Archive for December, 2012

Lisa Jackson Resignation Follows Email Scandal, Investigation

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Source: CEI  

CEI: EPA Administrator’s Resignation A Good First Step

Lisa Jackson Resignation Follows Email Scandal, Investigation
Washington, D.C. – December 27, 2012 –  The Competitive Enterprise Institute released the following statement on the news today that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will resign early in the new year:

We believe EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has chosen the proper course by resigning. As the focus of an investigation by her agency’s own inspector general and inquiries from at least two committees of Congress, she no longer could effectively serve as administrator of the EPA. (more…)

Beyond bizarre: University of Graz music professor calls for skeptic death sentences

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Source: Whatsup

Posted on December 23, 2012 by

[Update, Parncutt has pulled his page, the webcite link still works, 1:00 am PDT 12/24/12 ~mod]

UPDATE2:  9AM PST 1/24 The Parncutt page now gets a 404 “file not found” error, which to me suggests that University of  Graz officials pulled the plug on it rather than Parncutt, as Parncutt alludes to and expects the reactions in his ugly essay and was prepared for them. Based on his demeanor, if he had pulled it, I posit that he would have left some rationalization essay in its place. In the wake of well known mass shootings this year, I suspect the University of Graz didn’t want this PR disaster on their hands before it got beyond the blogging world and into the MSM. See below for the page that I archived using an established and accepted archiving service  – Anthony

UPDATE3: 5AM Dec 25th, Parcutt’s page has returned, completely rewritten without a hint of the ugliness of the previous one. It’s a Festivus miracle! I blame the airing of grievances. – Anthony (more…)

Death threats anyone? Austrian Prof: global warming deniers should be sentenced to death

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Source:  Joanne Nova

Parncutt

Richard Parncutt,  Professor of Systematic Musicology, University of Graz, Austria, reckons people like Watts, Tallbloke, Singer, Michaels, Monckton, McIntyre and me (there are too many to list) should be executed. He’s gone full barking mad, and though he says these are his “personal opinions” they are listed on his university web site.

For all the bleating of those who say they’ve had real “death threats“, we get discussions about executing skeptics from Professors, wielding the tyrannical power of the state. Was he paid by the state to write these simplistic, immature, “solutions”? Do taxpayers fund his web expenses? (And what the heck is systematic musicology?) (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: The Fiscal Cliff Is A Diversion

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Source:  Institute for Political Economy  

The Fiscal Cliff Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble

by Paul Craig Roberts

The “fiscal cliff” is another hoax designed to shift the attention of policymakers, the media, and the attentive public, if any, from huge problems to small ones.

The fiscal cliff is automatic spending cuts and tax increases in order to reduce the deficit by an insignificant amount over ten years if Congress takes no action itself to cut spending and to raise taxes. In other words, the “fiscal cliff” is going to happen either way.

The problem from the standpoint of conventional economics with the fiscal cliff is that it amounts to a double-barrel dose of austerity delivered to a faltering and recessionary economy. Ever since John Maynard Keynes, most economists have understood that austerity is not the answer to recession or depression.

Regardless, the fiscal cliff is about small numbers compared to the Derivatives Tsunami or to bond market and dollar market bubbles. (more…)

Sen. John Kerry as Sec. Of State?! Be Afraid, Kerry’s Poor Understanding of Climate Science Poses Threat to U.S. National Security

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Source:  Climate Depot

Kerry has called Global Warming the Next 9/11 & Has Equated Soviet Nuclear warheads & Iranian Nukes to threat of Global Warming
December 21, 2012 – By Marc Morano

Climate Depot Editorial
Democratic Senator John Kerry is set to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, replacing Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Kerry has declared his intention to treat man-made global warming as a national security threat.

