Archive for October, 2013

“Extreme weather” does not justify extreme political agenda

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Source:  All Alabama  extreme weather

by Senator Sessions

It has been eight years since the last major hurricane struck the United States?a lull that experts call an “extended and intense hurricane drought,” the longest such drought since reliable records began in the 19th century.

This is welcome news for Alabamians. The nation still remembers Hurricane Camille (a Category 5 storm) that hit our region in 1969. Hurricane Frederic (a Category 3 storm) made landfall at Dauphin Island in September 1979, leaving widespread devastation and a tree on the roof of my home in Mobile. Hurricane Opal (a Category 4 storm) struck Alabama in October 1995. And it doesn’t take a major hurricane to cause tremendous damage, as “Superstorm Sandy” demonstrated.

We face other forms of extreme weather too, like droughts, floods, and tornado outbreaks that can leave a wide path of destruction. Extreme weather happens, and we should all take common-sense, cost-effective steps to plan, prepare, and respond. The federal government has a key role to play there.

But the Obama Administration, congressional Democrats, and other climate alarmists are now pointing to extreme weather in a desperate attempt to promote their political agendas at the expense of hardworking Americans. (more…)

White House Spends Half as Much on Border Security than on the Climate Change/ Global Warming Scam

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Source: Freedom Outpost  dollar burning

Which is more important: spending money to combat climate change/global warming or spending money on US border security? Most intelligent Americans would respond with “spending money on US border security.” However, the Obama administration, in its infinite wisdom beyond the intelligent American, will tell Americans that spending money to combat climate change/global warming takes precedence: precedence to the tune of $22.2 billion this year and an estimated $21.4 billion next year. (more…)

New Paper at SPPI: Medieval Warm Period and the World’s Oceans

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Source:  SPPI  mwp_oceans

Keigwin (1996) introduced his classic paleoclimatic study of the northern Sargasso Sea by stating that “it is important to document natural climate variability in order to understand the effects of anthropogenic forcing.” And, therefore, working with two subcores of a sediment box core retrieved from 33°41.6’N, 57°36.7’W of the undulating plateau of the northeast Bermuda Rise, he measured the oxygen isotope ratios (?18O) of the white variety of the planktonic foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber, which lives year-round in the upper 25 meters of the northern Sargasso Sea and has a relatively constant annual mass flux and shell flux to the sediments. Calibrating these data against temperature and salinity data obtained at Ocean Station “S” (32°N, 62°30’W) over the prior 42 years, he first determined that “temperature accounts for about two-thirds of the isotopic signal, whereas salinity accounts for one-third.” And based on these results, he calculated sea surface temperatures (SSTs) of the prior three millennia, after which he “stacked the temperature proxy data from the two subcores by averaging results in 50-year bins,” obtaining the results below.

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/medieval_warm_period_and_the_worlds_oceans.html

 

 

The Ecofascists Are Slowly But Surely Taking Over America

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Source: Freedom Outpost  eco-fascist1

The environmental fascists believe that if people are allowed to have large amounts of freedom and liberty that the planet will literally be destroyed.

That sounds crazy, but that is what they actually believe. Left to our own devices, they are fully convinced that global warming and out of control pollution will transform the earth into an uninhabitable hellhole. Therefore, they believe that it has become necessary to strictly manage human behavior ?for the good of the environment?.

With each passing year, the control of the social planners gets even tighter. Today, they have banned certain kinds of light bulbs, they are putting mandatory ?smart meters? into our homes, and they have instituted all kinds of ridiculous regulations concerning what you can do with your own land. Tomorrow, they plan to put ?black boxes? into our vehicles and move most of us into ?stack-and-pack? housing that has communal bathrooms and no elevators. There is a reason why these people are called ecofascists. The ?true believers? of the environmental fascism movement actually believe that they are ?saving the world? by being control freaks. They truly believe that they know better than the rest of us, and they love to get into positions of political power so that they can impose their will on everyone around them. (more…)

