Archive for February, 2015

Climate Change Deniers Are Completely Insane

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Source:  Matt Walsh Blogcrazy

by Matt Walsh

Got this message yesterday from a very concerned climate change alarmist:

Hi Matt, I read you sometimes but I generally find you to be an assh*le. Just being honest. I also think you have a reputation (or you?d like to think you have a reputation) as someone who isn?t afraid to ?tell it like it is,? but I think you haven?t earned that. Actually you are very afraid to challenge any republican talking point so you stick to the script on everything. I guess it?s more important to be invited to the parties than to tell the truth.

I?m wondering if you have the guts to address something and actually force your right wing readers to think for themselves. I?m getting really tired of seeing these idiots on Facebook who every time it gets cold or snows start gloating about how it ?proves? there is no climate change. You?ve never outed yourself as a climate denier, and I know you like to consider yourself a logical person, so I?m hoping this is one area where you differ from your cohorts. These morons need to be put in their place. Colder temperatures and blizzards ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE SCIENTIFIC MODEL FOR CLIMATE CHANGE. This is why I could never be a republican. I can?t be a part of a group of anti-science climate deniers who would kill this planet if they were given free reign. Prove you?re really ?controversial,? Matt, and call your people to task here.

-JM

Hi JM,

I agree with you. Honestly, I never addressed it because I never knew it was such a pervasive problem. But now that you?ve called my attention to it, allow me to be the first to say that climate deniers are lunatics. I?ll take it a step further than you even did, JM, and submit that climate deniers should be banned from teaching, voted out of office, and probably fired from any other job they might hold. Seriously, I can?t hardly believe that anyone could be so foolish and so delusional as to be a climate denier. (more…)

New paper at SPPI

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

borealforestSource: SPPI

The Extinction Risk for Stationary Plants

In addition to migrating to more suitable locations, Earth?s plants have other ways of successfully responding to various pressures that might otherwise lead to their extinction. The ?acid test? for any extinction hypothesis is to examine what appears to be happening – or what appears to actually have happened – in the real world, which is what is done here with respect to studies of plants that are fighting to survive under experimental settings or real-world locations where they periodically face various threats to their survival.

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

 

Climate Reporting?s Hot Mess

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Source: WSJ

Working Climate "Journalist"

Working Climate “Journalist”

AP takes the cake in the relentless campaign by global-warming journalists to discredit their own profession.

By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

News reporting of the latest climate alarm was not uniformly bad. Among hundreds of publications in the Factiva database, exactly one?the Mail on Sunday, one of those derided London tabloids?injected the phrase ?statistically significant? into consideration of whether 2014 was in any meaningful sense the ?hottest year on record.?

A nonjournalistic source and not exactly an outfit of climate-change deniers, Berkeley Earth, also noted that, when it comes to 2014 and the other ?hottest year? candidates, 2005 and 2010, the observed temperature difference was smaller than the margin of error by a factor of five, adding: ?Therefore it is impossible to conclude from our analysis which of 2014, 2010, or 2005 was actually the warmest year.? (more…)

Green Incompetence Isn?t Sustainable

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Source: No Frakking Consensus

Green Mistakes

Green Mistakes

by Donna Laframboise

Governments fund solar capacity in countries that receive little sun and install wind turbines in nations that get little wind.

In a blog post titled Europe?s $100 Billion Green Energy Mistake, Walter Russell Mead draws our attention to a newly-released report about the future of electricity.

The report says that, in their eagerness to embrace renewable energy, European governments have funded solar capacity in countries that get little sun, and installed wind turbines in nations that get little wind. (more…)

Stormy Weather and Politics

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Source: Jewish World Review

By Thomas Sowell

image: http://media.cagle.com/205/2014/11/19/156470_600.jpg

Stormy Weather and Politics

Unfortunately, we are not likely to hear any similar apologies from those who have been promoting “global warming” hysteria for years, in defiance of data that fail to fit their climate models. What is at issue is not whether there is “climate change” ? which nobody has ever denied ? but whether the specific predictions of the “global warming” crowd as to the direction and magnitude of worldwide temperature changes are holding up over the years.

The ultimate test of any theoretical model is not how loudly it is proclaimed but how well it fits the facts. Climate models that have an unimpressive record of fitting the facts of the past or the present are hardly a reason for us to rely on them for the future.

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Why India is digging deep for coal: CNN’s Slant

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Source: CNN

By Mallika Kapur and Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

Can India find an alternative to coal?

Story highlights

  • India has the world’s fifth largest coal reserves, but not enough to feed demand for fuel
  • Amid pressure to reduce emissions, the country is trying to ramp up alternative energy options
  • Around 300 million Indians still live in darkness — equivalent to the entire U.S. population

(CNN)Holding onto the rails of a cage, we descend lower and lower into the coal mine. It is pitch dark, hot and humid. Every now and then a spray of water drizzles on us.

The two-minute ride down seems much longer than that.

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About ?Denying?, ?Deniers?, and ?Denial?

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Source: Climate Resistance

"Deniers'' Handbook

“Deniers” Handbook

By Ben Pile

There has been some discussion about the D-word recently. The Science of Doom blog considered the historical implications of the word, and argues that its use in the climate debate trivialises the deaths of millions, and urged people to stop using it. Keith Kloor agreed, saying that the use of the word was needlessly ?emotionally and politically charged? and inflammatory. Lastly, Richard Betts has a guest post at And Then There?s Physics? blog, urging the readers there to ?Label the behaviour, not the person?, which fell on deaf ears. More about those articles shortly.

