Observed Climate Change & the Negligible Effect of Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits in Alabama Print E-mail
Written by SPPI   
Thursday, 23 October 2008 06:32
Summary for Policy Makers

This report provides a review of Alabama’s climate history and reveals that there is no observational evidence of unusual long-term climate changes taking place that could be linked to anthropogenic “global warming” — despite scientifically unsupportable claims and frequent prognostications of gloom and doom.

Instead of rising temperatures, the state’s annual average temperature has declined over the past century.

When the statewide average temperature history for Alabama is broken down into the four seasons, it can be seen that the same general patterns persist throughout the year. The warmest decades were typically prior to the mid-20th century, and recent decades show nothing unusual — fluctuating from year to year on either side of the long-term average.


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Some Things We Know and Don't Know About Polar Bears Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Susan Crockford   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 10:47
SUMMARY FOR POLICY MAKERS

• Globally, more than one third of the nineteen subpopulations of polar bears are increasing or stable, while the remaining third have insufficient data available; its status in the central Arctic Basin, the largest of the nineteen designated regions, is completely unknown.

• All but one of the declining subpopulations listed in 2006 are threatened by over-harvesting, not reduced sea ice.

• The offshore sea ice that lies well north of the pack ice edge has not been surveyed in any comprehensive fashion for polar bears OR ringed seals, their primary prey: we simply do not know how many bears or seals live deep in the polar pack, although several studies suggest that the number of ringed seals living and breeding well offshore must be substantial.


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Lights Out in 2009? Print E-mail
Written by NextGen   
Sunday, 05 October 2008 19:50
The U.S. Faces Serious Risks of Brownouts or Blackouts in 2009, Study Warns

The NextGen Energy Council

Enviro Group Lawsuits, Cost Concerns, Climate Regulation Uncertainty Cited As Major Obstacles To Grid Improvements.

A new study released this week highlights what experts have been saying for years: the U.S. faces significant risk of power brownouts and blackouts as early as next summer that may cost tens of billions of dollars and threaten lives. The study, “Lights Out In 2009?” warns that the U.S. “faces potentially crippling electricity brownouts and blackouts beginning in the summer of 2009, which may cost tens of billions of dollars and threaten lives.” “If particularly vulnerable regions, like the Western U.S., experience unusually hot temperatures for prolonged periods of time in 2009, the potential for local brownouts or blackouts is high, with significant risk that local disruptions could cascade into regional outages that could cost the economy tens of billions of dollars,” the report warned.


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Global Warming Alarmism is Unacceptable and Should be Confronted Print E-mail
Written by Vaclav Klaus, Chzech Republic President   
Sunday, 05 October 2008 19:41
Many thanks for the invitation and for the opportunity to be here with all of you. I have visited the U.S. many times since the fall of communism in November 1989 when – after almost half a century – traveling to the free world became for people like me possible again, but I’ve never been to this beautiful city and to the state of Oregon before. Once again, thank you very much.

I am expected to talk here about global warming today (even though I don’t really feel it, especially not in this room) and my address will be devoted mostly to this issue. As you may expect Oregon is – for me – in this respect connected with the well-known Oregon petition which warned and keeps warning against the irrationality and one-sidedness of the global warming campaign. Rational people know that the warming we experience is well within the range of what seems to have been a natural fluctuation over the last ten thousand years. We should keep saying this very loudly.


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The Nonsense of Global Warming Print E-mail
Written by Paul Johnson   
Sunday, 05 October 2008 15:00
August was one of the nastiest months I can remember: torrential rain; a hailstorm or two; cold, bitter winds; and mists. But we are accustomed to such weather in England. Lord Byron used to say that an English summer begins on July 31 and ends on Aug. 1. He called 1816 "the year without a summer." He spent it gazing across Lake Geneva, watching the storms, with 18-year-old Mary Shelley. The lightening flickering across the lake inspired her Frankenstein, the tale of the man-made monster galvanized into life by electricity.


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The IPCC report: What the lead authors really think Print E-mail
Written by Ann henderson-Sellers   
Sunday, 05 October 2008 15:00
In the final months of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment reporting in 2007, the world’s three leading climate science agencies asked people directly and intimately involved with the report for their views on how the process had gone and some of the key issues it raised.


