CCD Editor's note: If they spent as much time on the economy as they due global warming, the country would be prospering.
As part of the president's second-term climate-legacy project, the Obama administration has issued an apocalyptic report this week saying climate change will make billions sick from famine, disease, and heat. In the 332-page report, it claims that "global warming will make the air dirtier, water more contaminated and food more tainted." It also warns of diseases, "such as those spread by ticks and mosquitoes, longer allergy seasons, and thousands of heat wave deaths." The five-alarm report, which was unveiled as part of National Health Week (see video here), has no basis in reality. The report is describing smog, not global warming.
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Wikipedia, known as the “people’s encyclopedia,” has proven to be anything but a reliable source in regards to the debate concerning the causes and possible consequences of climate change.
Wikipedia is written and edited “by the people who read it,” and it receives than 400 million unique visitors every month worldwide, according to GuideStar. The massive website has about 80,000 volunteers, a substantial number of whom are devoted enough to earn the unpaid rank of “editor.” Editors are provided with a fat book of rules to follow and a code of civility to honor.
Dictionary.com defines junk science as: “faulty scientific information or research, especially when used to advance special interests.” Junk science is going strong. Many junk science enterprises are deeply embedded in universities, the federal government and the public consciousness.
Some junk science is very bad science that is just wrong and can be easily dismissed. For example, the theories that vaccines cause autism or that power lines cause cancer. Some junk science lacks scientific support but catches the public imagination and is used by special interests to make money. An example is organic food. Organic food is food grown by methods popular prior to 1930.
Environmentalists have accused Democratic presidential front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of “soft climate denial” after she criticized the environmental record of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Friends of the Earth Action, which has endorsed Sanders, is claiming Clinton lied about the Vermont senator’s environmental record during an interview Wednesday. Clinton said during the interview she “couldn’t believe Sen. Sanders opposed the Paris Agreement, the best chance we have to actually reverse climate change and deal with the consequences.”
Senators from both sides of the aisle are trying to get an amendment into a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that would extend $1.4 billion in expiring green energy subsidies that weren’t included in last year’s budget deal.
South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune worked with Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Ron Wyden of Oregon to get lucrative tax subsidies for things like wind power, fuel cells and geothermal heat pumps much to the chagrin of conservative groups.
World distribution of Mid-Oceanic Ridges
(click for image credit) The release of yet another peer-reviewed study showing Northern Greenland ice melt is largely caused by mantle heat adds to the growing mountain of evidence showing how geologic forces influence our climate, and not from the trace gas carbon dioxide. Two and a half years ago, Plate Climatology Theory (PCT) was introduced, extolling that geological forces are a major driver of Earth’s climate and climate-related events, including the bottom-up (basal) melting of major ice sheets by geothermal heat flow. This new study also gives PCT even more momentum toward acceptance by mainstream scientists. At the very least, time and research should be allocated to studying PCT by the scientific community.
South Dakota circa 1936 during dustbowlA new study published yesterday shows there hasn't been an increase in extreme rainfall and droughts during the 20th century, even as humans ramped up burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil) in the late 1800s. It also shows that previous centuries show much more extreme weather, even though carbon dioxide levels were far lower than today's. The study used marine sediments, tree rings, ice cores and mineral deposits to reconstruct weather patterns over the last 1,200 years.
The scientists behind the study examined the interaction between the climate and hydrological (water) cycle in the northern hemisphere. What they found was no evidence to support the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contention that "dry areas will become ever drier and wet ones wetter as the global temperature rises."
EPA's Administrator Gina McCarthy had a message for voters yesterday: there's much more climate work to be done and it will be the next administration's duty to carry it out. This comes after the Supreme Court issued a rare 'stay', preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving forward with its landmark Clean Power Plan (CPP). If not resolved by the lower courts, it could be the first sign of the CPP's eventual death.
The CPP is a none-too-subtle, heavily criticized plan to 'bankrupt' the coal industry by rolling out thousands of new regulations that would be too costly to implement. McCarthy has even admitted to congress the CPP would only avert a temperature increase of .01 degrees Celsius (see video), and that it was largely created to "show 'leadership' rather than actually curb projected warming." What it will create, though, are hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers across the country affected by the new rules.
China announced Tuesday it will trash North Korea’s economy by no longer purchasing coal, iron ore and other commodities from its reclusive neighbor.
China’s Ministry of Commerce in Beijing said it will comply with last month’s United Nations sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
North Korea is deeply dependent upon trade with China, as commodities account for more than 40 percent of North Korea’s overall exports to the People’s Republic, according to customs data. China accounts for about 90 percent of the hermit kingdom’s trade, which it uses to purchase the vital food, weapons, fuel and hard currency needed to prop up its government. China imported 19.6 million metric tons of coal from North Korea last year.
Greenland has been sitting over a particularly hot mantle of the Earth’s crust, which a new study says is melting the base of the world’s second-largest ice sheet.
Between 80 million and 35 million years ago, Greenland moved over an area of “anomalously high geothermal flux,” according to scientists at the German Research Centre for Geosciences. The study’s authors “suggest that this anomaly explains the observed melting of the ice sheet’s base, which drives the vigorous subglacial hydrology and controls the position of the head of the enigmatic 750-km-long northeastern Greenland ice stream.”
The town of Kulusuk in Southeast Greenland. NASAFrom Science Daily (h/t Raining Sky):
The North Atlantic Ocean is an area of active plate tectonics. Between 80 and 35 million years ago tectonic processes moved Greenland over an area of abnormally hot mantle material that still today is responsible for the volcanic activity of Iceland. The mantle material heated and thinned Greenland at depth producing a strong geothermal anomaly that spans a quarter of the land area of Greenland. That distant history of the North Atlantic region contributes to the present-day ice loss, suggests a new report.