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hy-per-bo-le - [hahy-pur-buh-lee] - noun Rhetoric.
1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as "to wait an eternity." [for global warming, that is!]

 

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August 2011

Ok so it's been three years. How about an uptate?

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What is green advertising? Or what isn't green advertising. I see advocates of web advertising claiming it's "green" advertising since no materials have to be printed. But doesn't it take energy in the form of electricity to get all those ones and zeros to your screen? So what's green about advertising on the internet? I see a company that provides signs and human directionals services can call itself green because it recycles all of it's printed media. Even corrugated plastic is recycled. That stuff is made from petroleum. And they do recycle it. They grind it up and melt it down and make more plastic items. My point is that if they can recycle plastic, they can recycle anything. So what can't be recycled. Surly anything that comes from planet Earth is going to be here forever. But I digress...

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Holly Fretwell brings real credentials to the debate, giving kids the scoop, not just about global warming, but the real-world consequences of the Left's responses to it.

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My Response To A Sixth-Grader - Last week I received this letter in the mail from a student at a middle school in Rockford MI. The letter was dated January 29, 2008 but it was postmarked March 12. Below is my written reply which I promtly returned via snail mail. For me, the urgent call to action was this question:
"When will the world be completely covered in water?"
Read the response here.

May, 2008

April One Of the Coolest On Record - April 2008 was the coldest April in 11 years. April also ranked the 29th coldest since record keeping began 114 years ago.
According to the National Climatic Data Center, the U.S. average temperature for the month was only 51 degrees, which is 1 degree below the average from 1901-2000.
Along with those colder than normal temperatures, April 2008 was dry - the 54th driest on record. (05/09/08)

The Cost and Futility of Trading Hot Air - By Christopher Monckton - European and American statists, including activist NGOs like the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), assert that the moderate climate warming that is occurring today is a man-made catastrophe, and have embraced the dystopian fantasy that coercive policies for the elimination of fossil fuel production and usage can prevent or turn back the current warming cycle. They have, thus, made the "global warming planetary emergency" into the central plank of their ongoing campaigns for more centralized government. Leftist commentator, Alexander Cockburn, put it this way:

This turn to climate catastrophism is tied into the decline of the left, and the decline of the left's optimistic vision of altering the economic nature of things through a political programme. The left has bought into environmental catastrophism because it thinks that if it can persuade the world that there is indeed a catastrophe, then somehow the emergency response will lead to positive developments in terms of social and environmental justice [liberal fascism].

For decades environmental activists have insisted that capitalism is not a "sustainable" (sufficient to "save the planet") economic system. We now hear brazen declarations that democracy is no longer a "sustainable" political process. Al Gore lends a popular, philosophical/theological underpinning to collectivist impulses by casting the root of all environmental evils -- real and imagined -- in the scientific and industrial/technological revolutions. Put differently, for Gore and the EDF, the planetary environment, not human life, appears the supreme standard of value. Therefore, everything, most importantly Science and Economics, must be pried away from the benefit of man and pressed into total service of the State.
Given just a decade or two of such "sustainable" policies, bolstered by Gore's religion, the world will be well on its way to a new Dark Ages, and the human misery it breeds. (05/09/08)

A Climate of Belief - The claim that anthropogenic CO2 is responsible for the current warming of Earth climate is scientifically insupportable because climate models are unreliable - By Patrick Frank

"He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense." ~ John McCarthy1

"The latest scientific data confirm that the earth's climate is rapidly changing. [...] The cause? A thickening layer of carbon dioxide pollution, mostly from power plants and automobiles, that traps heat in the atmosphere. [...] [A]verage U.S. temperatures could rise another 3 to 9 degrees by the end of the century [...] Sea levels will rise, [and h]eat waves will be more frequent and more intense. Droughts and wildfires will occur more often. Disease-carrying mosquitoes will expand their range. And species will be pushed to extinction." (05/09/08)

Dispute over climate sceptic uni grant - By Andrew Trounson and Greg Roberts - THE University of Queensland has accepted $350,000 for environmental research from a climate change sceptic and the Institute of Public Affairs, a right-wing think tank, in a move that has divided university academics.
The university insisted the money came with no strings attached and oversight of three environmental doctoral scholarship projects to be funded remained under its independent direction. However, the IPA suggested two of the three agreed topics and hopes the results of the research will inform public policy. (05/07/08)

April, 2008

Our coldest April since 1975 - By Steve Lathrop, Albany Democrat-Herald - Cool temperatures and soggy conditions have made things rough for mid-valley athletes -- and spectators too.
During the Lebanon-South Albany softball game Wednesday, spectators struggled along with players to find a way to keep warm and dry, bundling up in winter gear and blankets.
"It's the coolest April since 1975," said George Taylor of the Oregon Climate Service. "But it's going to get better. Summer will come." (04/30/08)

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How Global Warming Brings Heavier Snows - By Jeremy Plester - ...Global temperatures seem to be ever increasing, but at the same time snow is falling at what seems to be an increased rate and in unexpected areas. A warmer atmosphere means there is more energy in storm systems, which in turn translates to higher snowfall. Global warming should really be referred to as climate change. If you believe this crap, please contact me about the bridge! (04/23/08)

Scientist: Forget Global Warming, Prepare for New Ice Age - Sunspot activity has not resumed up after hitting an 11-year low in March last year, raising fears that -- far from warming -- the globe is about to return to an Ice Age, says an Australian-American scientist.
Physicist Phil Chapman, the first native-born Australian to become an astronaut with NASA [he became an American citizen to join up, though he never went into space], said pictures from the U.S. Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) showed no spots on the sun.
He said the world cooled quickly between January last year and January this year, by about 0.7 degrees Centigrade. (04/23/08)

Wake me up when Global Warming's over - Pollution, conservation bigger worries than climate - By Andrew Orlowski - It looks like Al Gore is going to need every cent of the $300m war chest he's amassed for climate persuasion. Americans polled by Gallup for 'Earth Day' value "traditional", bottom-up environmental issues such as pollution and conservation as being more worrying than Global Warming. Remarkably, the level of concern about greenhouse gas emissions has barely wavered in a generation. Recklessness, or Huck Finn-style American common sense?
A third of Americans think "Global Warming" is a serious concern - a figure that's effectively unchanged since 1990, when the question was first asked. Ominously for the climate doom-mongers, it ranks 10th on a list of 12 environmental issues. OK, so what are Americans worried about? (04/23/08)

Yawn
Global warming could flood Florida coasts - Yes I know, I saw the movie... MIAMI, April 23 (UPI) -- Scientists studying the consequences of global warming in south Florida say rising sea levels could flood coastal cities and damage fresh water supplies. (04/23/08)

Still don't believe Al's a fraud?
NewsBusters: Gore Used Fictional Video to Illustrate "Inconvenient Trut" - By Noel Sheppard - It goes without saying that climate realists around the world believe Nobel Laureate Al Gore used false information throughout his schlockumentary "An Inconvenient Truth" in order to generate global warming hysteria.
On Friday, it was revealed by ABC News that one of the famous shots of supposed Antarctic ice shelves in the film was actually a computer-generated image from the 2004 science fiction blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow." [audio available here] (04/22/08)

NewsBusters: Tom Brokaw's Nostalgia for '70s Liberalism in Earth Day Lecture - By Tim Graham - On Tuesday's Today, NBC brought out old anchorman Tom Brokaw to fondly remember the first Earth Day in 1970, when ultraliberals first declared the need for dramatic government intervention into the planet-despoiling capitalist system. He hailed how green protests saved rivers, eagles, and America itself from ruin: "The air turned brown, rivers died. Eagles almost disappeared. America the beautiful was America the endangered." Then the first Earth Day was a "massive success." He talked like a bumpersticker: "Mother Earth -- love your mother. She's the only one we have." He sounded a lot like the environmental lobbyist that the Clinton administration unsuccessfully invited to run the National Park Service back in 1993. (04/22/08)

Well, thank the Lord for that lack. For the IPCC's 2007 final Summary for Policymakers shows that the climate alarmists are at last on the run. Their evidence for dangerous, human-caused global warming, always slim, now lies exposed in tatters for all to see.
In contrast, the alternative, persuasive and non-alarmist view of climate change is well summarised in two recently issued and readily available documents. The first is a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, which was released at the UN's Bali conference last December, supported by the signatures of 103 eminent professional persons. The second is the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change, the release of which coincided with the launch of the International Climate Science Coalition at a major climate rationalist conference in New York in early March. (04/22/08)

 
Recent Climate Graph
 

Is global cooling next? Average lower atmosphere global temperature differences (degrees C) from 1979 - 1998.
Data courtesy of Professors John Christy and Roy Spencer, University of Alabama, Huntsville; a best-fitted spline curve represents longer term temperature trends.

No friends of the Earth - By Muhammad Cohen - HONG KONG - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali last December generated extraordinary enthusiasm about global warning and put environmentalism at the top of the mainstream agenda for the first time in years. The Bali meeting brought worldwide consensus - albeit loose, broad and unspecific - that something needed to be done about climate change.
Within days of the Bali breakthrough, activists from environmental group Greenpeace were speeding toward Antarctica, ground zero for global warming, with an embedded BBC reporter aboard. The polar ice caps are melting at accelerating rates, and some islands, nestled thousands of kilometers north in the tropical Pacific Ocean are already at risk due to rising sea levels. The environmental activists it seemed could reinforce and extend the message of the Bali conference, with testimony from this critical climate battleground.
Except that the Greenpeace activists aboard MV Esperanza weren't there to talk about global warming. They were there to stop Japan - a critical player in climate change on several fronts - from conducting its annual whale hunt. Greenpeace planned to tail the Japanese whaling boats, hoping to harass and shame them into stop killing whales. Global warming was not on their agenda. (04/22/08)

'Climate change'? It's whatever you want it to be - By Lorne Gunter, National Post - EDMONTON -The trouble with writing a column about an event just before it is about to begin is that it may not pan out exactly as you suspect. But I think I'm on solid ground when I say that Edmonton's Earth Day 2008 -- which was not slated to begin Sunday until a couple of hours after I had to file -- was not as well-attended as most of its 18 predecessors.
Then again, who knows? There's a large and receptive audience for ecoprop here. In the past, Edmonton's one-day Earth Day has been one of the biggest enviro-festivals in the country. So perhaps scores of local advocacy groups and "green" businesses managed to erect their tents and displays, and tens of thousands of Edmontonians trudged through knee-deep snow to visit them, eat "Earth-friendly food" and sit in on lectures about stuff like composting your own human waste and applying used engine oil as a night-time facial moisturizer. (Be sure to take advantage of the suspended metal particles. They make an excellent exfoliant!).
There was also to be a kids' activities area, no doubt with educational puppet shows, or the like, around the theme "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down." But the city had nearly 10 centimetres of snow Saturday. Another 10 to 15 were expected Sunday, with a further 15 to 20 cms predicted for Monday.
We're not supposed to see the sun or crack the zero mark until Wednesday at the earliest. So I can't imagine more than a few hundred environmental evangelists made it out to the lovely quarry-cum-park that hosts the annual event. (04/21/08)

Earth Day Remembered - The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. It was created by founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. This year Earth Day will officially be celebrated on Tuesday, April 22, although many events are planned beyond that one day. It is estimated that 1 billion people will come together across the globe to focus on steps to better the environment.
Many schools are making use of an on-line ecological footprint quiz to help students understand how much productive land and water they need to support what they use and what they discard. This is all well and good. All Americans should be good stewards of the environment.
Most troubling, however, is the acceptance that CO2 is a pollutant and greenhouse gas that causes global warming. CO2 gained its celebrity status as a pollutant after a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court. Since then much has been made of the carbon dioxide being pumped out of car tailpipes. This is the same carbon dioxide that is essential in our life support system. Without carbon dioxide there would be no plant or human life. (04/21/08)

A world of hemp lingerie? No thanks - Women will be returned to the Dark Ages if the eco-fundamentalists end up having their way - By Melanie Reid - ...We should not be surprised when global-warming policy officers and climate-change academics rush to declare that the evidence for pending disaster is "overwhelming". Nor when they announce, in as menacing a tone as Abu Izzadeen, that we ignore what is happening "at our peril". These people have, after all, to justify their job titles; the industry of which they are part is worth billions of pounds a year; and for everyone in it to grow and prosper and pay their mortgages, the snow must continue to melt and the seas continue to rise. Just as the makers of aspirin wish you had a headache, the eco-alarmists rather love high temperatures. (04/21/08)

Americans mindlessly pursue global-warming scam, political correctness - It is disturbing to see the herdlike mentality taking place in America today. Two examples of this are manifested in our mindless pursuit of mankind's responsibility for global warming and in our obsession with political correctness.
Space does not allow for a point-by-point refutation of this scam, as John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel, is so fond of calling global warming. It is rumored that Mr. Coleman may sue Al Gore so that he will have to prove his contentions in a court of law rather than pontificate on his theories in a very one-sided slide presentation. (04/21/08)

Global Warming? No Sweat. - Shortly after winning an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth in 2007, Al Gore told reporters backstage at Los Angeles's Kodak Theatre that he hoped the honor would convince more people to "see the movie and learn about the climate crisis."He may want to rethink his wish. According to a recent study by researchers from Texas A&M University on American attitudes toward global warming, the more people know about climate change, the less concerned they are about it. (04/21/08)

Little Increase in Americans' Global Warming WorriesPublic just can't seem to get worked up about it - By Frank Newport - PRINCETON, NJ -- While 61% of Americans say the effects of global warming have already begun, just a little more than a third say they worry about it a great deal, a percentage that is roughly the same as the one Gallup measured 19 years ago. (04/21/08)

Off topic but relevant
Evolution and global warming: Who dares go against science's orthodoxy? - By Juanell Garrett--Midwest Voices Columnist 2008 - "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," Ben Stein's documentary about the difficulties of scientists who dare to tread off the evolutionary path, opened Friday at a few area theaters. (04/21/08)

NewsBusters: Global Warming 101: Professor Carter Explains Climate Realism - By Noel Sheppard - For years, NewsBusters has made the case that foreign press outlets do a far better job of covering both sides of the manmade global warming debate than American media.
Friday was a perfect example as New Zealand television's "Nzone Tonight" broadcast an interview with Professor Bob Carter of James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. (04/21/08)

Nigel Lawson loses no sleep over global warming - Nigel Lawson, the Iron Lady's chancellor, scourge of the miners and father of the adorable Nigella, has joined the ranks of the climate change sceptics. He believes David Cameron's green agenda is overblown, biofuels are useless and carbon trading resembles "nothing so much as the sale of indulgences by the medieval church" (04/20/08)

Global warming fanatics pollute the planet! - By Terry C. Graham - People obsessed with CO2 and greenhouse gasses as though they are pollutants, who stubbornly cling to the mythology that man is responsible for global warming and who proudly fancy that we can remedy the situation, are actually facilitating the polluting of our planet. (04/19/08)

Iwo Jima Veterans Blast Time's 'Special Environmental Issue' Cover - Time editor tells MSNBC "there needs to be a real effort along the lines of World War II to combat global warming and climate change." - By Jeff Poor - Business & Media Institute - For only the second time in 85 years, Time magazine abandoned the traditional red border it uses on its cover. The occasion -- to push more global warming alarmism. (04/17/08)

The Deniers - By David Forsmark - FrontPageMagazine.com - The Deniers: The World-Renowned Scientists Who Stood up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud -- and Those Who Are Too Fearful to Do So - By Lawrence Solomon - Richard Vigilante Books, $27.95, 239 pp.
"Ozone Man" said Al Gore recently on 60 Minutes referring to the folks who doubt his global warming scenario and arguing that they are part of a ""tiny, tiny minority now." "They're almost like the ones who believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the earth is flat. That demeans them a little bit."
Gore went on, condescendingly, "But it's not that far off ..."
Gee, Al, thanks for not trying to be too demeaning!
In Lawrence Solomon's new book -- The Deniers: The World-Renowned Scientists Who Stood up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud -- and Those Who Are Too Fearful to Do So -- the environmental columnist for Canada's National Post lists a few of the "kooks" who haven't attained Al Gore's exalted level of scientific knowledge:
Dr. Antonino Zichichi, a former president of the European Physical Society who discovered nuclear antimatter and is one of the world's foremost physicists. He calls global warming projection models "incoherent and invalid."
Dr. Christopher Landsea, the past chairman of the American Meteorological Society's Committee on Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones. Says he: "There are no known scientific studies that show a conclusive physical link between global warming and observed hurricane frequency and intensity." Prof. Freeman Dyson, one of the world's most eminent physicists. He asserts the models used to justify global warming alarmism are "full of fudge factors" and "do not begin to describe the real world that we live in."
Prof. Paul Reiter, chief of Insects and Infectious Diseases at the famed Pasteur Institute. He notes, "no major scientist with any long record in this field" accepts Gore's claim that global warming spreads mosquito-borne diseases.
Dr. Zbigniew Jaworowski, a world-renowned expert on the ancient ice cores used in historical climate research. He says the U.N. "based its global-warming hypothesis on arbitrary assumptions and these assumptions, it is now clear, are false."

But what would they know, anyway! More. (04/17/08)

Letters: Liberal media behind global warming scare - Why are politicians the ones promoting global warming while our national weather experts strongly deny its possibility?
Is it because the Al Gores of the world are making hundreds of millions of dollars on this fantasy? There is a promise of billions more if they can convince a gullible public and get its full support.
Please let us listen to the experts not the politicians. It is estimated taxpayers will foot the bill for over a $1 trillion in global warming "fixes" and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Liberal news sources have besieged the world with global-warming scare tactics. A recent study has shown 38 pro-global warming news articles for every one supporting the climate-change side.
World temperatures have been cooling since l998. This past winter is one of the snowiest in recent memory, much to the dismay of the alarmists. Please remember, whoever controls the output of information controls the minds and actions of most people. The most obvious examples are China, North Korea and regime after regime. (04/17/08)

NewsBusters: Time Tramples Iwo Jima Image to Push 'War on Global Warming' - By Mark Finkelstein - In our nation's history, there are few images more heroic, more sacred in a civil sense, than that of the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. Time has now twisted, and enlisted, that image for its "war on global warming."
Time editor Rick Stengel, making his regular Thursday appearance on Morning Joe to tout the week's cover story, naturally thought it was a wonderful idea. He also explained why Time decided to editorialize in favor of a "massive" effort to combat global warming. View video here. (04/17/08)

 

Time Cover
photo: NewsBusters

NewsBusters: World's Oldest Tree Rewrites Climate History, Challenges Global Warming - By Noel Sheppard - Scientists used to believe the oldest trees on the planet were in North America with ages in the 5,000-year range.
Hooey, for a new discovery in Sweden has completely debunked this consensus, resulting in a total rewrite of climate history while bringing into serious question global warming theories espoused by Nobel Laureate Al Gore and his sycophant devotees. (04/17/08)

The global-warming gravy train - By Craige McMillan - Perhaps God is the master of subtle irony. As I drove from the Midwest to the West coast at the beginning of April, the snow was falling – not melting. The same was true for yesterday, when I performed my little tax errand. I find the snow makes the daffodils look much more pale, don't you?
Now that the United Nations and the "world government cartel" has officially blessed the global warming "let's tax thin air" movement, it was probably inevitable that the rest of us would drive around through snow in the middle of April.
You see, the United Nations and one-world elitists have an exquisite history of incompetence and corruption that enriches their friends and makes nearly everything they touch among the most useless organizations and efforts on earth. To refresh your memory, here are just a few... (04/17/08)

Fire season; time to blame global warming again
Wild fires likely to spread due to global warming - ..."An increase in fire may be the greatest early impact of climate change on forests," Brian Amiro from the University of Manitoba said late on Wednesday. "Our forests are more likely to become a victim of climate change than a savior," he added...(04/17/08)

Bush's legacy on global warming - His emissions goal may help loop China and India into setting goals. Will his strategy work? - ...Bush came into office soon after the Senate rejected the Kyoto treaty by a 95-0 vote. He saw little prospect of Americans sacrificing an energy-rich lifestyle and paying the costs to prevent global warming. Reflecting that mood, Congress was reluctant to take strong action, too. As a result, activists turned to states, courts, and regulators to force Americans to reduce their use of fossil fuels, with little result.
Wealthy economies that did sign onto Kyoto (Europe, Canada, Japan) are now largely failing at achieving the pact's goals. And the UN mechanism set up to let those nations buy their way out of emission caps is faltering over doubts about the quality of carbon-reduction projects in poor nations. Kyoto hasn't proved to be the enticement for poor nations to follow suit. (04/17/08)

Global warming "greatest hoax" - I have to chuckle as I read letters and news articles stating that we must change our lifestyles if we are to stop global warming. How quickly we have forgotten history.
The very area that we live in was once covered by glaciers. Where are those glaciers now? They retreated from this area long before mankind's industrial age. What caused them to retreat? Temperatures rose. Global warming existed long before mankind was a factor.
Manmade global warming will eventually turn out to be the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the human population of this planet. We really need to slow down and take a hard look at both the "science" of global warming, as well as those behind it.
We need to follow both the ideology of those perpetrating this hoax, and where the money trail leads. That is where you will find the truth about global warming. ~ Alan Jordano, Erie (04/16/08)

Teenage Skeptic Takes on Climate Scientists - By David Kestenbaum - If you're a scientist trying to convince people they are making the world warmer, Kristen Byrnes is your worst nightmare. She's articulate, intelligent, she has a Web site, and one day her people will be running the world. Her people, meaning 16-year-olds.
Kristen's Web site, "Ponder the Maunder," has made her a celebrity among climate skeptics. After she posted a critique of Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth, her Web site got so many hits the family's internet service provider sent them a warning.
Her story may dismay mainstream scientists, but plenty of people are friendly to her ideas. (04/15/08)

