Archive for April, 2011

Gallup: Majority of Human Race Does Not See Global Warming as Serious Threat

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Source:  CNS NEWS

By Terence P. Jeffrey

(CNSNews.com) – Most of the human race does not see global warming as a serious threat, according to a Gallup poll released last week that surveyed individuals in 111 countries.

Respondents were asked: “How serious of a threat is global warming to you and your family?” They were given the options of anwering: not at all serious, not very serious, somewhat serious or very serious.

Worldwide, only 42 percent told Gallup they believed global warming was either a “somewhat serious” or “very serious” threat. Gallup did not publish the separate percentages for each answer.

In the United States, 53 percent said they believed global warming was a “somewhat serious” or “very serious” threat to themselves and their families. That was down from 63 percent in polling that Gallup did on the question in the United States in 2007 and 2008. (more…)

Things More Worrisome Than AGW — IMF Bombshell: Age of America Nears End

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Source: FOX

By Brett Arends

For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China.

And it’s a lot closer than you may think.

According to the latest IMF official forecasts published two weeks ago, China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 – just five years from now.

Put that in your calendar.

It provides a painful context for the budget wrangling taking place in Washington right now. It raises enormous questions about what the international security system is going to look like in just a handful of years. And it casts a deepening cloud over both the U.S. dollar and the giant Treasury market, which have been propped up for decades by their privileged status as the liabilities of the world’s hegemonic power.

Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/china/2011/04/25/imf-bombshell-age-america-nears-end#ixzz1KdJkKpRB

Jim’s Nature Trick

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Source:  http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/jims-nature-trick/

by stevengoddard

http://www.columbia.edu/~mhs119/Temperature/T_moreFigs/

Dr. Jim’s 1988 projections weren’t looking so good, so he dropped an apple in the middle of his oranges. The red line is land only temperatures, but his projections were for global temperatures.

Let’s remove the inappropriate data and update it for 2011 so far.

Not looking too good, even with their frantic pink crayon. (more…)

Political payback – Oregon style

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Source: SPPI

by Paul Driessen

OSU tries to expel PhD candidate children of scientist who ran against Cong. Peter DeFazio

Confused visitors will be forgiven for thinking Oregon State University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Congressman Pete DeFazio and the “progressive-socialist” wing of the Democratic Party. Or for likening what’s going on there to political retribution as practiced in Third World thugocracies.

The idea that three outstanding students – PhD candidates at OSU – could face dismissal, and worse, shortly before receiving their degrees, is simply shocking. That this could be happening because their father had the temerity to challenge an entrenched 12-term Democratic congressman (and OSU earmark purveyor) could make people think the university is in Zimbabwe, not America.

Dr. Art Robinson is president of the nonprofit Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, on the family farm in southwestern Oregon, 180 miles from Corvallis. OISM focuses on biochemistry, diagnostic medicine, nutrition, preventive medicine and aging – and improving emergency preparedness and basic education. (more…)

Jihadists in Libya?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

by Dennis Ambler

These are the people described as “civilians”, who we must protect by bombing the established government, destroying infrastructure and killing people.

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/mounting-evidence-of-rebel-atrocities-in-libya/

“While the International Criminal Court has announced that it is investigating charges of war crimes against Muammar al-Gaddafi and other members of the Libyan regime, harrowing video evidence has emerged that appears to show atrocities committed by anti-Gaddafi rebels. Among other things, the footage depicts summary executions, a prisoner being lynched, the desecration of corpses, and even a beheading. The targets of the most serious abuse are frequently black African prisoners. The ultimate source of the footage appears to be rebel forces or sympathizers themselves.”

Sounds pretty much to me like the sort of things Jihadists do.

Leading warmist admits he was bamboozled by fear-mongers – on nuclear power

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Source:  American Thinker

by Thomas Lifson

The original moonbat, GeorgeMonbiot, columnist for the left wing UK Guardian, now admits that he was bamboozled by fearmongers whipping up anti-nuclear fears.

Over the last fortnight I’ve made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims we have made areungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged, and wildly wrong. We have done other people, and ourselves, a terrible disservice.

