Organized Wind

Wind power has a lot of problems, so the last thing it needs is one more. Which is too bad:

Wind energy needs union workers

…PLAs [project labor agreements] are a market-based tool that offer increased job-site efficiencies, productivity, and on-time, on-budget results through a steady, local supply of the world’s safest, most highly trained and productive skilled craft workforce — a workforce that has been developed through almost $1 billion a year in private investments in craft apprenticeship programs. These programs, in turn, produce professionals who command a pay and benefits package reflective of their skill and productivity levels (which numerous and rigorous academic studies have shown actually reduces costs for public agencies).

It’s hard enough to afford wind subsidies. The added costs to wind farms built by organized labor might be enough to topple the economic viability of giant fans for good.

Union workers need to find jobs building something, after President Obama nixed the Keystone XL pipeline and caused an entertaining schism between unions. It’s not a bad idea for unions to chase renewable jobs, a sector the administration is likely to keep funding no matter how many times it fails.

spot the union fan

There is a certain synergy in having purple people beaters build giant bird shredders. Who knows, it might even be a good thing for bats. The flying kind, not the beating accessories.

Don’t panic about global warming, buy a hat

Warmists are having a tough time of things these days.

First the Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed that said there’s no need to panic about global warming, signed by 16 scientists. They had the temerity to point out that CO2 isn’t a rampaging, Gaia-stomping, vengeful gas, but just plant food:

The lack of warming for more than a decade—indeed, the smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing projections—suggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how much warming additional CO2 can cause. Faced with this embarrassment, those promoting alarm have shifted their drumbeat from warming to weather extremes, to enable anything unusual that happens in our chaotic climate to be ascribed to CO2.

The fact is that CO2 is not a pollutant. CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas, exhaled at high concentrations by each of us, and a key component of the biosphere’s life cycle.

As if that wasn’t bad enough news for hippies, pesky journalists noticed the UK’s own Met. Office data suggests a nasty cold snap is far more likely than a warmer phase:

According to a paper issued last week by the Met Office, there is a  92 per cent chance that both Cycle 25 and those taking place in the following decades will be as weak as, or weaker than, the ‘Dalton minimum’ of 1790 to 1830. In this period, named after the meteorologist John Dalton, average temperatures in parts of Europe fell by 2C.

However, it is also possible that the new solar energy slump could be as deep as the ‘Maunder minimum’ (after astronomer Edward Maunder), between 1645 and 1715 in the coldest part of the ‘Little Ice Age’ when, as well as the Thames frost fairs, the canals of Holland froze solid.

Cold weather is more dangerous to mankind than warming, so we need to harness all the energy we can, from whatever sources are available to us. That includes fossil fuels and alternative energy.

With that latter category in mind, does anyone have an idea how to capture the unstable but massive energy potential of Joe Romm head explosions? As more people jump off the warming bandwagon, and as the planet steadfastly refuses to follow sloppy computer models but do its own thing, Rommplosions are likely to be more frequent. Seems like a shame to waste them.

Rommplosion energy. It's the future, or something

Greens in the money

Canada’s government has been talking tough about greens and their antics to delay big energy projects and inhibit the country’s ability to exploit its natural resources.

Joe Oliver, the natural resources minister wrote a tough letter and then it was leaked that the Prime Minister’s Office may be calling hippies an ‘enemy of the people of Canada.” All good red meat for folks who think global warming is a crock and that energy should be both abundant and cheap.

But the tough talk has turned out to be a good thing for the greens, as they report fund-raising is through the roof:

Environmental groups involved in the debate over Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to the west coast report that donations have soared in recent weeks — especially after Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said U.S.-funded environmentalists and jet-setting celebrities are trying to hijack the regulatory hearings.

“We’ve seen an unprecedented surge of support,” said Emma Gilchrist of the Dogwood Initiative, a B.C.-based group which has received $12,000 in unsolicited donations since Oliver’s letter. “We’ve got checks that say, in the memo section, ‘Thanks to Joe Oliver.”‘

The Sierra Club warned its supporters in December that it could be a target during the Conservative government’s upcoming review of charitable status. “We got 100 per cent more than we hoped for,” said director John Bennett.

This is good news, oddly enough. Now that radical green groups have demonstrated that they are able to raise enough money to keep them in patchouli and lentil soup, they won’t be needing any tax-payer cash.

