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

Why are green carpetbaggers allowed to sponsor climate reporters in The Age?

Lord SternLord Stern Once again, a completely unacceptable sponsorship of the news in The Age by deeply vested interests.

The Clean Energy Council, representing green businesses which profit from the global warming scare, gives a prize to a warmist reporter and then sponsors his trip to the Lima climate change conference, which he then reports on for The Age. Today’s report from Marcus Priest:

Lima conference: Stern pushes for new climate agreement to be not legally binding

The author of the ground-breaking 2006 Stern Report into the economics of global warming is backing a push by the United States to ensure a new global climate agreement is not legally binding…

EPA Proposes Unprecedented 53rd, 54th Takeover of State Clean Air Act Program

mccarthyOn November 24th, EPA Region 6 issued a pre-publication version of a proposed federal implementation plan that would seize Regional Haze programs run by Texas and Oklahoma pursuant to the Clean Air Act. A final proposal will be published in the Federal register any day now.

I’ve only started acquainting myself with the document, but media reports indicate that the costs of these FIPs would be $2 billion. When I’m up to speed on the rule, I’ll post a summary. Given EPA’s history of Regional Haze FIPs, about which I wrote a study, there’s a high probability that this rule would achieve literally invisible “benefits” in exchange for the billions it would cost.

Surprise, Surprise: China Rejects Emissions Pledge Review

ObamaChina has rejected the scrutiny of efforts to limit carbon emissions, a key tool that the US says is necessary as more than 190 countries work to come up with a new deal to fight climate change. Chinese negotiators sought to delete provisions in a draft text that would have paved the way for other countries and non-governmental organisations to submit questions about its carbon-reduction plans, according to environmental groups that are official observers to the talks. --South China Morning Post, 8 December 2014

India on Friday refused to take a deadline for capping its emissions unlike China, saying the ongoing climate meet in Lima was not to discuss peaking year and hoped the world would reach a deal to cut down carbon emissions. The main issues which are dividing countries are centred on the excessive focus on mitigation which is opposed by the developing countries. Most developing countries were favouring a review process to assess contributions, though India remains totally opposed to such a process. --Press Trust of India, 7 December 2014

India Won’t Sign Climate Deal That Threatens Its Economic Growth

coalIndia will not sign any deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions at UN climate talks in Lima that threatens its growth or undermines its fight against poverty, the environment minister said Friday. The minister branded poverty as the worst kind of environmental disaster which "needs to be eradicated immediately", adding that no one should dispute the right of the poorest members of society to have access to energy. "Poor people have aspirations we must fulfil them, we must give them energy access," he said. --AFP, 5 December 2014

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions rose in fiscal 2013 to the equivalent of 1.395 billion tons of carbon dioxide, its worst total since comparable data became available in fiscal 1990, according to the Environment Ministry. Emissions in fiscal 2013 were up 1.3 percent from fiscal 2005 and 10.6 percent from fiscal 1990. Since Japan has set a goal of reducing emissions by 3.8 percent by fiscal 2020 from fiscal 2005, the latest result underscores the major challenge it faces in achieving that target. --Japan Times, 5 December 2014

West Antarctic ice sheet melting from geothermal heat, not global warming

earthCCD Editor's Note: This is the main extract from contributor James Kamis, geologist, M.S. For the full synopsis and article, see end of article.

According to a recent statement by NASA, West Antarctic glaciers and sea ice are melting due to atmospheric global warming. What NASA fails to mention is that geothermal heat from the West Antarctic rift (part of that area's tectonic plate system) is warming the ocean water, which in turn is causing the ice sheet to gradually melt faster than normal.

This statement, incidentally, coincides with the Climate Conference now gathered in Lima, Peru.

Climate models, however, do not take into account the impacts of plate tectonics on ocean warming, and many current modern weather phenomenon can be directly tied to current geological events: local continental glacial melting, local droughts, local warming ocean, selective polar ice melting, La Nina, and El Nino, etc.

Barbra Streisand, Nexus of Green Evil

Barbra Streisand - or whoever it is that handles her social media - has been tweeting about the (immensely sound) incoming GOP chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, Senator Jim Inhofe.