I began to see the extent of the problem after a debate last week withHelen Caldicott. Dr Caldicott is the world’s foremost anti-nuclear campaigner. She has received 21 honorary degrees and scores of awards, and was nominated for a Nobel peace prize. Like other greens, I was in awe of her. In the debate she made some striking statements about the dangers of radiation. So I did what anyone faced with questionable scientific claims should do: I asked for the sources. Caldicott’s response has profoundly shaken me. (more…)

Still not getting it

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Source:  Nature News

Money not the problem in US climate debate

Environmental groups spent nearly as much as their opponents to lobby for cap-and-trade legislation, but still lost.

by David Adam

In the fight over cap and trade, environmental groups were not quite the financial underdogs they are often assumed to be.Alex Wong/Getty Images

Environmental groups and their supporters spend more money on climate-change and clean-energy activities and campaigns than sceptical right-wing groups and their industry supporters, according to a report by a US social scientist, who questions some of the most common reasons given for US political inaction on global warming.

According to the report, conservative think-tanks, advocacy groups and industry associations raised some US$907 million during 2009, and spent a total of $787 million on their activities, with $259 million of that devoted specifically to climate and energy policy issues. Over the same period, national environmental groups had revenues of $1.7 billion and spent $1.4 billion on their programmes, which included $394 million devoted to climate and energy issues. (more…)

Ten more faulty assertions from Climate Minister Combet

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Source:  JoNova

In a speech given at the National Press Club on April 13th, Climate Minister Combet has yet again revealed that he is receiving unbalanced scientific advice, and that his understanding of the problem of hypothetical dangerous global warming is inadequate. His predecessor, Senator Penny Wong, exemplified the same weaknesses and so does the government.

It is a structural governance deficiency of high order that our current government continues to take exclusive advice on global warming from an unelected, unaccountable international political body (the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; IPCC), as translated for Australian consumption by the CSIRO and by the Department of Climate’s advisor, Professor Will Steffen.

There are multiple clouds of impropriety hanging over the IPCC’s advice:  ClimateGate, thermometers next to hot concrete and artificial heating sources passed off as measuring “global” warming, vital graphs of past temperatures that depend on a single tree in far north Russia, global data sets that are missing, official forecasts of temperature and atmospheric warming that are nothing like the reality that later eventuated, and much more. (more…)

U.S. Gov’t Agency Plans $2.84 Billion Loan for Oil Refinery—In Colombia

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Source:  CNS NEWS

By Terence P. Jeffrey

(CNSNews.com)The U.S. Export-Import Bank, an independent agency of the federal government, is now planning a $2.84-billion loan for a massive project to expand and upgrade an oil refinery–in Cartagena, Colombia.

The money would go to Reficar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ecopetrol, the Colombian national oil company.

“This is part of a $5.18 billion refinery and upgrade project in Cartagena, Colombia supplying petroleum products to the domestic and export markets,” the Export-Import Bank said in a statement.

The U.S. government-controlled bank says the $2.84-billion in financing it plans to undertake will be the second largest project it has ever done. The largest was $3 billion in financing for a liquid natural gas project in Papua New Guinea. (more…)

Climate Minister Combet still innocent of knowledge

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Source:  Quadrant

Combet: unbalanced advice

by Bob Carter, David Evans, Stewart Franks & Bill Kininmonth


In a speech at the National Press Club on April 13th, Climate Minister Combet revealed again that he is receiving unbalanced scientific advice, and that his understanding of the problem of hypothetical dangerous global warming is inadequate. His predecessor, Senator Penny Wong, exemplified the same weaknesses and so does the government.

It is a matter of great public concern that our government continues to take exclusive advice on global warming from an unelected, unaccountable international political body (the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; IPCC), as translated for Australian consumption by the CSIRO and by the Department of Climate Change’s advisor, Professor Will Steffen.

Multiple clouds of impropriety hang over the IPCC’s advice: ClimateGate, thermometers next to hot concrete and artificial heating sources passed off as measuring “global” warming, vital graphs of past temperatures that depend on a single tree in far north Russia, global data sets that are missing, official forecasts of temperature and atmospheric warming that are nothing like the reality that later eventuated, and much more. (more…)

New Article Titled “Bias In the Peer Review Process: A Cautionary And Personal Account” By Ross McKittrick

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Source:  Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr.

