Archive for September, 2010

Prominent Climatologists Skeptical of AGW Alarm

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Source:  Popular Technology

Six Prominent Climatologists; John Christy, Patrick Michaels, Richard Lindzen, Roy Spencer, Fred Singer and Sherwood Idso, all skeptical of “man-made” global warming (AGW) alarm.

“I’m sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see.” – John R. Christy

John R. Christy, B.A. Mathematics, California State University (1973), M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois (1984), Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois (1987), NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (1991), American Meteorological Society’s Special Award (1996), Member, Committee on Earth Studies, Space Studies Board (1998-2001), Alabama State Climatologist (2000-Present), Fellow, American Meteorological Society (2002), Panel Member, Official Statement on Climate Change, American Geophysical Union (2003), Member, Committee on Environmental Satellite Data Utilization, Space Studies Board (2003-2004), Member, Committee on Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the last 2,000 years, National Research Council (2006), Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville (1991-Present), Director of the Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville (2000-Present), Contributor, IPCC (1992, 1994, 1996, 2007), Lead Author, IPCC (2001) (more…)

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…)

NASA scientist James Hansen endorses book which calls for ‘ridding the world of Industrial Civilization’

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source:  Climate Depot

Below are excerpts from an article by James Delingpole of the UK Telegraph. Full Telegraph article here.

Excerpt: In a scary new book called Time’s Up – whose free online version titled A Matter Of Scale you can read here – author Keith Farnish claims: “The only way to prevent global ecological collapse and thus ensure the survival of humanity is to rid the world of Industrial Civilization.”
[...]

He (Farnish) believes – as the Hon Sir Jonathon Porritt does – that mankind is a blot on the landscape and that breeding (or for that matter, existence) should be discouraged: “In short, the greatest immediate risk to the population living in the conditions created by Industrial Civilization is the population itself. Civilization has created the perfect conditions for a terrible tragedy on the kind of scale never seen before in the history of humanity. That is one reason for there to be fewer people, providing you are planning on staying within civilization – I really wouldn’t recommend it, though.” (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…)

Global Cooling and the New World Order

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source:  UK Telegraph

by James Delingpole

Bilderberg. Whether you believe it’s part of a sinister conspiracy which will lead inexorably to one world government or whether you think it’s just an innocent high-level talking shop, there’s one thing that can’t be denied: it knows which way the wind is blowing. (Hat tips: Will/NoIdea/Ozboy)

At its June meeting in Sitges, Spain (unreported and held in camera, as is Bilderberg’s way), some of the world’s most powerful CEOs rubbed shoulders with notable academics and leading politicians. They included: the chairman of Fiat, the Irish Attorney General Paul Gallagher, the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Dick Perle, the Queen of the Netherlands, the editor of the Economist…. Definitely not Z-list, in other words.

Which is what makes one particular item on the group’s discussion agenda so tremendously significant. See if you can spot the one I mean:

The 58th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Sitges, Spain 3 – 6 June 2010. The Conference will deal mainly with Financial Reform, Security, Cyber Technology, Energy, Pakistan, Afghanistan, World Food Problem, Global Cooling, Social Networking, Medical Science, EU-US relations.

Yep, that’s right. Global Cooling. (more…)

Five Reasons Why Water Vapor Feedback Might Not Be Positive

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source: Global Warming

by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

Since it has been a while since I have addressed water vapor feedback, and I am now getting more questions about it, I thought this would be a good time to revisit the issue and my opinions on the subject.

Positive water vapor feedback is probably the most “certain” and important of the feedbacks in the climate system in the minds of mainstream climate researchers. Weak warming caused by more carbon dioxide will lead to more water vapor in the atmosphere, which will then amplify the weak warming through water vapor’s role as the atmosphere’s primary greenhouse gas.

Positive water vapor feedback makes sense intuitively. Warmer air masses, on average, contain more water vapor. Warmer air is associated with greater surface evaporation rates, which is the ultimate source of almost all atmospheric water vapor. (more…)