“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Fracking is Fundamental

fracking“It is a sad day when a state chooses to listen to the fear, uncertainty, and doubts spread by anti-fossil fuel agitators rather than making a decision for economic strength that would benefit schools, communities, and many of its poorest citizens—especially when the vilified technology, hydraulic fracturing, has been used safely and successfully for more than 60 years and has brought prosperity to other formerly struggling regions.”

Marita Noon
Executive Director, Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy
Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute

Responding to the announcement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that the state would ban fracking, Ms. Noon joined others, bringing their expertise to bear on a topic that remains a concern only because environmentalist enemies of energy in America continue to lie about it every chance they get.

Extreme Precipitation Events on the Loess Plateau of China

Loess PlateauLoess PlateauPaper Reviewed
Wan, L., Zhang, X.P., Ma, Q., Zhang, J.J., Ma, T.Y. and Sun, Y.P. 2014. Spatiotemporal characteristics of precipitation and extreme events on the Loess Plateau of China between 1957 and 2009. Hydrological Processes28: 4971-4983.

In introducing a paper of theirs that appeared in Hydrological Processes, Wan et al. (2014) note that "global warming is expected to increase the moisture-holding capacity of the atmosphere (IPCC, 2007) and to intensify hydrological cycles, especially in arid and semiarid regions," citing Held and Soden (2006) and Wang et al. (2012) in this regard, after which they proceed to describe what they learned about the subject in the case of the Loess Plateau of China between 1957 and 2009.

The inculcation of final-form climate science

coverWith the close of another college semester, the long holiday break can give educators a chance to ponder the dismal state of science literacy in the U.S. The sad decline in robust science education is certainly part of the problem and is perhaps most obvious in environmental science classrooms.  Contributing to the issue is the skewed content in many college textbooks on the environment and ecology.

While a part-time college professor of the physical, environmental, and atmospheric sciences since 1986 and a practitioner in the field since the late 1970s, I have had the opportunity to review and use numerous popular textbooks.

I was disappointed to read in one of the latest textbooks – Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 5th edition (2015) by Jay Withgott and Matthew Laposata – the following distorted statement about those of us who dare to challenge the current groupthink on climate change.

97 Articles Refuting The "97% Consensus"

cartoonThe 97% "consensus" study, Cook et al. (2013) has been thoroughly refuted in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, by major news media, public policy organizations and think tanks, highly credentialed scientists and extensively in the climate blogosphere. The shoddy methodology of Cook's study has been shown to be so fatally flawed that well known climate scientists have publicly spoken out against it,

"The '97% consensus' article is poorly conceived, poorly designed and poorly executed. It obscures the complexities of the climate issue and it is a sign of the desperately poor level of public and policy debate in this country [UK] that the energy minister should cite it."
- Mike Hulme, Ph.D. Professor of Climate Change, University of East Anglia (UEA)

The following is a list of 97 articles that refute Cook's (poorly conceived, poorly designed and poorly executed) 97% "consensus" study. The fact that anyone continues to bring up such soundly debunked nonsense like Cook's study is an embarrassment to science.

Evidence Shows Geothermal Activity Linked to West Antarctic Ice Melt

antarctic seaice sunsetSince the initial posting of the Plate Climatology Theory here at Climate Change Dispatch, new information has been continually incorporated into the theory thereby substantiating its basic premises. The theory was considered “plausible,” and it was suggested that climate scientists should at the very least give it some consideration.

Recently, Antarctic Ice Core research confirmed that two very powerful sub-glacial volcanic eruptions occurred in modern times on the Antarctic Continent, which pushes the Plate Climatology Theory into the “probable“ category.

In a nutshell, increased global tectonic activity equates to more faulting and crustal plate movement which leads to more geothermal heat and in many cases associated fluid release from faults, fractures, and volcanoes that are more active. Altered heat and fluid release equates to changes in the climate.

Sea levels worldwide have risen by feet?

disasterOver at the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota, we are told, "Don't deny climate is changing."

Perhaps this was the most astonishing statement in the opinion piece:

Climate change is happening exponentially ... Extreme facts ... The polar regions have lost unprecedented amounts of ice pack. Sea levels worldwide has risen not in inches, but feet as a result.

Really? That is indeed an extreme fact. I wasn't aware that the sea levels around the world had risen in feet rather than inches.

Over at the NASA Global Climate Change website – hardly a climate skeptic database – NASA-GCC states the following:

Global sea level rose about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in the last century.

Billionaire coal investor wants California to divest from coal

coalTom Steyer is a man on a mission. Out in California, the billionaire Democrat donor is hard at work making sure that the left coast doesn’t forget about global warming and the evils of fossil fuels. So serious is he about this subject that he wants California’s massive state employee pension funds to completely divest from anything related to coal.

