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      Remember: “Our generation has known a warm, giving Sun, but the next generation will suffer a Sun that is less giving, and the Earth will be less fruitful”?
      Ulysses has an observation to add to that:
“Over its long life, Ulysses redefined our knowledge of the heliosphere and went on to answer questions about our solar neighborhood we did not know to ask.”
Ulysses ends its career after revealing that the magnetic field emanating from the sun’s poles is much weaker than previously observed.  This could mean the upcoming solar maximum period will be less intense than in recent history.
Ulysses exits with insight into our next solar cycle
Watts Up With That?  14 June, 2008
http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/ulysses-exits-with-insight-into-our-next-solar-cycle/
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To fill you mind with awe and wonder (and add a trifle more scepticism to any belief in AGW along the way):
Tree leaves do a pretty good job of achieving  temperatures that are just right for photosynthesis, even if it’s too hot or too cold where they live, a new study shows.
Such temperature control undermines the assumption that the insides of leaves have the same temperature as the air, Helliker says. That’s an assumption underlying studies that check oxygen ratios in old tree tissue to reconstruct past climates, he says.
Goldilocks tree leaves
By Susan Milius
ScienceNews, June 11th, 2008
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/33137/title/Goldilocks_tree_leaves
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   Mark Twain is again called from history for a perceptive comment on today:
There is no distinctly native American criminal class, Mark Twain observed – except Congress.
Today, in the name of protecting the environment, politicians have locked up enough oil, gas, coal and uranium to power the United States literally for centuries.
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America’s Native Criminal Class
Paul Driessen
ICECAP, Jun 11, 2008
http://icecap.us/images/uploads/Driessen-Americasnativecriminalclass.pdf
  Some quick-reference graphs:
Water Vapor Rules the Greenhouse System
Global Warming:  A closer look at the numbers
http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/greenhouse_data.html
(Thanks to Alfred H. Artze)
 
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“It’s a dead face,” Tsuneta* said of the sun’s appearance.
Tsuneta said solar physicists aren’t like weather forecasters; They can’t predict the future. They do have the ability to observe, however, and they have observed a longer-than-normal period of solar inactivity. In the past, they observed that the sun once went 50 years without producing sunspots. That period, from approximately 1650 to 1700, occurred during the middle of a little ice age on Earth that lasted from as early as the mid-15th century to as late as the mid-19th century.
*Saku Tsuneta, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan program manager for the Hinode solar mission.
Sun Goes Longer Than Normal Without Producing Sunspots
ScienceDaily, Jun. 9, 2008
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080609124551.htm
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     Anyone quoting Mark Twain will always get my attention, and in the article linked below, from which I note this clip, Dr. Roy W. Spencer does just that with:
Twain famously concluded, “There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture from such a trifling investment of fact.”
      But Bad Science, A grand tradition, is an article with a serious mission well worth reading and thinking on.  I feel Mark Twain would have heartedly approved of it, whilst at the same time shaking his head in some dispair that 21st Century Man remained as gullible as his forebears… or some of them.
http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=OTY4NWVjYjc1NjJhZDRjNGVhMDhiOGJjZmUxNGI2NDI
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Some clips from a very heartening assessment, and a major step forward in understanding:
The planet is the greenest it’s been in decades, perhaps in centuries.
They found that over a period of almost two decades, the Earth as a whole became more bountiful by a whopping 6.2%. About 25% of the Earth’s vegetated landmass—almost 110 million square kilometres—enjoyed significant increases and only 7% showed significant declines.
Why the increase? Their 2004 study, and other more recent ones, point to the warming of the planet and the presence of CO2, a gas indispensable to plant life.
The extent and diversity of plant and animal life have both increased substantially during the past half-century.
In praise of CO2
Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, Saturday, June 07, 2008
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=569586
(Via ICECAP, http://icecap.us/index.php)
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The Death Blow to AGW by Stephen Wilde
“The whole of modern civilisation has been made possible by a period of solar stability within a band of less than 4 Watts per square metre. It will not be a result of anything we do if solar changes suddenly go outside that band. On a balance of probability it is more likely that the TSI will soon drop back from the recent unusual highs but remaining within the band of 4 Watts per square metre. It would need the arrival of the next ice age to go significantly below 1363 but even a reduction down to 1365 from present levels could introduce a dangerous level of cooling depending on where the tipping point currently lies.”
http://co2sceptics.com/news.php?id=1396
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The ‘Global Warming’ Mad House
The ‘global warming’ mad house is flourishing! I have rarely known a couple of days in which so many ‘global warming’ foibles and follies have been exposed for the nonsense that they are. Here is my Friday round-up for you to savour:
Philip Stott  (Global Warming Politics)
http://web.mac.com/sinfonia1/Global_Warming_Politics/A_Hot_Topic_Blog/Entries/2008/6/6_The_%E2%80%98Global_Warming%E2%80%99_Mad_House.html
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Painting by numbers: NASA’s peculiar thermometer
Steven Goddard
“By using a cold baseline, all recent temperatures become relatively warm – which causes the NASA maps to be covered with lots of hot red and brown colors. From looking at the NASA map above, one could easily believe that that the earth is having a meltdown. By contrast, the UAH map makes most of the earth look quite cool.”
The Register
Published Thursday 5th June 2008
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/05/goddard_nasa_thermometer/print.html
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    Follow this on Watts Up With That? 4 May, 2008:
UAH: Global Temperature Dives in May

