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

Radical greens

greenThings used to be simple. The Church taught how the world worked and how to behave. The positive and the normative were united. The Enlightenment put an end to that. We are supposed to follow evidence rather than dogma. In the early days, an intelligent person could comprehend all of science. Not any longer. Experts master a small subfield only.

We recently replaced our audio system with a Bluetooth one. When my daughter asked how it worked, the best I could offer was “it’s magic”. For most of us, it does not matter that we do not know how our smartphone works. We know what it is supposed to do. We know when it does not work. We know how to read online reviews. We rely on experts, but we know how to tell a reliable one from a charlatan.

Climate Change Scientists: Juno Here Because of Global warming

Nor'EasterClimate change enthusiasts are determined to cover all bases; they assert that the enormous East Coast winter storm is the result of global warming. According to climate change true believers, the big snowstorms of recent years can be attributed to warmer climes nearby.

The theory propounds that the warmer temperatures from climate change trigger more precipitation in North America, which then produces snow when the temperature drops. According to The Guardian, “Five of New York’s biggest snow storms have occurred since 2000, and 2014 was the hottest year in 130 years of temperatures records.”

Of course, The Guardian quoted Kevin Trenberth, a lead author of the 1995, 2001, and 2007 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the IPCC. Trenberth pointed out that ocean surface temperatures near the East Coast were roughly 2F above normal last year, and argued that there was 10% more water vapor in the atmosphere, ergo, bigger winter storms. The Guardian noted that the atmosphere contains 4% moisture for each one-degree rise in temperature.

Climate Change Responsible For Nor'Easter, Except When It Isn't

"January 2015 nor'easter New York 08" by Krish Dulal - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:January_2015_nor%27easter_New_York_08.jpg#mediaviewer/File:January_2015_nor%27easter_New_York_08.jpg"January 2015 nor'easter New York 08" by Krish Dulal - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons"Is there any weather event that is inconsistent with global warming? — This is now akin to the predictions of Nostradamus or the Mayan calendar." --Marc Morano, Climate Depot (via The Australian)

From newsmaine: On Tuesday, heavy snow covered several regions ranging from Long Island to New England. Meteorologists have given it a name 'Winter Storm Juno', while climate scientists have been calling it 'once-in-a-century' blizzard. The blizzard had started on Monday and pounded heavy snow, high winds and coastal flooding in many locations. The climate scientists said that the storm is result of climate change.

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Can the Media Please Stop Quoting Bill Nye as a Science Expert

nyeCalling yourself the “Science Guy” does not mean that you are an expert on anything. It means you’re the host of a kids show.

Instead Bill Nye is being interviewed as if he were an expert on every possible topic from footballs to evolution. He’s out there blaming the blizzard on Global Warming; a subject that, like most other things, he knows nothing about.

Bill Nye was an aspiring comedian who wasn’t funny and so began doing edutainment for kids instead. He has no PhD. He has a BS in mechanical engineering.

Met Office Confirms 2014 Continues Global Warming ‘Pause’

With the release of the 2014 HadCRUT4 data by the UK Met Office, and the previous release of global temperature data by Berkeley EarthNasa and Noaa, the main conclusion to be drawn from the data is that 2014 was a warm year, but not statistically distinguishable from most of the years of the past decade or so meaning that the “pause” in global annual average surface temperatures continues.

The Met Office said: “The HadCRUT4 dataset (compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit) shows last year was 0.56C (±0.1C) above the long-term (1961-1990) average. Nominally this ranks 2014 as the joint warmest year in the record, tied with 2010, but the uncertainty ranges mean it’s not possible to definitively say which of several recent years was the warmest."

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HadCRUT4 - Click on image to enlarge

Another alarmist temperature lie

earthTwenty-fifteen is the make-or-break year for climate alarmism, with a crucial battle planned for Paris in November. So we can expect regular bursts of global warming propaganda.

The year started on cue with a breathless announcement from the U.S. National Climate Data Center: “2014 was Earth's warmest year on record” (their records start in 1880).

The Little Ice Age ended in about 1880. Therefore, it is no surprise that global temperatures have generally risen since then. And it reveals nothing about the cause of the warming.

Moreover, the announcement hides more than it reveals.

