September 2007 Archives
More bubblehead babble...
Isolationism won't keep global warming away - Charlotte Bridgeman
may be one of many Americans who live in an isolationist bubble ("Global
warming theory is a scam," Sept. 24). No, global warming has
not affected the average American because of location and continental
size. We do not see the immediate results in North Carolina.
I suggest Bridgeman travel to a large city such as Los Angeles or
Beijing, China, to experience the effect of smog. Is this not caused
by man? Actually, Los Angeles does
have a unique condition called haze. But I've never heard anyone argue
that smog is not caused by man. Do
these emissions contribute to global warming? Not in any significant
amount. Furthermore, forests in Europe are dying because
of the acid rain that falls on them. What causes acid rain? Seems
very likely that the junk we put into the atmosphere has something
to do with it. Really? It used
to be a big problem in North America. Has acid rain migrated to Europe
now? How can we explain melting of the ice caps and glaciers?
The same way we explain growing
ice caps and glaciers such as Antartica and Mount Shasta in California,
natural processes. Why do we suddenly have new opportunities
for trade routes between East and West? I
wonder if anyone asked that question when airplanes were invented?
Seems likely that higher temperatures are needed to melt more ice.
The planet is like the human body. This
is just absurd. The planet is not like a human body at all. This is
the ridiculous assertions often regurgitated by environmentalists.
The human body has a normal temperature. Just what is the planet's
normal temperature anyway? If we eat nutritious food and
take care of our bodies, we benefit. If we eat high-fat fast food
every day, drink gallons of carbonated beverages and fail to exercise,
we cannot expect to maintain a healthy weight or a healthy body. Other
nations do not have as many obese people as we do. Some
nations have more obese people than we do. So what? In fact, were
only 9th. Here's the fattest 49.
Micronesia, Federated States
United Arab Emirates
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic
Other nations have for some time been trying to take care of the
Earth. We (The United States) have
been trying to take care of the Earth too. Again, so what? When
will the isolationists realize that we are not alone on this planet
and we are responsible for its continued survival? ~ Jackie Dwelle,
Laurinburg People who understand
that man-made CO2 plays no significant role in climate change aren't
isolationists, we're just too smart to be led around on a leash by
Al Gore, and the band of criminals at the UN. (09/30/07)
and global warming - When Thomas Friedman touts carbon dioxide
as the cause of global warming in his column "Doha and Dalian"
(Sept. 20), I respond as a physicist that he cannot comprehend that
it is still not proven that carbon dioxide emissions actually are
causing global warming. Correlation does not prove Causation.
The Earth's climate changes all the time. Did carbon dioxide emissions
cause the Medieval Warm Period, when Vikings raised crops on Greenland's
coast? What caused the cold climate from 1700 to 1850? In 1975, articles
were published predicting we were entering a New Ice Age.
Reputable scientists oppose this unwarranted alarmist hysteria. If
fanatic leftists who hate America's progressive capitalistic system
had not opposed the building of nuclear power plants by wild allegations
and interminable lawsuits, the United States could have built dozens
of safe, modern reactors. These provide plentiful, reliable energy
and, incidentally, emit zero carbon dioxide.
Understanding climate change is an extremely difficult scientific
problem. Giant computers generating climate models cannot be trusted
so far. As any computer person knows, garbage in means garbage out.
If research suggests subtle variations in our Sun's radiation reaching
Earth are causing global climate change, what would Friedman recommend?
~ Howard D. Greyber, Ph.D. (Physics), San Jose, California (09/30/07)
anyone care about global warming? - No one shows up for learning event
at River Bend Nature Center - By DAVID STEINKRAUS, Journal Times
- CALEDONIA -- Perhaps the problem on Saturday was that too many people
were out enjoying the Earth on a fine, warm autumn day rather than
gathering indoors to learn about saving it.
Whatever the reason, no one showed up for a learning session on global
warming held at River Bend Nature Center. Perhaps it was because there
were also other environmental activities going on around the area,
said Adrienne Roach of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.
She was seated on a circle of benches with Rebecca Eisel, a volunteer
with the National Wildlife Federation, and Kari Olesen of the Sierra
Club. Olesen's colleague, Laura Feider, waited outside for people
to show up.
It wasn't just global warming that the group was prepared to talk
about. They also wanted to tell people about Senate Bill 81, a proposal
in the Wisconsin Legislature which would set limits on the emission
of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
The bill would require the Department of Natural Resources to set
an emissions limit for 2020 that would be equivalent to the emissions
produced in 1990. No later than Jan. 1, 2010, the DNR would have to
approve a plan for reducing those emissions using methods that would
be feasible and cost-effective.
There was a hearing on the bill on Tuesday, Roach said, before the
Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. "We only
had four people who spoke against, and the other 32 spoke for it."
With Saturday's event a no-go, Eisel was looking ahead a few weeks.
Nov. 3 will be the date for Step It Up 2. "It's going to be a
call to our leaders to step up their leadership and do something about
global warming," she said. The first Step It Up was held in the
spring at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Organizers are still
looking for a venue for the coming local event, she said. (09/29/07)
WaPo's Inconvenient Truth: No Alarm Sounded on Virginia Sacking Warming
Skeptic - By Ken Shepherd - A respected state climatologist resigns
his post citing inability to do his job due to political pressure.
Sounds exactly like the "inconvenient truth" scenario that
Al Gore complained about in his book and documentary. Only thing is
in this case it's a Democratic governor, Tim Kaine of Virginia, arguably
silencing a climatologist who believes the globe is warming, but that
the Gore-ian forecasts of doom are overwrought.
So how did the Washington Post report Dr. Pat Michaels's complaint
of political pressure infringing on his academic freedom? By penning
an article downplaying an arguable intrusion of political influence
in the sanctuary of scientific inquest...more
NYT Front Page Shocker: Ethanol Causing Rise in World Hunger -
By Noel Sheppard - Here's something you don't see every day on the
front page of a major American newspaper: an article about how the
rising demand for ethanol has sent corn and grain prices so high that
it's resulted in more people around the world going hungry.
Even more shocking: the article in question was on the front page
of Saturday's New York Times... (09/29/07)
Media Ignore Congressman Dingell's 'Painful' Tax Plan to Solve Global
Warming - By Noel Sheppard - It has been regularly reported by
NewsBusters that media are doing everything in their power to withhold
from the public the financial ramifications of global warming alarmism.
Be it the marketing of totally useless carbon offsets, or proposals
for additional taxes on consumers and corporations, press outlets
have been seemingly coordinated in their silence regarding such matters.
Another fine example of such a boycott occurred last week when House
Energy and Commerce Committee chair John Dingell (D-MI) discussed
a rather elaborate tax plan with the Associated Press Wednesday that
virtually no major media outlet outside of Detroit bothered to report...
warming alarmists have dishonest agenda - By Cleveland Witt -
The environmentalists and news media would have you believe the earth
is doomed due to global warming.
They claim the earth's temperatures are getting hotter every year,
and that 1998 was the hottest year on record.
Many of these claims are based on NASA Goddard Institute for Space
Studies (GISS), a U.S. government agency. Its findings have been used
and manipulated by insiders and environmentalists for years to promote
their agenda as gospel. They claim their position represents scientific
So what are the facts that we have not been told?
* Temperatures have actually declined over the past two years.
* History records 1934 as the hottest year on record since 1880.
* Four of the hottest years were all in the 1930s - only three were
in the last decade. Continued...
NASA's Hansen Claims He's Being 'Swift-boated' by Critics - By
Noel Sheppard - A fascinating new liberal defense mechanism has arisen
in the past couple of years: Whenever you want to dodge criticism,
just claim you are being swift-boated.
In fact, this has become such a part of political parlance that Microsoft
Word now recognizes the term "swift-boated" without highlighting
it as errant. Isn't that special?
With that in mind, the head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space
Studies, James Hansen, is claiming that recent accusations made about
him - that he was involved in a GISS report in 1971 predicting an
ice age, and that he received money from multi-billionaire George
Soros - are nothing more than swift-boating by his critics. more...
Warming: Swift Boating - In my post, "Follow the Money"
I point out that the campaign for Global Warming was paid for in large
measure by George Soros' money groups. For Global Warming activist
James Hansen, that figure is about $720-thousand.
In "Oregon's Energy Policy: It's About Shoes & Stuff"
I point out that our state governor's approach to Global Warming as
evidenced by his Climate Change Group was flawed.
But the criticism remains. The Global Warming hoax has an agenda.
And while complaining about reports on his funding sources--he refers
to those who criticize him as "swift-boaters and contrarians"--he
actually lets you take a peek at the economic agenda driving the Global
Warming Hoax... (09/29/07)
Warmist writes dishonest scathing
review of Lomborg's new book. This is the most idiotic slanted unobjective
review of what is in reality, a very objective and practical look
at global warming. This is a perfect example of the global warming
jihad's intolerance to anything that deviates from their socialist
agenda. Absolutely disgraceful!
Pollyanna of global warming - ALANNA MITCHELL - In high-school
biology class, we used to do an experiment with fruit flies.
You put flies and food in a jar, screw the top on tight and
wait to see what happens as the flies reproduce like mad.
The goal is to see at what point the limits of the jar - air,
food, space - begin to affect the ability of the fruit flies
to exist. At some point, the jar becomes inhospitable and the
flies die en masse.
If Bjorn Lomborg, Danish author of Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's
Guide to Global Warming, were to write up that high-school experiment,
he would focus on the point just before the flies began to hit
It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming
He would wax on about how the population of flies had never been
stronger, trot out statistics to show how astoundingly well the population
had reproduced over time, and gush boyishly about the excellent living
conditions in the jar. And he would be right. Given those facts, examined
at that specific point in the arc of the experiment, he would have
drawn the correct conclusions.
But he would have missed the facts that the food supply was getting
low, that the air was becoming fouled and that fruit-fly catastrophe
In other words, he would be correct on carefully selected points of
fact, but fatally incorrect about the larger picture, or the meaning
of the information he was looking at... more
UN and Global-warming
Activists Turn Up the Heat
- The United Nations and the environmental lobby are turning up the
political heat in preparation for the big UN Climate Change Conference
in December on the Indonesian island of Bali. The Bali Conference,
says the UN Chronicle Online, "will build upon the political
momentum generated by the UN General Assembly thematic debate on 'Climate
change as a global challenge' and the high-level meeting on climate
change to be convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 24 September."
No wonder Patrick Moore left these
Activists Protest US Inaction on Global Warming - Nearly Fifty Arrested
at International Climate Meeting at State Department - WASHINGTON,
DC - September 28 - Greenpeace USA Executive Director John Passacantando
and nearly fifty other activists were arrested at a protest today
outside the Bush administration's 'Big Emitters' meeting on global
warming as they sent the message: "Bush: Wrong way on global
warming." "We're here to register our protest at this charade,"
Passacantando said. "President Bush is trying to take the world
in the wrong direction on global warming, and this meeting is nothing
more than a propaganda effort to deflect international criticism."
analysis of feebates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from light
vehicles for California - By Walter McManus - A growing majority
of climate scientists are convinced that unless emissions are reduced,
global warming would cause a number of adverse effects throughout
the United States. In California, rising temperatures would reduce
the snow pack in the Sierra-the state's primary source of water-and
lead to less water for irrigating farms in the Central Valley. Global
warming would increase the number of extreme heat days and greatly
increase the risk of poor air quality across the state. California's
1,100 miles of coastline and coastal communities are vulnerable to
rising sea levels. Concerted action could curb global warming, but
all sectors would need to take immediate steps to reduce heattrapping
pollution. In California, the transportation sector consumes well
over half the oil used statewide, and passenger cars and trucks emit
20 to 30 percent of the state's global warming pollution. Vehicles
therefore are a central focus of the immediate action required to
reduce global warming. The state of California's regulatory approach
involves phasing in limits to average global warming emissions from
passenger cars and trucks beginning in 2009 and culminating in 2016.
This regulation is often called "Pavley," after its author,
Assemblywoman Fran Pavley. The federal government's approach provides
tax incentives to buyers of hybrid vehicles, which emit significantly
lower amounts of global warming pollution than most conventional vehicles.
However, the hybrid incentive affects only a small portion of the
vehicle market. A third approach that could be used to enhance or
replace existing regulations would be a feebates program. A feebates
program creates a schedule of both fees and rebates that reflects
the amount of global warming pollution that different vehicles emit.
Purchasers of new vehicles that emit larger amounts of heat-trapping
emissions pay a one-time surcharge at the point of purchase. These
surcharges are then used to provide rebates to buyers of new vehicles
that emit less pollution. A feebates program has several advantages
over other approaches: Market-oriented: A feebates program recognizes
the power of price signals to change consumer behavior. That is, incentives
spur consumers to purchase and manufactures to produce cleaner vehicles.
Self-financing: A feebates program can be designed so that the surcharges
collected equal the rebates paid. Affects entire market: A feebates
program applies to all new vehicles-clean and dirty-spurring a transformation
of the entire market. Consumer choice: A feebates program can be designed
so that consumers have the option to buy vehicles that carry no surcharge
in each vehicle class, such as cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles
(SUVs), and minivans. This study explores the economic impacts on
consumers and manufacturers of the existing Pavley regulation and
a feebates program by analyzing four alternative scenarios, using
information from 2002 as the base year. Our findings show that a feebates
program is an effective strategy to reduce global warming pollution
by up to 25% more than Pavley alone. Also, under a feebates program
consumers will save thousands of dollars and retailers will see their
revenue rise by as much as 6%. (09/27/07)
Warmists can't get their 'facts' straight
- Two unrelated articles, both
appearing today September 28, both warning of the impending man-made
CO2 climate "catastrophe", but they seem to have trouble
agreeing on their facts.
Needless to say, there is a huge
difference between 3 billion and 8 billion tons. Which one is right?
It really diesn't matter, does it?
warming, Kyoto Protocol and developing countries - Md. Asadullah
Khan - ...A cursory look at the world consumption of fossil
fuels will reveal that we are adding a net three billion
tons a year of carbons to the atmosphere in the form of
carbon dioxide, methane and chlorofluorocarbons popularly known
to End Global Warming - By Jeremy J. Siegel - ...Key facts:
I believe that global warming is real, that it stems mostly
from the increase in greenhouse gases and that it does pose
a long-term threat. The basic facts are well known. The world
is pumping about 8 billion tons of carbon emissions from
fossil fuels into the atmosphere each year, up nearly 500% from
Will Media Report Flaw in Manmade Ozone Hole Consensus? - By Noel
Sheppard - One of the most disgraceful assertions from global warming
alarmists such as soon-to-be-Nobel Laureate Al Gore is that a scientific
consensus exists concerning man's role in climate change.
Of course, skeptics around the world accurately counter that science
isn't accomplished by a show of hands, and that until it can be proven
that man is indeed responsible for the slight increase in global average
temperatures in the past 100 years, the percentage of people who "feel"
that way is totally irrelevant.
With that in mind, a new study published
Wednesday in the journal Nature (subscription required) tears apart
the "scientific consensus" regarding the cause of a hole in
the ozone layer, and should act as a warning to folks claiming that
the climate change debate is over, assuming of course the media pay
any attention to this paper... (09/28/07)
Activist Jane Goodall Condemned Biofuels for Hurting Rainforest
- By Lynn Davidson - Say goodbye to the Great Green Hope. Biofuels are
on the endangered list, although the media in America won't tell you
that. Reuters reported in its September
26 article that Jane Goodall, the internationally famous primate
scientist and environmental icon who presented at Al Gore's Live Earth,
added her criticism of vegetable-based biofuels to a growing list experts...
One of my all time favorite
musicians turns out to be a warmist, kind of...but I'm not holding
it against him
warming on the mind of well-heeled Tull vocalist - By Adrian
Chamberlain, - Feeling like a dead duck. Spitting out pieces
of his broken luck ~ from Aqualung by Jethro
Jethro Tull's most celebrated hit is Aqualung. The classic
rock tune is notable for its gonzo guitar riffs and lyrics about
an ill-fortuned tramp eyeing little girls with "bad intent."
It was written by Tull vocalist/flautist Ian Anderson -- a man
who has certainly had his share of good luck.
Take, for instance, his home in Wiltshire, in southwest England.
It is a 1751 stately manor surrounded by 400 acres of bucolic
English countryside, four cottages, a helicopter pad and a $1.5-million
Not too shabby.
"I know we have 15 toilets," said Anderson, 60, phoning
from his home. "I know because I counted them."
His two grown-up children recently moved out, so these days the house
is inhabited by just Anderson and wife Shona. They live mostly in
a few rooms, with the rest of the 11-bedroom mansion permanently under
lock and key.
It's a safe bet that Anderson, who penned the bulk of Jethro Tull's
material, has plenty of moolah (or "dosh" as he calls it).
Known as a canny businessman, he has owned several salmon farms --
reportedly selling one for more than $20 million in the late 1990s.
And although Jethro Tull hasn't scored a hit single in years, it's
still a solid concert draw, as the sold-out show at the Royal Theatre
During a 25-minute interview, Anderson -- talkative and cheerful --
seemed at odds with his material wealth and public image.
Although his manor is outfitted with energy-efficient lightbulbs and
heat-saving insulation, Anderson fretted about the pollution he's
leaving. Factoring in his global tours, he figures his carbon footprint
is 20 times that of the typical person.
"I'm travelling for the fun of making music. It's a pretty flippant
occupation, really." more
Two warmist elite "peas in
at Home With Bill Clinton - By SARA KUGLER - NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor
Michael Bloomberg has been a Republican and he's now an independent.
But on Thursday he cozied up to the Democrats' biggest star.
Bloomberg joined former President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative
conference at a session billed as a BBC debate over global warming.
Instead, the pair were in constant agreement, leaving the host, Zeinab
Badawi, playing the role of devil's advocate.
Throughout the hourlong discussion, Badawi persisted with questions
based on the argument that addressing climate change will hurt economic
At times, Clinton shook his head, Bloomberg sighed and both interrupted
her to try to argue that there are sustainable solutions that are economically
good for the private and public sectors, such as energy-saving light
Badawi said she was simply representing the position taken by many and
reflected in "the Bush administration line about 'We care about
global warming, but we care about economic growth.'"
Clinton responded: "We care about economic growth, too. We think
it is the way to economic growth."
Then Badawi noted Clinton's now famous mantra - "It's the economy,
stupid" - from his 1992 presidential campaign.
"That's right," the former president shot back, "and
with all respect, I think my opinions on the economy are entitled to
at least as much respect as these naysayers that are in control now."
Badawi tried to respond, but Bloomberg interjected: "Remember,
he got elected, they didn't," an apparent crack about the disputed
2000 presidential election that sent George W. Bush to the White House.
How pathetic. They'll never get over
Al Gore's defeat, even though there has been over 50 independent recounts
in Florida. NOT ONE showed that Gore beat Bush.
Bloomberg, who also has been a Democrat, is now a potential third-party
candidate for president who is always trying to burnish his nonpartisan
credentials. This week, he also spent time with President Bush, who
was in town for a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. (09/28/07)
Whole New World? - The climate debate could be changing - By Ben
Lieberman - Global warming is a complex issue to figure out, but one
thing about it is actually quite simple - discerning which side dominates
the debate right now. For the past year, those who view global warming
as a crisis justifying a major federal response have had just about
everything going in their favor.
Granted, the Bush administration continues to resist first-ever mandatory
limits on carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, but the Democratically
controlled Congress has introduced a number of so-called cap-and-trade
bills to do just that. Some of them have bipartisan support. And many
of the leading presidential candidates have endorsed these efforts.
Several other factors, including a recent Supreme Court decision compelling
the Environmental Protection Agency to consider global warming measures,
as well as state and local efforts to bypass the feds and impose their
own controls, all seem to be forcing Washington's hand... (09/28/07)
on global warming "optimists" looks at sun spots and cosmic
rays - I was a little bit surprised last week to see a story in
the Christian Science Monitor titled "Might warming be normal".
It featured doubters of human-caused climate change, including George
Taylor from Oregon State University who I had the opportunity to watch
in a debate earlier this year... (09/27/07)
Ann Curry Kisses for Global Warming Cause - By Geoffrey Dickens
- If you've got an extra-billion dollars laying around and you happen
to be a fan of "Today" co-host Ann Curry, just donate that
extra cash at a Bill Clinton-fronted foundation conference and you may
just get a kiss from her... (09/27/07)
Latest Global Warming Alarmists' Talking Point:
"Carbon Dioxide levels are higher than they've been in the
last 600,000 years" - Yes but
temperature is not! I should leave it here but I can't resist...
I feel the need to respond to this
one since it's so easy. Below is letter that appeared in today's Modesto
Bee. Who reads that anyway? You'll have to ask the Google Gods why the
Modesto Bee and other insignificant small pissant Northern California
papers appear so prominently in their search results...but I digress.
Ironically in his letter, Mr. Kirkbridge attacks the messenger for attacking
the messenger. But let's begin...
global warming messenger - In "Don't buy the hype on global warming"
- (Sept. 17, Page B-5), Jay Ambrose makes the common mistake of killing
the messenger, Al Gore, whose prominence and passion have led him to
add his voice to those of thousands of scientists worldwide. Gore didn't
invent the science (or the internet)
of studying ice-core samples taken worldwide that show carbon dioxide
far exceeding anything in the last 600,000 years, as well as those samples
showing rising temperatures. True,
but what Al Gore did do in his movie was deliberately misrepresent
what the ice core records revealed -- that temperature ie. warming,
drives carbon dioxide levels (higher), not the other way around. The
ice core records show that temperature warms first, then after several
hundred years, CO2 levels rise. This is undisputed and been been found
in every single ice core sample to date. The reason for this in theory,
is because the oceans are so vast, that it takes several hundred years
for them to warm significantly enough to begin to release more carbon
Ambrose points out the few spikes in temperature before 1940 and says,
"See there!" Had he been a scientist, he would have recognized
nature's variabilities with or without human intervention and, looking
at all science over the long run, would have come to the same conclusions
that the vast majority of scientists have arrived at -- human activity
in all its shapes and forms are driving the warming of the planet beyond
anything ever recorded. Wrong!
This one is simply untrue. Temperatures have been warmer than today
at many times in Earth's long history. Several thousand years ago during
the the Holocene Maximum temperatures were significantly higher -- and
by the way, the polar bears as well as humans, did survive this "catastrophy",
And as recently 1000 years ago during
the Medieval Warm Period temperatures were also higher than they are
today. The warmists are now attempting to rewrite history on the Medieval
Warm Period by claiming that during the Period temperatures were not
higher than today or by asserting that the temperature records during
the Medieval Warm Period do not represent "global" temperatures
accurately. Even without the Medieval Warm Period, there is no dispute
that during the Holocene Maximum, global temperatures were significantly
higher than today, and CO2 concentrations were significantly lower.
The now infamous "Hockey Stick" grapgh: Notice that the
Medieval Warm Period has mysteriously disappeared!
Ambrose is right about some of the directions we are following to achieve
oil independence with regards to ethanol. This country and the world
must identify all causes of warming and work at sensible solutions that
don't create undue hardships on any one country. But solutions without
some sacrifice are unrealistic. ~ WAYNE KIRKBRIDE, Twain Harte. (09/27/07)
leaders to lawmakers: Don't act alone on global warming - Associated
Press - DENVER (AP) - Business leaders say they realize something must
be done to curtail global warming. But Peter O'Connor of the Colorado
Association of Commerce and Industry says they're worried that Colorado
lawmakers will set tougher standards than other states, which could
drive up costs and hurt their competitiveness. (09/27/07)
and global warming - We shouldn't become too politically correct
about the environment and global warming, writes Vaclav Klaus, the President
of the Czech Republic, in FAKT, a conservative tabloid newspaper.
As a matter of fact, he claims, global warming in recent years, decades
and centuries has been slight and hasn't had any real influence on people
and their activity, says Mr Klaus. The serious debate concerning reasons
and implications of climate changes is underway and it would be premature
to settle the question now. Unfortunately, that's what the world is
already doing. The United Nations should listen to both sides of the
discussion and they should be treated equally, which also means equal
financial support for both of them, says Vaclav Klaus... (09/27/07)
Kyoto - By Samuel Thernstrom - Will George Bush salvage his legacy
on climate change?
Later today, President Bush will deliver what may be the most important
environmental speech of his administration, as he addresses participants
at an international White House summit on global warming. Key developing
nations such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, and South Korea
will be at the table, along with Australia, Russia, and the European
Union, ready to hear the president's ideas about alternatives to the
Kyoto Protocol. It remains to be seen, however, whether Bush will propose
truly bold policy options that might actually change the way people
think about warming - and even if he does, whether anyone is still listening.[...]
Pressure on America to return to the Kyoto fold will only grow over
the next two years. Absent an alternative, it is nearly certain that
Kyoto II will be more of the same - attractive symbolism that overlooks
the inconvenient truth: We cannot stop global climate change through
short-term emissions reductions. Due to our technological and economic
constraints, such reductions would only slow warming by an infinitesimal
amount. The Kyoto Protocol and its successor agreements, well-intentioned
though they may be, have about as much chance of stopping global warming
as the United Nations has of stopping war. We may spend billions trying
to cut emissions, but there is no realistic chance of success... (09/27/07)
Warming- Do You Care? - Uh, no.
Our MTV Switch campaign survey reveals a shocking result...
MTV Switch has launched this week to promote the climate change with
the scary results of a worldwide survey.
We quizzed thousands of young adults and children from 14 countries
around the globe about what worried them most about the future.
The USA youth thought of environmental issues last followed closely
by the UK said the poll.
Young people in less developed countries like Brazil, Indonesia and
Mexico think about the environment most, says the survey.
Switch is a call to action asking you- Britain's youth to pledge their
support by agreeing to act greener by taking their iPods, mobile phones
and TVs off standby and being more eco-aware round the house. (09/27/07)
Brit Faults Bush on Global Warming - On the eve of a meeting of
world leaders on climate change to be hosted by the Bush administration,
a top British diplomat who will participate spoke out forcefully against
a voluntary approach to attacking global warming.
The White House has made clear in briefings leading up to its Meeting
of Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change that it intends
to tout the success of voluntary steps to cut greenhouse gases in the
sessions on Thursday and Friday in Washington. But John Ashton, a leading
environmental adviser to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at a forum
sponsored by the nonprofit United Nations Foundation, said such an approach
would be insufficient, given the magnitude of the problem of reducing
fossil fuel emissions.
"Are we going to bind ourselves to doing this, and doing it quickly,
or are we just going to do what's easy to do, what's convenient, what's
voluntary?" asked Ashton. "The word voluntary means what you
can do without heavy lifting, what you can do without mobilization of
real political imagination. It's not going to crack this problem."
Hey Ashton, until you (end every
one else in this world) start paying taxes in the United States, anything
we (the US) do will be voluntary. Our backs are already sore from doing
all the heaving lifting over the last century. (09/26/07)
Absurd Global Warming "Solution"
of the day...
Ocean Tubes Proposed as Global Warming Fix - By Kate Ravilious for
National Geographic News - Imagine an ocean full of giant pipes that
pump up cold, nutrient-rich water from deep below, encouraging surface
algae to bloom and suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
That's the controversial new vision of James Lovelock, the independent
British scientist best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, and
Chris Rapley, a space physicist and director of London's Science Museum.
The pair claims that such climate engineering solutions may be the only
way to hold global warming at bay given its current progress. (See a
global warming interactive.)
"Global warming appears to be an irreversible process, and if we
don't do anything then the world will just heat up to a stable, hot
state," Lovelock said. "The stakes are now so high that we
have to act."
But other experts are skeptical, pointing out that the scheme could
release more carbon than it absorbs while putting fragile marine life
in danger... (09/26/07)
NASA's Hansen Mentioned in Soros Foundations Annual Report - By
Noel Sheppard - As NewsBuster Jake Gontesky reported,
an editorial in Investor's Business Daily Monday claimed one of billionaire
leftist George Soros's foundations gave $720,000 in 2006 to the head
of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, James Hansen.
Since this editorial was published, according to LexisNexis and Google
News searches, not one major media outlet has reported these allegations.
Maybe even more shocking is that had press outlets looked into this
matter - you know, acted like journalists instead of advocates! - they
would have found Hansen's name prominently mentioned in the 2006
Soros Foundations Network Report (relevant section on page 123):
Scientist Protests NASA's Censorship Attempts -
James E. Hansen, the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies
at NASA, protested attempts to silence him after officials at NASA ordered
him to refer press inquiries to the public affairs office and required
the presence of a public affairs representative at any interview. The
Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection organization
and OSI grantee, came to Hansen's defense by providing legal and media
advice. The campaign on Hansen's behalf resulted in a decision by
NASA to revisit its media policy.
Fascinating, wouldn't you agree?
Here, in Soros Foundations' annual report, is a direct connection to
Hansen, along with an admission that "The campaign on Hansen's
behalf resulted in a decision by NASA to revisit its media policy."
As is typical, a global warming obsessed media don't find this newsworthy.
Think they'd be so disinterested if this smoking gun involved an oil
company giving money to a Republican official?
While you ponder, forward to page 143 (emphasis added):
note: The Strategic Opportunities Fund includes grants
related to Hurricane Katrina ($1,652,841); media policy ($1,060,000);
and politicization of science ($720,000).
Add it all up, and everything the IBD editorial claimed - that a high-ranking
official at NASA may have received money from an organization funded
by George Soros in order to politicize science -- is actually available
in this annual report.
Yet, not one media outlet thought this was newsworthy.
How disgraceful. (09/26/07)
The Real James "Hack"
Is Global Warming Alarmist James Hansen a Shill for George Soros?
- By Jake Gontesky - The claims against anthropogenic global warming
skeptics are often the same: they're all shills for big oil or other
industry wishing to poke holes in the 'consensus theory' of global warming
(which isn't a consensus at all). Under the so-called "politicization
of science" program, George Soros' (the favorite fundraiser of
many democrats) has reportedly given as much as $720,000 to Hansen to
help package his alarmist claims and get them pushed by the mainstream
Soros Threat to Democracy):
How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen,
a man billed as a lonely "NASA whistleblower" standing up
to the mighty U.S. government, was really funded by Soros' Open Society
Institute , which gave him "legal and media advice"?
That's right, Hansen was packaged for the media
by Soros' flagship "philanthropy," by as much as $720,000,
most likely under the OSI's "politicization of science" program.
So he got some big paychecks from Soros - but was there a quid pro
quo? The evidence certainly indicates as much:
That may have meant that Hansen had media flacks
help him get on the evening news to push his agenda and lawyers pressuring
officials to let him spout his supposedly "censored" spiel
for weeks in the name of advancing the global warming agenda.
Hansen even succeeded, with public pressure from
his nightly news performances, in forcing NASA to change its media policies
to his advantage. Had Hansen's OSI-funding been known, the public might
have viewed the whole production differently. The outcome could have
Did Soros' funding pay off? You be the judge. Do a quick google search
on James Hansen to read any of the thousands of mainstream media stories
touting Hansen's claims of censorship by the Bush administration. This
wouldn't be the first time credibility questions have been raised regarding
Hansen and his alarmist claims [see "When
does 1,400 Media Interviews = Muzzled" (03/20/07)].
But the alarmist's favorite poster-boy James Hansen is hardly the only
benefactor of Soros' funding designed to get more media play for politicized
topics important to the left - check out the full article for more on
the non-disclosure disclosures regarding immigration and other big topics
of the day.
Jake Gontesky routinely writes columns exploring
the mainstream media coverage of the global warming debate and other
topics in the world of atmospheric science. As a meteorologist, his
viewpoints are frequently explored from a scientific standpoint rather
than a purely political one. Read more at Notes
in the Margin. (09/26/07)
Media Expose Global Warming Alarmism's Ties to Child Labor Exploitation?
- By Noel Sheppard - Assume for a moment that one of the world's leading
oil companies was identified to be using child laborers in various countries
in order to cut payroll costs. Do you think that would be front page,
headline news in the States?
Well, it appears that the carbon offset scam, devised largely to assuage
the environmental guilt of wealthy people, is resulting in the exploitation
of children in India. Yet, it seems a metaphysical certitude that global
warming obsessed media won't bat an eye.
Why might that be?... (09/26/07)
Climate Quote Of The Day - Carbon
Dioxide Levels are now higeher than at any point in the last 650,000
years ~ Global Warming Solutions (GWSO)
But the temperature is NOT!
Warming Solutions Introduces ''LETG'' Solar Technology - Global
Warming Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets:GWSO) ? a developer of technologies
aimed at mitigating the effects of global warming ? today introduced
a technology targeting the development of clean, environmentally-friendly
solar power for commercial and residential use.
LETG ? an acronym for Light Electric and Thermal Generator ? is
a new technology with an important mission: To maximize the electrical
and thermal energy derived from sunlight. LETG utilizes a hybrid
system to produce electricity year round even in low sunlight
Recent awareness of climate change has sparked renewed interest
in energy from the sun, a virtually inexhaustible energy source.
