Archive for July, 2012

New Paper Deflates Muller’s Claims — Climatologist Declares ‘a major correction is needed Muller’s BEST study’

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Source:  Climate Depot

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Anthony Watts delivers devastating scientific blow to Muller’s claims: ‘New analysis demonstrates that reported 1979-2008 U.S. temp trends are spuriously doubled’

Climatologist Dr. Pielke Sr. on Watts’ ‘Game Changer New Paper’: ‘Muller’s conclusion regarding the robustness of the BEST analysis is refuted in the same day as his op-ed appeared’ — ‘Anthony Watt’s new paper shows that a major correction is needed Muller’s BEST study. Anthony also has shown what dedicated scientists can do with even limited financial support. Despite the large quantities of funds spent on the BEST study, it is Anthony Watts and his team who have actually significantly advanced our understanding of this aspect of the climate system’ (more…)

Be skeptical of Skeptic?s skepticism of skeptics

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Source:  Heartland

by Lord Christopher Monckton

Be skeptical, be very skeptical, of Skeptic magazine?s skepticism of climate skeptics. The latest issue has, as its cover story, a Climate Change Q&A, revealingly subtitled Climate Deniers? Arguments & Climate Scientists? Answers.

The article, written by Dr. Donald Prothero, a geology professor at Occidental College, opens with the bold heading How We Know Global Warming is Real and Human-Caused.

Anyone who starts out by using the hate-speech term ?Climate Deniers? ? laden with political overtones of Holocaust denial ? cannot expect to be taken seriously as an objective scientist.

Despite this promise of ?Climate Scientists? Answers?, only four peer-reviewed papers by climate scientists are cited among the 41 references at the end of the article.

And the implicit notion that ?Climate Deniers? are non-scientists while true-believers are ?Climate Scientists? is also unreasonable. Many eminent climate scientists are skeptical of the more extremist claims made by the UN?s climate panel, the IPCC. We shall cite some of their work in this response to the Professor?s unscientific article.


White House won?t say if climate change is responsible for natural disasters

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Source:  Daily Caller

Twice in the last week, the White House has deflected questions on whether climate change is to blame for natural disasters like the Colorado Springs wildfires and the Midwest drought.

?I haven?t had that discussion with him [President Obama],? White House press secretary Jay Carney said to reporters Sunday aboard Air Force One en route to Aurora, Colo.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack similarly demurred when asked last week whether climate change had anything to do with the crop-threatening drought sweeping the Midwest. (more…)

New paper shows IPCC models exaggerate warming from water vapor

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012


Global monthly average total precipitable water vapor

The theory of global warming claims that a trivial warming from CO2 levels will result in more water vapor in the atmosphere and an alleged ‘runaway greenhouse effect‘. However, satellite observations published in a new paper show that global water vapor has instead declined over the past 12 years despite steadily rising concentrations of CO2. These observations provide further support that the positive water vapor feedback in IPCC models is overstated and therefore claims of future warming greatly exaggerated.

Climate scientist Roger Pielke Sr. comments on the new paper:

However, the figure [above], if it turns about to be robust, raises fundamental issues with respect to the ability of global climate models to skillfully model the role of humans in altering the climate. Indeed, the Vonder Haar et al 2012 provides further support to the conclusion by De-Zheng Sun in the paper. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: UN Attack on Second Amendment Rights

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Source:  Forbes

U.N. Agreement Should Have All Gun Owners Up In Arms

It may not come as surprising news to many of you that the United Nations doesn?t approve of our Second Amendment. Not one bit. And they very much hope to do something about it with help from some powerful American friends. Under the guise of a proposed global ?Small Arms Treaty? premised to fight ?terrorism?, ?insurgency? and ?international crime syndicates? you can be quite certain that an even more insidious threat is being targeted ? our Constitutional right for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms.

What, exactly, does the intended agreement entail?

While the terms have yet to be made public, if passed by the U.N. and ratified by our Senate, it will almost certainly force the U.S. to: (more…)

Lord Monckton & Marc Morano expose phantom “climate refugees” & sea level rise

Friday, July 13th, 2012


Marc Morano and Lord Monckton address the absurd notion of man-made global warming causing “climate refugees” and other human rights problems.

Europe Burns Coal Fastest Since 2006 in Boost for U.S.

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Source:  Bloomberg

By Rakteem Katakey

Europe is burning coal at the fastest pace since 2006, as surging imports from U.S. producers such as Arch Coal Inc. (ACI) (ACI) helped cut prices 26 percent in a year and benefited European power companies including EON AG.

Demand for coal, the dirtiest fuel for making electricity, grew 3.3 percent last year in Europe while sales of less- polluting natural gas fell 2.1 percent, the steepest drop since 2009, according to a BP Plc report. Germany?s EON and RWE AG (RWE), the biggest utilities in Europe?s largest power market, are considering shutting unprofitable gas-fired plants even as Chancellor Angela Merkel promotes gas to replace nuclear energy. (more…)

From Canada, With Love

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

I?m currently in Australia for a four-city speaking tour arranged by the Institute of Public Affairs ? and I?ve brought along a few gifts.

