“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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"Oxygen Scarcity Threatens Humankind" Print E-mail
Written by SPPI   
Monday, 18 August 2008 06:37
The scare: As the peer-reviewed literature is filled with a growing proportion of learned papers demolishing the imagined “consensus” that anthropogenic “global warming” will prove “catastrophic”, the less serious newspapers are looking for new scares to peddle to the feeble-minded. In mid-August 2008, The Guardian, Britain’s silliest newspaper, printed an article by Peter Tatchell suggesting that the world’s oxygen is running out because of humankind’s use of fossil fuels.


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Biofuels - Summary Update from CO2 Science Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Friday, 15 August 2008 14:01
In a world where food is fast becoming scarce in many places, it seems strange indeed to use the planet's land and water resources for growing anything else, as we note in our critique of Sir John Houghton's Creation Care Crusade, which is described by Feder (2007). In this regard, for example, Johansson and Azar (2007) analyzed what they call the "food-fuel competition for bio-productive land" by developing "a long-term economic optimization model of the U.S. agricultural and energy system," wherein they find that the competition for land to grow crops for both food and fuel production leads to a situation where "prices for all crops as well as animal products increase substantially." In fact, in the May/June 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs, Runge and Senauer (2007) report that corn-based ethanol in the United States already "takes so much supply to keep ethanol production going that the price of corn -- and those of other food staples -- is shooting up around the world." And to put the situation in a perspective all can readily appreciate, they write that "filling the 25-gallon tank of an SUV with pure ethanol requires over 450 pounds of corn -- which contains enough calories to feed one person for a year."


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"'Global Warming' is happening now!" - Not! Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, 07 August 2008 22:29
The scare: In an official press release of the Royal Society, Britain’s oldest taxpayer-funded body, Martin Rees, its president, is quoted as saying: “The science of climate change is complex; however the weight of scientific evidence shows that ‘global warming’ caused by human actions is happening now …”


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Maryland Climate Change Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, 07 August 2008 06:59
In this document, we provide these overlooked, but nevertheless vital analyses. In doing so, we find that there is scant evidence that “global warming” is or has impacted Maryland’s climate to any large degree, instead we find while Maryland’s temperatures have been slowly rising fom more than a century, that natural year-to-year and decade- to-decade scale variations dominate the state’s precipitation and drought history. We find that tropical cyclones more often provide Maryland’s farmers and water managers with a respite from the late summer dryness that stresses their crop and water systems than they produce catastrophic damages from a direct landfall. We find that Maryland’s coastal regions have been rapidly growing in population despite a long-term sea level rise and that Marylanders have become less sensitive to summertime heat waves.


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Climatology versus Climatism Print E-mail
Written by Vinod K. Dar   
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 03:26
".....the End of the world is already near.....As this same End of the world is drawing nigh , many unusual things will happen-----climatic changes, terrors from heaven, unseasonable tempests, wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes." The quotation is from a letter sent by a very famous and influential man to a European head of state. Its author is disclosed at the end of this essay. C limatology is a science.


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Response to Author Smith's Critique of Christopher Monckton's "Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered" Print E-mail
Written by Lord Monckton   
Monday, 04 August 2008 15:00
"In the July 2008 edition of Physics and Society, a paper by Christopher Monckton entitled Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered caused considerable interest when the Society, which had invited Monckton to submit the paper and then published it, decided a week after publication, and without Monckton's knowledge or consent, to add a prefatory disclaimer to the paper.


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Greenland’s “melting” ice sheets “will raise sea level 23 feet” Print E-mail
Written by SPPI   
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 15:53
The scare: An article in the New York Times in late July 2008 by an author promoting a forthcoming book about “global warming” calls the Greenland ice-sheet “one of ‘global warming’s’ most disturbing threats”. The article says: “The vast expanses of glaciers — massed, on average, 1.6 miles deep — contain enough water to raise sea levels worldwide by 23 feet. Should they melt or otherwise slip into the ocean, they would flood coastal capitals, submerge tropical islands and generally redraw the world’s atlases. The infusion of fresh water could slow or shut down the ocean’s currents, plunging Europe into bitter winter.”


