"Carbon (Dioxide) trading is now the fastest growing commodities market on earth.....And here’s the great thing about it. Unlike traditional commodities markets, which will eventually involve delivery to someone in physical form, the carbon (dioxide) market is based on lack of delivery of an invisible substance to no-one. Since the market revolves around creating carbon (dioxide) credits, or finding carbon (dioxide) reduction projects whose benefits can then be sold to those with a surplus of emissions, it is entirely intangible." (Telegraph)
This blog has been tracking the 'Global Warming Scam' for over ten years now. There are a very large number of articles being published in blogs and more in the MSM who are waking up to the fact the public refuse to be conned any more and are objecting to the 'green madness' of governments and the artificially high price of energy. This blog will now be concentrating on the major stories as we move to the pragmatic view of 'not if, but when' and how the situation is managed back to reality. To quote Professor Lindzen, "a lot of people are going to look pretty silly"
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Saturday, 31 December 2011
".. In July 1997, five months prior to the fanfare in Kyoto, the US Senate had already passed the Byrd-Hagel resolution. The vote was 95-0. Let me repeat: the vote was unanimous. It was bi-partisan. This resolution made it clear that not a single Democrat or Republican senator was prepared to support an emissions agreement that would harm the US economy while ignoring the growing emissions of up-and-coming economies such as China and India (see here, here, and here).
Had US senators all danced naked on the dome of the Capitol Building while blaring the news through trumpets they could not have sent a clearer message that the Kyoto approach was a no-go.
That was 14 years ago.
So how have UN bureaucrats spent the past decade-and-a-half? According to these same people, climate change is a planetary emergency and time is running out. So did they abandon the idea of a global emissions treaty and pursue a Plan B? Did they move heaven and earth to find an approach that would be acceptable to US senators and would therefore enlist the participation of the world’s largest economy?
Uh, no. Instead, UN bureaucrats (and their close friends in the environmental movement) have spent the past 14 years pretending – against all evidence – that a Kyoto-style treaty was somehow achievable. Thousands of them have flown off to exotic locales at regular intervals to hold climate summit after climate summit. Again and again they’ve pretended for the TV cameras that reaching such an agreement was a realistic expectation.
What, exactly, have these people been smoking?
Or, to use a phrase from my undergraduate days in women’s studies – Which part of ‘no’ did they not understand?"
Friday, 30 December 2011
"An analysis by the UK Dept of Energy and Climate Change should have men in white coats dispatched to Whitehall because their policies are looney tunes by any rational standards. The analysis says £5,000 a year per person needs to be spent up to 2050 to combat rampart global temperature increases as shown. The fact that the Guardian has treated this as a serious item without ridicule shows how far out of their trees their journalists actually are."
"A paper published today in the journal Paleoceanography finds that Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures have significantly cooled over the past millennium, since the Medieval Warming Period from about 950-1200 AD."
"Tim Worstall has picked up on the DECC energy pathways report and notes something intriguing: although the costs of the individual elements of the energy mix in the new regime are acknowledged to be higher than at present, the overall cost is said to be lower! But Timmy has managed to work out how this particular piece of government mathematics works:"
"A true-believer at the recent Los Alamos quinquennial climate conference at Santa Fe asked me, in a horrified voice, whether I was really willing to allow our grandchildren to pay for the consequences of our folly in emitting so much CO2. Since the warming we shall cause will be small and may well prove to be beneficial, one hopes future generations will be grateful to us.
Besides, as President Klaus of the Czech Republic has wisely pointed out, if we damage our grandchildren’s inheritance by blowing it on useless windmills, mercury-filled light-bulbs, solar panels, and a gallimaufry of suchlike costly, wasteful, environment-destroying fashion statements, our heirs will certainly not thank us."
"The following story from the Met Office/BBC seems to point to a lack of surface weather stations rather then a record warm year, see Surface Temperature Records: Policy Driven Deception written by Anthony Watts & Joe D'Aleo. See also, the graph that shows this issue A Graph to Debunk AGW - the less surface stations the more temperature increase!...GR"
"All of the UK's top seven warmest years have been in the last decade. Globally, 2011 was the 11th warmest year on record - cooler than 2010, which was noted for its scorching temperatures across the world."
ED: They don't give up feeding the lie
Thursday, 29 December 2011
"A new paper written by Maeng-Ki Kim, Department of Atmospheric Science, Kongju National University, and Seonae Kim of the Applied Meteorology Research Team, Environmental Prediction Research Inc. of Korea has been published by the Journal of Atmospheric Environment 45 (2011) 5778e5783. The two scientists examined cities in South Korea and the urban heat island effect. .......According to their results, that means well over a half of the warming is caused by urban warming."
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
"Official figures disclosed that 17 operators were paid almost £7 million for shutting down their farms on almost 40 occasions between January and mid-September. Continuing to make payments at that rate would lead to householders paying out £9.9 million in 2011 for operators to disconnect their turbines from the National Grid. ....“Onshore wind generation requires a 100 per cent back-up of carbon-burning technology or nuclear energy, should the wind not blow, and in addition to the devastation of the visual environment there are the problems of noise and flicker. They are the wrong renewables choice.”
"If anyone ever needed any proof the the BBC is biased, then this is the prime example. It is the proverbial “tail wagging the dog”, there’s no journalism here, only obedience."
Monday, 26 December 2011
"Simply put, EPA grossly exaggerated the health benefits of its proposed mercury rules – and then claimed additional mercury benefits based on double counting of reductions in particulate matter. It also ignored the adverse effects that its rules will inflict. Not only is EPA’s anti-mercury campaign scaring mothers and children into not eating nutritious fish that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. It is also raising electricity heating, air conditioning and food costs, impairing electrical reliability, costing jobs, and thereby harming the health and welfare of countless Americans."
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Now Brussels clobbers British holidaymakers with a green tax on flights: Family of four forced to pay £80 more to fly to America
"From January 1, all airlines will be required to buy a ‘permit to pollute’ to cover the cost of their carbon emissions plus extra costs if they exceed their emissions limit. The court yesterday rejected a challenge from the U.S. and other non-EU nations that the levy infringes their national sovereignty and violates international aviation treaties. The cost will almost inevitably be passed on to passengers, and the EU calculates the cost will be £10.50 on a one-way transatlantic flight – or £21 return. For many shorter flights it will be up to £1.75 each way."
Thursday, 22 December 2011
"..In Germany, especially, the attrition rate has been amazing. According to Reuters, no fewer than 5,000 German solar companies have gone bust in the last year, shedding around 20,000 jobs. .......Let me explain, once more for their benefit, in very simple language why I have a problem with the man-made global warming industry: on the basis of little hard scientific evidence (only computer projections), trillions of pounds, dollars and euros are being pumped into projects which make energy needlessly more expensive, cause tremendous environmental damage, slow down economic growth, stifle liberty and destroy jobs."
"The Telegraph goes full stupid with this headline. The craziness is that this photo essay has to be done every year, a point apparently lost on both the Telegraph and the photographer."
