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20 October, 2008
Precious Little…
   “We need to consider the very real possibility that atmospheric carbon dioxide – which is necessary for life on Earth and of which there is precious little – might well be like the innocent bystander who has been unjustly accused of a crime based upon little more than circumstantial evidence.” – Roy W. Spencer
New Paper from Roy Spencer: PDO and Clouds
Global Warming as a Natural Response to Cloud Changes Associated with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO)
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18 October, 2008
Let Them Eat… ah… C02...
Comment by David Archibald on Watts Up With That?
   “Dr Meier’s answers are part of the evolving AGW liturgy, reconciling natural phenomena with the AGW belief system. He has to do this to keep his job. If you want to see something really amusing, have a look at another use of US tax dollars: here.
   “Growing plants under elevated CO2 levels is easy to do and there are hundreds of such studies. But the results are highly inconvenient. They show a wonderful benefit, including a 74% increase in biomass in one forest over six years. The solution the warmers came up with was to concoct a future with elevated ozone levels as well. Poison the forests with ozone and the results don’t look so good.”
(In the thread: NSIDC’s Dr. Walt Meier answers reader questions on sea ice)
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   “These last four developments, taken together or separately, don’t disprove the global warming theory. But unlike climate projection models, which are often wrong but endlessly thrown in our faces as examples of hard science, they are real world events wholly contrary to the story the alarmists have been spreading.”

Cold Reality
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

Climate Change: Funny how economic concerns pull the mind away from foolishness such as global warming. But weather goes on, and in many places it doesn’t happen the way fear mongers predict.

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17 October, 2008
 
   Plod through NSIDC’s Dr. Walt Meier answers reader questions on sea ice…

   Then read much expert comment following this on Watts Up With That? such as:

Leif Svalgaard : 

   (Meier) “Many natural explanations for the current observed warming have been suggested:”it’s just natural variability,” “it’s the sun,” “it’s cosmic rays,” etc. However, these have all been investigated and evidence is simply lacking.
    (Svalgaard) “Evidence can only be lacking for specific causes, like ‘the sun’ or ‘cosmic rays’, but not for unspecified ‘natural variability’.”

Jeff Alberts :

    (Meier) “I originally chose not because I didn’t realize there might be an interest and also because a few journal articles doesn’t substantiate human-induced global warming (nor do one or a few articles refute it).”
   (Alberts) “Actually it only takes one fact to refute it, and there are many.”

And then register your opinion on the poll near the head of the story.

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The Gas of Life

   “There is no evidence that Carbon dioxide has ever controlled, is controlling or will ever control world temperatures or climate and I challenge the promoters of this nonsense to produce evidence to justify their policies – or drop them, just as 13 world scientists** have similarly challenged the UN.
   “CO2 is no problem – it is the Gas of Life (GOL). The problem is Climate Change Policy – not Climate Change which is beyond man’s control. Global warming is over. World temperatures have fallen from their peak ten years ago while GOL (CO2) has been rising rapidly. The world was much warmer than now in the Bronze age 4,000 years ago and there was much less GOL (CO2) then. The bounteousness of world vegetation goes up with GOL. We need more GOL not less!”
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On another story, this time in Watts Up With That?

Obamaton comments:Carbon dioxide is very potent. Even at concentrations of less than one tenth of one percent, it is capable of driving bureaucrats at the EU and the UN insane. If we lose the EU and the UN, humanity is lost! We must save the bureaucrats!”
 
   “In my opinion, this is lunacy – Obama’s thinking is completely off the rails now. He cites a new energy plan in August, then cripples it from the start with this sort of thinking.” – Anthony Watts
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16 October, 2008
Bubble Boy Dreaming…
…and the dream has wrong-footed us in much more than climate.
   Climate, however, is what concerns us here, not stable health as a right, stable happiness as a right, but stable climate as a right.
   Philip Stott pours his acid scorn on the term in his piece “The Litmus Test For Nonsense” (The quintessential litmus test for nonsense on climate is the use of the phrase, “a stable climate”. Climate has never been, and never will be, “stable”. The phrase represents the ultimate oxymoron. It is a foolish human desire for something that does not, and never can, exist.)
   But oh! how we wish it did (along with health, happiness, a warm puppy (that never grows into a dog), and the sure bet.
   Don’t hurt none to dream; but when the dream reaches proportions which sway governments then it does begin to hurt as reality is overridden and the wholly impossible becomes a quest trampling that reality and becoming a cancer.
   The crazy-eyed green dream that sprang from good and laudable intentions ─ which most of us still hold ─ has run amok when the term “stable climate” can stand in a written or spoken sentence without general challenge.  It is a symptom of just how far down the trail of irrational behaviour and belief we have come…
   …and a ringing endorsement of the power the alchemists of science, business and government have wielded over our lives by taking a benign and necessary part of the very air we breathe and naming it evil.
   Fear rides the frantic steed we have become fleeing that evil; and the irrational has become real.
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15 October, 2008
Remember in the first entry of this site:
   “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.”
 
