When political correctness substitutes for science, the results are sure to be illogical. Global warming is an outcome in search of a cause — a solution in search of a problem. The pre-ordained outcome is government control and taxation (or shutdown) of all industrial activity. So now, the search is on for any evidence, real or imaginary, that industrial activity is harmful to the environment. So far, the only "proof" of future warming has come from computer generated forecasts, which can be easily manipulated to show just about anything.
It is my opinion, based on the material cited below, as well as my years of careful observation (of the news media, not the weather) that the entire "global warming problem" is a rather transparent hoax. The forces of nature are hundreds of times more powerful than the influence of human activity, so if there is to be any warming or cooling, it will almost certainly be the result of a change in solar activity, volcanic eruptions, or other natural phenomena. And whatever the cause, the amount of warming that has occurred is not enough to warrant any action, even if there were any action to take.
The debate over global warming is driven by those who make their decisions based upon other people's emotional outbursts, TV sound bites and bumper stickers, rather than rational thinking. The people who are most upset about global warming are the people who don't believe that God created the heavens and the earth. (Ironically, these are some of the same people who teach "survival of the fittest" in the public schools.) The earth was designed and built by someone who still has his hand on the thermostat to this day. If that is not true, and we merely evolved into what we are today, then we have no choice but to continue evolving and adapting when the temperature goes up or down.
The primary "greenhouse gases" are carbon dioxide and water vapor. CO2 is a nutrient, not a pollutant, and all living things benefit from having more of it. The same is true of water vapor. Carbon dioxide is actually good for the forests, grasslands and other vegetation. When plant-growers want to stimulate plant growth, they introduce more carbon dioxide. All life on earth is carbon-based and carbon dioxide is an essential ingredient in our environment. It is not a pollutant.
Without the greenhouse effect, the earth's average temperature would be below zero on the Fahrenheit scale. Several atmospheric gases are responsible for the greenhouse effect, not just CO2. Between 94 and 98 percent of the warming effect is due to ordinary water vapor, which comes from the oceans and lakes, and therefore cannot be controlled or regulated by any government action. Next in importance are carbon dioxide and methane. Man-made emissions are responsible for less than 3 percent of the total emissions, according to the US Energy Information Administration. (See page 18 of this document.)
On the average, the earth radiates exactly as much energy out into space every night as it absorbed from the sun the previous day. The "greenhouse effect" keeps us from freezing at night and roasting during the day. The "greenhouse effect" is a wonderful thing, and I'm all for it.
The output power of the sun — the source of almost all the earth's warmth — is variable. Variations in solar activity are generally proportional to both variations in atmospheric carbon dioxide and atmospheric temperature. To put it another way, rising Earth temperatures and increasing carbon dioxide may be effects and our own sun the cause.
Occasionally you may hear of a press release declaring the previous year to be the "hottest year on record." The inept news media distribute these stories and the poorly-educated masses generally believe them. However, as most climatologists know, these reports generally are founded on ground-based temperature readings, which are misleading. The more meaningful and precise orbiting satellite data for the same period (which are generally not cited by the press) have shown no warming year after year.
Accurate widespread temperature records at ground level have been kept for only about 100 years. Weather observations in most cities are made at the airport(s), where nobody lives, and where there is more concrete than grass, and generally no trees.
One of the national news media's pet projects is the campaign to convince everyone that the Earth is warming up rapidly, that human activity is to blame, that a disaster is imminent, and that only the U.S. government can solve the problem by controlling every aspect of industry and transportation. So it's not about protecting the environment as much as it is about strengthening the grip of the federal government and alarming the public into greater dependence on both the news media and the federal government.
More than that, it's about taxation. The government can go through the motions of "regulating" carbon dioxide emissions, but in reality it's just another tax.
Hollywood "celebrities" occasionally make rash pronouncements about global warming and other environmental issues, but actors are not scientists, and their opinions should carry no more weight than anyone else's.
If you spend ten minutes researching on the internet and another five minutes with a calculator (as I did), you'll discover that the energy received by the earth from the sun every day is 10,982 times greater than all the energy produced by man. The heat we generate is just a drop in a very large bucket.
Even if the dire predictions of one degree of warming per century are accurate, the most aggressive and costly proposals for limiting industrial carbon dioxide emissions would only have a negligible effect on the global climate. At the same time, they would collapse our economy and bring industrial activity to a halt — and the warming most likely would continue, because warming and cooling are natural processes. Temperatures rise and fall constantly, and all we can do is adapt.
The global warming hoax/fad is over, and in retrospect it appears to have been a massive case of monkey-see-monkey-do on the part of the so-called news media. Local news reporters get their information from national wire services, and rarely if ever question anything the big city newspapers say, especially if the misinformation is in agreement with the reporters' favorite magazines and web sites. Local TV reporters are generally ashamed to discuss anything scientific or technical except in the most superficial terms. They refrain from the use of words with more than three syllables, because they don't want to alienate their viewers. And most of all, they refuse to test or contradict government pronouncements.
Spinoff pages and subcategories:
There is no global warming: Warming has stopped, and there are reports of record snowfall, unusual icing and brutally cold weather.
Evidence of a conspiracy to suppress the facts about global warming, also known as ClimateGate.
Carbon offsets, carbon credits, and emissions trading, also known as cap-and-trade.
Global Warming is Blamed for Everything. One degree per century is not enough warming to cause any of the many crises that are being blamed on global warming.
Silencing the Skeptics:
Solar Activity and Other Natural Causes of Global Warming
One or two degrees of global warming would benefit everyone, because more people die from the effects of cold weather than hot weather.
Environmental Propaganda Movie Reviews — Happy Feet, Hoot, The 11th Hour, the new Muppet movie, Cars 2, Avatar, The Lorax, Wall-E, The Day After Tomorrow, and especially An Inconvenient Truth. Make no mistake -- these are propaganda films.
There is plenty of reasonable doubt about global warming.
More subtopics, sidetracks and distractions:
Other Global Warming Discussions that include the words hoax, fraud, swindle, scam, lies, scare tactic, myth, hype, and hysteria.
The Effects of Burning Hydrocarbon Fuels over the last 100 years: This is a guest editorial by Dennis Barr, who asserts that the burning of hydrocarbon fuels — not global warming — is the reason for the one-foot increase in the mean sea level over the last century. Dennis ran the numbers and calculated that the combustion of one gallon of octane produces one gallon of water — and it is water that did not previously exist.
- Genesis 8:22
Overviews and general discussions of global warming or "climate change"
Is Global Warming Alarmism a Complete Fraud? I usually try to give global warming hysterics the benefit of the doubt — sincere but misguided, not good at math, unacquainted with the Earth's highly variable climatic history, and so on. But sometimes data come along that make that sympathetic attitude hard to sustain. [...] There is no other branch of science in which such after-the-fact changes in data to fit a politicized theory would be greeted with anything but contempt. Why are such shenanigans tolerated here? Presumably many billions of dollars in government funding have something to do with it. These charts are interesting, too. Reading the newspapers, you would think that we are suffering through an unprecedented heat wave every year. But that isn't true at all.
The Church of Man-Made Climate Change on trial. A little-known court case is taking place in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. This case involves two scientists and two set of graphs. One of the graphs is very famous, and the basis for every man-made climate change believer's faith, while the other... is not. The foundation of the church of man-made climate change is on shaky ground, and an earthquake could be coming. Michael Mann is a climatologist and geophysicist working at Penn State University. In 1998, he was the leader of a group using statistical techniques that created a graph showing the earth's temperature over the last 1,000 years. The graph would gain international fame and become known as the "hockey stick graph." The graph showed steady temperatures on the earth's surface with a sharp increase in the last few hundred years, giving it the shape of a hockey stick.
Trying to scare us isn't working anymore. These intellectually barren demagogues believe all Americans are as brainless as Ray Bolger in the Wizard of Oz but we 'deplorables' who voted for Trump are not the ones cerebrally challenged. We're not the ones who've fallen for the biggest disaster hoax of all time — global warming. Nope. Our brains are working as fine as our president's and when we read that none of Al Gore's Inconvenient Truths have come true; that the polar bears are thriving; the earth's ozone layer is repairing itself and that some animals are being removed from the endangered lists, we have to restrain ourselves from shouting — "Told you so."
[Fighting] Climate Change has cost you at least $166 Billion so far. The U.S. government spent nearly as much fighting "climate change" between 1993 and 2014 as was spent on the entire Apollo program between 1962 and 1973, according to a new report. A May 2017 report from the Capital Research Center (CRS) states that "from FY 1993 to FY 2014 total U.S. expenditures on climate change amount to more than $166 billion." The total includes more than $26.1 billion from President Obama's 2009 stimulus bill, as well as regular annual budget amounts and federal tax credits distributed over a period of 21 years.
Questioning the Greenhouse Effect:
Global Warming: The Imminent Crisis That Never Arrives. [Scroll down] But we have neither the space nor time to rack up all the missed global warming predictions. So we will merely point out that instead of these disasters, we have the climate alarmist community admitting that there has indeed been a pause in the warming and that its models failed to predict it. Yes, that's right. The alarmists are acknowledging in the abstract of a research paper that was published this month in Nature Geoscience that there have been "differences in model and satellite tropospheric warming rates." "In the early twenty-first century, satellite-derived tropospheric warming trends were generally smaller than trends estimated from a large multi-model ensemble," wrote the climate scientists led by "climatista" Benjamin Santer and including the litigious Michael Mann, purveyor of the hockey-stick graph that supposedly proves human-produced carbon dioxide is overheating the planet.
Why the Russians Conceived the Global Warming Scam. In short, for communism to succeed, capitalism would have to be portrayed as based on exploitation — but not of man, as the old Marxist theory held. Rather, capitalism was now exploiting the earth! The whole purpose of this dogma has been to inhibit global capitalism, the only system that has proven capable of meeting the growing needs of expanding populations. But this time the claim was that human economic progress threatened the environment because of the capitalist model on which it was based. Hence, President Obama's Paris climate change agreement was designed to curtail U.S. industrial expansion while sending foreign aid to the rest of the world. It was a Marxist plan that benefited Russia, a major oil and gas producer.
The Marxist Roots of the Global Warming Scare. The late Natalie Grant Wraga once wrote, "Protection of the environment has become the principal tool for attack against the West and all it stands for. Protection of the environment may be used as a pretext to adopt a series of measures designed to undermine the industrial base of developed nations. It may also serve to introduce malaise by lowering their standard of living and implanting communist values." And who was this person? Natalie Grant Wraga (who died in 2002 at age 101) was an internationally-recognized expert on the art of disinformation.
What Happened To The Hysteria About Trump-Induced Anti-Semitism? If you think about it, there is never an extended period of time — one year, let's say — during which society is not engulfed by a hysteria induced by the left. The mother of them all is global warming, or "climate change," as the left has come to call it (because the warming was not quite enough to induce widespread panic). Hysterics like billionaires Al Gore and Tom Steyer, along with virtually all the Western news media, warn us that the existence of life on Earth is threatened by carbon emissions. But in its longevity, global warming is almost unique among left-wing hysterias. In general, left-wing hysterias last for much less time, from a few months to a year or two. And when they end — because the hysteria is widely recognized as fraudulent — they're immediately dropped and completely forgotten. The left never pays a price for its hysteria.
Climate change hypocrites. [Scroll down] But we've been to this movie before. The Europeans were all in on the Kyoto Climate Change deal back in 2001 — an international treaty the U.S. rightly rejected. Euroland promised a massive shift to green energy and to abandon fossil fuels to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. But guess what? The green energy revolution was a bust. None of these countries came close to meeting those targets. Now these nations, especially Germany, are moving away from the saintly clean energy sources.
The Absurdity that is the Paris Agreement. Let us put aside initially any dispute about the science and evidence underlying the Paris COP-21 agreement to limit global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Let us ask instead what the agreement ostensibly would achieve and what it would cost. If we apply the EPA climate model under a set of assumptions that strongly exaggerate the effectiveness of international emissions reductions, the Paris emissions cuts, if achieved by 2030 and maintained fully on an international basis through 2100, would reduce temperatures by that year by 0.17 of a degree. The US contribution to that dubious achievement — the Obama climate action plan — would be 0.015 of a degree. Add another 0.01 of a degree if you believe that the Obama pseudo-agreement with China is meaningful. (It is not.)
Paris climate promises will reduce temps in 2100 by 0.05°C. Dr. [Bjorn] Lomborg's research reveals:
No, I Am Not a Moron but Half the Country is Deranged. Surely the most proof we have that the world has gone bonkers is the success of the biggest hoax perpetrated on this nation-global warming. It has been perpetrated by a former US Vice-President who became one of the first carbon credit billionaires who never practiced what he preached to the gullible who fell for his inconvenient balderdash. The fact is that the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory has been debunked by real scientists, not the pseudo scientists dependent on grants from militant environmental billionaires. I find that many of those Chicken Little Hollywood celebs ranting about the planet dying are pure hypocrites jetting to UN conferences proclaiming global warming as the end of the world.
Al Gore and "Climate" Warriors Demand $15 Trillion to Save Earth. Former Vice President and self-styled inventor of the Internet Al Gore, infamous primarily for his many debunked prophecies about global-warming doom, is demanding that humanity fork over another $15 trillion to supposedly save the planet from alleged man-made "climate change." In a report produced by his new group of crony capitalists and tax-funded climate alarmists, dubbed the "Energy Transitions Commission" (ETC), Gore and his allies demand as much as $600 billion annually for decades to help meet the goals laid out in the collapsing United Nations pseudo-treaty on climate known as the Paris Agreement. Critics, though, ridiculed Gore and his cronies, suggesting this was merely their latest scam to fleece taxpayers around the globe. The ETC, which despite its official-sounding name has no formal ties to government, is backed by and made up of investors, Big Oil bosses, energy companies, fringe "climate" activists, megabanks, UN bureaucrats, Chinese Communists, academics, and other self-interested cronies. In short, it is an alliance hoping to profit from the imploding "climate" scare by putting a global government-mandated "price" on emissions of the essential gas carbon dioxide, exhaled by people and known to scientists as the "gas of life." Despite all of the hysteria pushed by profiteers such as Gore, human emissions of CO2 make up a fraction of one percent of all the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. But by being able to tax and regulate it, governments and their Big Business allies will make a fortune at humanity's expense.
Global Warming Crisis Is Over. [The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change] is an international network of some 50 independent
scientists from 15 countries, many of them distinguished and with no financial stake in the debate. Their new report consists of two volumes, each
approximately 1,000 pages long, together citing nearly 6,000 peer-reviewed studies.
What You Need to Know About Climate, In One Chart. From Andy May at Watts Up With That, a chart that contains an enormous amount of information relevant to the climate debate. It shows global temperature as inferred from proxies (tree rings and the like), carbon dioxide and methane concentrations, and temperatures as predicted by the alarmists' models for the Holocene epoch, the time since the end of the last Ice Age.
You Gotta Lie. The foundations for the unspoken, progressive faith in catastrophic man-caused global warming are self-evident. Many Western elites believe that modern, free-market industrial growth and consumer capitalism endanger the planet. [...] The catch, however, is that most Americans believe that oil wells, mines, freeways, dams, cars, reservoirs, and factories — and the granite counters, stainless-steel fridges, and big-screen TVs that derive from them — are largely godsends, ensuring a good life undreamed of by their grandparents. Or they believe that most accompanying deleterious effects on the environment, such as slight and periodic changes in temperatures, are outweighed by the benefits of industry and can be soon ameliorated by rapidly advancing scientific and technological remedies. The result is an impasse.
On the Existence of a "Tropical Hot Spot" & The Validity of EPA's CO2 Endangerment Finding. The analysis results invalidate EPA's CO2 Endangerment Finding, including the climate models that EPA has claimed can be relied upon for policy analysis purposes. Moreover, these research results clearly demonstrate that once the solar, volcanic and oceanic activity, that is, natural factor, impacts on temperature data are accounted for, there is no "record setting" warming to be concerned about. In fact, there is no Natural Factor Adjusted Warming at all.
Global Warming In One Easy Lesson. Richard Lindzen is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT. [...] Professor Lindzen recently wrote a letter to President Donald Trump explaining, briefly and cogently, why he and many other scientists are skeptical of the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory — which, despite tens of billions of dollars in government subsidies, has failed to generate significant empirical support.
Alarmists claim they're for "science," but what they're really for is a left-wing religion. [Scroll down] Let's go back to points 1, 2 and 3: 1) Man's greenhouse gases contribute to warming, but scientists don't agree on how much. Of 117 climate models from the 1990s, 114 overpredicted warming. 2) Warming is harmful. Maybe. But so far it's been good: Over the last century, climates warmed, but climate-related deaths dropped. Since 1933, they fell by 98 percent. Life expectancy doubled. Much of that is thanks to prosperity created by free markets. But some is due to warming. Cold kills more people than heat. Carbon dioxide is also good for crop growth. [...] 3) Nothing we do today will stop global warming.
There Is No Scientific Basis for the Paris Climate Treaty. The Paris Climate Treaty is supposedly an attempt to keep global temperatures from increasing 2 degrees C, but this objective is based on political science, not climate science. The goal is an arbitrary political target based on climate activists' demands for a number, no matter how dubious or fake, to use in their fundraising letters and to appear on their signs at protests. There is no scientific evidence suggesting a warming of 1.9 degrees C is safe while 2.1 degrees C is not safe. Climate models that forecast temperature increases of more than 1 or 2 degrees during the next century are not scientific. They flunk the objective requirements of scientific forecasting. They are educated guesses by activists whose credibility and livelihood depend on showing ever-increasing certainty of impending doom, even as their data point in the opposite direction.
New Book Destroys AGW Myth, Gets the Climate Science Right. In Evidence-Based Climate Science: Data Opposing CO2 Emissions as the Primary Source of Global Warming, Don Easterbrook, a professor emeritus at Western Washington University, has compiled the definitive book slaying any argument mankind is having a significant impact on global temperature. The papers collected in this work analyze scientific data concerning patterns of past climate changes, influences in changes in ocean temperatures, the effect of solar variation on global climate, and the effect of carbon dioxide on global climate. The book clearly presents an overwhelming amount of evidence that refutes arguments made by those promoting the theory of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (AGW). The book's 21 chapters contain 400 full-color charts, illustrations, pictures, and graphs, which tell their own convincing stories.
G-20 Poised to Signal Retreat From Climate-Change Funding Pledge. Finance ministers for the U.S., China, Germany and other members of the Group of 20 economies may scale back a robust pledge for their governments to combat climate change, ceding efforts to the private sector. Citing "scarce public resources," the ministers said they would encourage multilateral development banks to raise private funds to accomplish goals set under the 2015 Paris climate accord, according to a preliminary statement drafted for a meeting that will be held in Germany next week. The statement, obtained by Bloomberg News, is a significant departure from a communique issued in July, when finance ministers urged governments to quickly implement the Paris Agreement, including a call for wealthy nations to make good on commitments to mobilize $100 billion annually to cut greenhouse gases around the globe.
Environmentalists Use Photoshop and Fraud to Deceive. You may have seen the headline, I did: Antarctica hits record high temperature at balmy 63.5°F. Where? Base Esperanza. Where is Base Esperanza in relation to what we normally think of as Antarctica? A long, long distance away: [...] Base Esperanza is close to Tiera Del Fuego and not far from Africa, so warm temperatures there are not exactly shocking. Plus, the weather phenomenon that caused the recent high temperature is well understood and has nothing to do with global warming.
Five Reasons Why Ridicule Is The Proper Response To Global Warming Alarmists. [#1] They're wrong. The devastating heat they predicted simply hasn't happened. Climate scientists Roy Spencer, John Christy and others have showed this numerous times. [#2] They've hidden their true agenda. The zealots want to destroy capitalism and take over the world's economy. [...] [#3] They're hypocrites. Every year, delegates, many of them on private jets, fly to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, from where they hector the rest of us about our carbon footprints.
If Global Warming Is Real, Why Do Government Scientists Have To Keep Cheating? It was in 1989 that Stephen Schneider wrote in Discover magazine that in order "to capture the public's imagination ... we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have." Let's not forget that the late climatologist was first a believer in global cooling in the 1970s. He was worried that a new ice age was coming. Of course the alarmist community has followed Schneider's script. It's spent much of the last three decades trying to spook the public into a panic.
Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data. The Mail on Sunday today [2/4/2017] reveals astonishing evidence that the organisation that is the world's leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.
We Need To Keep Obamacare Because Of 'Climate Change'. The global temperature has literally gone up just a mere 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1850. It's barely budged since 1998.
Trump Orders EPA To Take Down Global Warming Web-Page. The Trump administration told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take down its global warming webpage, an anonymous EPA staffer said. "If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear," the staffer told Reuters Tuesday. The staffer was not authorized to speak to the media and claimed EPA employees were scrambling to save data on the website. The EPA's global warming webpage is currently still up as of Wednesday morning. The page contains some links to EPA's data on carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as other greenhouse gas emissions and lists the effects the agency says global warming will have. The site doesn't host much of the data, however, and only aggregates links to it.
Green Energy is a Charter For Crooks And Liars. The Scam Must End Now. When is the rest of the Western world going to catch up with Donald Trump and point out that the green emperor is wearing no clothes? I ask as a concerned UK taxpayer absolutely sick to death of the vast sums of money that continue to be funnelled into the pockets of crooks, liars, spivs, chancers, con-artists and fantasists in the name of solving the non-existent problem of "climate change."
National Park tweets climate change facts in defiance of Donald Trump. The Badlands National Park, located in South Dakota, has tweeted and deleted posts on climate change. The account is the latest from the National Parks Service (NPS) social media presence to post on topics off-message from the White House. The tweets discussed information about how levels of carbon dioxide are at their highest in history, citing the Organic Act of 1916, a federal statute that calls for the preservation of lands for the "enjoyment of future generations."
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All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website. At 11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming. It's customary for www.whitehouse.gov to flip over to the new administration exactly at noon, but the only mention of climate on President Trump's new website is under his "America First Energy Plan" page, in which he vows to destroy President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which is a government-wide plan to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. To reiterate: It is normal that the site is completely new; it is notable that climate change is not mentioned on any one of Trump's new pages.
Statistician: UN climate treaty will cost $100 trillion — To Have No Impact. Danish statistician Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, the President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center: "We will spend at least one hundred trillion dollars in order to reduce the temperature by the end of the century by a grand total of three tenths of one degree... the equivalent of postponing warming by less than four years... Again, that is using the UN's own climate prediction model."
Why NYT Hid The Numbers For The 'Hottest Year On Record'. [W]hen you read an article proclaiming that, for the third year in a row, last year was the hottest year on record, you might expect that right up front you will get numbers, measurements, and a statistical margin of error. [...] I just got done combing through a New York Times report titled, "Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year." The number of relevant numbers in this article is: zero. We are not told what the average global temperature was, how much higher this is than last year's record or any previous records, or what the margin of error is supposed to be on those measurements. Instead, we get stuff like this. [...]
2016 edges 1998 as warmest year in satellite record — by 0.02°C. Globally, 2016 edged out 1998 by +0.02°C to become the warmest year in the 38-year satellite temperature record, according to Dr. John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Because the margin of error is about 0.10°C, this would technically be a statistical tie, with a higher probability that 2016 was warmer than 1998.° The main difference was the extra warmth in the Northern Hemisphere in 2016 compared to 1998.
Birds with larger brains more likely to survive climate change. Birds have evolved larger brains to cope in harsh environments where the tasks of finding food, evading predators and finding shelter are more demanding, say scientists who predict that smart creatures may cope better with climate change than less brainy ones. Researchers, including those from University of Bath in the UK, used data from over 1,200 bird species to test whether large brains relative to body size are more prevalent in a harsh and unpredictable climate than smaller ones.
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Two dozen states beg Donald Trump to abandon Barack Obama's plans to combat climate change. Officials in 24 states have urged President-elect Donald Trump to kill the centrepiece of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat climate change and shut down coal-fired power plants. The coalition requested the incoming Republican government undo the Clean Power Plan enacted by the current Democratic administration. The law was designed to lower carbon emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants by 2030 to 32 percent below 2005 levels.
Pruitt to Dismantle EPA Climate Agenda. The goal is to use climate change as a means to increase government power over every aspect of our lives, what we make, how we make it, what energy we use, what cars we drive, even what food we eat. The scientific record, as IBD notes, shows that climate change is a scam: [...]
Global Warming and Climate Change: Both Are False Narratives. The earth is going through a cooling phase and warming alarmists lay claim to their ideology based upon false data that has been twisted to fit the Climate Change, Global Warming Narrative.
Warming: Policy Hoax versus Dodgy Science. [P]ublic concern over global warming (aka climate change) is
at an all-time low remains at the bottom of the list of environmental concerns. Why is that? Maybe because people
don't see its effects in their daily lives.
Why Environmentalism Became Both a Religion and a Con Game. [Scroll down] The environmental con takes many forms. In recent decades man-caused global warming is the con game. That scare was deliberately manufactured in the 1980's. Its purpose was, and is, to cripple the US economy, foremost, and the economy of Western Europe secondarily. This program has had considerable success. Many have bought into the con and the economy is hurting. In particular, some who have knowingly promoted the con are politicians who seek to accumulate power and wealth. Using the scare tactic of climate runaway, stupendous resources have been wasted on misguided attempts to reduce carbon dioxide: solar power, wind power, alcohol fuels, suppression of coal, gas, oil and nuclear energy production. Millions of jobs have been lost through unneeded environmental regulations. Fortunately, Nature did not cooperate with the conmen and politicians. The world did not heat up, as predicted. Belief in global warming is rapidly diminishing, as it should.
Global Warming is Mild and Manageable. "Climate change" — more precisely, man-made warming — is a side effect of using fossil fuels for cheap, plentiful, reliable energy. To ask candidates to address climate change without addressing the unique benefits of fossil fuels is like asking the candidates to address vaccine side effects without addressing the unique benefits of vaccines.
Officials are unable to track £274m given in foreign aid to a controversial climate change organisation. Britain has handed £274 million to a controversial climate change organisation and admits it doesn't even know what it was spent on. The foreign aid donation to the Strategic Climate Fund was agreed so the Government can can meet its pledge to spend 0.7 percent of national income on foreign aid. The fund runs projects in Haiti, Yemen and Cambodia but the United States has warned it might stop sending aid to these countries because their governments are considered among the most corrupt in the world.
The AGW Scam Runs Cold. It is one thing to persuade gullible boy and girl reporters that climate change is sending the planet on a one-way trip to catastrophe, but average citizens are smarter than that. They notice this year's other-than-predicted cold and their faith dies, one stupendous electricity bill at a time.
Trump and the Climate Change Clown Show. Climate change is back in the news as President-Elect Donald Trump threatens to roll back much of the Obama climate agenda. The Obama administration added 229 major regulations at an additional annual cost of $108 billion, many of which involve energy policy. The "Clean Power Plan" is one such regulatory behemoth, jacking up the cost of energy under the guise of saving the planet from global warming. [...] As the debate heats up ahead of Trump assuming office, now is a good time to take another look at the doomsday predictions of global warming and the upcoming extinction of life on Planet Earth. That's just hyperbole, right? Actually, it's not. A climate change scientist from the University of Arizona predicts human extinction in ten years.
Youth in Washington state sue government over climate change. Eight children asked a state judge on Tuesday [11/22/2016] to find Washington in contempt for failing to adequately protect them and future generations from the harmful effects of climate change. The petitioners asked the judge to require the state Department of Ecology to come up with science-based numeric emissions reductions. The state argued that it has complied with the court's prior orders and there's no basis for finding the Department of Ecology in contempt.
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Embarrassing Predictions Haunt the Global-Warming Industry. It is often said that non-scientists must rely on "expert opinion" to determine whether claims on alleged "catastrophic man-made global warming" are true. Putting aside the fact that there is no global-warming "consensus" among experts, one does not have to be a scientist, or even proficient in science, to be able to review past predictions, and then form an informed opinion regarding the accuracy of those predictions. Suppose, for example, you regularly watch a local TV weatherman forecast the weather for your area. Would you need a degree in meteorology in order to decide for yourself how reliable, or unreliable, the weatherman's forecasts are? Warnings have been issued for many decades now regarding catastrophic climate change that forecasted certain trends or occurrences that we should already have witnessed. Yet such predictions have turned out to be very, very wrong.
Global Warming: Trump Is Adult Supervision The Climate Kids Need. Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says the Paris climate deal is unstoppable. That's nothing more than what he wants the world to think. It can be stopped in the U.S., and if that happens, it will be shut down. And who needs it anyway? The Earth is cooling.
Skeptics Deliver Consensus Busting 'State of the Climate Report' to UN Summit. "All of the so-called 'solutions' to global warming are purely symbolic when it comes to climate. So, even if we actually faced a climate catastrophe and we had to rely on a UN climate agreement, we would all be doomed!" [...] Global temperatures have been virtually flat for about 18 years, according to satellite data, and peer-reviewed literature is now scaling back predictions of future warming. [...] So-called hottest year claims are based on year-to-year temperature data that differs by only a few hundredths of a degree to tenths of a degree Fahrenheit — differences that are within the margin of error in the data. In other words, global temperatures have essentially held very steady with no sign of acceleration.
Study: Does the World Need Climate Insurance? No. President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers asserts that climate insurance, like fire insurance, is just common sense. Their analogy, however, is fundamentally wrong. House fires are not only serious, but also common. We know what causes them, how often they occur, and the amount of damage that results. For a few hundred dollars a year, a homeowner can protect himself against a known risk of a catastrophic incident. Yet there is no empirical evidence that catastrophic climate change is a risk at all.
Fish don't live in the sky. Drew Creighton at the Sydney Morning Herald gets excited: Climate Change affects all levels of life. [...] It must be a pretty hot fisheries model to separate the the multifactorial uncontrolled nightmare of predator-prey changes and temperature shifts too-small-to-measure, spread over decades in an ocean where hot and cold water swirls in eddies right next to each other. The story mentions "one degree of warming since the industrial revolution." But that's air temperature, and fish don't fly much.
US Election Calls Out Global Warming Hoax. Donald Trump's election as U.S. president triggered fears that his view that global warming is a hoax might lead other nations to scale back ambitions under a landmark climate change deal, while renewable energy stocks fell on world markets.
It doesn't get better than this. Trump is one hundred percent skeptic, no pandering. Finally, a leader says No to refueling the Global Green Gravy Train. It will still take years to slow and unpack, because it is a pagan religion and a 1.5 Trillion Dollar industrial freight machine. [...] No wonder they are in tears. The two main weapons of carbon-believers are the free money from government treasure chests, and coercion through namecalling. Trump has control of the biggest treasure chest in the world and isn't afraid of being called names.
The Left Just Lost The War On Climate Change. The liberal-left just lost the 'battle' against climate change. Donald Trump isn't just skeptical about global warming. He is what the alarmists would call a full-on climate change "denier".
Hubris: the Troubling Science, Economics and Politics of Climate Change. This book should leave any dispassionate reader deeply disturbed. It should be required reading for people in policy and politics who deal with these matters. No thought leader should be ignorant of the contents. How will humanity extricate itself? One can hope that the accumulation of failed predictions over the next two decades will burst the bubble. The world academies cannot be asked to sit in judgment on the misconduct, as they will be in the dock. The UN is also hopelessly compromised.
Probability Based Climate Decision Tool. The study of global climate change is fraught with uncertainty, as is much of science in general. This isn't unusual. By its very nature, science must be conservative. Findings and conclusions should have a high degree of statistical significance (that is, you wouldn't expect them to happen by chance) yet, at the same time those conclusions can never be announced as "certain" or "settled science."
Climatologist: Despite the Hype, Paris Climate Accord 'Doesn't Really Do Anything' to Reduce Global Warming. President Obama hailed the European Parliament's ratification of the Paris Climate Accord on Wednesday [10/5/2016] as "a turning point for our planet", but climatologist Patrick Michaels says despite the presidential hype, the international climate change agreement, which goes into effect on November 4th, "doesn't really do anything" to reduce global warming. "The truth is that the Paris Climate Accord doesn't really do anything," Michaels, director of the Cato Institute's Center for the Study of Science, said of the international agreement, which attempts to prevent average global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100 by drastically reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of its 191 signatory nations.
Green Energy Reforms Will Hurt the Poor. Consider the EPA's Clean Power Plan, released about a year ago. EPA declared the CPP to be "a historic and important step" that "takes real action on climate change" and is "fair" and "flexible." By talking about the CPP in such grandiose terms, EPA attempts to distract people from asking questions like, "Who will pay for this?" and "By how much will the CPP reduce climate change?" Turns out, the effect on climate change is almost negligible. Applying the same climate model used by the EPA, Benjamin Zycher, from the American Enterprise Institute, determined that the climate benefit of the CPP amounts to a temperature reduction of 0.0015 of one degree by the year 2100.
Top University Stole Millions From Taxpayers By Faking Global Warming Research. A global warming research center at the London School of Economics got millions of dollars from UK taxpayers by taking credit for research it didn't perform, an investigation by The Daily Mail revealed. The UK government gave $11 million dollars to the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) in exchange for research that the organization reportedly never actually did. Many papers CCCEP claimed to have published to get government money weren't about global warming, were written before the organization was even founded, or were written by researchers unaffiliated with CCCEP.
U.S. Intel Alert: Climate Change Aids Terrorists, Destabilizes Entire World, Stresses Military. Climate change poses significant national security challenges for the United States and will create large-scale political instability, social disruption and food shortages, according to the nation's intelligence agency. It marks the latest of many dire government warnings under President Obama about the ills of global warming and this one comes from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), though the agency concedes it's based on information provided by the famously corrupt United Nations (UN). That the nation's intelligence agency has blindly adopted the information as fact is almost more alarming than the warnings outlined in its 13-page report.
Setting The Climate Record Straight — Theory vs. Reality. The science of climate is relatively new with many unknowns. What we know for certain is that the climate has always been changing. Climate mechanisms are highly complex, intertwined and take many years for changes to manifest. Because of this, it is very difficult to test and validate climate theories. As a result, scientists have resorted to computer models to test their theories ... but more on this later. Many scary scenarios have described the purported consequences of so-called man-made global warming (aka climate change) which is supposedly caused by the burning of fossil fuels and their CO2 emissions. The government has relentlessly used its many resources to push the CO2-causal theory, including nongovernmental entities who are vested in any climate crisis. Still, polling of the general public continues to put climate at the bottom of today's problems.
Modeling Climate Change Decisions Using a Probability Tree. Of the many important issues clamoring for the attention of world policy-makers and government officials, global climate change is among the most controversial. Its existence, likely effects on the environment, probable causes, and possible solutions have all been highly politicized. [...] Policy solutions undertaken to deal with AGW, on the premise that it is dangerous (DAGW), will have massive monetary and non-monetary costs to society. Such high costs demand a correspondingly high degree of certainty regarding the likelihood of possible future scenarios. In particular, the scientific community must be able to show, with a very high level of confidence, that reducing or ceasing human activity associated with greenhouse gas emissions will stop or reverse global warming. If this is not possible, policymakers should assume that DAGW is essentially unstoppable and consider defensive measures (adaptation) as the most prudent policy approach.
25 New Papers Confirm A Remarkably Stable Modern Climate. It has by now become common practice for just about any and every unusual weather occurrence, extreme temperature anomaly, or seismic event to be somehow, someway linked to the human practice of using energy derived from fossil fuels. No hurricane, flood, drought, storm, wildfire ... is spared from potential anthropogenic implication. Last week, a named hurricane (Hermine) that ultimately devolved into a tropical storm landed along the Florida coast — the first landfall in 11 years. As expected, the usual suspects reflexively blamed the storm on humans. When a volcano erupts, the headliners are quick to point out that humans have made volcanic eruptions more likely.
In New Book Scholar Peels Back Layers of Deception in Climate Change. [Scroll down] I was initially motivated by questions from my students — and my wife — about the policy implications of climate change. The more I looked into it, however, the more I learned the extent to which it fit with one of my research interests: the extent to which modern health, safety, and environmental regulatory activity relies on poor science advanced by activists to push an agenda. I learned that both domestic and international actors had succeeded in using the poorly understood science of climate change to advance an ambitious environmental agenda focused on increasing centralized control over people's daily lives.
Climate Alarmism: Probably the Greatest Hoax in History. Climate alarmism is nothing more than an attempt to scare people with unrealistic hypothetical climate outcomes based on computer models with no predictive power. The far left is trying to use this alleged threat to justify Federal Government intervention in the fuel and energy markets. Others, such as mainstream media, use it to sell their products. The current proposition offered by climate alarmists is that if people who live in the more wealthy countries cut back their use of fossil fuels and therefore their human-caused CO2 emissions that the world can avoid the alleged catastrophic increases in temperatures based on the climate models. Even the proponents' climate models do not show that the alleged effects could be avoided even if all the developed countries should somehow made substantial cuts in CO2 emissions.
How the World was Deceived about Global Warming and Climate Change. Current weather is normal; that is, it is well within the range of all previous weather and climate variations. There are no dramatic increases in temperature, precipitation, hurricanes, tornadoes, or any other severe weather. The climate is changing just as it always has and always will and the rate of change is perfectly normal. Of course, that is not what the government, environmentalists, or the media promote and as a result most of the public believe. The misconception is deliberate and central to the exploitation of global warming and climate change as the vehicle for a political agenda.
Is the Global Warming Debate Over? One of the more laughable aspects of global warming alarmism is the constant claim that the debate about the hysterics' claims is over. In fact, the Earth's climate is so poorly understood that it is more accurate to say that the debate has barely begun. But there are some things we know. For example: the increase in Earth's temperature resulting from a doubling of CO2, based on any recognized energy calculation, is less than one degree Centigrade. Almost everyone agrees that this slight increase would be good. So how do the alarmiststry to scare us? They posit various positive feedbacks that turn one degree into three to six degrees. Are these feedbacks proven? Of course not. They are simply assumed. In fact, some are clearly false. As far as we know, the net feedbacks will be negative, not positive.
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Britain Abolishes Pernicious Department of Energy and Climate Change. Good news is not easy for countermoonbats to find these days, but we have some more from Britain. [...] If something is not economically viable without coercive subsidies, it is not economically viable, period. Wind energy is simply a means of redistributing taxpayer money to those with friends in government in the name of goofy Al Gore ideology.
The Blob is dead, scientists declare. The Blob — a giant patch of warm water in the northern Pacific — has finally broken up, thanks in part to a strong El Niño, Images compared the region July 2015 to January, 2016.
The Tangled Web of Global Warming Activism. There were several actions required to create the tangled web of deception relating to the claim that human-produced CO2 caused global warming. It involved creating smaller deceptions to control the narrative that instead of creating well-woven cloth became the tangled web. The weavers needed control of the political, scientific, economic inputs, as well as the final message to the politicians to turn total attention on CO2. Their problem was the overarching need for scientific justification, because science, if practiced properly, inherently precludes control. Properly, you go where the science takes you, by disproving the hypothesis. However, before the planners could get to the science, they had to establish the political framework. The framework was built around the need to prove the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis (AGW), which held that global warming was inevitable.
A cool sun. For more than a decade a small cadre of scientists has provided evidence that the fears about global warming are a vastly overblown horde of hot air. The real concern, they say, is that we may be entering another ice age. The current furor about global warming really only began in the late 1980s, when there had been little over a decade of warming. A decade was all that was needed as the pretext to spark a movement to "save the planet." Fueled by seemingly endless United Nations Eco-Summits, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the rapid rise of dark green nature spirituality in the West, politicians and scientists warmed to the idea that humans are causing unprecedented heating of the planet. We hear, ad nauseam, that permanent hair shirts are in order for alleged climate transgressions, including things like flying in airplanes, eating meat, or having more than 2.1 children. If too late to stop catastrophic global warming (and that is the debate among wide- and wild-eyed true believers), then at least it is not too late to atone by the immediate surrender of the West's thousand-year struggle toward inalienable human rights and freedom from state tyranny. Only totalitarian political micromanagement can save us; do it, or the planet fries. The gaping crater in this fairytale is that the planet has actually not warmed for almost 20 years even while CO2 emissions have soared — thank you, India and China. The alleged link between anthropogenic CO2 emissions and global warming is now as tenuous as a snowball in the Sahara.
Hillary Clinton: Drive Less, Reduce Personal Use of Electricity to Help Stop Climate Change. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged voters to look at their personal habits in order to stop climate change, calling it one of the world's biggest problems that the next president would have to face.
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Michael Mann, scientist: Data 'increasingly unnecessary' because 'we can see climate change'. Leading climate doomsayer Michael Mann recently downplayed the importance of climate change science, telling Democrats that data and models "increasingly are unnecessary" because the impact is obvious. "Fundamentally, I'm a climate scientist and have spent much of my career with my head buried in climate-model output and observational climate data trying to tease out the signal of human-caused climate change," Mr. Mann told the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee at a hearing.
The Tangled Web of Global Warming Activism. There were several actions required to create the tangled web of deception relating to the claim that human-produced CO2 caused global warming. It involved creating smaller deceptions to control the narrative that instead of creating well-woven cloth became the tangled web. The weavers needed control of the political, scientific, economic inputs, as well as the final message to the politicians to turn total attention on CO2. Their problem was the overarching need for scientific justification, because science, if practiced properly, inherently precludes control. Properly, you go where the science takes you, by disproving the hypothesis. However, before the planners could get to the science, they had to establish the political framework. The framework was built around the need to prove the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis (AGW), which held that global warming was inevitable.
Rebutting Climate Alarmism with Simple Facts. Solar activity actually peaked somewhere around the middle of the 20th Century, and at elevated levels not seen since the Medieval Warm Period (1,000 years ago) or the Roman Warm Period (1,800 years ago.) Solar activity remained at this high level through the start of the 21st Century, with temperatures rising at the same time. While the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that changes in solar "irradiance" have little impact on climate, other research argues that accompanying variations in the solar wind and solar magnetic field contribute significantly to changes in global climate. In fact, Russian scientists studying solar variability now worry that declining solar activity could lead to globally cooler temperatures by 2030.
