When the government-alarmist complex was at the height of its hubris blaming manmade climate change for everything under the sun, one will have to forgive this “anti-science” right-winger for calling bs. The universal explanation for every undesirable anomaly in the world turned out to be nothing more than a lazy and convenient scapegoat mechanism for placing an indelible mark of sin on every Western citizen; one that could not be removed short of mass ritual suicide, only futilely scrubbed at in perpetuity with the cleansing steel brush of government taxation.
The scientific community is buzzing with a question ripe with tremendous implications: Can climate change be ended? President Obama’s crack experts at the Environmental Protection Agency believe it already has been. Momentarily.
The president was on the campaign trail when he announced the exciting news that climate may no longer change in the foreseeable future. A transcript from the press conference follows below:
“For decades, mankind has witnessed all manner of unprecedented weather phenomena never before seen in history. Bizarre, twisting powerful gusts of air called ‘tornadoes’ wreaked havoc throughout America’s heartland. Huge, whirling tropical storms referred to in the scientific community as ‘hurricanes’ unleashed their fury on the country’s coastline. Torrential rain leading to the accumulation of massive pools of water known as ‘floods’ submerged immense swathes of the nation. Never before has weather seemed so capricious, or so changeable.
Continued at Conservative Daily News.
A kitschy tune based on The Who’s megahit “Teenage Wasteland.” Very appropriate given that polar icecaps are not melting as much as expected.
When official government climatologist Dr. Mortimer M. Haughty was reached for comment he explained, “according to the consensus within the Department of Climate Truth, the reason for the lack of melting was due to global warming.”
H/T TexasorBusted, Scott Becker
The manmade global warming phenomenon is worse than we thought. Humans are emitting so much greenhouse gas that according to NASA scientists, we may be heading into another Ice Age.
The Ecofascist Police Agency is entering a whole new world of crazy. The greenshirts are fining fuel companies for not putting an additive into their fuel blends – that doesn’t exist. That’s right, cellulosic biofuel has yet to be invented, and yet the U.S. Treasury is cashing in on the Obama-SNAFU to the tune of nearly $7 million in fines.
The EPA is a rogue agency whose unelected bureaucrats actually believe they own America. That is why it is refreshing to see the SCOTUS backhand the impudent econazis over a case that saw the EPA fabricating “wet lands” status on private property to prevent a couple from building an innocuous extension of their home.
The enviroalarmists are getting desperate for a disaster. We have gone from dire warnings about floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, rising sea levels, desertification, deforestation, depandazation, shifting ocean currents, changing jet streams, melting glaciers, species endangerment, ecosystem disruption – you know, stuff that would happen if man were here or not – to the gnashing of teeth about…a deferred Ice Age?
At one point, James Delingpole says about the Tories, “What you have is this kind of jellyfish party which doesn’t really have any particular political viewpoint other than it would quite like people to vote for it.” Sounds a lot like another party we know.
Dennis Miller interviews James Delingpole here on his book Watermelons: The Green Movement’s True Colors. That’s me talking to Delingpole at the 12:00 mark.
Advance Warning: EPA Plans to Implement Sustainability Model for American Economy at Rio Conference June 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency, the last time I checked a regulatory body charged only with enforcing legislation, is “deliberating” on expanding its own powers through the Rio Conference scheduled to be held in June 2011. That’s right, a government agency filled with unelected bureaucrats is effectively deciding whether or not it wants to make law and expand its own powers, all in the name of promoting “sustainability.”
All of the FOIA files involved in the leak of Climategate II were taken from taxpayer-funded computers and thus were privy to Freedom of Information Act request. But apparently the “consensus” is concerned that the files’ exposure to the light of day might prove fatal to ManBearPig.
From The Examiner:
I [Christopher Horner] have seen apparent proof that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, is working with United Kingdom police to pursue the leaker of the 2009 and 2011 “Climategate” emails.
I have learned that last week DOJ sent a search-and-seizure letter to the host of three climate-change “skeptic” blogs. Last night, UK police raided a blogger’s home and removed computers and equipment.
Cheburashka, a Soviet children’s show from the 1970s, is beloved by Russians for its cute innocence and by the Soviet state for its instruction in proletarian values. The main character, a furry little creature, is still popular and was recently selected as the Russian Olympics mascot.
