"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Friday, February 26, 2010

Scientists examine causes for lull in warming

The Economist says Climate scientists must do more to work out how exceptionally cold winters or a dip in world temperatures fit their theories of global warming, if they are to persuade an increasingly sceptical public.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Willis Eschenbach Eloquently Speaks For All Of Us. - Please Read

WUWT ran a letter from Judith Curry on Scientists rebuilding the trust of the public after ClimateGate and other IPCC disasters. Willis Eschenbach responds in a heartfelt way , expressing brilliantly the feelings ,anger and frustrations of skeptics of Global Warming.    Thank you Willis.

Ofcom To Investigate AGW Bedtimes Stories TV Campaign

The Guardian reports that there have been so many complaints about the Climate Change campaign it will investigate the matter. The complaints say the show is political advertising  or that there is no climate change.
The DECC has defended the campaign, and the science behind it, with climate-change minister Joan Ruddick arguing that the campaign was "consistent with government policy on the issue, which is informed by the latest science and assessments of peer-reviewed, scientific literature made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and other international bodies".

I don't know what they are on about - Check out the ABC here in Oz if you want to see real political advertising.

Kevin Rudd suffers twin setbacks to Carbon Reduction Scheme

With the Senate deferring any vote until May and the Australia Industry Group jumping ship,Rudd's ETS is looking like a lost cause. As public belief in AGW wanes it is unlikely that it will be re-presented this Parliament. Meanwhile Rudd has hit the airwaves in a radio blitz to try to revive his falling popularity figures. As the Opposition is painting him as all talk and no action , more talking may not help.

China says no Emissions Cap for now - ( Probably Never)

From AFP China's top climate change negotiator says the world's biggest carbon polluter has no intention of capping greenhouse gas emissions for the time being. The Chinese are much smarter than the Western negotiators and have no intention of damaging their economy for Global Warming ideology.

The Sickness of the West

An essay by historian Paul Johnson in Forbes Magazine highlights the pitiful quality of Western leaders .
At the very top we have a sad bunch of flawed mediocrities.
The world is groaning beneath a mountain of debt, but that's not the real problem. History shows repeatedly that debt can quickly be paid off once confidence is restored and men and women set to work with a will. But for that to happen we must have trust in those who lead us.

EPA Shifts Stance As IPCC Stumbles - AGW Chameleons

The Global Warmers are certainly nimble in changing course rapidly as their "facts" are disproved eg Global Warming becomes Climate Change, more hurricanes becomes less but stronger hurricanes , and  giant snowstorms become evidence of Global Warming . With the IPCC she cited for the Endangerment ruling under assault, EPA head Lisa Jackson has now said the ruling was based on the American scientific community.Pajama Media reports on the latest quickstep from Jackson and fellow-traveller Barbara Boxer.

A Salutary Tale - Beer Belly Saves Life

A British bartender was told by doctors that his paunch almost certainly saved his life during a knife attack.
Men , of course , have always instinctively realised the protective value of the corpulence but now when Herself remarks on it I can point out it's defensive properties. Regular trips to the pub  can now be justified as contributing to self-defence.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

US Rural Temperature Stations show Negligible Warming

American Thinker shows how US temperature readings have been selected/modified for a warming bias and the evidence of tampering  is damning when an 11 year average is taken for each of the station groups across 48 states. This part of a general re-writing of data retrospectively to fit alarmist "science"

Rudd to Pay 41 Million Because of a Small Number of Shonky Operators

The costs ot the insulation fiasco rose today with 43 Million set aside for workers affected by the shut-down of the scheme. Rudd is now strutting around as the saviour of those his government's incompetence put out of work.
"The Government will not walk away from its responsibilities to the workers of Australia," he said.

"Many of these people are good, honest workers whose jobs have been disrupted because of a small number of shonky operators."
The two shonky operators coming immediately to mind are Rudd and Garrett.

Incredible - Burning All Our Fossil Fuel Reserves Increases CO2 Level only 40%

From Quadrant Online we have an interesting calculation by Dr Tom Quirk showing that if we were to burn all our known fossil carbon fuel reserves in one year we could increase CO2 concentration in the atmosphere by only 40%.    The Warmists claim we are heading toward doubling CO2 and apocalypse but there there just plain ain't enough fossil carbon to do that. Given that we will use our reserves over many decades and with man-made Co2 only a tiny part of Nature'sCO2 cycle it is hard to see what is the problem.

Blame not Garrett but Rudd

Andrew Bolt has been a vocal critic of Rudd's Government since the election and he sheets blame for the whole insulation disaster to Kevin Rudd's rush-rush style of governing. His review of the Rudd's Government handling of the fiasco is scathing .

UK - New Poll shows only 20% Are AGW Believers

The Guardian reports on an Ipsos Mori Poll on people's views on climate change reports that only 20% of respondents between 16 to 64 years old believe in man-made global warming. This is down from 33% a year ago .

The Alarmists Snow Job - Less Snow becomes More Snow in Orwellian Turnaround.

Anthony Watts at WUWT details the turnaround of climate "science" from Co2 warming causes "less snow" to CO2 warming causes " more snow". The "less snow" theory was supported by the heavy hitters on the AGW Hoax team such as CRU ,and Barnett of the Scripps Institute who said: The chance that the model is incorrect, he said, is somewhere between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000. Whoops!

Garrett Lives - Ministerial Accountability is Dead

Rudd's election promise of high Ministerial accountability is in tatters after refusing to fire Peter Garrett for gross incompetence says Dennis Shanahan of the Australian. He writes that Garrett will live but Rudd's ministerial accountability is dead.
Of course no one should be surprised by the debacle caused by putting a Rock star in charge of a multi-billion dollar project. The Labor Government has so little business experience from Rudd downwards, that more disasters are inevitable.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Guardian Out to Whitewash Climategate - Back To Their Old Tricks!

The Guardian of old is back with David Adam doing a whitewash on Climategate which was really very naughty but what can you do? A great review of the article is done by MoveAnyMountain in the comments section which I take the liberty to reproduce here in full:

Emission Reduction for Dummies - Aussie Edition

Paul Williams at Quadrant has a tongue-in-cheek primer for the great unwashed to understand Emissions reductions. Unfortunately it is too close to the truth.

Journalistic malpractice on global warming

The Economist rips into the Daily Mail for reporting that Phil Jones stated there was no significant warming since 1995 and that it was acually .12 degrees per decade.
Now it seems that the nameless writer might be guilty of malpractice himself.

Bullying, lies and the rise of right-wing climate denial

Clive Hamilton is crying foul because of aggressive criticism of the saintly pro-warmers. OK, of course, is a letter he wrote to children telling them that their fathers are implicated in poor people's deaths.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Scientists 'not clear' on Climate .

SMH has an article in which a climate campaigner insults the public as "confused".
Environmentalist Tim Flannery has blamed scientists for a rise in climate scepticism, saying they had not clearly explained the science to a ''confused Australian public''.He said a lack of simple communication to the public about the science of climate change meant sceptics had been able to fill the void with misinformation.

Tree-ring Anomaly Mystifies Scientists- Normal People Recognise BS When They See It

Warmist "Scientists" ( using the term very loosely)  have a problem with the  Medieval Warm Period which was warmer than today with  not a single SUV or coal-fired power station to blame for it. As a matter of fact the whole " unprecedented warming of the last 50 years" is a crock if the MWP existed. So Mann with his band of self-reviewing cohorts came up with a tree ring thermometer which did not show the MWP. Unfortunately although it did as planned and incorrectly showed a cool MWP , it also was incorrect when compared to modern temperature data so Mann chopped off the bad bit and substituted temperature readings to " hide the decline" .

