We must end the mistaken idea that carbon emissions cause global warming and climate change. Carbon emissions have no effect on either. The mistake occurred when scientists examining ice core samples noticed that every warm period in history was accompanied by high levels of carbon and jumped to a conclusion that the carbon caused the warming.
A better conclusion would have been that the heat to warm the area resulted from combustion, burning hydrocarbons, wood, grass, trees. The products of combustion are heat and carbon products. The heat warmed the globe and the carbon products are air pollutant. The carbon products are in two forms, depending on the efficiency of combustion, carbon dioxide and free carbon (smoke). Natural gas is more efficient and is higher in carbon dioxide while coal is less efficient and results in more smoke.
EPA head Gina McCarthyThe non-partisan watchdog group Open The Books released a new report yesterday showing how the EPA has become a "well-armed militia" with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars being spent on questionable expenses. These include "high-end luxury furnishings, sports equipment, ongoing paramilitary purchases totaling $715 million for arming and training 'Special Agents.'" It also shows how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds data mining and equipment allowing the agency to intrude into industrial businesses and carry out "force raids" to execute its regulations.
The new report, which examined the fiscal years 2000 - 2014, found that the EPA's 2015 budget would rank 42 out of 50 state budgets, and at its peak in 2010, would come in at 38. Since the turn of the century, the EPA has provided $72 billion in federal grants, with over 87 percent of monies flowing to various agencies in local, state or federal governments. "The first thing you see in our report is that the EPA is a massive federal agency," notes Adam Andrzejewski, founder of the Illinois-based Openthebooks.com.
Paul KrugmanSorry, conservatives: when President Obama describes climate change as the greatest threat we face, he’s exactly right. Terrorism can’t and won’t destroy our civilization, but global warming could and might.
Paul Krugman, Nobel prizewinning economist, public intellectual; New York Times columnist
The thing I love about Paul Krugman is that he’s such a mighty touchstone of wrong. If he told you that day followed night you’d have to go out in the morning to check with a torch; if he told you that The Sopranos was the greatest TV series ever you’d suddenly realize having revisited all 86 episodes that, no, actually even Hannah Montana had sharper acting and deeper insights; so when he tells you that “terrorism can’t and won’t destroy our civilization”, well you know, without even having to think about it, that for once in his political career Jeb Bush has called it dead right, and that yet again, as ever, Krugman couldn’t be further from the right end of the stick.
Britain will shut polluting coal-fired power plants by 2025, its government said Wednesday ahead of November's key UN climate change talks in Paris.
All coal power stations that do not have the technology to capture carbon emissions will be closed within ten years, the government said in a statement, in line with its pledge to phase out coal.
Environmentalists gave the announcement a cautious welcome, but warned that the government planned to switch to gas, rather than cleaner technology like wind or solar power.
The normally humming French capital went quiet in the aftermath of last week's terrorism, as any civilized city would. But one hardy group won't be kept from its appointed rounds. Absurdity knows no bounds.
Much of Paris shut down in the hours and days after Friday's terrorist attacks. Events were canceled; theaters, museums, schools, libraries and markets were closed, and the Eiffel Tower faded to black.
But not to worry: The horrific bloodshed won't affect the United Nations climate summit scheduled to begin at month's-end. It's still on.
Once again, the sky is falling. Only this time it's the ocean that is rising, but the narrative is the same. The world as we know it is coming to an end – that is, unless we enact crippling new carbon taxes, write ever bigger checks to corrupt dictators and U.N. agencies, and reward the host of professional doomsters who are pushing this scam.
The U.N.-sponsored International Climate Conference, which opens in Paris at the end of the month, is already generating more than its share of hot air.
Once the 85 presidents and prime ministers, and thousands of other bureaucrats, activists, journalists, and lobbyists arrive, the Paris conference will turn into a carbon circus, with every environmentalist in town warning of greater catastrophes.As such, it will resemble nothing so much as the medieval Dance of Death – the fabled revels of those caught up in the Great Plague, who, according to legend, caroused in the streets in expectation of imminent doom.
One definition of propaganda is the information, ideas or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc. Its roots are traced back to the Latin phrase: congregation for propagating the faith.
This definition does not precisely capture an effort at Southern Methodist University to prevent grade-school students from learning there are two sides to the global-warming debate. But if we said that some of the fine folks at SMU are book burners, that wouldn't be accurate either.
It's not far from reality, though.
Britain will no longer pursue green energy at all costs and will instead make keeping the lights on the top priority, Amber Rudd, the energy secretary, will vow this week. Households already face paying over-the-odds for energy for years to come as a result of expensive subsidies handed out to wind and solar farms by her Labour and Lib Dem predecessors, Ms Rudd will warn. a major speech setting out a new strategy, the energy secretary is expected to say that from now on, policies will balance “the need to decarbonise with the need to keep bills as low as possible”.“Energy security has to be the first priority. It is fundamental to the health of our economy and the lives of our people,” she will say. —Emily Gosden, The Sunday Telegraph, 15 November 2015
The ice reached its extent for the year last month - and it was the first time it reduced in size for the past four years - but that is largely being blamed on the El Nino Pacific weather effect.
The years 2012 to 2014 were each record-breaking in terms of the scale of the ice since satellite measurements began 37 years ago.
A NASA spokesman said: "This year’s maximum extent is both the 22nd lowest and the 16th highest. More remarkably, this year’s maximum is quite a bit smaller than the previous three years, which correspond to the three highest maximum extents in the satellite era, and is also the lowest since 2008."
Despite the 129 dead and the hundreds more wounded, The Ecologist has cut through all the emotive nonsense about the Paris massacres and identified the real victim of this grisly affair: why, the forthcoming UN climate change conference, of course!
Some would argue that with France in a state of emergency, Paris terrorized, and with many of the bodies so hideously mutilated they haven’t yet been identified, that perhaps it’s a bit too early to make extremely tenuous links between an act of Islamist terrorism and global warming.
During an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan strongly rebuked Bernie Sanders’ claim during Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate that climate change has contributed to the rise of ISIS.
Noonan argued that Sanders’ statement “makes him to many people look slightly daffy like someone who doesn’t understand what the real subject is” because “[t]his is about terrorism. This isn’t about climate change and deserts and people migrating because it’s hot.”
Renewable Portfolio Standard advocates recently held their 2015 National Summit. The draft RPS agenda suggests it was quite an event – populated by bureaucrats, scientists and consultants who have jumped on the climate and “green energy” bandwagon, to follow the money.
Indeed, they are no longer content with 10% corn ethanol in gasoline, or some wind and solar power in the electricity mix. Now they want to convert the entire electrical grid from fossil-fuels to renewable sources and, if Catholic bishops get their way, totally eliminate hydrocarbons by 2050, despite the horrendous impacts that would have on workers, families and the world’s poorest people.