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

Brussels Anti-Green Purge

keep calm[Conservative MEP] Miguel Arias Canete, Spain’s former agriculture and environment minister, was nominated as the European Union’s next commissioner for climate and energy, becoming the first single supervisor of those two policy areas. The new commission will take office as energy policy is moving up the EU agenda amid a crisis in Ukraine, the transit country for around half of Russian natural gas to Europe, and the unrest in Middle East. --Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg 10 September 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker’s decision to group EU commissioners into teams serving under a vice-president has been welcomed by some interest groups, and derided by others. Rumours of the intention to combine the climate and energy portfolios have been sparking alarm among environmentalists for weeks. But the elimination of a dedicated environment portfolio came as a genuine shock to green groups. The ‘Green 10’ – an alliance of European environmental NGOs – sent a letter to Juncker saying that his restructuring decisions suggest a “de-facto shutdown of EU environmental policymaking”. --Dave Keating, European Voice, 11 September 2014

How Govt Money Corrupts Climate Science

catoPat Michaels & Chip Knappenberger have a post up at CATO, questioning what effect reliance on govt grant money has on opinions about climate change.

It is well worth a read, but they use the example a recent Andy Revkin article, in which he interviews four prominent climate researchers.

They find:  

The level of confidence that each showed in the mainstream (climate model-driven) global warming meme (despite this new research suggesting that something may be rotten in the state of Denmark) appears proportional to how much professional advancement still lies ahead.

Report: Ozone Layer Is Recovering, Stabilized 14 Years Ago

Antarcitc ozone holeThe United Nations reported that the “hole” in the ozone layer is on the road to recovery about 27 years after countries signed a treaty banning the use of certain aerosols and other chemicals that were blamed for ozone depletion.

The report by the World Meteorological Organization says the ozone layer will recover to 1980 levels by mid-century or so, but warned that recovery hinged on continued reduction in ozone-depleting chemicals.

“International action on the ozone layer is a major environmental success story,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement on the ozone report’s release. “This should encourage us to display the same level of urgency and unity to tackle the even greater challenge of climate change.”

The WMO report comes about a week and a half before the UN’s climate summit in New York City later this month. Some leaders from major economies, like China and India, have opted not to attend the summit later this month and few countries have officially committed to backing an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s only binding climate agreement.

Matt Ridley Replies to His Climate-Change Critics

Jeff SachsJeffrey SachsWSJ Editor's note: Matt Ridley's Sept. 4 op-ed, "Whatever Happened to Global Warming?," stirred a strong response, not least among the enforcers of climate-change orthodoxy. Here is Mr. Ridley's reply to his critics, adapted from his blog:

Post-script. After the article was published, an astonishing tweet was sent by the prominent economist Jeffrey Sachs saying:

"Ridley climate ignorance in WSJ today is part of compulsive lying of Murdoch media gang. Ridley totally misrepresents the science."

Curious to know how I had lied or "totally misrepresented" the science, I asked Sachs to explain. There was a deafening silence.

There then appeared at the Huffington Post an article under Sachs's name. Its style was quite unlike that of Sachs. The piece purported to—in a spin doctor's words—expose:

House votes to kill EPA water rule; Golf industry Teed Off at EPA's Overreach

golf courseA WET BLANKET: The House voted late Tuesday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing its proposal to clarify which waterways its jurisdiction covers.

The vote was nearly along party lines, though some vulnerable Democrats up for reelection joined Republicans supporting it.

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) said constituents told him the rule would force them to prove puddles and ditches are not subject to federal regulation.

“I support this bill because sometimes, a mud puddle is just a mud puddle,” he said on the House floor.

Indian Prime Minister: "Climate Has Not Changed. We Have Changed"

modiThe public’s obsession with climate change, a common feature during much of the 1980s and 1990s, has been waning rapidly. The reason for growing climate fatigue is not so much a PR failure. After all, hundreds of millions are being spent each year around the world by thousands of NGOs, green energy lobbies and green government ministers.  It is rather that reality no longer corresponds with alarmist predictions. No communication skills can revive the success of bygone scaremongering as long as the actual climate does not conform to apocalyptic predictions made just a few years ago. --Benny Peiser, PRWeek, 10 September 2014

Nothing You Have Ever Witnessed Before Has Prepared You for Such Sheer Stabbing Shock!

Baltimore OrioleFrom The Tales Of The Bird-Brained Dept.:

The titular quote is one of many taglines used in Hitchcock's infamous film, The Birds. Maybe the director was onto something about birds seeking revenge on us for no apparent reason. Now we have one (at least for the film's remake): Global warming will now cause our feathered friends to migrate or go extinct. And 2080 seems to be the year of choice for most birds to start migrating across state lines. Apparently birds are on track to do some wacky things in about 65 years. The research, carried out by the Audubon Society (natch), relied on carbon data provided by the United Nations. From ChinaTopix:

Birds are suffering, as well, and will have to migrate to different parts of the world to avoid extinction, according to a research study made by The Audubon Society.

Global Warming Turned the Arab Deserts Green

desertGlobal warming turned the harsh deserts of the Arabian Peninsula lush and green during the most recent interglacial warm period, scientists note in the August 29 issue of Science. During the last interglacial warm period, global temperatures were significantly warmer than the present.

The article, “In Search of Green Arabia,” explains how scientists have discovered many more ancient artifacts in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula than expected. The article explains how the artifacts are evidence of a climate that was much wetter and conducive to human health and welfare than the present.

“The most pronounced period of wet and warm weather in the past few hundred thousand years took place about 125,000 years ago, during the height of the last interglacial,” the article notes.

If only Muslim states thought climate change was the “greatest challenge”

kerrySecretary of State John Kerry has an interesting worldview if he believes that addressing “Muslim-majority” nations with the concept that climate change is the prevalent challenge for this generation. He probably wouldn’t get much agreement among the very people he thinks we should be protecting.

Frankly, if Muslims were more worried about climate change perhaps there wouldn’t be such a surge in jihad, that is, if they believed that the so-called perpetrators of every evil, the West, weren’t the main reason for “global warming.” Trouble is, infidels are infidels as far as Islam is concerned and it would make no difference if the sin of Christian America were over-producing greenhouse gases or being who we are, a mainly Christian nation

Overwhelming majority of Tory MPs do not accept climate change is man made

GraphMPsonclimatechangeThe survey of 119 MPs from all parties was commissioned by PRWeek from Populus to establish the attitudes of parliamentarians to climate change and environmental issues as part of a special report on the subject.

Only 51 per cent of MPs agree that it is an established fact that global warming is largely man made, though there are substantial differences between parties. Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of Labour MPs agree that man-made global warming is now an established scientific fact compared with 30 per cent of Tory MPs.

18 Years and Counting

power-linesEighteen years (less one month) and counting; that’s the time since the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted “global warming” of the earth’s climate but, given the length of the current cooling cycle,  the “warmists” are now calling it a “warming pause.”

Of the approximately 30 different models—all based on carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the air—used in their scenarios, none has proven correct. In fact, even the model predicting the least amount of warming over this period is substantially wrong: there was no warming at all, period.

This fundamental fact appears to be unknown to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).