No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.

–Albert Einstein

Climate History Professor: Bad Weather In History Was Also Blamed "On A Conspiracy Of Witches"

witchhangingSuspected witches being hanged in England
Source: Wikimedia
On 22 June 2013 the Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung published an interview with climate historian Christian Pfister. Director of Business, Social, and Environmental History at the University of Bern, Switzerland. There’s been a lot of grumbling in Europe this spring due to the cold and wet weather, and so the Swiss daily decided to check what#s behind it all.

According to Pfister, the weather has always been fickle throughout history, and is nothing unusual today.

Not surprisingly hysterical minds in the past also blamed bad weather on humans. The Basler Zeitung writes, “Christian Pfister advises us to calm down with regards to the cold, heat, winds, hail and storms. There’s been far worse than what we’ve seen this year” and reminds us that “We are powerless against the weather“.

Can Environmentalists Think? The Keystone XL pipeline IQ test for greens

The aftermath of the train crash in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, July 6The aftermath of the train crash
in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, July 6
As environmental disasters go, the explosion Saturday of a runaway train that destroyed much of the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, about 20 miles from the Maine border, will probably go down the memory hole.

It lacks the correct moral and contains an inconvenient truth.

Not that the disaster lacks the usual ingredients of such a moral. The derailed 72-car train belonged to a subsidiary of Illinois-based multinational Rail World, whose self-declared aim is to "promote rail industry privatization." The train was carrying North Dakota shale oil (likely extracted by fracking) to the massive Irving Oil refinery in the port city of Saint John, to be shipped to the global market. At least five people were killed in the blast (a number that's likely to rise) and 1,000 people were forced to evacuate. Quebec's environment minister reports that some 100,000 liters (26,000 gallons) of crude have spilled into the Chaudière River, meaning it could reach Quebec City and the St. Lawrence River before too long.

Exxon Funding...? Nope, Never Got the Check

exxonIt’s almost funny to watch. The radical left “Progressives” see our Agenda 21 and Global Warming victories over their well-orchestrated plans to restructure America, and they just can’t understand how it’s happening. Their only theory is that there must be some massive source of secret money driving us. We couldn’t possibly be a true grassroots movement, doing this on our own.

So, the Progressives are using all of their impressive resources in government, the news media and the Internet to publish articles and plant their attempts to ridicule, cast doubt and spread their own creative conspiracy theories about our unexplained successes.

Science Is About Evidence, Not Consensus

Cartoons by JoshCartoons by JoshScience does not respect consensus. There was once widespread agreement about phlogiston (a nonexistent element said to be a crucial part of combustion), eugenics, the impossibility of continental drift, the idea that genes were made of protein (not DNA) and stomach ulcers were caused by stress, and so forth—all of which proved false. Science, Richard Feyman once said, is "the belief in the ignorance of experts.” So, yes, it is the evidence that persuades me whether a theory is right or wrong, and no, I could not care less what the "consensus" says. --Matt Ridley, The Wall Street Journal, 6 July 2013

This week’s World Meterological Organisation’s report “The Global Climate 2001-2010: A Decade Of Climate Extremes,” attracted little publicity. This is probably a good thing as it is one of the most muddled and inaccurate reports I have ever read from an international organisation. It is about ‘climate extremes’ in the last decade which it claims are unprecedented. The WMO thinks ten years are enough to detect climatological weather effects with certainty. It seems to fit a recurrent pattern amongst some climate analysts that ten years is enough to see what you want to see, but not long enough to see what you don’t. --David Whitehouse, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 5 July 2013

Keystone XL Pipeline Cleaner And Cooler Than Texas Wind Farms

cartoon wind energyRecent research indicates that Texas wind farms cause more heating and climate change than would the Keystone XL Pipeline; consequently prospects of the President approving Keystone look brighter for thousands of jobless Americans. Based on US State Department parameters, Keystone is calculated to potentially contribute just 0.00002 °C in 50 years, while Texas wind Farms have been shown to have increased local temperatures by 1°C, at the same time requiring inordinate amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) intense cement during construction.

Calgary,Alberta, Canada (PRWEB) - While the US limps through the recession, thousands of ‘shovel-ready’ jobs are on hold waiting for President Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline, a 36 inch oil pipeline that will carry product from Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. Environmentalists ignore the impacts of renewables like wind farms, while claiming Keystone will cause global warming or climate change.

