If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
–Albert Einstein

Turkeys we’re not thankful for

turkeyTo commemorate Thanksgiving – and garner First Family photo ops – presidents often host Rose Garden ceremonies, where they “pardon” a turkey, before sitting down to dine on one of its cousins. In fact, Americans ate close to 50 million of these tasty birds this year. We roasted our family bird in a Big Green Egg, with bourbon and barbecue sauce on and under the skin. Lip-smacking!

Unlike their wild cousins, today’s domesticated turkeys are bred for hefty portions of white and dark meat, atop legs that barely support their bodyweight. You might say they are big, bloated and unsustainable – like too many government programs that should have gotten the axe long ago.

Top science groups tell Congress to stop probing NOAA's alleged misdeeds

Secretary of Commerce Penny PritzkerSecretary of Commerce Penny PritzkerSaying it will have a 'chilling effect' on science, eight scientific organizations have sent a letter this week to Rep. Lamar Smith (R) for investigating corruption at NOAA. Whistleblowers came forward during a congressional oversight hearing about data manipulation in a much-hyped global warming study. Rep. Smith, who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has subpoenaed government-owned emails related to NOAA's work to determine if a landmark global warming study was "rushed to publication" to fit Obama's "aggressive climate agenda."

The top scientific organizations opposed to this investigation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, American Statistical Association, Ecological Society of America, Geological Society of America, and the Society for Conservation Biology, believe Smith's investigation is an "affront to science" and a partisan witch hunt. All of the organizations ostensibly represent the will of its members, but surveys have shown that's not necessarily the case.

On The Eve Of COP21 Paris Talks: World Just Doesn’t Care About Global Warming Any More

cop21The world is losing interest in “global warming” a survey has found on the eve of the UN’s COP21 climate talks in Paris.

Most people in most of the 20 countries surveyed say they don’t want their leaders to set ambitious climate targets.

Fewer than half describe climate change as a “very serious” problem.

The survey, conducted by GlobeScan for the BBC, could scarcely have come at a worst time for the global environmental movement. After the disastrous failure of the last major climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, they have been pulling out all the stops to make the talks which begin in Paris next week a success.

Solar Company Faces Biggest Bankruptcy In Spanish History

Lord Stern is a member of Abengoa’s international advisory board; photo: Focus AbengoaLord Stern is a member of Abengoa’s international advisory board; photo: Focus AbengoaAbengoa is a Spanish company that was another of President Obama’s personally picked green energy projects, and it’s now on the verge of bankruptcy, potentially saddling taxpayers with a multibillion-dollar tab and fueling the notion that the administration repeatedly gambles on losers in the energy sector. The renewable energy firm said Wednesday it will begin insolvency proceedings, a technical first step toward a possible bankruptcy. International banks’ total exposure to a full Abengoa bankruptcy stands at about $21.4 billion, according to Reuters news agency, meaning the company’s downfall would end up being the largest bankruptcy in Spanish history. --Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times, 25 November 2015

Public support for a strong global deal on climate change has declined, according to a poll carried out in 20 countries. Only four now have majorities in favour of their governments setting ambitious targets at a global conference in Paris. In a similar poll before the Copenhagen meeting in 2009, eight countries had majorities favouring tough action. Just under half of all those surveyed viewed climate change as a “very serious” problem this year, compared with 63% in 2009. The findings will make sober reading for global political leaders, who will gather in Paris next week for the start of the United Nations climate conference, known as COP21. --Matt McGrath, BBC News, 27 November 2015

UK Climate Diplomats Face Axe After COP21 Paris Summit

national gridThe UK’s global network of climate diplomats is facing the chop days before negotiations on a new UN deal to tackle global warming open in Paris. More than 100 posts are under threat, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) set for 25-40% resource budget cuts by 2019-20 under a spending review due out on 25 November. --Ed King, Climate Home, 25 November 2015

The Department for Energy & Climate Change day to day resource budget has been cut by 22%, it has been announced. Chancellor George Osborne launched the Spending Review this afternoon announcing he was “building Britain to become prosperous” by taking the “difficult decisions” to bring debt down. He told the House of Commons: “We are committed to the low carbon sector and we show our commitment to the Paris talks next week. But we believe going green should not cost the earth.” --renews, 25 November 2015

Obama to world: climate summit is a 'powerful rebuke' to ISIS

obamaandhollandeObama's green agenda has become so critical to his climate legacy that during a joint news conference yesterday with French President Fraçois Hollande, Obama said the climate summit in Paris will be a "powerful rebuke" to terrorists. The summit, scheduled for next week and into December, has been rocked by the recent terror attacks in Paris as security has become a top concern among diplomats.

Critics also argue that Obama has become utterly tone death to America's needs, as highlighted in a new poll of registered voters, which shows that 97 percent of voters do not consider climate change the most important threat facing America. Coming in at #1 was terrorism, followed by the economy and jobs.

Republicans, and some Democrats, have already rebuked Obama for making promises to other nations that require Congressional approval. They have also passed a bi-partisan veto-proof bill in the House that would set aside Obama's onerous CO2 regulations, which most analysts agree will cause electricity prices to "increase 10 to 25 percent by the 2030s." The House bill is currently being shackled by senate Democrats who are providing political cover for Obama's expensive green agenda.

