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

Global warming consensus claim doesn’t stand up

cartoonNow almost two years old, John Cook’s 97 per cent consensus paper on anthropogenic global warming has been a runaway success. Downloaded more than 300,000 times, voted the best 2013 paper in Environmental Research Letters, frequently cited by peers and politicians from around the world, the paper seems to be the definitive proof that the science of climate change is settled. It isn’t.

Consensus has no place in science. Academics agree on lots of things, but that does not make them true. Even so, agreement climate change is real and human-caused does not tell us anything about how the risks of climate change weigh against the risks of climate policy. But in our age of pseudo-Enlightenment, having 97 per cent of researchers on your side is powerful rhetoric for marginalising political opponents. All politics ends in failure, however. Chances are the opposition will gain power well before the climate problem is solved. Polarisation works in the short run, but is counterproductive in the long run.

Environmentalists go after science museums for accepting 'tainted' money

originsAs reported today in the NY Times, a letter was sent by environmental groups and some climate scientists asking that museums that receive contributions from fossil fuel companies stop taking those donations, even though these donors have no control over the presentation of scientific content in any way.

The letter says the "money coming from philanthropists like the Koch brothers is tainted," and could be used in some way to deny the effects of climate change. A quick viewing of global warming exhibits all follow the basic climate change narrative that theorizes that increased carbon dioxide emissions is warming our planet. The Smithsonian takes it a step further by showing that even in a warming world, humans can adapt quickly with little to no ill effects, something the global warmists are adamantly opposed to acknowledging.

U.S. Republican Bill Delays Obama’s Climate Rule, Gives States Veto

sea ice extentHouse Republicans are preparing a bill that would delay implementation of the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants and let state governors veto compliance plans. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s panel on energy and power, unveiled the draft legislation Monday that he worked on with Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the full committee chairman, and other members. The draft bill would delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule until all court challenges are over and let governors block any plans to implement the regulation — whether from the state or imposed by the EPA — if they think it would significantly increase electricity rates or harm reliability. --Timothy Cama, The Hill, 23 March 2015

Claims on reliable trends in regional sea level rises unreliable

ocean wavesMore Data From Oceans Needed for Sea Level Rise

How quickly sea level will rise in the next 100 years can be roughly calculated on a global scale. However, for specific coastal-protection measures, you need to know how sea level will actually rise at a particular coast. The regional sea level rise may be different from one region to another. Climate scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have shown in Nature Climate Change that reliable claims on regional trends are currently not possible, because observation data from the oceans are lacking.

Noted Global Warming Skeptic Gets His Twitter Account Suspended

goddardTwitter has suspended the account of Steven Goddard, the pseudonym of a well-known blogger who is critical of man-made global warming.

After receiving messages of complaints against his account from Twitter in late February, Goddard woke up Monday morning to find his account had been suspended for violating Twitter’s rules.

“I tried to make a tweet around 8 am, and it failed to go through,” Goddard told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Then a message appeared at the top of my Twitter account, saying that my account had been suspended for ‘violation of Twitter rules.’”

Governor Jerry Brown lashes out at Sen. Ted Cruz on Meet the Press

meetCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown (D) reacted angrily on yesterday's Meet the Press after watching a clip of Sen. Ted Cruz (R) saying that debates on climate change-related events should follow the science and the data. Cruz made those comments on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Brown had come on NBC's Meet the Press to discuss Cruz's earlier announcement that he was running for president. Brown was then shown footage of the senator talking about the environment on Late Night and delved into a rant that Cruz was a "bald-faced ignorant liar" and 'absolutely unfit' to run for office.

Obama’s Green Regulations Trigger U.S. Shale War

cartoonThe Obama administration issued the first federal mandates governing hydraulic fracturing on public land Friday, triggering an immediate lawsuit from oil industry groups and a pledge by congressional Republicans to undo the regulation. --Jennifer A. Dlouhy, San Antonio Express News, 20 March 2015

Republicans on Friday roundly rejected the Obama administration’s rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land and pledged to fight them. The GOP warned that the regulations will hamper the nation’s economic recovery that has been bolstered by the boom in natural gas and oil production, much of which depends on fracking. “America’s energy boom is one of the best things going for our economy, and keeping it going should be one of the federal government’s top priorities,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement. “Instead, the Obama administration is so eager to appease radical environmentalists that it is regulating a process that is already properly regulated.” --Timothy Cama, The Hill, 20 March 2015

Environmentalism and Religion

cartoon caveman iceage endingIt’s Wisconsin in the spring, so when someone tells you that the planet is warming up and that global warming is real, you just have to take it on faith. Nothing in your own experience could tell you that it’s getting hotter every year. And there’s no way for you to find out for yourself. You can’t possibly amass enough data to personally verify the existence of global warming. You just have to believe. It’s what we’re all told. Just believe it.