More Global Warming Nonsense - By PAUL REITER and ROGER BATE - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the implications of climate change for human health. Malaria will top the menu, but so will ignorance and disinformation.
The lead witness will be Dr. Jonathan Patz of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has suggested that U.S. energy policy may be "indirectly exporting diseases to other parts of the world." Dr. Patz, the World Health Organization (WHO) and others claim that global warming is now spreading disease and may be the cause of some 160,000 deaths a year.
In 2007, for example, WHO pointed to rising temperatures in an outbreak of a mosquito-borne virus, Chikungunya, in Italy. Yet WHO misdiagnosed the problem. Modern transportation, not climate change, caused the outbreak. (04/10/08)

Global Warming Censored: How the Major Networks Silence the Debate on Climate Change - By Julia A. Seymour and Dan Gainor - So much for that job requirement of balance and objectivity. When it came to global warming the media clearly left out dissent in favor of hype, cute penguins and disastrous predictions.
"They [penguins] are charismatic, endearing and in serious trouble," warned NBC's Anne Thompson on the Dec. 12, 2007, "Nightly News." Thompson didn't include any disagreement.
While the networks had plenty of time to worry about the future of birds, most network news shows didn't take much time to include any other point of view even though hundreds of scientists have expressed skepticism of manmade climate change theory.
Another NBC reporter, Kerry Sanders, hyped the threat of warming to polar bears and walruses on Dec. 9, 2007, "a world scientists say may melt away by 2050." Sanders didn't include any scientists who disagreed with that claim.
The lack of balance on the issue prompted one network journalist, John Stossel of ABC, to do a story on the media's one-sidedness on "20/20" Oct. 19, 2007... (04/09/08)

Maybe we should just let high school students write their own textbooks...
Student Sees Problems With H.S. Text - By NANCY ZUCKERBROD - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Talk about a civics lesson: A high-school senior has raised questions about political bias in a popular textbook on U.S. government, and legal scholars and top scientists say the teen's criticism is well-founded. Really? [...]
The edition of the textbook published in 2005, which is in high school classrooms now, states that "science doesn't know whether we are experiencing a dangerous level of global warming or how bad the greenhouse effect is, if it exists at all."
A newer edition published late last year was changed to say, "Science doesn't know how bad the greenhouse effect is."
The authors kept a phrase stating that global warming is "enmeshed in scientific uncertainty." So where are the inaccuracies? (04/09/08)

Academic cool on warming - By Brad Norington - RESPECTED academic Don Aitkin has seen the ugly side of the climate change debate after being warned he faced demonisation if he challenged the accepted wisdom that global warming poses a danger to humanity.
Professor Aitkin told The Australian yesterday he had been told he was "out of his mind" by some in the media after writing that the science of global warming "doesn't seem to stack up".
Declaring global warming might not be such an important issue, Professor Aitkin argued in a speech to the Planning Insitute of Australia this month that counter measures such as carbon trading were likely to be unnecessary, expensive and futile without stronger evidence of a crisis.
The eminent historian and political scientist said in a speech called A Cool Look at Global Warming, which has received little public attention, that he was urged not to express his contrary views to orthodox thinking because he would be demonised.
He says critics who question the impact of global warming are commonly ignored or attacked because "scientist activists" from a quasi-religious movement have spread a flawed message that "the science is settled" and "the debate is over". (04/09/08)

More Indoctrination Idiocy
A peacock and fox turn up heat on environment - KUALA LUMPUR: One 16-year-old would choose to be a peacock if he could be an animal, another a fox.
The two secondary school students were among 80 who learnt about the effects of global climate change.
This was of question they were asked during the Shell-NSTP Global Climate Change writing workshop on Saturday. It was one of a series of 10 workshops that will involve 800 secondary school students from 200 schools in 10 states.
Participants will submit articles, pictures and posters on global warming to be published in the New Straits Times and Berita Harian on World Environment Day on June 5.
Fourth Former Dahlan Daim of Victoria Institution here said: "If I were an animal, I would like to be a peacock.
" It is a symbol of pride, and its elegance, beauty and confidence triumph over other animals. I want to colour the world with my beautiful presence."
Dahlan's schoolmate, Isaac George, said he would want to be a fox.
" If I were a fox, I would be cunning. I would use my power of manipulation to make people aware of global issues."
The participants were shown excerpts from An Inconvenient Truth, the Academy Award-winning documentary about global warming presented by former United States vice-president Al Gore.
Participants were asked to highlight the global environmental issues raised in the movie that had the most impact on them.
Many were affected by the fact that polar bears were losing their habitat because of the melting of polar ice caps brought about by global warming.
Another worry was the emergence of new diseases such as avian flu and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). (04/08/08)

Blog bully crows over BBC climate victoryEmergent Truthiness - By Andrew Orlowski - Improve IT Culture and employee satisfaction in your business - Sign up for the latest RegCast here
Bullying bloggers are no strangers to online media - especially when they're Single Issue Fanatics (SIF). "They're deeply emotional, they're bullies, and they often don't get out enough," the BBC's Adam Curtis noted here last year. This week, campaigner Jo Abbess is boasting about how she browbeat the BBC into modifying a story about Global Warming. The BBC has defended the changes to its story. (04/08/08)

Absurdity of the day
Price of global warming - Climate change sceptics are wrong for the same reason that financial models have been proved wrong of late - ...In short, the uncertainty about the future course of global temperatures means that it is sensible to buy some insurance against 25 standard deviation climatic outcomes... What's next? Buying insurance against a catastrophic asteroid impact? Absurd! (04/08/08)

The Comedy of Global Warming - By Philip V. Brennan - As the list of global warming skeptics lengthens, the alarms warning of a planet about to be barbecued sounded by the fanatical adherents of man-made climate change grow more shrill and sometimes border on the comical.
This latter feature was recently ridiculed by a parody posted on April Fools' Day by skeptic physicist James Peden where an imaginary eight-year scientific study discovered a link between global warming and tooth decay in children. It sounded exactly like the global warming propaganda that blames everything on global warming... (04/08/08)

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! - By Walt Thiessen - It didn't get any attention in the media, but there was a highly significant presentation made last month. According to the ICCC, David Archibald, the presenter, is a scientist (and entrepreneur) operating in the field of cancer research, climate science and oil exploration. His presentation made some startling points about the truth regarding global warming.
First and foremost, the greens refuse to understand that global warming is directly caused by the sun. That should be patently obvious to everyone, but apparently it isn't obvious to the greens. This isn't just sad; it turns out it's the basis for a potential global calamity (but not the one the greens want us to believe in). According to Archibald, green global warming fanatics are 100% diametrically wrong. The data shows that the Earth is actually getting colder, and that this trend is likely to accelerate. It also shows that carbon dioxide's warming effect is minimal at best. Most startling of all is his point that global warming increases agricultural production, and this is where things get interesting , because if Archibald is correct, we're in for some really bad times starting in about 20 years or so. (04/08/08)

From animal terror to eco-terror...
PETA to Al Gore: 'Meat' is the Enemy and Number One Cause of Global Warming - Norfolk, Va. - Is changing your diet more important than changing your light bulbs? PETA thinks so and is challenging global warming crusader Al Gore to put his money where his mouth is--literally--by encouraging people to go vegetarian as a cornerstone of the Alliance for Climate Protection's (ACP) new "We" campaign. Although PETA commends Gore for his dedication to saving the planet, the group questions We's failure to address the number one contributor to heat-trapping gas emissions: meat production. (04/08/08)

Maryland lawmakers killed a bill last night that would have required major cuts in carbon dioxide emissions.
The bill was a victim of the crush of work and lack of time that usually plagues the last day of the session. [...]
The reaction was mixed in the hallway outside the hearing room, where steelworkers - some wearing hard hats - celebrated and environmentalists commiserated.
Thomas "T.J." Johnson, a coordinator with the United Steelworkers of America union, said the personal lobbying from industrial workers made the difference.
The industrial companies argued that the goals of the bill - 25 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2020 and a 90 percent reduction by 2050 - would put factories out of business. (04/08/08)

Global Warming: Markets or Socialism, Part I - While global warming no longer seems to be the issue of the day (that is, I am not hearing about it every five minutes on cable news), there is still much fear and trepidation about what exactly we are to do about it. I have decided to proceed as though Global Warming is a significant problem and that it is man-made, or at least significantly so, despite yet being convinced of this last point. I want to take a look at what kind of approaches we have open to us in the event of such a dire scenario.
Philosophically, we generally have two structures to work with - a capitalist/market-based solution or a socialist/collectivist solution. (04/08/08)

Facts don’t support greenhouse warming - To The Editor: Global warming's 1 degree Fahrenheit increase and concurrent 50 percent CO2 increase over 100-plus years is observed fact, not hoax.
Other assertions, however, result from countless computerized assumptions. Verified meaningfully accurate methods that isolate and quantify greenhouse impacts or predict climate change don't exist. Consequently CO2 control justifications gravitate toward deception. Consider Times-News letters:
By leap of faith, global warming becomes greenhouse driven warming. Skepticism of global catastrophe by greenhouse warming is misrepresented as denial of global warming. (04/08/08)

The Late Charlton Heston On Global Warming

Global Warming gets the Cold Freeze - Global warming hoax exposed by record global cold - by F. William Engdahl - The media and governmental hype over a danger from global warming that already is allegedly causing the polar icecaps to melt and threaten a global climate catastrophe, looks more and more like the political hype it is. This year to date, snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.
According to the US National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) many American cities and towns have suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was - 0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 average."
China is surviving its most brutal winter in one hundred years. Temperatures in the normally mild south were low for so long that some middle-sized cities went weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them.
There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has been hurt as home buyers have stayed home. In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, breaking the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in 1950. (04/07/08)

From the land of fruits and nuts...
Los Angeles considers global warming tax - The Orange County Register - To fight global warming, a bill in Sacramento would enable Los Angeles County transit officials to increase taxes on motorists. It's a bad idea that may foreshadow even worse to come.
Billed as a "climate change mitigation and adaptation fee," the measure would cost motorists either an additional 3 percent motor fuel tax, or up to a $90 annual flat fee, based on vehicle emissions. The new charges would be on top of taxes already paid at the pump. Either option requires a majority approval by a vote of the people.
" At this point the people of the Los Angeles region have just had it when it comes to traffic and air quality," claimed Assemblyman Mike Feuer, a Los Angeles Democrat and author of Assembly Bill 2558. (04/07/08)

“Dad, what’s global warming?” - I always ask my kids how school was and the answer, as usual, was some vague response.
“Good,” one said. “Good,” the other said.
“That’s good,” I said. “Shall we listen to some tunes?”
We were in the minivan. If I had only reached that dial a little quicker maybe I could have avoided a chain of events threatening to disrupt the dreams of school-children everywhere. “Dad?” one said, “what’s... global warming?” (04/07/08)

Oh please!
Global Warming A Killer - Global Warming may kill an estimated 150,000 people annually, according to researchers. The human toll of global warming—often overlooked in favor of environmental concerns—is growing increasingly evident, according to The AFP. (04/07/08)

Filling young minds with mush...
Learning about global warming cool experience for Cdn teens on Arctic expedition - Shona Couturier of St-Hubert, Que., stood at the base of a towering Norwegian land glacier when suddenly a horrible rumbling broke the Arctic calm.
The 17-year-old glanced up as massive chunks ripped free from an adjacent glacier and slammed into the icy ocean below, the force of which sent waves crashing onto the ground around her.
" That image just stays in my mind so much. It was the noise that it made because everything around you is so quiet," said Couturier as she recalled taking part in Cape Farewell, a charitable organization and international climate change awareness program... (04/06/08)

Lord Lawson claims climate change hysteria heralds a 'new age of unreason' - By Christopher Booker - One of the striking features of how concern over global warming has risen to the top of our political agenda is the extraordinary unanimity with which it has been taken up by our political establishment.
...On one hand, we are just starting to appreciate the colossal cost of the measures being taken to meet the European Union's target of a 60 per cent cut in our CO2 emissions in the next four decades, ranging from plans to spend hundreds of billions of pounds on wind turbines to the EU's emissions trading scheme, already costing us billions through our electricity bills.
On the other hand, global temperatures, after flattening out, have in recent months shown a sharp fall, wholly unpredicted by those computer models on which the proponents of warming orthodoxy rely. This raises rather large question marks over whether the theory has actually got it right... (04/06/08)

Global Warming's a Myth, Insists Hurricane Expert - The world's top hurricane forecaster says don't believe the hype of global warming. He's in town for this year's hurricane conference and sat down with me for a one-on-one interview.
"I am very disappointed at the media," Dr. William Gray stated flatly, charging that we've been entirely too willing to just repeat whatever scientists say. The problem, according to Gray, is that the scientists are ignoring salinity as the indicator of hurricanes. "We have no theory, if the sea surface temperatures get a little warmer, why we should have more storms."
The opposite would be better science, Dr. Gray argues. So why are so many scientists getting on the bandwagon?
Because, Gray pointed out, "There's money in this."
Gray said he lost most of his funding in the Clinton years because he wouldn't get on the bandwagon. As for this hurricane season, he told me to expect an above average, busy one. His official forecast comes out next week. (04/03/08)

Nutcase Ted Turner...
Ted Turner: Global warming could lead to cannibalism - Billionaire environmentalist says world has too many people - By MIKE MORRIS - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Failure to address global warming will have us all dead or eating each other by mid-century.
So says Ted Turner, the restaurateur, environmentalist and former media mogul whose controversial comments have earned him the nickname "Mouth of the South."
If steps aren't taken to stem global warming, "We'll be eight degrees hotter in 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow," Turner said during a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with PBS's Charlie Rose that aired Tuesday.
"Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals," said Turner, 69. "Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state -- like Somalia or Sudan -- and living conditions will be intolerable." (04/03/08)

Light bulbs and gimmicks won't stop global warming - COMMUNITY VOICES: A guest columnist's view - By SOREN WUERTH - When Google's main page was black Saturday, I immediately thought "gimmick." The slogan, "we've turned our lights out; now it's your turn," led me to a link for "Earth Hour." The idea is to have people around the world turn their lights out for an hour as an effort in curbing global greenhouse gas.
What a noble thing to do.
The solutions to global warming provided by corporations would be laughable if they weren't taken seriously by mainstream media and organizations, including environmental groups. (04/03/08)

Forget global warming: 80% of Africa still use charcoal as fuel - No global warming: Charcoal fuels 80% of Africa - It is 21st century and do you know what is the main fuel for several African nations now? It is charcoal.
Maybe, a shocking news for environmentalists and people who are bothered about the global warming issues.
But it is a fact that countries like Mozambique bank on charcoal for its population's 80 per cent fuel needs.
In southern Africa, charcoal is the main money-spinning source for lakhs of people.
People in these nations have been chopping trees and making charcoal for as long as they can remember. And that is how impoverished people throughout this developing world stay alive. (04/03/08)

Global warming profiteers are wrong - Climate alarmists are alarmed, scaremongers scared, for their predictions of catastrophe are not coming true. "Global warming" has stopped. For 10 years, average temperatures on earth have not risen. For seven years, the trend has been downward. The fall between January 2007 and January 2008 was the biggest since records began in 1880.
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN's climate panel, says it had better find out where it got its sums wrong. Lord Lawson, a former UK Treasury Secretary, says the panel should be scrapped.
Polls reveal that voters worldwide, bored with wolf-crying scientists, see "global warming" as just another pretext for more tax, regulation and empire-building. So the tiny clique of politicized scientists driving the scare are desperate to revive fear of doom. Otherwise, the multibillion-dollar climate-change industry is headed straight down the pan. (04/03/08)

Letter: Media ignored truth behind climate change - By Tom Mueller, St. Cloud - A year ago, NASA's Goddard Institute, and separately the National Science Foundation, released a major report about ice breaking off the Antarctic due to global warming. As expected, the mainstream press reported this in the context of human-caused global warming.
Only if you dug further into the reports did you discover that the scientists involved, who admitted intent to advance the global warming theory, were baffled by the ice breaking off. Why? Because their satellite and ground temperature data and ice cores showed that the Antarctic has actually cooled in the past 35 years and gained more ice over that same period.
The scientists admitted puzzlement, because it did not fit their global warming models.
One year later, as the evidence and number of scientists showing global warming as a myth has increased, it seems the mainstream press has opted for a boilerplate formula for global warming articles. If any event happens, report the event. Find a scientist who will call it global warming. Give no facts or evidence. Close with disastrous warning. (04/03/08)

Doctors say global warming may bring malaria to Britain - LONDON (Reuters) - Climate change could bring malaria and other diseases to Britain and trigger more frequent heatwaves that will have huge health impacts, doctors said on Thursday.
With the exception of Lyme disease, insect-borne diseases are largely unknown in Britain. But global warming could change that in a few decades, according to a report from the British Medical Association (BMA). But what about this? (04/03/08)

I'm convinced that the entire world is insane.
Can World Afford Global Warming Fight? - By JOSEPH COLEMAN Associated Press Writer - BANGKOK, Thailand -- With global markets in turmoil and the U.S. threatened by recession, negotiators at a climate change conference are asking: can nations afford to make rapid cuts in emissions to fight global warming without going into an economic tailspin?
The price of slashing the carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming is expected to be high, but proponents of firm action argue that delay will cost more in the long run. (04/03/08)

Where's the Global Warming Panic? Coming Soon to a TV Screen Near You? - By Ronald Bailey - Cato Institute Senior Fellow Jerry Taylor points out that a new poll finds that Americans are not panicked about man-made global warming. To wit:
According to today's Energy & Environment Daily, a new poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates and released by the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at New York University finds that Americans are less worried about climate change than they were a couple of years ago.
E&E Daily reports that the survey's margin of error was +/- 3 percent. Here are the highlights:
The percentage of Americans who said global warming requires immediate attention declined from 77 in 2006 to 69 percent today...
(04/02/08)

NY Sues EPA Over Global Warming Regulations - New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, joining with the Attorneys General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and 15 other states has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comply with the Supreme Court's decision holding that the Agency has the authority to regulate global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act.
"Despite clear directions a year ago from the highest court in the land, the EPA has failed to move forward on combating global warming. The EPA's foot-dragging would not be tolerated from any other defendant that failed to comply with a court order," said Cuomo. "Global warming is one of the most critical environmental problems of our generation, posing huge risks to our environment, health, and economy, both globally and right here in New York. We all know that global warming is dangerous -- it's beyond dispute. But a year after the Supreme Court's decision, the EPA refuses to acknowledge even this simple truth." (04/02/08)

Increased knowledge about global warming leads to apathy - Science Centric - The more you know the less you care - at least that seems to be the case with global warming. A telephone survey of 1,093 Americans by two Texas A and M University political scientists and a former colleague indicates that trend, as explained in their recent article in the peer-reviewed journal Risk Analysis.
"More informed respondents both feel less personally responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming," states the article, titled "Personal Efficacy, the Information Environment, and Attitudes toward Global Warming and Climate Change in the USA."
The study showed high levels of confidence in scientists among Americans led to a decreased sense of responsibility for global warming. (04/01/08)

March, 2008

OUTRAGEUOS INDOCTRINATION ALERT!

From the editor..
Regular patrons of this site know that the indoctrination of our school children by the global warming zealots is more than just a pet peeve of mine. Recently, sixth grade students at David A. Brown Middle School in Wildomar California (with the help of their teacher Michael Steria) wrote letters to The Heartland Institute admonishing them for their position on global warming and attacking the Institute as shills for Exxon-Mobile. As a tax payer in the State of California, and the parent of a child that will be entering the sixth grade next year I am outraged!. The entire story and the actual letters from the students are here.
UPDATE: Holly Fretwell comments on this story:
Teachers Indoctrinate Kids about Global Warming - (PressMediaWire) Los Angeles, CA (March 28, 2008) -- A shocking news report has revealed how public school teachers are indoctrinating kids about global warming, and that's disturbing to Holly Fretwell, natural resources allocationexpert and author of The Sky's NOT Falling: Why It's OK To Chill About Global Warming (ISBN 0976726947, Kids Ahead, for ages 8-up, September 2007). Says Fretwell, "Kids are getting anearful at school about global warming, and too much of that information ismisleading or just plain wrong."
Letters sent from a school in Wildomar, CA to the Heartland Institute as reported in The American Chronicle provide a perfect example. Heartland recently sponsored a conference attended by scientists and economists skeptical of the UN's scientifically questionable pronouncements on global warming. Apparently this exercise in free speech was too much for 6th grade teacher Michael Steria. Notes Fretwell, herself a teacher and mother of two, "The kids wrote angry letters to Heartland based on 10 articles they read. It appears that none of those articles dealt with the science of global warming." (03/28/08)

On a more positive note (I think), I also received a letter from a sixth-grader this month, asking for information about global warming. The letter and my response is here.

