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Undisclosed Changes in the IPCC AR5 Report

cartoon-censormatic(h/t John S.) I’ve previously documented changes in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) which were made absent any external review. This happened despite the IPCC principles stating:

Three principles governing the review should be borne in mind. First, the best possible scientific and technical advice should be included so that the IPCC Reports represent the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic findings and are as comprehensive as possible. Secondly, a wide circulation process, ensuring representation of independent experts (i.e. experts not involved in the preparation of that particular chapter) from developing and developed countries and countries with economies in transition should aim to involve as many experts as possible in the IPCC process. Thirdly, the review process should be objective, open and transparent.

The global warming scare: the costs and the new deniers

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Global warming alarmists panicked gullible Labor governments into building desalination plants with scares like Tim Flannery’s:

So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush…

I think there is a fair chance Perth will be the 21st century’s first ghost metropolis…

Perth is facing the possibility of a catastrophic failure of the city’s water supply…

I’m personally more worried about Sydney than Perth… Where does Sydney go for more water? 

Ebola czar thinks global warming causes increased tornadoes and hurricanes

Ron Klain, who has zero medical trainingRon Klain, who has zero medical training,
is our new Ebola Czar
Nobody credits newly-minted Ebola czar (for the sake of rhyme, shouldn’t it be “Ebola Ayatollah”) Ron Klain with any scientific credibility, but his embrace of warmist doctrine is nonetheless interesting. Back in 2011, when he was coming off his gig as Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Klain went on MSNBC to spout his scientific wisdom. Politico took notice:

Ron Klain, Vice President Biden's former chief of staff, went to bat for the Obama administration Thursday afternoon as he swatted away suggestions from Rick Perry and Mitt Romney that global warming isn't caused by people.

How much global warming is dangerous? A geological perspective

cartoon-poor-al-goreThe United Nation’s IPCC and other climate alarmists say all hell will break loose if the global temperature rises more than an additional 2º C (3.6ºF). That number, by the way, is purely arbitrary with no basis in science. It also ignores Earth’s geologic history which shows that for most of the time global temperatures have been much warmer than now. Let’s look back at a time when global temperatures are estimated to have been as much as 34ºF warmer than they are now. Hell didn’t break loose then.

Angela Merkel Casts Doubt Over EU Climate Summit

merkelindoubtGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has dampened expectations about the EU climate summit next week. It was “still open whether it would succeed to adopt the Climate and Energy Framework 2030 next week or later,” Merkel said in a government statement to parliament. In light of these differences, the Chancellor called for patience with hesitant countries. It was right, “to take into account the specific circumstances of all member states and not to ask too much of anyone”. Merkel pointed out that EU climate targets would have to be adopted unanimously. Poland in particular is balking at ambitious [unilateral] CO2 targets. --Der Stern, 17 October 2014

Climate Change Lobby ‘Has African Blood On Its Hands’

patersonThe former Environment Secretary attacked a so-called ‘green blob’ at the heart of Government yesterday – accusing Whitehall officials and ministers of raising energy prices for the poor. Owen Paterson said their support for flawed wind and solar power cost billions and made electricity and gas needlessly expensive. He said the ‘green blob’ included civil servants and quangos in thrall to the climate change and environmental lobby. Speaking to the Global Warming Policy Foundation think tank, Mr Paterson claimed the effects of climate change had been ‘consistently and widely exaggerated’, and policies to encourage onshore wind farms will cost £1.3trillion by 2050. --Daniel Martin, Daily Mail, 16 October 2014

A $2.1 Trillion bill for Miliband’s green folly

countryside blightSix years ago today, an ambitious Labour politician, newly appointed climate change secretary, set Britain on a ruinous path that threatens our energy-dependent civilisation with collapse.

Such is the devastating conclusion of Owen Paterson, the Tory former Environment Secretary, who yesterday joined Lord Lawson among the highest-profile critics of the political consensus on energy policy.

Dems Say: Let’s Run on Global Warming and Contraception. Voters Say: Huh?

The Democrats’ two big issues this cycle, to the extent they have been willing to talk about issues, are global warming and contraception. Neither of which the federal government has much, if anything, to do with, which may account for the fact that voters just don’t care. This Gallup chart makes the point visually. It graphs the importance of issues to voters against the Republicans’ advantage on those issues. Note the two issues about which voters care the least: global warming and abortion/contraception:


Andrea Mitchell Ignores Science In Biased Segment About Arctic 'Melting'

mitchellAndrea Mitchell hosted a segment on her Tuesday program where she promoted the meme that a recent gathering of 35,000 walruses in Alaska was due to global warming and the Arctic ice cap melting. If Ms. Mitchell had done her research, she would have known that the walrus gathering happens every few years; the ice cap has grown during the past two years; and the earth hasn't warmed for over 18 years.

Mitchell began the segment with this:

Global warming has become a hot issue lately literally and figuratively. This recent photo incredibly shows 35,000 walruses stranded on an Alaskan beach. Would normally be on the sea ice year, of course, the ice has melted. Starting this month, the State Department is launching a new Fulbright Scholarship program focusing on the arctic climate change. 

Will Obama Only Fight Carbon-Neutral Wars?

hagelHas anyone at the Pentagon determined the carbon footprint of our war on IS? Because if a Defense Dept. global warming report is right, we could be doing more harm than good to our national security.

The 20-page report — the cover of which includes a cute picture of baby sea turtles along with tanks and battleships — says climate change "poses immediate risks to U.S. national security."

In his forward, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says it's a "threat multiplier" that, among other things, will increase the risk of terrorism. (Presumably because heat leads to terrorism.)

President tells people to 'stick it to climate change deniers' (and other gems)

The greatest orator and inspiration of our time has a mean streak.

Barack Obama likes to insult people and agitate his cult-like followers. He has just done it again with a tweet lambasting climate change skeptics (or as he calls them, deniers). Here is his latest loaded call to arms:

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