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

2014 Was Not the ‘Hottest Year on Record’. So Why Did NASA Claim It Was?

The satellite temperature records tell a very different story from the surface temperature records quoted by NASA.The satellite temperature records tell a very different story from the surface temperature records quoted by NASA.“2014 was the hottest year on record.”

Q: If the above statement is not true – and (see below) it isn’t –  would it make it any more true were it to be uttered in an important speech at Davos by fashion designer, songwriter and hip hop producer Pharrell Williams?

A: Nope.

Q: OK. Then how about if Pharrell, while chilling in the outdoor hot tub with George Soros, Bono and Paul Krugman at their  seven-star hotel in Davos, were to write a chart-topping song about it – something along the lines of Happy, only catchier, more uplifting – and it became, like this massive club hit across the world and all the kids everywhere were singing “2014 was the hottest on record.” Would that make it more true?

A. Nope.

Does this private jet make Pharrell’s carbon footprint look fat? Singer plugs Live Earth agenda

As Twitchy reported earlier this week, at least 1,700 private jets are expected to land in Davos, Switzerland for this year’s World Economic Forum, where attendees will discuss what to do about global warming.

Defeat For Green Lobby As EU Panel Rejects Cap-And-Trade Reforms

cartoonThe European Parliament’s industry committee failed to agree on a recommendation for a draft measure to curb a glut of carbon permits. The panel, which has an advisory role in the legislative process, rejected a report on a mechanism to withhold surplus allowances. In today’s final ballot, the industry committee voted 31 to 28, with seven abstentions, against an entire report even after approving individual amendments. --Ewa Krukowska and Ian Wishart, Bloomberg, 22 January 2015

European Union carbon allowances posted their biggest drop since April after a panel in the bloc’s parliament failed to agree on how to modify a measure curbing a glut of carbon permits. Permits fell as much as 8.1% after the European Parliament’s industry committee, which has an advisory role in the legislative process, rejected a recommendation on a mechanism to withhold surplus allowances. --Ewa Krukowska and Ian Wishart, Bloomberg, 22 January 2015

US Gov Consults with Disney to create Frozen spin-off

frozenThe State Department, the one headed by über-enviro-elitist John Kerry, is working with Disney to create a climate change spin-off of the highly popular movie Frozen. From the "Your Tax Dollars At Work Dept.":

Admiral Robert Papp, the State Department’s special representative on the Arctic, revealed that he had been in talks with the company’s executives to harness the popularity of the 2013 film to teach children about the impacts of global warming in the Arctic.

“I went to Disney and I had the opportunity to speak to an executive there,” said Papp, speaking at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway.

Ten reasons why the war on CO2 has done far more harm than good

protesters climate stopEnvironmental campaigners make much of the potentially catastrophic outcomes of increased atmospheric CO2 levels, often exaggerating their claims in order to gain public support for policies designed to tackle anthropogenic climate change. If challenged they often fall back on the precautionary principle: doing something has no negative outcome, whereas doing nothing might.

But what if doing something does have a negative outcome? In a new paper for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Andrew Montford, author of the Bishop Hill blog on climate change, has identified quite a number of negative outcomes of environmentalist-driven climate change policies – or what William Happer, Professor of Physics at Princeton University, terms in the foreword “the jihad against atmospheric carbon dioxide”.

‘Greatest moral challenge of our time’ a fizzer

cartoon-chinaWORLD growth is resulting in a doubling of the atmospheric composition of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases”.

Present concentrations are at near record lows and a doubling of greenhouse gas concentrations is harmless to health.

The concerns revolve around the knock-on effect on climate.

Some point to a warm 2014 as evidence of climate change, however global temperatures have remained unchanged for the past 18 years.

Across the world the issue has led governments to pour some $100 billion into research (and far more on renewable subsidies).

US Senate declares that the climate does change

milk carton GW missingThe US Senate has voted almost unanimously (98-1) that climate change is real. What a relief! I thought the ice age might have been an internet hoax. The climate actually changes! Who knew? The Senate should stop passing laws, and become an oracle and answer the most inscrutable questions like these!

Of course, the Senate wasn't merely stating that the climate changes; what they were really saying was that people have an effect on the changing climate. Forget about the fact that according to satellite data for 16 out of the last 17 years it has gotten cooler; and for the 17th year, it either got 1/100th of a degree warmer than 2005, or because of the margin of error, it didn't. Forget about the fact that industry produces less than 3% of carbon dioxide emissions, and the rest are produced naturally.

Forget about the fact that much greater warming and cooler trends have occurred even before industrialization (remember the Ice Age, and the warming after that? That was a bit more than 1/100th of a degree!) These are just some of the facts you need to forget in order to believe that man has any effect on the weather (or women--mustn't forget the women!)

MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming Believers a ‘Cult’

earthandsunAn MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists as a discredited “cult” whose members are becoming more hysterical as emerging evidence continues to contradict their beliefs.

During an appearance on this writer’s radio show Monday, MIT Professor emeritus Richard Lindzen discussed the religious nature of the movement.

“As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical. I think that’s what’s happening here. Think about it,” he said. “You’ve led an unpleasant life, you haven’t led a very virtuous life, but now you’re told, you get absolution if you watch your carbon footprint. It’s salvation!”

Obama Uses SOTU To Take Credit For Policies He Opposes

gasThe most interesting aspect of the State of the Union address is that the president gets to take credit for, well, anything he wants to.

“America is number one in oil and gas,” Obama boasted. “And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save $750 at the pump.”

He’s right, and lower gas prices are great. But he’s long been opposed to them, in part because burning gasoline supposedly fuels global warming, a “threat” Obama warned about at length in his speech.

For example, Obama’s first Secretary of Energy announced back in 2008: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Luckily for Americans, he failed. Still, Obama has opposed building the Keystone XL pipeline, which would lower prices by delivering Canadian oil to American refineries.

Obama: We Should Act Like Global Warming Threatens National Security

sotu obamaPresident Obama is not only worried about global warming’s effect on the climate, he’s now saying Americans should treat it like a national security threat.

“The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe,” Obama said in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

“The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it,” Obama said.

SOTU: Sen. Jim Inhofe responds to President Obama's SOTU address Tuesday

inhofeU.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe [pictured] responded to the President's State of the Union address saying the President is trying to advance "his goal of wealth redistribution."

Inhofe took aim at the President's climate, economic and national security agendas.

TRANSCRIPT OF SENATOR INHOFE'S RESPONSE

Tonight we heard the President praise America’s recent economic gains. Our nation's energy industry deserves the credit for the growth we see today. We are experiencing an energy revolution in spite of the President's policies that are intended to stifle the development of our domestic resources.

Al Gore’s Serial Extreme Climate Exaggerations Now “100 Times More Common Than 30 Years Ago”

goreIf anyone needed more proof showing that former US Vice President Al Gore is a pathological serial exaggerator, look no further. He has proven it yet again, this time at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a location where dozens of world economic leaders have flown with private jets.

The Guardian reports here, quoting Mr Gore:

I think that these extreme weather events which are now a hundred times more common than 30 years ago are really waking people’s awareness all over the world [on climate change], and I think that is a gamechanger.”