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
"Australia's coldest summer in decades has dampened the mood for Christmas shopping and led to plummeting profits for swimwear and clothing stores. "
A Curiousity In Australia (E.M. Smith)
"So there was / is a cold summer in Australia (especially up around Brisbane). When you look at a map of Australia, Brisbane is just about in the middle of the country on the coast on the right (east) side. What’s a bit curious, is that while the locals are saying it is Way Cold, GIStemp is just not seeing it. In fact, even looking back into the PAST cold, it isn’t there. It is as though the extremes are simply erased. (I’ve suspected this from what we’ve seen in the “QA Process” where stations must be ‘close enough’ to nearby airports or their data are rejected). "
Must See YouTube:International Climate Science Coalition, www.climatescienceinternational.org, has uploaded the December 15, 2011 climate science hearing before the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources."
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
"It is not difficult to understand why people and institutions exaggerate the potential dangers of global warming and omit any mention of the probable benefits. There are billions of dollars available for climate change research. Obama’s 2011 budget allocated $2.6 billion for the “global change research program.” This stream of cash has created a monstrous industry that produces junk science that feeds demands for even more money. It is a scam."
Her Royal Hydropowered-ness: Queen goes green as second 40-ton turbine is moved into position on the Thames to power Windsor Castle
"The Queen will be green in just over a month when a hydropower station on the River Thames is finally completed. The second of two custom-built turbines - the largest in the UK - was lifted into place by a crane on a water barge during a delicate 30-minute operation today.The 40-ton turbines form part of a £1.7million scheme to provide hydro-electric power to Windsor Castle."
ED: Taxpayer Funded ..???
Monday, 19 December 2011
"What if, the voiceover asks, everything ran on gas?...This beautiful lie, however, is sullied by the ugly fact that, in reality, almost everything does. Americans obtain about 86 percent of our power from gas- and coal-fired sources. This means that the Leaf’s lithium batteries are ultimately charged by fossil fuel, or another form of non-renewable energy, nuclear fission. It also means that electric vehicle owners’ claim to green chest-thumping rights is really so much smoke up a distant stack."
Sunday, 18 December 2011
"Tallbloke – the blogger whose computers were confiscated during a nocturnal visitation from Norfolk's finest – is appealing for funds. Here's a letter from his solicitor: .......This blog urges all readers to think of the Spirit of Christmas and give generously."
Tallbloke to take to torts (WUWT)
"Last time I googled 2526.txt to see if this email had been commented upon I did not find any. This is as near the smoking gun proof as we will get, that Professor Phil Jones’ instruction to delete all emails “re AR4” was complied with – at least using the team definition of the word “delete”. Note that on 29 May 2008 Jones had emailed,...."
Saturday, 17 December 2011
"Returning to the real world, I firmly believe that there are few if any scientists in southern Africa who have a wider, longer, and more scientific experience in the interfaces between the climatological, hydrological, environmental and sociological sciences than I have.
Equally, I believe that this whole global warming/climate change issue is no more than a monumental scam perpetrated by the affluent nations to protect their economic supremacy, regardless of the effects on the many millions of poor and disadvantaged populations of Africa and elsewhere.
I do not for one moment believe that the nations of the world will abide by the nebulous decisions reached by COP17 in Durban, with legal ratification by 2015, and implementation by 2020. It is not going to happen."
"There was much excitement over the revelation that David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet had “faked” a scene where polar bear cubs, actually born in a Dutch zoo, seemed to be in Arctic wilderness. Yet no interest at all was aroused by a much more serious misrepresentation – of the speed at which ice is melting at the poles.
I was criticised for pointing this out last week, but as anyone can see, from satellite-based charts on the Cryosphere Today website, the extent of polar sea ice was last year 1.6 million square kilometres greater than its average over the last 30 years – something which could never have been guessed from Attenborough’s dramatic film sequences, carefully chosen to convey the very different message the BBC wanted us to believe."
Friday, 16 December 2011
*London and the Home Counties experience their first snow of the winter
*Snow hits Wales, the Midlands and South East England
*Heavy rain in other parts leads to 33 flood alerts
"Are your tax dollars helping hide global warming data from the public? Internal emails leaked as part of “Climategate 2.0” indicate the answer may be "Yes."
The original Climategate emails -- correspondence stolen from servers at a research facility in the U.K. and released on the Internet in late 2009 -- shook up the field of climate research. Now a new batch posted in late November to a Russian server shows that scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit refused to share their U.S. government-funded data with anyone they thought would disagree with them." (H/T Climate Depot)
Thursday, 15 December 2011
"Suddenly, as if by magic, Norfolk Constabulary, asleep atop their haystacks, have been transformed into something out of Miami Vice. Tallbloke reports:
An Englishman’s home is his castle they say. Not when six detectives from the Metropolitan Police, the Norfolk Constabulary and the Computer Crime division arrive on your doorstep with a warrant to search it though.
I waved the first three in and bid them head through to the sitting room, where there was less of an chill near the woodburner. Then they kept coming, being introduced by the lead detective from Norfolk as they trooped in. I thought I’d been chosen to host the secret policemen’s ball or something."
"The study concluded that electricity prices are likely to rise by 41 per cent by 2020 in real terms – with more than half the increase a result of switching to ‘low carbon’ energy sources. In total, ‘green’ measures will add 23.8 per cent to the price of electricity. The impact on families will vary according to consumption, but the report found that those whose homes are heated by electricity could see their annual bills rise by more than £400. The analysis also suggests that a new ‘carbon price floor’ – introduced on the pretext of cutting carbon emissions – will effectively act as a tax, raising £3billion a year for the Treasury from electricity consumers by 2020. The CCC’s report suggests that people whose homes are heated by electricity will see their average bills rise from about £1,500 to £2,100 in 2020."
"Police have targeted at least four climate bloggers in three countries, with constabulary taking computers and networking equipment from a science blogger in the UK. ...............Last week WordPress hosting site Automattic, based in San Francisco, notified several climate skeptics including Tattersall, Id and Canadians Steve McIntyre (Climate Audit) and Donna Laframboise (No Consensus) that the US Department of Justice Criminal Division had requested evidence for the period in November when the second batch of emails were uploaded."
"The first blogger to break the Climategate2 story has had a visit from the police and has had his computers seized. Tallbloke’s Talkshop first reported on CG2 due to the timing of the release being overnight in the USA. Today he was raided by six UK police (Norfolk Constabulary and Metropolitan police) and several of his computers were seized as evidence. ......Strange and troubling that they’d seize his computers for comments dropped onto a US service (wordpress.com) from the cloud. There wouldn’t be any record on his PC’s of the event from FOIA’s placing comments, that would be in the wordpress.com server logs.
Either there’s more than meets the eye or they have no idea how the blog system works."
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
"The decision of Canada to exercise its legal right to withdraw from the protocol has dealt a blow to the spirit of the Durban deal. For long, industrialised countries have been seeking abandonment of the protocol. The US, of course, never signed this agreement. Now another major carbon emitter is out of it. Russia and Japan too have opposed any extension of commitments. All this may render the protocol a dead instrument. ........The decision to withdraw from Kyoto, Kent said, would save Canada $ 14 billion in penalties for not achieving its Kyoto targets. "To meet the targets under Kyoto for 2012 would be the equivalent of either removing every car, truck, ATV, tractor, ambulance, police car and vehicle of every kind from Canadian roads or closing down the entire farming and agriculture sector and cutting heat to every home, office, hospital, factory and building in Canada," Kent said. He said he would not be surprised if other countries follow Canada in pulling out of Kyoto.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
"BBC feels the commercial chill of 'fake' documentary: Fake allegations are potentially hugely damaging for the BBC, which licensed the most recent series of Frozen Planet to 30 networks around the world."