NEW BOOK!
Is The "Scientific Consensus" on Global Warming a Myth? - Yes, says internationally renowned environmentalist author Lawrence Solomon who highlights the brave scientists--all leaders in their fields-- who dispute the conventional wisdom of climate change alarmists (despite the threat to their careers)
Al Gore and his media allies claim the only scientists who dispute the alarmist view on global warming are corrupt crackpots and "deniers", comparable to neo-Nazis who deny the Holocaust.
Solomon calmly and methodically debunks Gore's outrageous charges, showing in on 'headline' case after another that the scientists who dispute Gore's doomsday scenarios have far more credibility than those who support Gore's theories. These men who expose Gore's claims as absurd hold top positions at the most prestigious scientific institutes in the world. Their work is cited and acclaimed throughout the scientific community. No wonder Gore and his allies want to pretend they don't exist.
This is the one book that PROVES the science is NOT settled. The scientists profiled are too eminent and their research too devastating to allow simplistic views of global warming--like Al Gore's--to survive. (03/31/08)

 

The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud
Buy it now at Amazon
Lawrence Solomon

Are we seeing global warming or global cooling? - The Al Gore fearmongers point to melting ice caps in Antarctica as proof that the world is rapidly warming, but they offer no proof of this except a picture of ice caps melting, which was taken in August, when ice caps do melt. Two new studies of temperatures and ice cap movement in that same area indicate that (global warming) is not the case. In fact, Antarctica is becoming colder. Dr. Peter Dorman and his team of scientists have determined that since 1986, temperatures have been dropping an average of 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, and downturns have occurred since 1978 in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of east Antarctica. When scientists noticed that glacial ice wasn’t melting, streams weren’t flowing, lakes were shrinking and microorganisms were disappearing, they decided to expand their data collection and discovered that Antarctica as a whole had gotten considerably colder. The study seems to confirm what 17,000 scientists have previously determined: There is no global warming. (03/31/08)

Some excellent videos here; some -- not-so-excellent...
Creative takes on advertising global warming awareness - By Craig Takeuchi - While in Vancouver's recent snow flurries may make it seem like we're going through cooling moreso than global warming, the weird weather patterns are certainly indicative that we are all being affected. Here are some inventive takes on presenting the global warming awareness message in a more creative way. (03/31/08)

Conference shows no 'consensus' on warming - ...So why do catastrophe-alarmists want to stifle debate? Because they know that they are promoting the greatest mass delusion of our time(man-made global warming), and the truth about this is, indeed, "inconvenient" for their cause. (03/31/08)

Comments About Global Warming - By John Coleman (jcoleman@kusi.com) - It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming. It is a SCAM.
Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data back in the late 1990's to create an illusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental wacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the "research" to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims. Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus. More on the blog. (03/31/08)

Lights on, power use up for Earth Hour - By KELLY ANDREW - It was far from lights out during Earth Hour in Wellington, with many landmark buildings in the city glowing like beacons through the rain.
...power usage was higher than average in the Wellington region during the "lights out" hour and The Dominion Post photographed several landmarks around the city including the Town Hall, Parliament Buildings, the Cenotaph, and the Victoria University Law School, that were all brightly lit between 8pm and 9pm.
Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast said the city was not an official participant in the initiative this year. (03/31/08)

Media cult of global warming, once histrionic, now merely ridiculous... - By Tom Korski - It is the triumph of Earth Hour: save a planet with sanctimony, and have fun. So, that was "Earth Hour." They dined by candlelight to save the planet. No sacrifice is too great for eco-heroes, so long as it's inexpensive and free of drudgery.
The Toronto Star interviewed a woman who boasted she never turns on the lights when going to the kitchen for a drink of water at night: "I know it's kind of dangerous, but I try it." The Calgary Herald interviewed a man who considered Earth Hour a badge of citizenship. "It's about showing you care." (03/31/08)

Gore's $300 million campaign - No, it's not for the presidency, although some Democrats may look wistfully at Al Gore's launch of his newest global-warming initiative and wonder what might have been. The former VP has garnered almost as much as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to start an ad blitz to generate support for global-warming initiatives. The ads will feature some strange bedfellows, such as Pat Robertson and Al Sharpton... (03/31/08)

This idiotic idea again...
Fertilize the Ocean with Iron to Control Global Warming, Scientists Debate - As millions of people prepare to fertilize their lawns and gardens this spring, scientists are still in the midst of intensive hand-wringing over the pros and cons of fertilizing the world’s oceans in an effort to control global warming, according to an article scheduled for the March 31 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. (03/31/08)

Global Warming: Boo, Hiss - Now for some biting humor - By Gene Weingarten - Sunday, March 30, 2008; Page W43 - THE LIBERAL MEDIA is often accused of exaggerating the effects of global warning in order to advance our own selfish, narrow-minded agenda of limiting the growth of big business, restricting free enterprise, saving the planet, etc.
And yet, we journalists have a duty to the truth. And so it is at the risk of being unfairly attacked once again that I feel I must call your attention to a recent news story in USA Today. I'm quoting it verbatim:
"As climate change warms the nation, giant Burmese pythons could colonize one-third of the USA, from San Francisco across the Southwest, Texas and the South and up north along the Virginia coast, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps released Wednesday. The pythons can be 20 feet long and 250 pounds. They are highly adaptable to new environments." (03/30/08)

Voices: Will Earth Hour make a difference? - We asked whether you think Earth Hour will make a difference. Here's what you had to say...
No, it won't. And global warming is not a fact either. It is a scientific theory which has not been proven, just a newer way of claiming the sky is falling, when it isn't. In fact, real science seems to contradict the global warming theory. So all this Earth Hour stuff is useless.
Rick Doccasilva, Toronto
I refuse to allow anyone to smoke in my home for the obvious reasons of toxic pollutants being released in the air, so why would I allow needless candle burning in the home? Disposable batteries too are a hazard to the environment. All the alternatives depicted in 'Earth Hour' pollute my environment as badly if not worse. Collectively, electricity is the best method of providing light in our home; we need to use it wisely. The present alternative it seem will throw us back to the pioneer days.
John Thornton, Orangeville, Ont.
This silly idea reminds me of something they called "Hands Across America" some years back, just a big fraternity, Book of Records stunt. Lights out and disco in the square. I think its real impact was nicely summed up someone who said she was going to her friend's house to just sit in front of the electric fireplace.
John Chuckman, Toronto (03/30/08)

The bright side of global warming - By Kate Golden | JUNEAU EMPIRE - One the one hand, two entire villages are in danger of being swallowed by a newly encroaching sea. On the other hand, the state could stand to profit from global warming - from increased tourism and research dollars, and the expansion of commercial shipping into the Arctic.
Both are conclusions drawn in a final report of a legislative commission on climate change's impacts on Alaska. The group of two House members, two state senators and seven public members took a year and a half to investigate the topic, working with government agencies and the public all over the state. Results were released March 17. (03/30/08)

False alarms and climate change - If warming is not a burning issue, let's say so as we open debate - By ROB BRADLEY - Dire predictions about the future of prosperous capitalist living remain trendy, despite decades of well-documented exaggeration. Al Gore claims a consensus in regard to his "planetary emergency" of global climate change from fossil-fuel burning. The science is "settled," the editorial page of Science magazine claimed last year. And note the title of a recent conference at the Baker Institute at Rice University: "Beyond Science: The Economics and Politics of Responding to Climate Change."
But as columnist George F. Will has observed in reference to climate science, "People only insist that a debate stop when they are afraid of what might be learned if it continues." (03/29/08)

From the JunkMan
Junk Science: Global Smearing - By Steven Milloy - By any standard, atmospheric physicist Dr. S. Fred Singer is a remarkably accomplished scientist. But his outspoken questioning of global warming alarmism has just earned him one of the most outrageous mainstream media smear pieces I've ever seen.
ABC News reporter Dan Harris interviewed Singer for more than an hour at the recent International Climate Conference. From that interview, Harris produced a three-minute TV broadcast and Web site article that was about as fair and objective toward Singer as I might expect Greenpeace to be. (03/28/08)

Evangelicals Like It Hot | Still skeptical of climate change. - By Mark D. Tooley - SUPPOSEDLY GLOBAL WARMING IS the wedge issue that will peel evangelicals away from their conservative voting habits and their ostensible preoccupation with sexual mores. So when the president of the conservative-led 16 million member Southern Baptist Convention signed a Global Warming statement, headlines blazed, and the evangelical left cheered. But the church's president has since attempted to clarify. And the head of the denomination's official public policy arm is publicly opposing congressional legislation mandating increased carbon caps. (03/28/08)

Earth Hour coverage should be grounded - By Andrew Bolt - A LOT of hot air is going into tomorrow's Earth Hour, and I don't just mean the hot-air balloon sent up last Saturday to promote this hour-long switch-off.
But, good God, why did the organisers choose that way to promote a campaign to make us cut our gases?
Sending up the 32-metre light globe-shaped billboard burned so much gas - and emitted so much carbon dioxide - that we'll have to switch off 10,000 lights tomorrow just to make it up.
Perfect, then, that it landed in the Peanut Farm Reserve, and equally symbolic that The Age gave this wildly inappropriate stunt fawning coverage.
Why? Because Earth Hour proves that what threatens us is not so much global warming, but lousy journalism. (03/28/08)

Global warming: fact or fiction? - By Claire Biddiscombe - At times like this, it's hard to pity Aristotle and Ptolemy. All they had to do was prove the Earth was round.
The major question in earth sciences now is not as easily resolved with simple geometry. In fact, even with the wealth of modern technology at their disposal, the world's top scientists are still having difficulty coming to a consensus.
Is it really getting warmer? And if it is, what is causing the shift? (03/27/08)

Media Hype on 'Melting' Antarctic Ignores Record Ice Growth - By Marc Morano - The media is once again hyping an allegedly dire consequence of man-made global warming. This time the media is promoting the ice loss of one tiny fraction of the giant ice-covered continent and completely ignoring the current record ice growth on Antarctica. Contrary to media hype, the vast majority of Antarctica has cooled over the past 50 years and ice coverage has grown to record levels since satellite monitoring began in the 1979, according to peer-reviewed studies and scientists who study the area. (LINK) (03/27/08)

Massive ice shelf collapses, but ice near record high - ...The full Wilkins 6,000 square mile ice shelf is just 0.39% of the current ice sheet (just 0.1% of the extent last September). Only a small portion of it between 1/10th-1/20th of Wilkins has separated so far, like an icicle falling off a snow and ice covered house. And this winter is coming on quickly. In fact the ice is returning so fast, it is running an amazing 60% ahead (4.0 vs 2.5 million square km extent) of last year when it set a new record. The ice extent is already approaching the second highest level for extent since the measurements began by satellite in 1979 and just a few days into the Southern Hemisphere winter and 6 months ahead of the peak. Wilkins like all the others that temporarily broke up will refreeze soon. We are very likely going to exceed last year"s record. Yet the world is left with the false impression Antarctica' ice sheet is also starting to disappear. PDF (icecap.us) (03/27/08)

Increased knowledge about global warming leads to apathy, study shows - COLLEGE STATION " The more you know the less you care " at least that seems to be the case with global warming. A telephone survey of 1,093 Americans by two Texas A&M University political scientists and a former colleague indicates that trend, as explained in their recent article in the peer-reviewed journal Risk Analysis. (03/27/08)

Gore Won't Put His Money Where His Mouth Is - By Justin Paulette - Today is the deadline of the Global Warming Challenge -- a bet proposed by J. Scott Armstrong, a climate-change skeptic who doubts the varsity of climate forecasting models upon which Al Gore had based many of his dooms-day predictions. (03/27/08)

EPA Chief's Australia Trip Irks Sen. Boxer - Good! Stephen Power reports on environmental and energy policy.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson has riled Democrats again -- this time over his travel plans.
California Sen. Barbara Boxer, in a letter to Johnson Wednesday, complained that he and "a substantial number of EPA staff members" are planning a trip to Australia that will make him unavailable to testify before Congress "on certain important matters through much of April." (03/27/08)

Rep. Bachmann and global warming - When we elect members to Congress, it's with the hope that they will serve with a firm grasp on reality and with a mind open enough to at least try to solve even our most vexing of problems.
That doesn't seem to be the case with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., at least on the global warming issue.
In a story that's making state and national headlines this week, Bachmann -- who represents the northern suburbs and St. Cloud area -- has introduced a bill with the light-hearted title, "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act." I love it!
It's an attempt to repeal a nationwide effort to phase out conventional light bulbs in favor of the longer-lasting, more-efficient compact fluorescent lights, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
Bachmann argues that she is trying to preserve homeowners' and others' rights to use whatever kind of light bulb they want -- even if it costs them more in electrical expenses.
We're not going to fight her on that, (then why write this idiotic editorial?) although it's a little silly to discourage the use of more efficient bulbs. People probably should be able to have some choice in how they light their homes.
But there are things behind Bachmann's bill -- including ignoring sound industry advice plus her take on global warming -- that make us question her credibility.
The Star Tribune reported Wednesday that Bachmann recently told a meeting of Sherburne County Republicans that any human connection to global warming is "voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax"... WOW! The congresswoman spoke the truth. Oh, the horror! (03/27/08)

Attention News Editors: The light bulb myth: What will it really take to stop global warming? TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ Time to shed some light on the fluorescent bulb myth: If every home in the U.S. put in one compact fluorescent light bulb, the savings in greenhouse gas emissions would be wiped out by fewer than two medium-sized coal plants - the kind of plant that is being built in China at a rate of one a week. Countless green ideas promoted in Canada and other Western nations to help people reduce their so-called carbon footprint would contribute just a fraction of the overall reduction needed to cut global emissions 50 per cent by 2050 - a minimum target scientists widely agree we must meet... (03/27/08)

Networks Hype Eroding Beaches, Breaking Icebergs - NBC and CBS blame volatility of coastlines and rise in sea level on global warming. - By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute - To demonstrate that global warming is supposedly causing the collapse of nature, the March 26 "CBS Evening News" featured eroding coastlines causing people to lose homes in England as evidence.
"Much of the effects of climate change have been couched in terms of if or when its effects will be felt," CBS correspondent Mark Phillips said. "Well, here there is no if. And when is now. So choices are being made. It"s called managed retreat. Some areas of coastline deemed indefensible are being abandoned. Climate change is producing winners and losers, and Diana Wrightson and the others here have already lost."
Happisburgh has become a poster child for the global warming alarmist movement. A February 22 Associated Press story referred to Happisburgh as an example of a coastline "vulnerable" to the effects of global warming. (03/27/08)

Global warming policy analyzed - By Jordan Schrader - The John Locke Foundation, a Raleigh think tank skeptical of the idea that global warming is a crisis that calls for major new laws and regulations, will bring experts on the issue to Asheville.
John Christy and David Tuerck will speak on "The Science and Economics of State Global Warming Policy" 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Grove Park Inn. (03/27/08)

Baptist eco-activists are blowing hot air - By Luke Boggs For the Journal-Constitution - Count me among those Southern Baptists who aren't wild about some in the denomination issuing a declaration on climate change earlier this month.
While the activists at the self-styled Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative have every right to their opinions, I believe they are overreaching in trying to transform a political question into one of morality.
In fact, with all due respect, I think these folks have a lot of nerve, telling their fellow Baptists to jump on the global-warming bandwagon and take action in what may well prove to be this century's equivalent of tilting at windmills, only with a host of potentially devastating consequences.
The declaration, which was not endorsed by the denomination itself, boils down to this: "We resolve to engage this issue without any further lingering over the basic reality of the problem or our responsibility to address it." In other words: The debate is over, global warming is here, and we must, as good Baptists, rise up to fight it.
But merely declaring a debate over doesn't make it so. Amen! While plenty of scientists buy into global warming, many others don't. Temperature shifts can reflect any number of factors unrelated to human activity. And a healthy skepticism makes sense... (03/27/08)

Another BS Alert from the UN
Global warming may turn Pakistan barren in 40 years: UN Report - ISLAMABAD: A UN report on economic and social survey on Asia-Pacific 2008 launched in here on Thursday warns that due to the global warming, Pakistan may turn into a barren land within a span of four decades. (03/27/08)

Global Warming, Bad Weather Scuttle Fall Out Boy's Quest for Antarctic Glory - It's a sad day for fans of emo and/or quixotic quests, as Fall Out Boy's epic journey in search of a multi-continental world record was canceled today due to bad weather. "It's an utter f***ing disappointment," bassist AND primary lyricist AND backing vocalist Pete Wentz told MTV... (03/27/08)

Global Warming Policies Cool Minority Economic Engines - By Deneen Borelli - For someone once considered "our first black president," Bill Clinton seems to have particular disregard for the economic well-being of minorities when it comes to energy.
At a recent rally, the former Man from Hope said: "We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions 'cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren."
Slowing down the economy won't hurt Clinton and Al Gore - his former vice president and self-appointed global warming czar - it will hurt lower-income families, especially minorities. With all the panic over indications the economy may already be slowing, why purposely make things worse? (03/27/08)

NewsBusters: 'Today' Food Editor Claims Global Warming Making Napa Valley Wines Passe - By Geoffrey Dickens - Proving that no segment, be it even one on food trends, is safe from liberal bias, NBC's "Today" show food editor claimed, in a report on hot new food trends, that global warming was causing Napa Valley wines to become passe. On Thursday's "Today" show co-anchors Ann Curry and Hoda Kotb sipped wine, while Lempert claimed that North Carolina wines were going to be all the rage because Napa Valley wineries were being harmed by "global warming."
The following exchange occurred on the March 27 "Today" show... (03/27/08)

EPA Cautious Global Warming. - By H. JOSEF HEBERT - WASHINGTON (AP -- The Environmental Protection Agency is making clear it will not be rushed into a decision on whether to regulate emissions linked to global warming, as directed by the Supreme Court. (03/27/08)

Something isn"t following the Greenhouse script
The Oceans Have Stopped Warming! - By Dennis Avery - This year of 2008 is starting out cold--but according to the "consensus" climate watchers it's still likely to be one of the "top 10 warmest" in the thermometer record before it's over. After all, the Greenhouse gasses continue to accumulate in the atmosphere.
But wait. Something isn't following the Greenhouse script. The oceans, which contain 80 to 90 percent of the planet's heat, have recently stopped warming!
Over the past 4-5 years, "there has been a very slight cooling, but not anything really significant,"J osh Willis of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently told National Public Radio. (03/26/08)

WPHS students hear opposing views on climate change - By JOHN PLESTINA, Ely Times Reporter - One class at White Pine High School is pondering the weighty issue of global warming and its teacher is using every learning tool available from Al Gore's movie to Sierra Pacific Resources' director of project development.David Sims of SPR visited two periods of Biology 1 last week.
He gave a presentation on the Ely Energy Center and the global warming issue to the mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who are exploring the weighty topics. Sims, who is based in Las Vegas, is directly involved with the development of the Ely Energy Center, one of two proposed coal-fired power plants that are proposed be built in White Pine County during the next few years.
Sims is the latest learning tool that teacher Cammie Briggs has utilized. She said she is trying to present the students with every side of the issues. (03/26/08)

 

David Sims
photo: Ely Times

David Sims of Sierra Pacific Resources explains to a biology class at White Pine High School about the global warming controversy. Biology Class? What's that got to do with global warming?

The Global Warming Economy: Green Collar Jobs to the Rescue? - By Mike Bates - It's the latest. It's the greatest. Green collar jobs are going to help turn around the economy if Democrats have their way. Senator Barack Obama last month promised the government would spend $150 billion to create 5 million such jobs. At $30,000 a pop, that's placing a great deal of faith in federal job training.
Even your typical white person has hopped on the green bandwagon. Also last month, Senator Hillary Clinton argued in a debate: "We can create at least five million new jobs. . . I helped to pass legislation to begin a training program for green collar jobs. I want to see people. . . trained to do the work that will put solar panels on roofs, install wind turbines, do geothermal, take advantage of biofuels." (03/26/08)

'Mush-Mind McCain Continues To Embrace The Global Warming Hoax?' - By Malcolm Hedges - Today Senator John McCain in his major speech continued to call for International economic and financial destruction in the name of fixing "Global Warming".
The world is facing "Global Cooling" and Senator McCain who seems to live in a cave and have no concept of the real world wants everybody to be forced to live in abstract poverty to fight "Global Warming" ?
As Global Cooling moves forward, brought to us by the Sun, crops will become harder to grow, food will be become a premium commodity and mored energy for heating will be needed by all of the world.
Meanwhile the GreeenIsm fanatics will continue to fight any reasonable efforts to increase supplies of energy... (03/26/08)

McCain calls for greater fight on global warming - In foreign policy address, GOP candidate tempers Iraq stand - By Russ Britt, MarketWatch - LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain on Wednesday called for greater vigilance in combating global warming, saying that a successor to the Kyoto Treaty should be enacted.
McCain called for the U.S. to be good "stewards of our planet," saying the treaty that U.S. has yet to ratify is necessary to preserve the Earth. A cap-and-trade system in which environmental credits are exchanged much like common stock is a system the Arizona senator said he favors.
" The risks of global warming have no borders," McCain said. "We and the other nations of the world must get serious about substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years or we will hand off a much-diminished world to our grandchildren." (03/26/08)

Speech Addresses Threat of Global Warming - Possible solutions to environmental problems presented in lecture. By Rachel Nishimura - Richard Turco discussed global warming and various geo-engineering techniques to mitigate climate change in a lecture two weeks ago.
Turco, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship winner and UCLA professor, has conducted much research in the field of atmospheric sciences. His speech was the third in a series of lectures hosted by The Center for the Future.
Turco's speech went into detail about the factors that affect climate change such albedo, an insulation effect. He placed an emphasis on the growing evidence supporting the greenhouse effect. According to Turco, the Earth is changing significantly due to the effects of global warming. (03/26/08)

The Global Warming Medicine Show - By Garry Reed -
"Climate alarmists pose real threat to freedom" - The Australian, March 12, 2008
"NYC Climate Conference Further Debunks 'Consensus' Claims" - Hawaii Reporter, March 13, 2008
"Weather Channel Founder: Sue Al Gore for Fraud" - Fox News, March 14, 2008
Global warming and cooling, according to our more down-to-earth earth-sciences scientists, seem to occur in 1,500-year cycles. People's lifespans - something like 35 years or so for century after century before capitalism came along and, much to the chagrin of lefty hollow-head Marxist anti-capitalists who still blindly deny it, extended the average life expectancy out to 70 or 80 years or so - were just too short for people grubbing in the ground for their grub in the form of grub worms to take much notice of these great climate shifts.
Today it seems that we are living in one of those 1,500-year transition periods. The last cold period, known to climatologists and historians (but not to the mass population of the Earth who refuse to read history) as the Little Ice Age, ended sometime around the year 1850. In Geologic Years, that was just a New York second ago. (03/26/08)

