Archives for the month of: June, 2013

The author here makes the point I’ve been emphasizing for years now. Climate alarmism, and scientism more generally, are the latest substitutes for a heartfelt and thoroughly thought out religion based on a higher moral authority. The lazy and the intentional sinner want nothing to do with true justice. They seek a relative moral playground that morphs to the whim of the moment, especially when the is money or prestige or power to be had.

Insane proponents like Dawkins can preach ferociously against religion forever, but at most they will change the rituals. Religion is in human nature. It is indestructible even if volatile. Abandoning an unchanging deity and consistent moral ethic invariably leads to autocracy, occultism (look it up, don’t assume), and superstition. Take UFOs for instance of this last, Nazism for the first two.

Climatism, and environmentalism in its current version, is the current established and state sanctioned religion. We must enlighten our fellows and get our government out of it.

Articles: American Geophysical Union Scraps Science, Now Faith Based.

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Don’t sell your coat.

Talking About the Weather

2013 -- the year it happened?The year you’re living in, 2013, may be the year that it happened.

What is it? It is the onset of global cooling. How dare I make such a mental leap? How dare I not would be an equally good question.

According to the Danish Meteorological Institute, 2013 is the first year since 1976 when Arctic temperature readings north of 80 degrees latitude sat below the zero-anomaly line, what some would call “normal,” for more than 50 days straight. Getting close to 60, in fact, according to my highly scientific eyeball reading of DMI’s graph that you can click on yourself. Go ahead, click through the last few decades. Are you seeing what I’m seeing?

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Pointman presents insight well worth the reading, well worth noting and referring to again.

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I’d like to preface this piece by saying there are a number of scientists doing significant work in the field of climate science whom I deeply respect. They have all along raised the balanced doubts about the supposedly “settled” science and I’ve no doubt taken some easily avoidable professional damage for doing so. I don’t necessarily see eye to eye with all of them over every aspect of the climate debate, but high-profile people of courage, integrity and reason, prepared to speak out are all too scarce in an area so brutally controlled by a thought police and are therefore to be prized even more highly.

They are the brave few who for years have put themselves into a very real danger zone, while everyone else kept their mouths shut and their heads down. Over the years more than a few of them, like Prof. Bob Carter this week, have…

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Riddle me this Batman. Why will it take nearly a billion dollars to decommission an aircraft carrier?

Why does the Fed need to do student loans? Can’t the companies that want these blossoming students recruit them out of high school and sponsor them, with various agreements, such as a loan that can be worked off or even forgiven after some number of years with the company? If the company does it well, loyalty would grow, etc.

Eliminate the EPA and replace it with a restricted and targeted agency. Place strict guidelines and limits, and even limit funding.

Regulations are killing our country. I thank Senator Inhofe for stemming the tide of global warming alarmism, but the President and the EPA are determined to inflict the pain on us regardless. We must eliminate the EPA. Repeal the clean air act and replace it with updated and more sensible legislation. Legislation that has specific targets. It must not allow for “as low as reasonably achievable” standards. Our air and water have gotten better every year since enactment. Regulations are so bad that agricultural dust is a violation.

Carbon dioxide is an essential ingredient to life. It is not a pollutant. The other two essential ingredients to life as we know it are oxygen and water and are both far more dangerous than carbon dioxide. Oxidation in all its forms account for the majority of the damage in our world. Fire and corrosion are inexorable destroyers, always have been, always will be. Too much oxygen is even more dangerous than too much carbon dioxide. Likewise with too much water. Read the rest of this entry »

Willis nails another.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

The Washington Post reports:

During an April visit to the San Francisco home of billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer, who created a political action committee in March to target lawmakers supporting the Keystone pipeline, Obama noted that the issue of climate change “is near and dear” to Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor.

“But — and I mentioned this to Tom and Kat and a few folks right before I came out here — the politics of this are tough,” Obama added, according to a White House transcript. “Because if you haven’t seen a raise in a decade; if your house is still $25,000, $30,000 underwater . . . you may be concerned about the temperature of the planet, but it’s probably not rising to your number one concern. And if people think, well, that’s shortsighted, that’s what happens when you’re struggling to get…

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Bloom called me in late 2010 and offered me a job. I was skeptical and even asked how prospects were. I specifically asked how the units were working after installation. Of course, I was talking to an HR rep, but assurances were glowing. Regardless, I’m glad I didn’t significantly consider taking the job. The salary was rather sad in my opinion, as well.

Watts Up With That?

Another green technology scam with no increased benefits.

The Institute for Energy Research writes:

In 2010, fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy unveiled its “Bloom Energy Server.” The unveiling and subsequent press attention claimed that these “Bloom Boxes” were green, efficient and represented the future of energy production. But three years later it appears that Bloom Energy’s success can be attributed to savvy PR and government subsidies—not a superior product. After reviewing Bloom’s products in the real world, it appears that not only are Bloom Boxes functionally the same as natural gas power plants, but they are less efficient.

It Started with a Fawning Media

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Anthony has a brief summary of the latest efforts to push fantasy and misinformation. He points out the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Watts Up With That?

WH_Climate_action_planThis post was written last night, shortly after I received the document. It is autopublishing at 6AM EDT (3AM PDT) since I’ll hopefully be asleep here in California when the embargo time passes.

There were two documents provided to the press: a fact sheet/summary and the full plan. Both are available as PDF’s at the end of this essay. I see a lot of “pie in the sky” language in the plan document, with little in the way of concrete ideas. It seems just another expansion of “big government” bureaucracy with little tangible benefit to the American citizen.

This is by no means a complete point by point commentary, I’m just touching on things that caught my eye. Readers are encouraged to submit responses to specific points in the comments section below.

THE GOOD:

1. There is no carbon tax/excise tax increase on gasoline that I can find. Some people…

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I can only say I hope not.

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by David Archibald

Wiggle-matching has been used by the best. Hubert Lamb, considered to be the most meticulous climatologist of all time, used wiggle-matching in this wind data graph he published in 1988:

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He had plotted up 600 years of wind data at London, noted a 200 year periodicity and copied the line 200 years to the right to make a forecast.

One of the puzzles of the last 300 years of climate is the temperature drop of 1740. It came out of the blue after a number of warm years in the 1730s. There is nothing in the Be10 record or the volcanic record to suggest a cause.

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xkcd is always worth a look, and Watts Up With That is too.

Watts Up With That?

Sobering graphics to scale: ice sheets 21,000 years ago versus today’s skylines.

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Oklahoma tornadoes: The ‘Big Dog,’ the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy | News OK.

Perhaps because of the weekend, but the 31 May 2013 storm here in OKC is hard to find information on. We have some sensational video and photos, but little in the way of quantitative assessments.

At the moment, the death toll is at 11. God comfort them and their families.

There was significant damage in Canadian County, west of the Oklahoma City metro. As the storm came into the city, there were lots of indications the tornado stayed at F3 or higher, but damage reports were not coming in. There was flooding, and some hail, but chasing the storm was hard, and the radars didn’t seem to be getting things quite right. That is, while it was certain they knew where to look, it seems things simply were not as bad as the radar indicated, and the chasers were thwarted by traffic and rain. Rain was incredible. Winds were extreme. Read the rest of this entry »

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