BBC admits several scenes in Frozen Planet were NOT shot in the wild as 'faking' row heats up (Daily Mail)
"Success! Simply put, they ensured that the great climate gravy train would NOT come to a shuddering stop in Durban. It was given a new head of steam to roll on to Qatar next year and who knows where else right through to at least 2015. They've done themselves and their peer group proud. It's perhaps not well understood just how many billions of dollars and how many probably hundreds of thousands of main-chancers ride that gravy train. It's not just the billions of dollars that have been rescued for the ten thousand-plus people that most prominently ride the climate gravy train from one conference to the next. But in the finest example of real trickle-down in action, all the people who feed off the climate hysteria and inanity beneath them. ......Durban was not so much an exercise in re-arranging the chairs on the Titanic. But ensuring the whisky, champagne and caviar continues to flow for those with a seat on the (very, very long) climate gravy train."
"Canada's Environment Minister says his country is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Peter Kent said that Canada was invoking its legal right to withdraw and said Kyoto did not represent the way forward for Canada or the world. Canada, joined by Japan and Russia, said last year it would not accept new Kyoto commitments, but renouncing the accord is another setback to the treaty concluded with much fanfare in 1997. No nation has formally renounced the protocol until now."
"Unknown to most Americans is the fact that wind power generation requires 100% backup. To maintain electrical grid capacity, the ability to supply customer demand for continuous electricity, every wind farm must have a backup generating facility. Thus, it is coal-fired, gas-powered, nuclear and hydroelectric power generation that ensures a reliable supply of electricity to consumers.
This means that the backup facility must have twice the real rated capacity of the wind farm. The result is more capital is required to ensure this, along with operating and maintenance costs when a traditional power company is forced to include wind power in its inventory. This is a global phenomenon wherever wind power is part of the mix."
"The Durban climate conference has been an abject failure. But that hasn't stopped those who were there desperately trying – with all the plausibility of Monty Python's Black Knight – to spin their disaster as though it represents some kind of massive triumph. Among them is a man named Michael Jacobs, formerly climate adviser to Gordon Brown.
In his Guardian column today, Jacobs argues that "the conference that has ended in Durban, South Africa, amid considerable drama, should be regarded as very much a success."
I disagree. And today we met on Sky News to discuss it."
"Meanwhile the Green Climate Fund is supposed to find €100bn of cash donations a year to send to developing countries each year by 2020. One wit described this as a plan "to shift wealth from the first world’s poor to the third world’s rich without making any difference in climate control". With developed economies crucified by private and sovereign debt, and the credit system even worse, this was never likely to happen - and Durban didn't see any commitments from anybody to finance the fund."
Sunday, 11 December 2011
"The basic truth about Durban, the latest and 17th Feydeau farce passing as serious UN climate talks, is simple: the BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, India, and China - played a blinder. They outwitted comprehensively the ever-zealous, naive, and hypocritical EU to ensure that they achieved their fundamental goals, which were to delay any agreement on a replacement for the failing Kyoto Protocol until at least 2015, and any actual action to cut emissions until at least 2020."
(Philip Stott,Emeritus Professor of Biogeography in the University of London)
"The Gillard Government cannot stop lying about the global warming scare. Now it sells failure at Durban as success:"
Saturday, 10 December 2011
"This is freaky - and it sure isn’t science. The planet savers at the IPCC summit in Durban - attended by Climate Change Minister Greg Combet - are working on a document that reads in part like the Bible of a new green faith:
Rights of mother earth
74. Ensure respect for the intrinsic laws of nature.
75. The recognition and defence of the rights of Mother Earth to ensure harmony
between humanity and nature, and that their will be no commodification of the functions of
nature, therefore no carbon market will be developed with that purpose.
Who is “Mother Earth”? What are the “intrinsic laws of nature” and who passed them? Why do they need “respect”? What is the “harmony” between “humanity and nature”? Discuss using, say, smallpox as an example. Define “commodification of the functions of nature”. Explain using the example of dams and farms.
And tell us who wrote this garbage and how they go through the door.
Lord Christopher Monckton reads through the rest. Here’s his summary, in an important article that should be read in full: "
"Richard Black the BBC Warmist spinmeister is having awful trouble convincing readers that the Durban Climate hug-fest accomplished anything which of course it didn't"
"Among the modest achievements of the conference, which was nearing an end on Saturday, was progress toward the creation of a Green Climate Fund, which is to help mobilize a promised $100 billion a year in public and private funds by 2020 to assist developing nations in adapting to climate change and converting to clean energy sources."
"In each case, however, he arranged his evidence in a notably loaded way, carefully omitting much of the information a less selective picture would have included. Like so many before him, his sequence on Antarctica – with 90 per cent of the ice on the planet – focused almost entirely on the Antarctic Peninsula, the one small part of that continent where ice is significantly melting – not because of atmospheric warming, but because a shift in ocean currents has brought in a flood of warmer water. Not mentioned, of course, was that most of Antarctica has if anything got colder in the past 50 years, its growth in sea ice counterbalancing the modest shrinkage of ice in the Arctic.
This too has probably been caused not by rising global temperatures, but by changing wind patterns, and warmer water coming in from the Pacific. Great play has been made of the new ability of ships to sail through ice-free Arctic waters. But ships were sailing freely along the northern coast of Russia 70 years ago. Meanwhile, winter ice further south, in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Baltic has increased markedly in recent years."
"As well as a deal which Mr Huhne admitted ‘may go pear-shaped’, world leaders are expected to outline the details of a £64bn package to help the developing world cope with climate change. The Green Climate Fund is set to cost Britain £1billion a year, or £6billion by 2020, to fund solar panels, flood defences and technology.It was agreed two years ago, but talks this year have focused on how it will be funded, as countries grapple with low growth and cuts."
Friday, 9 December 2011
"The odd thing about the great debate on global warming is that there never really was a debate. As soon as the global warming scare exploded on the world in 1988, to its promoters there could be no argument about it. The scientists who that year set up the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were already convinced beyond doubt that ‘human-induced climate change’ was a reality. Al Gore was soon already pronouncing ‘the science is settled’. In 1992 Dr Richard Lindzen of MIT, the eminent atmospheric physicist who has been a prominent ‘sceptic’ ever since, wrote a paper discussing the peculiar need of the ‘climate establishment’ to insist that their new orthodoxy was supported by a ‘consensus’ of the world’s scientists, despite abundant evidence to the contrary.
A corollary of this, as Lindzen showed, was the extraordinary intolerance they displayed towards anyone questioning the orthodoxy. When one respected professor of economics told a US Senate Committee that the issue was still ‘controversial’, Senator Gore expostulated that anyone who said such a thing clearly didn’t know what he was talking about, and the professor was asked to leave the room.