Global warming, fact or farce? - By: Sander Sassen - During the Easter holidays I often find myself at the dinner table with friends and family, discussing some of the current topics that are in the news. I always take pleasure in convincing relatives that whatever you hear on the news is often just one simplified version of someone else's truth, dumbed down and packed into whatever time slot was available for that particular news item. Global warming is a popular topic that is in the news often, and one I am particularly fond of discussing.
I always find it amusing to see a global warming advocate foaming at the mouth as they repeat the same story over and over again. Carbon dioxide is the big killer, the one cause for our imminent demise as a species and the planet as a whole. Never mind that there are greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide, gases that are more potent by several magnitudes. Never mind that just about every living organism generates carbon dioxide and has been doing so for billions of years. Never mind that a forest fire, or a mild volcanic eruption, generates more carbon dioxide than we do as a species in a year. Never mind that we only have accurate worldwide temperature data for about the last 150 years at best. Never mind that the Earth's average temperature has fluctuated enormously throughout history with the first few billion years not even a car, or a fossil fuel burning energy plant, in sight. (03/26/08)

Climate expert says new 'global warming' legislation will cripple poor - By Allie Martin - Dr. Roy Spencer, a scientist who has been studying climate change for the past two decades, says defenders of supposed "manmade global warming" are proposing policy changes and legislation that will put heavy burdens on the poorest of the poor.
A principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Dr. Spencer directs a number of climate research projects. The expert in climate change says much of the hysteria over global warming is not based on scientific fact.
Spencer recently released a book titled Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies that Hurt the Poor. He believes advocates of manmade global warming favor reforms and legislation that will cripple the poor. "When you start punishing wealth, you're going to be reducing a generation of wealth by punishing the use of energy, [from] which all human activity is required. It's going to hurt the poor first," Spencer points out. (03/26/08)

Call to adapt to global warming - It would be cheaper and more effective for the world to adapt to global warming rather than fight it, scientists have said.
The scientists - including Mike Hulme, the founding director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia - accept the scientific consensus on the causes and effects of climate change, but differ on what to do about it.
Their view, which has caused them to be labelled "the new pariahs of global warming", is that the world should work to reduce hunger, storm damage and disease, rather than spending trillions of pounds trying to stabilise carbon dioxide levels across the planet.
Roger Pielke Jr, an environmental policy expert at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told the journal Natural Hazards Review: "Everything has been put on the back of carbon dioxide, and carbon dioxide cannot carry that weight."
He continued: "I've been accused of taking money from Exxon or being a right-wing hack. I would characterise us as realists. Realists on what is politically possible." Original source: LA Times (03/26/08)

Link to Global Warming in Frogs Disappearance Is Challenged - By ANDREW C. REVKIN - In the scientific equivalent of the board game Clue, teams of biologists have been sifting spotty evidence and pointing to various culprits in the widespread vanishing of harlequin frogs.
The amphibians, of the genus Atelopus -- actually toads despite their common name -- once hopped in great numbers along stream banks on misty slopes from the Andes to Costa Rica. After 20 years of die-offs, they are listed as critically endangered by conservation groups and are mainly seen in zoos. (03/25/08)

Greenie Watch: Global cooling hits Britain - Britain is enduring its most miserable Easter for 25 years as Arctic winds sweep in, bringing snow, hail and sleet. Snow began falling in Scotland yesterday and was expected to move south over the next few days, with forecasters saying that a white Easter looked increasingly likely across much of the country.
People wrapped up warmly to take a stroll along the seven-mile promenade in Bournemouth, Dorset, as temperatures dropped to 7C. Last Easter thousands of people sunbathed on the sandy beach as temperatures topped 20C. Holidaymaker Andy Hemmings, 55, from St Albans, Herts, said: "The sun is out but the winds are very chilly. We are warming ourselves up with a hot chocolate." (03/25/08)

On the lighter side...
Lou's News: Global Warming Decimating Local Snowman Population - As the emission of greenhouse gasses increases and global climate continues to spiral upward, no demographic is taking it harder than the snowmen and snowwomen of our community.
Snowmen across the country are left defenseless against a rising global temperature as one by one, they slowly melt away and fade from existence.
A report put out by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that the life expectancy of the average snowman continues to decrease.
" A snowman used to be able to last in the average American backyard for the whole winter," one official said. "Now most of them can't even make it past Christmas." (03/25/08)

Warming crowd fears real debate - By Dick Little - ...record levels of ice in the Antarctic sea have been reported, along with record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, and Chili. "All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's, GISS, UAH, and RSS) have released updated figures showing, 'over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously,'" Hadley scientists noted. (03/25/08)

CO2 Science: Global Warming and the Vascular Plant Species Richness of Individual Countries - "Based on data from the 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants (Walter and Gillett, 1998)," the authors calculated the number or richness of vascular plant species per unit area of land for 79 nations of the Northern Hemisphere with the goal of determining the effect of global-scale environmental change on the degree of variability in national plant species richness, particularly within the context of 20th-century global warming. (03/25/08)

New Evidence Discredits Global Warming Dogma - Some call data on carbon dioxide a bombshell, but so far global warming advocates have been bombproof.
On national radio in Australia, Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, dropped a bombshell on those who support global warming: While carbon dioxide levels have risen for the last 10 years, the Earth has cooled, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change knows it. Marohasy said,
The head of the ipcc (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has actually acknowledged it [that the Earth has cooled since 1998]. He talks about the apparent plateau in temperatures so far this century. So he recognizes that in this century, over the past eight years, temperatures have plateaued. … This is not what you"d expect, as I said, because if carbon dioxide is driving temperature then you"d expect that, given carbon dioxide levels have been continuing to increase, temperatures should be going up. (03/25/08)

Link to Global Warming in Frogs" Disappearance Is Challenged - By ANDREW C. REVKIN - In the scientific equivalent of the board game Clue, teams of biologists have been sifting spotty evidence and pointing to various culprits in the widespread vanishing of harlequin frogs.
The amphibians, of the genus Atelopus -- actually toads despite their common name -- once hopped in great numbers along stream banks on misty slopes from the Andes to Costa Rica. After 20 years of die-offs, they are listed as critically endangered by conservation groups and are mainly seen in zoos. (03/25/08)

Global warming still under dispute - To the editor: In regard to your editorial for having an Earth Day with the notion of shutting down power for an hour, the school board and your paper should be ashamed of themselves for fear mongering.
There is no basis in fact that global warming is caused by man. As a matter of fact, it has become a political issue espoused by the socialists around the world.
There are many scientists with an opposing view on global warming and as such should be given respect that it deserves. The Earth is not that fragile and the only calamity we have to fear is volcanic eruptions, asteroid onslaught and overpopulation. ~ Alex Fabricius, Oshawa (03/25/08)

Scientific Consensus on Climate Change? - By Klaus-Martin Schulte - FEAR of anthropogenic "global warming" can adversely affect patients" well-being. Accordingly, the state of the scientific consensus about climate change was studied by a review of the 539 papers on "global climate change" found on the Web of Science database from January 2004 to mid-February 2007, updating research by Oreskes (2004), who had reported that between 1993 and 2003 none of 928 scientific papers on "global climate change" had rejected the consensus that more than half of the warming of the past 50 years was likely to have been anthropogenic. In the present review, 31 papers (6% of the sample) explicitly or implicitly reject the consensus. Though Oreskes said that 75% of the papers in her sample endorsed the consensus, fewer than half now endorse it. Only 6% do so explicitly. Only one paper refers to "catastrophic" climate change, but without offering evidence. There appears to be little evidence in the learned journals to justify the climate-change alarm that now harms patients. (03/24/08)

Higher Fuel Taxes Won't Help Anything - By JOHN HOOD - For thoughtful fiscal conservatives, taxing motor fuels and vehicles to pay for the roads they traverse is among the least-objectionable forms of taxation in American government.
These taxes solved our transportation system's main pricing problem — that most of our highways and streets have, as a practical matter, had to offer unlimited access and thus couldn't be tolled — by essentially tethering how much drivers pay to how much they drive.
On second thought, fiscal conservatives should still oppose any increase in the federal gas tax. Here's why:
There's nothing magical about "federal" funding of local roads. The money doesn't come flying in from some Neverland.
Instead, the system simply compels motorists to send gobs of money to Washington every time they fill up their tanks. (03/24/08)

Quote Of The Day

"We should begin to see cooling coming on. I"m willing to make a big financial bet on it. In 10 years, I expect the globe to be somewhat cooler than it is now, because this ocean effect will dominate over the human-induced CO2 effect and I believe the solar effect and the land-use effect. I think this is likely bigger." Dr. William Gray, Colorado State University.

American media ignores inconvenient science on global warming - Jerome J. Schmitt - Americans apparently have to look to Australia for truthful accounts of climate research conducted by our own space agency. Christopher Pearson' March 22 article in THE AUSTRALIAN concerns an interview of "Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs." When asked about "Global Warming", Marohasy stated:
"...actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what you'd expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years.
"The head of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has actually acknowledged it."
(03/24/08)

You Must Get Roy Spencer's Book - Folks, you have to get a book. I mentioned this last week. Our official climatologist here, Roy W. Spencer, has written a book called Climate Confusion. I'm holding it right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. It's How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians, and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor. Dr. Spencer, formerly of NASA, is now at the University of Alabama Huntsville. He's got a great little picture here on the cover. It's a picture of either the sun rising or setting over the Antarctic or Arctic, I'm not sure which, but it's as cold as it can be -- snow cover, ice everywhere -- and the sign says "Danger: Global Warming Ahead." But it's called Climate Confusion, and it's written by a scientist for laypeople to be easily understood. (03/24/08)

WS Radio: Global Warming debate - Listen live (QuickTime), Mondays, 4 - 6 p.m. EST - "Political Animals"--the flagship radio show of Western Standard radio--is a weekly political talk show on 88.1 WBGUFM hosted by Jay Lafayette, Peter Jaworski, and Terrence Watson.
Today, our phone-in guest will be Dr. Roy Spencer, former climatologist for NASA and author of "Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies that Hurt the Poor."
To debate Roy in the studio, we have invited Dr. Todd Albert, an instructor in the Geography Department at Bowling Green State University. According to his BGSU page, "Dr. Albert is deeply concerned with global climate change and urges everyone to take a strong stance in reducing their own carbon emissions." (03/24/08)

Poland Has A White Easter Week After A Warm Winter - Warsaw, Poland - 24 March, 2008 In spite of predictions of global warming, snow continues to fall in Poland and is predicted to fall over the next few days.
Poland's weather this past winter stands out as an anomaly within an anomaly. Rather than experiencing the normal winter winds from the North, the winds came out of the West and carried warm, moist air from the Atlantic. The result was a warm winter while much of the rest of the world suffered under record cold temperatures.
Based on current data, global warming peaked about ten years ago. The climate change trend has been flat over most of that period. ( Climate facts to warm to) In the past year, however, global temperature dropped significantly. But Poland's winter was warmer than usual. ( Is Poland's Climate Change Counter To World Climate Change? ) And the answer as to why lies in the wind. (03/24/08)

Some Biofuels Cause Global Warming! What Does that Tell Us? - By Ethan G. - The word is now out: many biofuels, such as corn ethanol, actually cause global warming according to two studies published in Science in February. Why? Their production leads to clearing of wilderness to make way for agricultural land. Yet the vegetation cleared away helps fight global warming by sequestering carbon dioxide.
This report came as no surprise. Environmentalists such as Lester Brown had long warned that biofuels, particularly from corn, would do more harm than good (Earth Policy). In the United States corn is grown using oil and oil products, so the total energy produced is relatively small. Brazil extracts biofuel from sugar cane, which is far more efficient. Unfortunately growing extra sugar cane spurs the clearing of the Amazonian rain forest, an irreplaceable environmental treasure trove. (03/24/08)

Examination of global warming models urged in light of Argo data - By Jim Brown - A liberal media outlet has acknowledged that global warming may have "taken a breather."
National Public Radio reports instead of warming up over the past four or five years, oceans have actually been cooling slightly. According to NPR, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been studying the ocean with a fleet of robotic instruments that can dive 3,000 feet down and measure ocean temperature. Since the "Argo" system was fully deployed in 2003, it has recorded no warming of the global oceans, but rather "slight cooling."
Marc Morano with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says the cooling trend runs contrary to the claims of people promoting manmade global warming fears. But NPR -- which he describes as "an entrenched, liberal, mainstream institution" -- would rather question NASA's data, showing no ocean warming, instead of questioning the models that are predicting catastrophic sea level rise due to supposed global warming, he notes. (03/24/08)

Disgracegul!
'World News' Rips Scientist to Shreds for Being Global Warming 'Skeptic' - ABC pulls no punches in dismissing the work of physicist Fred Singer as 'fraudulent nonsense.' - By Jeff Poor - ABC"s harmlessly named "profile" segment March 23 was, in essence, an attempt to discredit and bury the individual profiled " not too surprising, however, because he is a scientist who refuses to support wildly hyped global warming predictions.
Reporter/anchor Dan Harris introduced Dr. Fred Singer as part of the "denial machine" and accused him of trying to create a "mirage of a scientific debate" in the face of "broad scientific understanding." (03/24/08)

Global Warming Stuns Naysayers, Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar - By: Bernie - Worldwide Exultation overcame environmentalists on Sunday when An Inconvenient Truth nabbed two Academy Award wins"one for Best Documentary and another for Best Supporting Actor.
Al Gore and director Davis Guggenheim both expressed great optimism for the future of environmentalism based on the film"s success. However, the most triumphant part of the story lies in its underdog upset for Best Supporting Actor. Global Warming, a five-time nominee, finally took a gold statuette though critics predicted that Alan Arkin would win. (03/24/08)

Meteorological Service: Don't blame global warming for water woes - By MEGAN JACOBS - Let's not be so quick to blame global warming," said duty forecaster Robert Olimsky of the Israel Meteorological Service. Though the IMS is predicting the current heat wave to continue through Wednesday morning, Olimsky stressed that this is just an extreme of what normally happens this time of year, saying that trends over decades, rather than a few days, are necessary to deduce that global warming is the cause of weather changes.
Despite the cold winter and the unusual amount of snow in Jerusalem this past winter, precipitation was "well below average" for the season by roughly 30%, according to the IMS. This year was the fifth winter to fall short of expected rainfall, for which the IMS does not have conclusive explanations. (03/24/08)

Global Warming: Who Said What -- and When - March 24, 2008; Page R2 - It turns out Al Gore was hardly the first one to sound the alarm. Looking back nearly three decades, you can find prominent people warning the public about the danger of rising temperatures. But there have also been a number of skeptics. Here's a selection of quotes on climate change. (03/24/08)

Excellent!
More trouble for the global warming movement - When I was in sixth grade, I specifically remember reading in my science book about global cooling and the coming Ice Age. Some things change and some others never do. One thing that changes on a regular basis is science. When I started medical school, I was told that more than half of what I was taught during medical school would be proved incorrect by the end of my career. This is not an anomaly for just medicine. You see it throughout all fields of study when you are dealing with inexact sciences. The study of weather is certainly not exempt from this. If you think the people that study weather really have a firm grasp on what is going on, just watch the weather report on the local news for a few weeks and you"ll change your mind.
One thing that never changes is the desire by some to control the masses through environmental nonsense. In our current day and age, one of the ways this is manifested in the hysteria of man-made global warming. We are told that we must cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by cutting energy consumption presumptively by eliminating fossil fuel use. We are told that we must embrace "green technology" and buy hybrid cars to save the earth. This global warming hysteria continues to reach magnitude proportions in our government and has already manifested itself in a bill that permanently bans the incandescent light bulb a few years from now (sorry Edison!). Congress is pondering passing a law mandating fuel emissions to reach somewhere around 50 miles per gallon on all cars manufactured in this country. If that isn"t the quickest way to destroy the auto industry in this country, I don"t know what is.
Global warming, or global "climate change" as some like to call it is actually far from a scientific consensus. Scientists that do not prescribe to global warming are ridiculed, ostracized, and silenced. The Weather Channel founder, John Coleman, called man-made global warming the greatest scam in history. Proponents of this global warming hysteria have a specific goal of politicizing the weather, because if you can politicize the weather, you can control everyone. There"s a tornado"it must be OUR fault for global warming. There"s a tsunami"global warming. There are wildfires across California"global warming. Hurricane"global warming... (03/23/08)

Perhaps the climate change models are wrong - Lorne Gunter, National Post - These 3,000 yellow sentinels --about the size and shape of a large fence post -- free-float the world's oceans, season in and season out, surfacing between 30 and 40 times a year, disgorging their findings, then submerging again for another fact-finding voyage. [...]
So why are some scientists now beginning to question the buoys' findings? Because in five years, the little blighters have failed to detect any global warming. They are not reinforcing the scientific orthodoxy of the day, namely that man is causing the planet to warm dangerously. They are not proving the predetermined conclusions of their human masters. Therefore they, and not their masters' hypotheses, must be wrong. (03/23/08)

ABC's Global Warming Hit Piece "Welcome to 'The Denial Machine'" - By Noel Sheppard - Climate alarmism reached a new low Sunday as ABC's "World News" featured a hit piece on Dr. S. Fred Singer, the esteemed Professor Emeritus of environmental science at the University of Virginia.
In a segment disgracefully entitled "Welcome to 'The Denial Machine,'" anchor Dan Harris disparaged Singer at every turn.
With a picture of Singer behind his right shoulder, under which was displayed the words "THE SKEPTIC," Harris began (video available here): (03/23/08)

Global warming scientists eagerly await first Nenana ice cracks - By Tony Allen-Mills in New York - It may not be the world"s most exciting spectator sport, but watching the ice melt in Alaska has become an unmissable rite of spring for two very different but related groups - gamblers and climatologists.
An annual contest to guess the exact moment the ice breaks on the River Tanana, 300 miles north of Anchorage, is attracting global interest, both as a chance to win a $300,000 (£151,000) prize and as one of the world"s most precise scientific indicators of the effects of global warming. (03/23/08)

Absurdity Of The Day

"If we all stopped reproducing tomorrow, in a hundred years Earth would be human-free, which may be the most environment friendly act. Sasha Bezzubov, Alarmist Shutterbug.

NewsBusters: Inconvenient Truth: Global Warming Ended Ten Years Ago - By James Murray - Despite the more hysterical predictions we've heard of late, the evidence continues to mount that if the earth was warming, it stopped quite some time ago.
Of course, don't expect this fact to be widely reported, if it indeed even makes it into any U.S. newspapers or television broadcasts.
Read the entire interview from The Australian, but a couple of admissions are quite striking... (03/22/08)

NewsBusters: Sci-Fi Classic Goes Green: Klaatu Returns to Warn Us About Global Warming - By Noel Sheppard - Hollywood is about to release a remake of the science fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
This time, rather than coming to earth to warn us about our dangerous foray into the nuclear age, Klaatu and Gort have returned to caution us about -- wait for it -- global warming!
Honestly, you can't possibly make this stuff up! (03/22/08)

Letter: Don't fall for global warming hysteria - Chico Enterprise-Record - When it comes to choosing between Al Gore and Thomas Sowell, Robert Woods would choose the former whereas I would choose the latter. To me, that signifies the difference between uninformed hysteria and careful analysis.
More than 20,000 scientists and engineers have signed a notice that we do not agree with the doom and gloom projections of computer programs. In fact, we believe that an increase in carbon dioxide concentration and a rise in temperature would be beneficial to plant life and the environment as a whole.
The warm years of the Medieval Climate Optimum during 1100 AD was good for farmers whereas the Little Ice Age during 1700 AD caused the starvation of thousands of people because grain didn't ripen. Data show the sun is responsible for the temperature swings on earth and to try to counter it is not only futile, it would cost far more than California or the country can afford. ~ Lionel Brooks, Chico (03/22/08)

Lovelock Sounding the Absurdity Alarm
Lovelock: Paris A Desert, China 'Uninhabitable' By 2040 - Renowned British scientist James Lovelock says global warming prevention efforts are 'futile'; Predicts mass migration for mankind's survival. - By Jeff Poor , Business & Media Institute - ... According to Lovelock, several scenarios will play out by the time the magical year 2040 arrives. The Chinese will inhabit Africa, the Russians will migrate to Siberia and Americans will move into Canada. He told The Daily Mail he believes "white Americans" will adapt easily to these Armageddon circumstances.
"White Americans are descended from those who had the guts to cross on rough old ships and find a new life," Lovelock said. "They have the right spirit of can-do." (03/22/08)

Japan's nuclear body: Nuclear energy crucial in fighting global warming - TOKYO, March 21 (Xinhua) -- It is of vital importance to promote the exploitation of nuclear energy as the world is faced with huge challenges of climate change, said Japan's Atomic Energy Commission on Friday.
The Japanese government should strive to incorporate the promotion of atomic energy as an important pillar in the global framework to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, said the nuclear body in an annual report submitted to the cabinet. (03/21/08)

Global warming bill dealt blow - The Maryland Senate today severely weakened a bill designed to reduce global warming pollution in the state.
An amendment approved by a vote of 27-20 would require the Maryland Department of the Environment to jump through several more hoops before it imposes any rules to cut greenhouse gases. Every time the MDE wanted to limit the pollution through regulations, the agency would have to win another vote by the General Assembly. That's a difficult, multi-step process that could easily be derailed by industry lobbyists who oppose the limits, supporters of the bill argue. Good! (03/20/08)

