Archive for September, 2010

UN Millennium Goals Flunk Reality Check

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

CHURCHVILLE, VA—On the10th birthday of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, officials are lamenting that the world has made little progress in meeting them. No one should be surprised.

Goal # 1 is to cut greenhouse emissions by 50 percent. The UN says this clearly within reach if there’s the “political will.” “Economic death-wish” would be a better term. The UN wants us to give up 85 percent of our energy system, and use expensive, erratic solar and wind that would do little to reduce greenhouse emissions.

More importantly, we haven’t gotten the massive warming so long predicted by the computer models. If James Hansen had been correct in his 1988 predictions to congress, the planet would already some 2 degrees warmer today than it is. Nor did the computer models predict the Pacific Ocean’s 2008 shift into a massive cool phase, which now looks likely to cool the planet for the next 30 years. Let’s wait for the current La Nina to fade and see what sort of actual warming cycle we are facing.

UN Goal #2:  Convert at least 40 percent of agricultural lands to ecologically sustainable production, with minimized use of agro-chemicals, and expanded use of techniques that reduce soil erosion and run-off and that maintain high levels of biodiversity. (more…)

Another government mandate

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Source:  Washington Times

by Paul Chesser

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat, and Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican (and the party’s gubernatorial nominee) must be gluttons for punishment.

Mandates to buy things – pushed by Washington – have fouled the political air. The public, which is shown in polls to hate Obamacare, hate most the part that obligates them to buy health insurance. What else do they despise? The ban on the incandescent light bulb, which begins to take effect in 2012 and will force everyone to buy higher-priced mercury-filled compact fluorescents for the rest of their lives. More than a few people hope for a repeal of both measures after the November elections.

So Americans are tired of the dictating, but what do the aforementioned senators do? They dictate more, with a proposed law that will force you to procure part of your electricity from windmills, solar farms and other costly sources. It’s called a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), brought to you by politicians who think they know what’s good for you.

It works this way: The nation’s biggest utilities (think Exelon, Duke Energy, Xcel Energy), which supply the majority of the country’s power, are coerced into generating a minimum percentage of their electricity from alternative energy. It’s 15 percent under the Bingaman-Brownback bill. It costs much more for these resources – even after heavy subsidies from government – so the utilities must pass on the rate increases to their customers. (more…)

Utah’ Climate Variability

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Source: SPPI

by Chip Knappenberger

There have been several very recent articles in the scientific literature that have examined various aspects of climate variability in and around Utah over the past 50 to 100 years. These new papers shed interesting light on variability and trends in temperature and precipitation and serve to further underscore what we understand about the climate of Utah and the American Southwest?it is primarily hot and dry. Any influence on these general characteristics from anthropogenic global warming appears minor, if even possible to discern at all.

A man for all (climate) seasons?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Source:  UK Telegraph
by James Dlingpole
Stephen McIntyre: total bloody hero.

Stephen McIntyre: total bloody hero.

Steve McIntyre has been named one of the 50 People Who Matter by the left-wing journal New Statesman. He comes in at number 32. (Below a motley crew including Osama Bin Laden, Hugo Chavez, David Cameron, Julian Assange, Barack Obama, and the like). (H/T Roddy Campbell)

Here’s what his entry says:

When the mining expert Stephen McIntyre challenged the basis of climate science on his blog, he became a figurehead for many climate-change sceptics.

His subsequent involvement in the 2009 “Climategate” controversy at the University of East Anglia (he was referred to in the hacked emails over 100 times) emboldened the sceptics further and changed global opinion: the number of people who believe man is responsible for global warming has fallen.

The influence might not be positive, but there’s no doubt he has shaped the debate. (more…)

Pick your proxy

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source: http://www.bloggernews.net/125266

What do we conclude when temperature proxies contradict both one another and real-world data?

We see here that a new proxy temperature measurement from South America shows the Medieval warm period and little ice age that Warmists like Michael Mann tried to ?iron out? of their ?hockey stick? graphs.

It also however shows a temperature upturn in the 20th century that exceeds the temperature observed in their proxy data for the Medieval warm period ? which contradicts what we certainly know about the Medieval warm period ? when the historical data that we have (Vikings farming in Greenland etc.) shows that period to be warmer than the present. (more…)

Crank of the Week – September 13, 2010 – John Holdren

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source:  Resilient Earth

White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren is back in the news and that can only mean he is once again spouting radical, crackpot ideas. In a video interview with CNSNews.com, Holdren said that he would use the “free market economy” to implement the “massive campaign” he advocated along with fellow misanthrope Paul Ehrlich to “de-develop the United States.” Aside from poor taste in associates, Holdren has demonstrated that the academic left is alive and as potentially dangerous to the average citizen as ever. Perhaps this is what the Obama administration means by “change,” but it is surely change we cannot live with. (more…)

Global Warming Alarmist Calls For Eco-Gulags To Re-Educate Climate Deniers

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source:  http://www.prisonplanet.com/global-warming-alarmist-calls-for-eco-gulags-to-re-educate-climate-deniers.html

Finnish philosopher says oppressive and brutal government should exert ?tireless control of citizens? in shocking insight into threat of eco-fascism movement ? Linkola openly calls for Nazi-style mass extermination policies to ?kill defectives?