It’s rule 4 of Bayonetism:

4. Non-Governmental Organizations receive no tax-payer funds, ever.  It’s the ‘Non’ part of being an NGO, see?  If you don’t like it, go hug a tree.

Global Warming Weekly Round-Up, Jan. 26th 2012

The Round-Up double-dog dares the GWPF to be cunning, global warming gets yet another new name and an occasional skeptic is pillaged.

And yes, there’s a hottie at the end too.

Part One: Hippie of the Week

This week’s HOTW wants you to stop thinking. And don’t ask questions either. In fact, Naomi Oreskes wants you to just SHUT UP and do as you’re told:

Jury duty was in some ways difficult, but in one respect, it was easy: We were given clear instructions by a recognized authority and we followed them. No one argued about who had the burden of proof. No one suggested that the judge was not an appropriate authority, or that we should reject her instructions. On the contrary, when the time came to deliberate, we referred on more than one occasion to her instructions, and when the time came to vote, we had little trouble reaching a unanimous verdict. Driving home, I found myself contrasting this with the issue on which I work in my professional life: climate change.

Scientists don’t play the role of prosecutor trying to prove a case. Rather, they are the jury trying to evaluate the evidence. And they have rendered their verdict. The problem is not that scientists have become advocates, as some have claimed. The problem is that there is no judge, no recognized authority giving us instructions we accept, and no recognized authority to accept the scientists’ verdict and declare it final.

Oreskes wants everyone to accept the ‘science’ of global warming and fall into line. Pesky skepticism has no place in her mind, she’s decided the scientists are right, and that’s good enough for her.

Naomi Oreskes, killing the planet, one plastic bottle at a time

According to Naomi, we’d all be better off under a benevolent dictator to tell us what to do and how to live. Now she tells us, right after lil Kim shuffled off this mortal coil. The Universe has no sense of timing.

Oreskes has a history of hating skeptics, she’d like nothing more than a cozy communist system where the little people do as they’re told. Jo Nova has a pithy take-down of Oreskes, from last summer:

Years from now when their contributions are still recognized, Oreskes will be but a footnote in history classes of how poor research and largely baseless innuendo were used to serve a groupthink meme and feed a hate campaign against some of our best and brightest. No humility. No respect. No real effort to find the truth.

Hard as it is to believe from that description, Oreskes is a historian, not a climate scientist.

Part Two: Warmists

David Attenborough, the BBC nature guru who likes to trick audiences and worry about the weather, has launched a giant new wind turbine in the UK. He’s proud of his support for renewable energy:

“I think the wind turbine is a most elegant structure in harmony with nature.”

And by ‘in harmony with nature‘ he means an avian apocalypse.

Al Gore is cruising to Antarctica with Richard Branson and others:

Former Vice President Al Gore is taking his fight against climate change to Antarctica next week as part of a cruise organized by his Climate Reality Project. Gore and more than 100 fellow travelers will depart from Argentina late next week. Scientists, including climatologists James Hansen of NASA and Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will give talks during the journey.

They’re going to the deep south to draw awareness to melting ice which they say will lead to catastrophic sea level rise.  That’s the same catastrophic sea level rise that has Al so worried he bought a new mansion on California’s coast. Wait, what?

A new documentary is to be released which will take a look at the oil industry. It’s called ‘Greedy Lying Bastards’, which sort of gives away the ending, if you ask me.

Donna Laframboise could be forgiven for resting on her laurels after the success of her book, but no. Which is why we call her Minx the Merciless. She will not rest until no two bricks of the IPCC edifice are together and Raj Pachauri crawls over broken glass to her door and begs her to stop. Which would be fun to watch, but futile, because she’s merciless, see? This week la Laframboise discovered that IPCC scientists were, once upon a time, guests of the Environmental Defense Fund:

Now tell me, if some nice people offered you meeting space in glorious downtown Manhattan, helped you procure travel documents, fed you – and offered you goodness knows what other charming assistance, entertainment, and company over a three-day period – would you not be somewhat tempted to identify with their worldview?

The EDF isn’t a collection of newborn lambs and fluffy bunny rabbits. These are professional bloody lobbyists. You know – people who get paid to advance a particular agenda.

Apparently, WWIV has already started. I’m not sure what happened in WWIII, though based on form, its a safe bet the French surrendered, Italy changed its mind and America showed up late and got all the girls.

