Dandelion whine

The National Post kicks the green spin cycle into overdrive to suggest the province’s pesticide ban has made us into hippie dandelion wino’s, or something:

North America’s first European farmers would have seen the dandelion as free food rather than a nuisance, says Vermont winemaker Philip Tonks. “You went through a whole winter without any greens, so those first dandelion leaves were cherished,” he says. For more than 10 years, Mr. Tonks’ Grandview Winery has produced a dandelion wine. One hour of foraging will get you enough dandelions to make a gallon of wine, says Mr. Tonks.

Okay, usually a gallon of wine is a good thing, but dandelion wine?  I’ll pass, thanks.

The Post, in it’s hurry to pretend we had a choice in learning to live with the dandelion, forgot what it said a year ago:

…it is difficult to imagine anything more unproductive than forcing every home owner in the province to abandon a perfectly safe, modern and efficient means of weed control in favour of a method that can only be described as medieval. The ban thus represents an enormous deadweight loss for the province. Even if we assume time spent hand-weeding on weekends would otherwise be allocated to yard maintenance, the provincial net worth could be vastly enhanced if everyone was spending those hours painting fences, repairing decks and trimming hedges.

Folks in Windsor hate the yellow flowers and even urbane urban Torontonians are grumbling about dandy-fallout.

get off my lawn

Also in the Post article, up is down and the yellow peril is good for your lawn:?

Toronto gardener Sarah Battersby says she used to spend hours every weekend yanking dandelions out of her lawn. Starting three years ago, she became a dandelion convert. “What they offer as positives far outweighs the negatives,” she says. The flowers have a deep taproot, which allows them to suck low-lying nutrients to the surface. Since the flowers are one of the first to bloom, they are the first to attract pollinators, who then tend to stick around for the rest of the season. “Dandelions lead to a healthier lawn,” she says.

With all due respect to Ms. Battersby, she may like dandelions but I’d prefer not to have want my property to look like a slum covered in nature’s acne.  No matter how the Post tries to greenwash an unpopular ban, every time a dandelion flowers, Dalton McGuinty loses a vote.  I hope.

Which is why I like this a lot. Take that, dandelions.

Round-up tomorrow.

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Monday Meltdown: Feb. 22nd 2010

Grab a coffee, there’s a lot to see this Monday, including handy tips on surviving the zombie hippie apocalypse.  Because you’re worth it.

The Monday Movie

Part one below, the rest over at Climate Realists.

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iPuritans

They’re back, those anti-tech greens that are deathly afraid that someone, somewhere is having fun with electronics.  Green activists demand that Facebook should use only green power, but not apparently enough to delete their pages off the servers of the leading distributor of unimportant drivel.  For the last time, Facebookers, I don’t care that your day is awesome.

there's an app for that, too

Other iPuritans are concerned with our old phones and where they go to die.  The topic of waste electronics is an awkward one for hippies on several fronts.  First, millions of hipsters tossed perfectly functional Nokia’s in a frenzy of iPhone desire and are among the guilty for creating  broke-tech mountain.  Second, one of the concerns is ‘toxic waste’, but it’s hard for hippies to be credible on toxic waste after insisting that we all install mercury toxic bombs in our homes.

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Alarmists Rise Again

Oh, this is great.  After the AGW hoax was exposed as junk science by Climategate, hippies have decided it’s time to fight back:

Greenpeace, the Wilderness Society, World Wide Fund for Nature, Australian Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Earth, have acknowledged that the public mood has shifted following the collapse of the Copenhagen climate talks and blows to the credibility of the IPCC. James Norman, of the Australian Conservation Foundation, said the strategy of ignoring climate change sceptics had not worked as it had been taken as confirmation of their claims. ”The stakes are too high to remain silent or disorganised in the face of this systemic disinformation campaign,’

We should have known that when the zombie apocalypse arrived, it would be hippies leading the way.  The odd thing is who the hippies want to fight.  Has anyone ever heard of these guys:

[Norman] said the global campaign was being funded by anti-climate-change think tanks such as the American Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the British International Policy Network

Anyone?

Scaremongers have a new video teaching them how to carefully debate the issues of doubt in climate science, ensuring that each skeptic point is rebutted and backed up with reliable science.  Oh screw that, let’s just tear the denier’s hearts out.  See, hippie zombies are coming, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Of course they would have to fight back, after all, they have so much riding on the issue:

There is too much at stake politically, too many careers and reputations on the line, too much grant money for researchers and donations for environmental groups, too much green-tax revenue for governments, too much prestige in academic circles at risk for those who have asserted for more than a decade that man is causing damaging climate change to slink away in defeat.