Climate Change Prediction Fail? The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on June 10 and 11, 1986, to consider the problems of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and climate change. [...] At the time, the Associated Press reported that [NASA's leading climate modeler James] Hansen "predicted that global temperatures should be nearly 2 degrees higher in 20 years" and "said the average U.S. temperature has risen from 1 to 2 degrees since 1958 and is predicted to increase an additional 3 or 4 degrees sometime between 2010 and 2020." These increases would occur due to "an expected doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide by 2040." UPI reported that Hansen had said "temperatures in the United States in the next decade will range from 0.5 degrees Celsius to 2 degrees higher than they were in 1958." Citing the AP report, one skeptical analyst reckoned that Hansen's predictions were off by a factor of 10.
Communism Disguised as Climate Change. First, the name was changed to "Climate Change". How convenient. Progressives use language the way Clinton uses women, and this term can be molded to fit whatever is needed on any given day. Then Hollywood, hotbed of communism-lovers that it is, got on board. George Clooney, Leo DiCaprio, and Ed Begley, Jr. started to push the term "climate deniers," even calling those of us who can read and understand science "stupid." Now, in the past few months, the great "climate change" pinnacle has been reached. It's the greatest threat to mankind, or the US, or something. Finally I saw what others have said for quite some time. There IS a goal behind the "Global Warming/Climate Change" push. Elites wish to destroy capitalism in lieu of communism in order to line their pockets and run the world.
Stephen Moore: Climate Change 'One of Greatest Propaganda Campaigns in World History' — 'Very Stalinistic'. Commenting on the Obama administration's high-pressure offensive to address global warming, leading economist and author Stephen Moore said it is "amazing" because this "dingbat idea of global climate change" is "one of the greatest propaganda campaigns in world history" executed by the political left. During a June 3 radio interview on the nationally syndicated Janet Mefferd Today show, Moore, the founder of the Club for Growth and a former Wall Street Journal editorial board member, said, "It's really amazing, I have to say. I have to tip my hat to the left: This has been one of the greatest propaganda campaigns in world history that the left has pulled off."
Climate accord 'irrelevant,' and CO2 cuts could impoverish the world: Scientist. The world's historic effort to reduce carbon emissions is likely to be a costly if not quixotic endeavor, according to one expert, whose recently published research warns that decarbonizing the globe could have devastating consequences on the world's way of life. In a report published this week, the International Energy Agency issued a call for "concrete action" to match the ambitions of last year's landmark climate change agreement, which was recently ratified by nearly 200 countries. The energy watchdog said the transition to a low-carbon future would require "massive changes in the energy system" to prevent the globe's temperature from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius. Yet the agency also put a steep price tag on efforts to combat climate change. In order to decarbonize the power sector within the next 40 years, the world would have to invest at least $9 trillion — and an additional $6.4 trillion to make other industries more environmentally friendly.
Another global warming prediction bites the dust. Whenever there is a new record set, whether rain, hurricane, drought, etc., those in the climate change alarmist camp seem to be quick to point to global warming as the cause and make more dire predictions regarding the future — even when there are other documented reasons and even when hard data (not models) disputes the claim. Such is the case with Lake Mead.
The Global Warming Shakedown, Part IV. Whether they call it global warming or climate change, activists on the left are acting as if the issue is just an excuse to extort money and expand the power of government.
Obama on Climate Change: 'We Can See it Happening Right Now'. President Barack Obama told graduates at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., "to insist upon and shape an informed debate" about climate change, adding that climate change is not subject to "political spin." "Climate change is not something subject to political spin. There is evidence. There are facts. We can see it happening right now," he said in a commencement address.
Climate Crisis and Political Power. Sound science produces predictions that come true. The science behind climate change does not. Indeed, the experts have been proven wrong time and time again. Around the time of the first Earth Day, scientists were predicting a coming ice age. Then, as global average temperatures rose in the 1980's, global warming became the big threat. Al Gore in 2005 predicted that the polar ice caps would be gone by 2015, leading to a catastrophic rise in sea levels. But in 2015, the polar ice caps were not gone. They were, in fact, above the average for the period since 1979. The computer climate models predict steady warming. But the warming stopped in 1998. If the computer models cannot accurately predict what is now the past, why should we rely on them to predict the future? That's exactly why the threat of "global warming" suddenly became the threat of "climate change," a much more generalized — indeed, fuzzy — term.
"Climate Hustle" demolishes climate alarmism. The film is informative and entertaining, pointed and humorous. [...] It examines the science on both sides of the issue[,] presents often hilarious planetary Armageddon prophecies of Al Gore, Leonard Nimoy and other doomsayers[,] and lets 30 scientists and other experts expose the climate scares and scams, explain Real World climate science, and delve deeply into the politics and media hype that have surrounded this issue since it was first concocted several decades ago[.] Sizzling temperatures. Melting ice caps. Destructive hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts. Disappearing polar bears. The end of civilization as we know it! The end of Planet Earth! Emissions from our power plants, cars, factories and farms are causing catastrophic climate change! Or are they? Is there really a "97% scientific consensus" on this? Or is "dangerous manmade climate change" merely the greatest overheated environmentalist con-job and shell game ever devised to advance the Big Green anti-energy agenda?
America in Wonderland. In the 1970's the professional fear mongers (mostly on the Left) warned the world of an impending Ice Age and its dire impact on the globe, their solution: more government spending and centralized control of the economy. That threat failed to sufficiently strike fear into the hearts of the people so beginning in the late 1980's Global Warming became the cause celebre. Learning their lesson from the failed Ice Age gambit, the proponents cited all sorts of "scientific consensus" to buttress their argument and unsurprisingly their solution was: more government spending and centralized control of the economy. Recently, when the actual research revealed that there was in fact no appreciable global warming over an 18-year period, the terminology shifted to Climate Change (a meaningless catchall phrase as the climate is consistently variable.) This is now "the" potential scourge of the earth and the solution: yes, more government spending and centralized control of the economy.
Deep Sixing Another Climate Myth. There has never been a period in Earth's history when the climate has not changed somewhere, in one way or another. People can and do have some influence on our climate. For example, downtown areas are warmer than the surrounding countryside, and large-scale human development can affect air and moisture flow. But humans are by no means the only source of climate change. The Pleistocene ice ages, Little Ice Age and monster hurricanes throughout history underscore our trivial influence compared to natural forces. As for climate change being dangerous, this is pure hype based on little fact.
Climate Change: The Greatest Conspiracy Against the Taxpayer, Ever! Climate change is the biggest scam in the history of the world — a $1.5 trillion-a-year conspiracy against the taxpayer, every cent, penny and centime of which ends in the pockets of the wrong kind of people, none of which goes towards a cause remotely worth funding, all of it a complete and utter waste.
Five points about climate change. [Scroll down] The combustion of ever increasing quantities of fossil fuel has boosted the carbon dioxide concentration of the atmosphere. The physical impact of that increase is not demonstrable in a scientific way. There may be some warming of the atmosphere, but at present any warming is almost certainly hidden in the natural variation of temperatures. There is no significant evidence either for any increase in the frequency or magnitude of weather phenomena, or climate-related changes in the biosphere. Any sea level rise over the coming century is unlikely to present an insuperable challenge. Attempts to influence global temperatures by controlling carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be both futile and economically disastrous.
What's the Real Agenda Behind Climate-change Alarmism? The world leaders and activists who attended the UN Climate Summit in Paris last December are all about saving the world, saving the environment, right? That's the standard narrative, isn't it? Well, critics, ourselves included, have insisted that the UN climate agenda is really about power and wealth. More precisely, it is about getting the power to redistribute global wealth — through carbon taxes, carbon pricing, carbon trading, and carbon regulation, etc. But don't take our word for it; the top climateers have said so themselves. Take, for instance, Dr. Ottmar Edenhoefer — not exactly a household name in America, however, Dr. Edenhofer is a big name in climate policy circles. He says, "We redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy."
Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare. We have been told now for almost three decades that man has to change his ways or his fossil-fuel emissions will scorch Earth with catastrophic warming. Scientists, politicians and activists have maintained the narrative that their concern is only about caring for our planet and its inhabitants. But this is simply not true. The narrative is a ruse. They are after something entirely different. If they were honest, the climate alarmists would admit that they are not working feverishly to hold down global temperatures — they would acknowledge that they are instead consumed with the goal of holding down capitalism and establishing a global welfare state.
Original Sin ... and Global Warming. Many theologians, including Pope Francis, have taken the position that the planet is in danger because of carbon dioxide input to the atmosphere caused by burning fossil fuel, urge us to stop, and consider it a moral imperative. This article takes the position that this use of fossil fuel has helped civilization advance worldwide, has alleviated abject poverty for billions, and that there is no substitute for it at this time. Thus there is a strong moral component on this side of the argument as well. This paper reviews a great deal of worldwide data, some of which confirms, some of which disputes the global warming hypothesis. While increasing CO2 in the atmosphere is a concern, it is hardly a planetary emergency.
Trends in Extreme Weather Events since 1900. It is widely promulgated and believed that human-caused global warming comes with increases in both the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events. A survey of official weather sites and the scientific literature provides strong evidence that the first half of the 20th century had more extreme weather than the second half, when anthropogenic global warming is claimed to have been mainly responsible for observed climate change. The disconnect between real-world historical data on the 100 years' time scale and the current predictions provides a real conundrum when any engineer tries to make a professional assessment of the real future value of any infrastructure project which aims to mitigate or adapt to climate change. What is the appropriate basis on which to make judgements when theory and data are in such disagreement?
A New Study Shows How Climate Science Could Be All Wrong. Democrats routinely accuse Republicans of being "anti-science" because they tend to be skeptical about claims made by climate scientists — whether it's about how much man has contributed to global warming, how much warming has actually taken place, or scary predictions of future environmental catastrophes. There's a scientific consensus, we're told, and anyone who doesn't toe the line is "denier." Yet even as deniers get chastised, evidence continues to emerge that pokes holes in some of the basic tenets of climate change. Evidence such as the fact that actual temperature trends don't match what climate change computer models say should have happened since the industrial age. Or that satellite measurements haven't shown warming for two decades. Or that past predictions of more extreme weather have failed to come true.
Yet Another Hottest Year on Record? The people selling global warming have been at it for more than 20 years. For the last 18 years, on good authority, the Earth hasn't warmed. It doesn't seem to matter. The promoters of global warming are defending their turf, economic and ideological. They dismiss or deny the lack of warming, making up science as they go. President Eisenhower, in his farewell address, put his finger on part of the problem. When science is funded by the government, it becomes less scientific and more political. Around 1970, scientists as incorruptible seekers of truth gave way to scientists as political bosses collecting grants from the government. [...] It is not practicable to power the country with windmills and solar energy. But the manufacturers of these things eagerly support global warming alarmism. A substantial part of the corn crop is wasted by mandating the production of ethanol, for global warming reasons.
A sure sign of warmism in decline: Yale closing down its 'Climate and Energy Institute'. Peak warmism has already hit, and the global warming movement is now on its long glide path through loss of government funding, budget and hiring cuts, less media attention, on the way to unfashionability, embarrassment, and eventually obscurity, a historical footnote like phrenology (which was once the rage in elite academic circles). In retrospect, the December 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which was still able to draw heads of state but which could accomplish nothing substantive other than promise money, may well be seen as the definitive moment at which the movement began its official decline.
The doctored science of global warming. Skeptics of President Obama's climate change agenda say they see new evidence of fraud. If administration officials are colluding with scientists to cook the evidence, such as it might be, to demonstrate that the planet is warming, the skeptics deserve everyone's thanks. Whistleblowers within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) complained last year that a major study by agency researcher Thomas Karl, refuting evidence of a pause in global warming, had been rushed to publication. The implication was that the study was coordinated with Obama administration officials to add to the urgency of the president's climate change agenda in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology issued a subpoena of records of NOAA communications dealing with the study.
The Current State of Climate Alarmism. America's affliction with climate alarmism is shaped by two facts: First, the main instigators have crossed the Rubicon and have no choice but to fight. How has this happened? Nature was one cause: the short-term natural warming in 1978-1998 was mistaken for anthropogenic warming through the confirmation bias. Natural cooling from 1999 onward has canceled the expected anthropogenic warming (which is small, beneficial, and caused by a variety of factors — not just carbon dioxide release). But other causes were entirely manmade. In hindsight, it is clear that for almost two decades (approximately 1988 — 2004) multiple groups of climate "scientists" have been fabricating results in parallel, unaware that others were doing the same. Mann with his hockey stick got the most fame, but he was just one among many. Computer models, descriptions of the carbon cycle, and even instrumental temperature records were forged to exaggerate climate sensitivity to carbon dioxide, to hide past climate variations, to argue that carbon dioxide release is irreversible, etc. The environmental movement, encouraging and encouraged by this perversion of science, made global warming its central theme. And so did many mainstream politicians. Al Gore was the towering figure among them.
So much for settled science. Recent testimony by Professor John Christy demonstrated that the "climate theory" has been "falsified." That theory is embodied in models relied on by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Christy presented a comparison of more than 100 model runs by the IPCC's latest model and temperature data from weather balloons and satellites compiled by three different organizations. The model greatly overestimated atmospheric warming. If the model is wrong, so must be the theory that it represents. There are two primary reasons why. First, the warming potential of CO2 is non-linear, which means that the amount of warming from an increase in atmospheric concentrations is less than increases that preceded it. Second, the actual warming that has taken place since the end of the Little Ice Age in the late 1800s is less than would be predicted by the increase in CO2 concentrations.
Mugabe First To U.N. Trough In Global Warming Shakedown. Zimbabwe tyrant Robert Mugabe is asking the United Nations for $1.5 billion a year to feed his people, who he says are hungry due to global warming. The looting begins. About a year ago, we said that the global warming scare is not about stewardship of the environment. It is instead an effort to pull down capitalism and redistribute wealth from rich nations that earned it to poorer nations whose governments impoverish their own people. Mugabe fully understands the plan and is making his demands accordingly.
Profiteers of Climate Doom. The alarmists' predictions of global warming resulting from increased CO2 in the atmosphere have failed to come true. In scientific terms, that is the end of the story. A theory that is refuted by observation is wrong. But since billions of dollars in government money are flowing into the alarmists' coffers, they endlessly try to make excuses for their theory's failure, even as they cover up that failure by retroactively altering temperature records. This is the greatest scandal in the history of science, in my opinion.
Why Skeptics are Losing the Climate Change Battle. [It is an] illusion that there is such a thing as a Global Temperature. There is no such entity and never has been. Furthermore there is no such thing as an average Global Temperature either. Peace be to Dr. Christy of the University of Alabama, for whom I have the greatest respect. He assures me that there is an average Global Temperature arrived at by inference from remote sensing from satellites. This is done by counting the number of joules, which as you all know I trust, are units of energy. But may I humbly beg to differ. It is manifestly impossible to put in all the data in order to arrive at an average. It is clear that an average such as NASA provides based upon some 3,486 weather stations situated at 5 ft above the ground is just nonsense. Why? Because in the whole of this sacred Planet of ours to determine the temperature based upon such a sparse amount is truly ridiculous. Moreover of the 3,486 stations 3,269 are situated in the relatively warm areas of Europe, America, and Africa. How many stations are there in the vast continent of Antarctica? Merely 8.
1400 CEOs — Climate Change [is] Not a Major Worry. The high profile UN summit on climate change in Paris appears to have had little impact on the decision making and worries of global business leaders. [...] [O]ver-regulation was listed as the biggest threat to business (by 79% of CEOs), followed by geopolitical uncertainty (74%) and other key threats including cyber attacks (61%). In contrast, climate change and environmental damage was mentioned as a threat to business growth by just 50% of CEOs.
1001 Reasons why Global Warming is so Over in 2016. Climate change is over. It's a busted flush. The alarmists now have all the credibility of bewildered Harold Camping followers shivering on a mountaintop the morning after the night before, looking all shifty and embarrassed as they realise the Rapture their models so confidently promised just ain't going to happen.
Climate Change Science & the Climate Change Scare. Belief in manmade "Global Warming", now renamed "Climate Change", the idea that mankind is changing the climate in a dangerous way, has become a ruling conviction of the modern age. It has also generated a vast and lucrative establishment, receiving enormous amounts of tax-payers' money, and providing funding, careers, jobs, and reputations for an immense army of activists, scientists, bureaucrats, journalists, and politicians around the world. It has captured the big media, university departments, academic publications and scientific bodies. Anybody who questions it is likely to be demonised, to lose their funding, to have publication of their papers denied, and to have their careers put in jeopardy.
The Climate Industry and the 'Green Religion'. We are so lucky that Al Gore's "true planetary emergency" did not take place. He predicted it ten years ago at the Sundance Film Festival where his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," premiered. It was the result of an environmental crusade he embarked upon that would make him a billionaire, a Nobel Prize and a Golden Globe winner — "Educating the masses that global warming is about to toast our ecology and our way of life." His dire predictions that the planet will be flooded, islands will be swallowed up by the melting of the glaciers, and the planet will roast did not happen. The surface temperatures have increased in some areas thanks to El Nino, a natural event, not because of anthropogenic CO2, the gas of plant life.
The Most Comprehensive Assault On 'Global Warming' Ever. Before we begin, let's establish what we know to be correct. The global average temperature has increased since the 1980's. Since the 1980's glaciers around the world are receding and the ice cap of the Arctic Ocean has lost ice since the 1980's, especially during the summer months. The average global temperature for the last 10 years is approximately 0.35 degrees centigrade higher than it was during the 1980's. The global warming community has exploited these facts to "prove" that human activity (aka burning of fossil fuels) is the cause of these increasing temperatures. But no direct scientific proof or data has been shown that link the current observations to human activity. The link is assumed to be simply a fact, with no need to investigate or discuss any scientific data. Here are 10 of the many scientific problems with the assumption human activity is causing "global warming" or "climate change".
20 Ways To Tell If You Might Be A Liberal. You might be a liberal if... [#3] You insist that anyone who questions global warming hates science even though you don't understand any of the science behind it yourself and you say we have to do something about climate change primarily because you want to impress your liberal friends.
Why the Climate Change Act should be Repealed. Politicians, UN bureaucrats, environmentalists, academics, the establishment media and greedy big business have worked together for years to spin an alarmist narrative on the allegedly dangerous effects of alleged man-made global warming and how we must take drastic action to tackle this threat and thereby "save the planet". They have repeated the politically correct mantras of this narrative for so long that they have apparently come to believe that their own made-up propaganda is actually true, e.g. "the science is settled"; "man-made climate change is one of the most serious threats the world faces"; "97% of scientists believe in made-made global warming"; "man-made climate change is causing more frequent extreme weather events" — all debunked within this paper.
Carbon Dioxide Reduction Policies Are Destructive And Immoral. Paris conferees say further greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions are essential to hold global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius (3.5 F) and prevent climate and weather disasters resulting from fossil fuel use. But these cataclysms exist only in computer models, press releases and treaty discussions. In the real world, global temperatures haven't risen in 19 years; no category 3-5 hurricane has struck the U.S. in a record 10 years; sea levels are rising at barely 7 inches per century; and Greenland and Antarctic ice are at record levels. Earth's climate changes regularly, but recent trends and events are in line with historic experience, and many scientists believe the sun and other powerful natural forces may soon usher in a new era of colder temperatures.
Why Climate Change Won't Matter in 20 Years. The [COP21] deal sets various goals for 2023, and for 2050 through 2100. [...] Consider that 2023 is eight years from now. Eight years ago, did anyone at COP21 know Uber was coming? Did any of those foreign ministers know how popular drones would become? That new supersonic passenger planes would be in development? That four different private companies would be launching space flights? That two companies would be going forward with tests of "hyper-loop" transportation? Did they know that zero-friction "quantum levitation" would be demonstrated? Or that hydrogen-powered cars would become commercially available? Did they know about the fracking boom? Of course not. Michael Crichton — the brilliant novelist and thinker — posed this question in a speech at Caltech in 2003, re climate predictions for 2100. What environmental problems would men in 1900 have predicted for 2000? Where to get enough horses, and what to do with all the manure.
100 reasons why climate change is natural. [#1] There is "no real scientific proof" that the current warming is caused by the rise of greenhouse gases from man's activity. [#2] Man-made carbon dioxide emissions throughout human history constitute less than 0.00022 percent of the total naturally emitted from the mantle of the earth during geological history. [#3] Warmer periods of the Earth's history came around 800 years before rises in CO2 levels. [#4] After World War II, there was a huge surge in recorded CO2 emissions but global temperatures fell for four decades after 1940. [#5] Throughout the Earth's history, temperatures have often been warmer than now and CO2 levels have often been higher — more than ten times as high.
Don't Fear Global Warming, It Won't Be Here For A While, If At All. [A recent] Scientific American article tells us, "Climate change will not be dangerous for a long time." It's the "lukewarm" position between two views: 1) man's carbon dioxide emissions are going to kill us and 2) the entire global warming scare is a fraud or hoax.
Climate Change and the Madness of Crowds. [C]ontrary to all the Establishment's climate change propaganda and despite ever-rising man-made CO2 emissions, there has been no discernible man-made global warming from 1850 (and before) to the present time. This means that the chances of dangerous manmade global warming happening in the future are almost certainly remote in view of (i) the hopeless failure of every UN IPCC prediction of man-made global warming since 1988 and (ii) all the blatantly obvious spin, exaggeration, obfuscation and downright deception put out by supporters of the "climate change" movement — even its name is obfuscatory — all confirming the perception that it is "pseudoscientific fraud". The facts show that man-made global warming is a non-problem which does not even exist in the real world, only in the virtual reality world of the UN IPCC's hypothetical, simplistic, unvalidated computer climate models, only sustained by unfounded Establishment propaganda.
Debunking 5 Phony Statistics Liberals Love To Toss Around. [Phony statistic #5:] Ninety seven percent of scientists agree that global warming is manmade and dangerous. How do you prove 97% of people agree with you? Find a tiny subset of a group that thinks just like you do and claim that it speaks for a much larger group of people. Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer did an excellent piece explaining how this works at the WSJ. [...] It's simply untrue that the scientific community has decided almost as a whole that global warming is happening, manmade and problematic. Many scientists believe that's the case. Many others don't. At this point, it's merely a controversial unproven theory.
The perfectly respectable environmental movement has been hijacked by radicals. [Tabatha Southey of The Globe and Mail] mocks those who say that "The Earth stopped warming 15 years ago." But the problem is not just that it hasn't appreciably warmed in 18 years, but in the 60 years prior to that it only warmed by one centigrade degree, despite all the inflammations of the Second World War and lesser conflicts and decades of nuclear testing, stupefying increases in carbon emissions, through a vast proliferation of automobiles and decades of heavy but in energy terms, crude, economic growth in China and among many other numerous nationalities. So global warming didn't just "stall," or even stop, it hasn't started, at least not in centuries.
Farewell to the man who invented 'climate change'. A very odd thing happened last weekend. The death was announced of the man who, in the past 40 years, has arguably been more influential on global politics than any other single individual. Yet the world scarcely noticed. Had it not been for this man, we would not last week have seen 150 heads of government joining 40,000 delegates in Paris for that mammoth climate conference: the 21st such get-together since, in 1992, he masterminded the Rio "Earth Summit", the largest political gathering in history. Yet few people even know his name.
10 reasons why we shouldn't worry about 'man-made' global warming. For 30 years we have been told how, thanks to the dramatic rise in CO2, temperatures have been soaring to unprecedented levels. This is causing polar ice to melt, sea-levels to rise and has brought a dangerous increase in "extreme weather events", such as hurricanes, heatwaves, droughts and floods. [...] In fact, in more recent years scarcely a single point in this "consensus" theory has not been questioned by a growing array of independent experts, including some of the most eminent scientists in the world.
Paris dreaming. Representatives of 195 nations, including 150 leaders themselves, opened their gathering Monday [11/30/2015] with the goal of signing an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent global temperatures from increasing more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. They can hardly fail — temperatures began leveling off nearly two decades ago. [...] Just as the environmentalists are poised to cheer the global warming deal, NASA scientists announced that the overall temperature of Antarctica has been falling since 2009 and glacial ice and sea ice in the South Pole region has been growing thicker. European researchers have gone off-message with a scientific computer model demonstrating that Earth is likely soon to enter a "mini-ice age" between 2030 and 2040, owing to a decline in solar activity.
The Paris Trap. President Obama may be walking into a trap of his own side's devising as he departs for the latest climate action summit in Paris. If Republicans can suppress their innate ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the summit's outcome could hand the GOP an incredibly potent election-year weapon. [...] While a slight majority of Americans might tell a pollster they believe in climate change and can be persuaded to make some sort of sacrifice for it, the median amount they say they are willing to pay to stave off global warming is under $50. Even someone lacking proficiency in demagoguery could make this a winning issue.
Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions. Addressing the twin threats of global warming and extremist violence, 151 world leaders kicked off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks outside Paris on Monday [11/30/2015], saying that by striking an ambitious deal to cut emissions that are warming the planet they can show terrorists what countries can do when they stand together.
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The Burden of Proof on Climate Change. The burden of proof for Anthropogenic Climate Change falls on alarmists. Climate Change has been ongoing for millions of years — long before humans existed on this planet. Obviously, the causes were all of natural origin, and not anthropogenic. There is no reason to believe that these natural causes have suddenly stopped; for example, volcanic eruptions, various types of solar influences, and (internal) atmosphere-ocean oscillations all continue today.
Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming. The most important fact about climate science, often overlooked, is that scientists disagree about the environmental impacts of the combustion of fossil fuels on the global climate. There is no survey or study showing "consensus" on the most important scientific issues, despite frequent claims by advocates to the contrary. Scientists disagree about the causes and consequences of climate for several reasons. Climate is an interdisciplinary subject requiring insights from many fields. Very few scholars have mastery of more than one or two of these disciplines. Fundamental uncertainties arise from insufficient observational evidence, disagreements over how to interpret data, and how to set the parameters of models. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), created to find and disseminate research finding a human impact on global climate, is not a credible source. It is agenda-driven, a political rather than scientific body, and some allege it is corrupt. Finally, climate scientists, like all humans, can be biased. Origins of bias include careerism, grant-seeking, political views, and confirmation bias.
The Democrats' Boutique Issues. When Hillary Clinton announced her opposition to the Keystone pipeline from Canada, she said climate change was the reason. In the first Democratic presidential debate (CNN), Martin O'Malley listed the greatest national security threats to America as nuclear Iran, ISIS, and "climate change, of course." And in the second Democratic debate (CBS) — it was the day after the Paris terrorist attacks — Bernie Sanders insisted climate change "is directly related to the growth of terrorism." These comments were disingenuous (Clinton), exaggerated (O'Malley), and absurd (Sanders). But there was another problem, the issue of global warming itself. In polls, voters list it as one of their lowest priorities, even while paying lip service to it as a serious matter. Yet President Obama and Democrats can't stop talking about it.
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Obama: Climate Change Summit In Paris A Message To Terrorists. President Obama is sending a clear message to the world that he will travel to the climate change summit in Paris next week, describing the journey as an important message to Islamic State terrorists. [...] Obama has repeatedly emphasized the damaging effect that climate change has on national security in preparation for the summit. During a Coast Guard graduation speech in May, Obama emphasized that the recruits would be facing the threat [of] global warming.
Climate Change and the Upcoming Meeting of the (Socialist) Minds in Paris. The Paris meeting, under the banner of the United Nations, is intended to effect agreement on further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, most prominently CO2. President Obama's pledge for the U.S. is a reduction to about 28% less than that produced in 2005, by the year 2025. That's a tall order and will, in monetary terms, cost about $73 billion per year to attempt as reported in a piece by The Daly Caller. That's on top of the already $26 billion per year impacting the U.S. economy to meet current greenhouse gas emission standards. All of that money and effort, and the additional cost (loss) of tens of thousands of jobs are expected to reduce global temperatures by — get ready — a whopping .02 degrees Celsius by the year 2100 as reported in a research piece by the Cato Institute.
Gambling the World Economy on Climate. The United Nations climate conference in Paris starting Nov. 30 will get under way when most minds in the French capital will still understandably be on the recent terror attacks. But for many of the 40,000 attendees, the goal is to ensure that climate change stays on the global economic agenda for the next 15 years. The Paris conference is the culmination of many such gatherings and is expected to produce agreements on combating climate change. President Obama and the dozens of other world leaders planning to be in Paris should think carefully about the economic impact — in particular the staggering costs — of the measures they are contemplating.
Tropical Evaporative Cooling. [Scroll down] Note how the rainfall amounts clearly delineate the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) that runs along and generally just above the Equator. As the name implies, the winds of both the northern and southern tropics converge near the equator. Where the winds meet there is intense rainfall, along with the deep thunderstorm convection that drives the global atmospheric circulation. It is interesting to see the waves of precipitation wash over places like India. It's like the earth breathing — in the summer when India gets hot, the hot air rises. When the air rises, it draws in the moist air from off of the Indian Ocean, which pours down as the monsoon rain.
Back to Basics Part 1 — What is Global Warming? The term "global warming" has come to mean the warming of our planet Earth (the surface, the lower atmosphere, and the oceans to depth) that has been caused by, and will be further enhanced by, the emissions of man-made greenhouse gases. No one bothers calling it man-made global warming or anthropogenic global warming or human-induced global warming anymore. Whenever a news report or article uses the term global warming, everyone now assumes they're talking about the hypothetical man-made kind of warming. There are many possible reasons why global warming has occurred over the past few decades, some of which are natural, but the primary focus of research has been on the consequences of increased emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that result from the burning of fossil fuels.
Back to Basics Part 2 — What is Climate Change? Were you aware that the IPCC and other government agencies used climate change for both natural and human-induced variabilityoften without identifying which they're discussing? Did you assume they were discussing the man-made type, when in fact they may have been referring to natural variability? Some persons might believe the IPCC and other governmental agencies are purposely being vague, with hope that most readers will assume they're discussing the man-made kind, when in reality those scientists still can't differentiate between natural and anthropogenic climate change.
Terrorism, not Climate Change, Kills People. [Scroll down] Mrs. Clinton is not alone, however. All of the Democrats running for president, plus former Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, want to treat changes in the weather as something to be addressed through new treaties, international agreements and global tax schemes. This campaign has taken precedence over defeating international terrorism. At the Democratic Party debate this past weekend, Sanders claimed that "Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism and if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you're going to see countries all over the world — this is what the CIA says — they're going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops and you're going to see all kinds of international conflict"
People Who Say Climate Change Is Worse Than Terrorism Are Dangerous Liars. [T]here is absolutely no credible evidence to suggest that climate change is responsible for the Syrian refugee crisis, let alone for ISIS terrorism. In fact there is absolute no credible evidence that "climate change" — in the "man-made global warming" sense — has caused major harm to anyone, anywhere in the world, ever. There is however no shortage of credible, verifiable evidence to show that terrorism is causing major harm to lots of people all the time. Not the as-yet-nameless "children of the future" forever being invoked by climate alarmists. But actual living, breathing people with names and families and jobs and dreams.
The Audacity of Climate Change. First, the EPA has just imposed its Clean Power Plan to affect climate change mitigation. Estimates are that the plan will cost the United States over two trillion dollars in economic growth, without having any impact on climate change. Second, the United Nations will be hosting a Conference on Climate Change in Paris ("COP21" or "Paris Conference") this month. Attendees will work on a massive plan to redistribute the world's wealth, in addition to considering plans for international taxation and creation of a court of "climate justice." Either the Clean Power Plan or the Paris Agreement has the power to hobble our economy. If both are put into play, the economic effect will be disastrous. NOAA's study and its subsequent change to the historic temperature record also go to the very essence of scientific integrity.
Here are five reasons why it is completely reasonable to conclude that man-made climate change is [nonsense]. [#1] Temperature is not static: local temperature continuously changes during the day, it varies according to whether you are in the sun or shade, and depending on which side of the street you are on. [...] [G]lobal temperature based on land-based readings is a construct, and alarmists pick and choose data to fit their agenda. The closest thing to taking the earth's temperature globally is via satellites, and this has been going on for a few decades an it shows no warming [in] the last 18 years.
China's CO2 Charade Shows Who The Real Climate Deniers Are. China apparently has been burning 17% more coal annually than it has claimed over the past 15 years. And as a result, it's been emitting a billion tons more CO2 a year than it had admitted. The New York Times points out that this difference alone is equal to what Germany's entire economy produces each year from burning fossil fuels. In other words, if Germany shut down its entire economy, it wouldn't compensate for China's "error." Anyone who's ever seen photos [...] of Chinese cities choked in smog could have guessed that they are probably not pursuing "clean energy" at the pace they claim. But the fact that this vast undercount went on so long only points to a much larger problem with the entire climate change agenda.
Our Last Chance — What, Another One? — To Stop Global Warming. Activists are warning that the upcoming United Nations climate conference is the last chance to save the world. Fair enough. So if no deal is reached at the meeting, can we please stop hearing about global warming?
As scientists worry about warming world, US public doesn't. Most Americans know the climate is changing, but they say they are just not that worried about it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
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Bill Gates says that capitalism cannot save us from climate change. The world's richest man, Bill Gates, has said that the private sector is too selfish and inefficient to produce effective energy alternatives to fossil fuels.
Bill Gates: Only Socialism Can Save Us From Climate Change. "Representative democracy" has failed; the private sector is "inept"; and only bigger government — led by China and the US — has the power to save the world from climate change. So says Bill Gates in a dogmatic but somewhat confused interview with The Atlantic in which he simultaneously pours scorn on green tech solutions but insists that more of them are needed — on a scale bigger than the Manhattan Project — if we are to deal successfully with a problem whose nature he admits may well have been exaggerated by environmentalists.
Bill Gates Says Capitalism Can't Save Us from Climate Change. [Scroll down] Logical leaps — that greenhouse gases are the primary force behind "global warming," and that man, beast or government can make inroads against such environmental changes — aside, Gates actually goes on to make the case against his own theory, stating that it[']s the regulatory structure that surrounds energy methods development, not necessarily the free market's unwillingness, that keeps alternative fuel sources in the experimental stages.
Climate Change — A Cover for Repealing Capitalism. The "crisis" it represents gets bigger and scarier with each passing week, and the people who want to save us from it cry out over and over again with more and more claims of how serious this tragic situation is. The cause has been most recently trumpeted by Naomi Klein in her book and documentary of the same name, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. [...] While Klein wants everyone to think that climate change is her goal, it is clear from her book and documentary that bringing down capitalism and all the evil is stands for is her goal.
French Mathematicians Blast UN's 'Costly & Pointless Crusade' Against Global Warming. As the United Nations gears up for its next international conference on climate change in Paris next month (COP 21), a scathing white paper released by a society of French mathematicians calls its fight against global warming "absurd" and "a costly and pointless crusade". "You would probably have to go quite a long way back in human ... history to find [such a] mad obsession," according to a translated summary of the document released in September by the Paris-based Société de Calcul Mathématique SA. The mathematicians harshly criticized a "crusade [that] has invaded every area of activity and everyone's thinking," noting that "the battle [against] CO2 has become a national priority.
Ted Cruz Destroys Sierra Club President's Global Warming Claims In Senate Hearing. Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is showing Sierra Club President Aaron Mair to be an ideological hack and global warming alarmist. At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Cruz subjected him to a withering cross examination. Mair was reduced to stammering and frequent awkward pauses which he used to receive whispered advice from staff. He repeatedly referred to the discredited "97 percent of scientists concur" claim, and was unwilling to acknowledge valid scientific data that disproves the claim.
Climate Scientists Apparently Now Brainwashing Themselves With Fear. [C]limate scientists have made themselves mental messes. All over a meager 1.4°F increase in global temperatures since 1850, warming that is less than during previous Holocene warm periods. Of course, you couple that, which they think is apocalyptic, with their prognostications of a 3.6°F increase by 2100 (despite their computer models failing 95% of the time), and they are almost breaking down mentally.
German Professor: Europe's €5.7 Trillion Climate Policy Is "Very Expensive", "Counter-Productive" And "Does Nothing For Climate". University of Magdeburg economics professor Joachim Weimann held a presentation in Brandenburg highlighting the shortcomings of Germany's Energiewende (transition to renewable energies) and Europe's climate policy earlier this year. First Weimann calls the climate issue a debate that is emotionally and ideologically charged, and that the facts are almost always suppressed. He also believes that the real facts on climate change and energy policy are unpopular among policymakers and that they all too often "deny" them.
Time to Defuse Climate Alarmism. Some GOP candidates have responded "I am not a scientist" when confronted by questions about climate change (global warming). [...] "I am not a scientist" is unsatisfactory because political candidates should be aware of important issues. In particular about climate change; where the Democrat Party's response is overturning our entire energy supply system by abandoning our abundant, inexpensive, and geographically distributed fossil fuels of coal, oil, and natural gas. The U. S. is the most blessed nation on the planet with abundant fossil fuels. The issue is as follows: Is global warming from burning fossil fuels sufficiently dangerous to stop its use and replace our vast, inexpensive energy sources with possibly expensive and environmentally challenged solar, wind, ethanol from corn, other biofuels, and biomass (predominately burning wood). The answer is absolutely not — or not in the least.
81 Major Corporations Sign WH Pledge to Back Global Climate Change Deal. Eighty-one major corporations with operations in the U.S. — including Google, Facebook, Apple, Coca Cola and General Motors — have taken a White House pledge "to demonstrate their support for action on climate change and the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future." Signing the White House's American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge shows a continuing commitment to action preventing global warming and is intended to set an example for other companies to pursue similar policies, according to a statement released by the White House.
Fanatics Want To Draft Americans To Fight This Dumb War. Al Gore popularized the phrase "fighting global warming" to underscore what he thinks is the seriousness of the matter. Though profoundly childish, the expression caught on and apparently inspired a Seattle-based writer to lay out in the Atlantic a plan for war. According to Venkatesh Rao, "solving global warming" is going to be "like mobilizing for war." And of course, war requires us to give up some things in the name of the effort. [...] No thanks. We've seen too much corruption in the academic institutions and political bodies that are squawking the loudest and longest about the dangers of CO2 emissions.
Climate Change's Great Legacy: International Wealth Redistribution. India says it needs $2.5 trillion to meet its energy-and-climate policy goals. Okay, some of that will come from within India itself, but a big portion, it's clear, will have to come from the US and other rich countries — or it won't happen. The Philippines says that without major cash influx from rich countries, it won't be able to make any CO2 emission cuts. This is all good news for those of us who know that increased atmospheric CO2 won't warm things much but will improve plant growth, and hence crop yields, and hence food supplies, around the world.
Paris climate talks starting to look like all carrots, no sticks. Negotiators have several terms for the way they plan to enforce any deal reached at global climate talks in Paris this December. "Peer pressure" and "cooperation" are a couple. "Race to the top" is the American buzzword. What you won't hear mentioned is the word "sanctions." Or "punishment." For all their efforts to get 200 governments to commit to the toughest possible cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, climate negotiators have all but given up on creating a way to penalize those who fall short.
Obama Has Given Up. [Scroll down] "He's challenging your leadership, Mr. President," Kroft reiterated as though he was trying to snap an addlepated mind out of a hallucination. "He's challenging your leadership." "My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change, an international accord that potentially we'll get in Paris," the president replied. Allow that to sink in. Even if you're of the opinion that the amorphous threat of climate change, which exists forever just over the horizon, is of a greater danger to American national security than a nuclear power engaging in kinetic warfare against American-backed forces in a strategically vital part the world — thus rendering you an unserious person — this answer should disturb you. If only because it took the president almost seven years to secure this accomplishment. Following his personal humiliation at the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009, progress on the left's chief substitute for a national security policy has been halting at best.
Global Warmers Want Just One Thing: Control. [Scroll down] So I investigated this call for the use of RICO, or the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It turns out that Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has called for the criminal investigation of people and organizations who are seen as global warming deniers. The investigation would include lawsuits against the coal and oil industries, certain think tanks and other organizations that question the global warming religion. By the way, so that Whitehouse and his gang don't appear silly, they've changed their concern from global warming to climate change. That's stupid in and of itself, for when has the climate not been changing, even before mankind arrived?
Mathematical Models vs. Real-World Data: Which Best Predicts Earth's Climatic Future? How well are today's climate models able to predict what will happen to earth's climate in the years, decades and centuries to come if the atmosphere's carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration continues to rise as a result of mankind's continued burning of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil? In this document this question is broached via a thorough and careful scrutiny of the pertinent scientific literature that has addressed this topic as it pertains to several important climatic phenomena.
India's Climate Change Bill: $2.5 Trillion. There are high expectations for the next UN climate summit taking place in Paris in late November and early December. Obama is determined to get a "binding" international treaty to succeed the failed Kyoto Protocol. One of the major sticking points all along has been the reluctance of developing nations, especially China and India, to commit to significant emissions reductions which would reduce their economic growth. So China, India, and other nations were exempted from the Kyoto Protocol, and now China is the top emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.
'Largest Science Scandal in U.S. History'. The plan by climate alarmists to have other scientists imprisoned for their 'global warming' skepticism is backfiring horribly, and the chief alarmist is now facing a House investigation into what has been called "the largest science scandal in US history."
The Pontiff Buys a Bridge. Climate alarmists have made so many flawed predictions they seem almost over-qualified to be called false prophets. The latest IPCC report confesses that 111 of 114 climate-model runs predicted greater warming during the 15 years than the subsequent temperature data actually indicates. Indeed, there is no certainty that any warming whatsoever has occurred. What of the millions of "climate refugees" who, by now, were confidently predicted to be on the march in quest of new, dry homes? What of the predicted sea-level rise, the one whose projected magnitude diminishes with every latest IPCC report? The dishonesty of the false prophets seems not far removed from witnesses lying in court.
All Those Climate Change Pledges Are A Farce, New York Times Says. After decades spent playing up the dangers of a warming planet, the New York Times admits that even if every country lived up to their current carbon reduction pledges, it won't make any difference. [...] Of course, it's also possible that the climate scientists are wrong, both about future warming and about the harm it will cause, and we don't need to worry about CO2 at all. Either way, all those pledges to cut carbon emissions would be pointless. Feel-good policies that do nothing but massively raise costs and kill jobs aren't something to be celebrated.
China Visit Underlines Climate Change's Dodgy Value. President Obama gave China's visiting leader Xi Jinping a 21-gun salute, a state dinner and much attention over — are you ready? — global warming. It's a pathetic diversion, given the major issues to address.
Climate Change Ideology Destroyed by Two Graphs. Weather expert Joe Bastardi has two graphs he would like to show the Pope, who has been concerning himself not with our souls but with reducing harmless CO2 emissions in accordance with leftist ideology. [...] But even if he could get Pope Francis to look at the graphs, it wouldn't do any good. Climate change is not about improving the human condition, or even improving the climate. It is about imposing collectivism on behalf of an authoritarian oligarchy.