But even more impressive is the change since the last big peak in global temperature of 0.594°C, giving a 16 month ∆T of -0.774°C which is equal in magnitude to the generally agreed upon “global warming signal” of the last 100 years.”
http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/06/03/uah-global-temperature-dives-in-may/#comment-16699
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     More on the sun:
Solar Cycle 24 Could Be 13 Years Long – Cooler Times Ahead?
      “I’ll take Global Warming any day of the week and twice on Sundays over a Little Ice Age.”
Watts Up With That, 2 June, 2008
http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/
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     Two clips from pages past; and a compelling article from May 31, 2008:
(Page #14)    “Our generation has known a warm, giving Sun, but the next generation will suffer a Sun that is less giving, and the Earth will be less fruitful.”
(Page #1)    “Space is a cold place, it is the rarity to find warmth at all. It is ‘the battle’ of this Planet to produce warmth for us all that sees Spring produce the ‘weather’ so often associated with that Season. The battle to displace the cold and have us all again basking in the warmth.” 
(Peter K. Anderson a.k.a. Hartlod(TM))
(Today)    Our spotless sun
With the debate focused on a warming Earth, the icy consequences of a cooler future have not been considered
Lawrence Solomon
FP COMMENT, May 31, 2008.
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/05/30/the-deniers-our-spotless-sun.aspx
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Australia’s ABC is taking some heat from the USA at the moment; and rightly so:
TV Network Tells Kids How Long Their Carbon Footprint Should Allow Them to Live
      The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has crossed a line beyond science, beyond decency, and beyond rational thought.
Watts Up With That, May 31, 2008
http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/
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UAH Satellite data:
 
Globally, 2008 significantly cooler than last year.

Watts Up With That, 31 May, 2008
http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/
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   Now this is an interesting example of selective quotation:
      Alarmists like Al Gore will use pseudo-scientific justifications and comparisons in their attempt to make a connection between carbon dioxide and global warming. Even though CO2 is necessary for life on Earth, the alarmists insist on calling it a pollutant, referring to our atmosphere as an “open sewer.”
      For instance, Gore likes to point out that Venus has far more CO2 in its atmosphere than the Earth does, and its surface is hot enough to melt lead. Therefore, more CO2 causes warming.
      But we also know that the Martian atmosphere has 15 times as much CO2 as our own atmosphere, and its surface temperature averages about 70 deg. F below zero. So you see, in science a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
A clip from: Sacrifices to the Climate Gods
Beware Lieberman-Warner.
By Roy Spencer, May 29, 2008
http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=MDExMTEwZWVjZmI5MGFmNzgzYmM1MWVmNTc0MDMyYTU=
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  A mere snippet from an article highlighting the outrage which is man-made global warming hypocrisy… and the desperation of its evil proponents:  
 
