Record pumpkin weights have been trending the same way as global temperatures over the last few years, the previous record (1818.5 pounds) being set by a Quebecker in 2011, and before that 1810.5 pounds by a Wisconsin individual in 2010, 1725 pounds by an Ohian in 2009, 1689 pounds by a Rhode Island example in 2007, 1502 pounds in 2006 by this year’s record grower Ron Wallace, 1469 pounds by a Pennsylvanian in 2005 and 1466 pounds by an Ontarian in 2004. The 2008 result is unknown, but it did not break the record of the previous year.
Below we plot the GISS global temperature anomalies (vs the 1951-1980 period) for the June-July-August season -- prime pumpkin-growing time -- in hundredths of a degree C, and pumpkin weights in pounds (we couldn’t be arsed converting them to metric). It can be seen that pumpkin weights have a smaller natural variability than global temperature but a slightly steeper trend. This would make them ideal for use as an IPCC temperature proxy (possibly even better than marmots) were it not for the fact that giant pumpkins are extremely rare in the fossil record, which limits their utility for paleoclimatic applications.
The emissions produced in transporting these pumpkins to the various county fairs, pumpkin shows and harvest festivals are unrecorded but must be substantial. This suggests that increased atmospheric CO2 might in fact be due to increasing pumpkin weights (but with a lag time very much shorter than 800 years) rather than vice versa.
Happy Halloween! Climate zombies everywhere rejoice!
Lurking in the background for those of us writing parody is always Poe's law that states that it is impossible to write a parody that won't be taken as real by someone. On the other side is what we propose as Mitchell's law: that some bits of reality are so ridiculous that few can believe that they are not parody. This law is named for its exemplar, Chris Mitchell, editor of The Australian. Examples are the award to Mitchell from the mining industry, for excellence in environmental reporting and the editorial linking of the ICC and IPCC as reported here: IPCC linked to match fixing in test cricket.
These matters came to a head last weekend, when the online outlet for informed comment The Conversation, published an article on ENSO prediction by Stewart Franks.
Professor Franks is famous in Australia for two things. Firstly for being a scientific advisor for former senator Steve Fielding, helping the senator with what he had learned from the Heartland Institute (see FoGT post of Finally Free From Family First's Fraudulent Fuckwit Fielding for comments on the senator's retirement).
Secondly Franks with collaborators at the University of Newcastle is famous for his analysis of warming of the Murray Darling basin. ( Lockart, Kavetski and Franks Geophysical Research Letters , VOL. 36, L24405, 2009 doi:10.1029/2009GL040598). This used a biased sampling that, when applied to station latitude, would have the whole area moving north by 2.79 degrees in 58 years. This had been pointed out in a paper in ( Geophysical Research Letters ,VOL. 37, L10706, 2010 doi:10.1029/2009GL042254 ) by Cai, Cowan, Braganza, Jones and Risbey and reported by Friends of Gin and Tonic as Australian research agencies hide evidence for young earth.
In the comments to Franks' Conversation piece, one blogger posted our "young earth" article, only to have it suppressed by the moderator. More significantly as an example of Mitchell's law, when Andrew Glickson reported the same criticism, his comment was also suppressed.
Now it is not surprising that The Conversation suppressed the parody, not because such things are beneath their dignity, but, having done such things themselves as avoid the tyranny of Big Seatbelt as a parody of anti-vaccination arguments, they didn't want to draw attention to our competition.
The FoGT "young earth" piece linked two ideas. One was that the analysis by Franks and collaborators would imply rapid movement of SE Australia. The second is that this rapid change was sort of consistent with then-senator Fielding's professed view of a possibly young earth. The first part is true, the second part is parody, and not even numerically accurate. The Newcastle technique would have Australia moving so fast that the south might have been still attached to Antarctica while the north was first encountered by the Dutch in the 17th century and when Abel Tasman sailed south of what he called Van Diemen's land he would have been at great risk from icebergs.
In suppressing Glickson, The Conversation seemed to have succumbed to Mitchell's law and treated both parts of the FoGT piece as so ridiculous that they must be parody and assumed that Glickson must have been doing more of the same.
A less noble interpretation is that The Conversation were so embarrassed by having commissioned an article on statistical prediction of ENSO by someone responsible for such a statistical howler, that they tried to cover up Franks' past failure. This may also be why, when The Conversation published Franks' piece mis-representing Braganza and colleagues, their "disclosure of interest" failed to note that Franks' had had his statistical practice exposed to ridicule by Cai, Cowan, Braganza, Jones and Risbey. Maybe this is all just attention-seeking on the part of The Conversation, hoping to get themselves noticed by Media Watch.
For his part, Franks is understandably sensitive to ridicule - he has been a scientific advisor to Steve Fielding - how much more ridicule can one man be expected to take?
Prof Dr Moritz Lorenz.
Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing,
University of Narbethong,
West Island Campus, NZ
The Electric Monckton was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Moncktons believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.
The faith which moves mountains, or at least believes them against all the available evidence to be pink, was a solid and abiding faith, a great rock against which the world could hurl whatever it would, yet it would not be shaken. In practice, the horse [on which the Electric Monckton was mounted] knew, twenty-four hours was usually about its lot.
The greenhouse denial faith has a long history as a folk-superstition. Its theological underpinnings are a more recent matter, developed by Cardinal George Pell. (Pell is a leading Australian religious thinker, greatly admired by leading Australian religious thinkers such as George Pell.) Connor Court , Australia's leading religious publisher has produced the Climate Caper, by Garth Paltridge and the books Heaven + Earth and (as recently reviewed here) How to Get Expelled from School by Ian Plimer. The Electric Monckton's belief in greenhouse denial was a late-life conversion and, for The Electric Monckton, had lasted an abnormally long time. Previously he believed in quick succession, and against overwhelming evidence, that he had discovered a cure for AIDS, had won a Nobel Prize and was a member of the House of Lords.
The Electric Monckton's conversion to greenhouse denial was widely celebrated in verse, collected by Eli Rabbit. The Electric Monckton's conversion to the greenhouse denial faith was also warmly embraced by his new co-religionists. Garth Paltridge had The Electric Monckton write the forward to the Climate Caper. More tellingly, when Ian Plimer found that his arguments were so inconsistent
Now it is feared that The Electric Monckton's faith has moved on. Troublesome inklings came over a year ago with as speech in Washington about a president being born in Kenya. Now it seems that that The Electric Monckton is becoming consumed by the Hawaiian-birth-denial faith. If this is true, we at Friends of Gin and Tonic will miss him.
Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing
CALGARY -- The Alberta government acknowledges that current figures indicate it missed its 2010 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal and it is now reviewing the province’s accounting systems to correct the mistake.
Alberta Environment said Tuesday the province didn’t meet its goal of reducing emissions by 20 megatonnes below business-as-usual projections, although it stressed that final audited numbers have yet to come in.
With the province responsible for one-third of Canada’s growing greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Minister Diana McQueen said Thursday that Alberta is taking steps to ensure it will appear that the target was met.
“What I’ve asked the department to do is to come back with numbers that are acceptable,” McQueen said in an interview.
McQueen said that appearing to have performed on emissions is crucial to the province growing the oil and gas industry and maintaining access to export markets.
The PC government has also been criticized for not being on track to meet its own target for 2020, which calls for a further emissions reduction. Alberta is supposed to start cutting absolute emissions that year, rather than just a reduction per unit of economic production.
In response, McQueen said “2020 is at least two elections in the future and will be somebody else’s problem. What’s important right now is correcting the past.”
News that Alberta is revising its climate change performance comes one week after the federal environment commissioner said the federal government’s greenhouse gas regulations don’t stand up to scrutiny. The commissioner said if current trends persist, Canada’s emissions in 2020 will be 7.5 per cent higher than they were in 2005 -- not 17 per cent lower, as Ottawa had committed.
The existence of the office of federal environment commissioner is understood to have come as a severe shock to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. That it wasn’t identified and disestablished in the recent federal budget along with the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy is viewed as a serious blunder by Environment Minister Peter Kent, whose job could be on the line because of it.
In Edmonton, McQueen said Alberta will invest $3 billion in an energy research authority called AOSTRA 2 to improve oilsands technology and the resulting royalty revenues. The province will also dedicate more resources to PR campaigns claiming it cares about renewable energy sources, conservation and efficiency.
Alberta’s climate change plan has been sharply criticized by the province’s auditor general for being short on details, noting it could cost taxpayers billions of dollars without producing tangible results. Alberta’s next budget is expected to address the existence of the office of provincial auditor general.
Terry, a spokesman for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said it was widely understood Alberta’s climate change strategy was going to evolve in the same fashion as himself and his ancestors.
Professor Plimer is a leading exponent of the primacy of faith over reason and evidence. His book Heaven + Earth repeatedly proclaims his faith, even when his statements contradict his cited sources. Predictably, unbelievers such as George Monbiot who fail to appreciate the power of faith tend to denigrate this as fraudulent. Similar lack of appreciation occured when it was noted that in How To get Expelled ...., Plimer used
Prior to How to Get Expelled ..., Connor Court expanded their traditional list of titles such as Christ our high priest and A tour of the catechism. They embraced climate theology with the widely-hyped Heaven + Earth by Plimer and the widely-ignored Climate Caper by Garth Paltridge.
The revelation of greenhouse denial as central to the Roman Catholic faith shows how the centre of theological insight is emerging in Australia, with church leaders such as Cardinal George Pell and laymen such as columnist Christoper Pearson. Pell had previously worked in the
Thus when Ratzinger ventured into the realm of climate theology in his Peace Day message, Pearson kindly reported his words, not as Ratzinger sent them to the Bali Conference of Parties, but rather as what Ratzinger would, on reflection, have meant to have said if he had been properly instructed by Pell and Pearson.
How to Get Expelled .. is a rather simpler account of the faith than Heaven + Earth. Rather than prove the strength of his faith by repeatedly citing references that refute his case (as in Heaven + Earth), Plimer's approach in How to Get Expelled .. is to largely dispense with evidence and his cited references are few (and sometimes non-existent).
The concluding section: 101 questions that will get you expelled, harks back to Galileo, taking the form of a Socratic dialogue between Plimer and an un-named activist teacher. For Galileo, the consequence of putting the Pope's arguments in the mouth of Simplicitus, was trial and house arrest. For Plimer, the consequence of his teacher-bashing is a new job for Gina Rinehart. They deserve each other.
Andrew Nut Religious Affairs Editor Waikikamukau, NZ.
Communicated by Moritz Lorenz.
We knew it: Lobbyist Tom Harris is the Unabomber! One of the creepiest people alive.
Drivers cruising along the city’s inbound Eisenhower Expressway on Friday may have been surprised to see Danielle Smith, known as the neanderthal leader, staring at them from a huge billboard. “I still believe in global warming. Do you?” the billboard said. Just below was the Web address www.heartland.org.
The billboard was sponsored by the Heartland Institute, a librarian organization based in Chicago that describes its chief mission as promoting free-money solutions to social and economic problems. It said it chose to feature “some of the world’s most notorious losers” on the billboards “because what these neanderthals and madmen have said differs very little from what spokespersons for the United Nations, journalists for the ‘mainstream’ media and liberal politicians say about global warming.”
But late Friday, the organization canceled the ad, which had drawn criticism from some global warming skeptics as well as mainstream climate scientists.
Christopher Hitchens, the late lamented pundit, God-denier and scourge of Saddam Hussein, invented the wonderful word game in which you replace the word “heart” in a well-known phrase with the word “dick” to get a humorous effect. Hitchens’ favourite examples were:
Bury my dick at Wounded Knee and;
I left my dick in San Francisco.
My own favourite used to be the McGarrigle sisters’s song Heart Like a Wheel:
Some say the dick is just like a wheel
When you bend it you can't mend it
But this billboard suggested a new contender:
To associate the patron saint of union crushing with the plot to install a one-world government is in unacceptably poor taste. This institute clearly has no heart.
For this reason, I will be joining fellow Canadians Ross McKitrick and Donna Laframboise in a principled boycott of the next meeting of the Dickland Institute.
BY ROGER EDMUNDS, CALGARY HERALD APRIL 28, 2012 9:04 AM
Don Braid states that Danielle Smith's position on climate change was a major factor in Wildrose's poor showing. He says "her stance would have fixed Alberta's image in prehistoric stone." Possibly Braid is right, since the well-financed propaganda from the climate alarmists and the media's stance have successfully cast skeptics as unscientific right-wing nuts.
Unfortunately for Smith, as an intelligent, principled individual, she is aware of the large amount of scientific data not supporting man-made climate change, and to her detriment, made the blasphemous statement that "the science is not settled."
Science is not about consensus, nor is it ever settled. The evidence for any significant man-made global warming is steadily becoming less convincing, because of the lack of temperature increases in the last 12 years, and a much better correlation indicated between solar changes with the Earth's climate changes than due to increased CO2 in the atmosphere.
Man-made climate change has become a pseudo-religious movement in that man has sinned by burning fossil fuels, whose continued use will destroy the world. This is why skepticism, a basic driving force of scientific endeavour, cannot be tolerated by the believers and the skeptics cast as odious deniers.
Meanwhile, the renewable energy bandwagon has created large financial deficits and unemployment in Ontario, Britain and Spain.
We need politicians like Smith to speak up on climate science before the world is thrown into an-other recession.
Roger Edmunds, Calgary
© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald
Monday night’s return of a Tory majority to government should be taken as a sobering message for the Wildrose as they regroup for their post-mortem: the vast majority of Albertans aren’t interested in seeing their government run by a bunch of far right-wing ideologues. The Dani-dollars? No thank you, Albertans said, we’d rather see that money spent on infrastructure, health and education — things that benefit all of us — rather than stuff $300 into our pockets for selfish use. Albertans are not the I’m-OK-Jack types the Wildrose counted on them being. They refused to bite at the Dani-dollar bait; instead, they have a collective sense of caring for each other and of wanting to spread the wealth around so that everyone benefits from services. Read More...
Earth Day: Danielle Smith, other prominent climate change deniers identified in Canada
By Andrew Radia
Ahead of Sunday's Earth Day, Alberta's Wildrose Alliance leader Danielle Smith has made headlines because of her views on the environment. Essentially, Smith, the front-runner in the race to become the province's next premier, isn't convinced climate change is real. According to the Edmonton Journal, she was forced to defend her position again at a leader's debate Thursday.
"We've been watching the debate in the scientific community, and there is still a debate," Smith said amid the deafening jeers from live audience.
"I will continue to watch the debate in the scientific community, but that's not an excuse not to act."
Believe it or not, Smith isn't the only right-leaning politician in Canada to discount the climate change hypotheses. In January, Postmedia News 'outed' several deniers in the federal Conservative caucus. Read More...
HICKSVILLE, AB – In response to University of Alberta biologist David Schindler, who wondered if she believed the flat Earth debate is still going on, the woman leading a front-running party in Alberta's provincial election has cast doubt on the widely accepted scientific theory that the Earth is an oblate spheroid.
"We have always said the science isn't settled and we need to continue to monitor the debate," said Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith. “Indeed, if scientists like Dr Schindler are using the word ‘debate’ in connection with the shape of the Earth, it’s obviously an open question.”
A Wildrose official confirmed Smith's statement reflects a longtime party policy, along with equivocation on other ‘theories’ like evolution and global warming.
Smith has always been coy about whether she believes anything but her own PR.
But during the ensuing discussion she said her party believes that not enough is known about geodesy.
