charles flew to Copenhagen to attend
the climate change summit, where he delivered a keynote speech. He informed his audience that 'the
world has only seven years before we lose the levers of control'. Not at all long, then.
Panic Hook: 'Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity'. Prepare for
more panic talk about the end of the world as Dr. James Hansen, a leading global warming alarmist whose temperature
data has come under question, launches a media tour for his new book out this week...
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Analysis of Alarmism: Ocean
acidification. As public awareness grows that human caused warming is false the extent
and degree of attempts to scare the public increases. The scare preference is for remote
geographic areas such as the Arctic or Antarctic or complex obscure topics ideally with global
implications, which the public knows little about. The latest scare story is ocean acidification,
which combines these traits with the advantage of a word with negative connotations and used
before in acid rain.
terrorism in South Africa. While the globe was still warming and environmentalist claims were
modest, the IPCC's case was impregnable. In these modern times the environmentalists fed the media with
scare stories in order to advance their cause. The media in turn had little interest in repeating the
same warnings month after month. So, climate alarmists were forced to increase the level of alarmism.
Environmental terrorism is the result. Examples are the fraudulent predictions of the destruction of the
animals and butterflies of the Kruger National Park, and the imminent loss of our Proteas (South Africa) and
Quiver Trees (Namibia) as a result of climate change.
Climate Myths and National
Security. The President of the United States recently told the United Nations that "global warming"
poses a threat to national security and may engender conflicts as populations are displaced by rising sea levels,
droughts, floods, storms etc. etc. etc. However, it is now clear that there is no basis for the notion that
the barely-detectable human influence on the climate is likely to prove a threat to climate, still less to national
Science, Politics and
Death: Environmental extremism kills. Millions die annually because of restrictions on
DDT, and imposing the "Kyoto" regulations would kill many more.
The Swine Who Live to Scare You. We
live in a world of competing lies, all swirling around us and generated by government and what are now called
"non-governmental organizations." ... These are the swine who live to scare you because they know this is the way to
benefit from your ignorance, gullibility or because you will not take the time to check out the "facts" they are
telling you, using them like cattle prods to make you and others move in the direction they want.
The Administration's Flu
Fear-Mongering. 'In keeping with the administration's proactive approach" to swine flu, the
White House has announced that President Obama has declared the disease "a national emergency." It's
the second such declaration, with the first in late April. And in case you didn't know what "proactive"
meant before, now you do: "hysterical."
Millions of swine flu shots wasted.
Germany is stuck with €250 million worth of swine flu vaccine ordered during the height of the flu panic
last winter but never used because the mass immunisation campaign was a failure, according to a Friday [5/7/2010]
No More Crying 'Spanish Flu'. Flu
season has officially ended. We had about 12,000 fatalities, a third the usual number according to Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. Yet almost all infections were H1N1 swine flu. The World
Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 18,036 swine flu deaths over the past year, somewhat shy of the 250,000 to
500,000 it estimates die annually of seasonal flu. So it's hard to imagine that a year ago top public health
officials and the media were comparing swine flu to the Spanish flu of 1918-19.
Faces of Influenza
PSA: Everyone should be vaccinated. The Faces of Influenza campaign is designed to
put a "face" on influenza and make money doing it. The Pharmaceutical companies received numerous
duplicitous bailouts which in turn fund this propaganda.
blushing. It's hard to be green when you're red-faced all the time. It's easy to be
red-faced when your cause is global warming doomsterism. This week, the doomsters were embarrassed
to learn, once again, that the planet was not in grave peril. Antarctica, their greatest candidate for
catastrophe, was not melting at an ever-faster rate, according to a report in Geophysical Research Letters,
but at the slowest rate in 30 years.
has me incensed. How many times in our own lifetime have the doomsayers, confusing their own
mortality with that of mankind, falsely warned we were at the end of days? Wasn't humanity supposed to
have already been cut down by nuclear war? Global pandemics? The "population bomb"? The
hole in the ozone layer? A new ice age? Acid rain? Genetically modified food? Toxic
waste? A catastrophic extinction caused by pollution and pesticides? Pick your poison. None
of it happened.
temperatures hit 2,000-year high. The 1990s were the Arctic's warmest decade in the past
2,000 years, says a study released in Friday's edition of Science. ... Scientists used "natural"
thermometers — such as glacial ice cores, tree rings and sediments from lakes — to
calculate the temperatures of the Arctic over the past two millennia. Instruments have been used to
measure the actual temperature of the Arctic since the late 1800s.
The Editor says...
