Archive for December, 2010

The Year of Stupid: Potsdam Climate Institute Now Says To Expect ?Warmer Colder? Winters!

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Source:  NoTricksZone

by P. Gosselin

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the German media are now in full panic mode. They can no longer get their stories straight.

Desperate to stem the flood of doubt now sweeping Germany, as the country is gripped by its harshest December in 100 years, including record snowfalls in Potsdam, the hyper-alarmist PIK and the German media are now throwing all they?ve got to explain away the embarrassing cold.

For years they preached endlessly that Germany would be experiencing balmy, southern European-type winters. Snow indeed had been relegated to the history books. The tables have since turned.

Everybody had predicted a brutal winter

Back in late summer and fall, meteorologists like Piers Corbyn, Joe Bastardi, and other German private forecasters, were all predicting cold winters ahead. Even Russian and Polish scientists had forecast the possibility of the harshest winter in a 1000 years. But the PIK and Met Office climatologists scoffed. The Met Office in England even went so far as to forecast a mild and wet winter, again.

Read full article here:  http://notrickszone.com/2010/12/23/potsdam-climate-instutute-now-says-to-expect-warmer-colder-winters/

The man who repeatedly beats the Met Office at its own game

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Source: UK Telegraph

Piers Corbyn not only predicted the current weather, but he believes things are going to get much worse, says Boris Johnson.

Well, folks, it’s tea-time on Sunday and for anyone involved in keeping people moving it has been a hell of a weekend. Thousands have had their journeys wrecked, tens of thousands have been delayed getting away for Christmas; and for those Londoners who feel aggrieved by the performance of any part of our transport services, I can only say that we are doing our level best.

Almost the entire Tube system was running yesterday and we would have done even better if it had not been for a suicide on the Northern Line, and the temporary stoppage that these tragedies entail. Of London’s 700 bus services, only 50 were on diversion, mainly in the hillier areas. On Saturday, we managed to keep the West End plentifully supplied with customers, and retailers reported excellent takings on what is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

We have kept the Transport for London road network open throughout all this. We have about 90,000 tons of grit in stock, and the gritters were out all night to deal with this morning’s rush. And yet we have to face the reality of the position across the country. (more…)

EPA moving unilaterally to limit greenhouse gases

Saturday, December 25th, 2010
Source:  AP

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Stymied in Congress, the Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for new power plants and oil refinery emission standards over the next year.

In an announcement posted on the agency’s website late Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change.

“We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce GHG pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans,” Jackson said in a statement. She said emissions from power plants and oil refineries constitute about 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in this country.

President Barack Obama had said two days after the midterm elections that he was disappointed Congress hadn’t acted on legislation achieving the same end, signaling that other options were under consideration. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: $100 Oil

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Source:  Bloomberg

Oil importers are growing wary of the impact of prices near two-year highs as some OPEC members foresee a further rally to the $100-a-barrel level and Arab oil ministers gather for a meeting in Cairo.

Japan?s economy minister said today the government needs to keep an eye on climbing prices while the deputy governor of the Chinese central bank said inflation pressures are rising.

Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya?s National Oil Corp., was the latest OPEC official to forecast $100. Iran and Venezuela have also said that represents a fair price while Saudi Arabia, the group?s biggest exporter, said it prefers prices centered on $75, a level that oil has traded above since September.

?An issue for OPEC will obviously be prices edging higher,? said Bill Farren-Price, chief executive officer of Winchester, U.K.-based consultants Petroleum Policy Intelligence. ?The issue is whether we?re in a new rally and for now the jury?s out on that. And I don?t think anyone in OPEC would disagree with that.?

Brent crude oil on London?s ICE Futures Europe exchange advanced 21 percent this year, and traded today as high as $94.74 a barrel. Crude oil futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 15 percent so far this year. (more…)

The Chicago Climate Club Gets Capped

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Source: Forbes

by Larry Bell

I didn’t receive an invitation to attend the annual holiday festivities sponsored by the Chicago Climate Club this year. Initially concerned that this might possibly be due to something I wrote in this column, a different reason is now apparent. The Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) has shut its doors in response to a different sort of climate change–one producing a cold political Northern that blew into the Windy City from the Great Plains and beyond on Nov. 2.

Consequently, many prominent officers, corporate affiliates and individual shareholders–many of whom you are likely to recognize–won’t receive the public gifts they had hoped.

CCX was launched in 2003 as a “voluntary pilot agency” that aspired to become the New York Stock Exchange for Carbon-emission trading. Its planning was initiated thanks to a $345,000 grant from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation to Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management to study and test the viability of a future carbon-credit market.