Warmists in Frantic Effort to Save their Failing Theory
      “… As the earth shows no net warming in a decade and cooling into its 7th year, as new models suggest cooling may continue because of natural ocean cycles, as the sun stays quiet now 12 years since the last solar minimum, usually a signal of cooling, as more and more peer review calls into question the importance of CO2…”
ICECAP, May 28, 2008
http://icecap.us/index.php
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Infected Science
In his short essay, Skidelsky bemoans the fact that the “misreporting of science is so routine now that we hardly notice it.” But, even more worrying, he argues, is when “science itself becomes infected by the apocalyptic spirit [my little cartoon, above]. Faith-based science seems a contradiction in terms, because the scientific world view emerged as a challenge to religious superstition. But important scientific beliefs can now be said to be held religiously, rather than scientifically.”
Global Warming Politics,  23 May, 2008
http://web.mac.com/sinfonia1/Global_Warming_Politics/A_Hot_Topic_Blog/Entries/2008/5/23_Infected_Science.html
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A Proper Doom
“The signals are clear: ‘global warming’ must be shunted into the old Crewe sidings to allow the Express Train of growth to bring goods and services to as many people as possible, as fast as possible.”
Global Warming Politics,  23 May, 2008
http://web.mac.com/sinfonia1/Global_Warming_Politics/A_Hot_Topic_Blog/Entries/2008/5/23_%E2%80%9CA_Proper_Doom%E2%80%9D.html
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Sunspot cycles may hold key to global warming, cooling
“With grain shortages already staring us in the face, we’d be advised to begin thinking about a global cool-down instead of a warming that may or may not continue. We might consider ways to transform semi-desert into arable land and to develop seed with shorter maturing cycles suitable for a sub-boreal grain belt. If cooling should begin in earnest, we will quickly forget global warming as we face the new challenges ahead.”
Leader-Telegram, 23 May, 2008
(Balgord, a consultant and writer, heads Environmental and Resources Technology in Middleton)
http://www.leadertelegram.com/story-opinions.asp?id=BGMHH9IPD4Q
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      A retired chemist and consultant with practical experience in absorption and emission spectroscopy looks at:
 
