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

Flashback 2009: John Kerry's epic fail on an ice-free Arctic by 2015

kerryWhen John Kerry was still a powerful Democrat from Massachusetts, he stood on the Senate floor on June 25, 2009, and said that in five years, the Arctic would be completely ice free (see video at end). Except that prediction, like so many others made by climate alarmists, failed on every level. Kerry also berated fellow senator James Inhofe (R) on his global warming beliefs, who has gone on the record saying that these very same predictions about catastrophic global warming effects are nothing more than fearmongering.

In 2009, Kerry told the Senate, "You have sea ice which is melting at a rate that the Arctic Ocean now increasingly is exposed. In five years, scientists predict we will have the first ice free Arctic summer." Kerry's divinations on an ice-free Arctic were so off the mark that you have to wonder why, in his position as Secretary of State, he keeps predicting that climate change disasters are just around the corner.

The ocean is rising at a quick snails pace

tidal gaugeTidal gaugeWell, well, well, the global warming — no, let me correct myself — climate change alarmists are at it again.

I awaken this morning to the catastrophic news headline on the Internet that “Sea Level Rise Accelerating, say Scientists.” Man, that sounds pretty bad. Before long, I will be able to go to Dothan if I want to spend a week at the beach. New York City will be underwater and Savannah will be like Atlantis — spoken about, but long gone.

These headlines were based upon an international team of scientists who published a report in a publication called Nature Climate Change. I’m no forensic investigator, but do you think a magazine named Nature Climate Change might have a little leaning one way or the other? I suspect if there is no claimed climate change, there is no need for the publication.

Toyota Challenges Tesla With A Hydrogen Car

MiraiTesla Motors founder Elon Musk recently introduced a new line of batteries to help solve the energy storage problems with his luxury electric cars. Too bad for him Toyota’s plans for a hydrogen powered car could upend Musk’s designs.

The Toyota Mirai, a four-seater sedan, is challenging Tesla’s Model S for the spot of “car of the future,” getting its power from hydrogen tanks under the sedan’s seats instead of relying electricity and battery storage.

The scandal of sea levels — rising trends, acceleration — largely created by adjustments

ocean wavesHeadlines across Australia yesterday told us the dire news that a new study finds that “Sea level rising faster in past 20 years than in entire 20th century.   A new paper by Watson et al is driving the headlines, but underneath this Nature paper is a swamp of adjustments, an error larger than the signal, and the result disagrees with many other studies and almost all the raw measurements. Paper after paper kept showing that sea levels rates had slowed (e.g Chen showed deceleration from 2004, Cazenave said in the last decade sea-levels had slowed 30% (but argued post hoc adjustments could solve that). Beenstock used 1000 tide gauges and found no acceleration of sea levels over the last 50 years. A different researcher — Phil Watson, found that Australian sea levels rose faster before World War II then slowed down.)

Obama's Energy Regulations Will Cost $460 Billion To Implement

Shown here is water vapor leaving a tailpipeShown here is water vapor leaving a tailpipe.Between 2009 and 2015, the Obama administration enacted energy and environmental regulations that will cost a total of $460.5 billion to implement, with the most expensive coming as a result of President Obama's push for cleaner greenhouse gas emissions, according to data from the American Action Forum (AAF).

During those years, the administration finalized 275 energy and environmental regulations, each averaging about $1.75 billion. Twenty-nine regulations cost $1 billion or more each to implement, reported The Daily Caller.

Record Antarctic sea ice causing serious problems for scientists

antarcticRob Wooding, the operations manager of the Australian Antarctic Division, told the media on Monday that growing sea ice around Antarctica is creating 'serious problems' for scientists studying the continent. Mawson Station, the longest continuously operated outpost in Antarctica, has relied on access to a nearby bay, which is increasingly becoming more complicated by sea ice blocking the way.

Wooding said "We are noticing that the sea ice situation is becoming more difficult." This briefing was in preparation of "two days of meetings between top Antarctic science and logistics experts in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania."

We Were Wrong About Climate Refugees

Mawson stationMawson stationIt’s a difficult thing to admit when you are wrong. Several years ago, the United Nations suggested we would soon have to deal with refugees fleeing the impact of climate change. Many of us, myself included, scoffed at the idea. But new evidence has emerged, and it would be a failure of personal integrity to reject the now undeniable reality, that we were wrong.

The Australian newspaper reports that the dangerously rapid growth of Antarctic ice is threatening the viability of the Mawson Antarctic research station.

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.