Public Places Global Warming Concerns Dead Last. Alarmists pushing the UN's anti-carbon climate change agenda claim we are already "Halfway to Hell," i.e., the arbitrary 2-degrees C above pre-industrial global temperatures that, supposedly will render life impossible. Voters worldwide, apparently, are not buying the hype, despite (or, perhaps, because of) the unceasing propaganda from presidents, prime ministers, legislators, media opinionators, celebrities, and other anointed "experts." The 2-degree totem is the invention of Professor William Nordhaus (a Yale economist, not a scientist) that has been transformed from an "intuition" (as Nordhaus called it in 1975) into a dogma by the global warming true believers and globalist schemers. In all the rants and jeremiads against rising levels of carbon dioxide (a natural gas essential to life) the bottom line relentlessly emphasized by the political classes is that unless humankind limits its CO2-producing activities, global temperatures will hit that dreaded 2 degree mark — and then we'll all descend, ineluctably, into the fiery abyss. We are already halfway there, so we have only one more degree to go, they warn, before Hades is upon us.
Will 2016 Be A Climate Hysteria Election? Will the climate campaign ever reach its "sell-by" date? Probably not: the deep need for belief in catastrophism — and the expansion of political power that is always deemed necessary to "solve" the problem — will persist even if we run out of witches to drown. Perhaps the most damaging trope of climate catastrophism is that "we only have X years left" before it will be too late. James Hansen said it was 2010. Al Gore thought the Arctic would be ice-free by last year. I'm pretty sure if I look I can find someone who said that Obama was our last hope.
An inconvenient truth: 'Climate change industry' now a $1.5 trillion global business. The plaintive calls about global warming and loss of polar bear habitats, the stern warnings about rising seas and flooded coastlines -- this is what the public hears about. Then there's this pesky, inconvenient truth they don't hear about: $1.5 trillion. "Interest in climate change is becoming an increasingly powerful economic driver, so much so that some see it as an industry in itself whose growth is driven in large part by policymaking, notes Don Jergler, an analyst for Insurance Journal, an industry publication[.]
Global Warming: A $1.5 Trillion Industry. The Climate Change Business Journal has calculated that global warming is now a $1.5 trillion a year industry. [...] What is striking about the global warming industry is that its growth is driven more or less entirely by "policymaking," i.e., government mandates and other policies. This is why "green" businesses contribute so lavishly to the political campaigns of politicians who drink the global warming Kool-aid.
Is Climate Change Now Its Own Industry? Interest in climate change is becoming an increasingly powerful economic driver, so much so that some see it as an industry in itself whose growth is driven in large part by policymaking. The $1.5 trillion global "climate change industry" grew at between 17 and 24 percent annually from 2005-2008, slowing to between 4 and 6 percent following the recession with the exception of 2011's inexplicable 15 percent growth, according to Climate Change Business Journal.
World's Top Climate Experts Predicted : "Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms". Australia's climate 'experts' the CSIRO, predicted the same demise of snow back in 2003. When will they admit they got it wrong? When will the IPCC admit they got it wrong? When will Dr David "Children won't know what snow is" Viner, admit he was wrong? The answer: they will never admit they got it wrong, because their reputations are at steak. [sic]
You might be a liberal if ... you're delusional. You may be a liberal if you dismiss the coldest, snowiest winter on record as "weather," but truly believe that two days with temperatures over 90 degrees represent "climate change."
Let's Worry about a Real Threat. The Obama administration is catering to Democrat constituent groups — the global warming crowd and wealthy environmental foundations. The sales pitch of these organizations is give them money now, to stop global warming, and future generations will rewarded with a better climate in 100 years. A lot of people who don't have the excuse of dementia fall for this. The scientific credibility of the global warming has fallen to near absolute zero in the face of the 18-year failure of the Earth to warm. The science behind global warming may have collapsed, but the beneficiaries of government subsidies — scientists and crony capitalist developers of renewable power — are still promoting the theory that is their golden egg-laying goose.
On Global Warming: Follow the Money. There is a real irony in the Left's repeated insinuation that climate realists must be funded, somehow, by the oil industry. In truth, there is plenty of money being distributed to climate scientists, but just about all of it comes from governments, and all government money goes to alarmists who promote government power.
Climate Compulsions. Do people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) worry a lot about global warming/climate change? We don't have to speculate because Mr. M.K. Jones took a survey of OCD patients and wrote it up for the Australia New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. He discovered that 28% of OCD sufferers do indeed obsess about climate change. Their biggest worry is wasting energy. They also worried about their pets dying of thirst. What about the reverse question? Do people who worry a lot about climate change in some way have OCD, or some similar cognitive problem, probably not rising to the level of needing psychiatric treatment, but perhaps such people are outliers along some axis of normal mental function?
The Pope joins the EU in a sad world of make-believe. What has a Papal Encyclical calling on the world to end its use of fossil fuels and to pray to God for the success of the global "climate summit" in December got in common with the Greek euro crisis, the ominous rift between the West and Russia, and the shambles Europe is making over the desperation of African and Syrian refugees to find safety this side of the Mediterranean? They are all different aspects of the two greatest acts of political make-believe of our time, so all-pervasive that it is hard for us to grasp just how much effect they are having on all our lives. When future historians come to look back on our age, few things will puzzle them more than the extent to which our politics became so dominated and bedevilled by two belief-systems, each based on an obsessive attempt to force into being an immensely complicated political construct which defied economic, psychological and scientific reality.
Climate Change: Where is the Science? In 1999 they said that warming would wipe out the Great Barrier Reef. In 2000 they said that Britain would no longer see snow during winter. In 2001 they predicted starvation from failing grain crops in India. From 2003 to 2005 they concluded that the drought then occurring in Australia would be permanent and Sydney dwellers would have nothing to drink. In 2006 they predicted unprecedented severe cyclones and hurricanes. In 2008 they said that by 2013 there would be no more arctic ice cap; that we would be swimming with the otters at the North Pole. None of these predictions have come to pass.
Inhofe: Climate change fight really about global control. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told a conference of global warming skeptics Thursday that the fight against climate change is really about global control with little accountability. Inhofe, chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and an outspoken climate skeptic, said he agreed with former French President Jacques Chirac's statement that global warming "is the first component of authentic global governance." "The United Nations is the reason that this all came along. We all know that," Inhofe told attendees at a conference organized by the Heartland Institute, the top climate skeptic think tank.
Global Warming: The Theory that Predicts Nothing and Explains Everything. A lot of us having been pointing out one of the big problems with the global warming theory: a long plateau in global temperatures since about 1998. Most significantly, this leveling off was not predicted by the theory, and observed temperatures have been below the lowest end of the range predicted by all of the computerized climate models. So what to do if your theory doesn't fit the data? Why, change the data, of course! Hence a blockbuster new report: a new analysis of temperature data since 1998 "adjusts" the numbers and magically finds that there was no plateau after all. The warming just continued.
Scientists Are Coming Up With 'Last Ditch' Remedies for Climate Change. [Scroll down] Other ideas to cool the planet have scientists worried about unintended consequences. There are proposals, untested at scale and with uncertain costs, to block the sun's rays with airborne particles or seed the oceans with carbon-absorbing iron. That they're even being considered reveals both frustration over government inaction and skepticism that policy alone will solve the problem. [...] Researchers are seeking to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times.
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Poll: Voters unwilling to pay to fight global warming. A poll by Rasmussen Reports reveals that "voters still aren't ready to pay much, if anything, to fight global warming." According to the results, "41% of likely U.S. voters say they are willing to pay nothing more in higher taxes and utility costs annually to generate cleaner energy and fight global warming."
Global warming: When science meets science fiction. One of the most effective ways to sell your political agenda is to back up your concerns with factual information. That info may be statistical or scientific. In the absence of solid facts, the next most effective method often seems to be to instill fear. If you don't support "agenda X" there will be dire consequences. In the case of global warming, the facts don't support the agenda. Temperatures have not increased in 18 years. The 1930s actually have the hottest years on record. Why then do we keep reading headlines that global warming is here and Henny Penny the sky is falling? Perhaps it is because those pushing this agenda keep changing the so-called facts.
Leaving the Church of Environmentalism. [Alan] Carlin went from being a dedicated environmentalist, based on its initial philosophy of conservation, to an observer of the movement that was taken over and distorted to advocate falsehoods about global warming and a transition from fossil-fuels to "clean energy" meaning wind, solar and bio-fuels. As an economist he understood how absurd it was to suggest rejecting fossil-fuels, the key element of modern industry and society. "The climate alarmists," says Carlin, "have now been making their apocalyptic predictions for almost thirty years and it is now possible to compare their predictions with actual physical observations." Suffice to say all the predictions of a significantly higher temperature — the warming — have been wrong. In fact, the Earth has been in a natural cooling cycle since 1998 and shows no indication of warming[.] Predictions about the North and South Poles melting, a major rise in ocean levels, increased hurricanes and other climate events have been wrong along with countless other climate-related apocalyptic predictions.
22 Very Inconvenient Climate Truths. [#1] The Mean Global Temperature has been stable since 1997, despite a continuous increase of the CO2 content of the air: how could one say that the increase of the CO2 content of the air is the cause of the increase of the temperature? [#2] 57% of the cumulative anthropic emissions since the beginning of the Industrial revolution have been emitted since 1997, but the temperature has been stable. How to uphold that anthropic CO2 emissions (or anthropic cumulative emissions) cause an increase of the Mean Global Temperature? [#4] The lifetime of CO2 molecules in the atmosphere is about 5 years instead of the 100 years said by IPCC. [#17] The temperatures have always driven the CO2 content of the air, never the reverse. Nowadays the net increment of the CO2 content of the air follows very closely the inter-tropical temperature anomaly.
25 Years Of Predicting The Global Warming 'Tipping Point'. Would you believe it was eight years ago today that the United Nations predicted we only had "as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2[°]C or more." This failed prediction, however, has not stopped the U.N. from issuing more apocalyptic predictions since. To celebrate more than two decades of dire predictions, The Daily Caller News Foundation presents this list of some of the "greatest" predictions made by scientists, activists and politicians — most of which we've now passed.
AstroPhysicist TKOs Portland, OR Warmists. Thank you for the opportunity to once again comment on your Climate Action Plan that is designed to combat Global Warming and to stabilize our local climate, so that presumably we never get too warm or too cold, never experience another destructive Columbus Day storm, and get uniformly good mountain snow every winter to keep the ski resorts happy and water available throughout the year. In short, your goal seems to be to create a sort of Shangri-La where people live happily ever after in a perfect climate, and in perfect harmony, since all social injustices have been corrected at the same time. Such Utopian visions usually die quickly when confronted with reality. But I notice that your report has no real measures of success and accountability. You seem content with "reducing carbon" as a substitute for actual measures of taming our climate. That would suggest that you are not at all serious about this endeavor and just use carbon as an excuse to do what you want to do without any accountability.
Obama: They Have DROUGHTS In California? Global-warming belief is all about subjecting your five senses to intellects vaster, cooler, and less sympathetic. Global-warming orthodoxy insists that you not be fooled by one-off events like a grueling and seemingly endless winter, record growth in polar ice caps, or a boatload of global-warming experts getting shipwrecked in the ice in the height of summertime. But now, a steep one-year drop in California precipitation — a phenomenon far older than California itself — is enough to convince the president of the United States that he's finally found his issue.
Francis Is Out of His Element. Science is critical to understanding why and how our climate changes — an issue, contrary to popular belief, that's still a matter of open debate. However, science provides no insight into how individuals or governments ought to respond to any particular threats or benefits possibly arising from climate change.
Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures. Last month, we are told, the world enjoyed "its hottest March since records began in 1880". This year, according to "US government scientists", already bids to outrank 2014 as "the hottest ever". The figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were based, like all the other three official surface temperature records on which the world's scientists and politicians rely, on data compiled from a network of weather stations by NOAA's Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). But here there is a puzzle. These temperature records are not the only ones with official status. The other two, Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) and the University of Alabama (UAH), are based on a quite different method of measuring temperature data, by satellites. And these, as they have increasingly done in recent years, give a strikingly different picture. Neither shows last month as anything like the hottest March on record, any more than they showed 2014 as "the hottest year ever".
Greens against the poor. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and the whole gang of Democratic leaders claim that one of their highest priorities is to lift up the middle class and reduce the income gap between rich and poor. That goal collides with what they admit is their very highest priority: stopping climate change. Their agenda is driven by the millionaire and billionaire Democratic donors who make the party possible. But the agenda also involves making energy, home heating, transportation and just about everything else less efficient and more expensive to the middle class and poor. The people who lose their jobs when the climate-change Stalinists prevail are the people at the bottom and the middle of the income ladder. The billionaire club members don't seem to mind this collateral damage.
Scientists Say New Study Is A 'Death Blow' To Global Warming Hysteria. A study by scientists at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Meteorology found that man-made aerosols had a much smaller cooling effect on the atmosphere during the 20th Century than was previously thought. Why is this big news? It means increases in carbon dioxide emissions likely cause less warming than most climate models suggest. What do aerosols have to do with anything? Well, aerosols are created from human activities like burning coal, driving cars or from fires. There are also natural aerosols like clouds and fog. Aerosols tend to reflect solar energy back into space, giving them a cooling effect that somewhat offsets warming from increased CO2 emissions.
Will Global Warming Cause Prostitution? Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee has introduced a resolution in the House that is based on the premise that "women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change." [...] Does such extremism make any sense whatsoever? Amid the hoopla, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that global warming theory argues that a doubling of atmospheric CO2 will cause an increase in the Earth's average temperature of 1 degree C. Alarmists rely on hypothetical positive feedbacks (the most important of which, an alleged increase in water vapor, has already been disproved) to magnify that 1 degree into 3 degrees. Actually, the feedbacks are likely negative, but put that to the side for a moment. The range of change we are talking about — 1 to 3 degrees Celsius — is small in relation to temperature variations that already exists.
By Hook and By Crook, You Are Going to Pay for Climate Change. It's the first day of spring and we are having snow again. Not much, a couple of inches, just enough to prove that March always goes out like a lion. Undeterred, global progressives, intent on sending us into the stone age of technology, are forcing their agenda of redistributive taxation of man-made global warming/climate change on everyone.
The myth of 'settled science' : When the left shuts down debate, it's time for skepticism. National Geographic's latest cover story has generated lots of attention because it sneers at those close-minded Americans — mostly conservatives, of course — who do not accept scientific "facts." Only 40 percent of Americans (according to Pew Research Center) "accept that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming," and the magazine finds it "dispiriting" that so many "reasonable people doubt science." National Geographic compares global warming doubters to those disbelieve NASA's moon landing and those who think water fluoridation is an evil plot. How could so many dismiss "established science?" Well, here's one reason: The public has come to distrust government warnings and the scientific experts; they are often wrong.
Global warming is happening Faster: Climate change is 'set to speed up to rates not seen for 1,000 years', warn scientists. New evidence suggests the rate at which temperatures are rising in the northern hemisphere could be 0.25°C per decade by 2020 -- a level not seen for at least 1,000 years. [...] The analysis, based on a combination of data from more than two dozen climate simulation models from around the world, looked at the rate of change in 40-year long time spans.
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Hottest Year Ever Claims Are Propaganda, Not Science. NOAA and NASA will both announce this month that 2014 was the hottest year ever. These claims are absurd, and based on intentional deception. The biggest problem is that they are ignoring the most accurate data sets, which come from satellites and show that 2014 was nowhere near as warm as several other years.
White House: Don't Mention Temperature When Discussing Global Warming. First rule about global warming: don't talk global warming. The White House quietly released a draft guidance telling federal agencies to consider the impact more carbon dioxide emissions will have on the environment, but only in terms of how much more carbon dioxide will be emitted. When conducting environmental impact analyses on rules and projects, federal agencies should only talk about carbon dioxide emissions increases — not things like potential increases in temperature, precipitation, storm intensity and other environmental impacts that scientists warn about.
Hidden Heat. Rational people abandon ideas when facts prove them wrong, as per John Maynard Keynes, who said, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" Unfortunately for warmers, they cannot do that because they would have to abandon their whole Weltanschauung. If they abandoned belief in global warming, their lives would become shallow and meaningless. So to avoid the mental distress of cognitive dissonance, warmers have to believe that the absence of the heat that their climate models have predicted is due to that heat being "hidden". The high priests of the warmers have told their faithful that the hidden heat is in the deep oceans. It is so well hidden that it can't be measured properly. Furthermore, the priests contend that the lack of detected temperature rise means that our measuring system is faulty and the way we look at the world is wrong.
Nothing but the Truth. [Scroll down] Only a propagandist could get away with saying that death by something as disputed as global warming or as unpredictable as climate change places us in greater peril and thus requires more of our resources and attention, than death by a keffiyeh-covered, sword-wielding, AK47-shooting, zealot screaming Allahu Akhbar with a resume of decapitation, slaughter, rape, crucifixion, and torching others to death. As guardians of the truth, each and every one of us is obligated to call out the propagandists for their lies and stand between them and society's most gullible.
Inside the Global Warming Scandal. These warmists have systematically altered historic temperature records, so that the temperatures they report today for past eras are not the same as what were measured, say, 70 or 80 years ago. The effect of these adjustments is strikingly consistent: they almost always make the past look cooler than it was measured at the time, so that the present looks warmer by comparison. The opposite — an adjustment that results in reporting a historic temperature higher than what was published contemporaneously — never, or almost never, happens. These adjustments may or may not be explained; sometimes, they are kept quiet until someone stumbles across the original data and points out a discrepancy.
Report: Temperature Data Being Faked to Show Global Warming. A British journalist is questioning the method used to by scientists to calculate the earth's climate change, calling it "one of the greatest scientific scandals of all time." Christopher Booker writes for Britain's The Telegraph that climate data from stations in South America have been adjusted since the 1950s to give the impression that the earth's temperature is rising more than the original data showed.
Global Warming: So Dishonest It Makes Enron Look Like a Paragon of Integrity. "Fiddling temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever," says Christopher Booker, not pulling his punches. And I think he's right not to do so. If — as Booker, myself, and few others suspect — the guardians of the world's land-based temperature records have been adjusting the raw data in order to exaggerate "global warming" then this is indeed a crime against the scientific method unparalleled in history.
Five Ways Liberals Ignore Science. The perception that one political group is less science-savvy than another is predominately driven by the unwillingness of many conservatives to accept global-warming alarmism and the policies purportedly meant to mitigate it. But when it comes to climate change, volumes could be written about the ill-conceived, unscientific, over-the-top predictions made by activists and politicians. We could start with our own Malthusian Science Czar, who once predicted that climate change would cause the deaths of a billion people by 2020 and that sea levels would rise by 13 feet.
Climate change is changing. Science sans politics should be self-correcting. However, in our real world of eternal conflict, scientists have a difficult time rising to the level of self-correction without anger or shame. When we deal with Marxists as a class, further rigidities enter into consideration. They treat everything, including science, as a matter of power relations — that is, as a matter of politics. Therefore, we have a conundrum when leftists are in charge. How can we get better accuracy in the models that are tuned by people who cannot put aside the need to control everything and everyone?
Why You are Being Misled on Global Temperatures. In the three decades I've been in the climate research business, it's been clear that politics have been driving the global warming movement. I knew this from the politically-savvy scientists who helped organize the U.N.'s process for determining what to do about human-caused climate change. (The IPCC wasn't formed to determine whether it exists or whether is was even a threat, that was a given.) I will admit the science has always supported the view that slowly increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere from burning of fossil fuels should cause some warming, but the view that this would is any way be a bad thing for humans or for Nature has been a politically (and even religiously) driven urban legend.
Global Warming So Bad Great Lakes Need Another Icebreaker. Earlier this month came much blubbering about 2014 being the warmest year in history. We set the record straight on that but, well, the alarmists won't give up. They can't help themselves. They would make the same claims if 2014 had been the coldest year on record. Remember, it's not global warming anymore. It's climate change. The new name allows the alarmists great latitude in their claims. No matter which way the thermometer moves, no matter how much it snows or doesn't snow, or rains or doesn't rain, they will say that man's burning of fossil fuel is causing the climate to change.
Why Is This Man Smiling? Climate change is no hoax. It's a tautology.
Majority of Senate says climate change is human-driven, not a hoax. Most U.S. senators now agree on two things about climate change: That it is driven by humans, and that it is not a hoax. Getting to that point during a series of votes on amendments for Keystone XL pipeline legislation was tortuous for Democrats and Republicans alike. "I'm not sure that there were any clear expectations, but I think the way the day transpired was productive but it was also fascinating," Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, told reporters. "We made good progress today and we were pretty pleased there is an emerging bipartisan group of people who believe climate change is real, is caused by humans and is solvable."
NASA climate scientists: We said 2014 was the warmest year on record... but we're only 38% sure we were right. The Nasa climate scientists who claimed 2014 set a new record for global warmth last night admitted they were only 38 percent sure this was true. In a press release on Friday [1/16/2015], Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) claimed its analysis of world temperatures showed '2014 was the warmest year on record'. The claim made headlines around the world, but yesterday it emerged that GISS's analysis — based on readings from more than 3,000 measuring stations worldwide — is subject to a margin of error. Nasa admits this means it is far from certain that 2014 set a record at all.
NASA Facing The Heat For Hottest Year Lie. With great fanfare NASA announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record. The part of the story they didn't mention is they are only 38% sure it was the hottest on record. The other thing they didn't mention is that surface temperatures were used rather than satellite data and part of their data used estimated temperatures. Per the UK Daily Mail, "the claim made headlines around the world, but yesterday it emerged that GISS's [NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies] analysis — based on readings from more than 3,000 measuring stations worldwide — is subject to a margin of error. NASA admits this means it is far from certain that 2014 set a record at all.
Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year Ever? The New York Times features one of the most misleading headlines ever: "2014 Was the Warmest Year Ever Recorded on Earth." The first paragraph drives the hysteria home: [...] It would be hard to pack more misinformation into a single sentence. First, the Times headline, and countless others like it, convey the impression that 2014 was the hottest year ever! But note the paper's reference to "recorded history." If you keep reading, you see that "recorded history" goes back only to 1880. But in 1880, the Little Ice Age had just ended, and the Earth was beginning to warm after several hundred years in the deep freeze. So, yes, temperatures are a little warmer now than they were then — happily. Indeed, the Earth may still be recovering to more average temperature levels after the Little Ice Age.
High Crimes and Climate Grifters. Environmentalists start off with several thoroughly incorrect beliefs that are not supported by science. The first is that climate change has anything to do with human activity such as carbon dioxide and other so-called "greenhouse gases." But the Earth is not a greenhouse. It is always in the process of absorbing and discharging heat via the atmosphere and the oceans.
Liberalism in Ruins. [Scroll down] Global warming proved a near secular religion that filled a deep psychological longing for some sort of transcendent meaning among mostly secular Western grandees. In reality, the global-warming creed had scant effect on the lifestyles of the high priests who promulgated it. Al Gore did not cut back on his jet-fueled and lucrative proselytizing. Obama did not become the first president who, on principle, traveled with a reduced and green entourage. Solyndra did not run a model transparent company as proof of the nobility of the cause. As in the case of illegal immigration, the losers from the global-warming fad are the working and middle classes, who do not have the capital to be unharmed by the restrictions on cheap, carbon-based fuels.
Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey. Let us look back in the world's history: for example, between roughly 900 AD and 1350 AD the temperatures were much higher than now. And, back then there were fewer people, no cars, no electric utilities, and no factories, etc. [...] The government is lying, trying to use global warming to limit, and tax its citizens through "cap and trade" and other tax schemes for the government's benefit.
A Brief History of Ice Ages and Warming. Earth's climate was in a cool period from A.D. 1400 to about A.D. 1860, dubbed the "Little Ice Age." This period was characterized by harsh winters, shorter growing seasons, and a drier climate. The decline in global temperatures was a modest ½°C, but the effects of this global cooling cycle were more pronounced in the higher latitudes. The Little Ice Age has been blamed for a host of human suffering including crop failures like the "Irish Potato Famine" and the demise of the medieval Viking colonies in Greenland. Today we enjoy global temperatures which have warmed back to levels of the so called "Medieval Warm Period," which existed from approximately A.D. 1000 to A.D. 1350.
Foregone Conclusions of Global Warming. Seems that any weather, warm or cold, wet or dry, storms or lack of, points to the foregone conclusion of global warming, just as every single person in Iraq made it to the polls on election day and voted to reelect Saddam. Blame it on the polar vortex, according to climate scientists. Warming oceans and melting ice are weakening the vortex, causing colder, snowier winters. Huh? This year has given us, "The earliest ice on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years." Arctic ice is decreasing as Antarctic ice is increasing, meaning a shift, not a net loss. How does one reasonably draw conclusions from conflicting and contradictory data? Unless the conclusions are foregone and data is simply window dressing.
Anthropogenic Global Warming and the Scientific Method. [Scroll down] Initially, its proponents engaged in a search for supporting evidence: Elevated average annual temperatures, local glacial retreats, elevated-temperature indicators in proxy systems such as tree-ring records, measurable coincident increases in atmospheric CO2 concentration, and so on — a search for white swans. But these efforts ignored, and failed even to seek, either any alternative explanations or evidence that would have ruled the hypothesis out. AGW has failed the predictions test again and again; any true scientific hypothesis with so poor an evidence-based evaluation record would have been scrapped by now. Instead, its proponents elevated it to the status of a theory and, ignoring the fact that climate changes continually, renamed it "climate change." No other potential causes of AGW have ever been investigated and ruled out.
A Suicidal Collapse of Western Civilization? The ongoing economic suicide of Europe is based on a faulty understanding of the climate issue by most Western politicians and on their extreme policy response, based on emotion rather than logic and science. The major European economies have reacted irrationally to contrived, unjustified fear of imagined global-warming disasters[.] Perhaps I should explain that the climate has not been warming for the past 18 years — and even if it had been warming, it would be no disaster. The EU wants to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, a natural plant-fertilizer, by 40% within 15 years — by 2030. This insane drive to replace energy sources from fossil fuels that release plant-friendly CO2 into the atmosphere has led to greatly increased costs of energy. As is well understood, such actions not only hurt economic growth, but they increase poverty levels and therefore threaten the social fabric of these nations.
'Climate Change' in the Land of Gruber/Obama. No one really knows if "climate change" exists or, if it does, whether its danger is remotely worth the money to correct it, although we do know that "global warming" has not occurred for eighteen years and counting and there is, if anything, global cooling with record lows being set everywhere, the Antarctic ice cap also at record levels, etc.
Is it possible that global warming is a political phenomenon? Maria Konnikova's article [...] describes the considerable evidence that university academics, who control hiring and publication decisions, are so burdened by bias as to reject all evidence that conflicts with their predominantly left-liberal-internationalist ideology. Perhaps that explains why the hypothesis of trend-less natural change in global mean temperatures is not widely accepted as being the most obvious and well-supported description of long-term climate among much of the academic community.
Climate 'Cure' Worse Than Climate Change. We need to realise that the world will not come off fossil fuels for many decades. Globally, we get a minuscule 0.3pc of our energy from solar and wind. According to the International Energy Agency, even with a wildly optimistic scenario, we will get just 3.5pc of our energy from solar and wind in 2035, while paying almost $100 billion in annual subsidies. Today, the world gets 82pc of its energy from fossil fuels, in 21 years it will still be more than 79pc. The simple reason is that cheap and abundant energy is what powers economic growth.
The Met Office Doesn't Deserve a £97 Million Supercomputer. It Deserves to Be Scrapped. Earlier this week, the Met Office invited us to celebrate the fact that we had allowed to be siphoned from our pockets the £97 million it allegedly needed to build a new super-computer to "produce the most scientifically accurate short-term forecast that are scientifically possible." Does the Met Office think we are mad, gullible, possessed of exceptionally poor memories, or what?
If we didn't cause global warming, then there's nothing we can do to fix it.
Climate Doomsday draws near: just 37 days to go. [Professor Penny] Sackett — now the former chief scientist — issued her five-year warning four years, 10 months and 24 days ago. Meanwhile, previous claims that global warming would cause hotter European winters may now be disregarded, because global warming has decided to make things colder instead.
Professor Proclaims We Must "Terminate Industrial Civilization" Because of Global Warming. When it comes to the global warming hoax, neo-Marxists like Obama who want to use it as a pretext to jack taxes through the stratosphere and incrementally impose a Soviet-style command and control economy are the moderates. Extremes exist even further to the left. The place to find them is academia, where developing young minds are guided: [...]
Man-made climate change has been proven to be 'nothing but a lie', claims top meteorologist. John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible. Instead, what 'little evidence' there is for rising global temperatures points to a 'natural phenomenon' within a developing eco-system. In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: "The ocean is not rising significantly. "The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number. "Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing). "I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid."
Hagel: Climate change a 'threat multiplier'. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on other nations to join the Pentagon in taking steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change, calling it a "threat multiplier" that could exacerbate global challenges if left unaddressed. "Climate change is a threat multiplier," Hagel said at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, "because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we already confront today — from infectious disease to armed insurgencies — and to produce new challenges in the future."
Margaret Thatcher: Godmother of 'global warming'? As someone once said: "Probably the most important fact in the entire global warming issue" is this: "Margaret Thatcher had a B.Sc. degree in chemistry." It was at Margaret Thatcher's personal instigation that the UK Met Office set up its Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, which — in one of her final acts as Prime Minister — she opened in 1990. The Hadley Centre, in turn, helped to produce the primary data set which was used by the newly founded IPCC to "assess observed global warming".
The Seven Sacraments of Liberalism. [#6] Climate Change: Liberals believe the world would be better off if there were no human beings in it. Until then, we must realize that white males, the real source of evil in the world, are raping everything by driving SUVs. Heartless white men think nothing of polluting the atmosphere with carbon dioxide. The climate change they cause by driving SUVs will drown New York and San Francisco, home to many elite liberals.
Watching the Goalposts Being Moved. Bay Area radio evangelist Harold Camping was properly excoriated throughout both the legacy media and the Blogosphere for his prediction that the world would end on May 21st, 2011. How many not-so-final countdowns are the gnostic high priests of climate allowed to issue before being similarly called out as false prophets?
As Terrorism, War and Disease Ravage the Globe, Leftist World Leaders Focus on... the Global Warming Scam. On September 23, representatives from 190 nations will gather at the Climate Summit 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York City, including 125 heads of state. President Obama and other world leaders will attend to discuss the urgent problem of climate change, seeking common ground in preparation for a "meaningful global agreement in 2015." [...] It was reported last month that the Obama administration is pursuing a global accord to compel nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.
The Empire of Progressive Poverty. Global Warming rhetoric is still couched in the usual social justice rhetoric, aimed at the poorer kleptocracies who are eager to join the line for a handout, but its logic is poverty driven. It is not out to create wealth, but to eliminate it, on the grounds that cheaply available food or electricity is an immoral activity that damages the planet. The Empire of Poverty is chiefly concerned with the impoverishing of the West, to maintain the manufactured scarcities of its water empire it has gone beyond taxation to entirely shutting down or crippling entire branches of human activity. This could not be justified by appeals to class or race alone. Social justice could not shut down power plants or decrease food production. Its impact was not sufficient to maintain a state of permanent poverty. For the water empire to succeed, it is necessary to destroy any form of social mobility not dependent on the centralized system.
New York Magazine: How to Psychologically Fool Conservatives Into Accepting Global Warming. New York magazine poses the problem of how to fool conservatives into buying the global warming beliefs. The answer provided by writer Jesse Singal is to psychologically manipulate them via long term "framing interventions." If you think the tone of the article is dripping with condescension toward the "conservative yahoos" you would be right. One failed attempt at such obvious manipulation is to call it "climate change" instead of global warming since there has been no global warming for about the past 14 years. Of course, Singal himself has proved that he is not up to psychological manipulation speed since lately they have been calling it "climate disruption" since it was pointed out that climate always changes.
Psychologists Are Learning How to Convince Conservatives to Take Climate Change Seriously. If there weren't such a stark divide between American conservatives and almost everyone else on the question of the existence and importance of climate change — a divide that can approach 40 points on some polling questions — the political situation would be very different. So if any progress on climate change is going to be made through the American political system — apart from executive orders by Democratic presidents — it is going to have to somehow involve convincing a lot of conservatives that yes, climate change is a threat to civilization. How do you do that? The answer has more to do with psychology than politics.
Climate Change Has Jumped the Shark. Here's why: From the beginning 25 years ago the arguments over climate science have dominated the scene and distracted us away from the fundamental problem: the prescribed method for preventing climate change is essentially replacing nearly all hydrocarbon energy, in the space of less than two generations. Climate orthodoxy calls for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, worldwide, by the year 2050, which would take the United States back to a level of hydrocarbon energy use last seen more than 100 years ago. For the developing world, it means remaining poor for several more decades. There has been very little recognition and less candor about the sheer fantasy of the emissions target.
Global Warming Not Proceeding As Planned. If you haven't noticed, the United Nations is having its annual meeting of the minds in New York. Heads of state and other prominent characters from around the world are gathering to discuss the issues that are supposed to concern us all. You know, important issues such as global warming, radical Islam, climate change, and more global warming. One would think radical Islam would be at the center of the agenda, given how many people it is killing across the Middle East, but it is taking a back seat to global warming.
Chief Meteorologist At Weatherbell Analytics: Organizers Of People's Climate March Were 'Prostituting The Weather And Climate'. [Joe] Bastardi said that people are not causing climate change and expects scientific data to eventually back that up. "The debate on what is going on is over. It is over. Now we just have to see what happens when the Atlantic flips into its cold cycle and the cyclical nature of the sun, whether we return to the temperatures we were in the late seventies as measured by objective satellite readings." He commented that the protestors at the climate march were more concerned with their political agenda than climate science.
Climate Science Is Not Settled. The climate has always changed and always will. Geological and historical records show the occurrence of major climate shifts, sometimes over only a few decades. We know, for instance, that during the 20th century the Earth's global average surface temperature rose 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Nor is the crucial question whether humans are influencing the climate.
Leo vs. science: vanishing evidence for climate change. In the runup to the Sept. 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, Leonardo DiCaprio is releasing a series of films about the "climate crisis." [...] DiCaprio is an actor, not a scientist; it's no real surprise that his film is sensationalistic and error-riddled. Other climate-change fantasists, who do have a scientific background, have far less excuse. Science is never settled, but the current state of "climate change" science is quite clear: There is essentially zero evidence that carbon dioxide from human activities is causing catastrophic climate change.
Global Warming and the Feynman Test. Modern climate fear-mongering is the latest example of the prostitution of science in the service of liberal ideology. Were polymath Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman alive today I suspect he'd be condemning the whole climate conspiracy as a gross abuse of the good name of science.
If you believe in evolution, then don't worry about climate change. [A]s a scientifically literate person I have one question for those who accept the theory of evolution: "Why do you care about climate change and its effects on different species?" There is ample evidence that the Earth's climate has been changing, and that species have been going extinct, throughout history. These two processes are in fact required in order for evolution to occur.
Global Warming/Climate Change Scaring us into accepting a world government. Everyone on earth would agree with Mr. Obama that climate change is not a hoax. Actually, the climate has changed every day since God created the earth. Today may be a sunny 70-degree day, while tomorrow might bring rain and drop into the fifties. Bingo, the climate just changed! However, it is Mr. Obama's definition of climate change that is simply not true. He boldly proclaims that carbon pollution or Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is heating our planet, which is resulting in an increase in droughts, floods and wildfires that threaten the future of our children. Seeing the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence that has been given over the years that totally disproves the theory of man-made global warming, one has to wonder why the president or anyone else would even bring it up.
Beckel: Climate Change Bigger Threat Than ISIL. Bob Beckel, token liberal panelist of "The Five" on Fox News, sparred with his co-hosts today, claiming that climate change was a bigger threat to the U.S. than the terror group ISIL.
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Hillary Clinton: Global Climate Change 'The Most Consequential, Urgent, Sweeping Collection Of Challenges' Faced By World. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday [9/4/2014] the U.S. should become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower, during remarks resembling both a campaign speech and a call to action at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.
UN 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.)
What 97 Percent of Climate Scientists Do. Of the various petitions circulated for signatures by scientists on the global warming issue, the one that has garnered by far the most signatures — more than 31,000 names — says "there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."
I Simply Do Not Care About Global Warming. Let me assure you that the world is not going to end and we are not going to cause ourselves to go extinct. [The IPCC] report is written by a bunch of people who believe in the evolution of humanity, but somehow think mankind is unable to adapt to changing circumstances. The simple fact is that, if they are right and the world is warming, there is nothing we can do short of economic Armageddon to stop it. We've already told most of the third world they have to hide under nets or die of malaria because we do not want them using DDT. We should not now tell them they have to turn off their electricity and never improve their existence because of global warming.
It's about the Money, Not the Climate. These days, when some world leader or politician speaks of the climate — the weather is what is happening right now wherever you are — they are not talking about sunshine or rain. They are talking about a devilishly obscene way of raising money by claiming that it is humans that are threatening the climate with everything they do, from turning on the lights to driving anywhere. That's why "global warming" was invented in the late 1980s as an immense threat to the Earth and to mankind. Never mind that Earth has routinely passed through warmer and cooler cycles for billions of years; much of which occurred before mankind emerged. And never mind that the Earth has been a distinct cooling cycle for the past seventeen years and likely to stay in it for a while.
The central climate fallacy is that the unknowns are known. Yes, liberating greenhouse gases by combustion will cause some warming — all other things being equal. Yes, we are liberating greenhouse gases by combustion. These things have been established beyond reasonable doubt. But what has not been established is the crucial quantitative question how much warming we may cause. That simple fact has been relentlessly and artfully concealed from the population, who have been sedulously deluded into believing that "the science is certain" and that anyone who questions how much warming we may cause is by implication also challenging the well-established experimental results showing that greenhouse gases cause warming.
Climate Science Does Not Support IPCC Conclusions. When it comes to global average surface temperature (GAST), the concern seems to be to remain below 2 deg. It should be recognized that this limit is entirely arbitrary. There is no established scientific basis for assigning special significance to it; it just happens to be the "Goldilocks" number. Here is what I mean: If one were to choose 0.5 deg, people will say "we've already seen that and nothing has happened." However, if we were to choose 5 deg, people will say, "we'll never see that much warming — hence of no significance." That is why 2 deg may have become the alarmists' choice.
Buyer beware: Obama administration's hurry-up climate plan based on big distortions. Have you ever rushed to avoid missing an offer that will expire in 30 minutes and then regretted it? President Obama's claim that we must act immediately to prevent climate change deserves the same careful scrutiny that we should give to our personal purchases. [...] Contrary to the president's claims, there is no scientific consensus that climate change has driven recent weather events or that climate change is now causing harm.
Feds Will Spend $450K to Help Native Americans Adapt to 'Climate Change'. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to spend up to $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to teach Native American tribes in the Great Basin region "climate adaptation plans" for their hunting, fishing and gathering activities. "Due to climate change, the natural landscapes are becoming impacted," and the "traditional practices for hunting, fishing, and gathering for ceremonial purposes" can potentially create further impacts," according to BLM's Cooperative Agreement announcement.
Birth of a Climate Mafia. Can something good come from a U.S. splurge of climate pork that, in itself, would have no discernible effect on global climate or atmospheric carbon dioxide? A probable answer is no. It would actually end up making our putative carbon challenge worse.
The Greatest Climate Myths of All — Part 1. In the simplest of terms every study that has attributed the recent warming of the 1980s and 90s to rising CO2 has been based on the difference between their models' reconstruction of "natural climate change" with their models' output of "natural climate change plus CO2." However the persistent failure of their models to reproduce how "climate changed before," means any attribution of warming due to CO2, is at best unreliable and at worse a graphic fairy tale.
The Greatest Climate Myths of All — Part 2. From latitudes 40° North or South to the poles, the earth increasingly ventilates more heat than it absorbs. Climate change at those higher latitudes is dominated by variations in the transport of surplus tropical heat. Scientists estimate "Without these heat transports the atmosphere would have an equator-pole surface air temperature difference of 100° C, which is more than twice the present value of 40°C." Equally important, surplus equatorial heat is generated by the sun, with a very small and dubious contribution from CO2.
Problems with Risky Climate Projections. The Risky Business report is being used to help shape the United States' climate change policies, as evidenced by the subsequent meeting between White House officials, [Tom] Steyer, and [Henry] Paulson to discuss the report's findings. Yet, it appears hardly any journalists or scientists are critically analyzing the predictions made by the Risky Business project, despite the clear disconnect between the lack of recent trends in the number of extremely hot and cold days and the alarmist projections made by the project.
Newsweek's Antarctic Global Warming Scares Cancelled. Despite Newsweek's fantasies to the contrary, Antarctic sea ice has been consistently increasing since satellites first began measuring the sea ice in 1979. The sea ice expansion has been particularly dramatic in recent years as Antarctic sea ice extent has set dozens of new records. As is the case with so many other asserted global warming catastrophes — hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, crop production, forest fires, etc. — objective evidence shows global warming is having the exact opposite effect claimed by global warming alarmists.
NOAA Reinstates July 1936 As The Hottest Month On Record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, criticized for manipulating temperature records to create a warming trend, has now been caught warming the past and cooling the present. July 2012 became the hottest month on record in the U.S. during a summer that was declared "too hot to handle" by NASA scientists. [...] But when meteorologist and climate blogger Anthony Watts went to check the NOAA data on Sunday [6/29/2014] he found that the science agency had quietly reinstated July 1936 as the hottest month on record in the U.S.
The education establishment's success. Are you for or against global warming, later renamed climate change and more recently renamed climate disruption? Environmentalists have renamed it because they don't want to look silly in the face of cooling temperatures. [...] Throughout the Earth's history, we've had both ice ages and higher temperatures when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today. There's one immutable fact about climate. It changes, and mankind can't do anything about it. Only idiocy would conclude that mankind's capacity to change the climate is more powerful than the forces of nature.
Kerry: 'At Least 98, 99 Percent of All The Scientists in Our Country' Believe in Climate Change. At a time when debate is swirling over the assertion that 97 percent of scientists endorse man-made global warming, Secretary of State John Kerry — a frequent citer of the 97 percent figure — in a speech Wednesday [6/18/2014] nudged the figure up to "at least 98, 99 percent." "When it comes to climate change, when it comes to food security, we are literally facing a moment of adversity — perhaps even dire necessity," Kerry said at a State Department food security award ceremony.
