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

Predictions of an ice-free Arctic Ocean

Arctic Ice - wikipediaGlobal warming alarmists and climate scientists have predicted that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free by 1979, or 2000, or 2008, or 2012, or 2013, or 2015, or 2020, or 2030, or 2050 or…

There is some debate about whether an ice-free Arctic Ocean would be a good thing or a bad thing. On the good side is that an ice-free Arctic Ocean would allow faster shipping of goods between continents and open the area for mineral exploration. On the allegedly bad side is that the albedo of the Arctic Ocean would decrease and thereby absorb more sunlight that might cause warming. The sea level issue is moot because floating ice displaces it own weight of water and there is only a minor difference between the mass/volume of salt water versus fresh water, so sea level rise would be minimal.

Let’s look at some recent melting Arctic predictions in the press.

More crucial things we won’t hear debated in this election

floodAmong the more melancholy rituals of British politics these days are the regular meetings of those committees of Lords and Commons, whose task is to “scrutinise” draft laws affecting Britain that emerge from the EU. These were originally set up under a “Solemn Resolution” that no British ministers could approve laws made in Brussels unless the peers and MPs had first given the go-ahead. But in practice this has been ignored wholesale, because there is nothing Parliament can do to stand in the way of that inexorable Brussels juggernaut.

Germany Faces Energy Crisis

schisteGRANDEvery second power plant planned in Germany is about to fold. The willingness to invest is decreasing rapidly as even the most efficient gas-fired power plants can no longer be operated profitably. 50 existing power plants could be decommissioned later this year. Germany's green energy revolution is at a critical turning point. --Deutsche Mittelstands Nachrichten, 13 April 2015

The economic viability of some 53 percent or 39 of the power plants planned for construction in Europe’s largest economy by 2025 has been called into question, German energy industry association BDEW said in a statement on Monday. The association said investors were nervous because of lacking profitability for coal- and gas-fired power stations because of competing energy supplies from subsidised renewable power, and a tougher carbon emissions regime. Germany, which is due to phase out nuclear energy by 2022, could face supply bottlenecks in the next few years. --Vera Eckert, Reuters, 13 April 2015

A drought of common sense

orovilleGov. Jerry Brown's recent proclamation that Californians must cut water usage by 25 percent certainly caught the attention of Californians and pundits nationwide. Featuring threats of fines of up to $500 per day, and even restrictions on personal shower habits, Mr. Brown wasted little time getting right to class warfare over our green lawns. Unfortunately, he and the ruling Democratic Party once again took a pass and resorted to draconian rationing measures and heavy-handed fees, while offering no leadership and no real solutions to California's current water crisis.

Ready for Warren Prepares to Launch Climate Activist Coalition

warrenClimate activists are lining up behind the never-say-die campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren for a 2016 bid.

Ready for Warren, a group pushing the senator to enter the presidential race, plans to soon unveil "Environmental Activists for Warren," National Journal has learned. The launch expected to take place later this month is the latest sign that environmentalists fear that Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic frontrunner who announced her candidacy on Sunday, won't take a strong stand on the issues they care most about.

New Host of Face the Nation Advised Obama in 2013 to ‘Destroy the GOP’

dickersonJohn Dickerson [pictured], replacing Bob Schieffer as the new host of Face the Nation, will continue the same level of objectivity that CBS has brought to viewers for half a century. In 1964, when CBS was one third of all television news, Walter Cronkite and Daniel Schorr repeatedly smeared Barry Goldwater as a crypto-Nazi.

His successor, Dan Rather, blew himself up in spectacular fashion with RatherGate in 2004, as dissected by all those bloggers in their Pajamas, to coin a Website name.

In 2007, Rather’s successor, Scott Pelley, violating 32 flavors of Godwin’s Law in the same fashion as Cronkite, “was asked why he refused to include global warming skeptics in his reporting. He responded, ‘If I do an interview with [Holocaust survivor] Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?’”, as NewsBusters noted.

