Hansen’s Former NASA Boss Declares Himself An AGW Skeptic
And he’s also none to complementary of James Hansen himself:Retired senior NASA atmospheric scientist, Dr. John S. Theon, the former supervisor of James Hansen, NASA’s vocal man-made global warming fear soothsayer, has now publicly declared himself a skeptic and declared that
 
Another Inaugural Record Broken
A line from President Obama’s inaugural speech:With old friends and former foes, we’ll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.A fact concerning President Obama’s inaugural celebration:According to an article in Bloomberg, as many a
 
Progress!
And it is gratifying to see:Al Gore’s side may be coming to power in Washington, but they appear to be losing the battle on the idea that humans are to blame for global warming.Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters now say long-term planetary trends are the cause of global warming, compa
 
Pitching AGW To An Ignorant Crowd, Hansen’s Hysteria Could Cost Us Dearly
If Al Gore is AGW’s "Hysteric-in-Chief", James Hansen has to be the VHIC. And he’s out with the newest doomsday "runaway greenhouse effect" prediction in one of coldest winters in a few decades:Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned
 
The Enviro Left Still Has The Capacity To Amaze and Amuse Me
First we have this:If you’ve been paying attention, there’s been a war against bottled water going on with the enviro crowd. However, apparently we now have an acceptable bottled water, because, you know,  
About that Arctic Ice
For those of you living in sea level areas who expected to be up to your armpits in seawater because of the great Arctic icemelt predicted by the AGW crowd, relax:Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but r
 
Plan 9 from AGW
Okay, they call it "plan B", but you get the point. This is some seriously desperate, and goofy, stuff. Written by Steve Connor, the "Science Editor" and Chris Green for The Independent, it takes you deep into the warping effect AGW has had on "science".An emergency "Plan B" using the latest technology is needed to save
 
Climate Change: Ebb and Floe
"This? This is ice. This is what happens to water when it gets too cold."— Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), in Real Genius (1985)Yet another predicted indicator of climate doom bites the dust:Rapid growth spurt leaves amount of ice at levels seen 29 years ago.<
 
The end-of-year "anthropogenic global warming" post - the emperor has no clothes
British journalist Christopher Booker makes the claim that 2008 is the year "man-made global warming was disproved". His three reasons are:First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of
 
Bah, Humbug ...
How about a little guilt trip now that Christmas is over? Not a problem. You can always find a pair of post-holiday Scrooges somewhere to fill that bill. For instance, from Australia:Scientists have warned that Christmas lights are bad for the planet due to huge electricity waste and urged people to get energy efficient festive bulbs.No
 
For your entertainment
[HT: Neo]
 
Top 10 Dud Global Warming Predictions
Andrew bolt has compiled a list of the top 10 dead-wrong predictions (in Australia, at any rate) about global warming for 2008, along with the lessons to be drawn from those failures.Among the various bits of interest in his recounting, is this:What’s more, a study this year in the Hydrological Sciences Journal checked six climate models, including one used by the CSI
 
Global Warming Grinch
Oh, my ... Christmas will never be the same (tell me again about using "scare tactics" to advance a political agenda):North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler and forestry observers are warning that climate change could alter the state’s Christmas trees.Shuler and others scheduled a press conference Thursday to discuss the impact of climate change.North Carolina
 
AP "Science Writer" criticized
Apparently there’s been some blowback among scientists concerning an AP story on global warming I blogged about a couple of days ago. As you recall, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein wrote that global warming is "a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can’t avoid," and that "global warming is accelerating." 
Quote of the Day ...
AP reports:Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it’s thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.Wha?Cool
 
"Frau Nein"
Funny what a little dose of economic reality will do to most people:Angela Merkel was once the Green Goddess who pushed through tough climate change targets to show that Europe could lead the world in beating global warming.Under huge pressure to shield German industry from the cost of going green, however, she has been transformed into Frau Nein —
 
About those "green" solar panels ...
You know with what is going on with the bailout, the transition and any number of things, I’m going to have to order another supply of irony meters because my entire stock has pegged out this month. The latest?Think switching to solar energy will make you green? Think again. Many of the newest solar panels are manufactured with a gas that is 17,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to global warming.Nitro
 
OMG! They used "contradictory"!
Can’t fight the "consensus" I guess. A Pentagon report, which dared to call the science on global warming "contradictory", is under fire by the AGW consensus keepers:The report, titled Joint Operating Environment 2008, states that "the impact of global warming and its potential to cause natural disasters
 
Climate Change: The other shoe
In case you were wondering what all this climate change conference business in Poland was about, they didn’t waste any time getting to the bottom line of the scam:The U.N. climate change organization has said the world’s poor countries will need $130 billion dollars a year by 2030 to help them adapt to global warming and c
 
Climate Change - It May Be That Big Hot Yellow Thing (Part MCMXXI)
No. Really. The Sun. Who’d have thought?The sun’s magnetic field may have a significant impact on weather and climatic parameters in Australia and other countries in the northern and southern hemispheres. According to a study in Geographical Research, the droughts are related to the solar magnetic phases and not the greenhouse effect.I love that
 
Support to battle "global warming" slipping
Skepticism, financial crisis and cost seem to be turning the public at large away the from the draconian and costly solutions AGW supporters claim are necessary to battle "global warming" (or is it "climate change" today?): Less than half of those surveyed, or 47 per cent, said they were prepared to make personal lifestyle changes to reduce
 
A Couple of Notes on Climate Change
New satellite data:A new satellite predicts at least 23 years of global coolingSeveral Canadian environmental scientists agree that the new Jason satellite indicates at least a 23-year cycle of global cooling ahead.This oceanographic satellite shows a much larger than normal persistent Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). Cooler PDO phases us
 
A headline only an Envromental Whacko Could Love
Yes friends, economic downturns are the substance of extreme environmentalist’s dreams. The headline from NewScientist :"Eastern Bloc Collapse Boosts Climate Outlook" Nice.The world is on track to meet its Kyoto protocol target, according to very preliminary data released for t
 
GISS’s Suspect Numbers
More AGW conclusions called into doubt:On Monday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.The blunder?G
 
About the increase in hurricanes
Seems we’ve managed instead to find ourselves in a 30 year low:The past two years have seen a "remarkable" downturn in hurricane activity, contradicting predictions of more storms, researchers at Florida State University say.The 2007 and 2008 hurricane seasons had the least tropical activity in the Northern Hemisphere in 30 years, ac
 