This transaction occurred when a young community organizer, Barack Obama, served on the Joyce Foundation’s board of directors, along with his mentor, present White House advisor Valerie Jarret. Eventually Joyce Foundation startup contributions for CCX totaled about $1.1 million, and its president, Paula DiPerna, later left the organization to become executive vice president of CCX. (more…)

Australia?s white summer, Monbiot?s red fury

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Source:  WattsUp

Australia swaps summer for Christmas snow

Excerpts from Physorg.com

Snow and ice covering buildings and cars on December 19, 2010 at Mount Hotham,Victoria, as snow fell in Australia. The usual hot and summery December weather was replaced in parts by icy gusts sweeping up from the Southern Ocean, giving the country a taste of a white Christmas. Snow has fallen in parts of east coast states New South Wales and Victoria.

Snow fell in Australia on Monday, as the usual hot and summery December weather was replaced in parts by icy gusts sweeping up from the Southern Ocean, giving the country a taste of a white Christmas.

Snow has fallen in parts of east coast states New South Wales and Victoria, leaving ski resorts ? some of which are usually snow-free at this time of year ? with dumps of up to 10 centimetres (four inches). (more…)

When you’re in a hole, George, stop digging

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Source:  UK Telegraph

by James Delingpole

As Dan Hannan has noticed, the Moonbat has finally flipped.

Snow, he is trying to tell us in all earnestness, is another sign that Man Made Global Warming is definitely happening. Nothing to do with solar minima or El Nino and La Nina or any of that reality-based nonsense. No, sirree. It?s definitely, definitely still our fault because of all that evil plant-food our factories have been pumping into the atmosphere. Weather is not the same as climate. Etc.

Here are what some of George?s fans at Komment Macht Frei have to say about his latest post:

So even when you?re wrong you?re right? [It has had over 400 recommends, that one]

What will the cold be caused by next week George?

Thanks for keeping us up to date on The Daily Cause.

Sure, the cold tried to hide the Climategate evidence.

Sounds like a just-so story to me. Whatever happens, it is exactly what we would expect to happen under global warming. Hotter, colder, drier, wetter, sunnier, cloudier, windier, whatever.

George, what type of weather could people in Britain expect to see if global warming isn?t happening? (more…)

Pagan UK

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Hundreds of criminals are to be given four days a year off prison work – to celebrate pagan festivals.

Prison governors have been issued with a list of eight annual pagan holidays and told pagan inmates can choose four to celebrate.

The festivals include Imbolc – The Festival of the Lactating Sheep – which falls on February 1 and is dedicated to the goddess Brighid.

Jail celebration: Prisoners can get time off work to mark pagan  festivals such as the Summer Solstice, being celebrated here at  Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Jail celebration: Prisoners can get time off work to mark pagan festivals such as the Summer Solstice, being celebrated here at Stonehenge, Wiltshire (more…)

Warm Bias: How The Met Office Mislead The British Public

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Source:  The Global Warming Policy Foundation

CCNet ? 20 December 2010

Children just aren’t going to know what snow is. –Dr David Viner, Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, 20 March 2000

Why did the Met Office forecast a “mild winter”? ?Boris Johnson, Major of London, The Daily Telegraph, 20 December 2010

December 2010 is “almost certain” to be the coldest since records began in 1910, according to the Met Office. ?The Independent, 18 December 2010

The Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, is seeking the opinion of the chief scientific adviser about whether the government should be planning for more severe winters in future. ? BBC News, 19 December 2010

The Met Office, using data generated by a £33million supercomputer, claims Britain can stop worrying about a big freeze this year because we could be in for a milder winter than in past years. The new figures, which show a 60 per cent to 80 per cent chance of warmer-than-average temperatures this winter, were ridiculed last night by independent forecasters. Positive Weather Solutions senior forecaster Jonathan Powell said: ?It baffles me how the Met Office can predict a milder-than-average winter when all the indicators show this winter will have parallels to the last one. ?They are standing alone here, as ourselves and other independent forecasters are all predicting a colder-than-average winter. –Nathan Reo, Daily Express, 28 October 2010

One reason we have been so unprepared for the past three winters has been the obsession of our government and other authorities with global warming. They kept listening to climate change campaigners warning that  Britain will heat up four or five degrees and believed we would never have cold weather again. They wrote reports suggesting ways of coping with heatwaves such as planting palm trees to keep the pavements cool but ignored the threat of snow and ice. -?Ross Clark, Daily Express, 3 December 2010