Pentagon Ridiculed for Debunked "Climate" Report. Even in a federal bureaucracy infamous for squandering taxpayer dollars, the massive sums of public wealth burned up paying for and preparing for absurd "global-warming" scenarios still stick out. Now, the Defense Department is dealing with ridicule and strong criticism over an embarrassing "climate" report produced by consultants a decade ago that was wrong about literally everything. Lawmakers, too, are getting fed up with the "climate" antics, with the House voting to prohibit any more Pentagon spending on Obama's increasingly outlandish global-warming alarmism. The silly 2003 Pentagon document was widely cited by global-warming theorists and the establishment press as evidence that humanity was facing certain doom and that alleged man-made "climate change" was a "national security concern." This week, though, the dubious report is in the headlines again after every single one of the apocalyptic scenarios it envisioned proved to be wildly off the mark. By now, under the pseudo-scientific "not implausible" scare-mongering outlined in the report, the world should be a total disaster zone.
Climate Cultists. The climate change crusaders, who have been at it for a quarter-century, appear to be going clinically mad. Start with the rhetorical monotony and worship of authority ("97 percent of all scientists agree!"), add the Salem witch trial-style intimidation and persecution of dissenters, and the categorical demand that debate about science or policy is over because the matter is settled, and you have the profile of a cult-like sectarianism that has descended into paranoia and reflexive bullying. Never mind the scattered and not fully suppressed findings of climate scientists that the narrative of catastrophic global warming is overstated, like nearly every previous predicted environmental apocalypse. It matters not.
Glaciers and Global Warming. Global warming is a way of smuggling collectivist ideology into political power, broadening economic controls, social engineering and effacing individual rights, all under the banner of collective good. The global warming issue is really a political ticket to a dangerous future of centralized control. It is the future version of George Orwell's 1984. If the government says something is "true," it is, even if it isn't. If it says global warming is occurring, that is "true," even if it isn't. If it says it is caused by CO2, that is "true," even if it isn't. If EPA says CO2 must be regulated because it is a health hazard, that is "true" even if it isn't.
Springtime For Warmists. Last month Rush Limbaugh remarked that the reason for "the re-establishment of climate change and global warming as a new primary impetus of the White House" is that "it offers the president opportunities to be dictatorial." A defender of the president might counter that "dictatorial" is overwrought. [...] But National Journal's Lucia Graves takes a different approach. Instead of denying that Obama's actions are dictatorial, she disputes Limbaugh's implicit premise that there's anything wrong with that. [...] Yes, it has come to this. Americans are being urged to submit to "dictatorial" government because democracy is incapable of controlling the weather. "In college classes, climate change is taught as a textbook example of where democracy fails," Graves asserts in the very first sentence of her column.
My Two Favorite Questions for Global Warmists. [A]nthropogenic CO2 emissions must be examined in full context with numerous other climate variables such as solar activity, volcanism, magnetic field shifts, etc. An inquiry like this is certain to be dauntingly, perhaps overwhelmingly, complex if conducted like authentic, inductive science. Global warmism advocates have shamelessly evaded this monumental evidence burden — and the burden is entirely on them — by resorting to garbage-in-garbage-out computer models, even outright data fraud and deceitfulness. Global warmism remains the most colossal hoax ever perpetrated.
The New Regressives. [Scroll down] I don't have the expertise to know exactly to what degree, if any, man-caused carbon releases since the Industrial Revolution have heated up the planet, or whether the supposed heating is deleterious to the human condition, or whether the deleteriousness can be addressed by global statutes that are equitably enforced around the world without causing greater impoverishment and suffering. But I do know something about philology and the historical circumstances behind both euphemism and the constant shifting of vocabulary. Thus why did "global warming" begat "climate change" that sometimes begat "climate chaos"? And why, at this time of history's greatest carbon releases, has the planet not warmed in the last 17 years? Why was data massaged to create the so-called "hockey stick" paradigm?
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.
Obama's Alarmist "Climate" Report Debunked by Scientists. Like virtually every alarmist global-warming warning produced by government or the United Nations in recent decades, it did not take long for the Obama administration's latest doom-and-gloom-packed "climate change" report to be debunked by independent scientists. Indeed, it took less than two weeks for experts to go through the 840-page White House document and tear its outlandish claims to shreds — often using United Nations reports and the federal government's own data to do so, issuing a blistering critique of the "nonsense" and "deception" put forward by the administration. Now, with the predicted surge in Earth's temperatures still on "pause" after almost 18 years, the Obama administration and its coterie of global-warming theorists are being blasted and ridiculed for fear-mongering, deception, and more.
NCA Rebuttal. The National Climate Assessment-2014 (NCA) 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. With hundreds of pages written by hundreds of captive scientists and marketing specialists, the administration presents their case for extreme climate alarm.
The truth about the science in Obama's National Climate Assessment. The report depends heavily on "consensus reporting," the agreement of a large number of scientists that the statements are true or that new information "increases confidence" of the large group of authors. But as someone who has studied climate and its effect on biology for 45 years, I know this way of expressing science is, in fact, deeply unscientific. Consensus reporting is in reality a way of avoiding or obscuring the facts, most especially in science, where the disproval of previously held truths is the central aim. A close examination of the assessment shows that many of the dire forecasted effects that consensus aims to buttress are highly selective, mostly unproven or simply made up.
The Corruption of Science. Scientists will exaggerate the importance of their own work. However, there should be a line that is not crossed — the line that separates self-promotion from corruption. The corruption of science does not necessarily mean lying or faking data. Mostly it is a matter of exaggerating the danger, or importance, of some theory, or else remaining passive while others exaggerate. A common corrupt path to scientific success is to discover and overpromote a new danger; perhaps something that causes cancer, hurts children, or poisons the environment. The scientists who discover and overpromote the new danger become heroes and get more grants and more money.
10 Reasons Why John Kerry Deserves A Magna Cum Laude In Climate Pseudo-Science. 4. "97 percent of the world's scientists tell us..." No they don't. This is a reference to the widely discredited Doran Survey, based on the opinions of a heavily-stacked poll eventually involving just 75 scientists. [...] 9. This is not a matter of politics or partisanship. Of course it is. "Climate change" is the Obama administration's last desperate shot at trying to justify its aggressively left-liberal policymaking. Problem is, the hard science just doesn't back it up. 10. It's a matter of science. If only. If it were about real science — the scientific method; free and open enquiry; evidence — the issue would have been decided long ago. In favour of the "skeptics" — not the deniers.
President Obama's Global Warming Calculated Deception Means Democrats Have Abandoned Working People. I am deeply disturbed to have to suffer through this total distortion of the data and agenda driven, destructive episode of bad science gone berserk... based on a theory that the increase in the atmosphere from the exhaust from the burning of fossil fuels leads to a dramatic increase in 'the greenhouse effect' causing temperatures to skyrocket uncontrollably. This theory has failed to verify and is obviously dead wrong. But the politically funded and agenda driven scientists who have built their careers on this theory and live well on the $2.6 billion dollars a year of Federal grants for global warming, climate change, research cling to this theory and bend the data spread to support the glorified claims in their reports and papers."
John Kerry slams climate change critics in graduation speech: 'We are risking nothing less than the future of the entire planet'. Secretary of State John Kerry warned graduates of Boston College on Monday [5/19/2014] that they have doom and destruction to look forward to if they don't take climate change more seriously than previous generations. 'And I know its hard to feel the urgency as we sit here on an absolutely beautiful morning in Boston,' Kerry said, 'you might not see climate change as an immediate threat to your job, your communities or your families. 'But let me tell you, it is.'
German Govt Falsifies Climate Report Translation To Hide Green Policy Failure. The German Ministry of Environment has falsified the conclusions of a UN climate change report in the German-language version released last week, in an attempt to hide the fact that the country's 'green policies' are useless. The ministry's four-page summary of the report contains outright contradictions and falsifications of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommendations, apparently made to hide UN criticism of the way the German government has turned emissions-trading into a cash cow for futile renewable energy projects.
Michael Mann and the Hockey Stick Graph. Michael Mann is one of the most partisan advocates for the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory. He is controversial for several reasons: he invented the "hockey stick" graph, which was intended to show that recent warming trends were unprecedented, and has since been exposed as a hoax that misrepresents historic temperatures. He has fought bitterly to prevent his own emails from being discovered in litigation, even though he is a public employee whose research is lavishly funded by taxpayers. He has participated in some of the dishonest "tricks" — their word — by which climate alarmists have kept billions of dollars in government money flowing their way. Along with his other faults, Mann is litigious. He has sued National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Mark Steyn for criticizing him, a case he inevitably will lose.
Breaking: The "97 percent climate consensus" canard. TV watchers will recall the familiar advertising trope of yesteryear in which we were told "4 out of 5 dentists [or doctors] recommend" using fluoride toothpaste, aspirin for headaches, or some such. We were always left to wonder whether that fifth doctor was a moron or something, never pausing to consider that the fifth doctor might well recommend the same thing, [...] Likewise we ought to wonder about the favorite cliché of the Climatistas these days — that "97 percent of scientists 'believe in' climate change." As I've written before, the only real surprise is that the number isn't 100 percent. There is virtually no one who thinks the climate hasn't changed or won't change in the future, or that there is no human influence on the phenomenon.
Another Noble Quest With No Solution. The arrival last week of the enormous — 829 pages! — and laborious U.S. National Climate Assessment, a report put together by 300 American worrywarts, reminds me of a little noted fact. The American left has no practical solution for many of the problems that agitate it, and that its neurotics hope will agitate us. Put another way, the left is given to setting the American people off on noble quests for which there is no solution. A case in point is global warming or climate change.
The inconvenient Southern Hemisphere. Given the new information now available from the Southern Hemisphere, climate scientists must consider a larger role for natural climate variability in contributing to global temperature changes over the past millennium.
In The End, Their Credibility Will Melt Away Quite Suddenly. In 2007, leading experts said that the Arctic will be ice-free by 2013, and that it will all melt away quite suddenly. [...] These climate experts talk very confidently about things they understand nothing about, it gets repeated by useful idiots in the press, and then they both get paid to drag civilization back to the dark ages.
Government Will Control You Before It Controls Climate. Ultimately, it will not matter if people in government cynically promote the theory that human activity is destroying the global climate as a means of taking control of your life, or if they take control of your life because they sincerely believe human activity is destroying the global climate. Either way, government will control your life. The National Climate Assessment the Obama administration released this week describes in Sisyphean terms the task government faces in limiting carbon dioxide emissions, which the assessment says make up 84 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions it holds guilty of artificially warming our planet.
Tilting at Climate Windmills. I admit that I haven't waded through the entire 840-page report, but nothing I can find in the material provided for mass consumption offers convincing links between the report's observations (or its outlandish predictions) and the potentially underlying causes. It seems nothing more than mere presumption that the cause of the observations and predictions is carbon and fossil fuel proliferation. You're simply to assume that it's true because they say so. Think no more.
Obama's climate change diversion. The Obama administration's war on affordable energy ramped up a major notch this week with release of the government's latest guess about future weather events, something it calls the "National Climate Assessment." The administration, anxious to continue taxpayer-provided subsidies to politically-favored green energy firms that return the favor with campaign contributions to Democrats, claims it used the expertise of hundreds of "experts" to come up with the findings. A cursory glance of the participants shows no participation by climate realists but leading report authors from environmental political action groups like Second Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Planet Forward, and the misnamed Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that is not made up of scientists at all and which also advocates for unilateral U.S. nuclear disarmament.
The Climate Change Debate Is Over, And Environmentalists Lost. The bloodcurdling National Climate Assessment is here and it portends catastrophe; floods, clouds and other assorted weather events are imminent! [...] Have you noticed that we're always at the cusp of a cataclysm, yet the deadline to act always moves to a politically convenient not-too-distant future? I guess when the time to act runs out — it will at some point, right? — we can begin thinking about defunding all these panels and reinvesting in something more productive: like figuring out how we can adapt to the future.
Sacrificing Africa for Climate Change. Every year environmental groups celebrate a night when institutions in developed countries (including my own university) turn off their lights as a protest against fossil fuels. They say their goal is to get America and Europe to look from space like Africa: dark, because of minimal energy use. But that is the opposite of what's desired by Africans I know. They want Africa at night to look like the developed world, with lights in every little village and with healthy people, living longer lives, sitting by those lights. Real years added to real lives should trump the minimal impact that African carbon emissions could have on a theoretical catastrophe.
Final fed climate report will present dire picture. The Obama administration is more certain than ever that global warming is changing Americans' daily lives and will worsen — conclusions that scientists will detail in a massive federal report to be released Tuesday [5/6/2014].
Climate-trivia headlines and the BoM's unscientific obession with "hottest ever" records. Bob Fernley Jones takes a close look at Australian temperature records, and finds that while the BoM can fish out records that are technically true, those "records" can also be paradoxically irrelevant and largely meaningless at the same time. Not so long back weren't these same people telling us that only long term climate trends mattered, and that one hot or cold year, or bad storm was cherry picking and unscientific? Dare I suggest the obsession with headline records is more a PR stunt than a scientific measure?
Common Sense and Climate Change. There is no "normal" temperature for Earth. What is normal is for the temperature, over hundreds of thousands and in some cases millions of years, to vary greatly. The cycle of periods of extreme warmth and cold, and everything in between, is what is normal. Before man and after man, the Earth has experienced these huge swings in temperatures. Who are we to say that the climate for the last couple of hundred-thousand years is normal and that some deviation of a degree or two is abnormal? Who are we to say that the rising or falling of sea levels from recent levels is abnormal?
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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Kerry: Big Bucks in Climate Change. What we usually hear about when the subject is climate change is stuff meant to scare you out of your socks. Rising oceans, violent storms, draughts, famines, plagues of locusts, and so forth. The implied alternative is austerity so severe — no cars, rationed electricity, smaller houses, once-a-week cold showers, etc. — that people are inclined to think, "Well, that will never happen," and tune out.
Give up meat, coal, oil, economic growth and national sovereignty, orders new IPCC climate report. The Working Group I report, released in September last year, admitted that there has been an inexplicable pause in global warming since 1997, which none of its computer models predicted. (In other words, the entire basis of man-made-global warming theory — which underpins Working Group III's demands for "decarbonisation" — may depend on a flawed assumption, unsupported by real-world evidence).
The hysteria is wearing a little thin.
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Science and Panic. We are bombarded with dire warnings about our environment, but nearly all of the research purported to support those claims was funded by the political powers advocating them. Political powers will pick-and-choose scientists who provide useful factoids, despite what caveats those scientists attach to preserve their credibility. The topic of climate change brings this mixture to an extreme, such that some scientists have traded activism for credibility. Politicians may further distort or lie about scientific findings, especially when results are scarce, inconclusive or contradictory. For the layman or dangerously educated, point-by-point arguments are pointless, as it becomes difficult to discern between fact, deception, science or politics.
Are global warming alarmists just a conglomerate of eco radicals and third world grifters? [Scroll down] The UN was the natural forum for this push and the IPCC, headed by an railway engineer, the natural "scientific" instrument. We know how that story has turned out to this point. No global warming registered for 17 years and 6 months despite all the dire, but apparently scientifically groundless, predictions.
How did the IPCC's alarmism take everyone in for so long? When future generations come to look back on the alarm over global warming that seized the world towards the end of the 20th century, much will puzzle them as to how such a scare could have arisen. They will wonder why there was such a panic over a 0.4 percent rise in global temperatures between 1975 and 1998, when similar rises between 1860 and 1880 and 1910 and 1940 had given no cause for concern. [...] They will be struck by the extent to which this scare relied on the projections of computer models, which then proved to be hopelessly wrong when, in the years after 1998, their predicted rise in temperature came virtually to a halt.
The freedom not to question climate change. The goal of eliminating fossil fuels would inevitably reduce civilization to a thin veneer of culture over a primitive hunting-gathering society. So with such huge consequences, it would seem a reasonable request to have a debate about the validity of the science which demands such earth-shattering changes from society. But free debate is the last thing that climate-change proponents want. Instead, they want everyone to accept "settled science" and move on to the "solution." [...] The earth's climate is changing now, in 2014, just like it has always been changing. Climate is a dynamic, not a static system. Ergo, climate change in itself does not prove anything.
Admitting Global Warming "Info Manipulation". Climate Depot ran a story about a peer-reviewed journal article that defends exaggerating about global warming. I decided to check it out. Sure enough. The need for international global warming agreements is so urgent, the authors claim, that "exaggeration" is justified in communicating with the great unwashed so as to increase their pessimism. [...] "Information manipulation" undermines people's trust in science (at least, by association), destroys what is left of the media's credibility on this issue, and is toxic to democratic deliberation. We have known we are being manipulated in this debate for a long time. The good news is that it doesn't work well anymore except among those who are ideologically committed Chicken Littlists.
Panel's Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, concluded that ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or in some cases going extinct. The oceans are rising at a pace that threatens coastal communities and are becoming more acidic as they absorb some of the carbon dioxide given off by cars and power plants, which is killing some creatures or stunting their growth, the report found.
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Senators Should Know the Truth about Global Warming. Humans have been fertilizing Earth's greenery worldwide, but not with nitrogen-based fertilizer that runs into the rivers and oceans with very negative effects. We have been raising the level of CO2, which has no negative effect on any plant or animal life. There is no instance of CO2 being a pollutant; ask any chemistry professor. CO2 is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The vapors you are shown bellowing from the various smoke stacks are not CO2, although some may be present. The colorful emissions the media shows you secretly imply they contain what is referred to as CO2 pollution. Since CO2 is not a pollutant, what impact does it have? As we learned in the third grade, CO2 is what plants eat. The more of it they eat, the faster and larger they grow, including the food crops.
Obama talks climate change in Showtime documentary. President Obama will discuss climate change in an upcoming Showtime documentary series produced by James Cameron. Mashable reports the segment with Obama will offer an exclusive understanding of the president's thoughts on climate science and policy.
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Climate Alarmists Sink to a Comedic Low. Explaining Historic Cold Confronted with the embarrassment of historic cold gripping the nation just as the Obama administration launches a new offensive on the mythical global warming crisis, environmental activists and their media allies just invented their most knee-slapping assertion yet: that global warming causes winter cold outbreaks. After about 48 hours of silence after the cold temperatures hit while they scrambled to come up with an explanation, global warming activists now say they have always predicted global warming would cause more frequent and severe winter cold spells.
Global warming makes for stormy politics. No one who lives in the Northeast doubts that it's been a rough winter. Snow totals have been near record highs and temperatures have been near record lows. As a result, "extreme weather" has become a feature of meteorology. In fact, the word "weather" hardly ever appears in the press without the word "extreme" before it. I attribute that mostly to the hyperbolic efforts of media outlets to attract ever-bigger audiences. Plain "weather" is boring compared with "extreme weather." Boring doesn't improve ratings. There's more to it than that, though. Every time it snows a lot, or rains in buckets, or the wind blows hard and long, someone, in fact a lot of people, say that's proof that the globe is warming because of pollution.
The dubious apocalypse of global warming. [R]esearchers at the University of Maryland insist that global warming will destroy civilization. [...] There's a solution, of course. Higher taxes, increased regulation and more government supervision of everyone's lives, and other liberal nostrums. In an earlier presentation on "Population and Climate Change," the Maryland researchers find hope. "In order to avoid collapse, government policies are needed to stabilize population and stabilize industrial production per person." A powerful centralized government must take over the means of production and even reproduction. "Family planning is cost-effective," they write, "and should be a primary method to reduce [carbon-dioxide] emissions."
Wikipedia on Global Warming. [Scroll down] These two articles are the only Wikipedia entries (excluding the Simple English Wikipedia piece) on global warming. They're entitled 'Global warming' (2002 to 2014) and 'Global warming controversy' (2003 to 2014). The thing is: they're both written by the same person. The positions advanced in them are almost indistinguishable and even the wording is often quite literally identical. However, it is indeed the case that Wiki articles receive many "edits". Nonetheless, that doesn't change the fact that they are written by a single person (or a specific group of people). The editors can only edit what's already there. The main point is that these articles are two of the most biased and one-sided I've ever read on the subject of the AGWT.
Warren Buffett: Supposed Increase in Extreme Weather 'Hasn't Been True So Far'. Any climate alarmist will tell you that climate change is increasing extreme weather events, but liberal billionaire Warren Buffett easily destroyed that argument. Buffett told CNBC March 3, that extreme weather events haven't increased due to climate change, saying that weather events are consistent with how they were 30-50 years ago. Buffett, who is heavily invested in various insurance markets, said that climate change alarmism has simply made hurricane insurance more profitable, driving up premiums without increasing risk.
Debate over climate change goes from hot to cold. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was right to tell Indonesians recently that climate change is a serious danger to humanity if not addressed appropriately. Although asserting that such changes are "the greatest threat that the planet has ever seen" was clearly over the top, history shows that disaster ensues when societies do not properly deal with climate change. But Kerry ruined his credibility on the issue when he asserted that climate science is "simple," and "not really a complicated equation." Trying to unravel the causes and consequences of climate change is arguably the most complex science ever tackled.
The Original Sin of Global Warming. [Scroll down] This is the original sin of the global warming theory: that it was founded in a presumption of guilt against industrial civilization. All of the billions of dollars in government research funding and the entire cultural establishment that has been built up around global warming were founded on the presumption that we already knew the conclusion — we're "ravaging the planet" — and we're only interested in evidence that supports that conclusion. That brings us to where we are today. The establishment's approach to the scientific debate over global warming is to declare that no such debate exists — and to ruthlessly stamp it out if anyone tries to start one.
Climate Alarmists [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."
John Kerry's phony climate war. The Obama administration's latest foray on climate change — clearly setting the predicate for a regulatory offensive on the issue — is notable for its cheap argumentation. The same people who congratulate themselves for taking climate science so seriously trample all over the facts as a matter of routine. Nothing so annoys the alarmists about climate change (nee global warming) as when conservatives talk as if a cold snap or snowstorm falsifies the phenomenon. Weather, they explain, rolling their eyes, isn't climate. Or that used to be the mantra. Now, every bit of spectacular weather is presumed to be part of the grand mosaic of climate change.
The myth of 'settled science'. "The debate is settled," asserted propagandist in chief Barack Obama in his latest State of the Union address. "Climate change is a fact." Really? There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge.
Obama, God of Weather — and Lies. When he first ran for the presidency, Barack Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. On Tuesday [2/18/2014], he claimed to have delivered on that promise, telling an audience in Maryland that his administration had prevented some of the severe weather impacts of climate change by restricting carbon dioxide emissions. Before he took office, he said, "[c]arbon pollution was going unchecked, which was having severe impacts on our weather." He then announced he would pursue new fuel economy standards for trucks.
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Kerry's Global Warning WMD Comparison Merits Firing. There's a long list of Cabinet secretaries and senior aides to President Obama who have failed the nation so resoundingly they should be shown the door. But Secretary John Kerry, who dumped his military decorations in 1971 and was dumped by voters as a presidential candidate in 2004, should definitely be the first one out. In a pathetic attempt to distract from the Obama administration's foreign policy failures, Kerry on Sunday declared that "climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction."
Prostituting Science. Global warming is a both scam perpetrated by greedy opportunists like Al Gore, as well as a cult composed of those disaster-dependent ding-a-lings among us who have no incentive in life if that life is not imminently threatened by whatever the latest perceived threat may be; and lastly by a bunch of avaricious academics willing to sell their scientific souls to that big government devil for a place to nose into the trough of federal funding for research.
Will The Overselling Of Global Warming Lead To A New Scientific Dark Age? Will the overselling of climate change lead to a new scientific dark age? That's the question being posed in the latest issue of an Australian literary journal, Quadrant, by Garth Paltridge, one of the world's most respected atmospheric scientists. [...] Paltridge lays out the well-known uncertainties in climate forecasting. These include our inability to properly simulate clouds that are anything like what we see in the real world, the embarrassing lack of average surface warming now in its 17th year, and the fumbling (and contradictory) attempts to explain it away.
Global warming is 'almost definitely' caused by humans, UN report claims. Global warming is unequivocal and human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC's full and final findings on the state of the planet's climate have been published and the report, which was put together for the UN, says that limiting climate change will require 'substantial and sustained' reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. The findings of the report, which includes the comment that global warming is 'almost definitely' caused by humans, were approved by the member governments of the IPCC in September.
Chill Out. If the globe is warming, can America do anything about it? No. What we do now is pointless. I feel righteous riding my bike to work. That's just shallow. Even if all Americans replaced cars with bicycles, switched to fluorescent light bulbs, got solar water heaters, etc., it would have no discernible effect on the climate. China builds a new coal-fueled power plant almost every week; each one obliterates any carbon reduction from all our windmills and solar panels.
Warmists Pivot to Climate Adaptation. Climate change activists utilize two strategies in their war against global warming: mitigation and adaptation. Despite ongoing efforts, mitigation efforts to cut CO2 emissions are failing. There is little political will in developing countries like China and India to make sacrifices to avert a distant threat that might turn out to be nonexistent. In response, environmentalists are increasingly focusing on adaptation strategies.
The Inventor of the Global Warming Hockey Stick Doubles Down. Professor Michael Mann, the inventor of the Hockeystick temperature graph, had a contentious editorial essay in the January 17th issue of the New York Times. [The Hockeystick graph purports to show that temperatures of the last thousand years declined steadily — until the 20th century, when there was a sudden large rise.] I am using the word "inventor" on purpose, since the Hockeystick is a manufactured item and does not correspond to well-established historic reality.
Sessions Hammers EPA Administrator Unable to Defend Obama's Claims on Global Warming. In a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing Thursday [1/16/29014] on climate regulation, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) pressed EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to support President Barack Obama's statements on global warming, which have been used to justify massive proposed administrative actions. McCarthy was unable or unwilling to support the Obama's claims despite being the central figure crafting and implementing EPA regulations... [Video clip]
Sen. Inhofe on Obama's Global Warming Claims: 'The President Just Made that Up'. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee hearing today [1/16/2014] that the president must have fabricated two oft-repeated climate claims. "Both statements are false," Sen. Inhofe said of Obama's global warming claims, since neither the EPA nor the U.N. IPCC climate group can provide any supporting statistics. "On multiple occasions, and most recently on May 30th of last year, President Obama has said, and this is a quote he has used several times, he said that 'the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even ten years ago' and that 'the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated five or ten years ago.'
Global Warming [is] A Back Door To Socialism — And Now Even The UN Admits It. As evidence discredits global warming, resistance to such facts by green elites reveals their real aim is bringing socialism in through the back door. But don't take our word for it. Listen to the climate change boss at the U.N. Christiana Figueres, with the lumpy title of executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), came right out and said it: Democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. The really good model is communist China.
UN climate chief: Communism is best to fight global warming. United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said that democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China, she says, is the best model. China may be the world's top emitter of carbon dioxide and struggling with major pollution problems of their own, but the country is "doing it right" when it comes to fighting global warming says Figueres. "They actually want to breathe air that they don't have to look at," she said. "They're not doing this because they want to save the planet. They're doing it because it's in their national interest."
It's Colder? Hotter? Blame Climate Change. The former term — "global warming" — as it turned out, was too specific; to believe that global warming was a real threat required... well, that global warming actually occur. That did not happen, as the data have proven, and for once Al Gore was right: truth can be so inconvenient, because the fact that the globe failed to heat up as advertised not only swelled the ranks of doubters, but also tarnished the global warming brand. A new label was needed. Some people claim that the phrase "climate change" better expresses the complexity of what is happening weather-wise.
Time Magazine Swings Both Ways. [T]he warnings for what industrialized man should do to fight global cooling are virtually identical to the warnings would-be "climate" "scientists" have given to fight global warming as well.
What Happened to Global Warming? Always a theory at risk of imminent exposure, Man-made Global Warming (AGW — Anthropomorphic Global Warming), we should be surprised that AGW lasted as long as it did. For Global Warming is popular, anecdotal "science," wholly dependent upon the credulity and popular support of the masses.
How Leftists (Badly) Explain Climate Stability. Over geologic time, within a fluctuation of a few degrees, the Earth's climate has been moderate and stable. The climate has long been similar to today's despite the fact that, in the past, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has typically been very much greater than it is today. Why is this so? No one knows. That is what scientists should be trying to discover.
Time to Call Climate Change for What It Is: The Weather. [A] report last year confirmed what I've been saying for three years now: There's enough fossil energy available domestically for the United States to not just be energy independent, but for the U.S. to be the great exporter of energy for the world. "Shale oil (light tight oil) is rapidly emerging as a significant and relatively low cost new unconventional resource in the US," writes PWC in its February, 2013 report Shale oil: the next energy revolution. "There is potential for shale oil production to spread globally over the next couple of decades. If it does, it would revolutionise global energy markets, providing greater long term energy security at lower cost for many countries." The big winner in all this would be the United States because it has large reserves of this type of energy.
5 Myths Propping Up the Obama Presidency. [#4] We're running out of time to stop global warming. Even though we're at 17 years and counting of no net increase in global temperatures, the Environmental Protection Agency still acts as if warming is settled science, and silences any dissent against dogma. Companies are being driven out of business and workers are losing their jobs because "scientists" would rather rely on faulty computer models than look out their windows.
The Guardian Slams Funding of Anti-Global Warming Groups. What action these organizations or even entire governments could take to have any affect whatever on "climate change" defies common sense. Nothing they could do, for example, would have any effect on the action of the Sun, the primary determinant of climate. For the past seventeen years the Sun has been in a natural cycle of reduced radiation, less warmth for the Earth. The result has been a cooling cycle on Earth that has crushed decades of lies about "global warming."
Barack Obama's Presidency Is A Complete Failure By His Own, Self-Imposed Standards. [Scroll down] As for the dishonest global warming fantasy, relatively soon the period of no global warming, which started 17 years ago, will be longer then the period of actual global warming, which was a natural cycle that lasted only 20 years, from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. That was preceded by about 30 years of global temperature decline, or global cooling.
A Few Easy Tests to Debunk Global Warming Hysteria. [Scroll down] Obviously some powerful negative feedback mechanism was moderating the temperature, and still is. That is the bottom line: negative feedback keeps the Earth's climate relatively stable despite large variations in solar flux and atmospheric composition. Man may have some influence over the climate, but the effect is likely to be very small. There is no cause for economy-disrupting control of carbon dioxide. Be very suspicious of those who advocate, and carry out, such a policy. They have something most unpleasant in mind.
NASA Satellite Data Contradict 'Warmest November' Claims. Global warming activists claim this November was the warmest on record, yet NASA and NOAA satellite data show temperatures were only modestly warmer than average. The discrepancy highlights global warming activists' desire to have not only their own opinions, but their own facts as well. NASA satellite instruments report November 2013 was merely the ninth warmest since 1979, when NASA satellites first began uniformly measuring Earth's atmospheric temperatures. Microwave sounders aboard NOAA satellites report November 2013 was merely the 16th warmest since 1979.
Lack of science literacy helps global warmists spread their gospel. If the IPCC believers sound a bit like excitement-starved teenagers, that might be explained by the fact that literacy studies tend to focus on "what is learned by the time a student graduates from high school," when learning contains fewer chemistry and physics courses than it does raging hormones and dominance fights. College graduates aren't much better. Universities seem to indoctrinate more than educate, which probably helps whip up educated ignorance into the brand of fear marketed by IPCC scientists.
The Environmental Movement: How Corrupt Is It? We have written many times about the corruption of the global warming movement. Billions and billions of dollars are being poured into the pockets of global warming alarmists, because they perform such a valuable service: they help to persuade voters that governments should be given greater control over the world's economies. What's a few billion dollars when trillions are at stake?
The scam that will not die. We were all supposed to be dead by now, fried to a toasty potatolike chip. Or doomed to die with the polar bears. It was to be a soggy end for the most beautiful planet in the cosmos and for all the passengers riding on it. The global alarmists never quite got their story of fright and fear straight, whether by now we would be fried or frozen. First they warned of global warming, and when they needed a new narrative "global warming" became "climate change."
Global Warming Alarmism Denies Sound Science . Sound science dealt several devastating blows to global warming alarmism during the past few weeks, despite the best efforts of global-warming activists to sustain the drumbeat of climate fear.
Climate Change 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."
Fallacies about Global Warming. The first question to be answered is whether the Earth is warming at all. [...] But even were warming to be demonstrated, and assuming a reasonable correlation between an increase in carbon dioxide and an increase in temperature, that does not mean that the former has driven the latter. Good evidence exists from thousands of years ago that carbon dioxide levels rose only after the temperature increased, so why should we assume that the order is somehow reversed today?
Norwegian army goes vegetarian to fight global warming. Norway's military is taking drastic steps to ramp up its war against global warming. The Scandinavian country announced its soldiers would be put on a vegetarian diet once a week to reduce the military's carbon footprint. "Meatless Monday's" has already been introduced at one of Norway's main military bases and will soon be rolled out to others, including overseas bases. It is estimated that the new vegetarian diet will cut meat consumption by 150 tons per year.
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Secretary of State John Kerry calls climate change the world's biggest threat. Secretary of State John Kerry told a climate change conference in Poland Monday [11/18/2013] that global warming is the biggest challenge to the world.
What The Know-Nothings Know. They know that the world has been warming due to humanity's awfulness, even as it has cooled for the last 15 years or more, and their only answers involve hiding evidence. They know global warming and cooling have never naturally happened before, because they left that data out of their computer runs. They know that solar activity has nothing to do with global temperatures. They know that anyone who points these matters out is "anti-science." They know that only science paid for by liberals is "settled," and that to question evidently cooked "science" makes one equivalent to a Holocaust "denier."
The 'urgency' of combating 'global warming'. Few challenges facing America and the world are less urgent than combating the non-problem of "global warming". On all measures, there has been no increase in global mean surface temperatures since 1995; and, according to the University of Alabama at Huntsville, near-surface temperatures in 2008 will be lower than in 1980, 28 years ago, the first complete year of satellite observations. On all measures, global temperatures have been falling for seven full years since late 2001.
Why Does The Global Warming Hoax Persist? The catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory has now been, in my opinion, definitively refuted. Yet the global warming machine grinds on, oblivious to the science. Why? Because there is a great deal of money at stake.
Obama's Executive Order on Climate. On the surface, it might seem to make sense for the President to want to "do something" about climate events such as hurricanes, but there have always been hurricanes and blaming them and everything from droughts to wildfires on "climate change" is not just absurd, it is a deliberate lie that blames a rise in the amount of carbon dioxide, a so-called but incorrectly named "greenhouse gas", as the cause of these natural events. The President has issued an Executive Order to ramp up efforts to address "climate change." At the heart of the global warming hoax has been this carbon dioxide lie, but there has been no warming for over 17 years and the many computer models that predicted it were wrong; many were deliberately false.
Global Warming Alarmists are Overrun by the Facts. The global warming alarmists continue to go about their business — which is minding everyone else's business — while their yarn keeps fraying. Their latest problem: a study that says nature, not man, drives climate.
Ex-Australian PM John Howard sticks it to the greenies. "Climate change" has become a "substitute religion" for people with a "nakedly political" agenda which has less to do with saving the planet than it does with reining in economic growth and wealth redistribution. Well we knew this. But how how nice it is to hear it from the mouth of a statesman as distinguished as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, whose blistering speech last night at the Global Warming Policy Foundation you can read in full here.
Kerry 'Amazed' That Some Americans Still Don't Grasp Urgency of Global Warming. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his frustration Tuesday with the fact that even in the United States, "a very educated country," there are those who do not recognize the urgency of combating global warming. Addressing the D.C. Greening Embassies Forum, which encourages the "greening" of foreign mission in Washington, Kerry took aim at those who challenge the notion that the science is settled when it comes to climate change.
Obama orders government to prepare for impact of global warming. President Obama issued an executive order Friday [11/1/2013] directing a government-wide effort to boost preparation in states and local communities for the impact of global warming. The action orders federal agencies to work with states to build "resilience" against major storms and other weather extremes. For example, the president's order directs that infrastructure projects like bridges and flood control take into consideration climate conditions of the future, which might require building structures larger or stronger — and likely at a higher price tag.
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Al Gore Strikes Out Again. [Scroll down] On the science, his project is riddled with mistakes. For example, he says that a rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) causes dangerous global warming. But the geologic record shows the exact opposite: CO2 rises after the planet warms, mainly due to the oceans releasing CO2 held in solution at lower temperatures. Dr. Madhav L. Khandekar, consultant meteorologist and former research scientist with Environment Canada, adds, "The earth's climate has not warmed in 17 years according to the UK Met Office. We may not see warming of the climate by more than 0.5 degrees Celsius in next 50 to 100 years."
Computer Games and Global Warming. [Scroll down] Not only do the models disagree with each other, but they disagree with the Earth. Top climate scientist Kevin Trenberth says that "the state of the oceans, sea ice, and soil moisture has no relationship to the observed state at any recent time in any of the IPCC models." An objective observer would conclude that climate models are interesting laboratory curiosities that need a lot more work. But these models are the basis of predictions of global warming doom. We are supposed to believe that the science is solid, and that practically every scientist agrees that unless we quickly switch to solar and wind energy, terrible things will happen. It's all pathetic nonsense. The scientists who believe in the computerized predictions of doom have suspended their critical facilities in favor of the thrill of participating in a crusade.
What about the polar bears? Disconnect between predictions and observations. With all the talk this week about future climate — the global warming imagined by IPCC crystal ball models, that is — the focus for many is rightly on the gulf between predictions and observations that have taken place so far. This follows on reminders a few weeks ago of the many failed predictions that we would have seen an "ice-free Arctic" by now.
Verbatim "Climate" Journalism. On September 27 I was reading my Wall Street Journal as usual when I turned the page to read the following headline: "U.N. Affirms Human Role in Global Warming." There is no human role in global warming and there is no global warming. The Earth has been in a cooling cycle for the past seventeen years.
Global Warming: The Biggest Lie Exposed. I will never understand the kind of thinking behind a lie so big that it became an international fraud and swindle. I cannot understand why an international organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) operating under the umbrella of the United Nations, was permitted to issue reports of an imminent threat to the Earth, to mankind, that a freshman student of meteorology would know were false. [...] Well, of course, they were wrong. The so-called "science" on which they were based was idiotic. It focused primarily on carbon dioxide (CO2) and other so-called "greenhouse gases", claiming they were trapping heat while being produced by all manner of human activity related to generating energy with coal, oil, and natural gas.
Global Warming Alarmism Wrecks European Economy. Many Europeans complain about their high energy costs, largely due to their increasing dependence on renewables — the most costly energy sources. But European political parties as well as a majority of people still want government to promote costly options, especially wind and solar power. This is killing European economies. Electricity costs in Europe are more than double the cost of electricity in the U.S. High electricity costs make it difficult for businesses to operate if they need a lot of electricity.
Selling Global Warming — Again. The first thing to say about this report is the wording. The very fact that the words 'global warming' and even 'climate change' are used signals an immediate problem. For a start, there is always climate change in that the climate always changes. Secondly, there have been many previous periods of systematic climate change — sometimes of very long timescales. Finally, the fact that there is persistent — and man-made — global warming seems to be taken for granted. The last point — on the given nature of global warming — is strange because even though many argue that there is a 'scientific consensus' on global warming, there are nevertheless literally hundreds of well-known and established scientists who challenge the data and evidence behind such claims.
Global Warming Believers Are Feeling the Heat. On Friday [9/27/2013] the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivers its latest verdict on the state of man-made global warming. Though the details are a secret, one thing is clear: the version of events you will see and hear in much of the media, especially from partis pris organisations like the BBC, will be the opposite of what the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report actually says.
New Climate Study Blows Away Anthropogenic Causation. Ahead of the soon to be released UN IPCC report, much of which has been leaked and destroyed already, and of which Nature stated that were "out of date by the time they hit the street", a new peer-reviewed report has been released that thrashes the Warmists and their Blamestorming of Mankind for releasing GHGs. The report is strong enough that Warmists immediately trotted out their "anti-science" meme without reading it.
Summary of NIPCC's Findings.
· Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is a mild greenhouse gas that exerts a diminishing warming effect as its concentration increases.
Climategate II: Scientists pushed to hide data. Emails leaked to the AP show the U.S. and other governments pushed scientists preparing a new UN climate report due out next week to omit or downplay evidence that the earth's atmosphere has stopped warming for the past 15 years.
World's top climate scientists told to 'cover up' the fact that the Earth's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years. Scientists working on the most authoritative study on climate change were urged to cover up the fact that the w1orld's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years, it is claimed. A leaked copy of a United Nations report, compiled by hundreds of scientists, shows politicians in Belgium, Germany, Hungary and the United States raised concerns about the final draft. Published next week, it is expected to address the fact that 1998 was the hottest year on record and world temperatures have not yet exceeded it, which scientists have so far struggled to explain.
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Warming lull haunts authors of key climate report. Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising.
The Obama EPA's War on America. Greenhouse gas emissions are primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), a gas vital to all life on Earth, the "food" that vegetation depends upon. It plays no role whatever in a "global warming" that is not occurring. It is emitted by the Earth's many active volcanoes and hot springs. It is exhaled by humans and land animals. It is the product of the combustion of hydrocarbons. As it increased in the atmosphere, the Earth has entered a cooling — not a warming — spell since the late 1990s. Its atmospheric concentration is a very tiny 0.039 percent by volume. It is, however, the justification on which much of the EPA's enforcement activities are based.
Global warming report could backfire on environmentalists. Talk about bad timing. Last month, environmental activists launched a well-funded new attack on Republican "climate change deniers" in hopes of making global warming a big issue in 2014. But as the campaign gets underway, a new report from the world's leading climate scientists could leave environmentalists on the defensive, and the "deniers" more confident and assertive.
A science-based rebuttal to global warming alarmism. Extensive peer-reviewed evidence is presented that climate change is natural and man-made influences are small. Fifteen years of flat temperatures show that the climate models are in error. Each year the world spends over $250 billion to try to decarbonize industries and national economies, while other serious needs are underfunded. Suppose we take a step back and "reconsider" our commitment to fighting climate change?