Arctic Sea Ice Only Down 5% From Average- Antarctic Above Average

Although Warmists bleat about the disappearing Arctic ice it is now only 5% below average for this time of year and has been increasing for the last three years. The red graph shows the anomaly or difference from the Average. In other words there is nothing to worry about ,contrary to the predictions of Apocalyptic melting.
The Antarctic Sea Ice area has been above average for many years.

Insulation Disaster - Families At Risk

Home owners who are frightened that their homes have been made dangerous with faulty insulation installation could wait months to have them checked. The scale of the disaster is now emerging as possibly 255,000 houses have safety problems. The financial cost of audit and rectification will be huge and the political cost very damaging.

Environment Minister Garrett Did Not See Risk Report For 10 Months

Kevin Rudd also claims he didn't see it also although the taxpayer funded report was delivered to the Prime Minister's Department 10 months ago at the same time as  Garrett's Department received their copy.
The report from the consulting arm of law firm Minter Ellison gave specific warnings on house fires and property damage by dodgy installers, substandard batts and a department ill-equipped to roll out such a massive program.It also warned that lax controls could lead to fraud and criminal behaviour, inflated charges and ineligible people accessing the program.
Peter Garrett is unlikely to last the week as the opposition steps up the pressure.

Rudd the Dud's Non-Achievements A to Z

Paul Sheehan reviews Rudd's non-performance in an Alphabetical  Analysis
Rarely has a government promised so much, spent so much, said so much, and launched so many nationwide programs, and delivered so little value for money and expectation. Two years of Kevin Rudd has produced 20 years of debt, and most of it cannot be blamed on the global financial crisis.
Kevin Rudd or Krudd as he is non-affectionately known , is increasingly being seen as a waffler and non-achiever, an image that will cost him dearly at the polls.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Global Meltdown Program By John Coleman

  A sceptics view of the state of the Global Warming debate in nine parts- definitely worth watching.
Part 1.
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The New Republicans and The Intellectual Divide

  Huffington Post articles routinely exude a smug superiority but this one has me reaching for the sick bag!
The general thrust of the article is that most Republicans and all Tea-Party types are pretty thick because they don't agree with the progressive liberals who infest the Post.

Huffington Post Says Deniers Should Support Green Energy - Why???

Huffington Post's Heather Taylor-Meisle thinks that deniers should support " Green" energy because it will create "millions of green jobs"  . The small problem is that solar and wind energy is hugely expensive and is fundamentally useless because it does not produce one kilowatt of " dispatchable energy' for a power grid.

Peabody Gets It Right - QualityGate will be Bigger that Climategate

Peabody Energy Company has a 240 page submission to counter the EPA's CO2 Endangerment ruling which is going to make for a fascinating legal case. However given the fact that I have always argued that lack of any Accredited Quality Standards was the Achilles heel of the Warmist Science arguments it is gratifying to see that Peabody is taking that approach.

Obama Says Huge Snowfalls in the US Caused By Global Warming

From AFP Obama says " the lack of snow in Vancouver during the current winter Olympics and unusual snowstorms in places like Dallas in the southern United States as examples of violent weather patterns brought on by climate change."
And also:"Opponents of climate change, they say -- 'see look at that, there is all this snow on the ground -- this doesn't mean anything.'"
However he forgets that the much-quoted IPCC computer models have predicted the opposite of what is happening .

Environment Minister Garrett Warned By Legal Firm on Insulation Risks

Peter Garrett , the Environment Minister, was given legal advice on the possible problems of the Australia-wide rollout of insulation last April .
The advice was released yesterday, as the embattled Environment Minister finally axed the program -- which has been linked to four deaths and 87 house fires -- declaring that the safety risks had become unmanageable.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Chewing the cud could sink the planet! A Load of Bull!

Twenty years ago this would be the theme of a comic routine but it shows how far down Loonie Lane we have progressed that "scientists" can publish this stuff with a straight face  .
When we have scientists  measuring what comes out of a cow's butt someone has to say enough is enough.

Penguins in Antarctica to be replaced by jellyfish due to global warming???

Adding to the huge list of AGW caused disasters, in the Telegraph we read : The results of the largest ever survey of Antarctic marine life reveal melting sea ice is decimating krill populations, which form an integral part of penguins' diets.

The six-inch-long invertebrates, also eaten by other higher Southern Ocean predators such as whales and seals, are being replaced by smaller crustaceans known as copepods.
These scientists are not the sharpest tools in the shed as a quick check shows  Antarctic sea ice has been increasing for decades .

More Errors in Temperature Data- Washington Times

From the latest Editorial in the Washington TimesThe list of problems central to the global warming fraud just doesn't seem to end. As if hiding and losing data, the numerous errors in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the suppression of academic research that disagrees with global warming weren't bad enough, now comes word that basic ground-based temperature data may have been biased towards incorrectly showing temperature increases.

Skeptics LIGHT UP For "Earth Hour"

My home will be the brightest on the street during Earth Hour as I will turn on every light I have. I am very supportive of true environmental concerns but will not in any way support this tripe.I hope that skeptics around the world show their lights in support .We could start our own Skeptic's Hour to co-incide with the Earth Hour demonstration for the Climate Change Hoax. Given the latest polls only one in three are "true believers" so our streets should be well lit.

Tom Friedman - Hypocritical Humbug From the New York Times

Friedman is a major supporter of Global Warmists and is continually exhorting the world down the low carbon track . His latest NYT  missive Global Weirding Is Here advises : Avoid the term “global warming.” I prefer the term “global weirding,” because that is what actually happens as global temperatures rise and the climate changes. The weather gets weird. The hots are expected to get hotter, the wets wetter, the dries drier and the most violent storms more numerous.

In other words everthing bad can be blamed on global warming.
In common with all the opiniated jet-setting film and TV celebrities advising us how to live our lives and to reduce our carbon footprint, Friedman lives by example in the low carbon shack shown here.
He is like Napoleon from Orwell's Animal Farm haranguing the animals about the sacrifices they must make for the cause and then retreating to the lavish farmhouse with the other pigs.

Dutch Sceptic Vindicated

The largest Dutch paper De Telegraaf  tells of Henk Tennekes , the former director of the Dutch Meteorological Institute who lost his job for speaking truthfully about the Global Warming Hoax. The paper says it is time for rehabilitation of Holland's first climate exile. Henk Tenneke says:
“  I’m not surprised about the fuss surrounding current climate research. This storm has been brewing for years. The contributions of climate sceptics disappear unnoticed in the rubbishbin. IPCC is run by an intimate
clique of only a few dozen people."
Even a year ago articles like this would not be printed in a major newspaper. The times are changing rapidly.

Rudd - I See Nothing- I Hear Nothing- I Know Nothing

Rudd and Sergeant Schultz have a very similar dialogue when it comes to the insulation disaster confronting the Government - Rudd is complaining that he wasn't told so it was obviously some one else's fault:  The Prime Minister's spokesman said last night those warnings were not conveyed to Mr Rudd. The spokesman said it was the job of the Environment Department, not the Prime Minister's Department, to assess the program's risks, because it was the agency charged with the rollout.
Of course it is Mr Rudd's job to know of potential problems with a 2 billion dollar project, but it should not surprise anyone from a PM who would launch into a 43 billion dollar Broadband scheme without a business plan. We have a PM who has moved through the bureaucracy to the top of the tree without enough business acumen to run a sausage sizzle.
It is obvious that the tumbrils have been prepared for Peter Garrett and the guillotine is being sharpened.

