A Democrat wants skeptics put on ice, NOAA nuked Wisconsin and the Chinese are pretty sure global warming is a Western plot against the developing world.
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Part One: Al Gore & Friends
Al Gore became El Gore for a day and went to Mexico. The man who criticized ‘media censorship’ of the Gulf oil spill promptly locked the media out of his event and no-one was allowed to talk about how much he got paid, or who picked up the bill for his talk about global warming.
The Goreacle is having a hard time adjusting to the news that the Democrats have abandoned a climate bill and he is not gracious in defeat, lashing out at media for not covering global warming in the way he commanded. The WSJ came in for some special invective:
Gore bitterly blamed a “biased right-wing media … bolstered by professional deniers.” Gore claimed the Wall Street Journal published 30 editorial and news articles about Climategate and “not a single one presented [his] side of the science.”
Al blogged about an ‘inspiring call’ to activists in the wake of the climate bill collapse, although some described it more as a concession on the matter, at least for this year. Alarmist Andy Revkin’s take-away from the call was to pick up Gore for ‘misstating’ an IPCC conclusion. Ouch.
It’s not just the media that Al is mad at, he had harsh words for the Obama administration for diverting funds from green initiatives to real problems, like employing teachers:
…this $1.5 billion dollar cut is on top of the $2 billion dollars taken out of the renewables fund to pay for an extension to the Cash for Clunkers program. Taken together this is more than one-half of the $6 billion dollars allocated to the Energy Department for the Renewables/Transmission Loan Guarantee Program under the Recovery Act.
It’s almost as if Al’s ‘climate crisis’ meme is a total failure. Bummer.
As David Suzuki’s BC neighbors axe a tax with people power, he decides that Ontarians should shut up and pay eco-fees like good little green sheeple.
Part Two: AGW Scaremongers
Heidi Cullen writes that we’re all going to die because heat is the number one weather related killer in the US. Except cold weather kills more people. Funny how she didn’t mention that her key claim is bunk.
Oh noes, global warming will kill ALL rainforest wildlife by 2100. Brought to you by Louise Gray, who has never knowingly asked a question before recycling alarmist propaganda. See also Pakistan’s floods are caused by global warming and water meters will save wildlife. Yes, I believe she does get paid for this.
Rep. Markey has a solution for all his headaches, to banish climate skeptics to their own country – on an iceberg.
The Copenhagen climate summit in December determined that $100 billion is needed every year starting in 2020 to help poor countries adapt to climate change and reduce carbon emissions. Stern hopes that will lead to a new industrial revolution.
Some are already wondering how grand life will be post-capitalism, perhaps a trip to North Korea might educate them?
The Guardian asks if hippies are putting people off of living green by talking about the sacrifices of a green future rather than the benefits of tie-dye and patchouli. Or something.
Tata, the industrial giant, sued Greenpeace for using Tata’s logo in an online game, and Greenpeace folded fast. Canadian firebrand Ezra Levant wants Greenpeace prosecuted for being a criminal organization:
To be convicted under Section 467.1, the crime organization’s leaders don’t need to know the exact details of the offences being committed, or even the identity of the people involved. The list of factors for courts to consider includes the repeated use of a name (Greenpeace banners always feature their logo); the receipt of a benefit (Greenpeace always fundraises off their stunts); and repetition of these activities (almost a half-dozen times in the past two years). The law applies to members of the organization anywhere around the world.
If the Alberta government follows Levant’s advice, we’re going to need a lot of popcorn.
Lonely hippie chicks will need to leave the lights on or take their passions outside if they hope to get much mileage out of the world’s first solar powered vibrator. If you think this is a bad idea, just think how awful the wind-powered option might have been.
Alarmism for Dummies. Climate Progress has a list of one-liners hippies can use to bash their friendly neighborhood skeptics with. Unfortunately for Joe Romm, he forgot to proof read the list:
Some climate scientists really didn’t learn anything from Climategate. Janelle Corn, Ph.D suggests the number one talking point should be…’ the science is settled‘. Someone give her an honorary Ph.Doh!
Tom Nelson has a few questions about ‘settled science’.
The SMH forgets that weather isn’t climate, but Simon reminds them. The Guardian ponders how it might be possible to spin weather as climate, because it’s useful for fooling people into worrying about global warming.
Oh noes, the oceans are losing oxygen. Warmists try out a new doom-laden theory in case the biodiversity hedge strategy turns out to be junk science. Oh, wait. It is junk.
NOAA makes recent cooling disappear. A lot more on that in the next section.
Why are so many green scientists bullies? Tyrone Hayes of UC Berkeley is outed as a very mean green.
Alarmists aren’t alarmists at all, claims NPR. Tom corrects them.
