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  • The descent of Mann

    03/16/2012 6:04:54 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 12 replies
    Cavalier Daily (UVa Student Daily) ^ | March 14, 2012 | Sam Novack
    The Virginia Supreme Court ruled March 2nd against Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and his renewed attempts to obtain access to the emails and documents used in the research of a former University professor. Michael Mann — who was on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 and is a significant contributor to the theory of anthropomorphic, or man-made, global warming — received tax-payer funded grants from the years 1999 to 2005. Cuccinelli’s move to check Mann’s research engendered a good deal of backlash, both from the University and members of the...
  • Green Power: Wind power does not help to avert climate change

    03/18/2012 3:28:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Economic Times ^ | March 18, 2012
    Efforts to stem global warming have nurtured a strong urge worldwide to deploy renewable energy. As a result, the use of wind turbines has increased 10-fold over the past decade, with wind power often touted as the most cost-effective green opportunity. While wind energy is cheaper than other, more ineffective renewables, such as solar, tidal and ethanol, it is nowhere near competitive. If it were, we wouldn't have to keep spending significant sums to subsidise it. Using the UK Electricity Generation Costs 2010 update and measuring in cost per produced kw-hour, wind is still 20-200% more expensive than the cheapest...
  • The Long Sunspot Cycle 23 Predicts a Significant Temperature Decrease in Cycle 24

    03/17/2012 10:49:11 PM PDT · by Paul Pierett · 24 replies
    Science Direct.Com ^ | February 2, 2012 | Jan-Erik Solheim, Kjell Stordahl, Ole Humlum
    a b s t r a c t Relations between the length of a sunspot cycle and the average temperature in the same and the next cycle are calculated for a number of meteorological stations in Norway and in the North Atlantic region. No significant trend is found between the length of a cycle and the average temperature in the same cycle, but a significant negative trend is found between the length of a cycle and the temperature in the next cycle. This provides a tool to predict anaverage temperature decrease of at least 1:0 1C from solar cycle 23...
  • German Scientific Study Predicts Global Cooling Till 2030

    03/17/2012 10:25:48 PM PDT · by Paul Pierett · 23 replies
    Climate Change Dispatch ^ | March 9, 2012 | John O' Sullivan
    Research based on over 100 independent expert studies points to a cooling Earth climate at least until 2030. Author, Dr. Theodor Landscheidt of the Schroeter Institute for Research in Cycles of Solar Activity points to failures by climatologists to account for solar variation in their projections.
  • More WH Emails Released on Solyndra Troubles

        White House staff knew enough about Solyndra’s troubles in January 2011 to dismiss talk of inviting the company’s executives into President Barack Obama’s special State of the Union box, internal emails released Friday show.     The idea of seating Solyndra officials with Michelle Obama in the Capitol during the president’s nationally televised speech came up around the same time that DOE was preparing a controversial change to the company’s $535 million federal loan guarantee, which wound up increasing the risk to taxpayers.  But Daniella Gibbs Léger, director of White House message events, batted down the idea of a State...
  • Los Angeles TV station pans California’s AB32 climate bill

    03/16/2012 11:34:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 1+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | March 16, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    This is a surprise, a major TV station in Los Angeles pushes back against the California Air Resources Board AB32 bill aka California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. I urge readers to drop him a letter of support at the email address included in the transcript below.Click to play the video on KTTV's page Transcript follows. LOS ANGELES – KTTV Vice-President and General Manager Kevin Hale takes a look at how one well-intentioned Climate Change Bill might our economy beyond repair in this P.O.V.When Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 six years ago, it was pre-recession. And that legislation, California’s Global Warming...
  • As seas rise, researchers say devastating floods could soon wreak havoc on (NJ) Shore towns

    03/16/2012 10:33:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger via NJ.com ^ | Thursday March 15, 2012 | Stephen Stirling
    Living along New Jersey’s 127 miles of coastline has always posed something of a risk. Terms like coastal flooding, erosion and nor’easter have long been a part of the vocabulary of residents on the Shore. But new research predicts rising sea levels due to global warming will more than triple the likelihood of devastating coastal flooding by the year 2030, putting more than 230,000 beach and bay-side residents in the flood zone. Put simply, the once in a lifetime coastal storm may soon come around once in a generation. "Sea level rise is not some distant problem that we can...
  • New Science Curriculum to Address Climate Change Controversy

