Posts Tagged ‘ climate change ’

NOAA and NASA lied on temperature records

January 20, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Tom Harris  

"If NOAA and NASA made a big deal of a temperature record set by a few hundredths of a degree, many in the public would laugh, appreciating that such small changes cannot even be felt, let alone present problems. So instead the government emphasizes the amount by which the new temperature statistics exceed the 'the 20th century average.' But to know this difference to hundredths of a degree, as they claim to do, requires that we also know the average for the 20th century to hundredths of a degree. And this in turn requires that we know the so-called global average temperature in each year during the 20th century to a similarly high degree of accuracy." (01/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l64lr3k  

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White house climate lunacy

January 6, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nikki Comerford  

"As January 2014 arrived with a blast of cold air ominously dubbed the 'polar vortex,' the White House released a video in which the Chief Science Advisor to President Obama, Dr. John Holdren, managed to get on both sides of it, declaring the 'extreme cold' to be 'a pattern that we expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues.' How the Earth is getting both colder and warmer at the same time defies reality, but that is of little concern to Dr. Holdren and, indeed, the entire global warming -- now called climate change -- hoax." [editor's note: "Local weather" and "global climate" are not the same thing. I don't necessarily know that "global warming" predictors did predict this "polar vortex" stuff, but they do predict that, for example, England will get much colder if global temperatures increase because that global increase will disrupt the "jet stream" current that makes England fairly temperate - TLK] (01/05/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/01/white-house-climate-lunacy/  

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Crazy is as crazy does

December 29, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Joe Bastardi  

"Read this Washington Post piece from November on the idea that global warming (what happened to climate change?) is driving 'crazy' winters. It's a testimony to a lot of nonsense going on in our nation today, where people have little ability to remember the past and understand that history is what got us where we are today. Let's look at last winter. As 'crazy' as it was, the fact is that Weatherbell.com, my company, forecasted it well in advance by looking at the winters of 1917-191 [sic] and 1993-1994 -- before global warming was 'driving crazy winters.'" (12/28/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/12/crazy-is-as-crazy-does/  

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Jim Webb wants to be president. Too bad he’s awful on climate change

December 23, 2014
posted by

Mother Jones
by Patrick Caldwell  

"A former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan, Webb is being touted by some on the left as an Appalachian populist who could champion causes Clinton would rather ignore. The Nation's William Greider, for example, lauded Webb's presidential ambitions in a column headlined 'Why Jim Webb Could be Hillary Clinton's Worst Nightmare.' Greider praised Webb's non-interventionist tendencies in foreign policy (Webb was a vocal opponent of the Iraq War). 'I think of him as a vanguard politician -- that rare type who is way out ahead of conventional wisdom and free to express big ideas the media herd regards as taboo,' Greider wrote, while acknowledging that Webb was unlikely to win. There's at least one key issue, however, on which Webb's record is far from progressive: global warming." (12/22/14)

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/12/jim-webb-climate-change  

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Global warming true believers the ones in “denial”

December 19, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"I have a theory as to why Americans don’t worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don’t push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of 'the science' -- yet focus on ideology more than tangible results. Their language is downright evangelical. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media’s use of the term 'climate skeptic.' They released a statement that concluded, 'Please stop using the word 'skeptic' to describe deniers.' Deniers? Like Judas?" (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mcw68yl  

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A nice example of scientific ignorance

December 18, 2014
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"Someone in an online discussion posted a link to what was claimed to be an experimental demonstration of global warming by a young student. It was presented by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Clean Air Conservancy. ... The real problem is that the experiment does not demonstrate the greenhouse effect." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2ps2d8  

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Germany’s “energy transformation”: Unsustainable subsidies and an unstable system

December 17, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"Perhaps when Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was a child, she attended a party and was the only one who came without a present, or was wearing inappropriate attire—and the embarrassment she felt haunts her to this day. That’s how psychodynamic psychology (Freud) might explain her December 3 decision to spend more money on Germany’s failing energy experiment to avoid, as Reuters puts it: 'the embarrassment of missing her government’s goal of a 40 percent reduction of emissions by 2020.'" (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nvwmb5a  

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Study: Greenland ice loss may be worse than predicted