Hide the Decline Humour

From Josh

Penny Wong signals doom for iconic beaches

More over the top disaster-mongering by the Environment Minister Penny Wong attempts to salvage the remains of the Global Warming meltdown but the locals are not convinced .As sea levels are dropping according to the 3198  Argo oceanic sensors which are dispersed over the world's oceans she should check her facts as the locals are right.

Al Qaeda On Strike over Virgin Allocation

 Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike
on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to
in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda management have so far
failed to produce an agreement.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Northern Hemisphere Snow - Second Highest on Record

WUWT reports that According to Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, last week’s Northern Hemisphere snow extent was the second highest on record, at 52,166,840 km2. This was only topped by the second week in February, 1978 at 53,647,305 km2. Rutgers has kept records continuously for the last 2,227 weeks, so being #2 is quite an accomplishment
It beggars belief that people are suspending mental activity to ignore such gross evidence that the world is not in a period of runaway warming. The argument being trotted out that global warming causes these huge snowfalls may work for the chatterati but Joe citizen has a good eye for bovine excreta when he sees it.

ABC's Tony Jones Should Be Sacked!

I guess no one has attempted to measure the left-wing bias of Tony Jones mathematically before but Gavin Jones has done just that and the results are so bad that he should be removed from his position immediately.
He recently interviewed separately both Joe Hockey and Wayne Swan .

NASA's Climate Kids- Disgusting Propaganda to Scare Our Children Witless

And we thought what Phil Jones had done was bad !!!
NASA's Climate Kids website is propaganda of the worst kind because it is not aimed at reasoning adults but at trusting children . The discredited polar bear picture would never again be used in an adult article but is OK to fool our kids.Sea level is supposed to have risen 57 mm in 17 years and could rise 20 feet.. No mention that it has been risin at 2mm /year since the ice age and seems to have stopped now and that satellite measurements actually show no trend. There is lots more garbage at a kiddie level .The Blogosphere should hold this site up to the ridicule it deserves and get it taken down.Please help.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Disappearing Science of Global Warming

An excellent article by Peter Ferrera of the American Spectator with an overview of Global Warming Science at the moment from a skeptical viewpoint.
Establishment figures intone about the substantial "body of science" supporting the notion of man-caused global warming. But based on recent events, they need to check the body's pulse. The body is dead, and rapidly wasting away before our very eyes.

Rare Geese Missing in Migration- Mother Nature Blog Gooses the Story Up

 An article in the Independent is about 2000 missing Light Bellied Brent Geese (out of a flock of 6000), which were apparently lost due to the fact that their normal feeding grounds in Denmark were frozen over. Mother Nature links to the Independent but adds their own bit of research linking to a scary " global warming causes freezing" article from their  Global Warming for the Intellectually Challenged Series.
The Independent:
In most years, around half of the birds head to the UK and spend the winter at Lindisfarne, with the rest wintering in Denmark and together the two sites hold over 99% of the world population of the geese. But during the big freeze the Danish wetlands froze over and the geese which arrived there were forced to abandon Denmark to find new feeding grounds.

Mother Nature:.
Most of the rare geese winter in Denmark but extreme winter weather (which could be the result of climate change) has caused the Danish wetlands to freeze over this year. This forced the geese to find new feeding grounds.
Another tragedy caused by Global Warming Freezing!

New York Times on the Huge Queensland Coal Deal

From the NYT
 Environmental activists are attacking a $60 billion deal that will keep Chinese power stations supplied with Australian coal for at least the next two decades.

Virginia Joins Texas in Opposition to EPA

The Virginia Attorney General with the support of the Governor Cuccinelli has filed a petition asking the EPA to reconsider the Endangerment finding and also with the Federal Appeals Court seeking a review.
The moves signal a major shift in Virginia's approach to climate change.A commission appointed by previous Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat, found that global warming could spread disease in Virginia, threaten coastal areas and imperil native animals such as crabs.

Rassmussen - Only One in Three Americans Believe in Man-made Global Warming

The latest  Rassmussen Poll  says" reflecting a trend that has been going on for more than a year, just 35% of U.S. voters now believe global warming is caused primarily by human activity. This is down 7% in only 6 months reflecting a fast changing political landscape in the US. In the same poll long term planetary activity is believed to be the cause by 47% of US respondents. Obama , like Kevin Rudd in Australia will find it difficult to uncouple himself from the Global Warming Albatross as support wanes.

TreeHugger on Political Correctness

I always learn from Tree Hugger ,this time that I was being politically incorrect in my use of dates.  Interest found me browsing through the linked Article Can Yogic Philosophy Save the Planet? as I couldn't think of any possible way it could and in the text   reference was made to the Third Century CE which puzzled me and sent me off to Wiki to further my journey of self-enlightenment. There I found to my horror that my education in a country school with a picture of the Queen on the wall and religious instruction on Fridays had not prepared me for the Brave New World of political correctness. AD ( Anna Domino) meaning the Year of Our Lord is now to be replaced by CE which means Common Era and BC ( Before Christ) is now BCE  or before the common era. I suppose if we can accept calling a manhole a personhole ,we can accept anything.

Corporate Rats Desert the Global Warming Titanic

The chances of Obama getting Climate Change legislation through, range from slim to non-existent with major defections from the Climate  Action Partnership which promotes such legislation. From Bloomberg  ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Caterpillar Inc. won’t renew their memberships in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of companies and environmental groups seeking legislation to reduce greenhouse- gas emissions.
I'd be very surprised if this doesn't represent the start of as exodus as most companies are driven by the bottom line not by ideology as shown with Shell's recent withdrawal from the wind power scene.

Muslim Elders Say Penalties Are Harsh.

Too bloody right the penalties are harsh and so they should be . Anyone of any creed who plots to commit terrorism acts in this country should know what is going to happen to them. As to the ridiculous claim that the penalties will "radicalise" more young Islamic men , would anyone think that a 10 or 15 year sentence would make a difference whether one becomes a nutter blowing up women and children. At what level of sentence could we expect these young men not to be radicalised - maybe a good behavior bond and a couple of days Community Service. I think not.

Texas Governor Sues EPA Citing Climategate

As Obama tries through the activist EPA's CO2 Endangerment finding to achieve what he can't do legislatively the State of Texas is filing a lawsuit to reconsider the decision. The Texas Governor Perry says the ruling is based on junk science.From the Washington Examiner.
 Governor Rick Perry announced today that the State of Texas is filing a lawsuit and asking the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its finding that carbon dioxide is an environmental pollutant. The effect of EPA’s action is to try to use the federal Clean Air Act to enact President Barack Obama’s policies limiting gasses that he believes contribute to global warming and climate change. The lawsuit, filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, alleges the EPA’s endangerment finding is based on junk science and seeks an order stopping the EPA from regulating global warming under the clean air act.
Obama is taking a huge risk using the EPA to bypass the Legislature, following poor Opinion polls and the recent loss of the Democrat's safest Senate seat. This lawsuit will expose a lot of issues Obama would prefer out of sight. The EPA's undemocratic decision will have to be justified and the science debated.