The state of "climate change" in quotes
A collection of quotes from various publications in Europe and elsewhere which pretty well describe the state of "climate protection" as reality, science and economics combine to alter views concerning both its priority and its necessity. This as we most likely face the likelyhood of a Climate Czar who will do his best to ignore all of this and head us down the road to financial ruin anyway."Saving energy? No thanks! Originall
 
Evidence Accumlating that Global Warming Driven by Sun
While the politicians move ahead (or stay behind, you decide) considering how to combat AGW and impose a "cap and trade" system on a faltering economy, you may want to read through this:Man-made carbon dioxide is generally thought to produce global warming. However, in a recent article entitled "Does Carbon Dioxide Drive Global Warming?" I presented several major reasons why carbon dioxide is pro
 
AGW = Civil Rights Struggle
Another attempt to enlist African-Americans in the AGW hoax:Appearing this morning at the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Awards public forum at the Temple of Deliverance, Gore connected the lessons imparted by Civil Rights Movement heroes like fellow honoree Diane Nash to the action needed to confront the "emer
 
AGW types target black community
How do you enlist African-Americans in the global warming hoax?Make it a racial thing and stress victimhood:The growing movement to fight global warming includes entertainers and evangelical ministers, scientists and suburban moms. Even both presidential candidates have called for fewer emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gasses that cont
 
AGW continues to unravel but will it matter?
The two candidates for president have outlined their belief in AGW and how they’d fight it, but thankfully the global climate situation isn’t cooperating. From Australia, Andrew Bolt brings us this update:Last year’s summer melt had been so fierce that climate scientists warned that the warmed seas gave us a 50-50 chance of an ice-free Arc
 
Economic reality dampens environmental concerns
European nations are reassessing their desire to commit to ambitious "greenhouse gas" limits:Europe’s ambitious plan to tackle climate change was wilting under pressure Thursday with EU leaders set to tailor the final package to take account of national concerns about its economic impact.Italy and Poland brandished the threat of a veto if their reservations were
 
Global Warming concerns take back seat to economic concerns
Historian Paul Johnson takes a swing at the theory of AGW. He posits that AGW "science" is about as scientific as theories by Karl Marx:The idea that human beings have changed and are changing the basic climate system of the Earth through their industrial activities and burning of fossil fuels—the essence of the Greens’ theory of global warming—has about as
 
"Environment" to get "rights" in Ecuador
I hope they enjoy whatever standard of living they have today, because my bet is if this passes, not much else will ever be built there as "nature" will keep whoever attempts it constantly in court:The South American republic of Ecuador will next week consider what many countries in the world would say is unthinkable. People will be asked to vote on Sunday on
 
Gore pitches civil disobedience and claims fraud
Said Al Gore (the man who could have been president):"If you’re a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plant
 
Solar winds down to 50 year low
That’s the announcement NASA scientists made today:"The average pressure of the solar wind has dropped more than 20% since the mid-1990s," says Dave McComas of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. "This is the weakest it’s been since we began monitoring solar wind almost 50 years ago."What does that mean? It means the heli
 
Where’d all the global warming news go?
With the economy melting down faster than arctic sea ice, not much about "climate change" has been able to beat its way to the top of the news cycle.Speaking of sea ice, I’m sure you remember the stories earlier in the year saying the arctic sea ice was melting faster than in anytime in history:We
 
Spotless
Not Obama’s campaign manufactured resume, but Old Sol:The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted.The event is significant as many climatologists now believe solar magnetic activity – which determines the number of sunspots — is an influencing factor for climate on
 
The Roads Less Travelled
If Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGM) is supported by such unshakable science, why are "feel good" methods so popular amongst the its combatants? A case in point:In an effort to create a more livable city and combat global warming Seattle’s Mayor, Greg Nickels, announced three additional street closures that will take place on Sunday’s in August and September. T
 
Spencer before the Senate
A few days ago, Dr. Roy Spencer gave testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer. To say his testimony wasn’t at all what she wanted to hear, would be an understatement.Highlights:Regarding the currently popular theory that mankind is responsible for global warming, I am very pleased to deliver good
 
Green begins to fade?
Jeff Bercovici sadly begins his report, at Conde Nast’s "Portfolio.com" this way:As global warming was first becoming a cause célèbre a few years ago, many serious environmentalists worried that green was in danger of becoming a fad — something that would inevitably recede from consciousness after overtaxing our lim
 
AGW "consensus"challenged by scientists
Finally, something I’ve been hoping to see, and something which helps restore my faith in real science:The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming. The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the val
 
AGW: Short on science, long on religion
His name is James A. Peden, he’s the Editor of the Middlebury Community Network. He also spent some of his earlier years as an Atmospheric Physicist at the Space Research and Coordination Center in Pittsburgh and Extranuclear Laboratories in Blawnox, Pennsylvania, studying ion-molecule reactions in the upper atmosphere. About CO2 and AGW? He’s not particularly i
 
John Hawkins interviews Dennis Avery about Climate Change
Avery is the co-author of "Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years":We are experiencing now, mild global cooling. We had a peak temperature in 1998, at the end of a hot El Nino and the climate model said this is just the beginning, it’s going to get much hotter. But, it d
 
Well at least he didn’t blame Bush
Amazing stuff these bright guys who represent us come up with:A top Democrat told high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday that climate change caused Hurricane Katrina and the conflict in Darfur, which led to the “black hawk down” battle between U.S. troops and Somali rebels.No. Really.I mean what is wrong with you - all yo
 
More of that warming denial stuff
A quickie - I’m on the road, so I haven’t had the opportunity to really look into this group, but the describe themselves as:Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the Space and Science Research Center (SSRC) is the leading science and engineering research company internationally, that specializes in the analysis of and planning for climate changes based upon the "Theory of Relatio
 
The Polar Bears are Dying!
Or the sky is falling, whichever you prefer.Always nice to have a little empirical evidence, though, to play with when the other side starts warbling their screechy one-note song.Arctic ice cover and volume in 1980 when we began to measure the ice cover there and today:
 