See: Sen. John Kerry To Be Nominated As Next Secretary of State: Kerry ‘believes climate change is the ‘biggest long term threat’ to national security’ & A Secretary John Kerry Would Elevate Climate Issues: Reaction: ‘about as far as 2010?s failed Kerry-Boxer climate bill, which failed to launch’. (more…)

Misguided PBS spreads acid ocean alarm

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Source:  Washington Times

http://www.amazon.com/CO2-Global-Warming-Coral-Reefs/dp/0971484589/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356024440&sr=8-1&keywords=craig+idso

by Steve Gorham

On December 5, the PBS News Hour showed a segment titled “Endangered Coral Reefs Die as Ocean Temperatures Rise and Water Turns Acidic,” with Hari Sreenivasan reporting. The story discussed the recent loss of Florida coral reefs and the possible impact on recreation and tourism if reef degradation continues. But PBS wrongly told viewers that reef degradation was due to warmer ocean temperatures and “ocean acidification,” both allegedly caused by human carbon dioxide emissions. Sreenivasan concluded with, “Time that maybe is running out for coral reefs in Florida and elsewhere.”

Scientists, environmental groups, and the United Nations promote the fear of ocean acidification. According to claims, man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are absorbed by the oceans and converted into carbonic acid, thereby changing the chemical balance of the oceans. The basic concept of acidification is correct, but hugely exaggerated. (more…)

Climate Science: Opinions, Baloney And Bloggers

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Source:  GWPF

Source: http://www.bobbyshred.com/fools/falsetemps.html

by David Whitehouse

Our world is based upon science. It is a shame, though perhaps inevitable, that more people do not truly appreciate it. The clothes you wear, the mobile phone you use, the food you eat and the vaccination that protects your child are all wonders of science, based on so many generations of scientists carrying out observations and measurements, formulating hypotheses and theories, using logic and mathematical models.

Few would argue that climate science has not been controversial, even if opinions as to why differ. It is important to everyone on the planet, so the bar on evidence and conclusions should be set high. But climate science is no different from any other area of science. The process of science involves scrutiny, questioning and often cussed unreasonableness in the face of data, its gathering and interpretation. Truth will out eventually and the result is progress, a step towards better understanding. Carl Sagan (how he is missed) once told me that science was a “baloney detection kit.” (more…)

Bad boy smashes U.N. wall of silence

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Source: SPPI

Christopher Monckton

OPINION

From Christopher Monckton of Arabia in Doha, Qatar

I have been a bad boy. At the U.N. climate conference in Doha, I addressed a plenary session of national negotiating delegates though only accredited as an observer.

Tsk, tsk. See me after class. Five demerits. Get down and give me 20!

One just couldn’t resist. There they all were, earnestly outbidding each other to demand that the West should keep them in pampered luxury for the rest of their indolent lives, and all on the pretext of preventing global warming that has now become embarrassingly notorious for its long absence.

No one was allowed to give the alternative – and scientifically correct – viewpoint. The U.N.’s wall of silence was rigidly in place. (more…)

Sea Level is Not Rising

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

Sea level is NOT rising

New Paper posted at SPPI

by Professsor Morner, world-class expert on sea level

Main points

  • - At most, global average sea level is rising at a rate equivalent to 2-3 inches per century. It is probably not rising at all.
  • - Sea level is measured both by tide gauges and, since 1992, by satellite altimetry. One of the keepers of the satellite record told Professor Mörner that the record had been interfered with to show sea level rising, because the raw data from the satellites showed no increase in global sea level at all.
  • - The raw data from the TOPEX/POSEIDON sea-level satellites, which operated from 1993-2000, shows a slight uptrend in sea level. However, after exclusion of the distorting effects of the Great El Niño Southern Oscillation of 1997/1998, a naturally-occurring event, the sea-level trend is zero. (more…)

Is Africa in an emissions arm lock?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Source:  SPPI  

First World industrialized nations are trying to prevent African development

Dr Kelvin Kemm

The latest world environment and climate change conference (COP-18) is taking place in Doha, Qatar. One of the prime issues under discussion is the attempt to force countries all over the world to adopt binding agreements to limit “carbon emissions.”

