23 August, 2008
Australia leading the way back from the future.
In a weird and eye-rolling panic-attack, the premier of Australian semi-tropical state, Queensland, went to jelly over a step forward for energy production with a politically-correct hand-on-heart for the future of the world if mankind were allowed to continue its energy-pickin’ evil.
The premier did not, however, continue this galloping charge against windmills by pledging to shut down the state’s coal industry; which somewhat weakened the prophet-like announcement of this hallelujah decision.
QUEENSLAND premier Anna Bligh today killed off a controversial $14 billion shale oil project in north Queensland.
Ms Bligh cited the need to put the environment first as she quashed plans to start bulk sampling and exploration of the McFarlane deposit, 15km south of Proserpine.
The Australian – August 24, 2008
Warming warnings get overheated
Alarmist predictions of climate change like Oliver Tickell’s are not just bad science – they stop us thinking rationally about solutions
“These alarmist predictions are becoming quite bizarre, and could be dismissed as sociological oddities, if it weren’t for the fact that they get such big play in the media. Oliver Tickell, for instance, writes that a global warming causing a 4C temperature increase by the end of the century would be a “catastrophe” and the beginning of the “extinction” of the human race. This is simply silly.”
Björn Lomborg, guardian.co.uk
Whilst back in the good old days…
Awful August has delayed this year’s harvest but global warming is not to blame
“These conditions are not unique and are more like the poor August weather Britain saw during the Twenties and Sixties.
“It is more likely a stark reminder that the warming trend we recorded in the last part of the 20th Century has now stalled. Globally, 1998 remains the warmest of the last 150 years.”
22 August, 2008
Global Warming Skeptics Prominently Featured At International Scientific Meeting
Indian Scientist Mocks Nobel Prize Award to Gore
August 19, 2008 — A major international scientific conference prominently featured the voices and views of scientists skeptical of man-made global warming fears. The International Geological Congress, dubbed the geologists’ equivalent of the Olympic Games, was held in Oslo, Norway, from August 4-14.
During the Geologic conference, Indian geologist Dr. Arun D. Ahluwalia of the Center of Advanced Study in Geology at Punjab University and a visiting scholar of the Geology Department at University of Cincinnati, openly ridiculed former Vice President Al Gore and the UN IPCC’s coveted Nobel Peace Prize.
via Jon Jewett commenting in Watts Up With That?
Growing challenge to prevailing view on climate change
By Dr. William Reville in the Irish Times
UNDER THE MICROSCOPE A small but growing view is that global warming is a natural process – nothing to do with human activity, writes Dr William Reville
The American Physical Society recently issued a statement to say: “There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming since the Industrial Revolution.”
21 August, 2008
More On Cognitive Dissonance
“The End Of The World Is/Is Not Nigh!”
“Throughout history, many competing cults have attempted to predict dire catastrophes for the Earth. With respect to these cults, the key psychological and sociological question is: “What happens when the predictions fail?” …
“Media reaction to the new ‘cognition’ is thus classic. It involves, above all, ignoring the cooling, but also mis-reporting the cooling, denying the cooling, or trying to create a new consonant cognition, one in which the cooling actually becomes a part of the catastrophic ‘global warming’ belief.”
Global Waring Politics
Telling it like it is, ICECAP, in a footnote to:
La Cosa Climate Protection Racket:
Scientists Pressure Govt for $9 Billion to ‘Protect’ U.S.
pulls no punches:
“We believe money for upgraded satellite and improved surface sensing systems is important but that funding for greenhouse warming research and modeling should be slashed. It makes no sense in throwing good money after bad. This research and the models have miserably failed in assessing the real causes of climate change and correctly predicting even the near term climate. More research dollars should be put to studying the sun and oceans, urban and local land use factors, and changes in clouds the real causes of climate changes we have observed the last century. The group of course will use the final landfall of Fay in the Gulf next week and later season storms to try and make their case but congress should resist. See how more and more scientists are saying the cooling will continue, further falsifying the AGW hypothesis.”
ICECAP 21 August, 2008
December 1986 – Irony
A guest post by John Goetz in Watts Up With That?
“In my post December 1986, I presented a histogram showing the GISS estimate of December 1986 minus the actual for GHCN stations in Europe and Russia. As noted, GISS under-estimated December 1986 for this region by a greater than 2 to 1 margin. The result was, when GISS combined multiple records for a single station, the stations with a cold estimate for December 1986 had their records artificially cooled pre-1987. By cooling the older record and leaving the current record unchanged, an enhanced warming trend was introduced.