This video excerpt shows the crocodile Gena finding out about a dirty factory, and subsequently, demanding it be cleaned up. This is not malignant in and of itself. But it does show the stirrings of the false narrative that the state can protect the people from the ‘productive contamination’ of industry.
This campaign ad regarding Obama’s slimy relations with Solyndra shows what it will take to destroy the administration’s flagging reputation come next November. Hammer the president on his failed policies, rampant corruption, and broken promises. We need to fund such ads on different subjects and slowly but steadily assault the Democrats with them until election day. Keep it fresh, mix up the subjects, and don’t overdo it. We don’t want to get tuned out.
Must-read: Obama’s Green Initiatives: It Pays (Big) to Be an Obama Bundler by Peter Schweitzer
The environmentalist movement is growing madder by the day. Spurned by the majority of the public despite unrelenting waves of statist propaganda, the eco-fascist consorts at the Durban, South Africa climate conference have deemed themselves the Mad Ludwigs to take over the planet and enslave us all to a high envirowacko council.
It’s unclear how other people are going to react, but it’s one thing to be yoked by tyrants who won’t bullshit you, it’s quite another thing to be bridled by an openly brazen pack of international grifters. The truth has got its pants on regarding these totalitarian scam artists’ pack of lies, and it’s fast catching up. Let’s run.
DURBAN, South Africa — “No high hopes for Durban.” “Binding treaty unlikely.” “No deal this year.” Thus ran the headlines. The profiteering UN bureaucrats here think otherwise. Their plans to establish a world government paid for by the West on the pretext of dealing with the non-problem of “global warming” are now well in hand. As usual, the mainstream media have simply not reported what is in the draft text which the 194 states parties to the UN framework convention on climate change are being asked to approve.
Behind the scenes, throughout the year since Cancun, the now-permanent bureaucrats who have made highly-profitable careers out of what they lovingly call “the process” have been beavering away at what is now a 138-page document. Its catchy title is “Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action Under the Convention — Update of the amalgamation of draft texts in preparation of [one imagines they mean 'for'] a comprehensive and balanced outcome to be presented to the Conference of the Parties for adoption at its seventeenth session: note by the Chair.” In plain English, these are the conclusions the bureaucracy wants.
The contents of this document, turgidly drafted with all the UN’s skill at what the former head of its documentation center used to call “transparent impenetrability”, are not just off the wall – they are lunatic.
- Ø A new International Climate Court will have the power to compel Western nations to pay ever-larger sums to third-world countries in the name of making reparation for supposed “climate debt”. The Court will have no power over third-world countries. Here and throughout the draft, the West is the sole target. “The process” is now irredeemably anti-Western.
- Ø “Rights of Mother Earth”: The draft, which seems to have been written by feeble-minded green activists and environmental extremists, talks of “The recognition and defence of the rights of Mother Earth to ensure harmony between humanity and nature”. Also, “there will be no commodification [whatever that may be: it is not in the dictionary and does not deserve to be] of the functions of nature, therefore no carbon market will be developed with that purpose”.
- Ø “Right to survive”: The draft childishly asserts that “The rights of some Parties to survive are threatened by the adverse impacts of climate change, including sea level rise.” At 2 inches per century, according to eight years’ data from the Envisat satellite? Oh, come off it! The Jason 2 satellite, the new kid on the block, shows that sea-level has actually dropped over the past three years.
- Ø War and the maintenance of defence forces and equipment are to cease – just like that – because they contribute to climate change. There are other reasons why war ought to cease, but the draft does not mention them.
- Ø A new global temperature target will aim, Canute-like, to limit “global warming” to as little as 1 C° above pre-industrial levels. Since temperature is already 3 C° above those levels, what is in effect being proposed is a 2 C° cut in today’s temperatures. This would take us halfway back towards the last Ice Age, and would kill hundreds of millions. Colder is far more dangerous than warmer.
- Ø The new CO2 emissions target, for Western countries only, will be a reduction of up to 50% in emissions over the next eight years and of “more than 100%” [these words actually appear in the text] by 2050. So, no motor cars, no coal-fired or gas-fired power stations, no aircraft, no trains. Back to the Stone Age, but without even the right to light a carbon-emitting fire in your caves. Windmills, solar panels and other “renewables” are the only alternatives suggested in the draft. There is no mention of the immediate and rapid expansion of nuclear power worldwide to prevent near-total economic destruction.
