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Just Assume We Have a Climate Crisis

by Paul Driessen on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

This is article 320 of 328 in the topic Global Warming

Climate modelers and disaster proponents remind me of four guys who were marooned on an island, after their plane went down. The engineer began drawing plans for a boat; the lumberjack cut trees to build it; the pilot plotted a course to the nearest known civilization. But the economist just sat there. The exasperated workers asked him why he wasn’t helping.

“I don’t see the problem,” he replied. “Why can’t we just assume we have a boat, and simply leave?”

In the case of climate change, those making the assumptions demand that we act immediately to avert planetary crises based solely on their computer model predictions. It’s like demanding that governments enact laws to safeguard us from velociraptors, after Jurassic Park scientists found that dinosaur DNA could be extracted from fossilized mosquitoes, and brought the “terrible lizards” back to (Hollywood) life.

Climate models help improve our conceptual understandings of climate systems and the forces that drive climate change. However, they are terrible at predicting Earth’s temperature and other components of its climate. They should never be used to set or justify policies, laws or regulations – such as what the Environmental Protection Agency is about to impose on CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Even our best climate scientists still have only a limited grasp of Earth’s highly complex and chaotic climate systems, and the many interrelated solar, cosmic, oceanic, atmospheric, terrestrial and other forces that control climate and weather. Even the best models are only as good as that understanding.

Worse, the models and the science behind them have been horribly politicized. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was ostensibly organized in 1988 to examine possible human influences on Earth’s climate. In reality, Swedish meteorologist Bert Bolin and environmental activist groups wanted to use global warming to drive an anti-hydrocarbon, limited-growth agenda. That meant they somehow had to find a human influence on the climate – even if the best they could come up with was “The balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate.” [emphasis added]

“Discernible” (ie, detectable) soon metamorphosed into “dominant,” which quickly morphed into the absurd notion that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have now replaced natural forces and become the only factors influencing climate change. They are certainly the only factors that climate activists and alarmists want to talk about, and use to generate scary “scenarios” that are presented as actual predictions of future calamities – while they attempt to silence debate, criticism and skepticism.

They predict, project or forecast that heat waves will intensify, droughts and floods will be stronger and more frequent, hurricanes will be more frequent and violent, sea levels will rise four feet by 2100 [versus eight inches since 1880], and forest fires and other natural calamities will be worse than ever before.

Natural forces obviously caused the Medieval Warm Period, the Little Ice Age and the Pleistocene Ice Ages. (A slab of limestone that I dug up has numerous striations – scratches – left by the last mile-thick glacier that covered what is now my home town in Wisconsin.) After long denying it, the IPCC finally acknowledged that the LIA did occur, and that it was both worldwide and an agricultural disaster.

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Great Lakes near 100 percent ice cover; Will Al Gore be relieved, or blame ‘climate crisis’?

by Doug Powers on Friday, March 7th, 2014

This is article 16 of 16 in the topic Weather/Storms

The question in the headline is rhetorical, of course.

In 2012, Al Gore warned of a continued lowering of Great Lakes water levels which would mean that by this coming July we should be able to walk directly from Muskegon to Milwaukee without getting our feet wet. Gore also eulogized Great Lakes winter ice:

Vanishing Great Lakes’ ice: http://t.co/CM1OVphv

— Al Gore (@algore) April 5, 2012

However, the results of the great cryogenics experiment of 2013/2014 should make Gore feel better:

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Whew! Isn’t that great news, Al? … Al?

From the AP:

Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to continue a steady recovery this year, courtesy of widespread ice cover that is slowing evaporation and snowfall that has approached record amounts in some cities, federal experts said Wednesday.

The siege of polar air that has gripped the region this winter has caused the most extensive freeze-over of the lakes since the record-setting year of 1979, when nearly 95 percent of their surface area solidified. On Tuesday, the ice cover reached its highest point since then – 91 percent, said George Leshkevich, a physical scientist with the federal Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.

Gee, it’s almost as if these things are naturally cyclical.

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Our Real Manmade Climate Crisis

by Paul Driessen on Monday, March 4th, 2013

This is article 234 of 328 in the topic Global Warming

In his first address as Secretary of State, John Kerry said we must safeguard “the most sacred trust” we owe to our children and grandchildren: “an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate.”

Even the IPCC and British Meteorological Office now recognize that average global temperatures haven’t budged in almost 17 years. No evidence suggests that sea level rise, storms, droughts or other weather and climate events or trends display any statistically significant difference from what Earth and mankind have experienced over the last 100-plus years. So Mr. Kerry dire warnings are on thin polar ice.