Science In 1941: ‘Global Warming Caused Hitler’

fascism clippinIncreasing warmer temperatures throughout the world may produce a trend toward dictatorial governments in the opinion of Dr Clarence A Mills, professor of experimental medicine at the University of Cincinnati. In fact, Dr Mills believes that the rise to power of Adolf Hitler in Germany and Benito Mussolini in Italy may be due in part to the gradual warming temperature of the world. --The Mason City Globe-Gazette, 27 March 1941

It was a time of yuppies, flash cars, shoulder pads and big hair, but it appears the 1980s was also a key turning point for the world's climate, research has suggested. Scientists have discovered there was a huge shift in the environment that swept across the globe affecting ecosystems from the depths of the oceans to the upper atmosphere. They said an abrupt spurt of global warming, fuelled by human activity and a volcanic eruption in Mexico, is believed to have triggered these changes between 1984 and 1988. The researchers said the global warming that occurred in the 1980s was the largest shift in the climate to have occurred in around 1,000 years. --Richard Gray, Daily Mail, 24 November 2015

New paper claims no pause in warming, but unaltered data says otherwise

Merchants of Doubt author Naomi OreskesEnvironmental activists have plundered Nature's Scientific Reports and released a paper yesterday that they claim removes all doubt there is a global warming pause. After examining 40 peer-reviewed papers that show a global warming hiatus, they claim the papers didn't examine a long enough period of time. In fact, the authors—Stephan Lewandowsky, James Risbey, and Naomi Oreskes—broke the golden rule of science: they started with a predetermined outcome and then cherry-picked the data to fit their conclusion. It also runs counter to the unaltered datasets from leading climate institutions.

The paper assessed the "magnitude and significance of all possible trends up to 25 years duration looking backwards from each year over the past 30 years." Unsurprisingly, the authors thought the papers didn't use a long enough time frame to show a clear global warming pause over the entire global warming "record." Here we document how this extended global warming record has been tampered, altered, and utilized for politicized "green ideology," and how massive alterations were made to both NASA and NOAA's temperature data series.

President Obama's obligation is to prioritize immediate dangers

obama whdotgovePresident Barack Obama’s attendance at the Nov. 30 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on the heels of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks there is interesting considering he has blamed terrorism on climate change and sees it – not terrorism – as a greater threat.

Case in point, in his 2015 State of the Union address he said, “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” and he told Vox earlier this year he “absolutely” believes the media “overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism” as opposed to “climate change.”

Facts Are Optional When Fact-Checkers Judge Candidates On Climate

cruzThe Associated Press asked eight climate and biological scientists to fact-check the presidential candidates on their statements and tweets about global warming. The results were predictable: The Democrats did well, the Republicans fared poorly.

The list of scientists enlisted by the AP included not one of the numerous identifiable skeptics. There was no Richard Lindzen, no Roy Spencer, no Fred Singer, no Judith Curry, to name but a few of many.

In fact, the only name among the group that might be known outside in the academy is Michael Mann, inventor of the hockey stick graph that has been the source of great controversy. Mann's graph supposedly shows that global temperatures have soared in our industrial age after moving sideways for centuries. But there is no shortage of scientists, researchers and academics who doubt its accuracy. Some even say it's a fraud and include Mann among "Big Climate's Sleazy Charlatan(s) " who are a "disgrace to the profession."

Warmest Year On Record: Here's Why It's A Meaningless Number

cartoon-settled-scienceRecent news that 2015 will likely be the warmest on record gave global warming alarmists another log of anxiety to throw on the bonfire of fear they've set, and probably moved more than a few climate agnostics who haven't been paying attention toward the gang's position. But really, there's nothing to see here.

According to NASA data released Tuesday, last month was the warmest October ever recorded — which means we don't really know how how warm it was in any October before 1880. Due to the hot month, many, such as the Washington Post's weather editor, believe that this "year that has essentially locked up the title of warmest on record." And so it might be. So what?

No, Prince Charles, Climate Change Is NOT Responsible For Syria Or ISIS

charles weathermanIn September I wrote a piece called For The Last Time, No, The Syrian Crisis Was Not Caused By Climate Change.

Clearly, though, my approach wasn’t subtle enough because a month later I had to write another piece called No, Charlotte Church. The Syrian Civil War Was Not Caused By Climate Change.

But there’s always one, isn’t there?

Now, it would seem, I’m going to have to wheel out yet another piece on the subject for the benefit of the dur-brain at the back. The dur-brain’s name is Windsor – Charles Windsor, aka The Prince of Wales – and here’s what he had to say in an interview with Sky News at the weekend.

Endangering our citrus industry

citrus greeningFlorida’s citrus harvest has plummeted 60 percent from ten years ago, because of citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection that causes trees to produce stunted fruit and eventually die. The disease has also been found in one Los Angeles area orchard, potentially putting California’s citrus groves at risk. Billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are at stake.

Introduced and spread by the flying aphid-like Asian citrus psyllid, citrus greening is also called HLB, from the Mandarin word for “yellow dragon disease.” It can quickly infest entire orchards, and thus far there is no cure. Infected trees must simply be destroyed.