A little light reading for your weekend
Gee, I wonder if Al Gore’s read this yet:The atmospheric greenhouse effect, an idea that authors trace back to the traditional works of Fourier 1824, Tyndall 1861, and Arrhenius 1896, and which is still supported in global climatology, essentially describes a fictitious mechanism, in which a planetary atmosphere acts as a heat pump driven by an environment that is radiatively interacting with
 
Still discovering what makes the climate work
A perfect example of why I have no faith at all in the "science" of the AGW crowd.The discovery:An important mechanism for sucking ozone and methane out of the atmosphere has been discovered over the tropical Atlantic. The finding reveals how the two gre
 
Climate Justice
Of course you knew that the inevitable result of buying into the premise of AGW was going to be something called ’climate justice’ didn’t you:Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan on Tuesday called for ’climate justice’, saying that it was polluters who should pay for the effects of climate change, and not the poorest and most vulnerable.He said funding should be made available to help disadvantaged communities a
 
Could this be a reason for arctic pack ice melting?
This wouldn’t heat up the surrounding ocean or anything would it?Recent massive volcanoes have risen from the ocean floor deep under the Arctic ice cap, spewing plumes of fragmented magma into the sea, scientists who filmed the aftermath reported Wednesday.The eruptions — as big as the one that buried
 
More global warming lunacy
This sort of lunacy is hardly ever helpful to a cause, but it is fairly typical on one side of this particular cause:James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading
 
"Click!" - The lightbulb goes on ...
And I’m talking about the old fashioned kind of lightbulb.A U.S. economist praises Congress for planning to fight global warming, but he says the plan being considered would hasten environmental calamity.Peter Morici, former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission, is concerned about the Warner-Lieberman
 
New global temp numbers released
While Congress debates global warming and what to do about it, Anthony Watts reminds us of the latest findings:Confirming what many of us have already noted from the anecdotal evidence coming in of a much cooler than normal May, such as late spring snows as far south as Arizona, extended skiing in Colorado, and delays in snow cover melting in ma
 
Krauthammer on the "Church of the Environment"
How did this happen? Well, as Charles Krauthammer explains, after the collapse of communism, those who still are true believers in central planning had to have somewhere to go. Krauthammer, in my estimation, has correctly pointed out where they’ve landed (as has Vaclav Klaus):For a century, an ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous knowledge class — social planners,
 
Lieberman - Warner: How much will it cost your state?
The Heritage Foundation has done a little study on the impact of the Lieberman-Warner Global Climate Change Legislation (S. 2191) on each state. Living in GA, I naturally looked at their projections for it. A couple of charts do a nice job of summing it up:

 

Kyoto strikes again - this time through the UN
You’d think, perhaps, that the nations of the world might have learned a little about letting the UN run programs like this after the "oil for food" debacle, but it appears that was just a warm-up for a really sweet scam:Billions of pounds are being wasted in paying industries in developing countries to reduce climate change emissions, acco
 
The sky is falling - or at least changing color
Ready for this:Australia’s best-known expert on global warming has updated his climate forecast for the world - and it’s much worse than he thought just three years ago.He has called for a radical suite of emergency measures to be put in place.Step one:Professor [Tim] Flannery says climate change is happening so quic
 
OK Fatties, no fuel for you!
In case you missed it, a new cause of global warming has been found according to Reuters:Obesity contributes to global warming, too.Obese and overweight people require more fuel to transport them and the food they eat, and the problem will worsen as the population literally swells in size, a team at the London Scho
 
Those endangered polar bears
I’m certainly not averse to taking steps to save a real endangered species - reasonable steps of course. But I prefer the species actually be endangered, not just one which fits in nicely with the overall scheme of an agenda - like AGW. That description, as far as I can tell would fit polar bears:Polar bears are not the fragile, vulnerable crea
 
Who is trangulating now?
Triangulation - one of Bill Clintons Dick Morris inspired methods of stealing issues from Republicans.Busily engaged in doing that on the environmental front is that great conservative, John McCain [/snark]:After spending several weeks staking out positions on taxes, Iraq and judges
 
Home Brew
The next generation of home brewers?Every few weeks Gordon Elliott drives 22 miles to the Hare and Hounds pub in Marple, Cheshire, collects a barrel of waste cooking oil from his stepdaughter and takes it back to his personal oil refinery in his garage in Leigh, near Bolton. The retired construction site manager then decants the liquid into a machine an
 
McCain and Climate Change - One of those issues ...
This is one of those issues where it doesn’t matter which party wins in November, I think Americans end up being screwed:Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) comments about climate change Friday have sparked a flurry of speculation among national environmentalists, who are now optimistic the presumptive GOP nominee will vote next month for
 
Science and models
Or hard data vs. assumptions if you prefer:The new study, detailed in the April 5 issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters, marks the first time that researchers have been able to give a progress report on Antarctic climate model projections by comparing climate records to model simulations. (These comparisons have already been done for the other six continents.)<
 
Shameless Al Gore
From the Business and Media Institute:Using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a strategy for many global warming activists, and it was just a matter of time before someone found a way to tie the recent Myanmar cyclone to global warming.Former Vice President Al Gore in an interview on NPR’s May 6 “Fresh Air” broadcast did just that. He was interview
 
Kyoto signatories GHG emissions up 21%
Neat little chart I found over at Willisms (it is based on the latest Index of Leading Environmental Indicators [pdf]) - it is particularly for those who continue to claim we’re not doing our share of cleaning up the environment. 
The world may continue to cool for the next decade
Hmmm ... interesting:Global warming could take a break in the next decade thanks to a natural shift in ocean circulations, although Earth’s temperature will rise as previously expected over the longer term, according to a study published on Thursday in the British journal Nature.Climate scientists in
 
About that Ice Age
(via Glenn Reynolds) Following up on the "Ice Age" story, it’s worth reading the other side...EMILY BOURKE: David Karoly from Melbourne University’s School of Earth Sciences is outraged.DAVID KAROLY: This is misinterpretation or misrepresentation and miscommunication of the factors that influence global temperature.
 