Meals Per Gallon - The Ugly Side of Green Policies

A new ActionAid report condemns the use of bio-fuels and says "they have been a major cause of the food and hunger crisis, which is set to get worse". The report states that in just five African countries 1.1 million hectares are used in bio-fuel production for the EU market. This is land which could be use in food production. By 2020 biofuel production will cause a 76% increase in food prices .The whole bio-fuels industry runs on mandates and subsidies - up to 4 billion Euros in Europe last year. Chop the subsidies and the monster will die a quick death .
A heartfelt plea from an African farmer: “They took the land when it was already tilled...

they haven’t paid us anything. We are dying of hunger and there is nothing that we have that is actually our own.”
Matilde Ngoene,   a farmer in Marrenguele village, Gaza province, Mozambique.
Her land has been taken by a biofuel company and she has not been compensated.
The Guardian also has a good sympathetic article on this report.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Antarctica is Actually Cooling Say Researchers

Scientists led by Peter Doran of the University of Illinois have found by monitoring long term temperature readings that the continent Antarctica is actually cooling .Averaging the temperature readings from the more numerous stations on the Peninsula has led to the misleading conclusion that there is a net warming continent-wide. "Our approach shows that if you remove the Peninsula from the dataset, and look at the spatial trend. The majority of the continent is cooling," said Doran.
 The  Warmista have tried very hard to prove that Antarctica was warming including some very creative maths recentlly by Steig. For those of us who just like to make up our own minds here is a picture of a 115 foot transmission tower built by ITT in the mid sixties . Only 30 feet protrude in the late eighties and that is 85 feet of additional ice.
Correction to reader Anonymous , the picture posted was of a crane not pylons. It has been corrected now.

The Green Death - A Greater Killer than Hitler

Measures to combat Global Warming and the tragic loss of life they are causing , are part of a natural progression of environmentalist-caused disasters the first of which  started with the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson . Publicity from this book led to the political decision to ban DDT and this decision has caused more deaths than Hitler's war and the Holocaust.

Huffington Post's Global Warming Catechism For the True Believers

The Huffington Post , that leader of left-wing propaganda in the US has come up with a simple catechism that the Global Warming faithful can repeat to themselves as they are up to their bollocks in snow. It goes like this:
What is snow? Frozen water falling from the sky.

How does water get into the sky? It evaporates, mostly from the ocean.
What makes water evaporate from the ocean? Heat from the sun.
What is global warming? More heat from the sun is trapped near the Earth's surface.
Would global warming cause more or less water to evaporate from the ocean? More, obviously.
And that, in short, is why global warming causes more snow, as long as there is enough cold Arctic air to freeze the water. Otherwise, it would be flooding rain.
And of course as the planet warms causing more and more snow we will drift into a Global Warming caused Ice Age .
They will soon be issuing  new Rosary beads with ten Hail Warmings followed by The Blessed Al Gore .

Cane Toads for Export

It seems that Queensland's iconic pest and mascot of the Queensland Rugby League team is considered to be something of a gastronomic delight in China where an importer says he will take as many as he can get.
I'm sure there will be no shortage of stock of the ugly critters but the trusty nine iron will have to be replaced with a collection bag.

Hitler on Climate Change

Adolf Hitler is very concerned about the direction of the climate change debate.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Great Climate Change Retreat

 The Global Warming walls are crumbling fast as the Daily Express runs with the Jones story on the front page. It is possible that Phil Jones may be able to undo some of the damage done during the years to the reputation of science with his uncharacteristic candor now.

Donald Trump - China, Japan and India are laughing at America's stupidity

Donald Trump sums it up..
Donald Trump has admitted that he is cynical about global warming.

The New York Post reports that the business tycoon has complained that laws to prevent climate change have a negative effect on American industry.

The Continuing Farce of the Climategate Inquiry - Domino Two?

With Philip Campbell , the editor of Nature now gone the spotlight has turned on a second member of the "unbiased" committee Professor Geoffrey Boulton . The Times-on-Line quotes  Boulton : “I may be rapped over the knuckles by Sir Muir for saying this, but I think that statement needs to be clarified. I think the committee needs someone like me who is close to the field of climate change and it would be quite amazing if that person didn’t have a view on one side or the other.”
Like having a member of the Rape Crisis Centre on the jury of a rape trial?
Meanwhile Steve McIntyre delves further into the Boulton story which is fast becoming a saga.

The Big Question of Quality Assurance and Global Warming

If a simple quality audit was done on the data based on which the world is to waste trillions of dollars ,
the whole Global Warming Edifice would come crashing down.
As a Professional Engineer by training I am continually amazed by the sloppiness of the work done by scientists as indicated by the Climategate emails and the recent admissions by Dr Phil Jones to the BBC.
In the real world (not the fantasy world of these scientists) if a company wishes to sell goods worth only a few tens of thousands of dollars to the Government a current Quality Assurance System has to be in place with detailed Quality Control Procedures all of which has  to be independently audited regularly. Software also must be to the relevant standard with annotation,flow charts and traceability. The Climategate software is unbelievably bad in this regard. We must demand Quality Audits of the data and software used by these so-called scientists to further the Global Warming gravy train.

BBC Interview - Phil Jones Confesses Science is Not So Settled

In a stunning BBC interview Professor Phil Jones retreats from the certainty of the "science" buttressing the AGW Global Warming theories.Anthony Watts summarises points made by Jones that agreed with sceptics claims but have been previously vigorously denied by the Warmists.

Green Jobs Cause Four Deaths - Minister Under Pressure

Although criticised as waste the Government thought it was a good idea at the time spending billions with teams of  workers installing subsidised roof insulation across  Australia.  However with four deaths , and with thousands of roofs potentially lethal with a combination of foil insulation and old wiring , Environment Minister Peter Garrett is clinging to his job  amidst calls for his head.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wind Farms - Homes Served Fallacy

We hear all the time about 10,000 homes , or a small city ,"served" by a wind farm ,which is a load of horse hockey, as wind farms do not serve anyone unless they only wanted power on the rare occasions when the wind is blowing in the right speed range . In the UK's recent deep freeze wind power was almost non-existent.  Power grids only work on "dispatchable" power which does NOT include wind as any power system engineer will tell you.

Hockey Team

  
We have this excellent cartoon courtesy of Bishop Hill . Unfortunately it is too true!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Russell Panel on Climategate Needs Complete Overhaul

Those who thought an independent inquiry would get to the bottom of the Climategate mess will be sorely disappointed. Following the resignation of Philip Campbell for his anti-Climategate views it turns out that a second appointee Professor Geoffrey Boulton was a previous employee of UEA .

Friday, February 12, 2010

Clever Condoms -Wrap With Care ,Save a Polar Bear

The folks at the Centre for Biological Diversity are giving away 100,000 condoms , starting Valentines Day, to highlight the effect of over-population on endangered species. Wrap With Care ,Save a Polar Bear and for the coqui rock frog Use a Stopper , Save the Hopper are among the slogans used. I can think of a few more that shall not find their way into print.

Climate Change Investigator Resigns Day One of Inquiry

Philip Campbell stood down after it was disclosed he gave an interview in which he defended the conduct of researchers at University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU). Philip Campbell is the Editor-in- Chief of Nature Magazine and it is mind-blowing that he was chosen in the first place for an independent inquiry given the bias of the Nature editorial on Climategate. He has to take his brush and pail of whitewash and leave early.
I think anyone expecting an unbiased verdict will be greatly disappointed if the other members have similar views.
Update: Bishop Hill is on the job checking the other members and it is not looking good so far!