Greenhouse Gas Facts and Fantasies
by Tom Kondis
To support their argument, advocates of man-made global warming have intermingled elements of greenhouse activity and infrared absorption to promote the image that carbon dioxide traps heat near earth’s surface like molecular greenhouses insulating our atmosphere. Their imagery, however, is seriously flawed.
A greenhouse is simply a physical structure that traps hot air…
JunkScience, May 21, 2008
http://junkscience.com/Greenhouse/Kondis-Greenhouse.html
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     A Dissenting Viewpoint
      David Henderson
      Two clips to whet your appetite:
“Let me now summarise my second heading of dissent. I believe that currently received opinion on climate change issues, official and unofficial, embodies over-presumptive conclusions which are biased towards alarm. These take as their point of departure the results of a flawed process, and they represent a dubious extension of those results.”
“… I had close dealings over a number of years with economics and finance ministries in OECD member countries. I have been surprised by the failure of these ministries to get to grips with climate change issues, their uncritical acceptance of the results of a process of inquiry which is so obviously biased and flawed, and their lack of attention to the criticisms of that process that have been voiced by independent outsiders – criticisms which, as I think, they ought to have been making themselves.”
Economic Progress and Climate Change Issues: A Dissenting Viewpoint
David Henderson; formerly Head of the Economics and Statistics Department of the OECD, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Westminster Business School in London.
CCNet, 14 May, 2008
http://www.staff.livjm.ac.uk/spsbpeis/Henderson-2008.htm
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  Two conundrums from Philip Stott:
“The world only became significantly forested with the global warming that followed the end of the glaciation…”
Global Warming Politics, 22 May, 2008.
http://web.mac.com/sinfonia1/Global_Warming_Politics/A_Hot_Topic_Blog/Entries/2008/5/21_Are_We_Out_Of_Our_Trees.html
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Stay warm, World… was begun on January 1, 2008 in response to an email from the owner and creator of the USA Freedom Forum, Daniel Green, offering me an open invitation to make use of the space here.
      The Chicken Little hysteria accusing mankind of causing a runaway greenhouse effect was beginning to grate on me.  With my children well into their adult lives I had thought myself freed of the need to sound the cautions which had become mandatory as their schools fed them stories of the bogey-man-will-get-you, beginning with nuclear fallout when they were very young; but I was wrong.
      Man-made global overheating hysteria had become so pervasive, and so threatening to the everyday lives of people the world around, that I snatched Daniel’s offer and plunged in.
      My hope, then, was that others with a more pertinent qualification than “author” would pick up on the opportunity to debate the science and allow me to slip back into the shadows.
      At the beginning there was some input.  Then, nothing.
      Unwilling to simply abandon this space I began working to the format you have seen.  A daily search for relevant material which I post, usually with little comment of my own.
      The counter on this forum shows around 6,000 “views” for Stay warm, World… by today.  How many who came found something useful I will never know.  I can hope, though, that at least a few have; and that even yet others will come here and leave their links and comments.
      The possibility of a financial (aka way-of-life) disaster brought about by self-anointed priests, starry-eyed “believers” and cynical carpetbaggers remains strong.  Such a disaster will hurt rich and poor alike. 
      Such a disaster would certainly be “man-made” and shocking.
      The possibility of a return to sanity before this happens is also strong.  The storm-surge which has driven this end-of-the-world-is-nigh tsunami has begun to abate; but not to pull back with finality.
      The prophets of doom could yet hold sway enough to enrich themselves at the expense of the innocent, the helpless, and the fool.
      We must not relax, even though sane and mature minds are speaking out and being heard.  We must, not only heed them, but give them the strength of our belief with outspoken support.
      I am glad Daniel gives me this space.
      He would welcome you here, too.
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     A clip from:
Brr! The climate cools for reality-deniers
…Now he has written a book, provocatively entitled The Deniers, in which he shows that not only is the fabled climate change ‘consensus’ itself a sham but the so-called MMGW ‘deniers’ are by far the more accomplished and distinguished scientists than those pushing the theory as a settled and incontrovertible truth. A number of them indeed, are so eminent they were used as experts by the IPCC – but then came to realise that this was an innately corrupted process and that even some of their own work was being abused and distorted in order to promulgate the false doctrine of MMGW.
Melanie Phillips
The Spectator, 20 May, 2008
http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/719126/brr-the-climate-cools-for-realitydeniers.thtml
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The Great Madness begins…

      All throttles wide-open to gain way against the tide of scientific opinion, kangaroo-land flaunts all reason; and surrenders any claim to respect by nominating C02 a pollutant.
      We don’t breathe this gas 24/7?
      C02 pollutes the integrity of political parties and slick business; but they do not appear to be using “pollution” in that context.
      Taking a line from that Australian classic, The Castle: “Tell ’em they’re dreaming.”
AUSTRALIA’S emissions trading market has been unofficially born – and the all-important carbon price has started at $19 a tonne.
      Energy giant AGL has sold banking giant Westpac 10,000 tonnes of “permits to pollute”.
The Australian, Cathy Alexander, May 20, 2008.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23730759-12377,00.html
 
      (Wonder what the going rate is for snake oil?)
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    Just two short clips from a story unfolding: 32,000 deniers
The Oregon petition garnered an astounding 17,800 signatures, a number all the more astounding because of the unequivocal stance that these scientists took: Not only did they dispute that there was convincing evidence of harm from carbon dioxide emissions, they asserted that Kyoto itself would harm the global environment because “increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”
Some 32,000 scientists is more than the number of environmentalists that descended on Rio in 1992. Is this enough to establish that the science is not settled on global warming? The press conference releasing these names occurs on Monday at the National Press Club in Washington. *
*10 AM, Monday May 19, 2008
Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC
32,000 deniers
May 17, 2008, by Jeff White
FP COMMENT
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/05/17/32-000-deniers.aspx
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   The Law of Unintended Consequences:
Climate Change Catastrophe
Gore is right. Climate change catastrophe is imminent!
“The danger is not from a catastrophe arising from soaring temperatures and human misery that alarmists claim will follow (a highly debatable proposition). The catastrophe that seems unstoppable is the human misery that will unquestionably arise from the massive costs of soaring imprudent government regulation of CO2 emissions in the form of Gore-enriching “cap and trade” schemes that will, in the end, provide no discernable impact on global climate.”

