Fanciful predictions of all the deaths that will result from climate change, decades into the future, are regularly thrown into public debate. Less attention has been given to a real statistic from the here and now, released by the Office of National Statistics this week, which shows the effects of one of the policies designed to tackle climate change: high energy prices. It emerged this week that there were 31,000 ‘excess’ deaths in England and Wales last winter, almost a third more than the previous year. Almost all were, in effect, British pensioners who died of the cold.
The long-discussed meeting between a group of climate scientists and Fellows of the Royal Society on the one side, and me and some colleagues from my think-tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation on the other, has now at last taken place. It was held behind closed doors in a committee room at the House of Lords, the secrecy — no press present — at the insistence of the Royal Society Fellows, an insistence I find puzzling given the clear public interest in the issue of climate change in general and climate change policy in particular. --Nigel Lawson, The Spectator, 28 November 2013
The concern about increasing greenhouse gas emissions and possible future harmful global warming motivated the Massachusetts Legislature to pass the “Global Warming Solutions Act,” which is a regulatory program to address climate change. The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandates that power companies obtain a percentage of electricity from qualifying renewable sources by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from state-approved producers that are mostly wind and solar.
In recent years, we have seen many solar projects and wind turbines constructed or have been proposed across the state. None of these projects would be built or proposed if not for the very generous subsidies granted by our state and federal governments. But are they really worth it?
A new report published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation concludes that there has been no increase in extreme weather events in recent decades.
Whenever an extreme weather event (such as a heat-wave, a flood, a drought or a tropical storm) is widely reported by the news media, a heated debate about its possible link with global warming is set off.
The latest example of this kind of speculation was triggered by the disastrous typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands of people in the Philippines in early November.
Like Anthony Watts, I have only recently discovered the best, funniest and truest ever thing written about Climategate: an hilarious essay, published in 2009, by author Michael Kelly.
Like an Aristophanes satire, like Hamlet, it opens with two slaves, spear-carriers, little people. Footsoldiers of history, two researchers in a corrupt and impoverished mid-90s Russia schlep through the tundra to take core samples from trees at the behest of the bigger fish in far-off East Anglia. Stepan and Rashit don't even have their own e-mail address and like characters in some absurdist comedy must pass jointly under the name of Tatiana M. Dedkova.
At the heart of all the left’s political agendas is wealth redistribution. That is as true of the Global Warming eco-scam as it is of anything else.
The left knows that idealism is a puny force compared to the power of profit. It may employ the slogans of idealism, recruiting college students to wave signs, dress up as polar bears and cry Armageddon; but it uses the appeal of cold hard cash to invest as many people as it can into its cause.
Wealth redistribution gave the left a firm grip on power in America. No matter how many lies it tells or how many crimes it commits, it knows that when election time comes around those who profit from its wealth redistribution programs will flock to the polls; caring about nothing but their own bottom line.
As world leaders at the Warsaw COP-19 Climate Conference back away from new global warming climate targets, and British Columbia eliminates their controversial Pacific Climate Trust, Friends of Science has issued a new report calling upon the City of Calgary to abandon the Community GHG Reduction Plan. Friends of Science state that there has been no global warming in 16 years despite a rise in carbon dioxide and that the sun drives climate change, not carbon dioxide.
The global warming and climate science review organization Friends of Science released a report entitled "Renewable is Not So Doable," calling on the City of Calgary to rescind its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction plan. The city's plan was developed by the Pembina Institute, a renewable energy think-tank, and was based on "Climate change and its local and global impacts ..."
“Canada revoked its endorsement of Kyoto last year. What is the reason for our city and provincial government to contravene a Federal Policy?” asks Len Maier, President of Friends of Science, a retired engineer and tree farmer.
The summer Australian Antarctic Division program will have to be modified because its icebreaker the Aurora Australis has been delayed in heavy ice.
The ship was due to return to Hobart more than a week ago after a resupply mission, but it is still navigating through heavy ice about 180 nautical miles off the Davis research station.
Antarctic Division director Tony Fleming says there is no risk of the crew's food or water running low.
He says some open water was spotted from the air a couple of days ago but there is heavy ice between the ship and the break in the ice.
From the enviro-mag, Grist:
The latest round of U.N. climate talks extended the worldwide drought on climate-fighting leadership. Things were going so badly on Thursday that many of the world’s biggest environmental groups stormed out in frustration.
But late during the two weeks of negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, known as COP19, which ended Saturday, a few drops of refreshing news splashed down. Here’s a full rundown.
The big news:
President's residence on KiribatiA New Zealand judge on Tuesday rejected a Kiribati man’s claim that he should be granted refugee status because of climate change.
Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the low-lying Pacific island nation in 2007. He argued that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for him and his family to return to Kiribati.
mmigration authorities twice rejected his claims, so he appealed to the High Court.
In his decision, Judge John Priestley said Teitiota did not fit the definition of a refugee under international guidelines because he was not being directly persecuted.
In 2007 Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner was interviewed on the subject of sea levels. He is the head of the Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics department at Stockholm University in Sweden. He is past president (1999-2003) of the INQUA Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution, and leader of the Maldives Sea Level Project. Dr. Mörner has been studying the sea level and its effects on coastal areas for some 35 years.
“You have Vanuatu, and also in the Pacific, north of New Zealand and Fiji— there is the island Tegua. They said they had to evacuate it, because the sea level was rising. But again, you look at the tide-gauge record: There is absolutely no signal that the sea level is rising. If anything, you could say that maybe the tide is lowering a little bit, but absolutely no rising.”