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

Antarctic sea ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: 'We have more to learn' - scientist

antarcticThe climate science community has confessed itself baffled yet again by another all-time record area of sea covered by ice around Antarctica.

"What we're learning is, we have more to learn," said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, announcing the latest annual sea ice maximum for the austral continent. According to the NSIDC:

Sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent reached its maximum extent on September 22 at 20.11 million square kilometers (7.76 million square miles). This is 1.54 million square kilometers (595,000 square miles) above the 1981 to 2010 average extent, which is nearly four standard deviations above average. Antarctic sea ice averaged 20.0 million square kilometers (7.72 million square miles) for the month of September. This new record extent follows consecutive record winter maximum extents in 2012 and 2013. The reasons for this recent rapid growth are not clear. Sea ice in Antarctica has remained at satellite-era record high daily levels for most of 2014.

No, A Carbon Tax Cannot Create Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

cartoonA tax on carbon dioxide emissions would destroy far more jobs – and wealth – than it would create, despite the well-intentioned hopes of Forbes.com contributor James Conca.

In a Forbes.com article titled “Can A Carbon Tax Create Jobs, Jobs, Jobs,” Conca argued a carbon dioxide tax would result in a net increase in jobs if the tax revenues were spent wisely. Key to this hopeful prognosis, Conca asserted, is the requirement that a newly imposed tax on carbon dioxide must be revenue-neutral, with carbon dioxide tax collections being offset on a dollar-for-dollar basis by tax reductions in other sectors of the economy.

Central & Eastern European Nations Oppose EU Climate Goals

turbinesWith only three weeks to go before the European Council is to make a final decision on new climate goals for 2030, six Central and Eastern European countries have declared their opposition to the proposed targets. In March and June, the European Council failed to agree on the commission's proposal. When the EU government leaders meet again on 23 and 24 October in Brussels, they hope to reach a “final decision on the new climate and energy policy framework”. However, the ministers and deputy ministers for environment of six Central and Eastern European countries, declared on Tuesday (September 30) their opposition to binding targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. --Peter Teffer, EUobserver, 2 October 2014

Antarctic sea ice hits record levels as it reaches 20 MILLION square kilometers for time time since records began in 1979

anatarcticaSea ice surrounding Antarctica has reached a new record high.

Nasa says it now covers more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s. 

They say that even though Antarctic sea ice has been increasing, 'the planet as a whole is doing what was expected in terms of warming.'

The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.

Another Study Uses Scare Tactics To Tout Climate Risk

bloombergHaving failed to scare — or even convince — the public about the impending doom of global warming, a new group is trying to scare businesses into action.

"Risky Business: The Economic Risk of Climate Change in the United States" is the latest we're-all-gonna-die! study. The group, called the Risky Business Project, is co-chaired by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Jr. and retired Farallon Capital Management founder Thomas Steyer, who made part of his billions investing in fossil fuels and pipelines to transport them.

Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obama

So you’re the Canadian oil industry and you do what you think is a great thing by developing a mother lode of heavy crude beneath the forests and muskeg of northern Alberta. The plan is to send it clear to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast via a pipeline called Keystone XL. Just a few years back, America desperately wanted that oil.

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Then one day the politics get sticky. In Nebraska, farmers don’t want the pipeline running through their fields or over their water source. U.S. environmentalists invoke global warming in protesting the project. President Barack Obama keeps siding with them, delaying and delaying approval. From the Canadian perspective, Keystone has become a tractor mired in an interminably muddy field.

Climate Change Causes Everything So Let’s Fundamentally Change Our Economy

hurricaneAs the global warming alarmists tell us that "the science is settled, there is no debate, and government bureaucrats are going full-speed ahead with taxation plans that will further weaken our already suffering economy, honest and wise politicians like Delegate Scott Lingamfelter of Virginia ask, "let's see the physical science, not the political science, before we strap Americans with huge taxes as the Obama Administration wants to do." We should not formulate public policy such as carbon tax when the real science is constantly changing.

Hurricane Central has reported that "The 2014 hurricane season has fallen into a slumber heading into the final days of the season's peak month."

Bad News for the alarmists: 'Missing Heat' from Non-Existent 'Global Warming' isn't Hiding in the Ocean After All

bearThe cause of climate alarmism has been struck another near-fatal blow by a new study from a NASA research team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Using a combination of satellite observations and direct measurements taken by a network of 3,000 floating Argo temperature probes, the NASA team set out to calculate temperature changes and thermal expansion in the deep ocean (below 1.24 miles).

What they have found is that the deep ocean has not warmed measurably since at least 2005.

Global Warming and Plate Climatology Theory*

earthandsunSynopsis

The Sun, quite obviously, is the first order driver of Earth’s climate, but a much neglected second order driver can contribute significantly to short-term variations. The theory proposed herein is that periods of active Earth tectonism can be correlated to periods of active climate change and climate related events.

Increased global tectonic activity equates to more faulting and crustal plate movement, which leads to more global heat release from faults, fractures and volcanoes that are more active.

Altered heat input equates to climate change.

An inconvenient study, part two

west coastMy September post on the recent climate study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which concluded the rise in West Coast temperatures since 1900 was due to natural forces, generated some good comments from readers, some of which warrant further discussion. From a policy perspective, it's important to understand how much global warming has been caused by man and how much of it is a result of natural variability. If the vast majority of warming is due to the latter, expensive carbon reduction measures are the wrong response, given they'll impact only a tiny amount of the warming we've experienced. Instead, the obvious policy response is to invest in adjusting to global warming, which would most likely have the added benefit of also being less costly.

'Where's the global warming?' Expert says public are growing sceptical of climate change

bennypeiserDr Benny PeiserTHE PUBLIC are becoming ever more sceptical of climate change as they begin to ask 'where is the global warming we were promised?', a leading scientist has claimed.

This week saw the 18th anniversary since the Earth's temperature last rose - something that Dr Benny Peiser, from the Global Warming Policy Forum, says experts are struggling to understand.

He explains that we are now in the midst of a "crisis of credibility" because the global warming - and accompanied 'Doomsday' effects - that we were once warned about has not happened.

Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) once predicted a temperature rise of 0.2 degrees per decade - but are now baffled by the fact our planet's temperature has not increased for almost two decades.