Lord DebenLord Deben is chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, a body funded by the British taxpayer. He draws a salary of more than £35,000 from you and me. On the masthead of its website the committee claims to give “a balanced response to the risks of climate change” and “independent, evidence-based advice to the UK government and Parliament”.
Yet the committee consists entirely of people who think climate change will be dangerous; no sceptics or lukewarmers are on it, even though most hold views that are well within the “consensus” of climate science. Under Deben’s chairmanship since 2012 its pronouncements have become increasingly one-sided. Deben himself is frequently highly critical of any sceptics, often mischaracterizing them as “deniers” or “dismissers”, but has never to my knowledge been heard to criticize anybody for exaggerating climate alarm and the harm it can do to disadvantaged people. These are not the actions of an impartial chairman.
Has Mark Walport any actual evidence to support his position that Matt Ridley is wrong? The words read like our chief scientist substituting name-calling for a lack of evidence.
Andrew Montford writes: Another entertaining episode in the hearings [of the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee yesterday] morning was when Mark Walport was asked about Matt Ridley’s suggestion that global warming would bring net benefits over 40-50 years. This conclusion is based on Richard Tol’s metaanalysis of mainstream economic studies into such questions (see key figure below).
Senate Democrats’ 14-hour global warming “talkathon” produced enough hot air to make up for the “15-year pause” in worldwide temperature increases. But for all the senators’ dire warnings, the gabfest ended with little to show.
After talking from 6:30 p.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Democratic senators ended up with no plans for legislative action.
Many red-state Democrats up for reelection this fall — Arkansas’s Mark Pryor, Alaska’s Mark Begich, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, and North Carolina’s Kay Hagan — skipped out on the night of long speeches. But the 28 other senators who showed up provided more than their share of head-scratching and odd moments on the floor.
Democrats from the secretary of state to Senate lawmakers can't let go of their climate change obsession. Meanwhile, a group of NASA scientists and engineers says there's no danger. To whom do we listen?
We'd say the folks at NASA. It's unlikely the media will see it that way, though. They have too much invested in that other scientific "consensus" that says man is heating the planet to listen to officials at NASA who disagree with the press-feted, fanatically political James Hansen.
What do get wide coverage, though, are the rants of Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been screeching about climate change for some time now. Not so long ago, he called it "the greatest challenge of our generation."
It was a lot of hot air about a lot of hot air. That's how the AP explained the Senate's 20-hour global warming pajama party. While the rest of the country was sleeping, liberals tried to put other doubts to rest – specifically, the skepticism over climate change. Even one of the most brutal winters on record didn't stop two dozen liberals from taking turns in an all-night “talkathon” aimed at getting Americans to “wake up” on the issue.
But the reality is, Americans have woken up – to cold temperatures, school closures, and snow plows. Last week, if you'd have asked anyone in D.C. about global warming, they'd have laughed out loud. And after Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) used his turn to read directly from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, they probably were.
Sink went down in global-warming flames
in Florida's special election.The national media this morning are calling Democrat Alex Sink’s surprise defeat in a bellwether special Congressional election yesterday a foreboding referendum on Obamacare. Perhaps this is so, but only slightly less noteworthy is Sink supporters’ failed attempt to turn victorious Republican David Jolly’s global warming skepticism into a political albatross.
Having just moved into Florida’s U.S. House District 13, I was shocked these past two weeks to discover how global warming became the central issue dominating television’s political commercials. Granted, I haven’t been watching much television, as moving from one house to another has been nearly a full-time job. Nevertheless, it seemed I couldn’t go 15 minutes into my limited viewing schedule without seeing the same Sierra Club/League of Conservation Voters commercial excoriating Jolly for being a global warming skeptic. I honestly can’t recall seeing any other political commercials these past two weeks, either pro-Sink or pro-Jolly. However, I must have seen the global warming commercial at least a dozen times.
The impact of volcanic eruptions on global warming could provide a new explanation for the so-called ‘pause’ in climate change. According to a recent study, models for predicting the rate at which temperatures around the world would rise from 1998 onwards did not take into consideration the measurable impact volcanoes can have. Rather than contributing to global warming, eruptions release particles into the air that reflect sunlight—causing temperatures to drop. This phenomenon was not taken into account when predictions were made—offering an explanation for why the world seemed to stop heating up. (1)
Don't these people have regular jobs to go to? Oh wait, they're the ones trying to kill jobs:
Dozens of environmentalists blocked entrances to a federal office building Monday in Philadelphia to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline and police arrested at least 24 people, organizers said.
About 40 activists stood in front of three sets of doors to the downtown William J. Green Building as another 100 people sang, chanted and waved signs in support of the civil disobedience. A fourth entrance remained open.
A group of 25 retired NASA scientists has released a report (PDF file) throwing lots of cold water on catastrophic global warming scenarios, and it’s probably important that emphasize that they are “retired” NASA scientists, because it they were still active in the agency they might be getting stern looks, and assigned to smaller offices, by the higher ups in space command. From the summary:
We have concluded that, at most, 0.7 degrees C AGW has occurred since 1850, but that it is possible that some of this observed warming was caused by naturally occurring cycles of global temperature variation. Other small amounts of global warming since 1850 were caused by an increase in solar irradiance. The naturally occurring global temperature cycles are clearly evident in the 8000 years of climate data before the dawn of the Industrial Age. Earlier, much greater changes in global temperature were exhibited during the ice age cycles, and are destined to occur again as the current Holocene ice age cycle unfolds.
When in doubt, blame these guys.Democrats control the Senate, but instead of bringing up a Democrat-sponsored climate-change bill, a few dozen of them pulled an all-nigher on the Senate floor to draw attention to the issue.
It's a clear indication that Democrats don't have the votes -- or the public support -- to pass their own climate-change legislation. And they blame the lack of bipartisanship on billionaire Republican donors and "all that dark money," as one Democrat described it.
When it was his turn to speak, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) once again mentioned the Koch brothers by name, blaming them for their alleged corrupting influence on politics.
Cynics might well suggest that last night's global warming “talkathon” by Senate Democrats from deep-blue states provided enough hot air to heat up the atmosphere. But such cynicism would miss the deeper significance of a political maneuver that was difficult to rationalize, even by Washington standards. Led by Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, the talkathon featured an all-night procession of Democratic senators pouring forth global warming alarmism, derision for global warming “deniers” and strident demands for “action.” Notably absent from the proceedings were Democrats seeking re-election in November from red states -- Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.
One of the books read
by a SenatorDemocrats took to the Senate floor Monday night to talk about global warming and planned not to let up until morning.
Leading off the dusk-to-dawn talkathon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called climate change "a question of our own survival" and said the United States and other countries have a responsibility to act "before it is too late."
At least 28 senators were expected to participate. But several Democrats who face tough re-election fights in the fall opted to skip the session. Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska were among them.
Democratic leaders have no plans to bring a climate bill to the Senate floor this year, so the speeches were about little more than theatrics. House Democrats pushed through a bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming in 2009, then lost their majority the following election. A climate bill led by then-Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry collapsed in 2010 without a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, one of the organizers, said the all-night session showed that a growing number of senators are committed to working together to confront climate change.