Bob Webster, May 15, 2008
http://www.webcommentary.com/asp/ShowArticle.asp?id=websterb&date=080515
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     Those pesky models; always the models…
Kerry Emanuel, M.I.T., in an email to Andrew Revkin of the New York Times stated:
“The models are telling us something quite different from what nature seems to be telling us. There are various interpretations possible, e.g. a) The big increase in hurricane power over the past 30 years or so may not have much to do with global warming, or b) The models are simply not faithfully reproducing what nature is doing. Hard to know which to believe yet.”
Are Tropical Cyclones Really Increasing in Number & Intensity?
Craig James, Wednesday, May 14, 2008
http://blogs.woodtv.com/?cat=11
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      There are still heads in the sand.
      Could this be explained by the word “lag”? as in “yesterday’s research we don’t want to throw away in case folk though we weren’t doing something for our wages; but tomorrow we promise to catch up”?
Global warming under way ‘earlier’
Among the effects are earlier leafing of trees, movements of species to cooler climes, changes to bird migrations, melting glaciers and snow fields and shifts in fresh and marine ecosystems.
“Without urgent action to slow global warming, much larger changes will occur.”

The Australian, 15 May, 2008
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23701351-11949,00.html
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    Frustration fatigue is beginning to set in, here, helped not at all by this screaming headline today.
      Cornflakes in cereal killer warning
      Obscene?  Sure it is. 
      So they got to get a dollar and people are switching off? and getting tired?
      Okay…but we have a life to live out here. 
      We are adult, and can make up our own minds; so… give us a break from your shrieking?

“People started suffering mass hallucinations, manic depression, gangrene, abortions, reduced fertility and painful, convulsive death,” Ms Bricknell told the 10th World Congress on Environmental Health in Brisbane today.
We said it was in the water.
Wrong
It’s in the bread.
Hysteria rules,
Rosemary Desmond | May 13, 2008
The Australian
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23691709-12377,00.html
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     How to fool enough of the people enough of the time to make more than enough money soon enough…
      Cascade them.
      This is how science is settled:
In 1988, the surgeon general, C. Everett Koop, proclaimed ice cream to a be public-health menace right up there with cigarettes. Alluding to his office’s famous 1964 report on the perils of smoking, Dr. Koop announced that the American diet was a problem of “comparable” magnitude, chiefly because of the high-fat foods that were causing coronary heart disease and other deadly ailments.
He introduced his report with these words: “The depth of the science base underlying its findings is even more impressive than that for tobacco and health in 1964.”
Diet and Fat: A Severe Case of Mistaken Consensus
By JOHN TIERNEY
The New York Times
October 9, 2007
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/09/science/09tier.html?_r=1&ei=5087&em=&en=53bfd0df7f448ca4&ex=1192161600&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin
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  Two clips from That Darned Water Vapor.
      (And do not miss the incredible, perhaps even beautiful, photo of the Chaiten Volcano which immediately follows this article.)
This would put the new estimate at 5 to 21 inches by the end of this century. This is hardly the catastrophe envisioned by Al Gore.
The authors add that “model projections of future Antarctic climate may be unreliable.” No kidding! They also state that “computer models are accurately simulating climate for the other six continents.” Oh really? How many models have forecast there would be no warming from 1998-2008?
Posted By: Craig James on Friday, May 9, 2008
http://blogs.woodtv.com/?cat=11
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      Two clips from:
Global Warming and Cooling – The Reality
Stephen Wilde
All it needs to cast doubt on the CO2 theory is an alternative possibility to explain a rising global temperature trend over the past 500 years and there is one. Everyone will have heard of the Little Ice Age and the global temperature would appear to have been recovering from it ever since. On a balance of probability is that not the more likely explanation of an overall warming trend ever since? Why introduce manmade CO2 at all except for politically motivated reasons?
It is clear that temperatures have varied so much over the past 1000 years that there have been substantial effects on human societies so disruption caused by weather and climate is by no means unusual. Many civilisations have fallen as a result of entirely natural changes in climate. Interestingly, they often blamed themselves for offending the Gods, nature or the planet (that sounds familiar!).

