Posts Tagged ‘ climate change ’

“Statogenic” climate change?

November 22, 2016
posted by

Notes On Liberty
by Vincent Geloso  

"Is climate change government-made? For some years, I have been saying to my colleagues that climate change is real. Nonetheless, I am not an alarmist and I do not believe that stating that there is a problem is a blank cheque for any policy. Unlike many of my colleagues who believe that climate change is 'anthropogenic,' I argue that it is 'statogenic' in the sense that government policies over the last few decades basically amplified the problem." (11/22/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/11/22/statogenic-climate-change/  

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Natural gas use, not climate regulations, reducing carbon emissions

October 30, 2016
posted by

H Sterling Burnett Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett  

"The Associated Press reports the United States'[s] carbon dioxide emissions have fallen substantially, with 2016's emissions expected to be the lowest in 25 years. President Barack Obama's signature effort to reduce emissions, the Clean Power Plan, has been stayed by the courts. So what's behind the decline? A dramatic increase in our use of cleaner-burning natural gas." (10/28/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/37204/  

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Climate change

October 16, 2016
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"This week brought the first hard freeze and a nice dusting of snow to the NE corner of Wyoming. It's earlier than usual, I think, but nothing surprising. The last few days have been windy and darn near warm, however. Yesterday's high temperature outside was 75 degrees. Most call that 'Indian Summer,' but we don't get too comfortable with it ... might freeze hard again tomorrow night. The point is, of course, that the weather (and 'climate' is merely an aggregation of local weather) changes constantly. Sometimes it is more or less predictable, but usually subject to at least some changes as the predicted time frame gets closer." (10/15/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9894  

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Elon Musk Twitter feud over subsidies: Tesla CEO challenges coal industry to drop government help

October 12, 2016
posted by

International Business Times    

"There's a battle brewing between the titans of renewable energy and fossil fuels. Robert Murray, the CEO of America's largest coalmining company Murray Energy Corporation went on the offensive Monday, accusing Tesla Motors of taking tax subsidies from the federal government while not turning out a profit. Tesla's CEO and founder, Elon Musk, was quick to respond. ... The 'real fraud going on is denial of climate science,' Musk wrote on Twitter. 'As for ‘subsidies,' Tesla gets pennies on dollar vs coal. How about we both go to zero?'" (10/12/16)

http://www.ibtimes.com/elon-musk-twitter-feud-over-subsidies-tesla-ceo-challenges-coal-industry-drop-2430380  

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Science, democracy casualties of the climate war

October 12, 2016
posted by

H Sterling Burnett Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett  

"Only transparency allows the public to confirm that the laws and rules they must live under reflect their will, and only transparency gives them the ability to oversee and restrain government when necessary. The lack of transparency in the scientific and political spheres of the climate war -- recognizing the two are almost inextricably intertwined these days -- debases both." (10/11/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/science-democracy-casualties-of-the-climate-war/  

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US likely to fall short of emissions goal

September 27, 2016
posted by

USA Today USA Today    

"Unless we [sic] do more, the U.S. will likely miss the emissions target aimed for in the landmark Paris Climate Agreement last year, says a new study released Monday. Cutting the emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane from power plants and other sources is key to reducing the impacts of man-made climate change. Even if all current and proposed emission reduction plans are enacted, the U.S. will still fall short by anywhere from 300 million to as many as 1.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, the study found." (09/26/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/09/26/us-emissions-climate-change/91128456/  

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Mortality from AGW warming: A brief analysis

September 27, 2016
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"In a recent FaceBook exchange, the question came up of why I object to the omission from most talk about AGW of the benefits from milder winters. I ended up sketching an approach to the question of whether increased mortality from hotter summers was more or less than decreased mortality from milder winters. It was a longer piece than I usually bother with on FaceBook, which suggested that it would be more appropriate here, so here, with some editing, it is. I begin with a Lancet article that found that, globally, 'cold-related deaths outnumbered heat-related deaths by a factor of nearly 20, overall.' To figure out how summed deaths from heat and cold were changed by AGW so far, or estimate how they will be changed in the future, I need two more pieces of information." (09/26/16)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2016/09/mortality-from-agw-warming-brief.html  

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The seas they are a’risen, but humans aren’t the cause

September 25, 2016
posted by

H Sterling Burnett Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett  

"Several recent scientific studies found little evidence humans are affecting sea levels, while one study finds the planet is adding land mass faster than it was being submerged. ... sea levels have risen more than 400 feets since the end of the last ice age 12,000 to 18,000 years ago, and while still rising, they are rising at a slower rate now than they have on average since that time, and have shown little or no increase in the rate of rise in the past 150 years -- the purported time period of human caused climate change." (09/23/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/09/the-seas-they-are-arisen-but-humans-arent-the-cause/  

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France: New law bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery

