Archive for February, 2013

Obama fails climate science in his State of the Union address

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Source: Climate depot

by Marc Morano

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SPPI Note:  Supporting science reviews at SPPI:

Historical Trends of Atlantic Basin Tropical Cyclones

Historical Flood Trends in Europe

Precipitation Variability in Asia

Drought Trends in Asia

Droughts in South America

Storm Trends Across the Globe

Rising Temperatures and Tropical Cyclones in the Atlantic Basin

Droughts in Africa

Extreme Temperatures in Europe

Historical Trends of African Glacier Dynamics

Extreme Temperatures in Asia

Obama fails climate science in his State of the Union address — Climate Depot’s point-by-point rebuttal to the President’s global warming claims    

The President offered up nothing more than the usual incorrect global warming platitudes during his speech. The president could not have been more wrong in claiming “extreme weather” was “now more frequent and intense” and he failed to note that global temperatures have not increased in 16 years.

Climate Depot’s Point-by-Point rebuttal:

President Obama‘But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change’ (more…)

Climate Astrology: Blizzard blamed on global warming?! Is there any weather event that is inconsistent with global warming? — Climate Depot Round up

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Source: Climate Depot    snowstormpic-2

by Marc Morano

‘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 temps to rise’

[Updates on global warming blizzard claims here.]

Here we go again. Global warming activists and some warmist scientists are linking the massive blizzard to man-made global warming.

Jersey News Outlet Cries ‘Global Warming’ as Blizzard Approaches

Warmist Brad Johnson tries to make the pending East Coast blizzard about the ocean ‘warming –Fails

Rebuttal: Bob Tisdale shows how ‘Forecast the Facts” Brad Johnson and now Dr. Heidi Cullen are fecklessly factless about ocean warming and the blizzard — Dear Chicken Little: ‘The Sky Is Falling (It’s Snowing) But Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies Off New England Are NOT Unusual’ (more…)

Been Called Worse

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Source: Brietbart  crazy2

SPPI Note:  We’ve been on the “brink of disaster” now for what, 30 years?

The folks behind a new movie slamming anyone who doesn’t attend the Green Church of Al Gore are taking a different approach, one all too common from the Left.

Greedy Lying Bastards, opening nationwide March 8, scorches those who dare to cast doubt on global warming Climate Change hysteria.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

Hurricane Sandy. Wildfires in the West. “Brown-Outs” in the East. Farmers losing crops to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl. Climate change is no longer a prediction for the future, but a startling reality of today. Yet, as evidence of our changing climate mounts and the scientific consensus proves human causation, there continues to be no political action to thwart the warming of our planet. “Greedy Lying Bastards” investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem placing us on the brink of disaster. The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. From the Koch Brothers to ExxonMobil, to prominent Senators and Justices, this provocative exposé unravels the layers of deceit threatening U.S. democracy.

Koch brothers? Check. The science is settled? Check. It’salmosttoolatewehavetoactyesterday? Check.

Among the experts lining up behind the film is Dr. Michael Mann, AKA Captain Hide the Decline and Splash star Daryl Hannah.

What If Atlas Shrugged?

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Source: http://lewrockwell.com/deming/deming11.1.htmljohn galt

Atlas Shrugged is the title of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel in which the world grinds to a halt after the productive segment of society goes on strike. Tired of being demonized and exploited, the world’s innovators and entrepreneurs simply walk away.

What would happen to the US today if the fossil fuel industry went on a strike of indefinite duration? What would happen if we gave the environmentalists what they want? Instead of nibbling around the edges, what if we just went all the way? What would be the consequences if Atlas shrugged?

Within 24 hours there would be long lines at service stations as people sought to purchase remaining stocks of gasoline. The same people who denounce oil companies would be desperately scrounging the last drops of available fuel for their SUVs. By the third day, all the gasoline would be gone. (more…)

Europe consuming more coal

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Source:  Wash Post

SPPI Note: 

As the Post report below again illustrates, focus on emissions is the wrong policy target.  The targets should focus on real-world outcomes of global temperature and sea level rise.  Such focus shows the utter futility of capping CO2 emissions.  The near non-existent US “benefits” are detailed in an SPPI paper here: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/state_by_state.html?Itemid=0 

Burning coal in Germany:?Europe’s use of the fossil fuel spiked last year after a long decline, and the expansion of lignite, or brown coal, mining has stunned some people in its path.