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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Print E-mail
Written by CO2 Science   
Thursday, 02 October 2008 19:31
Is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) growing or shrinking? Climate alarmists would have everyone believe that it is rapidly disappearing; while the illuminati -- Al Gore and James Hansen -- prophetically proclaim that we have but a few short years in which to (1) repent of our profligate usage of fossil fuels, (2) preserve the ice at the planet's southern pole by curbing our appetite for fossil-fuel energy and stopping global warming, and (3) avoid the catastrophic rise in sea level that would otherwise inundate the world's coastal lowlands. But are these zealots correct in what they preach? In what follows, we briefly review the findings of several researchers who have focused their attention on the mass balance of the WAIS in an attempt to help reason prevail over rhetoric in this important but contentious war of words.


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Holy Writ or Wholly Rot? The new religion of "global warming" Print E-mail
Written by Lord Monckton   
Friday, 26 September 2008 08:32
Christopher Monckton of Brenchley replies to a True Believer in the Canadian Civil Service.

Dear Sir Humphrey -

The "Abundance of scientific statements" that you mention as justification of your belief in 'global warming' is no sound or logical basis for deciding or believing anything. The question is whether the scientific statements have any rational justification, and whether those making them are in effect making statements that are political rather than scientific, rent-seeking rather than objective. After all, this is the age of reason (or it was). Therefore, one should not accord to "scientists" the status of infallible high priests merely because they mumble a hieratic language with which one is unfamiliar.


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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics Print E-mail
Written by C02 Science   
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 20:23
For quite some time now, the world's climate alarmists have obsessed over what they contend will be the imminent demise of theWest Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) if human-induced CO2 emissions are not dramatically reduced. As Al Gore (2006) has phrased it, if "half of Antarctica melted or broke up and slipped into the sea, sea levels worldwide would increase by between 18 and 20 feet."


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Hockey Stick? What Hockey Stick? Print E-mail
Written by Lord Monckton   
Friday, 12 September 2008 11:51
An extraordinary series of postings at www.climateaudit.org, the deservedly well trafficked website of the courageous and tenacious Canadian statistician Steve McIntyre, is a remarkable indictment of the corruption and cynicism that is rife among the alarmist climate scientists favored by the UN’s discredited climate panel, the IPCC. In laymen’s language, the present paper respectfully summarizes Steve McIntyre’s account of the systematically dishonest manner in which the “hockey-stick” graph falsely showing that today’s temperatures are warmer than those that prevailed during the medieval climate optimum was fabricated in 1998/9, adopted as the poster-child of climate panic by the IPCC in its 2001 climate assessment, and then retained in its 2007 assessment report despite having been demolished in the scientific literature. It is a long tale, but well worth following. No one who reads it will ever again trust the IPCC or the “scientists” and environmental extremists who author its climate assessments.


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Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered Print E-mail
Written by Lord Monckton   
Friday, 12 September 2008 10:28
Abstract

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) concluded that anthropogenic CO2 emissions probably caused more than half of the “global warming” of the past 50 years and would cause further rapid warming. However, global mean surface temperature TS has not risen since 1998 and may have fallen since late 2001. The present analysis suggests that the failure of the IPCC’s models to predict this and many other climatic phenomena arises from defects in its evaluation of the three factors whose product is climate sensitivity:


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Caspar and the Jesus Paper Print E-mail
Written by Bishop Hill   
Thursday, 11 September 2008 11:30
There has been the most extraordinary series of postings at Climate Audit over the last week. As is usual at CA, there is a heavy mathematics burden for the casual reader, which, with a bit of research I think I can now just about follow. The story is a remarkable indictment of the corruption and cyncism that is rife among climate scientists, and I'm going to try to tell it in layman's language so that the average blog reader can understand it. As far as I know it's the first time the whole story has been set out in a single posting. It's a long tale - and the longest posting I think I've ever written and piecing it together from the individual CA postings has been a long, hard but fascinating struggle. You may want to get a long drink before starting, and those who suffer from heart disorders may wish to take their beta blockers first.


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Al Gore's Carbon Empire, Cashing in on Climate Change Print E-mail
Written by Capital Research Center, Fred Lucas   
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 15:00
Al Gore says everyone will benefit when new government rules require companies to pay to reduce global warming. But some people will benefit more than others, as will some companies. Benefiting most are those like the ex-vice president who can set up and invest in companies that will profit from the federal regulations imposing heavy costs on others.


