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Britain's Shame: One Million Britons Dead In Winter Scandal

unhappysnowmanWinter weather has killed a million Brits since the 1980s and will kill a million more by 2050, experts have warned. Age support groups and doctors blame poor housing, high energy bills and pensioner poverty. Many killed by the cold are elderly but the ill, vulnerable and very young also die. A total of 973,000 people died due to winter weather from 1982/83 to 2011/12, Office of National Statistics data for England and Wales shows. ONS data shows another million Brits will be killed by winters by 2050, based on the average of 27,400 cold weather deaths per winter in the last five years. --Alastair Grant, Daily Star, 3 March 2013

Britain’s relentless big freeze has sparked fears of the highest winter death rate for five years. The brutal Arctic blast has seen temperatures plummet to -13C (9F) amid what could be the coldest March for almost three decades. Pensioner groups warned the death rate among Britain’s elderly has already soared this winter with fears it could hit 30,000 – 6,000 more than last year. The National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (NFOP) said deaths among its members had more than quadrupled since the end of last year. --Nathan Rao, Daily Express, 13 March 2013

Mr. FOIA speaks: "It's time to tie up loose ends and dispel some of the speculation surrounding the Climategate affair"

climategatepic[h/t to Gator & Marc] I've received the following unsolicited email from a person unknown to me:
Subject:  FOIA 2013: the password

It's time to tie up loose ends and dispel some of the speculation surrounding the Climategate affair.

Indeed, it's singular "I" this time.  After certain career developments I can no longer use the papal plural ;-)

Another Hockey Stick?

IPCC Chair Addresses Summit on Climate Change

IPCC Chair  (Photo credit: United Nations Photo)

Green forces, eager to promote their theories of global warming, appear to be practicing intellectual recycling.  Is this the return of the notorious hockey stick - which, in 2001, was the central dogma of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) believers ?

This quasi-religious faith in catastrophic AGW still remains a prerequisite for membership in scientific and media elite circles, even in the face of the failure of earlier (model) predictions of apocalypse to manifest, and the admission by an apostle of the faith that for the past 17 years global temperatures have not increased -- contrary to the projections of every climate model.

Raw Numbers Expose Extreme Media Bias Against Koch Brothers

Koch BrothersKoch Brothers[h/t to Gator] Mark Tapscott, executive editor of The Washington Examiner, did an interesting spot-check yesterday. Using the search engines of a few high-profile news outlets, he documented the number of references each made to conservative political activists, "the Koch Brothers," as compared to left-wing political activists, "The Tides Foundation."

According to IRS documents available to Tapscott, Tides spreads around almost six times as much money as the Kochs, and yet Tapscott's research shows that two major newspapers and Common Cause (4,560 versus 1) -- "the dean of campaign finance reform advocacy organizations" -- are much more obsessed with reporting on, exposing, and tracking the Kochs.

The Next Energy Revolution Has Started Today

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Rapidly advancing technologies are opening up astonishing sources of oil and gas all over the world. We are entering a new era of fossil fuels that is reshaping global economics and politics—and the planet. --Vince Beiser, Pacific Standard Magazine, March 2013

Japan has become the first country to extract natural gas from methane hydrate under the seabed, opening up a potential source of domestic fuel for the resource-poor nation. Gas was obtained from a layer 330 meters below a 1,000-meter-deep floor of the Pacific Ocean on March 12, the industry ministry said. It plans to extract thousands to tens of thousands of cubic meters of gas over the coming two weeks or so. The seas around Japan are estimated to hold enough methane hydrate to produce as much natural gas as Japan consumes in 100 years. --Mari Fujisaki, Asahi Shimbun, 12 March 2013

Oil Production on Federal Lands Fell Again in 2012 – Climate Progress Blames Geology

“We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years.”
–President Obama, Feb. 12, 2013

Yes, Mr. President, we do produce more oil at home than we have in quite a long time. We could actually be producing a lot more than we currently are. See that decline in Federal Gulf of Mexico production from ~1.7 MMbbl/d to ~1.4 MMbbl/d since early 2010? You actually did build that.


Retired NASA Scientists Enter Climate Change Fray

Dr. Harold DoironDr. Harold DoironA group of retirees from NASA who once put a man on the moon and call their group The Right Climate Stuff “shouldn’t be taken seriously” according to an article in The Guardian, a British newspaper.

One of the most vocal of the bunch, Harold Doiron, was taunted at a debate held at the National Press Club in Washington DC this past January.


“It is a volunteer group. I think we’re very objective. We don’t belong to any special interest group.” Dorion added, “Our conclusion is humans are not (causing) a significant warming of this planet.” (Watch the full discussion here)

Bad Science and Bad Journalism are a Bad Combination

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On Wednesday, March 6, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee sent out a notice that its hearing on global warming was cancelled due to the chilly weather and a snowstorm that was about to hit the nation’s capital.

The Committee was going to be treated to “a comprehensive briefing on how well scientists understand the climate and humans’ effect on it.” On the same day in 1961, the temperature had hit a record 81 degrees. In 1888, it had been 10 degrees. Anyone who thinks that humans had anything to do with either is mistaken. When it comes to the weather, the only thing that humans do is endure or enjoy it.

Climate computer models programmed to find global warming

NASA Scientist James Hansen Arrested, August 2...

NASA Scientist James Hansen Arrested,  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several leading warmists – including Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, James Hansen of NASA, and the Met Office – now:

1)    admit that mean global temperatures have not risen since 1997 and that the warming trend has stalled

2)    accept that there was only a modest temperature rise in the 20th century, a continuation of the warming trend that began 200 years ago as the world naturally emerged from those centuries of cooling known as the Little Ice Age, and

3)    concede that the 0.5C rise between 1976 and 1998 was no greater than the 0.5C rise between 1910 and 1940 (with 35 years of cooling between them, so that the net rise in the past century has been only 0.8C).

Another “hockey stick” graph spurs more climate hype

stickLast week there was much buzz in the media about a new paper that used fossils from sediment and ices cores to reconstruct global temperatures for the last 11,000 years.

Typical of the headlines was this one from the Arizona Daily Star: “Study: Global heat spike unique in past 11,000 yrs.” The fuss was caused by this paper: “A Reconstruction of Regional and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years” by Marcott et al., published in Science.

The paper’s graph causing all the stir is shown below:

Green Weenie of the Week: Stick Figure Men

CCD Editor's Note: Michael Mann is positively apoplectic about this article. Round of drinks for those surprised. Be forewarned, he deletes comments that show him the error of his alarmist ways.

What do you get when you mash up a boomerang with a hockey stick?  Probably a game that even drunk Australians wouldn’t play.*  Yet that is the latest new wrinkle in climate change this week.

Figure A: The Original Mann-ly Hockey Stick

Figure A: The Original Mann-ly Hockey Stick