Co2sceptic
Wednesday May 07, 2008
http://co2sceptics.com/news.php?id=1041
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      There’s gold in them thar hills (of fear). 
      The secret is in knowing when to high-tail it with the loot.
      The downside is in the knowledge that the future will scorn your name,
      Aargh… hell with tomorrow… I’ll take the cash.
“Ehrlich forecast that 65 million Americans would die of starvation between 1980 and 1989, and that by 1999 the U.S. population would have declined to 22.6 million.”
Environmentalists Still Can’t Get It Right
By WALTER E. WILLIAMS | Posted Tuesday, May 06,
INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY
http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=294959230563446
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     Nice twist to an old adage:
Howard Hayden, physics professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut, has described the machinery of the computer models used by the IPCC and others to predict imminent and cataclysmic climate change as ones that take “garbage in” and spit “gospel out.”
Testing The Waters
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, May 05, 2008
http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=294880707561262
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How to decline gracefully; almost…
Will Global Warming Take A Short Break?
Improved Climate Predictions Suggest A Reduced Warming Trend During The Next 10 Years

ScienceDaily, May 5, 2008
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080502113749.htm
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At Wikipedia, one man engineers the debate on global warming, and shapes it to his views
“Connolley is not only a big shot on Wikipedia, he’s a big shot at Wikipedia — an a dministrator with unusual editorial clout. Using that clout, this 40-something scientist of minor relevance gets to tear down scientists of great accomplishment. Because Wikipedia has become the single biggest reference source in the world, and global warming is one of the most sought-after subjects, the ability to control information on Wikipedia by taking down authoritative scientists is no trifling matter.”
The opinionator
Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post  Published: Saturday, May 03, 2008
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=490337&p=1
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      Serious allegations just under the surface in this story (think “Piltdown Man”):
“How can scientists who report measurements of the earth’s temperature within one one-hundredth of a degree be unable to concur if the temperature is going up or down over a ten year period? Something appears to be inconsistent with the NASA data – but what is it?”
The Register
Is the earth getting warmer, or cooler? ─ A tale of two thermometers
By Steven Goddard
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/02/a_tale_of_two_thermometers/
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I broadly agree with Dr Roy’s point that our recycling of stored hydrocarbons into useful energy, water vapour and CO2 is a good thing, but I’d like to ask about one point.
Surely the CO2 content of the oceans is affected by the temperature of the oceans much more than how much CO2 we release into the atmosphere. The warmer the oceans the less CO2 and vice versa. (Or the warmer the beer, the flatter it gets.)
The other point I’d like to make is that mankind does influence the environment and so does every other living thing. Ever since the first microscopic creature figured out a way to take energy from the sun and use it to combine H2O and CO2 from it’s environment and produce carbohydrates to grow its cells, life has been grossly influencing its environment. Indeed, that particular trick completely changed the atmosphere from lots of CO2 with trace amounts of oxygen to lots of oxygen with trace amounts of CO2, thereby killing off a lot of competing organisms that couldn’t tolerate the oxygen rich atmosphere.
Of course nature then evolved another creature that could eat the carbohydrates, strip out the carbon and burn that with oxygen to produce energy, which it then used to move about so it could hunt down those tasty carbohydrates. (Actually, that particular creature was just incorporated into a multi-celled animal and produced it’s energy in return for a meal. We refer to their descendants as mytochondria.)
All this is well known, but a great many people refuse to acknowledge it and persist in seeing anything that man does as a bad thing. We are part of Nature, part of the process of change and change is neither good nor bad.
Whether we temporarily save some cuddly animal, pretty plant or fascinating insect is neither here nor there to nature. Change happens on small scales and large scales, slowly and suddenly and sometimes catastrophically. If our intelligence and ingenuity allow us to cope with change then we should use them. That’s what they evolved for.
Kevin B
Watts Up With That, 1 May, 2008
http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/more-carbon-dioxide-please/#comments
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With great respect to Dr Spencer, one of the first ‘global warming scientists’ Guy Callendar, a British meteorologist, made very much this point back in 1938, when he suggested that an increase in anthropogenic CO2 was likely in several ways to ‘prove beneficial to mankind’ by promoting plant-growth and therefore agricultural production.
The same is true of warming itself. The real danger of any reversal in the recent warming trend (as is being so admirably documented on this website) is that it could cost a loss of 5-10 percent in global food production, at just a time when the world is facing a significant food shortage.
 