Thus, right from the start, this remarkable hostility towards anyone daring to question the orthodoxy became established as a central feature of the story, ..."
Thursday, 8 December 2011
"Chinese 2485 year tree ring study shows shows sun or ocean controls climate, temps will cool til 2068"
A blockbuster Chinese study of Tibetan tree rings by Lui et al 2011 shows, with detail, that the modern era is a dog-standard normal climate when compared to the last 2,500 years. The temperature, the rate of change — it’s all been seen before. Nothing about the current period is “abnormal”, indeed the current warming period in Tibet can be produced through calculation of cycles. Lui et al do a Fourier analysis on the underlying cycles and do brave predictions as well. (JoNova)
The BBC and an inconvenient truth about climate change: A devastating report lays bare the BBC's endemic bias on global warming
"Tony Blair was putting global warming at the top of his government’s agenda. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC) was producing its scariest report to date. By making its coverage so flagrantly one-sided on the environment issue, it has betrayed its statutory duty to report on world events impartially. By making its coverage so flagrantly one-sided on the environment issue, it has betrayed its statutory duty to report on world events impartially
At a secret ‘high-level seminar’ in January 2006, 30 of the BBC’s most senior staff listened as a former president of the Royal Society, Lord May, told them that ‘the scientific debate over climate change’ was over, and that the BBC must ‘stop reporting the sceptics’.
As a result, the BBC adopted a new editorial policy line, throwing any obligation to impartiality to the winds.The BBC’s journalists and producers were let off the leash — to line up with the more extreme environmental pressure groups, such as Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund and Friends of the Earth, in pushing their global warming agenda for all it was worth.
This bias was soon evident across the whole of the BBC’s output. Not just in the news and current affairs coverage, but from children’s programmes such as Blue Peter —which titled one show Green Peter, with top tips to save the planet — to story-lines in The Archers, one of which involved a farmer planting trees to combat climate change."
The BBC, the ABC and the Spectator(Catallaxy Files,Australia)
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
"Mr. Xie outlined five conditions under which China would consider joining such a treaty as a full partner, the major one being that China and other rapidly growing economies must be treated differently from the so-called rich countries. But that has been a deal-breaker for the United States for years and is the central reason that the Senate refused to even consider ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 agreement whose goal, still unmet, is to limit global greenhouse gas emissions.
“These conditions are not new,” Mr. Xie acknowledged at a briefing at the conference center here where more than 190 nations are gathered for the 17th annual conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “These have been negotiated for past 20 years."
"Australia and New Zealand, which sponsor the most developed carbon markets outside Europe, say they won’t agree to remain part of the Kyoto treaty unless other countries bolster efforts to curb emissions."
"The warming may have stopped a decade ago, but nothing will stop this government from spending on its warming faith:
AUSTRALIA has fast tracked money to help African countries adapt to climate change, the federal government announced at climate talks in Durban.
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet.... announced $25 million towards helping African nations manage water resources, boost food security and climate-proof agriculture.
Meanwhile, scepticism about this massive gravy train is fast rising in Britain:
The British Social Attitudes survey shows that in 2000 43% of the population would pay “much higher prices” for “the sake of the environment”. Last summer support fell to just 26%, with the poorest sections of society most reluctant to save the planet with their cash.
Over the same period the public has become much more sceptical about the science behind climate change. In 2010 37% said many claims about environmental threats were “exaggerated”, up from 24% in 2000.
And the heat has gone out of the alarmism here, too:
BRISBANE residents yesterday shivered through the city’s coldest December day in 123 years, while Sydney has recorded its iciest start to summer in 51 years…
Perth recorded its wettest December day in 28 years on Tuesday."
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
As Britain's economy totters, Huhne hands £1bn in foreign aid to poor countries to help them 'cope with climate change'
*Britain has pledged £3.4 billion in climate finance, with £2.9 billion for this spending review period
*Projects being supported include stimulating private investment, providing solar panels, irrigation schemes and building water pipelines
Monday, 5 December 2011
"Leading hurricane expert Christopher Landsea, who does not doubt man warms the world, has an excellent presentation, at the end of which he concludes:
My interpretation of the climate change research suggests the following - assuming that there is a significant 2-3°C (4-6°F) global warming due to business-as-usual emissions (which is not a guarantee):
Overall Tropical Storm and Hurricane Changes Due to Global Warming by 2100
Frequency: Numbers may see a moderate decrease (~25%)
Wind (Intensity): Small increase (~3% stronger)
Storm Surge: Small increase (~3% higher) produced by the hurricane (but also must add on additional amount from overall sea level rise)
Rainfall: Moderate increase per cyclone (~10% within ~325 km [200 mi]), but reduced overall numbers may offset increase per cyclone
Genesis Location/Track: Somewhat uncertain, but no indications of large changes
These overall changes that may occur are relatively tiny and are several decades away, in my opinion. These conclusions are similar, though slightly smaller, than those indicated by a review panel of the topic of hurricanes and global warming that was recently published in Nature Geophysics in which I participated. "
"Following the failure of a meaningful Durban agreement and in an effort to save face Australia, New Zealand and the EU have formalised negotiations for swapping paper carbon credits although I understand the mafia will have to ratify any EU decision given the amount of the market they control."
"Has Mann actually read any of the Climategate and Climategate 2.0 emails, I wonder? A lot of them have his name on them, so he must have done at one time or another. But perhaps with all that data-fudging and decline-hiding his brain has been overtaxed of late. So let us gently jog his memory with some examples."
Climategate 2.0 (WSJ)
"Mr. Xie has come to Durban in part to lay out the conditions that would have to be met before China would sign on to any new “Son of Kyoto” treaty. Fortunately for the world, their conditions are stringent. ......, there is little chance that the worlds’ industrialized countries will agree to pony up a hundred billion a year and hand it to poor countries. Most countries are having a hard time staying afloat right now. In addition the EU is not all that thrilled about the plan. The last bunch of money that the EU handed over to the poor countries under the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) was mostly lost in a cesspool of graft and corruption."
Sunday, 4 December 2011
“If all the conditions are met, we’re open to the process,” Xie told a briefing today. “For the new framework after 2020, we must continue the Kyoto Protocol, there must be a second commitment period. If there’s no second commitment period it’s not meaningful for us to talk about new framework. This is the first condition.”
.....China and other developing nations made non-binding pledges to reduce emissions at the UN talks in Cancun last year, where developed nations also made pledges that are voluntary. Su said it’s too early to say whether China would accept legally binding commitments after 2020."
ED:They need to save their PV and wind turbine production.
"Jeff suggested I repost this collection of quotes in the words of climate scientists as discovered in Climategate 2.0 context. He’s done a great job at collecting the relevant context."
Saturday, 3 December 2011
"Nils-Axel Morner on “Sealevelgate” - the hypeing of claims that the seas are rising dangerously: .......Satellite altimetry is a wonderful and vital new technique that offers the reconstruction of sea level changes all over the ocean surface. But it has been hijacked and distorted by the IPCC for political ends.
