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

CO2 refrigerant gains in popularity as an ozone-friendly alternative

Commercial refrigeration unitCommercial refrigeration unitThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved additional hydrocarbon refrigerants to be used in everything from cars to industrial refrigeration that are considered safe for the environment and "ozone friendly." Meanwhile, carbon dioxide (CO2) is growing in popularity as an alternative refrigerant that is both natural, abundant, and inexpensive.

This final step of the EPA's ongoing Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) to approve alternative refrigerants that won't harm the ozone and have a low global warming potential includes four new substances. This is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, spearheaded by the EPA's chief administrator Gina McCarthy.

Even with the addition of these new Earth-friendly refrigerants, the EPA still encourages manufacturers to choose carbon dioxide (CO2) when feasible due to it having an extremely low global warming potential, is non-combustible, and is ozone friendly.

Antarctic Sea Ice Did The Exact Opposite Of What Models Predicted

Climate models can be good tools for predicting future sea ice levels — unless, of course, they are completely wrong. In the case of Antarctica, the climate models were dead wrong, according to a new study by Chinese scientists published in the journal Cryosphere. The study found that most climate models predicted Antarctic sea ice coverage would shrink as the world warmed and greenhouse gas levels increased. The opposite happened. Most climate models analyzed in the study predicted Antarctica would shrink between 1979 and 2005, but instead south pole sea ice levels increased during that time. Going a step further, sea ice levels have only increased since 2006, hitting all-time highs for sea ice coverage in September of last year. --Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller, 2 March 2015

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Pachauri’s Sofa

pachauriYou’re on a business trip, seated beside your boss on the plane. Your boss passes you a note that reads:

I dreamt last night that I did the preliminaries of making love to you, but woke up at the critical moment.

How would you respond? How comfortable would you feel sitting there for hours, trapped?

A female employee of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) says that Rajendra Pachauri, its most senior official, handed her a hand-written note that said exactly this when they were on a plane together in June 2014. It is now in the possession of the Delhi police.

February brought record cold, snow to Northeast

Tunnel on Comm Ave mall in Boston via TwitterTunnel on Comm Ave mall in Boston via TwitterHardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston.

"We're the standout globally," said Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. "It's colder in Siberia, but we're the farthest below normal."

The climate center shows the New York cities of Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca had their coldest months ever. The average temperature was 10.9 degrees in Buffalo, beating the 1934 record of 11.4. The normal average temperature for February in Buffalo is 26.3.

Political science: Heat’s on for climate-change nonconformists

I only took this much in donations. Trust me.He's only taken this much in campaign donations. Really.“I am under 'investigation,’” Professor Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado at Boulder posted on his blog Wednesday.

The top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, sent a letter to university President Bruce Benson that asked the school to provide its financial disclosure policies and information on how they apply to Pielke, as well as any drafts and communications involving Pielke’s testimony before Congress between Jan. 1, 2007, and Jan. 31, 2015.

In 2013, Grijalva explained, Pielke told the Senate that it is “incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases.” Grijalva is a fervent believer in climate change. Pielke is a believer as well. He has defended the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and supports a carbon tax. But Pielke doesn’t buy all the hype — hence his testimony that challenged the catastrophic-weather argument. For that, Grijalva wants to give Pielke the full treatment — a full financial and documentary probe.

Green Slander

protestIt is a sure sign that the advocates of the “global warming” and “climate change” hoaxes know that the public no longer believes that the former is occurring or that the latter represents an immediate, global threat.

Even though the “climate skeptics”, scientists who have produced research proving false methodology and the conclusions based on it are quite few in number, an effort to silence them by smearing their reputations and denying funding for their work has been launched and it is based entirely on a lie.

Winters in Tahoe ain't getting warmer

Over at KQED, there is a story about how "Warm, Dry Weather Threatens Way of Life at Lake Tahoe."

The narrative is like so many others we have seen before: climate change is damaging the ski industry via warmer winters.

Only there is a problem with this narrative at Tahoe: winters are not getting warmer.  Actually, since 1980, they are trending colder with near statistical significance.

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Government Witch Hunt Of Scientists Begins: DOJ To Join In? Update! Inhofe Fights Back

McCarthy-HearingsMcCarthy HearingsPlease help publicize this calumny.

Agree with me about this. If—and I only say if—the global-warming-of-doom we have been promised is false, then there is nothing for government to do about it. Yes? (The ability to assent to this proposition will separate the men from the boys.)

The government, then, has a tremendous, almost overpowering conflict of interest in encouraging belief in global-warming-of-doom. Note very, very carefully that it doesn’t actually matter to government if global-warming-of-doom is true, only that a sufficient number of people believe that it is.

What global warming? Now the sea is FREEZING off New England coast

freezing seaAmerican photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh was walking along the beach in Nantucket, in Massachusetts when he suddenly saw the ocean beginning to freeze.

He took several pictures of a number of semi-frozen waves as they crashed against the coast.

Mr Nimerfroh said: "When I got to the top off the dunes I saw that about 300 yards out from the shoreline that the ocean was starting to freeze.

"The high temperature that day was around 19F (-7C).

"The wind was howling from the south-west, which would typically make rough or choppy conditions not good for surfing, but since the surface of the sea was frozen, the wind did not change the shape."

A Shameful Climate Witch Hunt

20 Reasons To Be Cheerful On International Polar Bear Day 2015

polar familyOn International Polar Bear Day 2015, a new briefing paper by Susan Crockford reveals that behind the alarmist claims of environmentalists lies a conservation success story.

Today is International Polar Bear Day 2015 and environmentalists will be marking the occasion with petitions, calls to action and alarmist claims about the threat to the very existence of these iconic animals.

However, in a new briefing paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, zoologist Dr Susan Crockford reveals that the long-term recovery of polar bear populations continues apace. In fact, the most recent official assessment did not identify any polar bear sub-populations that could be definitively said to be declining. Where data are sufficient to make at least a tentative assessment, populations are mostly stable or rising.

What is Al Gore's Net Worth?

goreCCD Editor's note: With all the recent clatter about dirty oil money turning scientists into global warming skeptics, I came across this recent article about Al Gore's net worth. It sort of makes the $1 million given to the Smithsonian over ten years seem a bit trivial. Now why don't the WaPo or the NY Times report about this naughty one percenter? From DaveManuel.com:

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Al Gore currently has a net worth of an estimated: $173,333,081

Al Gore's net worth decreased by $356,295 on 2/25/2015

Information: When Al Gore ran for President in 2000, he filed a public financial disclosure report that revealed that his net worth was somewhere between $700,000 and $1.9 million.