"... An ice age cometh"
Phil Chapman, geophysicist, astronautical engineer and the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut has a piece in The Australian entitled "Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh".THE scariest photo I have seen on the internet is www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, loca
 
Greenpeace founder on today’s environmental movement
An appropriate reminder on "Earth Day" comes from Patrick Moore, the founder of Greenpeace. I’ll shorten it to it’s essence, but you can read the whole thing here:In 1971 an environmental and antiwar ethic was taking root in Canada, and I chose to participate. As I completed a Ph.D. in ecology, I combined my science background with
 
The future fight for our economic well being
L. Graham Smith encapsulates what so many who are opposed to the AGW clique find so objectionable about them:I never cease to be amazed at how un-democratic environmental zealots can be. Their cause is so just that any means are justified in ramming it through the policy agenda, down people’s throats and into public life. For people espousing such a nomin
 
China top CO2 emitter - 14 years early
And my bet is they really don’t care.China has already surpassed the United States as the world’s largest carbon polluter, the authors of a California study said Tuesday."Our best forecast has China’s CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions correctly surpassing the United States in 2006 rather than 2020 as previously anticipated," sa
 
2020 is when opposing views on climate change are welcome? (update)
Seems a little late given the speed of the "do something now" crowd’s attempts to spend us into the poorhouse, doesn’t it (see update)? THE 2020 Summit is supposedly designed to allow consideration of views not previously examined by government policymakers. With climate change on the agenda, this should provide an opportunity to question the a
 
The Great Global Warming Sell-out is near
Or at least that is what the Washington Times is claiming the Bush administration is poised to do:"This is an attempt to move the administration and the party closer to the center on global warming. With these steps, it is hoped that the debate over this is over, and it is time to do something," said an administrati
 
It lives ...
I’m not sure who Ernest Partridge is (apparently one of the Partridge Family who didn’t make the cut and took up writing instead), but if ever anyone wanted a perfect example of why the politics of the AGW crowd are so dangerous, he manages to provide that perfect example. Prepare to see the words such as "consensus", "policy", "libertarian" and "free market" wielded w
 
The Anti-Gore
A few real inconvenient truths. Enjoy: 
Ice lost as a result of climate change
For those who missed it:Surface snowmelt in Antarctica in 2008, as derived from spaceborne passive microwave observations at 19.35 gigahertz, was 40% below the average of the period 1987–2007. The melting index (MI, a measure of where melting occurred and for how long) in 2008 was the second-smallest value in the 1987–2008 period, with 3,465,625 square kilometer
 
How politicized has "climate change" become?
Check out these reactions to the new ad that Al Gore has going out (part of that 300 million ad campaign I noted here).The first set of reactions is by age: 
Not this canard again ...
The great global warming "malaria will spread" myth is on the march once again after being refuted in 2000. Apparently such nonsense is recyclable:Climate change could bring malaria and other diseases to Britain and trigger more frequent heatwaves that will have huge health impacts, doctors said on Thursday.With the exception of Lyme disease, insect-bor
 
Just because you can make a pot of money doesn’t mean you’re particularly bright (update)
And Ted Turner takes every opportunity presented to prove that point. Ted pontificates on global warming and not acting to stop it:Not doing it will be catastrophic. We’ll be eight degrees hottest in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died an
 
Gore launches 300 million ’climate crisis’ ad campaign
You know, for a guy who just said in an interview that skeptics are a "tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view, they’re almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the world is flat,", he sure is behind spending a lot of money to
 
Have a strong gag reflex?
Then set your Tivo for this:The former vice president and former presidential candidate talks to 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl in an interview to be broadcast this Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.Confronted by Stahl with the fact some prominent people, including the nation’s vice president, are not convinced that global warming is man-made, Gore responds: "You’re talking about Dick Cheney. I think that those people are in such
 
Ice shelf breakaway in Antarctica claimed to be latest sign of global warming
MSNBC breathlessly reports:A vast ice shelf hanging on by a thin strip looks to be the next chunk to break off from the Antarctic Peninsula, the latest sign of global warming’s impact on Earth’s southernmost continent.Scientists are shocked by the rapid change of events.Glaciologist Ted Scambos of the University of Colorado was monitoring satellite images of the
 
Cycling through life
One of these days, perhaps, we’ll recognize the fact that the earth has a cyclic nature and whatever we’re seeing today probably has been seen previously and, as you’ll see in this 1922 article, was met as a natural phenomenon rather than a harbinger of doom and gloom. And, refreshingly, no one tried to blame it on man.
 
Is Al Gore out of a job?
I’m talking about his gig as the Goracle. Is it over?Last Monday - on ABC Radio National, of all places - there was a tipping point of a different kind in the debate on climate change. It was a remarkable interview involving the co-host of Counterpoint, Michael Duffy and Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank t
 
Global Warming - the oceans aren’t cooperating
In fact, they’ve shown a slight cooling in the last 4 or 5 years: Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren’t quite
 
This ought to make the Gorebots happy
The AirForce is testing a synthetic fuel with a B1 bomber tomorrow which produces more of a carbon footprint than regular jet fuel:The US Air Force has announced that it will carry out the first supersonic flight powered by Gas-To-Liquid (GTL) synthetic fuel tomorrow. A 1980s-vintage B-1 "Lancer" swing-wing bomber will take off from Dyess air force base in T
 
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Mandates: Turn out the lights ...
The question about what has to be done to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is finally beginning to take form. Essentially, if you believe in the premise that humans are a major factor in the present climate change, it requires zero emissions of GHG very quickly and very soon. The question is, can we get there from here and the second part is, do we rea
 
Basic global warming equations "totally wrong"
Or so some researchers say:Miklós Zágoni isn’t just a physicist and environmental researcher. He is also a global warming activist and Hungary’s most outspoken supporter of the Kyoto Protocol. Or was.That was until he learned the details of a new theory of the greenhouse effect, one that not only gave far more a
 
AGW Skeptics Meet
And, apparently, roast Al Gore. To be expected, I guess (although viewing a film by Glenn Beck isn’t a particularly good answer to the pot shots at Gore’s film).The most important quote to come out of the meeting Monday in New York, which was sponsored by the Heartland Institute, was that of Fred Singer: "Our imperfect understanding of
 
Energy Savings day a flop
You may recall the internet driven call to demonstrate the level of concern throughout the world for global warming by turning off electrical appliances and lights on a particular day. The hope was the diminished usage would send a message to politicians that people demanded action to curb warming.Except it didn’t work out that way:
 
Validating AGW skepticism
Keith from A Second Hand Conjecture drops me a note with an interesting link.Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America
 
About that big ice melt
Uh oh:NEW evidence has cast doubt on claims that the world’s ice-caps are melting, it emerged last night.Satellite data shows that concerns over the levels of sea ice may have been premature.It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming.But figures from the re
 
Global Temperature increase only half of what is claimed?
In December 27th piece, Patrick Michaels asked:If a scientific paper appeared in a major journal saying that the planet has warmed twice as much as previously thought, that would be front-page news in every major paper around the planet. But what would happen if a paper was published demonstrating that the planet may have warmed up only half as much as previously thought?
 
