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

The Global Warming / Climate Change Scam

carbon dioxideThat white stuff is water vapor. CO2 is tasteless, invisible, and also a trace gas.The other side of the Climate Change story that they so desperately want to hide...

It’s all about money and power, not the environment. So many people who love the outdoors and respect the environment fall for the climate change scam because they never seriously consider the alternative – that it’s just a scam. You think that if you care about the environment and our future you must care about climate change and you wear your participation in this horrific scam like a badge of honor. This generation and anybody who loves the outdoors and cares about our environment should care enough to take the time to do the research and know the facts about climate change.

The Cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson is a very famous and popular scientist. He even has a TV show. And wears a cool astronomical vest. Only he’s not infallible.

This rather basic truth has been established over the past couple weeks, over much resistance and at the cost of much abuse, by Sean Davis of the lively new conservative website, the Federalist.

Davis dug into a handful of just-so stories repeated by Tyson in his public lectures, the point of which is to make himself — and by extension, his audience — feel superior to the dolts who aren’t nearly as scientific as he is.

The controversy centered on an erroneous Bush quote that Tyson made a staple of his public presentations, and has come to settle on the head-scratching question: Why is it so hard for a scientist committed to evidence and rationality to admit that he got something wrong?

EPA continues to keep government watchdogs in the dark

mccarthyHouse Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Thursday accused officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, which has become increasingly powerful under the Obama administration, of blocking federal watchdogs.

EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins and members of his staff have appeared before Congress three times since May to complain that the agency’s homeland security office is impeding investigations.

Since last year, the Inspector General has been investigating personnel issues at the EPA stemming from the revelation that EPA employee John Beale posed as a CIA agent in order to get paid time off. But the EPA has used a 10 employee homeland security division created after the 9/11 attacks to thwart government investigators.

Britain’s Green Energy Fiasco Deepens

green isnt workingFamilies face paying up to £40 extra each year for wind and solar farms to meet climate change targets after the government revised its energy price forecasts. The subsidy required for each unit of renewable electricity will rise after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) conceded that gas was much cheaper than it had predicted. A glut of gas on the world market means gas-fired power stations have become cheaper to run, making wind and solar farms comparatively even more expensive. --Tim Webb & Ben Webster, The Times, 3 October 2014

Peter Atherton, energy analyst at Liberum Capital, said that green energy was “always a hell of a gamble and now looks like an increasingly bad gamble”. “Year after year [energy secretary] Ed Davey has been banging on that one of the core reasons [for backing green energy] is to protect ourselves against inevitably high and volatile fossil fuel prices. Now their own forecasts are saying fossil fuel prices are going to be very affordable,” he said. --Emily Gosden, The Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2014

Writers in Nature declared heretics by RC for dissing the 2 °C "target"

cartoonAlmost every religion likes to accumulate various superstitions, arbitrary meaningless answers to pretty much everything. The climate alarmist religion is doing it, too. One of the silliest superstitions that have been gradually incorporated into the religion of climate hysteria is the "2 °C climate target" – the idea that we are obliged to avoid the warming of the Earth by more than 2 °C above "pre-industrial levels" because otherwise the Mother Climate would show us Her anger.

As far as I remember, I have never dedicated a blog post to this staggeringly stupid meme – I think that it's only repeated by completely science-illiterate politicians (who love the idea that they will be responsible for the corresponding planning) and other laymen, not by people with some education in natural sciences. Well, as we were just shown, this amazing idiocy is actually parroted by some of the people who like to be called (natural) scientists, too.

Temperatures Unchanged for Two Decades, Climate Policy Should Start Reflecting Global Warming 'Hiatus'

picPolicy-makers should carefully consider the implications of the pause or "hiatus" in global warming when crafting climate policy, concludes a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, Climate Policy Implications of the Hiatus in Global Warming, spotlights the warming hiatus, and what it means for public policy in Canada and around the world.

"Many politicians, journalists and others claim the climate is warming faster than expected. But over the past two decades, the pace of warming has actually slowed well below almost all model projections, and the implications for climate policy have not been adequately discussed," said Ross McKitrick, study author, Fraser Institute senior fellow and economics professor at the University of Guelph.

Mass haulouts of Pacific walrus and stampede deaths are not new, not due to low ice cover

walrusesLarge haul-outs of walruses — such as the one making news at Point Lay, Alaska on the Chukchi Sea (and which happened before back in 2009) — are not a new phenomenon for this region over the last 45 years and thus cannot be due to low sea ice levels. Nor are deaths by stampede within these herds (composed primarily of females and their young) unusual, as a brief search of the literature reveals.

The attempts by WWF and others to link this event to global warming is self-serving nonsense that has nothing to do with science.

Global Warming's Twin Crises: Gravity And The Islamic State

bearA startling claim has been made by the European Space Agency. It says that loss of ice in the West Antarctic has caused a shift in Earth's gravity. So are polar bears about to drown or fly off into space?

To the list of things caused by global warming, including rising seas, fiercer and more frequent storms, forest fires and widespread disease, we can now add a weakening of gravity due to melting ice.

Based on measurements from a European Space Agency's satellite, researchers have said that so much ice loss has occurred in West Antarctica that there's been a decline in Earth's gravitational pull in the region.

18 years of no warming

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America’s CBS reports:

The Earth’s temperature has “plateaued” and there has been no global warming for at least the last 18 years, says Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama/Huntsville. “That’s basically a fact. There’s not much to comment on,” Christy said when CNSNews.com asked him to remark on the lack of global warming for nearly two decades as of October 1st.

Why is the Vatican stumbling into climate controversy?

summitIt was dismaying to read two recent statements associated with Catholic Church and many other religious leaders on the climate change issue. One is the Interfaith statement on climate change  co-signed by 1) Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the lead cardinal in Pope Francis’s gang of 8, but here representing the Church’s international aid organization, Caritas Internationalis, 2) Father Michael Czerny, representing the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and, surprisingly, 3) John Cardinal Onaiyekan from Nigeria, a very solid cardinal who was likely co-opted into this. Among the many questionable pronouncements in the document that seems to accept climate alarmism as gospel truth is the line, “We recognize that climate change stands today as a major obstacle to the eradication of poverty.” What? 

Why We Should Forget the 2-Degree Global-Warming Goal

earth-from-spaceOver the past decade, international plans to halt climate change have been chiefly focused around a single goal: stopping the world's atmosphere from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

David Victor, professor of international relations at the University of California, San Diego, has coauthored a new paper in Nature calling that goal into question. Victor tells us why the 2-degree target is misleading, unscientific, and rapidly doing more harm than good.

Q. Where does the 2 degrees C goal come from, and what's the science behind it?