Inhofe had fingered Streisand as a leading player in the Hollywood green Mafia and Streisand didn't like it.

She (or rather one of her People) tweeted:

Hot Air on Climate Change in Lima

limaEvery December since 1995, the United Nations has held a meeting of the countries that signed onto its 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. This year, the 20th “Conference of the Parties” (“COP-20”) is another iteration, with officials (and anyone who wants to influence them) spewing countless tons of carbon dioxide into the air to meet, posture, disagree, agree, and declare a breakthrough on global warming. This movie has played more times than A Christmas Story airs during the holidays. Ho, ho, ho!

Sometime during this year’s conference, various governments will breathlessly pronounce that 2014’s global temperatures will set an all-time record. Make that some temperatures, as not all the global records agree, and it’s also unclear what the previous record-warm year was. Some histories give it as 1998, while others say 2010. And make that “all-time” going back to the late 19th century. Before then, there was still a climate, and sometimes it was warmer.

Australia won't pay to climate fund

bishopAustralia will continue to directly pay for climate change adaptation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to a U.N. Green Climate Fund designed for the same purpose, the foreign minister said Friday ahead of climate talks in Peru.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said governments should judge for themselves whether bilateral action to reduce the impact of climate change on developing countries was a more efficient use of aid money than donating through the U.N.

"The Green Climate Fund is about supporting developing countries build resilience to climate change. Australia is already doing that through our aid program," Bishop told The Associated Press before leading the Australian delegation to Lima for a U.N climate summit.

Obama's China Deal Backfires

pokerChina offered new details on its commitment to rein in greenhouse gases and called on rich nations to speed up delivery of the $100 billion in annual climate-related aid they’ve promised by 2020. Su Wei, China’s lead climate negotiator, coupled his comments on China’s commitment with a call to accelerate funding for climate aid, shifting the pressure to industrialized nations, led by the U.S. and European Union, to do their part toward reaching an agreement next year.  The “$10 billion is just one 10th of that objective,” and “we do not have any clear road map of meeting that target for 2020,” Su said. Climate aid is “a trust-building process,” he added. --Alex Morales and Reed Landberg, Bloomberg, 5 December 2014

2014 on Course to be Hottest Year Ever (So Long as You Ignore All the Hotter Years)

satelliteIt must be true because it says so inthe Guardian.

Preliminary estimates from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) found global average land and sea surface temperatures for the first 10 months of 2014 had soared higher than ever recorded.

The findings – broadly in line with those of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) and other scientific agencies – indicate that by year-end 2014 will break all previous high temperature records.

The BBC's David Shukman has been telling a similar story in his exquisitely modulated, eminently reasonable-sounding Old Etonian tones.

EPA experiments on humans debunk their ozone and particulate matter health claims

EPA gas chamberEPA particulate inhalation test chamberThe rogue EPA is proposing to lower the ground-level ozone standards from the current 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 60 ppb. This comes on the heels of a report that in 2007, the EPA conducted experiments on the effect of ozone on human subjects and found no adverse effects even at 400 ppb.

In a previous article (Impact of new EPA ozone rule) I documented the potential economic impact of this rule, it would:

  • Reduce U.S. GDP by $270 billion per year and $3.4 trillion from 2017 to 2040;
  • Result in 2.9 million fewer job equivalents per year on average through 2040;
  • Cost the average U.S. household $1,570 per year in the form of lost consumption.

The EPA claims that the lower standard would reduce deaths from asthma. Few people know, however, that back in 2007, the EPA conducted human experiments on the effect of ozone.

You'll feel global warming in ten years

earthTo keep the climate change money train from derailing, scientists are now saying that global warming will be felt in ten years (add this to the long list of excuses for the no-global-warming-for-eighteen-years haitus). In other words, what we emit today will be felt ten years on. This, of course, is based on Computer Models. You do have to appreciate the temerity and desperation of these reports. From Summit County Citizens Voice:

The maximum heat-trapping effect of today’s greenhouse gas emissions will be felt in about 10 years, scientists said in a new study that refutes the common misconception that today’s emissions won’t be felt for decades and that they are only a problem for future generations.