The challenge of solar power has always been the need to produce
energy efficiently,? says Dr. Vladimir Vasilenko, Chief Executive
Officer of Global Warming Solutions.
Understanding and Installing
Recent awareness of climate change has sparked renewed interest
in energy from the sun, a virtually inexhaustible energy source.
The challenge of solar power has always been the need to produce
energy efficiently,? says Dr. Vladimir Vasilenko, Chief Executive
Officer of Global Warming Solutions. (09/26/07)
Warming Not Affected by Man - By: Philip V. Brennan - The mass hysteria
over the alleged warming of the planet, with everyone from the president
to, reportedly, the Pope buying into the global warming alarms and calling
for Draconian steps to stop Mother Nature from turning up the thermostat
reminds me of one of the more bizarre examples of widespread panic created
by a fictional crisis. (09/26/07)
An excellent "common sense"
Warming Skeptics Not the Same as 'Deniers' - By Tibor R. Machan
- Someone I know in the community of academic philosophers who works
mostly in environmental ethics recently labeled me a "global warming
denier" because I - along with quite a few lay and expert individuals
interested in the topic - am skeptical about the human contribution
to global warming and related environmentalist contentions. (09/26/07)
Clothesline Makes A Comeback : "Right To Dry" Movement Promotes
Clotheslines As Energy-Saving Devices - (Christian Science Monitor)
By Caitlin Carpenter - It started out innocently enough. Concerned about
global warming and her family's energy consumption, Michelle Baker wanted
to hang her wash outside. She scoured stores for a clothesline durable
enough to withstand Vermont winters and classy enough for her Waterbury
backyard. She came back empty-handed every time.
So Ms. Baker and her husband made their own: a few lines of pristine
white rope hung between two Vermont cedar poles. Soon, friends and neighbors
were enviously asking where they got it. Born of enterprise, enthusiasm,
and wet shirts flapping in the breeze, the Vermont Clothesline Co. debuted
And just in time, as a national clothesline - or "Right to Dry"
- movement escalates. In fact, Vermont is the latest state to introduce
a bill that would override clothesline bans, which are often instituted
by community associations loath to air laundry even when it's clean.
Now, clothesline restrictions may be headed the way of bans on parking
pickup trucks in front of homes, or growing grass too long - all vestiges
of trim and tidy hopes that may not fit with the renewed emphasis on
"This trend ... is about people making a little change to help
the environment as opposed to something like solar panels which is much
more of an investment," Baker says.
Baker's orders have steadily risen. While most initial buyers were fellow
Vermonters, the company now receives orders from across the United States,
including such places as Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas.
Over in New Hampshire, clothesline activists have asked for legislative
advice from Project Laundry List - the first U.S. clothesline activist
group, according to the group's founder, Alexander Lee. And North Carolina
recently passed a law invalidating city or county limitations on "energy
devices based on the use of renewable resources." In addition,
the clothesline movement there is hoping to find a "test case"
to legally establish clothesline rights in North Carolina, Mr. Lee says.
"We get e-mails and calls every day from people wanting to know
where they can get the materials to hang out their clothes or how to
deal with homeowners' association rules," says Bryan Wentzell,
the group's chairman of the board. "[The Right to Dry movement]
could take off all across the country," he says, noting that independent
states like Vermont will be the first to jump on the bandwagon."
Maybe. In June, Vermont's Gov. Jim Douglas (R) vetoed an energy bill
with Right to Dry language - though not because of the clothesline clause,
according to state Sen. Dick McCormack (D). Proponents are now revising
a bill to be introduced in January, one similar to legislation in Florida
and Utah that prohibits "state or local laws or regulations or
private contracts from limiting the ability of dwellers to erect and
use clotheslines for the drying of clothes."
At last count, in 2005, there were 88 million dryers in the US, according
to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Annually, these
dryers consume 1,079 kilowatt hours of energy per household, creating
2,224 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions.
Besides the global-warming and cost-saving aspects of clotheslines,
proponents say hanging out clothes requires exercise and time outside
- elements that are missing from many Americans' lives. "So much
of our lives have become automated," Mr. Wentzell says. Plus, using
a clothesline makes "your clothes last longer and smell better."
Despite clotheslines' purported benefits - and a scent that can rival
dryer sheets' "fresh rain" fragrance - "the overwhelming
majority" of community associations regulate or ban them, says
Frank Rathbun, vice president of communications for the Community Associations
Institute in Virginia. Sixty million Americans belong to one of 300,000
homeowners' associations, according to the institute, a national organization
of community association leaders and management firms.
The rules exist for aesthetics, residents' expectations and property
values, Mr. Rathbun says: Environmental leanings have to be balanced
against the desires of those who find their neighbors' blue jeans, khakis,
and the occasional flannel nightgown to be unseemly, unsightly, or both.
Senator McCormack dismisses such concerns. Amid growing concern about
global warming, he says, governments have a responsibility to protect
people's right to voluntarily conserve, if not actively support energy
On Sept. 14, Project Laundry List will participate in an event at the
energy company Hydro-Québec, protesting the diverting and damming
of the Rupert River. Such damming would not have to occur, Lee says,
if people adopted energy-saving methods like clotheslines. The group
will display messages on T-shirts and sheets hung from - what else?
- a 400-foot clothesline.
The group is getting the word out through other art forms, too. Several
painters and quilters who specialize in depictions of clotheslines have
donated work to Project Laundry List to be auctioned off, with proceeds
going to the cause.
And, hoping for more, Wentzell is thinking outside the box and beyond
the laundry room: "Hey, maybe we'll get some celebrities taking
up the cause by hanging out their laundry behind their mansions!"
Copyright © 2007 The Christian Science Monitor.
All rights reserved.
And then there's this!
regulation hangs the environment out to dry : Laundry - A Bend woman
discovers that aesthetics outweigh her energy-saving efforts in an upscale
neighborhood - By MATTHEW PREUSCH The Oregonian Staff - BEND --
A Bend woman is facing possible legal action for hanging her laundry
out to dry.
Susan Taylor, who lives in the upscale Awbrey Butte neighborhood, says
she's trying to do the right thing for the planet by stringing up her
family's clothes. But in doing so she's violating rules meant to keep
up appearances in her subdivision, which means she might become a martyr
in the so-called right-to-dry movement.
The trouble began last spring after Taylor, 55, decided to do her part
to address global warming by stringing up her family's clothes between
the pines behind their 2,400-square-foot house.
"This is the right thing to do with what's going on with our climate,"
said the part-time nurse, standing beside her Toyota hybrid sedan.
But neighbors soon complained.
In June, Taylor got a letter from the neighborhood's developer, Bend
Brooks Resources Corp., saying she was violating Awbrey Butte's covenants,
conditions and restrictions. LMAO!
Environmental Writer Paid $12,500 to Speak About Global Warming
- By Noel Sheppard - NewsBusters readers are aware that one of my contentions
concerning global warming alarmism is that those involved are doing
it for the money.
Well, this editorial from the Olympian in Washington state will give
you an idea that it's not just folks like Al Gore, Laurie David, and
carbon offset marketers that are cashing in on this scam.
Now, media members are getting into the act as well. (09/25/07)
imminent threat to Siachen glacier due to global warming - Manali,
Sept. 25 (PTI): Contrary to the concerns raised by scientists over the
adverse effect of global warming on the Siachen glacier, temperatures
at the world's highest and coldest battlefield are indeed falling.
This is revealed by the country's eminent glacial scientist, R N Sarvade,
the Director of Manali-based Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment
According to Sarvade, temperatures recorded in Siachen have maintained
a receding trend over the years.
However, the findings were yet to be confirmed as the team was still
continuing its studies, the scientist said.
"We need to analyse our recordings over a longer period of time,"
Sarvade said in a presentation made to the visiting Minister of State
for Defence, M M Pallam Raju here.
What the findings could mean is that while scientists are raising concern
over the receding glaciers, especially in the Himalayas, there appears
to be no erosion in the size of the 72-km long glacier, the second largest
in the eastern Karakorams. (09/25/07)
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a
consensus! Nearly 8 out of 10 of you are stupid enough to believe in
the CO2 Boogeyman.
survey: Humans cause global warming - (UPI) -- A British Broadcasting
Corp. poll finds 79 percent of people in 21 nations believe human activity
causes global warming.
The BBC's World Service poll indicates nine of 10 say action is needed
to address global warming, with 65 percent choosing the strongest position,
saying, "It is necessary to take major steps starting very soon."
warming leaves Russians cold - By Artyom Liss, BBC News, Moscow
- More than 50% of Russians asked about global warming say they haven't
heard much about it, according to a BBC World Service poll of 22,000
people in 21 countries.
The Russian media focus on what seem to be more pressing problems.
There are burning social issues, there's uncertainty about the security,
there's a falling-out with the West, and, crucially, it is a very cold
A meteorologist in Arkhangelsk, in the north of Russia, once told me:
"I know global warming is a problem, but I would welcome a bit
of warmth up here. Then I could grow my own tomatoes."
We spoke as we stood on ice in the middle of the frozen Dvina river.
The temperature was approaching -25C...
Warming Hysteria - By Walter E. Williams - Despite increasing evidence
that man-made CO2 is not a significant greenhouse gas and contributor
to climate change, politicians and others who wish to control our lives
must maintain that it is... (09/25/07)
challenges global-warming theory at UN - Prematurely proclaiming
victory for either side in the warming debate would be a "tragic
mistake", Klaus said.New York, Sept 24 (CTK) - "The increase
in global temperatures has been in the last years, decades and centuries
very small in historical comparisons and practically negligible in its
actual impact upon human beings and their activities," Czech President
Vaclav Klaus said at the world politicians' meeting on global warming
Soros Threat To Democracy - By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY - Democracy:
George Soros is known for funding groups such as MoveOn.org that seek
to manipulate public opinion. So why is the billionaire's backing of
what he believes in problematic? In a word: transparency.
George Soros & MoveOn.org: Exclusive Series
How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen, a man billed
as a lonely "NASA whistleblower" standing up to the mighty
U.S. government, was really funded by Soros' Open Society Institute
, which gave him "legal and media advice"?
That's right, Hansen was packaged for the media by Soros' flagship "philanthropy,"
by as much as $720,000, most likely under the OSI's "politicization
of science" program.
That may have meant that Hansen had media flacks help him get on the
evening news to push his agenda and lawyers pressuring officials to
let him spout his supposedly "censored" spiel for weeks in
the name of advancing the global warming agenda.
Hansen even succeeded, with public pressure from his nightly news performances,
in forcing NASA to change its media policies to his advantage. Had Hansen's
OSI-funding been known, the public might have viewed the whole production
differently. The outcome could have been different.
That's not the only case. Didn't the mainstream media report that 2006's
vast immigration rallies across the country began as a spontaneous uprising
of 2 million angry Mexican-flag waving illegal immigrants demanding
U.S. citizenship in Los Angeles, egged on only by a local Spanish-language
Turns out that wasn't what happened, either. Soros' OSI had money-muscle
there, too, through its $17 million Justice Fund. The fund lists 19
projects in 2006. One was vaguely described involvement in the immigration
rallies. Another project funded illegal immigrant activist groups for
subsequent court cases.
So what looked like a wildfire grassroots movement really was a manipulation
from OSI's glassy Manhattan offices. The public had no way of knowing
until the release of OSI's 2006 annual report. More.
Climate Justice? Doesn't the word
"justice" imply that a crime has been committed? It's no surprise
that these environmental groups view Westernization as an injustice.
After all Friends of the Earth was formed because the Sierra Club wasn't
extreme enough for it's founder...
Climate Justice Needed to Address Global Warming - Friends of the
Earth (London) - ..."Industrialised nations which have contributed
disproportionately to climate change must take lead in radically reducing
their emissions of greenhouse gases," said Meena Raman, Chair of
Friends of the Earth International in New York. [...]
"The United States must join the rest of the world in tackling
climate change within the United Nations framework, instead of promoting
purely voluntary measures that will not achieve necessary emissions
reductions", said Elizabeth Bast of Friends of the Earth US in
"The major economies meeting is another attempt by the Bush administration
to send the world the 'wrong way' in the global fight against climate
change," she added.
Friends of the Earth and other organizations will be rallying outside
the 'major economies' talks in Washington on Friday Sept.28 by holding
'wrong way' signs. Of course they
will. Climate change is George Bush's fault you know... (09/24/07)
Warming: Now the Media Get Religion - By Matthew Sheffield - In
recent years, the liberal press has become increasingly upset with conservative
religious people who maintain the rightfulness of having their political
views stem from their religious ones on issues like abortion, gay rights,
and welfare. Such views, according to the media, are illegitmate and
even threaten the balance of church and state within our society.
Trouble is, though, liberal journalists don't apply this standard consistently.
While the media are adamantly opposed to religious motivations on cultural
issues, rarely do you hear the media grouse about Christians and Jews
who oppose capital punishment on religious grounds. That's because religion
is like anything else to the radical left--a means to an end. In the
eyes of the media, the moral value of anything or anyone is directly
proportional to its usefulness to liberalism.
It's for this reason that I highly doubt you'll hear any complaints
from the press gallery about the latest initiative of Pope Benedict
XVI, promoting the idea of human-caused global
Bush Pulled United States Out of Kyoto - By Richard Newcomb - Journalists
like to tell us about their professionalism and the many layers of editors
that ensure their accuracy. However, somewhere in those layers of editors,
have reporters lost the ability to perform basic research? In the case
of Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, it would seem to be so. Mason wrote
an article on California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Monday speech
on global warming, in which he wrote,
President George W. Bush pulled the United States out of the Kyoto
accord, saying it unfairly burdened rich countries while exempting developing
countries like China and India.
This is a startling revision of history. Apparently Mason forgot,
if he ever knew, that although then-President Bill Clinton signed Kyoto,
he never submitted the Kyoto treaty to the Senate for ratification.
And according to Wikipedia's
entry for Kyoto,
The United States (U.S.), although a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol,
has neither ratified nor withdrawn from the Protocol. The signature
alone is symbolic, as the Kyoto Protocol is non-binding on the United
States unless ratified. Story continues...
Top 100 Effects of Global Warming - This piece (of
shit) is from the Center for American Progress Action Fund's
Mic Check Radio. Global Warming Wrecks All the Fun. So
now that Hillary is a shoe-in for the Democratic Nomination, this is
how John Podesta and friends are going to spend their time???
The most hysterical article of the
day belongs to Dr. Phillip S. Chua. This greenie takes the "Chicken
Little First Prize" for his ability to pack the most nonsensical
doom and gloom hyperbole into a single article. Even I'm scared now...NOT!
TO HEART TALK: Destroying our planet - By Dr. Philip S. Chua, Cebu
Daily News - Our planet would be at an imminent grave risk of being
destroyed, if Global Warming, more appropriately termed Climate Change,
continues unabated. And like the multitudes of problems threatening
the world, this major one is caused by its intelligent inhabitant, man
himself, and his careless and irresponsible behavior, especially in
the last two hundred some years. Human beings are not new to self-abuse,
self-destruction, and to irreverence to his environment, in spite of
their education, culture, and massive data in this age of exploding
informational technology and mind-boggling advances in science and medicine.
Man's self-abuse and rape of his environment are almost certain to doom
the world he lives in, unless he listens to Mother Nature and promptly
starts to take a wise proactive strategy in dealing with his present
ecologic dilemma. Man cannot afford to lose this one, his only sanctuary
in the galaxy. And what's happening is scary. Read
on, there's more.
Global warming 'not to blame' - By Philip Eden - Whenever the UK
experiences "freak" weather conditions such as the tornadoes
which hit England, forecasters like myself are inevitably asked two
questions: is global warming to blame, and are such events becoming
The simple answer to both questions is no.
Britain has always experienced tornadoes, usually between September
and December, and often in swarms, where several tornadoes form in quick
succession, as we saw yesterday.
Although they can form under thunder clouds in spring and summer, it
is more usual for tornadoes to occur when a cold front meets warmer
weather coming from a different direction and causes a sudden change
in wind direction and severe gusts of wind, some of which can become
This is exactly what happened today, when tornadoes formed on a cold
front which marked the boundary between a humid air-mass coming up from
the tropics, which had brought temperatures as high as 23C, and polar
air-mass with temperatures around 10C which had travelled down from
Although some of the damage caused may have been down to conventional
gusts of wind (often called straight-line winds in the business) others
were undoubtedly tornadoes, judging by eyewitness reports.
I repeat, however, that global warming is not to blame; these tornadoes
were caused by nothing more sinister than what we would refer to as
Speak Out Against AP's Climate Change Fear-mongering - By Noel Sheppard
- Scientists from all over the world are coming out strongly against
an inexcusably hysterical article recently published by the planet's
leading wire service.
As NewsBusters reported Saturday, the Associated Press published an
unbelievably disgraceful article about global warming induced sea level
rises supposedly destined to wipe out large amounts of American coastal
communities in the next 100 years...more
to the Observer: Global warming theory is a scam - Congratulations
to whoever devised the man-caused global warming theory. It is the almost
I have some questions about how global warming works. Do schools get
grants for exposing students to global warming propaganda?
Does the Weather Channel get anything other than the hope of better
ratings for slanting their reporting and encouraging the payment of
carbon offsets? Has anyone noticed the change of their background to
a very warm and unbecoming shade of orange?
Does anyone really believe that minuscule mankind can alter the climate?
Other than lining the pockets of the global warming creators and trying
to convince the population that global warming is a reality, what are
the monies collected to save the world used for?
If we accept this theory, we can be manipulated, regulated, fined and
taxed, not to mention have fault found with just about anything we do
by those in charge.
An increase in the carbon dioxide level is said to be the cause of global
warming. Since human beings take in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide,
we had better pray for a cooling trend, because someone has finally
figured out how to charge us for the air we breathe.
I said this was an almost perfect scam. It will only continue to work
if people believe it. This one is in the same league as the one in which
the perpetrator said that if you tell a big enough lie long enough,
people will believe. ~ Charlotte Bridgeman, Fayetteville (09/24/07)
warming letter was refreshing to read - I just wanted to say that
it was great that you printed a letter about global warming from an
intelligent person (Jeffrey Murray's Sept. 15 letter, "Global
warming is natural process").
Most of the media only repeat what Al Gore is spewing: untruths. Everything
that he says can be repudiated.
Please read a book called "Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500
Years" by Dennis T. Avery and S. Fred Singer. Everyone can do their
part to make our environment better without scare tactics. ~ Mike Podrybau,
Warnings about global warming a lot of hot air - Political motivation
has fragmented society and clouded judgment leading to misplaced priorities.
A case in point is Joseph Janssen's statement in his Sept. 11 letter
that global warming is "by far the greatest threat to our security,
prosperity and stability." The only plausible scenario where this
might be true is if the alarmists win the debate. Good people are already
losing jobs because of their opposition to the hysteria.
The alarmist position on global warming has two major flaws - perspective
and hypocrisy. Accepting that global warming exists and assuming that
mankind has some responsibility, the claims about its dire consequences
such as a catastrophic rise in sea levels is a stretch.
The activist argument focuses only on water expansion and ice melting
due to rising temperatures but never mentions the offsetting increase
in evaporation and transpiration - warmer air holds more water. In fact,
these two events are contributing to lower water levels in the Great
The best estimate of ending global warming is at least 100 years away
if all contributing activity were halted at once. Bearing in mind that
the first gasoline powered automobile was built 118 years ago before
my grandfather was born, a great many inevitable changes will occur
within the next 100 years, including the likely development of pollution-free
vehicles and the deaths of my yet-to-be-born great-grandchildren.
Every day, we're being preached to about how we should change our lifestyles
to reduce the global warming threat by people who fly around in private
jets, drive SUVs and use excessive amounts of electricity. Talk about
Their feel-good purchase of carbon offsets is nothing more than asking
someone else to do for them what they are unwilling to do themselves.
If they expect to taken seriously, then they'd better show their resolve
with action behind the words. ~ Duane E. Hanson, Appleton (09/24/07)
Papal Indulgences to Carbon Credits: Is Global Warming a Sin? -
By Alexander Cockburn - In a couple of hundred years, historians will
be comparing the frenzies over our supposed human contribution to global
warming to the tumults at the latter end of the 10th century as the
Christian millennium approached. Then, as now, the doomsters identified
human sinfulness as the propulsive factor in the planet's rapid downward
Then as now, a buoyant market throve on fear. The Roman Catholic Church
was a bank whose capital was secured by the infinite mercy of Christ,
Mary, and the Saints, and so the Pope could sell indulgences, like checks.
The sinners established a line of credit against bad behavior and could
go on sinning. Today a world market in "carbon credits" is
in formation. Those whose "carbon footprint" is small can
sell their surplus carbon credits to others, less virtuous than themselves.
The modern trade is as fantastical as the medieval one. There is still
zero empirical evidence that anthropogenic production of CO2 is making
any measurable contribution to the world's present warming trend. The
greenhouse fearmongers rely entirely on unverified, crudely oversimplified
computer models to finger mankind's sinful contribution. Devoid of any
sustaining scientific basis, carbon trafficking is powered by guilt,
credulity, cynicism, and greed, just like the old indulgences, though
at least the latter produced beautiful monuments. By the 16th century,
long after the world had sailed safely through the end of the first
millennium, Pope Leo X financed the reconstruction of St. Peter's Basilica
by offering a "plenary" indulgence, guaranteed to release
a soul from purgatory...more
for God's creation sake - Catholic community finds new ways of meeting
ecological responsibilities - By Mary Jo Dangel, St. Anthony Messenger
- CINCINNATI, Ohio (St. Anthony Messenger) - Long before the environmental
movement began and global warming became a hot topic, God told us in
the first chapter of the Book of Genesis that caring for creation is
our moral responsibility. But evidence is mounting that we haven't been
doing a very good job, and the results are catching up with us.
Thus, people of faith, including Catholics, are going green because
of their religious convictions. Some of them are finding out that saving
the earth saves them money, too... I
think it's interesting to note that warmists often liken "denialists"
to creationists. How ironic that the warmists are prepared to take it
on faith that the invisible CO2 Boogeyman in the Sky is warming the
Earth, not the all mighty Creator. There's no longer any denying that
Global Warming is a religion in itself. (09/24/07)
warming: the cold facts - IAN JOHNSTON - IT IS a vast, largely unexplored
wilderness, a place of extraordinary stillness that can erupt into storms
of unbearable fury. To date, the wrath of Antarctica has only been felt
by explorers and scientists.
But, with global warming, this frozen continent could unleash a flood
of biblical proportions. Vast ice sheets a mile thick contain 70 per
cent of the planet's fresh water. Sea levels would rise by 200ft if
this melted and the UK would turn into a series of small islands. But...
The good news is scientists believe the warming climate will actually
thicken the ice sheets because it will increase snowfall, particularly
in the eastern Antarctic, and should compensate for the loss of ice,
mostly from the west. (09/24/07)
More anti-capitalism hyperbole from
the kooks at Environment California...
Charts 'Cleaner, Cheaper, Smarter' Path on Global Warming Policy - Easier
Transition to Clean Energy Economy When Polluters Pay - By: Environment
California - Capping emissions and making polluters pay for putting
global warming emissions into the atmosphere is the most economically
efficient and fair approach to cutting global warming pollution nationwide,
according to a new report released today by Environment California.
Produce More Greenhouse Gases Than Oil and Gasoline - By Noel Sheppard
- Here's an inconvenient truth our global warming obsessed media seem
certain to withhold from the public: biofuels produce more greenhouse
gases than oil and gasoline.
Fortunately, as has been noted by NewsBusters before, foreign press
outlets are more willing than ours to present the facets of this issue
that go counter to the prevailing climate change agenda...continued
More reviews: Children's Books.
PLAY For Earth's sake - By Sonja Bolle, Special to The Times - Environmental
awareness, you may have noticed, is no longer just the province of tree-huggers.
With fundamentalist Christian pastors preaching stewardship of the Earth
and half the businesses you walk into announcing the steps they've taken
to conserve resources, environmentalism has now become an American value.
Chances are, there's a movement brewing at your child's school to make
the place more environmentally responsible. From no-trash lunches to
reducing paper waste to retooling playground surfaces, schools are taking
a look at their habits and involving children in these deliberations.
This year has seen the publication of several children's books devoted
specifically to the issue of global warming. "An
Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming" (Viking/Rodale:
$16, paper, ages 11 and up), an adaptation of Al Gore's book for adults,
Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming" (Scholastic: $15.99,
paper, ages 9-12), a book by environmental activists Laurie David and
Cambria Gordon, cover much the same territory for slightly different
age groups. They aim to educate (indoctrinate)
kids about rising temperatures, how human activity is affecting the
Earth's climate and humanity's responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases
in the atmosphere.
When you are selecting a book on this topic for your children, look
at the first pages. The tone of each book is easy to discern in the
Gore's tone is dignified and elegant -- some might say earnest -Dignified
and elegant? Earnest? Please! It's full of lies, mistruths, exagerations
and hyperbole.- and shows all the signs of having been polished
over many revisions. Polished? You
mean revised as in edited over and over again as more lies, exagerations
and ridiculous assertions are exposed and deleted. Many still exist.
And indeed it has: This is the second print version of the presentation
Gore has been touring for years, although Jane O'Connor's text adaptation
alleviates his tendency to sound like a policy wonk.
The illustrations are beautiful, even when they're documenting
grim realities; the attention to visuals shows the book's origins as
a slide presentation. Gore's memory of his mother reading her children
Rachel Carson's classic, "Silent
Spring," which argued, in Gore's words, that mankind "now
had the power to seriously harm the environment," gives a sense
of history to the environmental movement.
David and Gordon, writing for a somewhat younger audience, take a jokier
approach, using cartoons, throwing in silly remarks (cows and methane
gas are a natural here) and breaking up the text into easy-to-read blocks.
But the essentials and intentions are the same as in Gore's book: to
raise awareness and persuade children to consider the environment in
the choices they make in daily life. From the macro (the oceans as carbon
"sponges") to the micro ("pancakes get drier" as
maple trees produce less sap during shorter winters), the authors demonstrate
the interconnectedness of the planet's systems and bring their arguments
home for schoolchildren.
Presenting itself as an antidote to the alarmist views of environmentalists
Sky's Not Falling!: Why It's OK to Chill About Global Warming"
(World Ahead Publishing: $17.95, paper, ages 9-12), by Holly Fretwell,
a natural resources policy expert and self-described optimist.
HIGHLY RECOMENDED! This book should be required reading for every
child as it's founded in scientific facts, not environmental alarmism!
Her opening pages cast scientists who profess concern about global warming
as the hysterical lead in "Chicken
Little" (hence the title). Although the book asks children
to remain open-minded and not be swayed by "garbage in, garbage
out" scientific analyses, the main concern here is clearly not
science. It's unclear what would constitute sufficient scientific proof
of human influence on climate change, as far as Fretwell is concerned.
But that's not really her point. Her concern is the business environment,
not the natural one. The underlying theory of this book -- much less
provable than human influence on climate, in my opinion -- is that government
interference in business (specifically, regulation aimed at protecting
the environment) is a greater threat to human life than anything climate
change could bring.
To people who don't want governments protecting the environment, I can
only say: I'm grateful to the South Coast Air Quality Management District
for seeing to it that my child can play sports all summer without ever
experiencing the tight, burning lungs that I remember on many hot days
in my own L.A. childhood. The smog in this city would certainly not
have abated in a few decades by the simple force of businesses discovering
that their polluting ways were not profitable; only regulation could
accomplish that. I guess we know
where this reviewer stands.
There is a fine line between concern and anxiety, and some parents blanch
when their children worry that the electrical consumption of their night
lights is responsible for the demise of the polar bears. The aim of
these books is to prevent children from feeling like powerless victims
of environmental degradation and to turn them into active citizens.
Gore's book, focused on thorough understanding of the problem -- the
"inconvenient truth" of climate change -- offers little in
the way of practical advice for change. The David and Gordon book, consciously
more upbeat, includes a chapter on things kids can do, both on the political
and practical fronts. They also offer a list of possible jobs kids might
aspire to, none of which yet has the cachet -- or the costuming possibilities!
-- of firefighter or pirate (solar sales representative?). Yeah,
solar sales rep is OK but how about oil company executive? Na, they're
For inspiring children to think about environmentally friendly practices,
however, the best bet is still "50
Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth" (Andrews McMeel:
$9.95, paper, ages 9-12), which, even in 1990, talked about compact
fluorescent light bulbs (then a novelty). Although slightly outdated
with its discussions of acid rain and the ozone layer, this lovely little
book, utterly lacking in glossy layout, imaginatively gives projects
and experiments that increase understanding and care. For instance,
how many of us know which substances dumped in municipal recycling bins
are actually reused? There's a good question to research with the family,
or a class.
A different approach is offered in "Tracking
Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion" by
Loree Griffin Burns (Houghton Mifflin: $18, ages 9-12), which examines
the work of several oceanographers studying currents through the drift
of objects such as tub toys and lost sneakers. Even kids not remotely
interested in science might find this work captivating. Where will 35,000
Nikes end up if they're washed overboard during a storm in the North
Pacific? What drifts faster: a rubber duck or a sneaker? (Hint: Which
one catches more wind?) And then there's the Great Garbage Patch, marking
a low spot on the ocean's surface where surface waters are drawn down
by deep-sea currents. Debris gets trapped in the swirling currents,
and today the mass of waste materials is growing with no sense that
it will ever stop--unless, of course, we reduce our dependence on materials
like plastic. The book gradually comes around to the notion that people
might change their habits to better preserve the natural world, underlined
by a motto as compelling as "reduce, reuse, recycle": "study,
understand, protect." Now there's a model for activism.
Sonja Bolle is a freelance book editor and children's
book reviewer. Her column Word Play appears monthly. (09/23/07)
Excellent! A must read...
Warming Hysteria or Freedom and Prosperity? - By Václav Klaus
- One can tell - with a high degree of confidence - what topics are
expected to be raised here, this morning when it comes to discussing
the key challenges of today's world. The selection of the moderator
and my fellow-panelists only confirms it. I guess it is either international
terrorism or poverty in Africa. Talking about both of these topics is
necessary because they are real dangers but it is relatively easy to
talk about them because it is politically correct. I do see those dangers
and do not in any way underestimate them. I do, however, see another
major threat which deserves our attention - and I am afraid it does
not get sufficient attention because to discuss it is politically incorrect
The threat I have in mind is the irrationality with which the world
has accepted the climate change (or global warming) as a real danger
to the future of mankind and the irrationality of suggested and partly
already implemented measures because they will fatally endanger our
freedom and prosperity, the two goals we consider - I do believe - our
We have to face many prejudices and misunderstandings in this respect.
The climate change debate is basically not about science; it is about
ideology. It is not about global temperature; it is about the concept
of human society. It is not about nature or scientific ecology; it is
about environmentalism, about one - recently born - dirigistic and collectivistic
ideology, which goes against freedom and free markets.
I spent most of my life in a communist society which makes me particularly
sensitive to the dangers, traps and pitfalls connected with it. Several
points have to be clarified to make the discussion easier...more
hot air contributes to Global Warming - Press Release: Direct Democracy
Party Of NZ - The biggest contributor to Global Warming is political
hot air, says Direct Democracy Party.
"The political hysteria being whipped up around the issue of Global
Warming via Carbon Emissions is reminiscent of the story Chicken Little.
The erroneous belief that Carbon Emissions are somehow going to negatively
effect the planet is a parallel to "the sky is falling" when
in fact it isn't" says the Leader of the Direct Democracy Party
"Common sense dictates that climate change is constant, as nothing
in the environment remains stagnant. Real science has been abandoned
in favour of those that have taken leave from their senses, like Global
warming advocate Al Gore and his farcical presentation of bias in his
documentary film "An inconvenient truth". Gores documentary
is now so widely discredited as junk science that it simply beggars
belief that anyone would give it any credence at all in this debate"
says Mr Alp.
"The "tax at all costs" mentality employed by the New
Zealand Government fails to address some key issues or effects of such
a ridiculous policy implementation as Carbon Credits. Primarily among
these is the scarcity of money in existence. When you have a population
that currently struggles to survive and purchase the necessities, how
does adding to those costs benefit anyone?"
"It seems that the sole purpose of this initiative is to further
indebt people and dispossess them of what little they have left, ensuring
a compliant citizenship that will rely on the state to provide. After
all, who would then bite the hand that feeds them?"
"There are many solutions to the problem of climate change and
its effects. For example, we could start to live with the land instead
of against it; not build on current or historical flood plains; encourage
and actively create self-sufficient communities so when we do have a
natural disaster the tyranny of distance is not a barrier to survival
and supply for people; ensure that people have more money for change
of operating procedures, instead of taking it off them and then pointing
the finger for being unable to finance change - there are many viable
alternatives, but no alternative will happen through a restriction of
"Perhaps Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, a leading UK commentator
on climate change issues, summarises the situation best. Below is a
link to an interview Viscount Monkton conducted with Newstalk ZB's Leighton
Smith on 21/9/07. The interview begins at 17.40 minutes, and ends at
Friday September 21st, Viscount Monkton File 14287814, fast forward
to 17.40 minutes until 29.15.
