Archive for December, 2009

Copenhagen climate summit: “What a bunch of Buffoons”

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Source: Courtesy of the London Telegraph

By Gerald Warner

When your attempt at recreating the Congress of Vienna with a third-rate cast of extras turns into a shambles, when the data with which you have tried to terrify the world is daily exposed as ever more phoney, when the blatant greed and self-interest of the participants has become obvious to all beholders, when those pesky polar bears just keep increasing and multiplying – what do you do?

No contest: stop issuing three rainforests of press releases every day, change the heading to James Bond-style “Do not distribute” and “leak” a single copy, in the knowledge that human nature is programmed to interest itself in anything it imagines it is not supposed to see, whereas it would bin the same document unread if it were distributed openly.

After that, get some unbiased, neutral observer, such as the executive director of Greenpeace, to say: “This is the single most important piece of paper in the world today.” Unfortunately, the response of all intelligent people will be to fall about laughing; but it was worth a try – everybody loves a tryer – and the climate alarmists are no longer in a position to pick and choose their tactics. (more…)

More Temperature Data Concerns

Friday, December 18th, 2009
Posted by Joe D’Aleo
The NOAA GHCN data for China shows a temperature that was in part responsive to large changes in the network of observing sites. E.M. Smith noted a major dropout starting shortly before 1990 after the global warming effort took flight (Hansen’s testimony was in the summer of 1988).
The station distribution became increasingly urban, more tropical, more lower elevation, all of which would cause/enhance the shown warming. Current station numbers remain lower than anytime back to 1930. The stations were not closed. They can still be found on the web reporting hourly data.

The Russian IEA found a similar station situation with a station dropout from 476 to 121. The new subset had 0.64C more warming and were biased towards stations with partial data (opportunity for mischief) and urbanized.

EverGreens: After Failure, Warmists Will Change Hats And Move On

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Posted By William M. Briggs On December 17, 2009

Source: courtesy of Pajamas Media

First, some good news.

A lefty organization sent me an indignant press release stating that the Danish police have “aggressed on protesters outside the Bella Center.” By this, they mean that the agitants, who moments before were shouting “Push the police away!,” were physically held back from entering an already crowded room.

It is true that it is depressing to see the heretofore useful word aggression turned into another mouth-numbing verb. But it’s heartening to hear that a group of professional whiners were told “No.” True to form, when turned away the perpetually petulant started screaming “Rights! [1],” by which they mean, as they always do, “My desires, not yours.” (more…)

A happy Christmas to one and all

Friday, December 18th, 2009

From The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley to all of our valued readers


Follow the star to silent Bethlehem!

The Savior’s cry proclaims salvation’s dawn.

With “It is finished!” shall begin for us

The future born with Him on Christmas morn.

For us the Lord of Life will conquer death

And fling away the darkness of the tomb

And bring to us, that dare to love, the breath

Of life eternal from the mortal womb.

Creator creature, Father son, Life life,

Love love becomes, and wins a mother’s smile,

And wins our freedom from the age-long strife

Of light with dark, of truthfulness with guile, 

Of right with wrong, of joy with misery, 

Of life with death. This day the world is free!

Climate-Gate – Michael Coren with Lord Christopher Monckton

Friday, December 18th, 2009

This is a five-part interview which aired throughout Canada.

The remaining parts can be viewed here:

All-night session leads to draft deal at Copenhagen

Friday, December 18th, 2009

From the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, December 18, 2009

Leaders and ministers from 28 countries including Australia have outlined a draft accord to fight global warming.

The three-hour session ended early today, leaving top advisers to work out the final language before the summit of a draft agreement on how to tame global warming and help poor countries cope with its impacts.

??The advisers will get back to work at three in the morning to craft a proposed political agreement that will be presented to heads of state at 8am,?? a European diplomat said.

“Everybody present understood that there had to be a text,?? said the source, who was present at the meeting.

??The idea is to have a political accord as soon as possible, but it?s going to be tough,?? he added. (more…)

Shock: Global temperatures driven by US Postal Charges

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Written by Joann Nova

Source: courtesy of JoNova

The rise in global temperatures since 1880 closely correlates with increases in postal charges, sparking alarm that CO2 has been usurped as the main driver of climate change.

Back in 1885 it cost 2 cents to post a letter. Who would have thought that as postal charges climbed by 40 cents through the next 120 years, that global temperatures would mirror that rise in timing and slope and gain almost one full degree? (more…)

Higher rainfall increases outgoing long-wave radiation

Friday, December 18th, 2009

From Dr. William Gray

I have just heard that NASA has a new satellite in orbit that can directly measure CO2 content in the atmosphere and that these new measurements are beginning to show that there is a positive association between increased rainfall (from higher CO2 gas amounts) and suppression of outgoing long-wave radiation.

This is to be expected in and around the areas of precipitation ? but not necessarily in the broader global-scale areas surrounding precipitation where return flow mass subsidence is driving the water vapor radiation emission level to a lower and somewhat warmer temperature. (more…)

A farewell to freedom

Friday, December 18th, 2009

From The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley in Copenhagen

  • The following is one of many enquiries I have had about the constitutional status of an international agreement reached at Copenhagen, together with my reply.

Dear Lord Monckton, ? I have a question about your assertion concerning the sovereignty of the US being in jeopardy, and your discussion with a certain young lawyer specializing in Constitutional law, as mentioned on a recent radio interview with Alex Jones.

Are you at liberty to give the constitutional expert?s name?  My question is this. How can the Copenhagen Treaty, or any Treaty, trump the US Constitution in light of the case of Reid v. Covert?