Hmmm... where to begin? One or two "instruments" in the late 1800s would not be enough to perform
accurate measurements of the Arctic Circle. Before that, nobody kept records, so the "report" relies
on tree rings, tea leaves and wild guesses. But even if the current Arctic temperature is the
highest in a long time, so what? It is still plenty chilly at the north pole.
about polar ice.
Figuring How to Terrify Us Over Swine Flu.
"U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and
as many as several hundred thousand could die." So declares an Associated Press article, the writer of
which you can picture trying to catch his breath as he pounds away at the keyboard.
Price Of A Porcine Panic. There's panic in the streets over a flu outbreak. "Projections
are that this virus will kill 1 million Americans," the nation's top health official has warned.
The virus is swine flu. But the date is 1976. And the projection, it turns out, is off by
999,999 deaths. Direct ones, that is. The hastily developed vaccine killed or crippled
Make way for Obama the Bogeyman.
The World Health Organization (WHO) — helping the Obama administration stir the pot on panicking
the public into believing a deadly viral pandemic is headed our way this Fall — is getting a big
leg up from the Discovery Channel. It's been a summer of Internet warnings "the pandemic is coming", and
now the Discovery Channel will telecast the definitive Viral Pandemic Survival Show. News of the coming
scare show is available courtesy of Kurt Nimmo at Infowars, those folk challenged by mainstream media as
"conspiracy theory advocates".
A pandemic of
panic — are we dead yet? We were all supposed to be in the graveyard by now, done in by AIDS,
SARS, bird flu, poisoned peanut butter, Hong Kong flu, killer tomatoes, global warming and strangulation by
kudzu. But here we are, proof that there really is life after death.
Hysteria: Who Dunnit. Now that the H1N1 swine-flu outbreak appears to be waning, it's time to
draw important lessons from what happened. First, the pronouncements from the World Health Organization,
a United Nations agency, were disappointing. Most flu and public-health experts consider the WHO's
decision last week to raise the pandemic flu threat to Level 5, "Pandemic Imminent," to have been
alarmist and unwarranted.
The Politics of Global
Warming. One of the first issues to be celebrated as a crisis by these reformers was
over-population. That fad peaked in the '60s and early '70s. ... But the best parallel to the
current crusade, the real precursor to the current "panic du jour," was the computer model-based
alarmism of the "Club of Rome."
The Great Liberal
Pandemonium Machine. The Mexican swine flu pandemic? Oh, that's soooo yesterday.
Global Warming? All those confident "scientific" predictions are falling apart around the world, even
as greedy politicians still try to squeeze the last little drops of power and money out of them. Human
flesh-eating bacteria? SARS? Ozone holes? Mad Cow? The Curse of the Killer Tomatoes?
Water torture? CO2? Bee Colony Collapse? It never ends. As long as scare stories sell,
as long as millions of indoctrinated suckers fall for them they will never end.
salmonella, bird flu, the Millennium Bug... should we actually be scared this time? Don't we
have the sense that we have seen this kind of panic before, which eventually turned out to have gone way over
the top? The moment which more than any might have set off a severe attack of deja vu came when the
BBC Today programme wheeled on an expert from the World Health Organisation to tell us that '40 percent'
of us in Britain may catch swine flu — while another unnamed expert was quoted predicting
that '1.2 million' Britons could die.
Day predictions from 1970. The environmentalists were wrong then, and they are wrong today.
Save Capitalism. Every year
Steven Hayward, a scholar at the Pacific Research Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, compiles his Index
of Leading Environmental Indicators. And every year, his findings contradict the alarmists' warnings that the
world is on the edge of environmental cataclysm. From evidence "that tropical rain forests may now be expanding
faster than they are being cut down" to the improving health of U.S. ocean fisheries to better outdoor air quality in
American cities with the worst air pollution, Hayward shows there's more to be optimistic about than there is to be
Pre-industrial CO2 levels were about the
same as today. Why we are told otherwise? Proponents of human induced warming and
climate change told us that an increase in CO2 precedes and causes temperature increases. They were
wrong. They told us the late 20th century was the warmest on record. They were wrong. They told us,
using the infamous "hockey stick" graph, the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) did not exist. They were wrong. They
told us global temperatures would increase through 2008 as CO2 increased. They were wrong. They told us
Arctic ice would continue to decrease in area through 2008. They were wrong. They told us October 2008
was the second warmest on record. They were wrong.
Real Scientists vs. Media Darlings:
Samuel Epstein alleged a prominent herbicide caused cancer and industrial pollution was creating an epidemic of
cancer. These allegations were rejected by real science, but in the interim they made Epstein very famous.
