Archive for March, 2015

Read all about it! Climate Depot's Round up of Reactions to Muir Russell's 'Sham' Climategate Report

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source:  Climate depot

Climategate report ‘contains many gaffes and errors

By Marc Morano

For updated reactions see here.

Shameful Sham Climategate report urges ‘campaign to win hearts and minds’ to restore confidence in global warming science — ‘University of East Anglia’s enquiry into the conduct of its own staff at its Climatic Research — The most serious charge is poor communication — Sir Muir Russell even calls for ‘a concerted and sustained campaign to win hearts and minds’ to restore confidence in the team’s work’ (Full PDF report here.)

The Muir Russell Review gets basic IPCC info wrong! Pielke Jr.: ‘The idea that IPCC presents a ‘best estimate’ understanding based on views of a selected group of scientists is completely contrary to how IPCC characterizes its own work… ‘To suggest that the IPCC is “not to produce a review of the scientific literature” is just plain wrong’ (more…)

Questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The head of the UN’s climate change panel – Dr Rajendra Pachauri – is accused of making a fortune from his links with ‘carbon trading’ companies, Christopher Booker and Richard North write.

Source: UK Telegraph

by Christopher Booker and Richard North

[Emphasis and notes added by SPPI]

No one in the world exercised more influence on the events leading up to the Copenhagen conference on global warming than Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN?s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and mastermind of its latest report in 2007.

Although Dr Pachauri is often presented as a scientist (he was even once described by the BBC as ?the world?s top climate scientist?), as a former railway engineer with a PhD in economics he has no qualifications in climate science at all.

What has also almost entirely escaped attention, however, is how Dr Pachauri has established an astonishing worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which have been investing billions of dollars in organisations dependent on the IPCC?s policy recommendations. (more…)

Queen set to earn millions from windfarm expansion

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source: The UK Independent

There is more good financial news for the Queen and her eventual successor, among the few beneficiaries of last week’s spending review by George Osborne which cut billions off public spending.

The royals will indirectly benefit from the £200m extra that the Government will invest in offshore wind farms and in the port facilities needed to handle them. The seabed within Britain’s territorial waters, which extend almost 14 miles from the coast, is owned by the Crown Estate. Operators pay rent to the Crown Estate for the right to run cables along the seabed, and they also pay out a percentage of the profit from the electricity generated.

For more than two centuries, income from the Crown Estate has gone to the Exchequer, under a deal reached between Parliament and George III. But during his announcement of the Spending Review, Mr Osborne said the royal family is to receive a proportion of the income from the estate. The civil list, which has been Parliament’s way of financing the royal family up to now, is to be frozen, and then abolished outright in 2013.

The number of turbines operating around Britain’s coastline is scheduled to grow from 436 at present to around 6,400 in 2020, creating thousands of new jobs and generating tens of millions of extra income for the Crown Estate. (more…)

Public apathy on climate change is a cause for celebration, not concern

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source: London Telegraph

CO2 brings abundance

CO2 brings abundance

by Brendan O’Neill

The executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, has said scientists and UN officials should stop using “weirdo words” when talking about climate change. By talking in scientific jargon and using acronyms that fly over the heads of Joe and Josephine Public, the climate-change lobby is bamboozling rather than enlightening the masses, she said. Panicked that the public switches off ? or more likely sinks into a coma ? whenever an expert with more PhDs than sense holds forth on climate change, Ms Figueres says climate-change folk are “just not communicating properly”.

This alleged crisis of eco-communication, the failure of enviro-experts to make a connection with, far less fire up, the man in the street, weighs heavily on green-leaning minds. In the Guardian this week, an eco-worrier says climate-change activists must try harder to bridge the gap between “the abstruse nature of expert discourse” and people’s “ordinary lives” (shortened version: let’s find a way to make really complicated stuff understandable to ill-educated folk more used to reading Heat the celebrity magazine than Heat the George Monbiot book). (more…)

Population Bomb' author Paul Ehrlich suggested adding a forced sterilization agent to 'staple food' and 'water supply

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source:  Climate Depot

by Marc Morano

A 1972 article about “The Population Bomb” biologist Paul Ehrlich reveals a nascent environmental movement grappling with mass sterilization, climate fears, “international policy planning” and redistribution of wealth. The article reveals dramatic parallels to today’s modern environmental movement.

