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

Global warming didn’t give Malia asthma

maliaPresident Obama blames global warming for his daughter’s asthma. Today that’s politically useful spin, but the science says something different. If you’re looking for a culprit, it just might be Malia’s dad.

In an interview Wednesday in support of a new White House climate change awareness campaign, the president noted that his 16-year-old daughter had asthma when she was 4. He said that as a father, when your child says she has trouble breathing, “the fright you feel is terrible.” Fortunately, doctors were able to treat Malia’s condition quickly.

India Bans Greenpeace Funding, Suspends Licence

Greenpeace India and villagers gather on the fringes of the Mahan forest during a protest against a coal mining project in Singrauli districtGreenpeace India and villagers gather on the fringes of the Mahan forest during a protest against a coal mining project in Singrauli district.Greenpeace India's all seven bank accounts have been frozen with immediate effect. The Central government has suspended the registration of the organisation, including its branches and units for six months beginning Thursday. The order comes against the backdrop of government reports raising concerns that the United Kingdom has been showing interest in the organisation's India operations. --Devesh Pandey, The Hindu, 10 April 2015

The Indian government has frozen seven bank accounts belonging to Greenpeace’s India arm and suspended the environmental group’s foreign-funding license for allegedly violating rules governing overseas currency transfers. It is the latest move to block activities of nonprofits that some officials regard as anti-development. --Joana Sugden, The Wall Street Journal, 9 April 2015

Two new studies show that global warming is not behind California drought

california blobAccording to yesterday's Washington Post, there is a gigantic warm blob in the Pacific Ocean that is fueling California's four-year-long drought, and it has nothing to do with global warming. Two new studies released this week in the journal "Geophysical Research Letters", explain how this large expanse of warm ocean water is affecting California's weather as well as the East Coast's past two brutal winters.

In the first study, Nick Bond, Washington's state climatologist, believes the blob, a.k.a. the "warm anomaly," is behind California's ongoing warm and dry winters. Discovered in the fall of 2013, the warm anomaly is roughly 1,000 miles wide and about 300 feet deep, and according to Bond, is about 3°C (5°F) warmer than is typical for that area of the Pacific ocean. When viewed on a map showing ocean water temperatures, "the great circular mass does indeed look like a blob."

Jerry Brown Showers California with More Government

jerrybrownAs I listened to California Governor, Jerry Brown on a Sunday morning talk show this past weekend, he confirmed that the ongoing water “crisis” has nothing to do with water, and everything to do with control.

Brown, who took unprecedented emergency action, gave viewers a glimpse of the massive government intrusion that’s coming.

“It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border,” Brown said of his mandate. “It affects lawns. It affects people’s–how long they stay in the shower, how businesses use water.”

With Brown, there’s always a method to his madness.  All you have to do is listen to him.

Obama Claims Asthma Sufferers Need Global Warming Regs, That Hurt Asthma Patients

asthmaI’m not sure what the difference between Global Warming and witches is anymore. You can blame anything on both and both were considered the science of the day.

These days shouting Global Warming is as much empty nonsense as shouting, “A witch did it.”

A little reminder of that from the Global Witchfinder-in-Chief

“Obama says climate change first became a personal issue for him when his 16-year-old daughter was rushed to the hospital 12 years ago after suffering from an asthma attack.”

It first became an issue for me when I ran out of butter, which like Malia’s asthma had nothing to do with Global Warming.

The Church Of Climate Scientology: How Climate Science Became A Religion

mckibbenBill McKibbenCCD Editor's Note: Having just watched HBO's "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," I wanted to see if anyone else noticed the frightening similarities between their tactics and the global warming faithful. I found this little nugget on Forbes.com written by Alex Epstein:

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“Science” is perhaps the most abused word in the English language.

The word used to name the method of Galileo, Newton, and Einstein has also been used to rationalize some of the most destructive political policies in human history, such as socialism and population control. The Nazis invoked the once-renowned “science” of eugenics to justify a Holocaust of “scientifically inferior” races.

Obama Keeps Telling Renewable Energy Lies

windfarmImagine you wanted to get in your electric car and drive a considerable distance. It wouldn’t take long for your car to run out of power, so you would have to have another car, one using gasoline, to drive behind you to make sure you reached your destination.

That’s a description of “renewable energy”, wind and solar, in America today because they both require backup from traditional energy sources such as coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear. And “renewable energy” based on “free” sun and wind power costs more to produce and purchase. Need it be said that the sun does not always shine consistently everywhere or at night and that the wind does not always blow?

Scientists Debunk Climate Models

scientistsMany renowned scientists have criticized the computer models used by the global warming alarming industry, pointing out, for example, that the models omit many of the most important factors in our planet's complex climate system: clouds, water vapor, volcanoes, ocean circulation, solar activity, and more.

Thus, it is no surprise that the models, despite making use of the most sophisticated and expensive computers, have failed miserably and have universally, stupendously exaggerated warming trends. The remarks presented below represent only a small sampling of the critiques by noted experts. For more, see our companion article, "Computer Models vs. Climate Reality."

FEMA asks Michigan to do the impossible

tornadoLast fall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a draft proposal that will require Michiganians to do the impossible or face the loss of disaster relief funds. Specifically, state governments will be required to assess the risk of future disasters in a changing climate.

FEMA has solicited public comments and will, as per usual, ignore most if not all of them when it issues its final rulemaking later this year. So what can Michigan expect global warming to do to its most significant natural hazard, the tornado?

Denying 'Climate Change'

protestingHere is Dana Milbank of WaPo celebrating the “retreat” of climate change deniers, “There is no denying it: Climate-change deniers are in retreat.” He concludes his op-ed piece by noting, “that corporations are becoming reluctant to bankroll crazy theories, the surrender of climate-change deniers will follow.” For Milbank this marks the historic turning point marking the collapse of flat-earth science “crazies.”

The AGW (anthropogenic (man-made) global warming) thesis was initiated by the United Nations environmental program that was established in 1972 and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) established in 1988. It got its biggest boost with the now discredited hockey stick model advanced by Michael Mann in 1999 and now has a distinctly religious fervor led by Al Gore and his acolytes including world leaders from English PM David Cameron to President Obama.

Obama: Cut Carbon or Your Kids Will Die of Asthma

obama penPresident Obama has made a not-so-subtle attempt to personalise his administration’s war on “climate change” by linking it with his daughter Malia’s asthma.

Nice try, Mr President. But the evidence just doesn’t stack up.

While it’s true that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the EPA’s Gina McCarthy and the Surgeon General Vivek Murthy have lent their ‘expert’ support to the ‘global warming means more asthma’ thesis, this is largely a case of doing their masters’ bidding.

Japan To Build 40+ New Coal Power Plants

japan coalJapan has 43 coal power projects either under construction or planned, representing combined capacity of 21,200 megawatts, according to a statement from the Kyoto-based Kiko Network. The projections would account for about half of what Japan could emit in 2050 under the current government’s target to cut emissions by 80 percent by that date, the group said. -- Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg, 9 April 2015

Japan has a new blueprint for its energy future, one that opens the door for a controversial return of nuclear power four years after the Fukushima accident took the country’s reactors offline. But even more noteworthy is that Japan now appears set to embrace a dominant role for dirty coal in the country’s energy mix for decades to come. Japan’s increased reliance on coal to 2030 and beyond contrasts with many European countries, which despite the global financial crisis and years of sluggish growth have continued to put the fight against climate change at the center of their energy policies. --Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy, 8 April 2015