Skeptics, Ready Yourselves

The Climate Skeptics Handbook, and 75 reasons to be skeptical.  If that fails, try this:

undead this, suckahs

Good luck out there.

Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Dec. 3rd 2009

Where is Al Gore’s secret climategate-proof bunker?  Has Heinz saved the planet? Does Hopenchangen have a chance of achieving anything?  Dive in and discover the answers to these questions, and more.  Plus, of course a hottie.  Because you’re worth it.

For Climategate news see the special edition round-ups parts One, Two, Three, Four and Five.  For an announcement about a forthcoming poll and your chance to participate, lookee here.

Part One: Al Gore & Friends

The Goreacle has been largely absent from the climategate fallout, largely because he’s been, well, hiding.  Not only has his precious hockey stick been debunked, but now the whole mess of science behind Al’s personal enrichment save-the-planet hoax has been called into question.  What else is the face of global warming going to do when the peasants get uppity?

Al blogged from his secret bunker that he was super happy that his BFF Barack Obama would be joining him for Hopenchangen in Copenhagen next week.

He also blogged that the time is up for short-term capitalism, but fortunately there is still enough time for you to pay Al $1200 for a book and a handshake, of course.  That’s for the cause, not capitalism.  God forbid that an ex-Vice-President of the United States of America be pro-capitalism or anything.

al bear goreIn the absence of real news about the great propheteer, let’s giggle at some spoof news instead.

Canada’s little alarmist totalitarian, David Suzuki, came out in the press to face the climategate fallout, using all the lefty talking points to pretend that the event that has blown their cozy little hoax into a billion pieces is no biggie, really.  Then, Eco-Dave makes a mistake, quite a big one:

Sadly for the deniers and for all of us, the emails don’t show that global warming is a grand hoax or conspiracy. They do nothing to diminish the decades of overwhelming scientific evidence that the Earth is not only warming largely because of emissions from burning fossil fuels but that it’s worse than we thought. Recently, 26 scientists from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, the U.S., and Australia released a report showing that the impacts of global warming are occurring faster and are more widespread than other reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had projected.

Unfortunately for David Suzuuki, one of the the lead authors of that report is none other than Michael Mann, one of climategate’s central figures, which sort of undermines its credibility.  Oops.

Part Two: AGW Scaremongers

The sea is an unpredictable mistress, in fact she’s a downright conundrum.  How else to explain that global warming will cause the sea to rise 1 metre by 2100.  No wait, that’s 2 metres, stupid.  No wait, my bad, it’s 4½ feet.  But the science is settled, see?

However high the waters rise, they’ll be warmer, which is bad news for coral and fish ‘n’ stuff.  Too bad, if they’d gotten on with it and evolved legs, we wouldn’t have to wreck the economy for an anemone.

anemone of my enemy is my friend?
anemone of my enemy is my friend?

Prince Chuckles Mum, the Queen, decides that a life of privilege and undereducation is an excellent platform from which to warn the great unwashed about global warming.  Isn’t there an island with natives that want to meet her or something?

Moonbats were sighted over Toronto.  Nothing unusual about that, except that this was Moonbat Prime. If you’re interested in what he had to say, it’s here in all its Canada-bashing glory.

An eco-terrorist is brought to justice.  In China.  That made my day, honestly.

Britain’s NHS might be falling apart and killing people faster than global warming, but that’s no good reason that family doctors shouldn’t give climate change advice to patients.  Something like this maybe: “take 2 aspirin and install mercury toxic bombs in your house”

Some dude says that Arctic sea ice is nearly gone, again.

When polls attack, part XXXIV.  But wait, is there more to this story than meets the eye?  Pollgate?

Celebrities flock to Hopenchangen.  In private jets.  Awkward.

Global warming muppet James Hansen wants the Copenhagen talks to fail.  Because he’s hardcore, see.

Alarmists love to scare children, because the kids are too polite to tell them that global warming is a crock.  Or something.

Green alarmists have no idea how scary they are sometimes.  Like this guy, calling for skeptics to be silenced.  Would you like a side of totalitarianism with that intolerance, sir?

The mask slips and a delicious new label is born: CO²mmunists.  I wish I’d thought of that.

beartoon

Climate scaremongers meet Harry Twilight, or something.

Rajendra Pauchari, IPCC head honcho, has killed a billion polar bears with his airmiles.  But he’s got a great plan – let’s suck the carbon from the air.  Kinda like sucking the soul out of the global economy?

An economist thinks that there is more money for skeptics than warmists.  My bank balance begs to differ, Big Oil seems to have lost my address.  Also, how inconvenient are facts, sometimes?

California’s hydro power may be under threat, but they won’t have an economy left soon, so no biggie.

A diagnosis for alarmists, oh fudge it.