December 16, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"A warming planet may lead to swifter ice loss on Greenland's ice sheet, and faster sea level rise for the rest of the world than previously predicted, scientists said on Monday. Two separate international studies raised concern about the pace of ice melt on the world's second largest ice sheet after Antarctica, and suggested that scientists may have underestimated the variable behavior of Greenland's ice." (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n22f39g  

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Climate and elite opinion

December 15, 2014
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"I have spent a good deal of time observing and participating in arguments about global warming. One striking point that I have not seen discussed is the sharp divergence between elite opinion and mass opinion. Elite opinion, the New York Times, official statements by various scientific organizations and the like, views global warming as a dire threat, one that requires drastic and immediate action to prevent. Mass opinion, not only in the U.S. but, according to at least one poll I saw, world wide, puts it very far down in the list of what people are concerned about, perhaps tenth or twentieth." (12/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ptglas5  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 11/28/14

December 1, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"Senior Fellow for environment and energy policy for The Heartland Institute sits down with host Donald Kendal to discuss how modest global warming is benefiting the Great Lakes Region growing season." [Flash video] (11/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o75w98h  

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Carbon makes the world go round

November 25, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by James Woudhuysen  

"In my view, industrialisation has added to the greenhouse gases of the world and thus to global warming. Moreover, CO2 is the most significant manmade greenhouse gas. So we should move to a low-carbon or zero-carbon world, right Not so fast. This simplistic, black-and-white view of carbon is far too prevalent." (11/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nyyhrhg  

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Carbon taxes: The tax interaction effect

November 25, 2014
posted by

David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"In a world starting with zero taxes on anything, a tax on carbon would be optimal, assuming, I remind you, that global warming is a problem. But the academic literature on carbon taxes has moved well beyond that simple world. In the world in which we live, where there are many taxes, the case for carbon taxes is no longer so clear. And the reason? It's that there is an interaction between carbon taxes and other taxes." (11/24/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/carbon_taxes_th.html  

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Novel fanaticism

November 20, 2014
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"The core concern that sparked the civil-rights movement was simple: government-mandated racial segregation and discrimination wrongly prevented each African-American from pursuing his or her life’s goals on equal footing with white Americans. Neither the existence nor the baleful effects of such barriers was ever in doubt. In addition, destroying those barriers was both a relatively straightforward procedure and, by any remotely acceptable ethical standards, unambiguously the right thing to do. Climate change is completely different. Legitimate debate continues over the magnitude of impending temperature change and -- despite the predictions of the novel that inspired Mr. Ignatius's call for a moral crusade against climate change -- debate continues over the likely consequences of any such change." (11/20/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/11/novel-fanaticism.html  

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White House #AskDrH climate social media campaign an #EpicFail

November 17, 2014
posted by

Jim Lakely Heartland Institute
by Jim Lakely  

"On Thursday afternoon (Nov. 13), the White House's vaunted social media squad invited Americans to go on Twitter, Facebook, Vine, or Instagram and pose questions about climate change to the president’s science advisor using the hashtag #AskDrH. Said the White House blog: 'Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wants to answer any questions that you have about climate change -- what it means, how bad it actually is, and what we can do to fight it.' Wait a minute! Holdren will answer 'any questions that you have about climate change' ... but only if they conform to the notion that human activity is causing a climate crisis, and restricting human activity by government direction can 'fight it.' I think the White House misspelled 'any.'" (11/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ocry7c7  

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Obama pledges $3 billion to help poor nations on climate

November 15, 2014
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Seattle Times    

"The United States will give $3 billion to a U.N.-established fund to help poorer vulnerable countries prepare for a changing climate and develop cleaner energy, President Barack Obama announced Saturday. The United Nations is trying to raise at least $10 billion for its Green Climate Fund to help developing nations adjust to rising seas, warmer temperatures and more extreme weather." [editor's note: He sure is comfortable spending other people's money, isn't he? - TLK] (11/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ljb3rsd  

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It’s not about “climate change,” it’s about power and control

November 13, 2014
posted by

Bruce McQuain QandO
by Bruce McQuain  

"The fact is, there is no proof that what the alarmists fear exists or will exist. Science doesn’t support their hypothesis and reality doesn’t support the conclusions of their modeling. But the man who said that 'science' would take precedence in his administration has yet to demonstrate that. This is about control. Power. This is the crew that would tell you every step of the way how you should live your life." (11/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mc8ywlq  

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Politicized climate change and the libertarian solution