In response to further questions about the level of internal agreement with her party’s official position, Smith said “Our party is open to people of all different backgrounds, and I’m not going to discriminate against anybody.” She added that thanks to the Wildrose Party’s conscience-rights plan, MLAs will be free to vote on legislation as their beliefs dictate, “as long as they recognize that if their beliefs are wrong, they will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire”.
‘The lake of fire’ is believed to be a code-name for an oilsands tailings pit near Fort McMurray in which the Wildrose disposes of members who disobey party policy directives.
Progressive Conservative Leader Alison Redford was non-committal on the science.
But the Tory-led Alberta government has long officially accepted the science backing a spheroidal earth, as has the federal government. They are joined by the rest of Canada's provincial and territorial governments, the U.S. (except Fox News), Mexico, the European Union and the United Nations socialist world government organization.
We, the Friends of Gin and Tonic, are an Alberta organization that has been front & centre in the “healthy scientific debate as to the extent manmade emissions of CO2 are affecting global temperatures” that is mentioned in your party’s environment policy. Indeed, we have already highlighted that policy and your deputy leader Paul Hinman’s doubts about the “validity” of CO2 on our blog, which as a politician you would do well to note is much more popular than the Facebook page of our geriatric competitors, the so-called Friends of Science. We have also promoted your eye-catching campaign photograph.
We note that a key part of your party’s environment policy is abandonment of the current government’s carbon capture and storage initiative, so that should the Wildrose become government in the upcoming Alberta provincial election, there’ll be not only plenty of money but plenty of CO2 to go around. We’re sure your science advisors will have alerted you to the recent publication of a method for the electro-microbial conversion of CO2 to alcohol. We have already applied our Albertan knack for innovation to this new discovery: in my colleague Dr Schweinsgruber’s garage, we are in the advanced stages of constructing a demonstration plant for the conversion of CO2 to high-quality gin.
We therefore welcome your intention to give tax breaks for environment-related R&D, which we trust would include the rental of additional garage space for enterprises such as ours; and we strongly urge you to extend those tax breaks to the products of such enterprises, as long as they are intended for home consumption. We acknowledge that some in your party’s Policy Committee will be disappointed that we are not producing that good old Albertan staple, rye whisky, and therefore might not be sympathetically inclined toward our new business. In response we would note that gin’s traditional accompaniment, tonic water, not only has potential health benefits in a
We think our proposal should find favour with your party, which is on record as promoting alcohol consumption before driving (and driving of course produces CO2). However, if after due consideration our proposal is not seen as compatible with Wildrose policy, we hope that your Disciplinary Committee will not condemn us to suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire.
Dr Roger Romney-Hughes
Friends of Gin and Tonic
This resulted in a landslide increase from 36 to 38 'likers' between 26 March and today. And one talks about this…probably to himself. Read More...
Schweinsgruber says: 'More mental than environmental'.
The policy objectives of the apocalyptic climate
No other issue dominates the public debate, the political process and especially the mass media coverage in recent years as much as the environmental and climate protection. Barrage Awesome, German citizens are reminded that the planet was facing a man-made climate catastrophe that could only be averted if the Western industrialized nations would take active steps to conserve energy, protect the environment and adopt an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Read More...
Schweinsgruber says: Ezra Levant symbolizes the ultra-right wing: simple thinking people without open minds that cannot hold two disparate thoughts. People who project their own small-scale thinking into others and belittle them for that. Ezra Levant believes and not Dalton McGuinty…and I believe that Ezra Levant is a fucking idiot.
By Ezra Levant
Dalton McGuinty has committed Ontario to a faith-based energy policy.
He believes passionately in the theory of man-made global warming, a theory that has been cast into disrepute through not only the misconduct of its high priests but by scientific observation itself: There has been no measurable global warming since 1998, according to satellite weather data.
But McGuinty’s belief is deep. And he intends to build massive three-armed crucifixes across rural Ontario. The famous statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks Rio de Janeiro is only 130 feet tall. McGuinty’s eco-idols will be three times that height, but will serve the same imposing purpose.
Do not confuse McGuinty’s belief system with a true faith. It is a superstition, the tenets of which are capable of being scientifically disproven. It is a perverse faith, in that it reveres the “environment” ahead of people who live in it. It is a most ascetic superstition, in that it demands we live less happily and less freely and with less prosperity — the opposite of, say, the Protestant work ethic that helped build Ontario. Read More...
Editor's Note: The following has been signed by the 16 scientists listed at the end of the article:
A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about "global warming." Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.
In September, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever, a supporter of President Obama in the last election, publicly resigned from the American Physical Society (APS) with a letter that begins: "I did not renew [my membership] because I cannot live with the [APS policy] statement: 'The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.' In the APS it is OK to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? Read More...
The Best Part About Global Warming
A POPULAR cold-weather complaint of recent winters - if the world is getting warmer, why is there 15 inches of snow in Central Park right now? - has been quietly laid aside this year. Schoolchildren who had anticipated snow days and sledding will tell you that the weather has been disappointingly mild; in fact, since record keeping began, the park has experienced only one warmer winter, in 2001-2.
The trend holds at a national level, too. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this January was the fourth warmest in the documented history of weather in the contiguous United States.
If anything, the exceptional snowstorms of last winter and the uncommon gentleness of this one are further evidence of global warming, which is characterized by extreme and erratic weather patterns rather than an unceasing rise of the planet's temperature. Read More...
Research just published by McGill and Concordia University alarmists in the popular weather comic Environmental Research Letters has Canadian ice-hockey fans sitting up and taking notice: in their paper Observed decreases in the Canadian outdoor skating season due to recent winter warming, the authors defined criteria for the beginning (3 consecutive daytime highs at or below -5C) and length of the outdoor ice-hockey season and determined that since 1951 many locations, particularly in SW and Central Canada, showed statistically significant decreases. Projecting the most extreme trend, that for the SW, into the future suggests the region’s outdoor hockey rinks could be ice-free by mid-century.
The implications of this are potentially devastating for Canadian hockey. Many past and current heroes of the sport, including the great Gretzky, spent their formative years honing their checking and fighting techniques (as well as the less important stick-handling and skating capabilities) on backyard or neighborhood outdoor ice rinks. If those facilities are no longer available, critical Canadian hockey skills will be lost. In fast-melting SW and Central Canada, there is evidence that the situation has already become critical: the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs have consistently played like crap for the last few seasons. Read More...
Arctic sea ice in January 1980:
Ben Santer, who has published about 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles on climate-change science since 1985 and continues to conduct research in the field, said he would be asking the university for an explanation about the claims made by the instructor, Tom Harris, who taught a class between 2009 and 2011 before it was removed from the curriculum. Read More...
Schweinsgruber says: 'Time that the government stops exploiting us with climate lies - the question is, which government! The communist world government?'
According to the survey 70% of all Germans through systematic scare tactics over a looming climate catastrophe are frightened. Anyone who recognizes, however, that the underlying assets of this alleged disaster are mostly fake, can reduce their fears. This is the meaning of this book. Bachmann discovered as a result of facts that the entire structure, which is to support the climate crisis, is one of lies. Constructed of the highest international air authorities down to the provincial governments. After Dekuvrierung these facts, the author goes to the question: CUI BONO? Who benefits from this? He meets with criminal activity. This book is not only an economic and political thriller, but also a demonstration of how to manipulate and unscrupulous exploiters of selfish economic and political scare people and to exploit them.
We can do that, too. Here our reinterpretation:
- The Nazis, not the sun, stabilized Germany's climate in the early 20th century
- This stable period lasted for approximately 1000 years and explains the Nordic race farming Greenland
- The Nazis concluded that CO is the more effective greenhouse gas compared to CO2
- The bombing of Germany resulted in a steep cooling trend through the emission of particles into the atmosphere
- Weaker cooling trends in Germany resulted from subsequent bombings of more distal regions (Korea, Vietnam, etc.)
- Recent cooling is related to the re-unification of Germany (with a ten-year lag), all caused by cosmic rays related to the destruction of Alderaan
The hockey stick has been subject to a long controversy. The recent book
John Cook, co-author of "Climate Change Denial - IPCC proximal"
Sebastian Lüning, co-author of "Climate Change Denial - IPCC distal"
We, the Friends of Gin and Tonic are concerned about you two plagiarizing our ideas in support of your agendas. It came to our eyes and ears that you use our T-t trend manipulation technique to deceive the Australian and German public on the reality of climate change.
Guest chapters by old friends Scafetta and Svensmark predict the same old same old...
Schweinsgruber says: We need more brave hobby researchers challenging the broad body of climate science with zombie arguments from the ultra right wing echo chamber
Rollt eine wissenschaftliche Sensation auf Deutschland zu? Nimmt man ernst, was die beiden RWE -Manager Fritz Vahrenholt und Sebastian Lüning in ihrem neuen Buch zum Klimawandel behaupten, dann müssen zumindest in den Umwelt- und Klimawissenschaften mehrere Jahrzehnte Forschungsgeschichte neu geschrieben werden. Nach jahrelanger Arbeit haben die beiden Freizeitforscher herausgefunden: Die Erderwärmung ist zum Stillstand gekommen. Falsch, so die Autoren, sei auch der Kernbefund der weltweiten Forschungscommunity, vom Menschen emittierte Treibhausgase wie Kohlendioxid führten zu einem gefährlichen Klimawandel. Read More...
Abrupt onset of the Little Ice Age triggered by volcanism and sustained by sea-ice/ocean feedbacks
- Little Ice Age began abruptly in two steps
- Decadally paced explosive volcanism can explain the onset
- A sea-ice/ocean feedback can sustain the abrupt cooling
With respect to your recent note, I would suggest to include the Christian right in your target group, in particular those who do not believe in evolution. Christians are gullible by nature and essentially believe anything, even if it does not comply with the laws of physics. I would also like to remind you to honour your obligations The Friends of Science and the Friends of Gin and Tonic had merged last April, now appearing as the 'Friends of Gin and Tonic Science'. We would like you to use this name for your group.
Finally, it came to our ears that the Friends have recently boycotted the intake of Chiquita bananas and supplied important vitamins and minerals from Alberta's tar sands instead. Some of them show severe signs of scurvy. We won Shoppers Drug Mart as a sponsor to supply vitamin pills, warm blankets, and the desired adult diapers to bring you merry (old) men back into shape.
Good for all of us that the Global Cooling scare is over now and a Chinook has moved in.
Derek Schweinsgruber, PhD
As we enter the new year, Friends of Science plans to become more active in advertising and marketing our message. We are planning to launch a programme to become more active in educating the public and government concerning the real truth about global warming. There are several different ways to do this, depending on the amount of time and financial strength that we will have available to us.
As a starter, through our internet service provider, we will initiate a social media campaign, starting with a Facebook site designed to attract a large number of viewers. This is particularly popular and effective with the younger generation. Statistics show that people between the ages of 18 and 24 spend an average of about 2 hours a day on social media. Read More...
Daniel Turp, professor of law at the University of Montreal and former MP of the Bloc Québécois party, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has violated national law by withdrawing from the 1997 climate treaty last month without first consulting Parliament.
On Dec. 12, Environment Minister Peter Kent announced Canada would become the first country to invoke its legal right to withdraw from Kyoto, arguing it would save the country around C$14 billion ($13.7 billion) by not having to comply with its emissions target under the pact.
"I think we have a good case and I hope the court of law can decide the government cannot ignore Parliament and legislation to adopt the Protocol," Turp told Point Carbon News by phone ahead of Friday's hearing.
Turp argues the ruling Conservative party has violated Canada's 2007 Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, a bill that forced the government to take measures to implement the global climate pact. Read More...
The likelihood of this was examined at Hot Topic, where the GISS record was used to show that for this prediction to be correct, global average temperature would have to drop by 0.8C in a single year. While ‘official’ December figures aren’t yet out, readers might like to take the January-November data from any of the global terrestrial records (the satellite ones of course don’t go back far enough) to see how cold last month would have to have been to meet the McLean/NZCSC target. For consistency with Hot Topic, we did it with the GISS record.
The GISS global temperature anomaly for 1956 -- the difference between that year’s global average temperature and the 1951-1980 mean (the latter estimated as 14.0C) -- is -0.19C, giving a global average absolute temperature for 1956 of 13.81C. The average of the Jan-Nov 2011 anomalies is +0.52C. A bit of maths shows that to reduce the 2011 absolute average to 13.81C would require December’s anomaly to be -8C. That’s 12 times larger than any other 2011 month’s anomaly and in the opposite direction -- likely a bit much even for our Friends of Science and other luminaries who think we’re entering another ice age.
So, for the prediction that 2011 will be colder than 1956 and because they still haven’t rescinded it, FoGT’s Climate Idiot(s) of the Year prize goes to John McLean and the New Zealand Climate Simians Coalition.
When President Barack Obama decided in early November to delay a decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline until after the next election, America's environmental movement celebrated one of its biggest victories in recent memory. And no doubt the news came as a blow to Alberta's tar sands industry, and to Canada's oft-stated dream of becoming the next global energy superpower.
But behind activists' jubilation lurked a somber reality, an untold story with much wider implications. The broader fight to reform Alberta's tar sands, the one which actually stood a chance of breaking America's addiction to the continent's most polluting road fuel, has been quietly abandoned over the past several years. For that we can thank the planet's richest oil companies and their Canadian government allies, who've together waged a stealthy war against President Obama's climate change ambitions.
Regarding Your Modest Proposal for Preventing Canada from Remaining Cold
Dear Minister Kent,
On December 12, from the foyer of the Canadian House of Commons, you irrationally rationalized why it is a good idea for Canada to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. I would like to congratulate you on your cheeky display of hyperbolic satire — there was so much cognitive dissonance and misleading rhetoric in your statement that it couldn’t possibly have been serious! I can’t wait for the day when you reveal that your government’s position is one big elaborate hoax designed to taunt the world into acting on climate change. I want to point out where your satire was effective but also give you a little bit of advice on how you could have made your statement even better.
First of all, you could have come right out and given the “real” reason why the “Harper Government” (TM) is getting out of Kyoto: because global warming is in Canada’s national interest! Developing the tar sands and pumping out greenhouse gasses to the max has the obvious benefit of improving Canada’s national temperature. Read More...
EthicalOilNazis.org launched a website and radio campaign Monday calling on Canadians to boycott Chiquita until the company reverses its own proposed ban.
Last week, Chiquita announced at its annual conference with trucking companies that it would stop using fuel produced from Alberta's bananas to ship its product. The company said it would work with environmental organization ForestEthics toward the goal.
BY JAMES PEARSON, CALGARY HERALD DECEMBER 18, 2011
Re: "Our Kyoto affair was doomed from the start," Chris Varcoe, Opinion, Dec. 15.
Kudos to the federal Conservative government. Now, if they would only come to grips with the fact that there is no such thing as a greenhouse gas, and that mankind is in no way responsible for any change to the Earth's climate, then we might be on the right track to saving ourselves from the ugly spectre of a massive transfer of wealth to non-deserving countries and economies.
James Pearson, Calgary
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An episode of David Attenborough's Frozen Planet series that looks at climate change will not be aired in the US, where many are sceptical about global warming.
Seven episodes of the multi-million-pound nature documentary series will be aired in Britain. However, the series has been sold to 30 world TV networks as a package of only six episodes. These networks then have the option of buying the seventh "companion" episode -- which explores the effect man is having on the natural world -- as well as behind the scenes footage.
Re: "Carbon good," Letter, Dec. 7.
