The best scientist is open to experience and begins
with romance - the idea that anything is possible.

–Ray Bradbury

Putin Stakes Claim for Arctic’s Oil and Gas, Sends Missiles & Troops

putinRussian 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.

Like CO2, The Paris Agreement Is Vapid

Steyer got schlonged at COP21 but doesn't realize it yet.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.”

Government’s Gold King whitewash

gold king mine messWhen 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.

Why New England's warm weather has nothing to do with global warming

BostonSnowEven though NOAA has publicly stated that global warming is not behind New England's current bout of warm winter weather, that hasn't stopped some news outlets (and a few nit-twits) from trying to tie the two events together. Today, CBCNews/Canada reported finding a scientist who would tell them exactly what they wanted to report: El Niño plus global warming is "a taste of things to come." Just don't look back at those previous two years, which had the snowiest, coldest winters since recordkeeping began.

As for social media, a tweet is making the rounds presumably extolling the thoughts of thousands of people by tapping into a "lot of talk about the weather getting warmer." Even Bette Midler, where the wind beneath her wings is just a bit too warm for liftoff, is tweeting that New England's stretch of warmer-than-normal weather is because of those "ignorant selfish climate deniers." That sounds like divine madness.

Cruz: Obama Thinks SUVs Are Bigger Threat Than Islamic Terrorists

cruzSenator Ted Cruz told a classroom of reporters Tuesday that President Barack Obama believes gas-powered vehicles are a bigger threat to national security than Islamic terrorism.

“Barack Obama seems to think the SUV parked in your driveway is a bigger threat to national security than radical Islamic terrorists who want to kill us. That’s just nutty,” Cruz told members of the press in a Tennessee classroom. “These are ideologues, they don’t focus on the facts, they won’t address the facts,” the Texas senator said about Obama and those who believe global warming is of a greater import than terrorism.

He added: “what they’re interested [in] instead is more and more government power.”

UN Climate Deal "Toothless, Delustional," Heartland Institute Says

briefingThe Heartland Institute sent a delegation of climate scientists and other expert to Paris in early December to attend the United Nations' 21st Convention on Climate Change (COP-21), at which time they conducted a counter-conference, held news conferences, and attended official and unofficial events in Paris.

Given the presence of 40,000 environmentalists, politicians, bureaucrats, and professional protesters who attended COP-21, the ratio to the Heartland delegation (1,000 to 1) could have presented a daunting and impossible task. Nevertheless, the Heartland delegation made sure sound science, real economics, and common sense were heard in Paris. 

Judicial Watch files suit over NOAA climate docs

Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA AdministratorKathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.Government watchdog Judicial Watch has filed suit against the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), seeking documents relating to their methodology and internal communications with regard to climate change.

The group filed a FOIA request for the documents that was turned down. A congressional committee also demanded the documents that were just recently handed over to the committee after the agency initially refused to cooperate.

My Love-Hate Relationship With Space X’s Elon Musk

Space X made history Monday night by doing the unthinkable: it recovered its Falcon 9 rocket and got it to land on a target perfectly upright. This whole incredible thing was like watching a rocket take off, but in reverse. I couldn’t have been any more excited.

As the rocket successfully reverse-landed, the cameras panned back to company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, where hundreds of employees cheered and jumped up and down. In my own living room, I joined them by both cheering and screaming.

Judicial Watch Sues for Documents Withheld From Congress in New Climate Data Scandal

judicial watch(h/t Steven C.) Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a lawsuit on December 2, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records of communications from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials regarding methodology for collecting and interpreting data used in climate models (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Commerce (No 1:15-cv-02088)). The lawsuit sought the same documents unsuccessfully subpoenaed by a House committee.  Less than week after Judicial Watch served its lawsuit on NOAA, the agency finally turned over the targeted documents to Congress.

Obama The Unilateral Climate Warrior

obamaAmid the media’s elation over the United Nations climate deal reached in Paris on Dec. 12, one significant outcome has been overlooked. The European Union failed to achieve its main objective, namely that the agreement adopt carbon-dioxide mitigation commitments that are “legally binding on all parties.” While this may appear to be a major setback, it liberates Europe from the restrictions of the Kyoto Protocol—which runs out in 2020—and opens the way for more flexible and less damaging policies. The toothless nature of the Paris agreement finally allows EU member states to abandon unilateral decarbonization policies that have damaged Europe’s economies and its international competitiveness. Under such circumstances, the unconditional climate policies of President Obama would be left out in the cold. --Benny Peiser, The Wall Street Journal, 22 December 2015

Climate change not the main cause for increase in flood risk in flood prone areas

"<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flood102405.JPG#/media/File:Flood102405.JPG">Flood102405</a>" by <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Averette" title="User:Averette">Averette</a> (Marc Averette) - <span class="int-own-work" lang="en">Own work</span>. Licensed under <a title="Creative Commons Attribution 3.0" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0">CC BY 3.0</a> via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/">Commons</a>."Flood102405" by Averette (Marc Averette) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons.Worldwide economic losses from river flooding could increase 20-fold by the end of the 21st century if no further actions on flood risk reduction are taken. Over 70% of this increase can be attributed to economic growth in flood prone areas.

The study was published today by a Dutch research team in Nature Climate Change, and gives an overview of river flood risk all over the world until the end of the 21st century.

Dr. Hessel Winsemius (Deltares): 'Our conclusions show that besides keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius target, as negotiated during the COP21 meeting to reduce adverse effects of climate change, a lot of future risk can be prevented by spatial planning and flood resilient building in the rapidly growing economies in flood-prone regions.'

Renewable energy company funds study that supports massive carbon tax

windfarm wikipediaToday the non-partisan group Vermont Watchdog announced that a renewable energy developer funded a study that supports a $500 million carbon tax in Vermont that targets fossil-fueled energy sources. The developer would also stand to benefit from the carbon tax as the money would go toward building more wind and solar farms. The issue arose on Dec. 3 when pro-carbon-tax representatives of Energy Independent Vermont "debated leaders of the free market think tank the Ethan Allen Institute on taxing gasoline, propane, natural gas and other fossil fuels to combat global warming."

During the debate, backers repeatedly referred to the 2014 study to support the $500 million carbon tax and to claim it would boost Vermont's economy and create jobs. The study, called the Economic, Fiscal, Emissions, and Demographic Implications from a Carbon Price Policy in Vermont, was prepared by Regional Economic Models Inc., and was funded by Vermont's most "prominent green-energy CEO." The study, however, only targets fossil-fueled energies while ignoring any such taxes on wind and solar, which are far less reliable sources of energy.