Fri, Sep 21 11.00 trn-newstalk-zb-akl.asf 14287814 21/09/2007 10:56:52.
The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition also has a sound summary of
the issues at
"Let us at least stick to the facts of science, as opposed
to the ideology of the Carbon credit lobbyists, before we make any significant
and far-reaching decisions on this matter" says Mr Alp. (09/23/07)
A re-hash, but well worth the reminder
that James Hansen, (Al Gore's mentor) is nothing but an environmental
Warming Scientist Once Warned Of 'Ice Age' - By Doug Ware, KUTV.com
- (KUTV) WASHINGTON - A NASA scientist, who is now sounding the alarm
over global warming's threat to the planet, once believed that pumping
too many greenhouse gases into the air would have the opposite effect
-- a modern day ice age.
James Hansen is currently among scientists who believe that carbon dioxide
emissions are warming the planet's atmosphere -- posing a grave threat
to the environment and humans' ability to adapt to it. Many others --
like public preachers Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio -- share the same
view in what seems to be the "hot button" issue of the moment.
But 36-years ago, it appears, Hansen had a completely different warning
-- in what may be the scientific equivalent of a grandiose political
In a Washington Post story dated July 9, 1971, Hansen -- then a research
associate at Columbia University -- warned of a modern day ice age,
which would cause the planet's temperature to plummet as many as six
The reason, he said then, was a fine dust emitted into the air via carbon
dioxide pollution that would eventually become so dense that it would
block sunlight and result in cooler temperatures -- a scenario exactly
the opposite of what leading climatologists say is happening now, that
greenhouse gases are trapping heat inside the Earth's atmosphere.
Hansen and one of his research partners believed that the problem was
so severe that the "ice age" could happen between five and
ten years after the report -- putting the prediction for extreme global
cooling between about 1976 and 1981.
It didn't happen.
Now a scientist for NASA, Hansen is facing criticism by some for an
immense change of heart. How could he have predicted something so importunate
at the time -- only to make a 180-degree turn 35-years later, and completely
head in the opposite direction?
In fact, the 1971 report even claims that Hansen and his associate dismissed
the idea of global warming.
"They found no need to worry about the carbon dioxide that fuel-burning
puts in the atmosphere," the Washington Post report. (09/23/07)
Questionable Global Warming Data Hijinks - By Steve Verdon - Steve
McIntyre at Climate Audit appears to have caught NASA and James Hansen
quietly changing data that is available on NASA's website. (09/22/07)
And more would-be indoctrination
from the Progressive-U mush heads...
WARMING...WHO'S RESPONSIBILITY IS IT? - A topic that I've just started
researching but am very interested in after seeing the ex-Vice President's
speach on Oprah - yes, Oprah!
I always new that it was up to us as individuals to be good stuarts
to our earth but, It was very interesting to know how in depth that
goes. It's not just "don't litter" as we were taught in school.
It goes much further than that.
Who's responsibility is it to teach up about global warming and the
steps we can take to protect our earth? I think elementary school would
be a grand place to start.
What do you think? Please respond with what you know about global warming,
any ideas you have about simple ways for individuals to help... What
do I think? I think public schools have as much responsibility to teach
my kid about Bigfoot, Santa Clause, and Creationism as they do the CO2
Disgraceful Global Warming Hysteria by the AP - By Noel Sheppard
- The political battle over climate change has clearly taken a dramatic
turn for the worse this month, for it now seems media are actually competing
to see which outlet can present the most hysterical report concerning
imminent planetary doom at the hands of manmade global warming.
After ABC News published a disgraceful photo essay featuring computer
generated pictures of drowned American cities at its website last Friday,
followed by NBC News reporting Monday that Greenland's ice sheets are
melting so quickly that it "could ignite worldwide disaster,"
the Associated Press on Saturday cautioned that "In about a century,
some of the places that make America what it is may be slowly erased."
Seems almost like they're playing a game of "Can You Top This"
doesn't it? more
Roughan: Gas trading just a load of hot air - By John Roughan -
The last sceptic has left the room and turned out the light. Not many
of us may be convinced in our bones that climate change is calamitous
but we are resigned to the attempt to do something about it... (09/22/07)
climate plan 'misleading' - Government accused of exaggerating
its proposals for cutting emissions in report by advisory panel
- By Peter Gorrie, Environment Reporter - The federal government's latest
climate change plan is badly flawed and won't help Canada to hit its
international climate change targets, its own advisory group says.
All nine programs in the plan, unveiled last month after Parliament
passed a law that ordered the government to comply with the Kyoto Protocol,
won't do the job, the National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy
"With respect to the realization of Canada's Kyoto commitments,
we conclude that the plan ... will likely not allow Canada to meet those
commitments," the report states. Oh
the horror! (09/22/07)
August was a sizzler, but don't blame global warming - By Gerald
Ensley, DEMOCRAT SENIOR WRITER - Sunday is officially the first day
of fall - but the frisky weather has already started.
Temperatures "plunged" into the high 60s the first three mornings
of last week. The air has been dry, and light breezes have been blowing.
Neighbors are walking in droves, and dogs are barking in glee. Even
the alligator in the lake at the park seems a bit more energized.
Autumn is always a great respite - especially after a scorching August.
According to the National Weather Service, Tallahassee endured its hottest
August in history with an average daily high temperature of 94.8 degrees.
Every day offered the potential for heat stroke.
It was the kind of month that seemed to put another log on the fire
of global warming.
Not so fast, caution local scientists.
They say you should never make judgments about weather based on a single
event, such as a month of record temperatures. August was hotter than
normal in Tallahassee, but June and July had typical temperatures.
They note that Florida actually is enjoying cooler years: The annual
average temperature - which is the average of the daily highs and lows
- in much of Florida has dropped by one to three degrees over the past
And just for fun, they note that fall has been coming earlier to Tallahassee.
So before you start looking for examples of global warming, recognize
climate is a complex matrix of factors. (09/22/07)
Noah's Flood spark global warming? - New documentary says temperature
rising for last 5,000 years - Yes, global temperatures are rising,
says a new video documentary, but it's not because of manmade carbon
dioxide gases as former Vice President Al Gore insists.
It's because Earth has been warming slowly but surely ever since Noah's
Flood 5,000 years ago, says a retired geophysicist and climate researcher
in the video.
Messages: From Noah's Flood to the End Times," the latest release
from Grizzly Adams Productions, John Baumgardner, who spent 12 years
working on a Global Ocean Model at Los Alamos National Laboratory in
New Mexico and was directly involved with climate research, does not
dispute the Earth's experience of increasingly warmer temperatures.
But he contends the primary cause is not related to man's burning of
coal and oil... (09/22/07)
Moonbeam Update: Dan Walters recaps
Moonbeam's latest escapde regarding the ridiculous law suit that was
(fortunately) thrown out this week. An excellent article.
Brown grabs hold of whatever's fashionable - By Dan Walters - When
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued the six major auto manufacturers
a year ago, claiming that they were liable for adverse consequences
of global warming, it was widely seen as an election year stunt.
Lockyer, who was being forced out of the attorney generalship by term
limits and running for state treasurer, filed the suit just 48 days
before the election but insisted that it was a serious effort to make
automakers pay for producing cars that generated greenhouse gases that
could damage California. Many others, however, questioned whether there
was any legal basis in federal law for the suit.
Interestingly enough, the man who was running to succeed Lockyer as
attorney general, former Gov. Jerry Brown, was not very sanguine about
the lawsuit's chances of success. During an interview with the San Diego
Union-Tribune shortly after it was filed, Brown questioned its legal
"One of the principles of tort law is that damages should not be
speculative," Brown said, wondering aloud whether Lockyer could
prove "causation" between the automakers' products and shrinkage
in the Sierra snow pack, which was one of Lockyer's claims.
Once he was elected, however, Brown did the sort of political pirouette
for which he was justly famous as governor three decades ago, declaring
that the suit was "a solid case and we're going to pursue it vigorously...to
prevent the catastrophic consequences of this global warming problem."
- Will the Developing World Risk Growth for Green? - By JEFFREY
BALL - Back-to-back, high-profile meetings on global warming this week
are likely to produce a lot of hot air about whether the industrialized
world should subject itself to tighter greenhouse-gas "caps."
In New York on Monday, a United Nations session is likely to call for
tighter emission mandates. In Washington on Thursday and Friday, a Bush
administration conference is expected to talk up voluntary pledges.
But the debate over how to prod emission cuts by industrialized countries
is fast being eclipsed by a more-practical question: how to create incentives
for the cuts in the developing world... (09/22/07)
fart claims just hot air in warming debate - New research has suggested
reducing world red meat consumption would slow down global warming,
but WAFarmers says such a move would be dangerous for human health.
change may help rainforests - Climate change may lead to lush growth
rather than catastrophic tree loss in the Amazonian forests, researchers
from the US and Brazil have found. A study, in the journal Science,
found that reduced rainfall had led to greener forests, possibly because
sunlight levels are higher when there are fewer rainclouds. (09/21/07)
Gore's Unbeatable Deal! - Global warming at twice the cost. - By
Iain Murray - Just imagine the infomercial: Have I got a deal for you!
You may not know it, but your house is leaking energy, which means that
you are the victim of colossal waste. In fact, your waste of energy
will cost you a total of $22,000 over the rest of your life. But I've
got a package of home improvements we can install to slash that to a
mere $10,000. What? The cost of these improvements? It's a pittance
really - a mere $34,000.
Sound implausible? It should, but that's exactly the sales pitch - minus
admission of the actual cost - that Al Gore, Sir Nicholas Stern of the
U.K. Treasury, and a host of climate doomsayers are pushing on governments
around the world.
The significant problems that might be caused by global warming are
indisputable; all the major figures in climate economics agree. Yet
they also, with the exception of Sir Nicholas, agree that drastic action
now would be even more costly. (09/21/07)
CO2 emissions won't work, will hurt the poor - By Bryan Fischer
- In evangelical circles, one of the primary justifications for urging
dramatic limitations in greenhouse gas emissions is the supposed harm
being done to the poor by environmental degradation.
However, the simple truth is that imposing severe restrictions on carbon
emissions, which evangelical environmentalists unfortunately support,
would confine the world's poor to extended poverty, hunger and disease,
and therefore such restrictions should be resisted in the name of Christian
compassion alone... (09/21/07)
Hot Air's Michelle Malkin Interviews Senator James Inhofe
Climate Quote Of The Day - "An
abundance of new peer-reviewed studies, analysis and data error discoveries
in the last several months has prompted scientists to declare that fear
of catastrophic man-made global warming bites the dust, and the scientific
underpinnings for alarm may be falling apart." ~ U.S. Sen. James
warming issues to be discussed - The Fond du Lac County Republican
Party will host a global warming presentation, "How Much of Global
Warming is Hot Air," at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Ramada Plaza
Hotel, 1 N. Main St. According to an event press release, state Rep.
Jim Ott of the 23rd Assembly District will discuss global warming issues
and myths from a scientific point of view. Ott is a member of the American
Meteorological Society and is a former broadcast meteorologist. His
presentation is free and open to the public. For more information on
the Fond du Lac County Republican Party, visit www.fdlcounty.gop.com.
.Slightly off topic, but an ironic
example of do-gooders running amok in the land of fruits and nuts.
Promotes Health, But Gives Potential Poison - State Lunch Bags Contain
High Lead Levels - By Mark Hedlund - Thousands of free canvas lunch
boxes the state public health department gave to California school children
to promote healthy eating are now suspected of containing high levels
And while the first tests showing a problem came in late July, state
health officials are only now alerting the public to the danger.
"We think we took appropriate steps based on the information available
at the time," said Dr. Mark Horton, Director of the California
Department of Public Health. "We're urging Californians not to
use those lunch boxes and keep them away from infants and young children."
As many as 300,000 of the lunch boxes, printed with the logo, "Eat
Fruits & Vegetables And Be Active," have been given away at
schools and health fairs. CDPH distributed them through county health
departments and schools beginning in 2005, said Horton.
The lunch boxes in question, about 56,000, are green in color. Three
tested for high lead levels. While Horton didn't say what the lead numbers
were, he said, "A number of tests indicated, for example, above
the levels we would consider to be dangerous in paint." That level
is 600 parts per million.
"It's outrageous, the fact that the state would allow tainted lunch
boxes to go to families in California, where kids are going to be exposed
to lead by doing nothing more than eating fruits and vegetables that
are in their lunch box," said Dan Jacobson, of the advocacy group
Environment California. "These are families that depend upon the
Green Fund for Global-Warming Skeptics - By Richard Widows, TheStreet.com
Ratings Financial Analyst - Not everyone is sold on environmentalism,
but it's hard to argue with the returns of some mutual funds that invest
in "green" companies. The recent performance of the Allianz
RCM Global EcoTrends Fund (AECOX) should convert skeptics faster than
a code-red air-quality alert.
The $131 million fund has appeared in the top 10% of stock funds for
several months this year. It advanced 28.13% in the six months through
August, smartly outperforming the 5.71% total return of the S&P
500 over the same period.
Even more impressive, the fund turned in a very respectable 4.26% return
for the three months ended Aug. 31, compared with a 3.28% decline in
the S&P 500.
Since inception in January of this year, it is up 19.3%. (09/21/07)
could boost global warming, finds study - Growing and burning many
biofuels may actually raise rather than lower greenhouse gas emissions,
a new study led by Nobel prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen has shown.
The findings come in the wake of a recent OECD report, which warned
nations not to rush headlong into growing energy crops because they
cause food shortages and damage biodiversity.
Crutzen and colleagues have calculated that growing some of the most
commonly used biofuel crops releases around twice the amount of the
potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) than previously thought -
wiping out any benefits from not using fossil fuels and, worse, probably
contributing to global warming. The work appears in Atmospheric Chemistry
and Physics and is currently subject to open review.
"The significance of it is that the supposed benefits of biofuel
are even more disputable than had been thought hitherto," Keith
Smith, a co-author on the paper from the University of Edinburgh, told
Chemistry World. "What we are saying is that [growing many biofuels]
is probably of no benefit and in fact is actually making the climate
issue worse." (09/21/07)
New from the JunkMan!
Hypocrisy's Gold Standard - By Steven Milloy - Is billionaire investor
George Soros using environmental pressure groups to block a gold-mining
project for his own financial benefit?
Last week the Romanian government suspended the environmental review
process for Canadian company Gabriel Resources’ proposed gold-mining
project in the Transylvanian village of Rosia Montana.
The ostensible reason for the suspension was a court challenge filed
by the local anti-development activist group and the U.S.-based Open
Society Institute about some paperwork unrelated to the environmental
As discussed previously in this column and in the documentary "Mine
Your Own Business," controversy over the mine has been fabricated
by what has seemed to be a leaderless and slapdash international collection
of green non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, all oddly focused
on this one mining project in a remote part of eastern Europe.
But the curtain is rising on the NGOs’ efforts to stop the mine and
it seems that Soros, through the Open Society Institute he chairs, may
be at the controls for reasons that have little to do with protecting
the environment. (09/20/07)
the hysteria over global warming - By Bryan Fischer - In today's
Wall Street Journal, Pete du Pont reminds readers that global warming
and cooling have occurred cyclically in Earth's history, and most of
these oscillations occurred prior to increases and declines in CO2 levels.
Examples: the earth warmed during the Roman Warming period from 200
B.C. to A.D. 600, cooled during the Dark Ages (600 to 900), warmed during
the Medieval Warming period (900 to 1300), and cooled again during the
Little Ice Age (1300 to 1850).
Global temperatures actually fell between 1940 and the late 1970s, which
led to the global cooling hysteria of the '70s in which environmentalists
were making catastrophic predictions of an imminent ice age which would
destroy civilization as we know it.
Half the global warming increases since the mid-1800s occurred before
gas emissions began their significant increases in the 1950s, and temperatures
actually declined into the 1970s at exactly the same time CO2 levels
The earth warmed in the 20th century by just one degree Fahrenheit,
and today the world is a grand total of 0.05 degree warmer than it was
in 2001... (09/20/07)
sun - not CO2 - affects climate - A recent publication by S. Fred
Singer, professor emeritus of Environmental Science at the University
of Virginia, research scientist and president of the Science and Environmental
Policy Project, is extremely detailed.
1) There is no such "scientific consensus" that burning fossil
fuels is the chief cause of global warming.
2) "The widely touted consensus of 2,500 scientists in the United
Nations International Panel on Climate Change is an illusion" because
only 52 panelists had scientific qualifications.
3) Estimates of the open rebellion within the American Meteorological
Society rank and file scientists regarding manmade global warming are
well over 50 percent.
Singer also states that observed and predicted patterns of global warming
by computer models are incompatible. He states that: cloudiness reduces
the warming effect of increased CO2; development of ethanol and hydrogen
is counterproductive because of the great amounts of energy needed.
Tens of thousands of interested persons benefit from the global warming
scare to the tune of multi-billions of dollars.
Professor Singers states that "slightly warmer climates with more
CO2 is beneficial" and will increase the GNP and raise the standard
of living. CO2 is plant food and is essential to the growth of crops
and trees and ultimately to the wellbeing of animals and humans. Canada,
Russia and northern Europe including Mongolia come out to be clear winners
due to slight global temperature increases with more CO2 because of
large projected increases in agricultural production.
Research has shown it is the impact of the sun on past climate changes
over thousands of years. It is the sun that affects the climate, stupid,
not manmade CO2. Why do people believe the Associated Press and politicians
who probably share a single brain cell amongst them? ~ Archie McPhee
to Challenge Common Views on Climate Change - I want to be better
prepared to sort out the facts about climate change from the emotion,
hysteria and media noise. Story by Dan Page - S. Fred Singer, the scientist,
speaks his mind: Al Gore, the politician and filmmaker, is wrong about
Singer believes Gore and his devotees want to lead this country toward
public policies that make no sense. And it's worse than that. Singer
believes we cannot afford to make the decisions we are being compelled
Payne Engineering Co. Inc. in Scott Depot is lead sponsor in bringing
Singer to Charleston for a presentation scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 25
in the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Henry E. Payne III, president
of the Scott Depot-based manufacturer of high-technology silicon power
controls, wants West Virginians to hear a view about climate change
that he believes is drowned out in today's media world.
The event is free and open to the public.
Payne, one of the founders of The State Journal in 1984, wants to remind
West Virginia residents that their state is the source of reliable,
affordable energy. Much of the state's economy is based on carbon-based
energy, and Payne believes the West Virginia economy will suffer enormously
if we make the wrong political decisions.
"I believe we must consider the science and avoid rushing into
decisions that would have disastrous effects on the nation's economy
and especially West Virginia's economy," Payne said in a news release.
Singer is a scientist. The author of "Unstoppable
Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years" is professor emeritus of
environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. He is a distinguished
research professor at George Mason University and president of the Science
and Environmental Policy Project. He is a graduate of Ohio State University.
He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University. (09/20/07)
Sky's Not Falling!" is the balanced alternative to Scholastic's
fear-inducing global warming kids' book. Debuting the same day
as celebrity wife Laurie David's "Down-to-Earth
Guide to Global Warming," "The
Sky's Not Falling!" is for parents sick of seeing their
kids indoctrinated by has-been politicians and Hollywood stars.
Sky's Not Falling!" is everything Scholastic's book should
be: fact-filled, apolitical, fun and optimistic about the future
of our magnificent, ever-changing planet. Parents confronted by
Photoshopped pictures of drowning animals and faux "documentaries"
will embrace a book that educates rather than manipulates.
Sky's NOT Falling: Why It's OK to Chill about Global Warming
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. (09/20/07)
Kid's Books Clash Over Global Warming - World Ahead Media (WebWire)
- Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 21, 2007) -- Laurie David, former talent scout
and self-proclaimed environmental activist, is not content with having
made just one disconcerting mistake when it comes to her new
kids book about global warming, she has made two. So says the publisher
of a book designed to counter David's specious claims about the environment,
Sky's NOT Falling: Why It's OK to Chill about Global Warming"
(Holly Fretwell, Kids Ahead Books, 0-9767269-4-7, for ages 8-12, Sept.
In a recent post to a left-wing website, David attacks evidence gathered
by the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI.com) that exposed a
major error in her book, a graph that mislabels CO2 and temperature
trends in a way that "proves" the producer's shrill, unraveling
Sky's Not Falling," on the other hand, has the science right.
In her post David writes: "It turns out one of the illustrations
in the book
was accidentally mislabeled. This has got the gang at the at the Science
and Public Policy Instituted up in arms -- or at least pretending to
be -- no doubt hoping to ride our coattails, create some controversy,
and promote their own new book."
Can you believe the arrogance of this self-rightous bitch?
"First of all," says Eric M. Jackson, CEO of World Ahead Media,"'The
Sky's NOT Falling' is not SPPI's book -- it is a Kids Ahead book.
David is guilty once again of ignoring facts while falsely impugning
Second, the error that SPPI caught is not minor. It is in fact central
to David's argument, asserts "Sky"
author, natural resources policy expert and college professor Holly
But then, David and her co-author Cambria Gordon are pretty light on
the science when it comes to proving that mankind is causing global
warming, or that the trends we are seeing now are abnormal when compared
to historical cycles. "They are far more interested in indoctrinating
children than they are in educating them," Fretwell notes.
Which is what makes "The
Sky's Not Falling! Why It's OK To Chill About Global Warming"
a breath of fresh air. In "Sky,"
author Fretwell shows kids 8-12 that it's human ingenuity and adaptability
- not a mindless fear of change - that are most likely to guarantee
the Earth a healthy future. Parents who've comforted children upset
by Photoshopped pictures of stranded animals and faux "the-end-is-near"
documentaries will embrace this smartly-written, factual and entertaining
No wealthy Hollywood dilettante, Holly instead brings genuine educational
credentials and practical experience to the environmental debate, giving
kids the straight scoop about global warming -- and the potentially
devastating human and economic consequences of politically motivated
responses to it. She gives a balanced look at a complex issue, offering
a refreshing, accessible combination of science and economics that will
enlighten while it entertains.
Holly Fretwell shows that human innovation and creativity, combined
with individual choice, will yield better environmental outcomes than
the draconian, self-congratulatory approaches advocated by Al Gore and
his ilk," notes Eric Jackson. "If Laurie David is interested
in seeing a more careful treatment of the facts that she butchered in
her own book, we'll be happy to send her a copy." (09/20/07)
Truck Driver Sues to Ban Al Gore's Film from Schools - By
Noel Sheppard - There's a marvelous law in Great Britain prohibiting
the "promotion of partisan political views in the teaching
of any subject in the school" that is about to be tested
by a lorry driver trying to prevent Al Gore's schlockumentary
"An Inconvenient Truth" from being forced on English
children. Why hasn't someone in America done the same thing? (09/20/07)
The first Powerpoint Presentation to win an Oscar
OUTRAGEOUS INDOCTRINATION ALERT!
driver in challenge to Gore school film - By Joshua Rozenberg, Legal
Editor - A lorry driver is taking the Government to court over a film
that he believes is biased and shouldn't be shown to children in schools
- "The debate over the science of climate change is well and truly
over." So said David Miliband in February. Mr Miliband, who was
then environment secretary, was responding to a report from the IPCC,
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This left the minister
so confident that there was nothing more to say on the matter that he
and Alan Johnson, the then education secretary, announced that they
would be sending a film about climate change to all 3,385 secondary
schools in England. A neutral, objective assessment of the evidence,
perhaps? One that took care to present all sides of the argument so
that pupils could make up their own minds? Not at all: it was Al Gore's
An Inconvenient Truth, described by Mr Johnson as "a powerful message
about the fragility of our planet". Since ministers regarded the
debate as well and truly over, they were "delighted" to send
school children a polemic that took as its central thesis the argument
that climate change - the increase in global temperatures over the past
50 years - was mainly the result of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.
This is indeed the view of the IPCC, and most of the world's climate
scientists. But other people disagree. One of them is Stewart Dimmock,
45, a lorry driver and school governor from Kent. His sons, aged 11
and 14, attend a secondary school in Dover which has presumably received
a copy of Mr Gore's film...more
Warming, Corporate Agenda A Perfect Match - By Rick Coddington -
SOCORRO, New Mexico (STPNS) -- Last week, I wrote about Al Gore playing
the casino circuit to promote the global warming hoax. Yes folks, it
is a monumental hoax.
In Britannica's words, a hoax is "something accepted or established
by fraud or fabrication." Now in today's sue-everybody-at-the-drop-of-a-hat
society I won't try to cry fraud. Instead, we will concentrate on fabrication.
The burning question: If you have an issue so strong that it is beyond
debate, why lie about it? If you have to lie about something to promote
it, how, in this age of information at everyone's fingertips can you
expect to get away with it?
Simple, I believe that it was Goebbels, Hitler's "minister of propaganda
and national enlightenment," who said that if you make a lie big
enough and tell it often enough, people will believe it.
Take a moment and consider the second part of Goebbels title, "national
enlightenment." There is a direct parallel to all these great visions
of the future that the enviro-nazis keep pushing on us in supposed "education
enlightenment." Certainly the global warming hoax is huge, so that
just leaves telling it often enough to fulfill Goebbels plan... (09/20/07)
Bolt: Al gores us at hot lunch - Article from: Herald Sun - I WOULD
hate the businessmen who've each paid $1000 to hear former US Vice-President
Al Gore speak today to be bored, Andrew Bolt writes. When you pay top
dollar you deserve a good show, not more same-same droning on our global
warming doom from the faith's high priest. So, as a community service
to all those needy lawyers and global-warming carpetbaggers slithering
into Melbourne's Sofitel this lunchtime for a bore from Gore, I offer
this column. Ta-daah! It's a how-to guide to getting true value from
Gore's speech. To getting $1000 of guaranteed fun. Yes, guaranteed,
because I can boast that I'm a Victor Kiam: I like my advice so much
that I bought it myself. Last year I, too, heard Gore, the star of An
Inconvenient Truth, preach about the warming apocalypse. It was as deadly
as any hour-long sermon about sin, guilt, hell and redemption, and came
alive only at the end, when I asked Gore to explain several glaring
problems with his man-made heating-to-damnation theory... (09/20/07)
Thatcher-not Al Gore-made global warming a public policy issue -
By Janet L. Conley - GREAT BRITAIN'S CONSERVATIVE PARTY has a problem
with climate change. The complaint? The nation is moving too slowly
to combat this impending crisis. While climate change remains a divisive
topic in the United States, the debate, to the extent there was one,
was over years ago in the U.K. where the Conservative Party's main criticism
of the ruling Labour Party on climate change has been that it hasn't
done enough... (09/20/07)
and global warming - By Giovanni Bisignani - Is aviation a major
contributor to global warming? Is it the fastest growing source of greenhouse
gas emissions? Hyperbole characterizes the debate on aviation
and climate change. Who to believe? Politicians? Environmental activists?
Airlines? Scientists? So let's look at the facts. And let's take them
from the world's most authoritative body on this issue, the UN's Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC estimates that aviation today
is responsible for 2 percent of global CO2 emissions with a total climate
change impact of 3 percent. These figures have remained largely unchanged
over the last two decades, despite the growth of air traffic. Projecting
forward to 2050, the IPCC has aviation at 3 percent of global CO2 emissions
and 5-6 percent of climate change impact. We are and will remain a small
part of the big problem of climate change. (09/20/07)
Read the wisdom of one of our future
journalists. Seems qualified to be an "environmental journalist"
warming with a tall glass of ice water - Staff Commentary By Larry
Brown (a senior majoring in journalism) - Life is too short. Stop being
stupid. Ask that little voice in your head if smoking under the trestle
is such a good idea. I mean if it seems obvious to you then it's obvious
to everyone else. The same goes for drinking underage, kids. Be careful
please. I know campus safety is just doing their job but let's not make
it so easy, eh? In the end of college, yes it does eventually end, unfortunately,
it's all about that piece of paper. The diploma: it's the holy grail
of your undergraduate studies. You can't get anywhere in the world anymore
without that little store receipt of your four years here. You can't
get much of anywhere without some kind of paper, be it a diploma, a
passport, or a $10 bill. So much of your life depends on this one amalgam
of flattened tree pulp. Funny. I know Al Gore can stand on stage and
preach to you about the importance of our dying environment and as scary
as it is you'll just sit there. Why don't we get up and do something
about it? I don't get it! I'm guilty of it too, all those kumbaya songs
I sang in boy scouts never phased me much either. But this land is your
land, this land is my land... Do something about it. The world is crumbling
at its rusty seams. (09/20/07)
More Reason to Distrust Global Warming Predictions - By Jerome J.
Schmitt - "Garbage in, garbage out" has become a cautionary
maxim of the computer age, reminding us that bad data corrupts computer
software and many other artifacts of modern technology. What then are
we to make of global warming scientists who present us with temperature
charts purporting to display changes in the global mean temparture for
the last century-plus. Who was measuring global mean temperatures in
the 1880s? Political observers are familiar with "margin of error"
in opinion polls. Polls seek to measure the political prospects of candidates
competing for elected office. The "true value" of the candidate's
political viability is established when the votes are counted. Similarly,
the mathematics of physical measurements require knowledge of potential
sources of errors in measurements to place bounds on the likely true
value. Estimated errors are expressed as "error bars" in plots
of empirical data. The true value could be any value within the margin
of the error. With this background, I was astonished to see the assurance
with which climatologists writing about global warming report Global
Mean Temperature over Land & Ocean as far back as 1880 -- as shown
in the US Government's "official" NOAA Chart reproduced below...
facing legal challenge for breaking federal global warming law -
MEDIA RELEASE - (Ottawa, Canada, September 20, 2007) The Government
of Canada is once again facing a legal challenge for failing to take
action on global warming -- this time for refusing to respect a federal
law that requires reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Late yesterday
an Application for Judicial Review was filed with the Federal Court
seeking to force the Government to comply with the Kyoto Protocol Implementation
Act. Filed by eminent Canadian lawyer Chris Paliare and Ecojustice (formerly
Sierra Legal) on behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada, the application
alleges that the federal Minister of the Environment is ignoring the
rule of law by failing to comply with the Act, passed by Parliament
in June 2007. Under the legislation, the government was legally required
to publish, within 60 days, a plan to comply with the country's commitments
under the Kyoto Protocol. The Harper government responded in late August
with a plan that the applicants allege plainly fails to meet the requirements
of the Act. (09/20/07)
The Fog - Environmentalism: Global warming alarmists were hit with
a well-deserved setback Monday, when a federal judge threw out a lawsuit
against automakers. Too bad, though, that the ruling won't end the fearmongering.
