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

25 Years Of Predicting The Global Warming ‘Tipping Point’

goreFor decades now, those concerned about global warming have been predicting the so-called “tipping point” — the point beyond which it’ll be too late to stave off catastrophic global warming.

It seems like every year the “tipping point” is close to being reached, and that the world must get rid of fossil fuels to save the planet. That is, until we’ve passed that deadline and the next such “tipping point” is predicted.

Would you believe it was eight years ago today that the United Nations predicted we only had “as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2C or more.” This failed prediction, however, has not stopped the U.N. from issuing more apocalyptic predictions since.

New paper on Antarctic sea ice melt misses the mark

temp anomalyAccording to a new paper in the journal 'Science Magazine,' the Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting at an accelerated rate, which the authors attribute to a warming climate. There's only one problem: According to the National Space Science & Technology Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH), atmospheric temperatures across Antarctica haven't moved up or down since 1979 (See graph right).

Paul Homewood, of the popular site Not A Lot Of People Know That, writes that "the [temperature] trend is a statistically insignificant 0.02°C/decade." He also notes that "sea surface temperatures have been plunging in the last decade," and not rising. According to this paper, the sea ice that is supposedly melting sits on this ocean water, ruling that out as a factor.

Hydrogen fuel cars you can buy now

MiraiIn the previous blog post, I have exposed my disdain for the hype surrounding mass production of something as ordinary as lithium-ion batteries. Electric power has been used for a very long time – one comparable to that of the combustion engines. It works but whether it should replace the combustion engines or fossil-fuel-driven power plants should be left to the free markets and those shouldn't be distorted by subsidies.

The same thing holds for the hydrogen fuel cells. They are actually an old paradigm, too. In fact, they were first proposed in 1838. However, until recently, the technological hurdles have been huge and that's why hydrogen fuel cells still sound as science-fiction of a sort. For many years, you could have driven hydrogen-fueled hybrid buses produced in Pilsen but you didn't expect to buy a hydrogen fuel car yourself.

Saul Alinsky, Climate Scientist

radicalsIn his 1971 handbook, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals, the godfather of community organizers, Saul D. Alinsky, asserted that the "basic requirement for the politics of change is to reorganize the world as it is."

To Alinsky, the world and its history were all about revolution.

Saul Alinsky radicals who are all about revolutionary change ("we are the ones we've been waiting for" kind of change) have now seized control of an issue that can more quickly bring about that change – "climate disruption," as expressed in community-organizer lingo.

If Alinsky were alive today, he would likely fit right in with the current activist climate scientists.  Alinsky would probably see that the challenge is to convince enough of the "Have-Nots" that their privation stems not just from racism, sexism, classism, and all the other social -isms used to divide people, but also from what some have called "climatism."

Ensconced in political power, today's Alinsky-style radical elites running roughshod over pure scientific practice can force societal change predicated on unfounded predictions of climate doom.  They seem willing to use any means necessary to realize their society-remaking goal.  After all, to such radicals, the ends justify the means.

Climate movement's immoral spending

moneyAll sensible people are environmentalists. We want to enjoy clean air, land and water and we like to think that future generations will live in an even better environment.

So why is it that, according to a Gallup poll released last month, Americans’ concern about environmental issues now rates near its lowest since the late 1980s?

While Gallup proposes several causes of the decline — a more positive view of the state of the environment, increased economic concerns, politicization of environmental issues — one explanation should trouble environmental strategists: they are, in effect, focused on the wrong issue.

Let market address California water woes

droughtCalifornians are experiencing their third year of drought. One news outlet summarized the conclusions of a group of environmentalists this way: "California's severe and ongoing drought is just a taste of the dry years to come, thanks to global warming."

Let's examine a few drought facts. California experienced eight major droughts in the 20th century, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. They ranged from two years to as long as nine years, such as that which occurred from 1928 to 1937.

Silencing skeptics, conservatives and free speech

no free speechOur scientific method and traditions of free speech and open debate are under assault as never before, by intolerant inquisitors in our media, universities, government agencies, and even Congress and the Vatican.

They threaten our most basic rights and freedoms, our political and scientific processes – and ultimately our continued innovation and invention, energy reliability and affordability, job creation and economic growth, and modern living standards, health and welfare.

Congressman Grijalva and Senators Markey, Boxer and Whitehouse sent letters to universities, think tanks and companies, demanding detailed information on skeptics’ funding and activities – in an attempt to destroy their funding, reputations and careers, while advancing “crony climate alarm science.” Equally intolerable, Democrats and the White House are blocking efforts to ensure that environmental regulations are based on honest, unbiased, transparent, replicable science that accurately reflects real-world evidence.

Five years on: why Obama will always cherish the Gulf Oil Spill

BP Oil spillFive years ago today the Guardian was celebrating one of the most glorious moments in left-wing history since the erection of the Berlin Wall. I refer, of course, to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – a tragedy which the Guardian and the rest of the left-liberal media milked so hard that had it been a cow it would almost certainly have had to be put down by a vet, quite likely causing the newspaper’s environment team to be imprisoned for gross animal cruelty and beaten with rubber truncheons by black-uniformed officers of the RSPCA.

Here’s just one example of the kind of enviro porn I mean. See how droolingly it quotes experts from the usual, parti-pris conservation bodies like Pew Environment Group, the National Audubon Society, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature about all the species that might lose their lives: “the brown pelican, state bird of Louisiana”, the American oystercatcher, Wilson’s plover, snowy plover, the Caspian tern, royal tern, laughing gull, black skimmer…

The Sun Is ‘Blank’ As Solar Activity Comes To A Standstill

blanksunA new report from seasoned meteorologists says the sun is “almost completely blank” as the center of the solar system enters its weakest cycle in more than a century.

“The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century,” according to Virginia-based weather forecaster Vencore Weather.

Examine scientific evidence before you make comments on climate change

earthIT HAS been brought to my attention that for no apparent reason, in a letter of April 23, Dr Martin Rodger criticised me for having “attacked” the Royal Society and NASA in 2009 and for having “a history of climate-change denying”.

I don’t know anyone who denies that the climate changes; history and geology have shown us that the climate has always changed.

As a physicist with many years experience in the fields of fluid flow, heat transfer and thermal-hydraulics, I have a deep understanding of the physical processes which drive the climate.

Money dictates claims on climate

Arctic Ice 2I got a chuckle out of the quote in "A thought" by James Hansen in Wednesday's paper. His assertion that you cannot blame a single event on global warming, but you can blame frequency and intensity on global warming, seems to fly in the face of reality.

Let's look at a prediction made by Al Gore. When Gore accepted the Nobel Prize in 2007, he predicted that in seven years there would be no Arctic ice cap. His dire prediction was not only wrong but incorrect by a long shot. Both the U.S. Snow and Ice Data Center (part of NASA) and the Danish Meteorological Institute report significant growth and that an area the size of Alaska that was water is now frozen and part of that ice cap. While alarming the world about the perils of a dramatically rising sea level and the ensuing floods, the former vice president was spending $8 million on an ocean-front estate in Montecito, California, the height of hypocrisy.

Divestments of fossil fuels run amok

copperFrom The Australian:

The Centre for Australian Ethical Research has settled a legal dispute with Sandfire Resources after admitting failings in the ­advice given to the Australian National University to sell its shares in the miner.

The controversial advice given by CAER was part of a move to divest from selected ­resources companies in the university’s $1.1 billion portfolio as part of a policy to divest from miners blamed for contributing to global warming.