I was notified by reader Ken of an interview conducted by German daily Augsburger Zeitung (AZ), appearing in the hard copy edition. Now posted here in German.
44-year veteran meteorologist Klaus Hager. Photo credit: University of Augsburg
Interviewed was meteorologist Klaus Hager. He was active in meteorology for 44 years and now has been a lecturer at the University of Augsburg almost 10 years. He is considered an expert in weather instrumentation and measurement.
The Augsburger Zeitung writes that “hardly any of his colleagues are as familiar with the weather as the 73-year old is“.
The Senate advanced the Keystone Pipeline bill Monday on a bipartisan 63-32 vote that paves the way for debate on a measure many expect will clear Congress.
“I know senators from both sides are hungry for a real Senate debate,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). ” We’ll have an open floor debate on jobs, the middle class, infrastructure and energy.”
The procedural vote allows Senate debate to begin and received bipartisan support, including ten Democrats, independent Angus King (I-ME), and all Republicans.
According to Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle, he spoke with a number of people about Ted Cruz assuming chairmanship of the Senate's subcommittee overseeing NASA and what it would mean to the beleaguered space agency. The takeaway: NASA may actually get out of the weather business and focus on its core objective: space exploration. From the Houston Chronicle:
Q. How bad is this for climate researchers?
A. Speaking on NASA’s climate programs, and President Obama’s support for their continued funding, Cruz said Monday, ”It has degraded manned exploration, because the Obama administration has undervalued that and shifted the funding to other priorities. It has shifted the funding to global warming pursuits, rather than carrying out NASA’s core mission.” NASA’s primary contribution to climate change research is data from nearly 20 satellites and sensors in orbit around the Earth that provide key data to climate models, weather models and analyze how the Earth is changing. Cutting funding for these programs would undermine the worldwide effort to understand how the planet is changing.
Alarmists seem to have gone quiet about the drought in California lately. I wonder why? Precipitation in 2014 was actually close to normal, ranking 44th driest since 1895. A look at the 60-Month averages shows much more severe droughts in the 20thC. As with all droughts, it will take time for water reserves to build back up again. But it has done so before from much lower levels and there is no reason to suppose it won’t do again. --Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That, 12 January 2015
President Obama has repeatedly blamed global warming for episodes of severe weather, including wildfires and droughts in the Golden State, but Democrats seeking to unseat Republicans in the hard-hit Central Valley region are balking at that argument. When announcing the a $1 billion climate fund meant to aid farmers and communities dealing with drought, Obama’s science adviser John Holdren said to expect more talk “about the connection between increasing frequency in the intensity of drought and climate change” from the president and the White House. Since then, the White House has released a video in which Holdren said the drought and wildfires raging across California and other western states will continue to happen more frequently due to climate change. -- Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill 17 August 2014
Just one of many observations that indicate El Niños are generated by geologically induced heat flow and not by atmospheric conditions, aka global warming, is that they originate from deep-ocean high-temperature anomalies from a common fixed “point source” in the western Pacific, then migrate east, become progressively shallower, and fan out.
Observations supporting this contention are diverse, compelling, and numerous. Taken in total, they strongly support the basic tenant of the Plate Climatology Theory, that powerful geological forces drive many natural variations in climate patterns including El Niños.
At the end of that process, some Global Warming deniers would never admit their mistake and as a result they would be executed. Perhaps that would be the only way to stop the rest of them. The death penalty would have been justified in terms of the enormous numbers of saved future lives. -- Professor Richard Parncutt, University of Graz, Austria, 25 October 2012
As I read the grim headlines from Paris, I was reminded of another encounter in another European city, Berlin, specifically at the Opernplatz where the Nazis staged one of their most infamous book burnings in 1933. One of the authors whose works they incinerated was the great German poet, Heinrich Heine, whose epigraph now lines a memorial marking this historically ominous event: “That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people as well.” And where they drive out and kill Jews, they will ultimately drive out and kill you, too. --James Kirchick, The Daily Beast, 10 January 2015
New Republican members were still being sworn in and expressing their desire for bipartisan initiatives, when President Obama said he would veto the Keystone pipeline, ObamaCare fixes and other bills that run counter to his agenda. Washington’s new “common ground” will be a tricky, dangerous swamp.
Meanwhile, U.S. crude oil prices are below $50 per barrel, for the first time since 2009, and natural gas has dropped below $3 per million Btu (or thousand cubic feet). That’s bad news for Iran, Russia, Venezuela and ISIS, but great news for energy users. Motorists will save billions of dollars in gasoline costs; families, factories, hospitals, schools and malls will save billions on heating and electricity bills; and industries that are energy-intensive or use hydrocarbons as raw materials will reap huge benefits.
While climate scientists warn that 2014 could be the warmest year on record globally, last year was only the 34th warmest on record in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOAA says the 2014 average contiguous U.S. temperature was 52.6 degrees Fahrenheit, about 0.5 degrees above the 20th Century average. The climate agency said very “warm conditions dominated the West, with four states having their warmest year on record, while the Midwest and Mississippi Valley were cool” and that the “temperature exceeded the 20th Century average for the 18th consecutive year.”
There were also fewer weather/climate disasters that cost more than $1 billion in 2014 than the previous year, according to NOAA. In 2013 there were nine weather/climate disasters that killed 113 people, while 2014 only saw eight such events and 53 people killed.
My prediction: Big things based on lies, delusions and naiveté will fare poorly in 2015, continuing a trend of recent years that’s harrowing for the big-thing believers but welcome for most.
The global warming enterprise provides one example. Since 2008, I have been predicting that the warmists, whose cause at root is based on faith and sustained by deceit, will fail to make the case that carbon represents a danger to the planet. Although the elites have mostly bought the deceits — all ultimately resting on jigged computer models — the masses mostly have not, as seen in public opinion polls throughout the world.
The public’s rejection of the global warming orthodoxy then led politicians to slash subsidies to renewables and to scrap plans for carbon taxes. Political parties that high-handedly ignored the public by pushing global warming measures, such as Canada’s Liberal Party in 2008 and Australia’s Labour government in 2013, went down to crushing defeats.
Freezing Temperatures Once Again, But Thankfully No Video Sequel
A year ago this week, in the midst of another brutally cold winter, the White House graced us with an explanation of how man-made global warming might be causing freezing temperatures in a video about the polar vortex.
One bitterly cold winter does not, by itself, necessarily disprove global warming. But the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) decided to try using the cold winter as evidence for man-made global warming. It did so through a short video titled The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes, in which its director, White House Science Advisor John Holdren, claimed that a “growing body of evidence suggests that the kind of extreme cold being experienced by much of the United States as we speak is a pattern that we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues.”