November 5, 2014
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Unless you, yourself, personally, are a climate scientist you don't know what the science actually is. Every scrap of information that comes to the rest of us in the rest of the world has passed through a series of scientific, academic, journalistic, political, bureaucratic and ideological gatekeepers after having been 'peer reviewed' to tell us what The Gatekeeper Class wants us to believe for their own benefit. The science has been thoroughly hijacked." (11/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/msuf2h8  

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Climate change, land grabs, and revolution in Burkina Faso

November 5, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Alexander Reid Ross  

"Like virtually every country in Africa, Burkina Faso has been assailed by North Atlantic military intervention over the past four decades, as well as an escalation of land grabs since 2008. More land has been grabbed in Africa over the past 15 years than in the rest of the world combined -- more than 55 million hectares, according to Blessing Karumbidza of the Global Justice Ecology Project. The economic tensions between local producers and international powers that have contributed to the revolutionary dissatisfaction with the establishment in Burkina Faso can be found in virtually any country subject to the harsh and cruel conditions of the global land grab and the crisis of climate change. The revolution in Burkina Faso represents a crucial break, summoning the revolutionary leaders of past generations to maintain a legacy of popular control." (11/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m839kgc  

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No matter how much Tom Steyer spends, Florida isn’t buying climate disaster

November 3, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick J Michaels  

"The legendary bank robber Willie Sutton apparently did not say that he robbed banks 'because that's where the money is,' even though everyone thinks he did. And, apparently, rich donors also don't identify issues that are 'where the voters are,' at least in Florida. Billionaire Tom Steyer has spent $12 million trying to make Floridians scared of global warming -- an issue Gallup recently found ranks dead last among voter priorities. Other research indicates that the more people are harangued about it, the more they turn off, making this money not well spent." (11/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oxvvu5y  

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UN report on climate change: “No ambiguity”

November 2, 2014
posted by

The Weather Channel    

"Climate change is here and human caused and the time to act is now, the U.N.'s panel on climate science said Sunday. The fourth and final volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's giant climate assessment didn't offer any surprises, nor was it expected to since it combined the findings of three earlier reports released in the past 13 months." (11/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lo3am73  

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Unsettling climate science

October 31, 2014
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy  

"Not even scientific uncertainty will stand between John Kerry and an historic treaty enshrining his name." (10/30/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1325  

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The answer isn’t blowing in the wind

October 28, 2014
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Martin Livermore  

"Last week, EU leaders agreed to the next round of targets for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions: a headline target of a 40% reduction on 1990 by 2030. But rather than let the market decide how to reach this goal most efficiently, they also set a 27% target to add more renewable energy to the mix. In practice, this love affair with renewable energy means promoting wind and solar; there is little scope for new hydropower plants and large scale, practical wave and tidal power seems to be as far away as ever. There is no rational justification for this, but politicians seem to be incapable of fixing top level targets and providing a market framework to meet them." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nshobtm  

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Unsettled science

October 16, 2014
posted by

Viv Forbes Heartland Institute
by Viv Forbes  

"Government-funded climate alarmists claim their forecasts of dangerous man-made global warming relies on 'settled science.' Their 'settled science' is a mare’s nest of computer models, resting on a few match-sticks of science, surrounded by tall forests of uncertainty." (10/16/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/10/unsettled-science/  

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No, a carbon tax cannot create jobs, jobs, jobs

October 15, 2014
posted by

James M. Taylor Heartland Institute
by James M. Taylor  

"A tax on carbon dioxide emissions would destroy far more jobs -- and wealth -- than it would create, despite the well-intentioned hopes of Forbes.com contributor James Conca." (10/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mtq7hmv  

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Carbon footprints: Good, bad and ugly

October 7, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Viv Forbes  

"Producing carbon dioxide is not bad -- it an [sic] essential gas in the cycle of life, and beneficial for all life. There is no proof whatsoever that human emissions cause dangerous global warming. Moreover, it is not per capita emissions that could affect the climate -- it is total emissions, and on that measure Australia’s small contribution is largely irrelevant. This is just another PR weapon in the extreme green alarmist arsenal. Even if carbon footprints were important, not all footprints are environmentally equal -- some are good, some are bad and some are just plain ugly." (10/06/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/10/carbon-footprints-good-bad-and-ugly/  

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