Balance it with this; and then today:
 
   “During the Little Ice Age — roughly the 16th century to the 19th — Muir Glacier filled Glacier Bay and the people of Europe struggled to survive because of difficult conditions for agriculture. Some of them fled for America in the first wave of white immigration.
   “The Pilgrims established the Plymouth Colony in December 1620. By spring, a bitterly cold winter had played a key role in helping kill half of them. Hindered by a chilly climate, the white colonization of North America through the 1600s and 1700s was slow.
   “As the climate warmed from 1800 to 1900, the United States tripled in size. The windy and cold city of Chicago grew from an outpost of fewer than 4,000 in 1800 to a thriving city of more than 1.5 million at the end of that century.
   “The difference in temperature between the Little Ice Age and these heady days of American expansion?
   “About three or four degrees, Molnia said.
   “The difference in temperature between this summer in Anchorage — the third coldest on record — and the norm?
   “About three degrees, according to the National Weather Service.”
Bad weather was good for Alaska glaciers
MASS BALANCE: For decades, summer snow loss has exceeded winter snowfall.
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12 October, 2008

Time to Erase the Emissions Trading Nightmare

   “…However, there is growing scientific evidence and opinion that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does not control the climate. Thus all the resources spent on attempting to limit or remove it will be totally wasted…”

Canada Free Press

via Ed Scott on Watts Up With That?

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Is Global Warming Starving Science?
Dee Norris

   “…How many times can someone cry “wolf” before the townspeople stop coming out to help? Others have listed a few of them, but let me mention some highlights: Ozone layer, Ice Age, Atomic tests at Bikini vaporizing the oceans, supercollider experiment creating a black hole that will absorb the Earth, DDT, Polar Bears on the ESL, and it goes on and on. The real problem, of course, is that NOBODY KNOWS THESE WERE BOGUS… a compliant and complicit media seem only to happy to cover it all up.”

CodeTech on Watts Up With That?

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11 October, 2008

Just when we thought the turmoil in world financial markets was caused by simple greed and complex strategies gone awry, we now find there is a dark horse in the mix and the (not global warming) sun seems also to be plucking our strings.
   Below is a part of the introduction to a serious paper on Geomagnetic Storms (which result when particles sent from the Sun from solar flares are drawn towards the Earth by its magnetic field) and the stock market.
   ‘ware the ides of March…

Playing the Field:
Geomagnetic Storms and the Stock Market

Introduction
   “While it is the geomagnetic storms (GMS) that give rise to the beautiful Northern lights, occasionally they can also pose a serious threat for commercial and military satellite operators, power companies, astronauts, and they can even shorten the life of oil pipelines in Alaska by increasing pipeline corrosion.
   “Most importantly, geomagnetic storms can pose a serious threat for human health. In Russia, as well as in other Eastern and Northern European countries, regular warnings about the intensity of geomagnetic storms have been issued for decades.
   “More recently, the research on geomagnetic storms and their effects started to become more and more important in several other countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Now, we can get regular updates on the intensity of the geomagnetic activity from the press, the Internet and the Weather Channel.
   “The pervasive effects of intense geomagnetic storms on human health and behavior is what motivates our investigation of a possible link between geomagnetic storms and the stock market…”

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CLIMATE DISTORTING U.S. ENERGY POLICIES

   “Proponents of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) have largely ignored natural climate influences; yet, the evidence is overwhelming that natural factors control the climate and that the greenhouse effect from rising carbon dioxide, while certainly present, is insignificant and as yet undetectable.  Instead of pushing forward the current energy and climate policies floating around Congress, the nation’s goal should focus on rational energy policy — one that accepts that fossil fuels and CO2 present no threat, says S. Fred Singer, an atmospheric physicist and professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia.”

Daily Policy Digest

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10 October, 2008
Perhaps “they” have not managed to scare all the children, after all?

