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Five Climate Lies of 2014

images/pics7/Polar_Bear_-_Alaska.jpgThe year 2014 is coming to an end and with it its lies about global warming/climate change/climate disruption/extreme weather. Considering the media bias on the subject, here are five such news you may have missed.

The year 2014 is the hottest ever recorded

Since the climate hysteria has been created, it seems that every year is hotter than the preceding one. It’s going to be the case for 2014.

However, this is (very likely) hot air. Indeed, satellite records of temperatures not only show no increase of temperatures for the past 18 years – climate models have nearly all failed at predicting trends – but 2014 isn’t even hot for that period. Plus, when looking at a larger picture the modern warm period is nothing compared to what human civilization has lived before.

UKIP Skeptical of Global Warming Alarmism, Praises Fracking: Reports

fracking wikimediaThe United Kingdom Independence Party's (UKIP) energy spokesman called the current climate alarmism in the country excessive and praised fracking in an interview with The Independent Tuesday.

"If we were to have a UKIP government elected in [the general election] May [2015], one of the first things we'd do would be to repeal the Climate Change Act," Roger Helmer, UKIP energy spokesman and Member of the European parliament for the East Midlands, told The Independent.

The Climate Change Act, which was adopted in 2008, aims to reduce carbon emissions at least by 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels.

Helmer also said that scientists' warnings about the catastrophic consequences of current temperature rise are excessive, and that "there are a great number of scientists who actually think that the sensitivity figures that the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] is using – of 3 degrees for a doubling of CO2 – is grossly exaggerated".

How A San Diego Scientist Helped Shape The Pope’s Climate Change Plans

RamanathanClimate change will be high on the Catholic Church's agenda in the coming year, and a San Diego scientist played a role in convincing Pope Francis to take up the issue.

In 2015, the pope will reportedly issue an edict calling on the world's estimated 1.2 billion Catholics to take action on climate change. He'll also visit regions devastated by recent natural disasters, and will attempt to influence United Nations' climate talks taking place in Paris late next year.

The church is prioritizing climate change just months after the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan organized a Vatican meeting on the issue.

Pope Francis Errs In Linking Church To Green Movement

francisPope Francis' recent leftist statements should trouble Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but even more disturbing are the pope's latest declarations on the dramatic action needed to fight climate change.

The Vatican apparently now has been infiltrated by followers of a radical green movement that is, at its core, anti-Christian, anti-people, anti-poor and anti-development. The basic tenets of Catholicism — the sanctity of human life and the value of all souls — are detested by the modern pagan environmentalists who worship the created, but not the creator.

At its core, Big Green believes that too many human beings are the basic global problem. People, according to this view, are resource destroyers. Climate change, they say, is due to the overpopulation of Mother Earth.

Obama Imposed 75,000 Pages of New Regulations in 2014

Inside the EPAInside the EPAJust in the last few weeks, the Obama administration has proposed or imposed over 1,200 new regulations on the American people that will add even more to the already crushing $2 trillion per year cost burden of the federal regulatory machine. According to data compiled from the federal government’s Regulations.gov website by the Daily Caller, most of the new regulatory schemes involve energy and the environment — 139 during a mere two-week period in December, to be precise. In all, the Obama administration foisted more than 75,000 pages of regulations on the United States in 2014, costing over $200 billion, on the low end, if new proposed rules are taken into account.

Forbes: Corn Ethanol Is Useless

cornHere’s an interesting article about corn ethanol and its having been touted as a viable “alternative fuel” deserving of subsidies and mandates. It just so happens that you don’t improve the environment by switching from petroleum products to ethanol…

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two of its Working Group reports at the end of last month (WGI and WGIII), and their short discussion of biofuels has ignited a fierce debate as to whether they’re of any environmental benefit at all.

The IPCC was quite diplomatic in its discussion, saying “Biofuels have direct, fuel‐cycle GHG emissions that are typically 30–90% lower than those for gasoline or diesel fuels. However, since for some biofuels indirect emissions—including from land use change—can lead to greater total emissions than when using petroleum products, policy support needs to be considered on a case by case basis” (IPCC 2014 Chapter 8).

