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

U.S. exports coal to German power plants, as it shuts its own down

coalOne of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world.

Now the coal comes the other way.

The 750-megawatt Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Luenen GmbH & Co. power plant relies completely on coal imports, about half from the U.S. Soon, all of Germany's coal-fired power plants will be dependent on imports, with the country expected to halt coal mining in 2018 when government subsidies end.

Coal mining's demise in Germany comes as the country is experiencing a resurgence in coal-fired power, one which the U.S. increasingly has helped supply. U.S. exports of power plant-grade coal to Germany have more than doubled since 2008. In 2013, Germany ranked fifth, behind the United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Korea and Italy in imports of U.S. steam coal, the type burned in power plants.

There's A U.S. Energy Boom, No Thanks To Obama

energyIt would be easy to look at the dramatic 35% increase in America's oil and natural gas production since President Obama took office and think the administration deserves much of the credit. But the energy boom has happened in spite of him.

Production could have been even greater if the administration embraced America's new energy superpower status instead of being so hostile to the development of our fossil fuel resources.

Since Obama took office, oil and gas production has soared on private and state land, for which he deserves little or no credit. Meanwhile, production on federal lands has dropped sharply due to a cutback in leasing of deepwater areas for energy development.

The U.S. government leases less than 2.2% of the energy-rich Outer Continental Shelf, and less than 6% of federal onshore lands. Offshore leasing is at half the level recorded during the Clinton administration, and its decline is indicative of Obama's hostility toward the oil and gas industry.

Air conditioner service calls down during cool summer

acThis July could down as one of the coolest on record, of late.

That's bad news for air condition repair companies.

The normal high temperature in Windsor this time of year is 28 C.

Looking ahead, the temperature isn't expected to hit that number once during the last few days of the month.

It means July would only see two days of 30-degree heat.

Jim Bessey says service calls to his air conditioning business are down about 20 per cent this summer.

Report erroneously links global warming and wildfires

wildfireA new report warns about climate change and wildfires, but one prominent skeptic says the report’s authors are simply wrong.

According to the report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, "Climate change and development patterns are contributing to the soaring costs of Western wildfires."

Cal Beisner of for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation - a coalition of clergy, scientists and academics - disagrees.

"The Union of Concerned Scientists - which is largely not composed of scientists but of laypeople and which has a long history of supporting all kinds of left-wing, green causes - is simply wrong," he says.

Obama on Climate Change: We Must Make Sure the Planet Works

The sweatiest man in America.The sweatiest man in America.At a fundraiser in Washington state, President Obama promised supporters that he would work to make sure the planet Earth continues to function.

“[A] long-term challenge that has to be dealt with right now is making sure that the planet works for the next generation and the generation after that,” he said, citing the growing global warming threat.

During his speech, Obama cited global warming for causing the dry conditions that were the cause for so many forest fires in the region.

“A lot of that has to do with drought. A lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns,” he said. "And a lot of that has to do with climate change.”

Globetrotting Harvard Prof Takes Break From Jet-Setting To Gripe About Climate Change Deniers

It's the end of the world and she knows it.Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard University professor who flies around the world in pollutant-spewing jumbo jet airliners to proclaim that climate change is a terrible menace, has co-written another book warning about the planet’s dire environmental situation.

The book, called “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future,” is a tale told with sound and fury by a historian living in the year 2393 who looks back on global collapse caused by global warming.

While The Daily Caller is not about to spoil it for you by giving away the role globetrotting Ivy League professors and their ilk play in Oreskes’s science fiction potboiler, The Guardian published an interview on Thursday in which she suggests that climate change “deniers” are diabolical marketing geniuses.

The professor describes “the denial industry” as a motley crew of “very cynical individuals” “with little or no regard to the consequences for others” as well as people who believe that environmentalists are “green on the outside, red on the inside — and that climate change is just an excuse to bring in socialism by another name.” Still others, she says, think climate change is a “fad” that will pass or have such a vested interest in “the fossil fuel industry” that they are willfully blind.

In Praise of 'Hate Speech'

no free speechSomeone has petitioned the UK Government's Home Office demanding that the term "denier" be classified as "hate speech."

We the undersigned request that the offensive terms, "climate denier", "denier", "denialist" and other variants being used to harass sceptical scientists or other people who do not ascribe to the hypothesis of man made climate change or man made global warming be classified as hate speech in accordance with the Public Order Act 1986. Scientists and others should not be subjected to hateful, offensive names in order to diminish their standing or to make them accept a consensus view.