However, we do face imminent climate disasters. Global warming is the greatest moral issue of our time. We must do all we can to prevent looming climate catastrophes.

But those cataclysms have nothing to do with alleged human contributions to planetary climate systems that have always been chaotic, unpredictable and often disastrous: ice ages, little ice ages, dust bowls, droughts and monster storms that ravaged and sometimes even toppled cities and civilizations.

Our real manmade climate crisis takes four closely related forms.

Influence peddling. Over the past three years, the Tides Foundation and Tides Center alone poured $335 million into environmentalist climate campaigns, and $1 billion into green lobbies at large, notes Undue Influence author Ron Arnold. Major US donors gave $199 million to Canadian environmental groups just for anti-oil sands and Keystone pipeline battles during the last twelve years, analysts Vivian Krause and Brian Seasholes estimate; the Tides Foundation poured $10 million into these battles during 2009-2012.

All told, US foundations alone have “invested” over $797 million in environmentalist climate campaigns since 2000! And over $19.3 billion in “environmental” efforts since 1995, Arnold calculates! Add to that the tens of billions that environmental activist groups, universities and other organizations have received from individual donors, corporations and government agencies to promote “manmade climate disaster” theories – and pretty soon you’re talking real money.

Moreover, that’s just US cash. It doesn’t include EU, UN and other climate cataclysm contributions. Nor does it include US or global spending on wind, solar, biofuel and other “renewable” energy schemes. That this money has caused widespread pernicious and corrupting effects should surprise no one.

Politicized science, markets and ethics. The corrupting cash has feathered careers, supported entire departments, companies and industries, and sullied our political, economic and ethical systems. It has taken countless billions out of productive sectors of our economy, and given it to politically connected, politically correct institutions that promote climate alarmism and renewable energy (and which use some of this crony capitalist taxpayer and consumer cash to help reelect their political sponsors).

Toe the line – pocket the cash, bask in the limelight. Question the dogma – get vilified, harassed and even dismissed from university or state climatologist positions for threatening the grants pipeline.

The system has replaced honest, robust, evidence-based, peer-reviewed science with pseudo-science based on activism, computer models, doctored data, “pal reviews,” press releases and other chicanery that resulted in Climategate, IPCC exposés, and growing outrage.

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Shocker of the day: Al Gore blames Hurricane Sandy on man made climate change

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

This is article 205 of 328 in the topic Global Warming

nullThe only question I have is what took him so long?

Former Vice President Al Gore warned in a blog post today that Hurricane Sandy is a “disturbing sign of things to come” if the world doesn’t quit “dirty energy.”

At 1:21 p.m. ET, with large swaths of the Northeast still swimming in the storm’s mess, the Current TV founder and environmental activist published a statement asking the public to “heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis.”

“Sandy was also affected by other symptoms of the climate crisis,” Gore wrote. “As the hurricane approached the East Coast, it gathered strength from abnormally warm coastal waters. At the same time, Sandy’s storm surge was worsened by a century of sea level rise. Scientists tell us that if we do not reduce our emissions, these problems will only grow worse.”

And if you’re the type that demands confirmation from a more credible scientific source before you’ll believe a claim from Gore, Meghan McCain is backing Al up on this all the way. As a matter of fact, Van Jones thinks the right owes Gore an apology.

Here’s where it gets confusing: About a year ago, Al Gore announced his support for Occupy Wall Street. Today, this from Occupy Wall Street’s Twitter account:

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The Gore-endorsed group is calling for more hurricanes? Maybe the Goracle and OWS have teamed up for an enviro-scare version of “good cop, bad cop” to help sell carbon credits or something.

Ed Driscoll at Instapundit points out that OWS might want to re-think a world without power — how would they Tweet their approval?

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Goracle: Every Night on the News is Like a Nature Hike Through the Book of Revelations [sic]

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

This is article 197 of 328 in the topic Global Warming

Revelations? The “climate crisis” has gotten so bad that it’s added an “s” to the book of Revelation. That said, I think Gore knows more about the Bible than he does about natural science — but that’s not saying much.