According to the June 16, 1972 article in the Boca Raton News. The article, part of the Newsweek Feature Service, was written by William J. Cook and was titled “Expert on population pleased by response.”

The article reported: “In 1969, [Ehrlich] said if voluntary birth reduction methods did not work a nation might have to resort to ‘the addition of a temporary sterilant to staple food or to the water supply.’ The proposal brought a charge from one newspaper critic that Ehrlich was ‘worse than Hitler.'” [Climate Depot’s Editor’s Note: Ehrlich has had a few moments of candor in recent times and apparently admitted his lack of basic scientific training. See: An Admission finally! ‘The Population Bomb’s’ Paul Ehrlich: ‘I wish I’d taken more math in high school and college. That would have been useful’ ‘If he were writing ‘The Population Bomb’ now, he’d be more careful about predictions’ October 8, 2009 & Also see: Relax: Laugh at silly predictions of overpopulation: Climate Depot’s Factsheet on Overpopulation – ‘Is too few people the new ‘population problem?’] (more…)

Polar bears not at risk: Nunavut

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source: CBC News

[SPPI Note:

Past SPPI papers on the polar bear issue can be read here:

Demographic and Ecological Polar Bear Perspectives

Polar bears of western Hudson Bay and climate change

Polar Bears: Times is on their side

Polar Bear Population Forecasts: A Public-Policy Forecasting Audit

Reply to response to Dyck on polar bears and climate change in western Hudson Bay

Polar Bears, Climate Change, and Human Dignity ]

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The Nunavut government does not think the polar bear should be classified as a species of special concern under the federal Species at Risk Act, says territorial Environment Minister Daniel Shewchuk.

Shewchuk said there is no clear evidence to support assigning that status to the polar bear despite recommendations to the contrary by Environment Canada and a federal scientific panel. (more…)

Peer-Review Flaws, circa 2002

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source:  here

People familiar with what happened in climate science during the last year might find Lawrence K. Altman’s NYT article “THE DOCTOR’S WORLD; When Peer Review Produces Unsound Science” of June 11, 2002 more than prescient (emphasis all mine, of course):

[…] Yet for all its acclaim, the system [of peer-review] has long been controversial. Despite its system of checks and balances, a number of errors, plagiarism and even outright fraud have slipped through it.

[…] A particular concern is that because editors and reviewers examine only what authors summarize, not raw data, the system can provide false reassurances that what is published is scientifically sound.

[…] Researchers reported [in the “The Journal of the American Medical Association” in June 2002] considerable evidence that many statistical and methodological errors were common in published papers and that authors often failed to discuss the limitations of their findings. Even the press releases that journals issue to steer journalists to report peer reviewed papers often exaggerate the perceived importance of findings and fail to highlight important caveats and conflicts of interest. (more…)

Oregon Study Again Shows Folly of Renewables Mandates

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source: http://www.atinstitute.org/blog_post/show/92

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Contacts:
Todd Wynn, Cascade Policy Institute, todd@cascadepolicy.org
Paul Chesser, paul.chesser@atinstitute.org

If you cannot read this press release, please click here: http://www.atinstitute.org/blog_post/show/92

Following American Tradition Institute studies of Renewable Portfolio Standards in Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico — plus other analyses of energy mandates in North Carolina and Massachusetts — a new Cascade Policy Institute report ( )  on the harmful economic impacts of Oregon’s RPS provides another example of how the forced usage of alternative energy is an economy killer. (more…)

Opinion About CRU by Watts Poster

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Source: 
Poster – Bananabender

BP and Shell established the CRU in 1971. They still fund it ? along with other major oil & gas producers and the nuclear industry The only logical reason for doing this was to provide a scientific justification for shutting down the coal industry. Shutting down coal means far more natural gas is sold.

In creating the CRU it is obvious that Shell and BP deliberately chose the worst university in Britain. The University of East Anglia was newly created, cash-strapped and haven for left wing activists.