Oh noes, global warming pushes poor women to prostitution. Add it to the list.  I suspect the alarmists to be the real whores, somehow.

Part Three: Inconvenient Truths

As if the Medieval Warm Period wasn’t bad enough, now there’s a pesky Roman Warm Period too.  Why else did Nero’s Rome burn, it was globulus warmus maximus, of course.

Heinz, the makers of baked beans, have reduced their emissions.  You know this has to be done:

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Dr. Roy goes all Letterman with his Top 10 annoyances of the climate change debate.

Wisdom from the slammer, Conrad Black wades in on the global warming debacle.

Ian Plimer says relax, Gaia’s all good.

Weather hysterics would have us convert to wind power, but the giant bird shredders are not exactly reliable. They also wreck the countryside.

For the 2nd week in a row, Jo Nova gets the must read link: A simple proof that global warming is not man-made.

Global warming is killing frogs.  Oh, wait, nevermind.

The scientific method ain’t what it used to be.  You’re telling me:

method schmethod

A comedy of errors in climate science.  It’s a comedy, but not a funny one.

Global warming is less of a threat than the extremists who push it.  You don’t say?

Oh noes, now jet travel has another reason to be avoided.

CO2 is good for life in the oceans.  That doesn’t quite fit the narrative.

The US government pushed for ethanol, but there’s a problem now, and they don’t know what to do.

The UK will spend $9 billion instaling ‘smart meters’ that will save the average family £28 a year.

Hopenchangen was supposed to see China and India sign on, thus ending the big objection against Kyoto.  Oops.

Chinese SUV's
Chinese SUV's

The science was never settled on global warming, it was simply one-sided.

Not long ago, some weak-sauce Republicans supported Waxman-Malarkey.  Not any more.

A poll conducted before the climategate scandal found that support for global warming theory is collapsing.  Let’s see what the polls say after the bombshells landed on the alarmist’s head.

Al Gore is famous for ducking debates, in fact its hard to get any alarmist anywhere to debate a skeptic.  Now we know why.

Australia dodged a bullet when the ETS bill failed and the leader of the opposition was ousted in favor of a skeptic.  The Sydney Morning Herald editors heads popped.  Heh.

Documents from the CIA in the 1970’s blow the lid off the warmist’s claims that there was no cooling consensus, and proves a cautionary tale for following any trend based on irrational fear.

Part Four: AGW in the News

Idle lawmakers make everyday life more difficult for idling drivers in the UK.

Global warming, the new religion.

The BBC (and UK taxpayers by association) funds revolutionaries.

Global warming used to be the topic du jour and any talking head lefty would feel free to tell you how your lifestyle was the eco-equivalent to mugging a polar bear.  Now, not so much, the topic has become embarrassing for lefties.

call for a whaaaaaambulance
call for a whaaaaaambulance

Alberta cancels green transportation.  Might as well use all that tarsands oil America doesn’t want, right?

Two ‘scientists’ claim that the world could be fueled entirely by renewables by 2030. But they’re from California, so, like, whatever, dudes.

Why do conservative parties support globak warming hoax policies?  Good question.

The answer: skeptics are old and dying, so they don’t count.

For Obamatrons, there is no such thing as climategate.

The Daily Express in the UK became the first paper in the world to make climategate front page news.

CBS in the US suggests that skeptics have found their voice. Just in time, I was looking for that.

Dan Hannan, right-o-sphere hero, on skepticism. More on the value of not being gullible.

It’s a good job that smart meters will save UK households £28 a year, because wind farms will cost them £500 a year.

Hey, maybe we should not wreck the global economy until we know if the science is any good, and more.

Heather Malice Mallick, one of Canada’s most toxic lefties, is ashamed to be Canadian.  I can assure her that Canada is far more ashamed to be associated with a person that declares George Monbiot one of her ‘heroes’.

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Part Five: Global Hottie

Hollywood celebrities are flocking to Copenhagen, which gives me license to pick from any of the best of Hollywood.  So, here’s Charlize Theron, in gold.  Because, well, why not?

*click*
*click*

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend.

A Lefty Head Pops

Green author Leslie Garrett described a head-popping moment she experienced in her grocery store:

I was recently at the checkout of my local grocery store when the clerk commented on the weather. “Still muggy outside?” he asked. “Yeah,” I commiserated. He proceeded to comment on the “weird” weather we’ve been experiencing, referring to the month-long chilly rainfest we had, followed by the sudden arrival of a hot, muggy summer.

I agree that, indeed, the weather this spring was weird.

“It can’t be global warming,” he said. “It has been too cold.”

In that instant, I felt my head explode. What? Did? I? Just? Hear?