- Ø The new CO2 concentration target could be as low as 300 ppmv CO2 equivalent (i.e., including all other greenhouse gases as well as CO2 itself). That is a cut of almost half compared with the 560 ppmv CO2 equivalent today. It implies just 210 ppmv of CO2 itself, with 90 ppmv CO2 equivalent from other greenhouse gases. But at 210 ppmv, plants and trees begin to die. CO2 is plant food. They need a lot more of it than 210 ppmv.
- Ø The peak-greenhouse-gas target year – for the West only – will be this year. We will be obliged to cut our emissions from now on, regardless of the effect on our economies (and the lack of effect on the climate).
- Ø The West will pay for everything, because of its “historical responsibility” for causing “global warming”. Third-world countries will not be obliged to pay anything. But it is the UN, not the third-world countries, that will get the money from the West, taking nearly all of it for itself as usual. There is no provision anywhere in the draft for the UN to publish accounts of how it has spent the $100 billion a year the draft demands that the West should stump up from now on.
The real lunacy comes in the small print – all of it in 8-point type, near-illegibly printed on grubby, recycled paper. Every fashionable leftist idiocy is catered for.
Read the rest at Climate Depot.
According to environmental alarmists, man is increasingly in danger of being killed by manmade climate change due to increasing hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, raining kittens, heatwaves, cold spells, zombie waves, droughts, floods, volcanoes, vampire bat scourges, plagues, locusts, pestilence, meteor strikes, super-ebola, giant racoons, the return of the dinosaurs, killer bees, pig flu, avian flu, platypus flu, unusually mild temperatures, and death itself.
A study released by the Reason Foundation, which obviously must be in the bag for the international petroleum conspiracy to sell people gas and other useful products, shows that according to public records, death due to “extreme weather” is down. Way down.
How far down is it?
The Reason Foundation report chronicles the number of worldwide deaths caused by extreme weather events between 1900 and 2010 and finds global deaths caused by extreme weather events peaked in the decade running from 1920 to 1929, when there were 241 deaths a year per million people in the world. From 1930 to 1939 there were 208 deaths a year per million people. But from 2000 to 2010 there were just 5.4 deaths a year per million people in the world. That’s a 98 percent decline in the weather-related death rate since the 1920s. Extreme weather events were responsible for just .07% of the world’s deaths between 2000 and 2010.
The extreme weather categories studied in the Reason Foundation report include droughts, floods, wildfires, storms (hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, typhoons, etc.) and extreme temperatures, both hot and cold.
Oh. But at least there’s still the danger of raining kittens.
Even when said half in jest, you get a glimpse into the eco-left’s warped thinking.
Just when you thought the environmental left couldn’t be any more demoralized, publicly humiliated, exposed, debunked, and marginalized, here is the latest scam from the United Nations, fronted by none other than the rogue Obama regime:
President Obama’s team of negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference may agree to a tax on foreign currency transactions, designed to pay for a “Green Climate Fund,” that would fall disproportionately on American travellers and businesses, according to a group attending the conference that is skeptical of the UN position on global warming.
Negotiators at the conference are considering “a new tax on every foreign currency transaction in the world,” according to the Center for a Constructive Alternative (CFACT). “Every time you travel abroad, you’ll have to pay a climate tax,” explains CFACT, the group that released the “Climategate” emails. “More importantly, every time we import goods, every time we export our fine products (think jobs) we will do so with a climate tax skimming off the top.”
A tax on foreign currency exchanges would do nothing to curb manmade greenhouse emissions, but it would fatten the wallets of international banksters, the Islamist dictators and socialist thugs who run the UN, and the cronies of the Obama administration (namely, Goldman Sachs and other financial supporters who would seek to turn a buck on the scheme).
When a government seeks to profit in terms of money and control over human beings based on intensive propaganda, it should make every sane individual pause what the underlying motives are.
If eco-extremists are not able to see that governments who prop up the manmade global warming would incur a dangerous degree of power by implementing more stringent environmental regulations, and it disturbs them not the environmental damage that might be inflicted, then maybe, just maybe it would raise a few greenies’ eyebrows that a burgeoning international banking cartel spearheaded by the UN, and backed by U.S. President Barack Obama, would stand to make out like bandits by implementing a scheme based on foreign currency transactions and justified by manmade global warming.
