Climate Change

President Obama – misinformed or plain stupid?

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Insurance is a sensible device for managing risk.  We use it everyday for peace of mind and dealing with unforeseeable and catastrophic events.    The premiums we pay are based on very well researched information.  The competitive market requires car insurers for example to know a great deal about various models of car, which ones are susceptible to theft, cost of repairs and much more.

It would be unthinkable to have annual premiums where the cost exceeded the amount agreed to be paid out.  Or would it?  President Obama thinks its OK.

In a recent speech to the military he outlined his plans for reducing CO2.  His aim is an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050.  The costs of achieving this are horrendous, even if you use the most optimistic calculations.  One government-based assessment has it at US$13,000 trillion – whatever that amount is.   Reality says it is impossible to even hazard a guess that is going to come in close.  We know from Germany’s very short flirtation with renewable energy, that electricity consumers there are now paying three times more than they were.  The USA situation is potentially much worse, because of their greater dependence on fossil fuels.  And that’s just one aspect of the cost.  An even greater cost is the loss of food production to ethanol production.  Who really cares though about starvation in Haiti or Sudan?  Certainly not the well-fed, cosseted, do-gooder alarmists.  The US Navy has already calculated that biofuels will cost more than four times their present fuel budget.

The proponents of “doing something” are not concerned about the cost.  They argue any cost can be justified.     Read more »

How about those melting polar ice caps?

The doomsayers have been predicting for years that the ice caps are melting, that we’d be ice free at the North Pole years ago…and none of it has been true.

Forbes reports on the latest NASA report that shows there is no such thing happening.

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.

The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As a result, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive than they had been since at least the 1920s. Nevertheless, this abnormally extensive 1979 polar ice extent would appear to be the “normal” baseline when comparing post-1979 polar ice extent.

Updated NASA satellite data show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar ice modestly receded for several years. By 2012, polar sea ice had receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as “proof” of a global warming crisis.)   Read more »

Climate change no longer a problem

It seems the initial media amplified climate change hysteria is starting to wane as more and more people realise nothing is actually happening the way it was predicted, and recycling milk bottles and buying LED bulbs won’t make a measurable difference.

Fewer Kiwis nowadays think climate change is a problem that needs to be urgently addressed than in 2008, according to a new study.

And knowing what impact climate change will have is less of an incentive to do something about it than cash, for most New Zealanders.

The research was conducted by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, an independent, not-for-profit research institute, and Victoria University. They found although 87 percent of Kiwis are concerned about the effects of climate change, many don’t believe much can be done about it.

In 2008, research showed 75 percent considered climate change an urgent or immediate issue; it’s now 53 percent.

“The interesting question is ‘why?'” says Dr Fabien Medvecky, lecturer at the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication.

“Why do we often not care much about climate change, and why do we care less than we did just seven years ago?” Read more »

Sea level rises will drown pacific islands, right? …right? …uhmmm…wrong

One of the big scams of the whole climate change fraud is the claim that pacific islands and atolls will disappear under a rising sea.

Apparently if we transfer billions of dollars from first world countries and give it to third world countries this can be solved.

Apparently climate science is the only science in the world that is settled and can’t change, but there are pesky scientists out there that show the claims of the past are bunkum….like the atolls will disappear.

Now a new study from the Geological Society of America shows otherwise:

Coral islands defy sea-level rise over the past century: Records from a central Pacific atoll

P.S. Kench, D. Thompson,M.R. Ford,H. Ogawa andR.F. McLean

 

Abstract

The geological stability and existence of low-lying atoll nations is threatened by sea-level rise and climate change. Funafuti Atoll, in the tropical Pacific Ocean, has experienced some of the highest rates of sea-level rise (∼5.1 ± 0.7 mm/yr), totaling ∼0.30 ± 0.04 m over the past 60 yr.     Read more »

A letter to Al Gore from a Redwood tree in California

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Dear Mr Gore (should I call you Mr Past Vice President? I didn’t want to as “Past” sounds so irrelevant and Albert is a little presumptuous)

Re: CO2 – our food.

As you know, sir trees do not often write letters but the subject is of such importance to me and my Sequoiadendron giganteum mates we felt that someone should take up a pen and let you know of our very strong feelings.

We are true Americans having our roots deep down in California as well as multiple branches throughout the state. We want to congratulate you and your fellow Americans for the magnificent effort you have made over the last century in restoring CO2 to reasonable levels. As you will recall from your high school biology CO2 is our staple diet. We chew through huge amounts. Without it we would be gone by lunch time – dying a painful death starved of our food supply.

Me and my mates each chug through over 30 tons of CO2 a year so we are really doing our bit to save the world. As well each of us is providing enough oxygen for over 100 people although you politicians may need a bit more than average given the talking you do.

The recently gained level of CO2 at 400ppm is exciting news. Our health and growth rates have benefited dramatically and word around this neck of the woods is that all plants are doing extremely well in this CO2 rich environment. There are even sound scientific peer reviewed papers backing up the warm and fuzzy feelings that the crop plants are basking in.    Read more »

Are we there yet?

For 25 years we have had politicians, “scientists” and other vested interests all telling us that unless we do something, usually pay more taxes, then the planet is doomed.

Daily Caller lists all the deadlines to DO something to save the planet or else.