The state Senate’s top leader said at an Oakland forum organized by billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyerthat he’s planning to introduce a measure next year to require the state’s public-employee pension funds to sell their coal-related investments.

“Climate change is the top priority of the California state Senate,” said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. He said his legislation would require that the California Public Employees Retirement System, which manages public employees’ pensions and health benefits, and the California State Teachers Retirement System divest millions of dollars in coal-related investments.

Violent Volcanic Blasts Ripped Through Antarctic Ice Sheet Twice

antarcticA map showing the deep West Antarctic divide ice core, the Byrd ice core and the location of three subglacial volcanoes.Volcanoes punched through a remote part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet twice in the last 50,000 years, according to research presented Monday (Dec. 15) here at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Distinctive layers of brown ash in a deep ice core are evidence of violent volcanic explosions that occurred about 22,470 and 45,381 years ago, near the West Antarctic divide. Their source, however, is a mystery.

The closest active volcanoes that rise above the ice are more than 185 miles (300 kilometers) away, said study leader Nels Iverson, a volcanologist and graduate student at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. Powerful eruptions from these peaks have dusted the West Antarctica divide with ash, leaving glassy shards embedded in younger layers of the ice core. However, the ash particles described here Monday are too blocky and coarse to travel long distances, even on Antarctica's fierce winds. The ash is also chemically different from eruptions at the distant volcanoes. And to draw the circle in tighter, neither ash layer appears in an ice core drilled about 60 miles (100 km) to the southeast.

Long before SUVs, Arctic was warm enough to support mastodons; leafy vegetation

mastodonIn a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team reveals that 125,000 years ago the Arctic was once a "holiday home" for mastodons, a forest-dwelling animal with a preference for "heaps of leafy goods" and a warm climate. Instead of dying out from rapid climate change or over hunting by humans as previously thought, the paper shows they simply moved south when the Arctic grew colder and they eventually died out. From the Heritage Daily:

Scientists have puzzled over this chronology as mastodons, which looked similar to modern-day Asian elephants, are known to have had a preference for forests and wetlands filled with heaps of leafy goods. In a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team suggests that the Arctic and Subarctic were just temporary “holiday homes” for mastodons when the local climate was warm around 125,000 years ago.

When the cold weather returned, their populations moved much further to the south, where the paper suggests they ultimately died out about 10,000 years ago. The findings debunk theories about over hunting by early humans being the reason for their disappearance from this region as these new dates show they were wiped out locally before human colonisation.

About That Climate Change-Induced Polar Vortex Snowfall in Atlanta Earlier This Year

pvContinuing with the fact-checking of the "Southeast State Climate Change Fact Sheets" provided by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), the next state on the list is Georgia.

For this state, SACE provides some "Climate Change Impacts on Georgia" that include the following:

Extreme weather, including severe storms, heat waves, cold snaps, and more intense hurricanes are all becoming more typical in a warmer world. These events have a large toll in terms of physical damage, lost productivity, higher insurance costs, and public health. For example the 'polar vortex' snowfall of 2014 practically shut down Atlanta with road gridlock while thousands of children had to spend the night at school because their parents couldn't reach them.

The link provided by SACE regarding the "'polar vortex' snowfall of 2014 [that] practically shut down Atlanta" is to an ABC News story from Good Morning America on January 29 with the alarmist title "Freak southern snow storm strands 8,000 students." The story provided the following description of the carnage, and also included a video segment with George Stephanopoulos:

HBO’s Saving My Tomorrow Is Too Boring & Gloomy To Instill Global Warming Alarmism in Kids

children of the corn?Monday night marked the debut of Saving My Tomorrow, a new HBO documentary described thusly in promotional materials*:

From the children who will inherit the planet comes a collection of songs, activism and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth … A lyrical mix of science, animation and music, celebrates the wonders of the natural world and is a call from kids to kids to help take care of the planet.

The last sentence of this synopsis suggests the documentary is a “celebration,” but I can report that it’s anything but. I watched a recording of episode one this morning, and it’s less a party and more a dirge.

International Emissions Idiocy

cop20Most of the people of the world have concluded that the decades of warnings about “global warming” and its successor, “climate change”, is just idiotic nonsense. Few believe that humans ever had or ever will have any role in what the weather will be tomorrow or a thousand years from now. They are right.

One of the most distinguishing factors about the Anthropogenic Global Warming theory has been the way its advocates have always predicted major changes decades into the future. When the future arrived, as it has since the first doomsday predictions were made in the late 1980s, they simply push off the next arrival date for another couple of decades. A classic example is the prediction that that Arctic and Antarctic sea ice would have all melted by now. Instead the global cold weather have been making new records of late.