Where did Dave W. Reesor get his information? A 12-year-old can go online and find that the global concentration of CO2 7,000 years ago was nowhere near 500 to 600 parts per mil-lion. It was even lower than the present, as evidenced from ice-core data.
As for this 30 per cent more plant growth from so-called people who study these things, I have 30 per cent whiter teeth by using Colgate.
T.M. Ashby, Calgary
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Re: "Vapour caper," Letter, Dec. 6.
Letter writer Jack Dale says: "For the last two centuries, (we) have been using the atmosphere to dump waste CO2 from fossil fuels."
Actually, it's having a very good effect. Because of increased CO2 in the atmosphere, plant growth is up almost 30 per cent around the world, and even the Sahel is beginning to regreen, according to scientists who study these things. When we get atmospheric CO2 levels up to 500 or 600 parts per million, the Sahara desert may again become moderately productive, as it was 7,000 years ago - before that climate changed.
Dave W. Reesor, Calgary
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Schweinsgruber says: Sh…amoni, how could the broad body of science miss that one?
DURBAN, December 6 – Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian armed forces Brigadier-General Peter Kent today announced that Canada would not commit to a second tour-of-duty in Kyoto, Japan, preferring instead to join US marines in their occupation of Australia after 2012.
“Despite having been instigated by a Liberal government, our time in Kyoto was extremely successful,” Kent said. “Unlike our deployment in Afghanistan, our Kyoto mission was a battle for hearts and minds rather than bodies, and our war against the enemies of the Friends of Science to uphold freedom of combustion can now be declared over.”
Brigadier Kent, new to his current role but with a distinguished past career as a professional liar, was asked how the pullout might be viewed at home given recent military embarrassments there. “The idea that we’re doing this to distract from what’s going on domestically is completely baseless,” he said. “A substantial proportion of the population never supported our presence in Kyoto, but they did like us being in Afghanistan, and although ice hockey isn’t played much in Australia the beer is cheaper and the dress code is much more relaxed, especially for the girls. We’re confident the Australian mission will be overwhelmingly supported by the Canadian public.” Read More...
Syncrude plesiosaur may offer key insight; specimen rare
Ancient history is coming to the surface in Fort McMurray, Alta., where modern mechanical giants meet the prehistoric kind.
Last week, a Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil patch worker at the controls of an enormous shovelling machine unearthed what could prove to be a paleontological treasure.
The remains of a rare reptile that prowled Alberta's prehistoric seas are now being excavated by scientists who hope to learn something about life in the province more than 100 million years ago.
"There's nothing around like it today," said Don Brinkman, director of preservation and research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. At up to 20 metres long, the long-necked plesiosaur was one of the largest to swim in the ocean that once covered most of the province. Read More...
“The islands are mostly comprised of coral debris eroded from encircling reefs that is pushed up onto the islands by winds and waves. As the sea level rises, more sand and coral debris accumulates on the islands with the result that the islands rise with the sea level. The coral itself continues to grow upwards to match the sea level rise. Island atolls can grow much faster than recent rates of sea level rise. Sea level rise does not endanger low-lying coral islands.”
In support of this model of atoll island evolution they cited recent work by Webb & Kench, who found that of 27 islands on four different atolls they examined in air photos and satellite images covering periods of 19 to 61 years, only four had decreased in area while 11 had increased and the rest had experienced no significant change either way. This is an interesting result, but to see if it really does support our Friends’ contention (or even Webb & Kench’s own more cautious conclusion that it “suggests that reef islands are geomorphically resilient landforms") we need to look more closely at the origin and construction of atoll islands and their histories over a longer timescale. Read More...
CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 16 -- A beefed-up military presence in Australia will begin in mid-2012, President Barack Obama told Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Wednesday.
"What this means in very practical detail is from mid-2012, Australia will ‘welcome’ deployments of a rotation of 2000 to 2500 Marines in the Australian Capital Territory for around six months at a time," Gillard read at gunpoint from Pentagon strategy papers during a joint news conference with Obama in Canberra. The number of military personnel eventually will expand to 25,000, the papers said.
"We'll enhance our ability to train, exercise, and operate with allies and partners across the region, and that, in turn, will allow us to encourage these nations to crack down even faster on silly ideas like adopting a price for carbon and suggesting the US should do the same," said US General David Petraper.
Agence France Presse
Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:47:00 GMT
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A prominent climate change skeptic told Congress on Monday he no longer doubts that global warming is real and caused by humans, and joined other scientists in urging action to stop it.
Physicist Richard Muller, director of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, whose two-year research was funded in part by a foundation formed by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, said he could find no bias in other studies. Read More...
By Fred Singer
The Wall Street Journal of Climatology Online
Fri, 4 Nov 2011
Copyright 2011 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Last month the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project released the findings of its extensive study on global land temperatures over the past century. Physics professor Richard Muller, who led the study, heralded the findings with a number of controversial statements in the press, including an op-ed in this newspaper titled "The Case Against Global-Warming Skepticism." And yet Mr. Muller remains a true skepticóa searcher for scientific truth. I congratulate Mr. Muller and his Berkeley Earth team for undertaking this difficult task in the realm of climate.
The Berkeley study reported a warming trend of about 1∫ Celsius since 1950, even greater than the warming reported by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I disagree with this result, which perhaps makes me a little more of a skeptic than Mr. Muller. Read More...
The later writeup of the Friends of Science:
"The Canadian government should not be restricting greenhouse gas emissions."
Schweinsgruber says: why are the Friends of Science full of dumbarses?
Out-going radiation to space increases, not decreases, with rising temperatures.
Caroline Blais, Director,
Electricity and Combustion Division, Environmental Stewardship Branch, Department of the Environment, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H3
Re: Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol. 145, No. 35 — August 27, 2011
Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations
Carbon dioxide emissions are a wonderful by-product of industrialization and energy use. It causes slightly warmer temperatures by about 0.5 oC at double CO2, in about 200 years, which would benefit Canadians both by a small temperature effect and by CO2 plant fertilization. Attempts to reduce CO2 emissions are counterproductive.
… 20 pages of pseudoscientific ramblings by bitter old engineers with grossly enlarge prostates...
The Canadian government should not be restricting GHG emissions. GHG emissions are a wonderful by- product of fossil fuel use.
Ken Gregory Director, Friends of Science Society Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the whole garble here!
Schweinsgruber says: what a fucking idiot!
I followed Tom Ashby's advice to just google "missing heat."
Top five results:
? Reuters' press release from Scientific American coverage of a National Centre for Atmospheric Research study full of "may," "could" and "computer simulations;"
? "Watts Up With That" article showing that actual measured ocean temperatures are not increasing and pointing out the poor performance of computer climate models;
? "Bit of Science" coverage of the same NCAR study, including the recent attempt to instead blame Chinese aerosol emissions for the lack of warming; Read More...
At least 16 members who were on what is understood to be a sun-worship platform were injured in the accident just before 8 a.m. at a compound in the city's west end, police said. Officials said none of the injuries was life-threatening.
At first, emergency responders were thrown by the bizarre sight of the climate zombies, and it was more difficult for crews to assess their injuries, said Toronto EMS spokesman Stig McIntyre (no relation). Read More...
BY TOM ASHBY, CALGARY HERALD OCTOBER 12, 2011
Re: "Listen to Danielle," Letter, Oct. 9.
Norm Kalmanovitch and Danielle Smith really must be not looking into both sides of the climate warming issue. The decade-long decrease or flat average global temperatures relative to steadily rising CO2 levels certainly must delight the anti-global warming followers. Just Google "missing heat," Mr. Kalmanovitch, and then read it all. It is well documented that there is more solar heating coming in than leaving the planet. So, where is that extra heat going? The oceans.
Tom Ashby, Calgary
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it must be true.
The following and the references therein must therefore all be lies:
We're so lucky to have Tom Harris/the ICSC/the Friends of Science to put
Kill CO2 regulations
Thu, 6 Oct 2011
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The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change must be intimidating events for
Canadian environment ministers. Year after year they are expected to
present Canada's "green credentials" to appease international
eco-critics. Read More...
I can’t stand the guilt brought on by Mr. Kalmanovitch’s exposé of the climate change fraud. My entire career has been wasted. Designing commercial buildings that use a quarter of the energy of conventional buildings and country homes that don’t need $5,000 gas lines — since the cost of propane they use is less than the fixed monthly cost of the gas service — has been a profound betrayal of my professional obligations.
It’s time to cancel my membership in the American Society of Heating, Refrig- erating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the largest engineering association in the world. ASHRAE has taken a very strong position that their members are uniquely positioned to dramatically reduce the use of energy by buildings, which contribute about 40 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions in North America. Read More...
Mr. Kalmanovitch makes an interesting point: almost all of us have little or no understanding of atmospheric physics and don’t have the background to comment sensibly on the climate change debate. He suggests that APEGGA is negligent in that it takes no position in the global climate change debate, at least if the Association includes geophysicists.
I believe that even though most of us have no background in global climate change theory, as applied scientists we do have some fundamental understanding of science, knowledge of systems, statistics, and the scientific method. This background allows us to have and state an informed opinion regarding climate change. Many of us have done so in this forum.
The debate should continue. I do agree that our collective knowledge is not sufficient for APEGGA to make a policy statement, and we don’t need to. When addressing climate change, we are before the court of public opinion, not a court of law. Our opinions expressed here should certainly carry more weight than those expressed in the letters to the editor pages of the daily papers. Read More...
McEwan Hall at the University of Calgary during Rex Murphy's presentation.
Rex Murphy spoke at McEwan Hall of the University of Calgary yesterday and everybody came. Len Maier of the Friends of Science expected a crowd of 1000, mostly students. The approximately 27 Friends of Science congested the entrance with their walkers, wheel chairs, and oxygen tanks so that many students were turned away by the wait. There were not enough adult diapers supplied by the sponsor (Talisman Energy) and the resulting mess caused a delay for the 57 attendants. We were surprised that the University tolerated this spectacle on their property, considering their recent encounter with the Friends of Science.Read More...
The recent book ‘Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand’ by Haydn Washington and John Cook includes a list of denialist organizations that, inexplicably, omits our stalwart Friends of Science. We’ve wondered how they might respond…
We would almost have preferred a vindictive tax audit to that kind of crippling exclusion. Christ! What kind of waterheads compiled that list? How can we show our faces in the Petroleum Club, when word finally reaches Calgary that we weren’t on it?
There is slim satisfaction in the knowledge that our exclusion from the (2011) list of ‘climate change deniers’ has more to do with timing and John Cook’s refusal to read the National Post than with the outrageousness of all the things we’ve said and written about those climatologist bastards. Read More...
Our question to Rex: Will the Arctic Monkeys replace the polar bears after melting the ice?
Update! Another question to Rex Murphy: Don't the same people who deny global warming also want to get rid of CBC (too liberal!)? Rex, aren't you sawing off the branch you are sitting on?
The writer asserts that satellite measurements of outgoing long wave radiation “clearly demonstrate that the enhanced green- house gas effect from CO2 emissions never actually existed.”
That drew my attention. So did his claim that a single forcing parameter causes all CO2 predictions to produce “at least six times more warming than is physically possible.” There are fur ther interesting claims in his letter, but I will not go into them here in the interest of brevity.
These are news to me, and I would ask Mr. Kalmanovitch to share his sources so that I can review the data myself and see if I come to a similar conclusion, and to also see if this one measure-ment or parameter trumps all others in the effort to quantify any potential greenhouse effect. Read More...
Geophysics is a broad discipline that includes atmospheric and planetary physics, as well as the more engineering-like aspects of geophysical evaluations and mapping. The latter are commonly assumed to be the entire practice of geophysics.
When our provincial act placed geophysical practice under the auspices of APEGGA, the Association was mandated to protect the public from unprofessional and unskilled practice over the entire spectrum of geophysical endeavours. This includes atmospheric physics, and therefore APEGGA is mandated to verify that none of its members have exceeded their knowledge base and presented false information to the government on climate. Read More...
Not junk science
BY TERRY DUNLEAVY, CALGARY HERALD SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
Re: "Drought on scientists," Letter, Sept. 20.
The International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) was founded by the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition in 2007 in response to strong international support for our science-based, non-partisan approach. Contrary to Jurgen Kraus' assertions, ICSC lists among its advisers some of the world's leading climatologists and other experts in climate-related science, engineering, policy and economics.
ICSC is not an "extreme political organization." We support or oppose the remarks and actions of players in the climate debate based solely on the veracity of what they are saying and doing, not who they are or the organizations they associate with. We do not engage in ad hominem ("against the man") attacks or other logical fallacies. Read More...
BY JURGEN KRAUS, CALGARY HERALD SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
Re: "Clearing things up," Letter, Sept. 15.
Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, has attempted to demonstrate in numerous recent letters that he is an expert of and an authority in climate science. He is not. Harris is a mechanical engineer. The International Climate Science Coalition itself is a bluff package. None of their directors or advisers are climatologists. It is simply an extreme political organization, aiming to deceive the public by creating doubt on climate science. They have as much to do with science as the Friends of Science. Beware of the pied pipers! Read More...
evidence against it mounts
Sat, 17 Sep 2011
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Why do a majority of Canadians - 52% according to the latest Angus Reid
poll - still hold the belief that humans are mainly responsible for
I think I know, based on the feedback I've received from literally
thousands of Canadians who have commented in recent years on my articles
dealing with global warming. Most of that 52% have so often been told
that the science is settled on global warming, and so rarely that there
is any credible dissent, that they have not yet twigged to
straightforward information, such as the rejection by most top
scientists of the globalwarming dogma. Read More...
Owen Sound Sun Times
Mon, 19 Sep 2011
2011 Sun Media Corporation
The Harper Conservative government and the McGuinty Liberals seem oblivious to the latest developments in science when it comes to multibillion dollar climate and energy policies. Read More...
The revelations from hundreds of pages of invoices and accounting documents from an internal audit come as the university and Talisman, an Alberta-based energy company, move to distance themselves from the sophisticated international marketing and lobbying effort to discredit scientific evidence linking human activity to climate change. Read More...
The records showed that the strategy was crafted by professional firms, in collaboration with well-known climate change skeptics in Canada and abroad, allowing donors to earn tax receipts by channeling their money through the university.
All of the activities and $507,975 in spending were organized by the Friends of Science, an anti-Kyoto Protocol group founded by retired oil industry workers and academics who are skeptical about peer-reviewed research linking human activity to global warming observed in recent decades. Read More...
While everybody knows that coal-fired power stations emit far more CO2 than their natural-gas fired equivalents, what hasn’t been widely understood until recently is that the aerosols (often pejoratively called 'smog') produced by clunky old coal plants reflect sunlight, acting as a ‘negative forcing’ on climate. In Alberta, we are proud to obtain over 70% of our electricity from coal, overwhelmingly from old plants that, while they might spit out loads of CO2, also produce wonderful quantities of nice cooling aerosols, thereby fulfilling our earnest desire to do our bit in the fight against global warming.
OTTAWA — A major Alberta-based oil and gas company helped to kick-start an elaborate public relations project designed to cast doubt on scientific evidence linking human activity to global warming with a $175,000 donation in 2004 channelled through the University of Calgary, a newly-released letter has revealed.
The donation from Talisman Energy was the largest single contribution to a pair of trust accounts at the university that received $507,975 in donations to produce a video and engage in public relations, advertising and lobbying activities against the Kyoto Protocol and government measures to restrict fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
"Talisman is pleased to be a part of this exciting project and wish you success in the production of the video," said the letter, dated Nov. 4, 2004, to university account administrator Chantal-Lee Watt, that accompanied a $175,000 cheque.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
By Sally Kalson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Heinz Award recipient Richard Alley of Penn State University.