Look at what is happening already in Minnesota where cold, wet ground is delaying the planting season and therefore lowering prospective yields (let alone all those Californian grapes you’ve already reported on).
 
If people want to keep eating (and drinking), it’s more warming and CO2 we need, not the reverse.
Christopher Booker
Watts Up With That, 1 May, 2008
http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/more-carbon-dioxide-please/#comments
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One picture (or graph) is worth a thousand words…
Unlike El Niño and La Niña, which may occur every 3 to 7 years and last from 6 to 18 months, the PDO can remain in the same phase for 20 to 30 years…
      Thus, we seem to be headed toward several decades of global cooling…
La Nina and Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO)
Cooling in the Pacific Ocean
Don J. Easterbrook, Dept. of Geology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/la-nina-and-pacific-decadal-oscillation-cool-the-pacific.pdf
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   A truly sad example of political correctness:
Clearly, Zhang et al.’s primary findings are right on the mark, but their abandonment of them in their concluding discussion in an attempt to remain politically correct should be an affront to all serious-minded people, as should their uncritical acceptance of standard climate-alarmist extremism and their two important factual errors.
Climate Change and the Human Condition
C02 Science, 23 April, 2008
http://www.co2science.org/articles/V11/N17/EDIT.php
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      Never fight one catastrophe theory with another; that only leads to chaos in the confusion.  However, considering another scenario can restore a sense of balance.
      It would, in fact, be unfair to characterise the following under the broad heading of “catastrophe” even though it has all the elements necessary to get a fair to reasonable panic begun if played by the rules of the daily press and entrepreneurs of the get-rich-quick variety. It is actually simply a reasonable statement of the record, and a nice counter balance to extremism.
Solar activity over the past 70 years has been greatest for 8000 years and is the most likely cause of the recent temperature trend through 1998 that has been wrongly attributed to CO2 warming.
AN URGENT SIGNAL FOR THE COMING ICE AGE
Peter Harris (Retired Engineer), April 2008
http://icecap.us/images/uploads/ANURGENTSIGNALFORTHECOMINGICEAGE.pdf
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    Showing just how clever we were a few years ago…
“…civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind,” biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970.
By 1995, “…somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Look magazine, April 1970.
Because of increased dust, cloud cover and water vapor “…the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born,” Newsweek magazine, January 26, 1970.
The world will be “…11 degrees colder in the year 2000 (this is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age),” Kenneth Watt, speaking at Swarthmore University, April 19, 1970.
Daily Policy Digest, April 23, 2008
http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=16404
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Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh
It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, at least to begin contingency planning about what to do if we are moving into another little ice age, similar to the one that lasted from 1100 to 1850.
Phil Chapman
The Australian | April 23, 2008
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23583376-7583,00.html
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Little Ice Age in Southern South America?

“The recognition of the LIA (Little Ice Age) in Northern Patagonia, through the use of documentary sources, provides important, independent evidence for the occurrence of this phenomenon in the region.”
There are those who will insist that the Little Ice Age was not a global event, but somehow, just as the Northern Hemisphere cooled during the Little Ice Age, glaciers were expanding in southern South America? Starting to sound global to us! (World Climate Report)
World Climate Report
April 21, 2008
http://www.worldclimatereport.com/index.php/2008/04/21/little-ice-age-in-southern-south-america/
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“Climate-change remedies can lead to greater poverty, starvation and disease, as well as widespread ecological destruction — some of the very misfortunes that they’re supposed to prevent,” Goklany wrote in the New York Post. “In our haste to address global warming, we have yet to think seriously about our policies’ unintended effects.”
Earth Daze, Courtesy Of Al Gore
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY, Monday, April 21, 2008
 http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=293668743189449
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Put that sea wall construction job on hold:

“Considered together, the new findings indicate that while surface melt plays a substantial role in ice sheet dynamics, it may not produce large instabilities leading to sea level rise,” says Joughin, a glaciologist with the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory.