Exactly one year ago, then-California Attorney General Bill Lockyer
filed suit against the six largest automakers in the U.S. -- General
Motors (NYSE:GM) , Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda and Nissan -- claiming
they make vehicles that contribute to climate change that is hurting
the state. Relying on a theory that has yet to be proved, the suit sought
damages for pollution, beach erosion and reduced water supplies. It
was so much hogwash that even a Clinton appointee saw through Lockyer's
legal fog. Judge Martin Jenkins of the Northern District of California
rejected the argument, saying that the "the global warming thicket"
is a political matter that should be sorted out by policymakers, not
the courts. (09/19/07)
Warming Miracle! - An amazing new plan to end hippies moaning about
the global warming swindle has been announced today. The UN has unveiled
radical new plans today in an attempt to silence the organizations critics
who are now holding meetings at least once a week to discuss why no
one is listening to them. The plan involves spreading thousands of tons
of the miraculous growing aid Miracle Grow over millions of acres of
rainforest throughout the Amazon and other major rainforests and jungles
worldwide. This is hopefully enough to encourage at least 200% extra
growth and hence ridding the atmosphere of Carbon dioxide. (09/19/07)
Gives Global Warming the Finger - As the planet begins to whistle
like a kettle on the boil, most of us are at least making a passing
effort at stopping our carbon footstep being the one that finally sinks
the planet. However, one firm in the US is intent on make a Yeti size
carbon footprint, by offering a flying taxi service. Where might this
service be, the remote wilds of Maine, or a string of isolated islands
surrounding Hawaii? No, Florida. Dayjet is offering customers an on-demand,
per seat service to allow executive customers the advantage of not being
'at the mercy of commercial scheduling'. The company's jets can carry
between 1 and 3 people, how very spacious, prices will be set on an
individual basis and eco-friendless passengers can roll up to the airport
anytime. What is truly galling about this, is that John and Jane Smiths
are being told by everyone, from the government to their dentist, to
drop their once yearly, cattle class holiday flight in order to save
the environment. Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Moneybags are presumably flying
in the lap of luxury, while dumping bags of burning coal onto dolphin
reserves below. (09/19/07)
warming, baby - BY JOHN VALENTINE - Here he comes, rounding the
table in the living room, toddling toward the inviting stairs. Our neighbor's
little boy just turned 1. There's no one cuter. He's so cute he has
two nicknames, one for the country, one for town. Everything stops when
he comes by to visit. I'm the frozen bagel man. My wife's the peek-a-boo
queen. He's always barefoot, he loves the outdoors. We think he said
his first word, a variation on "kittykitty," when he peered
with intense curiosity through a lower window. Our kitty always comes
and visits him. She loves his stroller. (09/19/07)
Anchors Push Laurie David's Global Warming for Kids Book - By Geoffrey
Dickens - Environmental activist and An Inconvenient Truth producer
Laurie David received a very warm welcome, from the green-friendly anchors
on the Wednesday "Today" show, when she came on to promote
her children's book, A Down-To-Earth Guide to Global Warming. During
David's interview NBC's Natalie Morales noted that the book's publisher,
Scholastic, was trying to place the book into schools everywhere and
proclaimed: "We hope to see it there." Morales even bragged
that her own son was already being indoctrinated: "They're already
talking and learning about this in school. I mean, my own son already
knows, 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.' You know the three 'R's." (09/19/07)
Liberal Party Bans Members from Al Gore Events - By Noel Sheppard
- Warning: The following report is guaranteed to elicit uncontrollable
bouts of laughter that could be hazardous to your computer if you are
currently eating or drinking. Fair and final warning. The Global Warmingist-in-Chief,
Emmy award-winning schlockumentarist and fear monger Al Gore, is currently
touring Australia to drum up climate change hysteria while certainly
padding his wallet and emitting more carbon dioxide on the trip and
during speeches than most people do in a year. Yet, even more delicious,
Australia's Liberal Party has banned all of its members from attending
any of Gore's events. (09/19/07)
yet? - NASA scientist James E. Hansen, who has publicly criticized
the Bush administration for dragging its feet on climate change and
labeled skeptics of man-made global warming as distracting "court
jesters," appears in a 1971 Washington Post article that warns
of an impending ice age within 50 years. "U.S. Scientist Sees New
Ice Age Coming," blares the headline of the July 9, 1971, article,
which cautions readers that the world "could be as little as 50
or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age, a leading atmospheric
scientist predicts." (09/19/07)
British Bogs Fueled Ancient Global Warming - By Kate Ravilious in
York, Britain for National Geographic News - Huge belches of methane
from bogs in what is now Britain likely contributed to global warming
some 55 million years ago, a new study says. The emissions probably
amplified an ancient and extreme global warming event that heated Arctic
Ocean waters to a balmy 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius).
The finding adds weight to the idea that methane being released from
wetlands today may accelerate modern global warming. [...] "If
the increase in methane emissions were widespread, the increased methane
flux from these settings could have amplified the warming occurring
at this time," Pancost said. Because methane is a key greenhouse
gas, some scientists worry that a similar scenario today could trigger
a runaway greenhouse effect. So...
the sky is NOT falling, the Earth is burping! (09/19/07)
Another nut-case warmist uses the
Holocaust denier line, and more...
of global warming surrounds a skeptic - By JOEL CONNELLY - AS A
CITY THAT reads, Seattle is on the A-minus list for authors' book-launching
tours, and its "green" reputation makes the Emerald City a
natural destination for professional enviro-skeptic Dr. Bjorn Lomborg.
In his book "Cool
it: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming,"
published earlier this month, the controversial Danish academic pooh-poohs
warnings of potential catastrophes caused by climate change.
[...] Global-warming skeptics make more excuses than Holocaust deniers.
They blame faulty fire-suppression efforts. They claim the pine beetle
has always been around. They argue that Lomborg's Danish ancestors were
settling Greenland nearly 1,000 years ago. (09/18/07)
It's All about Saving the Global Warming Mascot - The Polar Bears
- Despite reports of a thriving polar bear population, 'Good Morning
America' global warming alarmist warns of 'loss of the homeland for
polar bears.' - By Jeff Poor - It's become a favorite topic of ABC's
"Good Morning America." Since July 4, ABC's morning show has
mentioned global warming 31 times in stories ranging in everything from
the 2008 presidential election cycle to an increase in poison ivy. The
September 18 "GMA" wasn't much different. "And now, an
Arctic update," said "GMA" weatherman Sam Champion. "We've
shown you pictures where this is all that's left of the ice around the
North Pole after the summer melt. Later today, the National Snow and
Ice Data Center will announce exactly how much Arctic ice has shrunk.
But we do know that they believe it is the lowest ever recorded - just
about 1 million square miles." But then Champion reported the historic
upside of the melting. "Take a look at the two possible paths of
the fabled Northwest Passage - the northern route connecting the Atlantic
and the Pacific Oceans," Champion said. "They could finally
become passable to ship traffic. That's a two-edged sword for many environmentalists.
While taking the shorter northern route than the southern route could
save a tremendous amount of energy." The Northwest Passage would
shave about 4,000 miles off ships' travel from Europe to Asia, avoiding
having to travel through the Panama Canal or Suez Canal. But there's
a catch, according to Champion. "There's great concern about the
impact of the melting ice on the wildlife in that area," Champion
said. "For example, the loss of Arctic ice could mean the loss
of the homeland for polar bears." If the polar bears are struggling
because of melting ice, they're certainly not showing it. According
to a study reported in the September 3 Telegraph (U.K.), the polar bears
are thriving. "There aren't just a few more bears," said Mitch
Taylor, a polar bear biologist who has spent 20 years studying the animals,
to the Telegraph. "There are a hell of a lot more bears."
Still, Champion depicted the polar bear as a species on the brink of
The real issue of global warming - Our recent editorial asking the
question "Is anyone paying attention to climate change?" has
prompted some responses from readers. Predictably, some dispute the
scientific premise on which the observed evidence of global warming
is based - whether it is partially or wholly attributable to greenhouse
gases generated by mankind. However, this is not and never will be the
issue for the Cayman Islands. The issue for us is whether or not global
warming is taking place at all - and not what is causing it. It really
doesn't matter to us whether the climate is changing as a result of
human activity or a natural environmental cycle, or a combination of
the two. And the reason why it doesn't matter to us is because we cannot
do anything about it. Even if the entire country became "carbon
neutral" it would make no difference whatsoever in the global scheme
of things. And to think that our voice would lend any weight at all
in convincing the worst offenders to clean up their act when it comes
to the emission of greenhouse gases is even more farfetched. Another
reader points out that Antarctic ice is in fact growing not melting,
which sounds comforting until one researches it further and finds that
it is increasing because of greater precipitation, caused by higher
sea temperatures. (09/18/07)
It - a review of the book by skeptical environmentalist Bjorn
Lomborg - By Bruce Thornton - If you believe Al Gore and his
shills in Hollywood and the media, science has definitively proven
that within decades polar bears and penguins will become extinct,
heat waves will slaughter millions, malaria will devastate North
America, rising sea levels caused by melting ice caps will swallow
up coastal communities, droughts will create killer famines, monster
hurricanes will ravage the Gulf Coast, and the Gulf Stream will
disappear and spawn a new Ice Age--all because George Bush wouldn't
sign the Kyoto treaty and do something, something about the CO2
emissions that have caused global warming. As Bjorn Lomborg argues
It, these apocalyptic scenarios don't have that much reliable
science to back them up, and the alleged solution--radically reducing
CO2 emissions--wouldn't help that much anyway. Lomborg is the
Danish economist whose earlier book, The
Skeptical Environmentalist, used Occam's razor to slice and
dice the neo-romantic nature-love that these days masquerades
as environmental science. Cool
It uses the same sort of calm, rational pragmatism and respect
for empirical evidence to analyze global warming, its possible
effects on people today and in the future, and the proper way
to address this issue...more
It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming
Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World
Moonbeam suffers setback: A moment
of clarity in the land of fruits and nuts...
Warming Lawsuit in Calif. Tossed - By PAUL ELIAS - SAN FRANCISCO
(AP) - It is impossible to determine to what extent automakers are responsible
for global warming damages in California, a federal judge ruled in tossing
out a lawsuit filed by California against the world's six largest automakers.
In his ruling Monday, District Judge Martin Jenkins in San Francisco
noted that many culprits, including other industries and even natural
sources, are responsible for emitting carbon dioxide. The ruling was
a defeat for California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who has made fighting
global warming a priority. In its lawsuit filed last year, California
blamed the auto industry for millions of dollars it expects to spend
on repairing damage from global warming-induced floods and other natural
warming just a parade - By Andrew Bolt - IT'S a toss-up as to who's
making a bigger fool of themselves over climate change: our politicians
or our Miss Earth contestants, Andrew Bolt writes.
At least the girls in the Miss Earth beauty pageant can afford to look
stupid, since they aren't in charge of anything important, like the
vanishing water supplies of our cities. They've just wanted to preach
green messages in a bikini and tiara, as they fought last week for the
titles of Miss Earth Australia, Best in Swimsuit and Best Environmental
the Greens see Red - Northern Ireland journalist Phelim McAleer's
controversial documentary Mine Your Own Business is a devastating critique
of western environmentalists who campaigned against a gold mine in Romania.
Your Own Business on FOX News' Brit Hume
NASA's Hansen Playing Enron Accounting Games With Climate Data?
- By Noel Sheppard - Since NASA's James Hansen finally released
computer codes related to how climate data are collected and adjusted,
anthropogenic global warming skeptics around the world have been waiting
to see what a scientific examination of this information would produce.
On Monday, Canada's Steve McIntyre, who himself debunked Michael Mann's
ridiculous "Hockey Stick" theory as well as identified Hansen's
Y2K bug, released information identifying that Hansen recently made
additional changes to climate data akin to how companies like Enron
used creative accounting to exaggerate earnings and defraud investors.
Wooly Mammoth Dung Speeds Global Warming - By Warner Todd Huston
- Now, you're gonna read that headline and laugh imagining that I must
surely be employing the best hyperbole. Reuters can't possibly be touting
a story that says wooly mammoth dung could be making global warming
worse... could they? I am sad to say that they are, indeed, making this
claim in a story on the crackpot theories of a Russian "scientist."
I know, I know. It seems like an entry from "The Onion" news
satire website, but it isn't. Reuters gives us the pooper scoop in "Mammoth
dung, prehistoric goo may speed warming," posted on the 16th.
Sounding like a bad copy of an old Cheech and Chong skit, "scientist"
Sergei Zimov grabs some wooly mammoth dung, puts it to his face and
proclaims, "It smells like mammoth dung." Reuters gives him
the space to revel in his crappy theory that this millions-year-old,
melted mammoth dung is speeding globaloney. (09/17/07)
Fighting global warming means "the earth wins." - At last
night's Emmy Awards, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert debated whether
or not celebrity awards shows should be cancelled in order to help combat
STEWART: Perhaps even the very act of gathering tonight for an awards
show, no matter how green, is wasteful. Maybe we shouldn't even have
COLBERT: WHAT? Jon. If entertainers stop publicly congratulating each
other, then the earth wins.
STEWART: You're right, you're right. You're absolutely right. We can't
give in to that bastard. But what if winners were notified by e-mail
or phone? And we didn't have to...
COLBERT: Like common MacArthur Genius Grant winners, or Nobel Prize
winners? No, no, not on my watch, Jon. (09/17/07)
Brown Slams Global Warming 'Naivety' Stones Roses rants again...
- By James Dannatt - Ian Brown has attacked the carelessness and
naivety of countries and companies who are failing to take the
matter of global warming seriously.
In particular, Brown feels frustrated by the Americans. He said:
"America won't accept that there is global warming. It's
not good enough. We can't all perish because of their blindness.
We need to ban all air freighted food. Carrots from Holland. Potatoes
from Egypt. It's got to stop. Lamb from NZ. Let's get lambs grazing
on the roof of the Pentagon or on the lawn of Buckingham Palace."
He continued: "We should be growing carrots up the side of
the Empire State Building or Big Ben."
The former Stone Roses frontman is a proud supporter of alternative
fuel for cars and is upset at oil companies who won't allow it.
He added: "It makes me angry that they've been able to build
cars fuelled by corn oil or chicken shit for years". He rants
"The chicken shit-powered car will only do 60mph but so what?
Leave your house a bit earlier."
Hey Ian, here's a little
something from me to you...
Heartland Institute: October 2007 Environment & Climate News
- by James M. Taylor - The October 2007 issue of Environment & Climate
News reports on new developments in both the science and politics of
climate change. On page 1:
Greenhouse gas restrictions proposed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist have
come under fire from state elected officials and grassroots citizens'
groups. U.S. temperature data compiled and reported by NASA since 2000
contained errors that caused the organization to falsely claim a number
recent years were the hottest or among the hottest on record. U.S. House
and Senate negotiators spent the August recess preparing to hammer out
differences in their respective energy bills, which President George
W. Bush has threatened to veto. In a fight against a court decision
that many have characterized as unnecessary regulation of fishermen,
business people, and private property owners, Pacific legal Foundation
attorneys have filed a notice of appeal to defend the positive impact
of hatchery fish on salmon populations. Also in this issue: global warming
indoctrination, air quality, renewable energy, nuclear power, asbestos,
aerosols, global warming and health, solar power, and more. Science
Director Jay Lehr, Ph.D. reviews Bulls Don't Blush, Bears Don't Die
by economist Barry Asmus. Download
the entire PDF. (09/17/07)
Teachers Indoctrinated with Misleading Global Warming Materials
- By James M. Taylor - Schoolteachers across Alaska are being fed exaggerated
and false global warming alarmist materials to distribute to their students,
thanks to the taxpayer-funded University of Alaska-Fairbanks. This summer,
approximately 60 teachers attended the university's Science Teacher
Education Program, during which they were given global warming propaganda
that has been thoroughly rejected by sound science. (09/17/07)
Rebel Against Governor's Global Warming Proposals - By James M.
Taylor - Greenhouse gas restrictions proposed by Florida Gov. Charlie
Crist (R) will impose expensive cost-of-living increases on Florida
residents while achieving few if any benefits, Florida House Speaker
Marco Rubio (R-West Miami) explained in a July 25 editorial in the Miami
Herald. In expressing his concerns about expensive global warming mandates,
Rubio joins grassroots citizens' groups in the state and Republican
legislators who are becoming increasingly unhappy with Crist's departure
from the policies of popular former Gov. Jeb Bush (R). (09/17/07)
Fears About Global Warming Are Unfounded - By S. Fred Singer and
Dennis T. Avery - Health care providers are buying into alarmist
global warming theory and are concerned about the potential negative
health effects of warmer temperatures, reported the August 12 Washington
According to the Post, "Spurred by what they see as an increasing
number of illnesses, injuries, and deaths related to global warming,
a growing number of public health professionals are campaigning for
a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. They think of it as a form
of preventive medicine: Stop carbon dioxide emissions and global warming,
they say, and the risk of severe heat waves and tropical storms will
Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1,500 Years, climate experts S.
Fred Singer and Dennis Avery report just the opposite--that the Earth's
moderate warming has been and will continue to be a net benefit to human
The following article, based on a chapter of Unstoppable
Global Warming, provides the scientific evidence regarding warming
temperatures and human health.
There are certainly deaths and illnesses due to heat waves. These
typically include heat stroke, heart attacks, and asthma attacks. Deaths
and hospitalizations from heat waves make headlines whenever the temperature
hits very high levels. Yet we see the same sort of headlines during
cold waves. The elderly die in inadequately heated homes. People get
skull fractures from falls on the ice. Men die of heart attacks while
shoveling snow. People get colds, flu, pneumonia, and other respiratory
diseases. Infectious diseases proliferate. Hospital admissions rise.
Global warming alarmists present the fairly simplistic theory that higher
temperatures will drive more extreme weather events, and these events
will raise human death rates. But overall, cold weather is more effective
at killing people than heat waves. Global warming would raise maximum
summer temperatures modestly while it would raise winter minimum temperatures
significantly. Both factors should help reduce human death rates...more
Aerosol Study Refutes Global Warming Theory - By James M. Taylor
- Particles of soot and other light-absorbing aerosols have a warming
rather than cooling effect on temperatures, researchers have learned.
It is a surprising revelation that promises to lower even further estimates
of the effect of greenhouse gases on global temperatures. Computers
running global warming climate models have been told to assume aerosols
in the atmosphere inhibit the warming properties of greenhouse gases.
Based on this assumption, the models predict accelerated warming in
the future when such aerosol pollutants are likely to be less prevalent
in the atmosphere. "Scientists are convinced these plumes contain
so many cooling sulfate particles that they may be masking half of the
effect of global warming," noted the July 20 Wall Street Journal.
President Klaus criticized
for planned U.N. speech on climate change - By Jan Richter - President
Vaclav Klaus has been criticised by a number of Czech politicians for
a speech he is going to deliver at a conference on climate change held
by the Secretary General of the U.N. in New York. While some say Mr
Klaus should not express his personal opinions on the matter but rather
the official position of the Czech Republic, others fear that his speech
might harm Czech prospects of securing a non-permanent seat in the U.N.'s
Security Council. Czech President Vaclav Klaus - critical of environmentalists'
view on global warming - is going to be busy during his trip to New
York later this month. A day before the start of the 62nd General Assembly
of the United Nations, Vaclav Klaus will speak at a conference on climate
change convened by the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Environment
Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Martin Bursik, of the Green Party,
told Czech TV on Sunday that Mr Klaus' speech could harm the Czech Republic's
prospects of gaining a non-permanent seat in the U.N. Security Council
because many countries around the world are already experiencing effects
of what the Czech president says is only a natural process. "According
to the talks our diplomats have been having with ambassadors to the
U.N., some countries are in immediate danger posed by global warming.
Many countries rely on fishing; some fish depend on coral reefs and
half of them have disappeared due to the rise in ocean temperature.
There are also countries that are experiencing a rise of sea level that
has gone up by 17 cm over the last hundred years." (09/17/07)
Kingdom plans global warming tax - London --British minister of
finances Alistair Darling announced possible introduction of "buying
tax" of 2.000 pounds for cars that pollute the most. The same sum,
on the other hand, would be donated to citizens who decide to buy automobiles
that consume less fuel. Experts assess that this proposal of the finance
minister is unlikely to pass. The ruling Labour Party of prime minister
Brown and the opposition conservative party pay great attention to problems
and combat against global warming. (09/17/07)
on Integrity in Science Focuses on IPCC - A claimed "first
world conference on research integrity" opens in Lisbon, Portugal,
today. The conference media release explains: "The controversies
surrounding the recent assessment report of the United Nations' Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) demonstrates how research integrity is
a critical issue not only for the science community, but for politicians
and the society as a whole as well. In August 2007 the US National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA) had to withdraw previous published historical
climate data. The incident came after a British mathematician discovered
that the sources used by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change
(IPCC) have disregarded the positions of weather stations, plus intentionally
using outdated data on China from 1991 and ignoring revised data on
the country from 1997... (09/16/07)
dung, prehistoric goo may speed warming - By Dmitry Solovyov - Reuters
-- DUVANNY YAR, Russia (Reuters) - Sergei Zimov bends down, picks up
a handful of treacly mud and holds it up to his nose. It smells like
a cow pat, but he knows better. "It smells like mammoth dung,"
he says. This is more than just another symptom of global warming. For
millennia, layers of animal waste and other organic matter left behind
by the creatures that used to roam the Arctic tundra have been sealed
inside the frozen permafrost. Now climate change is thawing the permafrost
and lifting this prehistoric ooze from suspended animation. But Zimov,
a scientist who for almost 30 years has studied climate change in Russia's
Arctic, believes that as this organic matter becomes exposed to the
air it will accelerate global warming faster than even some of the most
pessimistic forecasts. "This will lead to a type of global warming
which will be impossible to stop," he said. (09/16/07)
Warming: The Solution - By Arthur Levine - Johnny Oops was pacing
up and down on the raised bandstand floor at a new sports arena in the
Meadowlands, New Jersey waiting for the crowd to settle down so that
he could start his speech, or should we call it a con? My friends, converts,
and members of my flock, we are facing a man made crisis of unequaled
proportions. If this keeps up we will be farming rice paddies and cranberry
bogs in the swamplands of New Jersey, which will shortly cover more
than half the current landmass of the state. New York will be growing
oranges instead of apples and sporting palm trees on the less than one
quarter of the land mass not covered by the raging ocean, which will
completely inundate New York City in a Sodom and Gomorrah style wrath
of God type event. (09/16/07)
A disgraceful double dose of the
warmists' favorite scare tactic. If you really want to know the truth
about insect-carring diseases, you might want to read what the real
experts have to say about it.
Sets Sights on Global Warming as Health Issue - By Kurt Achin
- Global warming is often in the news these days, usually in connection
with changing, and sometimes destructive, weather patterns. But
the World Health Organization says rising temperatures also have
alarming implications for public health. VOA's Kurt Achin reports
from Jeju, South Korea, where delegates to a WHO gathering say
they will focus more on the issue in the years ahead. Dr. Timothy
Pyakalyia says farmers in his tropical homeland, Papua New Guinea,
have been enjoying fruit harvests at elevations where fruit never
grew before. Along with that good news, Dr. Pyakalyia - who is
also PNG's Deputy Secretary of Health - says there is some bad
news. "We're seeing local malaria transmission in zones we've
never seen before," he said. Dr. Pyakalyia spent the past
week here in Jeju with dozens of other Western Pacific delegates
to the World Health Organization. WHO Spokesman Peter Cordingly
says the new malaria cases can be traced to global warming. "The
warm zones are spreading in this region into areas that weren't
warm before. And when that happens, you're looking at vector-borne
diseases, mosquito-borne diseases... Dengue and malaria are just
becoming very, very difficult to control," he said. "The
numbers are growing, and that's because the numbers of mosquitoes
are growing, as well." Cambodian women with their children,
many of whom are sick with dengue fever, wait for treatment outside
a children's hospital in the capital Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 27
Mosquitoes thrive in warm, wet conditions. WHO officials say they
have seen dramatically higher incidences of mosquito-borne disease
in Singapore, Cambodia, and other countries.
warming may bring dengue fever to Hokkaido - Kyodo News
- Global warming could bring dengue fever to the northernmost
reaches of Japan by expanding the habitat of mosquitoes, which
transmit the virus, a recent study by the National Institute
of Infectious Diseases shows.The disease, also known as breakbone
fever, usually creates an epidemic in Southeast Asia and other
tropical areas, but it may even enter Hokkaido by the end of
this century if local temperatures rise enough for mosquitoes
to thrive, a research group at the institute said. One thing
feared by the advance of global warming has been an expansion
in the habitat of the tiger mosquito, which currently reaches
Akita Prefecture, about 200 km south of Hokkaido's southernmost
tip, the group said. (09/16/07)
Warming's Polar Opposition - Marc Sheppard - Need more proof that
the Big Green Scare Machine is spoon-feeding you cherry-picked non-science
to further their AGW alarmist agenda? Try this.
While news of Arctic ice shrinking to its lowest level on record is
being screamed everywhere, like here
the emergence of colder weather and ice levels at their highest in almost
30 years on the other side of the globe has been all but ignored.
In coming months, you're sure to hear a lot about how global warming
has created that which has eluded explorers from John Cabot in 1497
to Henry Hudson in 1609 forever - the fabled Arctic Ocean shipping lane
known as the Northwest Passage.
And, while it's true that satellite photos have found an ice-free corridor
along Canada, Alaska and Greenland and Northern Hemisphere ice at its
lowest level since such images were taken in 1978, it's also true that
Antarctic ice levels (Southern Hemisphere) are at record highs for that
That's right, according to the University of Illinois Polar Research
Group website The
"The Southern Hemisphere sea ice area
has broken the previous maximum of 16.03 million sq. km and is currently
at 16.26 million sq. km. This represents an increase of about 1.4% above
the previous SH ice area record high"
To be sure, this historic bipolarity of the Southern Hemisphere sea
ice maximum corresponding with a Northern Hemisphere sea ice minimum
is puzzling. The fact that climate illusionists will only reveal the
heads side of the coin certainly is not. (09/16/07)
You see? It really has become a
students to attend Church's global warming confab - Some 1,000 students
and parish leaders are expected to attend a two-day Church-sponsored
conference on global warming in Manila in September. The Archdiocese
of Manila's ecology desk organized the event to stress the need to address
issues on global warming and climate change. "It is time we get
to the real issues about global warming and climate change before it's
too late," ecology desk director Fr. Benito Tuazon said in a statement
posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website,
for the EPA - A Vermont ruling on emissions standards puts the spotlight
back on an overdue decision in Washington. - EVER SINCE California passed
its stringent tailpipe emissions standards in 2002, automakers have
sought to nullify them, and they've hit nothing but roadblocks. In April,
the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency
has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Now, a federal
judge in Vermont has decided in favor of that state's emissions standards,
which are modeled on California's. But none of this will mean a thing
unless the EPA grants California a waiver -- something the agency seems
in no particular rush to do. Because California's air pollution laws
predate those of the federal government, the Clean Air Act permits the
state to devise its own laws -- and allows other states to adopt its
regulations, as long as they are not arbitrary and are at least as stringent
as national regulations. The California rules require a 30 percent reduction
in greenhouse gases from the tailpipes of cars and light trucks by 2016,
starting with the 2009 model year. Vermont, as well as 10 other states,
including Maryland, have approved those standards. U.S. District Judge
William Sessions III ruled that Vermont's tailpipe emissions law could
not be blocked. He rejected the argument that California (and, therefore,
Vermont) was supplanting federal authority by detailing that state's
history as a "proving ground for innovation in emissions control."
And Judge Sessions didn't buy automakers' argument that they couldn't
meet the new standards, noting that every time policymakers pushed the
industry to develop new technologies, such as the catalytic converter
in the 1970s, "the industry responded with technological advancements
designed to meet the challenges." A similar lawsuit is pending
in California. (09/16/07)
Answer to Global Warming: A New Tax (Or
the liberal amswer to everything) - By N. GREGORY MANKIW
- IN the debate over global climate change, there is a yawning gap that
needs to be bridged. The gap is not between environmentalists and industrialists,
or between Democrats and Republicans. It is between policy wonks and
political consultants. Among policy wonks like me, there is a broad
consensus. The scientists tell us that world temperatures are rising
because humans are emitting carbon into the atmosphere. Basic economics
tells us that when you tax something, you normally get less of it. So
if we want to reduce global emissions of carbon, we need a global carbon
tax. Q.E.D. (09/16/07)
Singer's global warming paper - Editor: Purveyors of doom and gloom
who are sure that human activities will cause catastrophic global warming
should read Dr. S. Fred Singer's paper "Global Warming: Man-Made
or Natural?" as printed in Imprimus which is available at 800-437-2268.
Some notable excerpts from Dr. Singer's paper follow:
* "Human activities are not influencing global climate in a perceptible
* "I would argue that -- should it occur -- a modest warming would
be on the whole beneficial. After all, the geological record shows a
persistent 1,500-year cycle of warming and cooling extending back at
least one million years."
* "... the widely touted "consensus" of 2,500 scientists
on the United Nations IPCC is an illusion. Most of the panelists have
no scientific qualifications."
* "... tens of thousands of interested persons benefit directly
from the global warming scare."
* "Environmental organizations, such as Green Peace, the Sierra
Club, and the Environmental Defense Fund, have raked in billions of
* Much more can be gained by reading Dr. Singer's entire paper. These
assertions deserve careful attention by citizens and balanced coverage
by the media. ~ Dick Prosence, Meeker (09/15/07)
Mag: Global Warming Is All Jane Fonda's Fault - By Noel Sheppard
- Here's something you don't see every day: a liberal publication blaming
actress Jane Fonda for anything bad. Yet, although not written by New
York Times staffers, the idea that its Sunday magazine would even consider
publishing an article blaming Fonda's 1979 movie "The China Syndrome"
for global warming is quite shocking. (09/15/07)
Warming Obsessed Media Unfazed by Soaring Wheat Prices - By Noel
Sheppard - As NewsBusters reported
Wednesday, wheat prices soared last week to their highest levels in
history. As many consumer products are made from this grain, and media
love to carp and whine about inflation, one would have expected great
focus to be given to this issue. However, as some of the upward pressure
on wheat prices is directly attributable to biofuels, a global warming
obsessed media seemed concerned to address this inflationary issue for
fear that it would bring negative attention on soon-to-be-to-Dr. Al
Gore's beloved ethanol. (09/15/07)
Somebody get that man a steak!
day for global warming fasting - BY KITTA MacPHERSON, Star-Ledger
Staff - A teaspoon of salt. Six vitamins. Ten glasses of water. That's
been Ted Glick's daily regimen since Sept. 4. The Bloomfield activist
hasn't weighed himself since he stopped eating, but the muscular, 6-foot-1
career rabble-rouser says he has lost 15 pounds, judging from changes
in his face, upper body and gut since he started the fast as a call
for action on global warming. Eleven days ago, about 1,100 people across
the country started a fast, timed to coincide with the first full day
that Congress opened for its fall session. Glick organized the national
protest for the U.S. Climate Emergency Council, an environmental advocacy
group, to protest what they view as the lack of action by the American
government to address the perils of climate change. Now there are seven.
Besides Glick, there's Diane Wilson of Seadrift, Texas; Jan Lundberg
of San Francisco; Diane Thomas of Berkeley, Calif.; Chris Freimuth of
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Esperanza Martell of New York, N.Y., and Toni Zeidan
of Lewisburg, Pa. Some have become nauseated at points but all are well.
Glick, 57, who weighed 210 pounds when he started, says he feels OK
and very focused. "It's a way to walk the talk, it's showing that
a person who is willing to do this is for real," said Glick, reached
yesterday by telephone at the offices of the Chesapeake Climate Action
Network, located in a three-story house in Tacoma Park, Md. "It's
important to be real on this stuff." Glick said he is still able
to do light office work, write e-mails and take phone calls. When he
tells people what he is doing, he said, people either "get it"
or think he's crazy. Uh, put me in
the latter. (09/15/07)
truth on global warming - Phil Drietz, Delhi, West Central Tribune
- The author of the Aug. 30 Public Forum letter, "Public service
pledge is key," cited a three-point pledge that was presented to
the presidential candidates for endorsement. I strongly agree with the
second point: "Protect scientists who report inconvenient truths
and remove from office those who manipulate public agency science for
political ends." There are truthful scientists who have exposed
global warming as junk science, but they seem to get nowhere when dealing
with the politically correct media establishment. There is no evidence
that man-made carbon dioxide is causing global warming. Now compare
the United States Department of Energy figures on man-created carbon
dioxide (11,880 parts per billion) and natural carbon dioxide (68,520
ppb). These figures are additions to the pre-industrial baseline of
288,000 ppb. Total concentration then is 368,400 ppb which means man-made
carbon dioxide comprises about 3.2 percent of the total. But wait! We
forgot water vapor, which comprises 95 percent of all greenhouse gases
and that puts all carbon dioxide at 3.6 percent of the total. (Other
miscellaneous gases make up the remainder.) Those put man-generated
carbon dioxide at less than .12 percent of all greenhouse gases. Spend
all the money you want, and you won't change anything. (09/15/07)
warming is natural process - The Willamette Valley has plenty of
evidence of global warming. It has been going on for thousands of years.
Ice-age Missoula floods brought in our rich soils and left ice-rafted
granite boulders around Salem. I have been plotting them for years for
the Ice Age Floods Institute. Someone please tell me there were planes,
trains and automobiles then! Let's do our part to save our environment
for the right reasons, not CO2 from man. The No. 1 greenhouse gas is
simply water. Let's not make this a political issue because it's not.
The Earth has been warming for thousands of years and will continue,
in spite of man. The Earth will do what it will do: change. -- Jeffrey
Murray, Salem (09/15/07)
Global Warming Hype - The competition
for the most absurd and outrageous continues!
Architecture 2030, in a partnership with Google Maps, determined
how American coastal cities would be affected by predicted sea
level rise. New York (pictured) would experience a 3-meter rise.
photo source - ABC
The problem is that even the
UN is not predicting a 3 meter rise in sea levels in the next
100 years. This is just more crap in the steady diet of doom and
gloom nonsense fed to the media on a daily basis from the global
Global Warming Looks Like - New Report Visualizes Impact of Sea
Level Rise on U.S. Coastal Cities - By CLAYTON SANDELL - Edward
Mazria wants people to know how rising sea levels made worse by
global warming will affect residents along U.S. coastlines. Goodbye,
Hollywood, Fla. So long, Boston. New Orleans? Forget about it.
"We're not talking about South Sea islands and Bangladesh
here," Mazria said. "We're talking about the U.S.
being physically under siege with a very small increment of sea
level rise." Yawn
Passage Opens Due to Global Warming - Fabled Shipping Route Sought
After By Explorers Opens, as Sea Ice Reaches Record Low -- [...] As
has been previously reported, the extent of sea ice in the Arctic is
at a record minimum - and it reached its lowest annual point a full
month before the typical annual low. The European Space Agency reported
that this week, the sea ice reached the lowest extent it has ever measured
with satellites. With that milestone, came the opening of the Northwest
Passage, the European Space Agency reported Friday. Not only has a fully
navigable route opened across Canada (marked in orange), but a second
passage, across Siberia (marked in blue), is only partially blocked.
