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

The Brave Judith Curry (Part II)

judth curry testimony congressProf. Judith Curry testifying before congress.I have previously written about climatologist Judith Curry‘s continuing challenge to politicized climate science. “One plus the truth equals a majority,” I subtitled Part I back in May.

MasterResource has also covered Climategate, in which emails appeared that contained such statements as “I gave up on Judith Curry a while ago. I don’t know what she thinks she’s doing, but it’s not helping the cause, or her professional credibility.” (Dr. Michael Mann, IPCC Lead Author, May 30, 2008)

The Grand Dame of Climate Science is maintaining her prolific output at Climate Etc, which now includes energy- and policy-related commentary. Her posts, and guest posts by others, are increasingly multi-disciplinary, questioning not only the trumped consensus of physical climate science but also the postmodernist notion of preferable, competitive “clean” energy.

Australia's Chief Climate Alarmist fails in another of his predictions after just 7/10 years

flannery(h/t @tan123) In 2005, Professor Tim Flannery predicted that climate change would result in weather shifts and rainfall declines being permanent in nature with worst case scenarios seeing Sydney facing extreme water supply difficulties. The Warragamba catchment and dam is specifically mentioned.


Professor Tim Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007 because of his climate alarmism and then went on to be named the Chief Commissioner of the Climate Commission, a Federal Government body providing information on climate change to the Australian public.

A degree of uncertainty

earth satEverybody knows July is hot, unless he lives somewhere below the equator, where the seasons are upside down. Government scientists say this past month was the hottest July ever. Before everyone breaks into a cold sweat over global warming, however, the wise will look beyond the sensational headlines and remember that when the government writes the checks, it gets the best science money can buy.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that according to its recordings the average temperature on the globe in July was 61.86 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.46 degrees above the usual average and most significantly, 0.14 degrees higher than the July record set in 1998. Tom Harris, an environmental policy analyst, pointed out in these pages this week that a sliver of a degree is within the statistical margin of error, meaning that the actual composite reading might be no record at all. Most humans can't sense a change in temperature of even 1 degree over the course of a minute, so no one sweated the tiny increase, if indeed there was one.

Enron Environmentalism: The Carbon Credits Scam Pumps Millions of Tonnes More Greenhouse Gases Into The Atmosphere

moneyA UN-endorsed carbon offset scheme designed to reduce emissions has actually increased them massively, a study by a green think tank has found.

As well as pumping much as 600 million tonnes more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the carbon credits scheme has been abused by countries like Russia and the Ukraine which have used them as a money making scam.

Vladyslav Zhezherin, one of the co-authors of the study by the Stockholm Environment Institute says:

“This was like printing money.”

Disputing climate change claims

jerry brownAfter returning from some travels, I was enlightened by reading through many issues of our local newspaper and our online news.

I was informed that the drought we are experiencing and the devastating fires are all caused by or in the least worsened by global warming (aka climate change).

And, I read other articles, almost in the form of thank you notes, pointing out how great it is that our state, led by none other than the famous Moonbeam of years past, leads the nation and world in funds spent and programs to combat and someday turn around global warming (aka climate change).

NOAA: Hurricane Drought Hits Record 118 Months

Hurricane Fran sept 1996As of today, it has been a record 118 months since the last major hurricane struck the continental United States, according to records kept by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hurricane Research Division, which list all hurricanes to strike the U.S. mainland going back to 1851.

A major hurricane is Category 3 or higher hurrucine. The last one to strike the continental U.S. was Hurricane Wilma, which made landfall in North Carolina on Oct. 24, 2005.

President Obama is the first president in 122 years, since Benjamin Harrison was in office, who has not seen a major hurricane strike the U.S. during his time in office. In a statement on its website, NOAA expressed concern that Americans might suffer from “hurricane amnesia.”

How Tom Steyer, the White House, and a Scandal-Plagued Operative Paved the Way for EPA Regulations

steyer(h/t Climate Depot) The White House, statehouses, and nonprofits backed by the billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer worked behind the scenes to create a state-level advocacy network to support controversial new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, newly released emails reveal.

Involved in the strategy was a top aide to John Kitzhaber, the former Democratic governor of Oregon, according to emails obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. Kitzhaber resigned this year in the midst of a scandal involving his fiancée.

E&E released its findings in a Monday report that shows extensive behind-the-scenes coordination between White House staff, aides to as many as 12 governors, and officials at multiple arms of Steyer’s network of political and policy groups.