The UK’s Met. Office has boldly stated that a decline in the Sun’s activity will have no effect on the runaway effects of CO2. Based on their record, stout footwear and warm coat futures are up.

Et tu, Amazon? The Amazon (the rainforest, not the retailer) is about to become a greenhouse gas emitter. Gaia doesn’t want to be saved.

NASA’s resident global warming muppet Jim Hansen joined a FOI request for the Global Warming Policy Foundation to reveal its sources of funding. My advice to Lord Lawson and Benny Peiser is to agree to release the information, just as soon as Al Gore reveals where he got his $300 million from. Go on GWPF, I double-dog dare ya.

The Maldives claim that sea level rise will sink them and only other people’s money can save them. Maybe we should let them sink.

Warmist thugs are working to isolate and demonize weather forecasters who don’t follow the approved line on global warming. Because SHUT UP is all they’ve got left.

Oh noes, global warming causes perverts. Or something. Add it to The List.

Global warming became climate change which then became climate disruption, which  became a biodiversity crisis which didn’t catch on and now will be called sustainable development. Any questions?

A new $4.5 million polar bear center opened in Manitoba, and immediately proclaimed that polar bears are in danger because of slightly milder weather. That’s another year of funding taken care of, then.

Virginians got a peek at some of the emails Michael ‘Stick’ Mann’s not wanted to release. It doesn’t look good:

In PE-22, Mann alludes to his “dirty laundry” which cannot come out, requesting his correspondent to not pass the email or the data attached to it to anyone else (UVa has claimed no attachments to any emails were preserved on their system). In this email, Mann admits he has failed to follow the most basic tenet of science, to keep a record of exactly what he did in his research, and thus himself could not reproduce his own results.

A warmist who celebrated the Obama Keystone XL decision realizes that Canada is going to sell its oil anyway, that it’ll be transported on ships which is less green than a pipeline, and that hippies are the ultimate party of no.

Part Three: Inconvenient Truths

Germany is spending 100 billion Euros on solar subsidies and manufacturing firms are running for the exits:

One fifth of every German industrial company has moved activities to foreign countries, or plans to do so, because of the uncertain energy and raw material supply. This is the result of a survey conducted by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), in which 1520 companies participated

Soylent has thoughts on Germany’s problem.

NOAA’s failure to produce an arc has consequences for the predictions of warmists.

Remember when Al Gore said the melting snows of Kilimanjaro were a sign of global warming and would be gone in ten years? Yeah, nevermind.

Remember when Al Gore said more hurricanes would be caused by global warming? Yeah, nevermind that prediction either.

Oh noes, coral reefs are handling global warming better than expected. Who knew that Greenpeace would be more of a threat to reefs than the effects of a harmless trace gas essential to life on Earth?

Opposition to giant bird shredders is growing in the UK as politicians from all parties agree that blending birds in return for the occasional kilowatt isn’t a good idea. That and the fact that wind farms make air traffic control radar systems twitchy.

It’s the extinction-reversal event of the week. Grizzled Langur monkeys were thought extinct, but now they’re merely endangered.

darwinism is for wimps

Mercury in birds is a problem. In your light bulbs, it’s close to mandatory. Being green isn’t easy.

Geoengineering isn’t as simple as salting clouds or unfurling giant tin foil hats in space. Hacking the planet isn’t a good idea. We’ve mentioned that before.

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Bjorn Lomborg, skeptical environmentalist and ex-ABBA front man is to close his Copenhagen Consensus Centre because he’s been defunded by the Danes. Considering some of the things Danes used to do to people they didn’t like, he probably got off easy.

Sustainability is unsustainable. No, really.

President Obama nixed Keystone XL , a project that 51% of Americans support. Oops. Sen. Inhofe has a crazy notion to hold the President to his word on future energy projects. Yeah, good luck with that. It turns out green is more of a burden than boon to Obama’s reelection hopes.

Here’s a link with an inconvenient comparison between the Keystone XL pipeline and wind power. It also contains math, click at your own risk.

Tim Ball flays the IPCC for abusing the precautionary principle:

Rio 1992 was the political manifestation of the Club of Rome objectives. Scientific evidence, required to ‘prove’ humans were destroying the planet with capitalism and its fossil fuel driven technology, was already underway through the IPCC. The political roadmap was formalized in Rio as Agenda 21. Annex 1 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development lists the basic Principles. Most are specific, but the catch-all is Principle 15:

In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.