BP and Shell also made sure that CRU was stacked with mediocre activist scientists. Why would they do this? A highly reputable university such as Oxford or Harvard would have demanded far more rigorous checks and balances and a far higher degree of independence from the cash source. Mediocre scientists are far more malleable because they don?t have a choice of alternative jobs.

The outcome was predictable. If you get a bunch of third rate researchers and ply them with enough money will get the results you want.

Appointing oil company director Rajendra Pachauri to head the IPCC was extra insurance.

Obama Signs Executive Order to ?Prepare Nation? for Effects of Climate Change

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source:  

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday to ?prepare the nation? for the dire consequences of global warming by establishing a new task force aimed in part at steering local communities toward making ?smarter? investments to prepare for climate change-caused catastrophes.

?The impacts of climate change?including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise?are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation,? the executive order states. (more…)

"Obama Goes Full Witchcraft" on Global Warming

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source: Climate Depot

[SPPI Note:]  See also these papers at SPPI on weather events:

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/historical_storm_trends_in_the_united_kingdom.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/historical_storm_trends_in_france.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/historical_storm_trends_in_australia_and_new_zealand.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/north_american_flood_activity.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/extreme_temperatures_in_north_america.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/blog_watch/hurricanes_in_the_indian_ocean.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/droughts_in_mexico.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/extreme_temperatures_across_the_rest_of_the_globe.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/hail_storm_trends.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/climate_and_fire.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/flood_activity_in_asia.html?Itemid=0

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Obama goes full witchcraft by telling voters they ‘can do something about’ droughts and floods and wildfires.

Climate Depot’s Morano reminds voters: ‘Acts of the UN and the U.S. Congress or EPA, cannot control the weather’

Climate Depot Editorial

President Barack Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech declared that American voters can “do something about” extreme weather by supporting his re-election.

Obama: “And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet ? because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke.

They’re a threat to our children’s future. And in this election, you can do something about it.” (For full Obama speech text see:President Obama’s Speech: Full Text From the Democratic National Convention ? September 6, 2012)

Climate Depot response:

“President Obama — who once declared his presidency would result in ‘the rise of the oceans beginning to slow’ — now wants us to believe voters can help regulate the weather by supporting his re-election. Obama’s declaration that ?you can do something about? droughts and floods and wildfires is akin to medieval witchcraft. For any confused voters out there, Climate Depot reminds them that acts of the United Nations and the U.S. Congress or EPA, cannot control the weather. The president of the United States may be able to command great armies, but he cannot control the climate or command better weather. (For more on global warming activists seeking to control the weather, see here.)

Even Nancy Pelosi recognizes Obama cannot control the weather. (See: Nancy Pelosi: Obama can’t control the weather — ‘Whether it rains or not is not in the president’s control’ ? ‘The Democratic leader said the weather is ‘a higher power’ that the president can’t control. ‘There are some decisions that are made from a different place and whether it rains or not is not in the president’s control.’)

Amen! Pelosi clearly has more scientific acumen than President Obama.

Despite President Obama’s claims, Co2 is not controlling temperatures and. In addition, the latest scientific studies and data reveal that droughts, floods and wildfires and extreme weather are not currently unusual or unprecedented.”

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More reactions:

Real Science: ‘Had FDR claimed that he could control the dust bowl drought, he would have been locked up in a loony bin’ — ‘There isn’t one shred of evidence that droughts, floods or wildfires have increased. There also isn’t one shred of evidence that American voters can change the number of droughts and floods and wildfires’

Small Sampling of scientific studies and analyses on man-made global warming claims and extreme weather:

Climate Depot Special Report: A-Z Climate Reality Check — Sub-Prime Science Exposé: ‘The claims of the promoters of man-made climate fears are failing’ — Presented to UN Summit — Excerpts from Climate Depot’s A-Z report: ?…deaths due to extreme weather are radically declining,global tropical cyclone activity is near historic lows, thefrequency of major U.S. hurricanes has declined, the oceans are missing their predicted heat content, big tornados have dramatically declinedsince the 1970s,droughts are not historically unusual nor caused by mankind, there is no evidence we are currently having unusual weather…?

