Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Scientists Object to Intellectual Freedom

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: No Frakking Consensusdonna

Libraries define intellectual freedom as the public’s right to examine all points-of-view. Here’s a list of climate scientists who are trying to block your access to alternative perspectives.

A few days ago, 54 allegedly “leading climate scientists and museum experts” attached their names to An Open Letter to Museums from Members of the Scientific Community. This is a highly polarizing document that splits the world into good guys and bad guys.

The signatories describe themselves as “members of the scientific community” who “devote our lives to understanding the world and sharing this understanding with the public.” Excuse me, but earning a handful of science degrees doesn’t place you in a special category of humanity. You’re still subject to the same ego-trips and short-comings as everyone else. (more…)

Climate Change Special Interests Condemn Special Interests

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboise

Many of the scientists who signed an open letter have no problem with special interests influencing the world around them. They’re just trying to cheat by getting certain kinds of special interests banned from the playing field.

I’ve been writing about a nakedly political document recently signed by dozens of scientists (here and here). It is worth noticing one more thing about that obnoxious Open Letter to Museums from Members of the Scientific Community.

Although these people claim to be “deeply concerned” that museums compromise their integrity when they accept charitable donations from “special interests,” some of these people are themselves closely aligned with special interests. (more…)

The tip of the climate spending iceberg

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: SPPI

Tsunami of Green Climate Cash

Tsunami of Green Climate Cash

How your tax and consumer dollars finance Climate Crisis, Inc. and hobble America

by Paul Driessen

Lockheed Martin, a recent Washington Post article notes, is getting into renewable energy, nuclear fusion, “sustainability” and even fish farming projects, to augment its reduced defense profits. The company plans to forge new ties with Defense Department and other Obama initiatives, based on a shared belief in manmade climate change as a critical security and planetary threat. It is charging ahead where other defense contractors have failed, confident that its expertise, lobbying skills and “socially responsible” commitment to preventing climate chaos will land it plentiful contracts and subsidies.

As with its polar counterparts, 90% of the titanic climate funding iceberg is invisible to most citizens, businessmen and politicians. The Lockheed action is the mere tip of the icy mountaintop. (more…)

Pareto Speaks to Us About Environmentalism

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: American Thinker

By Norman Rogers

Vilfredo Pareto, who died in 1923, was an Italian economist and sociologist. In the spirit of Machiavelli, he developed theories concerning human belief and the rise and fall of elites. His insights can be applied to explain much about contemporary America. (See: The Rise and Fall of Elites: An Application of Theoretical Sociology by Vilfredo Pareto)

Pareto believed that men form their beliefs from emotion or sentiment and that rational justifications for beliefs are constructed after the belief has been subscribed to. In other words, the rational justification is window dressing. Pareto also thought that men deceive themselves about the origin of their beliefs, not recognizing that their beliefs are the consequence of sentiment. Men claim, and believe, that their beliefs are the result of rational thought.

Because belief is emotional at its root, it is extremely difficult to make ideological conversions by logical argument. Logical arguments won’t work because the believer will mount a logical defense to every argument and will be impervious to rebuttals. Successful ideological conversions are made by using emotional tactics, such as applying psychological pressure. (more…)

Witch-Hunt 2015

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: Capital Research Center

Facing the Green Hords

Facing the Green Hords

Leftist politicians and the media try to blacklist scientists who are skeptical about Global Warming
By Jim Lakely and James M. Taylor
See pdf article here:  http://capitalresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/GW1504-final-150330.pdf

Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source:  SPPI

Closing the doors on American energy

Closing the doors on American energy

Its ideas would send the West back 100 years and keep poor nations impoverished and wretched

by Ross McKitrick

A few years ago, a journalist asked me for my thoughts on the importance of “Earth Hour” – which was reprised this past weekend. What I told him applies today, perhaps even more so.

I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity.

Giving women the freedom to work outside the home depended on the availability of electrical appliances that free up time from domestic chores. Getting children out of menial labour and into schools depended on the same thing, as well as on the ability to provide safe indoor lighting for reading. (more…)

A Coal CEO’s Game Plan

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: LC Newscoal-wanted-gg_s160x222

Robert Murray banks on a big acquisition to thrive in an industry facing big challenges

The coal business is facing one of the toughest challenges of any energy industry out there: Can it figure out how to survive and thrive as it faces a growing public call to cut carbon emissions?

Jeffrey Ball, contributing editor at The Wall Street Journal and scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, spoke with Robert Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., one of the largest coal companies in the U.S.—and one of the most aggressive about trying to survive in a changing climate.

A Shrinking Industry

MR. BALL: Explain to people what’s up with your industry these days and how you’re trying to reframe your company to thrive in it.

MR. MURRAY: The U.S. coal industry is being destroyed. Prior to President Obama it was 52% of the electricity in America. Today it’s 37%. Most prognosticators say 32% to 34%. I say 30%. I’m more negative than anyone else that I know on the coal industry. (more…)

Scientists Say New Study Is A ‘Death Blow’ To Global Warming Hysteria

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: Daily Caller

Michael Bastasch

A new study out of Germany casts further doubt on the so-called global warming “consensus” by suggesting the atmosphere may be less sensitive to increases in carbon dioxide emissions than most scientists think.

A study by scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Meteorology found that man-made aerosols had a much smaller cooling effect on the atmosphere during the 20th Century than was previously thought. Why is this big news? It means increases in carbon dioxide emissions likely cause less warming than most climate models suggest. (more…)

Perverse climate “morality”

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source:  SPPI

Victims of Green Poverty

Victims of Green Poverty

Current climate policies mean energy deprivation, poverty, disease and death for billions

by Paul Driessen

You’ve got to admit, liberal are masters at describing every initiative they launch as “the moral thing to do.” Their campaign for draconian energy regulations and a new global warming treaty is no exception. Protecting people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate catastrophes is the greatest moral cause of our time, alarmist scientists, activists, politicians, bureaucrats, clerics and journalists insist. Rubbish.