UK Guardian Bags Tony Abbott

With the UK sinking beneath the waves under a mountain of debt and EU economy-killing bureaucratic regulation it is nice that their liberal Julian Glover of the Guardian can take time to tell us ignorant Colonials what is wrong with our opposition leader .He says the Conservatives must be careful or they will end up with someone like, shock horror,Tony Abbott as leader. They should be so lucky.
Of course he thinks Abbott must be pretty thick to be Conservative " having a ordinary bloke,taxi-driver approach" and Barnaby Joyce is described as "bonkers" .
Abbott, with a Law Degree ,an Economics Degree and a MA from Oxford and a Rhodes Scholarship under his belt demonstrably isn't thick , and Barnaby with a Commerce Degree is not bonkers. The progressives arrogantly feel that if you were intelligent you would have to agree with them - disagree and you are dumb.
Cameron as a Turnbull look-alike has the same inherent problems - his rank and file are not progressives and he may well suffer the same fate .

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ABC Welcomes Mann Whitewash But Students Embarrassed

Just when you thought the ABC was improving we have this pitiful piece of journalism. The writer Tim Leslie uncritically accepts the Mann Whitewash and then rushes to a warmist Professor for validation of his complete lack of research. Mann was interviewed by a few of his peers , he told them he was innocent and they said that's OK. It seems that the poor misunderstood scientists were just trying to explain data .Mind you with the amount of fudging going on a lot of explaining was necessary.

True Greenies Recycle Sex Toys

Just the site for Greenies wondering what to do with that worn-out vibrator , deflated rubber doll and other various tools and attachments - recycling is the answer. Petroleum jelly is no-no and various fruit and vegetables are suggested to replace plastic and rubber items ,There is also a link to DIY sex toys for the frugally minded.To quote:
Our vision was inspired by an open trash bin full of discarded sex toys. Dildos, vibrators, and anal toys - an entire collection - had been thrown away with other rubbish. What a waste.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Washington Times Editorial - Global Warming Snow Job

This editorial is the first from a major newspaper saying , not inferring, that Global Warming is a hoax.
For the climate realists this is a major milestone and hopefully the start of many more similar articles. It is now acceptable to say you don't believe in the Church of Warming and not be treated as something lower than a child molester.
Time to crack the champagne.

Will Roses Smell Sweeter in a Warming World?

Treehugger is a great source of inspiration to me and this article on how plants will be "smellier" in a post-warming world shows how far science has developed with Professor Tweedledee and Professor Tweedledum chiming in with learned opinions , from papers with the mandatory grant-getting Climate Change in the title.

Now The Official Green Police Site! Too Close To Reality For Me!

We now have an official Green Police site which seriously thinks that the image of Green Police assaulting shoppers for asking for a plastic bag is a good green message.  From the site:
Who Are The Green Police? Green Police: Who are they?

NASA - Cooking the Books in Queensland.

Following the Darwin revelations the Global Warming Scam now comes to my home state  with a fine first blog by local Ken Stewart who has been investigating temperature records of two stations close to where he lives at Mackay.  By classifying a research station as a small town of 35000 NASA has been able to "correct" the record in the warming direction.

Michael Mann's Global Warming Lecture Cancelled By Snowstorm!

Too good to miss. From Instantpundit we read :IRONY ABOUNDS: A reader emails: “Today, Michael Mann was scheduled to give a colloquium on climate change at the University of Pennsylvania, where I am a graduate student. As you may know, Philadelphia has been hit by multiple snowstorms in the past week. Today, for what I am told is the first time since the mid-1990s, the university suspended normal operations due to snow, and his colloquium on climate change has been postponed.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Another Snowstorm: What Happened to Global Warming?

Time Magazine deserves a Winter Olympics Gold medal ,degree of difficulty 9.9, for its verbal gymnastics with multiple twists to implicate global warming in the huge US snowstorms.The article says :While the frequency of storms in the middle latitudes has decreased as the climate has warmed, the intensity of those storms has increased. That's in part because of global warming — hotter air can hold more moisture, so when a storm gathers it can unleash massive amounts of snow. Colder air, by contrast, is drier; if we were in a truly vicious cold snap, like the one that occurred over much of the East Coast during parts of January, we would be unlikely to see heavy snowfall.
So if I have it right hot air causes snowstorms .I 'm having trouble picturing what global cooling will do if this is global warming!

The Agonising Decision -Rewild To Pre-European or Pre-Aboriginal Days

Our civilization started with a village economy where everyone contributed in their own way. The hunters provided the steaks and, at the risk of being called sexist ,the women and children gathered nuts and berries for the side salad. People who did not contribute meaningfully did not eat.We are now so far from the village scene that I gaze around at bureaucrats and researchers being paid large sums in our society and ask myself what would happen to society if that person did not do what he is doing . Mostly nothing. In the case of the writer and the protagonists of this article absolutely no one would notice because I have never seen such bovine excreta in all my life.
 Rewilding - eco-engineering to push Australian ecosystems back towards their natural state - would also see the Tasmanian devil reintroduced on the Australian mainland, where it died out only about 3000 years ago.

It all depends on the meaning of "natural"; whether the conservation goal should be to change ecosystems to resemble their pre-European states, or their pre-Aboriginal ones. Australian National University archaeologist Rhys Jones raised the point in his famous "Firestick Farming" paper in 1969: "Do we want to conserve the environment as it was in 1788, or do we yearn for an environment without man?" he asked.
 Enviro-babble - I yearn for an environment without writers of this tripe inventing words like rewilding.

Florida Manatees Huddle Around Warm Power Station Outlet

We are continually fed a stream of articles on animals and plants "suffering" from global warming effects. The reality in Florida is quite different! Manatees  have been forced by the unusually cold weather to take refuge around warm water outlets. This has been a plus for those monitoring manatee numbers and the count is 33% higher than the previous number.  John Reynolds Director of the Manatee Research Program said "Manatees are cold-sensitive, so they move to warm-water refuges when water temperatures drop below 68.Last month, when water temperatures hit the low to mid-40s, a record 77 manatees statewide died from cold stress."
Then Reynolds then draws a long bow in  attempting  to blame global warming: We've had some incredible prolonged cold periods. A lot of people feel global warming is going to result in increasing warmer times. But another outcome might be increasing extreme weather, such as more hurricanes and perhaps these long cold periods."
 Somewhere a village is missing this bloke!

Nature Has a Sense of Humour

It seems that the  Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing entitled, "Global Warming Impacts, Including Public Health, in the United States." has been postponed as no one can get there because of the record breaking snowfall.
 H/t Gerald North

Hobart City Council Investigates Wind Farm Development

The Hobart City Council has called for a report on building a wind-farm on council or private land.Alderman Bill Harvey says "I think its important that we look at ways of cutting our energy bills,"
Before these Councillors begin squandering the rate-payers money they should read some sobering facts about wind power .An excellent article by Phil Droz is a good starting point as he asks how wind power fares on 6 basic requirements of commercial electricity generators.

Rudd Government Proceeds with Carbon Auction Plans For Dead Scheme

Rudd is in denial and seems not to understand that the ETS is dead. Proceeding with setting up an auction scheme for a system rejected by Parliament is a complete waste of money . With support for the Global Warming doomsday scenario waning rapidly he should read the writing on the wall set his bureaucrats to doing something useful in theNational Debt reduction area!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eco-Nuts Kangaroo Diet - Skippy Burgers

From SMH :There's a new semi-vegetarian wave emerging in Australia: people who exclude all meat except kangaroo on environmental, ecological and humanitarian grounds.  I dont know what a "semi-vegetarian " is,  but it sounds in the same class as"almost a virgin" . But I digress. It seems Skippy has a low level of greenhouse gas emissions , unlike those bovine methane generators and he lives naturally - a word to gladden the heart of any genuine tree-hugger and obviously makes him good to eat. Sarah Doombos of the University of Sydney gushes : ''In the Australian environment, I feel it's the thing to do,'' she says. 

