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

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?

3,264 Days Without a Major Hurricane Strike

hurricane-damageAftermath of a cat 3 or greater hurricaneWho would have predicted it? As of today (October 1) it’s been nearly 9 years since a major hurricane (Cat 3 or greater) has struck the U.S., the last being Wilma in October, 2005.

Remember the 2005 hurricane season? Landfalling hurricanes right and left. Katrina! This was going to be the new normal in a Global Warming world.

Then the bottom dropped out of tropical activity.

Media hyped walrus climate scare stories debunked – Claims recycled year-after-year – A Climate Depot Rebuttal

walrusThe October 1, 2014 Associated Press article linking the walrus gathering to melting sea ice, lacks historical perspective and contains serious spin that would lead readers to erroneous conclusions about walruses and the climate.

First off, walruses are not endangered. According to the New York Times, “the Pacific walrus remains abundant, numbering at least 200,000 by some accounts, double the number in the 1950s.”

The AP article titled, “35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska”, claims “the gathering of walrus on shore is a phenomenon that has accompanied the loss of summer sea ice as the climate has warmed.” The AP even includes the environmental group World Wildlife Fund, to ramp up climate hype. “It’s another remarkable sign of the dramatic environmental conditions changing as the result of sea ice loss,” said Margaret Williams, managing director of the group’s Arctic program, by phone from Washington, D.C.

Happy Anniversary: 1 October Marks 18 Years Without Global Warming Trend

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. --Barbara Hollingsworth, CBS News, 30 September 2014

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September's Climate Harpy: Leonardo DiCaprio

dicaprioIn advance of the "climate summit" this past month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon awarded the UN Messenger of Peace to Leonardo DiCaprio, who he has hailed as the world body's “new voice for climate advocacy.”

You see, even in America, a High School dropout like DiCaprio, who's scientific knowledge of climate science is what you'd expect from someone who never attended college (he got his GED in 1992), can have the U.N. slather attention on him for being a "global" movie star addressing a "global" problem.

Obama’s $100 Billion Climate Promise May Sink UN Climate Deal

cartoonEvery age has its peculiar folly; some scheme, project, or phantasy into which it plunges, spurred on either by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the mere force of imitation. Failing in these, it has some madness, to which it is goaded by political or religious causes, or both combined. --Charles MacKay, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, London 1852.

President Obama arrives [in Copenhagen] on Friday morning bent on applying a combination of muscle and personal charm to secure a climate change agreement involving nearly 200 countries. The world is looking to Mr. Obama to wrest some credible success from this process. The administration provided the talks with a palpable boost on Thursday when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared that the United States would contribute its share of $100 billion a year in long-term financing to help poor nations adapt to climate change. --The New York Times, 17 December 2009

More chilling news for climate-change alarmists

cartoonDon’t believe me. I am not a scientist, as my correspondents have been quick to and forceful about pointing out.

But just as you don’t have to have played in the NFL to present an authoritative opinion about who has emerged as the best quarterback to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or have served in the White House to analyze responsibly what’s going on there, neither is an advanced degree in climate science necessary to ascertain that the verdict about humankind’s effect on global temperatures is far from settled.

One Study shows California Drought linked to climate change, Two studies disagree

droughtIf the headline above sounds confusing, then the article probably won't help either. From the San Jose Mercury News (emphasis added):

The stubborn high-pressure systems that block California rains are linked to the abundance of human-caused greenhouse gases that heat the oceans, according to a major paper released Monday by Stanford scientists.

But two other new studies disagree -- saying there's no evidence that warming ocean waters are to blame for our drought.

Breaking Russia’s energy stranglehold

putinEuropean Union nations want to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine and providing the missiles that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. However, they are worried about biting the hand that feeds them – with the natural gas that fuels much of its economy.

Russia is the world’s second-biggest natural gas producer and third-biggest oil producer, so it can inflict tremendous pressure and damage on its neighbors without firing a shot. The 28 EU nations as a whole depend on Russia for one-third of their oil and gas. However, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania get 100% of their natural gas from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Six other European countries get more than half of their gas from the powerful Russian Bear: Czech Republic (57%), Poland (59%), Ukraine (60%), Hungary (80%), Slovakia (84%) and Bulgaria (89%).