Irving Selikoff, whose opinions served as a basis for Environmental Protection Agency standards on asbestos,
predicted 40,000 deaths per year from asbestos from 1967 to 1977. The actual number was 522 worldwide.
In 1976 Stephen Schneider supported the view that the Earth was entering a little ice age. Now he is a
leading proponent of the theory of global warming.
Happy Earth Day. More than 30 years
ago political scientist Anthony Downs discerned what he called the "issue-attention cycle," a five-stage process
by which the public and especially the news media grow alarmed over an issue, agitate for action, generate piles
of scary headlines, and then begin to draw back as we come to recognize that the problem has been exaggerated or
misconceived, and the price tag for action comes in.
over global warming could damage our Earth far more than climate change. Over the past
half-century, we have become used to planetary scares. In the late Sixties, we were told of a population
explosion that would lead to global starvation. Then, a little later, we were warned the world was
running out of natural resources. By the Seventies, when global temperatures began to dip, many eminent
scientists warned us that we faced a new Ice Age. But the latest scare, global warming, has engaged the
political and opinion-forming classes to a greater extent than any of these.
When Will We Tire of the Fear Mongers?
I have noticed throughout my life that there barely has been a day the news media was not trumpeting a foreboding
event, an impending environmental danger, or some risky food or technological hazard clearly intended to
generate fear. … Come to think of it, I cannot think of a single environmental or public health "crisis"
that has ever proven to be true. They just fade away as time and reality wear them thin. Eventually
they fall into the shadow of the next "fear du jour."
The Omniphobia Epidemic. We're
afraid of ozone and CO2. We're afraid of smog and cigarette smoke. We're afraid of Republicans because they are
warmongers, and of Democrats because they are in utter denial of the real world. We're afraid the earth is warming — or
freezing. Our bee populations are now collapsing. A new kind of voracious ant is invading. Only 20,000
polar bears are left in Alaska, way down, from, oh, about 20,000 previously. Flesh-eating bacteria are attacking
people in Africa, again.
We're afraid of drilling for too much oil. But we're also afraid of pumping
too little oil.
Studies Gone Wild: Death by Shower Curtain?
[Scroll down] In short, it is a piece of shower curtain research that some experts said just doesn't hold water. "It's
a great example of how quickly a sound bite can become dangerous and contagious," said ABC News medical contributor Dr. Marie
Savard. "The idea that people should be tossing out their shower curtains based on a study that more or less focuses on a
single shower curtain is absurd. This is scare science at its best, or worst, depending on how you look at it."
busts the myths on cancer risks. Breast implants, deodorant and coffee are extremely unlikely to
cause cancer, says a new risk report designed to allay panic that everything can be carcinogenic. The
risk assessment developed by an Australian cancer specialist puts in perspective the chance of getting the
disease from a range of agents, including dental fillings, marijuana and cured meats.
Mice, Men, and Carcinogens: When environmentalists and
government agencies label chemicals as carcinogens, they often point to rodent tests. However, the tests
have proven to be seriously flawed. They entail administering massive amounts of chemicals to rodents
bred to be highly susceptible to cancer. Then researchers extrapolate the possible effects of such
chemicals on humans who may be exposed to small amounts of the same chemical over their lifetimes.
The Politically Correct Horror
Picture Show. Occasionally, I view the History Channel, and Sunday evening I
tuned into a two-hour horror show. Viewers were treated to frightening scenarios for
three-plus disasters, some natural, some of our own making, that are bound to destroy the
world and everybody in it, or something just short of that.
This is yet more evidence
that those who paint the most horrific pictures of our future are determined that we get
one consistent with their jaundiced view of mankind's capacity for self government.
Who Are The Merchants of Fear?
Manmade global warming theory is fed by pseudo quantitative prediction from climate-careerists working primarily
off the big, mega-computer General Circulation Models, which include the National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR), NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Department of Commerce's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Lab. These are multi-billion dollar scientific weather bureaucracies as intent on self-preservation and
budgetary enhancement as cognate nuclear bureaucracies at Oakridge and Los Alamos.
Heartland President Debunks Global Warming Myths.
