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

Bank of England Governor Under Fire Over Over Climate Alarmism

carneyBank of England boss Mark Carney was under fire last night after warning that climate change could trigger a financial crisis. Critics said the Governor’s ‘alarmist’ comments went outside his remit and accused him of ‘politicising’ the job. The banker, whose wife Diana is a prominent green campaigner, described global warming as ‘the tragedy on the horizon’ for the world economy. Critics dismissed his views, with the Financial Times saying Mr Carney’s intervention ‘comes dangerously close to taking sides’. --Hugo Duncan, Daily Mail, 2 October 2015

The future is closer than you think. This planet could become a stranded asset once the Martian microbes of doom reach us. This is a serious matter. Britain’s small businesses will find it far harder to sell their goods and services once the cosmos is ruled by Martians reaching us from our next-door neighbour in the solar system. The insurance industry is far from prepared for that eventuality. This is a macroprudential issue if ever I saw one. –Mystic Mark Carney, Financial Times, 1 October 2015

New Obama EPA Air Standards Put 4 Million Jobs At Risk

ginaEPA Chief McCarthyThe old saying that liberals love jobs but hate employers is borne out as President Obama implements new air standards. Industry will bear the brunt, but consumers and blue-collar workers will feel a pinch, too.

A study sponsored by NERA Economic Consulting, a nonpartisan research group, found that about 4 million jobs would be jeopardized by the new rules over the next 25 years — equal to putting every worker in Ohio out of work.

The National Association of Manufacturers estimates GDP losses would be $140 billion a year lower through 2040.

The 'Entire' Atlantic Ocean is Cooling, contrary to media reports

Figure 1.)  Shallow Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Maps that illustrate recent Atlantic Ocean cooling.Figure 1.) Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomaly maps that illustrate recent Atlantic Ocean cooling.Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and many universities are at a loss to explain recent conflicting temperature trends from Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. It can be boiled down to this: temperatures of the Earth’s three big fluid systems are each trending in different directions. The temperature of the Pacific Ocean is rising, the temperature of the atmosphere has remained constant, and the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean is cooling.

That's a problem.

New Global Cooling Process Discovered As Paris Climate Deal Looms

tropos1As world leaders get ready to head to Paris for the latest pact on cutting CO2 emissions, it has emerged that there isn’t as much urgency about the matter as had been thought. A team of top-level atmospheric chemistry boffins from France and Germany say they have identified a new process by which vast amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the atmosphere from the sea – a process which was unknown until now, meaning that existing climate models do not take account of it. The effect of VOCs in the air is to cool the climate down, and thus climate models used today predict more warming than can actually be expected. Indeed, global temperatures have actually been stable for more than fifteen years, a circumstance which was not predicted by climate models and which climate science is still struggling to assimilate. --Lewis Page, The Register, 30 September 2015

Global Cooling Discovery May Scupper Paris Climate Talks

climate debt1Scientists have discovered a hitherto unknown cooling process which may pose a serious threat to man-made global warming theory.

According to a study by the Institute of Catalysis and Environment in Lyon (IRCELYON, CNRS / University Lyon 1) and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), the oceans are producing unexpectedly large quantities of isoprene – a volatile organic compound (VOC) – which is known to have a cooling effect on climate.

Isoprene is a gas that is formed by both the vegetation and the oceans. It is very important for the climate because this gas can form particles that can become clouds and then later affect temperature and precipitation. Previously it was assumed that isoprene is primarily caused by biological processes from plankton in the sea water. The atmospheric chemists from France and Germany, however, could now show that isoprene could also be formed without biological sources in surface film of the oceans by sunlight and so explain the large discrepancy between field measurements and models. The new identified photochemical reaction is therefore important to improve the climate models.

Britain Under Pressure To Scrap Green Taxes As Steel Plant Closure Sparks Outburst

steel declineThe Government is coming under increasing pressure to scrap green charges that contributed to the closure of the Redcar plant. The Teesside site, which has produced steel for 160 years, will be mothballed with the loss of 1,700 jobs, its Thai owners SSI UK announced yesterday. Another 4,000 jobs are expected to be lost among contractors on the site and in the supply chain. Yesterday trade body UK Steel called on ministers to remove hefty green charges that steel plant owners are forced to pay on top of their electricity bills. --Peter Campbell, Daily Mail, 29 September 2015

The Global Warming Policy Forum is calling on the Government to scrap Britain’s unilateral Carbon Floor Price which is contributing to the crisis of UK steel and other energy intensive industries. The GWPF has been consistently warning about the rising policy cost of electricity prices which are expected to increase by 47% by 2020 for large industrial energy consumers. The UK’s extra large users of electricity are already paying nearly twice as much for power as the EU average. --Global Warming Policy Forum, 30 September 2015

Apocalypse Watch: 504 Days And No ‘Climate Chaos’

Laurent FabiusLaurent FabiusThe world has just missed its last chance to avoid “climate chaos,” if the prediction made by the French foreign minister holds up. It’s been 504 days since Laurent Fabius declared we had only 500 days to save the Earth from catastrophe.

