The US East Coast has been blanketed in global warming. Layers and layers and layers of it.
But don’t worry: it’s not actually real. We know this because of the climate experts and their computer models. (H/T Tom Nelson)
Here is a learned, peer-reviewed study published in Nature in 2014
In a warming climate, precipitation is less likely to occur as snowfall1, 2. A shift from a snow- towards a rain-dominated regime is currently assumed not to influence the mean streamflow significantly1, 3, 4, 5. Contradicting the current paradigm, we argue that mean streamflow is likely to reduce for catchments that experience significant reductions in the fraction of precipitation falling as snow.
Hedge funds and private equity groups armed with $60bn of ready cash are poised to snap up the assets of bankrupt US shale drillers, almost guaranteeing that America’s tight oil production will rebound as soon as prices start to recover. Daniel Yergin, founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, said it is impossible for OPEC to knock out the US shale industry though a war of attrition even if large numbers of frackers fall by the wayside over coming months. Mr Yergin said groups with deep pockets such as Blackstone and Carlyle will take over the infrastructure when the distressed assets are cheap enough, and bide their time until the oil cycle turns. --Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Daily Telegraph, 25 January 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio, speaking yesterday in Iowa, said the policies being implemented by President Obama to fight global warming will "destroy" the economy, and do nothing for the environment. Addressing a town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids, Rubio was responding to an attendee's statement that "global warming is a hoax." Rubio replied, saying: "It’s not in this following sense: The climate has always changed. There's never been a time when the climate has not been changing."
Ten years ago Monday, Al Gore said we had only a decade left to save the planet from global warming. But Earth has been doing just fine. Why do we listen to this man?
While preening at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006 during the premiere of his “An Inconvenient Truth” fib-umentary, Gore made his grand declaration. The former vice president said, in the words of the AP reporter taking down his story, that “unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return.” In Gore’s own words, he claimed we were in “a true planetary emergency.”
Dangerous man-made global cooling, global warming, climate change and extreme weather claims continue to justify what has become a $1.5-trillion-per-year industry: tens of billions spent annually on one-sided research and hundreds of billions sent to crony capitalists to subsidize replacing dependable, affordable carbon-based fuels with unreliable, expensive “renewable” energy.
Some 50 million acres of US crop and habitat land (equal to Wyoming) have been turned into corn-for-ethanol farms, biofuel plantations, and wind and solar installations. American forests are being converted to fuel for British power plants. Towering turbines butcher birds and bats, while Big Wind is exempted from endangered species rules that would cost fossil fuel companies billions in fines and send their execs to jail for such carnage. (But if you're saving the planet, what’s a few million birds and bats a year?)
News outlets are going to great lengths to throw a wet blanket on the nearly 40-year-long satellite temperature record. Yesterday, the AP's Seth Borenstein wrote that temperature readings taken on the surface—about 6 feet from the ground—are actually better than satellites, which take their measurements from "high in orbit." He notes the satellite record's lack of warming has given ammo to climate doubters like presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who has been holding hearings on the alleged data tampering by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), plus the satellite temperature record.
The reason the satellite records are considered the "gold standard" in determining the Earth's temperature is because they aren't affected by the radiative forcings typically found on the surface (like cement and highways and buildings and airport runways). But don't take the satellite's record at face value; weather balloons also show that 2015 just wasn't as hot as NOAA and NASA are now claiming.
The data for the global temperature of 2015 is in, and its a shattering record. It is claimed that global warming is having a resurgence, terminating the warming ‘pause’ for good. But an important factor has been downplayed and one ignored altogether.
NASA says that 2015 was 0.13°C+/-0.10°C above 2014. The UK Met Office said that 2015 was 0.18°C +/- 0.10°C above 2014. NOAA says 2015 was 0.16°C+/-0.09°C warmer than the previous record which was 2014.
Yesterday I was booked on Fox Business News with the plan of offering some comment on Leo di Caprio’s remarks at the World Economic Forum about how corporate “greed” is preventing global warming from being solved. (Then he hopped back on his private jet and flew away to one of his many mansions that have the carbon footprint of a small African nation.) But the market crash of the morning changed the topic literally on my way to the Fox studio in LA, and I ended up just doing a very short segment on oil prices instead.
But why let a bunch of good Leo di Caprio material get lost on the trading floor. Fox’s loss is Power Line’s gain! And as Dennis Teti pointed out to me, it would make me perhaps the only person in the known universe who writes about Leo Strauss and Leo di Caprio.
New England’s opposition to nuclear power is actually increasing its carbon dioxide emissions and harming the area’s attempts to fight global warming, according to a Wednesday report by the Institute for Energy Research (IER).
Nuclear power dropped from providing 34 percent to 29.5 percent of New England’s electrical power between 2014 and 2015. This was largely due to the shutdown of the Vermont Yankee reactor. IER calculated that the shutdown of this reactor caused New England to emit an additional 2 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2015.
Recent media reports by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are claiming 2015 as the "Warmest Year Ever" based on land-based temperature readings.
Figure 1.) Ocean temperature maps of the 1998 and 2015 El Nino’s. Anomalously warm areas of the Pacific Ocean are highlighted in red.
Yet the most important aspect of these stories has been drowned out / lost in the giant media climate change Tsunami wave of propaganda and misinformation. No one has answered one extremely important question: What was the cause of this increase in atmospheric temperatures after an 18-plus-year lull?
The high profile UN summit on climate change in Paris appears to have had little impact on the decision making and worries of global business leaders. Despite concerns about its impact on extreme weather events, such as recent flooding in the UK, climate change failed to register near the top of the list of business threats, according to a survey of 1,400 CEOs from around the world compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and published at Davos this week. The findings were similar to a separate survey of 13,000 business leaders produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF). It also found a relative absence of concern about climate change and environmental risk amongst business leaders. --Tom Levitt, The Guardian, 20 January 2016