Andrew Neill Grills Professor Robert Watson on Climate Change-Video

BBC interviewer Andrew Neil gives Professor Watson , the UK's Chief Scientist at the Department of the Environment a tough interview. At the end of the day the alarmists are falling back on the mantra " the rest of the science is solid" , instead of the old "science is settled"  Of course the whole edifice rests of some very dodgy temperature data which is coming under attack from all quarters .

Green Jobs,Unicorns and Centaurs

Green jobs for out-of-work coalminers is the latest fairytale for the True Believers of the left. The Huffington Post explains : "Clean renewable energy will finally have a chance at the energy market!! We shall all join hands, dance in the Elysian Fields" The Post does not explain what these "green jobs" actually are except I guess they will be paid for by the taxpayer. Maybe they would have to give up dancing to man pedal generators when there is no wind or sun . We could also give the coalminers an oil-can to service those beautiful windmills adorning the Elysian countryside. The Huffington Post vision is truly exhilarating and inspiring to us ordinary unenlightened mortals.

NOAA to Provide Long Range Climate Forecasts

From the New York Times :
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched a new climate service today, a reorganization effort aimed at improving long-range assessments of climate change, sea-level rise and severe weather.
It sounds more like a propaganda department to me - Maybe they could get some pointers from the experts at the UK Met and their supercomputer with it's three prediction outputs - warm, warmer and barbeque!
NOAA uses words like high quality climate forecasting , an oxymoron if ever there was one.


Labor Captive to Green Left - No Northern Food Bowl

The anti-dam anti-progress ALP Government has comissioned a report " that found there was insufficient water to make northern Australia a food bowl for the nation did not consider building dams because it was against Labor policy. The Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce relied heavily on the work done by the CSIRO's Northern Australia Sustainable Yields project, whose scientists were told not to worry about investigating dams." The CSIRO of course is now hopelessly politicised and it is difficult to get a paper published challenging leftist orhodoxy or Global Warming..
The Rudd Government in consort with Labor state governments has been building power hungry de-salination plants rather than dams to collect water in abundance is many parts of Australia. More cognitive dissonance from an ideology led government. Rudd , of course was part of the Queensland Labor government which scrapped the huge Wolfdene dam condemning South East Queensland to continuing water problems and his government has just blocked a planned Traveston dam for Brisbane.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Two Faces of Premier Anna Bligh

Anna Bligh was a keynote speaker at the "One Million Women" forum in November which aimed to motivate women to reduce their carbon footprint "cutting out red meat once a week for the year and replacing it with cereal " and other measures. This week Anna showed the other face when proudly  announcing the largest coal contract ever- thirty million tons per year to go to China! 
I am going to throw a steak on the barbie - my giving up steaks is not going to make a dent in that!
How can these people rationalise this in their minds or are they just complete hypocrites?

IPCC Changes Needed - Prominent Aussie Scientists Say

ABC News reports that sceptic Dr Bob Carter , palaentologist and marine geologist , one of Australia's foremost scientists says the IPCC's been involved in a string of scandals , and that "the science they are doing is not high class and they are trying to manipulate the refereeing procedure. In some cases, they alter reports after the scientists have signed off on them "  He is surprised that it has taken so long to be recognised as it is old news! Professor Barry Brooks from the Alarmist camp agrees that the IPCC needs to be reformed.
It is amazing that this story is being reported on Granny ABC which has for years completely ignored any sceptical news . The cracks on the AGW edifice are appearing worldwide!

Malcolm's Sour Grapes

Malcolm Turnbull should accept the party's verdict gracefully and retire from the public eye. We have the unedifying spectacle of a deposed leader speaking against his former compatriots and crossing the floor to vote against them . It is demeaning to him and can only help justify the decision to dump him. At the end of the day politics in Australia is a team game and putting arrogance above loyalty will not endear Turnbull to many.

Lambert - Lamb to the Slaughter.

If you doubt the intelligence of the warmists then this debate will confirm your suspicions. Lambert is committing hari-kari going against Monckton who is a superb debater with complete knowledge and recall of his subject matter. Even if Lambert had better arguments and data ( which he hasn't) Monckton would still make mincemeat of him. It is a lose-lose situation for him. Hopefully ,someone will video it to U-tube.
The comments on the source article are entertaining as the True Believers try to think of ways for their hero to best Monckton.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Solar Idiocy

UK taxpayers are to pay solar panel owners four times the value of the electricity produced EVEN IF they use it themselves. This is indexed and is guaranteed for 25 years. Who is paying for this stupidity  ? The overloaded taxpayer of course and those poor sods who don't have a suitable residence to install the little goldmines . The grandchildren of the morons who dreamed this up will still be paying it off in a quarter of a century.  In Australia that model of financial performance, the  near-bankrupt NSW Government is busy implementing the same basic scheme  proving that as a nation we are now all grown-up and  have our own home-grown incompetents to rival those of the Mother country. 

Cameron Should Heed What Happened to Turnbull.

The Tory back-bench and a number of the shadow cabinet are unhappy with the Conservative policy on Climate Change . David Cameron is well on the way to lose the "unlosable" election by trying to out-green Labour. Opinion polls should point the way to a "wait-and-see" policy on emissions. God knows the UK needs to be put on ahttp://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/feb/07/climate-scepticism-grows-tories sound financial path and the EU's loony policies are not the way.

Godfrey Bloom MEP Addresses the European Parliament

Must watch video on his short but memorable address. Maybe we could convince him to come to Australia and give his address to our Parliament! We need members of his ilk down under.

Way To Go , Jo!

Joanne Nova in her great Aussie blog carves up Professor Andy Pitman for his continued misinformation on global warming and skeptics.
Last week a paid public servant spoke untruths, but instead of being exposed by the media, he was aided by our taxpayer-funded public broadcast network. Andy Pitman spoke about the socio-economic position of a group he avoids, and let down UNSW, abused the title “Professor”, and misled the public.
It is a shame that our national broadcaster's investigative work has to be done by a blogger while those journalistic cyphers employed by the ABC fawn on anyone espousing their enviro-left views.

Met Office Now in FOI Row

After reports that Phil Jones had illegally avoided FOI requests the Mail Online reports that the Meteorological Office has been playing the same game:
The Meteorological Office is blocking public scrutiny of the central role played by its top climate scientist in a highly controversial report by the beleaguered United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Professor John Mitchell, the Met Office’s Director of Climate Science, shared responsibility for the most worrying headline in the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning IPCC report – that the Earth is now hotter than at any time in the past 1,300 years.
And he approved the inclusion in the report of the famous ‘hockey stick’ graph, showing centuries of level or declining temperatures until a steep 20th Century rise.
 This will be a severe embarassment to the Met who have been unable to get their predictions right and have been something of a laughing stock! The Met office has been a willing partner in the UEA climate science section and is now coming under some investigation!

And Still They Come - New errors in IPCC climate change report

The UK Telegraph has a report on further scandals associated with the beleagured IPCC. Reports on wave power have been found to be incorrect and references to Climate Change affecting US salmon have their source in greenie activist publications. What a mess!

IPCC Does It Again With Global Warming Hype - Africagate!

THe IPCC's credibility is in tatters as more greenie hype dressed up as "science" is uncovered. This time reports of coming catastrophe in Africa are in question. From the prolific laptop of Gerald North :
IPCC has wrongly claimed that in some African countries, yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50 percent by 2020.