A Finnish environmentalist guru has gone further than any other global warming alarmist in openly calling for fascism as a necessary step to save the planet from ecological destruction, demanding that climate change deniers be ?re-educated? in eco-gulags and that the vast majority of humans be killed with the rest enslaved and controlled by a green police state, with people forcibly sterilized, cars confiscated and travel restricted to members of the elite.

Philosopher Pentti Linkola has built an enthusiastic following of self-described ?eco-fascists? receptive to his message that the state should enact draconian measures of ?discipline, prohibition, enforcement and oppression? in order to make people comply with environmental dictates. (more…)

Global Cooling video

Monday, September 27th, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttLBqB0qDko&feature=player_embedded

This video gives background about the 70s ice age scare with an update about some the principal figures.

Newsweek, April 28, 1975
http://denisdutton.com/newsweek_cooli…

Time, June 24, 1974
http://www.junkscience.com/mar06/Time…

Damon and Kunen, Science August 6, 1976
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content… (more…)

What do we see when we use THREE centuries of temperature data?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source: Greenie Watch

What do we see when we use THREE centuries of temperature data?

German geologist Dr. Friedrich-Karl Ewert has asked that question and answered it. He notes that the German weather bureau has temperature records going back as far as 1701 so decided to use them all to calculate temperature changes over time. He found nearly as many cooling trends as warming trends — giving an overall temperature change that is so small as to be best described as temperature stability.

Below is the introduction to an almost completely ignored press conference that he gave at the recent Bonn pow-wow. I also have the graphs accompanying the presentation and reproduce the first of them below. (more…)

Obama’s science czar abandoning rational thought

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source:  Culture

Although they still believe alleged “manmade global warming” is a problem, the White House is attempting to repackage the name in hopes it will be better received by the public.

Climate Depot executive editor Marc Morano tells OneNewsNow that he believes President Obama’s “science czar” John Holdren has recognized the collapse of the entire movement alleging manmade global warming. Holdren, says Morano, fears that the phrase “global warming” has been oversimplified and sounds less dangerous than what he believes it really is — so Holdren is changing the terminology. (more…)

Pacific Warming, Atlantic Hurricanes & Global Climate Non-Disruption

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source:  Resilient Earth

by Doug L. Hoffman

In an example of what Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren would label ?global climate disruption,? a 2009 report claimed that warming surface water in the Pacific Ocean was having an impact on the frequency of tropical storms. Moreover, landfalls along the Gulf of Mexico coast and Central America were supposedly increased. Now a new study appearing in Geophysical Research Letters has found these claims to be untrue. It seems that there is little correlation between the Atlantic hurricane activity and Pacific Ocean warming. In fact, the increased tropical storm frequency in 1969 and 2004 can be readily explained by increased warmth in the Atlantic where the storms form. Once again, those looking for a smoking gun in the form of human caused climate change are forced to look elsewhere. (more…)

HOW WIDE-SPREAD, HOW DEEP IS CLIMATEGATE?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source:  http://nigguraths.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/booker-vs-pachauri/

Blog post by Oliver K. Manuel

Climategate exposed deceit far beyond the wildest imagination of any conspiracy buffs – the UN’s IPCC, world leaders, Al Gore, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the International Inter-Academy Panel on International Issues (IAP), the International Inter-Academy Council (IAC), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NASA, the Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee, major research journals, major news media and public TV (BBC, PBS, etc). (more…)

Booker Vs Pachauri

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source:  Shub Niggurath Climate

In case, you?ve missed this ? global warming has resulted in its fair share of lawsuits, around the world. So it was, that Rajendra Pachauri the UN?s bureaucrat who is heading the IPCC, hung the threat of a lawsuit over the Telegraph?s head. The sword would come crashing down, because Christopher Booker and Richard North, had overstretched their case accusing Pachauri a.k.a ?Patchy? of making millions of dollars arising from climate change mitigation.

Can you believe this nonsense that anyone can make any money off climate change? Just for thinking such thoughts, Booker deserves a few lawsuits going his way. (more…)

George Monbiot: scrubbing the record clean

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source:  Bishop Hill

This is a guest post by Julian Williams and Shub Niggurath

Background

Last November things began to go seriously wrong for the IPCC version of science.  Things started after a leading Indian glaciologist called VK Raina publicly pointed out that he disagreed with the IPCC conclusion that the Himalayan glaciers would melt away within 30 years.  Raina said studies showed that at the present rate of melting, the glaciers would take hundreds of years to do so.   The Indian public had previously been told that the waters from the Himalayas would dry up within their lifetimes, so this good news was published on the front pages of the Indian newspapers. (more…)

The John Holdren File

Monday, September 27th, 2010

‘Global climate disruption has apparently changed the fundamental properties of water’

(posted 5 days, 13 hours ago)