Climate Change - Bottled water is "morally unacceptable"
That is, if you believe the premise that man-made CO2 is the sole source of climate change in this world and something which should be controlled:Drinking bottled water should be made as unfashionable as smoking, according to a government adviser."We have to make people think that it’s unfashionable just as we have with smoking. We
 
Climate change: China - Victim, US - Culprit
This is an example of how absurd the argument about climate change has become and illustrates why there will be no world wide agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions unless the US and Europe capitulate to the ’victims’:Negotiations on a new treaty to fight global warming will fail if rich nations are not treated as "culprits" and developing c
 
Biofuels, lethargic sun and rushing a solution
A new study says Ethanol may cause more problems than it is purported to solve:The widespread use of ethanol from corn could result in nearly twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the gasoline it would replace because of expected land-use changes, researchers concluded Thursday. The study challenges the rush to biofuels as a response to global warming.
 
Progress through regression
Perfect...Former President Bill Clinton ... characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming this way: "We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren."At a time that the nation is worried about a recession is that reall
 
Global Warming Questions - What’s the metric?
Pat Sajak (yes, that Pat Sajak) asks 10 questions about global warming. These aren’t questions that are necessarily pointed at one side of the argument or another, they’re fairly general questions. You can read them all here.Of course he’s interested in how we measure global temperature (and are so sure it is different now than last year)
 
Europe tries for strict standards at Bali and then makes exceptions at home
Not that Europe doing such things should surprise anyone in particular:EU ministers are poised to agree a deal on aviation that would see aircraft emissions continue to rise and possibly hand a cash windfall to the airlines. BBC News understands the industry will be allowed to increase emissions as much as it wants by the European environment council. Aviation is the fa
 
AGW hysteria builds
How about it folks - are you up for a baby tax?Couples who have more than two children should be charged a lifelong tax to offset their extra offspring’s carbon dioxide emissions, a medical expert says.The report in an Australian medical journal called for parents to be charged $5000 a head for every child after their second, and an annual tax of up to $80
 
More AGW deniers - warming "natural"
A new report has said that based on research, the warming trend the world is now undergoing is ... natural.Climate scientists at the University of Rochester, the University of Alabama, and the University of Virginia report that observed patterns of temperature changes (‘fingerprints’) over the last thirty years are not in accord with what greenhouse
 
Environment - Kerry says its about science, not politics
John Kerry, apparently discovering that a lot of microphones and cameras were in Bali right now, chose to go and represent Democrats there. To those behind the cameras and microphones, Mr. Kerry said:"This has to be driven by science, not politics," he said of global negotiations to curb greenhouse gas emissions.Oh, that’d be nice. But we’re t
 
Green gas
Call it "the kangaroo cure":Australian scientists are trying to give kangaroo-style stomachs to cattle and sheep in a bid to cut the emission of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, researchers say.Thanks to special bacteria in their stomachs, kangaroo flatulence contains no methane and scientists want to transfer that bacteria to cattle a
 
Did the IPCC falsify sea level data?
Per the Telegraph, that’s the charge being leveled by a Swedish scientist:The IPCC falsified data showing a sea level rise from 1992-2002 according to Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner, former head of the Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics department at Stockholm University in Sweden. In an interview by George Murphy, Mörner cites various examples o
 
The UN and AIDS (and AGW)
In the Thanksgiving rush you may have missed this one: The United Nations’ top AIDS scientists plan to acknowledge this week that they have long overestimated both the size and the course of the epidemic, which they now believe has been slowing for nearly a decade, according to U.N. docume
 
Eco-Extremism
Just another example of the cult of eco-extremism:While some might think it strange to celebrate the reversal of nature and denial of motherhood, Toni relishes her decision with an almost religious zeal."Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet," says Toni, 35."
 
Nothing like a little rat’s milk to save the planet
If you’re at all familiar with Speakers’ Corner, a popular centuries old free-speech site in London, then you also know that with all that free-speech you are certainly sure to hear some profoundly bizarre stuff.Vegan, former model and ex-wife
 
Gore cashes in ...
It’s a scenario as old as earth’s civilizations - create a panic, provide a solution and become rich:In turn, Doerr, the master networker whose greatest hits include initial investments in Netscape, Amazon (Charts, Fortune 500), and Google (Charts, Fortune 500), will join the exclusive advisory board of Generation Investment Management. That’
 
Rich nations must pay for "fixing" global warming problem
Because, you know, the science is settled and they’re the ones who’ve caused "the problem". See how far this has gone?The rich caused the problem and must therefore pay the price of fixing the global climate change crisis, a new report said on Monday.Christian Aid, an agency of British and Irish churches, said indust
 
Lomborg addresses some of the Goracle’s more outlandish claims
Interestingly, he does it with the IPCC report. For instance:While Gore was creating alarm with his belief that a 20-foot-high wall of water would inundate low-lying cities, the IPCC showed us we should realistically prepare for a rise of one foot or so by the end of the century. Beyond the dramatic difference, it is also worth putting that one foo
 
John Coleman: AGW is a scam (update)
Coleman, in case you’re not familiar with him, is the founder of The Weather Channel. I think he voices the opinion of many AGW skeptics, myself included:I do not oppose environmentalism. I do not oppose the political positions of either party. However, Global Warming, ie Climate Change, is not about environmentalism or politics. It is not a religion.
 
Atlanta: It’s dry here (update)
Dale’s out in San Diego braving fires and I’m here in Atlanta drying up. We have an extreme drought situation here that has everyone deeply concerned. Lake Lanier, a man-made reservior which serves most of Atlanta, is drying up. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that Lake Lanier, the city’s reservoir, may run out of clean water in abou
 
Al Gore and the Nobel Peace Prize
[Note: I wade into this knowing full well that I’ll make everybody mad. C’est la vie.]So, Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize. I have two thoughts on that. Congratulations: without endorsing all of his specific solutions (though, I very much like  
Fat, scientific consensus and AGW
Read this - the whole thing - first.Now substitute the words "anthropogenic global warming" where appropriate.
 