The popular press features possible crises on their front pages all the time, because bad news sells and they
are in the business of selling copies of their publications and generating ad revenue, not reporting the truth
about complicated subjects. As they say in the business, "if it bleeds, it leads." These are the
same guys who told us Alar, saccharin, Red Dye #2, dioxin, a hole in the ozone layer, electric power lines, and
cell phones were all causing cancer epidemics, and that Y2K would shut down the nation's electric grid and banks.
dyes may protect against cancer. Synthetic food dyes — long blamed for causing hyperactivity in
children — may have a good side: some of them may protect against cancer. Gayle Orner at Oregon State
University in Corvallis added the carcinogens dibenzopyrene (DBP) or aflatoxin to the feed of trout for one month, with or
without the food dyes Red 40 — one of six recently linked to hyperactivity in children — or
Blue 2. Nine months later, trout that had been fed either of the dyes in combination with aflatoxin had
50 percent fewer liver tumours, compared with those that had been exposed to aflatoxin alone.
The Editor says...
Hmmm... I'm no psychologist, but maybe the hyperactive kids' problem is overexposure to
television, or fatherlessness, or a diet with too much sugar. Or maybe it's because Mom is
constantly on the phone.
Current Exaggeration: An item in
the September 18 issue [of Business Week] discussing the possibility of ocean currents "switching
off" and catastrophically affecting the global climate was interesting but incredibly useless.
The Fear Industrial Complex: Do vaccines
cause autism? Almost certainly not. Dr. Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia told me, "It's perfectly reasonable to be skeptical about anything you put into
your body, including vaccines. And vaccines do have side effects. But vaccines don't cause
autism." … Then why are so many kids diagnosed as autistic today? Because kids we once said had
other conditions now are being called autistic.
The Gore Who Stole Christmas. If
climate alarmists are to be believed, Americans must cut their electricity use substantially, and soon, to reduce
greenhouse-gas emissions associated with fossil-fuel combustion. Celebratory holiday lighting —
what doomsayer Paul Ehrlich once called "garish commercial Christmas displays" — would surely be the
first to go, coming before indoor lighting, cooking, heating, and air conditioning.
News About the Environment: After over 30 years of steady progress
and improvement, the media still chooses to emphasize the negative and largely ignore
the positive with their coverage of Earth Day events.
Top Ten Junk Science
Moments for 2006. Bill Clinton and Julia Roberts stumped for California's Proposition 87 which
would tax oil to fund alternative energy research. Mr. Clinton and Ms. Roberts claimed that
California's air is the "worst in the nation" and that it was linked with more asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer,
heart disease, lung disease and premature death. But data (as opposed to political rhetoric) indicate
that California's public health is generally better than that of states which fully meet federal air quality
standards. Maybe that's one reason why voters rejected Proposition 87.
Media Likes Scaring Us, and We Like It. Listening to us [in the news media], you'd
think our growing exposure to pesticides, food additives, and other mysterious chemicals has
created America's "cancer epidemic." But in truth there is no cancer epidemic — cancer
incidence is flat, and death rates have been falling for years. But such good news doesn't
get much play. No interest groups benefit from it.
Environmental Disasters: The Rest of the
Story. Crying "fire!" in a crowded theater is irresponsible, perhaps illegal. But
spreading terror among citizens by claiming Alar will cause cancer in children, by claiming drinking
water is unsafe, and by claiming pesticide residues in food are hazardous to your health is not even
a misdemeanor. Perpetrators of environmental and food safety scares, and even outright hoaxes,
are never held accountable for the personal tragedies that result from business failures and the
unwarranted fear and alarm they spread. They are, in fact, often praised by the news media
as consumer advocates and protectors.
Global Warming Hurricane Crisis Fails to
Materialize. Throwing further cold water on the asserted link between global warming and the
past few hurricane seasons is a study published in the July 28 issue of Science, which concluded
modern technology is enabling us to locate and measure the full strength of hurricanes that would have escaped
detection prior to advanced satellite and radar technology. The study noted hurricane seasons in the
past were likely much more eventful and ferocious than had been documented, and that the past few hurricane
seasons have not been as remarkable as global warming alarmists claim.
Atlantic hurricane forecasts missed by a big
margin. The noted hurricane forecasting team led by Dr. William Gray at Colorado State
University has not missed by this much in a long time. Before the Atlantic 2006 hurricane season started,
Gray and his protege Philip Klotzbach predicted it would be well above average. Instead, it has been
slightly below average as the November 30 end of the season draws near.
Climatologist. I'm sure Al Gore will find some way to spin the spectacular lack of serious
tropical storms this year into more proof of human caused climate damage. He is probably just
waiting for the right moment.
The Environmental Disaster
That Wasn't. Of all the energy-related bad news brought on by hurricanes Katrina and Rita,
one piece of good news has gone largely unnoticed. The two powerful storms did not cause any major
offshore oil spills despite dealing a knockout punch to America's biggest oil producing region.