It’s a naked, incorrrect, application of the Precautionary Principle. As one person said,

Proponents of the Precautionary Principle are trying to smuggle in a default position: The environment trumps all other values.

Julia Gillard said a carbon tax would save Australia from global warming, and she was right. 2011 was the 51st warmest year in Australia. Unless that very average year of weather means it didn’t need saving, in which case, oops.

Part Four: Global Hottie

This week’s global hottie is German supermodel Heidi Klum, who may be offered honorary Canadian status for her recent success with Seal clubbing.

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Thanks for reading.

ForestEthics “an enemy of the people of Canada”

ForestEthics, the radical environmental group that persuades global businesses to boycott and condemn Canadian oil, is in the midst of an green-on-green blow-up that may see them defunded.

Andrew Frank was communications adviser at ForestEthics until Monday, when he was fired before he could go public with news that Tides Canada may pull financial support for ForestEthics, at the urging of the Canadian government:

In a sworn affidavit released Tuesday to The Canadian Press, Andrew Frank says he was told by his supervisor at ForestEthics that a PMO official had referred to their organization as an “enemy of the state.” The affidavit describes how staff were told their jobs were at risk after the official told Tides Canada, which supports the work of ForestEthics, that the government would “take down” all of the agency’s projects unless it cut ForestEthics loose.

Both the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) and Tides Canada dispute Frank’s version of events.

Andrew MacDougall, spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office, said none of the statements attributed to the government is accurate. “The Prime Minister’s Office denies making any of the allegations or saying any of the things that are outlined in that statement,” he said. He would not comment when asked if either Tides Canada or ForestEthics had been targeted by the government.

In a release, [Tides CEO] McMillan said he wouldn’t comment on Frank’s affidavit other than to say “his account of our conversations with government is inaccurate.”

ForestEthics has targeted Canada and persuaded businesses like Whole Foods, Chiquita and many others to boycott Albertan oil. They are actively involved in disruptive tactics to delay the Northern Gateway pipeline project and celebrated the Obama Keystone XL decision.

In short, everything ForestEthics does is anti-Canada and with the intent to cause harm to the Canadian economy by denying it the ability to exploit its natural resources. Which makes the description of the group as ‘an enemy of the people of Canada’ pretty much appropriate.

In the past, ForestEthics and other anti-Canada radicals like Greenpeace and the WWF would have gotten away with it. But the Stephen Harper government has shown it is not prepared to have sand kicked in its face, it’s going to get up and go toe-to-toe with the angry hippies.

Even worse for the anti-energy greens, the people have had enough too and are punishing companies that malign Canada. Just ask Chiquita how their PR is in Canada these days.

A telling comment from ForestEthics shows that they are victims of their own success:

ForestEthics spokeswoman Valerie Langer said the group wouldn’t comment on the accuracy of Frank’s account. She did confirm that staff had been warned about a funding crunch. “A lot of donors are getting scared that their giving to organizations will result in reprisals,” she said. “Because of this it’s made for a very uncertain outlook.

Canada bashing was easy for greens in the past, but now we’ve got a government unafraid to take the fight to them.

Stay tuned, this is going to be fun to watch.

Global warming fades away

The Republicans are going through the meat-grinder of primaries to weed out who among them will go up against President Obama in November. When candidates aren’t tearing each other to pieces over who made the most money or had the most ethics violations, the issues under discussion are the economy, jobs, taxes and the size of the US government in general.

Elliot Negin of the Union of Concerned Scientists (and their canine sidekick) accuses the GOP candidates of ignoring the elephant in the room, global warming:

The biggest long-term threat to the U.S. economy isn’t government over-regulation, high taxes, or even the deficit. It’s climate change.

…we know a lot more about the threat of global warming than we did two decades ago. We know that, next to a nuclear war, it poses the most significant long-term threat to not only our economy, but to the future of the planet. So it would be fitting to update that 20-year old sign to read “Climate change, stupid” and hang it on the stage during not only the presidential candidate debates, but during the debates for all candidates running for office this year.

Negin may believe global warming is the great issue of our times, but as the latest Pew Poll demonstrates, he and the UCS are outliers:

*pending Mike's Nature trick adjustment, which will rotate the chart 180° and prove global warming is the top priority after all

Candidates and debate moderators aren’t talking about global warming because in an era troubled by real economic and geopolitical problems,the worry that a harmless trace gas essential to life on Earth may contribute to slightly milder weather fades to insignificance.

