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

NHL Jumps on the Global Warming Bandwagon

hockeyAmerica’s National Hockey League has become the latest organisation to claim that global warming threatens its future. Despite the fact that most of its rinks are indoors, it is maintaining that rising temperatures may melt frozen lakes, thus making it difficult for young people to start playing the sport.

A report on the League's environmental impact says:

"Perhaps more than any other sport, hockey is impacted by environmental issues, particularly climate change and freshwater scarcity. The ability to skate and play hockey outdoors is a critical component of the League’s history and culture. Many of the NHL's players, both past and present, learned to skate outside on frozen lakes, ponds and backyard rinks. The game of hockey is adversely affected if this opportunity becomes unavailable to future generations."

Are The Oceans Warming?

oceansWe’re reported previously (here and here, among others) about one of the leading explanations for the current lull in global warming climate change, namely, that the heat is going into the oceans—particularly deep in the ocean, where, convenviently for the climatistas, we have very little data—instead of the atmosphere.  It is a plausible hypothesis, and while there is some data to support ocean warming, it is very incomplete and over a short time scale.

There’s a new paper just out in the Journal of Physical Oceanography by Carl Wunsch of Harvard and Patrick Heimbach of MIT—both prominent figures in the field, neither known as a climate “skeptic”—that is likely to make waves (pun intended).  You can find the abstract here (you can find a manuscript copy of the complete article on Wunsch’s website.) It is typically dense and difficult to follow, and appears to be written cautiously so as not to give direct aid and comfort to climate skeptics.  But this sentence in particular appears significant:

Meet the Climate Alarmists' Latest Fluffy White Poster Child...

possumThe climate alarmists have found a new fluffy white creature with which to browbeat us about global warming.

Enter the white lemuroid ringtail possum - a species allegedly in imminent danger of being wiped out by man-made climate change. Only four have been found in the wild in its rainforest habitat in Queensland, Australia since a 2005 heatwave wiped out a population said to have been in the thousands. One more hot spell like that and the possum could cease to exist. Apparently.

"I think this really should be a wake-up call," tropical rainforests expert and James Cook University researcher Professor Bill Laurance told AAP."We're arguing this is a better icon for global warming than a polar bear because it typifies the type of biodiversity we will lose in the future."

The possum has at least two distinct advantages over its ferocious ursine rival. First, it doesn't kill and eat people. Second - unlike the polar bear - its population has NOT increased fivefold in the last fifty years, which gives it a greater claim to being "endangered."

Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

cartoonPeople all around the world, responding to a survey by Ipsos MORI, have generally agreed with the ideas that scientists don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to the climate – and that governments are using environmental issues as an excuse to raise taxes.

These not-so-green views were transmitted as part of Ipsos MORI's new Global Trends 2014 survey, which can be seen here. Respondents were asked to respond "agree", "disagree" or "don't know" to various statements.

On balance the people of the world concurred with the statement "even the scientists don't really know what they're talking about on environmental issues", with only 42 per cent disagreeing and 48 per cent agreeing. Disbelief in scientific climate expertise was strongest in China, Japan and Germany. In Britain, the US and Australia, people were less sceptical, with those populations pretty much evenly split as to whether scientists know what they're on about regarding the environment.

Global warming debate over?

earthThe debate is over

That’s what liberals say about man causing global warming. They say there is scientific consensus our climate is warming the earth due to man emitting carbon (CO2) into the atmosphere.

I have written in the past that liberals live in a fantasy world. They do not function in the world of reality and their insistence on manmade GW, in spite of a preponderance of evidence to the contrary, is proof positive to what I just said.

Yup, the debate is over and not that man causes global warming, but that liberals don’t care the least about facts. The global warming issue proves liberals live in a fantasy world. This writing is about GW, but there are a multitude of issues that causes one to question what planet these people live on. Obviously, not planet earth.

EPA Chief Says NY Times Report Was Given ‘Surprising Credibility’

ginaEnvironmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy denied Wednesday that environmental lobbyists played an outsized role in crafting the agency’s carbon dioxide regulations.