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"Chuck it Again Schmidt!" Print E-mail
Written by Lord Monckton   
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 12:41
For the second time, the FalseClimate propaganda blog, founded by two co-authors of the now-discredited “hockey-stick” graph by which the UN’s climate panel tried unsuccessfully to abolish the mediaeval warm period, has launched a malevolent, scientifically-illiterate, and unscientifically-ad-hominem attack on a publication by me. My 8000-word paper, Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered, was published in Physics and Society in July 2008, after a request from the editors that I should submit a paper setting out the methods by which the UN had overstated the likely warming in response to doubling the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


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Observed Climate Change in Wisconsin Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Friday, 25 July 2008 11:40
In April 2007, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed Executive Order 191 creating the Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming and tasked it with developing a plan of action to reduce Wisconsin’s greenhouse gas emissions. Citing that “the failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could raise Wisconsin temperatures, increase the severity of droughts, further reduce water levels in Lake Michigan, destroy wetlands, harm croplands and forests, and harm public health, among other damaging effects,” the Governor defined the Task Force’s mission as:...


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Testimony of Dr. Roy Spencer at Senate Public Works Committee Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Roy Spencer   
Monday, 21 July 2008 15:00
I would like to thank Senator Boxer and members of the Committee for allowing me to discuss my experiences as a NASA employee engaged in global warming research, as well as to provide my current views on the state of the science of global warming and climate change. I have a PhD in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and have been involved in global warming research for close to twenty years. I have numerous peer reviewed scientific articles dealing with the measurement and interpretation of climate variability and climate change. I am also the U.S. Science Team Leader for the AMSR-E instrument flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite.


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More Bad Consequences of Biofuels Print E-mail
Written by Sherwood, Keith and Craig Idso   
Monday, 21 July 2008 10:54
In his misguided attempt to enlist Christianity to help promote the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's anti-CO2 campaign, which is described in the September 2007 issue of Physics Today, England's Sir John Houghton claims we need "very large growth in renewable energy sources," among which he lists biomass in second place after solar. Already, however, it has been made abundantly clear that this "moral imperative" of his is not only not helpful, it is hurtful, as food prices around the world have soared in response to crops such as corn and sugar cane being sold for fuel -- as in ethanol -- instead of food.


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Gore’s (Really) Inconvenient Timing – ‘Consensus’ On Man-Made Global Warming Collapses in 2008 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Morano   
Monday, 21 July 2008 10:48
Former Vice-President Al Gore came to Washington on July 17, 2008, to deliver yet another speech warning of the “climate crisis.” “The leading experts predict that we have less than 10 years to make dramatic changes in our global warming pollution lest we lose our ability to ever recover from this environmental crisis,” Gore stated. But the former Vice President, who has been warning of a 10-year “tipping point” for several years now, appears to be unaware that the United Nations already started the 10-year countdown -- in 1989!


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SPPI Posts Copy of Sharp Letter from Lord Monckton to APS President, Paper was Peer-Reviewed Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Saturday, 19 July 2008 11:12
(Washington, DC) Lord Monckton has sent a sharp letter of protest to the President of the American Physical Society over the false statement that Monckton’s paper critical of the UN’s estimates for climate sensitivity for a doubling of atmospheric CO2 was not peer-reviewed.

Christopher Monckton, who once advised Margaret Thatcher, demonstrates via 30 equations that computer models used by the UN’s climate panel (IPCC) were pre-programmed with overstated values for the three variables whose product is “climate sensitivity” (temperature increase in response to greenhouse-gas increase), resulting in a 500-2000% overstatement of CO2’s effect on temperature in the IPCC’s latest climate assessment report, published in 2007.


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Lord Monckton's Letter to Dr. Bienenstock Print E-mail
Written by Lord Monckton   
Saturday, 19 July 2008 10:39
Lord Monckton’s letter of protest to the President of the American Physical Society over the false statement that Monckton’s paper critical of the UN’s estimates for climate sensitivity for a doubling of atmospheric CO2 was not peer-reviewed. Christopher Monckton, who once advised Margaret Thatcher, demonstrates via 30 equations that computer models used by the UN’s climate panel (IPCC) were pre-programmed with overstated values for the three variables whose product is “climate sensitivity” (temperature increase in response to greenhouse-gas increase), resulting in a 500-2000% overstatement of CO2’s effect on temperature in the IPCC’s latest climate assessment report, published in 2007. The paper clearly and mathematically demonstrates there is no “climate crisis” requiring massive government intervention, as falsely claimed by alarmists such as Al Gore and James Hansen. The letter to President Arthur Bienenstock includes all the reviewer comments and Monckton’s responses, which drove the paper from 5,000 to 8,000 words in length. Said, Monckton elsewhere, “Trying to duck the usual process of scientific discourse by arguments about peer-review procedures is an ad-hominem approach which is not worthy of the name of science. What has happened is that the usual suspects, instead of ploughing through the (not particularly difficult) math and saying what I got wrong and why (which is what Popper calls the EE or "error-elimination" step in the scientific-method algorithm), decided it would be easier simply to lobby the president of the APS, who - instead of consulting me first - instantly and shamefully crumbled.”


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