A new poll shows that the number of conservatives who believe in global warming has doubled in a couple of years. This is a disturbing trend. If the resistance weakens, the political left will wreak economic carnage.
The poll, released this week by Yale and George Mason universities, shows that 47% of conservatives agree that the climate is changing. This is 19 percentage points higher than it was during the 2014 midterm elections.
The news isn’t entirely bad, though. They haven’t gone full Al Gore. The number of Republicans who believe that human activity is causing global warming hasn’t increased. This, of course, is the important point. Earth has warmed and cooled as long as it has existed. Climate change is a fact. Nature is constantly reshaping itself. The question is what is man’s impact, if any, on the changes?
An inconvenient movieA new documentary by a prominent global warming skeptic takes on many of the claims from environmentalists and politicians who want to regulate nearly every aspect of the economy to stop it.
Marc Morano, a prominent global warming skeptic and publisher of the website Climate Depot, has released his new documentary film “Climate Hustle,” which takes on what Morano argues is the “shell game” created by global warming alarmists to get people worried about the climate.
Melting of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets have been blamed on global warming, but both have a geologic origin. The “Blob” a recent warm ocean area off the Oregon coast, responsible in part for the hot weather and drought in California, has been blamed on global warming, but that too may have a geologic cause.
My article Greenland surprises (Feb. 2014) reported on research that posited “The Greenland ice sheet is melting from below, caused by a high heat flow from the mantle into the lithosphere. [Lithosphere: The solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle.] The Greenland lithosphere is 2.8 to 1.7 billion years old and is only about 70 to 80 kilometers thick under Central Greenland.”
The Green religion is dying. You can see the evidence of this in the latest Gallup survey showing the number of Americans who identify as “Environmentalist” down to 42 percent (from 78 percent in 1991). But even more telling, I think, are the glimmers of anti-Green scepticism we’re now starting to see in movieland and on TV.
All right, so Michael Crichton got there first with State of Fear (2005) but that movie would certainly never have slipped under the net if it hadn’t had the creator of Jurassic Park‘s name attached. It’s only in the last couple of years that screenwriters have started to recognise what a good idea it is to choose environmentalists as your bad guys: pure evil draped in cuddly, fluffy sanctimoniousness is drama gold.
A report says Earth is turning greener thanks to carbon dioxide emissions. But America isn’t doing its part. While other countries are pumping out more CO2, the U.S. has cut its output.
Carbon dioxide is the environmentalists’ bogey man. In their narrative, it is an evil gas that, when produced by man, heats the globe to intolerable levels. But CO2 is just part of nature — even when generated by human activities — and it is making the world greener.
According to the study “Greening of the Earth and its Drivers” that appeared in the journal Nature Climate Change, there is “a persistent and widespread increase of growing season integrated LAI (greening) over 25% to 50% of the global vegetated area.”
For those who have staked their professional reputations on man-induced “climate change” being “settled science,” a new study that confirms rising CO2 levels are driving the “greening” of the planet could be unsettling.
Instead of the western U.S. becoming more arid and brown, as predicted by climate models that assume catastrophic man-made global warming, examination of decades worth of satellite data reveal significant increases in vegetation growth. Indeed, this greening was observed over 25 percent to 50 percent of the vegetated areas of the Earth’s surface, based on analysis of 28-years worth of satellite imagery. The increased biomas serves as a sink, or temporary storage site, for increased CO2.
There was a breathtakingly beautiful BBC series on the Great Barrier Reef recently which my son pronounced himself almost too depressed to watch. ‘What’s the point?’ said Boy. ‘By the time I get to Australia to see it the whole bloody lot will have dissolved.’
The menace Boy was describing is ‘ocean acidification’. It’s no wonder he should find it worrying, for it has been assiduously promoted by environmentalists for more than a decade now as ‘global warming’s evil twin’. Last year, no fewer than 600 academic papers were published on the subject, so it must be serious, right?
Local researchers in Galway plan to measure the impact of gaseous releases from Ireland’s cows on global warming.
The School of Physics at NUIG has invited tenders for a research and development service to develop a “combined measurement and modelling system to verify CH4 sources and sinks over Ireland”.
CH4 or methane gas, according to research, is many times more powerful than carbon dioxide and contributes to greenhouse gases and global warming.
Under questioning by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) during March 22 hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted the Obama administration’s climate efforts will do nothing to prevent climate change, acknowledging they are symbolic attempts to get other countries to make steep carbon dioxide emissions cuts.
McCarthy was unmoved when McKinley noted the negative impact regulations such as the Clean Power Plan have had on jobs and electricity prices.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials are moving ahead with a key part of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) despite the Supreme Court issuing a stay against the agency’s global warming plan in February.
The EPA submitted a proposal to the White House for green energy subsidies for states that meet the federally mandated carbon dioxide reduction goals early. The Clean Energy Incentive Program would give “credit for power generated by new wind and solar projects in 2020 and 2021” and a “double credit for energy efficiency measures in low-income communities,” according to Politico’s Morning Energy.
From a quarter to half of Earth's vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or amount of leaf cover, over the planet's vegetated regions. The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States. --NASA, 26 April 2016
"No carbon credits were purchased to offset the production of this film."
That is the opening line of the engaging new documentary, "Climate Hustle," premiering for one night only on May 2. Directed by Chris Rogers, "Climate Hustle" is the first film by writer-narrator Marc Morano, a small-budgeted global warming picture that is eloquent and viciously clever. The first in a series of climate-related movies produced by the non-profit Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), it challenges the global warming narrative that populates the nightly news.