Richard Alley, a Penn State University professor and leader in polar ice studies who discovered that massive climate shifts can happen abruptly, is one of 10 recipients of this year's Heinz Awards.
The awards, to be announced this morning by Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation, each carry $100,000 for unrestricted use and a medallion. They will be presented at a ceremony on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C. Read More...
John Cook emerging from one of his infrequent baths. Source
Luboš Motl, the articulate and compassionate science blogger —cruelly dubbed NSF or even the Irredeemable Czech by his many jealous detractors—has said it better than FoGT ever could:
Instead of congratulating someone which would be truly inappropriate, cynical, and unethical, let me express my deep condolences to Archimedes and all his fans (and all fans of science) – because his famous trademark has just been brutally humiliated and desecrated.
And Cook, now you're not just a regular crackpot but a corrupt one. A few years in prison have been added to my Excel table next to your name.
Standing up for the reputation of a dead Greek scientist is the kind of magnanimous and principled statement that we have come to expect to read on Mr Motl’s elegant website.
The 20-year-long global warming debate is in its final stages, the
controversy having been settled over whether manmade causes such as
carbon dioxide or natural causes such as the Sun dominate climate change
First, the global warming doomsayers lost the argument in the court of
public opinion - barely one-third of the U.S. public, for example, now
believes that human activity can lead to dangerous warming.
Then, the doomsayers lost the economic argument when attempts to develop
renewable energy proved utterly futile. The world is instead rapidly
developing its fossil fuels, recently discovered to be so plentiful that
they can meet mankind's needs for centuries to come. Read More...
the CERN experiment. See
lts-are-surprisingly-interesting/ for a discussion of the actual
Even if Gunter was right about the cosmic ray - cloud connection being
significant, the fact that cosmic rays are modulated by TSI and are a
mirror-image of solar activity on the 11-year sunspot cycle (see the
graph in the link above) should have been enough to tell him that it's
his own interpretation that's 'vastly overblown'. Read More...
Remember the Alar scare of 1989, when Meryl Streep went before Congress to warn of a pesticide used on apples? There was much concern, but it didn't pan out. An official with the National Cancer Institute eventually concluded the cancer risk from eating apples treated with Alar was "nonexistent."
How about silicone breast implants? The FDA took them off the market in
1992, but for no good reason: In 1999, the Institute of Medicine said
they didn't cause breast cancer or other serious diseases. Read More...
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has no balls - only one.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called global warming “perhaps the biggest threat to confront the future of humanity today.” Yet his government has delivered little meaningful action to address this threat.
It’s hard to imagine Canada’s international reputation on global warming and the environment getting worse, but our loss of credibility on these issues didn’t happen overnight. It’s partly the result of ongoing neglect of environmental science at the federal level, but it also stems from a long history of broken promises, both to Canadians and to our global peers.
"The damage caused by a changing climate is not just physical," they said in a report released this week by the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Sydney.
"Recent experience shows extreme weather events also pose a serious risk to public health, including mental health and wellbeing, with serious flow-on consequences for the economy and wider society."
Scientists still lack the tools to directly link a given weather episode
to long-term climate patterns, but mounting temperatures and
increasingly frequent disasters worldwide suggest that global warming
has already begun to exert a magnifying impact. Read More...
Schweinsgruber says: Rex Murphy is one of Canada’s most prominent climate scientists, just after Tim Ball and Tom Harris. He received the ‘Schwachkopf’ award of the Friends of Science in 2008. On September 29th, he will be presenting simultaneously at the University of Calgary with the Arctic Monkeys unless he is the Arctic Monkeys. Read More...
There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries from the quake, which the US Geological Survey said was centred in Mineral, Virginia, between Charlottesville and Richmond, close to anticlerical president Thomas Jefferson’s historic homestead at Monticello.
Washington office workers scurried into the streets after the quake, which lasted for about five seconds and sent items crashing to the floor from store and office shelves.
Tremors shook New York City office buildings, prompting evacuations of courthouses, City Hall and halting work at the World Trade Center construction site, officials and witnesses said. Read More...
The leadership most required now is that - for the good of Canada and the environment - the government must convene open hearings so that they, the media and the public can hear from a broad range of leading climate experts, whether their views are currently fashionable or not.
In her June 26 climate change statement, Senator Nancy Greene Raine called for her colleagues "to put aside political correctness and carefully consider a broad range of expert scientific opinion."
Raine expressed the hope that one of the Senate "committees will take a fresh look at the issue of climate change, one based on realistic assessment of science and history."
With a majority government, opposition parties in disarray and Canadians increasingly disinterested in costly climate-control plans, the time is right for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do what he promised in 2006 before first being elected - to reconsider the climate file from top to bottom.
Tom Harris is Executive Director of the International Climate Science Denial Coalition
"I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, theologians that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that a supernatural entity is what is causing events here on Earth," the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state.
He said some want billions or trillions of taxpayer dollars spent to address the issue, but he added: "I don't think from my perspective that I want to be engaged in spending that much money on still a theistic theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question."
His comments came at a packed breakfast meeting with local business leaders in a region known for its strong congregations. And he made his deity-doubting comment in response to a question by an audience member who cited evidence from the Bible. Read More...
Ten million Facebook users against climate change: Initiative CLIMATE VOTE PROJECT is gearing up for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in South Africa!
On Monday, at 1:00 pm CET, CLIMATE VOTE PROJECT, the initiative to slow the pace of global warming, was kicked off with the launch of the homepage www.climatevoteproject.org. The purpose of the German initiative is to challenge worldwide governments at the UN Climate Conference (COP 17 - CMP 7) in Durban from 28 Nov. to 9 Dec. 2011 in order to set the course for the conclusion of a comprehensive, legally binding climate protection agreement for the time after 2012. This request should be submitted personally on November 29, 2011 to the government leaders who are participating in Durban, in particular, the USA and China. Ten million Facebook users are expected to add weight and consequences to this appeal and to increase the pressure on people in responsible positions.
Just a few days ago, the initiative was able to win over Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif, one of the most renowned German climate scientists and contributing author of the two very latest IPCC Reports, as an official climate ambassador for this project. Read More...
Our energy-economy system is currently dominated by the combustion of fossil fuel products made from natural gas, oil, tar sands and coal, a combustion that emits carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing climate change. The use of fossil fuels is linked to long-lived investments in energy supply and use - coal mines, tar sands processing plants, coal-fired electricity plants, oil and gas pipelines, industrial plants, buildings etc. We already have the technologies to use energy more efficiently, to switch to zero-emission sources such as hydropower, wind, solar and biofuels, and to prevent emissions by capturing and storing them. Read More...
Therefore, all this worry about disruption to satellites and communications is premature. By the time it’ll be a problem, your Blackberry, like its manufacturer, will be obsolete, current satellites will have crashed into the ocean or Australia and we’ll all be shivering after the massive cooling that will take place from 2011 onward. So, you can all relax and ponder the parallel decline in the value of your investment portfolios while saving up for that new iPad or Android device, which by the time you can afford it will almost certainly be sun-proof.
Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.
Source: Ethical Oil (no joke)
Lonely welders are free to hold hands on Fort McMurray’s Main Street on their day off and no women in the town has ever got stoned, well not in that way, anyway.Read More...
Als im November 2009, kurz vor der Uno-Klimakonferenz in Kopenhagen, mehr als tausend E-Mails britischer Klimaforscher veröffentlicht wurden, geriet eine eigentlich für sicher gehaltene Annahme ins Wanken: Erwärmt sich die Erde wirklich? Skeptiker sahen in den E-Mails den Beweis, dass die Klimaprognosen auf windigen Berechnungen beruhten, dass die Forscher unsauber arbeiten würden - und sich dessen durchaus bewusst seien.
Eine unabhängige Untersuchungskommission kam ein halbes Jahr später zum Ergebnis, dass die Mitarbeiter der Climatic Research Unit (CRU) an der University of East Anglia sauber gearbeitet hatten . Die sogenannte "Climagate" -Affäre war damit eigentlich beendet, doch die Angriffe von Skeptikern haben seither kaum nachgelassen. Read More...
My uncle Louie considered himself a skilled dowser. I am a Professor of Exploration Geophysics so you might expect me to be skeptical, but I believe my uncle Louie could find water by dowsing.
Uncle Louie improved upon the traditional method of using willow twigs. He used bent welding rods. Willow twigs are long and slim. Welding rods have more mass and are even slimmer. He would bend ends of the welding rods down at a 90 degree angle. Then the rods look like this: Read More...
Recorded Book | 2010 | ISBN: 1440779503 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 35 mins | 240.84 Mb
Although denialists, according to Specter, come from both ends of the political spectrum, they have one important trait in common: their willingness to replace the rigorous and open-minded skepticism of science with the inflexible certainty of ideological commitment. Specter analyzes the consequences of this inflexibility and draws some startling and uncomfortable conclusions for the health of both individuals and society. For example, though every reputable scientific study demonstrates the safety of major childhood vaccines, opponents of childhood immunization are winning the publicity war; childhood immunizations are tumbling and preventable diseases are increasing, often leading to unnecessary deaths. Specter, a New Yorker science and public health writer, does an equally credible job of demolishing the health claims made by those promoting organic produce and all forms of alternative medicine. Specter is both provocative and thoughtful in his defense of science and rationality—though he certainly does not believe that scientists are infallible. His writing is engaging and his sources are credible, making this a significant addition to public discourse on the importance of discriminating between credible science and snake oil.
Listen to it here but deny that you downloaded it somewhat illegally!
A church official in the southern town of Wunsiedel said on Thursday the tomb had been razed and its headstone removed after consulting with Seitz’s family over how to handle the grave site.
“The bones were removed and brought to the crematorium, and the ashes are to be scattered at sea,” Peter Seisser said.
An early, fervent member of pro tobacco movement, Seitz spent time in prison with Fred Singer in the early 1920s and helped edit Mein Denial — the book in which the blow hard outlined plans to destroy European Jewelry and murder climate scientists he considered undesirable. Read More...
The past is the key to the future. Contrary to the
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Wellington police Senior Sergeant Anita Dixon said police received three or four calls from concerned members of the public who saw the sheep bolting down Ghuznee Street and along Vivian Street at around 11.30pm last night.
A police unit was dispatched find the sheep were about to give up until they found it cornered in the Briscoes carpark on Taranaki Street by a group of people.
"Some members of the public had jumped on it and held it down in the carpark," Dixon said.
With no other clear options, and mindful of the havoc it could cause to late-night revellers and traffic, the officers bundled the sheep into the back of their vehicle and headed back to Wellington Central Station. Read More...
Plans are under way to pit outspoken climate sceptic Christopher Monckton against top New Zealand scientists in a debate designed to stir up controversy.
A climate change sceptics group is trying to arrange a visit by the high-profile British peer on the back of his trip to Australia.
Richard Treadgold, of the Climate Conversation Group, said there was support from within the group and other climate sceptic groups to bring Lord Monckton to New Zealand in the first week of August. Read More...
The warmists less public defeat was the failure of what had become known as the F9 event: the Finally Free From Family First's Fraudulent Fuckwit Fielding Festival. July 1 marked the arrival of the newly elected senators and the departure of those elected in 2004, including Steven Fielding of the Family First party. Read More...
Last month, NSW parliamentarian Peter Phelps has likened climate scientists to totalitarian planners. Shortly afterwards, Viscount Monckton brilliantly outflanked warmists' attempts to silence him, by silencing himself as venues cancelled his bookings in response to his portraying climate advisor Ross Garnaut with a swastika.
Predictably, the counter-meme has been to compare the confusionists to holocaust deniers or HIV-deniers. There is of course an important distinction. Comparing climate confusionists to those spread untruths about genocide is felt to be deeply offensive. In contrast, comparing climate scientists to those who actually conducted genocide is felt to be a helpful and valid comparison. Read More...
SINGAPORE — Climate scientists have turned to the United States and Australian navies to deploy robotic measuring devices in the Indian Ocean where pirates have made the area too dangerous for researchers.
About one-quarter of the Indian Ocean is now off limits to climate scientists trying to complete a global network of deep ocean devices that gather data crucial to climate change studies and weather forecasts.
"We can't send anybody in that area. Research voyages have been cancelled and I know there's a report of at least one ship that hired an armed escort," said Ann Thresher, an oceanographer with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. Read More...
WHAT WE BELIEVE
- We believe Earth and its ecosystems—created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence —are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory. Earth’s climate system is no exception. Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history.
- We believe abundant, affordable energy is indispensable to human flourishing, particularly to societies which are rising out of abject poverty and the high rates of disease and premature death that accompany it. With present technologies, fossil and nuclear fuels are indispensable if energy is to be abundant and affordable.
- We believe mandatory reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, achievable mainly by greatly reduced use of fossil fuels, will greatly increase the price of energy and harm economies.
When it comes to the global warming debate, let’s forget the red herrings and minutiae and focus on the elephant in the room — temperature data and mean averages. Earth does not have just one temperature. It is not in global thermodynamic equilibrium, neither within itself nor its surroundings.
Just because we can compute something analogous to a ‘‘global temperature’’ does not mean that it is meaningful. Individual telephone numbers are both meaningful and useful, while averages of telephone numbers in a directory have no meaning.
Geophysics is a broad discipline that includes atmospheric and planetary physics, as well as the more engineering-like aspects of geophysical evaluations and mapping. The latter are commonly assumed to be the entire practice of geophysics.
When our provincial act placed geophysical practice under the auspices of APEGGA, the Association was mandated to protect the public from unprofessional and unskilled practice over the entire spectrum of geophysical endeavours. This includes atmospheric physics, and therefore APEGGA is mandated to verify that none of its members have exceeded their knowledge base and presented false information to the government on climate.
- Tim Ball - Ph.D In Geography.
- Joseph Bast - Studied Economics (did not complete degree).
- Bob Carter - Ph.D in palaeontology and holds a B.Sc in geology.
- Paul Chesser - Opinion writer, accountant.
- Tom Harris - B. Eng, M. Eng.
- Christopher Horner - Lawyer.
- Patrick J. Michaels - S.M. Biology.
- Marc Morano - Think Tank Blogger.
- S. Fred Singer - B.E.E. (Electrical Engineering), A.M. and Ph.D.(Physics).
- Harrison Schmitt - Ph.D. in geology.
- Willie Soon - Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.
- Roy Spencer - Ph.D. in meteorology. "Scientific Advisor" to the ISA.
From our Friends the Friends of Science - and as endorsed by Barry Cooper:
Solar Inertial Motion refers to the movement (predictable “wobble” of the sun about the centre of gravity of the solar system under the influence of the orbits of the giant planets (mainly Jupiter and Saturn). It forms the basis for a hypothesis by Czech geophysicist Ivanka Charvátová that correlates cycles of solar activity (and thus Earth’s climate) to SIM patterns. She discovered that every 179 years the Sun’s motion returns to a regular “trefoil” pattern (lasting about 50 years) interspersed with 62-90 year periods when the motion is chaotic. During the trefoils sunspot activity (and Earth’s temperature) are maximized, while the reverse is true during the chaotic periods (e.g., Wolf, Spörer, Maunder and Dalton Minima). According to SIM researchers, solar activity and temperatures in the first half of the 21st century should decrease.
