President 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.”
The 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."
Recent 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?
Florida’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.
From Left: Dr. Will Happer, Dr. Richard Lindzen & Dr. Patrick MooreA team of prominent scientists gathered in Texas today at a climate summit to declare that fears of man-made global warming were “irrational” and “based on nonsense” that “had nothing to do with science.” They warned that “we are being led down a false path” by the upcoming UN climate summit in Paris.
The scientists appeared at a climate summit sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The summit in Austin was titled: “At the Crossroads: Energy & Climate Policy Summit.”
Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen, an emeritus Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, derided what he termed climate “catastrophism.”
Sen InhofeThe US Senate is sending a clear message to the world’s climate delegates, who are busy prepping for the impending COP21 conference: This legislative body won’t ratify any kind of binding Global Climate Treaty (GCT), so don’t even try. It will not contribute government money to a global climate fund that’s meant to spend $100 billion annually on helping poorer countries mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. This sends yet another powerful message to climate delegates. Even if negotiators stay away from a binding treaty for fear of America’s lack of participation, they won’t be able to entice the developing world to stick to national emissions reductions plans if the carrot in all of this—the climate fund—isn’t being backed by the developed world. --The American Interest, 19 November 2015
American Millennials, those souls between 18 to 36 years old, appear to be losing their faith. Recent reports from the Pew Center on the Study of Religion tell us that there has been a sharp decline in religious affiliation among this age group.
Belief abhors a vacuum, and it seems that we have a new religion to fill the recent gap. Certainly environmentalism has ardent believers. Many of the most ardent followers are our public school teachers, who, while not allowed to discuss their own religious views, are encouraged to advance the new Green religion.
There is a preventable calamity out there, purportedly the root cause of nearly all wars, refugee crises, sickness, misogyny, terrorism, hunger, poverty and everything else troubling mankind these days. The world is perpetually on the precipice of catastrophe —despite all evidence to the contrary—if we don’t act right now. Tomorrow is always too late.
So after being bombarded with this anxiety-ridden dogma for a couple of decades, it’s unsurprising that upwards of 75 percent of Americans claim to believe climate change is a problem in need of fixing. And most of them are willing to do absolutely anything necessary to stop this impeding disaster.
Even after the latest Paris massacres – and previous radical Islamist atrocities in the USA, France, Britain, Canada, Spain, India, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and elsewhere – politicians absurdly say hypothetical man-made global warming is the greatest threat facing humanity. In reality, fossil fuel contributions to climate change pose few dangers to people or planet, and winters kill 20 times more people than hot weather.
After being assured snowy winters would soon be something only read about in history books, Europe was shaken by five brutally cold winters this past decade. Thousands died, because they were homeless, lived in drafty homes with poor heating systems, or could not afford adequate fuel.
Charles BoldenYesterday, in an exclusive interview with Ars Technica, NASA's Chief Administrator Charles Bolden said he doesn't think his agency is getting enough money to study "everything from the climate and weather to natural disasters." Except two federal agencies are already studying the climate in-depth: the EPA and NOAA.
They not only study the climate, they also fund other organizations to examine it as well, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. There are other federal agencies, but NASA, the EPA, and NOAA take the biggest slices out of every taxpayer dollar.
Formed in the early 1970s by Pres. Richard Nixon, the EPA was tasked with protecting America's watersheds and environment. Since its inception, it has grown into a multi-tentacled creature whose goals mirror those of NASA, NOAA, and a host of other agencies. It spent approximately $8.1 billion this year in Congressional appropriations, with an all-time fiscal year budget of $10.3 billion in 2010, up 36 percent year-over-year growth. For FY2016, EPA chief Gina McCarthy requested a stunning $8.6 billion, even though she was unaware of no increase in "extreme weather."
Rep Lamar SmithHouse Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) opened another front in his war with federal climate researchers on Wednesday, saying a groundbreaking global warming study was “rushed to publication” over the objections of numerous scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In a second letter in less than a week to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Smith urged her to pressure NOAA to comply with his subpoena for internal communications. Smith says whistleblowers have come forward with new information on the climate study’s path to publication in June. Smith told Pritzker that the whistleblowers’ allegations make it more crucial that he be provided with the scientists’ internal e-mails and communications. If NOAA does not produce the e-mails he is seeking by Friday, the chairman said, “I will be forced to consider use of compulsory process,” a threat to subpoena the commerce secretary herself. —Lisa Rein, The Washington Post, 18 November 2015