Despite the cold winter this year, the trend to milder and wetter winters is expected to continue, with snow and frost becoming less of a feature in the future. The famously cold winter of 1962/63 is now expected to occur about once every 1,000 years or more, compared with approximately every 100 to 200 years before 1850.Peter Stott, Climate Scientist at the Met Office, 25 February 2009

For quite some time, I?ve harbored the suspicion that both the popular science and the political activity that create and sustain the belief in Global Warmingism are informed by a retrogressively pagan mindset. No matter what the weather is like, it always turns out to be exactly the kind of weather we should expect if human activity were causing global temperatures to rise. — Jared Olar, Echo Pilot, 17 December 2010

A period of humility and even silence would be particularly welcome from the Met Office, our leading institutional advocate of the perils of man-made global warming, which had promised a ?barbecue summer? in 2009 and one of the ?warmest winters on record?. ?Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times, 10 January 2010 (more…)

Climate Change CO2 Corruption Caravan Continues At Cancun, Commercially: You Must Pay For Your Sins

Monday, December 20th, 2010

by Dennis Ambler

The Cancun Climate Conference and most national policies confirm equalization of wealth as the real objective. Everything is based on falsified evidence and completely unnecessary. If a private citizen practiced such deception it would constitute fraud. Despite evidence of manipulated data, corrupted science, false claims, and failed predictions the nonsense continues.

Climate Change CO2 Corruption Caravan Continues At Cancun, Commercially: You Must Pay For Your Sins

Tim Ball on the money again…. (more…)

Media Bias: Phony Survey Buttresses Anti-Fox Rants

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Source: American Spectator

By

Clearly there is an organized effort by the Left to discredit Fox News’ “hard news” reporting credibility — most recently on global warming. Last week Media Matters and others criticized the network’s Washington managing editor, Bill Sammon, for a memo he sent to his reporters that told them to “refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.” In other words, telling them to objectively report the facts. The Leftosphere is in a tizzy. (more…)

More Important then AGW: China reveals aircraft carrier plans

Sunday, December 19th, 2010
Source: Financial Times

By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Mure Dickie in Tokyo

Published: December 17 2010 12:42 | Last updated: December 17 2010 12:42

China has launched an ambitious plan to build an aircraft carrier, the country has revealed for the first time, in a move that will heighten international scrutiny of the rapid expansion of its naval power.

The decision, which has far-reaching implications for China?s defence strategy and diplomatic relations, was disclosed in a single sentence buried at the end of a lengthy book published by a government agency earlier this year.

?In 2009, China put forward a plan and a programme for building an aircraft carrier,? says China?s Ocean Development Report (2010), a book published in May by the State Oceanic Administration, a body under the Ministry of Land and Resources. (more…)

Snow brings travel gridlock on busiest weekend before Christmas

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Source: UK Telegraph

All British Airways flights departing from Heathrow airport were cancelled between 10am and 5pm on Saturday as icebound planes and runways caused a severe backlog of flights.

All British Airways European and domestic flights from Gatwick were also cancelled.

Passengers were advised not to go to the airport unless they had a confirmed booking on a new flight.

Thousands of passengers who thought they had beaten the worsening weather when they landed at Heathrow found themselves trapped on-board their planes on the Tarmac as the airport ran out of parking spaces.

Overnight blizzards and plummeting temperatures crippled a huge section of the nation?s road, air and rail networks, with little sign of the situation improving. (more…)

Cooking The Books At USHCN

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Source:  Real Science

Once again, the present has been artificially made warmer and the past has been made cooler. Temperatures in 2007 were raised by 0.16 degrees, and temperatures were lowered by 0.08 degrees in 1930.

by Steve Goddard

http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/hansen_07/fig1x.gif

http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/Fig.D.lrg.gif

In 2000, USHCN apparently wasn?t happy with the fact that the 1930s was the warmest decade ? so they gave the past a demotion and bumped the 1990s way up.

Apparently that wasn?t enough though. An astute reader (Steve Case) captured the USHCN data in 2008 and again today. Below is a plot of the further adjustments during the last two years. Once again, the present has been artificially made warmer and the past has been made cooler. Temperatures in 2007 were raised by 0.16 degrees, and temperatures were lowered by 0.08 degrees in 1930.

Suppose a company wasn?t happy with their financial reports, so they subtracted money from past earnings and added them to present earnings. What would happen to the people in charge?

UN Global Governance – Internet

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Source:  IT News

by John Hilvert

The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonise global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet.

Establishment of such a group has the backing of several countries, spearheaded by Brazil.

At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would to attempt to create global standards for policing the internet – specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks.

The Brazilian delegate stressed, however, that this should not be seen as a call for an “takeover” of the internet. (more…)