From The JunkMan!
Junk Science: The Global Warming Bubble - By Steven Milloy - You didn"t have to be a rocket scientist in the 1990s to figure out that speculative investment in dot-coms with no revenues would be disastrous.
The same goes for lenders giving mortgages to borrowers with no jobs, no incomes and no assets.
So after surviving the tech bubble and while trying to extricate the economy from the housing bubble, why are we bent on heading into the global warming bubble?
Just this week the Environmental Protection Agency issued its economic analysis of the Lieberman-Warner global warming bill that is being considered by the Senate. The EPA projects that if the bill is enacted the size of our economy as measured by its gross domestic product would shrink by as much as $2.9 trillion by the year 2050. (03/20/08)

Global Warming: the Climate of Fear - By Alexander Cockburn - Although the world's climate is on a warming trend, there is zero evidence that the rise in carbon dioxide levels has anthropogenic origins. For daring to say this I have been treated as if I have committed intellectual blasphemy. (03/18/08)

Excellent!
Is global warming simply a man-made hoax? - By James R. Brigham - Recent headlines in The Island Packet ("Oil Prices Stalling Economy Fixes") and the Wall Street Journal ("Markets on Tear: Wheat, Oil, Euro") highlight serious problems this country and the world are facing.
The problem is we are in short supply of oil, natural gas, coal, corn and wheat - all needed for economic growth. (03/18/08)

Taxation is hysterical response to global warming - The impulse to tax the hell out of everyone in a fantastical attempt to limit carbon emissions to safe levels is do-gooder insanity.
As we are hysterical together, so we will be unfairly taxed together.
We had to learn that when a mass movement arose not against a foreign enemy, but against ourselves and our way of life.
Somehow the guilt Gorgon, that had for centuries been kept restrained in psychiatric hospitals, has sneaked into the secular conscience, its cells dividing like evil yeast that dots the synapses across which the impulses of reason and skepticism once spryly jumped. (03/18/08)

CO2 Science: Peatland Carbon and Global Warming - ...there would appear to be little real-world support for the climate-alarmist claim that in response to future global warming, "peatlands may become a net source of greenhouse gases which will accelerate warming of the atmosphere." (03/18/08)

It's the great global warming swindle - The EU has decided to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 20pc by 2020.
And clearly Mother Earth in anticipation of this great sacrifice has decided to celebrate. For, according to NASA, global average temperatures are much lower this year than last.
I wish I was convinced that this drastic reduction would make a blind bit of difference.
I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Mensa-level IQ but cannot find any clear evidence within reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or other data that this is an appropriate action.
I recently complained about a lack of balance in an episode of 'Eco Eye' on the subject of global warming and RTE responded that in a programme about evolution they would not see the need to include a spokesman for creationism. However, there is much more convincing evidence about evolution than greenhouse gases causing global warming.
I have read a convincing paper that doubling the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere will increase atmospheric temperatures by just 0.01C.
Not enough to have any major effect and much less than the 0.6C warming seen in Earth's temperatures over the last century.
And CO2 levels more than 10 times higher than they are now failed to prevent a major ice age that wiped out most live on Earth at the end of the Ordovician period 445 million years ago.
In July, tax on bigger cars will become €2,000 per year and no doubt we can expect more of the same over the next few years with our rulers exploiting the great global warming swindle to tax the bejesus out of us. ~ ULICK STAFFORD PHD (03/18/08)

Global Warming to Serve Politicians - Russian Academy of Sciences officially claims main reasons of global warming are totally different from that announced by UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (03/18/08)

Japaneese Absurdity
Japan baseball looking to fight global warming with shorter games - TOKYO -- Japanese baseball is going green.
As part of the fight against global warming, Japanese professional baseball has come up with a plan to shorten its games and reduce carbon dioxide emissions at stadiums.
Teams will aim to cut playing time by six per cent, or 12 minutes, from the average of three hours and 18 minutes per game, Japan pro baseball officials said Tuesday.
Under the plan, teams will be required to spend no more than two minutes and 15 seconds when they change from fielding to batting.
Pitchers will be asked to throw within 15 seconds of receiving the ball from the catcher when no runners are on base. (03/18/08)

Global warming is just an excuse - By JR Dieckmann JR Dieckmann - Motivation behind global warming activism has never been about concern for the planet or life on Earth. Aside from using the evidence of a one degree rise in global temperatures over the past 100 years to promote global socialism (which was nothing more than recovery from a one degree drop in temperature over the previous century), there is another angle that should be considered, and if it's the real reason for high gas prices today. (03/17/08)

NASA Chief: Global Warming Treated Like a Religion - By: Philip V. Brennan - The theory of human-caused global warming is being treated as religious dogma, NASA's administrator said.
In an interview with SciGuy blogger Eric Berger, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin who last May questioned whether addressing the alleged global warming problem required all that much urgency, warned that dissent from the global warming theory is almost treated as heresy. (03/17/08)

Modern religion leaves me cold - By Contrarian - SOMETIMES I think I must be the last person in England who doesn't quite believe in the modern religion of global warming. (03/13/08)

Global Warming Politics - By Michael R. Fox Ph.D - "The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance." - Michael Crichton, Science writer and author 'State of Fear'.
The current furor over human-caused anthropogenic (AGW) global warming is a manifestation of environmental agendas that have continued for forty years. As has happened in the past, this has been aggravated by surprising low levels of science, mathematics, and energy literacy in the U.S. A retired school teacher commented to me after a speech on energy issues said, "Well I don't think we really have any electrical supply problems. If I need more electricity I'll just install more outlets." An uninformed public is very vulnerable to the threats of gloom and doom some common over the past 40 years of environmentalism. (03/07/08)

There's no global warming crisis - We had record low temperatures in 2007 being set all over the world. The global warming types hold their meeting in Africa - wouldn't do to hold it where it's snowing.
Al Gore refuses to debate scientists who say there isn't global warming. The British won't allow his film, An Inconvenient Truth, in schools unless it is known as "political commentary."
The 1940s had a year that was the hottest on record; hotter than any recorded recently. In the 1970s, they warn us about "global cooling." What a sham. ~ George MacMillan (03/07/08)

February, 2008

Child Faints At California Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar Speech - Sacramento, CA -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger helped a student who fainted at a speech in Sacramento.
Watch the boy on the left side of the screen. You can see him waver a bit, and then pass out. The Governor immediately went over the help.
The boy and the Governor got a chance to talk later in the nurse's office. The student told the Governor he blames global warming for the incident. video here (02/29/08) UPDATE! Kid Tells His Story video HERE.

Here's one for all the warmists and PETA lovers
AN OUTDOORSMAN'S JOURNAL: Global what? Little sign of warming seen in these parts - Riley Schuster's first coyote will be a trophy on his wall.
Photo by Mark Walters - Hello friends, The title to this week's column does not mean that I do not believe in global warming. It does mean that wherever I go this winter, snow and cold air temperatures are sure to follow.
This past week, my 19-year-old nephew, Riley Schuster, me and my dogs Ice and Brownie went on a remote winter camping, ice fishing and coyote hunting trip on backwaters of the Mississippi River near Trempealeau in La Crosse County. (02/29/08)

International Conference on Climate Change (The Other Side Of Global Warming) Sold Out For March 2-4 - CHICAGO, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, scheduled for March 2-4 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, has been sold out.
Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, said: "We have literally been overwhelmed with the response and interest of people from all parts of the world wanting to attend this one-of-a-kind conference." (02/29/08)

More on the indoctrination front from the land of nuts and fruits...
Global warming to be important to students - By Cindy Watson, Record Gazette - Global warming will soon become a part of school curriculum if Senator Joe Simitian has his way.
Measure SB 908, introduced by Sen. Simitian (D-Palo Alto) will mandate that science textbooks approved for California public schools will include climate change as a science topic. Simitian said, "This is a phenomenon of global importance and our kids ought to understand the science behind that phenomenon."
The Senate approved the bill Jan. 30 by a 26-13 vote. It will now go before State Assembly. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is an advocate for the reduction of global warming. However, at the time this article was written he had not publicly voiced an opinion on the bill. (02/29/08)

Should roads have tolls to fight global warming? - Ugh...NO! By Andrew Garber - OLYMPIA -- Two global-warming bills likely to pass the Legislature this session could open the door to tolls on major highways in the central Puget Sound region as a way to reduce traffic and greenhouse-gas emissions. (02/29/08)

NrewsBusters: Global Warming Update: Snowfall Records Being Broken in New England - By Noel Sheppard - Remember all those articles last year about how ski resorts were going to go bankrupt, and that folks with vacation homes near such areas were going to take a bath as global warming significantly reduced snowfall levels?
Well, ski enthusiasts and investors around the country should rest assured that this media hype was just as accurate as all those hurricane forecasts in 2006 and 2007. (02/28/08)

Cold Water On 'Global Warming' - By Thomas Sowell - It has almost become something of a joke when some "global warming" conference has to be cancelled because of a snowstorm or bitterly cold weather.
But stampedes and hysteria are no joke -- and creating stampedes and hysteria has become a major activity of those hyping a global warming "crisis."
They mobilize like-minded people from a variety of occupations, call them all "scientists" and then claim that "all" the experts agree on a global warming crisis.
Their biggest argument is that there is no argument.
A whole cottage industry has sprung up among people who get grants, government agencies who get appropriations, politicians who get publicity and the perpetually indignant who get something new to be indignant about. It gives teachers something to talk about in school instead of teaching.
Those who bother to check the facts often find that not all those who are called scientists are really scientists and not all of those who are scientists are specialists in climate. But who bothers to check facts these days? (02/28/08)

Global "coorming"? - By Klaus Rohrich - For over a year now, the few scientists who haven't been intimidated or bullied into silence by the so-called "scientific consensus" we hear so much about, have predicted a rapid cooling of earth's climate due to the ...wait for it.. activity of the sun. That prediction is tempered with the qualifier that sun spot activity has been virtually dormant for over a year and unless that activity returns soon, the planet will once again experience a "little ice age" like the one that ended during the 1850s. (02/27/08)

EFFORTS TO BOOST CLIMATE CHANGE CONCERN MAY HAVE OPPOSITE EFFECT, RISK ANALYSIS STUDY SHOWS - MCLEAN, VIRGINIA, Feb. 27 -/E-Wire/-- Mass media efforts to raise American public concern about climate change -- such as Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and the "scientific consensus" media drumbeat - ironically may be having just the opposite effect, according to a new study appearing in the scientific journal Risk Analysis. (02/27/08)

The Manmade Global Warming Hoax Thrives on Faith, Not Facts - RUSH: Big, big, big news on the global warming front, but this is going to serve as a great example to what I was talking about earlier. You have Obama and his followers, and you're not going to talk his followers out of him with standard political jargon or criticism because they're not with him because of politics. He's not running a political campaign. He's leading a movement out there. By the same token, manmade global warming is a total hoax. It has no basis in fact, and yet it has acolytes out the wazoo. We have people going out and living their lives and changing their lives to account for this hoax and this manmade global warming that's destroying the planet, that they have been led to believe they are responsible for in part, and so they gotta do things to absolve themselves of their sin. So, they're putting in these screwy little spaghetti lightbulbs, they're driving strange cars, they're using something other than toilet paper in the bathroom, whatever number of things. No matter what you tell 'em, they go out and watch Gore's movie. You can point out every factual error in Gore's movie. "No. It's bad. It's bad. That movie is the truth." (02/27/08)

Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling - Michael Asher - Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming.
Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on. (02/27/08)

World Temperatures according to the Hadley Center for Climate Prediction. Note the steep drop over the last year.Hadley Center Graph
photo: www.dailytech.com

Even in the midst of the coldest winter since 1966, "High School Indoctrination" continues...
M-A students discuss global warming issues - More than 1,500 Menlo-Atherton High School students are expected to participate in discussions this week regarding global warning issues, says M-A spokeswoman Kelly L. Todd.
Gary Latshaw of the Climate Project will give a condensed version of Al Gore's global warming presentation at student assemblies on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 27-28.
The students will be asked for suggestions on what they can do in their daily lives to improve the environment on campus and in the community, Ms. Todd said.
The program is sponsored by the student-led Environmental Committee, headed by Anna Murveit. (02/27/08)

Global warming is a dream come true for attorneys.
Did These 24 Companies Cause Global Warming? - A Swamped Alaskan Village Sues - Kivalina is disappearing into the sea, as the tiny island the village calls home is swamped by the Chukchi Sea in the remote Northwest Arctic.
So it's suing.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, the village is suing the world's largest and most profitable company, Exxon Mobil, and 23 other oil, coal and power companies, alleging that they profited on the pollution that caused global warming and the attendant sea level rise swamping their homes.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, and seeks a jury trial on this issue: Should the companies pay to relocate the village and its 400 Inupiat Eskimo residents to safer ground, at a cost of $95 million to $400 million.
The lawsuit also particularly singles out Exxon and other companies for conspiring to create "a false scientific debate" about global warming, according to portions of the suit quoted by the Anchorage Daily News.
These are the 24 companies named in the suit:
Exxon Mobil
BP
Conoco
Chevron Corp.
Shell Oil Co.
Peabody Energy Corp.
AES Corp.
American Electric Power Co.
DTE Energy Co.
Duke Energy Corp.
Dynegy Holdings Inc.
Edison International
MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.
Mirant Corp.
NRG Energy
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
Reliant Energy Inc.
Southern Co.
Xcel Energy Inc.
Other affiliated companies

Global warming sceptics buoyed by record cold - By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles - Global warming sceptics are pointing to recent record cold temperatures in parts of North America and Asia and the return of Arctic Sea ice to suggest fears about climate change may be overblown.
According to the US National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the average temperature of the global land surface in January 2008 was below the 20th century mean (-0.02°F/-0.01°C) for the first time since 1982.
Although some areas of the Northern Hemisphere experienced record cold, other areas experienced recorded above average temperatures
Temperatures were also colder than average across large swathes of central Asia, the Middle East, the western US, western Alaska and southeastern China.
The NCDC reported that the cold conditions were associated with "the largest January snow cover extent on record for the Eurasian continent and for the Northern Hemisphere". (02/26/08)

End of conversation? - I'm always suspicious of anyone who wants to shut down debate. If global warming is a man-made phenomenon, show me the evidence. - By MIKE HASHIMOTO / The Dallas Morning News - Goodness, what part of "melting polar ice caps" don't you get?
Rising oceans will swamp coastal areas. Those of us who aren't cooked by the heat will die of thirst in a drought, if more frequent and intense hurricanes don't kill us first.
And humans almost certainly caused all this because we drive cars and air-condition our too-big homes and build factories that belch emissions and produce goods we almost certainly don't need.
We are to blame. End of conversation. "Consensus science" says so.
So does Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman, who is not a scientist but who can read a U.N. report. "We're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny," she writes. "Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future." (02/25/08)

Not this again...
Fight warming by turning off lights for hour, people urged - John Faherty, The Arizona Republic - The problem with a major environmental issue like global warming is that it seems so big you figure there is nothing you can do about it.
So an environmental group has picked one hour in March when it wants you to do exactly that. Nothing.
At 8 p.m. on March 29, the city of Phoenix and all Valley residents who care to join in will turn off the lights for one hour. (02/25/08) I'll be sure to do my part by turning all my lights and electrical appliances on during that hour!

Well duh!
Snow Not Attributed To Global Warming - Harvard prof. cites chance, not climate change, for recent snow - By ALEXANDER R. KONRAD, Contributing Write - As snow blanketed the campus during this season's latest snowstorm on Friday, global warming was not deemed the culprit of the latest round of wet boots and dangerous slips outside Lamont library, according to one Harvard meteorologist.
"We can't point to this sort of winter and say, 'this winter is bad because of global warming.' It's not being fair with the data," said Brian F. Farrell, a Harvard meteorology professor. (02/25/08)

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age - By Lorne Gunter, National Post - Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.
The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average."
China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them. (02/25/08)

Absurdity of the day...
UFOs and Global Warming - By Ed Komarek - The truth is that the way the ET spaceships are powered with almost unlimited cheap power can be used to drive our civilization with little environmental effects. The oil industry relies on scarcity to control the price of oil and make trillions of dollars at public expense but all that would have been wiped out with cheap abundant energy. Also we would not have global warming and other environmental degradation that so threaten us and our planet if cheap non polluting energy had come into widespread use by the 1960s as it should have. (02/24/08)

Bordeaux big guns bullish about of climate change - By Maggie Rosen - Michel Rolland, Bruno Prats and other Bordeaux notables claim climate change may have a positive effect on the region.
At the recent 2008 Climate Change and Wine conference in Barcelona, Prats and Rolland, along with consultant Pascal Chatonnet and veteran oenologist Jacques Lurton, argued that global warming offered possibilities that were not available in the past.
'The last 10 vintages at Cos d'Estournel have been the best ever,' said Prats, the former owner of the Medoc 2nd growth chateau.
'In the 1970s, all the vintages needed chaptalization. In the 1990s, I had to chaptalize, and use reverse osmosis on half of the vintages. Today, none of the vintages need anything.'
'I think there are great possibilities for Bordeaux,' said Lurton, 'though we have to focus on water management and specifically the possibility of allowing irrigation. '
Rolland contended that it was too early to tell what effect climate change has had so far or to predict its negative impact. (02/22/08)

Bill Jamieson - Chilly months make for cool reflection on the climate theories - NOT everyone can be a hot-water bottle. It looks an easy life, stretched out in bed all night. But all that gurgling and burbling and radiating can wear you down. And the indignities! Scalding hot water poured into your bum and then shaken upside down to test you don't leak!
I raise this existential problem because Henry, my hot-water bottle in a fetching Mickey Mouse cover, is now in his 16th consecutive week of service with barely a night off since November.
A problem? It is, for him and me, having been assured by the relentless propaganda of the global warming industry that Henry could look forward to early retirement, basking in a sunny spot on top of the wardrobe, with those nights of gurgling and burbling and radiating behind him. Instead, he is working overtime in the front line against ... global cooling. (02/22/08)

Baby, it's cold outside - Andrew Bolt - KEVIN Rudd's global warming adviser has had a rude surprise.
Professor Ross Garnaut has invigorated a debate on catastrophic man-made global warming that Al Gore, and most journalists and politicians, keep claiming was over years ago.
In fact, he's even wondering if some scientists have played funny buggers. (02/22/08)

Rewriting History
Study debunks 'global cooling' concern of '70s - By Doyle Rice, USA TODAY - The supposed "global cooling" consensus among scientists in the 1970s -- frequently offered by global-warming skeptics as proof that climatologists can't make up their minds -- is a myth, according to a survey of the scientific literature of the era. Really? So this is a figment of our imagination.
The '70s was an unusually cold decade. Newsweek, Time, The New York Times and National Geographic published articles at the time speculating on the causes of the unusual cold and about the possibility of a new ice age. Ah, The New York Times, our "paper of record" which has brought us the recent slander article on Senator McCain, the General "Betray Us" ad among other things. And National Geographic which most recently brought us the doom and gloom propaganda piece narrated by leftist actor and role model for all fathers, Alec Baldwin.
But Thomas Peterson of the National Climatic Data Center surveyed dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles from 1965 to 1979 and found that only seven supported global cooling, while 44 predicted warming. Peterson says 20 others were neutral in their assessments of climate trends.
The study reports, "There was no scientific consensus in the 1970s that the Earth was headed into an imminent ice age.
"A review of the literature suggests that, to the contrary, greenhouse warming even then dominated scientists' thinking about the most important forces shaping Earth's climate on human time scales." Those of us that are old enough, remember the global cooling mantra that was even taught in our schools as the general consensus. This "study" is nothing of the sort.which leads us to our quote of the day from Chris Horner...

"Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?"


"I'm pretty sure he wasn't forced out. He's been here a long time." But was he?

