In Calgary, an anti-Keystone pipeline group staged an indoor protest in the walkway between the headquarters of Enbridge and TransCanada Corp.:
Chantal Chagnon with the Idle No More movement, said they’re trying to get the attention of the energy industry and the Canadian Parliament to the growing global opposition to “pipelines, tar sands expansions and other polices that contribute to runaway climate change.”
“We’re seeing the effects of global warming and we can’t keep denying it because obviously something is happening,” Chagnon said.
As you can see, only a handful of protesters turned out:
I reported yesterday that green activists play an institutionalized role at climate summits – summits that are supposed to be negotiating sessions between sovereign nations.
Unlike the public – which is barred from attending the currently-in-progress Warsaw summit – these activists are permitted to set up booths and to distribute mountains of literature/green propaganda. They are given ample opportunity to lobby delegates one-on-one, and to schmooze with the international press corps.
But it’s worse than that. The UN also gives these groups access to top-notch press conference facilities. In some cases, repeatedly.
Yesterday, the Climate Action Network (read: Greenpeace), held an exceedingly well-attended press conference at 12:30. Today, their press conference will take place at 11 am.
Is there such a thing as "global warming pragmatism?" Robert J. Samuelson, who writes on economics for the Washington Post, thinks so -- and he's just flat wrong. Samuelson seeks to bridge differences over a polarized and contentious issue: "man-made" global warming. Problem is, Samuelson's bridge is plenty of girders, cables, concrete, and asphalt short of making it to the other shore.
Samuelson is much taken with the work of an MIT economist, Robert Pindyck. Pindyck, according to Samuelson is a difference-splitter. Can't say that global warming is overstated, but can't say it's understated. When in doubt, tax -- carbon tax everything -- though modestly, just in case.
In Samuelson's very own words:
Is the United Nations setting the coal industry up for a disappointment by urging them to adopt technology that’s not commercially proven?
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres told the global coal industry on Monday that it needs to be part of the effort to stem global warming and change the way it does business for “everyone’s sake.”
“The world is rising to meet the climate challenge as risks of inaction mount, and it is in your best interest to make coal part of the solution,” Figueres said, adding that older coal plants must be closed to make way for new plants with technology to capture carbon emissions.
Figueres also warned the coal industry that most of the world’s coal reserves must stay underground to meet the UN’s climate goals of limiting warming to two degrees Celsius.
Hysteria: We thought we'd try to head off the sure-to-come claims that man-made global warming caused the deadly Midwest storms over the weekend. But we were too late. The alarmists got to work early.
A swarm of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms blew through at least a dozen states Sunday, killing, maiming and destroying.
Entire neighborhood blocks are gone, trees have been torn out by their roots, hundreds of thousands have no power and stunned survivors try to slog through the recovery and restoration of their lives.
Making this tragedy even worse are alarmists who try to score political points on the lost and devastated lives.
Last week the Japanese government announced that it would adopt a new emissions reductions target:
A government panel on measures to tackle climate change approved on Friday a new goal to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 3.8 percent by 2020 from the 2005 level. . .Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he is sure that Japan can substantially contribute to global efforts to tackle climate change. The government will steadily implement necessary measures to achieve the new emissions reduction target, he said.The new goal means a setback from the target of reducing emissions by 25 percent from 1990 by 2020, which was set in 2009 by the administration led by the Democratic Party of Japan. The DPJ is now an opposition party.
In a 2009 paper I explained why Japan's proposed emissions targets were unrealistic and would almost certainly not be met (paper here, open access, note a figure correction here).
Cloud expert Dr. Greg Holland, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, says in a Huff Post article today, "The current consensus on this from the IPCC is that the clouds are in the net warming. Not real sure. There is a possibility that the other effects are dominating and they could be cooling. So this is one of those areas that we need to know a lot more."
Indeed, many peer-reviewed studies find clouds have a net cooling negative-feedback effect, opposite of the claims of the IPCC of a net warming positive-feedback effect. This single erroneous programming assumption of the IPCC climate models, along with an inability to model cloud cover, can alone explain all warming of the 20th century without any influence of greenhouse gases.
As Dr. Roy Spencer notes,
Jeffrey D SachsGlobal warming has been blamed for dozens of devastating tornadoes and thunderstorms that ravaged America’s Midwest this weekend.
Former United Nations adviser and economist Jeffrey Sachs tweeted out Sunday night that the severe storms that hit Illinois on Sunday were the result of human-induced global warming.
Weather tragedy in Illinois. Research shows human-induced warming is likely to lead to more severe thunderstorms. http://t.co/aHLJZqi8ji
— Jeffrey D. Sachs (@JeffDSachs) November 18, 2013
Today’s tornadoes in Illinois were very uncommon in number and severity for the month of November. Not unprecedented, but very uncommon.
— Jeffrey D. Sachs (@JeffDSachs) November 18, 2013
Yesterday twitter was full of climate alarmists rushing to blame the horrible rash of tornadoes hitting the middle of America on climate change, such as this one from the head of Columbia's global warming unit, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs:
As the head of Columbia's Earth Institute, that tweet is part of Sach's job, Twitchy did a great job of keeping track of other alarmists'.
Steag GmbH started Germany’s first new power plant fueled by hard coal in eight years, allowing the generator and energy trader to take advantage of near record-low coal prices that have widened profit margins. The plant is the first new hard-coal-fired generator in Europe’s biggest power market since 2005. It marks the start of Germany’s biggest new-build program for hard coal stations since its liberalization in 1998. Ten new hard-coal power stations, or 7,985 megawatts, are scheduled to start producing electricity in the next two years, according to information from German grid regulator Bundesnetzagentur and operators. --Julia Mengewein, Bloomberg, 15 November 2013
David Cameron provoked a row by saying there was growing evidence that man-made climate change was responsible for disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 3,500 people in the Philippines last week. The Global Warming Policy Foundation, which argues that the threat from climate change has been exaggerated, said Mr Cameron appeared ignorant of recent findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on extreme weather events. Benny Peiser, the foundation’s director, said: “In its latest report, the IPCC concludes that over the last 100 years there has been no increase in frequency of tropical storms and hurricanes.” --Francis Elliott, Laura Pitel and Ben Webster, The Times, 16 November 2013
A recent Times of London article claimed new “research” demonstrates that a “chemical onslaught is destroying Britain’s amphibians.” A “toxic cocktail,” it stated, is killing UK frogs, toads and newts.
Manmade chemicals “can affect animals’ immune systems – leaving them vulnerable to attack by fungi, bacteria and other infections,” it continued, citing statements by two scientists. Laboratory experiments show that pesticides have a “powerful effect on amphibian immune systems, even at low concentrations,” causing diseases that have been around for decades to “suddenly become much more deadly.”
And not just for amphibians, the story added. “Some fear the same effects could extend to humans, who are exposed to numerous manmade chemicals, in food, drinks and the air.”