M of B replies: No, I can’t give the expert’s name, but he was of sufficient seniority and experience, and he was in exactly the right position on Capitol Hill to give sound advice. It was he who said, bluntly, that the draft Copenhagen Treaty, as it stood at the time of our conversation a couple of months ago, would ?trump? the US Constitution. Those were his very first words when I walked into his office, where every surface, including the floor, was heaped with law books. (more…)

Is the European police state going global?

Friday, December 18th, 2009

From The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley in Copenhagen

Today the gloves came off and the true purpose of the ?global warming? scare became nakedly visible. Ugo Chavez, the Socialist president of Venezuela, blamed ?global warming? on capitalism ? and received a standing ovation from very nearly all of the delegates, lamentably including those from those of the capitalist nations of the West that are on the far Left ? and that means too many of them.

Previously Robert Mugabe, dictator of Rhodesia, who had refused to leave office when he had been soundly defeated in a recent election, had also won plaudits at the conference for saying that the West ought to pay him plenty of money in reparation of our supposed ?climate debt?.

Inside the conference center, ?world leader? after ?world leader? got up and postured about the need to Save The Planet, the imperative to do a deal, the necessity to save the small island nations from drowning, etc., etc., etc.

Outside, in the real world, it was snowing, and a foretaste of the Brave New World being cooked up by ?world leaders? in their fantasy-land was already evident. Some 20,000 observers from non-governmental organizations ? nearly all of them true-believing Green groups funded by taxpayers ? had been accredited to the conference. (more…)

Record weather and temperature events

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The Record Events map depicts the official National Weather Service records recorded for the defined date(s) or time period, which includes record high and low temperatures, record high minimum temperatures, record low maximum temperatures, record daily rainfall and record daily snowfall.

Record Events for Thu Dec 10, 2009 through Wed Dec 16, 2009
Total Records: 381
Rainfall: 57
Snowfall: 69
High Temperatures: 15
Low Temperatures: 85
Lowest Max Temperatures: 141
Highest Min Temperatures: 14

America’s Morning News

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Source: Courtesy of the Washington Times


In case you didn’t tune into The Washington Times’ nationally syndicated radio show “America’s Morning News” – heard in Washington on WTNT-AM 570 and coast-to-coast via the Talk Radio Network – here’s what three of Wednesday’s guests told co-hosts Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin:

– Christopher Monckton, a key global-warming skeptic and chief policy adviser for the Science and Public Policy Institute: Speaking from Copenhagen, site of the U.N. conference on climate change, Mr. Monckton has held his own “counterconference” with a contingent of 60 scientists and climatologists.

During Wednesday’s broadcast, he listened to a recording of former Vice President Al Gore reciting a doomsday poem he’d written. Without missing a beat, Mr. Monckton improvised a limerick mocking Mr. Gore’s dire climate-change predictions.

Sea level: level heads needed

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

From Professor Nils-Axel Mörner

On December 16, Nature published an article by Richard A. Lovett entitled Sea level rise may exceed worst expectation. The timing is calculated for maximum impact and minimum discussion. The article has already been referred to as an argument for immediate action in Copenhagen. 
The facts are different, however.

The author claims that sea level at the Last Interglacial 125,000 years ago was 10 m higher than the present. This figure is not in accordance with present knowledge among sea-level specialists. If it were correct, all of our knowledge and long-term analyses of vertical tectonics would be wrong – and this is certainly not the case. A sea level 10 meters higher than today in the Last Interglacial is simply wrong. Sea-level specialists know this, and so do global tectonic specialists. 
A 10 m rise would – under Ice-Age deglacial conditions – take at least 1000 years; under interglacial climatic conditions, many times more.

In the text (not quoted by climatic agitators in the press), the author gives the rate of sea level rise at 75 ±17 cm per century. This would imply a sea-level rise by 2100 of about 70 cm (±17 cm) – and not the 10 m the news media are widely claiming.

For comparison, the IPCC (2007 Fourth Assessment Report) give 37 cm (±30 cm) in a century. My own expert sea-level group gives 5 cm (±15 cm) in a century. 
This implies that the article by Lovett is primarily another piece of disinformation, arriving just in time to influence the discussions at Copenhagen. The question is how Nature can stand behind this paper. One feels the cold wind of the CRU Climategate scandal.


A Non-Problem Spun up into a Global Crisis

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

By The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

  • An Australian reader has sent in a question-and-answer sheet on the climate completed by Dr. Andrew Glikson on behalf of a Member of Parliament who believes “global warming” is a global crisis and has circulated Dr. Glikson’s document to her constituents. The reader has asked us to provide a commentary on Dr. Glikson’s answers, which we do with pleasure.

1. Are human activities contributing to climate change? How do we know the atmosphere build up of greenhouse gases is due to human activity?

Glikson: Since the industrial revolution in the mid-18th century, combustion of fossil fuel resulted in the emission of more than 320 billion tons of carbon in the form of CO2. This is more than half the pre-industrial carbon content of the atmosphere of 590 billion tons. About 200 billion tons stayed in the atmosphere, raising CO2 concentration from 280 parts per million (ppm) to the current level of 388 ppm.  (more…)

Who do you think we are, Mr. President? Citizens or subjects?

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

We are happy to publish this essay from the office of Newt Gingrich

Put aside all the serious fights over the climate science, the astronomical costs associated with capping carbon emissions, the endless demands for carbon reparations, compliance and verification, etc., the only question that really matters this week at the Copenhagen Conference on climate change is whether President Obama is really going to end up corrupting the American constitutional system in front of the entire world.

Who will President Obama heed? The American people and our constitutional system of checks and balances, or the collection of dictators, tyrants, and mostly undemocratic heads of government convened by the United Nations in Copenhagen this week? They are tempting the American president to do what he wants to do and what they mostly do: ignore the will of their own people and sign a political agreement based on an unconstitutional sham.

Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution is crystal clear: ?He [the President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.? (more…)