Archives for the month of: December, 2014

Rebloging for the Quote of the Week: “If the naysayers do manage to stop agricultural biotechnology, they might actually precipitate the famines and the crisis of global biodiversity they have been predicting for nearly 40 years.” Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution.
Note: This is not a new quote. Several years have passed, and agricultural biotechnology is proving itself. Proving it is safe and effective. Our lives our better because of GM and other recent technological advances in agrisciences. Millions of people have been saved by it. It is a good thing.

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The Week That Was: 2014-12-06 (December 6, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project


By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

The Game in Lima: The annual December meeting of the UN Conference of Parties (now COP-20) to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has opened in Lima, Peru. This is the last major conference, but not the only one, before the 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris next December. The purpose of the Lima conference it to lay the groundwork for a legally binding agreement at the Paris Conference. The intended purpose of a new agreement is to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which failed and has expired. Based on one’s belief of whether or not human carbon dioxide emissions endanger humanity by causing drastic global warming/climate change, these conferences can be described…

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I should write a proper review, but it’s late.

I attended the OKC evening performance of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Chesapeake Arena tonight. It was a brief visit to heaven. It was good.

These folks know how to put on a show, and they must be the best assemblage of talent routinely assembling in the world.

Beautiful in all regards. Powerful. Attention to detail never flagged.

You owe it to yourself to attend one of their shows.


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Emboldened China Plays $100 Billion Trump Card

hu-obama-pokerChina offered new details on its commitment to rein in greenhouse gases and called on rich nations to speed up delivery of the $100 billion in annual climate-related aid they’ve promised by 2020. Su Wei, China’s lead climate negotiator, coupled his comments on China’s commitment with a call to accelerate funding for climate aid, shifting the pressure to industrialized nations, led by the U.S. and European Union, to do their part toward reaching an agreement next year.  The “$10 billion is just one 10th of that objective,” and “we do not have any clear road map of meeting that target for 2020,” Su said. Climate aid is “a trust-building process,” he added. Alex Morales and Reed Landberg, Bloomberg, 5 December 2014

Rich nations’ pledges of almost $10 billion to a green fund to help poor nations cope with global warming are “far…

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More superb journalism from an excellent journalist.

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Jobs are good. A decent standard of living is good. Both generate emissions. Let’s get over it.

I’ve written a new column for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Titled When Emissions Disappear, So Do Jobs, it has been published:

We may, some day, inhabit a world in which higher carbon dioxide emissions are not indicators of human well-being. But that is not the world we live in now.

This is the hard part about being a grownup. We have to put aside fairy tales and confront reality. Policies that ignore reality are wasteful – and are therefore the exact opposite of sustainable.

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During my research for this column, I generated the above graph in Excel. (The numbers were cut-and-pasted from the

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I appreciate Lord Monckton. He provides lots of data here. Data, not models. Facts, not speculation. The fact is that while the plant-food chemical, carbon dioxide, continues to increase at a steady pace, the earth continues to refuse to warm.
We must recall that the alarmists were saying that 15 years would be required to invalidate the models. Well, they didn’t admit that three years ago. They are still refusing to admit the models are invalid today.
John Coleman writes about it on his Facebook page.
He has a video he invites us to watch:
Bottom line is, the hypothesis that CO2 controls temperature on earth is invalidated by the data. Regardless of your views on how we’ve run the experiment, the experiment shows that water matters, not the plant-food. Besides, the earth is greening–the plants obviously appreciate the extra plant food.
The facts show that there is no global warming. So, who is refusing to accept facts?

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Global temperature update: the Pause is now 18 years 2 months

Guest essay by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

Since October 1996 there has been no global warming at all (Fig. 1). This month’s RSS temperature plot pushes up the period without any global warming from 18 years 1 month to 18 years 2 months (indeed, very nearly 18 years 3 months). Will this devastating chart be displayed anywhere at the Lima conference? Don’t bet on it.


Figure 1. The least-squares linear-regression trend on the RSS satellite monthly global mean surface temperature anomaly dataset shows no global warming for 18 years 2 months since October 1996.

The hiatus period of 18 years 2 months, or 218 months, is the farthest back one can go in the RSS satellite temperature record and still show a sub-zero trend.

