The heat is on! Not the unusual winter warmth in much of the United States – but the unrelenting heat generated by propaganda and pressure campaigns that the White House, EPA, Big Green and news media are unleashing in the wake of the Paris climate agreement … and as a prelude to the 2016 elections.
A recent Washington Post editorial laid out the strategy. The long-term warming trend is “concerning.” Maybe we can’t blame this year’s strong El Niño “squarely on climate change,” but “one paper” says the number of strong El Niño years could double. Obama’s “landmark” carbon dioxide regulations “played a key role” in securing an “unprecedented” international climate deal that could eventually compel all nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, to “avoid serious risks” of climate catastrophes.
Money managers are holding their most-bearish bets on grain prices since the government started tracking the data in 2006. It’s easy to see why. Stockpiles of corn and soybeans in the U.S., the world’s largest grower, probably were the biggest ever on Dec. 1, and wheat inventories were the highest in five years, according to a Bloomberg survey of analysts. Domestic stockpiles have been swelling as U.S. exports falter, fueled by a strong dollar and rising production by other suppliers. --Megan Durisin, Bloomberg, 10 January 2016
Shale gas plantThanks to the U.S.-led revolution in fracking, oil is abundant. It will be for decades, if not centuries, because there is shale everywhere in the world. And unlike the megaprojects that have dominated the oil industry over the past several decades, shale can be tapped by smaller companies with less capital. The oil market, as OPEC has learned to its sorrow, is now much more difficult to control. This is capitalist creative destruction. But nowadays it happens on Internet-time, so it’s also “disruptive innovation.” Fracking is to the global oil industry what Uber is to taxi medallion owners: great for consumers who enjoy the sudden abundance, deadly for incumbents whose business models were built on exploiting scarcity. --Donald L. Luskin, The Wall Street Journal, 8 January 2016
The media will ride just about any transportation fad that they believe sticks it to Big Oil (and get behind just about every government subsidy and expenditure that ostensibly helps the environment), and electric cars have been no exception. But some journalists are concluding that the massive amounts of government spending on electric cars and hybrid plug-ins might not have been worth the costs.
Three months back, one of those television news "I-teams," this one in Boston, found that the state of Massachusetts is wasting millions on electric car programs. The I-team reported that "the (Gov. Charlie) Baker administration is committing $20 million for all electric vehicle programs."
"Aedes aegypti CDC-Gathany" by James Gathany - PHIL, CDC. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.The New York Times has just published an article claiming that global warming is (partly) to blame for the spread of various “tropical” diseases to the U.S. and other areas where previously they had been eradicated or had never existed. Donald G. McNeil Jr. begins his article titled “U.S. Becomes More Vulnerable to Tropical Diseases Like Zika” thus:
Tropical diseases — some of them never before seen in the United States — are marching northward as climate change lets mosquitoes and ticks expand their ranges.
Looks like we know where the 'denier' label originated.Speaking at a science conference in Washington, DC, Chief NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt says, ‘we really want to allow less science and more cultural understanding’ to successfully message the climate narrative in places like Texas.
NASA’s Schmidt: “Now, you know there’s some communities I can’t talk to because, you know, I’m a liberal, Jewish atheist from New York City, right? So if I go to Texas and try and tell people about climate change, I’m totally the wrong messenger, right? Because we don’t have any shared values quite frankly. […] A lot of times we think, ‘oh, more science, more science’, and really we want to allow less science and more cultural understanding, and that might take us a lot further.”
Since 1978, satellites have been measuring the Earth's temperature and have given us a snapshot of our global climate: it's not as warm as some people would have you believe. In fact, 2015 didn't even come close to breaking all-time records, the Daily Caller reported yesterday. Culling data from weather satellites that have been orbiting the Earth since 1978, climate scientists at the University of Alabama/Huntsville (UAH) reported that 2015 has only been the third-warmest year since satellite tracking began.
As for 2015, the temperature was .44 degrees Celsius above the 1981 to 2010 time-frame, it's above-average warmth owed in large part to a naturally occurring El Niño event occurring in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The last time an El Niño of this magnitude occurred was in 1998, the warmest year in the satellite record. But this current El Niño still ranks third when compared to the ones that occurred since 1950, when recordkeeping began.
For months, reports have claimed 2015 was the hottest year on record, with temperatures reaching unprecedented levels globally.
However, this title may have been awarded a little hastily after scientists in the US found evidence to suggest it was actually the third hottest year since records began.
By studying satellite data, their results contradict the previous readings and predictions made using land-based weather stations.
Meteorologists at the University of Alabama, Huntsville have disputed reports 2015 was the hottest year on record. They claim satellite data measuring Earth's lower atmosphere (pictured) contradicts previous predictions and readings taken from land-based weather stationss
The satellite readings were taken from the lower atmosphere.
Satellite temperature data measuring Earth’s lower atmosphere shows that 2015 only ranks as the third-warmest year on record, and not the warmest year as predicted by scientists relying on weather station data.
Climate scientists with the University of Alabama, Huntsville reported Tuesday the temperature anomaly for December 2015 was 0.44 degrees Celsius above the 1981 to 2010 average, fueled by an El Nino warming event. UAH scientist Dr. Roy Spencer posted on his blog that this “makes 2015 the third warmest year globally (+0.27 deg C) in the satellite record (since 1979).”
As world leaders, climate activists, and a swarm of media commentators converged on Paris for COP 21, the UN’s extravagant climate-change summit, they unleashed a torrent of heated rhetoric about the supposed, still-imminent global-warming catastrophe. Hyperbolic expressions such as “catastrophe,” “apocalypse,” “disaster,” “final warning,” “last chance for humanity,” and “existential threat” flowed freely.
But one all-important word was conspicuously not on the lips of the assembled alarmists: hiatus. They studiously avoided that word like the plague, and with good reason; it threatens their entire agenda. Various dictionaries define “hiatus” as a break, gap, or interruption in time or continuity. As it pertains to “climate change,” the “hiatus” refers to the widely accepted fact that the most reliable temperature data, from orbiting weather satellites, show no warming for nearly two decades.
Due to El Niño and global warming, 2015 natural disasters are much less costly than expected, according to a study by an insurance industry group. The insurance industry’s largest losses in recent years are due to severe winter weather. Global warming and El Niño — a weather event that warms up ocean temperatures in South America, causing the United states to get unusually warm for a year — abated these insurance costs, according to Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. Historically, hurricanes are the insurance industry’s biggest weather related expense, but no hurricane made landfall in the United States during 2015. In fact, no major hurricane has made landfall in the U.S. in the last 10 years, setting a new record. --Andrew Follett, Daily Caller News Foundation, 5 January 2015
Being called one of the worst environmental disasters, a ruptured gas valve in California’s Aliso Canyon is still spewing methane into the atmosphere, making nearby residents sick, and thousands more fleeing their homes. Now people are fingering California's governor, Jerry Brown, for sitting on his hands amid growing allegations of conflict of interests. The gas rupture occurred just outside of Porter Ranch city last October at a storage facility owned by parent company Sempra Energy.
To date, at least 150 million pounds of methane gas have gushed into the atmosphere. Gov. Brown finally met with residents at a home in Porter Ranch city after residents fumed to media outlets regarding the governor's apparent lack of concern.