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Point by Point Climate Talking Points: Climate Truth File 2014 by The Elephant's Child

Do you find yourself arguing with true believers in environmental panic? Are you taken aback when Secretary of State John Kerry pronounces, as he did this week, that there is no link between Islam and extremism as practiced by the likes of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) pointing instead to factors such as poverty among youthful Mideast populations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — and climate change. (emphasis added)

And that brings us to something like climate change, which is profoundly having an impact in various parts of the world, where droughts are occurring not at a 100-year level but at a 500-year level in places that they haven’t occurred, floods of massive proportions, diminishment of water for crops and agriculture at a time where we need to be talking about sustainable food.

Here’s a pretty fair summary of the arguments, which you might want to print out and keep handy, for encounters with relatives, or members of the State Department. Or visit Watts Up With That and Climate Depot regularly. They tackle the climatista craziness regularly: “Climate Change Shrinks Goats?”, ” U. of Arizona Professor: Climate change now ‘irreversible’—Humans must ‘terminate industrial civilization



“The Myth of Carbon Pollution” by The Elephant's Child

Princeton Physicist Dr.Will Happer:

“Carbon Pollution” is a propaganda slogan for the campaign
against carbon dioxide (CO²)

It is not science.

Atmospheric CO² is not a pollutant but is essential for plant growth. Current CO² levels are far below optimum for most plants, and far below norms of geological history, when CO² concentrations averaged several times higher than present values.

Contrary to unambiguous computer predictions, there has been no statistically significant surface warming in at least 15 years. There is not the slightest evidence that more CO² has caused more extreme weather or accelerated sea level rise. Nor is there the slightest support for the notion that government control of CO² will ‘stop climate change.’

…………………………………………………………(from Marc Morano: Climate Depot)

On October 15, 2014, Dr. William Happer, Chairman of the George C. Marshall Institute, discussed  “The Myth of Carbon Pollution.”Here’s the video of his address. It is a little over an hour long, so you’ll have to plan ahead a little, but you’ll be glad you did.

Dr. William Happer is Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics (emeritus) at Princeton University, a long-term member of the JASON advisory group, and former director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. In addition to being a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt award, the Herbert P. Broida Prize and the Thomas Alva Edison patent award.

Ammunition for defeating the EPA’s radical power grabs.



Liberal Dark Money Group Tries to Blame GOP for Ebola Deaths. by The Elephant's Child

When the Democrats get desperate, they get pretty disgusting. The Agenda Project, a 501(c)4 organization and liberal dark money group is placing ads in various battleground states is attempting to blame Ebola on the Republicans. According to an email signed by the group’s founder, one Erica Payne, and titled “if you die, blame them,” the group is starting:

a multi-pronged blitzkrieg attack tat lays blame for the Ebola crisis exactly where it belongs — at the feet of the Republican lawmakers. Like rabid dogs in a butcher shop, Republicans have indiscriminately shredded everything in their path, including critical programs that could have dealt with the Ebola crisis before it reached our country.

Their internal polls must really be suggesting a Republican sweep. File this under “Guttersnipes.” Erica Payne has established a reputation for absurd attack broadsides against conservatives and Republicans. In 2010, she was responsible for an ad that accused Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) of killing senior citizens and a campaign to mock  Tea Party Americans who engaged in grassroots political activism called “Fuck-Tea.”

The Free Beacon notes that aside from the stupidity of the Ebola ad, it’s simply false. The U.S. Global Health Program budget has increased more than six-fold since 2001 and the Republican-controlled House overwhelmingly approved a budget measure to increase funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by $567 million, an 8.2 percent increase over the previous year.

Ten years ago the federal government created and funded a brand new office in the HHS department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. As the Ebola Czar, Dr. Nicole Lurie’s job is to help the country prepare for emergencies and to have the countermeasures , the medicines or vaccines needed for a public health emergency.

Heard of her? Perhaps she is avoiding the public eye because there was a scandal a few years back. In November 2011, a front page expose in the Los Angeles Times described how a company controlled by a longtime political donor got a no-bid contract to supply an experimental remedy for a threat that may not exist. The donor was Ron Pearlman, a controlling shareholder of Siga. The award was controversial in every way, including disputes about need, efficacy and extremely high costs. Even Democrats in tight election races were calling for investigations.

