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

Gore's Data is Twisting in the Wind

The Prophesies of Al GoreThe Prophesies of Al GoreAl Gore gave another PowerPoint performance to many of the delegates, activists, and reporters at the UN Climate Conference (COP-20) in Peru, even though many, if not most, of the data presented is contradicted by the IPCC's latest synthesis report. From Reason (emphasis added):

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate noted that most of the excess heat from global warming is being stored in the oceans and hinted, without stating outright, that rising sea surface temperatures are already intensifying hurricanes and typhoons. As examples, he cited the massive damage that Typhoon Haiyan and Superstorm Sandy inflicted on the Philippines and the U.S. respectively. Those storms were indeed intense, but not as intense as earlier storms such as Typhoons Tip (1979), Nora (1973), and Ida (1958). Gore also failed to mention that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) new Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report found, "There is low confidence that long-term changes in tropical cyclone activity are robust and there is low confidence in the attribution of global changes to any particular cause."

Bill Nye wants media to use Holocaust 'denier' terminology

nyeIn yet another brazen attempt to attach the incendiary word "denier" to climate change skeptics, Bill Nye and other climate alarmists wrote a letter for the Skeptical Inquirer asking that journalists only use the phrase "climate change denier."

This is another thinly veiled attempt to equate skeptics with the contemptuous people who deny the Holocaust ever happened, and should be condemned by the very journalists Nye and his colleagues are targeting. It's also an attempt to intimidate skeptical scientists into remaining silent lest they be labeled a denier of science. What Nye et al don't get is that no one likes a bully.

According to UPI,

The letter comes after a New York Times article referred to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., as a prominent skeptic of climate change. Inhofe, who authored the book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, has vowed to interrogate EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy over the projections of environmental damage resulting from the Keystone XL. Environmentalists and many Democrats argue that the construction of the Keystone XL would only provide a small amount of temporary jobs while doing irreparable damage to the environment.

"Atmospheric River" flooding California is a natural phenomenom

atmosrivtopSome alarmist websites and news outlets are already blaming climate change on the much-needed California rainfall, using terms such as Atmospheric River, once in a lifetime, storm of the century, etc. Scientific American has an interesting write-up that explains what it is, and more importantly, what it isn't. From S.I.:

The San Francisco Bay Area is getting flooded with relentless rain and strong winds, just like it did a week ago, and fears of rising water are now becoming very serious. Major news stations, weather channels, Web outlets and social media are all suddenly talking about the “atmospheric river” that is bringing deluge after deluge to California, as well as the coast of Washington. What is this thing? How rare is it? And how big of a threat could it be? Here are some answers. And see our graphics, below, taken from a brilliant and prescient feature article written by Michael Dettinger and Lynn Ingram in Scientific American in January 2013.

US Spending Bill Blocks Obama’s UN Climate Fund $Billions

John BoehnerAn “omnibus” spending bill to fund the federal government through October 2015 throws up roadblocks for the Obama administration’s climate agenda, namely by blocking taxpayer dollars from going to the United Nations global warming fund. The House’s $1.1 trillion spending bill will prevent President Obama from fulfilling his pledge to give $3 billion to the UN’s Green Climate Fund. --Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller, 10 December 2014

President Obama’s pledge to give unelected bureaucrats at the U.N. $3 billion for climate change initiatives is an unfortunate decision to not listen to voters in this most recent election cycle. His climate change spending priorities, estimated to be $120 billion since the beginning of his Administration, were on the ballot, and Americans spoke.  The President’s climate change agenda has only siphoned precious taxpayer dollars away from the real problems facing the American people. --Senator James Inhofe, The Daily Caller, 10 December 2014

The New Congress Must Save the USA from the EPA

eeepppaaaWhen the Republican Party takes over majority control of Congress in January, it will face a number of battles that must be fought with the Obama administration ranging from its amnesty intentions to the repeal of ObamaCare, but high among the battles is the need to rein in the metastasizing power of the Environmental Protection Agency.

In many ways, it is the most essential battle because it involves the provision of sufficient electrical energy to the nation to keep its lights on. EPA “interpretations” of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts have become an outrageous usurpation of power that the Constitution says belongs exclusively to the Congress.

As a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute, a free market think tank, I recall how in 2012 its president, Joe Bast, submitted 16,000 signed petitions to Congress calling on it to “rein in the EPA.” At the time he noted that “Today’s EPA spends billions of dollars (approximately $9 billion in 2012) imposing senseless regulations. Compliance with its unnecessary rules costs hundreds of billions of dollars more.”

