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

Hurricane Hyperventilating: Alarmism vs. Realism

SandyALARMISM: Hurricane Sandy: The next climate wake-up call?

How's this for some election-year timing: The East Coast faces the real possibility of taking a battering next week from a “perfect storm” roaring in from the Atlantic — right at the tail end of a campaign in which President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and their debate moderators have all drawn criticism for avoiding discussion of climate change.

The brewing, blustery mess could affect the same region that was already knocked around by this summer's derecho and soaked in 2011 by Hurricane Irene. And it could come just two months after Hurricane Isaac forced the GOP to cancel the first day of its convention in Tampa.

Extraordinary Circumstances Needed for a Historic Storm

sandy's scenariosA major storm with damaging consequences is still on the table from Norfolk to New York City and Boston. However, multiple components have to come together for the perfect storm.

The realm of possibilities continues to range from Sandy escaping out to sea, with nothing more than blustery, much cooler air sweeping in, to a dynamic storm turning inland packing coastal flooding, flooding rainfall, high winds, downed trees, power outages, travel mayhem and even Appalachian snow.

Climate of Doubt about PBS’s Objectivity

This is just one more reason to defund PBS. If a “journalistic” organization cannot even provide some level of objectivity, why should the taxpayer be forced to support it?

From 0:18 to 0:21 in this trailer for the show “A Climate of Doubt”, I am seen talking about the U.S. government funding only research which supports global warming alarmism:

Nobel Mann Takes On Revolting Peasants

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Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chair of the IPCC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few readers have asked for my reaction to the news that climatologist Michael Mann has decided to proceed with his suit against NR, me, Rand Simberg and the Competitive Enterprise Institute for mocking his hockey stick.

I’m still working on my formal, bland, carefully lawyered official response, so for now just let me do cheap ad hominem cracks.

I was intrigued to see in Dr Mann’s press release of his suit the following biographical detail:

Dr. Mann is a climate scientist whose research has focused on global warming. In 2007, along with Vice President Al Gore and his colleagues of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having “created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming.”

Inflation up, carbon tax blamed

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English: Greg Combet, Member of Parliament of Australia, explaining the effects of the proposed carbon dioxide pollution tax, at the Petersham Town Hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just as the economy gets the staggers, here comes the carbon tax, driving inflation higher than expected:

Data out today showed inflation rose 1.4 per cent in the three months to the end of September following the introduction of the carbon tax on 1 July. Economists polled by Bloomberg tipped a 1 per cent rise as the impact of the carbon tax filtered through the economy.

On an annual basis, inflation increased 2 per cent, up from a 1.2 per cent rise in the year to June, the ABS said…

RBC Capital Markets senior economist Su-Lin Ong said the carbon tax had moved inflation up faster than anticipated...

And remember, this tax - which costs us money and jobs - will do absolutely nothing to stop any global warming.

Michael Mann Gets “Most Biased” Judge for Key US Global Warming Trial

300pxcourtgavelphoto: WikipediaA Washington judge acknowledged to have the worst reputation for bias and abuse of process is appointed to oversee one of the biggest science lawsuits since the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. The appointment of Judge Natalie Combs-Greene has enraged skeptics of the U.S. government’s tax-raising crusade built on junk man-made global warming science. It’s no secret that Greene is rated by Washington lawyers as one of the worst on the circuit.

Fraudster Al flies to Gibraltar: When was the last time that Gore dared to make a high-profile global warming hoax speech on American soil?

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 24JAN08 - Al Gore, Vice-Pre...

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Gibraltar Chronicle - Thinking Green: Gore applauds Gibraltar as ‘an example to the world’

Flying into Gibraltar on a British Airways flight, Al Gore was ready to answer any questions regarding his usage of private jets, his answer - he offsets his entire carbon footprint each year.

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During his presentation Mr Gore showed pictures where ‘Mother Earth’ has been hit hardest informing that this year Kuwait had record temperatures of 53.6degrees Celsius and that extreme hot temperature covers 10% of the earth, a figure than used to be 0.1%.

Obama, Romney ignore climate change, but so do voters

debateEnergy and green energy were hot topics during the presidential debates, but climate change didn't come up once. The candidates may be avoiding the issue because voters don't want to hear a difficult message.

In four years, climate change has gone from the elephant that blind men are trying to describe to the elephant in the room.

No one wants to talk about it. With a few exceptions, voters don't ask. And presidential candidates don't tell.

Climate RIP as political issue?!

obama shhh"It is very surprising to see three presidential debates and one Vice Presidential debate pass without a single mention of climate change. This is the first time this has happened since global warming hit the national stage in 1988. Global warming activists are justifiably outraged by this. After all, Obama declared in April of this year to Rolling Stone that he would make global warming a key campaign issue in 2012. Obama let down a key part of his political base by going silent on climate.

What happened? How did climate change get reduced to a comedic punch line in the 2012 presidential campaign?

Pima County officials cannot account for time spent on Rosemont Mine

rosemontProposed Rosemont mine locationHow do we know that Pima County officials are working on what they are supposed to? And how much time do they spend on certain projects?

The Southern Arizona Business Coalition (SABC), an advocate for Rosemont, wanted to know how much time Pima County officials spent on Rosemont copper mine related business over the last two years. One of SABC’s interests was to find out if Pima County officials were using taxpayer money to aid groups that are opposed to the mine, as Pima County is.

Climate hysteria in presidential debates RIP (1988-2008)

hansen1988congressIn the hot summer of 1988, James Hansen gave his notorious and by now perfectly discredited testimony in front of the U.S. Congress in which he has predicted approximately 1 °C of warming for the following 25 years. It was an election year in America and the the first one in which the "climate will dangerously change" meme has made it to the presidential debates.

So the topic was discussed by the candidates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. Six times. That's it. Thank God. The accumulating years of experience showing that a panic is unjustifiable, the public's growing knowledge of the climate science, the 2009 ClimateGate, and the natural aging process have teamed up to guarantee that the climate panic hasn't been mentioned once in the 2012 presidential debates:

US presidential debates' great unmentionable: climate change (Guardian, Suzanne Goldenberg from the U.S.)