“We have 500 days to avoid climate chaos,” Fabius said on May 13, 2014. “And I know that President Obama and John Kerry himself are committed on this subject, and I’m sure that with them, with a lot of other friends, we shall be able to reach success in this very important matter.”

Parisians Have A Car-Free Sunday: Did They Solve Global Warming?

parisThe advances of mankind were celebrated Sunday when cars were banned from the center of Paris for seven hours in the middle of the day. One cyclist who decided to joust with cars in the streets that were not closed to autos rather than pedal peacefully in the no-car zone told the Guardian that the day was "about giving people a dream, showing us what a city could look like without cars, a type of utopia."

One person's utopia might be another's Hades, but that matters little to those who want to force their vision of utopia on everyone else. They so believe in their concepts of paradise that they have no problem using coercion to draw everyone into their fantasies.

Climate alarmists want us prosecuted under RICO

cartoon witch burningThey haven’t employed the thumb screws, rack or auto-da-fe that churches and states once used to interrogate, silence and eliminate heretics and witches. However, global warming alarmists are well practiced in the modern equivalents, to protect their $1.5-trillion Climate Crisis Industry.

They see only what they want to see, and publicize only what they want us to see. They refuse to debate anyone who questions the nature, severity or reality of “manmade climate change dangers” that are the foundation of their demands that we slash fossil fuel use, lower our living standards, and accept global government planning of economies and massive climate “adaptation and reparation” payments.

Climate Murder Conspiracy Complaint Dismissed

WadhamsA Cambridge professor who claimed that assassins may have murdered three British scientists investigating the impact of global warming has had a complaint against The Times dismissed by the press regulator. Peter Wadhams said in an interview that he feared he might also have been targeted himself. When his comments were published byThe Times, the academic complained that he had been misquoted and that the newspaper had breached a duty of confidentiality towards him. An investigation by the Independent Press Standards Organisation has found that Professor Wadhams did make the claims reported and has cleared the newspaper of breaching the editors’ code of practice. --David Brown, The Times, 28 September 2015

Peter Wadhams is something of a favourite at [Bishop Hill], his researches into the paranormal, his physics-free sea-ice predictions and his concerns about assassination having provided readers with much entertainment over the years. The last of these claims led to an official complaint to the Press Regulator, but it seems that Prof Wadhams' complaint has been no more successful than his doom-laden predictions about the Arctic. Prof Wadhams is an advisor to Pope Francis. --Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, 28 September 2015

New Zealand deports climate change asylum seeker to Kiribati

kiribati(h/t raining sky) New Zealand has deported a Kiribati man who lost a legal battle to be the first person granted refugee status on the grounds of climate change alone.

Ioane Teitiota, 39, has argued that rising sea levels in his homeland meant his family would not be safe there.

His lawyer, Michael Kidd, told the BBC: "He's very disappointed obviously, he wants to be back in New Zealand."

Kiribati is among several low-lying Pacific nations threatened by climate change-linked problems.

Pope’s Climate Push Comes To Nothing In US Congress

pope congressPope Francis challenged lawmakers to take “courageous actions” to tackle climate change on Thursday, but the partisan fight in Congress on the environment barely paused. Hours after the Popemobile departed Thursday morning, House Republicans took up a bill that would block the government from measuring the carbon impact of construction projects, part of a GOP strategy to throttle President Barack Obama’s green agenda and dim hopes for reaching a global agreement on climate change later this year. --Andrew Restuccia and Darren Goode, Politico, 24 September 2015

A looming federal budget confrontation and Republican hostility to UN global-warming talks threaten a U.S. down payment into a key climate-aid fund, money considered vital to a climate deal in Paris this December. President Barack Obama had requested $500 million in the 2016 budget for the first tranche of its $3 billion pledge into a UN-administered Green Climate Fund (GCF) that would help poorer countries make a transition to clean energy technologies and adapt to climate change. But Congressional Republicans have vowed to oppose that spending request, and the wider dispute between the President and Republicans over the federal budget has raised the possibility that Obama will not be able to guarantee that U.S. funding before the December summit. --Reuters, 24 September 2015