Environmental lawsuits and climate models
A lawsuit which appears to be modeled on the attempts to blame the entire gun industry for gun violence seems to have failed to impress a federal judge in California:A federal judge on Monday tossed out a lawsuit filed by California that sought to hold the world’s six largest automakers accountable for their contribution to global warming. Distri
 
Courts issue two fishy rulings
Endangered species? John Lott asks:Is a salmon born in a hatchery a different species from the same salmon born in the wild?Is a test tube baby a different species that one produced through natural fertilization?It is hard to believe, but recent Federal court rulings are claiming that otherwise genetically identical fish are separate species, forcing an
 
Changing views question Global Warming Consensus
DailyTech has a story up today which argues that the scientific community has begun to back away from the "consensus" view that supports the theory that humanity is responsible for global warming:In 2004, history professor Naomi Oreskes performed a survey of research papers on climate change. Examining peer-reviewed papers published on the ISI Web of Science database
 
US Temperatures revised
Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog finds a little irony in the fact that in the same week Newsweek declares the science of global warming settled, recent temperature numbers have been revised downwards because, apparently, of faulty ’science’. War
 
Hypocrisy and skepticism dampen Live Earth numbers
Live Earth appears to have been a ratings flop:Live Earth has been branded a foul-mouthed flop.Organisers of the global music concert - punctuated by swearing from presenters and performers - had predicted massive viewing figures.But BBC’s live afternoon television coverage attracted an average British audience of jus
 
Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up
If he’d been in a real car he might have been able to outrun the cops:The 24-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore was arrested for drug possession on Wednesday after he was stopped for allegedly speeding in his hybrid Toyota Prius, a sheriff’s official said.Al Gore III — whose father is a leading advocate of policies to fight
 
Correcting the record
James Taylor takes Al Gore at his word in his book, The Assault on Reason, when Gore says, ""We must stop tolerating the rejection and distortion of science. We must insist on an end to the cynical use of pseudo-studies known to be false for the purpose of intentionally clouding the public’s ability to discern the truth."In that spirit, Taylor asks, shouldn’t  
What is the difference between an activist and a zealot?
Ask Robert Kennedy Jr who had this to say the other night on Hardball:If we had left those fuel economy standards intact, Ronald Reagan rolled them back, we would not have had to import one drop of oil after 1986. Think of what that would have done to our history. The World Trade Center would probably still be standi
 
Once more into the breach - Global Warming and the Sun (update)
R. Timothy Patterson, a professor and director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre, Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University has an extremely interesting article out in the National Post in which he discusses, you guessed it, the role of the sun in the earth’s climate change. But a couple
 
Global Warming and your property
Kimberley Strassel gives us another reason why the pending Energy bill needs to be defeated:Broadly, the bill fulfills one big ambition of environmental groups in recent years: a rollback of any smarter use of public (or even private) lands for energy use. Gone are previous gains for more drilling, more refineries, more tra
 
OK, now what?
China takes the lead:China has overtaken the United States as the world’s biggest producer of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, figures released today show.The surprising announcement will increase anxiety about China’s growing role in driving man-made global warming and will pile pressure onto world politicians to agree a ne
 
Eco-engineering
Sounds like a politician with an eye on higher office to me:Denver is gearing up to fight global warming, and residents may soon be asked to make personal sacrifices to help save the planet.The new plan is aimed at making Denver a national leader in reducing gas emissions that have been linked to global warming, giving a major push to
 
The best climate change option? Perhaps it is "do nothing"
Matt Feltz makes a good case for that in an article at Associated Content. He concludes:The temptation to "do something" on climate change appears to have swept through both parties in Washington like a gust of hot air. But a survey of relevant science and prior unsuccessful policy shows that avoiding reckless action is the best
 
The underbelly of CO2 Environmentalism
In light of the G8 non-agreement agreement yesterday (amazing spin on that one), we should also ’seriously consider’ the reality of one of the favorite methods, internationally, for curbing C02 emissions for what it really is:Nothing drove home Russia’s place in the growing pollution-trading business better than what one carbon finance guy told m
 
What? Consensus about AGW is in dispute?
Why, isn’t that heresy?A former adviser to President Carter’s global environment task force and one of Canada’s leading environmentalists is disputing the claim that there is a scientific consensus about the human origins of global warming.Lawrence Solomon writes in the Financial Post that a majority of astrophysicists and other solar scientists may
 
Hoping for a Hurricane
It is hot and dry here in Georgia. We’re well into a drought which rivals the one we had here in the ’80s with no rain in sight. With the official start of the hurricane season yesterday, I think we’re at the point we might welcome one ... if it’s a bitty one with brings lots of rain.Down south of Atlanta, about 250 miles, the Okefenokee swamp has been burning for over 50 days. I was down there about 10 days ago and at the time
 
Apocalypto: The Blog Post
Apparently the irony meter is in the shop over at the Democrat Daily:‘The world is under a deadline.’ I know many people don’t want to think about it, or acknowledge it, But, it’s true and I’m not talking about the apocalypse or the Fundamentalist ‘end times’ theories… I’m talking about Climate Change and the eventual change of the face of the planet. The Earth, our Mother has been taxe
 
Pelosi, global warming, CO2, Europe and politics (Update)
After visiting a melting Greenland (say, how did it get it’s name?) the globe trotting Speaker of the House went to Germany:House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged international cooperation in tackling climate change at a meeting Tuesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, who plans to push President Bush at nex
 
Meanwhile the UN alerts us to the latest human caused catastrophe
Yes, it’s us again:Human activities are wiping out three animal or plant species every hour and the world must do more to slow the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs by 2010, the United Nations said on Tuesday.[...]"We are indeed experiencing the greatest wave of extinctions since the disappearance of the dinosaurs," said A
 
Skeptics become more numerous
Frankly, I think this little sketch probably best captures what’s going on:Mathematician & engineer Dr. David Evans, who did carbon accounting for the Australian Government, recently detailed his conversion to a skeptic. “I devoted six years to carbon accounting, building mo
 
Eco-backlash
Cartoon of the month:
 