    03/14/2012 2:02:21 PM PDT · by Sopater · 35 replies
    Education News ^ | March 14th, 2012 | Julia Lawrence
    The groups currently drafting new science standards for American classrooms have decided to include a section addressing the issue of climate change. The Congressionally chartered National Academies, including the National Research Council, plan to include a document drafted last year that says that human activities have at least a partial impact on climate.Although there’s a strong consensus in scientific literature on anthropogenic climate change, in America the issue is a source of significant controversy and debate. Just how strident the debate over climate change had become came as a surprise to one California middle school teacher: When Treena Joi, a...
  • 'Invisible tsunami' of rising sea levels puts US coasts at risk, expert says

    03/14/2012 4:12:34 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 53 replies · 2+ views
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | staff and news services
    “Sea level rise is like an invisible tsunami, building force while we do almost nothing,” Strauss told The New York Times. “We have a closing window of time to prevent the worst by preparing for higher seas.”
  • Sinking Nations Are Pursuing Legal Options To Stave Off Destruction

    03/12/2012 5:49:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    forbes.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Michael Bobelian
    The Marshall Islands is approaching extinction. The threat is not from a plague or a warring neighbor. It is the very ocean that surrounds this archipelago of islands and atolls located in the Pacific Ocean just above the equator. The math is as simple as it is deadly. As global temperatures rise, so will sea levels from three to six feet by the end of the century according to the Columbia University Earth Institute. The speckles of flat land that make up the Marshall Islands rise about seven feet above sea level. In a few decades, scientists predict that rising...
  • Forget evolution, climate science is the most controversial subject in school

    03/13/2012 6:16:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | posted at 8:20 pm on March 12, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    Little by little, the federal Department of Education appropriates ever more power for itself. (Never mind that the department might very well be unconstitutional in the first place.) Today, most public schools are dependent one way or another on federal funds. Those funds don’t come without strings — and, under the Obama administration, bureaucrats have tightened those strings considerably. Through the Race to the Top competition, the Ed Department enticed states with reward funds to adopt national standards. (Some state leaders — like Texas Gov. Rick Perry — turned down the funding, but they were the exceptions.) The common core...
  • Energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine takes on the "opposition" to Shale Gas in North Carolina

    03/12/2012 8:28:19 PM PDT · by greenwill · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The John Locke Foundation ^ | 02/27/12 | Dr. Daniel Fine
    Daniel Fine discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (two minutes)---> http://youtu.be/4Lbn9diK1PA
  • How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change(YGTBSM)

    03/12/2012 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Mar 12 2012 | Ross Andersen
    The threat of global climate change has prompted us to redesign many of our technologies to be more energy-efficient. From lightweight hybrid cars to long-lasting LED's, engineers have made well-known products smaller and less wasteful. But tinkering with our tools will only get us so far, because however smart our technologies become, the human body has its own ecological footprint, and there are more of them than ever before. So, some scholars are asking, what if we could engineer human beings to be more energy efficient? A new paper to be published in Ethics, Policy & Environment proposes a series...
  • Climate Coup — The Politics (How the regulating class is using bogus claims )

    03/12/2012 1:51:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    JoNova ^ | last updated 13 Mar 2012 | Guest Post: Dr David M.W. Evans,
    How the regulating class is using bogus claims about climate change to entrench and extend their economic privileges and political control.Guest Post: Dr David M.W. Evans, 29 Feb 2012, last updated 13 Mar 2012, latest pdf hereThe Science The sister article Climate Coup—The Science (a more mainstream version of The Skeptic’s Case) contains the science foundation for this essay. It checks the track record of the climate models against our best and latest data, from impeccable sources. It details how you can download this data yourself. It finds that the climate models got all their major predictions wrong: Test Climate...
  • GE rejects Republicans’ climate change doubts

    03/12/2012 5:22:30 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 11 March 2012 | Pilita Clark
    General Electric has brushed aside the doubts leading Republican presidential contenders have raised about climate science. The US industrial and financial conglomerate said it had long seen climate change as a valid concern after an internal evaluation of the scientific case in 2005. (Snip) Observers have attributed the party’s shift since the last election to a range of factors, including the rise of the anti-regulatory Tea Party and fears about unemployment. Others suggest the change is due to fossil fuel interests using so-called super PACs – the new generation of political action committees empowered by a 2010 Supreme Court ruling...
  • Forget climate change, we must focus on the real issue