Last month Siga filed for bankruptcy after it was found liable for breaching a licensing contract. The company that fought the no-bid contract was Chimerix, which argued that their drug had far more promise than Siga’s. Chimerix’ Brincidofovir is antiviral medication being developed for smallpox, but also Ebola and adenovirus. Preliminary tests show some promise against Ebola, and the FDA authorized its use on Oct. 6 for use against some Ebola patients. It was given to Thomas Eric Duncan who died from Ebola.

The supposedly underfunded NIH has granted $702,558 for a study on the impact of televisions and gas generators on villages in Vietnam, $175,587 to the University of Kentucky to study the impact of cocaine on the sex drive of Japanese quail. $44.382 to study hookah smoking in Jordan and $592,527 to study why chimpanzees throw objects. Last year there were news reports about a $509,840 grant from NIH for a study that would send text messages in “gay lingo” to meth-heads. Preparation for an Ebola epidemic? Not so much.

And Erica Payne, and her Agenda Project? They have close ties to the Democracy Alliance, the Democrat’s billionaire donor club. Payne is a DA co-founder, and the Agenda Project is one of the groups to which Alliance donors can steer money to satisfy their annual $200,000 giving requirements.

We have had one Ebola death of a man who knew he had been exposed to Ebola, and lied to catch a flight to America. There are so many issues, important issues, facing the country that serious discussions would help to allay fears and to help the public understand why we are doing what we are doing, and if the administration is competent to manage our problems. Instead we get this, and a game of kick-the-can down the road till after the election, so maybe the people won’t find out.



The Administration and The CDC Anounce A Screening Program For Ebola by The Elephant's Child

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the Obama administration announced a screening program at five major U.S. airports. CDC Director Tom Frieden said “We believe these new measures will further protect the health of Americans…”

They plan to identify potential carriers of the Ebola virus who have arrived in the United States from countries where the epidemic is raging. Good idea? Most people will assume so.

The first step will be to take the temperature of arriving passengers from these flights.

A person who has as yet no symptoms, but is infected, will have a fever for maybe one day (?) of the 21-day window that is currently believed to be the incubation period. Taking an Advil will mask it. Right away, this will miss almost everything that is relevant.

If a fever is detected, how will they know if it is Ebola? It could be any of the following:
— Norovirus (250  + million cases per year worldwide). It also causes severe vomiting, just like Ebola.
—Colds (way more than 250 million)
—Influenza (billions of cases per year; highly variable)
—Or, especially in Africa, Malaria (200 million cases annually)

Taking temperatures at airports should prevent approximately zero Ebola-infected people from entering the country. It will surely clog up the system with people with other common infections.

Data from the CDC: Over the past two months, 36,000 passengers from West Africa were checked for fevers before being allowed to get on the plane. Later, it was determined that none were infected with Ebola.

The other art of the plan: interviewing selected passengers. Someone who arrives at JFK with a fever will be asked various questions to determine their possible exposure to Ebola in Africa. The incentive to be honest? If  you answer no, you can be in a cab in thirty minutes. If you answer yes, you may be in isolation for a few weeks along with a bunch of sick Africans.

This is a massive program, guaranteed to fail. But nobody seems to have any other bright ideas. It may well be determined by sheer luck.

This information is derived from Josh Bloom at the website science2.0. He is Director of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the American Council on Science and Health in New York since 2010. He is a former research chemist.



That Missing Global Warming Isn’t Hiding In The Oceans After All! by The Elephant's Child

Anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming has always been right up the Left’s view of the world and humanity. We are bad people , despoiling the earth, and it has to be fixed. I think of the Left as the “perpetually discontented.” But when the wise experts in government get the right laws and the right regulations in place, we will have sustainability, and world peace, and greedy rapacious corporations in search of profit will no longer be able to destroy nature, and social justice will reign over all.

It has now been a full 18 years with no global warming. None. That is an unacceptable idea for the Left, and the causes of warming and what warming has caused continue to occupy the green mind. If the warming is missing, where has it gone? What is going on?

The theory was that the “missing heat” is supposedly hiding in the deep oceans. Gerald Meehl of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) told National Geographic in February that:

“Strong trade winds are bringing cooler water to the surface in the equatorial Pacific and mixing more heat into the deeper ocean.”

This meant, National Geographic helpfully summarized, that “the missing heat from global warming is being stored in a deeper warm pool in the western Pacific.”