Greenpeace stunt damages world-renowned Nazca lines in Peru

nazcaFor an organization that claims to be earth's singular champion, Greenpeace always seems to leave more carnage than concern in their ill-fated publicity stunts. Now they've desecrated the Nazca lines, one of Peru's preeminent archaeological landmarks, in their most recent illegal endeavor. From Times Union:

Peru will seek criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert during a publicity stunt, a senior government official said Tuesday.

"It's a true slap in the face at everything Peruvians consider sacred," Deputy Culture Minister Luis Jaime Castillo said of Monday's action by the environmental group at the famed drawings etched into Peru's coastal desert, a U.N. World Heritage site.

On The Attribution Of A Single Event To Climate Change

hurricaneRained yesterday here in the city of cities. Must be because of climate change, right? Hey. The climate did change and it did rain. What more evidence do you want?

Bonus trivia question: name a period in which the climate on this island earth never changed.

That’s right, guppies. It’s a trick question. There is no such period! The climate has always changed; therefore, it is rational to suppose that it always will.

“Briggs, you fool. When people say ‘climate change’, they don’t mean the climate changed. They mean the nature of the climate has remained stationary up until some point, after which is changed—and even fools like you know this means a change in the statistical nature of the climate.”

Spinning the ‘warmest year’

cartoonThe buzz is intensifying about 2014 possibly being the warmest year globally in the historical temperature record.

The spin

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued a Press Release on 3 Dec: 2014 on course to be one of the hottest, possibly hottest, on record.  Excerpts:

WMO’s provisional statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2014 indicated that the global average air temperature over land and sea surface for January to October was about 0.57° Centigrade (1.03 Fahrenheit) above the average of 14.00°C (57.2 °F) for the 1961-1990 reference period, and 0.09°C (0.16 °F) above the average for the past ten years (2004-2013).

Insanity: Australia to give $200 million to UN climate fund

Aussie Foreign Minister Julie BishopAussie Foreign Minister Julie BishopSeriously, are we out of our collective freaking minds? After all the good news stories recently, it has to be spoiled by this.

Here’s what the Green Climate Fund is all about:

The Fund will contribute to the achievement of the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In the context of sustainable development, the Fund will promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change, taking into account the needs of those developing countries particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The Fund will be guided by the principles and provisions of the Convention.

Typhoons in the Philippines

typhoonWriting in the New York Times today Coral Davenport makes a strong claim about typhoons in the Philippines:

A series of scientific reports have linked the burning of fossil fuels with rising sea levels and more powerful typhoons, like those that have battered the island nation.

I am unaware of any scientific report that has linked the burning of fossil fuels to more powerful typhoons, whether they have hit the Philippines or not. Via Twitter I have challenged Davenport to substantiate her claim (she is correct about sea level rise).

The Branch Carbonian Cult's Actual 'Deniers' and 'Skeptics'

dark winterBehold the fact that Al Gore, Barack Obama, NASA bureaucrats, and the entire U.N.-IPCC gaggle of “global warming” alarmists are busy demonizing former NASA and White House space sciences expert Dr. John Casey.

For what?  For daring to issue a 164-page scientific report – called “Dark Winter” – that forecasts several decades of dangerous global cooling instead of warming.

Because of the significance of the issues in dispute, these critics of Dr. Casey and of other alleged “doubters” and “skeptics” like him deserve a correct name for their worldwide, U.N.-based climate-control organization – which is engaged in a frantic quest for endless billions of dollars in carbon-based taxes, as explained in detail by Florida climatologist Thomas Luongo.

COP-Out: Political Storyboarding in Peru

everestThe 20th annual “Conference of the Parties” to the UN’s 1992 climate treaty (“COP-20”) is in its second week in Lima, Peru and the news is the same as from pretty much every other one.

You don’t need a calendar to know when these are coming up, as the media are flooded with global warming horror stories every November. This year’s version is that West Antarctic glaciers are shedding a “Mount Everest” of ice every year. That really does raise sea level—about 2/100 of an inch per year. As we noted here, that reality probably wouldn’t have made a headline anywhere.

The meetings are also preceded by some great climate policy “breakthrough.” This year’s was the president’s announcement that China, for the first time, was committed to capping its emissions by 2030. They did no such thing; they said they “intend” to level their emissions off “around” 2030. People “intend” to do a lot of things that don’t happen.