Ms. Garrett goes on to fantasize about grabbing the cashier’s phone and converting the entire store of shoppers to her green religion:

In my most authoritative voice (the one I use when my kids are questioning whether their mother really knows anything at all…), I would begin: “ People,” I would say, “with all the scientific data – peer-reviewed, internationally acknowledged – pointing to climate change as caused by human activity, I’m astounded that anyone can still delude themselves into thinking otherwise.   According to the Goddard Institute of Space Studies (NASA), the ten warmest years on record have occurred since 1997. The document that draws this conclusion contains plenty of science-speak, such as latitude surface temperature, natural dynamical variability and solar irradiance (which, I confess, means nothing to me).

What is it with greens that they fantasize about authoritarianism? Their need to dictate is far stronger than their understanding of the issues. Garrett has written children’s books about global warming and David Suzuki’s biography, but she has no understanding of the science she thinks proves global warming means.  She goes on to the hysterical claim that unless CO2 is kept to <350ppm, we’re all doomed.  Which is, of course, nonsense.

But here is what she really does not understand:

This is not news…at least not to anyone who’s bothered to inform themselves about the crisis facing our planet.

Ms. Garrett is under the impression that the only reason people do not believe in global warming is because they are uninformed.

My experience is the opposite; AGW supporters are the people who watch An Inconvenient Truth and believe everything Al Gore told them.  Just about every skeptic I meet tells me they were once ‘believers’ until they looked deeper into the science and found it lacking credibility. Others descrive how their ‘spidey-senses’ tingled when they were told ‘the debate is over’ and ‘the science is settled’ before they even were aware there was a debate.

Ms.Garrett ends her rant thus:

If only convincing the masses was as easy as a loudspeaker and the facts…

Inconveniently, the more the ‘facts’ are revealed, the harder it will be for Ms. Garrett and her green cohorts to sustain the illusion that global warming is anything to worry about, let alone change our way of life for.

A Lefty Head Pops

Green author Leslie Garrett described a head-popping moment she experienced in her grocery store:

I was recently at the checkout of my local grocery store when the clerk commented on the weather. “Still muggy outside?” he asked. “Yeah,” I commiserated. He proceeded to comment on the “weird” weather we’ve been experiencing, referring to the month-long chilly rainfest we had, followed by the sudden arrival of a hot, muggy summer.

I agree that, indeed, the weather this spring was weird.

“It can’t be global warming,” he said. “It has been too cold.”

In that instant, I felt my head explode. What? Did? I? Just? Hear?

Ms. Garrett goes on to fantasize about grabbing the cashier’s phone and converting the entire store of shoppers to her green religion:

In my most authoritative voice (the one I use when my kids are questioning whether their mother really knows anything at all…), I would begin: “ People,” I would say, “with all the scientific data – peer-reviewed, internationally acknowledged – pointing to climate change as caused by human activity, I’m astounded that anyone can still delude themselves into thinking otherwise.   According to the Goddard Institute of Space Studies (NASA), the ten warmest years on record have occurred since 1997. The document that draws this conclusion contains plenty of science-speak, such as latitude surface temperature, natural dynamical variability and solar irradiance (which, I confess, means nothing to me).

What is it with greens that they fantasize about authoritarianism? Their need to dictate is far stronger than their understanding of the issues. Garrett has written children’s books about global warming and David Suzuki’s biography, but she has no understanding of the science she thinks proves global warming means.  She goes on to the hysterical claim that unless CO2 is kept to <350ppm, we’re all doomed.  Which is, of course, nonsense.

But here is what she really does not understand:

This is not news…at least not to anyone who’s bothered to inform themselves about the crisis facing our planet.

Ms. Garrett is under the impression that the only reason people do not believe in global warming is because they are uninformed.

My experience is the opposite; AGW supporters are the people who watch An Inconvenient Truth and believe everything Al Gore told them.  Just about every skeptic I meet tells me they were once ‘believers’ until they looked deeper into the science and found it lacking credibility. Others descrive how their ‘spidey-senses’ tingled when they were told ‘the debate is over’ and ‘the science is settled’ before they even were aware there was a debate.

Ms.Garrett ends her rant thus:

If only convincing the masses was as easy as a loudspeaker and the facts…

Inconveniently, the more the ‘facts’ are revealed, the harder it will be for Ms. Garrett and her green cohorts to sustain the illusion that global warming is anything to worry about, let alone change our way of life for.

Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, June 5th 2009

Gangsters are muscling in on Big Al’s territory and skeptics might be executed.  It’s just another week in the rough world of radical environmentalism, conveniently rounded up for your delectation and delight.

Beverages are recommended but the Daily Bayonet assumes no liability for sticky keyboards.