September 18, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"France has passed a new law to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials. The law, which comes into effect in 2020, is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth -- an ambitious plan that aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate change. Although some ecologists' organisations are in favour of the ban, others argue that it has violated European Union rules on free movement of goods." (09/17/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-bans-plastic-cups-plates-cutlery-energy-transition-for-green-growth-a7313076.html  

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CA: Brown signs new climate exchange laws

September 8, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"California is already on track to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Now under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, the state will ratchet up its fight against climate change by launching an ambitious campaign to scale back emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. ... Brown signed another bill, AB197, that gives lawmakers more oversight of regulators and provides aid to low-income or minority communities located near polluting facilities such as oil refineries and factories. California's crusade against climate change started under former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the state's original emissions-control law, known as AB32." (09/08/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/08/493191842/california-gov-jerry-brown-signs-new-climate-change-laws  

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People are still getting this climate change thing wrong

August 8, 2016
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"[W]e insist that people are not taking this whole thing seriously at all. For we have spoken directly with the people who investigated seeding the oceans with iron. It works, there's no doubt at all that it works. It's also startlingly cheap. It's not a complete solution but it's an entirely viable one. It's also one that it's illegal to carry out, even illegal to do further testing upon it." (08/08/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/people-are-still-getting-this-climate-change-thing-wrong  

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The Hillary treatment for climate fraudsters?

July 19, 2016
posted by

Paul Driessen Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen  

"This past March, seventeen attorneys general launched a coordinated effort to investigate, pursue and prosecute companies, think tanks and other organizations who say there is little credible evidence that human 'greenhouse gas' emissions are causing 'dangerous' or 'catastrophic' manmade climate change. The AGs said their targets' actions constitute 'fraud' ... But one wonders: How will these intrepid protectors of the public interest respond to Real Climate Fraud? To intentional misrepresentations of material facts, with knowledge of their falsity, and for the purpose of inducing persons or institutions to act, with resulting injury or damage." (07/18/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/the-hillary-treatment-for-climate-fraudsters/  

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The climate police crack-up

July 10, 2016
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Mollie Dreisbach  

"Free-speech advocates have reason to cheer as two state attorneys general have walked back their subpoenas against Exxon Mobil Corp., tacitly admitting that their climate-change harassment lacks a legal basis. Virgin Islands AG Claude Walker recently withdrew his subpoena of Exxon Mobil. He was a leader among the 17 AGs charging that the oil giant defrauded shareholders by hiding the truth about global warming. That's hard to prove when the company's climate-change research was published in peer-reviewed journals. ... Meantime, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey filed court documents declaring she won't enforce her subpoena against Exxon until the oil giant’s countersuits against the AGs are settled." (07/07/16)

https://cei.org/content/climate-police-crack  

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May free speech reign and scientific inquiry prevail

July 7, 2016
posted by

Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"Throughout the past four years, climate change activists have been secretly coordinating with one another regarding ways to prosecute individuals, organizations, and companies that are their ideological foes. They met to develop a strategy to use RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), which was intended to provide stronger weapons for prosecuting organized crime, against those who speak out against the Obama administration's war on fossil fuels." (07/06/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/may-free-speech-reign-and-scientific-inquiry-prevail/  

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The climate Cassandra

June 22, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Thirty years ago, in June, 1986, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met to consider the problems of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and climate change. Present at those hearings was today’s climate Cassandra, James Hansen, then of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies. And he was predicting that 'global temperatures should be nearly 2 degrees higher in 20 years,' according to Associated Press reporting at that time." (06/22/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/22/the-climate-cassandra/  

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Much at steak in EPA’s latest beef

June 21, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Bette Grande  

"Climate change alarmists are busy building their case against cattle farmers. A combination of scholarly sounding studies, environmental nonprofit research, and the green media are compiling the data EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will use as they turn their attention to your hamburger. The United Nations and the World Bank are already behind the effort. The scary numbers cited vary significantly from article to article -- which is not surprising since the 'data' is mostly made up in the first place -- but the solutions offered by the methane police are always the same: Make no mistake, your food is next." (06/20/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/06/much-at-steak-in-epas-latest-beef/  

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Antarctic carbon dioxide reaches highest levels in 4 million years

June 20, 2016
posted by

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Antarctica recently witnessed an event that last took place four million years ago: Carbon dioxide levels broke through the barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm). In fact, the frozen continent is a laggard in this respect. The announcement Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gave the date of this milestone as May 23. But the global annual mean concentration of carbon dioxide already surpassed 400 ppm last year, the first time that has happened in human history. While the number 400 does not hold any inherent significance, it has become something of a symbol as more of the world becomes convinced of the need to stop the ballooning levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere." (06/18/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0618/Antarctic-carbon-dioxide-reaches-highest-levels-in-4-million-years  

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The benefits of global warming