    03/10/2012 5:10:17 AM PST · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Autonomous Mind ^ | February 6, 2012 | Autonomous Mind
    Over at Bishop Hill there is a post titled A Study in Groupthink that looks at an exchange of Twitter comments between Maurizio Morabito ( @Omnologos ) and Bora Zivkovic ( @BoraZ ), the blogs editor at Scientific American. The author of the Bishop Hill blog, Andrew Montford, explains in his post that Zivkovic is clearly very much out of the same mould as Peter Gleick, which I take to mean an unswerving true believer, a rigid in his views who sees anyone dissenting from what he chooses to believe in and argue for as ultimately evil or corrupted by...
  • WOLF: Mitt beat Rick, but Newt beat Barack

    03/10/2012 9:53:17 PM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2012 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    This wouldn't be the first time the media missed the real story. In the wake of a split Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum scored wins against each other, but it was former Speaker Newt Gingrich who single-handedly drove President Obama into panic mode... And then there was Newt Gingrich, the Lazarus of the presidential campaign, as the Drudge Report recently called him, ready to rise once again. While the mainstream media stayed focused on the game of checkers between Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum, Mr. Gingrich forced President Obama into an astonishing game of chess. In a 30-minute...
  • A view of climate “on the ground” from a reporter who was there at the beginning

    Elevated from a comment Theodore White says: March 8, 2012 at 5:04 pmLet’s clarify a few things on another of Anthony’s excellent posts, like this one ‘Hey Hansen! Where’s the Beef !?’ –It’s lengthy, but gives the view of a person who was there on the ground, covering climate science and global warming in the late 1980s – years before the AGW mania took off.I worked as a journalist in the late 1980s in Colorado, home state of Senator Tim Wirth. I had interviewed him several times on other topics. As part of my general assignment beat, I also covered...
  • Another EU Greenfail As Poland Vetoes Carbon Targets

    03/10/2012 11:20:45 AM PST · by BfloGuy · 5 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 10, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    The EU’s carbon agenda has launched a trade war that has China blocking purchases of Airbus’s troubled new jumbo jets; now word comes that the EU climate agenda is beginning to fall apart at home. The European Union’s ambitious low carbon plan collapsed yesterday when Poland vetoed plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically after 2020. The move is the latest stage in the ignominious failure of EU carbon policy that has seen a grandiose carbon trading system bog down in a quagmire of scandal and price collapse. Europe will meet its current carbon reduction goals less because of any...
  • Romney's Pending Sellout on Global Warming

    03/10/2012 11:46:25 AM PST · by trappedincanuckistan · 17 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 7, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    But those conservatives and Tea Party patriots overlooking Romney's Romneycare apostasy to still vote for him in the primaries are setting themselves up to be gravely disappointed again on this issue. As Governor of Massachusetts, Romney appointed to state office Obama science czar John Holdren, a wacky far out leftist, and Obama EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, who is writing and implementing all of the Obama restrictions on power plants. Among the advisors to the Romney campaign on these issues today is James Connaughton, formerly head of the Bush White House Council of Environmental Quality, and a long time ardent...
  • David Suzuki Goes Ballistic, Advocates Retracting All Rights From AGW Skeptics (my title)

    03/10/2012 11:57:42 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 16 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 9MAR2012 | Anthony Watts
    David “fruit fly” Suzuki goes ballistic, and advocates retracting all rights from skeptics. I’m mentioned as some sort of baddie central, but at least I don’t dress up with Santa Claus to scare the kids and ask their parents to send me money. Where’s that DDT when you need it? From the Huffington Post: “This public responsibility is especially important in light of the stepped-up efforts to deny the reality of climate change, or the role humans play in it. Cases in point are illustrated by the “denialgate” scandal revealed by the release of Heartland Institute documents and the revelation...
  • Sen. Inhofe tackles global warming (New book - The Greatest Hoax!)