EPA could have prevented toxic mine spill if it followed own plan

animas riverAfter weeks of prodding from various news agencies, the EPA finally released documents on Friday that showed it was aware of a 'blowout' risk of poisonous wastewater from the infamous Gold King mine. Even so, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only had a perfunctory plan in place if the 3 million gallons of toxic water were to actually spill. One of the action items was to build a 'settling' pond outside the mine before any work began, but that was never completed. After the spill, three settling ponds were created outside the mine to capture the ongoing spillage.

As first reported here, the EPA sent a team to the abandoned mine near Silverton, Colorado, on Aug. 5 to build a drainage pipe for the toxic wastewater building up inside the long-abandoned gold mine. Instead, EPA-contracted workers inadvertently unleashed a "torrent of toxic water" that ended up in the Animas and San Juan rivers, a mustard-yellow plume that traveled 300 miles and across three states.

Carly Fiorina rejects California drought is the result of climate change

fiorinaCarly Fiorina rejects the premise of Chuck Todd’s question that the California drought is the result of climate change, and explains why he shouldn’t begin a question about California’s water policy with the assumption that everything done by the government to regulate water and water policy over the past 40 years has been perfect, safely blaming all problems on vague, semi-measurable “climate changes.”

Liberal politicians have made the effects of California’s drought worse by refusing to build more reservoirs to help during the lean years, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday.

Hillary Clinton’s Latest Campaign Plan: Double Down on Green Lunacy

hillaryIn a brilliantly suicidal move which might well drive the last nail into the coffin of her dreams of becoming the next U.S. president, Democrat contender Hillary Clinton is angling to position herself to the left of President Obama on the fatal issues of the environment and climate change.

Clinton, who has hitherto trodden carefully in this contentious and divisive territory, last week went all in with the greenies by tweeting her opinion on the subject of Arctic drilling.

“The Arctic is a unique treasure. Given what we know it’s not worth the risk of drilling,” she said, in a tweet signed ‘H’.

Deceptive temperature record claims

earth stratosphereThe U.S. government is at it again, hyping meaningless records in a parameter that does not exist in order to frighten us about something that doesn't matter.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this week that according to their calculations, July 2015 was the hottest month since instrumental records began in 1880. NOAA says that the record was set by eight one-hundredths of a degree Celsius over that set in July 1998. NASA calculates that July 2015 beat what they assert was the previous warmest month (July 2011) by two one-hundredths of a degree.

But government spokespeople rarely mention the inconvenient fact that these records are being set by less than the uncertainty in the statistics. NOAA claims an uncertainty of 14 one-hundredths of a degree in its temperature averages, or near twice the amount by which they say the record was set. NASA says that their data is typically accurate to one tenth of a degree, five times the amount by which their new record was set.

Political Target: Natural Gas

natural gas plantAmerica’s natural gas boom has been a rare economic bright spot, and even President Obama likes to take credit for it. But as his term winds down, the Administration is waging a war of regulatory attrition to raise drilling costs and reduce its competitive advantage over wind and solar power.

The latest effort came last week when the Environmental Protection Agency issued its new rule to slash emissions of methane, a byproduct of oil and gas drilling. The industry will be required to cut methane emissions by 40% to 45% over the next decade from 2012 levels. The rule spares existing wells that make no changes, but all new or modified wells will have to install costly new methane mitigation systems.

BBC Pulls Plug On Met Office

cartoonThe BBC has ended a partnership with the Met Office dating back more than 90 years by deciding not to renew its contract to provide weather forecasts. The last bulletin presented by the Met Office will be broadcast in October 2016, 94 years after the first, in November 1922. Bill Giles, who led the Met Office’s team of BBC forecasters from 1983 to 2000, was among those in shock at the decision. “It’s a hell of a shame. It’s the end of an era,” he said. --Nicholas Hellen, The Sunday Times, 24 August 2015

In recent years the Met Office has often felt less like a dispassionate provider of weather information and more like a lobbyist for the climate change agenda. It frequently seems more interested in pronouncing on the long-term climatology of rain forests and polar ice-caps than providing the best possible bread-and-butter local forecasts for its clients? Yes, it's sad that the Met Office has effectively been sacked by the BBC after 93 years but it only has itself to blame. --Editorial, Daily Mail, 24 August 2015