1. 2015 is the ‘last effective opportunity’ to stop catastrophic warming
World leaders meeting at the Vatican last week issued a statement saying that 2015 was the “last effective opportunity to negotiate arrangements that keep human-induced warming below 2-degrees [Celsius].”

Pope Francis wants to weigh in on global warming, and is expected to issue an encyclical saying basically the same thing. Francis will likely reiterate that 2015 is the last chance to stop massive warming.

But what he should really say is that the U.N. conference this year is the “last” chance to cut a deal to stem global warming… since last year when the U.N. said basically the same thing about 2014’s climate summit.

2. France’s foreign minister said we only have “500 days” to stop “climate chaos”
When Laurent Fabius met with Secretary of State John Kerry on May 13, 2014 to talk about world issues he said “we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos.”

Ironically at the time of Fabius’ comments, the U.N. had scheduled a climate summit to meet in Paris in December 2015 — some 565 days after his remarks. Looks like the U.N. is 65 days too late to save the world.

3. President Barack Obama is the last chance to stop global warming
When Obama made the campaign promise to “slow the rise of the oceans” some environmentalists may have taken him quite literally.

In 2012, the United Nations Foundation President Tim Wirth told Climatewire that Obama’s second term was “the last window of opportunity” to impose policies to restrict fossil fuel use. Wirth said it’s “the last chance we have to get anything approaching 2 degrees Centigrade,” adding that if “we don’t do it now, we are committing the world to a drastically different place.”

Even before that, then-National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center head James Hansen warned in 2009 that Obama only “has four years to save Earth.” I wonder what they now think about their predictions?   Read more »

Stop the world… scientist to investigate scientist to see if scientist lied about science*

*paraphrased – but essentially correct.

An international panel of scientists will today launch a major inquiry to discover whether official world temperature records have exaggerated the extent of global warming

Hey, someone filled the trough with more money.  This time to discover how-come the first load of trough money didn’t product accurate results.

The panel, convened by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), the ‘climate sceptic’ think-tank led by the former Tory Chancellor Lord Lawson, will focus on thousands of ‘adjustments’ that have been made to temperature records kept at individual weather stations around the world.

Sceptics have argued that the effect of such adjustments – made when instruments are replaced or recalibrated, or heat-producing buildings are erected close to weather station sites – has skewed the records. Read more »

Obama’s climate hypocrisy exposed

Obama thinks that climate change is the biggest threat to the planet…not Islam or any myriad of other things

And so he is doing his utmost to combat climate change…by flying in Air Force One to attend an Earth Day meeting in Florida.

Today, President Obama boarded Marine One to go to Air Force One to fly to Florida to drive by motorcade to the Everglades where dozens of reporters and others arrived by various mechanical contrivances to listen to President Obama give a speech about fighting global warming. The only thing “green” about that trip was the color of the helicopter he took to get to his jet.

Accordingly, many have pondered whether so much ostentatious travel is the best message to send on Earth Day. In fact, Mark Knoller asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest whether the trip “undermined” the President’s message, to which Earnest convincingly replied, “No.”

Just asking the question was enough to prompt giggles, chuckles, and perhaps a guffaw or two from the assorted media of the White House Press Corps. You can also hear someone say he could have taken a van, a nice shot across Hillary’s bow. She, too, opted for the high life instead of the high road for Earth Day.

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Guest Post – What happened to de-forestation?

Nature has just published a new scientific paper showing that there has been a huge expansion in global biomass.  After a decade or two of de-forestation and a net loss of biomass the world has recovered and is now expanding its forests, shrubbery, fields etc.  A paper – ‘A Recent Reversal in Terrestrial Global Biomass’ by Yi Y Liu, Albert van Dijk, R de Jeu, J G Canadell, M McCabe, J Evans and G Wang has shown an appreciable increase in green cover both in extent and depth.

This is of note for two reasons.  The more extreme Greens and their tame politicians bang on about de-forestation and its contribution to global warming only to be proved wrong again by the facts.  Reality is we are getting greener.

Perhaps of greater interest is the priming of vegetation by  the higher levels of CO2.   Far from being the enemy and demonised by the ‘warmists’ rising CO2  is doing us a great favour.  Waste land and desert is being restored, crops are booming, grass and meadow is flourishing, trees are maturing more quickly – all very positive outcomes that deserve our applause..

The alarmists have been predicting doom on our ability to feed the world.  From the 70’s Club of Rome nay-sayers to the warmists of today the message has been we cannot feed ourselves.  However rising CO2 is stimulating growth and fostering record breaking crop yields. Read more »

Welsh gits looking for the craziest ‘green’ project ever

This has got to be quite possibly the craziest ‘green’ project ever.

If you wanted a single example of how far all those who aspire to govern us after this election can lose any touch with reality, a good place to begin might be page 56 of the Conservative manifesto. Here, in a section on “Energy”, we are told how the Coalition Government has “unlocked £59 billion of investment” to produce “low carbon” electricity to meet our commitments under Ed Miliband’s Climate Change Act. All the projects listed are, of course, hugely subsidised, to produce power costing us all twice or three times as much as that from conventional power stations. But there at the end is a mention of “the Swansea tidal lagoon”.

I admit that, until recently, I had no more idea what this was about than 99 per cent of the population. But I was struck by the remarkable array of backers this scheme has attracted, from the Prudential insurance company and Ed Davey, our Lib Dem Energy and Climate Change Secretary, to George Osborne in his recent Budget speech, and the BBC, which has been giving it excitable puffs.    Read more »