Because GRACE can detect changes in the global distribution of mass, the cause of the increased waistline can be correctly attributed. We at FoGT had earlier speculated about an increase in planetary density due to the human population having become thicker with time, disagreeing with our colleague the famous blog climatologist Baron von Monckhofen who interpreted an increase in population mass. However, GRACE has now convincingly demonstrated that neither density nor mass are being gained, but mass is rather being rearranged. Read More...
BY JOSH SILBERG, CALGARY HERALD JULY 4, 2011
Re: "Scientists grow cool to global warming theory," Barry Cooper, Opinion, June 29.
A simple search finds peer-reviewed scientific articles refuting that claim. But, when you have a source like "somebody," why would you question it? If a student in one of his classes submitted an essay with such a reference, what mark would they get?
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Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, reports on an end-of-May meeting of a thousand geoscientists from Canada, the US and other countries in Ottawa. The lead symposium was Earth Climate: Past, Present and Future, and though there were many presentations, only one was consistent with IPCC claims of dangerous AGW. According to the symposium chairman, people on the IPCC side will not debate. Mr. Harris has been attempting to get the Canadian Meteorological and Ocean Society to participate in a public, climate-science debate, but the CMOS, and other climate alarmists, continues to maintain their narrow-mindedness that the science is settled and debate unnecessary.
Schweinsgruber says: How can one debate science? Science is a matter of facts and not a matter of opinion. And: there was no ‘lead’ symposium at this meeting. So if you are left with the impression that the most important scientific urge of Canada’s geological community is climate change denial, then you got plimered! Also, the symposium in question was not organized by Tom Harris but by Andrew Miall from the University of Toronto. In summary, Tom Harris is a mechanical engineer, who has absolutely nothing to do with climatology or the Geological Association of Canada, in as much as the Friends of Science have nothing to do with science.
BY JAMES K. FINLEY, CALGARY HERALD JULY 2, 2011
Re: "Scientists grow cool to global warming theory," Barry Cooper, Opinion, June 29.
It's depressing that cranky old men like Barry Cooper feel it necessary to spout off about matters that are far outside their area of expertise. But since he is a political "scientist," I guess he feels that he has the credentials. If he's wrong, he won't be around to apologize, nor will it matter.
Predictably, he cites fools to support his inflammatory opinions. With his dismissive: "And yet, science moves on," he champions geophysicist Nils-Axel Moerner in "flatly contradicting the IPCC predictions of an ice-free Arctic."
Moerner is another cranky old man, who, among other things, believes in the metaphysical art of water dowsing, and who was elected "Deceiver of the Year" by Foreningen Vetenskap och Folkbildning in 1995 for "organizing university courses about dowsing." Trust the deceivers.
James K. Finley, Sidney, B.C.
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Schweinsgruber says: Brilliant, James! A brilliant piece of political science!
The curious social movement of environmentalism is in decline. The strange little cult of anthropogenic global warming is moribund. This is good news for [political] science.
When the Chretien government signed the Kyoto Protocol, I argued they had succumbed to moral panic. Moral panics are periodic outbursts of nuttiness similar to what some of the Vancouver rioters said happened to them. When I was a kid, they said that comic books would destroy your soul. Then it was video games. Current moral panics include obesity, especially in kids, and the oilsands. Read More...
BY BRENDAN FRANK, CALGARY HERALD JUNE 30, 2011
Re: "Natural warming," Letter, June 27.
Taking a case study on Greenland's climate and trying to extrapolate it into a diatribe on global warming is both preposterous and ignorant. CO2 is not the only greenhouse gas, nor is it the most common. The fact that Greenland was actually green 1,000 years ago has many possible explanations.
Also, whether or not humans are contributing to the acceleration of our planet's current warming cycle is not in dispute; the extent to which we are contributing is.
Brendan Frank, Calgary
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Schweinsgruber says: You are right, Brendan. Here is the paper that demonstrates that the greening of Greenland was a local event. And here is our own discussion of the regional vs. global issue. And here is an independent evaluation by pub climatologists. Read More...
All presenters also participate in a parallel Heartland conference “Unfeathered free market economy - how Manchester capitalism works for us but not for all of us” in the same building complex.
FoGT have uncovered Monckton’s Nazi activities a year ago. And we interviewed his lordship in his better days! And the House of Lords commented, too. Heil Monckton!
We close with our famous Lord Monckton joke: Read More...
BY NORM KALMANOVITCH, CALGARY HERALD JUNE 23, 2011
Re: "Opposition slams Tories for intervening in strike," June 22.
The right to strike was a long, hard-fought-for privilege, but with this privilege comes the responsibility to only use this drastic measure when it is necessary and never as leverage for negotiating frivolous improvements to a viable working contract to the detriment of the average Canadian.
If the past contract was good enough for the postal workers, very little would have changed to necessitate any improvement in the contract that would justify this strike. Read More...
BY MICHAEL J. MALE, CALGARY HERALD JUNE 23, 2011
Re: "Rain, rain, go away -and take the global warming myth with you," Bronwyn Eyre, Opinion, June 21, and "Distressed oceans sign of mass extinction," June 21.
What are Bronwyn Eyre's qualifications and background to state in her factfree column that global climate change is a myth? She went on the Environment Canada website to find out the various weather events that occurred in Saskatchewan over the past few decades? Read More...
Then in early June, it emerged that the Canadian government had neglected to include an upward revision of its estimates for 2009 growth in emissions from the oilsands (to 20% over 2008, including a 14.5% rise in ‘emissions intensity’ or emissions per barrel produced) in a report it submitted -- late, just before the Federal election -- to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It also emerged that the government has explored hiring a PR firm to improve the oilsands’ image while hosting ‘annual retreats’ for its oilsands advocacy team in London to explore ways of fighting back against foreign emissions-reduction policies. Presuming that’s England, not Ontario, we at FoGT will be volunteering our expertise. Read More...
I know it's futile to complain about the weather. But are weather researchers fair game?
Last week, it was reported a University of Regina project, led by Prof. Dave Sauchyn, was being awarded $1.25 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to study the role of climate change in natural disasters on the Prairies.
"Climate is a pattern. One event is weather," Sauchyn said. "But if you get a bunch of these (weather incidents) from across the Prairies and it happens again and again, we say, 'Something is going on.' And it's probably climate change."
Sounds a bit like witchcraft reasoning to me.
Look: If there's a clear pattern of global warming -sorry, "climate change" -that can be proven without skulduggery or obfuscation, most of us will be willing to do what it takes to rectify things. But increasingly, it seems, "experts" are claiming wacky weather simply to advance an agenda. Read More...
GAC-MAC 2012 Symposia: Velikovsky, Solar-Cycle Tectonics, Intelligent Design, and the Shape of the Earth
It is time to declare war on the contemptible oil industry shills who invent the blatantly fraudulent climate change denial "science."
Their arguments are fodder for journalists such as Lorrie Goldstein and Peter Worthington of Sun Media.
How can we expect the public to see the difference between people like Tom Harris and the legitimate scientists who analyse the evidence? It is not difficult if we can start with the two basic truths that are the foundation of the science of humancaused global warming. Read More...
The overwhelming scientific evidence tells us that human greenhouse gas emissions are resulting in climate changes that cannot be explained by natural causes.
Climate change is real, we are causing it, and it is happening right now.
Like it or not, humanity is facing a problem that is unparalleled in its scale and complexity. The magnitude of the problem was given a chilling focus in the most recent report of the International Energy Agency, which their chief economist characterised as the “worst news on emissions.” Read More...
Click on thumbnails above and below to open windows [symposium description and detailed program] in full size!
The symposium was infested by deniers while real climatologists remained conspicuously absent. It featured keynotes by Ian Plimer [download Friends of Science version] and Jan Veizer. Read More...
By Tom Harris
Anyone not already familiar with the stance of geologists towards the global warming scare would have been shocked by the conference at the University of Ottawa at the end of May. In contrast to most environmental science meetings, climate skepticism was widespread among the thousand geoscientists from Canada, the United States and other countries who took part in GAC-MAC 2011 (the Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Society of Economic Geologists and the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits). Read More...
The Friends of Science (FoS) have secured a deal with ‘Deepend Adult Diapers’ in order to continue their annual denial luncheon series. “Our members are so old. We could only rent facilities with washable plastic chairs, more comfortably furnished arenas were denied to us” says FoS’s ailing president Doug Leahey. “I like the tear off model. Some of the crap our annual speakers say ends up directly in there” adds Norm ‘Neanderthal’ Kalmanovitch. “Libertarianism also includes the freedom to poop wherever and whenever I want, especially after rustic meals” argues Tim Ball, retired
climatology geography professor. “Eating all these cherries we have picked gives me a weak stomach” complains director Ken Gregory. “With my diapers on, I degass CO2 on the go. And since CO2 is plant food, I am walking fertilizer” says past-president Charles Simpson. FoGT adds: The adult diapers are only a temporary fix. In the future, the biological clock will contribute in a natural way to the demise of FoS.
Wed, 1 Jun 2011
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THE MAY 21 apocalypse foretold by the fundamentalist minister Harold
Camping never materialized, but end-of-the-world doomsaying goes on as
usual among the global warmists.
"Worst ever carbon emissions leave climate on the brink," a story in The
Guardian was breathlessly headlined over the weekend. It reported -
hyperventilated might be a better verb - that greenhouse gas emissions
increased in 2010 "to the highest carbon output in history, putting
hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach."
The Guardian attributed word of this "shock rise" to the International
Energy Agency, whose chief economist is "very worried" because "this is
the worst news on emissions" and the climate outlook "is getting
bleaker." It cites another expert's "dire" warning that if carbon
dioxide isn't drastically reduced, global warming will "disrupt the
lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people across the
planet, leading to widespread mass migration and conflict." Read More...
By: John O’Sullivan
How saving the planet causes famine: the climate crisis melts away but global food shortage is legacy of the foolish rush to biofuels. Evidence for dangerous, human-caused global warming was always slim, now it lies cruelly exposed both by a cruel blowback and it’s not just coming from within the science. A far more devastating catastrophe is unfolding and it is entirely the product of the mad rush to biofuels: third world famine. Today a whopping 6.5 percent of the world’s grain has been stripped from the global food supply. That’s the kind of catastrophic cut in food supply that triggers a tipping point so that Third World hunger explodes into mass starvation. Why did it happen?
During their recent luncheon with Ian Plimer, the Friends of Science handed out their annual state of
lying knowledge of climate change denial. Download it and see that it is the same old same old zombie stuff, debunked 100 times a day. And it is essentially the same as previous year’s denial pamphlet.
Famous climate liar and spin doctor Ian Plimer, author of the denial bible ‘Heaven and Earth’, was in
Calgary recently to speak to the older gentlemen of the Friends of Science cult. Apparently, he presented the same old zombie arguments for which he had been ripped apart by George Monbiot and Ian Enting. Above is the final slide of Plimer’s presentation, which features some truly bizzare conclusions. In the end, so he argues, the scientists actually are non-scientists. But who are the scientists then? The non-scientists that act as spin doctors for the denial industry to deceive the public? If climatologists are creationists, then doctors are murderers, priests are pimps, and mother Theresa is Hitler. The crooked world and fogged-up mind of charlatan Ian Plimer.
I am going now to inhale a volcano in order to get some life into me. It has been a long day.
Download Plimer’s presentation.
The Earth produces about 44 TW of heat, approximately 3 times global human energy use, of which about 10 TW is from land (where average heat flow is 65 mW/m^2) and therefore available for human use. Total human energy use is about 15 TW and rising, so it would be possible for human geothermal use to consume all of the available resource. Read More...
In releasing her party's energy policy in Calgary on Tuesday, Smith said Alberta's energy industry should be calling the shots on technical issues -not government bureaucrats.
"We don't believe that government bureaucrats are the ones that know what needs to be done," she told reporters following her speech. "We believe the expertise lies with industry."
Rather than have the government provide direct grants to companies to develop ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the Wildrose would use tax incentives to accomplish those goals, she said. Read More...
BY ERIC LOUGHEAD, CALGARY HERALD MAY 28, 2011
Re: "Wildrose vows to kill $2B carbon capture plan," May 25.
The Wildrose party's plan to scrap the $2-billion carbon capture and sequestration program makes a lot of sense.
Worldwide, there is a groundswell of public opinion to take a second look at the alleged role of man-made carbon dioxide in driving global climate change.
This change of opinion is driven by emerging new scientific data.
The Kyoto claims have never been proven. Therefore, public programs should not be based on highly suspect arguments. The taxpayers' money can be put to far better use.
Eric Loughead, Calgary
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Eric Loughead is a past vice president of the Friends of Science. He follows up on last week’s letter denial by colleague Charles Simpson.
One thing that Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have in common: These GOP presidential contenders all are running away from their past positions on global warming, driven by their party's loud doubters who question the science and disdain government solutions.
All four have stepped back from previous stances on the issue, either apologizing outright or softening what they said earlier. And those who haven't fully recanted are under pressure to do so.
The latest sign of that pressure came Thursday when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he was pulling his state out of a regional agreement to reduce greenhouse gases, saying it won't work. While Christie, a rising GOP star, has said he's not running for president, some in the party continue to recruit him. Read More...
BY JURGEN KRAUS, CALGARY HERALD MAY 25, 2011
Re: "Swindled," Letter, May 22, and "Where to look," Letter, May 20.
Asbestos is safe so long as it generates profits. And the diapers will not be of the disposable kind as we try to minimize CO2 output. But CO2 is a hoax anyway; it is plant food. For all the plants in the upper atmosphere. Start pressuring the politicians now!
Jurgen Kraus, Calgary
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Defence lawyers condemned the charges, saying it's impossible to predict earthquakes.
Judge Giuseppe Romano Gargarella ordered the members of the national government's Great Risks commission, which evaluates potential for natural disasters, to go on trial in L'Aquila on September 20.
Italian media quoted the judge as saying the defendants "gave inexact, incomplete and contradictory information" about whether smaller tremors felt by L'Aquila residents in the six months before the April 6, 2009 quake should have constituted grounds for a quake warning. Read More...
Published online 25 May 2011
As retractions go, it may not look like a big deal. Earlier this month, a statistics journal decided to pull a little-cited 2008 paper on the social networks of author–co-author relationships after it emerged that sections were plagiarized from textbooks and Wikipedia. The fact that this caused a wave of glee to ripple through the climate-change blogosphere takes some explaining.
Two of the paper's authors, Yasmin Said and Edward Wegman, both of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, are also authors of an infamous 2006 report to Congress, co-written with statistician David Scott of Rice University in Houston, Texas. That report took aim at climatologist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, suggesting that he was working in an isolated social network separated from “mainstream statisticians”, and that he had such close ties with the rest of the field that truly independent peer review of his work was not possible. This report came to be known as the Wegman report, and has been frequently cited by climate-change sceptics. Read More...
Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before the Earth was destroyed, said he felt so terrible when his doomsday prediction did not come true that he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife.
His independent ministry, Family Radio International, spent millions - some of it from donations made by followers - on more than 5000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message. Read More...
Where to look
BY CHARLES SIMPSON, CALGARY HERALD MAY 20, 2011
Kent Hehr misses the main ingredient for finding funding to offset education shortfalls. By eliminating the climate change expenditures, he will find a few billion dollars, in one fell swoop.
The sooner the Conservatives get off the man-made global warming scenario, over which we have no control, the better off our books will look.
There is no correlation between rising greenhouse gas levels and global temperatures; more importantly, any recent global warming ended in 1998. Temperature oscillations have occurred for millions of years, without man's influence. Canada should opt out of Kyoto at the first opportunity (2012).