Gore explains his latest sham upgrade:

“The new information that I’ll be focused on in this new version of the slideshow includes a lot of the new startling evidence linking these extreme weather events around the world to the climate crisis. It’s really no longer a legitimate question for doubter debate–I know there are some people that don’t like to hear it put that–but people around the world are suffering from the consequences of the droughts, and the heatwaves, and the extreme flooding events, and the unprecedented winds storms, and the fires. It’s really gotten to the point now where it’s kind of absurd for anybody to say, ‘Hey, nothing’s going on. What’s wrong?’ July was in the U.S. the hottest month ever measured. And, globally, nine of the 10 hottest years ever measured have been within the last 10 years. This is the 337 month in a row where temperatures were higher than the 20th century average. And the fact that the news media does not report it in that context — every night on the news now, practically, is like a nature hike through the book of Revelations.

Judging by how Al’s looking these days, every night is more like a hike through his refrigerator.

Hey, doesn’t the book of Revelation warn against falling for the deception of a False Prophet — agent of the Beast? I’m just asking…

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Tens of thousands to fly to Rio to discuss how to limit greenhouse gas emissions

by Doug Powers on Friday, May 4th, 2012

This is article 175 of 328 in the topic Global Warming

nullAs with any U.N. climate conference, standard “hold on to your wallet” rules apply. While you’re doing that, try and predict the size of this carbon footprint:

Some of the main proposals in a draft text for negotiation at a U.N. sustainable development conference next month are being watered down at informal talks in New York, observers said on Tuesday, heightening fears the summit will fail to deliver.

The Rio+20 summit in Brazil from June 20-22 is expected to draw more than 50,000 participants from governments, companies and environmental and lobby groups.

It will try to hammer out sustainable development goals across seven core themes including food security, water and energy but is not expected to produce mandatory targets.

After watching how many summits around the world these jet-set people travel to, I can solve Al Gore’s “climate crisis” with a two word recommendation: Web conferencing.

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Al Gore Crafts Blueprint for ‘Sustainable Capitalism’ and Responsible Investing

by Doug Powers on Friday, February 17th, 2012

This is article 19 of 61 in the topic Finance

Al Gore reminds me of the Wizard who had the curtain pulled back on him planning to be taken more seriously by getting Toto sent away to obedience training.

From Reuters:

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore wants to end the default practice of quarterly earnings guidance and explore issuing loyalty-driven securities as part of an overhaul of capitalism which he says has turned many of the world’s largest economies into hotbeds of irresponsible short-term investment.

Together with David Blood, senior partner of ‘green’ fund firm Generation Investment Management, the environmental activist has crafted a blueprint for “sustainable capitalism” he wants the financial industry to adopt to support lasting economic growth.

“While we believe that capitalism is fundamentally superior to any other system for organising economic activity, it is also clear that some of the ways in which it is now practised do not incorporate sufficient regard for its impact on people, society and the planet,” Gore said.

At a briefing ahead of Thursday’s launch, David Blood said capitalism has been blighted with short-termism and an obsession with instant investment results, which had ramped up market volatility, widened the gap between rich and poor and deflected attention from the deepening climate crisis.

The Goracle has reportedly made around $100 million just in the last decade, much of it very quickly — dare I say “short term.” But that was “good” short term… right now we’re discussing “baaad” short term.

How come losing billions in taxpayer money overnight on clean energy “investments” is good for society and the economy in the long run, but a private investor seeking to earn a fortune overnight is bad for society and the economy in the long run? The answer is that both are perfectly acceptable as long as Gore has a piece of the action.

If Gore wants to get rid of corporate quarterly reporting, let him be the first to invest millions in a business that is only compelled to update him on it’s progress, or lack thereof, every few years or so. I’ll even volunteer to be the person who heads up that company just to show how much I care about the cause.

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COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA 101 — USE CUTE CHILDREN TO PROMOTE RADICAL IDEAS …

by Stephen Levine on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

This is article 71 of 143 in the topic Democratic Party

If you ever wonder why the communists and socialists want to control education, here is an example – a clear and present danger of indoctrinating children with ideas they can’t possibly understand. And to use these children to overcome the natural resistance and skepticism when politically repugnant ideas are put forth by communists such as Van Jones and his fellow traveler Barack Hussein Obama.

From Van Jones and his people …

“Contract for the American Dream” – shorthand for collectivist Marxist and Communist dreams.

What are they really saying …

I. Invest in America’s Infrastructure

Rebuild our crumbling bridges, dams, levees, ports, water and sewer lines, railways, roads, and public transit. We must invest in high-speed Internet and a modern, energy-saving electric grid. These investments will create good jobs and rebuild America. To help finance these projects, we need national and state infrastructure banks.