In 2003 the satellite altimetry record was mysteriously tilted upwards to imply a sudden sea level rise rate of 2.3mm per year. When I criticised this dishonest adjustment at a global warming conference in Moscow, a British member of the IPCC delegation admitted in public the reason for this new calibration: ‘We had to do so, otherwise there would be no trend.’
This is a scandal that should be called Sealevelgate. As with the Hockey Stick, there is little real-world data to support the upward tilt."
"No amount of context can possibly exonerate the CRU gang from some of the damning expressions and contrivances that appear repeatedly in the new emails. More so than the 2009 batch, these emails make clear the close collaboration between the leading IPCC scientists and environmental advocacy groups, government agencies, and partisan journalists."
"As we know, the planet was not saved at Copenhagen. The largest conference the world has ever seen ended in acrimony, without establishing a successor to the Kyoto Protocol – a new treaty that would have landed humanity with the biggest bill in history, by far. Last year, an attempt to revive it, in Cancun, ended in further dismal failure. Now a third UN conference, taking place in Durban, looks even more forlorn, and any hope of a successor to Kyoto is slipping towards oblivion."
Friday, 2 December 2011
"Governments around the world have spent billions on policies to counteract the impact of global warming. They have done so because policy-makers, politicians and the public have been told that the science is built on bedrock. But some of that bedrock turns out to be sand.
Instead of distancing themselves from the shenanigans, the broader climate-science community has treated the central figures in Climategate like persecuted heroes. That is a terrible mistake, because it erodes the credibility of the entire field. The suppression of legitimate debate is a catastrophe for climate science. It’s also a catastrophe for science, period."
"Climategate II: An Open Letter to the Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research"
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Doomsday predictions on sea level rises are 'false alarm' - levels always fluctuate, says expert as climate change row heats up
#Satellite data 'tilted to distort figures'
#Historical data suggests sea rises and fall naturally
#UN 'expert' admits 'We had to adjust data, otherwise there would be no new trend'
#Climate expert describes sea levels as 'artificial crisis'
"We now know that this Yamal work was a botch job - cherrypicking a few tree ring samples in Siberia to produce “evidence” of unprecedented warming, as used by Michael Mann in his notorious “hockey stick”.
Here’s how the team of warmist scientists most behind the global warming scare responded on their influential blog:"
"Once again, for political reasons, the Met Office is “jumping the gun” and drawing conclusions about the global annual temperature of 2011 before all the data has come in. It is also erroneously saying that even with a globally cooling La Nina event 2011 is a record year."
"Just in time for Durban – new green technology promises big fuel savings, lower emissions" ED:It's a satire
.....It's honestly shameful that amazon sell this kind of product! I hope nobody is fooled by this kind of thing, but you're unsure, just think: If it was this easy to make such huge savings in fuel consumption, why would a manufacturer not fit it as standard?! Easy, it's all lies! (Amazon, customer review)
"At the time, no one knew about “hide the decline”. Mann et al do not mention anything about deleting adverse data. The Briffa reconstruction labeled in the legend as “Briffa et al scaled 1856-1980″, giving no clue to readers of hide-the-decline. Let’s now look at a magnified version of this graphic, blown up so that we can see how they handled the Briffa (orange) reconstruction. As sharp-eyed CA readers observed, if you squint closely, you can see that the Briffa reconstruction was chopped off before its end.
Indeed, they did not simply “hide the decline”, their “hide the decline” was worse than we thought. Mann et al did not merely delete data after 1960, they deleted data from 1940 on, You can see the last point of the Briffa reconstruction (located at ~1940) peeking from behind the spaghetti in the graphic below:"
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
"According to a paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters, the recent decline in solar activity is the largest observed since the Maunder Minimum from 1645-1715 during the Little Ice Age."
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
"Lord Lawson has accused Sir David Attenborough of ‘sensationalism’ as he focuses on the effects of global warming on the Polar regions during the finale of Frozen Planet."
ED: There is no money and a massive deficit,so why the green taxes for a non-problem of natural global warming/cooling...?
Monday, 28 November 2011
"FRESH outrage erupted yesterday over the cost of details of the aid package overseas aid after it emerged that Britain is to stump up £1billion to help African countries fight climate change. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will spearhead the megadeal that will see taxpayers shelling out for projects to help farmers insure their crops against flooding and drought. Other schemes include installing solar power in villages and building slurry pits that can produce gas to power generators. The move will infuriate millions of hard-pressed taxpayers trying to make ends meet. South Africa, the most economically advanced in the continent, is one of the continent, it is one of the countries to receive the handout."
Climategate 2.0: Lawson squishes Huhne (Telegraph)
"Here's their smackdown and it's so brutal (in the politest, most restrained politico-diplomatic way, of course) that it deserves printing in full:"
Rollback: UK Government Dismantling Green Agenda,Bit By Bit (GWPF)
"Alexander told the Today programme that the funds set aside for CCS could be spent instead as part of a general infrastructure fund, which would devote government assistance to a wide range of sectors and technologies from transport to energy."
"Up to £13.7 million in grants have been paid to Professor Phil Jones, from a number of funding bodies including the European Union, NATO, and the US Department of Energy. But the intellectual and philosophical climate is so weak that Jones doesn’t even consider himself to be paid to serve the citizens of those countries."
"Pointman analyzes the ClimateGate whistleblower’s tactics and explains why he, she or they probably released those other 200,000 emails but kept them hidden behind the 4000-8000 character almost unbreakable password. He points out there are no emails released yet between key scientists and people in power, hence the worst, most damaging emails may be kept under a ” dead man’s hand detonator”. If politicians are afraid of what might be in those released-but-hidden emails, they may not want to expose or attack the whistleblower for fear of unleashing the other emails. The hidden emails buy the whistleblower protection."
"It is entirely possible that the collusion of many governments protected a revenue stream and methods to transfer vast sums of public money to individuals and other governments worldwide that required a scientific fraud on a scale never seen before. Those involved would be removed from office in a democratic election forced by public no confidence on a scale never seen before causing a political shift of epic proportions."
"Canada will announce next month that it will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, CTV News has learned.The Harper government has tentatively planned an announcement for a few days before Christmas, CTV's Roger Smith reported Sunday evening."
I really don’t think the rest of the world will follow Julia Gillard’s lead with her carbon dioxide tax: (Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun Australia)
Canada to pull out of Kyoto Protocol (WUWT)
Sunday, 27 November 2011
"Green group WWF tries to order up a hurricane scare from the University of East Anglia’s Mike Hulme, who suggests a few people who might oblige with what he admits is only a “theoretical” alarm, which can only be floated citing the catch-all “precautionary principle”. .....Warmist scientist Jonathan Overpeck, a coordinating lead author of the IPCC, wanted to ”deal a mortal blow” to the Medieval Warm Period - that embarrassing time the sceptics kept noting was warmer than today, and before cars and electrical power generation were invented. Climategate 2 reveals one way of dealing with the MWP. Hide the problem with your research:"
"Far from cherry-picking, McKitrick was explicitly testing the hypothesis that Suzuki had advanced, namely that the local weather had warmed in the autumn. Suddenly Schneider's nastiness seems a whole lot nastier. He gave a wholly wrong impression of McKitrick's point to his correspondents. His email being secret until last week, none of us knew about this -- least of all McKitrick."
