Archive for May, 2013

MICHAELS: ?My scientists made me shrink your car?

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Source:  Wash Times Nova

How government scientists plunder the till in the name of science

Three years ago, I ran into former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at a ritzy Northwest Washington restaurant. We exchanged pleasantries, but before long, our conversation became unpleasant.

Since climate science is my field, I felt compelled to point out that Mr. Rudd?s support for a cap-and-trade policy for carbon emissions had recently helped cost him his job as prime minister. ?Well, what should I have done?? he replied. ?My scientists, I say, my scientists, told me this is an important problem.? (more…)

Global warming debunked: NASA report verifies carbon dioxide actually cools atmosphere

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Source: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/global-warming-debunked-nasa-report-verifies-carbon-dioxide-actually-cools-atmosphere_052013

James Hansen

James Hansen

 

Practically everything you have been told by the mainstream scientific community and the media about the alleged detriments of greenhouse gases, and particularly carbon dioxide, appears to be false, according to new data compiled by NASA?s Langley Research Center. As it turns out, all those atmospheric greenhouse gases that Al Gore and all the other global warming hoaxers have long claimed are overheating and destroying our planet are actually cooling it, based on the latest evidence. (more…)

Overheated rhetoric on climate change doesn?t make for good policies

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Source:  Washington Post  Chip - state_by_state 4-13

By Congressman Lamar Smith,

Lamar Smith, a Republican, represents Texas?s 21st District in the U.S. House and is chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Climate change is an issue that needs to be discussed thoughtfully and objectively. Unfortunately, claims that distort the facts hinder the legitimate evaluation of policy options. The rhetoric has driven some policymakers toward costly regulations and policies that will harm hardworking American families and do little to decrease global carbon emissions. The Obama administration?s decision to delay, and possibly deny, the Keystone XL pipeline is a prime example.

The State Department has found that the pipeline will have minimal impact on the surrounding environment and no significant effect on the climate. Recent expert testimony before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology confirms this finding. In fact, even if the pipeline is approved and is used at maximum capacity, the resulting increase in carbon dioxide emissions would be a mere 12 one-thousandths of 1 percent (0.0012 percent). There is scant scientific or environmental justification for refusing to approve the pipeline, a project that the State Department has also found would generate more than 40,000 U.S. jobs. (more…)

New Hockey Stick Sent to the Permanent Penalty Box

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Source: Heartland Institute  a -michael_mann2

by James M. Taylor, J.D.

The ?4,000-year hockey stick? scare is over, after a shelf life that did not last a full month. The warmist-fawning media used the 4,000-year hockey stick to create one of the most intense global warming scares in recent memory, but it quickly died with a thud ? just like so many asserted global warming scares before it.

A little-known scientist who had only recently completed his Ph.D. published a paper claiming proxy temperature reconstructions showed a 4,000-year decline in global temperatures until the twentieth century. The paper claimed the 4,000-year decline abruptly ended in the twentieth century as recent warmth obliterated the 4,000 years of cooling and placed the Earth at its warmest in the 4,000-year record. Moreover, the asserted rapid temperature spike during the past century appeared to be the sharpest in 11,000 years. (more…)

Southern Co. Nuclear Plant Plan Upheld by Appeals Court

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Source: Bloomberg

Opponents of Southern Co. (SO)?s plan to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia failed to persuade a federal appeals court to revoke the license and reactor-design certification granted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today rejected arguments by nine environmental groups that the commission didn?t fully consider the lessons learned from Japan?s Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant disaster before approving the $14 billion project at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant.

?NRC thoroughly analyzed the environmental consequences of severe accidents for Vogtle,? U.S. Circuit Judge Harry Edwards wrote in the decision. (more…)

Two Professors Rekindle Their Love of Book Burning

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Source: FreedomWorks

Also see:  http://sppiblog.org/news/book-burning

This year?s Banned Books List included a few surprises.

The American Library Association’s annual report highlights those books saddled with censorious complaints from parents, educators and assorted bureaucrats. Mom and Dad understandably would be horrified to find Fifty Shades of Grey in the elementary school stacks, but some administrators objected to Dav Pilkey’s popular Captain Underpants kid-lit series.

It appears some paper-shufflers found the silly superhero too disrespectful of their efforts. “I don’t see these books as encouraging disrespect for authority. Perhaps they demonstrate the value of questioning authority,” Pilkey said. “Some of the authority figures in the Captain Underpants books are villains. They are bullies and they do vicious things.” (more…)

WWF Takes Pre-Schooler?s Birthday Money

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboisewwf

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are certain milestones that children aged 4 ? 5 years can be expected to achieve. Among them:

  • counting to 10
  • correctly naming ?at least four colors?
  • speaking in sentences ?of more than five words?
  • using the ?future tense?

In the world inhabited by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), however, a child?s fourth birthday is an opportunity to pay its own bills ? to fundraise and then to brag about it. (more…)

Obama group misleadingly cites a vote on a climate change bill

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Source:  Wash Post

President Obama?s new political group, Organizing for Action, last week released a new video that mocks Republican lawmakers for appearing to play down or dismiss concerns about climate change. Some of the clips are fairly interesting ? or amusing, depending on your perspective. It has already been viewed more than 225,000 times on You Tube.

We?ve written before about the growing consensus among climate researchers that climate change is the result of human activity; there?s little debate about that among scientists, though surveys show increasing skepticism among the American public. But we were intrigued by the video?s claim that 240 House lawmakers had declared climate change to be a ?hoax.? (more…)

Michael Mann’s Scary New Sea Level Predictions Identified As Bogus

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Source: C3 Headlines

Michael Mann’s Scary New Sea Level Predictions Identified As Bogus, Confirms 97% Consensus That He Fibs

Michael Mann has earned an infamous reputation of climate science statistical quackery among the science community, and even the left-wing intelligentsia has doubts about the man – living up to an embarrassing anti-science reputation does take an effort though…Mann is now predicting catastrophic sea level heights that are void of any empirical measurement basis.

Jersey shore sea level increase not accelerating Jersey shore sea level satellite measurement vs michael mann global warming prediction may2013

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Spencer: UAH global temperature down significantly

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Source:  Wattsup?

Dr. Roy Spencer reports:

Our Version 5.5 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for April, 2013 is +0.10 deg. C, down from +0.18 deg. C in March (click for large version):
UAH_LT_1979_thru_Apr_2013_v5.5
Not surprisingly, the cooling appears to be confined to the Northern Hemisphere?the global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 16 months are: (more…)

David Suzuki: All Mining Must Stop

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

David Suzuki -- anti-science alarmist

David Suzuki — anti-science alarmist

by Donna Laframboise

According to Canada?s most prominent environmentalist, the mining of gold, silver, copper and other minerals poses an unacceptable risk to the planet?s atmosphere.

Yesterday I observed that although the public is told that wind energy is clean and green, industrial wind turbines are made of steel ? which depends on the mining of iron ore (see here).

I quoted Andrea Jennetta, who points out that ?pretty much everything we use in modern life ? including every form of renewable energy you can think of ? requires the extensive mining of raw materials from the earth.? (more…)

Awful April: Spring hard to find across northern USA

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Source:  USA Today  agw-earth

Several cities had their snowiest single month of all time in April.

“The weather map … looks like something out ofThe Twilight Zone,” Minneapolis meteorologist Paul Douglas of WeatherNation TV wrote on his blog last week.

Record cold and snow has been reported in dozens of cities, with the worst of the chill in the Rockies, upper Midwest and northern Plains. Several baseball games have been snowed out in both Denver and Minneapolis. (more…)