If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
–Albert Einstein

CIA closes dedicated climate change unit

President Barack Obama speaks to CIA employees...

President Barack Obama speaks to CIA employees at CIA Headquarters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The CIA has shuttered its unit dedicated to studying the impact of climate change on national security, shifting its activities elsewhere, an official said Tuesday.

"As part of a broader realignment of analytic resources, this work continues to be performed by a dedicated team in a new office that looks at economic and energy matters affecting America's national security," said CIA spokesman Todd Ebitz.

A Hurricane of Global Warming Lies

hurricanesandydamageAt his recent press conference, President Obama, in response to a question, said “You know, as you know, Mark, we can’t attribute any particular weather event to climate change. What we do know is the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even ten years ago.” That is a flat out lie. The temperature of the Earth has been cooling for at least sixteen years.

‘Cooling World’ Is Hot Potato For UN Climate Summit

carpediem200The world’s climate has cooled during 2011 and 2012, temperature data from Britain’s Met Office reveals — just before this year’s talks on cutting global greenhouse gas emissions. The figures show that, although global temperatures are still well above the long-term average, they have fallen significantly since the record seen in 2010. The findings could prove politically sensitive, coming ahead of the United Nation’s climate summit in Doha, Qatar, where the global system for regulating greenhouse gas emissions faces collapse. --Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times,18 November 2012    

Agenda-driven Met Office's grudging concessions to reality

Met OfficeMet OfficeIt's bizarre to watch the UK Met Office squirm as it desperately tries to maintain an ideological position in the face of conflicting evidence. I never would have believed that such a formerly respected institution, scientific impartiality at its core, could be so compromised by a political agenda.

Instead of simply reporting on new developments in climate, they must instead be spun in order to bolster the case for political action. Such is the case today, where Peter Stott grudgingly concedes that temperatures have fallen in the past couple of years, but surrounds it with caveats and "yes, buts" in order to make sure The Cause™ is not diluted (see highlights below):

More Evidence for a Truly Global Little Ice Age

English: Bransfield Strait with Brunow Bay, Li...

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In an attempt to rewrite earth's climatic history, certain scientists have long contended that the relative coldness of the Little Ice Age and the relative warmth of the Medieval Warm Period were not particularly great in extent (spatial coverage of the earth) nor in magnitude (degree of deviation from the long-term mean), in order to make the global warming of the latter part of the 20th century appear highly unusual, which they equate with anthropogenic-induced, which they associate with the historical rise in the air's CO2 content, which provided them a reason to call for dramatic reductions in the use of fossil fuels, such as coal, gas and oil, which reductions we believe to be unwarranted.

GWPF News and Views Round-up

Green Utopia Dying As Desert Plan To Power Europe Falters
Matt McGrath, BBc News

An ambitious plan to provide 15% of Europe’s power needs from solar plants in North Africa has run into trouble.  The Desertec initiative hoped to deliver electricity from a network of renewable energy sources to Europe via cables under the sea. But in recent weeks, two big industrial backers have pulled out. And the Spanish [...]

Greenpeace stunt backfires. We mustn't laugh

[h/t to Anne] Poor Greenpeace. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude for having got me on the front page of the paper edition of the Guardian (and how many more of those will there be???), for having boosted sales of my splendid book Watermelons: How Environmentalists Are Killing The Planet, Destroying The Economy And Stealing Your Children's Future, and for having given me an excuse to get yet another article on the evils of wind farms in the print issue of the Telegraph.

greenpeace ship of liesMy favourite bit was this one, where I revealed the astonishing level of subsidies made available to greedy landowners and rapacious wind farm developers.

Here, roughly, is how the spoils will be divided among the troughers at Ovenden Moor. The landowner will be paid £401,000 pa, index-linked, for the next 25 years. The developer will get an income of around £2,679,300 pa, index-linked, over the same period. The vast bulk of this will come straight from the taxpayer in the form of compulsory subsidies, payable even if the turbines produce no power.

No way would that damning paragraph have been published in the paper had it not been for Greenpeace's sterling efforts. So, thanks for that guys!

Cool spell to chill hearts of climate activists

earth-from-spaceTHE world's climate has cooled during last year and this year, temperature data from Britain's Met Office reveals -- just before this year's talks on cutting global greenhouse gas emissions.

The figures show that, although global temperatures are still well above the long-term average, they have fallen since the record seen in 2010.

The findings could prove politically sensitive, coming ahead of the UN's climate summit in Doha, Qatar, where the global system for regulating greenhouse gas emissions faces collapse. The threat comes because the Kyoto Treaty, under which developed nations pledged to cut their carbon emissions, expires at the end of this year. Doha is seen as the last hope of securing an extension.

President Obama says climate change to take backseat to economy

Barack Obama

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Climate change will take a back seat to efforts to boost the economy in the near term, but the issue would return to the agenda in the future, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

The president, who won an endorsement from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg late in the presidential campaign because of his support for action on greenhouse gases, said his top priority would be to work to avert the “fiscal cliff.”

Hurricane Sandy resurrected the claim that global warming was to blame for such events

sandyipWhen 'superstorm' Sandy hit the east coast of the US on October 29, it not only flooded the New York City Subway and became the most important factor for 15% of US voters in the presidential election a week later. It also resurrected the unwarranted claim that global warming was to blame for such events, together with the morally irresponsible argument that we should help future hurricane victims by cutting CO2 emissions.

A blast from Gore's not-so-distant-past

Gore's Santa Barbara houseA special message to Al Gore as he celebrates his 'dirty weather' campaign for the next 24 hours. From Aug. 25, 2012:

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There’s one of those old journalistic “where-are-they-now” standbys in the New York Times today about Al Gore. The story is at turns unintentionally hilarious and also deeply revealing of what’s wrong with the world. Above all, the story seems much longer than the topic merits.

A snippet of the BBC's Editorial Values

Representation of high precision and low accuracy.

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Excerpted from Section 1 of the BBC's Editorial Values [Emphasis added]:

1.2.1 Trust
Trust is the foundation of the BBC: we are independent, impartial and honest.  We are committed to achieving the highest standards of due accuracy and impartiality and strive to avoid knowingly and materially misleading our audiences

1.2.2 Truth and Accuracy
We seek to establish the truth of what has happened
and are committed to achieving due accuracy in all our output.  Accuracy is not simply a matter of getting facts right; when necessary, we will weigh relevant facts and information to get at the truth.  Our output, as appropriate to its subject and nature, will be well sourced, based on sound evidence, thoroughly tested and presented in clear, precise language.  We will strive to be honest and open about what we don't know and avoid unfounded speculation.