Kevin Trenberth, father of the deep ocean hidey-hole for missing heat theory, spoke last year to Bloomberg:

In fact, there is mounting evidence that deeper regions of the ocean, down to 2000 meters, are absorbing heat faster than ever, Trenberth said in a phone call. His research shows the oceans began taking on significantly more heat at around the same time the surface warming began to slow in 1998. His widely cited work was published just after the cutoff to be included in the IPCC report.

The irony, says Trenberth, is that when the surface of the planet is unusually sweltering, the Earth actually radiates more heat into the atmosphere, in effect slowing the long-term warming of the planet. And in “hiatus” years, when the surface is cooler, the Earth absorbs more of the sun’s heat deep the oceans, slowly cooking the planet. What you see isn’t always what you get.

Nice try. A new study from a NASA research team, “using a combination of satellite observations and direct measurements taken by a network of 3,000 floating Argo temperature probes, the NASA team set out to calculate temperature changes and thermal expansion in the deep ocean (below 1.24 miles).” It finds that the deep oceans have not warmed since 2005.

James Delingpole explains:

What has happened here, in other words, is that for years the warmists have been fobbing off their teachers with the excuse that “the dog ate their homework.” But it simply won’t wash any more because the teacher has now discovered that they don’t actually own a dog.



Walrus Scare Stories Are Blatant Nonsense. Debunked Yearly. by The Elephant's Child

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Biologists spotted a huge gathering of walruses on an Alaskan beach near Point Lay. OMG. There’s no sea ice for them to gather on, must be global warming. Biologists flew over the area in a plane contracted by NOAA. They estimated the numbers at 35,000 walruses, one of the biggest onshore gatherings of the animals documented in Northwest Alaska, said one walrus expert. Maybe 35,000, not biggest gatherings.

“Walruses tend to  use floating ice as platforms for resting and caring for their young in between swims to find clams, worms and other food sources on the sea floor. But as has been the case in recent years — all remnants of floating summer ice in the region have melted away by mid-September, forcing the walruses to head to shore to rest.” Well, yes, the Arctic ice melts in the summer and grows in the winter.

These gatherings are called “haulouts”and are not a new phenomenon for this region over the last 45 years and cannot be due to low levels of sea ice. Some deaths are always caused by stampedes within these herds which are composed largely of females and their young, as a brief search of the literature reveals. “The attempts by the World Wildlife Fund and others to link this event to global warming are self-serving nonsense that has nothing to do with science.” Here’s how the WWF is attempting to spin this recent gathering at Point Lay.

We are witnessing a slow-motion catastrophe in the Arctic,” said Lou Leonard, WWF’s vice president for climate change.

Zoologist Dr. Susan Crockford says that “mass haulouts of Pacific walrus and stampede deaths are not new, and not due to low ice cover. The Pacific walrus remains abundant, numbering at least 200,000 by some accounts, double the number in the 1950s. Dating back to 1604 there have been reports of large walrus gatherings or haulouts. They are not unusual and have long been recognized and islands have been set aside for such gatherings. They are known to migrate away from ice in late summer and fall, and form massive aggregations of tens of thousands of individuals on rocky beaches or outcrops. Just seven years ago the AP reported 40,000 walruses in a haulout in a single location.”

Satellite images show that the Arctic ice cap has grown by an area twice the size of Alaska in just the last two years. The AP’s  reported haulouts of 50,000 and 100,000 walruses in recent years. There’s even a Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary which protects a group of seven small craggy islands and their adjacent waters in northern Bristol Bay. It was established to protect one of the largest haulout sites for Pacific walrus.

Well, they’re getting desperate as belief in alarmist global warming  wanes. They are trying to blame Ebola on global warming too. And by the way, the number of hurricanes has decreased, as has the numbers of tornadoes. Eighteen years with no warming at all.

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Back to Bardarbunga, Up Close and Personal: by The Elephant's Child

We wrote  about a month ago about the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland that was erupting beneath the 1300 foot deep ice, and wondering how long it would take for the lava to break through.

This video demonstrates that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano — close enough to melt the face of the camera that shot the video. Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI joined photographer Ragnar Th Sigurdsson to send a drone over the eruption. It took proper permits and connections with the local authorities to get close enough to send a drone, and Sigurdsson had the permits and connections.

“Iceland is the only place on the globe where a mid-ocean ridge — the seams in the Earth’s crust that pull apart, bringing molten magma to the surface to produce more crust — rises onto dry land. It’s an incredible view of one of the most important and impressive geologic processes on the planet.”

And how exciting to be able to sit with your computer and be able to watch that geologic process — safely at home, thanks to Wired. Here’s the drone:

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