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

Washington Post Worries Global Warming 'Could' Make Ebola Worse

ebolaIn a wildly speculative Tuesday editorial, the Washington Post worried that global warming "could" make the spread of the Ebola virus worse as time goes on.

In its August 5 Capitol Weather Gang blog post, the Post helpfully reported that Ebola is "out of control" and then goes on to wonder: "Could climate change hasten the spread of the deadly virus?" 

The Post answers, quite unironically: "Perhaps, but the linkages are complicated, according to limited scientific literature on the topic."

Paging Al Gore: NASA says that global warming could be ‘on hiatus’

algoreNASA truly has the 100,000 feet viewpoint on this one.

The nation’s space agency his noticed an inconvenient cooling on the planet lately. On Tuesday, NASA’s Langley Research Center atmospheric scientist Norman Loeb presented a talk titled “The recent pause in global warming: A temporary blip or something more permanent?”

Major Global PR Firms Refusing to Work with Climate Change Sceptics

solar-panels-wikimediaSome of the world's biggest PR firms have publicly ruled out working with climate change sceptics. The Guardian reports that a number of the top 25 global PR firms responded to a survey saying that they would never represent clients who are sceptical of man-made global warming, or oppose green energy initiatives.

Some of the companies include WPP, Waggener Edstrom (WE) Worldwide, Weber Shandwick, Text100 and Finn Partners.

Rhian Rotz, a spokeswoman for Waggener Edstrom, said: "We would not knowingly partner with a client who denies the existence of climate change."

Global Warming? Death Valley Shatters Cool Temperature Record

death valleyGlobal warming – er, that is, global climate disruption – claimed another victim Sunday as Death Valley shattered its all-time record for coolest August 3 high temperature in history.

Remarkably, Death Valley was a full 15 degrees cooler than its previous coolest August 3. The high temperature at Death Valley reached only 89 degrees Sunday, which was 33 degrees cooler than normal for August 3 and 15 degrees cooler than the previous record minimum high temperature of 104 degrees.

With no global warming during the past 17 years and remarkable cool weather becoming more frequent, global warming alarmists claim any departure from average – be it a warm departure or a cool departure – is more “proof” of a global warming crisis.

Risky Business: The Best Global Warming Alarmism Money Can Buy

bloombergIt’s been a month since the billionaire triumvirate of Tom Steyer, Henry Paulson and Michael Bloomberg introduced their ballyhooed Risky Business report on the climate, and after all the op-eds, blog posts and public interviews so far, all that can be said about it is that it is already an empty, meaningless PR campaign upon which the financial hot shots have wasted their money.

There is no there, there.

Logical scrutiny of the project, from its genesis to its outcome, would reveal how deeply flawed and biased it is. Given every contributing factor, there is no other verdict that would have been reached other than “we must all do something about global warming!” Yet the legacy media has treated Risky Business as something that was objectively conceived, and which has delivered perfectly reasonable conclusions. That is to be expected from pack journalists who don’t look beyond the climate crystal balls (also known as “models”) spoon-fed to them by big government scientists, but that doesn’t mean (and hasn’t in the past) that the public will swallow it.

A Trivial Proof That Mann-Made Global Warming Has Had No Impact On Sea Level

This proof is so simple, that even a climate scientist couldn’t understand it.

Sea level at Manhattan has been rising at a steady rate since the start of records in the 1850’s. The rate of rise has not accelerated or decelerated over the past 160 years. Experts blame it on melting glaciers.

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John Kerry presses for new climate change rules for farmers, fishers

kerrySecretary of State John Kerry took a turn from international diplomacy to wade into the climate change debate, advising both America and Africa to adopt farming policies that recognize and respond to the “impacts of climate change,” he said.

He called it “climate-smart agriculture,” and said at the U.S.-Africa Summit that the world’s fisheries would be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the policy, The Hill reported.

“The impacts of climate change are already being felt everywhere in the world — the Arctic, the Antarctic and everywhere in between,” Mr. Kerry said, The Hill reported. “All you have to do is look at the conditions farmers are dealing with around the world — hotter temperatures, longer droughts, unpredictable rainfall patterns.”