Are you a hippie or a skeptic? Take the quiz and find out.
The World Meteorological Organization says that “the sequence of current [extreme weather] events matches IPCC projections of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming.” Except the IPCC made no such predictions for 2010. Oops.
Daily Mail reporter goes to Greenland in August and worries about all the melting ice. He sees running water and fears the global warming apocalypse. Two things for Michael Hanlon to think about: it’s called Summer, and Greenland has been green before, oddly enough. See ‘Medieval warming period.’
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
Australian’s views about global warming are shifting away from the warmist interpretation, with 10% more now believing that it is a natural occurence, not man made.
Is it getting cooler around here? Why yes, it is.
The recent NOAA report was widely reported because it claimed the first 6 months of 2010 hotter than ever, and now we know how they achieved this feat – they made numbers up so to support the theory. NOAA (virtually) incinerated a Wisconsin town, to hike the regional temperature average and smooth away recent cooling. Incompetent or dishonest? Its one or the other, their own chart condemns them:
More on the PNAS blacklist paper, where it looks like more data was manipulated so it fit the agenda.
Good news – LED bulbs now cost less than $20. Each.
President Obama showed his green credentials and announced a $6 billion loan to help Ford build SUV’s. Wait, what?
Stop trying to control climate and be prepared instead:
“Man will never control the climate. Wealthy societies can and do improve their local environments of air, land and water. But to think that trading carbon credits, taxing carbon, or subsidising carbon geo-sequestration, wind towers or ethanol production will improve our climate is delusionary…”
Carbon sequestration is the latest green wet dream for handling a harmless trace gas. But it won’t work and could even be dangerous:
In the ocean storage option, CO2 is injected at depths between 2,500 and 3,500?m ( 8,000 to 11,500 ft), in the low–mid latitude reaches of the ocean. Total dissolution of the CO2 into the water column was assumed. Quite unsurprisingly, not all of the carbon injected stayed sequestered, and there were some rather draconian side effects as well.
The study found that deep-ocean carbon storage leads to extreme acidification and CO2 concentrations in the deep ocean, together with a return to the adverse conditions of a business-as-usual projection with no sequestration over several thousand years. In other words, it won’t work in the long run and it will mess up the oceans. Bad idea.
Nuclear is green, like it or not.
The UN tax proposal to raise $100 billion every year is ‘laughable’, according to Marc Morano.
The IPCC and other warmists rely heavily on computer models for the dire predictions of what will happen to our planet unless we all stop exhaling. It’s a pity then that the models are likely to be full of bugs. How badly might errors like these affect results? How about by 400%?
Fortunately we have some good scientists that have words of wisdom on the efficacy of models.
A solar project might be ‘green, but the power comes at a steep price.
Part Four: AGW in the News
The LA Times has some realistic words for alarmists:
Here’s an idea for scaring up revenue in lieu of a carbon tax: Let’s stop paying organizations millions of dollars to “prove” anthropogenic global warming. The only practical purpose of such research is to tell us we need alternatives to fossil fuel. Let’s put our money toward developing those alternatives, as well as making existing technologies cleaner and greener. While we wait for the revolution, we may as well produce something more useful than collective guilt.
Hippies across So.Cal fainted into their morning bran flakes when they read that.
UK businesses are facing a tough environment in the effort to save the environment as new green taxes are enacted.
The Age bemoans that there will never be a green future as long as the coal and oil lasts.
Industry looks for new ways to scrub carbon from coal plants.
As warmists use the breaking up of a large chunk of ice in Greenland as a sure sign that we’re all gonna die, there is another viewpoint – warmer is better for Greenland.
The BBC gives up its journalistic credentials and apologizes for asking questions during the Climategate affair. No, really.
Stephen Hawking, possibly the world’s smartest man channels Carl Sagan and suggests that man must colonize space to survive.
James Delingpole has the must-read link of the week, what the Chinese think of global warming:
If true, it [a book called Low Carbon Plot] shows the Chinese government as rejecting CAGW in its entirety, believing it a conspiracy between Western governments and business to protect their own way of life, at the expense of the entire developing world—in other words, 80% of the world’s population.
The UK’s energy minister reverses himself on nuclear power, but will it be enough, and will it come in time to save the country from a looming power crisis?
Sometimes things just look like a good idea, and this is one of them. If it can be done at an affordable price, that is. Here’s another out of the box idea:
Is liquid fluoride thorium reactor technology the way forward – an affordable power source that emits no CO2 that warmers and skeptics alike can, well, like?
Part Five: Global Hottie
It’s been a while since we had a dash of Scarlett on the round up. Let’s fix that right now.
Thanks for reading.