What? Neptune’s warming too?!
Those damn skeptics just keep popping up like gophers. Don’t they know the science is settled?Incredibly, an article has appeared in a recent issue of Geophysical Research Letters showing a stunning relationship between the solar output, Neptune’s brightness, and heaven forbid, the temperature of the Earth. With its obvious implications to the
 
Spooling up for "eco-crimes"
Oh just give it time and the right mix of people and the right place and yes, it could happen:Having large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a 4x4 car and failing to reuse plastic bags, according to a report to be published tomorrow by a g
 
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - Don’t break one
As our robot friend would say, "Danger, Will Robinson:"How much money does it take to screw in a compact fluorescent lightbulb? About $4.28 for the bulb and labor — unless you break the bulb. Then you — like Brandy Bridges of Ellsworth, Maine — could be looking at a cost of about $2,004.28, which doesn’t include the costs of frayed nerves and r
 
That sky is falling
Poor David Horton. The gloom and doom is just too much:I increasingly think my writing is somewhat futile. The threat from climate change is now a certainty, and writing blogs, or books, seems a bit like scribbling away in the bowels of the Titanic, hoping, in a year or two, to complete a magnum opus which the Captain will read, and, eventually, be convince
 
Still unexplained
It is always fun to begin the week with an environmental post. Mars is being hit by rapid climate change and it is happening so fast that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap, writes Jonathan Leake.Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the
 
The blurring of environmentalism and religion
Tim Blair highlights an article in which Gore does his usual schtick. And, boy, does it work:"All of a sudden he just fired up and he wasn’t this smooth politician anymore. His hair, which is usually slicked back, was out of place, he had sweat on his brow, and he was gesticulating wildly. You could feel
 
They’re back: It’s "zero population growth" time again
After predicting catastrophe if we ever reached a population mark a couple of billion under what we now have on this planet, the anti-population growth agenda is again emerging and being argued as a major cause of Global WarmingTM. If you’ve been wondering how they were going to wiggle back into the game, here’s how it works -
 
Carbon Markets, Carbon Taxes, and why neither matter
I’m surprised daily by things I read by supposedly thinking people, but this one made me wonder if I’d missed something.There’s an article in Newsweek International where Fareed Zakaria argues that a carbon tax is superior to a carbon market.As Reason’s Ronal
 
Punked by the BBQ story
Kav provides me with a link which points to the Belgian BBQ story being an April Fool prank. Interestingly it is from the same Russian news agency from which I got the story originally. They simply appended it to the original release. Apparently they were punked as well.OK, they got me. I guess what made it so appealing was it wasn’t at all out of the realm of the possible
 
The coming environmental economic steamroller
In light of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling about greenhouse gases, expect the environmental rhetoric to heat up even more. But expect those of us who are now classified as deniers to continue to attempt to throw a spanners into the works by pointing to the real impact of the proposals being made.A point about those of us considered heretics or deniers. Speaking for myself, I don’t deny the climate is changing. That’s because I unders
 
Don’t believe this could happen here? Tax on BBQing (updated)
I’m sure at some point in their lives, people in Europe would have been shocked and surprised if someone even mentioned something this outlandish:The government of Belgium’s French-speaking region of Wallonia, which has a population of about 4 million, has approved a tax on barbequing, local media reported.Experts said that between 50 and 100
 
The religion of environmentalism
In testimony of which you probably heard nothing, Czech President Vaclav Klaus, to borrow a phrase of which my friends on the left are so fond, spoke truth to power:Czech President Vaclav Klaus said on Wednesday that fighting global warming has turned into a a "religion" that replaced the ideology of communism and threatens to clip basic freedoms.The right-wing p
 
Single issue wishful thinking from AP
Here’s the first sentence in an AP article on Gore:Al Gore, who has reversed his political fortunes to become a potential contender in the 2008 presidential race...Gosh, I guess I need to follow current events more closely. I mean, his name does show up in surveys (ahead of John Edwards in many cases), but I hadn’t heard of anyone taking him seriously as a candidate. H
 
Ah Irony... you have to love it
The Guardian is proudly hosting a climate change summit in June of this year. And it has a list of speakers which, of course, hasn’t a dissenting voice. The irony? Look who is the event’s  
Another Environmental Heretic
In my never ending quest to give the deniers and heretics equal time with those who claim consensus is all that is required for action, I present Professor Bjarne Andresen, the latest among that skeptical breed: A Danish scientist said the idea of a "global temperature" and global warming is more political than scientific.
 
Next step: Hollywood’s Reification of Earth
Yes Mother Earth’s revenge, coming to a theater near you soon:Tired of abuse by mankind, the earth is angry. Worse, the planet is out to even the score.Audiences can expect a story along those lines when M. Night Shyamalan’s film “The Happening” reaches screens in the next year. The project
 
Turning up the legislative heat on global warming
Oh, good:House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the 15 members of the newly formed House committee on global warming, which has been asked to make recommendations on laws to fight global warming. The recommendations may include forced limits on greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide and methane that could require automobile manufacturers and power plants to make drastic
 
Global Warming (TM) Religion? Big Business? Both? (updated x3)
If you have a spare hour, watch this video.It is entitled "The Great Global Warming Swindle". It features a bunch of "heretic" scientists (plus one of the founders of Greenpeace and a former editor of the "New Scientist) and their concerns about the whole Global WarmingTM movement. It’s also an answer to "<
 
Global Warming? What about China?
Let’s accept, arguendo (and for the purposes of this post), that the "Global Warming"TM crowd is right and it is all man’s fault for the amount of CO2 going into the atmosphere and warming us up.And lets propose that we, the US and Europe decide we must "do our duty" and drastically cut back on CO2 emissions. What good would it do in reality? Well probably not much. It would certainly cause a great deal of economic ha
 
Another Climate Change Heretic emerges
And this one was one of the earlier scientists who warned against the effects of burning fossil fuels:Claude Allegre, one of France’s leading socialists and among her most celebrated scientists, was among the first to sound the alarm about the dangers of global warming."By burning fossil fuels, man increased the conce
 
Another scientist who rejects the consensus
From National Geographic (link):Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory.Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast majority of climate scientists says is due to h
 
Tell me again why I should believe CO2 levels are the main problem?
As Joliphant at RedState (where I grabbed this) says, sometimes a picture is worth 10,000 words. Love to hear an explanation from the "settled science" crowd, or is this too inconvenient a truth?
 