At each of the public talks ? in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth ? two lucky audience members will take home the most absurd ?green? product I?ve ever encountered ? note paper made from moose dung.

Yes, the world is a strange place and we humans are capable of incredible intellectual contortions. The folks who manufacture this souvenir item claim to tramp around the bush collecting excrement discharged from these antlered princes of the North American wilderness.

A male moose can weigh up to 700 kilograms (1,500 pounds) and, according to Canadian Geographic, ?stands taller at the shoulder than the largest saddle horse.? One hopes, therefore, that prior to taking the job prospective dung collectors inquire as to whether they?re covered by the injured Worker?s Compensation program. (more…)

Is catastrophic global warming, like the Millennium Bug, a mistake?

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Source:  UK Independent

Dr. Richard Lindzen, MIT

At a public meeting in the Commons, the climate scientist Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT made a number of declarations that unsettle the claim that global warming is backed by ?settled science?. They?re not new, but some of them were new to me.

Over the last 150 years CO2 (or its equivalents) has doubled. This has been accompanied by a rise in temperature of seven or eight tenths of a degree centigrade.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change attributes half this increase to human activity.

Lindzen says: ?Claims that the earth has been warming, that there is a Greenhouse Effect, and that man?s activity have contributed to warming are trivially true but essentially meaningless.? (more…)

EPA’s Regional Administrators Love Activism, Litigation

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Source:  NLPC

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The suspicions of Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe were correct: Rather than sitting before the House Energy and Commerce Committee three weeks ago to explain the ways he ?crucified? oil and natural gas companies, instead Al Armendariz ? who cancelled his appearance at the last minute ? met with the Sierra Club for a job interview.

This time the recently resigned EPA?s Region 6 administrator will eagerly attack another fossil fuel, joining the litigious environmental group as part of its ?Beyond Coal? campaign. If there was any question that Armendariz unfairly regulated the gas and oil businesses under his authority in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other neighboring states, the Sierra Club announcement left no doubt.

?I know how important it is to transition to cleaner sources of energy that don?t pollute the air that our children breathe,? he said, ?and I?m proud to be working on a campaign with a proven track record for success.?

Inhofe proved prescient in remarks to National Journal on June 7th. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Iran missile threat

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Source:  Reuters

Iran has threatened to destroy U.S. military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes of being attacked, Iranian media reported on Wednesday, as Revolutionary Guards extended test-firing of ballistic missiles into a third day.

Israel has hinted it may attack Iran if diplomacy fails to secure a halt to its disputed nuclear energy program. The United States also has mooted military action as a last-resort option but has frequently nudged the Israelis to give time for intensified economic sanctions to work against Iran.

“These bases are all in range of our missiles, and the occupied lands (Israel) are also good targets for us,” Amir Ali Haji Zadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, was quoted by Fars news agency as saying.

Haji Zadeh said 35 U.S. bases were within reach of Iran’s ballistic missiles, the most advanced of which commanders have said could hit targets 2,000 km (1,300 miles) away.

“We have thought of measures to set up bases and deploy missiles to destroy all these bases in the early minutes after an attack,” he added.

It was not clear where Haji Zadeh got his figures on U.S. bases in the region. U.S. military facilities in the Middle East are located in Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Turkey, and it has around 10 bases further afield in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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A (Very Deep) Question for Environmentalists

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Source:  Patriot Update

Today my young Independent/Democrat-leaning friend Tabitha and I were discussing the Green movement in America. We were on the subject of the manufacturer-killing EPA, massive regulations and the loss of the Keystone Pipeline when she made a very astute observation.

?The US has the cleanest, most heavily regulated drilling and mining facilities on earth, right?? Tabitha asked.

?Yes, absolutely,? I answered.

?So if the Obama administration and all these environmentalists really care about the environment and want a cleaner planet,? she said, ?and if they really believe emissions and exhausts from our factories are what?s causing global warming?why would they encourage even one of our oil or mining companies to move overseas??

I sat in silence a moment, absorbing the complex simplicity of what she was asking. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Iran and War

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Source: WND

By Reza Kahlili

Just days after the breakdown of talks with the West over Iran?s nuclear program, the deputy chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards announced that there soon will be war ? and that Allah will ensure his forces are victorious.

The last round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany) ended in Moscow last week without any agreement on Iran?s illicit nuclear program.

Gen. Hossein Salami, in a televised interview, boasted that, ?Iran has complete control of all the enemy?s interests around the world and is on a path to reach equivalency with world powers.? The commander emphasized that Iran?s nuclear program is irreversible, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Salami said war is inevitable, and the Iranian forces are ready. (more…)