Burning coal in Germany:?Europe’s use of the fossil fuel spiked last year after a long decline, and the expansion of lignite, or brown coal, mining has stunned some people in its path.

JAENSCHWALDE, Germany — Green-friendly Europe has a dirty secret: It is burning a lot more coal.

Europe’s use of the fossil fuel spiked last year after a long decline, powered by a surge of cheap U.S. coal on global markets and by the unintended consequences of ambitious climate policies that capped emissions and reduced reliance on nuclear energy.

The new dependence on one of the dirtiest fuels shows just how challenging it is to maintain the momentum needed to go green, analysts and officials say, and demonstrates the far-reaching effects of America’s natural gas boom.In the United States, natural gas is now frequently less expensive than coal for power, so demand for the hard, black fuel has plummeted. Ships are steaming the coal around the world instead. U.S. coal exports to Europe were up 26 percent in the first nine months of 2012 over the same period in 2011. Exports to China have increased, too.

“It’s been very welcome that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been going down because of the switch to gas,” said David Baldock, executive director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy in London. “But if we’re simply diverting the coal somewhere else, particularly to Europe, a lot of those benefits are draining away.”

In Germany, which by some measures is pursuing the most wide-ranging green goals of any major industrialized country, a 2011 decision to shutter nuclear power plants means that domestically produced lignite, also known as brown coal, is filling the gap . Power plants that burn the sticky, sulfurous, high-emissions fuel are running at full throttle, with many tallying 2012 as their highest-demand year since the early 1990s. Several new coal power plants have been unveiled in recent months — even though solar panel installations more than doubled last year. (more…)

Monckton Replies to Critic

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Source:  SPPI

Lord Monckton

Lord Monckton

 Note:  Lord Monckton’s responses are in bold type.

You make statements on your site that it was Al Gore’s party that had not done enough prior to Katrina. You want us to believe your posts yet this glaring error is on your site. G.W Bush was president and GOP party was in power 4 years prior to the event and 4 years after. How was it the Democratic parties fault at all?

There is no error on our part, let alone a “glaring error”. Responsibility for maintenance of the levees that failed when a mere category 3 hurricane struck lay with the Corps of Engineers, under the direction of the local administration in New Orleans, which was and is Democrat-controlled. I have recently inspected the levees and, though some remedial work (of generally poor quality) is evident, the levees are still not being properly maintained. 

You also make many statements alluding to Al Gore lying in his move “Non-Mainstream media” as to say that if other scientist come up with a theory it isn’t valid cause its not part of mainstream science. (more…)

10 killer questions for climate extremists

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Source: SPPI

Lord Monckton

Lord Monckton

by Christopher Monckton

1. CO2 concentration has risen by 10% in the past 23 years, but the RSS satellite global lower-troposphere temperature-anomaly record shows warming over that period that is statistically indistinguishable from zero. How come?

2. Aristotle, 2350 years ago, demonstrated that to argue from “consensus” is a logical fallacy – the headcount fallacy. Some 95% of all published arguments for alarm about our influence on the climate say we must believe the “consensus”. Why was Aristotle wrong?

3. Aristotle, 2350 years ago, demonstrated that to argue that the “consensus” is a “consensus” of experts is a logical fallacy – the fallacy of appeal to authority. What has changed since 2350 years ago to make argument from appeal to authority acceptable rather than fallacious? (more…)

President Obama’s Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Source: Heritage Foundation   
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It is no secret that President Obama’s and green-energy supporters’ (from both parties) foray into venture capitalism has not gone well. But the extent of its failure has been largely ignored by the press. Sure, single instances garner attention as they happen, but they ignore past failures in order to make it seem like a rare case.

The truth is that the problem is widespread. The government’s picking winners and losers in the energy market has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and the rate of failure, cronyism, and corruption at the companies receiving the subsidies is substantial. The fact that some companies are not under financial duress does not make the policy a success. It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that would’ve found the financial support in the private market. (more…)

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