Global warming not making weather wackier: ‘The weather was wilder and weirder in the past than it is today’ – – ‘back when CO2 was below 350 ppm’ — ‘People are claiming there are more disasters now. That’s crazy. The weather was terrible in the past, back when CO2 was below 350ppm’ – ‘Climate was never safe. You had horrific fires, droughts, floods, heat waves — it hasn’t gotten any worse with the CO2 increase’

Don’t Panic! Arctic Ice Hits ‘Record’ Low!? Climate Depot Explains Arctic melting hype

Read complete Climate Depot reaction to Obama here.

Obama Czar John Holdren wants to 'educate' GOP on global warming — But it is Holdren who 'desperately needs remedial climate science education!'

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source: Climate Depot

‘It would be hard to find anyone less fit to ‘educate’ people about climate science in Washington than John Holdren’

By Marc Morano

Climate Depot Editorial

Excerpt From The Hill ? January 30, 2011

White House official cites ‘education problem’ on climate By Ben Geman

President Obama’s top science adviser said there’s a need to ?educate? GOP climate change skeptics on Capitol Hill as the White House seeks to advance its green energy agenda. ?It is an education problem. I think we have to educate them,? said John Holdren, who heads the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. […] Holdren, asked about advancing Obama’s agenda in the face of [Congressional] skepticism, said the scientific evidence of dangerous human-induced climate change is powerful. ?The science of climate change is really very clear in its essentials,? Holdren said on Platts Energy Week. [End article excerpt]

Climate Depot Response: It is John Holdren who desperately needs remedial climate science education! Holdren has laid bare his scientific ignorance and alarmist ideology for all the world to see on multiple occasions over the past 40 years. (more…)

Now Showing: The New Eco-Scary Movie

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source: courtesy of http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/01/now-showing-the-new-eco-scary-movie/

During December’s obsession with “Climate-gate,” the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) began revving up publicity for its  video on the NEW eco-disaster-in-the-making, “Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification.”

It is a lushly-produced, lightly-sourced 21-minute presentation, with alto-gushy voice-over by actress Sigourney Weaver, the star of the movies, “Alien” and “Ghostbusters.”  It does not say in the credits anywhere that Ms. Weaver has also has a science degree.  At one point in the video, Ms. Weaver intones, in twenty years the oceans will be a “sea of weeds.”  Someone from Stanford University tells us coral reefs and seashells will be dissolving, in “20 or 30 years.”  Someone else turned to the camera and said, (very seriously) she has never seen terapods with such thin shells, EVER. (more…)

No Global Warming for Almost Two Decades

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source:

by Christopher Monckton

The Science and Public Policy Institute has been asked to comment on the apparent inconsistency between the news that July 2012 was the warmest July since 1895 in the contiguous United States and the news that the Meteorological Office in the UK has cut its global warming forecast for the coming years. The present paper is a response to that interesting question.

Paper here:  

 

NOAA Climate Scientist: ?We Need to Do Whatever We Can to Reduce Population?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Source:  hauntingthelibrary

John Miller, a climate scientist working for NOAA (http://www.arl.noaa.gov/staff_all.php), has been filmed at a ?350? climate change rally at the Denver statehouse calling for control of population and an end to the ?madness? of economic growth.

In what was clearly a passionate and deeply heartfelt speech, Miller told the audience, to cheers and applause:

I would be remiss, as a scientist who studied this, if I didn?t mention the following two things:

The first is that, most importantly, we need to do, as a society, in this country and globally, whatever we can to reduce population. [Cheers, applause.] It?s the ?master variable? that controls everything [shouts of “that’s right”].

Doing whatever it takes to reduce population is the number one thing for the good Dr Miller. And the second thing? Ending the ?madness? of economic growth.

Our whole economic system is based on growth, and growth of our population, and this madness has to end.

Well quite. Who said this global warming business was politically driven? All they?re demanding is control of reproduction and the economy.

See for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGTk4S_HV2w&feature=player_embedded