Part One: Al Gore & Friends

The world sank to its knees and gave thanks this week as the great profiteer prophet posted on his sacred blog.  Proclaiming the wisdom of what he likes to call the ‘Green Economy’, Al Gore shared this wisdom with the masses:

“Spending $100 billion within the domestic oil industry would create only about 542,000 jobs in the United States. A green infrastructure investment program would create nearly four times more jobs than spending the same amount of money on oil energy resources.”

Just one question, Al.  How?

You may recall that Gore balked under questioning from Congress about the money he stands to make if cap and bend over legislation passes, and now we see why he didn’t want to answer:

Hara, a 25-employee company that debuted in 2008, provides online software to help companies reduce their carbon footprint — a $2.5 billion market that will grow 10-fold if the proposed energy bill, which will require companies to get permits for emissions, becomes law

Perhaps Al’s green economy refers only to the green he’s pulling in from his ‘make carbon evil’ scam.

Bada bing, hold the presses, Al might have some new entries to the carbon trading business soon, and dese guys is tough competition, if ya know what I mean.  Should the mob get into the green agenda, the odd thing is that they will be some of the most honest people in the entire scheme; but they recognize a criminal shakedown when they see one.  Maybe they’ll make Al an offer he can’t refuse.

are you talkin' to me?
are you talkin' to me?

Is Al bitter?  He spent $300 million on promotion for his ‘climate crisis’ and got exactly nowhere with the American public.  Is it a coincidence that he’s threatening the advertising industry?  He says that Current TV is the future, and of course he owns Current, although last we heard, things weren’t so rosy over there.

Canada’s perennial hippie, David Suzuki, says we need to take care of the oceans, or we might end up sleeping with the fishes.

my name is Luca
my name is Luca

My least favorite Royal, the man who divorced the model so he could marry his horse, calls for squirrel genocide.  Don’t squirrels have rights too, Prince?

Part Two: AGW Scaremongers

It’s bad enough that Greens want to mess with taxes and the way ordinary people live, but some are pushing for drastic projects called geo-engineering.  Fortunately, not even Obama’s scaremonger thinks it’s time for the crazies to take over yet.  One example of geo-engineering is to put  large mirrors in the sky.  Is there no end to the narcissism of the greens?

Grilling without guilt, can it be done?

President of the Planet Obama showed the world how he really cares about the environment by taking the First Klingon to NYC to catch a show.  I’m not certain, but I think it’s the first campaign promise he’s kept.

take me to your Broadway
take me to your Broadway

The great debater?  Last week we found out that Stanford tough guy Stephen Schneider would ‘slaughter’ skeptics in debate.   After receiving a challenge to do just that, Schneider ran away and hid behind so many caveats and conditions that last week’s boast is rendered meaningless.  Here is the full text of Schneider’s retreat:

“… some of the skeptics are going ballistic over my admittedly too provocative word “slaughter”–though given the framing I said I believe it would happen. But they misquote me in saying I challenged them to a debate. I challenged them to go to a legitimate scientific meeting with a knowledgeable audience and challenge from the floor with a room full of experts. I think they would be pretty unhappy with the outcome. I certainly will not schedule some political show debate in front of a non-scientific audience–all that does is generate confusions since lay audiences can rarely discern the quality of a scientific argument. If Roger wants a debate, he can set one up at the American Meteorological Society meeting or the American Geophysical Union meeting and if dates work I’ll be happy to go and will encourage others like Ben Santer or Kevin Trenberth to join in. That I would do, A presidential like debate format with shallow staccato jibes and no nuanced arguments, no–confusion only in that style. I never do those anymore.”

In other words, Schneider will only debate when he is in front of an audience sympathetic to his viewpoint, and only if he can bring his posse.  It’s unclear if his mommy is part of the posse.

Another famous walkback has occurred in the past week.  Remember when President Obama touted Spain as the paragon of a green job economy?  And remember when Spain’s 18% unemployment rate was inconveniently blamed on the greening of its economy?  Denmark is the new Spain, and the Spaniards are underbussed.

Newspaper the Toronto Sun went full retard on global warming and CBL busts a cap in their arse for it.

Jennifer Marohasy, in her endless quest to define the undefinable greens has reached neopaganism.  I grew up near Stonehenge, so had my fill of pagans, druids and hippies early in life.  The good news is that many pagan traditions fizzled out during the mid-1980’s when it became impossible for them to find 16 year old virgins for their rituals.  You’re welcome.

Michael ‘hockey stick’ Mann rails against those dastardly people who demand that facts be, well, factual.  But the science is still settled.  Or else.

Greenpeace is mad at Obama’s administration, because they won’t wreck the global economy fast enough.

Never mind, at least Greenpeace can beat this prediction of 600,000 deaths a year from global warming with their new crusade against DDT.