At best, this is a wild exaggeration, unsupported by any scientific research, referenced only to a report produced by a Canadian advocacy group, written by an obscure Moroccan academic who specialises in carbon trading, citing references which do not support his claims.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Moggie Foretells Death of Nursing Home Residents

A cat with an uncanny ability to detect when nursing home patients are about to die has proven itself in around 50 cases by curling up with them in their final hours, according to a new book.
I wouldn't want the cat around me if I was a patient.

No ETS but 150 staff on the job

The bureaucracy was well under way long before Tony Abbott spiked their guns . Over eighty million dollars committed and 150 staff committed to an ETS the parliament does not want. I suppose they can always sit around looking at pictures of Miranda Kerr  and work out better ways to hide the decline.

Tricky EU Trades Rainforest for Biofuels

Probably 99% of people of all political persuasion would want to protect rainforests while a dwindling number support putting food into fueltanks withwhat is known as 'biofuel technology'. Biofuel is a pet EU/
greenie project into which much political capital has been invested and neither starving third world people or a few rainforests are going to get in the way of their ideology .
Geoffrey Lean reports.

Climate could warm to record levels in 2010

Get out your woollies - the Met has not been right yet! Steve Goddard points out that similar conditions existed in 2007 before the temperature plunged rapidly. The difference now is that while land temperatures in January 2007 were warm going into the rapid cooling period this time land temperatures are cold. Time will tell but I am glad the Met is on our side :)

   

WA To Increase Iron Ore Royalties on BHP and Rio - Long Overdue

WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett wants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto to start paying higher iron ore royalties from the start of July, despite the completion date of their $US116 billion ($133bn) iron ore joint venture likely to drag on beyond that date.
About bloody time one of our premiers stood up and demanded a share of the natural wealth of Australia being shipped overseas. With so many of our mines overseas-owned the profits go off-shore with the ore . I think a much higher resource tax than the 5.6% would not be out of place so our children will not inherit a large hole in the ground where Australia used to be. Mind you , one cannot be too sanguine about how well our economically illiterate, intellectually-challenged  politicians will spend any extra wealth extracted from the extractors!

The Public Not Buying It! Manmade AGW Belief Plummets in UK

The latest BBC poll shows only 26% of UK people believe in manmade Global Warming - down from 41% a year ago. Considering this is a poll run by the left-of-Lenin BBC the results are astounding and should be a salutary wake-up to  the Conservatives who have been like rats clambering back on board the AGW Titanic for some time.

Freezing winter weather exposes weakness of wind power

Statistics from the UK Goverrnment show that during the coldest part of the recent UK deep freeze wind generators put out 5% of capacity ie they were useless. The EU is forcing the UK ( with the complicity of both sides of politics) to spend billions on these ugly fairweather birdmincers.The Aussie Government is proceeding ,lemming like with the same policies which any rational power engineer will tell you will not work!.

Friday, February 5, 2010

IPCC: International Pack of Climate Crooks

I couldn't waste a headline like that although credit goes to the American Thinker with a detailed history of the rise and rise of the IPCC as the chief purveyor of Global Warming hysteria . The IPCC is shown to be a political , not scientific organisation and the account is fascinating. Hopefully the last chapter is being written after Climategate and subsequent scandals have run their course.

Utah Wants to Pull the Plug on Global Warming

A resolution stating that Utah does not believe in Global Warming was almost unaminously passed through
committee and will be voted on in the Legislature where it is expected to pass. Utah wants no part of the EPA's declaration that carbon dioxide is pollution and regulations that may well be enforced now cap-and-trade is a corpse. Where can Australia find some pollies with cojones who will stand up also.

Barmy Prince Charley

Charley ,like many of his ilk think that celebrity status gives them some God given right to advise the serfs on how they should live their lives. Inbreeding has not done much for the House of Windsor if his intellectual capacity is to be taken as an example. His polo pony is probably a bit smarter and his carbon footprint is that of a small village so I think I will give his advice a big miss. Richard North comments!

India to 'pull out of IPCC'

India is  threatening to pull out of the IPCC and set up it's own body. I suspect this is only posturing because India will be a recipient of any largesse doled out as a result of   IPCC decisions. India is establishing it's own glacier monitoring institute which is not surprising given the junk published by the IPCC. Maybe they should call it the Pachauri Voodoo Science Institute after one of  their more infamous sons!

IPCC Omits the Positive Side of Global Warming

Every day another IPCC crack appears as the WSJ reports on a paper by British Geographer Nigel Amell which speculates that while some areas would experience more water stress under the climate models ,others would receive more water and the nett prediction was for less of the world's population to be water stressed. The IPCC in it's Summary for Policymakers,surprise surprise, went with the increased water stress angle as part of their propaganda and ignored the rest.
On the subject of selective climateering, it's worth noting that Mr. Arnell's 22-page paper is rife with caveats and uncertainties, and the results are highly dependent on the assumptions one adopts—as witnessed by the wide ranges of his estimates
It does not sound like "settled science" to me!

Global Warming Guerillas

A great article by Matt Ridley of the Spectator pays tribute to those on the blogosphere who fought the good fight against the AGW juggernaut. Now with most UK papers moving away from denial to a more realist position he notes that : For those few mainstream journalists who had always been sceptical — like Christopher Booker — it must be a strange experience, like being relieved after living behind enemy lines. Who knows, one day even BBC News may ask tough questions. But it was the bloggers who did the hard work.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Global Warming and Google

Up until recently if you Googled Global Warming News you might get a skeptical reference on Page Four but if you try it today many of  the articles are skeptical or at least responding to skeptics claims.Other articles find positive aspects of the increased CO2 such as faster growing trees. Those articles blindly spouting Global Warming propaganda are a much smaller percentage of posts.
The momentum has certainly changed!

Government Money Growing on Buildings not Trees

Portland will have a new super green Federal Buiilding with a vertical garden growing on "vegetative fins" that changes with the seasons and nurtures plants that yield energy savings.
Greenie politicians are wetting themselves with enthusiasm with this gargantuan waste of taxpayer's money.
The maintenance costs will be horrific and the "estimated " savings of $280,000 per year will have a payback time of centuries. Amazing how much nurturing you can do when you are not spending your own money  .

Mann Whitewashed on Climategate Claims

The result was never in doubt when a jury of his fellow professors sat in judgement . It is in the university's self interest to make the charges go away with the plethora of grant funding coming in. None of the sceptics mentioned in the emails were contacted or asked to testify - a cosy incestuous inquiry calculated to clear Mann with the mildest of reprimands.

A Scary World Getting Scarier

The Egyptian press claims that an attack by Israel on Iranian nuclear installations is imminent
Israel was never going to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons and the question has never been whether  they will attack but when. The Jewish state will not rely on trade sanctions for it's strategic defence. The hope that intervention by Obama would bring some results is gone and I guess that Iran's poor treatment of Obama has helped the Israeli cause.The presence of the US carriers in the Mediterranean may well be to prevent others getting involved. It seems unlikely that the US does not know what is in the wind.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Obama Makes History- Not in a Good Way

Between 1789 and 2008, the U.S. government borrowed a total of $5.8 trillion. But in just the first three years of the Obama administration, the government is set borrow $4.4 trillion more
And there is more to come . Obama promised in the State Of The Union address he would reduce spending to reduce the incredible US deficit but days later released a huge spending budget!

Global Warming is Dead

The Washinhgton Post delivers what is effectively an obituary for global warming as more and more of the  mainstream media chime in. The left wing Guardian in the UK continues it's new found discovery of Climategate ( months late but who is counting) with a detailed examination by Fred Pearce. The wolves are gathering!