    03/09/2012 4:56:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/29/12 | Kris Kitto
    Sen. Inhofe tackles global warmingBy Kris Kitto - 02/29/12 07:24 PM ET Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) never planned on becoming an author, but his passion for questioning global-warming theories led him to write his first book. The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future hit bookshelves Tuesday. Q: What inspired you to write this book? When the issue first came up, I actually believed it because everyone said it, until I became chairman of [the Environment and Public Works] Committee. At that time they came out with the cost to install some type of cap-and-trade system, and...
  • "The world is getting warmer": Romney

    03/09/2012 7:36:58 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 3, 2011 | Ros Krasny
    (Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change. "I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire. "It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."
  • China vigorously promoting shale gas exploration, development ( 200 yr supply est)

    03/08/2012 8:21:37 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    peakoil.com ^ | March 5, 2012
    Shale gas exploration and exploitation in China is still at an early stage.Natural gas accounted for 4% of China’s total energy consumption in 2010. The natural gas share of total world energy demand was nearly six times that, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2011.In the first 5 months of 2011, Chinese crude oil import dependence reached 55.2%, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.China’s shale gas resource is 100 trillion cu m, and the technically recoverable shale gas resource is 36 trillion cu m.1Shale gas in China Here are key dates and activities in...
  • Green donors bet on Romney flip-flop

    03/05/2012 8:41:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | March 5, 2012 07:59 PM EST | Darren Samuelsohn
    Will Mitt Romney flip-flop on climate change if he’s elected president? Some big donors are betting on it.Romney and his super PAC have taken millions from funders with strong green streaks — despite the fact that the former Massachusetts governor has run to the right in the primary, proclaiming doubts about global-warming science and trashing President Barack Obama’s greenhouse gas emissions policies.Julian Robertson, founder of the Tiger Management hedge fund, helped put cap-and-trade legislation on the map with $60 million in contributions over the past decade to the Environmental Defense Fund. Now, Robertson has given $1.25 million to Romney’s Restore...
  • Green Firms Get Fed Cash, Give Execs Bonuses, Fail (Taxpayer funded Golden Parachutes)

    03/06/2012 8:19:13 AM PST · by Islander7 · 13 replies
    ABC The Blotter ^ | March 6, 2012 | Brian Ross
    President Obama's Department of Energy helped finance several green energy companies that later fell into bankruptcy -- but not before the firms doled out six-figure bonuses and payouts to top executives, a Center for Public Integrity and ABC News investigation found. ----------------------- snip EnerDel, maker of lithium-ion battery systems, landed a $118.5 million energy grant in August 2009. About one-and-a-half years later, Vice President Joe Biden toured a company plant in Indiana and heralded its taxpayer-supported expansion as one of the "100 Recovery Act Projects That Are Changing America." Two months after Biden's visit, EnerDel corporate parent Ener1 paid $725,000...
  • New Study Shows A Clear Millennial Solar Impact Throughout Holocene (The Sun is in Control)

    03/04/2012 7:59:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | March 4, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Key Points High resolution SST and SSS reconstruction off Cape HatterasLow salinity anomaly (3.5-5.2 ka): absence of Labrador current influenceMillenial NAO pattern and solar variability Emphatic Blow To CO2 Warmists – New Study Shows A Clear Millennial Solar Impact Throughout HoloceneBy Pierre Gosselin (reposted from No Tricks Zone with permission) A new paper titled High-resolution sea surface reconstructions off Cape Hatteras over the last 10 ka appearing just recently in the AGU Paleoceanography Journal authored by Caroline Cléroux et al provides further, clear evidence of a major solar impact on climate during the Holocene. Hat/tip: http://kaltesonne.de/.According to the paper’s abstract,...
  • Climate change research is costing Australian taxpayers $300 million

    03/04/2012 8:20:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 4, 2012 | by Gemma Jones
    MILLIONS of dollars in government research funding is being ploughed into studies of emotion in climate change messages, ancient economic life in Italy and the history of the moon. Studies of sleeping snails and determining if Australian birds are getting smaller because of climate change have also been allocated funding in the latest round of grants totalling $300 million by the Australian Research Council. Another project titled "Sending and responding to messages about climate change: the role of emotion and morality" by a Queensland university secured $197,302. The council said it was an important psychology project. The study to determine...
  • The sun is still in a funk: sunspot numbers are dropping when they should be rising

    03/03/2012 7:52:20 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | March 2, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    The sunspot number for February from SIDC is down again, to 33.1Here’s the source of that data: http://sidc.oma.be/DATA/monthssn.datSo far, cycle 24 is significantly lower in SSN number that the last three cycles, in addition to having a delayed start. While the delta of the drop in Feb 2012 is not unusual by itself, it is the lowest observed value of the last three cycles this far into a new cycle.Compared to the entire data set back to 1749, which I’ve plotted below……it shows cycle 24 so far to be on par with cycle 12 and cycle 6 in amplitude.While this...
  • History Channel