Futurecrime?  Where have I heard that before?

a new skeptic crime, every Thursday
in the future, skeptics are criminals, and cops are really short

Nothing says that you’re serious about global warming like kite skiing across Greenland.  As my friend at Gore Lied says, is it possible that there is anyone left on the planet that is not aware of the global warming baloney?

Canada, prepare to defend yourself, the Americans are coming, and they’re thirsty!  Just a thought, but should the invasion be canceled, could we send you this guy, he’s embarrassing us, eh.

I might disagree with global warming alarmists and weather hysterics, but I don’t recall demanding that they be executed.  ACM calls it right and says that believers think skeptics are blasphemers.  I have one word for them, Jehovah!

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To prove the point that there’s nothing that infuriates the AGW crowd more than a skeptic, witness how the herd turns on one its own when he refuses the kool aid.

Here’s a great idea for hippies everywhere, a personal methane collector.  Get yours today!

Predicting global warming is so easy that even banks can do it.

ABC (Anything But Credible) is working hard to frighten the American public senseless before the December Hopenchangen Copenhagen meeting.  This week it aired its sci-fi thriller Earth 2100.  Short version – we’re all doomed unless we live in the neo-dark ages preferred by hippies.

Part Three: Inconvenient Truths

Green cars are priced so high that you’d need to drive them 8 times around the world to break even on fuel savings.

Gone with the wind in Deutsch land?  Germany may not be able to raise the $143 billion (!) it needs for giant fan farms.

It’s the apocalyptic Sun, stupid.

Consensus, what consensus?

The science is settled, but unfortunately it is based on junk data.  Oh well, bring on the socialism anyway, it was never about the climate after all.

Here is this week’s must read, A Layman’s Explanation of why Global Warming predictions by computer models are wrong.  It’s by that Spencer fella again, and includes the difference between positive and negative feedback from clouds, which you just know will be a tie-breaker question in your pub quiz.

The BBC’s new Blog of Bloom points out the trend for Greens to use huge preditions of death to make headlines.  That the scaremongers are reduced to using morally bankrupt figures like Kofi ‘Oil for Fraud’ Annan is a sign that the bloom is off the rose.

NASA’s new solar cycle prediction is here.  It’s the same as the old one, but one day they’ll be right.  All they have to do is issue the same prediction daily and sooner or later they’ll hit paydirt.

a solar cycle, sort of
a solar cycle, sort of

It’s the Neutrino Effect, stupid.

Skeptics are well used to being accused of being on the payroll of ‘big oil’, and therefore are not to be believed.  How delicious is it for us to discover that the Greens have been in bed with Enron for years?

“Enron now has excellent credentials with many ‘green’ interests including Greenpeace, WWF [World Wildlife Fund], NRDC [Natural Resources Defense Council], German Watch, the U.S. Climate Action Network, the European Climate Action Network, Ozone Action, WRI [World Resources Institute] and Worldwatch. This position should be increasingly cultivated and capitalized on (monetized),”

Global warming will acidify the oceans and the starfish will die!  Oh, wait, nevermind.

giving the middle pointy thing to climate change
giving the middle pointy thing to climate change

Creek, meet paddle.  Alan Caruba paddles against the tide of climate lies.

NASA says it’s about to get cooler, but are they hiding the truth?

Global warming was so serious last winter that Age Concern made record cold weather payments to seniors.  Cognitive dissonance, anyone?

IPCC smackdown: “Natural causes of global warming are much more significant than manmade changes.

It’s the Sunspots, stupid.

Here’s a cool video of Arctic sea ice expansion and contraction over the past 29 years, with the explanation here.

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Alberta’s oil sands got an unexpected boost from the Obama administration, but the news was drowned out by a crescendo of lefty heads popping.

Anthony Watt’s presented his surface stations survey to the Heartland conference.

Maine is the first state to recognize the dangers of mercury in compact fluorescent lamps and have voted to compel manufacturers to lower the amount of mercury in each bulb. Remember, the only reason you have to place these toxic bomblets in your home is because Greens demonized the incandescent lamps.  Here’s the unintended consequences:

Several studies have examined mercury exposure from broken CFLs. Two conducted last year by the state of Maine and the Mercury Policy Project showed in many cases, immediately after a bulb was broken – and sometimes even after a cleanup was attempted – levels of mercury vapor exceeded federal guidelines for chronic (or extended) exposure by as much as 100 times.

Carbon credits make for a greener world.  If by greener you mean glow in the dark toxic waste.

A believer sees the skeptical light and realizes that there has been no debate on the science.  Welcome to the world Mr Fielding, now how about apologizing for being a scaremonger in the past?