Climatologist in eye of Oregon global warming tempest retiring
Weather post - George Taylor, who questions the causes of warming, lost his title Friday
- BY STUART TOMLINSON The Oregonian Staff - The controversial head of the Oregon Climate Service -- stripped of the "state climatologist" title last year by Gov. Ted Kulongoski -- announced Thursday that he will retire effective May 1.
In February 2007, Kulongoski asked the president of Oregon State University to stop George Taylor from calling himself the state climatologist because of Taylor's skeptical stance on global warming.
Taylor, who has a master's degree in meteorology and runs the state-funded Oregon Climate Service, has been widely known as Oregon's climatologist since 1991. Technically, the position was discontinued along with federal funding in the late 1980s. The climate service tracks weather and generates maps from its offices at OSU. (02/22/08)

George Taylor to retire after 19 years at Oregon Climate Service - By KYLE ODEGARD, Gazette-Times reporter - George Taylor, the manager of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, will retire as of May 1 after 19 years of pouring over weather data for farmers, fishermen, skiers and others.
"I saw my role as taking a complicated subject and simplifying it for everyday folks so they can make better decisions," he said, in a news release issued today.
During the later part of his tenure, however, Taylor made news as much for his long-range forecasts - spot on this winter - as for his controversial views on climate change... (02/22/08)

More absurdity: Get a load of this headline...
Hordes of Mongolians Invade Cities to Escape Global Warming - Hundreds of years ago Ghengis Khan led a thundering horde of Mongolian horsemen across Asia and into Europe, conquering nearly everything in his path in a quest for world domination.
Now the ancestors of those fierce warriors are staging a new invasion, with thousands of formerly nomadic herdsmen settling in the cities as global warming&'s effects make their traditional lifestyles much more difficult. (02/22/08)

Beware of hot air on global warming - In her article 'What's happening to our climate?' (Belfast Telegraph, February 18), Linda McKee falls into the same traps occupied by so many of her colleagues in the media.
In the first instance, she confuses local climate variations with global warming.
Global mean temperatures have been more or less static since 1998 and the temperatures that year were exceeded during the 1930s.
The Northern Hemisphere, apart from Western Europe, has been experiencing its coldest winter for many years while Antarctic summer ice was at the highest ever recorded extent for January... (02/22/08)

NOAA: Global Warming Not Causing More Destructive Hurricanes - By Noel Sheppard - One of the cornerstones of climate alarmism is that global warming is causing stronger, more destructive tropical storms.
If you don't believe me, just ask the Global Warmingist-in-Chief Al Gore.
Well, on Thursday, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration issued a press release that should make the Nobel Prize committee demand Gore immediately return his award and their money. (02/21/08)

NewsBusters: ABC Ignores How Biofuel Mandate Contributes to Inflation - By Jeff Poor - The eco-love affair Washington has with biofuels is starting to take a toll on the fragile U.S. economy. It's a shame no one in the media have that connection. (02/21/08)

Global warming right on schedule - By PETER FRIEDMAN - Much of the current panic began when Dr. Michael Mann and his coauthors published their now-discredited "hockey stick" temperature plot — so named for its shape that showed a long trend of steady temperature over a thousand-year period and a sudden rise since the early 1900s. Dr. Mann's hockey stick became the foundation for policy leaders advocating mandatory emissions caps.
Fortunately for mankind (but unfortunately for the professional reputation of Dr. Mann), the hockey stick was convincingly shown to be an artifact of his flawed statistical methodology, which exaggerated recent data and smoothed older data. Stephen McIntyre even demonstrated that Dr. Mann's erroneous methodology generated hockey stick plots even when random data were inserted. (02/21/08)

The Church of Global Warming - By Mark D. Tooley - The NCC"s "eco-justice" program, along with the Catholic and Jewish environmental groups, are all partners in the Massachusetts-based National Religious Partnership for the Environment, which funnels dollars from left-leaning foundations to religious groups willing to propagate environmentalist themes, especially Global Warming alarmism, through America"s churches and synagogues. Another partner is the Evangelical Environmental Network, which was strangely unrepresented in the Northern Ireland expedition. (02/21/08)

Still think the warmists aren't dangerous?
Global-Warming Authoritarianism - By Ayn Rand Institute: Keith Lockitch - Irvine, CA--Many people are calling for drastic political action to cope with climate change. But the authors of a new book, The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy, go much further, claiming that global warming can be effectively dealt with only by "an authoritarian form of government."
In an article promoting the book, co-author David Shearman praises China's recent ban on plastic shopping bags, expressing special admiration for its authoritarian quality. "The importance of the decision," he writes, "lies in the fact that China can do it by edict and close the factories." (02/21/08)

Global warming fanatics indoctrinate school children - By Tony Phyrillas - If you're a concerned parent, you should fight for your child. Be prepared to confront your local school board if it forces students to jump on the climate change bandwagon.
Earlier this week, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review examined the growing and dangerous trend of forcing public school children to worship at the altar of global warming hysteria.
"A seemingly harmless bill in the California State Assembly -- mandating that "climate change" be among the science topics taught to all California public school students -- has ominous implications nationwide," the newspaper says.
California has always been the start of most looney tune concepts, but how La La Land goes, so goes the rest of the country.
If California, which is the nation's largest purchaser of textbooks, forces publishers to include global warming as part of the science curriculum, children all over the U.S. will be force-fed distortions pushed by left-wing radicals like Al Gore. (02/20/08)

Global Warming: Palm Oil Owed An Apology - Press Release: Jon Tomczyk - ...Even well-meaning "official government policy" can be wrong, seriously wrong. Successive Australian Governments have refused to acknowledge the truth, let alone apologize for this grave travesty visited on its own citizens by a duly elected government!
A parallel can be drawn here with the situation that palm oil, unwittingly finds itself in. The healthy and sustainably produced oil has had to withstand an onslaught of well-meaning but seriously flawed attacks on its integrity by first, the infamous Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which tendered spurious claims that palm oil was primarily saturated fat, bad for the heart and intrinsically unhealthy. However, 15 years and over 150 overwhelming nutritional research bears out that CSPI was either misguided or heaven forbid, had deliberately misinterpreted or misrepresented the facts about the effects of the fatty acids found in palm oil... (02/20/08)

Global Warming Myths Create Panic - By E. Ralph Hostetter - Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing a plan to confront global warming through a state carbon cap -- the generic words for carbon tax.
No doubt the tax will add 5 cents to 10 cents per gallon on gasoline, diesel, and home heating oil. The purpose of O'Malley's face-to-face meeting with the issue is to deal with the vulnerability of Maryland's 3,000 miles of shoreline that may suffer from a rise in sea level caused by global warming. (02/20/08)

Global warming and the United Nations - My compliments to Alan Sage for his well-written letter dealing with "real science" about Global Warming. And, my thanks to The Daily Sentinel for publishing his letter. The purpose of my letter is to describe the major source for alleged truth justifying alarm, hysteria, and drivel called "global warming." It came from an agency of the United Nations called Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). That agency is one of many agencies of the United Nations, e.g., Human Rights, Refugees, Iraq Oil for Food (a fraud), Disarmament, World Health, etc. How creditable are the activities of those UN Agencies? (02/20/08)

Excellent!
Focus on Fernley: It's likely belief in manmade global warming will do more harm than good - Life's been a little busy lately, so I was sorely tempted to dredge up one of my old columns from almost two years ago (May 3, 2006) and fly with it. But of course, that's plagiarism, so I "darezen't" (as my Dad used to say)... (02/20/08)

Global Warming Anyone? - Dan Richards - And today we see more of the claims of Global warming, with little solid fact to back this stuff up. If we were to have jumped at such fear-mongering every time some group found a quick way to get notoriety, Where would we be today? Still living in caves? (02/20/08)

Not this population bomb crap again...
If Every Couple Had Only One Child, Would Global Warming Cease to Be a Problem? - By C.D. Mohatta - No. It would help the earth a lot to lower the population, but the problem of global warming is complex. Even if there were suddenly no people on earth, global warming would not cease to be a problem and would take time to resolve. Solving global warming will require a concert of solutions. Unfortunately, what we have already done will continue to damage the ozone layer for years to come... (02/20/08)

Stop hysteria on global warming - Climate change takes place on a daily basis. Not one of the presidential contenders can do a damned thing about it. There has been in the past and will be in the future, the phenomena of climate change. What people such as poster #1 really want is a boogeyman to point to, so as to say "this is who caused global warming". The oil companies are the boogeyman du jour. The taxes and restrictions that the enviros want placed on ANY energy companies will be crippling to not only our US economy but to global economy as well. Make no mistake about it. The hue and cry about global warming is not about the environment. It is a political cause taken up by the leftists to advance their particular brand of socialism. They would like nothing better than to see a redistribution of wealth on a worldwide scale in the name of climate change. The problem, as the letter writer so logically points out, is that none of what the climatistas have direly warned of is taking place. There is evidence that the globe could be headed for a colder period based on sun-spot and solar observations. Of course, if that happens it will be a direct result of global warming. In the bizarro world of the leftist climatistas...the term "global warming" means anything they want it to mean. Amen! (02/20/08)

Never let the facts get in the way of a good consensus!

Global Warming? New Data Shows Ice Is Back - By: Phil Brennan - Are the world's ice caps melting because of climate change, or are the reports just a lot of scare mongering by the advocates of the global warming theory?
Scare mongering appears to be the case, according to reports from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that reveal that almost all the allegedly "lost" ice has come back. A NOAA report shows that ice levels which had shrunk from 5 million square miles in January 2007 to just 1.5 million square miles in October, are almost back to their original levels.
Moreover, a Feb. 18 report in the London Daily Express showed that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than usual, challenging the global warming crusaders and buttressing arguments of skeptics who deny that the world is undergoing global warming. (02/19/08)

Our favorite nutty professor Carl Wunsch is in the news again. Will he be "taken out of context" again? Not here.
Global warming may not have caused sluggish Atlantic - Judging the effect of climate change on ocean currents could take longer than we thought.
The circulation of warm water in the North Atlantic is suspected to be slowing, and the worry is that global warming is to blame.
To investigate this, Carl Wunsch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used observations taken from buoys to build a model of Atlantic circulation. It suggested that currents could speed up or slow down naturally by a greater amount than the suspected slowdown linked to global warming, and such changes could persist over months or even years (Nature Geoscience, DOI: 10.1038/ngeo126). It will take decades of observations to account for these effects, Wunsch warns.

Letter abstract

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Nature Geoscience
Published online: 10 February 2008 | doi:10.1038/ngeo126

Mass and volume transport variability in an eddy-filled ocean
Carl Wunsch

Top of pageThe possibility that the oceanic general circulation is undergoing changes as part, or the cause, of major climate shifts is being intensely discussed1, with some published results relying on data from moorings spanning the North Atlantic Ocean2, 3. The circulation is, however, extremely noisy. Here, I use existing estimates of the frequency and wavenumber content of geostrophic eddies in the ocean4 to show that variations in ocean-wide integrated transport must appear even in the absence of a true long-term trend. Expected fluctuations exceed 20109 kg s-1 (or 20106 m3 s-1) and exhibit multi-year timescales. Existing knowledge of the eddy field allows predictions of observed variability and produces lower bounds on the (multi-decadal) timescale required to detect true trends of a large magnitude. Detecting and understanding the effect of climate change on the ocean circulation requires observations in three dimensions over long periods of time.

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Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
Correspondence to: Carl Wunsch e-mail: cwunsch@mit.edu
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Calm Sun, Cold Earth - By Alan Caruba - One thing alone stands against the theory of global warming. The science does not support it.
For billions of years the Earth existed without humans and it will do so again when we cease to inhabit it. As a species, we are newcomers, but like every other species that lived on planet Earth -- 95% of which are extinct -- we are subject to forces far greater than anything we possess.
To suggest that humans actually cause climate change defies logic. Moreover, the Earth itself reminds us daily of our vulnerabilities. The news is full of tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and wildfires... (02/19/08)

Moonbeam Alert
Brown to launch anti-warming effort - LOCAL OFFICIALS CONSIDERED LIKELY TO RESIST WORKSHOPS - By Steve Geissinger, Mercury News Sacramento Bureau - SACRAMENTO -- Attorney General Jerry Brown is taking the global warming enlightenment skills he honed in the Bay Area across the rest of California today - a move that even supporters such as San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said will meet resistance.
Monday, Brown's aides told MediaNews he will announce he is convening voluntary regional schools for California's more than 500 county supervisors and mayors to advocate tough actions such new transportation impact fees and costly energy-efficiency.
"These workshops launch the first statewide movement to reduce the negative impact of local planning decisions on global climate," Brown said in a letter... (02/19/08)

Absurdity Offset Alert! We should all turn our lights on when they turn theirs off.
Two dozen cities will switch off lights in gesture on global warming - The Associated Press - SYDNEY, Australia: Two dozen cities around the world plan to turn their lights off for one hour later this year in a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about global warming, organizers said Wednesday.
Last March, Sydney dimmed its skyline when residents, businesses and the local government took part in the first "Earth Hour" event that asked people to think about cutting their energy use. The event was a hit and the World Wildlife Fund, the event's organizer, said it would try to make the campaign global.
So far, 24 cities have agreed to take part in this year's event, scheduled for March 29, the environmental group said.
Under the plan, lights in each city will be switched off for one hour at 8:00 p.m. local time. (02/19/08) UPDATE Canadian cities join initiative to turn off lights in gesture on global warming

Federal Liberals want to know who paid for radio ads - By Mike De Souza, Canwest News Service - OTTAWA -- The federal Liberals are calling for an investigation to determine who paid for a radio ad campaign in Ontario that attacked the federal government's action to fight climate change in the 2006 election... (02/18/08)

Tornadoes not a sign of global warming - By Dr. Tim Ball - In his book State of Fear, Michael Crichton wrote about exploitation of fear by environmental extremists. He should write another book about exploitation of lack of knowledge.
Climate and environment were previously outside of politics, but once they became potential election issues politicians exploited them better than environmentalists. It fulfills H.L Mencken's observation that, "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
So before anyone attempts to make political gain from the tragic events of the tornados that killed people across the southern US recently, let's put the science on the record. And while we're at it let's explode another false claim that storms and severe weather will increase with global warming... (02/18/08)

Data show global warming may save thousands of lives - While many so-called scientists try to make the unsuspecting public think that global warming is real and a threat to human life, some new data is coming out to the contrary.
freerepublic.com reports British scientists as saying global warming could end up saving thousands of lives. Although global warming could end up causing about 6,000 deaths, that is a dramatic decrease from the average of 20,000 deaths that the cold winters in Great Britain cause. The British government has reported that the warmer weather has already resulted in a 3 percent decline in the mortality rate. Discovery Magazine has a similar article called "Global Warming, The Great Life Saver."
To further clarify, Thomas Moore of Stanford University conducted a study in the 1980s, which he updated in 1996, that suggests that a 2.5 degree Celsius increase in temperature would lower deaths in the U.S. alone by 40,000. The study also mentions that medical costs will be reduced by $20 billion annually... (02/18/08)

From the land of nuts and fruits...
California State Water Board to Consider Bold Action on Global Warming - By Gary A. Patton. General Counsel Planning and Conservation League - Tomorrow, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) will meet in Sacramento to explore a set of proposed measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from water use in California.
That's big news; the guidance that the board gives to their staff at next week's hearing will shape the agency's submittal to the California Air Resources Board for inclusion in the AB 32 Scoping Plan, which will show how the State plans to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels. (02/18/08)

GLOBAL WARMING? IT'S THE COLDEST WINTER IN DECADES - By Tony Bonnici - NEW evidence has cast doubt on claims that the world's ice-caps are melting, it emerged last night.
Satellite data shows that concerns over the levels of sea ice may have been premature.
It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming.
But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the "lost" ice has come back... (02/17/08)

NewsChannel 5 Learns More About Global Warming - "The strongest will get a little stronger and the number may increase some and the strongest will get a little stronger," Hugh Willoughby a hurricane researcher.
Willoughby's view of how hurricanes are going to respond to global warming is typical, but now there's a growing school of thought that global warming will actually sheer some of these hurricanes. (02/17/08)

Indoctrination continues...
Bill would require California's science curriculum to cover climate change - SOME THINK SCIENCE ISN'T DEFINITIVE ENOUGH TO TEACH - By Paul Rogers, Mercury News - Reading, writing and ... global warming?
A Silicon Valley lawmaker is gaining momentum with a bill that would require "climate change" to be among the science topics that all California public school students are taught.
The measure, by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, also would mandate that future science textbooks approved for California public schools include climate change.
"You can't have a science curriculum that is relevant and current if it doesn't deal with the science behind climate change," Simitian said. "This is a phenomenon of global importance and our kids ought to understand the science behind that phenomenon." (02/15/08)

Excellent!
McCain, Clinton Act On Global Warming - Senator John McCain took time off from his presidential campaign today to announce the passage of the McCain-Clinton bill to end global warming. (02/14/08)

Letter: Global warming - don't worry - Dear Sir, The global warmists have it all wrong. They are just as wrong now as the global coolists were in 1975, when some scientists were concerned about dropping world temperatures and the consequent decline in food production. Newsweek in its April 28, 1975 edition ran a cover story proclaiming the coming of a new ice age.
How can this be?
Well, the answer is simple. Those scientists ignored millions of years of history during which there have been at least ten ice ages with intermediate warm periods. These ice ages lasted about 100,000 years and the warm periods about 10,000 years. Our last ice age ended about 11,000 years ago so we should now be expecting another. What caused these ice ages? (02/14/08)

Rich white green liberal with too much time on their hands, make the best cartoonists.
Mad about global warming - By Kat Kerlin - The magazine where Alfred E. Neuman seems to look more and more like President Bush (or is it the other way around?) recruited Pulitzer-Prize winning political cartoonists for a special "expose" in this month's issue. See the cartoons here. (02/14/08)

Anti-global warming pols are hot for big SUVs - By Paul Mulshine - As a longtime student of science, I am greatly intrigued by the theory of anthropogenic -- man-made -- global warming.
There is just one flaw in that theory, however. No one can say with certainty that the planet won't enter a cooling cycle next year -- or tomorrow for that matter. What if it does? So much for that theory.
As long as it's around, however, it spawns another, more interesting phenomenon, anthropogenic hypocrisy. What natural force, for example, impels a character like Al Gore to hold forth at great length on the need to conserve energy while living in a 10,000-square-foot house? Sure, he buys carbon credits. But if he truly believed the planet to be in crisis, he'd knock down that house and live in a solar-powered yurt in addition to buying the credits. (02/14/08)

LETTER- No global warming proof - By Charles G. Battig - The interview by Lindsay Barnes with UVA climatologist Jerry Stenger ["Jerry gander: Stenger has his eyes on the skies," February 7] posed the question "Does the new man in charge believe that global warming exists?"
The answer by Stenger is most troubling from the viewpoint of accepted scientific protocol. His answer that global temperatures have "increased rather sharply over the last 30 years" and that this has occurred over a period of great increase in the amount of greenhouse gases leads to the "reasonable conclusion" that..."part of it is driven by human activity."
There is no justification for such a conclusion. (02/14/08)

NZ wine industry upbeat about global warming - Higher temperatures due to global warming are expected to make cold areas of New Zealand more temperate and better suited to grape cultivation. So it's no surprise that New Zealand wine-growers are upbeat about a future that includes climate change.
"The big picture for New Zealand wine is very, very good," said Philip Gregan, chief executive of industry body New Zealand Winegrowers. (02/14/08)

NewsBusters: Global Warming Will Force Us All To Eat Bugs - By Noel Sheppard - Shortly after New Years, NewsBusters informed readers about a new horror movie wherein nature attacks oil workers in Alaska to prevent global warming.
To further scare people into sacrificing their financial well-being in order to stave off the liberal bogeyman, HuffPoster Kerry Trueman on Tuesday suggested that food shortages will be so rampant if we don't stop climate change that we'll all end up eating bugs. (02/14/08)

Quote Of The Day

"Global warming is a total crock of $h**. I'm a skeptic, not a denier. Having said that, my opinion doesn't matter. (With the battery-driven Volt), I'm motivated more by the desire to replace imported oil than by the CO2 (argument)." ~ GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz

Ode to Obama: Part LAST ONE (I promise) -This garbage is from a SeattlePI blog by a person called "Green Gal". Turns out she's just shilling for the Daily Kos.

Some excerpts:

"No candidate, even if he or she truly understands the urgency of dealing with the climate crisis, is going to say what really needs to be said about global warming until after they are elected. The reason: if they do they won't get elected." This is a perfect example of how dishonest the left is. They know their position on global warming can't withstand honest debate. Too bad McCain hasn't figured it out yet.

So, those of us who consider global warming to be the defining issue of our time, must try to elect a candidate that shares our understanding and sense of urgency about the problem, even though he or she can't tell us that they do. We must try to elect a candidate who once he or she is safely elected will have the vision, knowledge and courage (because it's still not going to be easy) to level with the American people. So in other words, deceive the stupid naive American voters until we get our socialist candidate elected, then we can bend them over with impunity. (02/13/08)

Here's my "Ode" to Obama

GLOBAL WARMING TO BRING CANNIBALISM TO SOUTH EAST - CLIMATE change will transform the south east of England into a steaming jungle filled with giant snakes and marauding tribes of blood-thirsty cannibals, scientists have predicted.
Researchers at the Institute for Studies have warned that unless carbon emissions are reduced Essex and Kent will resemble the darkest reaches of Amazonia, probably in about 18 months time.
Professor Henry Brubaker said: "First will come the mosquitos. They will be huge, about the size of a crow. Then the giant snakes will arrive to feast on the mosquitos.
"Within months towns including Colchester, Ashford, Gravesend, and possibly even Braintree, will be little more than mangrove swamps. However, local rail services should be unaffected."
He added: "Before long the populations will be reduced to primal savagery. Unable to grow crops on the dark jungle floor they will raid each others settlements with the victors feasting upon the flesh of the vanquished.
"The strongest tribes, driven on by their insatiable lust for human flash, will soon descend upon the slow, fat people of Hampshire."
Meanwhile doctors are warning that fewer old people will die as a result of rising temperatures.
Dr Wayne Hayes, of the British Medical Association, said: "Warmer winters will mean more OAPs I'm afraid."
He added: "If you feel that your local community is being overrun, then it might be an idea to nudge one of them under a bus." (02/13/08)

Photo: Daily Mash

Six year-old Gavin attends St Mark's Primary in Chelmsford and enjoys eating feet

Photo: Daily Mash

More Enviro-psycobabble
Eco-Spiritualism, Global Warming Teach-Ins and Progress
Science, Nature, Spirituality and Action Are Closely Linked - What? Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry, two theologians who spent part of their lives in New York's Hudson Valley, wrote about an inextricable link between science, nature and spirituality. A few years ago, religious and environmental leaders from all over the world converged at the United Nations and on college campuses to celebrate the teachings of de Chardin, who lived for a time at a Jesuit seminary in Hyde Park, N.Y. and whose remains are buried there.
Mary Evelyn Tucker, one of the most eloquent voices of the eco-spiritual movement, spoke at the U.N. about the daunting challenges faced by 21st-century humanitarians: widespread environmental degradation, crippling poverty, social inequities and unrestrained militarism. However, she sees in the vision of de Chardin that "the spirit of the earth is calling us into the next stage of evolutionary history, moving us forward from viewing ourselves as isolated individuals and competing nation states, to realizing our collective presence as a species on the planet." Far out man! (02/13/08)

It's the sun stupid - redux
Baliunas Says Global Warming Related To Sun - In her lecture series, "Warming Up to the Truth: The Real Story About Climate Change," astrophysicist Dr. Sallie Baliunas shared her findings Tuesday at the University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Baliunas' work with fellow Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics astronomer Willie Soon suggests global warming is more directly related to solar variability than to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, an alternative view to what's been widely publicized in the mainstream media. (02/13/08)

Global Warming And New Taxes - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, apparently oblivious to all the cold, freezing weather, in the nation this winter, is comparing the threat of global warming to terrorism.
The international community needs to declare "war" on global warming and, in the conflict, the United Nations will serve as a front-line combatant, he said. (Having the U.N. as a front-line combatant is one easy way to lose a war, not win it.)
And, of course, Mayor Bloomberg knows how to win this war - new taxes.
"I believe the U.S. should enact a tax on carbon emissions," he said.
Meanwhile, in the real world, snow and ice spread across wide sections of the Ohio Valley. Freezing rain created a layer of ice on top of four inches of newly fallen snow in Kentucky, and up to six inches of snow and ice fell during the night in southern Illinois.
The temperature in International Falls, Minnesota fell to 40 below zero Monday.