And it should also stand to reason that when the UN proclaims that the “cost” of manmade climate change is in the realm of $72 trillion, it means to collect.
When will environmental leftists in the general public realize they are being played for fools by a power-hungry, and by no means benevolent, elite?
Probably never. But the general public needs to become more alert to the eco-left’s scheming, which is becoming increasingly less nuanced, and increasingly brazen.
The mainstream media scam artists are at it again. The envirowackos’”sky is falling” narrative is growing ever more unpersuasive by the year, so they have to constantly push the meme that we are getting closer to Apocalypse. The most recent example is an article claiming that human beings emitted 9 billion tons of CO2 last year, as if that is cause for alarm.
Let’s put aside the facts that carbon dioxide is a trace gas, and that it comprises just 390.31 parts per million of the atmosphere, (Oh my Gore, look at the huge letters!), and that carbon dioxide is a little over 3% of the greenhouse effect, and that man contributes about 3% of that total (making man’s contribution about 1/357 of the greenhouse effect, no matter how you chop, dice it, or slice it).
Then if we keep in mind the 9 billion figure, how big is the earth’s atmosphere? Why, it’s 5 quadrillion metric tons of matter! That may not seem like much to today’s Washington politicians, who are used to dealing in debt figures in the trillions, but it’s an awful lot bigger than a billion. How much bigger?
In scientific computation, a billion is 109 and a quadrillion is 1015.
Let’s flesh this out a bit, with a little help from another site. The question is, “How many metric tons are in one parts per million of carbon dioxide. Here is how the poster runs his computation:
I’ve seen various sources for the mass of the atmosphere ranging from around 5×10^18 to 5.3×10^18 kg, so the value of 5.27×10^10 kg seems to be right on. The key is that the percentage of CO2 in the atmosphere (383ppm or 0.0383%) is given as a percentage by volume. To determine the mass of CO2 in the atmosphere, you have to convert the percentage by volume to the percentage by mass.
To do this, you need to look at the molecular mass of each of the gasses that make up the atmosphere. The main ones are Nitrogen (N2,) Oxygen (O2,) Argon (Ar,) and Carbon Dioxide (C02.) Take a look at the link to the molecular mass of air below, and you will see that if you multiply the percentage of each gas in air by the molecular mass of that gas, you will get the molecular mass of each gas in air. It also shows the total molecular mass of air to be 28.97kg/kmol. If we move the value of %CO2 they use to 0.000383 (383ppmv) we find the molecular mass of CO2 in air to be 0.017kg/kmol. To determine the percent by mass of CO2 in air we divide 0.017/28.97 and find that CO2 is 0.0587% of air by mass.
If you multiply the total mass of earth’s atmosphere by the % mass of CO2 in the atmosphere we find, 5.27×10^18kg x 0.0587% = 3.09×10^15kg of CO2 are currently in the atmosphere (using 383ppmV.) [outdated figure, ed].
Therefore the kg of CO2 in 1ppm of the atmosphere would be 3.09×10^15/383 = 8.08×10^12 kg or approximately 8 Billion metric tons of CO2.
Therefore, in 2010, man contributed a little over one parts per million carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which is now 391 ppm. But does that mean we are on a straight crash course to disaster?
Wait, the warming effect of carbon dioxide isn’t even linear, it’s logarithmic! What does that mean? That added carbon dioxide has a diminishing warming effect.
Don’t worry, Chicken Little. The
global warming climate change alarmists are full of hot air once again.
After reviewing several of the Climategate II emails, I have come to the conclusion that they speak for themselves. Many of the researchers involved do little or any hiding of their agenda. Most of the emails are readily intelligible for the average educated reader, and so the best advice one can give is to read some of them yourself.
The initial emails set the flavor for the rest to follow. A few examples below.
From FOIA11 Files
“Jonathan and I [R. Warren] have already talked about this (and he told me about what happened at the meeting regarding economic modelling) and agreed that I need to develop a relationship with DEFRA and get involved in some (but not all) of the meetings we have with DEFRA. That is, we’ve agreed that I need to be at the really key stakeholder meetings like this one, and to meet occasionally with key (potential!) stakeholders like DEFRA. i.e. that in order to make good decisions about the flagship project, I need to have contact and visibility with key stakeholders. “