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

‘Green’ Cars Meltdown As VW Emissions Scandal Rocks Car Industry

volkswagon failThe European car industry was shaken on Monday as Volkswagen’s share price fell almost 20 per cent over its admission that it cheated on US emissions tests, triggering calls for a broader inquiry into the sector. More than €13bn was wiped off VW’s market capitalisation, spurring a wider fall in carmakers’ shares, after Martin Winterkorn, the group’s chief executive, apologised and ordered an external investigation into the affair. he news prompted a fall in carmakers’ shares with Daimler, BMW, Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroën each being sold off amid investor concerns over the potential scale of the cost to VW and the broader industry. VW faces billions of dollars in fines and warranty costs, possible criminal charges for executives and class-action lawsuits from US drivers. --Andy Sharman and Jeevan Vasagar, Financial Times, 22 September 2015

The federal government paid out as much as $51 million in green car subsidies for Volkswagen diesel vehicles based on falsified pollution test results, according to a Times analysis of the federal incentives. Such green car incentives have also gone to buyers of hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars. But the EPA does not track aggregate figures for incentives paid out to buyers of specific models or brands. --Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times, 22 September 2015

The Exxon Climate Denial Myth

exxonMike Shellenberger, the President Breakthrough Institute, and a man who Time Magazine called 'Hero of the Environment': 'The picture painted of Exxon seeking out & funding "climate change deniers" to mislead public & prevent climate policy is false.'

'The picture painted by @insideclimate is that Exxon was paying people to lie about climate while acknowledging it privately...In reality, Exxon funded conservative think tanks that were mostly *not* "climate deniers" — & in many cases advocate climate policy!'

Leader of the RICO 20 is a prime example of a climate profiteer

locked upThe letter by global warming scientists calling on President Obama to look into prosecuting climate skeptics has prompted international outcry. See: Debate no more! Jailed for scientific dissent?! Twenty climate scientists, including Top UN scientist, call for RICO investigation of climate skeptics in letter to Obama (Also see: Mike Shellenberger takes down the ‘The Exxon Climate Denial Myth’ – Exxon in ‘many cases advocated for climate policy!’)

The uproar over the to effort to enact racketeering charges against those who disagree with the view of dangerous man-made global warming has just added a new twist.

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr., professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has revealed the leader of the RICO 20 is a prime example of a climate profiteer.

Insanity on steroids!

refugeesThe Middle East is imploding. Islamic State butchers are annihilating Christian and other communities. Putin is sending arms to Assad. Under the Obama-Iran nuclear deal, the mullahs will get $100+ billion to expand their proxy terror war on Israel and the West. Saudi Arabia has 100,000 empty air-conditioned tents but won’t take any of the millions who’ve been driven from their homes. Neither will most of the other 22 Arab League nations or 57 Organization of Islamic Cooperation member countries.

Instead, millions of mostly Muslim migrants, militants and refugees are heading to Europe – with limited money, education, job skills, or desire to assimilate. They demand entry into EU countries whose energy, economic, employment and welfare systems are already foundering or nearing collapse.

Tropical Pacific Ocean warms while atmosphere and other oceans don't

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the preeminent ocean temperature measuring buoy system named “ARGO,” is helping oceanographers and climate scientists answer one of the most important climate question of the decade. Why has the Pacific Ocean dramatically warmed during the last 12 months when the atmosphere hasn’t warmed in 18 years 8 months?

Figure 1. Map of worldwide ARGO Buoys Figure 1. Map of worldwide ARGO Buoys

A very important question to be sure. However, sometimes asking the proper question is more important than the answer, because properly formulated questions often lead to amazing new insights. As an example, climate scientists, politicians, and the public should actually be asking this question: Why has the tropical Pacific Ocean dramatically warmed during the last 12 months when the atmosphere and all other oceans haven’t warmed?

BLOOD-crazy CLIMATE mosquitoes set to GROUND SANTA's reindeer

santaSome say the menace of climate change has been overblown: but they couldn't be more wrong, as it has emerged that global warming is set to extirpate - or anyway, seriously annoy - the lovable arctic reindeer.

This is because, according to a new climate model, a warming arctic will soon be overrun with bloodlusting mosquitoes which will descend in thirsty swarms on the hapless circumpolar reindeer/caribou.

"Increased mosquito abundance, in addition to northward range expansions of additional pest species, will have negative consequences for the health and reproduction of caribou," says postdoc researcher Lauren Culler of the Dickey Center Institute of Arctic Studies, in tinned quotes supplied to the media.