Don't blame climate change for extreme weather. President Obama has explicitly linked a warming climate to "more extreme droughts, floods, wildfires and hurricanes." The White House warned this summer of "increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather events that come with climate change." Yet this is not supported by science. "General statements about extremes are almost nowhere to be found in the literature but seem to abound in the popular media," climate scientist Gavin Smith of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies said last month. "It's this popular perception that global warming means all extremes have to increase all the time, even though if anyone thinks about that for 10 seconds they realize that's nonsense."
The 50 to 1 Project. What if I could show you that it's 50 times more expensive to try and STOP climate change than it is to ADAPT to climate change? Well I can, in less than 10 minutes, right here in this video.
Study: 114 Out Of 117 Global Warming Predictions Wrong. The Left is habitually on the wrong side of any issue. I've maintained that if these people were blindly flipping a coin to decide their policy positions, over the long term they'd be right half the time. Clearly they deliberately choose positions that are carefully calculated to cause harm. [...] They been to the drawing board and they have conspired to promote a lie calculated to cause maximum harm to industrialized nations to fulfill a political agenda.
Global warming is 'no longer a planetary emergency'. It's official. The scare is over. The World Federation of Scientists, at its annual seminars on planetary emergencies, has been advised by its own climate monitoring panel that global warming is no longer a planetary emergency. [...] This year Dr. Christopher Essex, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario and chairman of the Federation's permanent monitoring panel on climate, gave the Federation's closing plenary session his panel's confirmation that "Climate change in itself is not a planetary emergency."
Overestimated global warming over the past 20 years. Recent observed global warming is significantly less than that simulated by climate models. This difference might be explained by some combination of errors in external forcing, model response and internal climate variability.
Global Warming Is Not The World's Top Problem, Energy Is. Global warming gets all the attention in crisis thinking today but at its heart that is an energy issue too — when anti-science activists in America forced viable alternative energy out of America, it put us firmly on the path of rampant coal usage and higher greenhouse gas emissions. Then they recognized the perils of coal emissions that were used in place of nuclear power and that solar was still not ready and promoted biofuels.
UN IPCC 95% Sure That All Warming Is Caused By Humans. Does this mean that the 17 year pause in statistically significant warming, which some data shows has actually been flatlined and even going down since 2000, is Mankind's fault? Knowing Warmists, the answer would be "yes". No matter what happens with the weather, they'll jump in their fossil fueled vehicles to head to a rally to Blame Mankind.
State asks insurers: Are you ready for climate change? Minnesota has joined four other states in requiring its insurance companies to discuss how extensively they've prepared for climate change. About 70 companies have until Aug. 31 to respond to an eight-question survey.
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Global warming scare is dying. It's been a tough week for the global warming purists. They are getting blowback in Germany, where people are not only getting sick and tired of paying more for electricity — the same strategy that has been destroying the morale of Ontarians paying higher bills — but because people in rural parts of the country are getting increasingly restless as the government insists on building more of those wind energy monstrosities.
EPA Endangerment Finding: At the time of the endangerment
finding there were several dozen global climate models, now there are at least 73. The US has 19. One climate model is sufficient — if it has been validated.
Short Meteorological Memories. By the time the global warming hoax was in its final days, we were being told that mid-winter blizzards were signs of it. Now the charlatans have switched their message, calling it "climate change" and this is so bogus that it defies description. Of course the climate changes!
Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue. To most people, climate change means melting snowcaps and helpless polar bears sweltering under escalating temperatures. But most of the world's populations aren't likely to see an iceberg in their lifetimes, much less a stranded polar bear in the wild. Which explains why the dangers of these environmental changes haven't exactly earned high priority on most people's list of attention-worthy crises.
American Geophysical Union Scraps Science, Now Faith Based. If you realize that the story is not really about global warming, but rather about changing the composition of the atmosphere, it becomes easy to understand why the believers are not disturbed by the fact that global warming, as measured by surface temperature, stopped 16 years ago. They easily find other scientific theories to buttress their faith. They ignore or discredit any science that challenges their faith. They tell us that if we don't stop adding carbon dioxide to the air, we will have extreme weather and the oceans will become acidified. The polar bears will die. The wine will lose its flavor. We will catch exotic diseases. If one theory of doom is refuted, or becomes boring, there are plenty of others to take its place.
Democrat Senator: Republicans Caused The Oklahoma Tornado By Not Believing in Global Warming. One of the great ironies of the global warming debate is that the people who are skeptical of the phenomenon are the ones who make the science-based arguments, while the true believers who incessantly rant about "scientific consensus" all too often sound like this.
Exclusive: China Translates 1,200-Page Rebuttal to Climate Change Agenda. Breitbart News can exclusively report on Tuesday night [6/11/2013] that the Chinese Academy of Sciences has translated and published a Chinese edition of two massive climate change volumes originally published by The Heartland Institute in 2009 and 2011.
Effects of C02 on Nitrous Oxide Emissions. One of the main sources of nitrous oxide is agriculture, which accounts for almost half of its emissions in some countries (Pipatti, 1997). And with N2O originating from microbial [nitrogen] cycling in soil — mostly from aerobic nitrification or from anaerobic denitrification (Firestone and Davidson, 1989) — there is a concern that CO2-induced increases in carbon input to soil, together with increasing [nitrogen] input from other sources, will increase substrate availability for denitrifying bacteria and may result in higher N2O emissions from agricultural soils as the air's CO2 content continues to rise.
Environmental Rules Delayed as White House Slows Reviews. The White House has blocked several Department of Energy regulations that would require appliances, lighting and buildings to use less energy and create less global-warming pollution, as part of a broader slowdown of new antipollution rules issued by the Obama administration.
Gore: Global Warming a 'Threat to Our Survival' Just Like World War II. Comparing "global warming" to World War II, former Vice President Al Gore said America should "mobilize" to combat climate change and put a "price on carbon pollution." [...] "We can save 90 percent of the energy saved being used in most buildings — 25 to 30 percent of all the global warming pollution in the world comes from poorly insulated, poorly constructed buildings. The retrofitting of our buildings and our infrastructure, that's the way to create jobs and the installation of the renewable energy systems."
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Time to stop arguing about climate change, World Bank says. The world should stop arguing about whether humans are causing climate change and start taking action to stop dangerous temperature rises, the president of the World Bank said on Wednesday [6/19/2013].
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Has the climate agenda run out of steam? One of the best levers the progressives have found to muscle us toward more and bigger government is the issue of climate change, formerly known as global warming. After all, as individuals we are powerless to change the weather, but progressives have convinced us that if we all pull together (and stop barbecuing ribs!) we will be able to harness Mother Nature. Such true believers are just as deluded as the advisers of King Canute who thought he could stop the tide just by commanding it to do so.
The Left's War on Science. The environmentalists, like the Communists, believe that human beings have total control over the environment and that the environment determines all. Warmunism, like Communism, originates not from science, but from ideology. The Communists divided industry into two types by ideological classification; the good cooperative Socialist industry and the bad competitive Capitalist industry. The Warmunists similarly ideologically classify two types of industry; environmentally conscious green technology and dirty non-socially conscious brown technology.
'Trougher' Yeo recants on global warming. We're going to see a lot of this in the coming weeks and months: "the even though I've been proved completely wrong, I was right all along really" non-apologetic retraction from all those former full-time climate alarmists — e[.]g[.,] the Met Office; Oxford's Professor Myles Allen; even certain of my Telegraph blogging colleagues — who are now trying to escape from the collapsing edifice of the great AGW scam while trying to salvage as much professional dignity as they can muster.
Chevron Defies California On Carbon Emissions. Chevron is leading a lobbying and public relations campaign to undercut the California mandate aimed at curbing global warming, two years after the state started phasing it in. Research on commercially viable climate-friendly products has come to naught, stymied by the poor economics of coaxing hydrocarbons from plants' stubborn cell walls, according to Chevron officials.
Human-Caused Climate Change Less Than Expected. President Obama is determined to do something about global warming, telling Congress in his State of the Union address that if they won't act on it, he will. The president's refrain is familiar, but unfortunate. Obama continues to ignore new science suggesting that the threat posed by human-caused climate change is substantially less than previously thought.
Numeracy in Climate Discussions — how long will it take to get a 6 deg. C rise in temperature? In articles like [the one] by Sarah Kent in the Wall Street Journal on April 18, 2013, we see a graph with a 6 C temperature rise by 2050 — if we don't reduce "carbon intensity." Indeed, a 6 C temperature rise may well be cause for concern. But anyone with a little background in mathematics and physics should be able to understand how ridiculous a number like 6 C is.
Climate consensus in free-fall. The trenches of anthropogenic global warming are now mostly left populated by green ideologues, a left-dominated media, and bureaucrats who are usually the last to grasp reality.
Sorry global warming. We're just not that into you. [Scroll down] [The writer wonders] how it is that the greenies have been able to cause so much mayhem for so long. I hardly need to list for you here the many terrible things that have been done in the name of "saving the planet" and "combating climate change". We're talking everything from the trashing of our beautiful landscape with wind farms to the thousands of deaths caused by fuel poverty to the sabotage of the global economy.
"Climate change" cools off. These are not happy times for the Church of Global Warming, which has been trying to repackage its manufactured hysteria as "climate change" for several years. But according to the New York Times on Thursday [3/7/2013], we've actually come full circle to where we began in the Seventies: global cooling.
Obama eyes taking millions of acres to save habitat from global warming. A large purchase in Florida's Everglades, for example, is aimed in part at preserving grasses that can help prevent rising water from flooding the area and destroying animal habitat. The new strategy, produced by several federal and state agencies and tribal groups, would expand that program to protect habitat under global warming pressure and used by everything from butterflies and robins to foxes and even coral. For example, more habitat for grizzly bears would be set aside so they can move north as their habitat warms.
Obama admin looking to set aside millions of acres for habitat preservation. The federal government already manages nearly one third of the surface area of the United States, but inefficient federal bureaucrats, dependent on DC for their funding and often motivated by political externalities, do not make the best environmental stewards — far from it.
Federal plan aims to help wildlife adapt to climate change. Developed along with state and tribal authorities, the strategy seeks to preserve species as global warming alters their historical habitats and, in many cases, forces them to migrate across state and tribal borders. Over the next five years, the plan establishes priorities for what will probably be a decades-long effort. One key proposal is to create wildlife "corridors" that would let animals and plants move to new habitats. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel M. Ashe said such routes could be made through easements and could total "much more than 1 million acres." The plan does not provide an estimate of the cost.
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Are ice ages scheduled by government committees?
Kerry on Global Warming: 'The Science Is Screaming at All of Us and Demands Action'. In a statement marking Earth Day, Secretary of State John Kerry pledges to deal "responsibly with the clear and present danger of climate change." The former presidential candidate also notes the "fragile planet we share with the rest of humanity and which we must protect for future generations."
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Climate consensus in free-fall. [Scroll down] As it turns out, even what we have been sold as a climate science "consensus" per se is a myth. In truth, public-money-grubbing researchers, green social engineers, politicized UN bureaucrats and corrupt data fiddlers apart, it has always been thus. Just as the 28-Gate scandal eventually revealed the 28 'experts' that advised the BBC to pin its AGW colours to the alarmist mast was nothing but a green lobby group, so the alleged climate consensus looks increasingly, er... 'fracked'.
Global warming can be dangerous. But, so far as we know, only politically and financially.
The Overwhelming Judgment of Science Rejects Obama's Global Warming Claims. President Barack Obama in his second inauguration address called for new action to "respond to the threat of climate change." Taking advantage of the bully pulpit and a huge national audience, Obama mustered his best possible arguments in a brief case for why addressing global warming is supposedly necessary. Unfortunately for global warming alarmists, Obama's case was exceptionally flimsy. Then again, Obama did not have much to work with, as the overall case for global warming alarmism is exceptionally flimsy.
Waxman: 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.
EPA's carbon regs not based on sound science. Over the past 50 years, there were more new state record lows set than record highs. In fact, roughly 70 percent of the current state record highs were set before 1940.
Obama Unveils His Economy-Killing Cap-And-Tax Plan. A nonexistent crisis is a terrible thing to waste, and in justifying his proposal for a cap-and-tax scheme, President Obama claimed in his State Of The Union that "the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15." He was lying. The fact is, according to new data released quietly last October by Britain's Met Office, the world's natural post-Ice Age warming trend stopped about 16 years ago. From the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.
Government 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.
Climate assessment delivers a grim overview. The Obama administration has implemented several regulations to curtail emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists say have stoked global warming. But the president seldom speaks of climate change. The White House declined to comment on the National Climate Assessment report, saying it had not had a chance to review it.
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Global Warming Alarmists Pick and Choose Data to Support Theory. The "think globally" people become very parochial when the global warming story isn't as scary sounding as the local one. Climate change activists took the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) recent report showing 2012 to be the warmest on record for the continental United States, did a little geographic sleight of hand, and spun it into a Chicken Little story on global warming.
Now even Pravda admits the 'global warming' jig is up. If you didn't know better, you'd almost get the impression that AGW theory has been so crushingly falsified that hard-headed newspaper executives, even ones at papers as painfully right-on as the New York Times, just aren't prepared to fund its promulgation any more. What this means for similarly overstaffed environment desks at other left-wing newspapers one can scarcely begin to imagine.
The crazy climate change obsession that's made the Met Office a menace. From its infamous 'barbecue summer' washout of 2009 to the snowbound winter it failed to predict in 2010 and the recent forecast-defying floods, our £200 million-a-year official weather forecaster has become a national joke. But of all its recent embarrassments, none come close to matching the Met Office's latest one. Without fanfare — apparently in the desperate hope no one would notice — it has finally conceded what other scientists have known for ages: there is no evidence that 'global warming' is happening.
Climate Science vs Politics: The Road Ahead. There is good news and bad news about climate. The good news is that science evidence has made it quite clear that the human contribution to a possible global warming is minor; in fact it cannot even be identified in the data record. The bad news is that the media and politicians pay no attention whatsoever to the science and are marching ahead full-speed with efforts to control CO2 emissions — thereby hurting the economy, destroying jobs, and stunting economic growth.
Global warming and an inconvenient truth. To put it mildly, it is a matter of enormous public interest that the Met Office has revised its predictions of global warming, whispering that new data suggest there will be none for the next five years. After all, the projection implies that by 2017, despite a colossal increase in carbon emissions, there will have been no rise in the planet's surface temperature for almost two decades. Why, then, did the Met Office choose to sneak out this intriguing information on Christmas Eve, knowing there would be no newspapers the next day?
Global warming, the tool of the West. For years, the Elites of the West have cranked up the myth of Man Made Global Warming as a means first and foremost to control the lives and behaviors of their populations. Knowing full well that their produce in China and sell in the West model and its consequent spiral downward in wages and thus standards of living, was unsustainable, the elites moved to use this new "science" to guilt trip and scare monger their populations into smaller and more conservatives forms of living.
Global warming has stalled, admits Met Office. The great global warming debate was blown wide open again yesterday when the Met Office predicted cooler than expected temperatures for the next five years. The Met Office, one of the top cheerleaders for the man-made climate change camp, said global temperatures are likely to be lower than it forecast in December 2011.
Does NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) keep two separate sets of climate books for the USA? What started as an oddity noted for a single month now seems clearly to be systemic over a two-year period. On the eve of what will likely be a pronouncement from NCDC on 2012 being the "hottest year ever", and since what I found is systemic and very influential to the press and to the public, I thought I should make my findings widely known now.
Tesla Motors ... Another Elite Theme in Collapse? Of course, a cursory examination of global warming evidence brings us smack up against an inconvenient truth ... that global warming probably doesn't exist and that even if it did, the amount of manmade carbon in the atmosphere (versus water based greenhouse elements) won't affect the atmosphere's balance one way or another. And that offers the question ... Why bother to make electric autos?
Five fatal flaws the greenhouse effect "theory" MUST address. The GH hypothesis is dead. The GHE paradigm is therefore also dead, as is AGW. All the current, and much touted climate modelling that is ALL based on GHE failed hypothesis is also now dead. They are all dead, because the GHE hypothesis has failed beyond any reasonable doubt.
The Piltdown Warning. The left loves to muster the armies of official "science" to discount conservative values and principles. Man-made global warming, of course, is one example. Natural cycles of warming and cooling are indisputable. [...] Man-made global warming simply fills a need for statists who wish to grow rich and powerful off their demands for power over our lives.
Global Warming? Not a snowball's chance. By "global warming", I mean, of course the kind of runaway, unprecedented, catastrophic warming which George Monbiot et al have been bleating on about for the last two or three decades.
Man-made global warming: Even the IPCC admits the jig is up. [A] leaked draft of the IPCC's latest report AR5 admits what some of us have suspected for a very long time: that the case for man-made global warming is looking weaker by the day and that the sun plays a much more significant role in "climate change" than the scientific "consensus" has previously been prepared to concede.
New Report: Man-made Global Warming Is a Farce. The report is actually a massive compilation of scientific studies and news articles from both public and private sources, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Together they indicate claims of "global warming," "climate change" and "climate disruption" are nothing but a ruse to usher in massive carbon taxes and crippling regulations. Like Pavlov's dog, politicians are conditioned to react to any harsh weather event by drooling for higher taxes, notes the study. Naturally, delegates at the UN conference were not interested in the conclusions of the CFACT study.
Obama's Next Move: the Global Warming Tax. And carrying the water in support of this global scheme are the media, selecting their talking points from a recent World Bank report claiming global temperatures are likely to increase by more than 6 degrees, leading to "extreme heat waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, and life-threatening sea level rise." Given that since 1850 the earth's temperature has only warmed 1.2 degrees (with 88 percent of that warming occurring before 1940), and that the global average temperature has not risen since 1998, a six-degree hike flies in the face scientific sanity.
Environmentalist: Oil Industry as Bad as Apartheid. The theory of manmade climate change has fallen on hard times in recent years: The Climategate scandal, ongoing questions about the quality of the science behind the theory of anthropogenic global warming, further scandals such as Glaciergate, and demands by the United Nations for as much as $76 trillion in wealth transfers from the industrialized nations to the developing world, have done much to undermine public belief in, and toleration for, the theory.
Myths and Facts about Global Warming. Myth 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. Fact: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, warming to 1941, cooling to 1964, warming to 1998 and cooling through 2011. The warming rate from 1964 to 1998 was the same as the previous warming from 1911 to 1941. Satellites, weather balloons and ground stations all show cooling since 2001.Last Night's Presidential Debate Proves That Al Gore's Life Has Been In Vain. Indeed, this is the first time in 24 years that neither candidate thought it fit to mention what Al Gore has billed the biggest threat ever to "human civilization as we know it." That Obama didn't feel the need to devote even a lame half-a-sentence to it in the 270 minutes of free airtime he has gotten shows what a remarkable fall this defining challenge of our generation has enjoyed.
Climate Change: 'Hoax' Or Crime Of The Century? Here are some of the scientific questions at the core of this issue: Is the climate changing? Of course. The climate always has changed and always will. Is the earth getting warmer? We should hope so for at least two reasons: First, the world emerged from the Little Ice Age in the 19th century, so it would be worrisome if it weren't getting warmer. Second, all the history indicates that humans thrive more during warmer periods than colder ones.
Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released. The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week. The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures. This means that the 'plateau' or 'pause' in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.
NOAA's '15 year statement' from 2008 puts a kibosh on the current Met Office 'insignificance' claims. Either the models are worth something or they aren't. In this case it seems they aren't.
Global Warming 'Stopped In 1997'. Global warming stopped 15 years ago, it was claimed last night [10/14/2012]. Met Office figures show that the average temperature between 1997 and 2012 did not rise at all and that the previous warming trend has levelled off. But critics say the Met Office put this research onto the Internet without publicity — in contrast to the attention it gave to figures released six months ago which reinforced the case for global warming.
Yet another paper demonstrates warmer temperatures 1000 years ago and even 2000 years ago. Now another paper, by Esper et al published in the Journal of Global and Planetary Change, shows that not only was the summers of the MWP equal or greater than our current warmth, but that the summers of the Roman Warm Period of 2000 years ago were significantly warmer than today.
Obama: Carbon 'Eating Our Planet,' 'A Threat to Our Children's Future'. President Barack Obama warned his supporters about the threat of global warming and vowed that more money to subsidize green energy firms would prevent it. "By the way, yes, my plan will reduce the carbon pollution that is eating our planet because climate change is not a hoax," Obama said at a campaign rally at the Bank United Arena at the University of Miami.
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I find it almost impossible to imagine how a sane person could conclude that carbon dioxide (or anything else) could be "eating the planet".
Climate Realism. Even with the Kyoto Protocol due to expire at the end of this year, Obama persists in giving highest priority to climate change policy if re-elected. Does the U.S. really want to lead the world in committing economic suicide? It pays to look at the rapidly disappearing scientific rationale for trying to mitigate a putative future global warming.
The Skeptics Are Thrashing The Alarmists In The Global Warming Debate. Rarely will global warming alarmists step into the ring for a live debate that people can watch. There are good reasons for this. When you remove alarmists from the protection of a fawning liberal press and subject them to a debate on equal terms without media filters, embarrassing things tend to happen.
The president decides to stick with climatism. The president's remarks support the ideology of climatism — the belief that manmade greenhouse gases are destroying Earth's climate. Today, the world is in the grip of the madness of climatism. Our president and 191 other world leaders of the United Nations continue to pursue futile policies to stop global warming. Universities preach "sustainable development." Companies tout their "green" programs. Schools teach our children that if we change light bulbs, we can save polar bears. But an increasing body of science shows that the theory of catastrophic manmade warming is nonsense. Climate change is natural, and car emissions are insignificant.
The Skeptic's Case. The serious skeptical scientists have always agreed with the government climate scientists about the direct effect of CO2. The argument is entirely about the feedbacks. The feedbacks dampen or reduce the direct effect of the extra CO2, cutting it roughly in half. The main feedbacks involve evaporation, water vapor, and clouds. In particular, water vapor condenses into clouds, so extra water vapor due to the direct warming effect of extra CO2 will cause extra clouds, which reflect sunlight back out to space and cool the earth, thereby reducing the overall warming.
Winning the AGW Science Debate: Here's How. The science of climate change is not just of academic interest, but has been leading to policies for large-scale changes in energy use and supply — with important economic consequences. The burden of proof for AGW therefore falls on those who call for such policies.
In climate change, we are not to blame. An important process with regards to climate change is the prevalence of naturally occurring multi-decadal periods of fluctuations in both global and local temperature, precipitation, and other climate elements. The usual period of these variations is about 50-70 years or roughly 25-35 years between low to high or high to low periods. The weather 25-35 years ago can often seem different from what we experience today. I have heard many adults say that the weather-climate now is different than when they were a kid. And this is often true. Such multi-decadal periods have always been part of the earth's climate system.
An Engineer's Critique of Global Warming Science: The temperature trend is so slight that, were the global average temperature change which has taken place during the 20th and 21st centuries were to occur in an ordinary room, most of the people in the room would be unaware of it.
How Bad Data Contribute to Global Warming Hysteria: Have you ever wondered, when you see an assertion along the lines of "The Earth has warmed by 1.62 degrees over the last 100 years," how anyone could know that? The literature of global warming alarmism is littered with faux precision; the truth, as you might imagine, is that it is very difficult to get reliable data for the whole Earth over a period of decades if not centuries. Climate realists are generally willing to assume, for the sake of argument, that the Earth has warmed somewhat in recent decades. In fact, though, it is not obvious that even this modest claim is true. Satellite data show no net warming for as long as such data have been collected, i.e., back to 1979. Ocean measurements show no net warming over that period, either; the evidence for warming is based on land measurements.
1100+ Peer-Reviewed Papers Supporting Skeptic Arguments Against ACC/AGW Alarm. This is a gold mine of information that would take weeks to explore.
The Utter Desperation of Global Warming Liars. The more the public grows skeptical of the global warming hoax, the more desperate the charlatans behind it become. There is no global warming if by that one means a sudden, dramatic increase in the overall temperature of the Earth. It is not, nor ever was, caused by an increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere; currently a miniscule 0.038 percent. Climate science has demonstrated that CO2 increases show up centuries after a major change in the Earth's temperature, not before.
The Push for Lame-Duck Global Warming Tax. [Scroll down] Activists cited in this week's story assured us that the meetings had to be secret because "organizers are afraid that if they receive broader attention, participants will face pressure from right-leaning opponents of action on climate change." The story leaned heavily on that partisan line. But the most recent polling reaffirms that "global warming" is still valiantly holding on in its fight to remain politically dead. So it does seem that, by "right-leaning opponents", the various schemers mean "the general public."
Palm Beach County to Hire Global Warming Czar. Palm Beach County has allocated $200,000 of taxpayer money to hire a staffer to address global warming. County officials created the position despite a $15 million county budget deficit. The new global warming czar will direct the county's efforts to reduce global temperature increases and adapt to any warming that may occur. County officials said they are particularly concerned about rapid sea level rise.
The Mother of All Hoaxes. The U.S. is floating on an ocean of oil, but for now it can only be extracted from lands owned privately because the Obama administration has done everything in its power to restrict access to it on federally owned lands and, of course, the billions of barrels locked up off-shore. In exactly the same way that the Obama administration has presided over the loss of billions in subsidies and loan guarantees for the solar panel companies or the ridiculous costs of wind power industry compared to a single coal-burning plant, at the heart of it all has been the claim the global warming is caused by "greenhouse gas" emissions, carbon dioxide, that imperil the Earth.
It's Not What Global Warming Looks Like, It's What Nature Looks Like. Nature does many strange things with the weather, many not well understood. Doesn't mean the earth is in crisis. CO2 is plant food and we need it to feed ourselves and the world, and stupid alarmist attempts to suppress carbon dioxide are a waste of time and effort, not to mention money.
Global Warming? Yeah, right. [The chart in this article] tells you pretty much all you need to know about the much-anticipated scoop by Anthony Watts of Watts Up With That? What it means, in a nutshell, is that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — the US government body in charge of America's temperature record, has systematically exaggerated the extent of late 20th century global warming. In fact, it has doubled it.
Proof that the government has been making inaccurate temperature measurements for years:
U.S. Temperature trends show a spurious doubling due to NOAA station siting problems and post measurement adjustments. [Scroll down] Using Leroy 2010 methods, the Watts et al 2012 paper, which studies several aspects of USHCN siting issues and data adjustments, concludes that: ["]These factors, combined with station siting issues, have led to a spurious doubling of U.S. mean temperature trends in the 30 year data period covered by the study from 1979 - 2008.["]
The debunking of global warming continues. The Cult of Global Warming still has a huge amount of money and political influence, so no landmark on the steady unraveling of their con job should go unremarked. A big one arrived in the form of a study conducted by Anthony Watts and an army of volunteer assistants: the data assembled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and commonly cited for years in support of the global warming scare, is wildly inaccurate. It literally doubled the amount of actual warming that took place over the past half-century.
Here's the real warming blockbuster. If new techniques endorsed by the World Meteorological Organisation are applied to official figures, over half of the global warming reported by US land-based thermometers between 1979 and 2008 simply disappears, researchers have found. The new study used the same raw temperature measurements as US government federal scientific agencies, but the team deployed a revised metric that was better at taking into account the quality of the weather stations that housed the thermometers.
Study Shows Half Of US Warming Is Fake. Anthony Watts, Evan Jones, Steve McIntyre, and Dr. John Christy have a new study up that highlights what most who are interested in science thought: that the temperature record for the United States is artificially inflated, releasing it for crowd sourcing the day before the supposed BEST study was supposed to be released.
Half the trend is due to badly placed thermometers and erroneous adjustments. We always knew thermometers were never meant to be stuck next to air-conditioners. Now we know they shouldn't be recording global warming near airports either. [...] This is one of those blockbuster moments when the pieces come together. For Anthony it's five years work, and overturns so many studies all at once.
More about inaccurate temperature measurements.
Global Warming's Killer: Critical Thinking. The so-called global warming crisis has gotten away with an equally preposterous premise — that human activity drives climate change — for nearly two decades, because that premise at least sounded plausible. [...] Overlooked by many is the very thing that's kept the issue alive all this time. No different from in a ponzi scheme, the public must never lose confidence in the idea that this issue is a problem in need of a solution. The moment anything approaching a majority of people starts asking tough questions about skeptic scientists expressing legitimate opposition, the entire issue goes into a fatal tailspin, taking down all those who unquestioningly defend the idea.
Global Warming Proven! Hottest Summer Ever! — In 1936. All the dry, charty numbers & science blah-blah are at World Climate Report, but here's the interesting part...
If Darwin Was Right, Don't Sweat Global Warming. [Scroll down] If life is the meaningless result of these blind processes, as Darwinism insists, then some species will adapt to a warmer climate and others will die off. Mammals were better-suited to a cooler climate than were the dinosaurs, and so mammals thrived and dinosaurs went extinct. The climate has long cycled between warm and cold periods, and species have adapted to each cycle. Some members of some species on earth right now will thrive if the climate warms, and that includes humans. People who are genetically predisposed to do well in the heat will have more children than those who struggle with it, and so heat-tolerant humans will thrive. From a strictly Darwinian viewpoint, there is just no need to get all hot and bothered about global warming.
MPs have no idea how to meet the 'carbon' target they voted for. The great global warming scare has long been dying on its feet, but that sad fiasco of a conference in Rio last week saw it finally dead and buried. [...] [T]his leaves Britain as the only country in the world committed by law to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 percent in less than 40 years. The Climate Change Act, on the Government's own figures, faces us with a bill of up to £18 billion every year until 2050, making it by far the most costly law ever passed by Parliament.
Feel-Good Environmentalism at the U.N. The United Nations environment summit in Rio this week is a great example of how good intentions can thwart real progress on global problems. What's the world's biggest environmental challenge? Ask the global elites at U.N. conferences, and they're likely to answer: "global warming." [...] But let's put things in perspective. According to statistics from the emergency disasters database, deaths caused by flooding, droughts, heat waves and storms — including the effects of global warming — now account for about one-twentieth of one percent of all deaths in the developing world.
The Greatest Hoax? Global Warming, Says Sen. James Inhofe. [Scroll down] If it wasn't clear that the global warming theory was in trouble when the ClimateGate scandal erupted in 2009, showing the corruption in academia willing to "hide the decline" and suppress scientific studies and views that didn't conform to those of the "warmists," then it should have been when they largely dropped the term "global warming" and replaced it with "climate change." Who, after all, could disagree with the notion that the climate is changing? It has been changing since the beginning of time. One would have to be positively anti-science to make such a suggestion, a term thrown around a lot by the Left to describe the Republicans who ran for president this year.
Feel-Good Environmentalism at the U.N. The United Nations environment summit in Rio this week is a great example of how good intentions can thwart real progress on global problems. What's the world's biggest environmental challenge? Ask the global elites at U.N. conferences, and they're likely to answer: "global warming." [...] But let's put things in perspective. According to statistics from the emergency disasters database, deaths caused by flooding, droughts, heat waves and storms — including the effects of global warming — now account for about one-twentieth of one percent of all deaths in the developing world.
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There have always been floods, droughts, heat waves and storms. They are as natural as snowfall, rainbows and the morning dew. In case you haven't already guessed, I do not believe that any measurable percentage of the world's problems are the result of man-made global warming.
Globally Warmed Over: Hatred Unmasked at Last. Aspiring apparatchiks of the coming world dictatorship, tiring of the hopeless race against facts in their anti-industrial carbon dioxide hoax, have finally given up the pretense of science in favor of pure, old-fashioned doomsday preaching. Having been outlasted by reality in the pseudo-science of "global cooling," undone once again in the pseudo-science of "global warming," and ultimately laughed off the stage in the unfalsifiable quackery of "global climate change," it is apparently time at last for the advocates of tyranny in the name of Gaia to play their last card: global mass hysteria.
Global warming: second thoughts of an environmentalist. According to the IPCC, natural factors hardly play any role in today's climate so we would expect a rather flat and boring climate history. Far from it: real, hard data from ice cores, dripstones, tree rings and ocean or lake sediment cores reveal significant temperature changes of more than 1°C, with warm and cold phases alternating in a 1,000-year cycle. These include the Minoan Warm Period 3,000 years ago and the Roman Warm Period 2,000 years ago. During the Medieval Warm Phase around 1,000 years ago, Greenland was colonised and grapes for wine grew in England. The Little Ice Age lasted from the 15th to the 19th century. All these fluctuations occurred before man-made CO2.
It turns out the 'thought criminals' were right. The global warming scare has not continued to unfold as projected by those bent computer models on which it rested. Temperatures have not risen as predicted, the ice caps aren't melting, nor sea levels rising, nor hurricanes, droughts and heatwaves intensifying as we were assured they would.
Official: the more scientifically illiterate you are, the more you believe in 'climate change'. Turns out that a stunt arranged by the US climate alarmist establishment to discredit sceptics has backfired horribly: ["]A US government-funded survey has found that Americans with higher levels of scientific and mathematical knowledge are more sceptical regarding the dangers of climate change than their more poorly educated fellow citizens.["]
Global Warming: So What? An essay May 9 in the [Virginia] Gazette by Christopher Becke was well-thought-out and reasonable. However, he misses the central issue concerning the global warming debate. The debate is not about science. It is about taking some scientific research and contorting it to fit a biased political agenda of the liberal Democrat Party.
Global Warming: The Evidence is Endless. The world of anthropogenic global climate change crumbled a long time ago. That, in fact, is why we have a theory called "anthropogenic global climate change" in the first place. Thirty-five years ago, it was called global cooling. When the temperature records made minced meat of that "theory," it was put on ice for a few years, as it were. [...] Global warming is indispensable as a political tool, even if it can only be preserved through a fuzzy bait-and-switch operation with global climate change. Nevertheless, the name change provided good backside protection. "Global climate change" takes a perfectly good bit of crackpot neo-religiosity and elevates it to the level of unfalsifiable pseudo-theory — unfalsifiable, as in nothing you could possibly present to the nutters by way of facts can ever be evidence to the contrary. Why not? Because there is no contrary. If cooling, warming, and stasis are all evidence of anthropogenic global climate change, then science has finally followed the rest of the modern world into that realm of inescapable self-incrimination dubbed the Kafkaesque.
Global Warming Melts Away. Wondering where things stand on global warming? Let's go to the science of it. And by "science" I mean physical observations. Nothing complicated. What do thermometers say? What's happening with polar ice caps? And carbon dioxide? [...] In short, both temperature data sets (NASA and Hadley Center) show
1. Minimal global warming over the last 130 to 160 years: about half a degree C per century.
2. No statistically significant global warming in the last 14 to 17 years.
3. Global cooling in the last 9 to 13 years.
The global-warming fight is a thinly disguised anti-capitalist movement.
Destroy the economy, save the planet. By strangling the U.S. economy, President Obama may have single-handedly saved the planet. That's the upshot of a paper recently published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Policy by researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Valladolid in Spain. Congratulations, Mr. President. [...] Forcing adoption of expensive and inefficient sources of power only drags down the economy, which is exactly what global warming's believers want.
Does global warming cause extreme weather? Anthropogenic global warming (AGW) theory supporters are in the midst of a big propaganda campaign leading to a global "Connect the Dots" day on May 5. Their goal is to convince the public that recent extreme weather events are due to global warming and that global warming is man-made. [...] So far, their propaganda campaign has been succeeding.
Why is Obama degrading our satellite capabilities? [Scroll down] While the purveyors of Anthropogenic Global Warming become more vocal, declaring the debate over, they do so as the data becomes more scant. There has been a huge reduction in the number of surface-based temperature stations worldwide in recent years. The loss of actual surface measurements is made up through statistical norming, where we assume a certain temperature from readings at other stations (in other words, a guess) and by greater use of satellite data. Unfortunately for the Warmists, data hasn't been friendly to their cause, and that must be remedied.
Global Warming Dogma and the New Iron Triangle. An iron triangle, in political usage, describes a strong lobbying interest with three mutually supporting components. The iron triangle of interests that promotes government support for global warming consists of big science, environmental organizations, and alternative energy industries. The advocates of global warming are beginning to have the classic doomsday cult problem. The Earth hasn't been warming for 16 years, and that's starting to get very embarrassing. The first adjustment to the dogma was to stop talking about global warming and start talking about climate change.
US ecosystems basically unaffected by global warming, studies show. Scientists monitoring water flow in streams at test sites across the USA have found, unexpectedly, that the global warming seen in the late 20th century had basically no effect on most of the ecosystems they studied.
NASA 1986: All Life Extinct In A Few Decades Due To Global Warming. Milwaukee Sentinel, June 11, 1986.
More Than 1000 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims. More than 1,000 dissenting scientists from around the globe have now challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore. This new 2010 321-page Climate Depot Special Report — updated from the 2007 groundbreaking U.S. Senate Report of over 400 scientists who voiced skepticism about the so-called global warming "consensus" — features the skeptical voices of over 1,000 international scientists, including many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN IPCC.
The Science of Half-Baked Ideas. The more we learn about climate science, the more we learn what a shabby, back-of-the-envelope business it is. ... Fast-forward to climate science in the 1980s. The environmental establishment had just achieved the great goals of clean air and clean water and had transformed the U.S. metropolitan environment. What could it do for an encore? It could apply the same science, public relations, and regulatory tools used for the environmental success and save the planet from catastrophic global warming!
Nasa scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery. Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a "great moral issue" on a par with slavery, according to the leading Nasa climate scientist Prof Jim Hansen. He argues that storing up expensive and destructive consequences for society in future is an "injustice of one generation to others".
He's 100% wrong but scientist is 99% certain droughts are man-made. James Hansen is at it again. Hansen, who runs NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in Manhattan, is usually billed as a climate scientist — not to mention the godfather of the current global warming concern. But Hansen now spends as much time marching in demonstrations and petitioning governments for action on climate change as he does doing research. He engages in plenty of unscientific rhetoric, such as calling trains taking coal to electrical generating stations "death trains" because of the carbon dioxide given off by burning coal to generate power. He has even testified in court in Britain on behalf of environmentalist vandals who sought to infiltrate a power plant and cause it to shut down.
Climategate Heads to Court. One way or another, the truth will come out. And when it does, we will witness a major earthquake that will encompass IPCC scientists, politicians in America and Europe, and the U.N. Let's hope we don't have to wait too long for this to happen.
Global Weirding: the new Big Lie. They're calling it Global Weirding now, as I suppose, inevitably they were bound to do in the end. Well "global warming" stopped working in 1989 when the globe stopped warming. Climate change was always a bit of a non-starter because climate does change regardless of whether or not we all drive 4 x 4s, or buy carbon offsets...
Global warming greed. It's only now becoming clear how many people have become rich thanks to the global-warming scare. Politicians from both parties have been so afraid of being labeled a "denier" that they'll vote for any piece of legislation bearing the trendy green label. The numbers are adding up fast.
Global Warming and National Suicide. The apocalyptic vision to which we subscribe has a superficial scientific gloss — "climate change" — but at bottom, both visions prescribe economic suicide, and both promise that self-sacrifice will bring about a golden age.
New temperature record confirms world HAS warmed 0.75C since 1900. Updated records of global temperatures stretching back more than 160 years confirm the world has warmed by 0.75[°] celsius since 1900, scientists said today [3/19/2012].
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I don't doubt that figure at all; however, I believe if you put the temperatures on a graph, they will show that most of the warming in the 20th century occurred before 1940 -- so the internal combustion engine had little or nothing to do with it. And even if the warming occurred at a linear rate over the last 112 years, that's still only two-thirds of a degree per century. Negligible.
CO2 is not a Greenhouse Gas that Raises Global temperature. Period! There are two groups in the climate debate: those who believe human CO2 is causing global warming/climate change and those who don't, respectively labeled Warmists and Skeptics. Warmists try to deny the difference, arguing skeptics are simply wrong. They refuse to debate, claiming the debate is over, which is like saying the science is settled. Both sides believe CO2 is a greenhouse gas causing warming, but disagree on the amount. Warmists claim it explains 90 percent, Skeptics an insignificant amount.
Why I am so rude to Warmists. [Scroll down] It was prompted when I very vocally expressed my disgust at one of the standard phrases trotted out by Warmists and other eco-loons in these debates: the one about "preserving the planet for future generations". The reason this cant phrase makes me want to throw up every time I hear it is that it's such a grotesque inversion of reality. It's not people on my side of the debate who want to ravage the countryside with wind farms (with no provision for decommissioning them), rein in economic growth, introduce wartime-style rationing, raise taxes, destroy farmland and rainforests to create biofuels, and base heinously expensive public policy on hysteria and junk science. It's not people on my side of the debate who are condemning those "future generations" to a lower standard of living and an uglier environment in order to deal with a problem that doesn't exist.
Obama Skins the Cat. Much of White House policy is driven by pathological fear of global warming and the unreasonable compulsion to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, a non-toxic natural constituent of the atmosphere and an absolute necessity for the survival of plants, animals, and humans. Never mind that there's no significant evidence that any recent warming has been caused by CO2 increases — or indeed, that any such warming would endanger human health and welfare. In addition, it should be quite obvious that any attempt by the U.S. to reduce its emissions unilaterally is an exercise in futility and self-delusion: it would have little measurable impact on the ongoing rise of global atmospheric CO2 and would certainly not affect climate in any way.
Concerned Scientists Reply on Global Warming. [Scroll down] There have been many times in the past when there were warmer decades. It may have been warmer in medieval times, when the Vikings settled Greenland, and when wine was exported from England. Many proxy indicators show that the Medieval Warming was global in extent. And there were even warmer periods a few thousand years ago during the Holocene Climate Optimum. The fact is that there are very powerful influences on the earth's climate that have nothing to do with human-generated CO2.
Global warming — the great delusion. [Scroll down] In fact, global warming is the most widespread mass hysteria in our species' history. The fever that these legions of warmists warn of does not grip the globe, but rather their own brains and blinkered imaginations. And like every mass delusion, there is danger — danger that Man will be convinced by these climate cultists to turn his back on the very political, economic, and scientific institutions that made him so powerful, so wealthy, so healthy.
The Royal Society and Climate Change: As the Society's independence has disappeared, so has its former adherence to hard-nosed empirical science and a sober detachment from the political process. Gone is its former focus on natural philosophy as a way to solve the world's problems and in its place is a new science that seeks to conjure up, in the words of Mencken, 'an endless series of hobgoblins' — a stream of apocalyptic visions with which to assail the public.