Abundance of New Species Found in 2014 is Another Nail in Coffin of Climate Alarmism

aldabra banded snailAldabra banded snail221 new species were described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2014, further allaying fears that climate change could be causing a mass extinction event. The species were discovered in sites worldwide, and include ants, fish, sea slugs, plants and even a small mammal. (h/t Watts Up With That)

“Biodiversity scientists estimate that we have discovered less than 10 percent of the species on our planet,” said Dr. Meg Lowman, the Academy’s Chief of Science and Sustainability. “Academy scientists tirelessly explore the unexplored regions of Earth—not only to discover new species, but also to uncover the importance of these species to the health of our natural systems. Our findings help to sustain the future of life for our children and grandchildren. Even in our own backyards new discoveries abound!”

Greenland Ice Melt Geothermal, Not Manmade

greenland surfaceNewly released research, primarily from NASA and the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, indicates that melting of selective Greenland Glaciers is related to geologically induced heat flow, and not manmade atmospheric global warming.

Previous articles posted here and here have documented the effect of geologically induced geothermal heat flow on the West Antarctic continent and Arctic Ocean Ice Sheets. In both cases relatively recent research was used to show natural variations in climate, climate-related events, and warmed from geothermal heat. You can learn more about plate climatology and global warming here.

A summary of the very extensive NASA Greenland Ice Sheet Study shows that Greenland Glacier dynamics are very complex. Certain glaciers are retreating, others are unchanged, and still others are expanding. Additionally, individual glacier dynamics change with time, e.g., advancing for years, then suddenly retreating. In some cases the retreating rates are astounding.

Did you know Arctic and Antarctic ice isn't melting

antarctic ice 1 1A global warming expert has made shocking revelations that the north and south poles are "not melting".

The scientist revealed that the poles are "much more stable" than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought, the Daily Express reported.

Ted Maksym, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, conducted a study in which he sent an underwater robot into the depths of the Antarctic sea to measure the ice.

Cause of Pause in Global Warming

clouds2There has been essentially no global warming since 1998. Some would choose 1997, others would more conservatively use 2002 as the proper starting date, based on satellite data. Of course, this is quite unexpected, since CO2 -- a leading GHG, which climate models presume to cause anthropogenic global warming (AGW) -- has been increasing rapidly in the 21st century. 

Even if we cannot readily find the cause for the “pause” -- as it is sometimes called -- we can be absolutely sure that it was not predicted by any of the dozens of the UN-IPCC’s General Circulation Models (GCMs).Therefore, logically, such non-validated GCMs cannot, and should not, be used to predict the future climate -- or as a basis for policy decisions.

Evidence discovered that 'ocean acidification' scare may be as fraudulent as 'global warming'

coral reefA startling discovery by a graduate student has uncovered what looks like a fraud remarkably parallel to the infamous “Hockey stick” graph of Michael Mann that purported to show global temperatures skyrocketing when atmospheric CO2 rose, but only did so because “hide the decline” was the operating principle in selecting data.

For those who have not been keeping up with the alarmist follies, alleged ocean acidification has joined and supplemented the rapidly-fading alleged global warming threat as an urgent reason to stop emitting CO2, and hand money and power over to regulators who would control the production of energy, the very basis of modern life.

The Great Climate Change Bamboozle Industry

cartoonIn the "The Great Climate Change Denial Industry," University of Connecticut geology professor Robert Thorson sought to discredit all dissent about climate change by tying it (falsely in most cases) to funding from the fossil fuel industry—niftily adopting the logical fallacy of ad hominem circumstantial while ignoring the fact that advocates of global warming alarmism get hundreds of times as much funding from governments (with their own biases) and alternative-energy corporations, making them subject to the same critique (still fallacious, but sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander).

After sniping at religion (as if only fundamentalists are "climate skeptics"), bemoaning the decline in public fears of global warming but lacking the curiosity to ask whether there might be good reasons, and repeating the myth that polar bears are endangered, Thorson progressed to errors of fact and, well, more fallacious reasoning.

He summed up with five two-word sentences: "It's real. It's us. It's bad. Scientists agree. There's hope." Oh?