Science Without Sense:
Unscientific public health research costs U.S. consumers billions of dollars each year but does nothing
to improve the well being of Americans. Science Without Sense is a humorous, tongue-in-cheek
guide to getting ahead in the field without wasting time on real science.
Climate of Fear: How can a barely discernible,
one-degree increase in the recorded global mean temperature since the late 19th century possibly gain public
acceptance as the source of recent weather catastrophes? And how can it translate into unlikely claims
about future catastrophes? The answer has much to do with misunderstanding the science of climate, plus
a willingness to debase climate science into a triangle of alarmism. Ambiguous scientific statements
about climate are hyped by those with a vested interest in alarm, thus raising the political stakes for
policy makers who provide funds for more science research to feed more alarm to increase the political
stakes. After all, who puts money into science — whether for AIDS, or space, or
climate — where there is nothing really alarming?
Mindless environmentalism threatens to undermine the electronics industry.
Get the lead out: What would electronics be without
solder? Manufacturers worldwide, including many in the United States, are pumping billions of
dollars into testing new materials and converting assembly lines on a whim of ecological alarmism. The
inclusion of lead among the banned substances renders the EU directive especially broad: Global use of
tin-lead solder in electronics totals close to 200 million pounds per year.
WTC death-link doubted.
The city's top health official doubts that the death of NYPD Detective James Zadroga can be conclusively linked
to toxins at Ground Zero — even though an autopsy found his fatal illness was "directly related" to
his work at the disaster site. City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said he would be "surprised" if
the cause of Zadroga's death can be traced directly to the smoldering World Trade Center wreckage.
Some people say...
is murder on the environment. A kilogram of beef is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions
and other pollution than driving for 3 hours while leaving all the lights on back home. This is
among the conclusions of a study by Akifumi Ogino of the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science
in Tsukuba, Japan, and colleagues, which has assessed the effects of beef production on global warming, water
acidification and eutrophication, and energy consumption.
Hollywood Targets Nuclear Storage
Facility. Opponents of the Goshute Indians' plans to build a state-of-the-art nuclear
storage facility on their Utah desert reservation flew a small group of activist celebrities to
Washington, DC on July 25 to lobby members of Congress to block the Native Americans' project.
Study: Ships' Diesel Fumes Kill 60,000 Each
Year. Ships belching toxic fumes from diesel fuel contribute to the deaths of tens of thousands of
people in Europe, Asia and the United States each year, claims a U.S. report released this week. As many as
60,000 people living in coastal communities along major shipping routes died from lung and heart complaints as a
result of high sulfate emissions from ships in 2002, according to the study released Wednesday [11/7/2007] by
the American Chemical Society.
The Editor says...
Nonsense! If that were true, people would be sick wherever there are ships, especially the
people who live and work aboard ships for months at a time. And if that were true, people who live
in big cities would die from exposure to diesel fumes from dump trucks, locomotives and buses -- starting
with the homeless bums who generally aren't in good health anyway.
versus Microbe, Germs Will Lose. The number of writers forecasting humanity's
downfall before an onslaught of "supergerms" is countless. Most notorious is Newsday's
Laurie Garrett, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for her hysterical writing on Ebola
virus — which kills fewer people yearly than malaria kills every two hours
and tuberculosis kills each hour.
found: Reports of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker's demise were greatly exaggerated.
Alarms: Are activist groups and their media allies reporting the
truth about global warming, or is truth being trampled in the rush to coerce
public opinion? You be the judge.
Science in the Media Sausage Grinder:
Recent weeks have offered a rich harvest of new "health" threats with splashy headlines warning us about the
supposed dangers from processed meats, hair dyes, and tanning parlors. While all of these stories are
all a little odd, perhaps the oddest is the one about how meat increases the risk of stomach cancer.
Scare. In recent years politicians have gotten good mileage with a
Green Scare campaign. Vice President Al Gore wrote Earth in the Balance, a
book filled with green scares, most of dubious merit, far overblown, or simply false, but
all requiring central control of property and the economy. Environmental horror
stories are so widely accepted that political opponents are chary of sneering about
them. It's worth reviewing the facts about some famous Green Scare stories,
most of which are still repeated as gospel.
Groups are Using Misinformation to Scare Californians. A comprehensive new
study by top air quality and climate experts discredits recent claims that global warming
will lead to more bad air days in California and other states. The analysis shows
that the air quality throughout the nation has dramatically improved over the last 30 years
despite generally increasing urban temperatures. Regulation of greenhouse gas emissions
will have no effect on air quality.