   “Well, today in Year 9 Religion we were discussing Justice. First we talked about ridiculous fuel prices and why. Of course when my lovely teacher asked if there were any other injustices in the world I stuck my hand up pointing out AGW. I told my class about Al Gore and how he’s a hypocrite and scaremongers people with his manipulative ways and how it is unjust that he be allowed to preach to people that AGW is a fact, without addressing the “Inconvenient Truth” that AGW is naught but an unproven theory…”

Kids Against Anthropogenic Global Warming

 

08 October, 2008

 

…the global warming cycle from 1977 to 1998 is now over and we have entered into a new global cooling period that should last for the next three decades.

   “In a Geological Society of America abstract, Dr. Don Easterbrook, Professor of Geology at Western Washington University, presents data showing that the global warming cycle from 1977 to 1998 is now over and we have entered into a new global cooling period that should last for the next three decades. He also suggests that since the IPCC climate models are now so far off from what is actually happening that their projections for both this decade and century must be considered highly unreliable.”

IMPLICATIONS OF PDO, NAO, GLACIAL FLUCTUATIONS, AND SUN SPOT CYCLES FOR GLOBAL CLIMATE IN THE COMING DECADES

via ICECAP

 

06 October, 2008

 

   “AUSTRALIANS are getting bored with climate change, and many still doubt whether it is actually happening, a new survey has revealed.

   “Only 46 per cent of Australians said they would take action on climate change if they were in charge of making decisions for Australia, a dip from 55 per cent last year, according to the Ipsos-Eureka Social Research Institute’s third annual climate change survey.”

Aussies ‘bored’ with climate change
The Australian

05 October, 2008

   “…Rational people know that the warming we experience is well within the range of what seems to have been a natural fluctuation over the last ten thousand years. We should keep saying this very loudly. 

   “Before I start talking about this issue, I would like to put the topic of my today’s speech into the broader perspective. During my visits in the U.S. in the last 19 years, I made speeches on a wide range of topics. There has, however, always been a connection between them. They were all about freedom and about threats endangering it. My today’s speech will not be different. I will try to argue and to convince you that even the global warming issue is about freedom. It is not about temperature or CO2. It is, therefore, not necessary to discuss either climatology, or any other related natural science but the implications of the global warming panic upon us, upon our freedom, our prosperity, our institutions and our legislation. It is part of a bigger story.”

Global Warming Alarmism is Unacceptable and Should be Confronted
By Vaclav Klaus, September, 2008
Hawaii Reporter

via Bobby Lane on Watts Up With That?

03 October, 2008

 But what would Einstein know?

 ”If,” Einstein wrote to British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, “it were proved that this effect does not exist in nature, then the whole theory would have to be abandoned.” (General Theory of Relativity)

(Well… not really… not if there is money and power and misery riding on it being adhered to.)

   The idea that human beings have changed and are changing the basic climate system of the Earth through their industrial activities and burning of fossil fuels–the essence of the Greens’ theory of global warming–has about as much basis in science as Marxism and Freudianism. Global warming, like Marxism, is a political theory of actions, demanding compliance with its rules.

   Marxism, Freudianism, global warming. These are proof–of which history offers so many examples–that people can be suckers on a grand scale. To their fanatical followers they are a substitute for religion. Global warming, in particular, is a creed, a faith, a dogma that has little to do with science. If people are in need of religion, why don’t they just turn to the genuine article?

The Nonsense of Global Warming
Paul Johnson
Forbes.com 

 

01 October, 2008 

 

Sunspot counts are at a 50-year low,” says solar physicist David Hathaway of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. “We’re experiencing a deep minimum of the solar cycle.”

But there is more to it than that, and some contention, as  Leif Svalgaard weighs in with knowledge and opinion on Watts Up With That? in the thread:

NASA: Sun is “blankety blankest” it’s been in the Space Age

 

30 September, 2008 

Remembering David Archibald’s words (”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.”) there is a chilly feeling in this extract from his comments today:

“…Given we are now 103 months from the peak of Solar Cycle 23, it now appears too late to get a late 19th century-type outcome for Solar Cycle 24. Out of the 24 named solar cycles, Solar Cycle 24 is now the latest after Solar Cycle 5. It is so late that it is now in no man’s land and its weakness is now more of a consideration than lateness in itself. It is now almost certain that we will be getting a Dalton Minimum-type experience.”

David Archibald
Commenting in Watts Up With That?
Small sunspecks emerging on both solar hemispheres

 

28 September, 2008

 

“Unfortunately, many scientists appear to forget that weather and climate also are controlled by nature…

“The stopping of the rise in global average temperature after 2000-2001 indicates that the hypothesis and prediction made by the IPCC need serious revision. I have been suggesting during the last several years that there are at least two natural components that cause long-term climate changes.”