Keystone fallout

A split in the ranks of organized labor has followed in the wake of President Obama’s decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline:

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) left the BlueGreen Alliance on Friday, citing a disagreement with the group’s members over the Keystone XL pipeline. “We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women.”

LIUNA has learned the tough lesson that greenwashing isn’t free. The NRDC, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists, are more than just anti-energy, anti-development zealots, they’re members of the established, rich elite. The sort of people who sneer at people who work jobs that get their hands dirty:

In turning down Keystone, however, the President has uncovered an ugly little secret that has always lurked beneath the surface of environmentalism. Its basic appeal is to the affluent. Despite all the professions of being “liberal” and “against big business,” environmentalism’s main appeal is that it promises to slow the progress of industrial progress. People who are already comfortable with the present state of affairs — who are established in the environment, so to speak — are happy to go along with this.

It is not that they have any greater insight into the mysteries and workings of nature. They are happier with the way things are. In fact, environmentalism works to their advantage. The main danger to the affluent is not that they will be denied from improving their estate but that too many other people will achieve what they already have.

Obama has been talking like a class warrior in the run-up to his re-election campaign. Now he’s ignited a real class war, on the left. Together with Hollywood seething about the failure of SOPA/PIPA, the President has lost some hefty fund-raisers and handed a big jobs bat for GOP candidate Mitt Gingtorum to smack him with as the campaign heats up.

Popcorn futures are up.

Keystone fallout

A split in the ranks of organized labor has followed in the wake of President Obama’s decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline:

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) left the BlueGreen Alliance on Friday, citing a disagreement with the group’s members over the Keystone XL pipeline. “We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women.”

LIUNA has learned the tough lesson that greenwashing isn’t free. The NRDC, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists, are more than just anti-energy, anti-development zealots, they’re members of the established, rich elite. The sort of people who sneer at people who work jobs that get their hands dirty:

In turning down Keystone, however, the President has uncovered an ugly little secret that has always lurked beneath the surface of environmentalism. Its basic appeal is to the affluent. Despite all the professions of being “liberal” and “against big business,” environmentalism’s main appeal is that it promises to slow the progress of industrial progress. People who are already comfortable with the present state of affairs — who are established in the environment, so to speak — are happy to go along with this.

It is not that they have any greater insight into the mysteries and workings of nature. They are happier with the way things are. In fact, environmentalism works to their advantage. The main danger to the affluent is not that they will be denied from improving their estate but that too many other people will achieve what they already have.

Obama has been talking like a class warrior in the run-up to his re-election campaign. Now he’s ignited a real class war, on the left. Together with Hollywood seething about the failure of SOPA/PIPA, the President has lost some hefty fund-raisers and handed a big jobs bat for GOP candidate Mitt Gingtorum to smack him with as the campaign heats up.

Popcorn futures are up.

Batpocalypse

Scientists are concerned a biodiversity crisis among bat species is happening:

According to the [Fish and Wildlife Service] agency, 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats have died from the fungal ailment in eastern North America since an epidemic [of white-nose syndrome] first broke out in upstate New York in 2006.

Does this matter? Why yes, it does:

[bats] are a hugely diverse group of mammals, and each species has a very special ecological niche that can’t be filled by a different bat species.”

“Different species eat different things, hunt in different locations and fit into the ecological puzzle in a unique way,” she said. “Losing one bat species would be huge — losing 20 would be catastrophic.”

The problem in the Northeastern US is that bats are dying for the wrong reason – a fungal infection. If the cause of death was wind farms, it’d be fine. They could probably even get a permit.

The USGS noticed the bat problem in 2009. Below is an audio interview with Dr. Paul Cryan, a bat specialist at the Fort Collins Science Center. It’s worth a listen, every wind turbine kills bats. Even the few that don’t shred birds, still get bats:

 In Spain, the bat death crisis is entirely man-made, in the name of saving the planet:

On 12 January 2012, at the First Scientific Congress on Wind Energy and Wildlife Conservation in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, the Spanish Society of Ornithology (SEO/Birdlife) made public its estimate that, yearly, Spain’s 18,000 wind turbines may be killing 6 to 18 million birds and bats (1).