The claim comes from a New York Times article from July 6, outlining how a report authored by influential lobbyists with the Natural Resources Defense Council was used by the Obama administration “as its blueprint” for its recent regulations on power plant emissions.

McCarthy said the Times piece, by seasoned environmental reporter Coral Davenport, was given “surprising credibility” by Republicans, and denied that NRDC and other environmental groups had undue influence over the agency’s carbon rule.

The Pause: warmaholics tie themselves in knots

tangledwebsweweaveOh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. --Sir Walter ScottThis is the awkward result when reality confronts ideology.

According to Un-Skeptical Pseudo-Science, the Pause is just a myth:

Climate myth… It hasn’t warmed since 1998

“For the years 1998-2005, temperature did not increase. This period coincides with society’s continued pumping of more CO2 into the atmosphere.” (Bob Carter)

No, it hasn’t been cooling since 1998. Even if we ignore long term trends and just look at the record-breakers, that wasn’t the hottest year ever. Different reports show that, overall, 2005 was hotter than 1998. What’s more, globally, the hottest 12-month period ever recorded was from June 2009 to May 2010.

Is Greenpeace Another Name for the Kragle?

legoIf you haven't seen The Lego Movie, this won't be a spoiler to say it's about 'an ordinary construction worker recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant' from destroying the Lego universe. It now seems ironic that Greenpeace, in its ongoing quest to squash the life and fun out of just about everything, has become a real-world Kragle in its ongoing mission to destroy the simplest of pleasures at every turn. From Energy Global:

Yesterday, six Greenpeace activists dressed as LEGO people attempted to deliver a 115 000 strong UK petition to LEGO HQ in Slough. The petition calls for LEGO to stop promoting Shell on its toys.

McConnell meets EPA chief on power plants, hits policy

Gina-McCarthy 2Destroying the economy one State at a time.Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy met Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, one her chief critics on new rules limiting pollution from coal-fired power plants.

After their meeting, McConnell, R-Ky., remained a "no sale" on the Obama administration's efforts to combat global warming.

And McCarthy defended her policies at a Senate hearing where the impact of carbon dioxide emissions on climate was debated.

McConnell last month asked McCarthy to hold a hearing on the power plant rules somewhere in Eastern Kentucky. The commonwealth is a major coal-producing state and is almost entirely dependent upon coal-burning plants.

Americans more skeptical of climate change than others in global survey

sun-settingA new international survey shows that Americans are more divided and doubtful about climate change than people in other leading countries, even as the scientific evidence supporting it keeps piling up.

Ipsos-MORI, one of the largest market research companies in Great Britain, released its new Global Trends 2014 survey covering data from 200 questions with over 16,000 interviewees in 20 countries. The survey asked about a variety of issues, including technology, the economy, privacy, government and the environment.

When asked if they agreed with the statement, "The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity," just 54 percent of Americans surveyed said yes. Although this number indicates a majority, the United States still ranked last among 20 countries in the poll.

Mismanagement, Not Global Warming, Caused Chicago Sewage Overflows

Green RiverGlobal warming is not the reason why Chicago’s 1800s-era sewer system occasionally floods people’s basements, despite Washington Post propaganda to the contrary. Instead, the culprits are the age of Chicago’s sewer system and the city’s tremendous population growth since the 1800s.

Utilizing global warming alarmists’ same tired playbook of mischaracterized anecdotes, the Washington Post published an article this morning highlighting the story of a Chicago woman whose basement flooded when the city’s aging sewage system could not adequately discharge water during a strong rainstorm. According to the Post, because sewage overflow occurred and because global warming is also occurring, global warming must be to blame for such unwelcome sewage overflow.

A Great Plan to Replace the EPA

cartoonFor years now I have been saying that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be eliminated and its powers given to the fifty states, all of which have their own departments of environmental protection. Until now, however, there has been no plan put forth to do so.

Dr. Jay Lehr has done just that and his plan no doubt will be sent to the members of Congress and the state governors. Titled “Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency” it should be read by everyone who, like Dr. Lehr, has concluded that the EPA was a good idea when it was introduced in 1971, but has since evolved into a rogue agency threatening the U.S. economy, attacking the fundamental concept of private property, and the lives of all Americans in countless and costly ways.

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