I feel their pain but I'm certainly not going to be signing myself. Here are some reasons why:

Radical Environmentalism Seeks Death Of Capitalism

socialThe green lobby has finally come out and revealed its true intentions. No, a clean environment is not what it's working for. It's the death of capitalism.

For more than a quarter-century, extreme green has menaced the public with terrifying stories of apocalyptic man-made global warming.

It was all the movement had left. The environment in the developed world had been cleaned up after countries had gone through the growing pains of industrial development and economic maturity. So something else was needed to rage about.

The fright campaign culminated this month with a meeting hosted by Venezuela's government and attended by 130 green groups. The U.N.-sponsored conference, known as Social Pre-COP, produced a final version of the Margarita Declaration. All this "declaration" does is call for the death of capitalism.

NHL Jumps on the Global Warming Bandwagon

hockeyAmerica’s National Hockey League has become the latest organisation to claim that global warming threatens its future. Despite the fact that most of its rinks are indoors, it is maintaining that rising temperatures may melt frozen lakes, thus making it difficult for young people to start playing the sport.

A report on the League's environmental impact says:

"Perhaps more than any other sport, hockey is impacted by environmental issues, particularly climate change and freshwater scarcity. The ability to skate and play hockey outdoors is a critical component of the League’s history and culture. Many of the NHL's players, both past and present, learned to skate outside on frozen lakes, ponds and backyard rinks. The game of hockey is adversely affected if this opportunity becomes unavailable to future generations."

Are The Oceans Warming?

oceansWe’re reported previously (here and here, among others) about one of the leading explanations for the current lull in global warming climate change, namely, that the heat is going into the oceans—particularly deep in the ocean, where, convenviently for the climatistas, we have very little data—instead of the atmosphere.  It is a plausible hypothesis, and while there is some data to support ocean warming, it is very incomplete and over a short time scale.

There’s a new paper just out in the Journal of Physical Oceanography by Carl Wunsch of Harvard and Patrick Heimbach of MIT—both prominent figures in the field, neither known as a climate “skeptic”—that is likely to make waves (pun intended).  You can find the abstract here (you can find a manuscript copy of the complete article on Wunsch’s website.) It is typically dense and difficult to follow, and appears to be written cautiously so as not to give direct aid and comfort to climate skeptics.  But this sentence in particular appears significant:

Meet the Climate Alarmists' Latest Fluffy White Poster Child...

possumThe climate alarmists have found a new fluffy white creature with which to browbeat us about global warming.

Enter the white lemuroid ringtail possum - a species allegedly in imminent danger of being wiped out by man-made climate change. Only four have been found in the wild in its rainforest habitat in Queensland, Australia since a 2005 heatwave wiped out a population said to have been in the thousands. One more hot spell like that and the possum could cease to exist. Apparently.

"I think this really should be a wake-up call," tropical rainforests expert and James Cook University researcher Professor Bill Laurance told AAP."We're arguing this is a better icon for global warming than a polar bear because it typifies the type of biodiversity we will lose in the future."

The possum has at least two distinct advantages over its ferocious ursine rival. First, it doesn't kill and eat people. Second - unlike the polar bear - its population has NOT increased fivefold in the last fifty years, which gives it a greater claim to being "endangered."

Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

cartoonPeople all around the world, responding to a survey by Ipsos MORI, have generally agreed with the ideas that scientists don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to the climate – and that governments are using environmental issues as an excuse to raise taxes.

These not-so-green views were transmitted as part of Ipsos MORI's new Global Trends 2014 survey, which can be seen here. Respondents were asked to respond "agree", "disagree" or "don't know" to various statements.

On balance the people of the world concurred with the statement "even the scientists don't really know what they're talking about on environmental issues", with only 42 per cent disagreeing and 48 per cent agreeing. Disbelief in scientific climate expertise was strongest in China, Japan and Germany. In Britain, the US and Australia, people were less sceptical, with those populations pretty much evenly split as to whether scientists know what they're on about regarding the environment.

Global warming debate over?

earthThe debate is over

That’s what liberals say about man causing global warming. They say there is scientific consensus our climate is warming the earth due to man emitting carbon (CO2) into the atmosphere.

I have written in the past that liberals live in a fantasy world. They do not function in the world of reality and their insistence on manmade GW, in spite of a preponderance of evidence to the contrary, is proof positive to what I just said.

Yup, the debate is over and not that man causes global warming, but that liberals don’t care the least about facts. The global warming issue proves liberals live in a fantasy world. This writing is about GW, but there are a multitude of issues that causes one to question what planet these people live on. Obviously, not planet earth.

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