India Says ‘No’ To Obama Climate Deal

obamaIndia’s resistance to accept a peak year for emissions was a prime reason why US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to strike a climate deal along the lines of a US-China agreement on emission cuts. The US wanted India to make specific commitments including a peak year for a new climate treaty to be signed at Paris later this year. But India refused as it feared it would have resulted in the world putting India in the same bracket as China on carbon emissions.  --Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, 27 January 2015

Syriza’s election victory in Greece has kindled hopes of an environmental champion pushing for greater climate ambition on the European stage, but the party will need to balance its green credentials with a commitment to new coal plants. “If we face fiscal difficulties from abroad in the medium term, then to burn more lignite instead of importing energy will seem a wise thing to do,” a Syriza source said. “If we don’t have money to import petrol then we will burn lignite which is free – not of a carbon footprint – but relatively cheaper. One way or another Greek lignite will be exploited.” --Arthur Nielsen, The Guardian, 26 January 2015 

Methane deceptions

methane burnFirst they came for the coal mining and power plant industry, and most people did not speak out because they didn’t rely on coal, accepted Environmental Protection Agency justifications at face value, or thought EPA’s war on coal would benefit them. 

In fact, Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon gave the Sierra Club $26 million, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the Club $50 million, to help it wage a Beyond Coal campaign. The Sierra Club later claimed its efforts forced 142 U.S. coal-fired power plants to close, raising electricity rates, threatening grid reliability, and costing thousands of jobs in dozens of states.

The Blizzard That Wasn't

cartoon climate predictionsDateline: January 27, 2015 - 3 to 4 AM, New York City and Tri-State area.

There was no climate change where I live in a suburb of Newark, N.J. if by “climate change” you meant a dramatic blizzard with high winds and several feet of snow. It’s winter and you get the occasional, rare blizzard every few years, but more often you get snowstorms. That’s not “change” by any definition.

Listening to WABC radio follow events with callers from around the Tri-State area calling in with far more accurate reports than the meteorologists was an education in the way those trained in meteorology and the rest of us have been conditioned to believe that something is happening to planet Earth that, quite simply, is not happening.

Why Steyer Passed on Senate Race

steyerDemocrat Tom Steyer saved face—and millions of dollars—last week by forgoing a bid for retiring California Sen. Barbara Boxer ’s seat in 2016 on the pretext that he could accomplish politically more on the sidelines. That’s probably true, but Mr. Steyer may well have other plans.

Liberals had publicly urged the hedge fund billionaire to sit out the race in order to clear the field for their preferred candidate, state Attorney General Kamala Harris, who had a thicker record of promoting liberal policies.

After three decades working in finance, Mr. Steyer emerged on California’s political scene in 2010 when he funded the opposition to a referendum rolling back the state’s global warming law. Two years later he sank $30 million of his personal wealth into a ballot initiative revamping California’s corporate tax that has raised an estimated $1 billion annually for environmental projects. Last year he shifted his focus to races outside of California, though he received a measly return on his $74 million investment: Republicans won in nearly every contest he invested.

Greenpeace Activist Calls for Climate Change ‘Deniers’ to be Beheaded

protestersA climate change advocate, believed to be a Greenpeace activist and Guardian contributor, has called for the beheading of so-called “climate change deniers”, arguing the world would be a better place without them. The comments are merely the latest in a long history of warmists advocating the killing of people who question global warming dogma.

On January 21st, in it’s ‘Climate Consensus – the 97%’ section, the Guardian published an article entitled “Matt Ridley wants to gamble the Earth’s future because he won’t learn from the past”, which was illustrated with a fake, but nonetheless rather gruesome image of a severed head.

Britain's Green Madness May Kill Shale Revolution

FrackToday sees the UK Parliament consider an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill that would introduce a moratorium on unconventional gas wells in the UK. To coincide with the vote, the Environmental Audit Committee has produced one of its normal sham reports saying that industrial activity will all end in disaster, based as always on a series of interviews with environmentalists and pretty much nobody else. It's good to know that the views of electrohippies are not being overlooked. I gather that the committee's chairman Joan Whalley has been all over the BBC this morning, no doubt given the usual free pass by the eco-nutters who present programmes for the corporation. --Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, 26 January 2015

By most estimates, the United Kingdom uses about three trillion cubic feet of natural gas every year. According to the British Geological Survey, there could be somewhere in the region of 1,329 trillion cubic feet of such gas under northern England alone. We would be mad to leave it there. We may be about to be mad. Today, the parliamentary environmental audit committee (EAC) will call for a moratorium on fracking. --The Times, 26 January 2015