    03/02/2012 3:41:51 PM PST · by Crapgame · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The History Channel
    Earth 2100. Any Freepers seen this scaremongering future docu-drama? Makes New York City out to be the hope of mankind and a green utopia. Gratuitous use of Obama's green alternatives speeches and a sickening narrative by some fictional character. John Podesta, Van Jones and other alleged experts offer their opinions on civilization's fall. Then of course an apocalyptic future when man's attempts to reverse Globull Warming fail.
  • The EPA's Day in Court

    03/01/2012 11:39:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 7+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | February 28, 2012 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    A number of states have joined with industry organizations to challenge new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency on the grounds that they run contrary to the Clean Air Act. Oral arguments began on February 28 before D.C.’s Court of Appeals.Previous cases have not gone so well. In 2007, in Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court affirmed the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. And last year, the Court unanimously threw out a lawsuit, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, that was brought by eight states. In its decision, the court held...
  • Va. AG Cuccinelli: 'Rogue' EPA Must Be Corralled

    03/01/2012 12:52:01 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Environmental Protection Agency is so out of control that it needs a major fix, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli tells Newsmax.TV. And a court case challenging the agency’s powers to limit greenhouse gases now before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., could be just the remedy the agency needs, he said. “I am cautiously optimistic that the court will send this back to the EPA to be fixed,” Cuccinelli said. “I hope to fix it like a dog — snip — but that’s going to require a new president as well, so I hope the timing will work...
  • The Gas of Life

    03/01/2012 7:12:55 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 3+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 29, 2012 | By Jim Goodridge – former California State Climatologist
    The Gas of Life Posted on February 29, 2012 by Anthony Watts By Jim Goodridge – former California State ClimatologistPhotosynthesis simply stated is 6CO2 + 6H2O + photons = C6H12O6+6O2. It is suggested by the relative abundances of atmospheric CO2 and O2, That CO2 is a quite active material and it is always in short supply.Plant growth is basically the chemical reaction of storing solar energy. Chemical reactions generally double with an increase of 10°F. Rising temperatures cause CO2 to boil out of ocean water. Rising temperature and CO2 concentration both stimulate plant growth. Our atmosphere originally contained about 30...
  • Climate Deniers Are Giving Us Skeptics a Bad Name

    02/29/2012 11:21:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 29, 2012 | S. Fred Singer
    Gallia omnia est divisa in partes tres. This phrase from Julius Gaius Caesar about the division of Gaul nicely illustrates the universe of climate scientists -- also divided into three parts. On the one side are the "warmistas," with fixed views about apocalyptic man-made global warming; at the other extreme are the "deniers." Somewhere in the middle are climate skeptics. In principle, every true scientist must be a skeptic. That's how we're trained; we question experiments, and we question theories. We try to repeat or independently derive what we read in publications -- just to make sure that no mistakes...
  • Genetically Engineered Bacteria Could Help Fight Climate Change (barf alert!)

    02/29/2012 8:17:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 26 February 2012 | Kim Krieger
    Enlarge Image Crystalline. Calcium carbonate forming in sterile solutions tends to be amorphous and black (left), but the presence of bacteria coaxes it to form calcite crystals. Credit: Jenny Cappuccio/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory As humans warm the planet by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, some researchers believe that capturing CO2 and trapping it in buried rocks could lower the risk of catastrophic climate change. Now a team of researchers has shown that bacteria can help the process along. They can even be genetically modified to trap CO2 faster, keeping it underground for millions of years. When CO2 is...
  • "Fake But Accurate" Science

    02/29/2012 2:17:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Real Clear Ppolitics ^ | February 29, 2012 | Robert Tracinski
    For years, we've been lectured at by the global warming establishment about how anyone who doubts them is an enemy of science. One of them in particular, a fellow named Peter Gleick who was the chair of the American Geophysical Union's Task Force on Scientific Ethics, kept lecturing us about how much more scientific integrity the warmists have compared to us unscrupulous skeptics... --snip-- This is what makes many of us global warming skeptics so outraged. We have spent years being smeared as "anti-science," yet many of us became interested in this subject because of our reverence for science. When...
  • The Skeptic's Case