A Somewhat Late Response to Schneider(Climate Audit)
"Contrary to Schneider’s claim, I was not using the October-November temperature trend from Erie PA as a measure of global climate, I was using it as a measure of the October-November temperature trend for Erie PA. Schneider was careless in his reading, remiss in his recollection, and obnoxious in broadcasting his opinion to his colleagues."
"According to Environment Canada meteorologist Herb Thoms, the highest recorded snowfall amount was at St. John’s International Airport, which hit 29 centimetres by midday Thursday. The previous record was 25.3 centimetres on Nov. 19, 1980."
Russia’s South Hit by Record Low Temperatures, Center Says(Bloomburg)
"Today’s temperatures of minus 19.1 degrees Celsius in Volgograd in the Southern federal district, and minus 16 degrees Celsius in Vladikavkaz in the North-Caucasus federal district are the lowest for this date since 1993, the weather center said on its website. In Makhachkala, which is in the North-Caucasus district, the minus 13.6 degrees Celsius temperature is the coldest registered since 1889, it said. In the Black-Earth Tambov region in central Russia, the temperature hit a 1998 record and was minus 19.2 degrees Celsius, the statement said." (H/T JoNova)
"Instead, you lied to cover it up. And when it was shown to be untrue, you lied again. And again. Here’s my point—the only reason I know that you lied, the only way you were caught in your lies, was the release of your emails."
"Britain’s leading green activist research centre spent £15,000 on seminars for top BBC executives in an apparent bid to block climate change sceptics from the airwaves, a vast new cache of leaked ‘Climategate’ emails has revealed. The emails – part of a trove of more than 5,200 messages that appear to have been stolen from computers at the University of East Anglia – shed light for the first time on an incestuous web of interlocking relationships between BBC journalists and the university’s scientists, which goes back more than a decade.They show that University staff vetted BBC scripts, used their contacts at the Corporation to stop sceptics being interviewed and were consulted about how the broadcaster should alter its programme output. .....The ‘Climategate 2’ emails disclose that in private some of those same scientists have had doubts about aspects of the global warming case. For example, Professor Phil Jones, the head of the CRU, admitted there was no evidence that the snows of Kilimanjaro were melting because of climate change, and he and his colleagues agreed there were serious problems with the famous ‘hockey stick’ graph – the depiction of global temperatures that suggests they were broadly level for 1,000 years until they started to rise with industrialisation.
But although there is now more scientific debate than ever about influences on climate other than CO2, prompted by the fact that the world has not warmed for 15 years, a report from the BBC Trust this year compared climate change sceptics to the conspiracy theorists who blame America for 9/11, and said Britain’s main sceptic think-tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, should be given no air time."
Saturday, 26 November 2011
"All this madness ultimately rests on a blind faith in the threat of man-made global warming, which no one has done more to promote than the scientists whose private emails were again last week leaked onto the internet.
It is still not generally appreciated that the significance of these Climategate emails is that their authors, such as Michael Mann, are no ordinary scientists: they are a little group of fanatical insiders who have, for years, done more than anyone else to drive the warming scare, through their influence at the heart of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And what is most striking about the picture that emerges from these emails is just how questionable the work of these men appears.
We see how they torture the evidence to support their theory – even to the point where some of them seem to lose faith in the story they are trying to tell. And we also see how rattled they were as soon as their work was challenged by expert outsiders such as Steve McIntyre, the mathematician who exposed the methods used to create Mann’s “hockey stick” temperature graph, which the IPCC had made Exhibit A for their theory.
Again and again we see them trying to defend the indefensible, giving vent to wild personal abuse of the enemies of what they call their “cause”, and stopping at nothing to keep their critics’ evidence out of IPCC reports and scientific journals, and prevent dissenting views from getting media attention."
"You will need to follow this carefully, but Steve McIntyre demonstrates a disgraceful example of how the “team” of climate scientists most responsible for the global warming scare knowingly published “crap” and kept secret their reservations about Michael Mann’s notorious “hockey stick”:..."
Climategate 2: How the Bureau’s David Jones snowed sceptics - or himself
"At the Bureau of Meteorology, prominent alarmist David Jones boasts of snowing sceptics, and cites as evidence of global warming a drought now passed and a prediction since debunked: "
Climategate 2: How to silence the sceptics
"Just another glimpse into the process by which “the consensus” was manufactured. "
Australia picks last possible moment to leap ONTO burning ship (JoNova)
Friday, 25 November 2011
Revealed: How Climategate scientists DID collude with government officials to hide research that didn't fit their apocalyptic global warming claims
#5,000 leaked emails reveal scientists deleted evidence that cast doubt on claim that climate change was man-made
#Experts were under orders from US and UK officials to come up with a 'strong message'
#Critics claim: 'The stink of intellectual corruption is overpowering'
#Scientist asks, 'What if they find that climate change is a natural fluctuation? They'll kill us all'
"5,000 leaked emails reveal scientists deleted evidence that cast doubt on claims climate change was man-made. Experts were under orders from US and UK officials to come up with a 'strong message' Critics claim: 'The stink of intellectual corruption is overpowering' Scientist asks, 'What if they find that climate change is a natural fluctuation? They'll kill us all' And not only do the emails paint a picture of scientists manipulating data, government employees at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are also implicated. One message appeared to show a member of Defra staff telling colleagues working on climate science to give the government a ‘strong message’. The emails paint a clear picture of scientists selectively using data, and colluding with politicians to misuse scientific information. ‘Humphrey’, said to work at Defra, writes: ‘I cannot overstate the HUGE amount of political interest in the project as a message that the government can give on climate change to help them tell their story. 'They want their story to be a very strong one and don’t want to be made to look foolish.’
"So when Tom Nelson asked today “Who’s got time to investigate BlackSmokeGate?” I decided to take on the task. Here’s the photo in question: ......Basically all that was done was to highlight a part of the steam with the point to point select tool, feather it and adjust the contrast to make it look darker. .....Here’s another example of Photoshop at work. The greens must really hate this power station in Britain. “Black” smoke from cooling towers? Really? Everyone knows they produce water vapor, and even the sun angle doesn’t look right in this one from the Guardian."
"On 19th Oct Piers Corbyn, astrophysicist of WeatherAction.com announced at the Congress of Brilliant Minds in Madrid his forecast that Britain and West Europe will be generally exceptionally cold from around Nov 27 to Dec 28 (80% confidence). The build-up to such a blast has however been slow."
"According to a report in The Economist, the Isle of Wight has been designated as Britain’s first ‘eco’ island. ......Already, every household in Britain is set to pay £280 a year over the odds for gas and electricity to fund the Government’s ‘green’ agenda, which amounts to little more than bunging foreign firms billions of pounds to clutter up our beautiful, world-heritage site countryside and our outstanding natural coastline with utterly useless War of the Worlds windmills.
I wonder if anyone has bothered to ask the inhabitants of the Isle of Wight if they want to be forced to drive rented electric cars, knit their own toilet paper and have their scenery desecrated by hopelessly inefficient solar panels and wind turbines sprouting like triffids.And having to pay through the nose for the privilege. What have they done to deserve being singled out for a expensive eco-experiment?"