‘Warm blob’ in Pacific Ocean Worsens, Stop Accusing Climate change

mapThere is a consistent change in the weather conditions of the Pacific Ocean. Local authorities are tensioned because of the fact that nearby regions are already affected by the hot climate.

Seattle scientists conducted a research regarding the changing weather conditions in the West Coast (dry and hot weather) and in the East Coast (extremely cold weather). They wanted to know if the events are directly related to Arctic melting or the warming in the Pacific regions.

During the last 18 months or so, an enormous blob of warm water is observed in the West Coast. This explains the drought occurring in California and violent storm in New England, and as well as the melting snow resorts in Washington.

I challenge climate fascists with $500,000 bet

moneyThe International Union of Climate Fascists, as it prepares to establish a totalitarian world “governing body” over us at the Paris climate yadayadathon this December, with the active support of governments worldwide slavering at the prospect of bringing the democracy they hate to an end, faces a tiresome problem that just won’t go away.

Totalitarians can push man around and, oh boy, do they long to. But they can’t push nature around.

The climate scare parroted by bed-wetting eco-freako useful idiots worldwide began when the pseudo-scientific profiteers of doom on U.N.’s fraudulent and corrupt climate panel, the IPCC (known universally in diplomatic circles as IPeCaC after the well-known emetic) predicted with “substantial confidence” 25 years ago that its useless but gratifyingly expensive climate models had captured the essential features of the climate.

With Air 62 Pct. Cleaner, Look at Obama Himself As Possible Cause For Malia's Asthma

Obama SmokingA Wednesday "Good Morning America" piece gave President Barack Obama an open mic to claim that, in ABC's words, "climate change became a personal issue for him when his older daughter Malia, now 16, was rushed to the emergency room with an asthma attack when she was just a toddler."

Somehow, ABC managed to avoid another possible contributor — besides the obvious possibility that Malia developed asthma independent of external influences — namely the President's 30-year smoking habit. He is said to have quit once and for all in 2011. USA Today columnist James S. Robbins wasn't impressed with the President's "reasoning," and with good cause, as he articulated in a Thursday evening column. He even managed to get a "there's been no warming for a long time" observation past USA Today's editors (links are in original; bolds are mine):

Peer review: Unsettling 'science'

journals“Peer-reviewed” science received a poke in the eye when a major publisher of medical and science articles retracted 43 papers because of bogus reviews.

Worse still, a multidisciplinary group including 9,000 journal editors suggests the problem goes much further, The Washington Post reports.

The publisher BioMed Central of the United Kingdom, responsible for 277 peer-reviewed journals, flagged the “fabricated” reviews, which predominately included those written by Chinese scholars. BioMed Central's senior editor for research integrity said an investigation revealed a concerted effort to deceive journal editors.

The Obama climate monarchy

obamaISIS terrorists continue to butcher people, while hacking into a French television network. Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons remains on track. In a nation of 320 million people, American businesses hired only 126,000 workers in March, amid a pathetic 62% labor participation rate. Wages and incomes are stagnant.

And yet President Obama remains fixated on one obsession: dangerous manmade climate change. He blames it for everything from global temperatures that have been stable for 18 years, to hurricanes that have not made US landfall for nearly 9.5 years, and even asthma and allergies. He is determined to use it to impose energy, environmental and economic policies that will “fundamentally transform” our nation.

For Congress, people should rank ahead of fish

smeltCALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown has just been forced to order unprecedented water restrictions on residents all over his state. Although the details have yet to be worked out, they will likely be expected to sacrifice time in the shower and loads of laundry and dishes, or else face fines.

It is difficult for Americans on the East Coast to understand, but water is a constant worry in the American West. Even so, it doesn’t often get as bad as it is now in the Golden State. California is now being hit by a true natural drought — the result of a change in Pacific weather patterns that scientists generally agree is not the result of global warming.