Climate war is faith, not science

obamahankyThe economy stagnates. Syria burns. Scandals lap at his feet. China and Russia mock him , even as a “29-year-old hacker” revealed his nation’s spy secrets to the world. How does President Obama respond? With a grandiloquent speech on climate change.

Climate change? It lies at the very bottom of a list of Americans’ concerns (last of 21 — Pew poll). Which means that Obama’s declaration of unilateral American war on global warming, whatever the cost — and it will be heavy — is either highly visionary or hopelessly solipsistic. You decide:

Global temperatures have been flat for 16 years — a curious time to unveil a grand, hugely costly, socially disruptive anti-warming program.

July 4th Weekend - Open Topics/Discussion

fireworksJuly 4th FireworksIt's July 4th here in the States, our very own "Independence Day", which was also the name of a terribly bad but exceptionally fun movie.

So we'll be taking a short break until after the long weekend (July 4-8), so it's your turn to share.

All manner of things are going on in the world, including imposing and taxing climate-change measures coming from the usual and not-so-usual suspects.

And pathetic scare tactics from the alarmist camps that the MSM just gobbles up (Miami will be the new American Atlantis! In 85 years!). Even though current decadal sea level rise would make that impossible.

The Second Shale Revolution: The Rise And Rise Of Saudi America

shalegascover“Saudi America” took the top spot as the No. 1 petroleum producer in the world and produced more petroleum in March than the combined output of all of the countries in Europe, Central America, and South America which has never happened in the history of EIA international petroleum data back to 1994. America’s shale energy revolution is taking us from “resource scarcity” to a new era of “resource abundance” as the US now consistently produces more petroleum than Saudi Arabia. --Mark J Perry, AEIdeas, 1 July 2013

Exciting as Britain’s latest shale gas estimate is — 47 years’ supply or more — it pales beside what is happening in the United States. There shale gas is old hat; the shale oil revolution is proving a world changer. The numbers are so large they are almost ludicrous. Predictions that the oil supply in the US would peak, loud a few years ago, are a distant memory. --Matt Ridley, The Times, 4 July 2013

Crude Oil's Coming Clash With Obama's New Climate Policy

 obama-gas-prices-new-wellsPresident Obama's speech at Georgetown University last week provided clarity, if there was ever any doubt, as to why the administration equivocates on approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, heel-drags on permits for natural gas exports and restricts federal lands from hydrocarbon development.

The president is doubling-down on policies unfriendly (to put it politely) to hydrocarbons: coal, natural gas and oil.

There is no small irony in the fact that, despite the policy head winds, U.S. coal exports have doubled since Obama became president. And two years ago America became a net exporter of refined petroleum products — gasoline and diesel — for the first time since 1949.

Those exports, when combined with a huge decrease in crude imports occasioned by massive growth in domestic oil production, are now driving down the nation's economically debilitating trade deficit, nearly half of which came from oil imports.

Green energy hurts the poor

solarpanelsmountedFour reasons why President Barack Obama’s policy on reducing carbon dioxide emissions is wrong:

  1. Applying global warming assumptions: If we eliminate all U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, we’ll only reduce global temperature in the year 2100 by 1/3 of a degree F.
  2. A forced transition to “green” energy sources will cost hundreds of billions of dollars every year. 
  3. One of those costs will be higher energy prices, and consequently higher prices for everything else (since we make and transport everything with energy), because it costs 2 to 8 times as much to generate electricity from “green” sources.
  4. The higher energy prices will hit the poor hardest, because they spend the highest percentage of their income on energy.

Even The New York Times Has Chilled On Global Warming. Someone Please Tell Obama

nytimeslogoAs the president demonstrated once again during his “climate action plan” address in Georgetown, he is not someone ever to allow facts stand in the way of ideology and green lobby cronyism. The familiar take-away line is that even more regulation is essential to bludgeon energy producers and consumers to abandon climate-ravaging fossil fuels in favor of heavily taxpayer-subsidized “alternatives”.

Even his staunch allies in all things liberal at the New York Times appear to finally recognize that the feverish climate fervor behind these green grab gambits is overheated. They reported on June 6 that, “The rise in the surface temperature of Earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.” Reporter Justin Gillis went on to admit that the break in temperature increases “highlights important gaps in our knowledge of the climate system”, whereby the lack of warming “is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists.”