We need to raise taxes and increase government spending. Insuring that projects have political  value and use union labor; thus insuring that all projects will be over-budget and behind schedule. Rewarding our special interest friends and not controlling where the money is actually going.

II. Create 21st Century Energy Jobs

We should invest in American businesses that can power our country with innovative technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal systems, hybrid and electric cars, and next-generation batteries. And we should put Americans to work making our homes and buildings energy efficient. We can create good, green jobs in America, address the climate crisis, and build the clean energy economy.

 Invest in technologies that can not possibly drive the engines of economic growth because they are unreliable, unsustainable and far too expensive to exist in a free market without government intervention and subsidies. Again, like we learned in the half-billion dollar experiment in Solyndra, you will go bankrupt if you cannot compete in today’s marketplace. This is another attempt to cripple the economy of the United States. There is no scientific basis for thinking there  is a climate crisis.

III. Invest in Public Education

We should provide universal access to early childhood education, make school funding equitable, invest in high-quality teachers, and build safe, well-equipped school buildings for our students. A high-quality education system, from universal preschool to vocational training and affordable higher education, is critical for our future and can create badly needed jobs now.

Another gift to the educational unions who have destroyed education in American and who have dumbed down the majority of students so they accept government platitudes without critical analysis. Creating progressive parrots that are trained as activists, not productive workers in a technological world. Teac hers  now comprise a progressive voting block – insuring that they are relatively immune from the  economic downturns that affect us all and demand that we pay for their cushy lifestyles. Where else can you get a lifelong job after two to three years without demonstrating above average competency?

IV. Offer Medicare for All

We should expand Medicare so it’s available to all Americans, and reform it to provide even more cost-effective, quality care. The Affordable Care Act is a good start and we must implement it — but it’s not enough.

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The Goracle Invites You to Connect the Dots

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

This is article 17 of 328 in the topic Global Warming

Because the world isn’t paying attention generously enough, Al Gore is leaving behind the “Alliance for Climate Protection” and replacing it with the Climate Reality Project:

Former Vice President Al Gore launched a new campaign Tuesday aimed at exposing the “full truth, scope, scale and impact of the climate crisis.”

The campaign, the Climate Reality Project, is organizing a Sept. 14 event and presentation focused on extreme weather and climate change.

For the event, Gore will unveil a new presentation modeled after the one he gave in his film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Twenty-four different people will deliver the presentation in 24 time zones around the world.

Great, that means it’s going to snow on September 14th.

Gore’s renewed push is in no small way an attempt to address growing number of people who aren’t buying what Al is selling:

NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) — Three-quarters of Americans say natural disasters are on the increase, but fewer than ever believe the climate is heating up, a new poll finds.
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Only 44 percent say they “believe the theory” that carbon dioxide emissions are warming the Earth, down from 51 percent in 2009 and 71 percent in 2007, but most movement has been into the “not sure” column.

That’s why Gore has the “it’s colder because of global warming” angle covered too, which has turned the entire movement into a raucous self-parody. Under the rules of “science” as set by Al Gore, there is no climate model that does anything other than prove him correct, and people have caught on.

But there’s too much potential money in it to stop now. The UN recently put the price tag of “greening” the entire world by 2050 at $76 trillion. That’s a lot of loot. Connect the dots.

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Of Course: Al Gore, Father of 4, Wants People to Have Fewer Children

by Doug Powers on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

This is article 22 of 328 in the topic Global Warming

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This story is the eco-wacko equivalent of “you darn kids get offa my lawn!”

Here’s Al Gore, who rode a bike from California to New York City for a conference Monday night, on what will help save the planet:

“One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women,” Gore said. “You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children.

“You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important — you have to educate girls and empower women,” he said. “And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.”

If you have fewer children, not only will you be saving the earth, but you’ll have lots more room and less noise in your mansion and limo. It just makes good sense.

Gore had four children, which is good because no story about Gore and global warming would be complete without an obligatory measure of hypocrisy.

Did Gore think of the “empowering women will save the world from global warming” thing before Sigourney Weaver did? Just wondering.

The Goracle is also frustrated with President Obama. This from a Rolling Stone piece that must have required the slaughter of a couple dozen trees just to publish:

“President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis,” Gore writes in the 7,000-word essay. “He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community … to bring the reality of the science before the public.”

Al’s carbon credit bank balance must be drying up — he’s starting to sound desperate — which is a sign that societies are starting to make better choices, as he requested.

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