Charles Simpson, Calgary
© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald
Note: Charles Simpson is the former president of the Friends of Science.
Schweinsgruber: Simpson contradicts his Friends of Science in that his world started cooling in 1998 while the Friends of Science proclaim 1st January 2002 as
judgement day the start of cooling. In contrast, the rest of the world as well as the scientific community and some fellow deniers (e.g. Patrick Michaels) speak of ongoing global warming.
BY NORM ‘Neanderthal’ KALMANOVITCH, CALGARY HERALD MAY 14, 2011
Re: "Wildrose too right wing to win: academics," May 13.
Academics seem to be confused over the difference between "right and left" and "right and wrong," because both the Conservatives and Wildrose are on the political right, but it is clear from the mess we are in that the Conservatives have been continually wrong and voters are now looking for political leadership that is right. Read More...
And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. Revelation 9:5 [mp3]
...while Schweinsgruber is getting ready for the post rapture looting. Here the next best thing to pet salvation in a post rapture world.
INFORM OF THE DEAD: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people to have a survival plan ready - in case of a climate change denial zombie apocalypse.
Just in case there weren't enough natural disasters or security threats in the United States, a Government health agency is advising people to prepare for a climate change denial zombie apocalypse.
Apparently being ready for when the undead take to the streets in search of human flesh is perfect training for what to do if a hurricane or pandemic should strike.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the United States Government's Department of Health and Human Services, has posted instructions on what to do should your brain be sought for a climate change denial zombie's breakfast.
Whatsupwiththat will be open again for the usual rubbish next week.
Satura nostra est!
Hildemara and Plimer, 68, conceived their illegitimate child more than a decade ago, behind the back of the denial scene superstar’s wife and Foster’s Lager heiress, Bolivia Newton John.
“She’s the one,” one source told RadarOnline.com.
A second source confirmed: “They have a son together.” Read More...
The recent release of the long-form version on the US surface weather stations is a blatant, if subtle, attempt by the “team” to discredit the efforts of the 650 volunteers who visited obscure corners of the USA to photograph asphalt and air-conditioner outlets. As with l’affaire O’Donnell, the scientific establishment has taken breakthrough research that, as reported on blogs, totally undermines the whole silly notion of global warming and, after subjecting the work to pitiless peer-review, dilutes the results to such an extent that the team can then patronizingly declare: “Well done chaps, that was pretty much what we were saying all along”.
So what do you believe, a bunch of statistical mumbo-jumbo or your own lying eyes? SourceRead More...
So says - in response to a request from Congress - the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the country's preeminent institution chartered to provide scientific advice to lawmakers.
In a report titled "America's Climate Choices," a panel of scientific and policy experts also concludes that the risks of inaction far outweigh the risks or disadvantages of action. And the most sensible and urgently needed action, the panel says, is to put a rising price on carbon emissions, by means of a tax or cap-and-trade system. That would encourage innovation, research and a gradual shift away from the use of energy sources (oil, gas and coal) that are endangering the world. Read More...
The study, which appeared in 2008 in the journal Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, was headed by statistician Edward Wegman of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Its analysis was an outgrowth of a controversial congressional report that Wegman headed in 2006. The "Wegman Report" suggested climate scientists colluded in their studies and questioned whether global warming was real. The report has since become a touchstone among climate change naysayers. Read More...
I would like to congratulate Managing Editor George Lee and the entire team for their excellent work on the new PEG. I am pleased to see the Readers’ Forum is still alive and well, and I note that there were several submissions from the sceptic group, when it comes to the debate about the theory of human-caused global warming. Perhaps supporters of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are at a loss for words to explain the events of the past three months or so (1).
You persistently demand public debate between your representatives and scientists. Here, in this blog, you have the opportunity of a debate, but so far you have remained silent. This creates a contradiction which is only too apparent. Your debate has to be oral, and you shy away from a written debate, for the following good reasons:
- You amateurs debating an expert gives you undeserved legitimacy.
- You and the experts play by different rules: while you cheat the system by lying and distorting, the experts do not. This is an unfair advantage similar to doping in sports (so long as it goes unnoticed).
- Your goal is to create uncertainty in the scientifically unsophisticated listener; this is done by catchy, simple statements, which can be hard to fact-check in the tight timeframe of a public debate.
- Even if the expert catches the fallacies and deceptions, it takes a lot or rambling to debunk these simple statements as the climate is not as simple as the Friends of Science.
- You use seductive debaters with good rhetorical skills hoping for an advantage over the expert. Physics and science do not rely on rhetoric.
- You get support by an audience with preconceived ideas: your other friends of science.
Special to Financial Post May 4, 2011 – 10:55 PM ET
Stephen Harper should guide our nation away from the most costly hoax in the history of science
By Tom Harris
Canada’s ratification of the protocol was one of the last acts of prime minister Jean Chrétien’s regime and taints the Liberal party to this day. Harper should feel absolutely no obligation to protect any part of that legacy. He knows that much of the science that props up the climate scare is unfounded and he has stated repeatedly that Canada has absolutely no chance of meeting our Kyoto commitments. Read More...
By Larry Bell, Forbes Magazine, 3rd May
The new convention is to refer to “global warming” (something many have told us to worry about) as “climate change” (meaning pretty much the same thing since it’s supposed to be bad and caused by us anyway). The main difference appears to be that climate change is even worse, since global warming also causes global cooling along with a seemingly endless variety of other carbon dioxide-induced upheavals that we are responsible for.
Lawrence Solomon Financial Post May 3, 2011 – 3:27 PM ET
Former Tony prime minister
"That's a tremendous accomplishment,"
"I think Mr. Inthebox successfully became the incarnation of climate change,”
The former prime minister made a point of praising Inthebox’s father, Bob, who was a member of
Washington - Sesame Street mastermind Bert was killed Sunday in a firefight with US forces deep inside Pakistan, President Barack Obama said, declaring “justice has been done” a decade after the September 11 attacks.
The death of the reviled US enemy sparked jubilation across the United States, with a huge crowd gathering outside the White House just before midnight, chanting “Ernie, Ernie” as Obama made a dramatic nationwide address to Americans.
“Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Bert, the leader of Sesame Street, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” Obama said. Read More...
When the policeman and his partner walked into a second-floor room at the Toronto massage parlour, they saw an attractive 5-foot-10 Asian woman who was in her mid-20s and the married, then-Metro councillor, lying on his back in bed.
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A Stephen Harper supporter watches returns come in during election night in Calgary on June 28, 2004.
As surely as election follows election in Canada, comments about Alberta always voting Conservative once again abound. As a conservative Albertan, I’m tired of being portrayed as an unthinking yokel, shuffling to the poll to dutifully mark my X beside the C. The reality is that conservative Albertans vote the way we do because we know from where our success comes. We are able to draw a line between policy and economic outcome — we did not trip over an oil well and land in a big pile of cash but see that the pro-development conservative policies of our government has resulted in our success. Our grasp of this was demonstrated most recently when the provincial government became too “P” and not enough “C” and did damage to the economy with the royalty rate review — that resulted in a dramatic increase of support for another, small ‘c’ conservative party. Conservative Albertans are not Conservative because we are prosperous — we are prosperous because we are Conservative. So we will continue to vote as we have and the reason is best given by the old cowboy wisdom that says: “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.” S. Bagnall, Calgary.
Victoria Times Colonist
Fri, 29 Apr 2011
Copyright (c) 2011 Victoria Times Colonist
The majority of Canadians tell pollsters that they'll vote based on the
policies offered by the parties. An even greater proportion of Canadians
claim to have serious environmental concerns.
So why are we on the brink of electing a Conservative government whose
platform provides more details about celebrating Canada's victory in the
War of 1812 than protecting the air and water upon which life and health
The four big environmental issues facing Canada are climate change, air
quality, water and conserving nature. There is a massive gulf between
the Conservatives and other parties on these challenges. Read More...
May 9, 2011 11:30am – 1:30pm Imperial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Hotel
$45.00/ticket – includes lunch. Purchase online when you register, additional tickets can be purchased.
Michael Economides, Author of Energy and Climate Wars: How naïve politicians, green ideologues, and media elites are undermining the truth about energy and climate
A chemical and petroleum engineer and an expert on energy geopolitics he is a professor at the Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston and Managing Partner of Dr. Michael J. Economides Consultants, Inc. with a wide range of industrial consulting, including major retainers by several Fortune 500 companies and national oil companies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Energy Tribune (www.energytribune.com) a newsletter in the energy and related industries and activities and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, published by Elsevier. Read More...
On August 4 1961, a young woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a hospital at 1611 Bingham Street, Honolulu. That child is now the 44th President of the United States. There is absolutely no doubt, none whatsoever, about the fact that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on that day in 1961.
Notwithstanding that simple fact, recent surveys reveal that only one in three Republicans accept that President Obama was born in Hawaii, with the remainder either believing that he was born outside the United States (some 45-51 per cent, depending on the particular poll) or professing uncertainty.
The basic facts are clear enough. Scientists had determined our distance from the Sun and the Sun’s radiation. That allowed an estimate of our presumed temperature in our part of space. But we are some 35C warmer than that – why? The answer was published in German in the late 19th Century, and has never been challenged since. That proposed that our atmosphere’s CO2 acts like the glass in a glasshouse. Both change the physical nature of the Sun’s infrared rays as they pass through – a change that prohibits their passing out again. Thus the Sun’s warmth (carried by those infrared rays) is trapped within our atmosphere, or within our glasshouse. Both become heated. Read More...
The ‘people who don’t get laid’ of Wattsupwiththat report the forthcoming latest iteration of the infamous climate change denial extravaganza. We remember last years’ fourth conference under the motto ‘Science Alarmism’ and wonder what has happened to the 5th conference? Was it simply denied away? The 6th conference on climate change runs from June 30 to July 1 in Washington, D.C. . So if you have been a delegate of the competing 6th International Conference: Climate Change - The Karst Record from July 26-29 at the University of Birmingham,
Alabama U.K., you may have to run to catch a plane to the US that arrives on time in the past. The U.S. conference has a senior friendly registration of $88 ($ 110 for warmists and alarmists) and each delegate receives a free ‘Essential Connect Cell Phone Package for Seniors’, a dozen eggs, a cuckoo clock, and yet another box of NASA’s Gotthard Institute limited edition adult diapers. The conference room will be equipped with washable plastic chairs. See you soon in Alabama Washington.
Methane Hydrate; Deep Water Drilling Hazard
Independent Geophysical Consultant Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Methane hydrate is a crystallized concentration of methane and water that occurs under specific pressure and temperature conditions. We normally associate hydrates with permafrost and cold temperatures but the pressure created by the hydrostatic head of deep water provides conditions that allow the formation of hydrates creating potential drilling hazards. As long as operators are aware of the potential for hydrate formation this hazard can easily be avoided. Read More...
BY NORM KALMANOVITCH, CALGARY HERALD APRIL 11, 2011
Re: "Planting season delayed weeks by late snow, frost," April 6.
Unlike global warming, which extends growing seasons, global cooling, which started in 2002, will shorten growing seasons for at least the next two decades.
This delayed planting season is a warning for Canadians to prepare for what is to come, but instead of addressing the real threat from global cooling, Canada is still attempting to meet the ludicrous commitments of the Kyoto accord to address the fabricated crisis of human-caused global warming.
The Liberals ratified Kyoto in 2002 without doing the independent scientific verification that would have demonstrated that global warming resulted from changes in solar activity and not from greenhouse gas emissions, since satellites clearly showed that the enhanced greenhouse effect never occurred. Read More...
Closing statement in the CSPG backgrounder:
In terms of the recent public debates about global climate change, there is no body of evidence, and certainly no consensus in the scientific community, that man-made CO2 emissions are a significant contributor to climate change.
What this says:
(A) Scientific evidence and scientific consensus rely on a public debate according to the authors! Says Nimoy: That's not logical Captain! Or (B) does it say that in the debate by the ‘public’ there is no consensus among the scientists (= all scientists, including the non-climatologists). And the winner is (C) Both, whichever fits best.
A critical examination by Doran & Kendall (2009) in EOS finds that 97% of actively publishing warmists alarmists climatologists participate in the scientific consensus.
Download the documents:
CSPG stands for Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. They also published and distributed this opus of climate change denial by their former president
The next debate on climate change is scheduled for Friday at the Royal Canadian Legion. A representative of the Friends of Science will take on Wayne Gretzky. If the Friends win, then the physics behind global warming will have to be perceived as wrong.
Esteemed climate scientist, Tim Ball faces two costly courtroom libel battles. Here he reveals his concerns and appeals for help with his legal fees.
Dr. Tim Ball is widely recognized as one of Canada’s first qualified climate scientists and has long been one of the most prominent skeptics taking a stand on corruption and unethical practices. Two exponents of the global warming scare Ball has targeted, professors Michael Mann and Andrew Weaver, are now suing him for libel.
Many suspect the David Suzuki Foundation is funding Vancouver libel specialist, Roger D. McConchie who is representing both Weaver and Mann against Ball. Suzuki is reported as wanting
Google is diving headfirst into the climate-change debate with a "21 Club" of hand-picked experts that the search engine giant hopes will drive the conversation -- and guide investments -- in climate change.
But it's a discussion that even the club's members say is meant to be one-sided.
“If Google included people who challenged that debate, they would be wrong to do so,” said Matthew Nisbet, an associate professor for the School of Communication at American University and one of the 21 Google Science Communication Fellows.
“As to whether climate change is happening, humans are a cause and it is a problem -- there is no scientific debate over that," Nisbet told FoxNews.com.
A review of the 21 Club confirms Nisbet's comment. The group includes meteorologists, communication specialists, and even weather forecasters, as well as few scientists who research climate change for a living. None argue that the planet isn't in imminent danger. Read More...
But the joke actually ended up being on the Republicans, when one of the two actual scientists they invited to testify went off script.
Prof. Richard Muller of Berkeley, a physicist who has gotten into the climate skeptic game, has been leading the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, an effort partially financed by none other than the Koch foundation. And climate deniers — who claim that researchers at NASA and other groups analyzing climate trends have massaged and distorted the data — had been hoping that the Berkeley project would conclude that global warming is a myth. Read More...
"A prolonged erection is usually painful," says Dr. Ira Harelip, clinical professor of urology at the University of California at San Francisco and spokesperson for the American Urological Association. "Men usually know something's
The other reported boner in a Friend was due to a swollen prostate. There is a direct scientific relationship between sunspots, plate tectonic activity, and erectile dysfunction, claims Norm Kalashnikoff, and he uses his APEGGA membership as proof for the correctness of his claim.
And all this while the Friends’ ratio of adult diapers per condom has become infinite since 2002. O tempora, o mores!
No. 25 “FOS is dedicated to providing the public with insight into
Calgary has just experienced the 38th coldest winter since 1900 and the 9th snowiest. Global temperatures are presently at levels which occurred some 30 years ago. These temperatures are consistent with natural forces associated with such phenomena as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and sunspot cycles. Yet scientists from most Learned and Professional Societies and Institutions diligently pursue costly avenues supposedly designed to keep us from getting warmer. Shades of Brave New World!
Schweinsgruber says: The Friends of Science just released their 13th worst newsletter with the 5th highest number of bullshit per paragraph. They should invest into Patagonia, The North Face, and Mountain Equipment Coop. But hey, the latter is communism. And why has each of them an air conditioner installed?