Maybe someone should tell "Wrong
Way" Flanagan. (09/15/07)
More absurdity as "Dubya"
is to blame for global warming, US admits - By Alex Spillius - President
Bush has invited world leaders to Washington later this month to discuss
climate change. George Bush's top scientific advisor has delivered the
strongest statement yet from within the US administration that greenhouse
gas emissions caused by human activity are to blame for climate change.
Professor John Marburger said it was more than 90 per cent likely that
mankind was causing global warming and that the earth may become
"unlivable" without reductions in CO2 output. Unlivable?
The entire Earth? I am becoming more convinced that insanity is contagious!
This will brighten your day!
global warming - and please try the salad bar - By Jim Schembri
- Our planet is getting hotter and hotter. But Al Gore has a plan, as
revealed to Jim Schembri. NEXT Friday environmental activist and former
US vice-president Al Gore addresses the ultra-exclusive Global Business
Forum in Melbourne. Here is an edited transcript of his speech:
Good afternoon everybody. My name is Al Gore. (wait for standing ovation
to die down) You may remember me. I used to be the man who was very
nearly going to be the next president of the United States but was denied
the chance because of some guy named Chad. (pause for laughter)I actually
won the race in the 2000 election, you know. It's true. More Americans
voted for me than for George Bush - but while I won the popular vote,
George Bush won the electoral vote - another way of saying "I got
screwed". Now that's what I call A Very Inconvenient Truth! (allow
for applause)It's good to see so many high-powered and well-dressed
business people here today, all of whom have shown their concern for
the future of our planet by paying through the nose to listen to me.
To most of you "informed"
people who frequent this and other sites like it, this is nothing new.
But to the smug liberal socialist elite who spend their time drinking
the mainstream media's Kool-Aid, this is a must read.
it too late to stop the ethanol con job? - By Eric Reguly - ROME
- Not so long ago, you could feel complacent - smug even - about your
little greenish exertions. You traded your SUV for a smaller set of
wheels. You bought compact florescent bulbs and dragged the old push
mower out of storage. You approved of ethanol and other biofuels and
vowed to buy them whenever possible. Okay, there wasn't a lot of sacrifice
involved. But you could feel a tad superior to your fossil-fuel-slurping
neighbours. You might feel a little less smug today. You might even
feel guilty. Why? Because biofuels aren't living up to their hype. By
now, it's obvious they won't cure the planet of its oil addiction or
take the edge off global warming - two of the alleged advantages touted
by the biofuel industry. Biofuels may even be harming the planet. The
oil industry was never keen on biofuels, but you never believed the
oil industry. Now no less a sober authority than the Organization for
Economic Co-operation and Development says biofuels - notably ethanol,
a fuel worshipped by governments, farmers and refiners in Canada, the
United States and parts of Europe - might be a con job on a massive
Think you've heard everything? Think
again. University College London "climate expert" Dr Bill
McGuire (Britain's own version of our beloved wacko James Hansen), says
global warming is going to cause earthquakes, volcano eruptions and
even tsunamis! Un-friggin-believable.
warming to trigger volcanic eruptions, scientists warn - British
scientists are warning of another possible side effect of climate change:
a surge of dangerous volcanic eruptions.
Researchers say the melting of polar ice sheets from global warming
and the resulting stress placed on the earth's crust from rising sea
levels will increase eruptions in the years to come.
University College London climate expert Dr Bill McGuire says there
could also be an increase in undersea earthquakes and tsunamis.
"There is already evidence for earthquakes in Alaska being triggered
by unloading by ice," he said.
"Also evidence of this volcano Pavlof in Alaska erupting in the
winter when sea levels rise slightly due to weather conditions, just
"So, if we see one to two metres of sea level rise this century,
accompanied by mass wasting of the glaciers in the polar region, so
we can expect a response by the cr ust within the next few decades."
warming overkill - JAY AMBROSE - First thing we do, let's kill all
the cows, because the globe is warming, catastrophe is headed our way,
and the worldwide cattle industry is largely responsible, a far worse
peril to climate stability than SUVs and, for that matter, all the cars,
trucks, planes and other modes of transportation in glorious combination.
Data about the world's 1.5 billion cattle and other livestock generating
18 percent of the greenhouse gases released in the atmosphere comes
from a 400-page U.N. report that just might make Al Gore squirm when
he speaks in Denver in October. An animal rights group -- People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- plans to protest his eating of meat
in contradiction to the crusade he's been waging. How's
that for poetic justice! [...] So, no, let's don't kill the
cows, and let's don't get carried away with Gore-style global
warming hype. We ought to keep studying the question and, for
a variety of reasons, explore alternatives to oil, rely more on nuclear
energy, find ways to clean up emissions from burning coal and more --
but let's avoid endangering extremes on behalf of conjectures that are
far from settled science. (09/14/07)
Warming and ... Cow Farts - By Ken Taylor - Yes, you read the title
right. A study released this week in London claims that the release
of methane gas, (cow farts), from grazing cows is a contributing factor
to Global Warming ! Now of course cows have been grazing and farting
for centuries but now they contribute to Global Warming. The study also
is calling for the reduction of the consumption of red meat which will
reduce the need for cows, (you know the old Capitalist supply and demand
thing), which in turn will reduce methane gas,(cow farts), released
into the atmosphere. The study also states that men because of a
greater consumption of red meat contribute more to Global Warming than
women because of their release of methane gas. Yeah, you guessed it....man
farts. So gentleman remember the next time you enjoy that hamburger
or steak you are a contributor to the, "Global Warming Crisis."
Personally I plan on sitting down to a big T-Bone, enjoying every juicy
bite, thanking God for the cow who contributed to Global Warming while
grazing and getting fat producing my T-Bone. If after finishing my delicious
meal I too happen to contribute to Global Warming...please...ah...excuse
me! Ken Taylor http://theliberalslies.blogspot.com
Another "Moonbeam Alert"
from the land of fruits and nuts...
Jerry Brown plays helpful role in global warming fight - Alternate
Headline: Jerry Brown, with the help of our Jolly Green Giant Governator,
uses extortion to promote his environmental agenda - California's
fight against global warming will require actions from an array of state
and local policy-makers - not just the air regulators in Sacramento.
One state agency that has done its part recently is the Attorney General's
Office. Attorney General Jerry Brown has scored success in this broad
effort by using a 37-year-old environmental law to challenge - and reshape
- long-term development plans in San Bernardino County and expansion
plans at a ConocoPhillips oil refinery in Contra Costa County. It was
innovative to use the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA,
to fight climate change at the local level by making large-scale projects
plan now for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But the attorney general's
actions can also be viewed as rogue, unless they are well-coordinated
with other state and local agencies. California should not end up with
a patchwork of conflicting policies that might endanger the economy
and the environment. (09/14/07)
warming "is good and is not our fault" - By Sophie Borland
- Global warming is an entirely natural phenomenon and its effects can
even be beneficial, according to two leading researchers. Recent climate
change is not caused by man-made pollution, but is instead part of a
1,500-year cycle of warming and cooling that has happened for the last
million years, say the authors of a controversial study. Dennis Avery,
an environmental economist, and Professor Fred Singer, a physicist,
have looked at the work of more than 500 scientists and concluded that
it is very doubtful that man-made global warming exists. (09/14/07)
warming a 1500-year natural cycle unrelated to human activity -
From our ANI Correspondent - London, Sept 14: Global warming is a natural
event whose effects are not bad at all, according to a new study by
two eminent climatologists. Researchers Dennis Avery and Fred Singer
said climate change is more likely to be part of a cycle of warming
and cooling that has happened regularly every 1500 years for the last
million years. "And the doom and gloom merchants, who point to
the threat to the polar bear from the melting North Pole, are wrong,"
the Daily Mail quoted the authors as saying. (09/14/07)
warming? It's natural, say experts - Global warming is a natural
event and the effects are not all bad, two respected researchers claimed
yesterday. Authors Dennis Avery and Fred Singer looked at the work of
more than 500 scientists and argue that these experts are doubtful the
phenomenon is caused by man-made greenhouse gases. (09/14/07)
Another kook suggests population
control to combat global warming.
Controlling growth can control global warming - Much has been written
about global warming and the adverse contribution of humankind's carbon-generating
pollutants. However, relatively little attention has been given to the
largest factor creating those greenhouse gas emissions, which is the
sheer immensity of the world's population. If we humans don't effectively
address how to manage our own staggering growth, no policy on pollutants
will ever be sufficient to solve global warming. For instance, a study
from the London School of Economics concludes that a 40 percent cut
in per capita carbon emissions in the developed world by 2050 could
be completely cancelled out by population growth in the same time period.
This would essentially mean that all current efforts at reducing global
warming will be futile. Let's put our collective heads together creatively
and think and act constructively. We can be successful twice over. We
can successfully enhance our global health and we can reduce human population
growth but only if done simultaneously. Let's support legislation
that provides adequate funding for comprehensive sex education and family
planning. Then and only then can each and every person make an educated
decision about having children. More
legislation is always the answer with these morons. (09/14/07)
People Stop Having Children to Halt Global Warming? - By Noel Sheppard
- It certainly shouldn't come as a great surprise that there are people
who think human beings are the worst species on the planet, and that
Earth would be a much better place without us. However, though Slate's
Daniel Engber did add some skepticism to his "Global Swarming:
Is it time for Americans to start cutting our baby emissions?"
his conclusion made it quite clear his answer to this question was "Yes"...
Backs Measures to Curb Auto Emissions - MONTPELIER, Vt Vermont and
several other states scored a victory on Wednesday in their battle to
get automakers to comply with rules aimed at reducing global warming.
A federal judge ruled that states can regulate greenhouse gas emissions
from vehicles, rejecting automakers' claims that federal law pre-empts
state rules and that technology can't be developed to meet them. "There
is no question that the GHG (greenhouse gas) regulations present great
challenges to automakers," Judge William Sessions III, sitting
in the U.S. District Court in Burlington, wrote at the conclusion of
his 240-page decision. He added, "History suggests that the ingenuity
of the industry, once put in gear, responds admirably to most technological
challenges. In light of the public statements of industry representatives,
(the) history of compliance with previous technological challenges,
and the state of the record, the court remains unconvinced automakers
cannot meet the challenges of Vermont and California's GHG regulations."
More rubbish from the kook fringe
- Is it time for Americans to start cutting our baby emissions?
- By Daniel Engber - Oh, if we all just disappeared. According to The
World Without Us, Alan Weisman's strangely comforting vision of human
annihilation, the Earth would be a lot better off. In his doomsday scenario,
freshwater floods would course through the New York subway system, ailanthus
roots would heave up sidewalks, and a parade of coyotes, bears, and
deer would eventually trot across the George Washington Bridge and repopulate
Manhattan. Nature lovers can take solace in the idea that the planet
will thrive once we've finally destroyed ourselves with global warming.
But Weisman takes the fantasy one step further: Let's not wait for climate
change, he says. Let's start depopulating right now. (09/13/07)
Media Report Error in Laurie David's Global Warming Children's Book?
- By Noel Sheppard - When climate change activists Sheryl Crow and Laurie
David went on their "Stop Global Warming College Tour" last
spring, media sycophants followed their every move reporting their exploits
on almost a daily basis. With that in mind, if a serious, scientific
error were discovered in the global warming children's book co-authored
by David, shouldn't that be newsworthy as well? (09/13/07)
Warming: Al Gore's Greatest Hoax Yet - The Right Side - By Rick
Coddington, special to Mountain Mail - SOCORRO, New Mexico (STPNS) --
Did you notice that Al Gore is bringing his dog-and-pony show to New
Mexico? Yep, Santa Ana Star Casino is taking its impersonator series
to the next level. They have had Elvis impersonators, Michael Jackson
impersonators and Bette Midler impersonators and now they are bringing
us (in my opinion) the greatest impersonator of them all - Al Gore.
His impersonations include the creator of the internet, the elected
President of the United States and now, a scientist ... get a job, dude!
If you buy into any of the global warming hoax, this is your opportunity
to press the flesh with the Gore for a paltry $200 a ticket. If you
are going to go to the casino with a couple of C-notes in your hand,
you might consider squandering it on the $100 slot machine instead.
It will be quicker, much less painful and you have a lot better chance
of getting something for your money. I imagine some folks are wondering
why I am so critical of the Gore person. Simply, this is another in
a long and destructive line of pseudo-environmental agendas that all
end up costing us a fortune and creating lots of collateral damage.
From The JunkMan...
Sweats for Global Warming - By Steven Milloy - Japanese office workers
are being forced to sweat in the name of global warming. But before
Americans consume too much "Green" Kool-Aid and suffer a similar
fate, they may want to consider this week's global warming developments.
The Wall Street Journal reported in a front-page story (Sep. 11) that
Japanese offices are keeping summertime office temperatures at a "steamy
82 degrees Fahrenheit" to help Japan use less energy and reduce
its carbon dioxide emissions. Offices are now so uncomfortable that
the traditional suit-and-tie dress code has been abandoned even though
"82 degrees can only be comfortable if you're thin, naked and stay
still," according to a Japanese physiology professor. There is
growing pressure not to complain about sweltering office environments
as the proud but dutiful Japanese public is being conditioned to perceive
air conditioning as "shameful," according to the report. (09/13/07)
Wants to 'Change Our Country' - By Steven Warshawsky - ...Hillary
claims she is going to make our country "energy independent,"
i.e., not reliant on "foreign sources of oil." This sounds
like a worthy goal, but it is not remotely plausible. That is, unless
we severely restrict our consumption of energy, roughly one-third of
which comes from foreign sources (mainly oil used for gasoline). The
consequences of such a "belt-tightening" strategy would be
to drastically reduce both the size and vitality of our economy, leading
to massive unemployment and a lower standard of living. Furthermore,
Hillary's manifest belief that it is problematic for us to buy oil from
Canada and Mexico, two of our three largest "foreign" suppliers,
makes no sense. Indeed, the only way for the United States to buy less
oil from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela -- the true problem -- is to buy
more oil from Canada, Mexico, and other friendly countries. This would
have the further beneficial effect of strengthening these countries'
economies and enhancing our trade relations. Yes, we should drill more
oil here at home, but the enormous size and sophistication of our economy
will require us to import oil long into the future. Nevertheless, importing
more "good" oil is not an option for Hillary, because she
also agrees with Al Gore and the environmental left that "global
climate change is one of the most pressing moral issues of our time."
Accordingly, Hillary pledges to "lead the charge to stop global
warming" and "reduce carbon emissions and other pollution
that contribute to global warming." How do you reduce carbon emissions?
By not burning fossil fuels, i.e., by using less energy. This is the
logic behind the Kyoto Protocol, which the Clinton Administration signed
but the Senate wisely rejected. Should President Hillary succeed in
getting something like the Kyoto Protocol enacted into law, the result,
once again, will be severe harm to the nation's economy, and to the
American way of life... (09/13/07)
president new face of US media campaign - By Ruth Frankova - Czech
president Vaclav Klaus has become the face of a media campaign questioning
the impact of global warming. The campaign is run by the free-market
think-tank Heartland Institute. It features pictures of Vaclav Klaus
and former US vice-president Al Gore under the headline "Global
Warming Is No Crisis". It also draws attention to Mr Klaus' speech
that is to take place in two week's time at the UN conference on global
warming. I spoke to Tom Swiss of the Heartland Institute and started
by asking about the campaign's aim. (09/13/07)
More deceitful indoctrination of
Exposes Fundamental Scientific Error in Laurie David's "Global
Warming" Book for Children - WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A
fundamental scientific error lurks in a book calculated to terrify schoolchildren
about "global warming", Robert Ferguson, SPPI president, announced
today: "The Down-To-Earth Guide to Global Warming",
by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, is intentionally designed to propagandize
unsuspecting school children who do not have enough knowledge to know
what is being done to them.
A new SPPI
paper briefly examines a cardinal error, found on page 18 of the
David book, where she mousetraps children: "The more the carbon
dioxide in the atmosphere, the higher the temperature climbed. The less
carbon dioxide, the more the temperature fell. You can see this relationship
for yourself by looking at the graph. What makes this graph so amazing
is that by connecting rising CO2 to rising temperature scientists have
discovered the link between greenhouse-gas pollution (sic) and global
warming." The SPPI paper states, in part:
What really makes the David-Gordon graph "amazing"
is that it's egregiously counterfactual. Worse, in order to contrive
a visual representation for their claim that CO2 controls temperature
change, the authors present unsuspecting children with an altered temperature
and CO2 graph that reverses the relationship found in the scientific
The manipulation is critical because David's central premise posits
that CO2 drives temperature, yet the peer-reviewed literature is unanimous
that CO2 changes have historically followed temperature changes.
Case in point, on page 103 of their book, David cites the work of Siegenthaler
et al. (2005). However, Siegenthaler et al. clearly state the opposite,
that CO2 lags "with respect to the Antarctic temperature over glacial
terminations V to VII are 800, 1600, and 2800 years, respectively, which
are consistent with earlier observations during the last four glacial
"Parents and teachers should be concerned enough to demand that
the publisher, Scholastic Books, recall, pulp and correct the error
before mores copies reach innocent children," said Ferguson. (09/13/07)
Looney Mooney is first, again. Well,
it didn't take long for warmist Chris Mooney to (again) link the next
hurricane to global warming. More of the same rubbish from "The
Humberto, Global Warming and Rainfall Risks - First, I suppose,
the good news: The third official hurricane of the Atlantic season did
not follow in the footsteps of its two predecessors and reach Category
5 intensity. Does that read a bit
dissapointing or is it just me? While Hurricane Humberto
did strengthen quite rapidly (see radar loop) after forming yesterday
and managed to become a strong Category 1 storm before striking near
the Texas/Louisiana border, it ran out of ocean much too quickly to
become a major hurricane. Ran out
of ocean? Sound disappointed again? This implies that that Humberto
would have reached Category 5 if it had more water in front of it before
it reached land. By that logic every storm (and there are many) that
form east of the Caribbean Islands would be Category 5 by the time they
reach the U.S mainland. [...]
A little noticed aspect of how global warming ought to change hurricanes
is relevant here, incidentally: Because a warmer atmosphere retains
more water vapor, hurricanes and tropical storms are expected to rain
more in the future, and indeed, are probably raining more already on
average. It's just another way in which climate change could be potentially
increasing the damage caused by these storms.
impact on climate debated - By JOHN WALLER, Staff Writer - MANCHESTER
- The Earth's temperature has been steadily increasing since 1977. No
man argued that. The points of contention at Tuesday night's debate:
Are humans to blame for the rise and will it have "horrendous"
effects? McKibben vs. McClaughry (09/13/07)
anti-warming jihad? - IT MUST be getting warmer in those caves in
the mountains along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. In his recent message
to the American people, Osama bin Laden took time out from excoriating
the infidels to decry capitalism, high taxes and global warming. That's
right: The planet's bloodiest terrorist wants to save the planet from
carbon emissions. (09/13/07)
hits the road to tackle global warming - Not content with trying
to single-handedly manage the world's information or buying wireless
spectrum to become a telecoms player, Google is now to invest US$10m
to identify transport solutions that will help stop global warming.
Does the Storm Have a Name? - By Jay Lillie www.jaylillie.com
- There've been two sub tropical disturbances in the Atlantic this year
that were made into "named storms" by some person or committee
in the official United States Weather Bureau. Both of these systems
were less dangerous and notable than most of the good howling Nor'easters
in the Atlantic that come along every year from late fall to late spring
to erode beaches and cause general havoc. So what's going on here? The
same people who christen these storms with names are the ones who make
the predictions of Hurricane Activity every year, and they predicted
for 2007 and 2006 a record number of Atlantic Hurricanes. Maybe they're
trying to enhance their embarrassingly poor record. More mischievously,
most current marine insurance policies carry an exclusion clause for
damage incurred by boat owners during a "named storm".
Whether a storm is named or not becomes the critical fact in assessing
marine coverage for damage. Is it possible that the insurance industry
has managed to get its foot inside the tent? If you're writing a piece
on Global Warming it helps if you can list a lot of named storms...the
more the better. No one knows what a Nor'easter is, so talking about
them or other sub tropical disturbances doesn't get people excited.
High Antarctic Ice Levels Ignored by Media - By Noel Sheppard -
NewsBusters reported Sunday that the media's fascination with record
low ice in the Arctic ignored history while relying on satellite data
that's only been around since 1979. At the same time, the press have
totally boycotted news from the Southern Hemisphere where ice and snow
levels are currently at their highest since data have been collected.
Pretty convenient wouldn't you agree? Meteorologist Joe D'Aleo wrote
at IceCap Tuesday (emphasis added throughout, h/t Marc Morano):
While the news focus has been on the lowest ice extent since satellite
monitoring began in 1979 for the Arctic, the Southern Hemisphere (Antarctica)
has quietly set a new record for most ice extent since 1979. Yet, that's
not all the media are hiding from you about this region:
While the Antarctic Peninsula area has warmed in recent years and ice
near it diminished during the Southern Hemisphere summer, the interior
of Antarctica has been colder and ice elsewhere has been more extensive
and longer lasting, which explains the increase in total extent. This
dichotomy was shown in this World Climate Report blog posted recently
with a similar tale told in this paper by Ohio State Researcher David
Bromwich, who agreed "It's hard to see a global warming signal
from the mainland of Antarctica right now". Indeed, according the
NASA GISS data, the South Pole winter (June/July/August) has cooled
about 1 degree F since 1957 and the coldest year was 2004. (09/12/07)
You really can't make this stuff
up. Or can you?
Warming Heats Up Cat Breeding - NBC 10 Medical Reporter Cherie Bank
has reported that there has been an overpopulation of kittens at local
area animal shelters and now an animal group might have determined what
is contributing to the kitten overflow. The group called Pets Across
America said they believe that global warming has extended the cat-breeding
season beyond spring, which is the usual time for the kitten boom. But
the global warming trend means cats are in heat more, according to the
animal experts. I guess that's good
for Tom, bad for pussy. (09/12/07)
Less Meat May Slow Climate Change - By MARIA CHENG - LONDON (AP)
-- Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number
of livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane flatulence
from the animals, scientists said on Thursday. In a special energy and
health series of the medical journal The Lancet, experts said people
should eat fewer steaks and hamburgers. Reducing global red meat consumption
by 10 percent, they said, would cut the gases emitted by cows, sheep
and goats that contribute to global warming. "We are at a significant
tipping point," said Geri Brewster, a nutritionist at Northern
Westchester Hospital in New York, who was not connected to the study.
"If people knew that they were threatening the environment by
eating more meat, they might think twice before ordering a burger,"
Brewster said. You're right.
Make mine a double burger...with cheese! (09/12/07)
Warming Consensus that Isn't - By Paul E. Marek - The cornerstone
of the Anthropogenic Global Warming fable is that there is consensus
within the scientific community. The "green" political class
has forced the myth of "consensus" upon the world along with
a constant diet of horror-to-be stories which serve only to drive reason
from the debate. We are today facing a "green" political dogma
so extreme, that it seeks to quell debate and even scientific research
... unless of course they serve to underpin the myth of Anthropogenic
Global Warming. So it is that critically important facts remain hidden
from the general population ... hidden because of a socialist-green
utopian mindset within the press, academia, and political elite; a mindset
hell bent on shoving its dogma upon the world regardless of the facts.
So, while the underpinnings of AGW are eroded daily by a thousand cuts,
the green political class becomes ever more strident. One cut occured
today, when it was revealed that over 500 scientists have published
evidence that runs contrary to Anthropogenic Global Warming theory.
In the least, this fact knocks the stuffing out of the straw man of
"consensus" ... but will the general public even have the
opportunity to hear about or read about this fact? I doubt it: (09/12/07)
to Scientific Consensus on Global Warming: Analysis Finds Hundreds of
Scientists Have Published Evidence Countering Man-Made Global Warming
Fears - Author : Hudson Institute - WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
-- A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals that more than
500 scientists have published evidence refuting at least one element
of current man-made global warming scares. More than 300 of the scientists
found evidence that 1) a natural moderate 1,500-year climate cycle has
produced more than a dozen global warmings similar to ours since the
last Ice Age and/or that 2) our Modern Warming is linked strongly to
variations in the sun's irradiance. "This data and the list of
scientists make a mockery of recent claims that a scientific consensus
blames humans as the primary cause of global temperature increases since
1850," said Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis Avery. Other
researchers found evidence that 3) sea levels are failing to rise importantly;
4) that our storms and droughts are becoming fewer and milder with this
warming as they did during previous global warmings; 5) that human deaths
will be reduced with warming because cold kills twice as many people
as heat; and 6) that corals, trees, birds, mammals, and butterflies
are adapting well to the routine reality of changing climate. Despite
being published in such journals such as Science, Nature and Geophysical
Review Letters, these scientists have gotten little media attention.
"Not all of these researchers would describe themselves as global
warming skeptics," said Avery, "but the evidence in their
studies is there for all to see."
The names were compiled by Avery and climate physicist S. Fred Singer,
the co-authors of the new book Unstoppable
Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, mainly from the peer-reviewed
studies cited in their book. The researchers' specialties include tree
rings, sea levels, stalagmites, lichens, pollen, plankton, insects,
public health, Chinese history and astrophysics.
"We have had a Greenhouse Theory with no evidence to support it-except
a moderate warming turned into a scare by computer models whose results
have never been verified with real-world events," said co-author
Singer. "On the other hand, we have compelling evidence of a real-world
climate cycle averaging 1470 years (plus or minus 500) running through
the last million years of history. The climate cycle has above all been
moderate, and the trees, bears, birds, and humans have quietly adapted."
"Two thousand years of published human histories say that the warm
periods were good for people," says Avery. "It was the harsh,
unstable Dark Ages and Little Ice Age that brought bigger storms, untimely
frost, widespread famine and plagues of disease." "There may
have been a consensus of guesses among climate model-builders,"
says Singer. "However, the models only reflect the warming, not
its cause." He noted that about 70 percent of the earth's post-1850
warming came before 1940, and thus was probably not caused by human-emitted
greenhouse gases. The net post-1940 warming totals only a tiny 0.2 degrees
C. The historic evidence of the natural cycle includes the 5000-year
record of Nile floods, 1st-century Roman wine production in Britain,
and thousands of museum paintings that portrayed sunnier skies during
the Medieval Warming and more cloudiness during the Little Ice Age.
The physical evidence comes from oxygen isotopes, beryllium ions, tiny
sea and pollen fossils, and ancient tree rings. The evidence recovered
from ice cores, sea and lake sediments, cave stalagmites and glaciers
has been analyzed by electron microscopes, satellites, and computers.
Temperatures during the Medieval Warming Period on California's Whitewing
Mountain must have been 3.2 degrees warmer than today, says Constance
Millar of the U.S. Forest Service, based on her study of seven species
of relict trees that grew above today's tree line. Singer emphasized,
"Humans have known since the invention of the telescope that the
earth's climate variations were linked to the sunspot cycle, but we
had not understood how. Recent experiments have demonstrated that more
or fewer cosmic rays hitting the earth create more or fewer of the low,
cooling clouds that deflect solar heat back into space-amplifying small
variations in the intensity of the sun.
Avery and Singer noted that there are hundreds of additional peer-reviewed
studies that have found cycle evidence, and that they will publish additional
researchers' names and studies. They also noted that their book was
funded by Wallace O. Sellers, a Hudson board member, without any corporate
it be nice? - Debra J. Saunders - FOR YEARS, supporters of global
warming alarmism have repeated an odd refrain: Even if we're wrong,
we're right. Sen. Timothy E. Wirth, D-Colo., said it in 1988, as the
National Journal reported. "What we've got to do in energy conservation
is (to) try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of
global warming is wrong, to have approached global warming as if it
is real means energy conservation, so we will be doing the right thing
anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy." I
regularly receive e-mails with similar arguments. Or as one reader put
it, "If global warming is not real, and we spend money trying to
fight it, what harm will come of our mistake? Cleaner air? If global
warming is real, and we do nothing, what harm will come of our laxity?
On which side should we err?" Savor, if you will, the lack of science
in that argument. The global warming contingent loves to don the Mantle
of Science as the reason to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But its backup
argument is: It's OK if we're wrong, because we mean well. (09/12/07)
warming, ocean cooling - By Rudy Haugeneder - Despite fears of global
warming, the north Pacific has suddenly turned a lot colder. But don't
expect it to be a cold winter here. The ocean cooling in this part of
the world isn't the result of an El Nino, said ocean scientist Howard
Freeland, who is baffled by what's happening. He and fellow scientists
don't know what has caused a huge chunk of the Gulf of Alaska to
drop three degrees Celsius colder than average for this time of year
- a huge change of six degrees Celsius just two years after a lengthy
period of warmer than usual waters. "This is quite striking,"
he said. "We rarely see water so much colder than normal."
It might just be a natural transitory event, said Freeland, who
warned the sudden cooling should not be used by global warming skeptics
to reject scientific evidence that clearly shows the planet is heating
up. Really? You can bet your ass
that if it had warmed six degrees Celsius, all we would hear is "GLOBAL
"There's no scientific doubt about global warming,"
he said. Of course not. A
couple of months ago Freeland reported a significant pool of cold water
in the central Gulf of Alaska. "This is now much larger and decidedly
colder than normal," he said.
"Two months ago this was just a general cooling of the whole northeast
Pacific," he said, adding it began with a small identifiable centre
that has now turned into "a well organized" cold pool dominating
the whole northeast Pacific. "One obvious reason for developing
this sort of cold-water conditions would be development of the La Nina
that has been forecast by computer models for the last few months,"
he said. "It is confusing for us trying to figure out how the ocean
must evolve," he said, "but the fact is ... I see very little
evidence of a development La Nina event." Computer models used
by various scientific agencies around the world now show there is only
a 50:50 chance of a La Nina event later in the year, said Freeland.
The term La Nina refers to the extensive cooling of the central and
eastern Pacific Ocean which usually results in cool and rainy winters
"So why is that cold pool there? Quite simply, I don't know,"
he said. "There seems to be nothing structural in the ocean that
would have allowed me to predict that this would happen."
Imagine that. So to recap. the cause of the cold water is not El
Nino, it's not La Nina, and it only MIGHT be "natural". So
why does the title of article even mention global warming? (09/12/07)
Deniers are declaring "war
on the polar bear"
warming's toll - It's come to this in the ongoing measurements of
the vast environmental damage caused by global warming. To deny the
problem, or to otherwise resist efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
is more than defying the mounting evidence of statistics on the changing
temperature of the earth.
Instead it's to declare the moral equivalent of war on the polar
bear. This is pure alarmist nonsense
and I've already dealt with it here.
warming impact like "nuclear war": report - By Jeremy
Lovell - LONDON (Reuters) - Climate change could have global security
implications on a par with nuclear war unless urgent action is taken,
a report said on Wednesday. [...] State failures would increase
the gap between rich and poor and heighten racial and ethnic tensions
which in turn would produce fertile breeding grounds for more conflict.
A perfect illustration of the socialist agenda. (09/12/07)
is about global warming - By Aparajita Ghosh - Shirish Kunder's
next directorial venture will be about global warming. At the first
glance, global warming as the subject of a film may seem off-putting
to those who seek entertainment from cinema. Gee,
ya think? But Shirish Kunder says his Joker will not be a
docu-drama. "Joker" will be a superhero flick with heavy doses
of action and comedy. It will deal with a serious issue in a very entertaining
way, Kunder assures us. (09/12/07)
article of the day comes from a collection of loons over at environmentalgraffiti.com.
Let's see if there is anything here that remotely resembles the truth.
Your humble webmaster will analyze point by ridiculous point.
Deadliest Effects of Global Warming - Green house gases stay can
stay in the atmosphere for an amount of years ranging from decades to
hundreds and thousands of years. No matter what we do, global warming
is going to have some effect on Earth. Here are the 5 deadliest effects
of global warming.
5. Spread of disease
As northern countries warm, disease carrying insects migrate north,
bringing plague and disease with them.
already exist in the Arctic. In fact, they are tougher, more
aggressive and likely to swarm. They have been known to fly over
twenty miles for a meal. Polar bears, moose and residents of Alaska
know this to be true. Malaria has risen sharply since the 1970's.
If we believe the alarmists, man began causing global warming
long before the seventies. An argument can be made that environmentalists
are largely responsible for millions of malaria-related deaths.
It was Rachel
Carson who began the movement to ban DDT in 1962. DDT
was the most effective chemical for eradicating malaria-carrying
mosquitos. DDT was banned in most developed countries in the 1970's.
DDT kills mosquitoes. Malaria
is transmitted to humans via mosquito bites.