More than just believe it, though. Change your ways. Your carbon footprint is a selfish reflection of your ego. If human beings don’t turn from their wicked ways, bad things will happen. You remember Hurricane Sandy? We brought that on ourselves. Selfish, greedy humans are ignoring the very earth that gave them life. If we don’t change our ways, we will all be doomed to a tragic end.

Greenpeace Founding Member: Climate Alarmism “Preposterous,” CO2 Emissions Saving Lives

mooreWhile Al Gore is suggesting that climate-change realists be punished and schoolchildren braved a snowstorm to hear a rapper give a “happy” climate-alarmism message, an environmentalist presented a truly happy message on the subject:

Climate change isn’t caused by man, there’s been no significant warming for nearly two decades, and, even if there had been, it would probably be a good thing.

Furthermore, he suggests that human CO2 emissions might have prevented disaster.

Brown Blasts Republicans on Climate–but Silent on His Oil Fortune

jerry brown govDemocratic Presidential candidate Governor Jerry Brown told NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday that a letter that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is “a disgrace” for the sent to all 50 governors urging them to block or ignore the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution regulations was “a disgrace.” Brown is somewhat of a hypocrite on the issue, because his family’s wealth reportedly comes from control of two huge imported oil trading firm.

In slamming McConnell for supporting his state’s coal business, Brown said, “Here’s the point, that the buildup of carbon coming from coal and petroleum and other sources, that this is going to create these droughts and much, much worse. And that’s why to have the leader of the Senate, Mr. McConnell representing his coal constituents, are putting it at risk, the health and well-being of America, is a disgrace.”

The BBC could have checked Wikipedia for the truth about Cyclone Pam

"Devastation after Cyclone Pam 14 March 2015" by Graham Crumb/Imagicity.com. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons"Devastation after Cyclone Pam 14 March 2015" by Graham Crumb/Imagicity.com. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsInevitably quick off the mark after Vanuatu’s Cyclone Pam disaster were the climate ghouls to claim that this terrible event must have been caused by global warming. First up was the country’s president, Baldwin Lonsdale, who, although aware that the storm was on its way, had departed a few hours earlier to attend a conference on “disaster risk” in Japan, where he burbled to reporters that it was evidence of “climate change, rising sea levels” etc. Next, in a similar vein, came France’s President Hollande, due next December to host the mammoth global conference where they hope to agree on a treaty to halt this threat to the planet.

But equally inevitable was that the BBC would get in on the act. Thus Monday’s Today programme wheeled on Professor Tim Palmer, in charge of climate modelling at Oxford University, to confirm President Lonsdale’s worst fears. Such “incredibly intense” category five cyclones, he told John Humphrys, are “exactly the type of cyclone that is predicted by the climate models to increase under climate change, under global warming”.

Global Warming: A Flop at the Box Office

OreskesOreskesNaomi Oreskes’s career is an excellent example of how academics benefit from the global warming scare. She managed to be promoted from the University of California to a position at Harvard. Her main claim to fame is the book Merchants of Doubt, written with co-author Erik Conway. Conway is a science historian at NASA.

Now Merchants of Doubt has been made into a movie of the same name – and a box office failure.

The theme of Merchants of Doubt is that global warming skeptics are fossil fuel company hacks, paid to spread doubt and confusion, or else they are fanatical anti-communists who see sinister communist influence everywhere. Opposing these villains are sincere scientists dumbfounded that anyone would make such evil attacks on their completely sound science.

The movie has been disconcertingly pasted together from clips spanning decades. The skeptic scientist Fred Singer appears many times. We see the 50-year-old Singer and the 90-year-old Singer, and everything in between.