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Debate Must Replace Scaremongering of Green Climate Alarmists Print E-mail
Written by Environment Minister Sammy Wilson   
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 10:19
Northern Ireland Minister for the Environment, Sammy Wilson, DUP MLA

For the first time, Environment Minister Sammy Wilson spells out his scepticism about man-made climate change, in an exclusive article for the News Letter

At the height of the floods recently, when those whose homes had been destroyed were trying to clean up the mess, the councils were trying to get emergency payments processed and departments were assessing what lessons could be learned from the events, all the Green Party could do was prattle on about climate change.


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“X years to Climate Catastrophe” Print E-mail
Written by SPPI   
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 08:27
The scare: In the late summer of 2008, the once-serious Washington Post published a joint op-ed article by the president of the formerly-prestigious Brookings Institute and a foreign-policy wonk who works there. The article, entitled “Seven Years To Climate Midnight”, took a now-traditional form, claiming that we have only x years (x being declared equal to 7 in the present instance) to avert irreversible climatic catastrophe “within decades”.


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Brookings Institute Trips over Climate Science, Says SPPI Print E-mail
Written by SPPI   
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 07:52
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE) — In the most recent edition of its influential ScareWatch series, the Science and Public Policy Institute questions whether the Brookings Institute is familiar with basic geography, to say nothing of climate science.

Says SPPI President, Robert Ferguson, “In an April 28 Washington Post opinion editorial worthy of a London tabloid, the President of Brookings and a resident policy wonk blamed Americans for the approaching reputed climate cataclysm, and listed out specific camp-fire apocalyptics – including the fanciful notion that the land-locked African nation of Mali will sink beneath the seas unless the American economy is shut down within the next seven years.”


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Frogs & Global Warming Print E-mail
Written by C02 Science, Craig Idso   
Friday, 29 August 2008 11:34
Back in 1995, schoolchildren in Minnesota discovered a number of frogs that had more than their normal complement of hind appendages. Further investigations revealed other abnormalities: missing limbs, twisted jaws and declining populations all around the globe. Was it checkout time for toads? The end of the world for amphibians? A harbinger of even more terrible things about to descend on the rest of the biosphere? As described in our Editorial of 1 June 1999, no speculation was too great for the fertile imaginations of scientists and journalists alike.


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Picking on Pickens Print E-mail
Written by John Droz   
Friday, 29 August 2008 11:04
We can’t go far these days without being subjected to the plaintive pleas of “former oilman” TB Pickens. Its on TV, print media, the internet — you name it.

“It’s time to stop America’s addiction to oil!” scream the incessant ads.

“We are importing over 70% of our oil. Wind power is the best way out of this mess.” is the message in these blurbs, and on the PickensPlan.com website.

Is Mr. Pickens on to something? Has he reached new levels of altruism in paying for all this education of the public? Unfortunately, no on both counts.

To answer whether there is substance to this claim lets look at the facts. To begin with, only about 1.5% of the electricity produced in the US comes from oil . Another way to look at this would be that if 100% of our electricity came from wind power, then we would reduce our oil imports by only a trivial 1.5%.


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Analysis of the Report, “Kansas: Assessing the Costs of Climate Change" Print E-mail
Written by SPPI   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 16:47
We’ve attempted to document the numerous weaknesses and shortcomings in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) report on Kansas.   While there are certain aspects that to the layman may appear intrinsically scientific and of interest, its analysis and conclusions are unconvincing and unsupportable.  Worse, they encourage public policy responses already doing harm, not good.
Given its many problems, it is amazing the report is taken seriously at all.  
Shoddy science and a failure of the media and policy community to demand higher standards is not the best recipe for helping science contribute effectively to energy policy.  Those who perpetuate such claims represented in this and similar reports are either ill-informed or dishonest.


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Minnesota Climate Change Print E-mail
Written by SPPI   
Tuesday, 26 August 2008 14:12
Summary for Policy Makers

In May of 2007, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the “Next Generation Energy Act of 2007” which includes targets for statewide reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The Act requires Minnesotans to reduce emissions to a level of 15% below 2005 levels by 2015, to a level at least 30% below 2005 levels by 2025, and to a level at least 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. To help advise him on how these restrictive goals could be reached, the Governor established the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group to develop a Climate Change Mitigation Action Plan to:

• Review and approval of a current and comprehensive inventory and forecast of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Minnesota from 1990 to 2020.

• Development and recommendation of a comprehensive set of specific policy recommendations and associated analyses to reduce GHG emissions and enhance energy and economic policy in Minnesota by 2020 and beyond.

• Development and recommendation of a set of statewide GHG reduction goals and targets for implementation of these actions.


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