Global Warming? No Natural Predictable Change. An extensively peer-reviewed study published last December in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics indicates that observed climate changes since 1850 are linked to cyclical, predictable, naturally occurring events in Earth's solar system with little or no help from us.
Peak Climate? Massive subsidy spending by government in so-called alternative sources of energy — like solar panels and wind power — drives up our national debt by billions annually, while corporate average fuel economy standards which dictate how many miles per gallon a manufacturer's overall fleet of cars must achieve have made cars less safe in case of an accident. Both have redistributed capital from what could be more productive pursuits into a vain attempt to turn the clock back to a pattern of weather which was more hospitable.
America's Energy Future is Bright, if Government Doesn't Shut it Down. There is no scientific evidence that the use of fossil fuels in our country has a negative effect on our climate. Our efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are foolish. A simple volcanic eruption will cancel a decade of effort in this regard.
Two more scientist change sides in the AGW debate. Evidence is building toward the robust climate theory, which would mean that while there may be more CO2 being emitted, it has little to no effect on the overall climate. That, of course, is contrary to the AGW crowd's theory.
U.Va. professor throws cold water on global warming. Earth might be slightly warmer, and sea levels might be slightly higher, but the changes are natural and should not be blamed on fossil-fuel emissions, a panel of scientists and skeptics said at a public forum Tuesday [1/24/2012]. "Human influence on the climate is very, very small — barely detectable," S. Fred Singer, a critic of global warming and professor emeritus at the University of Virginia, told an audience at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library.
There's no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to 'decarbonize' the world's economy.
No Need to Panic About Global Warming. A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about "global warming." Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.
The Fraudsters Who Invent the "Science" of Climate Change. I live in Canada. Twenty-thousand years ago my country was 98% covered with ice. That ice has been melting and retreating all on its own for twenty thousand years. The Egyptians, remember, only came into the picture 5,000 years ago. The Romans ruled 2,000 years ago. So if the ice at the Northern end of the globe has been shrinking for the past 20,000 years why do we suddenly imagine that what's going on at this very moment is our fault? And yet when's the last time you've seen a talking head on the television ask that question?
Robert Howarth: the Al Gore of fracking!
Killing drilling with farcical 'science'. The academic face of the anti-fracking movement — Cornell marine ecologist Robert Howarth — increasingly looks like he's willing to turn science into farce. ... Last week, Howarth released another scientifically questionable study, now warning that fracking could push the world over a tipping point, sending temperatures irreversibly higher — an inflammatory and demonstrably incorrect assertion.
California Issues Clown Car Mandate. [I]f we've learned anything in recent years, it's that industrial policy and telling consumers what they need and must have vs. what they want and find useful doesn't work. Only the marketplace can accurately pick winners and losers. The government, having no competition, usually picks losers. We have also learned that climate change is an overhyped fantasy based on ideology rather than science. Yet the fraudulent science behind it is used to distort the economy and misallocate resources toward green energy and green products that cannot compete on their own merits.
The Coup de Grace for Global Warming Catastrophe? It is a typically dense article filled with all of the usual qualifiers, but several things make this a bombshell and a blow to the catastrophist narrative. First, this study was conducted by the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis of Environment Canada, which is Canada's EPA, so the climate campaigners can't use their favorite talking point that this comes from a private, fossil-fuel funded skeptic outfit. Second, there is no disguising that the finding of this model, along with recent similar studies, that global warming is overestimated by roughly a factor of two in the usual models the IPCC uses.
Obama's War on U.S. Energy. Global warming claims, the basis for EPA rule-making regarding emissions, have all been refuted and debunked. Antarctic sea ice is at a near-record extent and is expanding; so too for Arctic ice. The polar bear population is thriving. Sea levels are actually dropping. Global temperatures have been holding steady for a decade and the Earth has been in a cooling cycle since 1998. The frequency of U.S. hurricanes has declined along with the frequency of tornadoes. There is no evidence the Earth is experiencing unusual weather. This list of climate lies is a very long one.
Green Energy Skepticism. Ivar Giaever, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, resigned from the American Physical Society because of its position on global warming. So did University of California professor Hal Lewis. When Lewis resigned, he said that the global warming movement was a "scam" and a "pseudoscientific fraud." Even so, our government is imposing strict controls to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of staving off global warming even though earth's atmosphere is cooling. Meanwhile, the cost to you and me is higher energy prices, higher inflation, a lower standard of living, and fewer new jobs, since every product we buy has an energy cost component.
The Slow, Certain Death of the Global Warming Theory. Universities across America have entire departments and units devoted to keeping the global warming fraud alive. The mainstream press is heavily invested in it. Schools continue to frighten children with its claims. All this and other efforts will fail because science — real science — does not support it.
Obama 'End of America-Ism": Sad Variant of Global Warming Alarmism. To believe the global warming alarmists in our midst is to believe that we, the inhabitants of the earth, are its worst enemy. Supposedly the inexorable rush toward free markets around the world will prove to be the earth's noose as the carbon dioxide explosion wrought by (among other things) automobiles will warm the planet on the way to its destruction. Notable there is the simple reality that in modern times, despite a massive proliferation of cars around the globe, the earth has only warmed a very modest amount; roughly 1 degree.
The Make-Believe World of Global Warming. What is perhaps the biggest hoax in history is unraveling before us today. It has been a terrible and destructive fraud on the people. The evidence is now clear that the idea that we have global warming to a dangerous degree which is caused by man-made "greenhouse gasses," and that it can be changed by cutting down on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, is decisively flawed, if not a complete fraud in all aspects. There is no question that it has been fraudulently presented to the people. The resulting regulations have cost the people billions of dollars, and regulations are proposed that would cost many billions more. The total sum is so astronomical that it is hard to comprehend. It has also been the reason why we have not pursued more sensible energy policies, and needed development of our natural resources to supply our own energy at a reasonable cost.
Everything you ever needed to know about man-made global warming in one sentence: Man-made global warming is scientific fraud propounded by 'scientists' unfit to shine Einstein's shoes, promoted by misanthropic scoundrels, anti-energy wastrels and hippies with an Oedipal complex about Mother Earth.
Tent Collapsing on Climate Change Circus. [Scroll down] The US "has" abundant energy supplies; the EU "has not." The EU has to depend on schemes like carbon trading, about which Rob Elsworth of the climate-campaign group Sandbag in London said: "is a pretty important revenue stream for most member states." He asks, "If you take away this green-economy narrative, what's really left of Europe?" The EU's economic crisis provides the US with living proof that we do not want to play in the global-government game where the "haves" are expected to carry the "have nots."
Children just aren't going to know what sun is. When are all those "climate" "scientists" at institutions like the University of Easy Access finally going to eat crow? Actually this question is entirely rhetorical since I already know the answer: when h--- freezes over. Consider, for example, the fate of Dr David Viner — the University of Easy Access climatologist responsible for the most-read-ever story in the Independent when, in 2000, he famously deployed his meteorological expertise to tell us: "Children just aren't going to know what snow is." And where did "Nostradamus" Viner go? Well, for a time he was in charge of disseminating climate change propaganda at taxpayers' expense for the British Council.
Even the Warmists Don't Believe In Global Warming. The Durban conference was the seventeenth conference of its kind. They have been held annually since 1995 in places such as Geneva (in July 1996) and Bali (in December 2007). Don't hold your breath for one to be held in Newark, New Jersey, or Fargo, North Dakota. The meeting in Durban provided an opportunity for Progressives to make their latest argument that ordinary people should surrender their freedom and hand all money and power over to unelected, unaccountable "experts" like, well, the people at the conference. This is, of course, in order to "save the planet" from "climate change".
Modern-day climate change witch hunt. [Scroll down] Perhaps the reason the public's cynicism towards environmentalism goes up a notch whenever it snows is because for the past 10 years, before the recent big freezes set in, environmentalists told us we'd never see snow again. "Snow is starting to disappear from our lives", declared the Independent in March 2000, quoting an expert from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia — a major producer of climate-change info — saying that "children just aren't going to know what snow is". Mark Lynas, one of Britain's chief climate-change alarmists, told us in 2004 to prepare for life on a "hotter planet" in which "the traditional British winter [is] probably gone for good".
Salvaging The Mythology Of Man-Caused Global Warming. If you read this column completely and carefully today, you will learn about the true state of the scientific debate over global warming. You will not get the truth about that from the Washington Post, the New York Times, or the rest of the self-regarded "establishment" media. They are devoted to the fun and games of play acting as if there is no legitimate scientific debate over whether mankind's use of low cost, reliable energy from oil, coal and natural gas portends catastrophic global warming that threatens life on the planet as we know it.
Climate 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.
Vote Blue, Go Green, Ruin Britain. On the deck of a Baltic cruise ship, I first read reports of Scottish Power's dramatic gas and electricity price rises. Instead of experiencing a wave of fury, as no doubt I would have done at home, what I felt instead was the sort of detached, sardonic amusement an alien might feel on viewing from outer space a once-great civilisation destroying itself over an issue of immeasurable triviality. That issue, of course, is "Climate Change". Never before in history, I doubt, has so much money ever been squandered, so much suffering and poverty exacerbated, so much economic damage been inflicted, so many lies promulgated and so much environmental destruction wrought in order to deal with a problem so microscopically miniscule.
15 Quotes From Conservatives On The Global Warming Hoax. Liberal luddites who hate capitalism and industry have spent billions to spread global warming propaganda, despite the fact that it looks more like a fraud, a scam, and a hustle every year. Not only do those on the Left use their control of the mainstream media and the school system to push this nonsense, they've even found a way to rig the scientific process. If you say global warming is happening and it's caused by man, you're deluged with money for research, members of the media are dying to talk to you, and you're patted on the back. If you take the opposite position, the grant money dries up, you can't get published, and you're attacked non-stop as a "denialist." Fortunately, people have started catching on to the game and the public has become much more skeptical about manmade global warming.
All Aboard the Climate Gravy Train. [Scroll down] What about climate scientists? Well, university lecturers and professors earn an average of $49.88 an hour over a 1,600-hour work year, for a total salary of about $80,000. In the public sector, "atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary" earn considerably more than the average university teacher ($70.61 per hour). They also work much less (1,471 hours each year), and despite their lower workload, they pull down about $104,000 a year. Climate scientists' hourly pay ranks them higher than business-school teachers at public universities, who earn $63.35 an hour, but not public-sector law-school professors, who earn over $100 an hour.
This Week in Climate News. A question I frequently get from time to time is how much the U.S. government is spending on the whole climate change racket, and the answer is: nobody knows. ... There's a new report just out from the Government Accountability Office that puts the number at $8.8 billion in 2010, and a cumulative $103 billion since 2003.
Huge increase in electric bills seen in the next few years. [Scroll down] There is also a chance that actual shortages — you know, the kind that occur regularly in Third World countires — might hit the grid with rolling blackouts, brownouts, and perhaps even regulations that would outlaw HDTV's, certain refridgerators [sic], and other appliances that consume a lot ot electricity. Yes, but at least we'll stop global warming in its tracks... or not. For every atom [sic] of CO2 we stop emitting in the US, China and India will put two into the atmosphere. Their economies will boom. Ours will shrivel. Has there ever been a great nation that committed economic suicide for no real reason?
Global Warming Hysterics — Where's The Fire? The worst-case accepted 'guesstimate' for the effect of man-made CO2 on the world's climate is 0.74°C over the last 100 years, with statistical error bars of +/- 0.18°C. Because of this minuscule level of supposed global warming over the last century, all of humanity must be financially punished for the next century — of course paying trillions of dollars to the holier-than-thou liberals (who just coincidentally all the while become rich and powerful).
The Faux Panic Of Global Warming. The fact is, within the ability to measure a global temperature anomaly, the last 100 years has been the same temperature, with short cool and warm periods that actually follow the gyrations of the ocean currents. A sort of 'duh!' realization when you consider (a) the mass of water compared to air and (b) the heat content of water compared to air. The engine of our climate is contained in the reservoir of heat captured and being held in our oceans, not in the marginal atmospheric gas called CO2.
Climate Change: an emetic fallacy. [Scroll down] You'd need to be very set in your belief system indeed to come away from one of Professor Ian Plimer's feisty, funny engaging lectures and not be convinced that the whole idea of AGW is a complete crock. Same goes for Professor Nils Axel Morner's hilarious, crazy-Swede lecture on his experiences measuring sea-level rises in the Maldives (there hasn't been any: whatever the Maldives president and his underwater cabinet tell you). Same also goes for Prof Svensmark: really his cosmic ray theory is gloriously compelling. In other words there is still an enormous amount of uncertainty out there about the chaotic system which causes climate. But here's the rub: global policy makers are acting as if there isn't.
How climate change zealots are wrecking every last industry this country possesses. Rather overshadowed by events at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester last week was a line in George Osborne's speech which could mark the start of a long overdue political transformation in Britain. The Chancellor acknowledged that a decade of environmental laws had been piling unnecessary costs on households and companies, adding that Britain was not going to save the planet by putting ourselves out of business. He was referring in particular to the Climate Change Act, famously passed by the House of Commons in October 2008 by 463 votes to three, even as the snow was falling outside. By the Government's own estimate, it would cost £404 billion to implement -- £760 per household every year for four decades.
10 Stupid Ideas that led to the Global Economic Meltdown. [#2] The Climate Change Act. This is arguably the most expensive, suicidal and pointless piece of legislation in British parliamentary history. Its attempts to "decarbonise" the UK economy are based on junk science (the connection between anthropogenic CO2 and runaway global warming is nothing more than threadbare conjecture) and, by the government's own estimates (so double it, at least, for the real costs) will cost the British taxpayer £18 billion every year for the next forty years. It will do nothing to stave off global warming, just further cripple an already ailing economy and impose higher energy costs on people who can ill afford it.
The Global Warming Hoax In Charts. The remarkable thing about the anthropogenic global warming hoax is that it isn't even a close call. Anyone who takes the trouble to investigate the science will quickly learn that the alarmist position is a fraudulent one, driven, I think, by the billions of dollars that are thrown at those who are willing to sell out scientific method in support of the statist line. Hiding the decline is way more lucrative than presenting objective, and unalarming, scientific findings.
Global Warming Alarmism Continues To Backfire. A new Gallup poll is delivering bad news to global warming alarmists, showing Americans are becoming more and more skeptical of hysterical global warming claims. The alarmists are bemoaning these results and saying they need to be more forceful and creative in delivering their message of doom and gloom. But the global-warming religionists are losing credibility with the American public precisely because they are too forceful and creative in delivering speculative global warming claims, not because they are too conservative and demure.
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2015 by Andrew K. Dart
Whatever Happened To Global Warming? One of the many great pleasures for those of us on the "Realist" side of the debate over man-made global warming has been watching the contortions of the "Warmists" as they try to explain away a very inconvenient truth: There has been no statistically significant global warming in more than a decade. Yes, you read that right: "global warming" stopped in around 1998. This, as you can imagine, has proved somewhat of an embarrassment for all those various interest groups — grant-hungry scientists, rent-seeking businesses, publicity-grabbing environmental NGOs — whose livelihood depends on the public's continued belief that a) the world is getting hotter and b) it's all our fault.
California's long-term cooling trend cited as evidence for global warming. Whenever evidence of cooling is found in the data, it somehow magically becomes confirming proof of global warming, because cooling is "expected" in the forecasts. Of course, whenever localized warming trends are found, those too are cited as evidence of global warming. Which leads me to my Global Warming Spin Axiom: Hot we win, cold you lose!
Singing the Climate Blues. The trouble and even the tragedy of Al Gore is that he comes at the tail end of this tradition; he is a living example of what you get when a worldview outlives its time. He presses the old buttons and turns the old cranks, but the machine isn't running any more. ... Judging from his Rolling Stone essay he has no idea why the climate movement failed, and no clue at all about how he could re-think the issue.
New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism. NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.
A Man-Made Energy Crisis. The entire climate-change movement, fairly or not, is now in shambles, thanks to serial scandals about faked research, consecutive record cold and wet winters in much of Europe and the United States, and the conflict-of-interest, get-rich schemes of prominent global-warming preachers such as Al Gore.
Global Warming Retakes. Dr. [Roger] Pielke stated that "climate changes — always has, always will," and went on to claim that "you cannot prove how much warming is human-caused." His views were supported by the statements of Dr. John Christy of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. "The past thirty-two years, temperature has risen 9/100ths of a degree per decade," Dr. Christy reported. Dr. Christy then outlined possible alternate reasons than global warming for the slight temperature rise, including changing land use and naturally-occurring circulation problems.
Global Warming, R.I.P. Have you noticed that you rarely hear "global warming" mentioned on radio or television and the term rarely occurs any more in the print media? One reason is that it has been replaced with "climate change" and the other reason is that the only people talking about climate change seem to be leaders of governments like the United States or Australia. To borrow a line from Shakespeare, I come to bury global warming, not to praise it.
A new religion complete with evangelists, tithes, indulgences and superstitions. [Scroll down] Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, said before the Copenhagen summit in 2009 that we have "50 days to save the world". Copenhagen was of course a complete flop and yet we are all still here, although his government is no longer with us. Similar predictions of impending doom have come and gone. Then we have the language used by the warmists themselves. For years the public was warned of the dangers of "global warming" and indeed such warnings were easy to believe as year after year the weather kept getting warmer. However since 1998 temperatures have been falling and the seasons have been getting noticeably colder in the Northern hemisphere.
The Warmist Cult. [Scroll down] In a similar manner, the global warmist cult has its false prophets as well. George Soros-sponsored climatologist James Hansen leads with the prediction that we only have two more years before it will be too late to save the world from a fiery fate. I would be more inclined to take him seriously if he hadn't previously made a number of erroneous apocalyptic pronouncements. In the mid-1980's he confidently proclaimed that the Earth would be 2 to 4 degrees warmer by 2010 and New York City highways would be under water. Leading global warming proponent and climate scientist Phil Jones ... confessed last year that no warming of the Earth has actually occurred for the past fifteen years.
The real cost of 'global warming'. The renewable energy industry is helping to destroy the UK economy and drive up unemployment says a new report. For every one of David Cameron's "green jobs" created in the renewable energy sector (mainly solar and wind), another 3.7 jobs are being lost in the real economy, says the independent study by Verso Economics. In total, measurable policies to promote renewable energy cost £1.4 billion in the UK and £168 million in Scotland in 2009/10. But this doesn't take into account the additional economic damage inflicted by the erection of enormous, bird-chopping monstrosities all over some of Britain's most attractive tourist spots — including, for example, the hitherto unspoilt island of Tiree.
The Death of Global Warming. The global warming movement as we have known it is dead. ... The movement died from two causes: bad science and bad politics. After years in which global warming activists had lectured everyone about the overwhelming nature of the scientific evidence, it turned out that the most prestigious agencies in the global warming movement were breaking laws, hiding data, and making inflated, bogus claims resting on, in some cases, no scientific basis at all.
Yes, Virginia, A Climate Cover-Up. [Michael] Mann was at the heart of the ClimateGate scandal when e-mails were unearthed from Britain's Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. ... Mann was the architect behind the famous "hockey stick" graph that was produced in 1999 but which really should be called the "hokey stick." Developed by Mann using manipulated tree-ring data, it supposedly proved that air temperatures had been stable for 900 years, then soared off the charts in the 20th century.
A Mini-Interview With Dennis Avery. [Scroll down] If this were a human caused warming, it should have started about 1940 and trended strongly upward as global industrialization followed World War 2. That isn't what happened. The warming started about 1850. We had a surge of warming from about 1850 to 1870. We had another surge from 1916 to 1940 and then, when the greenhouse gasses began to spew from the factories, the temperatures went down for 35 years. 1976 to 1998, we had another surge of warming, but we've had no warming in the last 8 years. So, what we have is an erratic warming that started too soon to be blamed on humans and is not following in the footsteps of the CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
Was 2010 the Hottest Year Ever? According to the world's best-known climate change mouthpiece, 2010 was the hottest year on record. Wrong. It's yet another example of a political activist with a Ph.D. donning a magician's cape to try pull one over on the audience. ... In fact, according to the National Climatic Data Center, the warmest decade on record was the 1930s, with twenty-two of the now 50 states recording their highest temperature ever during those years. Thirty-eight states recorded their all-time highs before 1960. Likewise the hottest year on record was 1934. Even Jim Hansen's NASA unit has been forced to acknowledge this.
The Great 'Climate Change' Taxpayer Rip-Off of 2011. Along with all the other things in the federal budget wish list for fiscal 2011 are millions to be spent on climate change. It helps to understand how obscene this is if you pause to consider (1) there is not one thing anyone can do about climate change, (2) climate change has been researched and studied since the late 1980s, producing enough reports to fill an entire wing of the Library of Congress, and (3) the only climate change Americans really need to know about is what the weather will be tomorrow.
Unscientific hype about the flooding risks from climate change will cost us all dear. As the great global warming scare continues to crumble, attention focuses on all those groups that have a huge interest in keeping it alive. Governments look on it as an excuse to raise billions of pounds in taxes. Wind farm developers make fortunes from the hidden subsidies we pay through our electricity bills. A vast academic industry receives more billions for concocting the bogus science that underpins the scare. Carbon traders hope to make billions from corrupt schemes based on buying and selling the right to emit CO2.
We Are Lost In A New Age Of Sophistry. England is freezing and snowy. But that's odd, since global warming experts assured that the end of English snow was on the horizon. Australia is flooding — despite predictions that impending new droughts meant it could not sustain its present population. The New York Times just published an op-ed assuring the public that the current record cold and snow are proof of global warming. In theory, they could be, but one wonders: What, then, would record winter heat and drought prove?
Computer Models And Atmospheric Circulation: A Major Failure. We still don't understand how the atmosphere circulation works so it is incredible that the computer modelers imagined it could be simulated. ... The Greenhouse Effect compares the atmosphere to a greenhouse but they don't compare in a multitude of ways. The atmosphere is mostly heated by circulation that doesn't occur in a greenhouse. More important, transfer of most of the heat is by evaporation and wind.
The Great 'Climate Change' Taxpayer Rip-Off of 2011. The entire global warming hoax was and is based on "climate modeling", all of which consistently found that the Earth was warming at an alarming rate. Except that the Earth is NOT warming. It has been cooling since 1998. And DOE intends to waste $627 million on more modeling. It is worth noting that the most sophisticated models of the National Weather Bureau still cannot predict with any confidence what the weather — not the climate — will be next week.
How Much of Your Money Wasted on 'Climate Change'? Try $10.6 Million a Day. The numbers are staggering. In 2011, your government will spend $10.6 million a day to study, combat, and educate about climate change. The big winner in the climate change money train is the National Science Foundation — they are requesting $1.616 billion. They want $766 million for the Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability program, a 15.9% increase from their last budget. They also need another $370 million for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), an increase of 16%. They say they also need another $480 million for Atmospheric Sciences, an increase of 8.1%, and Earth Sciences, up 8.7%. Oh, and $955 million for the Geosciences Directorate, an increase of 7.4%.
How can climate scientists spend so much money? $480 million here, $765.5 million there, throw in another $10 million for climate education and you've got $1.25 billion dollars spent on climate change research just at the NSF [National Science Foundation], just in one year!
One Week in Kansas. To believe or assert that global warming of two degrees per century would wipe out any plant or animal, you first must believe that today's temperatures are "just right."
Climate Change Legal Boondoggle. Trial lawyers and their academic abettors are salivating over the potential for "hundreds of billions of dollars" in legal claims for compensatory losses due to climate change — according to a report by Richard Inham of the AFP. ... Thus as the industial world struggles to recover from the worst recession in generations, private enterprise will have to fend off thousands of spurious claims lodged by activist liberal lawyers in frivilous lawsuits over droughts, floods, and other weather-events normally classified legally as "Acts of God".
Price Of Junk Science. After the 1998 tobacco deal, many wondered where the next battleground for the shakedown lawyers would be. Few wonder now. The legal war over climate change is heating up — and it'll be costly.
Browner Resignation, Obama Omission Could Spell the End of Global Warming Policy. The abrupt resignation of Carol Browner, President Barack Obama's global warming czar, and the omission by Obama of global warming from his State of the Union speech on Tuesday [1/25/2011] could mean that the White House has given up on global warming, according to climate change analysts.
Do You Believe In Magic Numbers? The 20-year late twentieth century warming supposedly justifies demands that we stop using hydrocarbon fuels, halt US economic growth, hold back Third World development, ban incandescent light bulbs, blanket the planet with unreliable wind turbines and solar panels, make recompense to poor nations for emitting CO2 and "causing global climate disruption," and even consider "geo-engineering" (putting dust particles or tiny mirrors into space to block the sun's rays) to prevent warming that stopped in 1995. Even though no reliable or factual evidence shows that this recent warming was (primarily) human-caused!
Global Warming Died; Women, Children, Al Gore Hardest Hit. 2010 was "The Year 'Global Warming' Died," according to Stacy McCain. I hope he's right, but if he is, I'd say November of of 2009 certainly accelerated the long overdue enviro-euthanasia process.
Time for global warming lobby to admit they could be wrong, says meteorologist. Here's something you'll never hear from the Met Office. Joe Bastardi, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, has laid into the the global warming lobby for making absurd claims, especially their assertion that the cold weather is caused by global warming.
The climate bugaboo is the strangest intellectual aberration of our age. Perspective, the Olympian capacity to see events as they affect not just us and our mates but everyone, and not just in the excitement of the present but sub specie aeternitatis, in the long, calm, kindly shadow of eternity: this has gone from what passes for education in the West. The climate bugaboo, the strangest intellectual aberration of our age, rampages because in the me and now we have cast aside three once-universal forms of learning that gave us perspective: a Classical education, to remind us that in reason and logic there is a difference between true and false; a scientific education, to show us which is which; and a religious education, to teach us why the distinction matters. With perspective, no one would waste a single second of his own time or a red cent of other people's money trying, Canute-like, to make "global warming" go away.
The Nazi Origins of Apocalyptic Global Warming Theory. One of the primary pioneering theorists on apocalyptic global warming is Guenther Schwab (1902-2006), an Austrian Nazi. In 1958, Schwab wrote a fictional novel built off of Goethe's (1749-1832) Faustian religious play entitled "Dance with the Devil." While a few scientists since the late 1800's had contemplated the possibility of minor global warming coming from industrial pollution, Schwab used Goethe's dramatic approach to convert the theory into an apocalyptic crisis. The book outlines many looming environmental emergencies, including anthropogenic global warming.
The Climate Cash Cow. Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change, told the Neue Zurcher Zeitung last week: "The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War." After all, redistributing global wealth is no small matter. Edenhofer let the environmental cat out of the bag when he said "climate policy is redistributing the world's wealth" and that "it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization."
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.
Senators spar during hearing over alleged 1970s global cooling consensus. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee members sparred Wednesday over whether there existed a consensus in the 1970s that the earth was cooling. During the hearing, Republican Sens. James Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Barrasso of Wyoming questioned the supposed need to enact policies to combat global warming by pointing to similar predictions in the 1970s of a global cooling phenomenon.
UN IPCC Official Admits 'We Redistribute World's Wealth By Climate Policy'. If you needed any more evidence that the entire theory of manmade global warming was a scheme to redistribute wealth you got it Sunday [11/14/2010] when a leading member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told a German news outlet, "[W]e redistribute de&Nbsp;facto the world's wealth by climate policy."
The Utter Futility of Reducing Carbon Emissions. Even with the calculations used by the warmists, virtually nothing would happen if man never produced another CO2 molecule.
'Climate Change Experts' Call for End to Developed World Economic Growth. This would be really funny if it weren't for the fact that so many supposedly informed people, including our president and those who surround him, may actually buy into ideas being proposed at the United Nations-sponsored Cancun climate conference, and will relish the means by which they could be put into place.
The Green Bubble is about to Burst. There is a revolution coming that is likely to burst the green global warming bubble: the temperature trend used by the IPCC (the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) to support their conclusion about anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is likely to turn out to be fake. The situation will become clear once Virginia's attorney general, Kenneth Cuccinelli, obtains information now buried in e-mails at the University of Virginia. Or Hearings on Climategate by the U.S. Congress may uncover the "smoking gun" that demonstrates that the warming trend used by the IPCC does not really exist. It has become increasingly clear that any observed warming during the past century is of natural origin and that the human contribution is insignificant. It is doubtful that any significant warming is attributable to greenhouse gases at all.
Time For Economic Restoration, Now Climate Change Deception Exposed. There are simple steps essential to the US rebuilding energy sources and resources.
1. Put Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma in charge of a Commission to get climate and energy policies back from the edge of disaster. He is the only politician who understood the climate corruption and spoke out about it despite ridicule and nasty attacks.
2. Immediately cancel all plans for Cap and Trade or similar strategies.
3. Withdraw from the IPCC and cancel all research on climate carried out by government agencies.
10. Reverse the Supreme Court decision that CO2 is a toxic substance. It was based on the falsified work of the IPCC. This will remove control of CO2 from the EPA.
11. Remove all energy subsidies and allow market forces to determine development.
No Reason To Ration. A group of academics wants to force rationing in developed countries to turn back what they see as the carbon threat. How does this differ from a socialist group demanding the seizure of private property?
Official Climate Science Ignores Essential and Critical Details. Few people know that skin is an organ; even fewer know it's the largest organ of the body. It is the contact, called an interface, between two completely different environments; the body and the world. It controls movement of gases, liquids and solids in both directions all the time. The surface of the Earth is similar as the interface between the atmosphere and the underlying surfaces. Accurate measurement and understanding of processes are critical to what is happening in the atmosphere, under ground and in the oceans. Unless we understand the dynamics across the interface we will not know what is going on above and below the surface.
The Left's War on the Economy. [Scroll down] Global Warming is the final bullet to the head of the economy. It gives the left a blank check to destroy it wholesale, to tax everyone and everything in the name of a fictional crisis that they themselves invented. Environmentalists had previously settled for phony attacks on specific targets such as DDT. But Global Warming is the culmination of their work. A blank check for destroying any and every part of the economy, and funneling the money to themselves through Cap and Trade. ... But this is not just about money, it's about power. The power to rule over people's lives.
Final Phase of Global Warming War. Climate science is complex and to many people hard to fathom, but you don't need to be a scientist to sense fraud when key global temperature data is destroyed or withheld from public examination.
Climate Change Reconsidered. The scholarship in this book demonstrates overwhelming scientific support for the position that the warming of the twentieth century was moderate and not unprecedented, that its impact on human health and wildlife was positive, and that carbon dioxide probably is not the driving factor behind climate change. The authors cite thousands of peer-reviewed research papers and books that were ignored by the IPCC, plus additional scientific research that became available after the IPCC's self-imposed deadline of May 2006.
Freezing Citizens to Death to Stop Global Warming. A leading U.K. fuel poverty charity is predicting deaths to skyrocket this winter as over 5 million homes struggle to pay rising fuel bills. The Express is reporting that energy prices "have soared more than 80 per cent in the last five years," and singles out British Gas for announcing a seven per cent hike when "the number of families struggling to pay their heating bills reaches 5.5 million and excess winter deaths this year are expected to be higher than ever."
Global Warming's Golden Moment Has Passed. Environmental fads falling out of fashion are nothing new. Overpopulation yielded to acid rain, which yielded to saving the ozone layer, which yielded to preserving the rain forest, which yielded to global warming. Each succeeding cause provided its advocates a redemptive, world-saving mission, and tautologically, depicted its opponents as devil figures bent on allowing the destruction of the planet. The self-flattery inherent in the causes, more so than the science behind them, explains their widespread popularity. What has separated global warming from its trendy antecedents has been its staying power.
Climate change 'fraud' letter: a Martin Luther moment in science history. Five centuries ago, a German priest challenged the reigning theological "consensus" about the clerical sale of indulgences, unraveling one of the great religious scams in history and inspiring the Protestant Reformation. This month, a senior American physicist challenged the reigning scientific "consensus" about global warming. His action may prove to be the unraveling one of the great scientific mistakes in history and the beginning of a greatly needed reformation of the scientific community.
Fossil Fuel is Nuclear Waste. To prop up claims of the mythical abilities of atmospheric carbon dioxide to determine climate conditions, the warmists fashioned a radiant energy balance sheet. To avoid long term heating or cooling the energy inflows must match the outflows. Just one problem, one heat source is completely ignored. The AGW balance sheet shows ONLY solar input. The 259 trillion cubic miles of molten rock that forms our planet is not melted, or maintained at present temperature by solar electromagnetic radiation. This planet is internally warmed by fission of the 700,000 cubic miles of fissionable material burning in our mantle.
Progressives Against Progress. [Scroll down] The third wave, which has been building for decades, is the campaign against global warming. The global-warming argument relied on the claim, effectively promoted by former vice president Al Gore, that the rapid growth of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was producing an unprecedented rise in temperatures. This rise was summarized in the now-notorious "hockey stick" graph, which supposedly showed that temperatures had been steady from roughly ad 1000 to 1900 but had sharply increased from 1900 on, thanks to industrialization. Brandishing the graph, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that the first decade of the twenty-first century would be even warmer. As it turned out, temperatures were essentially flat, and the entire global-warming argument came under increasing scrutiny.
Carbon shame goes global. You've got to hand it to Al Gore; he's willing to adapt his scaremongering theology to keep it kicking. His 2006 agitprop film, "An Inconvenient Truth," sold millions on the unproven theory that human-induced "global warming" threatens to wreak catastrophe on the Earth. Absent evidence of actual warming, Mr. Gore's acolytes have since been forced to edit and re-edit the title of the feared phenomenon from "global warming" to "climate change" to the current "global climate disruption."
The climate crackup. Switching terminology from "global warming" to "climate change" to newly favored "global climatic disruption" was supposed to help revive the environmental left's plunging poll numbers. It hasn't worked. Nature has, inconveniently, failed to cooperate, with dire predictions of upcoming catastrophes falling flat. Desperation pervades a propaganda effort that has finally gone too far.
China — not hot on 'global warming'. At present, China is the world's No.1 polluter, but so was the United Kingdom before it became a developed nation. And while there are sound reasons to adopt some cleaner technologies (amongst a high number of fakes), supporting "global warming" myths (through censorship), will only make that task more political and therefore more expensive/unproductive, in history's view.
What the Chinese really think of 'Man Made Global Warming': One of the great lies told us by our political leaders in order to persuade us to accept their swingeing and pointless green taxes and their economically suicidal, environmentally vandalistic wind-farm building programmes is that if we don't do it China will. ... This is, of course, utter nonsense. The Chinese do not remotely believe in the myth of Man-Made Global Warming nor in the efficacy of "alternative energy". Why should they? It's not as if there is any evidence for it.
Global warmists abandoned fact for fancy. Many scientists think CO2 emissions have a trivial effect on climate, but even those who support the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) generally agree that the efforts we are making will result in changes so small that they cannot even be measured. Given that China is building a new coal-fired power station every week, with India not far behind, it's a fair bet that CO2 emissions will increase for decades regardless of what we in the West do.
Global Warming, R.I.P. In a remarkable monograph, Roy W. Spencer presents hard evidence that 75% of the observed warming since the start of the 20th century is due to natural processes. He offers a detailed model describing how one of these processes, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), operates in the real world. Most importantly, he demonstrates that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is a minor contributor to a global climate largely insensitive to man-made CO2. Thanks to this highly skilled climatologist and his [new book], we can now taunt the often corrupt and overtly political planetary high priests with this: PDO means AGW is DOA.
Global Warming: Our Mistake, Never Mind. In a remarkable monograph, Roy W. Spencer presents hard evidence that 75% of the observed warming since the start of the 20th century is due to natural processes. He offers a detailed model describing how one of these processes, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), operates in the real world. Most importantly, he demonstrates that anthropomorphic global warming (AGW) is a minor contributor to a global climate largely insensitive to man-made CO2.
Ocean Acidification and the CO2-Propaganda. Now, as the earth does not become rapidly overheated from CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere, nor the Arctic sea ice disappearing, nor the Pacific atolls drowning, nor the Amazonian jungle drying up, all as previously touted by the IPCC and their gendarmes and adjuvants, a new slogan on the supposed danger of CO2 is increasingly being heard, namely "Ocean Acidification".
Carbon Dioxide: The New Weapon of Mass Deception. Surface temperature records from the climate research unit of the University of East Anglia show that global temperature fell from 1875 to 1910. Temperature rose from 1911 to 1943. Temperature fell again from 1944 to 1976. Temperature rose from 1977 to 1998. There has been no warming since 1998. We are now in the 10th year of cooling. While all these changes were happening carbon dioxide levels did nothing but go up.
Climate Change Is Natural, No Disaster Imminent. To a significant extent the issue of climate change revolves around the elevation of the commonplace to an ominous omen. In a world where climate change has been the norm, it's now taken as punishment for sinful levels of consumption. In a world where we experience temperature changes of tens of degrees in a single day, we treat changes of a few tenths of a degree in some statistical residue, known as the globally averaged temperature anomaly or GATA, as portents of disaster.
Climate change: A collective flight from reality. Climate change isn't a threat. CO2 isn't a significant factor. But the action we're proposing to take on climate mitigation will devastate our Western economies and impoverish a whole generation. Over the last hundred years, mean global temperatures have increased by 0.7 of a degree Centigrade. That's all. The whole climate scare is all about a fraction of a degree.
Green Scheme is Greatest Scam on Earth. For the record, I'm not a scientist — and neither are Al Gore, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. In fact, none of the people leading the Global Warming Swindle are scientists. They are all politicians, business, investment and stock market professionals, trained in how to bilk people out of money and power to make a fast buck.
The Curious History of 'Global Climate Disruption'. Global warming alarmists are seriously considering rebranding their fear campaign in the face of public skepticism. A September 16 Fox News report analyzed the suggestion by Science Czar John Holdren to rename global warming "global climate disruption," while also offering this tidbit: ["]In a 2007 presentation, Holdren suggested a similar phrase change — "global climatic disruption." The newest suggestion prompted many satirical alternatives,* however, his own 2007 variant actually goes back to 1997, revealing a far more serious association with an eco-advocacy group.["]
After "Global Climate Disruption": next name? Recently a contest was held to predict the next catchy name for "global warming," now that the general public has tired of hearing about it.
The Secret History of Climate Alarmism. [Scroll down] The original impulse to take action had come from the German Physics Society, which in January 1986 published a "Warning of an Impending Climate Catastrophe." Just over six months later, in August, the newsweekly Der Spiegel popularized the German physicists' "warning" in a spectacular cover story headlined "The Climate Catastrophe." The image on the cover of the magazine depicted Cologne's historic cathedral surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean: a consequence of the melting of the polar ice caps, as was explained on the inside of the issue. Thus was the "global warming" scare born. In Germany, in 1986.
Science Turns Authoritarian. In the past, scientists were generally neutral on questions of what to do. Instead, they just told people what they found, such as "we have discovered that smoking vastly increases your risk of lung cancer" or "we have discovered that some people will have adverse health effects from consuming high levels of salt." Or "we have found that obesity increases your risk of coronary heart disease." Those were simply neutral observations that people could find empowering, useful, interesting, etc., but did not place demands on them. In fact, this kind of objectivity was the entire basis for trusting scientific claims.
Global warming's unscientific attitude. What separates a scientific claim from mere opinion is its ability to be tested by experiment. No true scientist objects to having his theories verified; the charlatan is the one with something to hide. Not surprisingly, purveyors of global warming have proved anything but open.
Cap-and-Trade: A Scam Based on a Scam. The entire global warming theory has been a scam, a hoax and a fraud from the day it was first put forth. Its advocates, corrupt scientists, corrupted science journals, and all of the environmental organizations are hoping the same Congress that foisted Obamacare on Americans will do the same with Cap-and-Trade.
The Global Warming Guessing Game. Jay Lawrimore, head of climate analysis at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, is confident the rising temperatures are "part of an overall trend." Global temperatures, he says, "have been rising for the last 100-plus years. Much of the increase is due to increases in greenhouse gases." But neither Lawrimore nor anyone else can say with 100% certainty that man's greenhouse gas emissions are causing the world to warm.
Dump Doomsday Dogma. Earth Day turns 40 today, April 22, a good time for scientists, politicians, journalists and the public to dump climate-change orthodoxy. Too many facts are interfering with the familiar story line. The earth is getting warmer and the cause is modern industry. Unless we curtail industry, and much other human activity, disaster is at hand in the form of catastrophic storms, sea-level rise, and global chaos. This all comes billed as a matter of settled science, and alarmists have been comparing skeptics to Holocaust deniers. But as the recent "Climategate" scandal revealed, the alarmists have problems of their own.
Methane Madness. For decades now, alarmists have claimed that CO2 emissions are warming the earth past the "tipping point" and that only extreme reductions in the use of fossil fuels can avert catastrophe. Yet the earth today is less warm than it was in the middle ages, a period in which it cannot be claimed that human activity was contributing much, if anything, to global warming. ... Alarmists have been predicting catastrophe for over thirty years, yet the earth continues in natural cycles of warming and cooling, just as it has for eons.
Our Problems are Not in the Atmosphere, But On the Earth. [Scroll down] Three assumptions drive it all: that the earth's climate has irreversibly warmed (which will cause major problems), that this warming is caused by carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels, and that we've got to get government to intervene to get us off these fuels and onto alternatives. The global warming nightmare is a warm fuzzy dream for those that want even more major government interference in our private lives. And if the premises behind it were all true, we'd all agree to it. But these premises are far from clear.
Weather records are a state secret. Everyone has enjoyed the discomfiture of the Met Office, caught out over its April forecast that we were in for a "barbecue summer" — not least because this is the third year running that our weathermen have got their predictions for both summer and winter hopelessly wrong. In 2007 and 2008 they forecast that summers would be warmer and drier, and winters milder than average — just before temperatures plunged and the heavens opened, deluging us with abnormal rain or snow according to season.
Global Warming as Climastrology. The real reason for "global warming" is now clear beyond any reasonable doubt. The reason is ten trillion dollars in taxpayer dough for politicians, transnational bureaucrats, and phony science types. Put away those old world records for the Great Train Robbery and Bernie Madoff. You can junk Bonnie and Clyde. The climate fraudsters have now set the biggest record for massive fraud in human history.
The Naked Left. [Scroll down slowly] Seldom has the Naked Left been more exposed that in the myth of man-made global warming. As Marc Sheppard observes, the so-called science of man-made global warming has been hopelessly manipulated to reach preordained conclusions. Hiding something as huge as the Medieval Warming Period through the scientific equivalent of three card Monte shows that the emperors of bureaucratic "science" have no clothes.
