The first desalination plant in a state dragging itself through a drought has finally opened — a welcome event but also instructive in how nearly impossible it is to build anything useful in California.
The Claude "Bud" Lewis Desalination Plant was dedicated Dec. 14 in Carlsbad north of San Diego. It will remove salt from seawater, turning it into fresh water fit to consume. The $1-billion facility should churn out 50 million gallons of drinking water each day.
With an ocean of water sitting there for the taking, this plant — and several others like it — should have been built years ago. If so, California's man-made drought could have been avoided.
But California has become a can't-do state.
According to a new NOAA report issued December 28, the current status of the El Niño that is driving the much-hyped 'extreme weather' may be the third-strongest since 1950. A far cry from being the worst El Niño in history that numerous media outlets are thundering and desperately trying to link to global warming. Under NOAA's El Niño Advisory system, they state that warmer-than-normal equatorial sea surface temperatures (SST) will continue across most of the Pacific Ocean and will "transition to normal SST conditions in the spring or early summer 2016."
In fact, NOAA says the current El Niño event we are seeing has already peaked, and it isn't the monster many mainstream media (MSM) outlets would have you believe. Because studying El Niños using sophisticated measuring devices only began a couple of decades ago, it's impossible to say this current El Niño, or any other El Niño, was the strongest in history*. We can only go by what we have observed or are able to piece together using various methods at our disposal.
Antarctica has grown 39% since satellite measuring began in 1979. Global warming theory dictates that shouldn't happen.President Obama recently returned from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and declared, "Today the American people can be proud because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership. This agreement represents the best chance we have to save the one planet that we've got."
The progressive politicians and intelligentsia have declared human-generated CO2 causation of climate change to be “settled science.” They warn that unless governments take radical action to decrease CO2 emissions, the earth and humanity will suffer dire consequences in the centuries to come. Their proclamations on climate change are so unyielding and absolute that they are reflexively and uncritically accepted as irrefutable truth by many.
Yet, true science is never settled but rather, by definition, open to modification as new discoveries and data come to light. The scientific method, on which all post-enlightenment scientific understanding rests, has the following essential structure: Firstly, asking a question about the physical world. Secondly, proposing a hypothesis that answers the question.
What was the great urgency for holding the massive Paris climate conference? 40,000 attendees filled Paris’ best hotels and restaurants for two weeks, a sacrifice they were willing to make, if necessary, to save the planet. President Obama claims climate change is our greatest future threat. The pope instructs it would be cultural “suicide” if we don’t prevent the climate from changing.
Inconveniently for the assembled alarmists, global warming has all but fizzled out over the last two decades, even as atmospheric CO2 levels have continued to rise. Nor has there been any increased frequency in the storms, floods or droughts that we were told would be the consequence if we didn’t make big sacrifices to reduce “greenhouse gases.”
Despite the heavy media and political pressure to make global warming and climate change the top issue in the nation, it is more of a concern to citizens in 36 of 40 other industrialized nations than in the United States, according to Pew Research Center.
In a global survey of 40 nations about how concerned people are about climate change, America scored 8.78 on a scale from three to 12, where 12 is the most concerned. The U.S. was tied with the United Kingdom and only Poland, Israel and Australia scored lower, just by a hair.
President Obama wasted no crises on the occasion of the U.N.’s climate fear-fest earlier this month. Associating murderers of 129 people there two just weeks previously with agents of man-made global warming Armageddon, he observed that by fostering “dangerous” ideologies, climate change “in some ways is akin to the problem of terrorism and ISIL.”
He even hailed the conference as “a powerful rebuke of terrorists.”
These dangerous culprits presumably include all who challenge the existence of any rational scientific basis for climate hysteria . . . along with disbelievers of pixie dust premises that planetary salvation demands replacing affordable, abundant, and reliable fossil energy with costly, puny and intermittent windmills and sunbeams.
Within days of Paris, Turnbull's government announced approval for one of the world's largest coal mines.Illusions are dangerous, particularly in politics. Writing in the 1930s, the liberal theologian Reinhold Niebuhr observed: "The prestige of the international community is not great enough to achieve a communal spirit sufficiently unified to discipline recalcitrant nations." And he warned against "a too uncritical glorification of co-operation and mutuality" between powers with opposing national interests.
Yet it is the prospect of global co-operation and mutuality that so many politicians and journalists today glorify. On climate change, the argument goes, political convergence is inevitable. Barack Obama, ironically an admirer of Niebuhr, hails this month's UN accord to cut emissions as a historic breakthrough. Indeed, for many influential writers – Thomas Friedman from The New York Times, for example – the Paris climate agreement is a "big, big deal". In reality, it represents a triumph of wishes over facts.
True, nations have agreed to volunteer their carbon-cutting promises to the IPCC every five years. But they don't have to set ambitious goals. Nor are they required to meet their targets, because there is no penalty for non-compliance. No disciplining recalcitrant nations here.
Apparently "feeling the burn" doesn't apply to residents of Vermont, the home state of Bernie Sanders. From Watchdog.org:
On the campaign trail in nearby New Hampshire, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders bangs the drum for a carbon tax and single-payer health care — despite the failure of both in his home state of Vermont.
When it comes to progressive causes, the left has no greater champion than Vermont’s junior senator. On the environment, Sanders proposes a national tax to cut carbon levels by 80 percent by 2050. His campaign site calls it “one of the most straightforward and cost-effective strategies for quickly fighting climate change.”
But in Vermont, where a proposed carbon tax is now in its second year of seeking legislative support, backers are struggling to convince the public the policy is environmentally or economically sound.
Want to know the latest global warming news? Don't bother looking in U.S. media. They can't be bothered with stories that contradict the man-made climate change narrative. But the truth is out there.
Let's start with a new paper from NASA — a distinctly American organization — that was covered by the British Express.
The newspaper tells us that our space program has "found the Earth has cooled in areas of heavy industrialization where more trees have been lost and more fossil fuel burning takes place."
This is, of course, the opposite of what we've been told for decades.
The Express reports that the findings confirm that the aerosols from fossil-fuel combustion "actually cool the local environment, at least temporarily," as they reflect "solar radiation away from the planet."
Russian President Vladimir Putin stakes claim for the Arctic’s oil and gas and is deploying advanced anti aircraft missiles and troops to the disputed territory.
According to Mail Online, Putin is watching over the completion of six new army bases designed to rebuff the foreign competitions for natural resources. It is estimated that the arctic seabed is rich in natural gas and oil.
This year Russia has carried out numerous military drills in the Arctic and plans to do the same next year.
The Inquistr reports that the Russian President has entered into a secret war with northern nations Norway, Canada, and Denmark. All these nations are battling to establish strong hold on the Arctic region to have claim over the natural resources.
Steyer got schlonged by the COP-21 summit; he just doesn't realize it yet.There will be a lot of high-fives and hyperventilating over the much-anticipated Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted by the Twenty-First Session of the Conference of the Parties meeting in Paris.
Under the banner “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” 25,000 delegates from 196 countries gathered recognizing that “climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries, and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, with a view to accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.”
When a private citizen or company violates rules, misrepresents facts or pollutes a river, government penalties are swift and severe. It’s different when the government lies or screws up.
Two weeks ago, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell testified before Congress on a toxic spill that federal and state agencies unleashed into western state rivers last August. Supervised by officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS), an Environmental Restoration (ER) company crew excavated tons of rock and debris that had blocked the portal (entrance or adit) to the Gold King Mine above Silverton, Colorado.