The term “carbon emissions” really refers to emissions of carbon dioxide gas – but “carbon” and “carbon dioxide” are two totally different things. Carbon is a solid (think coal and charcoal) and the central building block of hydrocarbons, whereas carbon dioxide is the gas that all humans and animals exhale and all plants require to grow. Without carbon dioxide, all life on Earth would cease. (more…)

OPINION: ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS THE TRUTH

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Source: The Burning Platform

 

“Eyes blinded by the fog of things
cannot see truth.
Ears deafened by the din of things
cannot hear truth.
Brains bewildered by the whirl of things
cannot think truth.
Hearts deadened by the weight of things
cannot feel truth.
Throats choked by the dust of things
cannot speak truth.”
? Harald Bell Wright – The Uncrowned King

I consider myself a seeker of truth. It isn’t easy finding it in todays’ world. In an alternate version of the famous scene from A Few Good Men, I picture myself telling Turbo Tax Timmy Geithner that I want the truth and his angry truthful response: (more…)

Things More Worrisome Than AGW: Post-US world born in Phnom Penh

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Source:  Asia Times

It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a US president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world’s population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States.

President Barack Obama attended the summit to sell a US-based Trans-Pacific Partnership excluding China. He didn’t. The American led-partnership became a party to which no-one came. (more…)

Holocene Temperature Histories of Northern and Southern Norway

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Lilleøren, K.S., Etzelmüller, B., Schuler, T.V., Gisnås, K. and Humlum, O. 2012. The relative age of mountain permafrost – estimation of Holocene permafrost limits in Norway. Global and Planetary Change 92-93: 209-223.

In the words of Lilleøren et al. (2012), “we reconstructed temperature series of both Northern and Southern Norway based on numerous studies in Scandinavia examining pollen and plant macrofossils in lake sediment cores (e.g. Rosen et al., 2001; Seppa and Birks, 2001, 2002; Davis et al., 2003; Bjune et al., 2004; Nesje et al., 2005; Jensen and Vorren, 2008), chironomids in sediment cores (Rosen et al., 2001; Seppa and Birks, 2001; Korhola et al., 2002), tree line changes (Dahl and Nesje, 1996; Vorren et al., 1999; Seppa et al., 2002), and deposition rate of speleothems (Lauritzen, 1996; Lauritzen and Lundberg, 1999).” (more…)

How Unusual Was 20th-Century Global Warming?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Source: CCR

Reference
Pak, D.K., Lea, D.W. and Kennett, J.P. 2012. Millennial scale changes in sea surface temperature and ocean circulation in the northeast Pacific, 10-60 kyr BP. Paleoceanography 27: 10.1029/2011PA002238.

In answer to the question of how unusual was 20th-century global warming, climate alarmists typically respond with the word unprecedented! But is that really so?

We know that 20th-century global warming represents the recovery of the world from the global chill of the Little Ice Age, which had been preceded by the Medieval Warm Period, which in turn had come about as a result of the warming that followed the Dark Ages Cold Period, which had been preceded by the Roman Warm Period; and so has Earth’s climate periodically shifted – from cold to warm, and from warm to cold – all the way back through the entire Holocene, as a result of some oscillating forcing factor that alternately warmed and cooled the planet on a millennial timescale. And we know that each of the between-period transitions was of approximately the same absolute magnitude. But what was the situation prior to the Holocene? (more…)

EPA administrators invent excuses to avoid transparency

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Source:  Examiner

by Chris Horner

The Environmental Protection Agency is the latest Obama bureaucracy exposed for embarrassing efforts to avert transparency. Its administrator, Lisa Jackson, has been using the email alias “Richard Windsor” to conduct agency business, which might allow some policy conversations to avoid scrutiny and circumvent public records laws.

So far, the EPA has offered a two-part defense of such accounts, first revealed in my new book, “The Liberal War on Transparency.” First, everybody does it: “For more than a decade, EPA administrators have been assigned two official, government-issued email accounts: a public account and an internal account.” Second, the masses made us do it: the overwhelming volume of mail an administrator would receive from the public meant she needed an account she would actually read and write from.

Both excuses, though slight on detail, prove too much. (more…)