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Global Warming Alarmism is in Freefall. Obama Wants More Money to Spend. by The Elephant's Child

The European Union’s climate policy is in freefall.  Carbon prices (they do cap-and-trade) have lost nearly 14% of their value (April 2).  The already depressed carbon price dropped from €7 to a record low of €6.14 by early afternoon.

The Germans are dumping their subsidies for solar energy. The British government has rejected the bogus economics of climate change, though they are not quite ready to announce it formally.

Europe is coming to the realization that on top of all their other economic problems, they don’t need to be subsidizing expensive solar energy that hikes the power bills for the public while producing little energy.

In Canada, Lawrence Solomon writes in The Financial Post that the world is awash in oil, and in the future, the MIddle East will go back to being an obscure backwater because the world will no longer be dependent on its oil.

The Aussies are not happy with Prime Minister Julia Gaillard’s climate efforts and taxes, and are showing their displeasure at the polls, tossing out their Labour government.

And at the University of East Anglia, a new postgraduate course hopes to bring together researchers in the environmental sciences, philosophy, history and literature to develop “new ways of thinking about environmental change and social transitions.” If you  have experience in writing “eco-poetry” the UEA wants to hear from you. UAE is noted as the birthphlace of ClimateGate.

Everywhere, a sensible public is becoming more skeptical of outrageous climate claims, and the climate alarmists come up with new stories of impending doom.  Dr. Tim Ball, Canadian climate scientist says that “when asked what’s wrong with global warming —most can only say sea level rise.”

And here at home, in alignment with the rest of the world, the Obama administration has requested $770 million in federal funds to combat the effects of global warming in developing countries, according to a congressional report. This continues administration policy of using foreign aid to combat the effects of global warming in the developing world —despite another year of $1 trillion deficits.

According to the Congressional Research Service the administration has spent a total of $2.5 billion on the Global Climate Change Initiative on anti-global warming efforts in Latin America, Asia and Africa.  If approved by Congress the latest request would boost foreign climate change spending to $3.3 billion. The money supposedly goes for adaption, clean energy, and sustainable landscapes.

CRS noted that —like most foreign aid programs — there was a high probability that foreign countries would misuse or wast GCCI funds. They also mentioned that “Congress may want to consider the fact that there is a lack of consensus on whether global warming will happen at all.”

Climate Rebellion at NASA: Astronauts, Scientists and Engineers Admonish Agency. by The Elephant's Child

James Hansen,  director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; most alarmed of climate alarmists; advisor to Al Gore; creator of the term “death trains” to describe trains  carrying coal from mine to power plant; is the force behind global warming alarmism who created the whole mess when he testified before Congress, on the hottest day of summer in 1988, that he had a computer model that predicted dangerous warming.

The 85th Congress and President Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to explore space.  James Hansen has used his position and NASA’s reputation to advance an agenda that calls for restrictions by government on all major industry and all human activity in the name of controlling the natural warming and cooling of the planet.

Hansen’s capitalizing on his association with NASA has made him a millionaire through income from the alarmist community outside the government. Now nearly 50 former NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers have sent a letter to the current NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, Jr. The full text of the letter:

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.

The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements.

As former NASA employees, we feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of the possible overwhelming impact of natural climate drivers is inappropriate. We request that NASA refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks in its future releases and websites on this subject. At risk is damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA, NASA’s current or former scientists and employees, and even the reputation of science itself.

For additional information regarding the science behind our concern, we recommend that you contact Harrison Schmitt or Walter Cunningham, or others they can recommend to you.

Thank you for considering this request.

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