I have never been particularly upset by the epithet, ?denier?, for the simple reason that it says much about the person who utters it than it says about the putative ?denier?. I don?t know who made the observation that ?once you give something a name, you don?t have to argue with it? (I think it was Lenin), but it seems to me to explain the use of the word. Once you call someone a denier, you don?t have to explain what it is they have denied. Anti-deniers deny debate. (more…)

Top 10 Global Warming Lies That May Shock You

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Source:  Forbes

Twisted Climate Claims

Twisted Climate Claims

by James Taylor

 

EDF has assembled what it believes to be the 10 most powerful global warming assertions in the alarmists? playbook, yet each assertion either backfires on alarmists or has been proven false. While reading how flawed EDF?s assertions are, remember these are the very best arguments global warming alarmists can make. Open-minded readers should have very little difficulty dismissing the mythical global warming crisis after examining the top 10 assertions in the alarmist playbook.

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Obama Misleads Students about Climate and Energy

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Source: ACCLive55_benefits_of_co2_pamphlet

Climate change actually has little to do with energy choices

by Bob Carter and Tom Harris

In his Oct.2 address on the economy at Northwestern University, President Barack Obama told students, ?If we keep investing in clean energy technology, we won?t just put people to work assembling, raising and pounding into place the zero-carbon components of a clean energy age. We?ll reduce our carbon emissions and prevent the worst costs of climate change down the road.?

But what does climate change have to do with energy supply? Almost nothing.

Climate change issues involve environmental hazards, whereas energy policy is concerned with supplying affordable, reliable electricity to industries and families. So, where is the relationship to climate? (more…)

Vilifying realist science ? and scientists

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Source: SPPI

Tsunami of Green Climate Cash

Tsunami of Green Climate Cash

Ultra-rich Green groups attack climate scientists who question ?manmade climate chaos? claims

by Paul Driessen

Things are not going well for Climate Chaos, Inc. The Environmental Protection Agency is implementing its carbon dioxide regulations, and President Obama wants to make more Alaska oil and gas prospects off limits. But elsewhere the climate alarm industry is under siege ? and rightfully so.

Shortly after Mr. Obama warned him of imminent climate doom, Prime Minister Modi announced that India would double coal production, to bring electricity to 300 million more people. Hydraulic fracturing has launched a new era of petroleum abundance, making it harder to justify renewable energy subsidies.

Global warming predictions have become increasingly amusing, bizarre and disconnected from real-world climate and weather. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has confessed that its true goal is transforming the world?s economy and redistributing its wealth. More people are realizing that the actual problem is not climate change, which has been ongoing throughout history; it is costly policies imposed in the name of preventing change: policies that too often destroy jobs, perpetuate poverty and kill people. (more…)

It’s Not Just Brian Williams

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Source: Warning Signs

Climate fantasy land

Climate fantasy land

Opinion

By Alan Caruba

?When reporters forfeit their credibility by making up stories, sources, or quotes, we are right to mock them. When their violations are significant or repeated, they should be fired,? says Charles Lipson, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago. ?Demanding honest reporting has nothing to do with the reporter?s politics, personality, or personal life. It is about professional standards and our reasonable expectations.?

Writing at Real Clear Politics.com, Prof. Lipson concluded by saying, ?It?s essential for our news organizations, and it matters for our democracy.?

Are we seeing a trend here? Dan Rather at CBS and now Brian Williams at NBC? Well, two news anchors are not a trend, but biased and bad reporting is. It?s not new, but it does seem to be gathering momentum and nowhere has it been more apparent than the millions of words written and spoken about ?global warming? and now ?climate change.? (more…)

CO2 Science new Literature Reviews

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Source:  CO2 Science

New Material Posted on the CO2 Science Web site 5 February – 11 February 2015

The Ecosystem Services of Seagrass Beds in a CO2-Enriched World (11 February 2015)
The CO2-prompted ocean-acidification-induced increases in the many and varied benefits of seagrasses – along with their monetary value – may truly surprise you, approximately 500 and 600 billion pounds sterling ($765-918 billion USD)…

Effects of CO2 Enrichment on Roots of a Warm Temperate Forest (10 February 2015)
A CO2-induced increase in fine root exploration by trees may be “a primary means for [their] acquiring additional soil resources under elevated CO2” that “has the potential to facilitate increased soil resource uptake allowing for a sustained response to elevated CO2.” And this fact could well be one of the chief reasons for the ultimate undoing of the once highly-hyped progressive nitrogen limitation hypothesis(more…)

Reporters told to stop interviewing ‘irrelevant’ climate change critics

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Source:  Wash. Examiner

A new study of how environmental reporters cover global warming and climate change reveals that they see the issue as one America has endorsed and, as a result, no longer include critics in their reports because they are ?generally irrelevant.?

And the orders are coming from editors.

What?s more, the study from George Mason University found that climate change reporters are weaving their coverage into stories on broader issues to get around editors who don?t want a lot of reports on global warming. (more…)

Brian Williams? Tall Tales vs. Embellished Global Warming Personalities

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Source:  Red State

Contrasting a pursuit of public adoration with desperate attempts to create authorities who keep an issue afloat

What made Brian Williams inject himself into an Iraq war incident? Perhaps the reason is as simple as a juvenile desire to remain in the center of adoring attention. When prominent personalities in the global warming issue say things about themselves that isn?t accurate, that?s a whole other ballgame.

This isn?t about science details, either, which are subject to interpretation that?s best left to experts. But we don?t have to be a rocket scientist or a climatologist to spot faulty personal embellishments. All it takes is basic level fact-checking. (more…)

New Paper at SPPI: Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment on Strawberries

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Source: SPPI

Nearly all agricultural plants benefit from increases in the air’s CO2 content and strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) is no exception.