Climate change fears 'have been exaggerated' say scientists who claim apocalyptic predictions are unlikely
From the comments:
"The only thing 'climate change fears' is about is TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX & MORE TAX !!!!!"
Ed: You only have to read the Climategate 2.0 emails to confirm this...
Hide the Decline – Howto (The Air Vent)
Climategate 2.0: the most damning email of them all (Telegraph)
Climategate 2.0: the Warmists' seven stages of grief (Telegraph)
Silence the sceptics, the academics cry (Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun Australia)
CRU "not especially honest" on MBH98 (Bishop Hill)
Thursday, 24 November 2011
"I agree with George Monbiot, whose immediate response to Climategate was that Phil Jones should go. On the evidence of these emails, he is unfit to run a bath, let alone one of the world's most important temperature data sets."
"A link to where to download the new FOIA2011.zip file is posted below the fold – This will be a top post for a few days -NEW STORIES APPEAR BELOW THIS ONE -I’ve also reversed the order of the updates to be newest at top for better visibility – Anthony"
ED: This is the best starting point for anyone interested in reading these emails
Green 'tax' to rise every year... but don't worry, ministers claim overall bills will be lower - because their policies will make you use less energy
"But Dr Benny Peiser, of the Global Warming Foundation, said Mr Huhne’s reassurances were ‘political spin’. ‘All analysis by City banks and others make clear that current government policy will lead to big increases in energy bills,’ he said. ‘The energy-use reductions being assumed by the Government to justify the claim that bills will fall are not based on any sound economic facts. They are pure guesswork.’Government policy is based on an assumption that gas prices will continue to rise, but Dr Peiser said the price could fall. He said: ‘Prices are likely to come down very significantly, perhaps by 30 to 40 per cent if the UK Government gives the green light to shale gas exploration. The UK is sitting on a gold mine of shale gas.’
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
"According to Dr. Phil, the warming from 1915 to 1945 was due to the Sun and volcanoes. The subsequent cooling until 1975 was caused by burning coal – which produces aerosols. The subsequent warming until 1998 was caused by burning coal which produces CO2, and the subsequent cooling is again caused by burning Chinese coal which produces aerosols."
"A searchable database appears here: foia2011.org/ If you visit that website, please take a moment to scan the GoogleAds on the right-hand side of the page. Should one of them be of interest – and should you click on it – the person who has gone to the effort of putting together the search engine (and who is presumably incurring hosting and bandwidth costs) will earn a few pennies."
"Dave is right, there’s yer problem. “We don’t know which data belongs to which station, correct?”. That’s staggering, it’s gotta be in the running for some kind of truth in advertising award. Shame he wasn’t that honest with me. Instead, he worked hard to obscure that fact."
Same old suspects - Phil Jones, Michael Mann, Jason Overpeck, Tom Wigley, Keith Briffa - and familiar talk of pushing the “cause”, attacking sceptics and deleting files: ...."
Climategate 2: the CSIRO link
"Does the CSIRO have a green agenda when pushing the global warming theory?
Dr A. Barrie Pittock, a Post-Retirement Fellow of the CSIRO’s Climate Impact Group, wrote in 1999 to Mike Hulme of the University of East Anglia. It seems to me he was upset that the climate scientists at the UEA weren’t alarmist enough to suit green groups: "
"As physicist Lubos Motl notes, these messages "surely show that Michael Mann is a fraudster even according to most of his colleagues."
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
"At what point will it finally occur to the pea-brained legion of journalists, academics, alleged scientists, United Nations propagandists, and others still blathering about “global warming” and “climate change” that there is no global warming and that the climate has been changing for the past 4.5 billion years on planet Earth?
It would appear that no amount of the evidence of fraud is sufficient to convince them they have either participated or been taken in by the greatest hoax of the modern era."
"As the person (or persons) who released these latest e-mails noted, nearly 16,000 children die every day from avoidable hunger and similar, related causes, yet incompetent and corrupt governments, instead of spending resources on schemes which would assuredly alleviate or prevent suffering, conspire to enrich scammers, con-artists and grasping, simoniacal or usurious cronies. "
"Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, commented on the release today of additional emails by scientists contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). ....."Even before the Climategate emails were released in 2009, the so-called ‘consensus' peddled by the IPCC was already shattered," Senator Inhofe said. "Nevertheless, the Obama administration is moving full speed ahead to implement global warming regulations that will impose the largest tax increase in American history, significantly raise energy prices, and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs." (H/T Climate Depot)
Climategate 2.0: Phil Jones and Tom Wigley – calling a scientist “the jerk” over his UHI discoveries in California
"Phil Jones must be the most spiteful and unscientific person ever in the climate debate to say things like this about Jim Goodridge. He really does need to step down and retire, for good this time."
"Can't see what the fuss is about, meself ... just another 5,000 e-mails showing the climate science "community" committing collective suicide - nothing a few "independent" scientific inquiries and a BBC documentary can't fix ... hide the recline, so to speak. Rather timely for Durban, though, one might think."
New leak of hacked global warming scientist emails: A 'smoking gun' proving a conspiracy - or just hot air?
#'We're choosing periods to show warming'
#'Science is being manipulated - it might not be too clever in the long run'
#'Climate change is a "better label" than global warming'
#'Many thanks for your paper - and congratulations for reviving global warming'
"The new email leak is accompanied by a text file which appears to protest against the huge expense of anti-warming technologies - highlighting deaths from poverty against the $36 billion expense of 'green' energy"
"Some alleged emails — choice picks:
Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical
troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a
wealth of others. This is just downright dangerous. We need to communicate the
uncertainty and be honest. Phil, hopefully we can find time to discuss these
further if necessary [...]"
"Days before the Durban Conference another stash of emails (open at own risk but reported to be virus free) have been released to the public. Details are sketchy but early reports indicate the emails are genuine.
The emails appear to be genuine, but the University of East Anglia said the “sheer volume of material” meant it was not yet able to confirm that they were. One of the emailers, the climate scientist Prof Michael Mann, has confirmed that he believes they are his messages. "
"Another batch of emails from the University of East Anglia–the same source as the original Climategate documents–has been leaked by FOIA.org. I haven’t had time to look at them yet, but various others have been sorting through them, and some preliminary findings are posted here, here and elsewhere.
Early returns suggest that these materials may be dynamite. For example:
I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run."
"Breaking news: two years after the Climategate, a further batch of emails has been leaked onto the internet by a person – or persons – unknown. And as before, they show the "scientists" at the heart of the Man-Made Global Warming industry in a most unflattering light. Michael Mann, Phil Jones, Ben Santer, Tom Wigley, Kevin Trenberth, Keith Briffa – all your favourite Climategate characters are here, once again caught red-handed in a series of emails exaggerating the extent of Anthropogenic Global Warming, while privately admitting to one another that the evidence is nowhere near as a strong as they'd like it to be.
In other words, what these emails confirm is that the great man-made global warming scare is not about science but about political activism."