By Roger Pielke, Sr.

There is an informative article by Ross McKittrick

McKitrick, Ross R. (2011) “Bias in the Peer Review Process: A Cautionary and Personal Account” in Climate Coup, Patrick J. Michaels ed., Cato Inst. Washington DC.

This article appears in the book

Michaels, Patrick J., 2011: Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives. Cato Institute. ISBN: 978-1-935308447

with the summary of its content

“A first-rate team of experts offers compelling documentation on the pervasive influence global warming alarmism now has on almost every aspect of our society-from national defense, law, trade, and politics to health, education, and international development.” (more…)

Press Release: Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Mandate Will Damage State Economy with Little-to-No Benefit to Environment

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

If you cannot read this press release, please click here: http://tinyurl.com/3sfldp9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Contacts:
Paul Chesser, paul.chesser@atinstitute.org
Kim Crockett, kimc@mnfreemarketinstitute.org
Frank Conte, fconte@beaconhill.org

As the new state legislature scrutinizes Minnesota’s restrictive energy policies, a study commissioned by the American Tradition Institute and the Minnesota Free Market Institute provides several reasons for lawmakers and new Gov. Mark Dayton to reverse the state’s damaging Renewable Portfolio Standard.

The study found that Minnesotans would pay $15 billion more for electricity between 2016 and 2025 because of the state’s RPS, as alternative energy is more costly and unreliable than conventional sources such as coal or natural gas. Meanwhile there will be negligible environmental benefit, as it is unlikely that use of renewables – especially wind, which the state mandates as a large percentage of its RPS – actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study was prepared by economists at the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston. (more…)

Opinion: Limbaugh on AGW

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Source:  http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_041911/content/01125106.member.html

Why Does Global Warming Attract So Many
People Who Hate This Country and Want to Destroy It?

RUSH: Charles Manson has broken his silence, 20-year silence to the media.  He has broken his silence to rail against the dangers of global warming.  Now, look at the nutcases that are somehow aligning themselves or with each other to promote this hoax now that it has been exposed.  Here you have Manson, I mean even brainwashers can be brainwashed.  That’s what Manson was, he was a brainwasher and now he’s been brainwashed by the global warming crowd or he could be faking it.  He could be trying to get out of jail early. This might be a paean to the parole board, either he’s pleading insanity or he’s sucking up to a bunch of liberals.  But, for crying out loud, back in, what was it, January of 2010, just a little over a year ago, it was Bin Laden who came out of his cave to warn about the dangers of global warming. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: North Korea ‘ready for sacred war’ with the South

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Source:  BBC

North Korea is ready for a “sacred war of justice” using a nuclear deterrent, its armed forces minister has said.

Kim Yong-chun accused South Korea of making preparations for war by holding live-fire exercises near the border.

The drills are one of the largest in South Korea’s history, and come a month after North Korea shelled a Southern island killing four people.

The US state department condemned the North’s latest comments as returning to its “old belligerent tricks”.

“We need constructive actions, not heated rhetoric,” said spokesman Philip Crowley on his Twitter page, without specifying any actions.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has promised immediate retaliation to any further Northern attack. (more…)

The CFL Fraud

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The CFL Fraud

Source:  American Thinker

by Edmund Contoski

[SPPI Note: An extensive examination of the mercury scare can be found on the SPPI home website here: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/mercury/ ]

A compact fluorescent light (CFL) on the ceiling burst and started a fire in a home in Hornell, N.Y. December 23, 2010.  “Those are the lights everybody’s been telling us to use,” said Joe Gerych, Steuben County Fire Inspector.  “It blew up like a bomb. It spattered all over.”  Fire Chief Mike Robbins said the blaze destroyed the room where the fire started and everything in it, and the rest of the house suffered smoke and water damage.  The Arkport Village Fire Department as well as the North Hornell Fire Department required about 15 minutes to put out the fire. Link

“Bulb explodes without warning,” reported NBCactionnews.com, May 21, 2010. (more…)