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

Hollywood’s climate hypocrites

dicaprioHollywood and global-warming panic have always been a natural match. After all, who can tell you better to cut back on your wasteful ways better than a high-flying multimillionaire movie star with the carbon footprint of a Tyrannosaurus rex? 

It’s never mattered that the stars have all the scientific expertise of Pee-wee Herman. They’re just so good-looking and famous, who cares? PBS broadcast a 10-hour series in 1990 entitled “Race to Save the Planet.” The show’s host was Meryl Streep, who proclaimed: “By the year 2000 ... the Earth’s climate will be warmer than it’s been in over 100,000 years. If we don’t do something, there will be enormous calamities in a very short time.”

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Australia PM advisor says climate change a UN-led ruse

newmanNewmanAustralian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's top business advisor on Friday claimed climate change was a ruse encouraged by the United Nations to create a new authoritarian world order under its control.

Maurice Newman, chairman of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council, said the real agenda was "concentrated political authority. Global warming is the hook".

In a column for The Australian newspaper to coincide with a visit by UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, he added that the world had been "subjected to extravagance from climate catastrophists for close to 50 years".

Bill Belichick vs. Bill Nye: Wells Report Discredits Science Guy’s Analysis

nyeWhen Bill Belichick alleged that atmospheric conditions played naturally depressurized footballs back in January, he elicited widespread ridicule in the news media. But the release of the Wells Report affirms his analysis, however rudimentary, as correct.

“I’m not too worried about coach Belichick’s competing with me,” Bill Nye “the Science Guy” told Good Morning America in January. “What he said didn’t make any sense.”

But the Wells Report noted that every ball tested by referees at halftime of the AFC Championship Game—Colts balls and Patriots balls—displayed significantly reduced air pressure. Furthermore, the scientific firm employed by the Wells Report found, just as Bill Belichick said back in January, that balls lost about a pound or more of pressure by halftime.

Former UN Chief: Americans Should Eat Insects to Fight Global Warming

annanMarie Antoinette may or may not have said “Let them eat cake” at the outset of the French Revolution 200-plus years ago, but former United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan just made Marie Antoinette’s alleged dictate seem downright magnanimous. Pointing his finger at America and other Western democracies, Annan this week said Americans should begin eating insects to do our part to address the fictitious global warming crisis.

Complaining about a “rapidly growing middle class,” Annan told the Guardian that more people being able to afford beef and chicken is causing “a major threat to the climate” because raising livestock produces global warming emissions. “There are alternative sources of protein,” said Annan. “Insects have a very good conversion rate from feed to meat.”

As CO2 levels hit a one-month high, global warming pause continues

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a statement today that carbon dioxide levels have reached a new global level of 400 parts per million for March, even though global temperatures have not risen for nearly 19 years. This means that for March 2015, carbon dioxide levels across the globe remained at 400 ppm* for the entire 31-day period with no increase in global mean temperatures as measured by RSS satellites.

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NOAA began tracking its own carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in May 1974 concomitantly with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The first measurement of atmospheric CO2 levels was started by C. David Keeling of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1958 on Mauna Loa, Hawaii. Prior to that, NOAA has relied on ice core samples and sediment for earlier reconstructions of atmospheric CO2 levels. The International Energy Agency, however, reported on March 13 that global emissions from the burning of fossil fuels stalled in 2014, never rising above 2013 levels.

Is federal funding biasing climate research?

cartoon-wheres-the-truthDoes biased funding skew research in a preferred direction, one that supports an agency mission, policy or paradigm?

There is much angst in the scientific and policy communities over Congressional Republicans’ efforts to cut NASA’s Earth Science Budget, and also the NSF Geosciences budget. Marshall Shepherd has a WaPo editorial defending the NASA Earth Science Budget.

Congressional Republicans are being decried as ‘anti-science’. However, since they are targeting Earth Science budgets and reallocating the funds to other areas of science, anti-science does not seem to be an apt description. I suspect that an element contributing to these cuts is Congressional concern about political bias being interjected in the the NASA and NSF geosciences and social science research programs, notably related to climate change.

"Climate Anger:" Last Refuge of the Alarmists

obamaFor purveyors of climate alarm, emotional displays of intolerance are increasingly crowding out reasoned argument. But such narrow-mindedness toward the loyal opposition — and its dedication to improving the state of the world — is a recipe for further marginalization and frustration. Remember the adage: “Hate hurts the hater more than the hated.”