Greenland Ice May Not Be Headed Down Too Slippery A Slope, But Stability Still Far From Assured
Science Daily, April 20, 2008
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080417142507.htm
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      The Green Grass of Wyoming; and the not so green,  Rain and drought over 2,000 years:
Interestingly, the trend over the past two millennia has been towards generally wetter conditions. In fact, one of the wettest periods during the past 2,000 years in Wyoming, and across the American West at large, was the wet period that occurred during the early 20th century. But rather than anomalously wet periods, the most remarkable characteristic of the reconstructed drought history of Wyoming is the prolonged dry periods and “megadroughts” that occurred many time in past centuries—droughts that dwarfed any conditions experienced in recent memory. In fact, average conditions from about 0 AD to 1000 AD were drier than the driest 20-yr periods during the 20th century.
Observed Climate Change and Negligible Global Effect of Greenhouse-gas Emission Limits in Wyoming
Written by Robert Ferguson  
SPPI, Wednesday, 16 April 2008
http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/wyoming_climate_change_2008.html
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From two years ago, some historical perspective on alarmism and its long bloodline in the press:
FIRE AND ICE
Journalists have warned of climate change for 100 years,
but can’t decide weather we face an ice age or warming
Business and Media Institute, May 17, 2006
http://www.businessandmedia.org/specialreports/2006/fireandice/FireandIce.pdf
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      The content (of which the following is just a clip) deserves serious consideration and thought:
Real Climate now has finally reported to us this serious limitation to the interpretation of the results from climate models.
      “A scenario only illustrates the climatic effect of the specified forcing – this is why it is called a scenario, not a forecast. To be sure, the first IPCC report did talk about “prediction” – in many respects the first report was not nearly as sophisticated as the more recent ones, including in its terminology. “
Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr. Research Group News
http://climatesci.org/2008/04/11/real-climates-agreement-that-the-ipcc-multi-decadal-projections-are-actually-sensitivity-model-runs/
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   Clip from an interview with a man of balance (George Taylor):
Taylor: Yes. The planet has warmed in the last 150 years. And in the last 30 years. But not in the last 70 years. 1934 was the warmest year on record. So if you start from 1934, and end in 2007, you’ve got global cooling.
OSU climatologist vacates hot sea
by Chris Lydgate
Pamplin Media Group, Apr 15, 2008
http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/sustainable/story.php?story_id=120793658846134900
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     It becomes doubly sobering when the words “social control” and “communism” find a fit in the great man-made global warming scandal… but they slip in here very easily; and arouse fear that this animal has been released into 21st century society:
“But it’s not nice to blame Mother Nature when you have the Industrial Revolution and the internal combustion engine as convenient scapegoats. This comes after a debate driven primarily by ideology and not by sound science. It’s a way of achieving economic, political and social control that communism, another tyranny sublimating freedom to the greater good, could only dream of.”
The Green Zone
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Wednesday, April 16, 2008
http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=293238345208787
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“… there is no observational evidence in measured data going back 22,000 years or even millions of years that CO2 levels (whether from man or nature) have driven or are driving world temperatures or climate change.”
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri
Chairman Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/images/ipcc_letter_14april08.pdf
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     The subject in the thread above is further expanded in The Times:
“…a form of gas-rich ice once thought to exist only on the moons of Saturn.”
“In fact, the seabeds around the Japanese coast turn out to conceal massive deposits of the elusive sorbet-like compound in their depths, and a country that has long assumed it had virtually no fossil fuels could now be sitting on energy reserves containing 100 years’ fuel.”
From The Times, April 14, 2008
Japan’s Arctic methane hydrate haul raises environment fears
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3740036.ece
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The Return of Fossil Fuels 
“Thirdly, everywhere we are now witnessing the return of fossil fuels [did they ever go away?], and especially of ‘King Coal’ in many different guises, old and new. This trend is today strongly re-enforced by the news that Japan has managed to extract industrial quantities of natural gas from underground sources of methane hydrate in the Arctic.”
GLOBAL WARMING POLITICS,  Monday, 14 April, 2008
http://web.mac.com/sinfonia1/iWeb/Global%20Warming%20Politics/A%20Hot%20Topic%20Blog/01D36CA9-4E81-4400-9293-40A676096397.html

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