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The Meaning of ClimateGate, Exposed. by The Elephant's Child
December 4, 2009, 8:23 pm
Filed under: Environment, Junk Science, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Here’s an excellent summary on the meaning of ClimateGate from the CBC’s Rex Murphy.

(h/t: Planet Gore)

Snow! by American Elephant
December 4, 2009, 9:29 am
Filed under: Movies, Music, Pop Culture | Tags: , , ,

The temperature reached down below freezing last night for the first time in our area. I caught a glimpse of my first Christmas tree headed home on the roof of a car. The skies were clear, but just the same, it quickly brings snow to mind whenever the mercury drops that low.

Everyone knows the song White Christmas, but you may not have heard this lesser known song from from the 1954 musical which that classic carol inspired.  Sung by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in close harmony, the song is simply called Snow! It originally had nothing to do with Christmas, but with the right lyrics and some sleigh bells, Irving Berlin turned it into the perfect tune for anyone anticipating the first snow of the season.

We had our first white Christmas in several years last year, and it was a doozy! Several feet of snow, atop a bed of ice, which in combination with the Seattle hills had most people stuck at home. I suspect we’ll get a blanket of snow again this year, but I hope not that much! What about you? Have you got snow yet? Think you’ll get any?

ClimateGate Makes a First Appearance on Capitol Hill. by The Elephant's Child

Ranking House Member James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) grilled Science Czar Dr. John Holdren at a hearing on Global Warming. This is the first Capitol Hill airing of the ClimateGate controversy.

House Republicans on Wednesday read excerpts from at least eight of the emails, contending that they showed that the world needs to re-examine scientists claims that the science on warming is settled. One email from 2003 was from John Holdren, then of Harvard University, and now the president’s science adviser.

Among the messages that Sensenbrenner read was one from Jones, the East Anglia scientist, in which he wrote about a “trick of adding in the real temps” in an exchange about long-term climate trends. Holdren responded that the word “trick” did not mean manipulation of data, but about a “clever way” to tackle a problem. Another Jones’ e-mail read, “I would like to see the climate change happen so the science could be proved right.”

In this mode of thinking, one starts with the concept that the earth is warming dangerously— despite any evidence to the contrary— and all else flows from that.  We have committed the ultimate sin and endangered the earth with our rapacious use of fossil fuels and we can only redeem ourselves by impoverishing ourselves enough to make everyone in the world equal, or something like that.  There’s an odd kind of conceit, assuming that we are so special and so important that we alone in the history of all mankind, are  guilty of despoiling the earth.

Since 1850, the Little Ice Age, the earth has warmed a whole one and one-half degrees, and now it is cooling again.  It has been much warmer in the more distant past and life flourished (warm is better) and it has been much cooler.  We adapt to far greater changes in temperature in the course of a normal year.  It’s called “summer”, and “winter.”

(h/t: Gateway Pundit)

“The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by The Elephant's Child
December 4, 2009, 1:42 am
Filed under: Africa, Environment, Global Warming | Tags: , ,

Netherlands newspapers and news sites  broke the story today about the findings of a research team led by Professor Jaap Sinninghe Damste — a leading molecular paleontologist at Utrecht University — about the icecap on Mount Kilimanjaro, which has become a symbol of anthropogenic global warming.

Their research shows that the icecap of Kilimanjaro was never the result of cold air, but rather of large amounts of precipitation which fell about 11.000 years ago, at the beginning of the Holocene period.  The melting and freezing of moisture on top of the mountain appears to be part of “a natural process of dry and wet periods.”  The current melting is not the result of manmade environmental damage.

In the dry period between 12,800 and 11,500 years ago, Kilimanjaro was ice-free.  At the end of this period, a dramatic climate change from dry to very wet took place — driven by changes in solar radiation — which resulted in the creation of an icecap.

The website of Elsevier magazine, the most widely circulated Dutch political weekly carried the headline “Dutchman discredits Al Gore’s climate evidence.”

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