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

Why 2014 Won’t Be the Warmest Year on Record

satelliteMuch is being made of the “global” surface thermometer data, which three-quarters the way through 2014 is now suggesting the global average this year will be the warmest in the modern instrumental record.

I claim 2014 won’t be the warmest global-average year on record.

..if for no other reason than this: thermometers cannot measure global averages — only satellites can. The satellite instruments measure nearly every cubic kilometer – hell, every cubic inch — of the lower atmosphere on a daily basis. You can travel hundreds if not thousands of kilometers without finding a thermometer nearby.

(And even if 2014 or 2015 turns out to be the warmest, this is not a cause for concern…more about that later).

Splattergate II: Green Graphic Novel Celebrates Eco-Terrorism Shopping Mall Killing Spree

When is it acceptable for a terrorist to go berserk in a shopping mall and machine gun innocent victims to death?

Climate ChangedWhen it's all being done for the noble cause of environmentalism, of course!

Such is the take-home message of an award-winning graphic novel which has been praised by a top scientist at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as "a marvellous way to convey the knowledge accumulated by our scientific community." (H/T Marc Morano at Climate Depot)

It has also been recommended by a curriculum developer at the US National Council of Teachers of English as a "rigorous" and "highly expressive" work which will make an "optimal text for students at various levels". (Naturally, the novel has been deemed Common-Core-compliant too.)

When Science gets Hijacked by Politics

cartoon-its-called-weatherLooks like the Obama administration is up to its old (as in new) tricks again, this time putting its fingers on the already skewed scale in order to motivate a disinterested electorate. Both Obama and the EU are pressuring the UN to make its upcoming climate report more hysterical, and are seeking a stronger warmist warning. All this in the face of no observable warming for nearly two decades. The current report, they feel, isn't "effective" enough in reporting on the supposed dangers from climate models, er, climate change. From Bloomberg (bold added):

The U.S. and European Union are pushing for a stronger explanation about the dangers of climate change and the consequences of failing to stem fossil-fuel emissions in the UN’s most extensive report on global warming.

State of Fear

florida-wikipediaSometimes you read a headline and think it's a parody straight out of The Onion, a satirical news website. Well, according to the Sun-Sentinel, elected officials from Southern Florida want to cut their state in half, making it Florida and South Florida, the 51st state in the Union. Why? Climate change of course. Even though sea level rise has remained constant since the last glacial period.

According to a report from the Sun-Sentinel, a proposal by the Mayor of South Miami and South Miami City Commission calls for the legal separation of Florida into two separate states.

The new state — aptly dubbed "South Florida" — would thus become the 51st state in the Union.

The imposing threat of rising sea levels is behind the proposal.

Canadian Town Cancels Trick-Or-Treating Over Polar Bear Fears

polar-bearPolar bears have ruined yet another holiday. The town of Arviat, located in Canada’s Nanavut territory, has cancelled trick-or-treating this Halloween over fears of polar bear attacks on children.

Arviat wants its residents to celebrate Halloween indoors, marking the first time the town has ever prevented kids from trick-or-treating outdoors on Halloween– which falls during polar bear season.

“Picture 1,200 kids going door to door in Arviat in the middle of polar bear season,” Steve England, Arviat’s senior administration officer, told CBC News. “It’s a pretty obvious conclusion of what tragedies could come out of that. We’re just trying to safeguard the younger population by offering an alternative.”

German Industry Issues Stark Warning Ahead Of EU Climate Summit

2030As EU heads of state prepare to thrash out an agreement on the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate change goals at a summit opening in Brussels tomorrow (23 October), energy-intensive industries in Germany have reiterated warnings that a European “solo effort” would come with billions in losses. “If Europe chooses a solo effort through a one-sided climate protection target of 40% less emissions, it would mean billions in losses for us that our global competitors would not otherwise have gained. The damage done to competitiveness among energy-intensive companies in the EU would be considerable,” said Utz Tillmann, a spokesman for the Energy Intensive Industries of Germany (EID). --EurActiv, 22 October 2014

The EU’s plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 has come under heavy assault as an increasing number of eastern European nations rally behind Poland’s threat to scupper a landmark climate deal this week. “I do not think that we can go with this current deal. If there is no change then we will walk away,” said Tomáš Prouza, the Czech Republic’s state secretary for European affairs. “The numbers just do not add up.” One ambassador predicted the most difficult summit since the height of the eurozone crisis. “Both sides are in their trenches, shelling each other,” he said. --Henry Foy and Christian Oliver, Financial Times, 20 October 2014

PayPal Co-Founder Is Skeptical of Man-Made Global Warming for This Reason

thielThielPayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, often considered one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley, said Tuesday that he is skeptical of man-made global warming because many refuse to allow debate the subject.

“Whenever you can’t have a debate, I often think that’s evidence that there’s a problem,” Thiel said on The Glenn Beck Program. “When people use the word ‘science,’ it’s often a tell, like in poker, that you’re bluffing. It’s like we have ‘social science’ and we have ‘political science,’ [but] we don’t call it ‘physical science’ or ‘chemical science.’ We just call them physics and chemistry because we know they’re right.”

Thiel said no one will be upset if you ask questions about the periodic table, because it is actually science. But referring to man-made climate change as “science” tells you “that people are exaggerating and they’re bluffing a little bit,” Thiel said.

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Undisclosed Changes in the IPCC AR5 Report

cartoon-censormatic(h/t John S.) I’ve previously documented changes in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) which were made absent any external review. This happened despite the IPCC principles stating:

Three principles governing the review should be borne in mind. First, the best possible scientific and technical advice should be included so that the IPCC Reports represent the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic findings and are as comprehensive as possible. Secondly, a wide circulation process, ensuring representation of independent experts (i.e. experts not involved in the preparation of that particular chapter) from developing and developed countries and countries with economies in transition should aim to involve as many experts as possible in the IPCC process. Thirdly, the review process should be objective, open and transparent.

The global warming scare: the costs and the new deniers

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Shenanigans
Global warming alarmists panicked gullible Labor governments into building desalination plants with scares like Tim Flannery’s:

So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush…

I think there is a fair chance Perth will be the 21st century’s first ghost metropolis…

Perth is facing the possibility of a catastrophic failure of the city’s water supply…

I’m personally more worried about Sydney than Perth… Where does Sydney go for more water? 

Ebola czar thinks global warming causes increased tornadoes and hurricanes

Ron Klain, who has zero medical trainingRon Klain, who has zero medical training,
is our new Ebola Czar
Nobody credits newly-minted Ebola czar (for the sake of rhyme, shouldn’t it be “Ebola Ayatollah”) Ron Klain with any scientific credibility, but his embrace of warmist doctrine is nonetheless interesting. Back in 2011, when he was coming off his gig as Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Klain went on MSNBC to spout his scientific wisdom. Politico took notice:

Ron Klain, Vice President Biden's former chief of staff, went to bat for the Obama administration Thursday afternoon as he swatted away suggestions from Rick Perry and Mitt Romney that global warming isn't caused by people.