Perhaps when global warming hits with full force, the folks in International Falls will only have to put up with temperatures 38 below zero. After those new taxes that Mr. Bloomberg wants to zap them with, we hope they have enough money left over to pay the heating bills. (02/13/08)

Ritter's climate plan dubbed "junk science" - Rep. Kevin Lundberg is among a handful of GOP lawmakers assailing the governor's proposal. - By John Ingold, The Denver Post - A state lawmaker said Monday that the research underlying Gov. Bill Ritter's Climate Action Plan is flawed.
"We can't lose sight of the fact that it's predicated on junk science," Rep. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said.
Lundberg said it has not been settled scientifically that manmade carbon-dioxide emissions contribute to global warming... (02/12/08)

More absurdity from Boob-berg
Bloomberg: Global Warming "As Lethal" As Terrorism - Explaining why global warming needs to be stopped in an urgent way, Mayor Bloomberg said, "Terrorists kill people. Weapons of mass destruction have the potential to kill an enormous amount of people. [But] global warming in the long term has the potential to kill everybody...This really is just as lethal. It's just the results are something we will face long term."
The Mayor was addressing reporters after speaking at the United Nation's conference on climate change. He mentioned the city's plan to reduce the use of tropical hardwoods because the deforestation accounts for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. NYC is one of the world's biggest consumers of tropical hardwoods, as they are used in park benches, promenades, docks, etc. Bloomberg also emphasized that the U.S. should have a carbon emission tax. (02/12/08)

Indoctrination: This is what we're up against. -- Why the Obamniacs are so dangerous to to this country.
Global warming teach-ins reach over 1 million students - By: Jane Cutter - Capitalist destruction goes unchallenged - Global warming took center stage as the topic of the United States' largest-ever teach-in, held on Jan. 31. Over 1,500 universities, colleges, community colleges and even some high schools organized events under the umbrella of the group Focus the Nation. Professors also incorporated the issue of climate change into their regular lectures.
The goal was to reach out beyond the current environmental movement and draw wider attention to the issue, increasing awareness and motivating action.
The events did succeed in drawing attention and engaging young people. Organizers estimate over a million students were involved. At least 75 senators, U.S. representatives and governors spoke at various forums. The media provided extensive coverage of the teach-ins.
However, the question remains: What was the message on which the "nation" was "focused?"
A visit to the Focusthenation.org website is informative. Rapidly blinking ads promote Focus the Nation"s corporate sponsors including Nike, Clif Bar and Stonyfield Yogurt. Scrolling down, one finds the names and photos of numerous imperialist politicians, proudly displayed as supporters of the effort. Blinking Ads? Oh no, those evil corporations! You mean the ones that have been forced to cow tow to you enviro-socialist nut cases? So even if they're on board with these kooks, they're still evil! (02/12/08)

You really can't make this stuff up!
Cold Wave In India Attributed To Global Warming
- The recent cold wave sweeping across Mumbai and other parts of India could be attributed to global warming, experts said Tuesday here at an environmental conference.
Addressing the 'Combat Global Warming' conference at the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) here, former union minister for power and environment Suresh Prabhu said global warming was primarily a problem created and induced by human beings.
He said the increase in emission of green house gases like carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and methane has resulted in the situation, which could prove catastrophic if unchecked.
Prabhu said the cold wave that swept Maharashtra and other parts of India recently could be attributed to the phenomenon of global warming. (02/12/08)

Time to get nostalgic about global warming? - By PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT - GARBAGE in, garbage out.
That's computer speak, meaning when the data for making decisions are incomplete or faulty, any conclusions based on those data will be incomplete or faulty as well.
Which brings us to global warming and, as Al Gore might say, an inconvenient truth. Could the data that scientists have used to predict higher global temperatures have been missing a key component - sunspot activity? (02/12/08)

CO2 Science: Global Warming and Tropical Cyclones - "it is often assumed that warmer sea surface temperatures provide a more favorable environment for the development and intensification of tropical cyclones." However, they note that "cyclone genesis and intensity are also affected by the vertical thermodynamic properties of the atmosphere," and this fact complicates the matter to the extent that, as they describe it, "the response of tropical cyclone activity to global warming is widely debated." (02/12/08)

Obama pledges to cut global warming pollution - "We cannot wait to stop global warming," Obama said. "We cannot wait to fix this country."
He pledged to put mandatory caps on carbon dioxide emissions from industry. And he talked about it often enough to imply it was one of his top priorities, along with getting the U.S. out of Iraq by the end of 2009, extending health insurance to all Americans, preventing insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions, raising fuel efficiency standards for all vehicles to 40 m.p.g., fixing up crumbling schools and improving America's standing in the world by using more diplomacy to deal with our enemies. (02/12/08)

Global warming 'may save lives' - Heatwaves: fun for some, deadly for others
The risk of a fatal heatwave in the UK within five years is high, but overall global warming may mean fewer deaths due to temperature, a report says. (02/12/08)

Indoctrination Alert
Play about polar bear to teach kids about global warming - By Lewis Cowen - POTTERNE based Flying Pizza Theatre Company is tackling the subject of global warming with a play about a starving polar bear.
Lucky the Polar Bear, which will be touring schools from March 25 to April 4, is about a bear who is starving because there is not enough ice in the Arctic for it to hunt seals.
So Lucky heads to the big city to try to persuade humans to clean up their act. (02/11/08)

Definitions for global warming fanatics - By Lorrie Goldstein - Despite repeated appeals to reason, decency and common sense, global warming fanatics continue to disparagingly refer to people who disagree with them as "global warming deniers" or as part of the "global warming denial industry."
Their absurd, disgusting and juvenile attempts to suggest anyone who doesn't bow down before their half-baked ideas, self-righteous prattle and mindless propaganda is comparable to a Holocaust denier, have gone on unchallenged for too long.
Enough is enough. It's time those of us who do not believe New York is going to be wiped out by a seven-metre rise in sea levels caused by global warming either next Tuesday, or 50 years, or 1,000 years from now - they'll get back to us on that - struck back with some mocking terminology of our own.
Ready? Here we go... (02/11/08)

A ranting this idiotic can only come from the land of nuts and fruits. Our most famous crop now seems to be left-wing fanatics who continuously express there discontent with our country. No matter how far left the Democratic Party moves, it's never enough for these idealistic idiots. These are the kind of idiots our colleges are graduating these days. The sane are a small minority in California now.
Clinton and Obama: Failures on War and Global Warming
- By Steven Argue - Today, every national academy of science of the industrialized world recognizes human caused global warming as a fact. These include the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences who explicitly use the word "consensus" on the issue.
The problem of global warming is one that will, and is, devastating the planet's environment, causing mass extinction of species while also destroying agricultural and habitable land through rising oceans, more severe hurricanes, droughts, more unpredictable weather, increases in tropical diseases, year round freezing weather with a potential ice age in the northern hemisphere combined with higher temperatures closer to the equator, and the potential of runaway global warming with the melting of the ocean's methane hydride that could actually cause the extinction of the human species. After suffering through the first three sentences, it's obvious that this guy is gone.But it actually gets even more absurd... It concludes with this:
Liberation News calls for ending the war and global warming through becoming better organized; building the mass movement in the streets; striking with political demands against arms producers and polluters; hot cargoing war materials on the docks, trains, and trucks as has been done on a few occasions along the west coast; becoming ungovernable; and building towards a general strike against the war. Likewise, we support the right of military personal to refuse orders and resist these wars. We support students, such as those at UC Santa Cruz who have repeatedly driven military recruiters off campus. And we call for the nationalization of the energy industry, building the socialist movement, voting socialist, and ultimately ending imperialism and environmental destruction through a socialist revolution holding high the principles of an egalitarian socialist economy used for human and environmental needs rather than profit, an economy controlled by the people through full democratic rights and universal suffrage. Ungovernable? These people are children and should be treated as such. They want to throw military recruiters off campuses, the very people who defend their right to make asses out of themselves. (02/10/08)

Cuddly tale of global warming leaves us cold - An Arctic Tale - Cert Gen - WILDLIFE documentary An Arctic Tale has noble intentions. It wants to let children know that if they nag their parents into changing to energy-efficient light bulbs and using green cars they might not inherit a world in which the polar ice caps have melted and we're all huddling on the last tiny piece of remaining land -- a lesson surely nobody could object to.
Unfortunately, the story used to illustrate this problem -- a mother polar bear and her two little cubs encountering adversity on their way to adulthood -- is so twee that the film risks infecting children with global-warming fatigue before they even reach their teens. (02/10/08)

So, Does Global Warming Exist In The Real World? - The Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, Canada, is now melting faster than it is being renewed. Global Warming? No, at least not the man-made one, because 5,000 years ago (according to a program on the Science channel about the Rockies), it didn't exist because it was too warm. It started forming about 4,000 years ago.
John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel, said: "I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global warming, it is a scam."
Now, because many adults are beginning to doubt man's role in global warming, the "experts" want to show Al Gore's film in the public schools (as a fact and denying any opposing view) because children are more gullible.
That reminds me of what the Nazis did in the 1930s. In the public schools, they presented proof that the Aryan race was the master race (remember the films showing the measuring of the facial and cranial areas they did, thus "scientifically" proving their point?).
Both of these theories are bogus and reek of masculine bovine excrement. ~ Robert Hart, Hitchcock h. (02/10/08)

Jan08 Northern Hemisphere snow cover: largest anomaly since 1966 - There have been a number of indications that January 2008 has been an exceptional month for winter weather in not only North America, but the entire Northern Hemisphere.
We"ve had anecdotal evidence of odd weather in the form of wire reports from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and China where record setting cold and snow has been felt with intensity not seen for 30-100 years, depending on the region.
From our remote sensing groups, we have reports of significant negative anomalies in both the RSS and UAH global satellite data for the lower troposphere. The there"s NOAA"s announcement that January 2008, was below 20th century averages, plus news that Arctic sea ice has quickly recovered from the record low extent of Summer 2007. Finally, there"s the massive La Nina said to be the driver of all this but may be a harbinger of a more permanent phase shift according to veteran forecaster Joe Bastardi.
Now to add to this, we have images and reports from NOAA and Rutgers University of large anomalies of snow cover extent for the northern hemisphere in January 2008... (02/09/08)

Global Warming Round Up: Snow, Snow, Snow -
GLOBAL warming round-up. Al Goreans look away - it's snow, snow and cold - brrrr - snow: - Tucked away now - because it is so common - the news of the global freeze continues to come in, the latest from Milwaukee in the American mid-west, where residents are rushing to finish digging out from this week's snowstorm, before the next batch of snow arrives - expected over the weekend.
So far, the major snowstorm has forced hundreds of schools and businesses to close and grounding hundreds of flights as snow piled more than 20 inches deep in some areas. Governor Jim Doyle called a state of emergency late Wednesday, sending National Guard troops to help about 500 vehicles stuck in a traffic jam behind semitrailer trucks blocking Interstate 90 south of Madison.
Meanwhile, without so much as a mention of global warming, the BBC Radio 4 World Tonight programme reported on the growing humanitarian crisis in Tajikstan which is in the grip of its coldest winter for five decades. (02/09/08)

Absurdity: While people are starving around the world, the greenies want us to burn food rather than fuel. And burning food instead of fuel is worse for the environment. So what is the global warming alarmist movement really all about? Socialism.
Biofuel crops may worsen global warming: study - By Philip Stavrou, CTV.ca News - Converting land for biofuel crops results in major carbon emissions and actually worsens the problem of global warming instead of mitigating it, says a new study.
The study by Nature Conservancy, an organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters, will be published in Science magazine later this month. (02/09/08)

Global warming tale survives its own cheap tricks - By Joanne Weintraub - How do you take a sane, sensible premise - that global warming, left unchecked, will harm the planet irreparably - and sensationalize it?
First, hire Alec Baldwin to narrate your special, making sure he uses the same breathy, slightly sinister tone as Jack Donaghy, his hilariously unscrupulous TV executive in "30 Rock."
Next, give him some alarming but vague lines, such as, "Scientists agree we now live in a world warmer by almost 1 degree Celsius," minus the information: 1 degree warmer than what?
Finally, fill the screen with cheap effects. It's not enough to warn people that carbon emissions are fouling the atmosphere, so drive the point home by swirling evil-looking black clouds through a suburban landscape. (02/09/08)

More absurdity from the land of fruits and nuts!
California proposes a global-warming fee on businesses
BAY AREA FIRMS WOULD BE CHARGED BASED ON EMISSIONS
- By Paul Rogers - In the first such program in California, and perhaps the United States, Bay Area air pollution regulators are proposing to charge an annual fee to thousands of businesses based on the amount of greenhouse gases they emit.
The fee - 4.2 cents per metric ton of carbon dioxide - would affect everything from oil refineries to power plants, and landfills, factories and small businesses like restaurants and bakeries.
The largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the Bay Area, the Shell oil refinery in Martinez, would pay $186,475 a year for its 4.4 million annual metric tons of emissions. The largest emitter in Santa Clara County, the Hanson Permanente Cement Plant in Cupertino, would pay $44,507 a year for its 1.05 million tons. (02/09/08)

Huckabee's global warming dance - Gov. Mike Huckabee sent mixed signals this morning about how he would approach global warming if elected President.
During a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC, the Republican former Arkansas governor derided the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He insisted America should never surrender its sovereignty to international organizations or compromise its interests with burdensome agreements or excessive regulation. (02/09/08)

Joe Barton: Keep the lights on - Global warming alarmists need to slow down, allow more time for science and make sure we retain our quality of life.
It is dogma in Democratic circles that the specter of global warming is so manifest and terrifying that facts matter less than action, and the party has begun to insist that Congress must attack carbon dioxide and save the planet in time for the November election.
Keep in mind that CO2 is not a pollutant. It performs the desirable work of making life possible by regulating planetary surface temperatures. And it is everywhere.
I hope that if Congress' global warmists are going to have their anti-carbon dioxide legislation, they will accommodate some discussion first. Here's my modest opener:
Electricity must be available and affordable; keep the lights on, please. (02/08/08)

It must be Global Warming's fault: Colorado snowpack best in a decade - By Ryan W. McMaken - The weather people were lecturing us last month on how it was going to be a dry winter. They have since shut up. March is our wettest month, and we're already over 150 percent of snowpack in some places.
What's especially intersting is that the Aspen ski resort and other resorts have begun to circulate posters and flyers suggesting that global warming with destroy the ski industry within a few years, and that very soon, it will be raining in January at 10,000 feet above sea level. Right. Sure. Meanwhile the resorts are enjoying the best snow they've seen in over 10 years:
The state snowpack, an indicator of summer water supplies, is the best it's been in more than 10 years, and a string of recent snowstorms has all of southern Colorado more than 150 percent of average.
But drought years seem a distant memory as the Upper Rio Grande Basin boasts 173 percent of average snowpack, best in the state; and the South Platte River Basin, the state's lowest watershed currently, is at 101 percent. (02/08/08)

New Study Shows Arctic Cooling Over last 1500 years - New Arctic Study published in Climate Dynamics, and the work was conducted by Håkan Grudd of Stockholm University's Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology - Published online: 30 January 2008.
Excerpt: "The late-twentieth century is not exceptionally warm in the new Torneträsk record: On decadal-to-century timescales, periods around AD 750, 1000, 1400, and 1750 were all equally warm, or warmer. The warmest summers in this new reconstruction occur in a 200-year period centred on AD 1000. A 'Medieval Warm Period' is supported by other paleoclimate evidence from northern Fennoscandia, although the new tree-ring evidence from Tornetraäsk suggests that this period was much warmer than previously recognised." < > "The new Torneträsk summer temperature reconstruction shows a trend of -0.3°C over the last 1,500 years." Paper available here: & Full Paper (pdf) available here: (02/08/08)

More indoctrination...
UN head warns Chicago students about global warming - First visit to city by sitting head of international body - By Carlos Sadovi and David Greising | Tribune reporters - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told students at Walter Payton College Prep. High School on Friday that global warming and climate change are the most important international issues facing the world today.
Ban was at the school to address students and observe a simulation of a United Nations debate on climate change and global warming involving students from more than 20 Chicago public high schools.
Accompanied by Mayor Richard Daley, Ban said he had witnessed the effects of global warming in Antarctica and was struck by how quickly the ice cap is melting. (02/08/08)

NewsBusters: Canadian Scientists Fear Global Cooling - By Nathan Burchfiel - Investor's Business Daily is reporting something we haven't seen much of in the media since the 1970s: concerns about global cooling. You read that correctly: cooling.
Kenneth Tapping, a researcher at Canada's National Research Council, wants to look for evidence of increased sunspot activity, according to IBD. "The lack of increased activity could signal the beginning of what is known as a Maunder Minimum, an event which occurs every couple of centuries and can last as long as a century." (02/08/08)

More Global Warming Hyperbole!
Global warming to blame for Bolivian floods? - ...Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca told reporters that First Word "maltreatment of the earth" had sparked the crisis. [...]
Bolivian President Evo Morales has called on developed nations to pay an ecological debt. The United States and other countries have rushed aid to flood-ravaged Bolivia. But the asserted role of global warming in this and other natural disasters seems likely to be debated for years. I got your "ecological dept" right here. Why not just say thanks for "rushing ais to flood-ravaged Bolivia? (02/08/08)

From the JunkMan
Lights out, America? - By Steven Milloy - The lights may soon go out in Washington, DC -- and it could happen where you live, too.
"Electric power has already become painfully expensive in Washington and its suburbs. Now, local utilities, say, it could become something even worse: scarce," reported the Washington Post this week. Maryland, for example, may face rolling blackouts as early as 2011 or 2012 on summer days.
The core of the problem is that the region's ability to meet its ever-increasing demand for electricity is being short-circuited by environmental activists who are doing every thing they can to make it as difficult as possible to generate and transmit power.
"Environmental groups say the region should try harder to save energy before it goes out looking for more," the Post reported. "The cheapest power plant out there is the one you never have to build," one activist told the Post.
The euphemism the environmentalists use for this strategy is "conservation." But "rationing" is perhaps the most honest descriptor. (02/07/08)

Watts Up With That?: NOAA/NCDC: Jan08 Colder than 20th century average - Let us give NOAA credit for making this release:
"The average temperature in January 2008 was 30.5 F. This was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average, the 49th coolest January in 114 years. The temperature trend for the period of record (1895 to present) is 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit per decade."
For those that have been harping about my "2nd coldest in 15 years" headline, it appears that NCDC has that one beat with "the 49th coolest January in 114 years".
Of course, we've had several prior years where the monthly average dipped below the 1901-2000 average, so this is nothing of real value, but I thought it was interesting to point out NCDC's choice of assigning a rank to the month. (02/07/08)

Wind Patterns Could Mask Effects Of Global Warming In Ocean - ScienceDaily - Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that natural variability in the earth's atmosphere could be masking the overall effect of global warming in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Scientists have previously found that surface temperatures around the globe have risen over the last 30 years in accord with global warming. New data, however, shows that heat stored in the North Atlantic Ocean has a more complex pattern than initially expected, suggesting that natural changes in the atmosphere also play a role. (02/07/08)

My list of how to stop global warming | Saving Planet Earth one furnace after another - I have had an attitude adjustment regarding global warming. We beat global cooling 30 years ago by sacrificing aerosol spray deodorant.
We can whip this imaginary crisis, too, by changing our lifestyles. - I drew up my list based on everyone else's lists. Some people call this lazy. I call it conserving energy and shrinking my carbon footprint. (02/07/08)

And from our nutcase neighbor to the North, David Suzuki....
Jail politicians who ignore climate science: Suzuki Didn't mean it literally says scientist's spokesperson - Craig Offman, National Post - David Suzuki has called for political leaders to be thrown in jail for ignoring the science behind climate change. [...]
"You have lived your entire lives in a completely unsustainable period," he told students and fans. "You all think growth and [climate] change is normal. It's not."
Toward the end of his speech, Dr. Suzuki said that "we can no longer tolerate what's going on in Ottawa and Edmonton" and then encouraged attendees to hold politicians to a greater green standard.
"What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there's a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they're doing is a criminal act," said Dr. Suzuki, a former board member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. "It's an intergenerational crime in the face of all the knowledge and science from over 20 years." (02/07/08)

It's too early to point finger at global warming - TWO STORM SYSTEMS IN WEEK DON'T MAKE PATTERN - By Mary Meehan MMEEHAN1@HERALD-LEADER.COM - When does a fluke become a pattern?
"That's the million-dollar question," said Dan Spaeth, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Paducah office. "Why is this happening?"
Unfortunately, with Kentucky reeling from the second severe storm system in a week, Spaeth said there is no easy answer. "Two events in a week doesn't really make a seasonal-type pattern," he said.
The facts are these: A mass of warm air slammed into an equally massive block of cold air, and atmospheric chaos ensued.
Meteorologist Angie Lece of the National Weather Service Louisville office, said there have been unseasonable, severe weather events in Kentucky during the past several years. But, she said, it's too soon to say that these storms are part of a systematic, sustained change on a global scale.
In other words, you can't blame global warming just yet. (02/07/08)