According to U.N. estimates, malaria
kills one child every 30 seconds and more than a million people
each year. Does anyone really believe that DDT would have
killed one million persons per year if was still being liberally
4. Warmer waters and more hurricanes
As the temperature of oceans rises, so will the probability of more
frequent and stronger hurricanes. We saw in this in 2004 and 2005.
Wrong! Even the IPCC does not agree
with this ridiculous assertion. Though many scientists believe that
warmer waters will produce stronger more intense hurricanes, most agree
that there is no evidence to indicate that the frequency of hurricane
events will increase. More misinformation.
3. Increased probability and intensity of droughts and heat waves
Although some areas of Earth will become wetter due to global warming,
other areas will suffer serious droughts and heat waves. Africa will
receive the worst of it, with more severe droughts also expected in
Europe. Water is already a dangerously rare commodity in Africa, and
according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global warming
will exacerbate the conditions and could lead to conflicts and war.
The global warmists have found the
ultimate scapegoat. They now dubiously blame all extreme weather events
on anthropogenic global warming. It's a perfect scenario because they
can't lose. Too hot, global warming. Too cold, global warming. Too wet,
global warming. Too dry, global warming. More disease, global warming.
They'll even blame more war on global warming. On the brighter side,
if there is a drought in Africa we won't have to worry about those pesky
2. Economic consequences
Most of the effects of anthropogenic global warming won't be good. And
these effects spell one thing for the countries of the world: economic
consequences. Hurricanes cause do billions of dollars in damage, diseases
cost money to treat and control and conflicts exacerbate all of these.
Well this is partially true. There
will be economic consequences all right. But not from any future natural
disasters allegedly caused by global warming. What will be costly is
idiotic ways we go about tackling a nonexistent problem. This will include
draconian environmental regulations, carbon taxes, and ultimately the
villianization of anything industrial.
1. Polar ice caps melting
The ice caps melting is a four-pronged danger.
First, it will raise sea levels. There are 5,773,000 cubic miles of
water in ice caps, glaciers, and permanent snow. According to the National
Snow and Ice Data Center, if all glaciers melted today the seas would
rise about 230 feet. Luckily, that's not going to happen all in one
go! But sea levels will rise. Yes
sea levels are rising. They have been for over 300 years, since the
end of the little ice age. Al Gore's movie in which he claims a twenty
foot sea level rise is fiction. In fact, the IPCC in their Fourth Assessment
Report issued earlier this year, revised it's estimate down to 17 centimeters
by the end of this century. Big deal.
Second, melting ice caps will throw the global ecosystem out of balance.
The ice caps are fresh water, and when they melt they will desalinate
the ocean, or in plain English - make it less salty. The desalinization
of the gulf current will "screw up" ocean currents, which
regulate temperatures. The stream shutdown or irregularity would cool
the area around north-east America and Western Europe. Luckily, that
will slow some of the other effects of global warming in that area!
More alarmist rubbish. The fact is
that salinity in the worlds oceans vary from location to location and
more importantly by depth. More saline water is deeper for the obvious
reasons. Stating the obvious, that ice runoff is fresh water, doesn't
mean that when it melts it will have a catastrophic effect on salinity
in the worlds oceans. Even if all the ice melts, the oceans are so vast
that there just wouldn't be any significant change in salinity.
Third, temperature rises and changing landscapes in the artic circle
will endanger several species of animals. Only the most adaptable will
survive. Really? Which animals? Polar
bears? Here is a fact. Polar bears survived the Holocene
Maximum (9000BC - 5000BC). That means that polar bears survived
a 4000 year period in which temperatures were WARMER than they are today,
or are predicted to be at any time in the near future. How's that for
Fourth, global warming could snowball with the ice caps gone. Ice caps
are white, and reflect sunlight, much of which is relected back into
space, further cooling Earth. If the ice caps melt, the only reflector
is the ocean. Darker colors absorb sunlight, further warming the Earth.
This is actually true. However, while the arctic ice cap is shrinking,
many scientists believe the Antarctic ice sheet is growing. But the
ice caps have been changing for millions of years and there is no evidence
that proves conclusively that man is causing these changes.
media shows bias on climate issue - By Dick Little - I know this
is getting old. I keep writing about scientists who challenge the global
warming theory. I do that because the mainstream media's assertion that
you and I are responsible is definitely debatable. Reporters ignore
legitimate scientists who say the way we live and our machines are not
The mainstream press is caught up in, "global warming hysteria,"
just like Hollywood and government officials. There are literally hundreds
of legitimate scientists who say, "We don't know," or that
it's a "myth." I believe you are entitled to both sides, so
I write about scientists who challenge the theory to balance what the
mainstream media fails to print. (09/11/07)
power touted as antidote for global warming, but industry is holding
back - Nuclear proponents say atomic power is the answer to global
warming, but environmentalists say it will not cut carbon emissions
significantly and the questions of nuclear waste, proliferation and
security have not been resolved. Electricity generation accounts for
about 20% of global carbon emissions. Under the WNA's most optimistic
outlook, nuclear power would account for only 18% of electricity demand,
for a gain of a 4% reduction in carbon emissions. And that, environmentalists
say, is simply not worth the risk a new nuclear age would entail. -
Reuters. 4%? Well considering we're
all falling all over ourselves to reduce a gas that makes up 0.04% of
our entire atmosphere, it would seem that any reduction would be justified.
It seems more significant that changing a few light bulbs. This really
illustrates how ridiculous the entire CO2 argument is. (09/11/07)
Skeptical Global Warming Article at New York Times - By Noel Sheppard
- Here's something you don't see every day: an article at the New York
Times skeptical about imminent planetary doom at the hands of manmade
global warming. (09/11/07)
Good' vs. 'Do Good' on Climate - By JOHN TIERNEY - After looking
at one too many projections of global-warming disasters - computer graphics
of coasts swamped by rising seas, mounting death tolls from heat waves
- I was ready for a reality check. Instead of imagining a warmer planet,
I traveled to a place that has already felt the heat, accompanied by
Bjorn Lomborg, the Danish political scientist and scourge of environmentalist
Laden Weighs in on Global Warming and a Flat Tax - By Katherine
Kersten - Osama bin Laden was certain to make another crude sales pitch
to America around September 11th. He got double mileage from last week's
video appearance, which was timed to preempt Gen. David Petraeus' report
to Congress on the Iraq war. [...] Bin Laden's political savvy is most
evident, however, in the new interest he displays in a range of issues
that are preoccupying Americans. For example, he threw in a pitch to
the global warming crowd:
"In fact, the life of all of mankind is in danger because of the
global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the
factories of the major corporations, yet despite that, the representative
of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing the
Kyoto accord..." Sounds like a
Minnisota Democrat doesn't he?
But bin Laden didn't settle for merely supporting the international
cause de jour. The video makes clear that he's feeling our pain on bread
and butter domestic issues as well. He laments America's current mortgage
crisis, globalization and our "insane taxes." (09/11/07)
Media Report Al Gore's Hypocritical Private Plane Flights?
- By Noel Sheppard - By now, most conservatives have likely seen
or heard about the video Fox News's Sean Hannity aired on Sunday's
"Hannity's America" wherein the Global Warmingist-in-Chief,
soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore, was seen getting off a private, fuel inefficient
jet at San Francisco Airport before stepping into a non-hybrid,
Lincoln Town Car. This raises a question: Should we expect to
see this video on CNN and MSNBC all day Monday, as well as on
the morning and evening news programs of ABC, NBC, and CBS? If
the answer is "No," then why not? After all, as Redstate
reported about this video Sunday (video
available here)... (09/10/07)
sues, says power plant study did not consider global warming - An
environmental group sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
on Monday over what it called a deficient environmental study for a
proposed new steel plant in northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Center
for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) claims that the 400-page study needs
to include information about global warming gases that will be produced
to power the planned Minnesota Steel plant in Nashwauk. (09/10/07)
Cool Look at Global Warming: Your Turn to Take On Bjorn Lomborg
- By John Tierney - I'm going to take a wild guess that a few readers
differ with Bjorn Lomborg's message in my Findings column. Here's your
chance to disagree. But first let me present a little more of his argument,
and tell you why I like his new book, "Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's
Guide to Global Warming." Dr. Lomborg believes in global warming
but isn't a zealot - he doesn't refer to scientists who question the
climate models as "denialists," as if there were some revealed
dogma about future climate. He wants to take steps to reduce the impact
of global warming by imposing a carbon tax, increasing spending on energy
research and directly mitigating the impacts of rising seas and temperatures.
(Relationship to Global Warming) -- Summary - In the Gospel According
to Gore, i.e., his book An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore writes that "wildfires
are becoming much more common as hotter temperatures dry out the soil
and the leaves," and to support this claim he presents a bar graph
which, as he describes it, "shows the steady increase in major
wildfires in North and South America over the last five decades,"
noting that "the same pattern is found on every other continent
as well." How correct are these claims? (09/10/07)
truth about 'global warming' hypocrisy - Over the weekend, I saw
a photo of Al Gore de-boarding a private jet. Gore was no doubt on his
way to an emergency meeting on what can be done about the carbon emissions
of everybody except Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio, Bette "Chainsaw"
Midler and all others who have earned the right to be environmentally
hypocritical. Leading the pack in ecopocrisy are some of Gore's biggest
supporters, the television and film industry. Hollywood is the second
largest polluter in the state of California. This industry is, oddly
enough, from where the most environmental finger-pointing originates,
and they are being pressured to either reduce their emissions and/or
buy carbon offsets. Recently it was announced that the program "24"
will aim to be a "carbon neutral" production. In reality,
the most obvious solution to creating a carbon-neutral production is
simple: Shut down production. This option is off the table, so what
to do? Being "carbon neutral" is now the designer jeans of
wealthy, liberal self-proclaimed environmentalists who don't want to
stop their energy gluttony but also don't want to appear to be harmful
to the environment. This is where "carbon credits" come into
warming see-saw - To hear the Chicken Littles of the environmental
movement tell it, global warming has us just a couple of ingredients
- a widespread pestilence and maybe a few thousand locusts - from a
biblically sized, end-of-times meltdown of planet Earth. (09/10/07)
power or global warming? - What a dilemma: the very technology that
is so despised by much of the environmental lobby is increasingly being
touted as the planet's great green hope, the Nelson Mail said in an
editorial on Monday. If the climate change alarmists are right - and
accelerating glacial melts and other evidence are mounting to support
them - then the world's future would seem to depend on moving urgently
to "clean" power generation technologies. Top of the list,
according to some world leaders at the Apec summit in Sydney, is nuclear
global warming hype - By Christopher Alleva - Popular Science published
a special issue in August. The lead article is a puff piece on climatologists
Konrad Steffen who made a career on the ice pack of Greenland. "Koni",
as he is known to climate colleagues and friends has spent 32 years
in the high Arctic, the last 15 on Greenland... (09/09/07)
Media Won't Tell You About U.N. Climate Panel - By Noel Sheppard
- For several years as the manmade global warming myth has taken center
stage, the media have led people to believe that reports published by
the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were written
by thousands of scientists around the world all sharing a consensus
view regarding this controversial issue. In reality, nothing could be
further from the truth. On Thursday, climate data analyst John McLean
wrote a fabulous
analysis of the most recent IPCC Assessment Report released in April,
and in so doing, obliterated many of the press assertions that have
become prominent fixtures in climate change lore. Published by the Science
and Public Policy Institute, this paper should be must reading for
all media members and global warming alarmists. It began with a rather
harsh review of the important Summary for Policy Makers... (09/09/07)
Omits Gore's Live Earth Connection to BBC Canceling Global Warming Special
- By Noel Sheppard - On the one hand, I was very pleased to see CNN's
Howard Kurtz mention on Sunday's "Reliable Sources" the recent
by the BBC to cancel "Planet Earth," a proposed daylong
special to focus attention on anthropogenic global warming. On the other
hand, I was surprised when Kurtz chose not to include one of the key
reasons this project was scrapped, namely, the failure of Al Gore's
Live Earth concerts... (09/09/07)
load of crap. First, the following story is as much a hit piece on hunters
as it is global warming. However, let's not forget that the contributions
by pro-hunting organizations and the fees paid by hunters are largely
responsible for much of the conservation and preservation of natural
habitats in the United States.
Second, this "report" is based largely on geek models that
predict sea ice melt. This assumes that:
a.) The models are correct (we all know how accurate climate models
have been thus far).
b.) Even if the predictions are correct, the polar bear population is
tied exclusively to sea ice and that they would be unable to adapt or
migrate to more hospitable conditions.
Third, polar bears survived
Maximum (9000BC - 5000BC). That means that polar bears survived
a 4000 year period in which temperatures were WARMER than they are today,
or are predicted to be at any time in the near future.
Fourth, we know that since the 1960's polar bear numbers have risen
by almost fivefold! More information can be found here,
appalling fate of the polar bear, symbol of the Arctic - It has
been declared at risk by conservation groups. Yet rich Westerners are
paying thousands of dollars for the privilege of shooting an animal
whose very existence is already threatened by environmental disaster.
Geoffrey Lean reports from Ilulissat, Greenland, on a fight for survival.
Polar bears - the very symbol of the Arctic's looming environmental
disaster - are crashing towards extinction as a result of global warming,
the US government has found. The admission, the result of a massive
investigation by the Bush administration, could force the President
finally to take action against climate change. (09/09/07)
of Record Arctic Ice Melt Disgracefully Ignore History - By Noel
Sheppard - In the past couple of days, the media have reported "grim"
melting of ice in the Arctic while disgracefully ignoring the history
of the region prior to 1979 and explorations of the area as far back
as 1903. (09/09/07)
Science and the Truth - By Alan Caruba - Being skeptical used to
be a badge of honor for journalists, but if one reads any newspaper
these days, most reporters casually refer to "global warming"
without any hint that it is anything other than a done deal. Too many
reporters have completely bought into the notion that humans and their
use of fossil fuels are destroying the atmosphere and "causing"
global warming. Of course, what makes this easier is the constant stream
of environmental propaganda that attributes everything to "global
warming." The list is vast and generally idiotic. Humans must now
take responsibility for both droughts and severe storms. Winter blizzards
are said to be the result of "global warming." Hurricanes
which have been around for eons before the "global warming"
theory are now to be attributed to it. We are expected to believe that
the ice at the poles is melting at a dramatic pace and that oceans,
any minute now, will begin to rise and swamp all the cities that ring
the oceans of the world. (09/09/07)
Sorry State of Science Reporting - By Alan Caruba - The public is
only now beginning to understand that virtually all of the computer
models used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change and other sources for predictions about global warming have been
seriously in error, often by deliberate design and intention. Some of
the models ignored the mini-Ice Age of 1300 to 1800. Others declared
1998 as the hottest year of the last century when it was actually 1934,
during a time famed for its droughts and dustbowls. Joining in this
massive hoax have been the broad contingent of mainstream media that
has breathlessly reported that virtually every natural climate event
has been the result of global warming and that we are all doomed. (09/08/07)
hurricanes' upsetting global warming theories? - By DAN MURTAUGH,
Staff Reporter - Recent research may shed new light on whether the increase
in hurricane activity on the Gulf Coast is part of a cycle that could
end in a couple of decades, or a long-term climate trend that could
last for centuries. Two studies published this summer contend that the
number of hurricanes counted in the early 20th century is lower than
the number that actually formed. The reason: Weather-recording technology
has improved to the point that scientists can see tropical storms now
that they never would have known about 100 years ago. The findings are
important because in recent years, several researchers have factored
in historical data to show that hurricane seasons have become more active.
They have theorized that the more active seasons are linked to global
warming. But those theories could come into question if there were more
hurricanes in the past than previously believed. (09/08/07)
James Hansen Finally Releases Climate Data Computer Codes - By Noel
Sheppard - Much as when the organization he leads quietly
made changes to the United States historical climate record at the
prodding of Climate Audit's Stephen McIntyre, James Hansen of NASA's
Goddard Institute for Space Studies finally released critical computer
codes scientists have wanted for years, but did so with absolutely no
official press release. As a result, not one media outlet covered this
occurrence that years from now could be seen as a huge turning point
in the climate change debate. Despite the secrecy, there was great celebration
amongst anthropogenic global warming skeptics that have wanted these
closely held codes to be able to identify how NASA and the National
Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration make adjustments to raw climate
data collected by weather stations... (09/08/07)
Dismisses Claims CO2 Emissions Caused Hurricane Katrina - By Noel
Sheppard - While media carped and whined about the second anniversary
of Hurricane Katrina devastating New Orleans, a judge in Gulfport, Mississippi,
ruled on a lawsuit filed against oil, coal, and electric utility companies
that could have significant implications on future litigation involving
greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Unfortunately, from what
I can tell, not one press outlet found the judge's decision at all newsworthy.
Not one! To set this up, NewsBusters reported
on August 15 a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of a number of Mississippians
claiming that the greenhouse gas emissions of a very long list of companies
doing business in the Gulf exacerbated the strength of Hurricane Katrina
thereby making them responsible for the citizens' financial losses...
on CARB list of Global Warming Solutions for California - Carpooling
is a hit with the Governator. PRBS Newswire - Sacramento --In what could
have been a very anti-climatic Global Warming report, the California
Air Resources Board has posted the Draft Staff Report entitled 'Expanded
List of Early Action Measures to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in
California Recommended for Board Consideration' in support of the objectives
of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006... (09/08/07)
In order to fully appreciate the
following story, I suggest that you first set the mood by clicking
here. Then read on...
the line on global warming - By Chris Cascarano - Global warming
is happening. The scientists say it, the mayor says it, and even the
president is talking the talk. Now, one Brooklyn artist is walking the
walk. For almost a year, Eve Mosher has been a one-woman campaign for
awareness, drawing a chalk line on Brooklyn streets to show where the
rising waterline will be in 100 years if human beings keep warming the
air. Using the same device used to mark baseball fields - except filled
with an eco-friendly pigment - Mosher lays her line over and around
curbs and anything else in her path. By
the way, this was already suggested
in California but even the left coast thought it was over the top.
Warming Insanity? - By Paul Driessen - "The object of life
is not to be on the side of the majority," Marcus Aurelius opined,
"but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
An even worse fate would be to end up in minority status and an asylum.
Recent developments suggest that this might become the destiny of climate
change alarmists. Now that NASA has corrected its US temperature records,
the hottest year on record is no longer 1998, but 1934. Five of the
ten hottest years since 1880 were between 1920 and 1940 - and the 15
hottest years since 1880 are spread across seven decades. This suggests
natural variation, not a warming trend. Plant and insect remains found
at the base of Greenland's ice sheet indicate that, just 400,000 years
ago, the island was blanketed in forests and basking in temperatures
perhaps 27 degrees F warmer than today. (09/08/07)
Warming: Hot Air And Intellectual Bankruptcy - Without a doubt the
green activist Mark Lynas has to be contender for the Global Village
Idiot of the 21st Century Award. This morning, he told the Independent,
"It's intellectual bankruptcy. The entire scientific community
is telling the world that it's the biggest threat to human civilisation.
What more evidence do you need?" No Mark, what however is intellectual
bankruptcy is to claim that something is intellectually bankrupt by
saying that because lots of people believe something it must by definition
be true. To dismiss something as devoid of intellectual rigour on the
basis of an ad populum argument is the real act of intellectual bankruptcy
here. Incidentally, before anyone starts screaming "climate change
denier" this is not about whether or not man-made climate change
is either right or wrong. It's about the way in which those that consider
it to be true persist in portraying the nonsense that "scientific
knowledge" is about "consensus", and that whatever the
consensus is, is a scientific fact. Those people do a disservice to
the past 400 years of scientific learning and discovery by peddling
hokum arguments to the masses. Man-made climate change may in fact be
right, however telling people it's right because lots of people believe
it is right is bollocks. (09/07/07)
lack objectivity in global warming debate - By TOM BRENNAN - An
environmentalist leader quickly criticized Sen. Ted Stevens after he
said in Shishmaref that the worst of global warming may be over. Stevens
was inspecting erosion problems in the village on the Northwest coast
and said that the Earth is at the end of a long warming period - one
of 700 to 900 years - that may be just about over. He said hopefully
the Earth is coming to the end of that cycle and will begin to cool
gradually. Shishmaref is a coastal community that has had problems with
erosion for many decades, primarily because of the unstable soils on
which it is built. It's one of many such places that were once occupied
in summer only - before moving to winter hunting camps - but became
permanent settlements when missionaries arrived and built schools. The
erosion effect has been worsened by damaging fall storms hitting before
the protective layer of sea ice has formed. In past years the sea ice
froze over earlier and seasonal erosion was less of a problem. Many
experts feel the receding sea ice could be caused by warmer ocean currents
moving into the Arctic rather than rising air temperatures, a phenomenon
much like the El Niño effect... (09/07/07)
warming: Too hot to handle for the BBC - Green groups protest after
corporation calls off day of programming dedicated to climate change
- By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor - The transformation of climate
change from a scientific to a political issue became clear last night
when the BBC dropped plans for a day-long TV special on global warming.
The scrapping of Planet Relief, an awareness-raising broadcast similar
in concept to programmes such as the poverty-focused Comic Relief and
Live8, and planned for early next year, marked a watershed moment: it
showed that opining about climate change is now as significant in Britain
as scientific fact. Environmentalists and politicians fiercely criticised
the BBC for abandoning the programme, for which Ricky Gervais and Jonathan
Ross had been provisionally lined up as presenters. The corporation
said that it had decided it was not the BBC's job to lead opinion on
the global warming issue. However, critics complained that the effect
of the decision was to imply that there was no scientific consensus
on the reality of climate change and its human causes, and accused the
corporation of being swayed by increasingly vocal climate-change sceptics.
Chris Huhne, Liberal Democrat spokesman on the environment, said: "The
consensus about global warming in the science community is now overwhelming,
so accusing the BBC of campaigning on such an undisputed threat is like
suggesting it should be even-handed between criminals and their victims."
Now that's what I call hyperbole! (09/07/07)
Space and global warming - We live on a planet, that is on the outer
arm of a spiral galaxy, which is turning all the time. It takes the
earth 250,000 years to make this journey, and modern man has been keeping
records for how long? We do not know enough to declare, beyond a reasonable
doubt, that global warming is "man-made." (09/07/07)
it comes to global warming, he's got something to say - By Kirsti
Marohn - Al Pekarek doesn't like being called a denier. Rather, the
associate geology professor at St. Cloud State University says he's
seeking scientific truth amid the "media circus" he believes
the global warming issue has become in recent years. For the past 12
years, Pekarek has read everything he can find about climate change.
His conclusion - that the Earth has been getting warmer, but humans
aren't causing it - puts him at odds with mainstream public opinion
and much of the scientific community. None of that seems to faze Pekarek,
who keeps a sign in his office that reads, "Geologists own climate
history." Just because there appears to be a consensus among scientists
that humans are causing climate change by producing greenhouse gases
such as carbon dioxide doesn't make it true, Pekarek said. Four hundred
years ago, there was a consensus that the Earth was flat, he said. (09/07/07)
Up Global Warming - By Christopher C. Horner - A very embarrassing
chapter in the history of our nation's scientific establishment has
been unfolding thanks to a creative new website www.SurfaceStations.org
set up and run by Dr. Anthony Watts. This site is providing unwelcome
scrutiny to the United States' surface temperature measurement network,
supposedly the most reliable in the world. The reputation has been built
over the years in part because of our government's purported insistence
on uniformity of technology as well as siting (putting the gauges where
they will gather the most accurate data) and maintenance standards.
and the Greenhouse - A short (thankfully) ridiculous alarmist scare-video
I found over at LiveScience. Includes a look at the inhospitable environment
on Venus. Inappropriately subtitled "The Science of Global Warming"
warming is deceitful myth - Politicians are again showing us just
how corrupt and disingenuous they are. U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of
California recently claimed to have seen the Greenland glacier calving
icebergs. Duh. That's been happening for centuries. One huge iceberg
sank the unsinkable Titanic 95 years ago. She also claimed glacier melting
could raise ocean levels 23 feet - absurd. Scientists admit global temperatures
have only risen 1 degree in 100 years. Normal summer weather seems hotter
because we've become acclimated to air conditioning, and they're obscuring
that fact. Temperatures reach 100 degrees below zero in the Antarctic.
Cold that cracks steel doesn't melt ice. In 1946 several P-28 Lightning
fighters were forced to land in Greenland. In 1986 an expedition recovered
one buried under more than 250 feet of ice: a buildup, not a meltdown.
Canada's frozen lakes support thousands of fully loaded semi-trucks
driving over them. Pseudo scientists deviously use distorted facts to
justify highly paid jobs. They always use "may," "might,"
"could" and "possibly" in their absurd claims of
oceans rising, icecaps melting, droughts and floods. One scientist claimed
trees in the Sierra Nevada have moved upslope to escape the heat - how
stupid. Droughts and floods have occurred naturally throughout time.
Soft-peddling unproven global warming, they're now using climate change
for their scam. Presidential candidates who actually believe mere humans
can change the Earth's climate are ignorant dreamers and unfit for the
presidency. We better wake up to reality. The global warming scam is
about seizing absolute control over our lives. The insidious Kyoto Climate
Change Protocol, UN's Agenda 21, will destroy our Constitution and enslave
America under UN control and the force of international law forever.
~ Dennis Ehrenberg (09/07/07)
Children With Global Warming TV Shows, Movies and Books - By Warner
Todd Huston - Here are chilling words for any parent to hear: "Hollywood
recruits kids to fight climate change." It isn't every day
that someone admits that they are basically out to indoctrinate children
with an ideological position, but Helen Andrews of Politico.com reports
to us just such an admission from the globaloney forces in Hollywood.
Not only do they intend to brainwash our children (and already are,
for that matter) with their anti-capitalist, anti-growth ideas using
fuzzy animals and cartoonish figures, but they are presenting it as
a "moral" issue and, just as badly, trying to convince our
children that humans aren't any more special than the animals -- because,
you see, kids are "an animal," too. Naturally, these globaloney
pushers imagine there isn't a thing wrong with their actions despite
that they are trying to inculcate political positions on unsuspecting
children, undercutting their parent's ideologies, and undermining the
American way of life. (09/07/07)
Just what the greens need; a new
tool to fight global warming: Endangered Species Act? - A recent
deal to protect the habitat of endangered coral may offer US environmentalists
new leverage. Environmentalists may have gained a powerful new legal
weapon to fight global warming: the Endangered Species Act. That's the
fallout some expect from a settlement last week between environmentalists
and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The government agency agreed
to protect the "critical habitat" of elkhorn and staghorn
coral, the first species to be recognized as threatened by global warming.
By protecting habitat, not just species, the federal government could
be in a position to fight any threats to that habitat, including possibly,
global warming, some environmentalists say. While no one expects the
US to stop, say, a coal-fired power plant in the Midwest to save Florida
coral, the settlement does expand the leverage of the 1973 law that
protects species from extinction. (09/07/07)
to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" Announced: "The
Path to Survival" - By Lynn Davidson - You knew it was coming.
It was only a matter of time. Al Gore is working on a sequel to his
2006 eco-ganda film "An Inconvenient Truth," which will be
called "The Path to Survival" and released on April 22, 2008,
otherwise known as Earth Day. Global warming "deniers' may begin
thinking of it as "An Inconvenient Truth 2: Non-Electric Boogaloo."
But based on a September
5 AP article, it's not what you expect. It isn't even a film. It
won't even be a hardback. Publisher Rodale Books said it will be released
as a paperback original that is "(p)art-scientific manual, part
expose, part visionary call for a new planet-wide political movement"
and will offer "a visionary blueprint for the changes we should
make as a world community." (09/07/07)
More lunacy from
the land of fruits and nuts...
Weighs Rules to Cut Warming - By SAMANTHA YOUNG - SACRAMENTO
- When Californians take their vehicles in for a tune up, smog
check or oil change, the job should include fully inflating their
tires. That one simple step could prevent an estimated 200,000
metric tons of greenhouse gases a year from going into the air,
according to a new proposal that state air regulators are weighing
to help California meet its global warming goals. Making tire
inflation a mandatory regulation is among five new early action
measures that would take effect by Jan. 1 2010 to help California
reduce greenhouse gases by an estimated 25 percent by the year
2020. "There (are) a wide variety of things we can be doing
right now to help us meet our goal of rolling back emission levels
to 1990," Air Resources Board chairwoman Mary Nichols told
The Associated Press on Thursday. Nichols planned to unveil the
regulations Friday at a conference of the Society of Environmental
Journalists in Palo Alto. The announcement comes three months
after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Air Resources Board were
criticized by Democrats and environmentalists for moving too slowly
to implement California's 2006 landmark global warming law. The
law, known as AB32, requires regulators to take so-called "early
action measures" to start reducing greenhouse gases... (09/07/07)
Farmers May Have To Cut Back With Water Reduction Plan - A
federal judge's decision to protect the threatened Delta Smelt
put a limit on the amount of water released from the reservoir.
But farmers in central California worry there won't be enough
water for crops next year. Farmers continue to flinch at the news
their water supply could be cut considerably next year. 25 million
Californians rely on Delta water but maybe none more than local
growers. On the West side of the central valley, where water's
scarce and ever drop counts, farmers rely on reservoirs to deliver.
Gary Beene, Farmer, says "If you don't have the water
you don't have the crops." Farmer Gary Beene is one of
the smaller growers in the valley. Almonds, tomatoes and cotton
keep his family's business alive. But a recent federal court ruling
to save a threatened Smelt fish will reduce water available from
the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, water farmers like Beene
use to grow their crops. Beene says this water reduction will
force him to reduce the number of employees and crops on his farms.
"We'll cut back 20 to 30% in high value crops and maybe
as much as 75 to 100% on some of the lower value crops,"
says Beene... (09/05/07)
And this from Envirohack-California...
Angeles heat deaths to triple if global warming not - An environmental
group Thursday warned that heat-related deaths in Los Angeles would
triple as a result of predicted rising temperatures over the coming
decades. In a report, Environment California said as many as 110 people
could die each summer as the Earth warms in the next 50 years. The current
annual average is 35 deaths. A recent heatwave in the city claimed 18
lives. "Make no mistake -- heat kills," said Jeremy Mills,
a field associate with Environment California. "We need Congress
to enact federal policy that cuts our global warming pollution to the
levels that will prevent the worst effects of global warming."
More "BS from the greenies
over at Grist. What are they smoking over there?
warming: An inconvenient pain in the ass - After delaying action
against climate change, Big Coal is now scheming to cash in - by Brian
Beutler - For readers out there who understand the climate crisis well
(I assume basically all of you), a lot of this will be recap, but today's
hearing underscored how desperate the situation really is and how urgently
it needs to be addressed. That urgency is a source, at least to me,
of tremendous frustration. To a great extent, we've reached this point
precisely because energy industries and their political patrons spent
years blocking action, rejecting science, and rhetorically casting "alarmists"
as cartoonish hippie-fascists. So successful were their efforts that
we now face a crisis of such magnitude that the very same actors are
using the urgency they created to bully lawmakers into providing them
significant handouts in order to fix the problem. As my previous post
points out (or was meant to point out), the bullying is proving effective.
This post is a reminder that it's only effective because things look
pretty dire. (09/07/07)
review? What peer review? - Failures of scrutiny in the UN's Fourth
Assessment Report - Written by John McLean - INTRODUCTION: The IPCC
would have us believe that its reports are diligently reviewed by many
hundreds of scientists and that these reviewers endorse the contents
of the report. An analysis of the reviewers' comments for the scientific
assessment report by Working Group I show a very different and very
worrying story. The comments for Working Group I are the only set of
reviewers' comments to be made available to the public, and only then
thanks to use of US Freedom of Information laws rather than a willingness
on the part of the IPCC to allow people to examine the material. Surely
all people should be able to examine the involvement and thinking of
their governments and the reviewers from their own countries because
it is the people who will most certainly bear the economic and political
costs of any resultant actions. Perhaps the IPCC is simply worried
that exposing the reviewers' comments and the responses to those comments
to close scrutiny will reveal the delusions of thoroughness and widespread
Or you may download
the entire report in PDF format. (09/06/07)
Demands Apology for Professional Discourtesy from Essayist Who Claimed
Climate "Consensus," Reports SPPI - WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS
WIRE)--Naomi Oreskes, a historian at the University of California, San
Diego, faces questions after an academic researcher formally complained
to Chancellor Marye Anne Fox that Oreskes had not read a draft paper
by him before thrice publicly accusing him of "misrepresentation"
reports SPPI. In 2004 Oreskes, in a Science essay, said none of 928
abstracts of science papers on "global climate change" published
between 1993 and 2003 denied the "consensus" that most recent
warming was manmade. Al Gore used this finding as the basis for his
statement in An Inconvenient Truth that no scientist disagreed with
the consensus that "global warming" might prove catastrophic.