[Mark Duchamp, president of Save the Eagles International] has always maintained that earlier studies, made when bird mortality at windfarms wasn’t such a hot potato, were more credible than recent ones. “It is a curious business where those consultants who find or predict the lowest mortality land all the contracts. This is what is being asked of them, and this is what they do.

All the Fish & Wildlife Service has to do is get better consultants, and their bat problem will disappear. As will the bats.

Global Warming Weekly Round-Up, Jan. 19th 2012

The Donald doesn’t want to look at giant bird shredders, the big yellow ball in the sky might have something to do with the weather on Titan and another scientific fraud is uncorked.

Part One: Hippie of the Week

This week, we have return winner. Weepy Bill McKibben was originally selected for the honor for a piece he wrote for the LA Times, but any doubt of his worthiness was eradicated faster than protected raptors on a wind farm when the Obama administration caved to weepy Bill’s tears for Gaia and axed Keystone XL yesterday.

Bill McKibben

McKibben needed a win, badly. Only recently it was revealed his original reason for clambering onto the global warming bandwagon was based on a false premise. Even worse, the ‘science‘ behind his claim that 350ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere is a safe limit was debunked. By none other than Phil Jones, the front man of the Motley CRU:

don’t perpetuate the myth that there is a safe level of emissions. This assumes we understand more than we do

For ‘safe’ read the points about Greenland near the end. Maybe not in our generation or the next, but the current levels of CO2 in the atmosphere will eventually cause Greenland to melt. This would be dangerous, so the safe concept should be avoided.

Bill can bask in the glory of the Keystone win, and another Hippie of the Week award. Or at least he can bask before he goes into hiding. As the front man for killing Keystone, he’s probably none too popular with the suddenly very angry  unions that would have benefited from real jobs.

LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said. “Once again the President has sided with environmentalists instead of blue collar construction workers – even though environmental concerns were more than adequately addressed. Blue collar construction workers across the U.S. will not forget this.”

When the purple people beaters come for the greens, it’ll be ugly and one-sided.

So, who’s bringing the popcorn?

Today’s Weepy Bill Google juice is brought to you by fellow anti-oil activist Daryl Hannah, who is probably unaware that pretty much everything she’s wearing and holding in the picture was made possible by oil. Oh, the ironing.

Part Two: Warmists

Close second for Hippie of the Week was NASA’s favorite global warming muppet James Hansen, who said the oceans would boil and someone would runaway with his greenhouse. Or something.

Salon is afraid the modern world’s thirst for oil will cause at least three conflicts. Can’t we all just chop birds and get along?

Not even science we want to believe can be trusted to be clean of corruption and data falsification:

An extensive misconduct investigation that took three years to complete and produced a 60,000-page report, concludes that a researcher who has come to prominence in recent years for his investigations into the beneficial properties of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, “is guilty of 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data”.

There goes my healthy lifestyle choice.

Australians were warned that drought was the new normal. It’s not. Good job they didn’t spend billions on a desalination plant for fear of empty reservoirs. Oh, wait.

Nothing says you’re serious about saving the planet like demanding couture designers make eco-frocks for award ceremonies:

Creating a single eco-friendly dress each for events throughout awards season, everyone from Chanel, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent, to Paul Smith, Valentino and Alberta Ferretti will be taking part, ensuring [Livia, wife of Colin] Firth will be one to watch on red carpets all over the globe.

We’re saved!

As American parents have educated themselves about the global warming scam, they’ve become more demanding that their moppets not be brainwashed in the classroom. So the National Centre for Science Education is offering advice to teachers on how to tackle evil denier parents. The UK does not have this problem, they simply detonate kids who won’t fall into line.

Uh oh. The IPCC and others have been pondering the devastation a 2°C increase in temperatures may wreak. But what if it goes to 11? Hundred, that is.

The EPA makes it very difficult for farmers to use pesticides:

if a farm has any water on its property, it could be required to submit a “pesticide discharge management plan”. This fun package of regulatory overreach includes:
• a Pesticide Discharge Management Team;
• Problem Identification;
• Pest Management Options Evaluation;
• Response Procedures;
• Spill Response Procedures;
• Adverse Incident Procedures;
• and Documentation to Support Compliance with Other Federal Laws.

What could possibly go wrong?