    02/28/2012 7:22:06 PM PST · by metmom · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | February 24, 2012 | David M.W. Evans
    We check the main predictions of the climate models against the best and latest data. Fortunately the climate models got all their major predictions wrong. Why? Every serious skeptical scientist has been consistently saying essentially the same thing for over 20 years, yet most people have never heard the message. Here it is, put simply enough for any lay reader willing to pay attention. *snip* The direct effect of CO2 is well-established physics, based on laboratory results, and known for over a century.[2] Feedbacks are due to the ways the Earth reacts to the direct warming effect of the CO2....
  • Best – warming – headline – evah---BBC -- Global Warming is Making the World Colder

    02/28/2012 7:12:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 28, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’ve been getting a lot of pressure to cover the story by warmspinner Richard Black over at the BBC about a supposed feedback between Arctic sea ice and colder, snowier, winters in the UK and the EU. For example, WUWT “elftone” says: Richard Black of the BBC – despite getting his head handed to him on a platter twice recently – is spinning like crazy about snowy winters. The cause is shrinking arctic ice. No, really :). I’m amazed he’s able to stand:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17143269 I’ve been resisting covering this for a little bit, because I knew sooner or later some MSM...
  • Lying and deception can be justified, says climate change ethics expert ( Need the $$$)

    02/27/2012 12:06:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Bishop Hill blog ^ | Feb 27, 2012 | Bishop Hill
    James Garvey, a philosopher and the author of The Ethics of Climate Change has written a defence of Peter Gleick at the Guardian:What Heartland is doing is harmful, because it gets in the way of public consensus and action. Was Gleick right to lie to expose Heartland and maybe stop it from causing further delay to action on climate change? If his lie has good effects overall – if those who take Heartland's money to push scepticism are dismissed as shills, if donors pull funding after being exposed in the press – then perhaps on balance he did the right...
  • Carbon taxes 'to ease fuel poverty'

    02/26/2012 11:52:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The UK Press Association ^ | February 27, 2012
    Billions raised from carbon taxes should be used to lift millions of households out of fuel poverty, a coalition of charities and businesses has urged. Research for the "energy bill revolution" campaign suggests 6.4 million households are in fuel poverty in the UK, forced to spend more than a tenth of their income on bills to keep their houses warm. Based on projections for costs of gas and take-up of Government policies to improve energy efficiency of homes, the study warned the number of households in fuel poverty could rise by 40% to 9.1 million by 2016. This would mean...
  • Gleick declares in Mann’s book review (after phishing Heartland) – “there IS a war on”

    02/26/2012 10:00:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 5+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From Amazon’s list of Gleick book reviews hereMust read — for the real history of the climate debate and the war by deniers,February 8, 2012 This review is from: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Hardcover) Michael Mann — a world class scientist and communicator about the seriousness of climate change — has finally put all of the recent history (sordid, indeed) about climate denial, attacks on climate scientists, and serial and intentional efforts by climate “skeptics” and “deniers” (a word many of them self-apply) into a book. As the title suggests, there IS...
  • Peter Gleick Admits to Deception in Obtaining Heartland Climate Files (More Globo-Warmin' Fraud!)

    02/21/2012 8:56:15 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies · 1+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 2-20-12 | Andrew Revkin
    Peter H. Gleick, a water and climate analyst who has been studying aspects of global warming for more than two decades, in recent years became an aggressive critic of organizations and individuals casting doubt on the seriousness of greenhouse-driven climate change. He used blogs, congressional testimony, group letters and other means to make his case. Now, Gleick has admitted to an act that leaves his reputation in ruins and threatens to undercut the cause he spent so much time pursuing. His summary, just published on his blog at Huffington Post, speaks for itself. SNIP---- The Heartland Institute had already signaled...
  • The Funding Imbalance ( AGW Cult vs the Skeptic's Heartland Institute)

    02/26/2012 9:41:45 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Mr Worthing (Blog) ^ | Sunday, 26 February 2012 | Malcolm
    Richard North at the EU Referendum blog provides some interesting comment regarding funding. While the warmists are successfully focusing attention on the minor-league operations of the Heartland Institute, with a total budget for all its issues, which include health care, education, and technology policy, of around $4.4 million, their own funding arrangements, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, are largely evading scrutiny. .... The Climate Works Foundation, though, is of special interest as it was in 2008, awarded $460,800,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a grant-making organisation with assets of $7.2 billion, which disbursed $353,400,000 in grants...
  • House Republicans, and some Dems, press White House to kill climate rules (too expensive)