The Atheist-Dominated National Academy of Sciences. It is important for us to understand the mindset of the hierarchy of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) because they are the ones whose alleged expertise on "global warming" will justify the Democrats' cap-and-tax legislation. Over the last 50 years, the NAS hierarchy has become one of the most poisonous organizations in America, a nest of atheists who base their pseudo-scientific dogma on the arbitrary rejection of God, and not upon empirical evidence and the scientific method.
Nero was hotter than Al Gore. The planet has never been warmer than it is right now, if you believe what global warming alarmists have to say. Mankind's selfishness in producing "excessive" amounts of carbon dioxide has set us on a path toward global cataclysm, they insist. The problem with this tale is that it neither fits with the historical record nor with a growing body of scientific evidence.
Cap-and-Trade Treason. Global warming has been exposed as a massive hoax and fraud. Why would the United States Senate proceed to enact a bill based on it? In essence, it will make some corporations, utilities, and people very rich and impoverish the rest of us. Having passed the House, the Senate will be handed a huge bill that, like healthcare, few will have read before they vote. It will impose the largest tax the nation has ever seen.
Global Warming Update: [Scroll down] Mounting evidence of scientific fraud might make little difference in terms of the response to manmade global warming hysteria. Why? Vested economic and political interests have emerged where trillions of dollars and social control are at stake. Therefore, many people who recognize the scientific fraud underlying global warming claims are likely to defend it anyway.
Global warming alarmism is an all-purpose tyranny. If government can assume authority over emissions of CO2 generated by everything from factories to vehicles to people exhaling, then government can control everything. The statist goal of overseeing all aspects of life advanced grotesquely with the quasiscience of global warming alarmism. It proved the all-encompassing excuse to regulate, to tax and to license greenhouse gas emissions under the pretense of saving the planet from rising temperatures.
The President's Bogus Green Economics. [Scroll down slowly] Those are scary numbers, it's true. But how likely is it that human activities will cause the world to increase 9°C, when the total warming since the start of the Industrial Revolution has been about 0.7°C? As this graph from the IPCC's latest report shows — across three different emission scenarios and five different modeling teams — the probability of such a rapid warming is virtually zero. Once the government gets permission to transform entire sectors of the economy because of the dangers posed by extremely unlikely outcomes, the sky's the limit.
Climate Change Agenda Exploits Incorrect Assumptions. Environmentalists, politicians, and politically biased scientists exploited uniformitarianism. This is the false assumption that change is slow over long periods, which underpins the western scientific view of the world. ... Most believe our Sun is unchanging and meteorology texts talk about the solar constant, however, astronomers label it a small variable star. This explains why climate change, which is normally and naturally significant, was easily sold as new, unnatural and human induced. Unfortunately, too many scientists were unaware of how much change occurs or how this created false assumptions.
Japanese told to go to bed an hour early to cut carbon emissions. The Japanese government has launched a campaign encouraging people to go to bed and get up extra early in order to reduce household carbon dioxide emissions. The Morning Challenge campaign, unveiled by the Environment Ministry, is based on the premise that swapping late night electricity for an extra hour of morning sunlight could significantly cut the nation's carbon footprint.
A perfect storm is brewing for the IPCC. Put the errors together and it can be seen that one after another they tick off all the central, iconic issues of the entire global warming saga. Apart from those non-vanishing polar bears, no fears of climate change have been played on more insistently than these: the destruction of Himalayan glaciers and Amazonian rainforest; famine in Africa; fast-rising sea levels; the threat of hurricanes, droughts, floods and heatwaves all becoming more frequent. All these alarms were given special prominence in the IPCC's 2007 report and each of them has now been shown to be based, not on hard evidence, but on scare stories, derived not from proper scientists but from environmental activists.
"Change" is Not New. Contrary to clever political spin that likened those who refused to join the "global warming" hysteria to people who denied the Holocaust, no one denied that climates change. Indeed, some of the climate scientists who have been the biggest critics of the current hysteria have pointed out that climates had changed back and forth, long before human beings created industrial societies or drove SUVs.
EU sets toughest targets to fight global warming. Europe will introduce a surprise new plan today to combat global warming, committing Britain and the rest of the EU to the most ambitious targets in the world. The plan proposes a massive increase in the target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in this decade.
The Death of Global Warming: The global warming movement as we have known it is dead. ... The movement died from two causes: bad science and bad politics. After years in which global warming activists had lectured everyone about the overwhelming nature of the scientific evidence, it turned out that the most prestigious agencies in the global warming movement were breaking laws, hiding data, and making inflated, bogus claims resting on, in some cases, no scientific basis at all.
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The Death of Global Warming? Halting the global warming juggernaut, much less trying to throw it into reverse gear, will take an awful lot of work. Global warming is far from dead, but the fact that someone like Walter Russell Mead recognizes that its vital signs are dropping is good news indeed.
The winter of global warming: [Scroll down] Like the Wicked Witch of Oz, the global-warming machine is melting into a wretched puddle. ... The alarmists also have taken to scolding skeptics who have pointed to this year's record snowfalls as dimwits who do not know the difference between weather and climate. This is choice — after all the years during which the global-warming believers pointed to every warm season, low-snowfall report and storm as proof that the "tipping point" was near.
California snowfall unchanged over past century. California's southern Sierra snowfall has not changed over the past century, according to John Christy, a native Californian and atmospheric researcher who's now in charge of the global temperature-measuring satellites. Christy reconstructed snowfall records at Huntington Lake, CA, from 1916-2009. The station's data since 1972 had been missing, but Christy found two nearby stations had very high correlations with Huntington Lake. That allowed him to assess southern Sierra snowfall over nearly the past century.
Liberals and the Scientific Method: The entire superstructure of climate alarmism rests on data that are doubtful and possibly fraudulent. The Science and Public Policy Institute has evaluated surface-temperature records and found, among other things, that 1) instrumental data from the pre-satellite era are virtually useless; 2) fewer than 25 percent of the 6,000 temperature stations that once existed are still operative; 3) comprehensive ocean data have been available only since 2003 and have shown no warming; and 4) higher altitude, higher latitude, and rural stations were the most likely to be lost, leading to a further serious overstatement of warming.
Here comes the sun(spots). Global Warming theory is considered so sacred and settled that until recently any scientist who questioned the tenets of its conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of climate change were subject to all but ridicule and censure. Recent events, including the Climategate scandal and a series of years where global temperature has stayed about the same, have tempered this attitude. But now the sunspots come back and we, as junior scientists are presented with the opportunity to test the hypothesis.
Climate turning against kooky alarmists. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said Himalayan glaciers would be gone in 25 years. Turns out there's no science to back that up. Another claim warned 40 percent of the Amazon rain forest is threatened by global warming. The London Times found that misrepresented the research. The latest revelation is that there's been no significant warming for 15 years. One prominent climate scientist has acknowledged the current warming period may be no hotter than the medieval warming era (800 to 1300 A.D.) when the world lived green with nary a SUV or industrial smokestack around.
There is No Biblical Basis for Global Warming Alarmism Says Theologian. It's a popular argument used by many in the global warming alarmist activist community — that there's a Christian basis for combating the threat of so-called anthropogenic global warming. In 2008, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean admitted as much — that his party use this issue in particular to win over the Christian community. And it is one that has been echoed by the media as well.
The War on Truth: What is the heart of the ugly "man-made global warming"? Its acolytes lie. Numbers, data, and other elements of knowledge are simply raw materials to construct a system of extracting power, money, prestige, and other goodies from a befuddled population. Truth is either an a priori given (not connected to scientific research) or an elastic concept which must fit the dictates of partisan whims.
Science's Big Problem: Today in America, we have a climate science that plays second fiddle to climate politics. It is just a prop for the Al Gores and the environmentalists and their program of political power. It is disgraceful but true. Scientists today serve as loyal subalterns in the army of government power. The narrative of the disinterested scientist is a myth. Scientists get their money from government, and in return, they dance to the music of big government.
Climateers Fight Back. I don't like climate change arguments for several reasons. One is that I hate being manipulated; another is that we cannot base political policies on computer simulations; another is that everyone should beware when climateers tell us no matter how many frauds there are, it doesn't alter the conclusions! And I cannot stand their attitude of totalitarianism for all who reject their ideas, and the way it translates into heavy taxation and hiked prices without good reason.
Theories, Facts, and 'Denialism': [Scroll down slowly] Depending on the weather during a given year, we are either told that high temperatures are evidence of global warming or that low temperatures are evidence of global warming. (In logic, they call that a "tautology." In real life, they call that "having your cake and eating it, too.")
New Warming Expected, An Obviously Unbiased Report. The most exalted of the world's eminent scientists — ever — are predicting a new warm period set to begin in the very near future, which could increase the the earth's temperature by as much as 60-70 degrees Celsius in some places. ... Vast amounts of ice and snow will melt quickly, creating a huge volume of run-off water that will overwhelm rivers and streams creating local flooding before eventually raising the levels of lakes and oceans. Much of the ice currently covering small lakes will also disappear. The event will be so dramatic that it requires a special scientific term. Called "summer" by top experts, it is expected to transform our daily lives.
Anthropogenic Global Warming is Dead. According to Jonathon Petre reporter, Colleagues of Professor Phil Jones say that the reason Professor Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests to produce his data supporting the claims of man-made global warming is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers. Has the dog eaten the professor's papers? The only thing man-made about global warming is the science.
Time to Turn Up the Heat on the Warmists. [Scroll down] Man has the capacity to worry, and worry he does. He worried about global cooling in the 1970s and then later about global warming. Then it became "climate change." He worried about causing rising seas, even though we know that the ocean around Florida was once 300 feet lower and at another time 100 feet higher. He worried that CO2 -- a naturally occurring gas necessary for life and conducive to plant growth (which is why botanists pump it into greenhouses) -- would spell our end. Never mind how it's said that C02-level changes follow temperature changes, not the reverse.
A Conservative Manifesto: [Scroll down] Global warming has not only not been proven, but it has been revealed as false far too many times for the honest to ignore. Global temperatures have actually gone down since the high point in the early 1990's and several highly reputable climatologists believe that the earth may be entering another cooling period... But the validation of this theory could cost Al Gore money, and the liberal elite cannot let that happen.
Climate-Research Controversies Create Opening for Critics. The spate of recent controversies about climate research has given fresh voice to a group of scientists who question the mainstream view that human activity is warming the planet to dangerous levels.
The AGW Smoking Gun: A key component of the scientific argument for anthropogenic global warming (AGW) has been disproven. The results are hiding in plain sight in peer-reviewed journals. Politicians and scientists still cling to the same hypothesis: Increased emission of CO2 into the atmosphere (by humans) is causing the Earth to warm at such a rate that it threatens our survival. The reality of our global temperatures, the failure of these catastrophic predictions to materialize, and the IPCC scandals all continue to cast serious doubt on that hypothesis.
Manipulating 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.
The Great Unraveling. Professional global warming alarmists better think about looking for new jobs. It looks like they're in for a long, cold winter — and a frigid spring and summer as well. Those who've been spreading global-warming fears must be waking up each morning and asking themselves: What's going to happen today? A new revelation about the corruption of climate science has become almost a daily event.
Climate Götterdämmerung: Exaggeration and alarmism have been a chronic weakness of environmentalism since it became an organized movement in the 1960s. Every ecological problem was instantly transformed into a potential world-ending crisis, from the population bomb to the imminent resource depletion of the "limits to growth" fad of the 1970s to acid rain to ozone depletion, always with an overlay of moral condemnation of anyone who dissented from environmental correctness. With global warming, the environmental movement thought it had hit the jackpot...
Warmists' Stupefying Sense of Snow: Follow the Warmist logic: Absence of winter snow proves the existence of Anthropogenic Global Warming, and winter snowstorms prove its existence as well. Isn't science wonderful! Climate change (AGW) theory cannot be disproved... It is falsifiability-proof.
Wheels fall off global-warming hysteria. I can't recall the wheels coming off the bus of any expert-driven hysteria as fast or as completely as they are now coming off the global-warming scare. ... News of the manipulations, distortions and frauds perpetrated to advance and preserve the environmentalists' cause celebre are so numerous and coming so fast, it's hard to keep up.
The CFC Ban: Global Warming's Pilot Episode. Although it has been only a little over twenty years since the Montreal Protocol, which effectively created a global ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the interesting history of the ozone hole has slipped under the radar, largely eclipsed by the much greater story of the anthropogenic global warming fraud. It's interesting to revisit the CFC/ozone depletion scam and note the striking similarities to the current campaign against CO2.
Global Warming Is Frozen Over. The main cause of unemployment and poverty is the lack of enough energy. Rather than expanding government to limit energy, we should be increasing the use of energy to eradicate hardship.
Climate challenges. For the last several years, when people have instructed me that human activity was causing a dangerous increase in global temperatures, my response has been, "Then tell me, what should the temperature be?" ... This is what this whole discussion comes down to. In science only two conditions obtain. One is theory and the other is fact. The entire notion of human caused global warming is a theory based on computer models. None of it has been proven through rigorous empirical observation to be a fact.
The Left's End Times. [Scroll down] Their chicken-littleism, preaching, and rants about global warming (or climate change, or whatever else they think helps sell the goods) is never portrayed as such — not, of course, by themselves or by a pliant establishment media. Theirs is "settled science," according to movement gurus, with Al Gore being the most conspicuous.
If any of your friends still believe in AGW, make them read this letter. Lord Monckton has written a letter about AGW to Kevin Rudd, offering to give the Aussie premier a private briefing to correct a few misconceptions he may have on the subject. It's a corker.
Climate change: proposed personal briefing. You say I am one of "those who argue that any multilateral action is by definition evil". On the contrary: my first question is whether any action at all is required, to which — as I shall demonstrate — the objective economic and scientific answer is No.
Global warming and the 'settled science' baloney. To appreciate how unsettled global warming science really is, the book Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years, by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery is an indispensible and relentless handbook. Published in 2007 and stuffed with over 500 references, it shatters almost every common global warming myth. ... In one of many startling conclusions in the book, Singer argues that increases in CO2 levels throughout recent geologic history, are the result of global warming not the cause. Increases in global temperatures (for extraneous reasons) cause CO2 to outgas from the oceans, increasing its concentration in the atmosphere. And there's much, much more debunking.
The Scientific Technological Elite. We deniers are hidden in the background, wondering what would happen if "our" side is correct that we are more likely in an extended period of cooling (a far more disastrous prospect than global warming). What can man do to stop that? Must we start burning fossil fuels in the streets and chop down the trees? Does any intelligent human being believe that mankind could then warm the atmosphere by increasing the production of carbon dioxide? Sounds kind of silly, doesn't it?
Evidences, Proofs & 'Climategate'. Unfortunately, Factcheck[.org] uses the word 'evidence' to imply proof. Evidence is only a piece of information that might count towards the validity (or not) of an hypothesis. It is not proof, which is a strong and conclusive statement. There is NOT "plenty of evidence" the earth is getting warmer. And there is certainly NO proof that humans are responsible.
The Global Warming Religion: The very idea that mankind can make significant parametric changes to the Earth has to be the height of arrogance. How about a few questions because temperature is just one characteristic of the Earth. The Earth's orbit is another. If all 6.5 billion of us, all at once, started jumping up and down for a little while, do you think we'd change the Earth's orbit or rotation? Do you think mankind could change the direction and timing of the ocean's tides? Is there anything that mankind can do to stop or start a tsunami or hurricane?
Watermelon Marxists. Global warming as a science is defunct. Evidence of scientific dishonesty abounds, and the recent e-mail revelations may be the last nail in the coffin. When all is said and done, temperatures are falling. But as a tool for watermelon Marxists — green on the outside and red on the inside — climate change orthodoxy represents an opportunity to achieve age-old dreams of communist wealth redistribution.
Hurricane Expert Rips Climate Fears. There has been an unrelenting quarter century of one-sided indoctrination of the western world by the media and by various scientists and governments concerning a coming carbon dioxide (CO2) induced global warming disaster. These warming scenarios have been orchestrated by a combination of environmentalists, vested interest scientists wanting larger federal grants and publicity, the media which profits from doomsday scenario reporting, governmental bureaucrats who want more power over our lives, and socialists who want to level-out global living standards.
The Man-Made Global Warming Hoax: Phase 4. [Scroll down] Now, rather than continue to point out what is becoming more and more obvious every day — that key scientists and their political/media supporters manipulated and lied about the "consensus" data that man was responsible for Global Cooling/Warming/Climate Change — I want to take a step back and talk instead about the ingredients that went into this deception. In effect, let's have a look at the building blocks of this dishonest house of cards to understand how we got to the point we are at today, and just as important, what it really means for all of us going forward.
Who Needs Data? The average annual temperature in Memphis, Tennessee is 62.3°F. The temperature of Lexington, Kentucky is 54.9°F. That is a bigger difference than the IPCC's worst-case scenario. Could mankind handle that kind of adaptation — moving from Memphis to Lexington in the next 100 years?
The "Science" Mantra. [Scroll down] "Global warming" hysteria is only the latest in this long line of notions, whose main argument is that there is no argument, because it is "science." The recently revealed destruction of raw data at the bottom of the global warming hysteria, as well as revelations of attempts to prevent critics of this hysteria from being published in leading journals, suggests that the disinterested search for truth — the hallmark of real science — has taken a back seat to a political crusade.
Enviro-Marxists discover the real scourge of the planet: human beings. "Climate change," the scam formerly known as "global warming," has been exposed as the crypto-Marxist hoax many of us suspected for years that it was. In Copenhagen, at the ridiculous charade of a "summit" on the dangers of carbon emissions producing record carbon emissions, the lofty rhetoric about saving the planet and the long-suffering polar bears has been ripped down like a sheet covering an unfinished masterpiece.
An even more Inconvenient Truth: The Myth of Man-Made Global Warming. [Scroll down] Human beings are merely spectators in the process of global climate change. Interested spectators yes, and spectators who can certainly affect isolated, highly focused environmental changes by building a dam here or setting off a nuclear bomb there, but a spectator nevertheless. One medium-sized volcanic eruption has more impact on the Earth's climate than a few million SUVs or a thousand or two rust-belt factories operating at full capacity, despite what little Johnny's teacher told him during last year's Earth-Day celebration.
Obama Uses Global Warming To Destroy The US Economy. President Obama knows little and cares less about global warming or climate change. It's a means to a political end. He's an arsonist setting fires to save the country, but as it burns he uses extinguishers that we know don't work. He's pursuing a deeply entrenched ideology with help from those who advanced his career as a figurehead for socialism in America.
We Don't Need No Stinkin' Evidence. The United States alone has spent over $30 billion on alarmist "climate science" over the past 20 years — plus another $35 billion on renewable energy — based on the banditos' tales of global warming catastrophe, if we don't slash fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions. However, instead of solid, reproducible scientific evidence, the bandito scientists offered hypotheses, speculation, assumptions, assertions, "hockey stick" graphs, computer models and worst-case scenarios — purporting to demonstrate that CO2 causes planetary warming ... and the warming will be cataclysmic.
Global warming just another statist hoax. [Scroll down] The global warming agenda has never been about science or health or human life. The global warming agenda is about stripping us of our freedom and redistributing our wealth. The only things truly endangered are our rights.
The Compact Fluorescent — An Instrument of Tyranny! All we have to protect ourselves from the charlatan, the con man, a special interest group, or the government, is our intellect, our knowledge, logic and common sense. That's it. ... So let's apply our intellect, knowledge, logic and common sense to the assertion that man's emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are contributing to the alleged crisis of run-away global warming. Probably, the most illuminating piece of knowledge to the argument is the history of the Earth itself.
Time for a Separation of Science and State. Even if anthropogenic global warming is proven to be complete bogus, its boosters will continue to hold onto it for dear life as the vast amounts of capital, both political and financial, that they've expended require that they do so.
The end is near. The great global warming scare is over — it is well past its peak, very much a spent force, sputtering in fits and starts to a whimpering end. You may not know this yet. Or rather, you may know it but don't want to acknowledge it until every one else does, and that won't happen until the press, much of which also knows it, formally acknowledges it.
New Scientific Study Could Destroy Global Warming Theory. A newly released scientific study published by MIT climate scientist Richard Lindzen has the potential of destroying one of the fundamental underpinnings of global warming theorists. The study collected 15-years of long wave radiation measurements from a satellite orbiting the earth. The study correlates the change in the earth's surface temperature with the change in outgoing long wave radiation. Lindzen's study shows that as the earth warms, the amount of radiation being bounced-back into outer space actually increases.
Climate Sensitivity Estimates: Heading Down, Way Down? MIT climate scientists Richard Lindzen and collaborator Yong-Sang Choi soon-to-be published paper (Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union) pegs the earth's "climate sensitivity" — the degree the earth's temperature responds to various forces of change — at a value that is about six times less than the "best estimate" put forth by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The smaller the climate sensitivity, the less the impact that rising carbon dioxide levels will have on the earth's climate. The less the impact that CO2 emissions will have on the earth's climate, the less the "problem" and ability to reverse the "problem."
The Ghost of Lysenko. Science is supposed to be the impartial blend of data with theory that allows human knowledge to go wherever the evidence leads. Serious science must be firmly grounded in moral absolutes. This sounds untrue to modern ears because we have been indoctrinated with a false history of science. Without faith in an ordered universe according to discoverable principles, science cannot exist. ... Those who hijack science, however, are not interested in truth.
Save the Planet by Banning Ice Cream. If you believe the global warming crowd, then you must believe that we have to minimize our energy consumption. Are you willing to wear the same clothes for years to forgo the energy needed to produce new ones? Are you willing to live without cars, air conditioning, television, heat, holiday dinners, computers, and ovens? If this seems extreme, consider their premise: Our use of energy, in any amount, takes us that much closer to destruction, therefore any reduction must be good.
Climate change emails row deepens as Russians admit they DID come from their Siberian server. [Scroll down] For example, some suggest that the 'medieval warm period', the 350-year era that started around 1000, when red wine grapes flourished in southern England and the Vikings tilled now-frozen farms in Greenland, was considerably warmer than even 1998. Of course, this is inconvenient to climate change believers because there were no cars or factories pumping out greenhouse gases in 1000AD — yet the Earth still warmed.
I Pledge Allegiance to Global Warming. The concept of scientists — or journalists, or artists — signing a petition is ludicrous. The idea is that they are lending their authority to whatever cause the petition represents — but in fact they are undermining that authority, which is based on the presumption that they think for themselves.
Orwellian Nightmare: Science Is Whatever 'the Party' Says It Is. The Party — the political class of the world — does not want God to exist. Therefore, if the laws of physics and the laws of mathematics say He does, then the laws of physics and the laws of mathematics must be changed to whatever the Party wants. Therefore, God does not exist. He must not be mentioned, must not be prayed to in class. The Party wants the Earth to be warming, so that its members can establish their power over every aspect of our lives. The Earth has not warmed in a decade, in fact it has gotten colder. But the Party says warmer, and further, says that the warming is due to human addition of CO2 to the atmosphere.
Anatomy of an Apocalypse. Most people, having absorbed the climate data, have quietly stopped talking about global warming. Instead, they now warn about climate change. Why? Because it seemed every time someone would organize a conference to bemoan the dangers of global warming, the event would get snowed out. So most politicians have given up on "warming" and have embraced "change." More nebulous but somehow less embarrassing.
Alarmism Is Underpinned by Fraud. In the geological past, there have been six major ice ages. During five of these six ice ages, the atmospheric carbon dioxide content was higher than at present. It is clear that the colorless, odorless, non-poisonous gas called carbon dioxide did not drive past climates. Carbon dioxide is plant food, not a pollutant. Humans have adapted to live on ice sheets, deserts, mountains, tropics, and sea level. History shows that humans and other organisms have thrived in warm times and suffered in cold times.
It's the Totalitarianism, Stupid. The most important take home lesson is that global frauding was the clear and conscious work of a political machine aiming to steal your money, your liberties, and your country. It was a massive, worldwide attempt at a coup d'etat, and the victims were going to include all the free and prosperous peoples of the world. Hitler had his Reichstag fire. Today's transnational left had its global warming fraud. The political goal was exactly the same: maximum power through maximum fear.
Global warming industry becomes too big to fail. [Andrew] Manning and the warming crowd benefit from a beautiful feedback loop: The more governments, businesses, and media outlets you can convince that man-made global warming is a serious threat, the more these institutions will invest in climate change studies, solutions, and policies. And the more they invest in combating global warming — whether it's a newspaper hiring a climate reporter, a company buying emissions credits and alternative energy sources, or a government building a climate lab — the less willing they are to tolerate dissent on the issue.
Time for Inaction on Global Warming. So what would we have to do get back to 1977 emission levels and meet the Boxer-Kerry requirement? First, car and truck miles travelled would have to be reduced by one-third... Next, the amount of coal burned to generate electricity would have to be cut in half. So we would close more than 200 of our coal-fired power plants, and as [Steven] Hayward says that would reduce our electricity supply by some 800 million megawatts. ... It would take 97 years to make up for the shutdown of 200 coal-fired plants.
CO2's Political Fingerprint. The Senate's Kerry-Boxer and the House's Waxman-Markey global warming bills could not have been better designed to inflict more pain on the states that swung red in the last election than on those that went blue, says the Heritage Foundation.
Boxer Declares Climate Change as the Greatest Threat. Terrorism. Nuclear weapons. Corrupt and oppressive regimes. Sen. Barbara Boxer said last week that climate change — not any of that other stuff — will stand as the "leading cause of conflict" over the next two decades.
Global Warming: Our Best Guess is Likely Wrong. No one knows exactly how much Earth's climate will warm due to carbon emissions, but a new study this week suggests scientists' best predictions about global warming might be incorrect.
Ask Not if the Science of Global Warming is True? "The idea of climate change," [Mike] Hulme writes, "should be seen as an intellectual resource around which our collective and personal identities and projects can form and take shape. We need to ask not what we can do for climate change, but to ask what climate change can do for us." In other words, socialists like Hulme can frame the global warming issue to achieve unrelated goals such as sustainable development, income redistribution, population control, social justice and many other items on the liberal/socialist wish list.
The Science of Global Warming: Saving the World or Hunting for Ghosts? [Scroll down] All of the talk about "healing the planet" shouldn't be fooling anyone. Global warming science is mostly about grant money, about keeping the myth alive, about buying fancy new equipment to prove that there really are ghosts ... er ... global warming. All of this talk of global warming isn't about healing anything. It is about stretching out the process of proving the unprovable and getting paid for it — as long as the public can be suckered into coughing up the money for the ongoing studies.
It's never been about global warming. Anyone who believes that the Kyoto Accord and all the subsequent meetings spearheaded by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is actually about global warming or climate change, would be well advised to submit a wish list to Santa Claus in care of the North Pole. Chances of having jolly St. Nick deliver what's on that list are better than the chances of stopping global warming. That's because global warming has already stopped with no help from Al Gore and his friends.
Pulling back the curtain on global warming. [Scroll down] The real torture is watching the "settled science" crowd push levers and manipulate data in an effort to keep people scared with smoke and thunderous noise even after their Wizard of Oz "doom machine" has been exposed. Time and time again in the past several years, the curtain has been drawn back to reveal global-warming hysteria as nothing more than a politically motivated scheme to push social policy leftward. So what about the science?
Lack of Understanding Exploited to Perpetuate Climate Science Falsehoods. Anthropogenic global warming (AGW) theory focuses on two issues, atmospheric CO2 levels and global temperatures. The claim is both are at the highest levels ever and CO2 drives temperature. Normally a peer review of a new theory occurs similar to that for individual academic papers. This didn't happen with AGW.
The real climate change catastrophe. The Climate Change Bill laid down that, by 2050, the British people must cut their emissions of carbon dioxide by well over 80 percent. Short of some unimaginable technological revolution, such a target could not possibly be achieved without shutting down almost the whole of our industrialised economy, changing our way of life out of recognition.
Resisting climate hysteria: The notion of a static, unchanging climate is foreign to the history of the earth or any other planet with a fluid envelope. The fact that the developed world went into hysterics over changes in global mean temperature anomaly of a few tenths of a degree will astound future generations. Such hysteria simply represents the scientific illiteracy of much of the public, the susceptibility of the public to the substitution of repetition for truth, and the exploitation of these weaknesses by politicians, environmental promoters, and, after 20 years of media drum beating, many others as well.
Green Jobs and a Green Economy Will Fail Like Van Jones. Van Jones perpetuated the view that environment and climate change are ideal vehicles for advancing total government control. In 1993 former Senator Timothy Wirth, now Director of the UN Foundation, said, "We've got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy."
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Global Warming: First, nonscientists generally do not want to bother with understanding the science. Claims of consensus relieve policy types, environmental advocates, and politicians of any need to do so. … Secondly, given that the question of human attribution largely cannot be resolved, its use in promoting visions of disaster constitutes nothing so much as a bait-and-switch scam. That is an inauspicious beginning to what Mr. Gore claims is not a political issue but a "moral" crusade. Lastly, there is a clear attempt to establish truth not by scientific methods but by perpetual repetition.
After Global Warming: Make no mistake: the big bad wolf of truth is about to blow the straw house of global warming to bits. This is why there was a sudden shift, in the last nine months, from the use of "man made global warming" to "climate change" by the proponents of the theory. The scientific tug of war over whether or not the planet is heating or cooling has been going on for over 100 years. The difference between the past and our current situation is that governments around the world are passing (or attempting to pass) draconian laws and enforcing (or attempting to enforce) authoritarian treaties in order to "regulate" the planet's temperature.
My Global Warming Epiphany: How do you take all the temperature readings from all the thermometers and all the days and hours that temperatures were read, and get a single number? ... How do you compare temperatures over time? Weren't thermometers added, thermometers replaced, and whole new stations included? ... How do you know any given temperature reading reflects real climate, and not just what's happening near that temperature station? That is, do parking lots, buildings, air conditioners, etc. have a significant impact on thermometer readings?
A Real Choice on Climate Change: Do Nothing. There is ample evidence that the benefits of economic growth unhindered by costly emissions controls surpass the deleterious effects of global warming. According to World Bank estimates, nearly 2 billion people in developing countries rely on dung, wood and charcoal to heat their homes and cook their food. For the impoverished, a coal-fired power plant giving them access to affordable energy would be a blessing. We can afford to let the climate be.
Just another myth used to steal your taxes. The reality is that folks are catching on to the fact that man-made global warming is a hoax, an inconvenient truth attested to by more and more scientists. Like any good con man, Obama wants to hurry the shakedown before his mark figures out his game. Democrats actually said that "if we do not act now, the climate will soon be out of our control." This, of course, raises the question: Just when was the climate ever under our control?
Meet the man who has exposed the great climate change con. Imagine how wonderful the world would be if man-made global warming were just a figment of Al Gore's imagination. No more ugly wind farms to darken our sunlit uplands. No more whopping electricity bills, artificially inflated by EU-imposed carbon taxes. No longer any need to treat each warm, sunny day as though it were some terrible harbinger of ecological doom. And definitely no need for the $7.4 trillion cap and trade (carbon-trading) bill — the largest tax in American history — which President Obama and his cohorts are so assiduously trying to impose on the US economy. Imagine no more...
Obama as the Wizard of Oz. Even as Science magazine is hastily backing off on the media fraud of "global warming," Obama's Medi-Scare Campaign is using precisely the same fear tactics perfected by climate fraud peddlers to take over American medical care. ... But neither climate fraud nor Medi-Scare do anything to fix the dire "emergency" they are trying to scare us about. There is no emergency: There is no global warming doom coming up, and there no crisis in American medicine.
Good Questions. [#12] Over 1.5 billion people in China, India and Africa still do not have electricity, for even a light bulb or tiny refrigerator. Almost 2.5 billion people around the world live on less than $2 a day. Millions die every year from diseases that would be largely eradicated with electricity for refrigeration, sanitation, clinics, and industries that generate greater health and prosperity. How can you justify telling them that global warming is the biggest threat they face, and that they need to get by on wind and solar power, and give up their dreams of better lives, because you are worried about global warming?
A Global Warming Primer. Numerous charts and graphs. Well worth reading.
Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts? Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn't exist. And I am not the only one trying to make people open up their eyes and see the truth. But few listen, despite the fact that I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology and I have an extensive background in climatology. … Believe it or not, Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This in fact is the greatest deception in the history of science. We are wasting time, energy and trillions of dollars while creating unnecessary fear and consternation over an issue with no scientific justification.
'Global warming' isn't about global warming. 'Global warming' has nothing to do with climate change; at least not as practiced by politicians, would be entrepreneurs and the global elite. Environmentalism is now the home of socialists, ex-communists and anti-Americans. ... [The trillion-dollar financial] "crisis" should serve as a good primer for the worst scam perpetrated on the world in history — the "global warming" crisis and the need to save the planet from ourselves.
In Search of an Intelligent Energy Policy. No responsible energy policy can go forward that is rooted in the belief that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions significantly contribute to global warming or "climate change" as it is now called. This article will address data from the historical temperature record as well as climate models that refute the theory that CO2 causes or to a large extend amplifies climate change. Based on the following data it appears that the only thing consistent about the climate is that it is always changing.
Global Warming, Global Myth. During the 20th century, the earth warmed 0.6° Celsius (1° Fahrenheit), but that warming has been wiped out in a single year with a drop of 0.63°C. (1.13°F.) in 2007. A single year does not constitute a trend reversal, but the magnitude of that temperature drop — equal to 100 years of warming — is noteworthy. Of course, it can also be argued that a mere 0.6° warming in a century is so tiny it should never have been considered a cause for alarm in the first place. But then how could the idea of global warming be sold to the public? In any case, global cooling has been evident for more than a single year. Global temperature has declined since 1998. Meanwhile, atmospheric carbon dioxide has gone in the other direction, increasing 15-20%.
We are not about to fry. The professional purveyors of panic in the Global Warming Industry continue to scare impressionable children and politicians with tall tales. Their most gruesome story is that earth is about to reach a tipping point, causing runaway warming, after which we all fry. There is no evidence to support such scare mongering.
Lovely Organic Oil. I was speaking with an acquaintance recently and was struck by the number of people she knew that called themselves "environmentalists", and as such were wedded to the prevailing global warming rhetoric. It is hard to come to terms with the pervasive laziness of such people who are probably otherwise very nice upstanding citizens.
Is man-made global warming real? After the Narnian winter we've just had, a reasonable person could easily agree with controversial Friends of Science spokesman Dr. Tim Ball on this much: Global warming is just another unfulfilled government promise. So, why are we still preparing to spend money on it?
The Cuban Diet. The global warming scare isn't about the environment as much as it is about smothering capitalism and forcing Americans to change their lifestyles. A report out of Great Britain confirms this.
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Baby, Baby It's a Cold World. Global warming has nothing to do with climate or science. What it is all about is the great, historic class struggle between working people and the ruling classes. Global warming is a great excuse for a massive expansion of government power. That, not science, is why the overlords, from the New York Times to the United Nations to Al Gore, so heartily embrace it. The U.N. thinks global warming is a perfect reason for the U.N. to be transformed into a world government.
Top 10 dud predictions: Global warming preachers have had a shocking 2008. So many of their predictions this year went splat. Here's their problem: they've been scaring us for so long that it's now possible to check if things are turning out as hot as they warned.
The Nonsense of Global Warming: The idea that human beings have changed and are changing the basic climate system of the Earth through their industrial activities and burning of fossil fuels — the essence of the Greens' theory of global warming — has about as much basis in science as Marxism and Freudianism. Global warming, like Marxism, is a political theory of actions, demanding compliance with its rules. Those who buy in to global warming wish to drastically curb human economic and industrial activities, regardless of the consequences for people, especially the poor.
Five Reasons the EPA Should Not Attempt to Deal with Global Warming. On April 17, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an endangerment finding, saying that global warming poses a serious threat to public health and safety. Thus, almost anything that emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases could be regulated under the Clean Air Act. This is the first official action taken by the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide. The endangerment finding is the initial step in a long regulatory process that could lead to the EPA requiring regulations for almost anything that emits carbon dioxide. Automobiles would likely be the first target, but subsequent regulations could extend to a million or more buildings and small businesses, including hospitals, schools, restaurants, churches, farms, and apartments.
Global warming jihadists. Some of my friends on the left who are in the science/medical area, have been demanding more reliance on science in making government policy and less on religion. In particular, anger was directed at the Bush Administration and its policy on embryonic stem cell research ... . In my view, the attachment by many on the left and in the environmental movement to the entirely speculative theory of global warming falls into the category of religion, and not science. And it is a fundamentalist religion — unwilling to consider other explanations, or criticism, and closed off to the possibility that the theory is false.
12 Facts about Global Climate Change That You Won't Read in the Popular Press.  Temperatures have been cooling since 2002, even as carbon dioxide has continued to rise.  Carbon dioxide is a trace gas and by itself will produce little warming. Also, as CO2 increases, the incremental warming is less, as the effect is logarithmic so the more CO2, the less warming it produces.  CO2 has been totally uncorrelated with temperature over the last decade, and significantly negative since 2002.  CO2 is not a pollutant, but a naturally occurring gas. Together with chlorophyll and sunlight, it is an essential ingredient in photosynthesis and is, accordingly, plant food.
Global warming word games. Fact is, we have no "natural" climate against which climate "change" or, more accurately, "anthropogenic climate change" can be measured. The only climate we have is the one we influence, and yet the climate would keep changing even if all of us disappeared tomorrow, or if mankind had never existed at all.
An open letter to Senator John McCain about Climate Science and Policy. I begin with a geological and historical perspective on global mean surface temperature that your advisors seem to have withheld from you. For most of the past 600 million years, the mode of temperature — the temperature that most often prevailed globally — is thought to have been 12.5 °F higher than today's temperature: for today's temperature, in the perspective of the long recent history of our planet, is unusually low. During each of the last four interglacial periods over the past half-million years, temperature was 5 to 8 °F warmer than the present (Petit et al., 1999).
Cooling Down. During economic boom times, developed and developing nations have the luxury to indulge in meaningless gestures, such as the trendy campaign to beat global warming. But when the economy slows and energy costs increase, the people in those nations become a bit more focused and find that environmental issues might not be as important as they thought.
The High Cost of Saving ANWR: The Hadley Center for Climate Prediction charts the global temperature falling 0.4 degrees from 1988 to 1992, then rising 0.8 degrees from 1992 to peak in 1998, then falling 0.7 degrees by January 2008. The climate has been changing as long as there has been a climate. It's not our fault, and we can't stop it.
Man-Made Global Warming: 10 Questions. The subject of man-made global warming is almost impossible to discuss without a descent into virulent name-calling (especially on the Internet, where anonymity breeds a special kind of vicious reaction to almost any social or political question), but I'll try anyway. I consider myself to be relatively well-read on the matter, and I've still come down on the skeptical side, because there are aspects of the issue that don't make a lot of sense to me.
This graph shows the temperature changes of the lower troposphere from the surface up to about 8 km as determined from the average of two analyses of satellite data. The best fit line from January 2002 to June 2008 indicates a decline of 0.27° Celsius/decade. The Sun's activity, which was increasing through most of the 20th century, has recently become quiet, causing a change of trend. The green line shows the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, as measured at Mauna Loa, Hawaii.
The 23 Smoking Guns of Global Warming: Before you read this essay, I ask you to forget everything you have learned about global warming. Imagine that you are a science teacher and a student just handed you a research project. Your job is to review the study with unbiased eyes, and grade the project based upon how sound the science is supporting the conclusion.
Global Warming's Inconvenient Truths — an Interview with Fred Singer. In the great, never-cooling debate over the causes and consequences of global warming, it's always clear whose side Fred Singer is on: not Al Gore's. Singer, who was born in Vienna in 1924, was a pioneer in the development of rocket and satellite technology and holds a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton. Now president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project research group, his latest book (with Dennis Avery) is "Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1,500 Years."
Global Warming Myths vs Facts: Myth 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. Fact: Accurate satellite, balloon and mountain top observations made over the last three decades have not shown any significant change in the long term rate of increase in global temperatures. Average ground station readings do show a mild warming of 0.6° to 0.8°C over the last 100 years, which is well within the natural variations recorded in the last millennium.
A Reminder: There is no mechanism that has been proven, or even credibly identified, for increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere to "change the climate" or cause extreme weather without first causing warming. ... I feel the need to say this, because alarmists (including Gore) have adopted the tactic of saying that climate change is accelerating, or that they see the signs of accelerating climate change everywhere. But for the last 10 years, we have not seen any warming.
Frequently Asked Questions About Global Warming. Is global warming catastrophic? Far from it. Given that the current upward trend in temperatures is not unprecedented, it stands to reason that minor warming will not lead to unprecedented catastrophes, and scientific evidence confirms this. According to recent research, the planet and its inhabitants are much more resilient to temperature variability than had been previously assumed.
"Global Warming" at a glance: The world's temperature is a difficult metric to capture. After all, there is no convenient 'magical site' to sample that will give us the answer we seek and, by the time we have sampled and collated sufficient data points to try to work it out, that isn't the temperature any more. We can, of course, sample enough sites to garner an indication, as does our near real-time global thermometer.
What is a "Normal" Temperature? Normal temperatures, which are calculated by the National Climatic Data Center for locations across the country, are quality-controlled, smoothed 30-yr-average temperatures. They are used in many facets of media, industry, and meteorology, and a given day's normal maximum and minimum temperatures are often used synonymously with what the observed temperature extremes "should be."
EPA Tilt on Global Warming: The best available data, from weather satellites and weather balloons, do not detect any appreciable atmospheric warming. Nor did the 20th century show unusually high temperatures. [Also,] carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. On the contrary, it makes crops and forests grow faster. Economic analysis has demonstrated that more CO2 and a warmer climate will raise GNP and therefore average income.
A Looming Policy Disaster. As with all policy decisions, the choice between combating climate change or continuing the current greenhouse gas emissions trend is a choice between different sets of risks, costs and benefits. Yet, the debate offers little discussion of the benefits of warming or the costs of trying to slow climate change.
Perspective on Temperature Increase: If Global Warming were a stock, and you bought it in 1979 at zero (par) and decided to sell it this month to buy a house, 29 years later you aren't very happy with your investment. At it's peak in 1998, the temperature only went to a 0.8° increase, and in April it dipped to very nearly unchanged.
