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ClimateProgress’s Joe Romm Translates the IPCC’s 2014 Synthesis Report

rommIt’s been months since I’ve wandered over to the ClimateProgress wing of the political blog ThinkProgress.  The title of the November 4, 2014 blog post by alarmist Joe Romm is truly remarkable.   Please sit.  Put down your coffee, unless you want to spritz your keyboard. (I have a standby keyboard from my old computer just in case I run into something like this.) Here it comes, ready or not.

The title is IPCC Scientists Emphasize Immorality Of Inaction By Focusing On ‘Irreversible Impacts’.

Told ya’.  It’s a doozy.

Odd thing, I don’t recall the IPCC being tasked with preparing reports about the ethics of hypothetical human-induced global warming and climate change.   Do you?  Referring to the IPCC History webpage, the IPCC I know was tasked with preparing reports that (my bold):

US polar vortex dead ahead

cold-tempsTemperatures expected to plunge 10- to 20-degrees below normal.

As the polar vortex heads southward, ‘Areas from the northern and central Plains to the Great Lakes, the upper Gulf Coast and the Appalachians will feel significant impact from the arctic outbreak,’ said AccuWeather Long Range Expert Paul Pastelok.

‘It is possible single-digit low temperatures occur in parts of the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest, away from the Great Lakes with temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below average in parts of the South,’ Mr Pastelok said.

New paper finds a huge false physical assumption of IPCC climate models

Updated 11/4/14:

A new paper published in PNAS finds an astonishing deficiency and major false assumption of climate models, which has major implications for Arctic and global warming/climate change, the Earth's energy budget, and which is also another nail in the coffin for the overheated and falsified IPCC climate models. IMHO, it is effectively a death knell to conventional climate models and their projections, as well as the attribution statement of the IPCC based upon such models and blaming allegedly "more than 100%" of global warming on man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

The authors state climate models falsely assume water (71% of Earth's surface) is 100% efficient in emitting (and absorbing) far-infrared energy, but instead find "that is not the case," and that this discovery is allegedly a "previously unknown phenomenon."

Green Britain, Green Poverty

povertyMore than 15 million UK households plan to ration their energy use this winter to cope with “sky-high” energy costs, according to uSwitch. The price comparison website, which surveyed 5,300 people, found that almost six in ten (57%) people have already cut back or plan to ration their energy use this winter in a bid to reduce bills. The research also revealed that more than a third of people (36%) who rationed their energy last winter said it affected their health and wellbeing. --Ian Silvera, International Business Times, 6 November 2014

As many as 69 per cent of UK households are worried about the cost of using extra energy this winter, with many bill payers claiming they would spend less money on food in order to pay for energy bills, the survey found. Around 45 per cent said they would struggle to pay their energy bills if they went up, while one in six says they're already struggling to make ends meet, despite the recent warm weather. A third are claiming they would spend less on food to make ends meet. --Natalie Wain, This is Money, 6 November 2014

Republicans Promise Keystone XL Bill, But Will It Get Signed?

cartoon-obama-actor-energy-independenceThe new Republican majorities are expected to include bills to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and expand the U.S. energy boom in their upcoming legislative package.

There will be a “renewed effort to debate and vote on the many bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years with bipartisan support, but were never even brought to a vote by the Democratic Senate majority,” House Speaker John Boehner and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

“These bills include measures authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will mean lower energy costs for families and more jobs for American workers,” the two Republican leaders wrote. “We’ll also consider legislation to help protect and expand America’s emerging energy boom and to support innovative charter schools around the country.”

Climate change supporters suffer losses

toiletDespite millions spent to make climate change a wedge issue during the midterms, environmentally friendly candidates didn’t fare well on Election Day.

Green groups funneled an unprecedented amount of money into top Senate races that determined control of the upper chamber but fell short.

The nation’s top environmental groups including the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate spent at least $85 million on six Senate races.

Climate for the Layman: The First Two Laws

climate-for-laymanIf I drive my car to my local Supermarket and back, a distance of 5 miles, the engine gets hot. Why is that? Because of work done. To be more specific the engine has got hot by reason of compression, combustion and friction all of which are forms of work that produce an increase of temperature. This illustrates very simply the First Law of Thermodynamics.

If you were to put your hand on that hot engine – well, please don’t – it would also illustrate what is meant by thermal contact. Your hand would be scorched. As it is the air surrounding the engine is warmed.

If I leave my car to stand say overnight in my driveway, what will happen? The engine will cool down, without any work. I do not have to cool my engine because everything under the Sun will cool down naturally and inevitably by the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.  Even red-hot lava will cool to black basalt.

Inhofe now the most powerful Environmental Senator

inhofeThough the article is not exactly a ringing endorsement and uses the pejorative term 'denier' to describe the reelection of Sen. James Inhofe (let's see if the Anti-Defamation League takes this news rag to task), it is a celebration of sorts for rational people nationwide as Inhofe rightly takes his place as majority leader of the Senate's EPW. And remember, if Oklahoma thinks he's such a wing-nut, why do they keep reelecting him? Maybe now we'll have a chance of getting the Keystone pipeline built. From the New Republic:

In handing Republicans control of the Senate on Tuesday, Americans effectively voted for the party's hostile plans against President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy. Their votes also put the Senate's environment and climate policy into the hands of the worst science-denier in national politics: Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, who is almost certainly the next chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

U.N. Demands Fossil Fuel Phase Out By 2100 To Save Planet

ipccThe high priests of the climate change religion decree in a recipe for global poverty that renewable energy must generate most of the world's electricity, with fossil fuels purged by the end of this century.

In a report released in Copenhagen on Sunday that Secretary of State John Kerry has called "another canary in a coal mine," the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recycled its prophecies of doom. The document is titled "Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report."

The "synthesis" refers to the report's being essentially the "greatest hits" of prior climate assessment reports that have been published since 1990, as if the falsehoods become truth in the retelling.

These claims have been roundly and soundly debunked based on empirical evidence gathered by satellites and other actual observations, as well as the actual history of earth's climate, not the edited version from climate zealots that ignores inconvenient truths such as the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period.

Powerful Green Lobby Defeated In US Midterm Elections

20141108 gdm333 4For Tom Steyer and other environmentalists, $85 million wasn’t enough to help Democrats keep the Senate blue or win more than a single governor’s mansion in Tuesday’s toughest races. The billionaire’s super PAC and other green groups saw the vast majority of their favored candidates in the battleground states go down to defeat, despite spending an unprecedented amount of money to help climate-friendly Democrats in the midterm elections. The outcome brought gloating from Republicans and fossil-fuel supporters even before the results rolled in — and raised questions about whether greens can fulfill their pledge to make climate change a decisive campaign issue in 2016. --Andrew Restuccia, Politico, 5 November 2015

Climate Change: This was one of the dogs that didn't bark in the 2014 election, even after liberal billionaire Tom Steyer spent an estimated $70 million to promote the issue and a new U.N. report Sunday warned of "severe, pervasive, and irreversible" global warming that will worsen without environmental policy changes. Robert Brulle, professor of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University, said a GOP-led Congress is more likely to try to stop Obama's Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new regulations on power plants than endorsing any additional steps to reduce U.S. carbon pollution. Said Brulle: "I am not an optimist about us doing anything - I think it looks bad for political action on climate change in any way." –Will Bunsch, Philadelphia Daily News, 5 November 2014