Climate change alarmists washed out - Well, rain everywhere. Flash floods again hit suburbs across Sydney. Hail and wild winds were predicted. But the rainfall was the result of storms and we were spared the hail and the wind.
And have you noticed one outfit that have gone silent? The global warming apologists.
Remember the world was going to burn. We were going to fry up and dry up.
Kevin signed the Kyoto Protocol and that was going to do something about greenhouse gas emissions. Alan Jones comments on Sydney's rain VIDEO: (02/07/08)

Collapsing ice shelf may not have been the victim of global warming - Global warming may not be entirely to blame for the collapse of an Antarctic ice shelf in 2002, according to research published today.
The 10,000-year-old Larsen B ice shelf was initially believed to be a victim of climate change.
But a paper published in the Journal of Glaciology claims the shelf had been teetering on collapse for decades.
Professor Neil Glasser, of Aberystwyth University, the paper's lead author, said cracks and fault lines in the ice had significantly weakened the structure. "Ice shelf collapse is not as simple as we first thought," he said. Oh really? (02/07/08)

Analyzing Global-warming Science | An Interview of Dr. Arthur Robinson - By William F. Jasper - Dr. Arthur Robinson is a professor of chemistry and is cofounder of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, which was created in 1980 to conduct basic and applied research in subjects applicable to increasing the quality, quantity, and length of human life. As part of his work, he edits the newsletter Access to Energy.
Dr. Robinson, in collaboration with other scientists, was one of the early critics of doomsday global-warming theories. He has authored articles and created video presentations demonstrating that the hypothesis of human-caused global warming is wrong, showing that the hypothesis is not supported by the observable evidence. To come to this conclusion, Professor Robinson and his colleagues brought together the findings of hundreds of peer-reviewed studies about all aspects of the global-warming hypothesis. (02/07/08)

Sen. Kerry Blames Tornados on Global Warming - Former Democratic presidential nominee blames 'intense storms' that have killed more than 50 on climate change. - By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute - Politicians using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a tried-and-true strategy. Paint the idea green and a natural catastrophe became political fodder for former Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry (Mass.)
Kerry appeared on MSNBC on February 6 to discuss storms that have killed at least 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States. So, of course, Kerry used the platform to advance global warming alarmism. (02/06/08)

A (welcome) minor outbreak of sanity from the NYT
Global-Warming Jujitsu - By John Tierney - Suppose that the pessimistic forecasts of global warming are accurate. Suppose that the planet's temperature rises according to the high-end scenario of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and that we experience the economic and social impacts (like hunger, malaria and coastal flooding) projected by the much-publicized Stern Review sponsored by the British government.
Does that mean our best course of action is to quickly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases? (02/06/08)

John McCain on Alternative Fuels, Global Warming & Nuclear Energy - Senator McCain's 25-minute speech covers the use of ethanol and electric- powered vehicles, America's need to get out from under the thumb of "foreign- oil," environmental dangers such as global warming and the case for why nuclear energy power generation is a must. Several of McCain's positions are in stark contrast to those expressed by the current Bush Administration. (02/06/08)

More global warming religion...literally!
Christians told: Give up carbon for Lent - By Paul Eccleston - Two senior Church of England Bishops have called on people to give up carbon rather than chocolate for Lent.
Carbon Fast: An act with impact
They want to drive home the climate change message to churchgoers by encouraging them to cut their energy use.
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones and the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, will make the call before the 40 days of Lent begins on Wednesday February 6.
Lent is the time when Christians traditionally give up such things as sweets, chocolate or alcohol in recognition of the 40 days Christ spent fasting in the desert to prepare for his ministry.
This year they will be asked to think about their own carbon footprint and follow a few simple steps designed to help cut CO2 emissions. They include:
* avoiding plastic bags
* giving the dishwasher a day off
* insulating the hot water tank
* checking the house for drafts with a ribbon and buying draught excluders (02/05/08)

You don't think global warming is religion?
Carbon Fast: An act with impact - By Hazel Southam - Lent starts tomorrow and I've been casting around for something to give up.
Christians told: Give up carbon for Lent
Chocolate seems a bit predictable. Crisps and gin and tonic might be better, but harder to achieve. Yet neither seem to have the gravitas that you'd hope for from an act designed to mirror Christ's 40 days in the wilderness.
Frankly, who'll care if I'm knocking back less gin? It's hardly an act with impact.
So, I was delighted to stumble on the Carbon Fast a 40-day scheme for Lent being launched by the aid and development agency Tearfund. (02/05/08)

What to Do about Climate Change - By Indur Goklany - The state-of-the-art British-sponsored fasttrack assessment of the global impacts of climate change, a major input to the much-heralded Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, indicates that through the year 2100, the contribution of climate change to human health and environmental threats will generally be overshadowed by factors not related to climate change. Hence, climate change is unlikely to be the world's most important environmental problem of the 21st century. (02/05/08)

Alarmist 'Six Degrees' Producer Says Global Warming Catastrophe Not 'Even Likely' - Author Mark Lynas tells audience the 'Armageddon' scenario featured in his film probably won't happen. - By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute - It's one thing to portray a doomsday scenario as it would happen unless drastic action is taken when it comes to global warming. It's been done over and over.
But Mark Lynas, author of "Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet," took a different approach. Lynas, who is actively campaigning for government "solutions" to combat global warming, presented what he acknowledged were unlikely scenarios in his book and movie to create a sense of climate change panic. (02/05/08)

Global warming: Is the sun to blame? - By Rex Trulove - To me, this is a no-brainer. ALL of our climate comes from the sun. It warms the earth, it causes winds and waves, and it makes life on Earth possible.
The downside is that the sun has cycles, just like everything else, and most of those we aren't even aware of yet. Many may cover such a long time that we may never know about them. Some of them we do know about, though.
We know that sunspots operate on an 11 year cycle, between times of very high sunspot activity to times of very low sunspot activity. Sunspots are caused by areas of extremely intense magnetic activity on the surface of the sun. This is something else we know, and it makes sense, because every 22 years, the sun's north and south poles switch places. (02/05/08)

CO2 Science: Late 20th-Century Thawing of Alaskan Permafrost - The author "reviews the warming of permafrost in Alaska during the twentieth century," concentrating on the role played by snow cover, particularly over the last two decades. (02/05/08)

Carbon trading is 'false solution' to global warming - Critics speak out on international climate change policy in Astoria - By CASSANDRA PROFITA
The Daily Astorian - If you thought buying a carbon offset to mitigate your fossil fuel emissions would make the world a better place, think again.
According to Kevin Smith and Tamra Gilbertson, critics of international climate change policy who spoke in Astoria Friday, carbon trading is a false solution to global climate change that actually prolongs the world's dependence on fossil fuels.
Not only is it bad practice for consumers, they told a group of about 30 people at the Cannery Pier Hotel, it's the wrong way to get polluters to cut emissions worldwide. (02/04/08)

Excellent!
Global warming: What's the real truth? - by Paul Krismanits - Here's a few things most people don't know, because most people like to get their news from propaganda movies which win Oscars (*achem* "An Inconvenient Truth"). So here's some facts I bet Al Gore and your science teacher... (02/04/08)

There Are Green '08 Candidates, and Then There Are Some That Aren't ... at All - By Tara Lohan, AlterNet. - Which candidates support nuclear and coal? Who's fighting climate change and supports renewables? Here's the scoop.
If you're not sure where presidential contenders, Democratic or Republican, stand on environmental issues -- it's not surprising. There has been little discussion in the debates. That's because the idiot environmentalists in the press are the only ones "left" that still believe in the CO2 Boogeyman! (02/04/08)

Climate shift: political rhetoric distorts reality - Raymond J. Keating - Many politicians are certain that global warming is a grave threat, and humanity gets the blame. But what about the scientists?
On the presidential campaign trail, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican John McCain stand ready to act against man-made global warming [...]
After just a little bit of research, I discovered a good deal of scientific disagreement over global warming, mankind's role and our climate future. didn't teach... (02/04/08)

Where the candidates stand: - this week California emission waiver and global warming (02/04/08)

Chickens "Greener" than Cows
Global warming - Al Gore received the Nobel Prize for his work on Global Warming awareness. The Kyoto agreement , which got a follow-up at the Climate Conference in Bali, initiated a lot of actions including research projects to better understand the cause and contributing factors to global warming. Carbon reduction became the magic word and everybody was told that they should take measures to reduce the production and release of CO2. The poultry industry is not exempted from this obligation.
Here I am not only referring to poultry growers but also to all links in the supply chain as well as processing and sales chain. Various non-governmental organisations (NGOs), no matter whether they deal with environment or animal welfare, have adopted the opinion that livestock production is the main cause of global warming.
The farming community, especially the livestock sector, does not receive much sympathy from city dwellers, when it comes to environmental and animal welfare issues. The majority of these people still believe that the old fashioned way of small scale (backyard) farming is better for the environment, the animals and the farmers. How wrong can they be and how easy can they be misled by unfounded statements by NGOs.
Unbiased researchers at the Cranfield University in Silsoe , UK, released a report last year on the impact of various agricultural commodities on global warming. Their conclusion were very interesting and positive for the poultry industry.
Not that poultry does not contribute to global warming, but it is the least contributor of all animal products, and significantly less than most greenhouse grown fruits and vegetables... (02/04/08)

Word war on warming - By Tom Harris - ...Ignoring the oxygen atoms and calling CO2 merely "carbon" makes about as much sense as ignoring the oxygen in water (H2O) and calling it "hydrogen." That might be an effective PR tool for anti-hydro power campaigners but most people would regard such a communications trick as ridiculous. Equating carbon dioxide to "carbon" is no less flawed.
This is not merely an academic point but is part of how language has been distorted to bolster concerns about human-caused climate change. Calling the gas "carbon" encourages people to think of it as "pollution" or something "dirty," like graphite or soot. Calling CO2 by its proper name would help people remember that, regardless of its role in climate change (a point of intense debate in the climate science community), carbon dioxide is really an invisible gas essential to plant photosynthesis and so all life... (02/04/08)

Hyperbole | More Warmist Rubbish
Is there a scientific consensus about global warming? - by Lawrie Williams - I was a kid when I read the first warning about global warming in 1963, a tiny newspaper item about how extra CO2 would trap heat and warm the planet. It was an idea so simple that a child could understand it. 1963? What a crock! (02/04/08)

And speaking of dimwits...
Polar Bear to Be the First Species Protected Against Global Warming - By Julia Bonelli - ..."All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others," said Kassie Siegel, an attorney with the non-profit Center for Biological Diversity. "And then there is the polar bear." (02/04/08)

Will Media Expose Global Warming Con Job? - By OnTheWeb: Jerry Carlson - The Chinese word for crisis is a combination of the two ideograms Wei, which means "danger" and Ji, which means "opportunity."
In the past several months, a new "crisis" has heated up the controversy over man-made global warming.
A few major-media writers and TV personalities are actually reporting statements by credible scientists who are challenging the assumption that carbon dioxide is the primary force causing global warming.
There's a real possibility that big-name journalists will break ranks and pursue their next Pulitzer Prize by exposing the lack of scientific consensus on CO2 as a planet-heating pollutant.
That would create a crisis of confidence among the activists, researchers and global-governance apparatchiks who want a global carbon tax to build their political and financial power base.
As an agricultural journalist, I find this a fascinating new development in the climate controversy. I've studied weather and climate for more than 50 years. In the early 1970s, I wrote a short book, Tomorrow's Wild Weather, which warned what could happen if there was a long-term continuation of the cooling trends in the mid-latitudes since the 1930s.
As climatologist Reid Bryson advised me at the time, a cooler climate in temperate zones would have been serious for world agriculture: Westerly winds would intensify, making U.S. weather more extreme. Africa's Sahel desert would expand much farther southward, spreading famine across northern Africa. The data looked ominous: Average temperature in the 48 U.S. states had fallen by more than six-tenths of a degree Celsius since 1930. (02/04/08)

The Spoof
Increase in turd stories due to global warming, scientist says - An increase in the number of turd stories worldwide has been directly linked to global warming, according to at least one scientist.
Dr. Greg Bootmaker, a climatologist who has spent years studying the possible relationship between global warming and turd stories, explained how one affects the other... (02/03/08)

Global warming spurs claims from both sides - Vic Hummert's slanted global-warming claim alluded to reporting by 60 Minutes, (hardly the arbiter of objective reporting) and claims by selective scientists. For every scientist who adheres to man-made global warming, there is one with an opposite opinion.
In November 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina, recorded the lowest November temperature in 90 years. The temperature reached 2.5 C. Since records began more than a century ago, only two days had colder lows in November - in 1914 (1.6) and 1917 (2.4).
Ninety years ago, the urban heat island effect was much less pronounced than nowadays. In Brazil's southernmost province, Rio Grande do Sul, temperatures fell to 2.3 C. In Sao Joaquim on Nov. 12, the temperature was -1.2 C with frost. The culprit is a developing La Nina - cooling of water in the eastern Pacific along the South American coast - that some climatologists believe could indicate a return to the La Nina situation that dominated from 1947 to 1977.
El Ninos have been more common since then. Some climatologists believe they may have caused what the IPCC calls "global warming." NASA recently indicated the circulation of the Arctic Ocean has changed from the counterclockwise circulation of the 1990s to the pre-1990 clockwise circulation, which could result in a cooling trend - just one instance that takes issue with Al Gore and company.
I can only conclude, based on Gore's and Hummert's claims, that climate change and global warming took a sharp turn and went around Argentina and Brazil. ~ Roder Russo, Youngsville (02/03/08)

NewsBusters: LAT Endorses McCain: Weak on Fences, Strong on Global Warming - By Mark Finkelstein - The LA Times has endorsed John McCain in the GOP primary, and at least two of its reasons for doing so should give conservatives pause: the liberal paper likes McCain because he's weak on border fences and strong on global warming... (02/02/08)

Hansen: Iowa conservationist is cool to global warming theories - By Marc HANSEN - Ptolemy, the zany Greek who said the Earth was the center of the universe, had them fooled for 1,500 years. Then Copernicus came along and said hold on a minute.
I doubt the politicians were handing out anti-Ptolemy literature back then - the church wouldn't allow it - but sometimes the scientific consensus does turn out to be wrong.
That's why I refuse to ridicule the five Iowa legislators who were touting a book last week that said human activity has nothing to do with global warming.
The book is "Unstoppable Global Warming - Every 1,500 Years." The authors are Dennis T. Avery, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, and S. Fred Singer, a climate physicist and professor emeritus at the University of Virginia.
Avery and Singer believe we're in a natural, 1,500-year climate cycle. Trying to prevent further warming is futile and expensive. Trying to adapt is the way to go.
What if they're right? What if climate change mania turns out to be the new Y2K? Does the Academy take back Al Gore's Oscar?
What if, like Copernicus, the Statehouse skeptics have stumbled upon the truth? What if they actually know what they're talking about? (02/02/08)

 
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Can the US confront global warming without adding more nuclear power?

Yes - By Bill Clandillon - Of course it can! The whole title begs several clarifications, from is global warming happening, through to does nuclear power reduce it, as well as is giving a hint that nuclear power is not perceived as desirable. Yes, the atmosphere is warming, but man's influence is difficult to quantify.
I believe that it is in the interest of the US to act to reduce greenhouse gas production for a number of reasons, regardless of the veracity of the global warming argument. Nuclear power is generally regarded as a less warming substitute for other energy sources, but why not act to encourage energy saving as the most effective alternative. Global warming is simply one of many challenges that we face, and is one we must rise to in a flexible manner without pinning our hopes on any single panacea.
For whatever reason, global warming is a "flavor of the month" right now. Proving man's culpability is however tenuous. 300 years ago, the explorer Captain George Vancouver found what is now called Glacier Bay (Alaska), choked with ice in 1794. John Muir found the same bay 85 years later, but that the ice had retreated almost all the way up the bay. By 1916 the ice was nearly 65 miles from Glacier Bay's mouth... (02/02/08)

 
No - By Louis B. - The focus on energy dependency as being a priority of the U.S. is being used as a Political global war in a effort for world dominance.
He who controls the energy, controls your life.
So we don't need to be told how to use energy, just be provided with alternate sources..
Nuclear power is less than 2% efficient, and is environmentally damaging period, it makes us vulnerable, and creates a hazard with the potential to kill millions.
Nuclear power should be avoided at all cost!
New companies are Laying the ground work for further study, and research development. They have been, and are making alternate fuels available today.
This is why the Government is rushing in to impose higher taxes on you as we speak. This will only lead to more hatred toward America, and the average Americans will suffer, paying the bill wile the United nations take control. Don't let them fool you, they want you to let them pass these laws so the can make amendments and change the to fit there needs over time... (02/02/08)

New Republic Editor: McCain Could Be 'Nixon-to-China' on Global Warming - Liberal magazine's Foer says stance on climate has 'virtues', but he must cope with conservative 'lunatics' in base. - By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute - Sen. John McCain just got an endorsement he probably wasn't expecting. - The New Republic's editor, Franklin Foer, wasn't all that glum about the possibility of John McCain defeating Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. Foer told an audience at the Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. on February 1 that he thought McCain had the best track record on global warming and a McCain presidency could offer some interesting "possibilities."
"[I] think that McCain has certain political virtues that other Republicans don't, which is that he actually has kind of a record of being, of being conciliatory - that there's actually - I mean, I don't what it means for the electoral future of the Democratic Party, but there are the possibilities for doing some interesting things with McCain as a leader, and I'm mostly thinking about global warming - where McCain has the best track record on energy and environment on the Republican side in the Senate," Foer concluded. "So, I think you have some really good possibility for a Nixon-to-China type solution to climate change if he decides that that's going to be the thing he is going to use to build a bridge."
Foer was promoting his book, "Election 2008: A Voter's Guide." He told the audience he couldn't imagine the consequences of "a McCain presidency with Democrats in a ticked-off minority." But he said McCain's biggest challenge as president would be taking on his own party. No shit! (02/02/08)

Report attacks climate policy - By Rosslyn Beeby - The Rudd Government's climate change policy has already been overtaken by new science and will impose a "death sentence" on Australia unless urgently updated, say the authors of a new report.
Former Victorian government adviser Phillip Sutton and David Spratt, founder of climate change group CarbonEquity, say the Government's policy lacks scientific depth and has been cobbled together from reports now surpassed by new data on the rate and scale of global warming.
In a hard-hitting report for Friends of the Earth Australia, they claim the Government's commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions by 60 per cent by 2050 locks Australia into supporting a dangerous 3 degree rise in global temperature and is based on a United Nations report 12 years out of date... (02/02/08)

Global Warming Threatens Super Bowl Teams! - By John Tierney - Okay, maybe I've been skeptical about some of the alarms over global warming. Mea culpa, mea culpa. Now I'm truly frightened.
It turns out that global warming poses a dire threat to 14 football teams, including the two playing in the Super Bowl. Environment America, a federation of environmental groups, issued an "analysis" this week, complete with a fact sheet of weather statistics, warning that a warming trend in Northern cities like New York and Boston is eroding the traditional advantage enjoyed by their teams when playing at home in cold weather.
"As if we needed another reason to tackle global warming, now even football could be affected," said Nathan Willcox, who was identified as the energy and clean air advocate of Environment America. "Congress must get serious about global warming before rising temperatures fumble away cold weather teams' home field advantage."
Even football? Say it ain't so! (02/02/08)

Will Media Expose Global Warming Con Job? - By Jerry Carlson - In the past several months, a new "crisis" has heated up the controversy over man-made global warming.
A few major-media writers and TV personalities are actually reporting statements by credible scientists who are challenging the assumption that carbon dioxide is the primary force causing global warming.
There's a real possibility that big-name journalists will break ranks and pursue their next Pulitzer Prize by exposing the lack of scientific consensus on CO2 as a planet-heating pollutant. (02/01/08)

The dangers of politicizing the issue of global warming - By Joseph Ben-Ami - The French have a saying: Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose the more things change, the more they remain the same.
Ever since their emergence as a political force a little more than two centuries ago, fear-mongering and character assassination have been the tactics of choice of left-wing ideologues when neither the facts, nor common sense, support their arguments or political agenda. The raging debate over climate change, and the tactics being employed, is a good illustration of this. Confronted with the fact-based criticism of an increasing number of scientists who say that cyclical climate change is as natural as the sunrise and sunset - and not due to human activity - the left reverts to type, substituting ugly invective for civil debate.
The latest example of this proclivity is their accusation that scientists who point out that the evidence does not support the claim that climate change is man-made are "climate change deniers" (something that they manifestly are not), apparently on par with Holocaust deniers. Their aim, led by the likes of Al Gore in the United States and David Suzuki in Canada, is not the acquisition of knowledge in pursuit of sound policy, but rather, the acquisition of political power in pursuit of their radical agenda. What they are doing is bad enough because it's exactly the opposite of what scientific inquiry should be, but it's especially repugnant inasmuch as they seek to usurp the horror of the Holocaust to score cheap, partisan political points. Nobody should be surprised by this though name-calling is exactly the sort of thing that the left does whenever its orthodoxy is challenged... (02/01/08)

633 words on Global Warming - By Ari Kaufman - It was one of the COLDEST Decembers on record here in Indiana and most of the Midwest. This was also the case in December and January across the Great Plains and the South. It snowed in Florida, and was consistently below average in Southern California. Check the mid 50s temps in San Diego, Los Angeles and even Phoenix if you don't recall. Or turn on the Super Bowl in Arizona Sunday evening to see temps that won't hit 60.
Because of the folks who bring this Global Warming up now in 2008, of all times, for clear political agendas, I have taken time to study this, but it's really simple. And like al-Gore, I will do so without the qualifications to opine, thus my word is equal to his...though I do lack the 30,000 square foot mansions and private jets. My apartment is 400 square feet and I drive a Nissan Sentra... (02/01/08)

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