Science is a wonderful thing if one
does not have to earn one's living at it.

–Albert Einstein

Jimmy Kimmel: Totally F**king Wrong on Climate Change

kimmelJimmy Kimmel is great. Probably the most relaxed, amiable, and funny of all the U.S. talk show hosts, not counting James Corden. But after last night he just lost a fan.

No, I’m sure he doesn’t care about this either. As he made perfectly clear in a segment of his show called “Scientists aren’t ****ing with you”, anyone who disagrees with “the science” on climate change is a complete wing nut – and therefore any criticism he gets from “deniers” like me will be considered a badge of honour.

New discoveries revolutionize Polar Ice Cap science

In 1837, Swiss geologist Luois Agasizz’s proposed the Theory of Ice Ages, thereby revolutionizing our perception of Earth’s Polar Ice Caps. This new theory contended that huge blankets of Ice ebbed and flowed through time across vast regions of the northern and southern hemisphere (Figure 1). We now understand that these long-term (11,000 year) major ice age cycles are controlled by regular variations in Earth’s orbit and tilt within the Solar System, so-called Milankovitch Cycles.

Figure 1. Ice age glaciers cover the earth.Figure 1. Ice age glaciers cover the earth.

Well, a new and equally significant revolution in Polar Ice Cap science is about to occur.

Scientists On Kimmel TV Show: ‘We’re Not F**king With You,’ Global Warming Is Real

kimmelComedian Jimmy Kimmel used a portion of his TV show Monday to discuss why smart people like climate scientists believe so-called man-made global warming is a threat, while people like Sarah Palin supposedly dismiss its importance.

The late night talk show host etched out about eight minutes of his show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” to lambaste Palin for being a global warming skeptic, as well as explain why climate scientists are like normal people, except “smarter.”

An Inconvenient Review: After 10 Years Al Gore’s Film Is Still Alarmingly Inaccurate

Kilimanjaro Still Has SnowIt’s been nearly one decade since former Vice President Al Gore released his film “An Inconvenient Truth.” It sent shockwaves through American politics and emboldened environmental activists to push for more regulations on American businesses.

Gore warned increasing carbon dioxide emissions would spur catastrophic global warming that would cause more extreme weather, wipe out cities and cause ecological collapse. To stop global warming, humans needed to ditch fossil fuels and basically change every aspect of their lives.

Tale of Two Tribes: 'Climate Refugees' vs. EPA Victims

animasThe left has concocted a lucrative category of politically correct victims: "climate refugees." It's the new Green racket.

U.S. taxpayers will now be forking over untold billions to ease the pain allegedly inflicted on "carbon's casualties" by industrial activity. By contrast, those who have suffered as a direct result of government incompetence by federal environmental bureaucrats continue to get the shaft.

UN chief picks Mexican diplomat to head climate office

espinosaA veteran Mexican diplomat has been chosen to head the United Nations' newly upgraded climate office, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced in a letter to France's environment minister.

Ban said he will appoint Patricia Espinosa Cantellano "as the new UNFCCC Executive Secretary for a term of 3 years," referring to the body which oversaw the international negotiations in December leading to a historic climate pact.

Fun with blogs on climate

seniorsI belong to a group of chemistry professors, physics professors, meteorologists, environmental consultants and engineers, some of us retired, some not. We commonly are placed in a strange category called "skeptics" or "deniers," mostly by individuals who haven't the brains to understand how real science is done. If you doubt this, look up the blog "HotWhopper." It's supposed to be, I guess, a "cone of shame," when actually it's the ultimate compliment. The most ignorant thing that one can say as a scientist is that "the science is settled." As you may have guessed, we all are skeptical about man-made climate change. We still are looking for proof.

Real World energy and climate

earth nasaEarth Day 2016 brought extensive consternation about how our Earth will soon become uninhabitable, as mankind’s activities of civilization trigger unstoppable global warming and climate change. President Obama used the occasion to sign the Paris climate treaty and further obligate the United States to slash its fossil fuel use, carbon dioxide emissions and economic growth.

I love this little blue planet and do all I can to preserve it for my children and grandchildren.

CO2 Emissions Increasing In EU, Despite €1 Trillion In Green Subsidies

chartEurostat estimates that in 2015 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased by 0.7% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous year. --European Commission, 3 May 2016

Germany’s carbon dioxide emissions increased by an estimated 10 million tonnes from 2014 to 2015, in a blow to the country’s claims to climate leadership. A 2011 decision to phase out nuclear power within a decade has seen dirty coal maintain a significant share of the energy mix. As a result, progress on emissions has slowed. A decrease in 2011 was followed by increases in 2012 and 2013. --Megan Darby, Climate Home, 14 Match 2016

The return of pseudo-science

disinf DBThis past month, I received an email from a European friend (who has a doctorate in chemistry) saying: “Dear Richard: Now you are a member of this illustrious club! I am beginning to be afraid! What is going on?” It seems my name had been put on a “Global Warming Disinformation Database.” This past Saturday, The Wall Street Journal in its lead editorial on the “climate police” noted that the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands has demanded that the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) “cough up a decade of emails and policy work, as well as a list of private donors” (as if the First Amendment did not exist), because the institute has had the audacity to question.

EPA Methane Rules Would Only Slow Global Warming By 0.0047 Degrees

methane vid clipFracking and Methane: What You Need to Know (video)Proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations intended to lower methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to fight global warming would only lower the temperature by 0.0047 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, according to calculations performed Monday by the industry group Energy In Depth (EID).

The EPA’s proposed rules would have essentially no impact on global temperatures, only causing a temperature drop of 0.0047 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. The rules would make it hard to produce natural gas, which would likely increase other greenhouse gas emissions that drive global warming.

No, Hillary did not apologize for bragging about putting coal miners ‘out of business’

hillary in coal countryThe media is claiming Hillary Clinton apologized for saying “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” during a town hall event in March. They are wrong. Mrs. Clinton was confronted Monday by an out-of-work coal worker in West Virginia who took issue with the former Secretary of State’s anti-coal comments. Not only did Mrs. Clinton not apologize for the remark, she also lied about the context and intent behind the remark.

First, let’s remember exactly how Jazz described Mrs. Clinton’s boast that she’d use her authority in the federal government to bring an end to America’s embattled coal industry. (video after jump)