Reagan Made a Complex Message Simple

Ronald Reagan was a small government guy and is shows in some of his most notable quotes:


"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it." -Ronald Reagan


'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'-Ronald Reagan


'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.'- Ronald Reagan


'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress..' -Ronald Reagan


'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.'- Ronald Reagan


'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.' - Ronald Reagan




'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'- Ronald Reagan


'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it' -Ronald Reagan


-'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'-Ronald Reagan

The Poorest and Hungriest Will Suffer For Green Folly

Developed nations are raiding their aid budgets to provide global warming adaption funds to poor countries and money needed for food and vital development is being diverted to the purpose. Following the Green campaign to put food into petrol tanks as a result of the ill-concieved continuing biofuel campaign this is another body blow to those who can least afford it! Green ideology seems to be far more important than  compassion to the bureaucrats who now seem to be controlling the world climate agenda.

The ABC's Hepburn on Abbott's Policy

Hepburn , like many of his tree-hugging fraternity is wedded to the idiotic idea of shutting down coal fired power stations and replacing them with renewables like wind and solar. Any power system engineer will tell you  wind and solar can only supply a very small part of a modern power sytem and at a very high cost. For every gigawatt of wind or power you install you need a new gigawatt of conventional energy to be built.
The maths - build two power plants so the renewable one ( the very expensive one) can supply power whenever it is not cloudy,not night or for wind ,enough wind blows. The utilisation factor for wind especially is very poor and during the midst of the coldest period of the recent UK freeze the wind generators produced almost nothing.

Cameron and his suicidal eco-rats clamber aboard sinking ship

UK voters will have to choose soon between Tweedledee (Brown) and Tweedledum ( Cameron) when it comes to idiotic climate policies. Cameron is taking a big risk as a large number of Conservatives do not support his Ultra Green line. James Delingpole has more.

Scotland Records Coldest Winter

It is becoming harder and harder to sell global warming in the UK with the horrific winters being experienced. Scotland has suffered some of the coldest winter months in almost 100 years, the Met Office has confirmed.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Abbott proposes $2.5bn fund to cut emissions

Tony Abbott has come up with smart politics with his proposed emission scheme which is cheaper than the ETS and will easily wind down when the Global Warming Scam dies a natural death. It must be difficult for an avowed skeptic to to put forward an emissions plan but the realpolitik of the  current Australian scene requires at least lip service to the AGW religion. He must be buoyed by the latest polls putting the Coalition at least within striking distance of the Government.

The Walls of the Main Stream Media are Crumbling

The Australian is the only paper in this country to allow global warming sceptics a fair voice. Fairfax has heavily promoted the AGW line and ignored any stories sceptical of warming. It thus comes as a great surprise that we find not one but three articles on warming scepticism in one week , see here,here and here.
This has to represent a change in editorial policy and is very welcome even if very late.The Warmist scam will never stand up to proper journalistic scrutiny.

Guardian on Climategate - The Cracks Are Showing.

The Guardian , the flagship of Climate Change in the UK finally publishes a detailed account of Climategate which is reasonably fair (even with the compulsory mantra that global warming is still real) - this would never happen a couple of months ago.The wheel is definitely turning. At home we have Kevin ( Don't mention the ETS) Rudd being  silent on "the greatest moral challenge of our generation."and the polls swinging away from the government because of a "great big carbon tax"

Australia's Net Censorship plan - Joseph Goebbels Would Be Proud

Australia is about to move to the small town of censor-ville. Their neighbours? Iran, China and Saudi Arabia.

The most alarming thing for me about their plans for centralised internet filtering is that the list of sites they censor is to remain a secret.

Luke Appleby looks at the proposed Australian Internet Censorship regime which is ostensibly to block child pornography ( which it won't do) and which will allow the Government to block any site it pleases without giving reasons. As most pornography is transmitted peer-to-peer or otherwise the filter will not be at all effective but will give the Government a weapon against dissidents. I understand that Wikileaks, a political site was on the banned. list for publishing the so-called black list. The thin end of the wedge?
Maybe Rudd should visit his socialist mates in China for few more pointers in keeping dissidents in line .
A bullet in the back of the head has been found to be very effective.

Climategate emails 'stolen by foreign spies'

Sir David King, the UK's former First Scientist thinks "foreign spies" hacked the Climategate emails and he mentions Russia as a possible culprit,or maybe the Americans or possibly a lobby group.  I think he needs to get M and Mrs Moneypenny to roust Sean Connery from his nursing home for one last joust against the forces of  evil.

UK- January Coldest in 20 Years

I know weather is not climate but the anecdotal evidence is not what you would expect when the earth is supposed to be frying. The UK winter has seen huge snowfalls in the early part of January leading to the very low average.

Incredible - Kiwi Dog Eats Homework Too!

More major embarrassment for New Zealand's 'leading' climate research unit NIWA tonight, with admissions that it "does not hold copies" of the original reports documenting adjustments to New Zealand's weather stations.
With raw temperature data showing no warming over 150 years and NIWA "adjusted " figures showing sharp warming NIWA is in the firing line. The homework eating dog has surely become international with a particular appetite for dodgy temperature records.
Any sane adult would not buy a used car from these so-called scientists let alone spend trillions of taxpayer's money.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Common sense has no place in our burgeoning bureaucracy

This not a new article by Paul Sheehan but he is a man after my own heart. Our society is destroying itself by a stifling and ever increasing bureaucracy. We are tearing up playgrounds because of abuse of our legal system, strangling new enterprises with red tape before they are born and rewarding individuality with punishment. The real problem is that all this bureaucracy has a life of it's own and to wind back the process would be a monumental task.

Richard North Buckets Millibrand

I couldn't improve on Richard's dismemberment of  Ed Millibrand the UK Climate Secretary. Read and enjoy!

Lawyers For Animals- More European Nuttiness

Switzerland is holding a referendum on whether animals have the right to be represented by lawyers in court.
The country recently changed its constitution to ensure the protection of the "dignity" of plant life and passed a law last year guaranteeing rights for all creatures - from guinea pigs to goldfish.
Fido will be able to sue if he is neutered for loss of his doghood!

Race Is On For Green Technology

The New York Times article says that delays to carbon taxes are benefiting China which is going "gangbusters" in green technology. It fails to note that China does not have a carbon tax.and it is building coal-fired stations  by the hundred.  The reason is they are making so much money from green technology is that environut Western Governments are turning from cheap reliable fossil fuel energy to expensive. unreliable so-called green energy . The Chinese surely have a proverb to paraphrase PT Barnum's " There is one born every minute".

Pachauri Looks at a New Career

With the writing on the wall Pachauri is embarking on a new career writing dirty books and from the reviews it seems he is not much better at that than his current job. 

UN IPCC Under Attack Again

It seems that every day more dodgy science is being uncovered in the IPCC AR4 statement, which is being exposed as more propaganda than science. Following the glaciers gaffe it now appears that rainforest disaster pronouncements were referenced to a paper which had nothing to do with global warming. This was quickly followed by the news that statements on mountain snow disappearing were based on a magazine artticle involving interviews with a couple of mountaineers and a student paper. Of course when sceptics criticise the IPCC they are told by the  Main Stream Media that the IPCC represents the work of thousands of "scientists" and is completely peer reviewed.

Wong is Wrong - Check The Ocean Heat Content!

Penny Wong made the statement that the ocean heat was the best place to measure global warming when the global temperatures showed the planet was cooling. Unfortunately for Penny the ocean heating is not co-operating either-see here. The blue line in the graph is what Penny would like and the red line is what is actually happening