The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
–George Bernard Shaw

Bad Science and Bad Journalism are a Bad Combination

Snowstorm Pictures - Sign

(Photo credit: Mrs. Gemstone)

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

Shock News : Presidents Used To Be Intelligent

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peal...

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thomas Jefferson believed in global warming, until Noah Webster pointed out to him that what he was seeing was a UHI effect.  Imagine that! A president who was actually capable of listening and learning – and talking about something other than himself.

In his 1787 book, Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson launched into a discussion of the climate of both his home state and America as a whole. Near the end of a brief chapter addressing wind currents, rain and temperature, he presented a series of tentative conclusions: “A change in our climate…is taking place very sensibly. Both heats and colds are become much more moderate within the memory of the middle-aged. Snows are less frequent and less deep….The elderly inform me the earth used to be covered with snow about three months in every year. The rivers, which then seldom failed to freeze over in the course of the winter, scarcely ever do so now.” Concerned about the destructive effects of this warming trend, Jefferson noted how “an unfortunate fluctuation between heat and cold” in the spring has been “very fatal to fruits.”

Sorry global warming. We're just not that into you.

Lyveden New Bield

Lyveden New Bield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please excuse the radio silence: I've been at my old school Malvern College all week, poisoning the minds of the young with my dangerous views on sustainability, climate change, "biodiversity" and other sacred green cows. But a lot of the time, it has to be said, my work wasn't necessary. In one geography class specifically dedicated to climate change, the first kid to stick up his hand said: "What's wrong with the world getting warmer anyway? It will mean we get nicer summers!"

Climate Change Not to Affect Tropical Rainforests

Amazon Rainforest created by משתמש:בן הטבע

Amazon Rainforest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was earlier said that climate change is going to have quite a devastating effect on tropical rainforests across the world. However, a new research has cancelled such claims.

According to a research taken out by a group of computer climate modelling experts, it has been revealed that climate change is not going to introduce a shrinking effect on the world's tropical rainforests.

New Study claiming global temps highest in 4000 years, contradicted by previous studies

King Coal Reigns As Global Powerhouse

20120225asd0000Coal by 2030 will be the most widely used fuel worldwide as developing countries electrify burgeoning cities and rural areas where billions of people have had no or little access to power, according to the International Energy Agency. --Patrice Hill, The Washington Times, 4 March 2013

The U.S., Europe and Japan may debate the merits of coal versus nuclear, natural gas, wind and other cleaner fuels, but for developing countries that have considerably less income and wealth to pay for power projects, those more-expensive sources of power are rarely realistic alternatives. For this vast swath of humanity, coal remains the main or only alternative to improve their lives with a reliable energy source. In China, coal fuels 80 percent of electric generation, and the country in the past five years has added more coal plants to its grid than the entire fleet of U.S. power generators. China’s appetite for coal is so voracious that it soon will consume more coal each year than the rest of the world combined, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. --Patrice Hill, The Washington Times, 4 March 2013

The Real Winners Of The Global Economy

chartSomething strange happened on the road to our much-celebrated post-industrial utopia. The real winners of the global economy have turned out to be not the creative types or the data junkies, but the material boys: countries, states and companies that have perfected the art of physical production in agriculture, energy and, remarkably, manufacturing. The strongest economies of the high-income world produce oil and gas, coal, industrial minerals or food for the expanding global marketplace. --Joel Kotkin, Forbes, 6 March 2013

The rise of the US to become the world’s largest petroleum producer in November is another important milestone in America’s new era of energy abundance, and reflects the importance of the breakthrough, revolutionary extraction technologies (hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling) that have brought a true shale energy revolution to “Saudi America.” --Mark J. Perry, AEIdeas, 5 March 2013

New York’s “Sustainability” Plan: aka “Agenda 21”

gore card“Agenda 21” was first introduced to the world at the 1992 UN-sponsored “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro. It addresses virtually every facet of human life and describes in great detail how the concept of “sustainable development” should be implemented at every level of government. 

“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by every person on earth…. It calls for specific changes in the activities of all people.… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced.” [emphasis added] Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet, United Nations (1993)