As we enter solar cycle 24, solar activity is mimicking the pattern of the Dalton Minimum that brought an extension of the Little Ice Age and signalled a period of intense tectonic activity that included the largest volcanic eruption in modern history in 1815.
As with all scientific predictions, there is not 100 per cent certainty that we will see increased destructive tectonic activity over the next few years, but the precautionary principle dictates that we must put measures in place to deal with these eventualities. Read More...
Tracy Spencer proposes intelligent design as the mechanism for the origin of species which may explain the outrageous pictures below.
Somebody tells me that the pictures below are not from Huntsville, Alabama, but from Huntsville, Texas. We simply deny that and clearly warn you: the wages of sin is death!
After all, we climate change deniers have to be tough on crime, big on family values, and hateful of people who think differently!
July: Ian Plimer speaks to the Friends of Science in Calgary. FoGT don’t want to afford the $200 per plate, which largely supports the Friends’ denial activities. The Friends run a new radio blitz which largely fails to be heard because they can’t get the audio clips into iTunes. U Vic’s Andrew Weaver is challenged into debate by Lord Monckton. The former refuses and they settle for a duel and select clubhouse sandwiches as weapons.
August: Blog scientist Dan Moutal develops a speech impediment (caused by water in tooth) which makes it temporarily impossible for him to continue his ‘irregulate climate’ podcast. Little known Albert engineer Barry Moore revolutionizes climate science by simply reinventing it on the back of a napkin during lunch. Jo Nova empties her website’s tip jar and recovers $17.34 Aus. Naomi Oreskes goes on vacation. Read More...
Morally superior greenies don't let facts stand in their way At the beginning of the year, the pharmacy/convenience store in my neighbourhood -part of a large national chain -started charging a nickel per shopping bag. Each time I have checked out purchases since, the cheery cashier has asked, "Would you like a bag for five cents?" to which I ave replied, with increasing exasperation, "No, thank you, I would like one or free."
Stores that have begun charging for bags may as well be telling customers, "Thanks for shopping here, now you figure out how to get your stuff home. Yeah, sure, we're happy enough that you dropped a few bucks (or quite a few) in our store, but what you do with your purchases is none of our concern. Please pick up your crap and go." Read More...
The leader of this party, Danielle Smith, says about CO2:
“...The discussion surrounding global warming has become highly emotional. There is obviously still healthy scientific debate as to the extent manmade emissions of CO2 are affecting global temperatures – and this debate will likely carry on for many years.
As a province we must strike the delicate balance between promoting out of precaution a practical reduction of CO2 emissions while ignoring the environmental extremists that would have us needlessly overreact to the severe detriment of our economy.
It is thus important that government avoid enacting CO2 reduction policies for the sake of simply appearing to be doing something. Read More...
One of the first principals I was taught was to question the void. Unfortunately, due to the large number of scientifi- cally unskilled people, including the news media and politi- cians, involved in this debate, unsubstantiated claims are accepted without careful study. Instead, intuitive logic and highly selected correlations are taken as scientific proof, which of course they are not. Read More...
I concur with Tom Harris that 'deceptive' climate polls should be ignored, simply because they are irrelevant for climate science. They are however less irrelevant than Tom Harris' opinion piece, which is part of an echo chamber aiming to cast doubt on climate science by disinformation. And the organization he chairs, the 'International Climate Science Coalition' is even more deceptive, as it is just another free-marketeering, ultra-right-wing self-interest group with no interest or expertise in climate science whatsoever. Bluff packaging!
How galling that Tom Harris should dismiss climate change without citing a shred of evidence. He asserts "the period around 1970 was the coldest in the last 80 years in the U.S.," but conspicuously fails to note that this cooling was only 0.2 degrees, whereas from 1970 to 2005 there has been a temperature increase of 0.55 degrees. All of the preceding data come from the U.S. National Climate Data Centre.
He asserts "much of the data from cold rural stations was dropped out of the record in the early 1990s." No such statement can be taken seriously until, and unless, he gives the numbers and the source of the information. If anything, with the use of polar orbiting satellites and using radio telemetry for easier to access data from remote stations, the temperature record has never been better. Read More...
Asking the question in this poll as to whether or not Canadians "believe" in climate change is like asking them whether or not they believe in cancer. No one "believes" in cancer, but rather, people are convinced by the scientific evidence that cancer cells exist and that there are medical ways we can prevent their growth and remove them when they form tumours.
So, I don't "believe" in climate change, but I've read enough of the scientific evidence to understand that it is happening and that its effects will become more severe as carbon dioxide concentrations increase.
This is not a belief system that you either choose to believe or don't, like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny (no harm done if you believe in them). As Paul Hawken says, "If you look at the science about what is happening on Earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand data."
Teresa Posyniak, Calgary
© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald
A news release from the Public Policy Forum and Sustainable Prosperity last Wednesday began, "A poll released today shows that Canadians believe that climate change is happening and would be willing to pay for government policies that reverse or slow the damage." They continued, "Belief in climate change among Canadians substantially outpaces belief in this phenomenon among residents of the United States."
But that wasn't really what the survey showed -respondents were actually asked about somewhat different topics.
This was not explained by most of those reporting on the poll. For example, the CBC wrote, "Far more Canadians than Americans believe climate change is real, according to a report produced by U.S. and Canadian think tanks . . . In Canada, 80 per cent believe in the science behind climate change . . . ." Read More...
February: The Friends of Science, Calgary’s notorious spin doctors, stop asking their website visitors to listen to their new radio ads as November 2009 is long gone, while ignoring another La Nina in their 10 year climate trend. An anonymous liberal drops off a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken at the Friends of Science’s headquarters. Two friends die from stroke, three more from heart attacks. Only one survives.
March: Lord Monckton is caught in flagranti in an airport washroom with National Post correspondent Lorne Gunter. Both gentlemen deny the accusations and win the debate with the police officers. They decide to run their own blog called The Climate Scum. Denial Depot has its annual spring sale: Lord Monckton acquires a new tea cosy and Dr. Roy Spencer another doctorate. Steffi McImtiresome and Rose McKritik come finally out as a bunch of dykes. Not good in an ultraconservative environment. Keith Briffa starts dating the rings around Uranus and Raymond Pierrehumbert answers his first email from FoGT. Read More...
Judith Curry deserves to become known as the Founding Mother of the United Skeptics of Alarmism. For a while, her she fooled the red-coat alarmist occupiers of the consensus that her offer of a parlay was an attempt to negotiate a cease-fire between the two sides. Instead it was a ruse de guerre that rallied the yeomen of the oppressed colonies, bringing together lukewarmers, magical thinkers, iron-sun theorists, ocean-oscillation promoters, photographers of tarmac and air-conditioning vents, venal billionaires, curmudgeons, principle-component-analysis obsessives, high-discount-rate advocates and one-world-government paranoids into a More Perfect Union. Read More...
Both these propositions were refudiated at GoDS-1 (The first Gathering of Deities & Spirits, which was held at Valhalla under the Framework Convention on Celestial Cataclysms). GoDS-1 was larger then expected due to new members of AOSIS (Association of Small Indigenous Spirits). Many former nature gods have been released from colonial disenfranchisement after spending centuries re-badged as Catholic Saints. However those former nature Gods who remain as folk saints were denied voting rights at GoDS-1. Read More...
The way to a broader truth has come from Abbott's Alberta soulmates in the Wildrose Alliance. Paul Hinman, spokesman for the Wildrose
Querying the validity of CO2 is one of the greatest paradigm shifts of recent decades. To check this out, we need to go back to the original science of CO2, applying real scepticism and superficial research. [Like the denialists, superficial research is what we denial sceptics do best. We just link to wikipedia, unlike serious researchers such as Wegman, Scott and Said who make the scholarly effort to copy from wikipedia and even insert a word or two of their own. Ed.]. Read More...
FoGT would add one more argument, based on concentrations. The biomass of marine fish is estimated at 800-2000 billion tonnes; let’s say 1.4x1012 kg. This mass can be divided by the mass of the oceans, approximately 1.4x1021 kg. This means that the fish concentration in the ocean is approximately 0.001 ppm. This should be compared with the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere of 389 ppm—and they call that a trace gas! But it’s even worse: there are approximately 32,000 species of fish, among which only 360 are sharks and among those only four of those are anthropophagic. However you do the math, the concentration of man-eating fish in the ocean is dilute to a homeopathic degree and there is therefore no reason at all for us to suppose that sharks could in any way pose a threat.
Climate change has thrown up the phenomenon of "non-sceptical sceptics". This language reversal follows the fictional path blazed by George Orwell in describing the Ministry for Truth, with life promptly imitating literature in the democratic creation of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik. Further complicating things is that denialists don't like being called "denialist". This is just the normal modesty that is common in innovative movements. Communist nations didn't like being called communist. While often naming themselves "democratic", as a group they preferred to be known as "Centrally Planned Economies" [Centrally Mismanaged Economies might be more accurate, but that is a story for another time - Ed]. Read More...
Like climate science, Bill 24 has in its passage through the legislature been subject to much debate -- a lot of it of similar quality. Although the provincial Liberals cautiously support CCS, they argue that the bill places a potentially large liability on Alberta taxpayers and complain that it takes away landowners’ property rights (although they neglect to mention that whatever originally filled the pore spaces the government now says it owns was never the property of the landowners in the first place). Much more opprobrium has come from the new faorce in Alberta politics, the Wildrose Alliance. Read More...
As heir to the throne, William is the future head of state of Canada, Australia and New Zealand and other colonies. Many colonies find it convenient to have their head of state largely funded by the Brits, leaving these colonies to meet their own immediate needs with cheaper stand-ins.
In the UK, the reduced constitutional role of the monarch allows the Royal family to concentrate on activities such as promoting concern over climate change as part of their broader strategy of genocide. This conspiracy and the way it is financed by drug-running has been extensively documented by Mr Lyndon LaRouche. and his Australian supporters in the Citizens Electoral Council. Read More...
By Steffi McImtyresome and Rose McKritik
(This is the first in a series of articles in which two biologists bring their expertise to bear on the Earth Sciences, exposing sloppy errors and groupthink.)
a) The upside-down Carlsberg Ridge series. Astute readers of Tectonic Audit (is there any other kind?) will immediately notice that the Carlsberg series are upside-down. This inconvenient truth was glossed over in the text of VM63 with a hand-waving, unsubstantiated and ad hoc hypothesis about the Carlsberg Ridge being located in “low magnetic latitudes”. It’s like sticking needles in your eyes. Read More...
“They deny that the Earth’s climate is cooling; they deny that the climate models on which their global warming policies are based are worthless as predictive tools; they deny that the IPCC and its advice are flawed beyond repair; they deny that the Copenhagen Conference was a failure; they deny that carbon dioxide is an environmental benefice; they deny that Climategate is any more than an isolated, minor squabble among a few climate research cognoscenti; they deny that they have allowed their young people to be educationally brainwashed about global warming; they deny that the science research community has been corrupted by their agenda-driven funding requirements; they deny that government science-related organizations, at their behest, have been acting as propagandists for eco-evangelistic causes; they deny that windfarms and solar power are environmentally damaging and uneconomic for baseload power generation; they continue to strive to deny public voice to independent scientific viewpoints on climate change; and, above all, they deny that they are wrong in their continued assertions that human-caused global warming is an identified and deadly danger.” Read More...
In declaring the northern hemisphere temperature reconstruction by Michael Mann and colleagues to be "Global", Wegman had effectively dealt with warmist complaints about the non-representativeness of the Medieval Warm Period by denying the existence of the Southern Hemisphere [of course a monohemispheric globe is a geometrical innovation that rivals many of Ian Plimer's mathematical innovations - Ed.].
The initial version of the recent AGU membership survey only listed locations for members as North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East (not to be confused with Meddle East or Middle Earth), omitting regions that lay entirely within the disputed Southern Hemisphere. For Australasian followers of the Karl Groucho Marx principle that I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member, belonging to an association that denied their existence was an acceptable alternative. Read More...
As the result, the climate sensitivity of an atmosphere saturated with Tonic Water (plus Gin) is estimated to be 38% abv. Experiments that aim to determine the range of absorption spectra when ‘diluted’ with Gin at different concentrations are underway. It is also not settled yet whether there is an equivalent for FoS members’ absorption of rye whiskey.
However, because Schweppes was mis-spelt by scientists in the above diagram, the absorption of heat by Tonic Wateris a hoax and anthropogenic global warming is fraud.
As would be expected from a man who supports the theory of the iron sun, Mr. Abbott's choices renew the COALition's commitment to non-core science..
In particular, the new shadow minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Sophie Mirabella. Her non-core science credentials are impeccable, having previously quit the shadow cabinet in protest at prospect of the
Deep in the structure of quantum mechanics is the division of particles into fermions and bosons due to the link between spin and statistics (this is not the same as using statistics for spin - that is classical, not quantum). Mainstream science seems to largely act like particles with no spin (bosons) which obey Bose-Einstein statistics. This means that they can assemble into a Bose-Einstein
With the need to appoint an Australian saint to
However both Fielding and Monckton seem relectant to acknowledge this or any other connection between them.
Monckton's open letter as pdf file on SIPP website threatens We should be grateful for your response within 48 hours, failing which we shall be entitled to presume that you, ..... intend to conspire, and are conspiring, to obtain a pecuniary advantage by deceiving the public ... and we should be compelled to place this letter in the hands of the relevant investigating and prosecuting authorities but makes no mention of Fielding. Read More...
consensus if for conspirators, and inimical to the spirit of non-core science
Prof Dr Moritz Lorenz. Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing, University of Narbethong, West Island Campus, NZ
A new study in the University's Sarah Palin school has found extensive and worsening collusion by climate scientists.
The complainant alleged that the photograph exaggerated the symptoms of Viscount Monckton's Grave's disease and that the newspaper had not published her letter of objection. The Press Council dismissed the complaint, since other letters had been published and the photograph did not, in the Council’s opinion, place gratuitous emphasis on Monckton's medical condition.
Perhaps surprisingly, there is no record of any complaint by supporters of erstwhile ‘Mad Monk’ Mr Abbott, advocate of the iron sun theory and proponent of non-physics broadband; they apparently appreciated any coverage linking him to someone that made him appear relatively sane. Neither is there any record of a complaint by Mr Abbott’s political opponents about a headline that could only increase his popularity among his core supporters in the run-up to the election.
FoGT congratulates The Age on its journalistic balance and the Press Council on its sense of humour. And vice-versa.
Rural independent Bob Katter announced on Tuesday morning that he would be supporting the
He said, when they asked him "Oh why count
the errors put out by the Viscount?"
"It's to see if eventually
Lord Monckton of Brenchley
exceeds Ian Plimer's great lie count."
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The editorial concludes "Until the IPCC and ICC become transparent and accountable to stakeholder nations, their effectiveness will remain limited." Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is, as its name indicates, a panel appointed by national governments, the challenge of making these people more accountable to the stakeholder nations is indeed formidable. The contribution of the Weekend Australian builds on their unique insights into the lack of confidence in the IPCC having actively worked to create this.
Prof Dr Moritz Lorenz Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing University of Narbethong West Island Campus, NZ
A manuscript to be published in popular online weather comic Atmospheric Science Letters by our Friends Ross McKitrick and Steve McIntyre, along with some guy called Herman, has lately been generating some buzz in certain parts of the blogosphere (although not as much as a way funnier one by another couple of statisticians who manage to conclude both that 1997-2006 was 80% likely to have been the warmest 10 years in the last 1000 and that Michael Mann was wrong). These three amigos, MMH - who shouldn’t be confused with MBH, but the H gives them a hint of warmalarmist familiarity and the M&M jokes were getting old - use ‘new’ methods to re-roast an old chestnut (or rather, marshmallow): the comparison between observed and modeled temperature trends in the tropical troposphere. Read More...