"Morano: 'The new emails further expose the upper echelon of the UN IPCC as being more interested in crafting a careful narrative than following the evidence. "
"It seems I’m in a number of the Climategate 2.0 emails. Here’s a couple. The first one confirms to me that this batch is absolutely real, because Thomas Peterson is responding to a joint radio interview I did with him on a radio station in Seattle."
"The giant Swiss bank UBS has slammed the EU emissions trading scheme as a huge waste of 287 billion euros and having negligible impact on cutting emissions. The same EU turkeys running this boondoggle are now taking over failed economies of Greece and Italy on the basis of supposed financial expertise.God help Europe! UBS also has bad news for Australia's carbon tax proponents saying that the EU market is on the verge of a crash next year and carbon price set locally at A$23 per tonne could go as low as 3 Euros a tonne in Europe making a farce of our carbon tax."
"...It’s time for an explanation. How can the IPCC’s chairman be so profoundly misinformed? And are there really no consequences when the head of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning body goes around the world misleading the rest of us on so basic and fundamental a matter?
Do we really consider this acceptable behaviour? Have our standards sunk so low?"
"Thousands of emails unlocked with 220,000 more hidden behind a password. ....
[FOI, temperature data]
Any work we have done in the past is done on the back of the research grants we
get – and has to be well hidden. I’ve discussed this with the main funder (US
Dept of Energy) in the past and they are happy about not releasing the original
station data. ....."
Monday, 21 November 2011
"The upshot? The punditry looked for and recently found an alternate number to tout — “97% of the world’s climate scientists” accept the consensus, articles in the Washington Post and elsewhere have begun to claim.
This number will prove a new embarrassment to the pundits and press who use it. The number stems from a 2009 online survey of 10,257 earth scientists, conducted by two researchers at the University of Illinois. The survey results must have deeply disappointed the researchers – in the end, they chose to highlight the views of a subgroup of just 77 scientists, 75 of whom thought humans contributed to climate change. The ratio 75/77 produces the 97% figure that pundits now tout."
Philip dismisses wind farms as 'a useless disgrace' and says people who back them believe in a 'fairy tale'
"It was disclosed last year that electricity customers are paying an average of £90 a year to subsidise wind farms along with other forms of renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes as part of a Government scheme to meet carbon (dioxide)-reduction targets.
Mr Wilmar said one of the main reasons the Duke thought onshore wind farms to be ‘a very bad idea’ was their reliance on such subsidies.The financial incentives being offered to green energy developers have led landowners – including the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin – to look to build wind farms on their estates.Prince Philip said he would never consider allowing his land to be used for turbines and complained about their impact on the countryside. Mr Wilmar said: ‘He said he thought that they’re not nice at all for the landscape.’
The Duke’s comments echo the views of his son Prince Charles, who has refused to have any built on his Duchy of Cornwall land.However, while they are opposed to onshore wind farms, the Royal Family stands to earn millions of pounds from those placed offshore."
"This supposedly green development is actually environmentally unfriendly. For the turbines are not just an eyesore, but on many wind-farms they have had to be turned off after locals complained that the noise they made left them unable to sleep and even needing to wear ear-defenders in their gardens. For these and other miseries, the population is having to pay through the nose. Public subsidies make wind power three times more expensive than normal-tariff electricity. And since such subsidies drain investment away from new conventional power plants, the risk of power cuts grows greater."
"Former Chancellor Lord Lawson yesterday led the backing for Prince Philip after he branded wind farms ‘absolutely useless’. In a scathing attack, the Duke of Edinburgh said the turbines were ‘completely reliant on subsidies’ and ‘would never work’. His comments are a rebuke to the Government, which is trying to increase the amount of energy generated by wind farms and other renewable technologies. Last night Lord Lawson said the Duke was ‘spot on’ and speaking on behalf of ordinary people in fuel poverty."
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Climate change actually boosts human evolution as it forces us to move to new areas and work together
"The first began around two million years ago when a prolonged dry period caused forests to disappear leading to the emergence of Homo erectus - an early human adapted to running and hunting on the grassy plains. During the ice age,Neanderthals thrived in Europe, Denisovians in Asia and modern humans in Africa
During the ice age, Neanderthals (above) thrived in Europe, Denisovians in Asia and modern humans in Africa. The next major development came during the ice age which began 450,000 years ago during which scientists believe human beings were split into three separate groups. European humans evolved into Neanderthals while Asian humans evolved into Denisovans. Those remaining on the African subcontinent evolved into modern human beings but this group had to wait until around 60,000 years ago when a prolonged warm spell allowed them to spread north. Then a sustained cold period between 25,000 and 15,000 years ago caused further changes as the freezing temperatures caused a 330ft drop in sea levels allowing humans to cross the Bering land bridge into North America."
"A senior BBC journalist accepted £15,000 in grants from the university at the heart of the ‘Climategate’ scandal – and later went on to cover the story without declaring an interest to viewers. Roger Harrabin, the BBC’s ‘environment analyst’, used the money from the University of East Anglia’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research to fund an ‘ad hoc’ partnership he ran with a friend."
Saturday, 19 November 2011
"The Greens and other global warming alarmists want to “decarbonise” the world. Spot how many of the world’s main electricity-generating power sources they would scrap or ban. Coal, gas and oil, as well as river-killing hydro and planet-threatening nuclear.
What on earth is left that could do the job and light the homes of the poor?"
"Since 2006, the BBC has relentlessly promoted the global warming orthodoxy as a pressure group in its own right. In covering the latest twists of this story on his blog, Montford cites another odd BBC programme, Earth Reporters: Sea Change, funded by Unesco, which was like an adulatory commercial for the scientists who push alarm about the impact of global warming on the oceans, via the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The scientific adviser for the programme was the same Dr Smith who organised that 2006 seminar, and whose website lists a string of other BBC programmes he has worked on.
The irony is, however, that just as the BBC adopted its new hard line on climate change, in the real world the story was beginning to shift. Ever more searching questions have come to be asked about the supposed “consensus” on man-made warming, and the BBC’s coverage has come to look ever more one-sidedly absurd. "
On the anniversary of Climategate, RealClimate’s Ray Pierrehumbert sings the CO2 blues, Chicago style
"I’ve previously highlighted the accordion talents of RealClimate co-founder Dr. Ray Pierrehumbert. Now he’s formed a band with two guys named Abbot and Archer, singing the CO2 blues in a music video. ......Mike Mann apparently wasn’t invited to the jam as the only musical instrument he can play is the percussive hockey stick. "
Friday, 18 November 2011
"The findings were released in Kampala, Uganda, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a high-profile United Nations body assigned to review and report periodically on developments in climate research. The group won the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007 but later became a target of controversy related to minor factual errors in a large report that it had issued that year. It has tightened its procedures in the hope of preventing future errors. "
ED: Please see me after class
Rajendra Pachauri – The Little Man Who Told Big Whoppers (Donna Laframboise)
"The behaviour of the IPCC’s chairman, therefore, tells us a great deal about whether the IPCC is credible and trustworthy. And let us be clear: if the IPCC can’t be trusted then its reports can’t be trusted. And if its reports can’t be trusted then the world is almost certainly wasting spectacular amounts of time and money worrying about greenhouse gas emissions."