    02/26/2012 8:17:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/23/12 | Andrew Restuccia, Ben Geman
    House Republicans, and some Dems, press White House to kill climate rulesBy Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman - 02/23/12 03:38 PM ET More than 200 House Republicans and about a dozen conservative Democrats called on the White House Thursday to kill pending climate regulations, arguing they will impose huge costs on consumers. “Affordable, reliable electricity is critical to keeping growing jobs in the United States and such a standard will likely drive up energy prices and threaten domestic jobs,” the 223 lawmakers, including 14 Democrats, wrote in a letter to White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) acting director...
  • The Gleick affair is further proof of the warmists' endless credulity ( But UK funding continues)

    02/25/2012 9:25:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday 26 February 2012 | Christopher Booker
    Dr Peter Gleick provides more evidence that the supporters of the Cause will stop at nothing. Magical thinking: a rainmaker in Kenya, whose credibility is being funded by British taxpayers Photo: DFID/International Development Research Centre/Thomas Omondi What a very odd situation we find ourselves in, due to the extraordinary transformation in recent years of the so-called debate over global warming. Last week, The Sunday Telegraph reported that, as part of Britain’s overseas aid budget, the Department for International Development is well on the way to spending £1.5 billion on a mass of climate-related projects across the world. These range from...
  • Climate madness - Skulduggery undermines the case for global warming

    02/25/2012 7:20:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 25, 2012 | Masthead Editorial
    Earlier this month, the Internet lit up with a tantalizing whodunit. Someone had leaked to bloggers confidential internal fundraising and strategic documents from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think-tank that questions global warming orthodoxy. The apparent goal: to discredit and embarrass those who raise doubts about the science behind climate change. Heartland officials cried foul, asserting that at least one of the documents was forged. They vowed to track down the leaker and pursue charges. This week, Peter Gleick saved them the trouble of a search. He confessed that he had assumed a false identity to obtain some of the...
  • Inhofe writes book on 'hoax' of global warming

    02/25/2012 8:06:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | Feb 25, 2012 | Jim Myers
    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe years ago declared man-made global warming a hoax and more recently declared victory over his opponents in that long-running debate. Still, the Oklahoma Republican believes his work is not done. Next week, the senator said his plans for the book's introduction include interviews with several broadcast personalities known for being on the other side of the debate. Published by WND Books, which described it as a coup de grace to the global-warming movement, the book is titled "The Greatest Hoax," with the subtitle "How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future." Next week, the senator said,...
  • Warmer Planet Could Be Dominated by Mosquitoes, Ticks, Rodents and Jellyfish

    02/24/2012 7:47:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 64 replies · 1+ views
    scientificamerican.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2012 | Lacey Johnson
    Imagine a planet where jellyfish rule the seas, giant rodents roam the mountains and swarms of insects blur everything in sight. It may sound far-fetched, but enough global warming is likely to change the distribution of wildlife on Earth. While species that are under threat, such as the polar bear, seem to get all the attention, others are beginning to thrive like never before. In the past three months, new studies have been published about killer whales, wandering albatross and trumpeter swans—all of which appear to be benefiting from climate change. Melting ice is turning the Arctic Sea into a...
  • EPA Budget Judgment Day Coming Up

    02/25/2012 3:42:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 2+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’d ask EPA’s Lisa Jackson about the legality of “disappearing” the over $468,000 dollars in grants to Peter Gleick’s Pacific Institute from the EPA grants database, then putting them back, all without any public notice. Since 2007, Gleick’s PI has received over 1 million in taxpayer’s money. In 2007 they got $647,000 dollars in two grants from the EPA, which also “disappeared” this week. When an FOIA request was made to the EPA, they mysteriously returned. Showdown at the EPA corralSource: Junk Science By Steve MilloyMarch 2 should be a date that lives in infamy for the Obama Environmental Protection...
  • Peter Gleick lecturing the U.S. Senate on “deceitful tactics” (February 7, 2007 )

    02/25/2012 3:29:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    “Copner” alerts us in comments to this public document:Testimony of Dr. Peter Gleick, February 7, 2007 Senate Commerce, Science, and TransportationTable 1 Categories of Deceitful Tactics and Abuse of the Scientific Process (source: P.H. Gleick, Pacific Institute, 2007)There are many tactics used to argue for or against scientific conclusions that are inappropriate, involve deceit, or directly abuse the scientific process.Personal (“Ad Hominem”) Attacks This approach uses attacks against the character, circumstances, or motives of a person in order to discredit their argument or claim, independent of the scientific evidence. Demonization Guilt by Association Challenge to Motive (such as greed or...