Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Energy, Environment, Junk Science, Politics, Science/Technology | Tags: Climate Alarmism, No Warming in The 21st Century, The UN's IPCC
According the Climate Policy Initiative, the world “invested” $1 billion a day last year to “fight” global warming, which hasn’t been happening for over 16 years.
The World Economic Forum said that wasn’t enough, that we needed $700 billion to tackle climate change, but exactly what we should be doing to wage war on a climate that is no longer warming ? Stop all that carbon dioxide that is getting into the atmosphere? The CO² has been increasing even as the climate cools. It has now reached 400 ppm and is encouraging the greening of the world.
The age of climate alarmism is coming to an end. You many not have noticed that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a summary of its Fifth Assessment Report late last month — criticized and mocked by many leading climate scientists. The distinguished journal Science even editorialized that this should be the last report issued by the UN body. Ouch. The UN’s IPCC has been the guidebook for governments all over the world, yet few realize that the IPCC doesn’t do science. They even say so on their website.
Given five tries to convince the world that human activity is causing catastrophic warming of the planet, runaway sea-level rise and various weather disasters, the public still doesn’t buy it.
Country people, farmers, who have to be alert to changes in the weather and the climate in their daily lives are far less apt to buy it than city apartment dwellers who may encounter nature on occasional weekends. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report concedes for the first time that global temperatures have not risen since 1998, despite a 7 percent rise in carbon dioxide.
Nearly all the UN-approved climate computer models were wrong. The attempt to accurately model all of the variables of natural climate in a computer program simply didn’t work. We don’t know enough about climate. And much of what we thought we knew was wrong. The IPCC admits that the “hockey stick” graph it featured in past reports wasn’t accurate. It looked like a hockey stick only because it ignored the Medieval Warm Period when temperatures were much warmer than today, and a period when Greenland was green and wine grapes grew in England.
Reported temperatures from weather stations across the country turned out to be way off, because of faulty placement of the temperature gauges next to air-conditioner outlets and concrete heat-retaining walls.
Despite Europe’s boom in solar and wind energy, CO² emissions haven’t been reduced by even a single gram, and it’s the EU’s own policies that are to blame. Australia had an election to get rid of the government and the hated carbon tax. Governments are beginning to back off. One billion a day should wake a few people up.
The true believers who have a quasi-religious belief in global warming are not going to give up easily. Their religious faith is more political than anything, and that faith is central to their identity. The European Union will pay £165 billion for its current climate policies each and every year for the next 87 years. Britain’s climate policies — subsidizing windmills, wood-burners, anaerobic digesters, electric vehicles and all the rest —is due to cost them £1.8 trillion over the course of this century. That will, they hope, lower the air temperature by about 0.005ºC — which will be undetectable by normal thermometers. The accepted consensus is that every £100 spent fighting climate change will bring £3 of benefits. Perhaps someone could tell Mr. Obama about this.
This winter is expected to be a cold one. We’ll see what the opinions are in the Spring.
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Intelligence, Military, National Security | Tags: No Warming in The 21st Century, Obama's Climate Plan, Still Chasing Old Ideas
The White House has posted a large graphic on Climate Change and President Obama’s Action Plan to address — extreme weather. Lots of dramatic claims, no documentation, no evidence.
“President Obama has announced a series of executive actions to reduce pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change. “
That “executive actions” should be a little troubling. The president seems to believe that “carbon pollution” is something that needs his direct attention. He is apparently unaware that we are carbon life forms, that carbon is one of the building blocks of life, and if we eliminated carbon, we would eliminate life. And “climate change” is so 20th Century— there hasn’t been any warming so far in this century.
Well, nevermind. Here are his ideas as the White House had presented them. I’m still not sure what he has in mind as “carbon pollution.” Do we need to stop exhaling now? All of the food we consume exists because of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and increased CO² means more luxuriant plant growth and plants that are more resistant to water shortage. The planet is greening because we have a little more CO², a natural fertilizer, in the atmosphere.
John Brignell at Number Watch has written an explanation “In Praise of Carbon” which is useful when trying to understand our current problem.
We have the CIA (see below) sponsoring a search for a geoengineering solution to excessive solar radiation, apparently based on the idea that global warming is a threat to national security.
Now we learn that the U.S. Army is switching to a “green” version of the M80A1 7.62 mm bullet which are supposed to start being issued to troops in 2014. The Army has been looking to “green” small-caliber ammo for some time now. In 2010, the Army switched to the greener 5.56 mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round. The EPR replaces the lead slug with a copper slug,” said Lt. Col Phil Clark, product manager for small-caliber ammunition in the Executive Officer Ammunition program. “This makes the projectile environmentally-friendly, while still giving soldiers the performance capabilities they need on the battlefield. So far we have eliminated 1.994 metric tons of lead from 5.56 ammunition production.
Fox News reported that Army officials conceded that the M855A1 “has not been providing the ‘stopping power’ the user would like at engagement ranges of less than 150 yards.
So the bullets won’t kill the enemy, but they are environmentally friendly. And the Navy is running their warships on an unavailable biofuel mixture of chicken fat and algae. They are testing flying jets on some kind of “green fuel.”
The president is still hyping “renewable fuel” which necessarily remains only a miniscule portion of our energy picture, and a way-too-expensive one at that. He still is concerned about our “addiction to foreign oil” in spite of a changed world in which we have plenty of our own. And he intends to “eliminate carbon pollution” through regulation by the EPA, which is not authorized to do any such thing. Their assigned tasks are clean air and clean water, and they have stretched that assignment far beyond recognizable borders. And they really need to stop lying and making up facts to support their power grab.