UT professor says death is imminent. A
University of Texas professor says the Earth would be better off with 90 percent of the human population
dead. "Every one of you who gets to survive has to bury nine," Eric Pianka cautioned students and guests
at St. Edward's University on Friday [3/31/2006]. Pianka's words are part of what he calls
his "doomsday talk" — a 45-minute presentation outlining humanity's ecological misdeeds and
Pianka's predictions about how nature, or perhaps humans themselves, will exterminate all but a
fraction of civilization.
Scientist wants 90% of you to die horribly. Have you ever heard of Dr. Eric Pianka?
No? Well you might want to learn a bit more about him. Why? Because he reportedly
wants you to die. Specifically he wants you to die of Ebola virus. You might also be
interested to know that he is the Denton Cooley Centennial Professor of Zoology at the University
of Texas at Arlington.
Oil 'doesn't hurt
fish'. A new report from classification society Det Norske Veritas concludes
that Norway's booming oil industry doesn't hurt fish, the country's other major export. … Marine
biologist Egil Dragsund of DNV told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Friday [2/17/2006] that
small amounts of toxic substances found in some fish don't stem from the oil industry.
Scaremongering Activists. As London's Observer newspaper reported
yesterday [9/19/2005], "Britain's leading poison experts united last week to denounce
pressure groups for mounting a 'hysterical, scaremongering' campaign about dangerous
chemicals in the environment."
Uninterrupted Gloom and Doom. You
will not want to buy State of the World 2005 unless you are worried that you have an
overly optimistic personality and believe you need a bit of gloom and doom to bring you down. Or
perhaps you are a statistics junkie and like plenty of numbers, regardless of whether they are
accurate or relevant.
The Environmentalists Are Wrong.
Why does the developed world worry so much about sustainability? Because we constantly hear a litany of
how the environment is in poor shape. Natural resources are running out. Population is growing,
leaving less and less to eat. Species are becoming extinct in vast numbers. Forests are
disappearing. The planet's air and water are getting ever more polluted. Human activity is, in
short, defiling the earth — and as it does so, humanity may end up killing itself. There
is, however, one problem: this litany is not supported by the evidence.
Report: Forests Are Expanding Worldwide.
Forests are expanding throughout much of the world, according to a study reported November 14 in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, "Returning Forests Analyzed with the Forest
Identity," documents that in many parts of the world, there are more trees today than 100 years ago.
The net growth of forests has been particularly strong in developed countries.
JunkScience.com Announces Top Ten "Most
Embarrassing Moments" of 2004. This list spotlights dubious achievements and irresponsible claims made
by health and environmental scientists.
Americans Still Cool On Warming. How
do Americans' global warming fears compare to other environmental concerns? Consistent with previous
years' results, the public ranks global warming almost last — 8 out of 10
different environmental concerns. The percent of those who "worry a great deal" about specific
environmental concerns was greatest for pollution of drinking water, toxic waste contamination,
pollution of fresh water bodies, and fresh water for household needs. Global warming came
in [next], followed by species extinction and acid rain. Even ozone depletion, although
almost absent from the news since sometime last century, ranked above global warming.
Is Liquefied Natural Gas a disaster waiting to
happen? Consider its history. In the last 60 years in the United States, only one
person has died in an LNG-related accident. Countries like Japan use LNG accident-free to get nearly
all of their natural gas. In 1995, LNG facilities in Kobe, Japan, went undamaged in an earthquake that
registered 6.8 on the Richter scale! Contrary to environmentalist propaganda, LNG is not an especially
volatile, hazardous material — it is far less hazardous than many commonly used substances, such as
propane, since it can become explosive and flammable only under rare conditions.
The tyranny of visions: part III.
Many dangerous impurities can be removed from water or air at costs that virtually everyone will agree are
worth it. But there is no such thing as "pure water" or "pure air," so the only real question is how far
you want to go in removing impurities – and at what cost. Impurities that are deadly at high
concentrations can become harmless at sufficiently low concentrations. In extremely minute traces, even
arsenic has been found to have beneficial effects.
The asthma attack.
Name your pollutant, it's been dropping: particulate matter, ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide,
sulfur dioxide, lead, whatever. Cleaner air — the result of regulation and improved technologies —
should be hailed by environmentalists as one of their signature accomplishments. Instead, they pretend
it doesn't exist.
The Next Environmental Battleground: Indoor
Air. Are we at great risk? Probably not. Human beings have always been exposed to
carcinogens that occur naturally in the air we breathe and the food we eat. If small quantities of
carcinogens could kill us, the human race would have been extinct long ago.
