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

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%).

Modern Science Refutes Global Warming Alarmism

earthIt isn’t quite true to say that the science is settled–climate science is in its infancy, and we have only a poor understanding of the Earth’s climate. Just about every proposition is controversial. But we are very close to being able to say that, as to global warming alarmism, the debate is over and the alarmists have lost. (I mean, of course, the scientific debate, not the political one, which never had much to do with science in the first place.)

One fundamental question in the global warming debate is, what is the Earth’s equilibrium climate sensitivity? That is, how much will the Earth’s average surface temperature rise, ceteris paribus, on account of a doubling of the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Global warming hysteria is predicated on the belief that average temperature will rise by up to 6 degrees C as a result of doubling atmospheric CO2. All of the scare headlines you see about polar bears, droughts, flooded cities, etc., rely on that assumption.

Repeal The Oil Export Ban

fracking-wikimediaThanks mainly to the shale revolution, oil production in the U.S. hit a 28-year high last month.Thanks mainly to the shale revolution, oil production in the U.S. hit a 28-year high last month while imports were at their lowest levels since 1995. Consequently, prices have fallen 15% since June, and Saudi Arabia has cut production by 400,000 barrels a day — providing further evidence that OPEC no longer has the power to set prices.

Against these developments, the current ban on exporting American oil is nonsensical.

Even the liberal Brookings Institution in a recent study concludes that it’s time to remove the ban, arguing that the more we export the greater the expected decline in gasoline prices, perhaps as much as 12 cents per gallon. “As counter-intuitive as it may seem, lifting the ban actually lowers gasoline prices by increasing the total amount of crude supply.”

Global warming stalls -- but not demands for cash

dicaprio(h/t to amirlach) Barack Obama attended last week's United Nations climate change conference. It would be odd if he didn't - it was hosted in New York this year.

But many world leaders didn't bother. China, India, Germany, Russia - some of the world's largest economies, and largest emitters of carbon dioxide - just couldn't be bothered.

Instead, celebrity spokesmodels took their place, actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. They're probably more interesting to the media anyways.

The Mann Act

Warmocalypse Now!Michael E Mann, the world's most un-exonerated man, and yours truly both happen to be in the British Isles this week. I, alas, am here for rather sad personal reasons, so I was unable to attend Dr Mann's lecture at Bristol University on Monday. Many eminent deniers did, however, show up, although you wouldn't have got that impression from the puffball lobbers the moderator chose for the q-&-a.

After his hashtag debacle of last week, Mann was doubtless grateful to be back in the insulated climate cocoon in which the only questions that slip through the net are from sappy rubes who support climate alarmism so they can feel like they're "saving the planet" without actually having to lift a finger. Nonetheless, I thought this vignette from Bishop Hill was rather poignant:

Owen Paterson: Fight Against Climate Change ‘May Cause More Harm Than Global Warming’

Owen PatersonOwen PatersonMeasures to combat climate change may be causing more damage than current global warming, a former environment secretary has said. Owen Paterson, who was sacked in David Cameron’s reshuffle in July, attacked what he described as a “wicked green blob” of environmentalists for failing to explain the pause in global warming. --Matt Dathan, The Times, 28 September 2014

There has not been a temperature increase now for probably 18 years, some people say 26 years. So the pause is old enough to vote, the pause is old enough to join the army, the pause is old enough to pay its taxes. We were never told the pause was coming along, there are – as I understand it – about 30 different explanations for it and nobody explains why the pause is suddenly going to disappear and we’re going to get back on the track upwards. So I’m concerned that the measures being taken to counter projected dangers may actually be causing more damage now than those dangers. –Owen Paterson, The Times, 28 September 2014

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.