Tom Nelson is working his way through all 5000+ Climategate 2.0 emails, and is finding some real gems:

Oh noes, British hedgehog hibernation is affected by global warming. Add it to The List.

oh hai

The good thing about warmists is there’s one for every occasion. Global warming causes colder winters? Yep. Global warming causes milder winters? Yup. How cool (or warm!) is that?

The genius rocket scientists at NASA might not do any actual rocket stuff anymore, but that can’t stop them from studying global warming by recreating Venusian conditions right here on Gaia:

…the American space agency has built the 12-tonne “Extreme Environment Test Chamber” to simulate the burning temperatures and intense pressure experience on the planet’s surface. Scientists hope the new state-of-the-art chemical chamber, which includes two “Sapphire glass windows”, will recreate the toxic, probe-destroying atmosphere of Earth’s closest neighbouring planet. In turn, they hope it will lead to better understanding of climate change on Earth based on experiments of a planet baked of its water and suffocated by greenhouse gases and sulphuric clouds.

The fact Venus is 26 million miles closer to the fiery star at the center of the solar system than Earth has nothing to do with Venusian temperature, it’s a greenhouse gas wot dunnit.

Over 32,000 New Yorkers have spoken out on fracking. Three of them knew what they were talking about, the others all agree Mark Ruffalo is dreamy. The man who wants to lead Scotland to independence demands climate justice:

Speaking during his visit to the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, where he is a guest of renewable energy company Masdar, he said the world had a “once in a generation opportunity” to ensure the poorest nations did not suffer from the excesses of the industrialised world.

Salmond is a smart man. If he wins Scottish independence, he’ll be leading one of the world’s poorest nations. Now that’s forward planning.

Meet the lovely, gentle hippies of Deep Green Resistance. They’ll kick you in the plums for Gaia, if you’re lucky.

Forget a trace gas essential to life on Earth. It’s the Soot, stupid.

Part Three: Inconvenient Truths

Canada is in a fight for the right to sell its energy, and the Prime Minister is driving his green opponents nuts:

…let Harper make the sensible point we don’t need to take seriously every pearl of wisdom from these [Hollywood celebrity] hypocrites, and all the usual green suspects go crazy.

The same politicians and pundits who for decades have been demanding we reduce our dependence on the U.S. economy, now denounce Harper for agreeing, and trying to develop new markets for our oil in the growing economies of Asia.

Oh noes, not even global warming can save Canadians from winter.

A skeptic won £100 on a climate bet, though hell may freeeze over before he collects his winnings.

A skeptical academic speaks truth to power:

Unfortunately, a lot of politics has gotten involved with the sciences that relate to climate change, specifically because there are huge amounts of money involved, like hundreds of billions and trillions of dollars.  There’s a huge amount of power. Climate change is being used as a lever to try to push for a world government.  This is being done in international conferences sponsored by the United Nations that meet every year. The last one was just in Durban. So, unfortunately because of that, there is a lot of rhetoric and a lot of selective media coverage.

What warming there was last century had nothing to do with a trace gas, it really was the Sun, stupid.

Spanish birds and bats are being el shredded in muchos numbres.

Can gravity contribute to global warming? Maybe, maybe not. Discussions about gravity and global warming can cause embarrassing nerd fights to break out.

It's a trap!

CBS figures the Obama administration has another 11 Solyndra-type green energy failures in the pipeline. Half a billion here, half a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

Invasion of the rent seekers. The UK’s greenest government ever botched the announcement of solar panel subsidy cuts, and a green gold rush materialized.

Hmm. Faint sunlight can affect weather on Titan, one of Saturn’s many moons., but close proximity to Sol can’t vaporize a comet. Pesky complicated star.

Donald Trump, the reclusive, rarely seen American developer, may cancel plans for a Scottish resort if an ugly wind farm is given the go ahead.

Global warming saves swans. Wait, what?

Everyone is happy the US backed off the 100-watt incandescent light bulb ban.

Uh oh, don’t look now, but its going to get colder:

Two notable, er, notes from the GWPF. In the US, shale gas is making electricity cheaper, and in the UK, Chris Huhne is the only man left on the planet who thinks renewable energy can make energy cheaper. Until the subsidies run out, that is.

Part Four: Global Hottie

Scotland got a mention today, so we’ll head north of the other border for your global hottie. She’s Tiffany Mulheron, of Lesbian Vampire Killers fame, and certainly appears to have what it takes to warm a sassenach heart. I haven’t seen the film. Yet.

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