War on Meat: For far too many years, we have been told that
meat is bad for us. But there is something buried in the human psyche that knows better.
America Is Not Facing an Unavoidable Energy
Shortage. The federal Energy Information Administration recently released a preliminary version
of its Annual Energy Outlook 2005, and it paints a surprisingly optimistic picture for the decades ahead.
Legislation Produced In Response To Fear And Panic:
Increasingly, regulation of chemicals is being governed by political responses to public fear and hysteria rather
than by careful, objective evaluations of the actual risks and benefits posed by the chemicals and their use.
Global Warming and Little Green Monsters: Like Lenin,
whose birthday is celebrated on Earth Day, modern environmentalists want power. Green on the outside and red
within, they'll do anything to get it, including burning buildings they don't like, planting lynx hair to get control
of other people's land, and using junk science to close down legitimate businesses. We haven't run out of food
or raw materials as they predicted in the 1970s, or forests and space to put garbage as they predicted in the 1980s.
The Greens are lying again! Anyone
who reads green propaganda for more than a week or two will discover that the common denominator throughout the literature
is misinformation — deliberate, and often outrageous, misinformation.
Are Wrong: We constantly hear a litany of how the environment is in
poor shape. Natural resources are running out. Population is growing, leaving less
and less to eat. Species are becoming extinct in vast numbers. Forests are
disappearing. The planet's air and water are getting ever more polluted. Human
activity is, in short, defiling the earth - and as it does so, humanity may end
up killing itself. There is, however, one problem: this litany is not supported
by the evidence.
The following synopsis came from
Doom And Gloom Won't Sell
Space. Amongst the forecasts from the '70s were that the world would face
massive drought from global cooling, the world ran out of enriched uranium 20 years
ago, and out of oil 10 years ago, and by today, democracy and free economic markets have
collapsed, as Germany and Japan have taken on superpower duties, running the world. What
crackpot published all these bad forecasts? The Massachusetts Institute of
The often-predicted peak that never happens...
Report: 'World at peak
oil output'. The world has reached the point of maximum oil output and production levels will
halve by 2030 — a situation that will eventually lead to war and disaster, a report claims.
"It's a very serious result," said Hans-Josef Fell, a German lawmaker
from the environmentalist Green Party who commissioned the report.
Wells 'will start running dry
in 10 years'. There is a "significant risk" global oil production could begin to decline in the next
decade, researchers have warned. The UK Energy Research Council (UKERC) said production of conventional oil
could "peak" and go into terminal decline before 2020 — and warned the government was not facing up to
Finding Cancer Just About Everywhere: New
guidelines proposed last April  by the Environmental Protection Agency would enable the agency to label
virtually anything it wants as cancer-causing — regardless of what the science says, according to
agency-watchers. Critics say that while science has never been EPA's strong suit, past EPA cancer risk
assessments were at least rooted in science by its traditional guidelines.
Cleaner Air Brings Dirtier Tricks. Since
1970, the total national emissions of the six principal pollutants the EPA tracks have been cut 48 percent,
even as energy consumption increased 42 percent and the population increased 38 percent. Fine particle
emissions, technically known as PM2.5 (because it refers to particulate matter 2.5 micrometers or smaller
in size, about 1/30 the width of a human hair) have only been tracked since 1993, but by 2002 had fallen
17 percent. In terms of air quality, they have only been measured since 1998 but by 2003 had
dropped eight percent.
The Economic Value of Clean Air Compliance at
Nuclear Power Plants. Nuclear energy is a reliable, low-cost, emission-free energy source.
Nuclear energy provides affordable electricity for consumers. Nuclear energy is also a source of reliable,
low-cost electricity that attracts and supports business and industry, creating jobs. And, nuclear energy
is emission-free. These facts represents real economic value for states and regions that have nuclear
power plants. The nation's nuclear power plants provide emission-free electricity to one out of every
five homes and businesses.
The "Cancer Epidemic" that
Never Was. The culprit list is endless: pesticides, power lines, cell
phones, drinking water, food additives, plastic IV bags and rubber duckies, soap and shampoo,
cosmetic products, even crayons. You name it: "Man-made" means "malignancy."
lies: One of the great benefits of a free press is that it affords everyone an opportunity to
access the news about the events of our times, but one of its great drawbacks is that it permits groups with
hidden agendas to mask their goals by manipulating public opinion and policy. With freedom comes the
responsibility to be not merely informed, but to be able to discern truth from propaganda.