Europe: Physician heal thyself!
Next time you read about Europe lecturing us about reducing greenhouse emissions, point them to this and tell them to clean up their own act first:According to data from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, from 2000-2004—the most recent period for which we have good, comparative data—U.S. greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1.3 percent. This is an increase, but
 
Devleoping Economies: The elephant in the global warming room
Any guess as to how China greeted the IPCC report on global warming?China’s state-run media has played down fresh warnings on climate change issued by a UN scientific panel, with centrally-controlled television news ignoring the issue altogether.China Central Television in its Friday night and Saturday news broadcast
 
Global Warming: Rhetoric goes up while some predictions are revised downward
Licia Corbella, writing for the Calgary Sun, splashes a little of the cold water of reality on the latest Global Warming (TM) scare engendered by the IPCC report:The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) summary released last Friday inflates the language of doom even as it deflates its predictions of tempera
 
Global Warming: Preparing for the new hysteria
I offer this article from a Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology, Dr. Timothy Ball, as food for thought. Dr. Ball’s Ph.D (Doctor of Science) is from the University of London, England and for 32 years he was a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg.You need to read the article in its entirety. However, there are a couple of parts I want to highlight:
 
More bio-fuels fun
I pointed out last week that the higher demand for corn for increased production of ethanol has helped raise the price of tortillas in Mexico.The latest example of the law of unintended consequences (although for anyone with any background in economics, certainly not unexpected consequences) has to do with  
Hold on to your wallets ... here it comes
Whenever I see a story like this which involves Democrats (not the Republicans have been much better lately, but Dems make no bones about spending), that is the first thought which enters my mind:The pitch:Democratic leaders in Congress vowed today to push forward with legislative efforts to combat global warming and promote energy i
 
Grist on Global Warming
Grist has a valuable corrective to a few of the skeptics arguments on (anthropogenic) global warming. Even if you remain a global warming skeptic, it’s worth knowing that some of the anti-global warming arguments aren’t worth making. (I’m leaving out their Kyoto counterargument, because it doesn’t seem particularly compelling) The "Hockey Stic
 
An environmental conundrum
How clean can we expect Mother Nature to be?Scientists have run high-tech tests on harmful bacteria in local rivers and streams and found that many of the germs — and in the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, a majority of them— come from wildlife dung. The strange proposition that nature is apparently polluting itself has created a
 
Pebble Bed Nuclear Reactors are my Kind of Nukes!
Glenn Reynolds highlights the technology of pebble bed nuclear reactors.Partly as a result of recent Congressional efforts to fund reactor research, and partly as a result of ongoing work in national laboratories and the nuclear power industry, things in the field are looking up. As a recent sur
 
Climate Science
Let’s set the record straight on two items. (1) Contra McQ, the claim is not that there is a ’consensus’ that "man has played a significant role" in global warming. I thought I’d explained that often enough, but I suppose it bears repeating until it sinks in. The claims, in descending order of certainty, are that: Global warming is happening. (s
 
Those pesky global warming science skeptics keep speaking out
For some reason they just won’t accept the fact that man has played a significant role even though we all know this is now consensus, er, settled science.Read the whole thing.
 
Creating Political Reality
Two organizations whose work I generally respect — if not always agree with — have put up very shallow pieces on global warming. To start, Think Progress responds to a George Will column. Will argues that the "serious debate is about" the "contribution
 
Bad Environmental Protection
I’ve discussed the science behind global warming previously, but let’s observe a good example of how not to react. NoonzWheels observes that San Francisco has taken delivery of "its first Orion diesel-electric hybrid bus from DaimlerChrysler yesterday", out of a total of 56 ordered. On the plus side, "they are 30% more efficient than diesel-only
 
Effluent Taxes
My co-bloggers have raised objections to the notion that a policy of internalizing costs through taxes ought to play a role in reducing anthropogenic global warming. (through, e.g., carbon taxes on what are generally problematic and damaging emissions, even aside from global warming effects) Leaving aside the question of the degree of human contribution to global warming, I have to wonder why cost-internalizing taxes on carbon emissions and harmful effluen
 
Speaking of Scientific Consensus on anthropogenic Climate Change
Apparently these 60 scientists didn’t get the memo about scientists around the world being in "consensus" concerning global warming or the degree to which humans contribute to it. In a letter to the PM of Canada, dated April 6, 2006, they urge the government not to fall prey to further alarmist forecasts that previously led to K
 
Climate Effluence
Because — considering the comments these posts generate — I seem to have a masochistic streak, here are two more items for the global warming debate.(1) You know the anti-global warming argument that the "sea level has been rising at a rate of 1.8 mm per year for the past 8,000 years" and (citing the IPCC) "No significant acceleration in the rate of sea level rise during the 20th century has been detected"? Yeah, well, it s
 
Climate Science VS Climate Skeptics
During yesterday’s Podcast, I pointed out that I’ve come around to the global warming consensus view for one of the same reasons that, for me, settled the evolution "debate". That is, the scientific illiteracy and disingenuity of the global warming/evolution skeptics became very apparent. In the evolution debate, I’d heard grand claims about "no transition fossils" ( 
An Inconvenient Question for Al Gore
Samuel Thernstrom asks it:In the meantime there is one technology that could dramatically reduce America’s greenhouse-gas emissions—and yet environmentalists are fervently opposed to it. Al Gore doubts it has much potential. But the only cost-effective way we know right now to produce thousands of megawatts of zero-emissions electricity is nuclear
 
Facts on Global Warming
My previous post on global warming got some fairly heated debate, so I want to make this a bit more clear. While some determined know-nothings on the Right argue that this "hysteric global warming is unsupportable by facts" [Rush Limbaugh, May 22, 2006], the fact is that the
 
Environmentalists sometimes their own worst enemies
Few deny that we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. No one wants dirty air or water or the like. So environmental arguments usually aren’t about that as much as to the extent to which we should act in safeguarding the environment. Most agree with reasonable environmental precautions which safeguard the environment while still faciliatating human freedoms and economc growth. On the other hand are groups
 
Nuclear Energy: The Future is Now
I’ve mentioned the Chinese pebble bed nuclear reactor project before, and the design is essentially fail-safe. So much so that South Africa has jumped into a similar campaign to build them. And I’ve also written on the Luddism as