“I promised I would show other regions of the world in future posts. Therefore, in this post I present Africa, which essentially shows polar-opposite results from Europe / Russia. …”
Australian Space Weather Agency Pushes Solar Cycle 24 Ahead 6 Months
“IPS announced today that it has changed its forecast for Solar Cycle 24, pushing it’s start into the future by six months…”
Pick up the story on Watts Up With That?
IBD has a searing tongue of flame for the 148,000-member American Psychological Association and their plans to bend us to their will. Are we really so easily twisted to fit someone else’s delusions? Have we become so conditioned that we rush to throw ourselves from high places on the whim of someone who has sick dreams?
And just so you will not feel uniquely foolish, America (who this particular story speaks of), Australians are sheeping, too… and the UK, and much of Europe. This is a malady affecting the entire western world…
…to our eternal shame.
Environment: The power of persuasion. Psychologists say they have it and aim to use it to persuade us that we need to be more sensitive to protecting the Earth.
“Rather than bully, browbeat and brainwash, the group would be of better service if it tried to determine why so many Americans have bought into the global warming nonsense. But then, falling for hip fads is likely just human nature, especially in rich nations that can afford such indulgences.
“Instead, the group should ask itself why it accepts the extreme-green position so unquestioningly. What do members have to gain by claiming that “we face a severe environmental crisis,” as Vakoch says, when that demonstrably is not the case. The world, particularly Western developed nations, is cleaner than it was 40 years ago.”
Getting In Our Heads
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Thursday, August 21, 2008
20 August, 2008
Fossil Fuels are the New Green Power
“If we want a greening planet we must have more CO2 in the atmosphere. We have been doing this by burning fossil fuels to an increasing extent and the planet has responded favorably. We have benefited because now we can (almost) feed 6.6 billion people whereas 100 years ago we were feeding only 1.5 billion people when the atmospheric CO2 level was much less.”
By Allan Taylor
Canada Free Press
Skeptics win one! NOAA/NCDC to pull the CCSP report
“Warning, strong opinion follows: This report’s contents and the “cart before the horse” way it was produced is the biggest official “crock” perpetrated on the American public I’ve ever been privy to….” Anthony Watts
Watts Up With That?
If you are planning a scam
do not invent the internet
19 August, 2008
Auguring brief era of ice in 2010
An expert from the National Autonomous University of Mexico predicted that in about ten years the Earth will enter a “little ice age” which will last from 60 to 80 years and may be caused by the decrease in solar activity.
“Curiously, the star never has been seen as a cooling agent, but warming, but has two roles”, he said.
Courtesy a Google translation into English
It’sa Getting Warmer—I’ma Gonna Killa Myself
Our ongoing quest for researchers making bizarre connections between (fill in the blank) and global warming frequently takes us to far-flung recesses of the library (or, more likely, dusty corner cobwebs of the World Wide Web). For this installment, we have uncovered some novel “climatology” being practiced in the Journal of Affective Disorders, a psychology journal…
World Climate Report – August 19, 2008
18 August, 2008
But we were just going to try it ourselves!
That old Mother Nature just won’t hang about while we get our acts together.
We have been gazumped!
N.B.: Due to lack of attention (knee-jerk reaction?) by some readers, the original headline (below) has now been changed on Watts Up With That? to: “Thanks to Nature, a Large Atmospheric Sulfur Dioxide Experiment is Now Underway in the Pacific”
Large Atmospheric Sulfur Dioxide Experiment Now Underway in the Pacific
“And just a few days ago, over a million tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) was in fact injected into the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean…
“With this eruption coming on the heels of a short term global cooling trend that we’ve seen in the last 18 months, it will be interesting to see if this real-world experiment being performed by nature will add to the trend we’ve already seen.”
Anthony Watts – Watts Up With That?
17 August, 2008
AGW Proponents Seek “Endless Day”
The holy grail amongst scientists and politicians is the evasive “Endless Day” which they see as the ultimate platform from which to promote their message of runaway man-made global warming.
It has now been discovered.
“This day will allow politicians and scientists alike to issue their warnings and predictions fearlessly,” a source speaking only on condition of anonymity said. “This endless day has been identified, but is a closely guarded secret at the moment.”
The anomalies requiring the endless day were only noticed recently, and scientists versed in the discipline of runaway man-made global warming are given credit for the discovery and the adjustments, smoothing and models used to pinpoint errors in the calendar over the past four hundred years.