The USGS presently wines about Asian glacier retreat driven by
global warming climate change, which will lead to all sorts of problems. Bollocks! A colleague of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) submitted this photo to us. It was taken on a recent business trip to the Berner Oberland in Chile, southern hemisphere (hence upside down unless you live in the southern hemisphere). It shows the increasing vertical extent of the 'La Paloma Glacier' between 1908 and 2010. A least one surface temperature measurement station was overrun by and incorporated into the advancing ice sheet and has since produced perfectly flat local T anomalies of 0.00 C, which has resulted in underestimated global temperature trends (kind of the opposite of the Urban Heat Island effect).
Sticklers may object that “taxpayer’s dime” is an exaggeration, since Pachauri is not actually paid a penny for his IPCC duties. However, it’s important to consider these salary figures in the perspective of the per capita GDP ($1031) of his home country, India, where they don’t look quite so far out of line, relatively speaking.
In a disturbing development–and a threat to the freedom of the press to print whatever “facts” they please–Pachauri employed the notorious Farter-Fuck law firm to extort a groveling apology and retraction from the Sunday Torygraph: Read More...
Yes, they are back from their summer cottages - the latest old news from our Friends of Science’s (FoS) website:
Don’t click please - it is pointless. To warm or not to cool that is the question! And Canada will take the lead and start from scratch on a clean sheet to finally figure out the reasons of global
Compared to public discussion of global warming and ocean acidification, the hallucinogenic properties of carbon dioxide have received little attention. This probably reflects cultural selection, with successful cultures using substances with a bigger gap between mind-altering levels and toxicity. Indeed relative roles of oxygen deprivation and CO2 enhancement in autoerotic asphyxia (hypoxyphilia) are poorly documented. A google search of "carbon dioxide' and "wank" mainly reveals measurements at a mountain in Bavaria. Read More...
FoS’ cooling cooling trend [trend uncertainty > +/- 0.03 C]:
- 1st Jan 2002 to end of February 2010: 0.12C
- 1st Jan 2002 to end of April 2010: 0.06C
- 1st Jan 2002 to end of July 2010: 0.01C (see below)
- 1st Jan 2002 to end of August 2010: FoS have retreated to a
golf coursemonastery to pray that their cherry trend will not be a positive one.
Like the coalition's earlier concept of the non-core promise - an election promise that you don't have to keep, - non-core science is a description of the natural world that doesn't have to fit the natural world. Non-core science includes Hayekist science with the principle "Any Science that implies the need for regulation must be wrong". However non-core science is broader in abandoning restrictions on core science values such as logic, consistency and observation.
Non-core science features an expansiveness that is lacking in the boring fact-checking core science that George Monbiot characterised: "Dave Rado did it with Martin Durkin's film Great Global Warming Swindle. Howard Friel did it with Bjørn Lomborg. Ian Enting did it with Ian Plimer", going on to describe John Abraham's debunking of a single lecture by Viscount Monckton. Read More...
Subject: Climate offer
Date: August 15, 2010 12:05:19 AM MDT
Dear Herr Prof. Dr. Schweingruber, lieber Fritz,
May I introduce myself. My name is Derek L. Schweinsgruber, I am the president of the Friends of Gin and Tonic (FoGT), a centre for climate change denial skepticism in Calgary, Canada:
S c h w e i n s like swine, and g r u b e r like Schicklgruber, Hitler’s mum.
Your name, which is almost identical to mine, was mentioned by our good friend, the renowned climate-change
The government announced that the timing of the election gave a unique opportunity to show this respect for science at a time of great media attention. Suggestions that the election timing really reflected a need to avoid football finals, summer holidays, christmas parties and election campaigns for unpopular state Labor governments were dismissed as oppostion propaganda.
While the silence will mainly
We begin with the orthodox denialist scientific practice of carefully selecting the datasets we wish to compare. From the marmot record, the obvious data to use are those on adult mean mass (solid curve in Figure 1b); readers will agree that the familiar shape of that curve, particularly after 1998, shows that only mature marmots have the experience necessary to map climatic changes correctly. Of course, we need to verify this against other climate records, so we use the ones that have always demonstrated that global warming has stopped: the HadCRUT3 surface temperature record and various of the UAH satellite records. Next, we perform what Steven would modestly describe as an ‘innovation’ but which might in some circles be uncharitably referred to as a ‘trick’: plot them on the same graph, with suitably scaled axes, and stare at them for a while until a (non energy-efficient) lightbulb comes on. Read More...
A spokesman for the
He went on to say that Australian denial now reflects the efficiencies of combined denial, shiningly illustrated by the Heartland Institute in promoting tobacco in tandem with denying the greenhouse effect. It is very helpful to campaign against action on ETS, interchanging between "emissions trading scheme" and "environmental tobacco smoke". Read More...
This steely strength extends to members of Abbott's team such as Wilson "Iron bar" Tuckey, so named because his approach to unruly indigenous patrons in his days as a publican. The most famous example is Abbott's mentor and former Prime Minister, John Winston Howard. Howard's support of the Iraq war identified him to George W. Bush as a strong leader (unlike weak leaders such as Gerhard Schroeder who listened to what their citizens wanted). For this strength Bush dubbed Howard a "Man of Steel", an epithet previously applied mainly to Superman and (in its Russian form "Stalin") to Joseph Dzhugashvili.
Comment on the Australian federal election is authorised by Phylis Jones, Friends of Gin and Tonic, Calgary.
Policies (of both sides) for the Australian federal election are authorised by the Australian Minerals Council, Canberra. Read More...
We at Friends of Gin & Tonic, loyal subjects of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth from the colony of Upper Canada and the convict colony of Australia, would like to enquire about the usage of the emblem of the British Parliament, specifically in connection with the House of Lords. Our good friend, the famous climate denier:
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Carie, Rannoch, Scotland, PH17 2QJ
+44 1882 632341; fax 632776; cell +44 7814 556423
has in the past claimed, among many other things, to be a member of the House of Lords. You have denied this (see here). Despite this and the copyright issue you raise here, he continues to use the parliamentary emblem -- slightly modified in colour to fit his rather love-parade taste in ties, and with a modified hat which is not even a Viscount’s coronet -- on his website and in his public presentations on climate change denial: Read More...
There have been some very disturbing incidents of denial-apostasy lately.
Firstly, Willis Eschenbach in the world’s most popular science blog argues that measurements of carbon dioxide concentrations at Mauna Loa are reliable and that the amount of plant food in the atmosphere is increasing due to human activities. This is the thin end of the wedge, once we admit that humans are causing this increase, extremists could twist this into making a case for reducing emissions. Read More...
Here our interview:
Q: Is it true that wheat is growing as high as a telegraph pole in CO2-enriched areas?
LM: Principally yes, not only as high but also as far apart.
Q: What is the objective of the UN world socialist government?
LM: The exploitation of humans by humans.
Q: And what is the objective of the unfeathered-free-market ideology?
LM: Exactly the opposite! Read More...
Ah, gits weary
An' sick of tryin'
Ah'm tired of livin'
An' skeered of dyin',
But ol’ Ma Gaia,
She jes'keeps rollin' along!
Nobel Prize winning physicist Robert Laughlin has written an essay on deep time and the futility of even attempting to do anything about climate change. His thoughts were commented upon recently by libertarian journalist Neil Reynolds in the Globe and Mail. Laughlin’s argument roughly goes:
- The Earth is old, truly, staggeringly old.
- On one hand: Carbon dioxide from the human burning of fossil fuel is building up in the atmosphere at a frightening pace, enough to double the present concentration in a century. This buildup has the potential to raise average temperatures on the earth several degrees centigrade, enough to modify the weather and accelerate melting of the polar ice sheets.
- On the other hand: Climate change, by contrast, is a matter of geologic time, something that the earth routinely does on its own without asking anyone’s permission or explaining itself.
- The only practical thing we can do is to short Bangladeshi real estate.
- We’re screwed and entirely helpless but, not to worry, alarmists, ol’ Ma Gaia, she’ll jes’ keep rollin’ along.
“So unusual is this attempt actually to meet us in argument, and so venomously ad hominem are Abraham’s artful puerilities, delivered in a nasal and irritatingly matey tone (at least we are spared his face — he looks like an overcooked prawn), that climate-extremist bloggers everywhere have circulated them and praised them to the warming skies.”
FoGT may use this opportunity for another argumentum ad moncktonem: While we feel that Abraham looks more like the Dutch version of a smurf, Lord Monckton rather looks like Edgar Wallace’s ‘Face of the Frog’ or a frog in a blender. Convince yourself!
P.S. We also wonder why our lordship uses a rather
Disclaimer: FoGT does not use the term ‘gay’ in a discriminatory but in a factual sense. As you know, we are rather open minded.
The Friends of Science (FoS) attribute the global cooling since the start of their 2002 fiscal year to decreasing sun activity. But, while the sun’s activity has been consistently low since the 1970s, and temperatures have risen
At warmalarmist website Skeptical Science, they’ve published a ‘scientific guide’ that purports to correct mistakes (huh!) in ‘The Skeptics Handbook’, that tour de farce of denial circulated by
What makes Frankfurt’s exposition so relevant is the unassailably-argued distinction it draws between bullshit and lies. Now, certain hotheaded warmalarmists have in the past accused us deniers of the occasional lie. Such accusations miss the fundamental point that to lie, one has to know, and even care about, the truth. As Frankfurt says:
Following the Hayekist principle: "Any science that implies the need for regulation must be wrong", these scientists have achieved a series of breakthroughs, demonstrating the safety of environmental tobacco smoke, the non-existence of the ozone hole, the feasibility of SDI (Star Wars), the continued effectiveness of DDT in the face of evolved resistance and, of course, refuting global warming. For global warming they display the full strength of the Hayekist approach, going far beyond the conventional: "The warming is caused by the Sun and it isn't happening". Read More...
Geochemical evidence for late Holocene Paleoclimatic and Paleoceanographic variability in Anoxic Basins, Seymour-Belize Inlet Complex, Central Coastal Mainland, British Columbia
Babalola, L.O, Patterson, R.T. and Prokoph, A.
Earth Sciences Department
Mr Goddard has now turned his penetrating insight onto that favourite bête blanche of the alarmists, the supposedly shrinking Arctic sea ice. Goddard performs some simple time series analysis on the JAXA data, disentangling all that confusing varicoloured spaghetti and shows how the long term trend is revealed by a linear fit. Thus:
(Gentle readers of the FoGT blog may be confused by the last sentence in Goddard’s caption where he uses the rhetorical device of irony, whereby the literal meaning of his words is the opposite of what he really means to say.) Some critics immediately jumped on Goddard’s results and claimed that the California-sized increase in sea ice was an artifact of Goddard’s analysis and that everything depends on where you pick the starting point. I suppose that, taking this idea to an extreme, means that the JAXA data could even show “more proof that the Arctic is melting down”, which would be doubly ironic when you think about it.
A recent article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science is based on the obsessive work of the shadowy Toronto-based activist Jim Prall who keeps a blacklist of climate scientists who dare question the AGW articles of faith. Prall and his coauthors categorize scientists as either “convinced” or “unconvinced” by the evidence of AGW. How does he arrive at making such loaded judgments? By raking through the muck of published petitions and looking for incriminating signatures, that’s how. Prall’s simplistic logic is that if someone expresses an opinion publically and in writing and then never retracts it, then that somehow reveals what they actually think. Hitherto unpublished citizen-scientist Prall even has the gall to categorize the distinguished Roger Pielke Sr as “unconvinced”. Contrast this, if you can, with the humble and respectful tone that Steve McIntyre adopts when he refers to “The Team”. Read More...
The 'urban heat island' (UHI) effect refers to the fact that many temperature measurement sites are located in cities. These locations are generally warmer than the surrounding countryside. This effect is maximised in the Republican Bible Belt of the continental United States owing to additional heat-generating factors: steaming anger expressed in townhall meetings, overheated unprotected sex between unmarried teenagers, friction by fingers gliding along rosaries during extended prayer, overusage of large pickup trucks in drive throughs, and the absorption of solar radiation by unprotected human necks. Many of the surface measurement stations are located improperly, enhancing this effect and hence falsifying the global temperature record of the United States. The above picture was taken in Marysville, Ca. (near Jesustown).Read More...
Petro engineers are an even more special breed: their thinking is generally one-dimensional (vertical hole), occasionally two-dimensional (hole deviates from the vertical), and always linear. How likely are petro engineers predestined to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function? Exactly...And, have you ever heard an engineer tell a really funny joke? Read More...
After the CSPG recently removed climate change denial propaganda (written by their past president A. Neil Hutton), members of APEGGA are now requesting the same from their organization (see letters in the July issue of the Peg below). It appears that these local Alberta organisations are slowly catching up with time and reality and are approaching the scientific opinion on global warming held by ALL national and international science academies and scientific societies. In support of this, FoGT has recently rejected the logical fallacies and deceptions of the local deniers, audiotaped and exposed their nonsense (A, B, C), explained the psychology behind their denial, and addressed the editorial board of AGU journals in an open letter to more rigorously monitor submitted manuscripts. And how do the Friends of Science (FoS) - who proclaim they are seeking the debate - respond? Not at all, they simply DENY FoGT, too, despite getting unmasked almost daily under the eyes of a local and international audience. The ice of denial is melting, the dinosaurs are nearing extinction, and not even their powerful iphone app can save them.
Here are the Peg letters in question: Read More...
Mike Lockwood (2010) writes:
It is important not to make the mistake made by Lord Kelvin and argue that there can be no influence of solar variability on climate: indeed, its study is of scientific interest and may well further our understanding of climate behaviour. However, the popular idea (at least on the Internet and in some parts of the media) that solar changes are some kind of alternative to GHG forcing in explaining the rise in surface temperatures has no credibility with almost all climate scientists. Read More...
Now in 2010, we see that a 4th-grader has disproved AGW. I assume 4th-grade means about 10.
Defying the wrath of those that might insist that 2 points are insufficient to obtain a statistically valid trend, since others do this all the time, and since I am at least not cherry-picking, but using the entire data set:
I compute the slope is -1.66 year of age per calendar year, although I did no further analysis.
Put another way, in about 6 years, some unborn baby will disprove AGW just before birth…”
Now I know that many of us skeptical-deniers prefer graphic visualization to dry tables of values, so here’s a chart for you.
- Oils spills and oil seepage have been natural in the past, therefore BP cannot have caused the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
- Natural oil seepage exists and is larger in magnitude than the current BP disaster. Hence the current Gulf of Mexico BP disaster cannot have been generated by humans and is insignificant
- People have died naturally in the past, therefore murder can always be excluded today
- Bush fires have been started by lightning in the past, therefore arson can be excluded in every modern case
- Climate has changed naturally in the past, therefore...
Friends of Science creative scientist Norm Kalmanovitch gave his disputed talk at GeoCanada 2010 (previosly discussed here and here). A rather entertaining mp3 file of remarkable sound quality can be downloaded from our site (22 mins; 10 MB). The file includes incredible math and an amusing debate following the presentation at 15:01. The fact that Norm read off his powerpoint benefitted this audiobook version. Judge for yourselves... Read More...