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

Prepare for a Deluge of Climate Change Hype

global ccDespite the several thousands who will participate in a Climate March and the world leaders who will do so in a UN Climate Summit this week, is there anyone who seriously believes that humans have any impact or control over the climate? Or even the weather? The answer, unfortunately, is yes.

In utter contempt for the intelligence of people here in the United States and around the world, a Climate Change Summit will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd, by the United Nations, the source of decades of lies about “global warming” and—since the Earth has not warmed in the past 19 years—the new name “climate change.”

Short Break - Open Topics & Discussion

MotorcycleGonna be on a short break from Thursday till next Monday (Sept. 22). Please feel free to post topics of interest, comments, or links to articles that are relevant.

Why a picture of a motorcycle? Gonna be taking an autumn ride throughout New England for the weekend. Much needed bit of relaxation coming my way (fingers crossed).

About Those 160 Eco Laureates

major eco awards1Yesterday, 160 people attached their names to a full page ad published in the international edition of the New York Times. The ad, which was organized by the European Environment Foundation and expresses concern about global warming, declares that these people are:

  • “winners of the world’s environmental prizes“

In an accompanying press release, the signatories are further described as

  • the “World’s top environmentalists” (in the headline)
  • “160 leading environmentalists” (in the first sentence)
  • “Environmental Laureates” (in the second sentence)
  • and as “all winners of major environmental awards” (also in the second sentence, bold added)

But these claims are bogus. While many of the signatories (see them here and here) have, indeed, received what reasonable people would consider a “major environmental award,” a significant number did not.

Duke research: fracking not to blame for groundwater contamination

frackingA favorite gimmick of the anti-fracking movement is to post a video of someone setting fire to the water coming out of a faucet. The sweeping conclusion is that hydraulic fracturing releases natural gas and/or methane into water aquifers, which ends up in water wells.

But new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences debunks the thesis of that claim.  Researchers at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment found that the process of forcing water and chemicals into gas-laden shale deposits thousands of feet below the surface does not cause groundwater contamination.

“(The) gas data appear to rule out gas contamination by upward migration from depth through overlying geological strata triggered by horizontal drilling or hydraulic fracturing,” the researchers conclude in their abstract.

Actor Ruffalo Wants Obama to Ban Fracking

hulkFracking bad. Grunt.Call me crazy, but shouldn't actors stick to acting and let people who know what they're doing actually call the shots? Using the part of his brain usually reserved for the Hulk, Ruffalo pleaded for Obama to stop fracking even though, contrary to his misled beliefs, new research shows fracking poses absolutely no danger to drinking water. From the Bilking it Dry Dept:

Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo called on US president Barack Obama to ban fracking and make the US the renewable energy capital of the world on Tuesday.

Ruffalo made the plea in a press call hosted by Food & Water Watch, which released a report on Tuesday tying the controversial practice of fracking to climate change. The report comes days ahead of next week’s UN climate summit in New York.

Get ready for Keystone II

pipelineIf you just can’t get enough of the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, take note of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposal — which has the potential to become the Keystone of the East.

The $5 billion pipeline is a joint venture by Duke Energy, Dominion, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources (which owns Virginia Natural Gas). It would run from West Virginia to North Carolina. Unlike Keystone, which would ship oil from the Canadian tar sands, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would ship natural gas extracted from the Marcellus shale formation.

EPA Allows Groups More Time To Comment On Its 730-Page CO2 Plan

GinaMcCarthyBowing to pressure from a wide range of interest groups, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it would be extending the time groups have to comment on its controversial “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) by 45 days.

The rule itself is 130 pages long and contains more than 600 pages of additional documents, making it a mountain for states and other stakeholders to claw through in just 120 days.

“Because of the strong amount of interest we’ve seen from stakeholders, we’re extending the public comment period for the rule by 45 days,” Janet McCabe, the acting head of the EPA’s air and radiation office, told reporters on a conference call. “We’re still working towards a June deadline to finish up the rule.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Science of Smug Condescension

TysonI have to admit that I missed out on the ascendancy of Neil deGrasse Tyson. In my era, the nation’s beloved “scientific communicator” was Carl Sagan.

And he had many of the same flaws. As I’ve written about elsewhere, Sagan spoke eloquently about need to follow the evidence wherever it goes, without regard for your own preconceptions or ideological preferences. Then he bowed to his own preconceptions, declaring that industrial civilization must be destroying the earth, it’s just that we don’t know whether it’s going to bake the globe or freeze it. (This was back when the doomsayers were making their transition from global cooling to global warming.)

So we had an advocate of the method of science who adopted the worst intellectual model of all, the method of modern journalism: decide on the story first, then gather the facts.

Leonardo DiCaprio Gets UN Appointment as Climate Change Rep

De Caprio is finally king of the world!De Caprio is finally king of the world!Leonardo de Caprio may not have won Oscar, but at least the United Nations has recognized him, maybe not for his impeccable acting skills, but for being genuinely for the preservation of Mother Earth. The United Nations is making him a Climate Change Representative!

No, it's not for him being  lead actor in Titanic and neither because the film involved ice bergs, which by the way are melting in the Antarctic.

According to UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon, it is because the actor has been actively participating in organizations that want to solve the worsening climate change problem.

Obama Delays Climate Plan Until After November Elections

solarBarack Obama applied the brakes to the most critical component of his climate change plan on Tuesday, slowing the process of setting new rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants, and casting a shadow over a landmark United Nations’ summit on global warming. In a conference call with reporters, the Environmental Protection Agency said it was extending the public comment period on the power plant rules for an additional 45 days, until 1 December. The delay follows heavy lobby by Republicans and industry lobby groups to delay the rule – or withdraw it outright. --Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 16 September 2014

Activists Make Embarrassing Errors Attacking Texas Climate Texts

reconsideredThe climate activist group National Center for Science Education embarrassed itself yesterday by making basic errors attacking climate science in Texas.

NCSE objected to proposed science textbooks that note many scientists question key components of alarmist global warming theory. NCSE’s attack on the science claimed educational textbooks should state there is no scientific debate on the causes of recent global warming.

The global warming activist group expressed particular outrage that science texts encourage students to consider competing scientific theories and make up their own minds. In a section titled “What do you think?” the textbook presents an argument from the United Nations that human greenhouse gas emissions were almost certainly the primary cause of warming during the late 20th century. The textbook also presents an observation published by the Heartland Institute that many scientists say the verdict is still out on the causes and natural factors may have played a major role.

From The Solar Perplexus Dept.

640x360xs4-1024Infrared image of Earth from space.Only in the fantastical world of global-warming alarmist science does black mean white and up mean down. From AOL NEWS:

Scientists now believe that global warming is to blame for extreme cold snaps in North America during the winter months – and that it will only keep happening.

The "polar vortex" that plunged Canada and the U.S. into historical cold last winter is said by researchers to have occurred because melting polar ice changes weather patterns, according to a study published earlier this month.

A team of Korean and American scientists asserted in a new study that the melting ice causes the northern jet stream (upper level air flow) to shift south and bring polar air with it.