Top Professor Fired for Exposing Huge Wind Energy Scam

wind-farm-landHenrik Møller, Denmark's leading academic expert on noise research, has been fired by his university after exposing a far-reaching cover up by the Danish government of the health risks caused by wind turbine noise pollution. 

Shock and outrage at this latest example of the heavey-handed cover up of government-backed junk science has brought strong condemnation from independent scientists. John Droz Jr, a respected critic of wind farms, has issued the following condemnatory response:

As you probably know, a passion of mine is defending my profession (Science) from assault.

Enviros are watermelons – green on the outside, red in the middle

communismMany environmental groups claim their actions and policies are necessary to save the planet from all sorts of real and imagined problems. As I’ve reported in a previous post (Climate and Communism) radical environmentalists don’t like capitalism because it impedes their utopian fantasy. For instance, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is reported to have said that democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. The really good model is communist China.

Recently, at a conference in Venezuela, 130 environmental groups signed a document called the Margarita Declaration (It’s in Spanish) in which they declared we must end capitalism to save the world from global warming. (See story in the Daily Caller.) “The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,” reads the final draft of the report. These same activists not only want to end capitalism, but also U.N.-backed efforts to fight global warming — namely, cap-and-trade and forest conservation programs.

The News Media Now Reports All Weather as "Extreme"

cartoonIn a desperate effort to keep the global warming hoax alive even though it is now called “climate change”, the meteorologically challenged print and broadcast media is now declaring all weather “extreme” these days.

The Media Research Institute recently analyzed broadcast network transcripts between July 1, 2004 and July 1, 2005, along with those between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. What it discovered was the network coverage of “extreme weather” had increased nearly one thousand percent!

As Sean Long reported, “during that time, extreme weather was frequently used by the networks to describe heat waves, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, and winter storms, and they often included the phrase in onscreen graphics or chyrons during weather stories.”

Our Weird Energy Politics

Carter and his symbolic solar panels.Carter and his symbolic solar panels.What is it about the weather that compels our government to ineptly dictate how we produce electricity and consume energy? This a worthwhile question to ask on August 4, the anniversary of the day in 1977 that President James Earl Carter signed legislation creating the brand-new, Cabinet-level Department of Energy.

When it comes to energy fecklessness, which was very costly to the Democratic party in the revolutionary election of 1980, Barack Obama’s policies are in Mr. Carter’s league. With global warming at the top of the president’s agenda and at the bottom of the electorate’s, a similar result may be brewing.

Billionaire Tom Steyer Using His Super Pac to Oust Florida's Governor

Gov Rick ScottGov Rick ScottFrom the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting:

Money aimed at ousting Gov. Rick Scott because of his views on climate change has begun trickling into Florida’s gubernatorial race.

Months ago, The New York Times reported that a liberal one-issue Super PAC planned to spend $100 million on fighting candidates around the country that are against taking action on climate change. One of the main candidates in the crosshairs of this political action committee is Scott.

According to Matt Dixon with The Naples Daily News, the money is now coming into the state.

San Francisco-based NextGen Climate Action Committee last month gave $750,000 to its Florida committee, the first contribution in the state. On its website, Scott is listed as one of seven Republican candidates the group is targeting.

Toledo Water Pollution Not Due to Climate Change

Satellite image of algae bloomSatellite image of algae bloomAt The Guardian, Suzanne Goldenberg has a story stating that “the toxins that contaminated the water supply of the city of Toledo—leaving 400,000 people without access to safe drinking water for two days—were produced by a massive algae boom.” Goldenberg’s story blames climate change on the water pollution, as exemplified by the article’s title: “Farming practices and climate change at root of Toledo water pollution.”

Within the story, Goldenberg claims that “the current bloom of microcystis is concentrated in Maumee Bay in Lake Erie’s western basin, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A second, smaller bloom has appeared in Sandusky Bay. The main cause for such algal blooms is an overload of phosphorus, which washes into lakes from commercial fertiliser used by farming operations as well as urban water-treatment centres. Hotter and longer summers also promote the spread of the blue-green scum.”

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