Skip to comments.Harsh Political Reality Slows Climate Studies Despite Extreme Year (running out of loot)
Posted on 12/25/2011 5:10:59 PM PST by Libloather
Harsh Political Reality Slows Climate Studies Despite Extreme Year
By JUSTIN GILLIS
Published: December 24, 2011
At the end of one of the most bizarre weather years in American history, climate research stands at a crossroads.
Scientists say they could, in theory, do a much better job of answering the question Did global warming have anything to do with it? after extreme weather events like the drought in Texas and the floods in New England.
But for many reasons, efforts to put out prompt reports on the causes of extreme weather are essentially languishing. Chief among the difficulties that scientists face: the political environment for new climate-science initiatives has turned hostile, and with the federal budget crisis, money is tight.
And so, as the weather becomes more erratic by the year, the public is left to wonder what is going on.
When 2010 ended, it seemed as if people had lived through a startling year of weather extremes. But in the United States, if not elsewhere, 2011 has surpassed that.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
For all the AGW enthusiasts out there these are signs of WEATHER!!
Taxpayers are becoming more reluctant to waste money on hoaxes!
More tornadoes due to global warming, if such a thing happened, would be more tornadoes in Canada, where they dont usually occur. NOT in Alabama.
Wildfires and flooding are not related to climate changes, yet that is what most of what passes for 'substance' of this article.
It has been a great disappointment to global warming fanatics that the hurricane seasons have been so inactive since 2005. That global warming would cause increased hurricane activity has been the essential touchstone of AGW alarmism.
The Leftist 'Old Grey Lady' of journalism is now the official 'crazy aunt in the attic' of public discourse.
If you can understand the Global Warming causes Planetary Cooling concept, you gotta be a Democrat.
The rest of us have already figured out that droughts, floods and such are simply happening as they do every year somewhere in the world and it's probably just as accurate to consult a Ouija board as it is a "climate scientist" as to why that is.
The New York Times again knowingly promoting a hoax.
I’d think that vast ice sheets rolling down Broadway 18,000 years ago would be pretty significant.
We should ask these scientsts how to combat the next iceage?
Reporters still love to play this game. When weather seems extreme, they will claim it’s due to global warming but when weather becomes the opposite, they’ll claim weather events are not a predictor of climate change. They’ll say this without even blinking their eyes while their pupils spin counter-clockwise.
And when the extremes are opposing, droughts verses floods, they still claim Global Warming. That is physically impossible. If the weather is moving to one single extreme (aka Global Warming) you would either get more flooding or more droughts. But you cannot get both. More flooding causes less droughts. More droughts causes less flooding. Simple logic no longer applies when the cronies rule.
Absolutely incorrect. The greatest measure of heat in the water and atmosphere is the strength of Hurricanes (barring annual affects from atmospheric wind patterns). We are now approaching the modern record for length of time without a strong Hurricane making landfall within the continental US. So global warming weather extremes cannot be occurring for the past 5 years. In fact, setting the strong Hurricane US no landfall record, requires Global Cooling (ie - lack of energy). Not warming.
Don’t know and don’t care. The warm winter so far has saved me a bundle on heating costs.
Bring on that global warming.
If this year were to stay like this and even warm up a bit, it would compare favorably with 1980-81 (right after my son was born. That year we went for walks at parks in the neighborhood, in January, and I needed no jacket. We had my newborn in a stroller with just a simple sweatshirt for warmth.
That was my kind of winter!
The bad part is, these things tend to average out over the long run.
Where have all those billions of dollars gone? An investigationis warrented.
We all owe Andy Watts a lot of respect. He took a lot of threats and hate to stand up for the truth and expose the algore lies. All the media shut out his views but he and others got through to the pulbic anyway.
I feel sorry for young people who majored in climate change enviornmental nonsense when there was a lot of money because a lot of people were fooled - including them. I laugh at limo-pinko global warming’s “investors!”
It irks me that Obama used this fake fear science to shake down the Treasury for kickbacks to his campaign funding pals in the name of alternative energy.
Ping to Ernest for further pinging!!!
What a headline! Is the NYTimes imitating The Onion now?
The really disgusting thing is all the Pubbies who signed on over the last twenty years rather than take the time to study the issue and find the cojones to take a strong stand against it.
No, no, it's always "split the difference", "half-a-loaf", "meet 'em halfway" politics as usual. Always trying to mollify the liberals by tossing them bones.
Never forget, it was GWB who signed off on the lightbulb ban. And just about every GOP frontrunner has been recorded making obeisance to climate change at some point.
Last I read the Federales are blowing 2 billion a year on climate studies..... In my book the scientists they fund are known quantities and will come up with pro-global warming results 99% of the time. This is known in advance (wink wink) before they get the loot. Otherwise they do not get it
I agree with your sentiments.
How unusual is the year? Quite warm, and rather dry, here in sunny South Dakota: a brown Christmas, and temps running in the mid to high 40s (though we have had hard freezes with days that didn't get above freezing this Fall) at least through this coming Friday.
OTOH, as unusual as this year has been, it wasn't as warm as winter appears to have been 90 years ago, as evidenced by the highlighted portion of the History column in last week's local newspaper.
“When 2010 ended, it seemed as if people had lived through a startling year of weather extremes. But in the United States, if not elsewhere, 2011 has surpassed that.”
so, 2011 was more extreme than 2010, ..... so this means out of 1 of 2 years, 2011 was more extreme .... waste of a sentence .... saying something to express nothing.
Down right dishonest, reminds me of a street corner con artist.
I'll add these links to a couple of good threads,( My opinion of course)
My Representative also.
Post #26: Perhaps someone could shove the article from the Hot Springs Star in front of the faces of some of these clowns. It is nice to see this scam slowly becoming known for what it really is.
I can't even see a true correlation between the temperature of the Equatorial Counter-Current and rainfall amounts. Here we are in the midst of a "La Nina" year, and it's the driest December I have ever seen. I don't know how anybody can even pretend to claim an inference from the weather in any particular year.
It never seems to leave the 40’s around here (southern WI), but later this week we’re finally in for some teens weather.
No snow. Just a dusting so far. I’ve gotten an amazing amount of work done on my farm this fall which would’ve otherwise had to wait until spring. We’re still cutting trees! Trees that we couldn’t have gotten to had it snowed even a little so far!
Selling Christmas Trees at work this season was a breeze! We had NO snow to contend with and customers came out in droves and bought more decor than normal, as it was EASY to decorate our homes for a change without the snow and the warmer weather.
I dunno. I don’t mind having more Opossums in the yard due to Global Warming...though I know this season is just a fluke and we will pay for it DEARLY between now and spring.
Look for news stories about us having ‘The Worst Winter In History’ before it’s all said and done. *Rolleyes*