What will the chart look like this time next year, at the beginning of the…

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Amusing note from Bob Tisdale posted at WattsUpWithThat. Good points, and it includes a compilation of Dr. McCoy: “He’s dead Jim.” Good stuff.
One of the side effects of nonthinking acceptance of the global-warming-alarmism is more irrational and unthinking comments like Australia warming at a rate of 0.9°C per year for the last century. (Of course, the media “fixed” it, and left out Dr. Braganza’s per-year part of the statement as our instant feedback news delivery helped them notice the mistake.)

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Guest Post by Bob Tisdale

A study in Germany finds senior citizens are responsible for climate change. That’s right; they’re saying it’s all because of your (or you) grannies and gramps. From down under, a BBC editor in Australia believes her country warmed more than 90 deg C (160 deg F) since 1900. And back in Europe, in response to reports that climate change is the biggest global-health threat, there’s a new paper contradicting it. One paper says climate change is the worst thing for our future health and a rebuttal paper say nope, but they’re both science fiction. And then there’s the big goofiness taking place.


Pierre Gosselin of NoTrickZone reports on the news story that appeared in TAZ. (See the Google translation of the TAZ article Are seniors responsible for climate change?) Pierre writes in the opening of his post Germany’s Growing Green Dictatorship: Grandmothers Putting…

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How much pain are we going to take before we demand the industrial fans be cleaned up rather than subsidised?


Downwind - Ross McKitrick - Uni of Guelph (Time 0_06_00;22) Ross McKitrick: CanWEA’s claims about wind
power lowering power prices are pure fiction.

Professor Ross McKitrick has been slamming the great wind power fraud for years now: his analysis is detailed, pointed and cuts across the lies and half-truths peddled by the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers (see our post here).

Ross points to the glaringly obvious when he says that “wind turbines don’t run on wind, they run on subsidies” (see our post here).

Ross and fellow energy market expert, Tom Adams put together a detailed study that shows how the true and hidden costs of wind power – including the massive subsidies upon which the whole stinking rort depends – are sending Ontario’s power prices through the roof. No surprises there (see our post here).

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is the political (ie propaganda) wing of the Canadian wind industry and it’s…

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Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin

What more can one say?

This is almost what Charles Kingsley of the Water Babies wrote to Phillip Gosse in 1858 about his book Omphalos, in which Gosse argued that God had created the earth in 4004BC with a great appearance of age

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Carl R. Trueman writes about Stalin Volume 1: Paradoxes of Power by Stephen Kotkin, Penguin, 976 pages, $25.30, over at First Things, here:

He points out that the author takes a very grand scope and succeeds.

History has lessons. We need more historians and application to circumstances today.

The article is worth the time. I expect the book is too, but that is a hefty investment. I admit I’m unlikely to get to it. Hopefully those with influence in national policies will take note, read, and learn the lessons the easy way and apply them skillfully so the rest of us have a less hard life. (We can always hope.)

A good indicator that global warming is simply alarmism is the fact that it is said to be responsible for everything. While the statement here isn’t actually blaming global warming, it does pretend warmth caused during El Nino causes people to be shorter. Perhaps these people need some fossil fuel so they can run air conditioners. More importantly, they need petrol and a strong economy (and protected property rights and general freedoms) in order to be able to overall better their lives. Then they will be equipped to deal with mother nature as they see fit.

In general, global warming is blamed for most everything.
Note, measured global warming is less than our ability to reliably measure temperature. Here is a more updated list with a note indicating how much warming there is on an average annual basis.

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

shrunk-kidsAnother day, another bizarre claim about global warming – this time a study which claims that global warming is making our children shorter.
According to a study performed by scientists from John Hopkins University and Bloomberg School of Medicine;

“El Niño is responsible for natural disasters and infectious disease outbreaks worldwide. During the 1997–1998 El Niño, northern Peru endured extreme rainfall and flooding. Since short stature may occur as a result of undernutrition or repeated infections during childhood, both of which are highly prevalent during natural disasters, we sought to determine if the 1997–1998 El Niño had an adverse effect on stature and body composition a decade later. In 2008–2009, we measured height, weight, and bioimpedance in a random sample of 2,095 children born between 1991 and 2001 in Tumbes, Peru.

Height-for-age increased by 0.09 SD/year of birth between 1991 and 1997 (P < 0.001), indicating…

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