Sources close to the project say world calendars will need to be frozen on the day determined to allow for what they describe as “catch-up” of present calendars to bring them into synchronisation with the sun.
This will mean the endless day will be the only date available, to at lease the western world, for a period as long as one year.
The date of the endless day has just been announced.
Calendars are to be frozen immediately at 01 April.
(Normal April 1st conditions will apply.)
New Crisis Opening Up Investment Opportunities
Many who missed the opportunity of early investment in carbon credits are eyeing a new potential in oxygen options.
A story in the Guardian U.K. picked up by Anthony Watts (Watts Up With That?) promises a new bonanza in catasrophe cash by selective investment in oxygen production and conservation.
The following quote from the Guardian is an alert to the serious potential for profit:
“Compared to prehistoric times, the level of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. This change in the makeup of the air we breathe has potentially serious implications for our health. Indeed, it could ultimately threaten the survival of human life on earth, according to Roddy Newman, who is drafting a new book, The Oxygen Crisis.”
The oxygen crisis
Could the decline of oxygen in the atmosphere undermine our health and threaten human survival?
Peter Tatchell – 13 August, 2008
Summer, we hardly knew ye…
Anecdotal cold weather news from around the world
There continues to be a number of reports of colder than normal weather and seasons from around the globe. Here are a few.
Watts Up With That?
16 August, 2008
I don’t think the woe-is-ussers are gunna like this.
Perhaps it should be re-titled:
“The legislature had been trying for 30 years to authorize something like this and, up until now, had blown it. Palin got it through. Getting it off the ground, the state says, will be the biggest construction project in U.S. history.”
“As congressional Democrats dither on a vote for oil drilling, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has pushed through a gas pipeline project to bring new supply and price relief to the lower 48.”
Palin’s Gas Pipeline Isn’t Hot Air
Investor’s Business Daily – 15 August, 2008
As the Australian poet, A. B. “Banjo” Paterson noted in “Clancy of the Overflow“
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars.
Some folks still do.
(Read the full poem here.)
When the politicians begin to doubt man-made global warming hysteria:
“There are many credible members of the scientific community who have questioned the theory of global warming, and now we have some scientists actually suggesting the earth’s temperatures may be entering a period of dramatic cooling,” said Doherty, R-Warren and Hunterdon. “With this growing level of scientific uncertainty, it makes no sense to enact a new set of economically damaging regulations prompted by the global warming hysteria of recent years.”
DOHERTY: NEW SCIENTIFIC DATA JUSTIFIES REPEALING GLOBAL WARMING RESPONSE ACT
By bguhl – August 14, 2008
15 August, 2008
We live in the best of times.
A simple check back into 19th Century France, no time at all, really, shows a stark contrast to today:
“Economists and bureaucrats who ventured out into the countryside after the (French) Revolution were horrified to find that the work force disappeared between fall and spring. The fields were deserted from Flanders to Provence. Villages and even small towns were silent, with barely a column of smoke to reveal a human presence. As soon as the weather turned cold, people all over France shut themselves away and practiced the forgotten art of doing nothing at all for months on end.” (The Big Sleep by Graham Robb)
Effectively, these, our fellow human beings, hibernated: “They lowered their metabolic rate to prevent hunger from exhausting supplies.”
And then, as our planet has done myriad times, the Earth warmed up, and the misery and death of cold gave way to the benign warmth we are so fortunate to live in today.
World… for the sake of generations yet to come; stay warm
(This was the first entry in “Stay warm, World…” on the USA Freedom Forum, 01 January, 2008-06-16)
“There’s been no net global warming in the 21st century.
“Although seldom reported by the mainstream media, it’s quite a story, because no climate model predicted it.”
14 August, 2008
The Return of the Rabbit
Backyard cricket is in severe danger under calls for the suppression of lawn mowers by Australia’s Tim Flannery, and may well go the way of that wonderful summer pastime downunder, beach cricket, now that the professor has Australia’s beaches under a goodly height of rising sea levels.
Rabbits, which once plagued in Australia to the point of threatening the continent’s massive and vital grazing industry, may need to be introduced into suburban back yards and civic sporting arenas, and the famous rabbit-proof fences of the past mass produced to keep these mowers of nature at the job in hand.
Professor Flannery, the 2007 Australian of the Year and chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, wrote that a lawn mower generated 40 times the emissions of a car, and two-stroke outboard engines were even worse.