A widely-publicized statement this week, apparently by Oreskes, said
three times that Klaus-Martin Schulte, a surgeon and researcher at King's
College Hospital, London, had misrepresented her. He complains she had
not read his paper, which had not criticized her research, and demands
an apology for professional discourtesy... (09/06/07)
From one of the mentally challenged
over at Progressive U. I'll try to be slow and concise (for the progressive
mental pygmies) and answer these moronic questions. I sure hope this
post wasn't written by a thirteen year-old kid.
Warming: Why not? - By omega - Global warming: some people believe
it to be true, others believe it to just be a theory and nothing more.
But what if society treated it as an actual, real situation? Would there
be any downside or downsides to trying to conserve energy? [On
a voluntary basis, no.] Maybe it's just me, but why are people
against it to begin with? Why should we have to live with all these
gases constantly being pumped into the air we breathe? Sure, people
have the right to disagree with it; there are scientists who believe
it to be factual and also have the science to back up that claim. On
the other side, there are scientists who don't believe the idea to be
true, and have information to back up that claim. Why, though, does
that have to mean people can still overuse non-renewable sources? [Who
defines overuse?] Just because you don't believe in global
warming doesn't mean you have the right to buy a huge gas-guzzling car,
among other things. [Because here
in the United States of America, we have the "right" to drive
SUV's if we want to. That's why there's one parked in my driveway right
now, as well as Al Gore's and John Edwards' driveways.] If
you don't believe in it, then don't believe in it, but try to take some
steps to reduce how much energy you use and all of that. I notice that
much of our government doesn't consider global warming as a huge issue,
many deny it, but why not? [Because
not everyone in this world is as gullible as you.] Why can't
we stop using certain resources right now? [Because
our SUVs won't run on water yet.] Why do people still pump
oil? [Because we can] Even
if someone thinks that emissions don't harm our environment, oil is
an earth-made resource that's running out, and will one day be gone.
[And at that point, when necessity
dictates it, not you, technology will provide solutions (as it always
has).] Why can't we build electrically powered cars more
than we do currently? [Because not
enough people want them bad enough to create a demand yet. And currently
in the United States, the production of electricity still requires the
burning of FOSSIL FUELS because the greens have successfully stopped
the construction of any more nuclear power plants which ironically,
produce ZERO "greenhouse gasses".] Not for the
sake of the environment, per se, but because one day there won't be
any type of fuel--then what? Will we be stuck with cars that don't run
on anything BUT gas? [Of course not.
We already have vehicles that run on natural gas, propane, electricity,
hydrogen, and yes--food. That's right, while millions of people in the
third world are starving, we are going to burn food. Yes, food. That's
ethanol from corn and sugar for you suffering from progressive hypocrisy
syndrome.] Why do people think that by denying global warming,
they have the right to continue on wasting energy? [Why
do people who believe in anthropogenic (that's man-made for you progressives)
global warming think they have the "right" to tell other people
how to live their lives?] Why can't people say, "okay,
I don't believe in global warming, but I'll do my part"? [Some
do, some don't. But it's their choice. Personally, I CHOSE to replace
all the light bulbs in our house (over 30 of them) with energy efficient
compact fluorescent bulbs. But not because you think I should.]
Ironically enough, the people who refuse to believe in global warming
are people who want an excuse to continue using waaaay too much energy;
[Really? Who decides what is "waaaay too much energy"? You?
The government? The UN? Al Gore?] the people who send out
carbon emissions like they're not going to feel the effects of it in
the future. Maybe they won't be around for it.
[None of us will be 'cause it just ain't gonna happen!] But
even if nothing happens, and this is just a normal cycle of the earth
(scientists who disagree with the theory say that the earth has gone
through this type of cycle before humans were even here), why can't
people, no matter their opinions, take steps to try and make a change?
Why do people need to see proof that the world is getting worse in order
to try to better it? [This is the
typical convoluted green logic. It's ass backwards. Why should we give
up more liberties by passing foolish legislation and raising taxes so
governments can tighten their control on every aspect of our daily lives?
If you go to the Doctor and he checks your heartbeat, and says he thinks
you have cancer and you need chemotherapy, do you take his word based
on listening to your heartbeat, or do you require "proof"
before you begin injecting poison into your veins? How can we have the
audacity to ask third world countries to continue to live without electricity
because a bunch of kooks believe in the CO2 bogeyman? The fact is that
industrialization is GOOD. Industrialization in the 20th century has
saved more lives than anything in human history. People live decades
longer and better lives than they did a century ago. Thanks to progress,
industrialization, and the burning of fossil fuels.]
[And then there is this gem] "ProgressiveU.org is
a nonpartisan social welfare organization that encourages an open discussion
of current events, progressive values, and public policy priorities."
Nonpartisan progressive values? Translation:
left wing blog. Is there something wrong with the "L" word?
I remember a time when liberals used to be proud to be called liberals.
Thompson Praised for Global Warming Views - (CNSNews.com) - Free
market advocates in search of a champion who will take a firm stand
against draconian global warming laws, might have one in former Sen.
Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), who announced his run for the presidency Wednesday
on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." This vote of confidence
comes from a Senate colleague, James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who believes
the weight of scientific evidence has shifted decisively against the
notion of human-induced global warming in recent years. Unfortunately,
many Republican and Democratic leaders, as well as leading presidential
contenders continue to push for legislation that would "shut down
America" in the name of "misguided alarmism," Inhofe
told Cybercast News Service. Full
This unbelievable article is so
full of misinformation and lies that it is difficult to find any truth
in it at all. Old data, ridiculous assertions and alarmist rubbish compose
the entire content of this nonsensical propaganda. This is a perfect
example of how nimrods in the media continue to spin the public into
a frenzy with utter bullshit. At least the title (though irrelevant
to the content of the article itself) accurately reflects the socialist
agenda of the global warming alarmist kooks.
Warming : Why must the poor suffer for the fault of the rich? -
Dr. Md Shahjahan Ali - Global warming refers to a rise in the average
land temperature around the earth. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) concludes, "most of the observed increase in globally
averaged temperatures since the mid 20th century is very likely due
to the observed increase in anthropogenic green house gas concentration"
which leads to warming of the surface and lower atmosphere by increasing
the green house effect. IPCC predicts that global temperatures are likely
to increase by 1.1 to 6.4ºC (2.0 to 11.5ºF) between 1990-2100.
In recent past, global observations have provided clear evidence of
climatic changes resulting from anthropogenic activities. According
to a report from World Watch Institute (1992), the earth's surface was
the warmest in 1990. [What? 1992?
This is laughable! Maybe Dr. Ali should catch up on his reading.] Six
of the seven warmest years on record have occurred since 1980. [Again,
just plain not true! An outright lie. In fact, three
of the five hottest years on record occurred before 1940 ]
Global warming may have brought severe consequences for Bangladesh
with the rise in sea level by up to one meter by the turn of the next
century and, as is being predicted, between 10-17 percent of our total
land mass will be submerged. More than ten million people will be worst
sufferer. Forest agriculture, infrastructures, coastal aquaculture and
flora and fauna would be severely damaged.
The rest of this pathetic article is no better. You can read
it for yourself. (09/06/07)
Biased Journalism Could Stop Global Warming, Journalist Says - Editor
& Publisher columnist says newspapers should abandon objectivity
to fight global warming. - By Jeff Poor and Amy Menefee, Business
& Media Institute - Just when you thought the media couldn't be
any more egregious than they already were with their reporting when
it comes global warming, they've taken it to an all-time low. (09/06/07)
Global Warming Baloney - Last night I watched about 15 minutes of
Nova on PBS. It seems that there is a scientific consensus that Anthropogenic
Global Warming is real. And that it's going to be really, really bad.
I just have this to say about that: Arrrrgggghhhh!!!! We're all going
to die!!!! It seems that we've been lulled into complacency by Solar
s***. I couldn't make this up.) The True Impact of AGW has actually
been disguised, you see, because the sun has been getting dimmer. And
if it undims itself, look out, Nellie! To make matters worse, all our
efforts to clean the atmosphere of particulate matter have removed a
significant factor of negative forcing (am I getting the jargon right,
pliny?) In other words, by clarifying the atmosphere, we've actually
accelerated Global Warming. Ooops... (09/06/07)
warming is an illusion - To The Editor: The following are excerpts
from a lecture by S. Fred Singer, professor emeritus of environmental
sciences, University of Virginia: "Human activities aren't influencing
the global climate in a perceptible way. Climate will continue to change,
as it always has in the past, warming and cooling on different time
scales and for different reasons, regardless of human action. I would
also argue that -- should it occur -- a modest warming would be on the
whole beneficial. "This isn't to say that we don't face a serious
problem. But the problem is political. Because of the mistaken idea
that governments can and must do something about climate, pressures
are building that have the potential of distorting energy policies in
a way that will severely damage national economies, decrease standards
of living, and increase poverty. This misdirection of resources will
adversely affect human health and welfare in industrialized nations,
and even more developing nations. "The widely touted 'consensus'
of 2,500 scientists on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change is an illusion: Most of the panelists have no scientific
qualifications and many of the others object to some part of the IPCC's
report." Complete August lecture transcript is at www.hillsdale.edu.
Jerome "Jack" Lorenz, Mills River (09/06/07)
Warming Lie of the Day - By James Lewis - We're used to reporters
making up scare stories about global warming, but when scientists start
to make up "drop dead" headlines, things must really be getting
desperate in the climate game. But yesterday, we were told that you'll
get a heart attack from global warming. Fortunately, we can look up
the original research on the National Library of Science website, and
waddayaknow? People die of heart attacks whenever it's really hot. Or
when it is really cold!... (09/06/07)
And Global Warming - After recent presidential debates, author Michael
Barone noted that the Republicans want to fight terrorism and the Democrats
want to fight global warming. If only the terrorists caused global warming,
there could be great unity in the nation. However, the epic struggle
against global warming is only carried by some liberals so far - and
the line they draw is their personal convenience. Many rich liberals
are causing concern and anger among environmentalists and fellow liberals
because of their opposition to an offshore windfarm on Nantucket Sound.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., is among the prominent opponents, as is
his nephew, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who has been one of the loudest
voices on the environmental left. Although 84 percent of the people
in Massachusetts favor it, according to columnist Froma Harrop, the
wind farm "has been frustrated at every turn by a handful of yachtsmen,
Kennedy included, who don't want to see windmills from their verandas.
Many millions have been spent spreading disinformation and smearing
the wind farm's supporters." Liberals smearing opponents? That
just can't be. Ms. Harrop must be mistaken. This fight has been chronicled
in the book "Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics and the
Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound," by Wendy Williams
and Robert Whitcomb. Mr. Whitcomb is an editor at The Providence Journal.
The wind farm war even had a Virginia connection. Apparently, Sen. John
Warner attached a rider to an Iraq War funding bill in 2004 that forbade
the Army Corps of Engineers from spending money on offshore wind projects.
But a resultant outcry forced the senator to withdraw the rider. So
why was a Virginia senator concerned about a Massachusetts project?
The book's authors note that Sen. Warner has some very rich relatives
who live on Nantucket Sound. Still, it's interesting to know that liberals
like Edward Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, Jr., will carry the fight against
global warming to any length - as long as it doesn't disturb the view
from their verandas. (09/06/07)
Doom and gloom enviro-propaganda
video...pure bullshit. Tough to sit through but recommenced. This is
relevant coming on the heels of Steve Outing's article calling for journalists
to abandon objectivity in favor of advocacy in regards to global warming.
It now seems that advocates of the CO2 bogeyman in the sky have declared
war on all opposition and rational thought of any kind.
Does the Media Cover Global Warming? - The Society of Environmental
Journalists is holding its seventeenth annual conference at Stanford
University this week. We take a look at how the issue of global warming
is being covered in the media with two leading environmental journalists,
Tim Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun and Jim Motavalli of E, The Environmental
Magazine. Audio and video available. (09/06/07)
Poor Greenies. I guess they just
can't brainwash everyone.
Howard and Global Warming: Full of Hot Air? - Nuclear Energy, Global
Warming, Economic Development And Other Words From The APEC Summit
- President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard had a lot
to agree about at this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
forum in Sydney, where the 21 member economies, including China and
Russia, met for discussions. They want nuclear power to be a fundamental
part of the strategy for a low-emission economy that doesn't exacerbate
global warming. "If you truly care about greenhouse gases, then
you'll support nuclear power," Bush was quoted as saying in the
West Australian. [Good! That statement
is 100% true.] And they want only non-binding pollution targets
to curtail emissions of greenhouse gases, the fuel for the climate fire.
[Again, good! The US and Australia
are sovereign nations and should not be "bullied" into acting
contrary to the best interest of their own people.]
Howard tried to make the APEC meeting a forum for advancing that goal,
which Bush first articulated this summer. Bush plans to host a meeting
designed to further that framework, at the same time the United Nations
is working on a post-Kyoto Protocol set of binding targets. The United
States and Australia were the largest and richest [and
obviously smartest] countries to reject Kyoto. [...] And
Australia's commitment to economic partnership above all suggests it's
along for the ride. The U.S.-Australian commitment to not committing
to greenhouse gas reduction - contrary to Europe and the rest of the
industrialized world - suggests there's a long way to go before we find
consensus on a sustainable path forward that doesn't wreck the climate
in the name of economic growth. Greenpeace wrote the whole it off as
hot air. [Wow. In this case I would
have to agree with Greenpeace. In fact, the fundamental concepts and
goals of the Kyoto Protocol itself is nothing but hot air.]
All the talk about taking action to combat global warming, the group
said, amounted to "a political stunt" to mask the desire to
do nothing at all. Despite
W's recent "apparent" about-face on climate change publicity,
does anyone really think that he is dumb enough to buy into the entire
catastrophic anthropogenic global warming garbage? In lieu of the 2
hour conversation I had with one of my best friends whom I consider
to be a very accomplished, successful and extremely intelligent person,
the answer is a surprising yes. The bottom line is that the Kyoto Protocol,
even if all the nations met their targets would do absolutely nothing
to reduce global warming in any significant way. Many nations are either
not meeting their targets, (in other words breaking their commitment)
or pulling out completely. Interestingly enough in this
report titled "Who's meeting their Kyoto targets? May 2006",
Canadian climate alarmist David Suzuki states:
"Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Environment Minister
Rona Ambrose claim that none or few countries that signed on to the
Kyoto Protocol will meet their emission reduction targets. However,
these claims are largely false. Most developed countries are on track
to meeting their Kyoto targets. Some countries have already surpassed
their Kyoto targets. A few countries, like Canada, have much work to
do between now and 2012 to meet their target".
To bolster his claim, Suzuki continues by listing only 41 of the 169
countries that ratified Kyoto. Of the 41 countries he lists, (list includes
Australia Canada and US) more than half, 24 of them were not on target
to meet their Kyoto Goals and only 17 were. China, now having surpassed
the US as the worlds largest producer of "greenhouse gases"
is not listed. They were also one of those "smart countries"
that never signed on. (09/06/07)
warming not our most pressing issue - By Christina Dinella, Teen
Council - "Shocking." "Eye opening." "A life-changing
experience." These are a few responses to Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient
Truth. But has the film really caused people to change their lifestyles?
The film is also being called "terrifying and disturbing."
Are we equally disturbed by catastrophic deaths due to AIDS and genocide
in Africa? Are we similarly alarmed by the 52 homicides that occurred
in our own city just last year? Doesn't it make sense to put more effort
into addressing current issues than speculating about the dangers of
the future? We can respect our environment while attending to the immediate
issues that threaten people today. Media sources often refer to the
"scientific consensus of global warming," But what exactly
does this mean? While observational evidence has, in fact, confirmed
the earth's warming trend, scientists are far from unanimous in proclaiming
a message of certain doom. According to the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change, the earth experienced an increase in average global
temperature between .3 and .6 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 100 years.
The panel predicts that the earth will warm between 1.5 and 6 degrees
in the coming century. This 400 percent variability rate clearly shows
that this is an approximate and uncertain science. Even if we assume
a worst-case scenario, 6 degrees seems like a far cry from worldwide
disaster. After all, 6 degrees is the difference in temperature between
New York and Chicago, and that doesn't exactly seem like a crisis...
Hilarious, and still unbelievably
ironic! This is a must-read follow-up to this
story from yesterday.
Way Flanagan Trapped in Arctic Ice Takes Time Out to Attack Humble NewsBusters
Correspondent - By P.J. Gladnick - I guess Adrian "Wrong Way"
Flanagan is less than pleased with the blog
posted here yesterday by your humble NewsBusters correspondent. Whilst
trapped by arctic ice, Wrong Way has taken time out from his travails
to attack Yours Truly on his Alpha Global Expedition Blog entry
tenderly titled, Spot the Moron... (09/05/07)
recruits kids to fight climate change - By: Helena Andrews - Hit
the sticks, Smokey. Snook - along with Mumble, Nanu and Cody - is the
new furry friend globally warming the hearts and minds of kids across
the country. As Mother Earth stuffs the ballot box in the contest for
pop culture prom queen with successful films like "Happy Feet,"
"Arctic Tale" and "Surf's Up," experts say environmental
issues are following the burn pattern of the forest fire, making this
generation's children more nature-friendly and raising their environmental
awareness. "Children have always been very sensitive to the plight
of animals - way back to 'Bambi,'" explained Dave Walsh, president
of the National Institute on Media and the Family, a research and advocacy
organization based in Minneapolis that studies the impact of media on
children's behavior. (09/05/07)
Gore readying new environmental book - NEW YORK (AP) -- For those
frightened by the tale of global warming in Al Gore's An Inconvenient
Truth, and wondering what can be done, the former vice president has
an answer: a sequel. (09/05/07)
Live Earth Flop Prompts BBC to Scrap Global Warming Special - By
Noel Sheppard - On July 12, NewsBusters asked, "Did
Live Earth's Flop Reduce Media Interest in Global Warming?"
Two months later, the BBC has scrapped "Planet Relief," a
proposed day-long special about climate change, specifically citing
the failure of Al Gore's international concerts as one of the reasons
for the cancellation. (09/05/07)
Warming Media Disaster: DiCaprio's "11th Hour" Bombs at Box
Office - By Noel Sheppard - More evidence that Al Gore's Live Earth
flop was indeed the beginning
of the end to the public's fascination with global warming: Leonardo
DiCaprio's recently released film on the subject has bombed with moviegoers...
Warming Update - From the Wall
Street Journal yesterday: "Israel-Bashing," and climate
hysteria in the European parliament. Now, get this. The only thing that
matters here is the last paragraph of this story by Daniel Schwammenthal.
"There was Clare Short, a member of the British Parliament and
Secretary for International Development under Prime Minister Tony Blair
until she resigned in 2003 over the Iraq war. Claiming that Israel is
actually 'much worse than the original apartheid state' and accusing
it of 'killing (Palestinian) political leaders,' Ms. Short charged the
Jewish state with the ultimate crime: Israel 'undermines the international
community's reaction to global warming.' According to Ms. Short, the
Middle East conflict distracts the world from the real problem: man-made
climate change. If extreme weather will lead to the 'end of the human
race,' as Ms. Short warned it could, add this to the list of the crimes
of Israel." Israel, by wiping out the Palestinians, is distracting
people from the real problem facing the earth, global warming... (09/05/07)
for alarmists - By Bob Carter - THE question of press bias about
global warming is in the news again. Writing in the Japan Times, Christopher
Lingle asks "What's up with the journalists in the mainstream media?",
adding that "reporting on issues relating to global warming has
become strikingly one-sided".
Things have in fact come to such a pass that Newsweek recently equated
global warming sceptics (itself a derogatory term for climate rationalist
scientists who give priority to factual evidence over speculative computer
models) with Holocaust deniers (yes, again), and accused them of being
in the pay of Big Oil or Big Coal (yes, again). The unoriginality and
ad hominem nature of such silly accusations, which are fuelled by trashy
websites like Exxon's Secrets, DeSmogBlog and SourceWatch, have become
tiresome. [...]The BBC's "line" is self-evident to any independent
and trained scientist who watches its coverage. It is to reproduce,
without a trace of critical analysis, the alarmist utterances of a bevy
of self-interested, self-perpetuating scientists and science agencies,
environmental pressure groups and "significant" politicians
(Tony Blair, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bob Brown), while at the
same time ignoring or paying the most passing of lip service to any
independent scientists or "insignificant" politicians (President
Vaclav Klaus, Czech Republic; Senator James Inhofe, US Senate; Dennis
Jensen, Australian Parliament) who try to inject some critical analysis
into the debate. (09/06/07)
Another bullshit headline
summer weather result of global warming - By Jeff Turner, News Reporter
[Really?News Reporter?] -
Texas' wet summer stood in stark contrast to the triple-digit temperatures
of the summer of 2006. Scientists are now saying both summers of unusual
weather are products of global warming. [Really?
Scientists? Or Environmental Groups like the progressive political arm
of the Sierra Club, the USPIRG?]
A report released during the summer by an Austin-based non-profit ecological
protection group, Environment Texas, [Environment
Texas? Reason enough to stop reading right there. Who
is Environment Texas?] said the warmer-than-normal temperatures
of 2006, and this year's wetter-than-normal weather, indicates global
warming. The report found in 2006, Austin experienced 147 days where
the temperature hit 90 degrees or more, 38 days more than the historical
average. 2006 was the second warmest year on record for the lower 48
states. This year, the southwestern U.S. is experiencing more precipitation
and less severe storms than the summer of 2006. [less
severe?] The National Hurricane Center listed five hurricanes
and four tropical storms in the Atlantic last year, while 2007 has experienced
two hurricanes and three tropical storms. Does this data indicate continued
global warming? [No!]
Pieter Tans, chief scientist of Climate Monitoring at the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, does not think this is necessarily
the case. "One of the expectations is more extreme events,"
Tans said. "But I don't think that extreme events by themselves
are the best indicator of global warming." Tans said the climatic
differences between 2006 and 2007 are not concrete proof global warming
is destabilizing weather patterns, but he does consider the warming
a major concern. So what's with
the headline Mr. "News Reporter"? (09/05/07)
Out is back! - By Kristin Kranendonk - Are you tackling global warming
on campus? Then you need to Chill Out! National Wildlife Federation's
Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming competition is back and
its bigger than ever! Win prizes and get noticed with the nation's only
annual global warming solutions contest. Global warming is a solvable
problem. How do we know? Because we've seen what colleges and universities
are doing to solve it. Actually,
it's the collegiate mush-heads at college campuses that perpetuate the
nonexistent "problem" by continuing to indoctrinate students
with their socialist propaganda, preaching the existence of the CO2
Boogey Man. (09/06/07)
Return of Toilet Man - By John Stossel - "Don't bother debating
with John Stossel and the libertarians. They are worst than Republicans."
That's a comment from climateprogress.org,
Joe Romm's blog about global warming. It was a reaction to C-SPAN's
coverage of an Independent
Women's Forum (IWF) discussion on energy policy that I moderated
last week. Romm was the star of the event. I didn't recognize him until
he reminded me I'd interviewed him a decade ago. Then I remembered he
was "toilet man." That's what I called him privately when
he was the energy department bureaucrat under President Clinton who
defended the government's demand that all of us buy "low-flow"
showerheads and "water-saving" toilets. I did a "Give
Me a Break" segment
on that for "20/20" mocking the endless rule-making process,
which somehow concluded that exactly 1.6 gallons is all every toilet
needs. I interviewed people who were so unhappy with their new toilets
that they were combing junkyards for old ones, or going to Canada to
buy them, because 1.6 gallons doesn't always get the job done. Homeowners
and apartment managers kept telling me, "The toilets don't work!"
warming faces popular backlash - By Thomas Lifson - Further evidence
that global warming enthusiasts have jumped the shark comes with the
box office disaster experienced by Leonardo DiCaprio's film 11th Hour.
Roger Friedman of Foxnews.com reports
(hat tip: Drudge):
11th Hour," has been a total bust at the box office. After
18 days in release, the film has grossed only $417,913 from ticket sales.
The 90-minute snore-fest is playing on 111 screens this week, but that
number is likely to be reduced this Friday. The film will be sent to
DVD heaven after that.
By comparison, Al Gore and Davis Guggenheim's similar but far more engaging
Inconvenient Truth" had already made $3.5 million by its 18th
day of release.
I hesitated to say before "11th Hour" actually opened how
mind-numbingly dull it was for fear that I would ruin it for those interested
in the subject of global warming. But at Cannes, when the film by Nadia
Conners and Leila Conners Petersen was shown to journalists, nearly
the entire room fell asleep. [boldface in original]
It is very kind of Mr. Friedman to admit that he withheld his true estimation
of the film out of sympathy for the goal of raising alarm over global
warming. He joins Steve
Outing writing in the trade magazine Editor & Publisher in acknowledging
abandoning normal journalistic standards in order to act as propagandists
for this scare campaign. (09/05/07)
You have got to be kidding...
Big Mac to fight global warming proves big hit in Japan - TOKYO
(AFP) - A Japanese government website crashed Wednesday as people raced
to take up an offer of a half-price McDonald's hamburger in exchange
for pledging to fight global warming. The Japanese unit of the US burger
giant Tuesday offered a Big Mac for 150 yen (1.3 dollars), about half
the normal price, to anyone demonstrating a commitment to preventing
climate change. People were asked to check up to 39 boxes on a form
they could download from the environment ministry's website, each listing
a way of reducing carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming.
warming could mean more heart problems, doctors warn - The Associated
Press - VIENNA, Austria: Global warming may be forcing polar bears southward
and melting glaciers, but it could also have an impact on your heart.
Doctors warn that the warmer weather expected with climate change might
also produce more heart problems. "If it really is a few degrees
warmer in the next 50 years, we could definitely have more cardiovascular
disease," said Dr. Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, of the department
of cardiology at Sweden's Karolinska Institute. (09/05/07)
More on the Shasta Glacier originally
posted on Monday here
Media Will Never Report - By Noel Sheppard - As the media focus
continued attention on supposedly receding glaciers in Greenland, they
conveniently ignore those right here in America that are actually expanding.
Adding insult to injury, as prominent California congresswomen House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California)
travel abroad to laughingly see evidence of global warming, they could
drive north of their residences in the San Francisco Bay Area - with
an entourage of gushing media sycophants of course - to see evidence
that goes counter to their alarmist theories. In fact, as reported
by Sacramento's CBS affiliate Sunday, glaciers on California's Mount
Shasta have grown by 30 percent in the past 50 years (video
available here): (09/05/07)
of class action on global warming and Iraq - By Anna Patty, Education
Editor - SEVERAL hundred students skipped school yesterday to attend
a protest rally against George Bush, global warming and the Iraq war.
Defying an Education Department directive not to attend the rally, at
Belmore Park opposite Central Station, speakers defended their democratic
right to free speech against "intimidation" from the department,
police and both sides of government. Ben Knutsen from St Marys High
School addressed the rally saying he "walked out of school because
I hate George Bush and John Howard", their policies on the Iraq
war and their failure to sign the Kyoto protocol. Rainee Lyleson, a
year 9 student at Mosman High School, said climate change was the major
concern for her generation and money spent on the Australian military
could be better spent on education. Her mother, Lisa Peers, who in her
younger days protested against the Vietnam War, said she was inspired
by her 15-year-old daughter's passion for a cause. "I think it's
a good idea to attend the protest because it is really important for
people to care about the world they live in," Ms Peers said. A
spokeswoman for the Minister for Education, John Della Bosca, said students
had been expected to attend school yesterday because it was the safest
place to be. Five girls in red bikini tops and a bumbled television
stunt interrupted the otherwise peaceful rally. The girls, carrying
placards, were there to advertise a men's magazine while the ABC-TV
Chaser team's Chris Taylor was forced to undress after impersonating
a police officer. The NSW Assistant Police Commissioner, Denis Clifford,
praised the protesters for their peaceful behaviour. He said six young
people were spoken to and their school principals notified. I
wonder if there were any peace signs or tie-died shirts.
believers fear an honest debate - By Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco
Chronicle - Newsweek's global-warming cover story purports to reveal
the "well-coordinated, well-funded campaign by contrarian scientists,
free-market think tanks and industry" that for the past two decades
"has created a paralyzing fog of doubt around climate change."
It's the same story run repeatedly in mainstream media: The overwhelming
majority of scientists believe the debate on global warming is over
- but if there are any dissenting scientists left, they've been bought.
Here's the rub: If dissent is so rare, why do global-warming conformists
feel the strong need to argue that minority views should be dismissed
as nutty or venal? Why not posit that there is such a thing as honest
disagreement on the science? As for the overwhelming majority of scientists
believing that man is behind global warming, former NASA scientist Roy
Spencer, now at the University of Alabama, told me: "It's like
an urban legend. There has never been any kind of vote on this issue."
He referred me to a 2003 survey in which two German environmental scientists
asked more than 530 climate scientists from 27 countries if they thought
humans caused climate change: Fifty-six percent answered yes, 30 percent
said no. (09/05/07)
Debunks Numerous Popular Myths About Global Warming - This is a
rush transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," September 4,
2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. SEAN
HANNITY, CO-HOST: Our next guest's new book debunks numerous popular
myths about global warming, such as sea levels rising, decreasing polar
bear populations and the recent increase of hurricanes, all of which
Al Gore sells as gospel in his movie, "Inconvenient Truth."
Joining us now is Bjorn Lomborg. He is the author of the brand new book,
"Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming."
And by the way, it's also the man that Al Gore refused to debate. We've
heard you on the program. Why wouldn't he debate you? (09/05/07)
into deep waters - By Andrew Bolt - MICHAELA Stubbs beamed euphorically
for the television cameras, like a girl who won't be made to clean up
the bedroom she's had such fun messing. What a hoot! What joy for any
of our underparented activists. You see, behind this excited Friends
of the Earth campaigner, police were still cutting free one of four
of her fellow protesters who'd chained themselves to conveyer belts
at the giant Loy Yang power station, forcing shut downs which cut the
state's power by 10 per cent. The plant's operators were losing hundreds
of thousands of dollars, but what did Stubbs care when this stunt won
her this brilliant chance to preach on TV about global warming? Someone
else would pay, right? Nor did she seem in the least bit bothered that
some security guys at the plant might now lose their jobs. As Lenin
said, you can't make a revolution without breaking eggs! What's some
bloke's job compared with giving Michaela Stubbs this chance to get
her face -- evangelical eyes shiny with self-love -- on your television
screen for 30 sermonising seconds? (09/05/07)
Puzzle - Tuesday - By Steve McIntyre - The question today is: how
does Hansen calculate quarterly and annual averages when there are missing
values? It's not obvious. The issue arose in the previous puzzle in
trying to calculate Hansen's adjustment prior to combining scribal versions.
Essentially what happens as reported in the prior post is that when
there is a missing value, Hansen estimates the missing value (without
doing the obvious thing and uses the available reading from a different
version.) His estimates typically differ a lot from the actual value.
He then says - aha, there is a bias between these versions and adjusts
everything down. As noted, Praha Dec 1986 is missing from one version
and is 1.4 deg C in another version. Hansen then estimates the missing
value at -3.6 deg C, a value of no less than 5 deg C lower than the
actual value. There are 48 months in common, so he then concludes that
the average bias is -0.1 deg C and adjusts all early Praha values down
by 0.1 deg C. It sounds pretty absurd when written down. The methodology
is not reported in the publications that NASA spokesman Gavin Schmidt
has said to contain a comprehensive description of calculations. Today's
puzzle: how did Hansen estimate Dec 1986 temperatures at Praha at -5
deg C (and other similar estimates)? (09/04/07)
- Germany in Global Warming Partnership create Green Club - PRBS
Newswire - Sacramento - Germany is taking the fight on Global Warming
to California. The Germafornia plan will reduce Global Warming Emmisions
World Wide. (09/04/07)
As regular readers of this site may know, I am an avid sailboat racer
so I had a little more interest in this story than the average person.
But you don't have to be a yachtsman to appreciate the irony here...
Yachtsman Who Counted On Global Warming to Cross Arctic Now Trapped
by Ice - By P.J. Gladnick - In one of the most hilarious cases of
being tripped up by dubious scientific hype, British yachtsman Adrian
Flanagan attempted to be the first to sail across the arctic north of
Russia. He based his hope on the fact that he believed in the Global
Warming propaganda that the arctic is rapidly losing its ice thus making
his trip possible. One little problem. Cold cruel reality has crushed
the Global Warming hype and now Flanagan's
boat is trapped by ice in the arctic. To add to the irony, Flanagan
who seems to be destined to go down in history as Wrong Way Flanagan,
is now pleading with Russian authorities to provide him with the services
of a nuclear powered icebreaker to get him out of his embarrassing situation.
