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

Russia, U.S. Need To Cooperate In The Arctic

arctic drillingRussia is in the news again. NATO ministers continue to discuss how to upgrade their response capabilities to contain Russia, an increasingly unpredictable neighbor. Pentagon officials advise Congress that Russia is a top military threat. Meanwhile, President Putin ramps up his military modernization.

Could this finally be the end of strong Russia-U.S. cooperation in the one region where our interests have aligned since the end of the Cold War: the Arctic?

One hopes that the answer is no.

To hell with global warming heretics

pope francis environment encyclicalSeems the pope doesn't realize that increased carbon dioxide is good for plants and other foodstuffs that come out of the ground (corn, wheat, etc.). If it all sounds familiar to the religion that has become global warming, that's because it is. From UCA News:

Pope Francis on Tuesday warned "the powerful of the earth" they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population.

"The planet has enough food for all, but it seems that there is a lack of willingness to share it with everyone," Francis said at a mass to mark the opening of the general assembly of the Catholic charitable organization Caritas.

A Vote Of Confidence In Shale Gas

keep calmThe results of last week's General Election signal a vote of confidence in shale gas. Constituencies across Blackpool, Preston, and the Fylde returned MPs to parliament who are supportive of the responsible extraction of shale gas. Candidates who had signed Greenpeace's 'Frack Free Promise' failed to make inroads. All of the main parties entered the election committed to the responsible development of shale gas resources. The election results are a vote of confidence in shale and send a message to Lancashire County Council that they need to seize upon the opportunities that shale offers the North West. --North West Energy Task Force, 13 May 2015

Mr Osborne wants to remodel the British economy and has put in place ministers whom he feels will help to deliver his writ across Whitehall. Amber Rudd, [the new energy secretary] is expected to prioritise the development of shale gas in Britain, following the chancellor’s request last year to ministers to reduce planning delays. “I would love fracking to get going in the UK and I am doing absolutely everything I can to encourage it,” Mr Osborne said in 2013. The chancellor’s allies say the Tories went quiet on fracking during the election campaign for fear of upsetting the shires but Mr Osborne now wants to “get on with it”. --George Parker, Financial Times, 13 May 2015

The BBC Is A Sinister Organisation: It Must Be Abolished, Not Reformed

bbcThe Daily Telegraph says the BBC is ‘outdated’ and wants it to ‘demonstrate its continuing relevance’. Excuse me while I reach for my revolver. The BBC is a State broadcaster. State broadcasting was ‘relevant’ in the same way Communism was.

Let’s spell it out, for those who don’t know the history. The BBC was set up to limit free speech.

In June 1920, Marconi, with backing from the Daily Mail, made the first (private) radio broadcast in Britain. The British State, run by Britain’s ruling class, was horrified. They feared the masses, and they feared free mass communication. In America there had been an explosion of private radio stations, broadcasting whatever they liked. Within months, radio broadcasting in Britain had been banned.

Antarctica Has So Much Sea Ice Scientists Have Trouble Getting There

antarcticaScientists are struggling to stage expeditions to the South Pole because Antarctica’s sea ice has been growing rapidly and hit record high levels.

The UK Guardian reports 50 scientists have gathered in Tasmania to discuss more accurate ways to predict Antarctic sea ice levels so researchers don’t get stuck in ice pack when traveling southward.

“It’s quite hard to forecast but whatever effort we put into improving our ability to forecast sea ice will ultimately pay dividends in terms of savings for national programs,” Tony Worby, head  of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, told the Guardian.

Wind energy myths spun by lobbyists and salesmen

wind farmA recent letter in my local paper by American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) representative Tom Vinson is typical of wind industry sales propaganda. It deserves correction. 

This is the reality:  Industrial wind energy is NET LOSER – economically, environmentally, technically and civilly. Let’s examine how.

Economically. New York State (NYS) has some of the highest electricity rates in the United States – a whopping 53% above the national average. This is due in large part to throwing hundreds of billions of our taxpayer and ratepayer dollars into the wind. High electricity costs drive people and businesses out of the state, and ultimately hurt poor families the most.

Truth. It’s All Greek to UWA Warmists

winthrop hallSummoned from his slumber by the cries of academic freedom and integrity being tortured and dispatched at the University of Western Australia, the ghost of Socrates had a few pointed things to say. After that he asked for his statue be removed from from campus.

The University of Western Australia’s magnificent Winthrop Hall is dedicated to Socrates. Now there was a courageous chap. He knew the difference between aurum philosophicum and aurum vulgi – between genuine and pseudo-knowledge – and was prepared to say so. This is clearly a skill in short supply on campus, judging by the extraordinary events of last week surrounding the dismissal of Bjorn Lomborg before he had even reported for work.

The BBC on global warming is beyond a joke

Arctic Ice 2The BBC’s relentless efforts to promote the need for that treaty to “decarbonise” the world’s economies they so desperately want to see agreed in December are getting way beyond a joke. On Monday’s Today programme, for instance, they yet again wheeled on that joke figure Lord Stern to tell us that renewable energy now enjoys “very little subsidy or none at all” (don’t tell the owners of offshore wind farms, who imagine they are getting subsidies of more than 200 per cent).

Most energy from fossil fuels, Stern went on, is “heavily subsidised”, to the tune of “$500 billion a year”. Even John Humphrys sounded faintly disbelieving when Stern explained that most of this “subsidy” was the taxation not imposed on fossil-fuel companies for “polluting” the planet.

Do What They Say... Not What They Spray

Barbra Streisand`s California home Barbra Streisand`s California home Kind of synonymous with ironic that the mouthiest Hollywood and music glitterati in the poppycocky finger-shaking-at-others mode are oblivious of the water crisis in their literal own backyards in California, judging by current flyover pics.

Famously private Barbra Streisand, Babs herself, a huge blabber-lip when it comes to backing (religiously Democrat) candidates attacking us for climate infractions and the improper use of our resources, flora and fauna, keeps her huge grounds lemonade fresh.

People, people who dislike people -- are the selfish-est people . .

Just as Kim (Selfie) Kardashian and Kanye West and their glitterati ilk have lawn and acreage sparkling emerald to the overhead drone and camera eye.

Green Party Turfed Out of Brighton and Hove

greenThe Green Party has been flushed out of power in Brighton and Hove, losing more than half its seats on the south coast council. Labour now have the largest group on the council with 23 seats, but are five short of an overall majority. The Green party has 11, down from 23.

The Conservative party picked up the remaining 20 seats on the council to become the second largest group, again illustrating the rainbow characteristics of a city which returned one Conservative, one Labour and one Green Party MP to Westminster on Thursday.

Tory Victory A Huge Blow To UK Green Energy Industry, Campaigners Warn

cutting wind powerThe conservative election victory has dealt a severe blow to Britain’s green energy industry, campaigners have warned, as the new majority government prepares to scrap crucial subsidies for renewable power; champion the development of polluting shale gas; and make significant cuts to spending. The renewable industry is most worried about the future of onshore wind farm developments, which the Tories have repeatedly dismissed as an unwanted eyesore despite being cheaper than other forms of green energy. --Tom Bawden, The Independent on Sunday, 10 May 2015