What We Know about Global Warming: Is the climate really warming? Weather satellites measuring atmospheric temperatures day in and day out from pole to pole report only a minute rise that extrapolates to about half a degree Centigrade by 2100. Is this rise caused by human activities, like the burning of coal, oil, and gas? That's difficult to tell — climate varies naturally both up and down, so it could be partly non-human. Is the observed warming significant? That's a matter of judgment, but half a degree is barely detectable and not likely to have an impact.
Donald Kennedy and the Corruption of Science Magazine. Science magazine has been stewing so long in the global warming bouillabaisse that its very brains are beginning to smoke. That may be because its august editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy (until last year) was a dedicated warm-monger. Science is the flagship journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the political lobby for Big Science in Washington, D.C.
Warming Up to the Truth: The Real Story About Climate Change. The United States is a leader in studying the subject [of global warming]. The U.S. has invested some $45 billion in research funding on this question over the past 10 years.
Ten Things To Know About the Climate and Weather.
Facts About Global Warming:
Fact #1: Most scientists do not believe human activities threaten to disrupt the Earth's climate.
Fact #2: The Most Reliable Temperature Data Show No Global Warming Trend.
Fact #3: Global computer models are too crude to predict future climate changes.
Fact #4: The IPCC did not prove that human activities are causing global warming.
Fact #5: A modest amount of global warming, should it occur, would be beneficial to the natural world and to human civilization.
Fact #6: Quickly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions would be costly and would not stop global warming.
Fact #7: The best strategy to pursue is one of "no regrets."
Are 100-year forecasts possible when five-day forecasts are not?
Long-range weather forecasting is impossible. There is no reason to believe that global weather trends can be predicted years or decades in advance when regional and local weather cannot be accurately forecast more than two or three days in advance. Television meteorologists brazenly predict the local high and low temperatures as much as a week into the future, but their estimates are notoriously inaccurate. Weather develops at random in complex patterns, and it cannot be predicted even with the most powerful computers in the world. Next time you see a weather "expert" predicting the path of a hurricane, you'll see what I mean. Hurricanes are the most intensely studied and carefully measured storms on Earth; but beyond the 72 hour forecast, a hurricane's path is anyone's guess.
Feds knew blizzard forecast was exaggerated — but didn't want to confuse us. Fears of a massive blizzard led officials to close city public schools and for above-ground train service to be stopped — but in the end, only about 7 inches fell in Central Park. After announcing that snow could reach record levels in the city, NWS meteorologists in New York and other Northeast cities held a conference call Monday afternoon [3/13/2017] about computer models that dramatically cut predicted totals. But they decided to continue forecasting deep snow, claiming that they didn't change their forecast for fear people would mistakenly think the storm was no longer dangerous.
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Global warming could stave off next ice age for 100,000 years. Global warming is likely to disrupt a natural cycle of ice ages and contribute to delaying the onset of the next big freeze until about 100,000 years from now, scientists said on Wednesday [1/13/2016].
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One of the longest running climate prediction blunders has disappeared from the Internet. Readers of WUWT and millions of climate skeptics have read this article before, and in fact it is likely one of the most cited articles ever that illustrates the chutzpah and sheer hubris on display from a climate scientist who was so certain he could predict the future with certainty.
Can't Predict a Hurricane but Global Warming is a Certainty? Weather and climate are not the same. According to NASA, weather represents atmospheric conditions over a short period of time compared to climate which is measured over relatively long periods of time. Both however use computer models attempting to predict the future. As NOAA's Climate.gov website explains, "Models help us to work through complicated problems and understand complex systems." Indeed. Weather and climate are incredibly complex, influenced by sea, air, land, and the sun. It is therefore no surprise that predicting the track of a hurricane, considered weather as it is short-term, is quite challenging.
A Calculator Just Whupped UN Supercomputers at Accurately Modeling Climate. Climate is complex. This is true both in the conventional "wow, this is hard to figure out!" sense, and in the technical sense that people mean when they talk about "complex systems theory." It's so sensitive to the initial assumptions that it's never feasible to compute exactly how the system will behave. Sometimes this is called "sensitive dependence on initial conditions," or SDIC. This is basically why we can't predict if it will rain on Monday, yet we can confidently predict that it'll be colder in Boulder in December than it was in July. The difference here is between what is exactly true, and what is statistically true.
The Official Forecast of the U.S. Government Never Saw This Winter Coming. Surprised by how tough this winter has been? You're in good company: Last fall the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that temperatures would be above normal from November through January across much of the Lower 48 states. [...] "Not one of our better forecasts," admits Mike Halpert, the Climate Prediction Center's acting director. The center grades itself on what it calls the Heidke skill score, which ranges from 100 (perfection) to -50 (monkeys throwing darts would have done better). October's forecast for the three-month period of November through January came in at -22.
The 2013 Hurricane Season That Wasn't. Dr. Phil Klotzbach and Dr. Bill Gray of Colorado State University, two guys who really know this stuff, called for a 2013 Atlantic hurricane season with 18 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 4 intense hurricanes (cat 3 or greater). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that the season would be above average and possibly hyper-active. Weather Services International released their 2013 forecast in early April, calling for 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes (cat 3 or greater). [...] Reality check: This year there have been 10 tropical storms, two hurricanes, and no major hurricanes.
Hot Lies Disputed by Cold Facts. I have always found a stark contrast in the way the forecasts of meteorologists on television and radio are limited in accuracy to about a week and beyond that become more speculative while the claims about global warming are always stated in decades. For example, the polar ice caps were supposed to have all melted by now. The daily forecasts are formulated based on sophisticated meteorological satellites. The global warming claims are all based on computer models, not empirical observation and data.
Government Weather and Climate Science is a Proven Disaster. A few weeks before Obama's announcement, on March 18 in Exeter, England, another WMO member, the United Kingdom Meteorological Office (UKMO), held a meeting to discuss the unusual weather and try and understand the "disappointing UK weather over recent years." In fact, the need for the meeting and the programme indicates how little they know about weather and climate. What is really disappointing for them is the complete failure of their forecasting. They need an excuse for failure, but in doing so expose their incompetence.
The weather prophets should be chucked in the deep end. For more than 20 years now, we have been told that this country was going to get hotter and hotter and hotter, and that global warming was going to change our climate in a fundamental way. Do you remember that? We were told that Britain was going to have short, wet winters and long, roasting summers. [...] They said we were never going to have snow again, and that we should prepare for southern England to turn gradually into a Mediterranean world. [...] That's what they said: the BBC, and all the respectable meteorologists — and I reckon there were tens of thousands of people who took these prophecies entirely seriously.
Our summers will be as hot and dry as 1976, the Met Office said three years ago. The Met Office has been accused of damaging the UK's tourism industry over its prediction last week that Britain faces the likelihood of a decade of soggy summers — because just three years ago it told us to prepare for repeats of the drought of 1976. In May 2010 its climate extremes scientist Eleanor Burke warned we would roast in the summer months and be faced with tap water bans. Yet last week yet another glimpse into the future by Met Office experts and colleagues from leading UK universities suggested rainy summers are on the cards for the foreseeable future.
Climate seers as blind guides. The science of forecasting is complex. After 50 years spent studying the issue, I have found there is plenty of experimental evidence that in complex, uncertain situations, experts cannot forecast better than those with little expertise.
Europe, wind, warming... we're slowly waking up to reality. Fuelled by the predictions of the climate-change-obsessed Met Office (and the the official policy, since 2007, of the similarly fixated EU) that we will have "hotter, drier summers" for decades to come, the agency foretold that the drought conditions of the early spring were likely to last "until Christmas and perhaps beyond". The prophecy was swiftly followed by the wettest late spring, the wettest summer, the wettest autumn and the wettest Christmas we have ever known — eight months of near-continuous rain and floods amounting to England's wettest year since records began.The weatherman is not a moron. The Sunday New York Times Magazine has an article written by Nate Silver, entitled The weatherman is not a moron, which draws on material from his forthcoming book. The entire article is superb, I strongly recommend reading the entire thing. It provides a very informative perspective on weather forecasting.
1982's "Cold Sunday" and Global Warming. [Scroll down] What has never been questioned in modern scientific history is that the planet's climate is gradually changing all the time. Earth's revolution around the sun and its rotation on its axis cause short-term, predictable climate change related to the planet's position and movement in the solar system. Interestingly, the first supercomputers were developed in an effort to handle the millions of calculations required even for modest weather forecasts. The measurement tools and the number of data elements measured have increased dramatically in the four decades since supercomputers were invented, but we still have limited power to accurately predict weather for more than a few days in advance.
Enlightened Activist Scientists Dim Society. The future global climate 10, 50, 100 years out is unknowable at any practical level, and therefore maps displaying temperature and precipitation conditions at those future times are pure fantasy.
Oklahoma Sees Record cold: -31. Forecasters had predicted lows of minus 11 degrees in northwest Arkansas and minus 10 degrees in parts of Oklahoma. But temperatures instead dipped to minus 18 in Fayetteville and to minus 28 in Bartlesville, Okla. Nowata, Okla., recorded 31 degrees below zero — setting a new record low for the state. The previous lowest temperature in Oklahoma history was 27 below in 1930 and 1905, said Gary McManus, associate state climatologist with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
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Notice that the forecasters guessed the temperature and missed it by 7 to 21 degrees just before the event happened — presumably the day before.
Err Temperatures. Rain or shine, you can bet that five-day forecast is usually wrong. A [New York] Post survey of the four leading local networks found their 11 p.m. newscast meteorologists were off an average of 5 degrees in both high and low predictions for extended forecasts.
Climate Misinformation and Contradictions Continue. [The United Kingdom Meteorological Office] is among the most useless weather bureaus in the world because of totally failed forecasts and blind adherence to false science. This was supposed to be a mild winter. Last summer was supposed to be a "barbecue summer", and in the previous summer they were equally 100% wrong. Now they lecture us on the meaning of current conditions.
Five Reasons the Planet May Not Be Its Hottest Ever. Predicting the weather — especially a decade or more in advance — is unbelievably challenging. In 2000, a scientist with the Met Office's Climatic Research Unit declared that within ten years, snowfall would be "a very rare and exciting event." And in 1970 at the first Earth Day event, one researcher predicted that the planet would be 11 degrees colder by the year 2000.
It's no secret — the weathermen are just guessing. Do our television weathermen appear to you a little more camp than they used to be? There's a certain lascivious flourish of the hand when they herald an area of low pressure over Daventry, and a voice which is just that little bit overfamiliar, laced with a flamboyance that, I'm sure, never used to be present.
EPA and global warming. If the self-styled climate experts cannot develop a model for such an observable, measurable, short lived event such as a hurricane, how can we believe they can forecast decades in advance an event (global warming) that as such a myriad of detectable and undetectable causes? I say they can't and this entire exercise is a fraud with some ulterior motive yet to be determined.
Study of Gravity Exposes Weakness of Alarmist Global Warming Theories. The amazing history of our understanding of gravity, which still remains quite incomplete, cannot help but make one recognize the total absurdity of the flawed mathematical models claiming to understand all-but-unknowable relationships between various complex physical aspects of our planet and, at the same time, predict global temperatures decades away when we have not mastered local temperatures a week away.
Take dire global warning outlooks with a grain of salt. Regarding all this hoo ha over "global warming" that we're hearing this week, there's just one question: Why should we believe all these dire predictions when they can't even get the five-day forecast right?
Can Scientists Really Predict a Global Climate Catastrophe? Seasonal predictions are also challenging for scientists, which might help explain why we have been consulting a groundhog for so long. I live in Buffalo, and when scientists try to forecast our summer or winter weather, they are rarely accurate. Although scientists have sophisticated maps and models and cutting-edge technology, my own predictions based on intuition and conjecture would probably be just as accurate — if not more so.  Even the next day's weather forecasts are a formidable task for scientists.
Hurricane seasonal warnings almost useless, experts say. Each April, weather wizard William Gray emerges from his burrow deep near the Rocky Mountains to offer his forecast for the six-month hurricane season that starts June 1. And the news media are there, breathlessly awaiting his every word. It's a lot like Groundhog Day -- and the results are worth just about as much.
U.S. All but Spared by Hurricanes in 2007. Despite alarming predictions, the U.S. came through a second straight hurricane season virtually unscathed, raising fears among emergency planners that they will be fighting public apathy and overconfidence when they warn people to prepare for next year.
Hurricane predictions miss the mark. Two years ago, way under. Last year, way over. This year, still not right. It's been a stormy few years for William Gray, Philip Klotzbach and other scientists who predict total hurricane activity before each season begins, which raises fundamental questions as the 2007 season draws to an end on Friday: Why do they bother? And given the errors — which can undermine faith in the entire hurricane warning system — are these full-season forecasts doing more harm than good?
What Hurricane Season? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's prediction for the 2006 hurricane season was about as wrong as wrong can be. NOAA predicted only a 5 percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season — but a below-normal season is precisely what happened. If NOAA's experts can be so wrong about an imminent hurricane season, why have any confidence in far more complex predictions of climate change 100 years into the future?
Hurricane Scientists Flubbed Forecasts for Two Years. Hurricane researchers, who forecast seven more storms this season, have flubbed the past two annual estimates because of unusual El Niño and La Niña weather phenomena in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Report: Some damage from climate change irreversible. Many damaging effects of climate change are already basically irreversible, according to a new study led by Susan Solomon of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Solomon, a researcher with NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory, and her co-authors warn that even humans manage to completely stop emitting carbon, temperatures around the globe will remain high until at least the year 3000. The study appears in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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This is some kind of record: A forecast for the next 991 years, brought to you by the people who can't accurately forecast next week's weather.
Weather Malarkey. I have never been able to figure out why people who know that the forecast for the local weather is likely to be wrong by the afternoon of the same day or within 48 hours still believe that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can accurately predict what it will be ten, twenty or fifty years from now.
Energy Sec. Chu claims he knows 'what the future will be 100 years from now'. President Obama's Energy Secretary Steven Chu is at it again. Fresh off his declarations in May claiming computer model predictions as evidence of a certain climate catastrophe, he has now gotten more bold, confidently predicting a certain climate catastrophe by the year 2109. (When he and everyone who hears his warning today will be unable to verify his predictions because they will be conveniently DEAD!)
A time of universal deceit. Back in 2003, writer/physician Michael Crichton pointed out, in a speech he gave at the California Institute of Technology, how common sense was being violated in the research allegedly showing that human activity was causing the Earth's climate to warm irreversibly. "Nobody believes a weather prediction 12 hours ahead. Now we're asked to believe a prediction that goes 100 years into the future? And make financial investments based on that prediction? Has everyone lost their minds?"
Obama's National Climate Disservice: Under the pretext that "Americans are witnessing the impacts of climate change in their own backyards," and that they "increasingly are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for information about climate change in order to make the best choices for their families, communities and businesses," this week the Obama administration unveiled its National Climate Service (NCS). Though we can't rely on a weather forecast that extend more than a few days, the National Climate Service is going to help us plan for micro-changes in climate decades and more into the future.
Many global warming alarmists are the same people who once predicted an ice age.
In 1972, Cronkite Warned of 'New Ice Age'. The "brutal" winter is on the attack again, bringing sleet and heavy snow to the mid-Atlantic region. Previous storms targeted the deep south including Dallas, Texas, and several hammered New England. By March 4, Boston was just 2 inches away from hitting an all-time record for snow, Boston.com reported. It's a reality more in keeping with media warnings from the 1970s than today's arguments about global warming. Then, CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, the dean of American journalism, was warning about an "ice age." Cronkite cited scientific claims that the Earth was cooling and "the full extent of the new ice age won't be reached for 10,000 years." That's completely different from the media's line today that global warming is settled science.The Coming of the New Ice Age: End of the Global Warming Era? As many other pundits and analysts have pointed out, in the mid-to-late 1970s we endured a massive "climate change scare" that was the exact opposite of the one we're enduring now. Back then, the media and activists trumpeted the arrival of a new ice age, with the specter of ice sheets and glaciers covering half the northern hemisphere, and brutal winters in the remaining ice-free zones. The fact that the media and popular culture and academia have veered from one panic-inducing disaster scenario to another one which completely contradicts the first one is funny enough in its own right. But reading The Weather Conspiracy: The Coming of the New Ice Age opened my eyes to an even more significant aspect of this serial crisis-mongering.
1982's "Cold Sunday" and Global Warming. [Scroll down] More curious is the fact that some of the same scientists who today warn us of the dangers of alleged manmade global warming are the same people who 30 years ago were predicting a new ice age for the planet. In fact, if humanity were forced to choose between the two, global warming is much less frightening than global cooling.
Why climate change is hot hot hot. According to the CIA's analysis, "detrimental global climatic change" threatens "the stability of most nations." And, alas, for a global phenomenon, Canada will be hardest hit. The entire Dominion from the Arctic to the 49th parallel will be under 150 feet of ice. Oh, wait. That was the last "scientific consensus" on "climate change," early seventies version, as reflected in a CIA report from August 1974, which the enterprising author Maurizio Morabito stumbled upon in the British Library the other day.
Climate of Fear: From Nuclear Winter to Global Warming. Before there was Global Warming Theory to scare the public into rash action, there was Nuclear Winter Theory. The two theories are contradictory, but both were peddled by the political left, and both used some similar rhetorical and political tactics.
Fire and Ice. The media have warned about impending climate doom four different times in the last 100 years. Only they can't decide if mankind will die from warming or cooling. As the noise from the controversy has increased, it has drowned out any debate. Journalists have taken advocacy positions, often ignoring climate change skeptics entirely. One CBS reporter even compared skeptics of manmade global warming to Holocaust deniers.
Climate of Fear: Over the years, the alarmists have veered from an obsession with lethal global cooling around the turn of the 20th century to lethal global warming a generation later, back to cooling in the 1970s and now to warming once again. You don't have to be a scientist to realize that all these competing narratives of doom can't be true. Or to wonder whether any of them are. Perhaps that is why most Americans discount the climate-change fear-mongering that is so fashionable among journalists and politicians.
They've got that global warming thing down cold. Yes, back in the days of disco, the news media echoed with predictions of the world's imminent demise from ice rather than fire. Newsweek warned that temperatures had already dropped "a sixth of the way toward the Ice Age average." By 1985, Life declared, "air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching the earth by one half."
When the Inmates are in Charge: The really neat thing about making catastrophic predictions is that they always take place way into a future. In 1986, [John] Holdren was predicting that global warming would cause the deaths of one billion people by 2020. This is eight years beyond 2012 when devotees of the ancient Mayan calendar predict the end of the world will occur. Neither are likely to occur. In 1998 Holdren warned that we just can't go on using energy fuels like oil, natural gas, and coal that represent nearly one hundred percent of everything we and everyone else use now and will into the future.
Senate floor speech delivered Monday September 25, 2006, by Senator James Inhofe
Hot & Cold Media Spin: A Challenge To Journalists Who Cover Global Warming. I am going to speak today about the most media-hyped environmental issue of all time, global warming. I have spoken more about global warming than any other politician in Washington today. My speech will be a bit different from the previous seven floor speeches, as I focus not only on the science, but on the media's coverage of climate change. … Since 1895, the media has alternated between global cooling and warming scares during four separate and sometimes overlapping time periods. From 1895 until the 1930's the media peddled a coming ice age.
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Cooling Down The Climate Scare. While Al Gore drifts into deeper darkness on the other side of the moon, propelled by such revelations as cigarette smoking is a "significant contributor to global warming," Sen. James Inhofe is becoming a one-man myth-wrecking crew. Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, took to the Senate floor two days last week to expose the media's role in the global warming hype. This is a man who more than three years ago called the global warming scare "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people" and has made a habit of tweaking the left-leaning environmental lobby.
Climate Variance No Crisis, Says Senate Committee Chair. Alarmism over climate variance is unsupported by the weight of scientific evidence, and proposals by environmental activists to impose a drastic climate variance prevention program are unwarranted, said Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, speaking on the Senate floor September 26.
Inhofe Speech Ignites a Media Firestorm. U.S. Sen. James Inhofe attracted media criticism, especially from a CNN reporter, for his September 26 remarks on climate science. Inhofe stood his ground, saying, "this issue is too important … to allow distortions and media propaganda to derail the economic health of our nation."
One or two degrees of global warming would benefit everyone.
Forget extreme temperatures: Nothing kills as many people as moderate cold. Some are scoffing at the idea that rising heating costs will kill people. But check out the number-one temperature-killer in 74 million deaths across 13 countries. It's not the extremes that we need to worry about, the deadly phrase is "mildly suboptimal temperatures".
Deaths Attributed to Heat, Cold, and Other Weather Events in the United States, 2006-2010. During 2006-2010, about 2,000 U.S. residents died each year from weather-related causes of death. About 31% of these deaths were attributed to exposure to excessive natural heat, heat stroke, sun stroke, or all; 63% were attributed to exposure to excessive natural cold, hypothermia, or both; and the remaining 6% were attributed to floods, storms, or lightning.
Surprising Results From Study: Moderate Cold Kills More People Than Extreme Heat. Science is a wonderful thing. As time moves on, in a single direction, Science, as an endeavor, discovers new things and improves our lives. With a "hat tip" to the inestimable Jane Brody, health journalist at the NY Times who covers the story here, we are reminded of the study from Antonio Gasparrini et al. which was published in The Lancet, July 25, 2015, with the [way too long] title: "Mortality risk attributable to high and low ambient temperature: a multicountry observational study".
The Global Effects of Global Warming on Human Mortality. [Scroll down] Once again, therefore, it is as clear as it can possibly be made, that essentially everywhere in the world, typical cold temperatures are far more likely to lead to premature human deaths than are typical warm temperatures. And because of this fact, we must be thankful for the post-Little Ice Age warming of the world, which has been predominantly experienced almost everywhere at the cold — and deadly — end of the planet's daily temperature spectrum.
I Hope The IPCC Is Correct About Warming Because Cooling Is a Bigger Problem. I think the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claim that human CO2 is causing warming is wrong. They created the result they wanted, which wasn't designed to deal with warming but to stop economic development and reduce the population. They selected the data and mechanisms necessary to prove their hypothesis and manipulated the data where necessary, including rewriting climate history. The wider evidence, which is only examined when you move outside their limited definition of climate change, is that the world is cooling.
3 killed, scores hospitalized after huge I-78 pileup, police say. A pileup involving dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate that killed three people and sent scores to hospitals appears to have been related to a passing snow squall, authorities said Saturday [2/13/2016].
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A Warmer World Is A Healthier World. Those who continually warn us about the problems that surely will be caused by global warming and want to "fight" it (has there ever been a sillier, more trite phrase than "fight global warming"?) need to slow down and take a look at a study in the Lancet that says "cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather."
Global Warming Has Benefits. I wish climate alarmists would weigh its accomplishments against the relatively small downsides of climate change. One of industry's biggest accomplishments is creating a world where far fewer of us are likely to die because of weather. Alex Epstein's book "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels" documents the rapidly shrinking number of human beings killed by storms, floods and other climate events thanks largely to ever-growing industry, fueled mainly by oil, natural gas and coal.
Warmth is Good; Cold is the Killer. For decades green extremists have been spreading doomsday forecasts of global warming. But where do we find the greatest abundance of life on land? Follow the equator around the globe — the Amazon, the Congo, Kenya, Indonesia and New Guinea — all places where it is warm and wet. And where is life such a struggle that few species live there? Go towards the poles — Siberia and the cold deserts of Antarctica and Greenland.
Former UK Chancellor: Global Warming is Good, Green Policies are 'Grossly Immoral'. Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson has said that global warming, if it is happening, will likely bring benefits to the developing world, and branded green policies as "grossly immoral". In an article for Standpoint magazine's May issue, Lord Lawson condemns the green movement for trying to stifle economic growth in the world's poorest countries, and says that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will likely encourage plant growth, thus increasing crop yields across the world.
We're Going to Wish We Still had that Luxury Global Warming 'Problem'!. Of all the many absurdities of the great climate change non-crisis which has been pointlessly obsessing our planet this last three or four decades, surely the most egregious is the way it has ignored one basic fact: global warming is good. No really, it is. As a few bold heretics — such as Australian geologist Ian Plimer in his book Heaven And Earth — have long been trying to tell anyone prepared to listen, the human species is designed for warmth not cold. Ice ages are something we should naturally fear; warming periods are something which for which we should yearn.
Our enemy is not global warming. In Britain, people are dying of the cold. Fanciful predictions of all the deaths that will result from climate change, decades into the future, are regularly thrown into public debate. Less attention has been given to a real statistic from the here and now, released by the Office of National Statistics this week, which shows the effects of one of the policies designed to tackle climate change: high energy prices. It emerged this week that there were 31,000 'excess' deaths in England and Wales last winter, almost a third more than the previous year. Almost all were, in effect, British pensioners who died of the cold.
Does Environmentalism Cause Amnesia? [Scroll down] According to the EPA, "average temperatures have risen more quickly since the late 1970s," with the contiguous 48 states warming "faster than the global rate." Yet U.S. food production over the same time has also risen by robust percentages even as the number of acres under cultivation has been steadily falling for decades. In other words, even if you believe the temperature records, a warming climate seems to correlate positively with greater food production. This has mainly to do with better farming practices and the widespread introduction of genetically modified (GMO) crops, and perhaps also the stimulative effects that carbon dioxide has on photosynthesis (though this is debated). Warming also could mean that northern latitudes now not suited for farming might become so in the future.
Why climate change is good for the world. Climate change has done more good than harm so far and is likely to continue doing so for most of this century. This is not some barmy, right-wing fantasy; it is the consensus of expert opinion. Yet almost nobody seems to know this.
Global warming can have a positive side, says Owen Paterson. The cabinet minister responsible for fighting the effects of climate change claimed there would be advantages to an increase in temperature predicted by the United Nations including fewer people dying of cold in winter and the growth of certain crops further north.
EPA Mandates That New Coal Plants Prevent Nonexistent Climate Problem With Unavailable Solution. Given that "climate change" has been going on for millions of years, "mitigating" it is going to be a very tall order. Besides, consider that all of that mitigation, even if it could be accomplished, might bring about conditions that are a whole lot worse. For example, what if that 17-year-long global warming pause we have been experiencing turned cold again as occurred during the "Little Ice Age" between about 1400-1859 AD, certainly not my idea of an improvement. Remember hearing about Washington's troops freezing at Valley Forge in 1777-78, and Napoleon's bitterly cold retreat from Russia in 1812? No, give me some of that good ol' global warming any day!
A forthcoming report points lowers estimates on global warming. [Scroll down] Most experts believe that warming of less than 2 degrees Celsius from preindustrial levels will result in no net economic and ecological damage. Therefore, the new report is effectively saying (based on the middle of the range of the IPCC's emissions scenarios) that there is a better than 50-50 chance that by 2083, the benefits of climate change will still outweigh the harm.
Climate control is more energy demanding in Minneapolis than in Miami. Energy demand for climate control was analyzed for Miami (the warmest large metropolitan area in the US) and Minneapolis (the coldest large metropolitan area). [...] The results indicate that climate control in Minneapolis is about 3.5 times as energy demanding as in Miami. This finding suggests that, in the US, living in cold climates is more energy demanding than living in hot climates.
In Their Own Words: Climate Alarmists Debunk Their "Science". As Greenpeace co-founder Peter Moore observed on Fox Business News in January 2011: "We do not have any scientific proof that we are the cause of the global warming that has occurred in the last 200 years... The alarmism is driving us through scare tactics to adopt energy policies that are going to create a huge amount of energy poverty among the poor people. It's not good for people and it's not good for the environment... In a warmer world we can produce more food."
Global Warming Benefits Arctic Species, Peer-Reviewed Study Shows. Global warming will benefit most Arctic species, a team of scientists report in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One. The scientists found global warming will allow most Arctic species to expand their ranges and no species are expected to go extinct. The study delivers a sharp blow to global warming activists who have been arguing Arctic warming justifies costly government-imposed economic restrictions.
Real-World Data Show Warming Is Modest, Beneficial. It has been nearly 25 years since James Hansen first regaled Congress with predictions of imminent global warming doom and gloom. At the time, the Earth had only recently emerged from a 30-year cooling period and projections of future warming had little empirical data to back them up. Accordingly, computer models ruled the day. Now, 25 years later, scientists have enough data to test warming projections versus real-world observational data. The real-world data indicate global warming will be more modest and beneficial than feared.
Global Cooling: A Far More Dangerous Fate. In a warmer world, less energy is needed for heating and transportation, resulting in less air, land, and water pollution. Snow and ice that seriously hamper movement and increase the costs of land and water shipping are reduced. Roads, bridges, and other infrastructure maintenance costs drop, as there would be less freeze/thaw and ice damage. Clothing expenses obviously reduce in a warmer world, and construction costs plummet as less insulation is required in all buildings. The benefits of warming are especially prominent in agriculture.Global Warming Is Highly Beneficial. According to a scientific report given at the International Conference on Climate Change last month, anthropogenic global warming is not only not bad for the earth, it's actually extremely beneficial, and more is needed!
Rising Temperatures and Corn Production in Northeast China. Will higher minimum temperatures increase corn production in northeast China? An analysis of historical data over 1965-2008.
The Great Climate Hoax. How often have you heard a dispassionate discussion of the good consequences of climate change? All you hear, day after day, is a depressing litany of bad consequences. This alone shows that global warmists are biased. They want intervention to stop climate change, so they mention only the bad consequences of climate change. A rational person with no ideological axe to grind would attend to good consequences as well as to bad consequences. For example, how many people around the world die of extreme cold as opposed to extreme heat, and how would that change if the globe warmed?
1982's "Cold Sunday" and Global Warming. [Scroll down] More curious is the fact that some of the same scientists who today warn us of the dangers of alleged manmade global warming are the same people who 30 years ago were predicting a new ice age for the planet. In fact, if humanity were forced to choose between the two, global warming is much less frightening than global cooling.
A Warmer Planet Is a More Peaceful Planet. A new report published August 24 by Nature magazine claims that "global climate is a major factor in organized patterns of violence" around the world. The report's author, Solomon Hsiang of Columbia University, writes that his work "represents the first major evidence" that warming temperatures foster the conditions for civil unrest and war. One problem: the study is 180 degrees away from reality.
Global Warming May be Beneficial. "Global warming is more likely to improve rather than harm human health," according to a new study published by three non-profit climate research organizations. Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report directly challenges findings of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which publishes regular assessment reports used by governments worldwide, including our own, to form public environmental policy. The 430-page report includes data largely ignored by IPCC.
Global Warming Is Creating Perfect Crop Conditions. The news media are flush with stories this week claiming global warming is crushing global crop production. According to the media, global warming is putting the hurt on two of our favorite indulgences — coffee and beer. For the more globally conscious (or less caffeinated/less inebriated) among us, the media are also focusing attention on an alleged African corn crisis. A look at facts rather than alarmist speculation, however, shows global warming is strongly benefiting nearly all global crops, including coffee, beer barley, and African corn.
Climate Models Not So Good For Crop Prediction. Despite the "global warming" and other affiliated and/or non-affiliated climate changes that have occurred over the past 100 years, global crop production just keeps on increasing... We are clearly and demonstrably able to change agricultural practices to keep up with changing climate while increasing yields. So much for the "dumb farmer scenario" that farmers stand by and watch their crops fail as conditions change.
War, Pestilence, Famine: That's Climate Change ... When It's Cold. We've been warned that man-made global warming will cause unprecedented turmoil within and among the Earth's human societies. Yet the Earth's history over the past 2,000 years shows that wars, disease epidemics, and famine were all far more likely when the Earth's climate was cold. ... When an agricultural society suffers cold and cloudy summers, early frosts, and more crop-destroying hailstorms and floods, food production is severely hampered. When food production is reduced year after year, it impacts population numbers through starvation, disease, and warfare.
Truth is Conveniently Missing from Global Warming Debate. [Al] Gore and other global warming alarmists insist increased global temperatures are bad. On the contrary, a warmer earth would be a net benefit to us all. Uninhabitable and inarable land could become suitable for living and farming. More carbon dioxide in the air means healthier plants and trees. Better agriculture raises living standards and reduces poverty. Warmer temperatures reduce energy bills, as savings on heating costs are estimated to exceed added cooling costs. Additionally, cold causes twice as many deaths as heat, worldwide; seven times as many in Europe. Warming is positive and shouldn't be feared.
Climate-change alarmism runs into a reality check. A moderately warmer and wetter world, natural or man-made, coupled with the carbon dioxide fertilization effect on plants and agriculture, has distinct benefits, not just costs. As a climate specialist at the U.S. Department of Interior has calculated, a 600-fold increase in carbon dioxide emissions in the last two centuries has accompanied an eight-fold increase in population, a 75-fold rise in manufacturing and a 60-fold increase in global economic output.
Testimony on the Health Effects of Global Warming. I assert that people suffer more from cold than from hot around the globe and in the United States and the evidence is unequivocal. Daily change in temperature in any location on the planet is more than even the most exaggerated warming projection changes of the IPCC: Any discussion of human health effect should start first with the concept that the human species has a wonderful ability to adapt to temperature change. In a year the adaptation in temperate climes is 100°F. or more.
Will Global Warming Save Lives? A study done for the British government says that global warming will kill thousands. It also says lives will be saved due to warmer winters. OK, which is it? Or is it neither?
Will Global Warming Harm Human Health? This week committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives will be holding hearings on whether global warming will cause future harm to human health. As they examine this question, the Competitive Enterprise Institute urges them to consult the extensive statistical evidence that warmer temperatures and climates are overwhelmingly safer and healthier.
Carbon copies: The smart money is now riding on about 3°.F of warming this century. It's worth noting that the 20th century saw about half of that warming, along with a doubling of life expectancy in the industrialized world, and an approximately ten-fold increase in real personal wealth.
Warming warnings get overheated. The bottom line is that benefits from global warming right now outweigh the costs (the benefit is about 0.25% of global GDP). Global warming will continue to be a net benefit until about 2070, when the damages will begin to outweigh the benefits, reaching a total damage cost equivalent to about 3.5% of GDP by 2300. This is simply not the end of humanity. If anything, global warming is a net benefit now; and even in three centuries, it will not be a challenge to our civilisation.
Global Warming: a Natural Cycle. In 2006, Al Gore warned the world about a global warming disaster. He failed to mention that until 1850, the world felt the effects of the Little Ice Age and so did the Vikings. Vikings, habitants of Greenland, thrived in the country's moderate climate in 1100 A.D. A few hundred years later, their animals froze to death; then the Vikings starved or left their homeland, according to Rie Oldenberg, curator at Narsaq Museum in Greenland.
The Real News About Mann-Made Global Warming. What the media didn't notice … is that the 1,000 year figure that was central to the whole hockey stick debate had now been replaced in the report by a figure of 400 years. Since most of the last 400 years was dominated by the "Little Ice Age," the warming during the 20th century should be welcomed by humanity.
How the global warming industry is based on one MASSIVE lie. Those of you who saw An Inconvenient Truth may remember, if you weren't asleep by that stage, the key scene where big green Al deploys his terrifying graph to show how totally screwed we all are by man-made global warming. This graph — known as the Hockey Stick Curve — purports to show rising global temperatures through the ages. In the part representing the late twentieth century it shoots up almost vertically. ... [But] the graph — devised in 1998 by a US climatologist called Dr Michael Mann — is based on a huge lie, as Sceptics have been saying for quite some time.
Hockey Stick: The Sequel. Michael Mann's infamous "hockey stick" graph, which purported to show steady temperatures on Earth for around a millenium until the 20th century, is the source of much of the misguided hysteria that surrounds the global warming movement. Mann achieved the hockey stick through mathematical errors or mathematical tricks, take your pick. Recently Virginia's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, filed a Civil Investigative Demand for documents from the University of Virginia relating to the work done by Mann while he was at the University. Cuccinelli wants to know whether taxpayer funds were used to help Mann perpetrate a hoax.
Treemometers: A new scientific scandal. At issue is the use of tree rings as a temperature proxy, or dendrochronology. Using statistical techniques, researchers take the ring data to create a "reconstruction" of historical temperature anomalies. But trees are a highly controversial indicator of temperature, since the rings principally record CO2, and also record humidity, rainfall, nutrient intake and other local factors. Picking a temperature signal out of all this noise is problematic, and a dendrochronology can differ significantly from instrumented data.
Climategate reveals 'the most influential tree in the world'. Coming to light in recent days has been one of the most extraordinary scientific detective stories of our time, bizarrely centred on a single tree in Siberia dubbed "the most influential tree in the world". On this astonishing tale, it is no exaggeration to say, could hang in considerable part the future shape of our civilisation.
When Good Trees Go Bad. In its attempt to put the best possible spin on the latest whitewash of the global warming con artists, the New York Times inadvertently provides readers with this gem: ["]... The C.R.U. researchers, leaders in that type of work, were trying in 1999 to produce a long-term temperature chart that could be used in a United Nations publication. But they were dogged by a problem: Since around 1960, for mysterious reasons, trees have stopped responding to temperature increases in the same way they apparently did in previous centuries.["]
Health Effects of Temperature – Hot vs. Cold – in South America. Climate alarmists claim that global warming will lead to an increase in human death rates. But cold weather is much more deadly than hot weather, as has been demonstrated by numerous scientific studies.
Analysis: Recent Global Warmth Is Natural and Benefits Humans. Regarding natural climate variability, it should be noted that the nineteenth century was the end of a well-documented, centuries-long cold period in many areas of the world. Hence, the period of unusual cold at the start of the instrumental record may bias the casual observer to believe the second half of the nineteenth century displayed "normal" temperature, and the twentieth century is "abnormal" in warmth.
Global Warming: Not an Immediate Problem. A layer of atmospheric gases (primarily water vapor, carbon dioxide, and methane) encircles the earth and serves as a protective blanket or insulator retaining warmth from the sun; hence the term "greenhouse effect." Without this natural process, large areas of our planet would be so cold as to be uninhabitable.
Global Warming Would Be Beneficial To Human Civilization. Warmer winters would mean longer growing seasons and less stress on most plants and wildlife, producing a substantial benefit for the global ecosystem.
Global Warming a Boon for Greenland's Farmers. Known for its massive ice sheets, Greenland is feeling the effects of global warming as rising temperatures have expanded the island's growing season and crops are flourishing. For the first time in hundreds of years, it has become possible to raise cattle and start dairy farms.
The Greening of Alaska: Global warming phobics continue their handwringing about the plight of Alaskans, but what they ignore (or don't know) is that the primary reason for the higher temperatures isn't an enhanced greenhouse effect, for the most part, but the Great Pacific Climate Shift in 1976. We, on the other hand, note the positive effects of those higher temperatures.
Study Claims Global Warming Helped US Avert Deeper Recession: Climatologist Stanley Changnon, a professor of geography at the University of Illinois, was commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to look at the economic impact resulting from the fourth warmest winter on record.
War Over The Climate Heats Up Even As Climate Itself Cools Down. [Scroll down] Global warming, whether natural or human-induced, may be good for you. Economists tell us that a modest warming would improve agriculture and forestry and increase GNP. And historical evidence backs their studies. In any case, the climate has been mildly cooling for the past decade and may continue to cool for another decade or more — even while CO2 levels keep rising — causing much suffering around the world.
Global warming will save millions of lives. Winter regularly takes many more lives than any heatwave: 25,000 to 50,000 people each year die in Britain from excess cold. Across Europe, there are six times more cold-related deaths than heat-related deaths. We know this from the world's biggest cross-national, peer-reviewed studies under the aegis of Professor William Keatinge of the University of London.
Lovely Organic Oil. You see, 18,000 years ago the spot where I am seated was covered with a thick layer of ice; but over time that ice has receded and what has followed is beautiful landscapes, copious amounts of fresh water and abundant resources. Thanks to global warming, North America is a very prosperous and pleasant place to live. Hold on you say, the glaciers are disappearing at an alarming rate and so on and so forth.... Ok, but why get excited now?
Warmists and a wave of disease. One overlooked aspect of the climate change argument is the link between climate and disease. Contrary to the fear mongering of the warmist con game, we have a lot more to fear from global cooling than global warming, when it comes to disease.
Extreme Heat vs. Extreme Cold: Which is the Greatest Killer? Hypocrisy in high places is nothing new; but the extent to which it pervades the Climategate Culture — which gave us the hockeystick history of 20th-century global warming — knows no bounds. Hard on the heels of recent revelations of the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to the IPCC's contending that the current level of earth's warmth is the most extreme of the past millennium, we are being told by Associated Press "science" writer Seth Borenstein (25 November 2009) that "slashing carbon dioxide emissions could save millions of lives."
Climate Deranged — and How to Cope. I've lost track of whether Washington has already beat the record snowfall of 1898, or is just edging up on it. But if carbon emissions will warm this scene, we're ready to exhale and switch on all the lights.
Cold Is Deadlier than Heat, New Reports Indicate. Two new studies report cold temperatures kill more people than heat. Those findings contradict a main component of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's asserted justification for regulating carbon dioxide, that global warming endangers public health.
Environmentalists 'exaggerated' threat to tropical rainforests from global warming. The threat to tropical rainforests from climate change may have been exaggerated by environmentalists, according to a new study. Researchers have shown that the world's tropical forests thrived in the far distant past when temperatures were 3 to 5°C warmer than today. They believe that a wetter, warmer future may actually boost plants and animals living the tropics.
What is Wrong with Global Warming Anyway? The usual argument to show that an increase in global temperatures by a few degrees centigrade over the next century would be a catastrophe, or at least a very bad thing, consists of pointing out specific bad effects: rising sea level increasing the risk of flooding in very low lying areas, rising temperature making particular areas less suited to growing the crops they now grow. But an increase in global temperature would also have good effects, as should be obvious to anyone who has ever spent a winter in Chicago, not to mention Alaska or Siberia.
Climate change will mean new and larger tropical forests . We're told, endlessly, that climate change will mean the end of the Amazon, of the tropical forests, and the Earth will lose its lungs. It appears that this is not wholly and completely true. Actually, an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere is likely to lead to the growth of huge, new, tropical forests.
Other internet resources:
The Cooler Heads Coalition: formed May 6, 1997 to dispel the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis.
Global Warming Information Center. A huge collection of information about global warming.
Global Warming Hoax.
Trailer for an upcoming movie: Not Evil, Just Wrong.
Still Waiting for Greenhouse: A Lukewarm View of Global Warming, from Tasmania.
Junk Science dot com.
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