It has nothing to do with morality. It’s all about money, power and control. It narrowly defines “morality” to ignore the incredible benefits that fossil fuels and electricity bring to people everywhere – while dismissing the enormous harm their policies will wreak on families and ecological values that they profess to care so much about. And it makes no mention of the fact that they will rarely, if ever, be held accountable for their falsehoods and fraudulent science, or the damage and deaths they cause. (more…)

New Material Posted on the CO2 Science Web site 2 April – 8 April 2015

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: CO2 Science

Strong Storms of the Little Ice Age on the Southern Coast of Brazil (8 April 2015)
A new paper provides more evidence for the reality of the Little Ice Age in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as its increased storminess compared to that of the Medieval and Current Warm Periods…

A Recipe for the Survival of a Species of Frogs in a Warming World (8 April 2015)
Their legs are good for a whole lot more than merely providing the raw materials for a delicious dish at a ritzy restaurant…

The Growth & Water Use Efficiency of Two Tree Species Since 1850 (7 April 2015)
Have the two phenomena been helped or hurt by the impacts of what climate alarmists consider to be the “twin evils” of atmospheric CO2 “pollution” and CO2-induced global warming?… (more…)

More On Adjustments At De Bilt

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: Not A Lot of People Know That

By Paul Homewood

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https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/cooling-the-past-in-holland/

I showed yesterday how, by the magic of GHCN adjustments, the temperature record for De Bilt, in the Netherlands, had changed from a cycle, with little overall trend, to a steady, consistent warming.

Hans Erren had originally spotted this a few years ago, leading to a Steve McIntyre post in 2007. Hans had discovered that there had been a minor station move in 1950, which had triggered the adjustments of as much as 1C.

The detail of the move, which involved a switch from a wooden pagoda to a Stevenson screen, was detailed by KNMI here.

As both Hans and Steve commented, it is difficult to see how such a minor move could possibly make so much difference the temperature, (and if it really did, such large adjustments would carry such a large margin of error as to make the end results meaningless).

However, there is an easy way to check this out, by comparing this particular period with nearby stations.

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Two-thirds of Australias warming due to “adjustments” — according to 84 historic stations

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: Jo Nova

1954 Yearbook Brisbane

Here’s an update to the digging through our historic records we discussed a month ago, we can now include nearly twice the stations and the difference between temperatures originally recorded 100 years ago and temperatures today are even smaller.

Chris Gillham has been working with CSIR documents and official Commonwealth Year Books. Last month he used the 1953 Year Book which contained 44 weather station averages for 1911-40 to compare with 2000-14 temperatures, but has since discovered that the 1954 Year Book provides an additional 40 stations with 1911-40 data. The average rise in mean temperatures across all 84 weather stations around Australia over the last 70 years of global warming is about 0.3C. This larger dataset suggests as much as two thirds of the current official trend in Australian warming was due to post hoc adjustments, not heat recorded by thermometers.

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California Drought: The Rest of the Story

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: CATOdrought

By Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels

Global Science Report is a weekly feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.”

When the national media covers a weather story these days, it almost certainly will find some angle in which to insert/assert an element of human-caused climate change, and that element will always be characterized such as to have made the situation worse. It would take a lot of thinking on our part to try to recollect a major weather-related story in which the global warming was suggested to have ameliorated the impact—this despite a scientific literature that is complex and nebulous as to the direction of most impacts, and even less certain regarding the current detectability of such impacts.

Take for example the coverage of the current drought in California. As the drought drags on with spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas at record low levels—a finding which has prompted California Gov. Brown to enact statewide water restrictions—the press is eager to finger our greenhouse gas-spewing modern economy as the prime culprit. The problem is most scientific research suggests that the lack of precipitation in California has its roots in natural variability (for example, this recent paper by Thomas Delworth and colleagues which finds a common cause to drought in the western U.S. and the hiatus in global warming).

Thus, for the time being at least, bedeviled by actual science, most in the press have resisted placing much of the blame on the lack of precipitation at the feet of anthropogenic global warming.

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Asthma Justification for EPA Regulations Gutted by the Latest Science

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source:  CATO

By Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels

Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.”

A pre-print of a soon to be published paper in the Journal of Asthma and Clinical Immunology describes a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center making this provocative finding:

Taking the United States as a whole, living in an urban neighborhood is not associated with increased asthma prevalence.

If it isn’t immediately obvious what this means, Dr. Joseph Perrone, chief science officer at the Center for Accountability in Science, spells it out in his article in The Hill:

It’s a radical finding. The study upends more than half a century of research that assumed outdoor air pollution in cities was to blame for higher asthma rates—a hypothesis repeatedly used by EPA regulators to justify the agency’s regulations.

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Another call to arrest climate “deniers”

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: WUWTjail

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Adam Weinstein, of the Gawker, has added his voice to the growing list of greens, who demand a brutal authoritarian response to the vexing problem of people who have a different opinion.

According to Weinstein;

Man-made climate change happens. Man-made climate change kills a lot of people. It’s going to kill a lot more. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people’s deaths. It’s time to punish the climate-change liars.

This is an argument that’s just being discussed seriously in some circles. It was laid out earlier this month, with all the appropriate caveats, by Lawrence Torcello, a philosophy professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Weinstein bases his claim that man made climate change “kills a lot of people” on a WHO page, which estimates that 150,000 people per annum are dying because of climate related extreme weather and other problems, such as crop failure.

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