Consider President Obama, who has so little to crow about these days. At the White House Correspondents Dinner last month, the president used the (otherwise) lighthearted occasion to shout at those who doubt his climate-change narrative. “It is crazy! What about our kids? What kind of stupid, short-sided irresponsible bull… ” said the president before comedian Keegan-Michael Key jokingly cut him off.

The Next Shale Revolution

carbonThe future of the U.S. oil industry may well be taking shape north of this town on 15 square miles of windswept prairie above the Bakken Shale. It’s about as far from the industry’s wildcatting heritage as is thinkable. “Our idea was to build the world’s greatest oil factory,” says Chris Wright, the chief executive of Liberty Resources LLC. And if the U.S. oil industry is going to overcome several significant challenges, it may have to follow the lead of this small Denver-based company. --Russell Gold, The Wall Street Journal, 6 May 2015

U.S. oil prices are heading into a sweet spot that could spur the fracking industry to crank up some of the drilling it shut down when crude prices collapsed. "If oil prices stabilize above $60, I believe we are going to resume production growth in the second half of the year. More companies will drill more wells," said Fadel Gheit, senior energy analyst at Oppenheimer. --Patti Domm, CNBC, 5 May 2015

Colorado State Team Predicts Very Mild Hurricane Season

HurricaneTalk about going out not with a bang but a whimper!

William M. Gray of the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project, the dean of long-range hurricane forecasts, is retiring from that field to concentrate on the issues of climate change and global warming.

His timing may be perfect. Gray made his first seasonal forecast in 1984. Five of the 10 busiest years – in number of hurricanes since records began in 1851 – took place while Gray was on watch, including the record-busting 2005 season that featured 15 hurricanes and the infamous Katrina. No less than 11 of the 15 busiest seasons in terms of named storms took place during Gray’s tenure, led once again by 2005 with an incredible 28. (The runner up, 1933, had 20.) No wonder the press and the public eagerly awaited Gray’s annual forecasts.

The fiction of global warming

solar farm desertNextGen Climate, a lobbying organization selling the theory of global warming, recently sent an email out to the masses trumpeting how they had offered to meet with 2016 GOP presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. Though 501(c)4 organizations are supposed to be non-partisan, their email specifically attacked the Republican party, Mr. Rubio and anyone who hasn’t bought into the “sky is falling” approach of global warming alarmists.

Their communique begins by taking to task Republican politicians “and their favorite supporters, the Koch brothers” as though legally contributing time, money and effort to conservative political causes is the greatest sin imaginable. They neglect to mention that NextGen itself is the pet project of a liberal billionaire who spends and enormous amount of time and money on Democratic candidates and left wing causes. Apparently big money is OK for them, but not for the right.

Obama: climate change now a health risk as public grows weary

obamaUnable to win over the populace on the supposed dangers of global warming, team Obama is now framing it as a public health issue. That's according to a new article published yesterday in the 'Fiscal Times.' With a number of states and utility companies taking the EPA to court for onerous regulations being placed on fossil-fueled power plants, Obama is using this new study, published in Nature Climate Change, in its ongoing public relations campaign. The study used computer modeling to predict the impact on human health from power plants, specifically soot and ozone.

Since 1988, global warming has become a cause célèbre for many Democrats and a handful of scientists, with computer model predictions flying fast and furious on the devastating impacts from a warming world. Except none have come to fruition. From size and frequency of hurricanes to increased tornadoes to more droughts to less snow to more rainfall, global warming has turned out to be all fizzle and no pizazz. Even the satellite datasheets show no increase in temperatures for the last 18.5 years, better known on the streets as the global warming hiatus.

Al Gore: ‘I Could Become A Catholic’ Because Of Pope’s Global Warming Stance

goreLike Paul on the road to Damascus, Al Gore had a revelation that he could become Catholic. Not because he’s had any religious revelation, but because of Pope Francis’s concern over global warming.

“I think Pope Francis is quite an inspiring figure really,” Gore said during an event at the University of California, Berkeley. “A phenomena. I’ve been startled with the clarity of the moral force that he embodies.”

“Well I’ve said publicly in the last year, I was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition, I could become a Catholic because of this Pope,” Gore said. “He is that inspiring to me. And I know the vast majority of my Catholic friends are just thrilled to the marrow of their bones that he is providing this kind of spiritual leadership.”