The Interplanetary Magnetic Field has reached a new low.  Which is just a fancy way for me to get to say It’s the Sun, stupid.

Part Four: AGW in the News

A popular coffee table book has been made into a movie to show the ‘damage’ caused to the planet by global warming.  The production purchased carbon offsets, but still, you’d think that NOT flying a plane for 217 days might have been more meaningful.

Do editors hinder scientific debate with their pro-AGW bias?  Why yes, they do.

It isn’t easy being green; the legal risks of building green:

“We’re seeing the litigation starting now, and my sense is that there will be more as the government is imposing this as a requirement,” he said, referring to increasing mandates or incentives by governments at all levels to encourage green building practices.

goign green, naturally
going green, naturally

The legal problem could be considerable when you look at the stark reality of green projects.

Back to crime and the rare earth smuggling racket being driven by the demand for green products like solar panels and hybrids.  It might seem obscure, but look at the quote below and try to reconcile it with the claims Obama makes about green jobs in America:

“The crux of the matter is that there are now a lot of technologies that can’t work without rare earths, and China is currently in effective control of the global supply. China has positioned itself to retain control, and meanwhile politicians around the world do not appreciate how the supply side of green technology works.”

Light bulb wars: Revenge of the Incandescents.

More on the green job smoke and mirrors.  Even more here, and it’s all sensible reading.

Oils sands and oil prices, bring on the devastation of northern Alberta, and don’t spare the horses, I’ve got an SUV that needs filling.

How green was my BioVallee?

Hoteliers, holy soaps and bad guests.  Yes, it’s a green related news item, not an Arthur Hailey novel.

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Part Five: Global Hottie

For the third consecutive week I have a global hottie that has actually been in the news for global warming related reasons.  Don’t ask me why the beautiful people are all stark raving bonjers about the environment, just admire the hotties for what they are.  This week, skeptics can enjoy the charms of Miss Cameron Diaz, global hottie and eco-flake.

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Here endeth another round-up.  Thanks for reading, enjoy this weekend but take a moment to remember the events of 65 years ago.

Skeptics A to Z

Here’s some midweek fun for you while I go read the entire Internet for tomorrow’s round-up.  Enjoy.

A is for Anthropogenic Global Warming, or AGW to its friends. Simply put, after observing weather for approximately 100 years, some ‘scientists’ have used computer models to extrapolate the theory that the world is warming with disastrous consequences, and it’s your fault. They are wrong, of course.

B is for Barbeque.  Because no behavior is beyond the reach of the Greens, you must feel guilt about grilling dead cow in your back yard.  Did I say cow?  Oops, that’s not approved of either.

C is for Climate Change. Climate change is the new name for global warming and is a nonsense name because the natural state of climate is change. Global warming is the only crisis in memory that needed re-branding once it became clear that there has been, inconveniently, no warming since 1998.

D is for Depopulation.  Greens don’t care to remember that Paul Ehrlich’s famous population bomb prophecy was staggeringly wrong.  Today we still have Greens calling for depopulation, although they stubbornly refuse to go first, preferring anonymous brown people to do the dying for them.

E is for Energy. Coal, Oil, Gas or Nuclear, if it’s safe, cheap and abundant, Greens just don’t want you to have any. If it is expensive, unreliable and needs government subsidies, you can have all you want of solar, ethanol, wind and tidal power, just don’t expect the lights to be on all the time.

F is for Fail.  Despite spending $300 million to promote his ‘crisis’, Al Gore’s traveling scaremonger circus has managed to elevate global warming to dead last in things that concern Americans.

G is for Gore. Al Gore, once a simple failed seminary student, formed his own church and is now the successful spiritual leader of the global warming religion. His acolytes, people desperately afraid of the weather, give generously to the cause so that Al can jet off to somewhere nice to whip up some more profitable fear.

gorethrowerH is for Hippies. Modern hippies are no longer exclusively hygiene-challenged tie-dyed potheads; some wear clean clothes and work for NGO’s that demand you change the way you live for no good reason.

I is for Inconvenient Truth. Originally a slide show that Al Gore made into a very dull movie (with borrowed special FX). In modern times ‘inconvenient truth’ is now a label applied to evidence that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) does not in fact exist, or that believers in the warming theory are simply off their sticks.

J is for June and July.  Sometimes referred to as ‘Summer’, this period of the calendar year strikes fear into the hearts of weather hysterics as they try to comprehend what they did during the winter to cause such rapid warming. See ‘G’.

K is for Killing the Planet, or living a normal life, as it used to be known.  Greens insist that everything you do is killing the planet, whether it is listening to your iPod,, driving your SUV or hunting polar bears.  Don’t try to adjust your life; no matter what you do, it won’t be enough, so stop retreating and make a stand, one plastic shopping bag at a time.