China’s Coal Consumption 14% Higher Than Previously Thought

chartA newly released analysis of Chinese government data by the U.S. Energy Information Administration found over the past decade-plus, China consumed as much as 14% more coal on an energy-content basis than previously reported. Its domestic coal production meanwhile was as much as 7% higher between 2000 and 2013. The upward revisions are also a reminder of just how unreliable Chinese government data can be. It illustrates just how difficult it is to get an accurate historic account of China’s emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere. --The Wall Street Journal, 17 September 2015

Coal India’s plan to double production to almost 1 billion tonnes by 2020 hinges precariously on the successful completion of 25 key projects that are meant to deliver half the targeted output. To speed up the rail links, the government is forming special purpose vehicles in which Coal India is likely to hold the majority stake, followed by the Indian Railways and the respective state governments. --Debjoy Sengupta, Times of India, 11 September 2015

Even Good Climate News Flipped to Alarmism

cartoon-figuresVeterans of the climate policy debate have known for years that no matter what, those worried about emissions can take any new information to conclude: “Things are worse than we thought! We need our preferred policies more than ever!” A Working Paper from earlier this year shows just how far this trend can be pushed, whereby elite researchers took the U.N.’s reduction in the bottom range of man’s likely influence on global temperatures to argue for increased worry about the future.

“When Is Good News Bad?”

To show that I am not attacking a straw man, let me quote liberally from the Abstract of the paper, “Climate Uncertainty: When Is Good News Bad?” published early this year by Freeman, Wagner, and Zeckhauser (two of whom are at Harvard):

Global warming promoters: Use RICO on critics

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSen. Sheldon WhitehouseDespite no rise in average global temperature for nearly two decades, some two dozen scientists with major U.S. universities are urging President Obama to use RICO laws to prosecute opponents who deny mankind is causing catastrophic changes in the climate.

That’s the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which can put people in jail.

In a letter addressed to Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren, the scientists said they “appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress.”

Scientists ask Obama for RICO investigation to end climate debate

jailAccording to Politico's Morning Energy report published today, twenty climate scientists have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to jail climate skeptics using the RICO act. In a letter dated September 1 and sent to the president and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the scientists argue that the "systemic efforts to prevent the public from understanding climate change resembles the investigation undertaken against tobacco."

The letter, which was signed by Kevin Trenberth, a UN IPCC Lead Author, says it drew inspiration from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who said on the Senate floor that there "might be a conspiracy here, and a civil trial could provide the tools of discovery needed to find out." That tool would be the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act, which gives the Attorney General unfettered access to "investigate corporations and other organizations" that may have "knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change."

Jailed for scientific dissent?! 20 climate scientists call for RICO investigation of climate skeptics

Scared Straight?Scared Straight?Top UN scientist Dr. Kevin Trenberth and 19 other scientists have become so tired of debating global warming that they are now apparently seeking to jail those who disagree with them.

Warmist scientists including UN IPCC Lead Author Kevin Trenberth to Obama: 'We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool – recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change. We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call for a RICO investigation.'

Low Oil Price Drives New Shale Revolution

cartoonEasy money, super-sized frack jobs, and desperate drillers offering deep discounts to oil producers – all three have been credited for sustaining U.S. crude output during the worst price slump in six years. Now there appears to be a new factor in the mix: old vertical wells that can quickly be drilled, injected with water or fracked for a second time to increase production at low cost. The industry’s ability to find some workaround every time prices seem too low to keep pumping explains in part why 15 months into the downturn U.S. output stays near highs of around 9 million barrels a day and the government forecasts only modest declines through mid-2016. --Reuters, 15 September 2015

GOP candidates respond to climate change question at CNN debate

debateToward the end of the GOP presidential debate last night on CNN, moderator Jake Tapper pressed the Republican candidates on climate change, likening it to Reagan's response to the ozone layer. Tapper asked Senator Marco Rubio, "Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, George Shultz, says Ronald Reagan urged skeptics in industry to come up with a plan. He said, do it as an insurance policy in case the scientists are right. Secretary Shultz asks, why not take out an insurance policy and approach climate change the Reagan way?"

"We’re not going to destroy our economy the way the left-wing government that we are under now wants to do," Rubio said. "I am not in favor of any policies that make America a harder place for people to live, or to work, or to raise their families. Every proposal they [Obama administration] put forward are going to be proposals that will make it harder to do business in America, that will make it harder to create jobs in America.