Honest Al He Isn't: Don't Trust Al Gore on the
Environment. Vice President Gore is a fine one to talk about "deliberate attempts to mislead the
public," as Gore himself is notorious for making inaccurate statements on environmental issues.
Lies, lies and more lies:
Chicken Little's "the sky is falling" story taught a generation of children not to make up stories that are
untrue. Unfortunately, Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and
many other environmental organizations failed to learn the lesson.
French fries kill?
Almost no week goes by without a report on some food or environmental danger that can kill us. It is
quite remarkable that any of us are alive given our exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, lead in paint,
cellular phones and seesaws; our ingesting alcohol, sugar, fat and arsenic-laden water; and our inhaling
An antidote to chemophobia: Understand
the truth about chemicals, and you'll come away optimistic about food, nature, technology, and the future,
says Dr. Alan Sweeney in his new book, Happy & Healthy in a Chemical World (1stBooks, 2001). The nearly
200-page book is a must-read and handy reference for persons confronted with anti-technology double-speak.
Scientists Dump Cold Water on Environmental, Health
Scares. It's been a difficult couple of months for purveyors of junk science and others actively
spreading scientific misinformation on environmental issues. The unraveling began late last October when
the New England Journal of Medicine reported on a meticulous study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public
Health, which found no evidence that exposure to the chemicals DDT and PCBs is linked to breast cancer.
Misconceptions About the Causes of
Cancer: In standard cancer tests, rodents are given chronic, near-toxic doses. Evidence is
accumulating that cell division caused by the high dose itself, rather than the chemical per se,
is increasing the carcinogenic effects and, therefore, the positivity rate.
A Morass of Wetlands Myths: As
with the alleged crises concerning global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, deforestation, biodiversity, and virtually every
other supposed calamity the environmental lobby uses to foment public hysteria, the wetlands issue is mired in lies,
fallacies, and myths.
Three Things to Know About Wetlands:
(#3) Wetlands regulations are expansive and onerous. 111.5 million acres of land in the U.S is
currently covered by federal wetland regulations. This is equivalent to a landmass larger than the
state of California. Under current federal law, landowners are not compensated when they lose the
right to use their property due to wetlands regulations.
Wetlands a ticking 'carbon
bomb'. Northern wetlands, where permanently frozen soil locks up billions of tonnes of carbon, are at risk
from climate change because warming is forecast to be more extreme at high latitudes, said Eugene Turner of Louisiana State
University, a participant in the conference. The melting of wetland permafrost in the Arctic and the resulting release
of carbon into the atmosphere may be "unstoppable" in the next 20 years, but wetlands closer to the equator, like those
in Louisiana, can be restored, he said.
Task to Bury Urban Myth on Asthma. An urban myth has grown and continues to
be passed on, in spite of warnings that ignorance and uncertainty about its foundation made
it more ghost than genuine.
Synthetic Chemical, Pesticide Fears: Cancer scares raised by
the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental activist groups frequently
focus on dangers posed by man-made chemicals. A new book from the Vancouver-based
Fraser Institute says that focus is wrong, because synthetic chemicals have little to do
with human cancer.
toxicity: A matter of massive miscalculation. No matter
how large the experiment or how great the margin of safety, one can never prove that a
chemical — or any other factor in the environment, for that matter — is totally
harmless. We can only offer probabilities that there will, in fact, be no
harm. Absolute safety is the complete absence of harm … and it's a goal we
can never achieve.
Rainforests are NOT the
Lungs of the Planet. There are many good and scientifically sound
reasons for saving rainforest, but the fact that they are the "lungs of the planet" is
not one of them. In spite of their lush vegetation rainforests developed on very
poor soils and most of their nutrients are located in the plants themselves or in the
decomposing layer on top of the soil. Only8% is located in the soil itself.
the environmentalist lying and deliberately frightening us? That's part of
in deep water over Teflon's hidden dangers. Teflon has
been hugely successful for DuPont, which over the last half-century has
made the material almost ubiquitous, putting it not just on frying pans
but also on carpets, fast-food packaging, clothing, eye-glasses and
electrical wires — even the fabric roofs covering football
stadiums. Now DuPont has to worry that Teflon and the materials used
to make it have perhaps become a bit too ubiquitous. Teflon constituents
have found their way into rivers, soil, wild animals and humans, according
to company, government environmental officials and others. Evidence
suggests that some of the materials, known to cause cancer and other
problems in animals, may be making people sick.
Simply insane: Some
Your Food Isn't Safe.
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