Global warming has paused
We still need to study nature’s contribution to trend
Syun-Ichi Akasofu
newsminer.com

via Watts Up With That?

 

27 September, 2008

 

The last paragraph of this story concludes that:

   “This is marginalizing Gore, and that’s a shock to his ego. Expect his global warming claims and solutions to grow loopier and more extreme as he desperately — and bitterly — tries to cling to his waning, and almost wholly undeserved, relevance.”

Raked Over Coal
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

 

26 September, 2008

 

The Day The Earth Cooled

   “The solar wind is slowing, but Al Gore is still spewing hot air. The Oscar winner is promoting civil disobedience to stop energy and economic growth as the first U.S. emissions cap-and-trade program begins.
   “Speaking before Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative, junk science advocate Gore called on young people to take the law into their own hands because the climate, he claims, is a-changin’. He told the gathering in New York City that “the world has lost ground to the climate crisis” and the time for action is now.”

Investor Business Daily

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New theory predicts the largest ozone hole over Antarctica will occur this month.

   Study: Solar Wind Influenced Cosmic Rays Not CFCs Produce Ozone Hole
   “A University of Waterloo scientist says that cosmic rays are a key cause for expanding the hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole…”

Exchange Morning Post via ICECAP
Also; see story 21 September, below: All Just A Whole Lot of Ozone…?
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Where are the regulators?

   And the scandal of reality decoupled from hard science by the carpetbaggers intent on our money continues.
   On-ramp the fear; off-ramp the loot…

LOBBYING FOR HIGHER ENERGY PRICES LIKELY TO HARM ALREADY TROUBLED PENSION FUNDS

“State and local pension fund administrators may be breaching their fiduciary obligations to public employee-beneficiaries by promoting or failing to oppose global warming regulation that places portfolio assets at greater risk.”

Daily Policy Digest

 

25 September, 2008

 

 More compelling reasons for reading Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?
Outsiders familiar with the proper workings of science have long known that modern Climate Science is dysfunctional. Now a prominent insider, MIT Meteorology Professor Richard S. Lindzen, confirms how Al Gore and his minions used Stalinist tactics to subvert, suborn and corrupt a whole branch of science, citing chapter and verse in his report entitled  “Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?”  His answer:  A resounding “NO!”

American Thinker, September 25, 2008
Corrupted science revealed
Jerome J. Schmitt

 

24 September, 2008

 

 ISO-8000 Data Quality – something climate science could benefit from

   “If climatologists want people to trust the data they gather and present, having an ISO 8000 certification would go a long way towards providing assurance. Given that entire economies will be affected by policy based on climate data that has been presented, wouldn’t it make sense to at least hold it to the same quality standard as private industry now embraces voluntarily?” – Anthony Watts on Watts Up With That?

Judge that against the paper noted in yesterday’s entry:
Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?
Richard S. Lindzen – September 19, 2008

Judge it without bias; and draw a balanced conclusion.
(Anger is acceptable.)

 

23 September, 2008

 

Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?

Richard S. Lindzen – September 19, 2008

“…In particular, we will show how political bodies act to control scientific institutions, how scientists adjust both data and even theory to accommodate politically correct positions, and how opposition to these positions is disposed of.”

(From the abstract)
  

21 September, 2008

 

All Just A Whole Lot of Ozone…?

It’s a growing itch beyond annoyance.  It is rousing anger. Like red-bright poppies midst the tangled weed of a vacant lot, it calls attention in the media in vague unease. 

Were we misled? Worse; were we misled with intent to defraud?

The question was focused when Leif Svalgaard (16:38:20 – Watts Up With That?) wrote: “The current ozone hole is as big as ever [maybe even the biggest ever] but has not grown very much, as you can see yourself by checking the page, so perhaps the CFC ban is helping a bit.”

Damning with faint praise?

It made me ask:  “Was the ozone hole gallop just a warm-up for the CO2 stampede? Is terrifying the children the new business model of preference for the carpetbaggers of the world?”

And Pofarmer on Watts Up With That? responded:

That’s been my theory for a while now. The whole Ozone hole thing showed how the public could be manipulated, then it just had to be ramped up.”

Too late, and pointless, anyway, to go back with spiked clubs and arrest warrants; but not too late to think on: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (George Santayana)

Is this history we are repeating with the catastrophic climate change juggernaut?

Are we, in fact, gawping, innocent fools?

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