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

Kennedy, Kenny and di Caprio - selling myths and taxes to a frightened world

High School dropout Leonardo Di CaprioHigh School dropout Leonardo Di CaprioOne of the great myths about our post-religious culture claims that once people stop believing in something, they will believe in anything.

After all, people who are no longer members of a Church aren't in danger of running off with the first cult they see proselytising on Grafton Street. But that doesn't mean they have shaken off the primal urge to belong to the one true faith.

The one true faith that brooks no opposition, stifles dissent and demands civil action against heretics is undoubtedly the climate change movement. So it would have been naive to the point of insanity to expect Enda Kenny to bring a much needed dose of reality to this week's Climate Change jamboree in New York.

A typically expensive extravaganza of hypocrisy and self-aggrandisement, featuring the fatuous and self-righteous nonsense we have come to expect from any UN shindig, the Taoiseach was just one of numerous world leaders and, even more impressively, actors to take to the stage and make promises he knows he can't deliver.

After six years, President still punting on Keystone XL administration’s political delays have put job creation, economic development on hold

wickerSen Roger WickerOn September 19, 2008, TransCanada applied for a U.S. presidential permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,179-mile-long project would ship more than 800,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries. Moreover, Canada’s oil output is projected to hit 6.4 million barrels per day by 2030 – almost double today’s levels.

What should have been a routine approval process with America’s ally and largest trading partner has instead been ensnarled for six years in political tactics by the Obama Administration. Radical environmental groups have put pressure on the President to reject the project entirely. In response, he has repeatedly delayed a final decision, sidestepping any backlash from voters in an election year.

Antarctic sea-ice hits new high, no reason found

antarctica 2Antarctic sea-ice hits new high, but thus far no reason has been found for this sudden improvement.

It was in 1979 when satellite was assigned the task to keep an eye on Antarctica. Since then scientists have been studying data collected from the most-talked about place. Studies and observations of such data have helped scientists to understand the changing world.

Of late one development in Antarctica that has left scientists stumped is increase in sea-ice around the area. It has been observed that for the third year in a row the phenomenon has been noticed. Now Antarctic sea-ice has hit a new high.

The People's March against common sense

cartoon-climate-march-wall-streetClimate protestors descended upon Manhattan on Sunday to vent their frustrations about a world they don't understand. On display at the People's Climate March were ideology and idealism conspiring at the expense of common sense.

Reason Magazine's Kmele Foster asked participants what they wanted and gleaned some amusing results.Their ideas included “building a movement for national revolution and...a new socialist society,” and for “everybody (to) turn everything off.” Confronted with questions about the disproportionate burden that expensive renewable energy places on the poor, they had no good answers. All they seem certain of was that they are on the side of the angels.

Professor Michael Mann Shows His True Class

MannMichael Mann, inventor of the Hockey Stick, is a man of enormous integrity, decency, restraint and high-mindedness. (H/T Marc Morano)

We know this because of one the Climategate emails he wrote in 2005 urging his fellow alarmists not to stoop to the level of evil deniers in the great climate wars.

His email says:

I agree on Mike Evans. I'm afraid I don't agree on Zorita. He has engaged in some very nasty, and in my opinion unprofessional email exchanges with some close colleagues of mine who have established some fundamental undisclosed errors in work he co-published with von Storch. Given this, I don't believe he can be involved in constructive dialogue of the sort we're looking for at this workshop. There are some similarly problematic issues w/ Cubasch, who like von Storch, who has engaged in inflammatory and ad hominem public commentary. There is no room for that on any side of the debate.

New Research Finds Earth Even Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

Can you find the CO2 in this picture? Hint: It's invisible.Can you find the CO2 in this picture?
Hint: It's invisible.
A new paper published in the prestigious journal Climate Dynamics find that the effect of carbon dioxide emissions on global temperatures is likely to be even smaller than previously thought.

Earlier this year, in a widely discussed report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, climate researcher Nic Lewis and science writer Marcel Crok put forward a new estimate of the Earth’s climate sensitivity based on observational data, finding that it was much less alarming than suggested by computer simulations of the Earth’s climate.

Now, Lewis and well known American climate science professor Judith Curry have updated the Lewis and Crok report estimates using the latest empirical data, a more sophisticated methodology and an approach to accounting for uncertainties that has been described by one independent reviewer as “state of the art”. Their findings fully support the modest estimates of climate sensitivity and future warming given in the Lewis and Crok report, and compared with that report make it look even less likely that the substantially higher estimates based on computer simulations are correct.

Climate Hustle, Readers Write

cartoon-media-gwI was over at the UN yesterday and met Marc Marano, who interviewed me for his upcoming documentary tentatively titled Climate Hustle.

With fedora jauntily tipped back to reveal my sparkling hazel eyes, tie loosely knotted and purposely mismatching the pocket square, all counter-balanced by my genetically British teeth and Honda-sized honker, I launched into my defense of the slogan, “Actually, the science is settled.”

It is, too.

UN Climate Summit: The dirty little secret about global warming Obama doesn't want you to know

obama-climate-changePresident Obama will speak Tuesday, as world leaders assemble at the United Nations in New York for “Climate Summit 2014,” “to galvanize and catalyze climate action.” Environmentalists have taken note, organizing “the largest climate march in history,” to pressure governments to regulate “a world safe from the ravages of climate change.”

The message is clear: Pernicious global warming is upon us, and the government must act.

Bolstering this barrage of alarmism is last week’s finding from the federal government’s National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the global average surface temperature for August 2014 was the highest ever recorded for the month.

West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

californiaNaturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

The analysis challenges assumptions that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been a significant driver of the increase in temperatures observed over many decades in the ocean and along the coastline from Alaska to California.

Changing wind patterns - and not global warming - are causing temperatures to rise on America's West Coast according to new study

Oregon Coast wikipedia copyIncreased temperatures on America's West Coast are not a result of human-caused climate change, but rather naturally occurring wind changes according to a new study.

The 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming that has been recorded on the coast of the northwest Pacific Ocean is due to weaker winds and changing ocean circulation, not a buildup of greenhouse gasses.

These weaker winds accounted for more than 80% of the warming trend along the Pacific Northwest coast between Washington and Northern California, and 60% of the warming in Southern California.

Obama Announces Executive Actions to Fight Climate Change at UN

obama at UNPresident Obama announced a series of executive actions to fight climate change on Tuesday, during a speech to the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.

Obama ordered all federal agencies to begin factoring “climate resilience” into all of their international development programs and investments.

The action is expected to complement efforts by the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the White House.

Obama is also expected to release climate monitoring data used by the federal government to developing nations.

Damp Squib In New York As China Procrastinates On Climate Commitments

unclimatesummitThe UN Climate Summit shows little has changed in China’s thinking on climate change. Despite a prediction by Xinhua that Zhang would “expound China’s bold measures [in emissions reductions] after 2020,” he effectively kicked the can down the road by saying that China would announce its post-2020 actions as soon as possible. Without concrete commitments, China’s promise to reduce carbon intensity and the share of fossil fuels rings somewhat hollow. Zhang’s speech reflects the general pessimism that accompanied the news of Xi Jinping’s absence from the summit. The world will likely have to wait for China’s 13th Five Year Plan (to be adopted in 2016) to see just how serious Xi’s government is about climate change. --Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat, 24 September 2014