The Environmental Enemies of Energy

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Source:  Warning Signs

The Green Borg

The Green Borg

By Alan Caruba
While Americans grapple with the Obamacare debacle and 90 million are officially unemployed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is another threat to our future as environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth continue their assault on the provision of electrical energy, the lifeblood of the nation?s economy and our ability to function at home and on the job.
Recently, Sierra Club members were told that they, ?supporters, partners, and allies have worked tirelessly to retire 150 coal-fired power plants since January 2010?a significant number in the campaign to move the country beyond dirty and outdated fossil fuels.?   (more…)

When Governments Cite Greenpeace

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

greens

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

I live in Ontario, Canada?s most populous province. Our Energy Minister is a gent named Bob Chiarelli.From my perspective, his primary responsibility is to keep energy prices as low as possible. As Germany and other jurisdictions have discovered, when electricity costs too much, businesses flee ? taking jobs with them (see hereherehere and here).Working families, young people near the bottom of the wage ladder, and seniors on fixed incomes all have especially tight budgets. The more these people are forced to pay for electricity, the fewer dollars they have to spend on  other things. Like food. (more…)

Obama’s EPA War on Coal Forces Shutdown of 60 Year Old Utah Coal Plant

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Source: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/obamas-epa-war-coal-forces-shutdown-60-year-old-utah-coal-plant/coal miners

The disastrous Obamacare website roll-out has taken center stage these days as its many flaws exemplify the total ineptitude of the Washington “Obama-ites” as they seek to force individual Americans to participate in a precursor of a single-payer healthcare system. Other problems facing the country remain unresolved but fade from the limelight. There are still no resolutions to Benghazi, Fast and Furious, NSA spying on all Americans, IRS targeting of conservative organizations, the Department of Justice’s attempt to prohibit free speech by enacting penalties against those who speak out against Islam, the targeting of Fox News reporter James Rosen, the government spying on AP reporters, Eric Holder being in contempt of Congress, Kathleen Sebelius refusing to appear before Congress, and the continued war on coal by the Obama administration.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues its ever encroaching regulations on coal plants to decrease the effects of global warming/climate change, which the majority of the computer models predicting this global disaster have proven to be inaccurate at the very least. Next year, one of Utah’s oldest power plants will suffer a closure because of the EPA’s costly mercury emission limiting regulations. (more…)

Fuel Loads Not Climate Change Are Making Bushfires More Severe

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Source:  JoNova  forest fire

by Dr David Evans

The bibles of mainstream climate change are the Assessment Reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) every six years or so. The latest was issued recently, in September 2013. Significantly, it backs away from the link between climate change and specific extreme weather events.

The IPCC says that connections of warming to extreme weather have not been found. ?There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized losses [that is, adjusted for exposure and wealth of the increasing populations] have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change.? The IPCC claim only to have ?low confidence? in their ability to project ?changes in frequency and duration of megadroughts.? (more…)

The Great American Wind Power Fraud

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Source: warning signsimage246

By Alan Caruba

In July the Fairhaven, Massachusetts Board of Health voted to shut down the town?s two wind turbines at night between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. after dozens of residents had filed more than 400 complaints. Testing had demonstrated that the turbines exceeded state noise regulations and those specified in their operating permits.

In July the Heartland Institute?s Environmental & Climate News reported on the announcement by Nordex USA, a manufacturer of wind turbines that had accepted millions of dollars in subsidies while promising to create 750 jobs that it had shut down its Jonesboro facility. In 2008, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) had given Nordex $8 million from the Governor?s Quick-Action Closing Fund and the Arkansas Development Finance Authority had given Nordex another $11 million. The decision, said the company, was its uncertainty about receiving federal subsidies. At the time, only fifty people were employed there. (more…)

Studies show Earth warming more slowly than predicted

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Source: MySA crazy

by Craig Idso and James Taylor

Sound science dealt several devastating blows to global warming alarmism during the past few weeks, despite the best efforts of global-warming activists to sustain the drumbeat of climate fear.