As recently as August 18, Wrong Way Flanagan's hopes were still high
that he could sail across the arctic north of Russia. Moscow News announced
his trip in an article
ironically titled, Global Warming is Here. (09/04/07)
blocks British solo sailor - A BRITISH yachtsman attempting the
first solo Arctic sea passage across northern Russia was examining his
options after heavier than expected ice blocked his route, his manager
said. Adrian Flanagan is discussing with Russian authorities the possibility
of using a nuclear-powered icebreaker to lift his boat out of the water
and carry it round the most icebound stretch of Russia's Northern Sea
Route. "Basically it just means we're putting plan B into operation
so if the worst comes to the worst and there isn't a break in the weather,
we've got a plan," Louise Flanagan, his manager and ex-wife said
from Britain. The 46-year-old entered the eastern end of the treacherous
sea route that stretches from Asia to Europe across northern Russia
in late July. He had hoped that his 11m reinforced yacht would be able
to get all the way to Europe due to lighter ice conditions observed
in recent years, thought to be a result of global warming. But after
making his way through the Chukchi, East Siberian and Laptev Seas, Flanagan
has been forced to a halt by heavy ice at the most difficult point in
the route, the Vilkitsky Strait. The voyage, part of a circumnavigation
of the globe that he is undertaking, comes amid a dash by world powers
to claim economic rights in the Arctic. Flanagan is now anchored by
an island just east of the Vilkitsky Strait, still hoping for the ice
to clear but working on the backup plan, his manager said. She described
the yachtsman's mood as "pretty fed-up". (09/04/07)
Chill - As global warming messages are gaining momentum, one author
tells us to cool it. - By Susan Cosier - Bjorn Lomborg says he wants
to help humanity and the environment. He believes there are ways to
prevent needless deaths from extreme temperature, malaria, and floods
- problems often associated with a warming planet. And while he admits
that global warming is real, he argues that many people are exaggerating
its consequences and blowing the issue out of proportion. (09/04/07)
'em feel heat of their fallacy: Global warming zealots, just chill
- Skeptics of the Al Gore School of "We're All Gonna Die"
Climate Panic often refer to global warming as a religion. Close, but
not quite. It's more like a cult - a suicide cult. It's tempting (pardon
the pun) to compare global warming alarmists to religious zealots because,
like the devout, the beliefs of global panic kooks are impervious to
reason. When NASA's erroneous temperature readings were recently corrected,
revealing no measurable change in temperature since 1998, global alarmists
were, well, alarmed. (Aren't they always?) And, like the religious,
climate-change cultists can make any set of facts fit within their belief
system. Iain Murray at the Competitive Enterprise Institute quotes a
report from LiveScience in June 2005 that "Since the late 1960s,
much of the North Atlantic Ocean has become less salty, in part due
to global warming." (09/04/07)
Warming Blasphemy - By John Campbell [congressman] - Global warming
has become a religion for many back here in Washington. To this crowd,
there are no greater or more urgent problems anywhere. They worship
at the alter of carbon generation and reduction. To them, the great
crime of Al Gore Jr. was that at 100 mph, the electric engine on his
Prius was not operating and he was laying down the carbon footprint
of at least a 6-cylinder engine. What I am about to say will be blasphemy
to the religion of global warming. I do not think we should spend money
solely to address this issue. Now, before you excommunicate me from
the ranks of human beings, allow me to explain... (09/04/07)
Urges Catholics to Go Green - The leader of the world's largest
church is urging Catholics to become environmentalists. During an open-air
mass in Loreto, Italy on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI told 500,000 worshippers
that it was "up to them to save the planet from development that
had often ignored 'nature's delicate equilibrium,'" according to
an Associated Press report. "Before it's too late, we need to make
courageous choices that will recreate a strong alliance between man
and Earth," Benedict said in his homily. "We need a decisive
'yes' to care for creation and a strong commitment to reverse those
trends that risk making the situation of decay irreversible." USA
Today reported earlier this year that The Vatican planned to become
the first "carbon neutral" sovereign state by planting trees
to absorb its carbon dioxide emissions. In May, Catholic Online reported
that the Vatican believes that "Global warming threatens world's
security, existence." But the Catholic Church also opposes limits
on carbon dioxide that might impede the economic growth of poor countries.
And it is against artificial means of birth control, which could limit
greenhouse gas emissions by limiting the Earth's human population.
warming tie to hurricanes Dean and Felix unclear - By Michael Christie
- MIAMI (Reuters) - Despite growing consensus that global warming may
spawn stronger tropical cyclones, weather experts believe it is too
soon to blame climate change for the unprecedented punch of back-to-back
monster hurricanes. [...] "My guess is that the high intensities
of Dean and Felix had more to do with when and where they formed and
tracked than with global warming per se," said Kerry Emanuel, a
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of meteorology who has
published ground-breaking research on the subject. "But it is true
that the theoretical (wind) speed limit in the tropical Atlantic is
about 10 percent higher now than it was 15 years ago, and that may indeed
be a contributing factor." Weather experts said the similar paths
taken by Dean and Felix was the result of a persistent high pressure
weather system, usually located further northeast around Bermuda but
now positioned over Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. No
matter how many times the idiots
over at Grist repeat it...it still ain't so! (09/04/07)
Report: Flip-Flop: From Global Cooling to Warming - By Roger Aronoff*
- ...The extremists committed to the man-made global warming theory-that
humans are causing the world to get hotter and that we have to drastically
raise taxes and/or ration energy in response-are on the run. How else
does one explain the sensational Newsweek cover story with the provocative
headline, "Global Warming is a Hoax,*" over a photo of a boiling
sun? Newsweek, a Washington Post property, claims to be telling us "The
Truth About Denial," and to make sure everyone gets the point,
it uses some form of the word "denial" 20 times, including
"denial machine" 14 times. The article, which is the worst
kind of advocacy journalism, is a shoddy attempt to suggest that those
opposed to the theory are like holocaust deniers. (09/04/07)
Europeans Really 'Greener' Than Americans? Reuters Report Suggests No
- By Pam Meister - Americans are often exhorted to be more like Europeans
in the environmental department. We're told to buy less! Leave the SUV
at home and ride your bike more often, or take public transport! Fix
old appliances rather than replace them! And of course, environmentalists
constantly whine that the U.S. government has yet to ratify the Kyoto
protocol like our more enlightened continental friends. Yet it seems
that perhaps the Europeans aren't quite as concerned about being green
as our media and other global warming cheerleaders purport them to be.
yesterday that at IFA, a huge consumer electronics fair being held
in Berlin through September 5th, consumers were more interested in how
big and bright television screens were than how green the electronics
companies are striving to be. Among the exhibitors displaying "green
credentials" at IFA are Philips, Sharp, and Fujitsu-Siemens, with
the latter citing a Greenpeace study that said environmental concerns
were third on the list of important attributes for buyers. But it looks
like attendees at IFA didn't get the memo... (09/04/07)
Recycles Story Blaming Global Warming for Recent Hurricane Intensity
- By Brad Wilmouth - History seemed to repeat itself on Monday's World
News with Charles Gibson, as substitute anchor Dan Harris introduced
a story, filed by ABC correspondent John Berman, which highlighted the
view of "some scientists" that global warming is responsible
for an increase in the number of category 4 and 5 hurricanes in recent
decades. Not only did the same Harris/Berman team file a similar story
over two years ago on the July 9, 2005 show, then known as World News
Tonight, but Monday's report also recycled soundbites of two scientists
from the earlier story. Berman, from Monday September 3: "Across
the globe, the number of category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled
over the past 30 years. Some scientists say the cause is global warming."
Notably, two years ago on the July 15, 2005 World News Tonight, ABC's
Jeffrey Kofman filed a story dismissing the influence of global warming,
contradicting Berman's July 9 story from the previous week. (09/04/07)
Cause Global Warming - By Noel Sheppard - Now here's a story the
climate change obsessed media can really sink their teeth into: a Berkeley,
California, based environmental group claims that dams all around the
world are adding to global warming. If you're keeping score, this means
we can't use heating oil or coal to produce energy to heat and/or light
our homes. They killed nuclear power. Now they want to ban all hydro-electric
facilities. Just how far back into the Stone Age must we go to save
the planet? (09/04/07)
Get ready to bend over America...
court cases for climate change - Even without a nationwide greenhouse
gas law, environmental groups are going after polluters for causing
global warming. - By Steve Hargreaves, CNNMoney.com staff writer - NEW
YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Forget all the talk lately about whether Congress
will regulate carbon dioxide - a gas generated from burning fossil fuels
and one of the main culprits behind global warming. Several individuals
and environmental groups are using laws already on the books in an attempt
to force polluters to change their ways. "There are laws in place
now that can address this," reads the home page of Climatelaw.org,
a web site devoted to tracking global warming cases worldwide. "It
is illegal under international law for one State to cause harm to another
State. "It is illegal under domestic law in many countries for
polluters to cause nuisances to the public and to market defective products,
and damages must be paid," the site says... (09/04/07)
Forecast for Climate Debate - Consensus on Emission Cuts Takes Shape,
but Debate Turns to Who Will Pay - By JEFFREY BALL - A consensus that
the world should pursue vastly bigger cuts in fossil-fuel emissions
is likely to emerge from a flurry of global-warming diplomacy in coming
weeks. Negotiators touted that view at a climate conference last week
in Austria, and they are likely to echo it at other gatherings this
autumn. But that merely tees up the real debate: Who will pay for the
Cool in Here - Lomborgian guidance - By Jonathan H. Adler - Bjorn
Lomborg is back, and his critics will not be happy. In 2001, the Danish
statistician published The Skeptical Environmentalist, an optimistic
assessment of global environmental trends that provoked intense controversy
and debate. His data-driven challenge to the "Litany" of environmental
pessimism incited vitriolic attacks from environmentalist doomsayers.
Malthusian environmental activists sought to discount his message, accusing
Lomborg of "scientific dishonesty" and, in one case, throwing
a pie in his face. Such tactics failed to accomplish anything but increase
Lomborg's notoriety and boost book sales. (09/04/07)
BIGGER? How can that be?
Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow - By John Iander - MOUNT
SHASTA The debate over global warming has taken a pretty odd twist in
Northern California. Up on Mount Shasta, the glaciers are not behaving
like you'd expect. Big mountains often produce their own weather patterns.
Mount Shasta, at 14,162 feet seems to have a mind of its own these days.
Shasta has seven glaciers. The biggest is the one on the middle, Whitney
Glacier. What has surprised scientists about the glacier is that if
the theories about global warming are true, the glacier ought to be
shrinking, but it's not. "Unlike most areas around the world,
these glaciers are advancing, they are growing. Thirty percent
in the last fifty years," says scientist Erik White. (09/03/07)
bears 'thriving as the Arctic warms up' - By Fred Langan in Toronto
and Tom Leonard - Pictures of a polar bear floating precariously on
a tiny iceberg have become the defining image of global warming but
may be misleading, according to a new study. A survey of the animals'
numbers in Canada's eastern Arctic has revealed that they are thriving,
not declining, because of mankind's interference in the environment.
In the Davis Strait area, a 140,000-square kilometre region, the polar
bear population has grown from 850 in the mid-1980s to 2,100 today.
"There aren't just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot
more bears," said Mitch Taylor, a polar bear biologist who
has spent 20 years studying the animals. His findings back the claims
of Inuit hunters who have long claimed that they were seeing more bears.
"Scientific knowledge has demonstrated that Inuit knowledge was
right," said Mr Taylor. (09/03/07)
Believe Government Using Global Warming Hysteria to Raise Taxes
- By Noel Sheppard - If a survey found that the overwhelming majority
of Americans believe lawmakers are using global warming hysteria to
raise taxes, would the climate change obsessed media report it? Highly
doubtful, wouldn't you agree? Well, Britain's Daily Mail published an
article Monday that seems quite unlikely any major U.S. press outlet
would dare cover for fear of contradicting the media meme of the debate
being over concerning this controversial issue: (09/03/07)
Looney Mooney's rubbish over at
Ariana's place begins with this ridiculous headline:
We Go Again: Global Warming and Hurricane Felix - By Chris Mooney
- Yet the words "global warming"
appear only once in his article, besides the title:
Now repeat after me, kids: No single hurricane says anything definitive
about global warming.
And there's this:
Indeed, every Atlantic hurricane so far this year has been a Category
5. This is accurate of course but
a bit trivial if not misleading. To get to the letter "F"
you have to have a total of six storms. Well there have been six named
storms and only two of them have reached hurricane status, Dean and
Felix. And those both reached category 5. But following Katrina, the
signature event of the 2005 season, we heard the same alarms for the
2006 season that never materialized, and the 2007 season. The 2006 forecast
was revised downward several times and turned out to be uneventful.
So far, 2007 is following suit.
On December 8, 2006, Klotzbach's team issued its first extended-range
forecast for the 2007 season, predicting above-average activity
(14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, 3 of Category 3 or higher). The team
predicted a high potential for at least one major hurricane to directly
impact the United States: the forecast indicated a 64% chance of at
least one major hurricane striking the U.S. mainland, which included
a 40% chance of at least one major hurricane strike on the East Coast
of the United States including the Florida peninsula, and a 40% chance
of at least one major hurricane strike on the Gulf Coast of the United
States from the Florida Panhandle westward. The potential for major
hurricane activity in the Caribbean was forecast to be above average,
and the team predicted El Niño to dissipate by the active portion
of the season.
On April 3 a new forecast was issued, calling for a very active
hurricane season of 17 named storms, 9 hurricanes and 5 intense hurricanes.
In my opinion, this was revised upward
as a result of the alarmism surrounding the February release of the
IPCC Fourth Assessment Report for Policy Makers. The increase
in the forecast was attributed to the rapid dissipation of El Niño
conditions. The team also forecast a neutral or weak-to-moderate La
Niña for the hurricane season, and noted that sea-surface temperatures
were much higher than long-term averages. The potential for at least
one major hurricane impacting the U.S. was increased to 74%, with the
U.S. East Coast potential increased to 50% and from the Florida Panhandle
westward to Brownsville, Texas increased to 49%. However, Klotzbach
noted that while they were calling for an active season, it was not
forecast to be "as active as the 2004 and 2005 seasons".
On May 22, 2007, NOAA released their pre-season forecast for
the 2007 season. They predicted 13 to 17 named storms, with 7 to 10
becoming hurricanes, and 3 to 5 becoming major hurricanes.
On June 19, 2007, The United Kingdom Met Office released predictions
for the remainder of the season based on a new prediction model. The
Met Office predicted 10 named storms, not including Andrea and Barry,
with a 70% chance of 7-13 named storms. The forecast did not include
specific predictions for the number of hurricanes or major hurricanes.
On August 3, 2007, Klotzbach's team lowered their season
estimate to 15 named storms, with 8 becoming hurricanes and 4 becoming
major hurricanes. They noted that conditions had become slightly less
favorable for storms than they were earlier in the year. Sea surface
temperature anomalies were cooler, and there were several incidences
of Saharan Air Layer outbreaks. ENSO conditions were also noted to have
been slightly cooler.
What does all this mean? It means
no one has a fucking clue when it comes to predicting hurricanes and
climate change. It's just weather. (09/03/07)
warming will bring more 'Felixes' - Really?
By Thijs Westerbeek - Hurricane Felix has grown into a category 5 storm.
Wind speeds of up to 270 kilometres per hour have put it firmly in this
highest category. After tropical storm Dean it's already the second
storm this hurricane season to reach this magnitude, which leads to
the question of whether global warming has anything to do with it. Climate
researcher Dr Geert Jan Oldenborg of the Dutch KNMI meteorological institute
isn't quite ready to go that far, but says nonetheless that global warming
will result in yet more violent hurricanes. Huh?
Earlier this summer the NOA, the American meteorological institute,
warned of an exceptionally bad hurricane season, but thus far the number
of tropical storms hasn't been extreme. The season, which lasts roughly
from the beginning of August till the end of September, has now had
six storms, and that's nothing out of the extraordinary. What is surprising,
however, is the sheer force of the storms, as Dr Oldenborg explains:
"The fact that it is already the second hurricane to reach category
five is very exceptional. In the last four years, we had category-five
hurricanes every year, while in the 50 years before that there were
only a handful of them..." Ugh,
50 years ago we didn't have the technology that we have today to accurately
measure hurricanes of that strength...Dr. (09/03/07)
of speech and honesty as victims of global warming - By Christopher
Lingle, New Delhi - What's up with journalists in the mainstream media?
In most cases, they tend to be unconditional supporters of free expression
and strive to report on controversial views. However, reporting on issues
relating to global warming has become strikingly one-sided. With no
need to persuade using rational argument, a new conventional wisdom
is being formulated that is beyond challenge by"sensible"
people. Creating group-think and mass behavior should be anathema to
honest journalists. Otherwise, reporters become opinion makers rather
than neutral observers. Following this line, there are signs of a growing
intolerance in the debate about global climate change. Climate-change
denial has become a taboo that invites a sense of moral repugnance for
the deniers. (09/03/07)
promotes cloth bags to counter global warming - BANGKOK, Sept 3
(TNA) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will launch a
campaign to promote the use of cloth bags instead of plastic, to reduce
waste and require no additional energy to get rid of the used plastic
bag, according to Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayodhin. The governor said
the campaign would be launched September 9 to encourage the public to
bring cloth bags to the market. Some 30,000 cloth bags would be distributed
to the public at the National Stadium Station of the Bangkok Mass Transit
System or BTS Skytrain and other six stations which were connected to
department stores, he said. Granted,
this idea has some merit for the obvious reasons. But not because of
the CO2 Boogy-man in the sky! (09/03/07)
with the global warming warnings! - It comes around every year with
the warm season. Warnings of doom and gloom if we don't change our ways.
Yes, global warming has taken us by storm, and with it comes a constant
barrage from the scientists, news, and ordinary folks called "greens,"
who think this world will cease to exist. Well, I'm sick of it. Me
chained to equipment at power station - Climate change protesters
have broken into the Loy Yang power station in Gippsland and chained
themselves to equipment. Protesters broke into the power station about
5:00AM this morning. Two men have chained themselves to an overburden
conveyor belt and another man and a woman are locked onto a coal conveyor
belt. About five protesters have been removed by police. Michaela Stubbs
from Real Action On Climate Change says today's protest is to coincide
with the APEC forum in Sydney. "People are taking immediate action
on climate change and we're demanding that our political representatives
do the same," she said. Police search and rescue crews have arrived
to try to remove the protesters. Loy Yang power management says the
protest has reduced power generation by 600 megawatts. (09/03/07)
not threatened by global warming, says Minister Eroglu - The new
minister of environment and forestry, Veysel Eroglu, says that Turkey
has the resources to withstand the effects of climate change. While
speaking to the press in the central Anatolian province of Afyon, Eroglu
said Turkey had "10 times" the amount of the water it currently
consumes. Minister Eroglu said that as a result of governmental measures,
"Turkey will not suffer any water shortages," and that there
will not be a single part of the nation without water by the year 2010.
on climate change elusive for Pacific Rim leaders - AP SYDNEY: Pacific
Rim leaders attending an annual summit will call for urgent progress
in stalled global trade talks, according to a draft statement, but their
officials struggled Monday to find consensus on climate change. Prime
Minister John Howard of Australia is urging leaders at this year's meeting
of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum to forge a
new international framework on global warming that rejects binding targets
for greenhouse gas emissions. Howard's proposal, however, has touched
off disagreement, with developing countries lining up against the Australian
'pay £10.2bn too much in green tax' - Britons are paying more
than £10 billion extra a year in green taxes than is required
to cover the cost of Britain's "carbon footprint", research
claims. Using previous research into climate change, the report for
the TaxPayers' Alliance estimated that covering the social cost of Britain's
carbon emissions would have cost £11.7 billion in 2005. But receipts
from "green" taxes such as fuel duty, road tax and the climate
change levy in the same year totalled £21.9 billion, according
to the study. This means that Britons paid £10.2 billion too much
in green taxes that year - or £400 for each household in Britain.
The Taxpayers' Alliance also published the result of a YouGov poll today
which found that 63% of people agreed with the statement "Politicians
are not serious about the environment and are using the issue as an
excuse to raise more revenue from green taxes". (09/03/07)
The dumbest article of the day--I'll
save you the trouble. Earth is melting, man-made CO2 is the cause and
it's Bush's fault. Obama, Clinton, Dodd, Richardson, not much better,
but Dennis kooky Kucinich is the man. Author also thinks Grist and Sourcewatch
are credible sources. It's worth a laugh or two so here it is.
to Address America's Altering of Earth's Climate - By Kevin Gosztola
- Indisputably, the next president must get a handle on America's ignorance
of global climate change before it further hinders the fight against
global climate change. Bush in his years in office has made various
weak appeals to fight global climate change but in these appeals, he
has gone to great lengths to limit his admittance that this dangerous
phenomenon is in fact being driven by humans. He has been even more
reluctant to admit that America is a prime purveyor of all that has
caused our climate to change. Notice
the title says "America's Altering...", not "Man's alrering".
Oh the United States of America is sooooo evil! (09/02/07)
warming uncertain - By David Loer - In response to some of the statements
made in the opinion article by Dexter Perkins in the Wednesday, Aug.
22, issue of The Forum regarding my statements about the global warming
science: First, this is not the apology suggested by Perkins. My opinion
apparently offended him, but I do not apologize for it. I do not apologize
for attempting to protect our customers from unwise actions that would
unnecessarily increase our cost of electricity. My comments, made to
our member/owners at our March 30 annual meeting, included a statement
that science has not fully resolved the issue of climate-change causation.
Perkins and others would like us to believe that carbon dioxide from
burning coal is a major contributor to catastrophic global warming and
apparently are offended when we question that premise. However, there
are many credible scientists who believe that man's emissions of CO2
will not cause catastrophic global warming in the world. A Heartland
Institute survey of more than 500 climate scientists in 27 countries
reported nearly one-half of the scientists surveyed do not believe human
activity is responsible for climate changes. (09/02/07)
to launch new funding for climate change - Australian Prime Minister
John Howard on Sunday unveiled a funding plan valued 70.7 million Australian
dollars (60.9 million U.S. dollars) for three measures to help cut green
house gas emissions through international efforts. But
what if the title was "Exxon-Mobil to launch new funding for climate
change"? The greenies would shit their cloth diapers! They're always
quick to villainize "skeptics" because they "take money"
from "corporations." But it's a drop in the bucket compared
to the billions in grants collected by warmists! (09/02/07)
Year the Global Warming Hoax Died - By Alan Caruba - When did the
global warming hoax die? Historians are likely to pinpoint 2007. It
will take another decade to insure it cannot be revived, but the avalanche
of scientific studies and the cumulative impact of scientists who have
publicly joined those who debunked the lies on which it has been based
will be noted as the tipping point. (09/02/07)
you getting accurate global warming data? - Agency's revision of U.S.
data has implications for world, says MICHAEL FUMENTO - You should
have known there'd be trouble when those responsible for the space shuttle
program were put in charge of tracking U.S. temperatures. So it shouldn't
have come as a big surprise when it was revealed that NASA committed
a bit of a faux pas regarding data constantly used for its shock value
by the mainstream media and other global warming proponents. (09/02/07)
Same day, two articles; both
blaming the future destruction of the wine industry on global
warming. Coincidence? Sure.
say global warming will destroy Napa vineyards - By DAN JUDGE/Times-Herald
staff writer - When global warming turns the world into an overheated,
apocalyptic nightmare, where on Earth will you be able to find
a decent chardonnay or pinot noir? Ugh,
how about the
UK? Not in the Napa Valley, according to some controversial
studies. For years, researchers have predicted that some day the
Wine Country will cease to exist. Climate change caused by increasing
greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will make the region unsuitable
for the finest grapes, they say. "If things continue as they
are, severe heat is going to make places that are very hospitable
to making the best wine much less hospitable," said Noah
Diffenbaugh, assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences
at Purdue University. Diffenbaugh is one of the authors of a study
by the America's National Academy of Sciences last year that suggested
the area of the U.S. suitable for growing premium wine grapes
could shrink by 81 percent by the end of the 21st century. Sure.
If greenhouse gases continue to increase at their current rate,
the number of extremely hot days during the growing season could
essentially eliminate Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara from the
winemaking business, the study concluded. (09/02/07)
And over on the other side
of the pond...
Northern France, Warming Presses Fall Grape Harvest Into Summertime
- By Molly Moore, Washington Post Foreign Service - ROUFFACH,
France -- On a cobweb-encrusted rafter above his giant steel grape
pressers, Ren? Mur? is charting one of the world's most tangible
barometers of global warming. The evidence, scrawled in black
ink, is the first day of the annual grape harvest for the past
three decades. In 1978, it was Oct. 16. In 1998, the date was
Sept. 14. This year, harvesting started Aug. 24 -- the earliest
ever recorded, not only in Mur?'s vineyards, but also in the entire
Alsace wine district of northeastern France. [...] Scientists
and vintners say wine grapes are the best agricultural measure
of climate change because of their extraordinary sensitivity to
weather and the meticulous data that have been kept concerning
the long-lived vines. [...] Really?
With evidence like grapes who needs satellites, thermometers,
charts, graphs, guages, NASA, the IPCC, and a cheesy slide show?
But the good news is...
Some champagne producers in northern France -- whose grapes were
ready for harvest in August, earlier than in any year on record
-- are eyeing properties in southern England, the current beneficiary
of planet warming. The
British wine industry is reemerging for the first time
in the 500 years since a mini-ice age cooled Europe. (09/02/07)
Greater Inconvenient Truth - By Frank Tate - Scare mongering can
be quite a lucrative business. Remember Y2K? We were led to believe
that an imminent catastrophe was facing mankind, with computers crashing
all over the world come the dawning of the 21st century. However, as
it turned out it just wasn't true! In the process, I suspect that those
responsible for the scare made a killing. The same went for the African
Killer Bee issue. These vicious predators have apparently been unleashed
in the west and will go on to sting every thing in sight to death! Yes
the bees did get to the west, but like the Y2K issue, this turned out
to be unnecessary hype and untrue, and you can bet that it must have
been lucrative too for the perpetuators of this "scientific"
theory. The sad thing was that the media, in both instances, unquestioningly
hyped up the issues and much human energy and resources went towards
worrying about something that could have been put towards much better
and more productive use. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Doesn't the current
furor surrounding global warming remind you of the hysteria generated
by Y2K and the African Killer Bee? The media has jumped on the bandwagon
again and the world has mindlessly lapped up the scare mongering dished
out by idle scientists who should know better. (09/01/07)
Oh the absurdity! I love it when
enviros get all worked up!
Gore, James Hansen, and Civil Disobedience - By Gordon Clark - In
his recent global warming op-ed in the New York Times ("The Big
Melt," August 16, 2007) , Nicholas Kristof reported on a conversation
with Al Gore in which the former Vice-President said: "I can't
understand why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers,
and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants."
His comment was a reaction to the ever- quickening pace of polar ice
meltoff, with all its catastrophic implications, and the huge role played
by coal-fired power plants in advancing our demise through global warming.
Gore's comment was also strikingly similar to a recent quote from Dr.
James Hansen, the top climate scientist at NASA: "It seems to me
that young people, especially, should be doing whatever is necessary
to block construction of dirty (no CCS) coal-fired power plants."
US Govt Study: Technology to solve Global Warming by 2032 - Technology
has saved the day many times in America. Betamax set the video entertainment
world free. Satellite reconnaissance kept New Orleans protected from
a Hurricane. And now, a recent government study shows that technology
will Save the World from Global Warming. A small group of government
mathematicians have been working on estimating the likelihood of technology
coming to the rescue again for Global Warming. (09/01/07)
aerosol man - By Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post - Stephen Schwartz
knows as much about the effects of aerosols on climate change as anyone
in the world, and he's worried. He believes climate change is so massive
an economic issue that we face costs "in the trillions if not quadrillions
of dollars." He thinks a Herculean effort and great sacrifice is
required to get the world down to zero net increase in carbon dioxide
concentrations, an effort he compares to that which the Allies undertook
in their all-out war against Nazi Germany and Japan. [...] Few scientists
speak with more conviction, or lay out the potential consequences of
inaction more starkly. Yet Stephen Schwartz, senior scientist at Brookhaven
National Laboratory, chief scientist of the Atmospheric Science Program
of the United Stated Department of Energy, and author of the study some
credit with spurring acid rain legislation in the 1990s, is also Al
Gore's worst nightmare. He knows the science on global warming is not
settled, as Gore claims. (09/01/07)
View -- Global warming consensus more politics than science - Fred
Slocum has an opinion on global warming based on his readings. I also
have an opinion on the subject based on my readings. Of the approximate
2,000 scientists who contributed articles for the IPCC summary report
Slocum references, only about 100 are climate scientists. The IPCC summary
report was written by a different group of scientists, a handful of
government scientists with a political agenda. We do not know how many
of the 100 contributing climate scientists agree with the summary report
because no poll was taken. A new survey to be published by the journal
"Energy and Environment" includes some interesting statistics.
Of the total 528 scientific papers written about global warming from
2004 through February 2007 only 7 percent of those scientists gave an
explicit endorsement of any so-called "consensus" cause, and
only one of those makes any reference to climate change leading to catastrophic
results. The so-called "consensus" cause was rejected outright
by 6 percent of those scientists, while 48 percent of the scientists
refused to accept or reject the hypothesis. This is hardly the "overwhelming"
supporting evidence Slocum suggests. It is not even a consensus of evidence
that would support Slocum's position, which I suggest might be more
political than scientific. S. Fred Singer, professor emeritus, Environmental
Science University of Virginia; atmospheric physicist, George Mason
University, and founder and president of the Science and Environmental
Policy Project has an informative article at http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis.asp.
Thanks for your service Senator
Warner, now good-bye...
up to a greenhouse gas bill - Letter from Washington: Senators agree
something must be done, but how and by when are divisive issues. - DENA
BUNIS, Washington Bureau Chief, The Orange County Register - Takes a
mug, a column label, a tagline and a sans tag that goes directly above
the byline It's amazing how much the support of one Republican can change
the dynamics of a debate in this town. That's exactly what Sen. Barbara
Boxer hopes will be the case when it comes to global warming. The California
Democrat, chairwoman of the environment and public works committee,
has made it her chief goal this year to get a climate change bill to
the Senate floor. She has said from the beginning that she would need
a high profile Republican senator to sign on to whatever bill comes
out of committee. She got that just before the recess when Virginia
Republican Sen. John Warner teamed up with independent Sen. Joe Lieberman
of Connecticut on a bill that would require caps on the amount of carbon
emissions. Just one more reason while
I won't shed any tears about John Warner leaving the Senate.
How to make a messed up industry
tries out being green - The first 787 might be painted blue, but
Boeing?s trying to get us all to see it as green. With the increasing
international emphasis on global warming and reducing greenhouse gases,
Boeing has shifted its marketing message about the 787. Where it used
to emphasize how much money airlines would save flying the more efficient
jet, the company now is talking about its environmentally friendly attributes:
lower pollution and less noise. That?s important at a time when even
Prince Charles has cut back on his flying to reduce his carbon footprint.
journalism standards! - By Joseph Farah - I'm having another "Stop
the Presses!" moment. This is what happens to me when I find news
developments that I think were specifically orchestrated to call attention
to my newest book of the same name, as well as to illustrate how badly
my colleagues in the so-called "mainstream" press have blown
their cover. Exhibit A is a column in Editor
& Publisher, the newspaper trade journal. It is written by Steve
Outing, who has been writing his feature - ironically called "Stop
the Presses" - for 10 years. And what does he have to say for
himself in the latest issue? He suggests it's time for newspapers to
abandon their "objectivity" over global warming and become
advocates. I'm not kidding. And it's not a parody script for the Comedy
Channel, either. This guy is serious. (09/01/07)
MEDIA CONTINUES TO FAIL TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ACCURATELY ON GLOBAL WARMING
- An interesting commentary on the bias of parts of the news media in
Britain and New Zealand has been provided by a founder member of the
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, Professor Bob Carter, of James
Cook University, Townsville, Australia, who is a graduate of Otago and
Cambridge Universities, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New
Zealand, and an internationally respected researcher and commentator
on climate issues. These comments follow previous evidence delivered
by Professor Carter to the U.S. Senate Committee of Environment &
Public Works in 2006, which included explicit criticisms of leading
New Zealand journalists. (09/01/07)
CHANGE: The New Utopia, Keeping the World As It Is - Analysis by
Julio Godoy - VIENNA, Sep 1 (IPS) - Utopias have always inspired humankind
-- from the defence of enlightenment against religious fanaticism during
the Middle Ages, to reconstruction after last century's wars, to the
end of colonialism. Those were imperious, even grandiloquent utopias,
corresponding to the excesses of the times. A new utopia is a conservative,
apparently modest one -- a titanic, nonetheless: keep the world as it
is, environmentally speaking. This utopia's deceptively modest demands
have been made clear again in Vienna this week at the new UN conference
on global warming to prepare for the next global round of talks due
in Bali, Indonesia, in December. This utopia's goals sounds uninspiring
bureaucratic: reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 50 percent by the
middle of this century relative to 1990 levels in order to limit average
temperature rises to less than two degrees Celsius by 2050. Otherwise,
many scientists say, the environmental, social, and economic consequences
of global warming would transform earth into an inhabitable place. (09/01/07)
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