May 21, 2016
posted by

Butler Shaffer LewRockwell.com
by Butler Shaffer  

"Those with ambitions for power over their fellow humans continue to speak of the threats of 'climate change' and 'global warming' as though they were expressing revealed truths. Religious dogmas can find their roots in scientific as well as theological thinking. Questioning either the 'intelligent design' or 'big bang' explanations for the origins of the universe can evoke angry responses from true-believers on either side of the issue. In the case of the High-Church Warmingists, a verifiable fact (i.e., increased temperature) is merged with an empirically unfounded assertion (i.e., human activity is the causal explanation) to provide true believers the rationale for their rule over mankind. Those who deny this article of faith are targeted for dismissal in academia and even televised weather shows." (05/21/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/05/butler-shaffer/state-enforces-idea-doubt/  

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The climate police escalate

May 1, 2016
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by staff  

"Sometimes we wonder if we're still living in the land of the free. Witness the subpoena from Claude Walker, attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, demanding that the Competitive Enterprise Institute cough up a decade of emails and policy work, as well as a list of private donors. Mr. Walker is frustrated that the free-market think tank won't join the modern church of climatology, so he has joined the rapidly expanding club of Democratic politicians and prosecutors harassing dissenters." (04/30/16)

https://cei.org/content/climate-police-escalate  

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AGs, activists accused of “collusion” on Exxon probe amid new emails

April 19, 2016
posted by

Fox News    

"State Democratic officials are facing mounting accusations they secretly coordinated with climate activists to investigate whether ExxonMobil hid the truth about global warming, as new documents show the collaboration went deeper than previously thought. Emails obtained and released by the Energy & Environment Legal Institute show a number of state attorneys general and their staff received advice and guidance from environmental activists at a March 29 meeting in New York, on the same day as a major press conference. ... ExxonMobil last week issued a challenge to a subpoena issued by the Virgin Islands, calling it unwarranted and an attack on ExxonMobil’s freedom of speech." (04/18/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/18/ags-activists-accused-collusion-on-exxon-probe-amid-new-emails.html  

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Deep-sixing another useful climate myth

April 14, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by David Legates  

"By now, virtually everyone has heard that '97% of scientists agree: Climate change is real, manmade and dangerous.' Even if you weren't one of his 31 million followers who received this tweet from President Obama, you most assuredly have seen it repeated everywhere as scientific fact. The correct representation is 'yes,' 'some,' and 'no.'" (04/14/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/04/deep-sixing-another-useful-climate-myth/  

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Here’s why we’re so in favor of a carbon tax

April 14, 2016
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Because there's sufficient head of steam up that our government, global governments, governments globally, are going to adopt some policy or other over climate change. Even proof perfect that every thermometer on the planet was being steeped in a nice cup of hot tea before being read would not and will not change that. It's thus necessary to argue for the least bad alternatives out there of what that policy is going to be. And that's the carbon tax." (04/14/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/heres-why-were-so-in-favour-of-a-carbon-tax  

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Obama’s Attorney General says she’s considered using an old law to silence global warming critics

April 12, 2016
posted by

H Sterling Burnett Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett  

"Attorney General Lynch testified that the Department of Justice has discussed pursuing civil action against companies, nonprofits, associations, and scientists who debate whether humans are causing catastrophic climate change, referring the matter to the FBI to determine if it meets the criteria for prosecution, presumably under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, a law passed in 1970 to battle organized crime. The revelation the Obama administration has asked the FBI to investigate people involved in an ongoing scientific debate because they disagree with the president should shock the sensibilities of all Americans." (04/11/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/04/obamas-attorney-general-says-shes-considered-using-an-old-law-to-silence-global-warming-critics/  

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Say NO to the “green” slush fund for dictators

April 7, 2016
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis  

"Oppose the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and all Paris climate accord agreements that will use my tax money or otherwise impose burdens on me. Third world countries were promised billions through the GCF. Many of those countries are dictatorships. No dictator should ever receive a penny of my money, for any purpose. The GCF is a brazen hold-up of U.S. taxpayers to appease looters and kleptocrats like Robert Mugabe, who has made a hell-hole out of Zimbabwe." (04/06/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/say-no-to-the-green-slush-fund-for-dictators  

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NASA: Arctic sea ice wintertime extent hits record low

March 29, 2016
posted by

India Today [India]    

"Arctic sea ice appears to have reached a record low wintertime maximum extent for the second year in a row, according to NASA scientists. Every year, the cap of frozen seawater floating on top of the Arctic Ocean and its neighbouring seas melts during the spring and summer and grows back in the fall and winter months, reaching its maximum yearly extent between February and April, researchers said. On March 24, Arctic sea ice extent peaked at 14.52 million square kilometres, a new record low winter maximum extent in the satellite record that started in 1979." (03/29/16)

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/arctic-sea-ice-wintertime-extent-hits-record-low-nasa/1/629622.html  

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