Attempting to drum up fear about global warming in the San Antonio Express-News, Andrew Dressler and Gerald North wrote an Oct. 6 article titled, ?Climate change is real and denial is not about the science.? In their article, they
claimed political ideology rather than scientific evidence motivates skepticism toward their assertions of a global warming crisis. In reality, sound science continues to deliver blow after blow to claims of a global warming crisis. (more…)

You dare to question the great Los Angeles Times?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Source: Talking About the Weather

by Harold Ambler

As most here will know, the L.A. Times decided once and for all to end the climate change debate (or try) by printing a policy to never again publish a letter questioning man-made global warming. That motivated me to send the paper, and the editor who formed the policy, a little note (see below).

Dear Mr. Thornton,

A few facts about anthropogenic global warming:

1. The Holocene interglacial, in which you find yourself living, is the coolest of the last 5 interglacials, by one to two degrees Celsius; the Holocene is also experiencing lower sea level than the interglacials prior. Compared to the Eemian interglacial (the most recent before it), sea level is roughly 4 to 6 meters lower today than, for instance, 115,000 years ago. (more…)

New Material Posted on the NIPCC Web site

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Source: NIPCC

Reindeer Reproduction in a Warming World: Will It Be Helped or Hindered by the Changing Climate? (15 Oct 2013)

According to the authors of this study, who examined satellite derived measures of vegetation green-up, population densities, calf body masses and female reproductive success, the ?effects of global warming on plant productivity and onset of spring are likely to positively affect sub-Arctic reindeer?… Read More

CMIP5 Backward Projections of Temperature and Precipitation (15 Oct 2013)
The best climate models of the present day are still not up to doing what we really need them to do to be of much service… Read More (more…)

Avid environmentalist challenges climate change alarmists on species extinctions

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Source: Pacifica  butterfly-8205

By Jean Bartlett

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, raised from age five in the Boston area, Pacifican Jim Steele first headed off to attend the mechanical engineering program at the University of Massachusetts in 1968. But with the Vietnam War raging, Steele feared his career would revolve around wartime production. So he dropped out, went to work on social justice issues, and then backpacked around the country, touring as many National Parks as possible. Inspired by nature, he went on to pursue a degree in biology at San Francisco State University, through their ecology and systematics program. While finishing his Masters, the SFSU Dean of Science appointed Steele to the director’s position of SFSU’s Sierra Nevada field campus. There Steele built an environmental education program and pursued environmental research. He served as director of the Sierra Nevada field campus for 25 years, while also teaching science in the San Francisco school district. He and his wife Kristen have lived in Pacifica for 21 years. Their son Jared is a graduate of IBL and Terra Nova High School and is currently attending Oregon University. (more…)

There is only one published peer-reviewed paper that claims to provide scientific forecasts of long-range global mean temperatures

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Source: SPPI  baby-and-computer

by Kesten C. Green, J. Scott Armstrong, and Willie Soon

The human race has prospered by relying on forecasts that the seasons will follow their usual course, while knowing they will sometimes be better or worse. Are things different now?

For the fifth time now, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims they are. The difference, the IPCC asserts, is increased human emissions of carbon dioxide: a colorless, odorless, non-toxic gas that is a byproduct of growing prosperity. It is also a product of all animal respiration and is also essential for most life on Earth, yet in total it makes up only 0.0004 of the atmosphere.

The IPCC assumes that the relatively small human contribution of this gas to the atmosphere will cause global warming, and insist that the warming will be dangerous. (more…)

New Paper at SPPI: MEDIEVAL WARM PERIOD IN OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Source:  SPPI mwp_asian_countries

Climate alarmists have long contended that the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was not a worldwide phenomenon, primarily because that reality would challenge another of their major claims, i.e., that late 20th-century temperatures were the warmest of the past millennium or more. Thus, it is important to know what has been learned about this subject in different parts of the world; and in this summary attention is focused on Asian countries other than China, Russia and Japan, which are treated individually in other MWP Summaries.