L is for the List. If you ever ponder what news events, natural disasters or other phenomena were caused by global warming, the List has the answer.

M is for Maunder Minimum, or what happened when the went Sun out. By ‘out’ I mean quiet, and you better hope it doesn’t happen again, at the exact time our politicians and scientists are crying wolf about warming.

N is for the North Pole.  Also known as the Arctic, the far northern point of our planet has been subjected to endless expeditions by fearmongering weather hysterics to prove the point that Arctic ice is melting.  Many of these expeditions risk lives, but not those of the adventurers, and some turn into comedy gold, and so we encourage moonbats everywhere to trudge Northward to make whatever point you think you’re making.  Soon.

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O is for Oceans.  The ocean conveyor belt models were wrong, and Pacific Decadal Oscillation might be a stronger factor in global climate than expected.  Since most global warming models used incorrect assumptions about the ocean conveyor belt, neither event is good news for the people that want to frighten you about man made global warming.

P is for Precautionary Principle.  The precautionary principle is often quoted by Greens for global warming, i.e. OK, we might be wrong, but what’s the harm in playing it safe?  The answer is that there is a high cost for global warming activism, and every dollar wasted on pseudo-science could provide cheap medicine or clean water to African kids.  Greens are unconcerned about this cost, see D above.

Q is for Questions.  You may have heard that the ‘science is settled’ or that ‘the debate is over’.  Um, no, actually.  Greens want you to fall in line and not ask questions about their agenda, because (ahem) you can’t handle the truth.  Here’s a simple test, if you hear someone that purports to be a scientist repeat either of the above claims, they are not scientists.  If they are politicians or activists, then ask yourself what they are so afraid of that they cannot consider your questions.

R is for Righteous.  Greens are the lefty righteous, if you know what I mean.  You can often tell a lefty righteous person by the car they drive.  A Toyota pious Prius is the most righteous vehicle on the planet.  If you want to make a statement, drive a Prius.  As long as you don’t mind that the statement you make is that you’re a righteous credulon.  (Credulon = credulous moron)

S is for Sol. Alert readers will note that there is a large yellow ball in the sky during daylight hours. British readers will have to take my word for this phenomenon. The Sun, for this is how we call the yellow ball, affects everything on Earth, including climate. This is an inconvenient truth, see ‘I’ above.

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T is for Tar Sands.  Alberta’s oil reserves are some of the largest in the world.  The tar sands also solve America’s domestic energy problem in that sending cash to Canada is probably a better idea that sending it to the Saudis so that they can in turn fund a global cabal of ‘splodey people.  Because the tar sands are so abundant and conveniently located, Greens have made a point of demonizing them as planet killing ponds of evil, of course.  See ‘E’ above.

U is for Unintended Consequences. Greens like to tell the world that they know what’s going on, like AGW. It is unfortunate that so many of their predictions come with unintended consequences, like the return of Victorian era diseases, or poisoning your groceries.

V is for Vexation, which is what any hippie having read this far will likely be feeling about now.

W is for West Antarctic Melt.  Greens shout loudly about melting polar caps, especially the western Antarctic where dramatic glacial calving makes for super scary pictures that are good for fund raising from Hollywood care-doers.  What Green’s won’t mention is that there is a lot of  ice forming in the rest of Antarctica, resulting in a net gain.  See ‘I’ above.

X is for Xanthochroid.  In this case, Cameron Diaz.  Cameron, like many celebrities, loves to be ‘relevant’ and to hang out with people like Al Gore.  Such behavior is encouraged by Greens who believe that you will emulate any old blonde tart and save the planet in the process.

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Y is for Youth.  Green’s like to get recruits while they’re young and too docile to ask awkward questions.  It’s a time honored tradition for radical groups to persuade young people that up is down and green is good.  The problem will come after the wheels fall off global warming’s little red wagon and kids everywhere decide that trusting science ever again is a bad idea.

Z is for Zoological Terminations, or extinctions.  Hey, Darwinism happens, don’t blame my SUV.

You can probably do better than me for some of these, so have it in the comments, but please keep them G-rated or my edit stick will be wielded, without mercy,  no less.

When iPuritans Attack: Big Screen TV

Beware the scourge of the iPuritans, the green wave of sour-faced do-gooders that demand you stop having fun.

First they came for your iPods and your beer and now it’s your big-screen TV that is killing the planet.  It is irrelevant to the greens that An Inconvenient Truth looks great on your plasma screen, especially those ‘borrowed’ FX from Hollywood.

I’m making ‘When iPuritans Attack‘ a regular feature here.  Feel free to send any examples you spot via email or the comments.