Filed under: Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, Movies, National Security, News of the Weird, Politics, Progressives, Science/Technology | Tags: A Glimpse of Today, Coming Catastrophe, From Back in 2008
This video appeared on “Good Morning America” back in 2008 — warning of the coming climate catastrophe — from which Barack Obama promised to save us. And here we are and how did those prognostications turn out? Yes. we warned you that they were a bunch of loonies, and so they were. Fun to look back and see just how wrong they were.
There is a cult of — future annihilation, the world ending badly, coming catastrophe that has increasingly become more prominent. I suspect it has much to do with the movies: zombie apocalypse, alien invasion, earthquake, fatal disease. If you forbade the movie industry from doing movies about future collapse, what would they make movies about? Possibly they’d have to tell real entertaining stories instead.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, Politics, Science/Technology | Tags: Hoh Rainforest, Increasing Forest Growth, Steven Hayward
Steven Hayward published an abstract from the coming issue of Forest Ecology & Management which includes an article that finds rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere are mostly beneficial for our forests. Here’s the complete abstract, which will annoy the Greens.
Physiological and ecological factors influencing recent trends in United States forest health responses to climate change
The health of United States forests is of concern for biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, forest commercial values, and other reasons. Climate change, rising concentrations of CO2 and some pollutants could plausibly have affected forest health and growth rates over the past 150 years and may affect forests in the future. Multiple factors must be considered when assessing present and future forest health. Factors undergoing change include temperature, precipitation (including flood and drought), CO2 concentration, N deposition, and air pollutants. Secondary effects include alteration of pest and pathogen dynamics by climate change. We provide a review of these factors as they relate to forest health and climate change. We find that plants can shift their optimum temperature for photosynthesis, especially in the presence of elevated CO2, which also increases plant productivity. No clear national trend to date has been reported for flood or drought or their effects on forests except for a current drought in the US Southwest. Additionally, elevated CO2 increases water use efficiency and protects plants from drought. Pollutants can reduce plant growth but concentrations of major pollutants such as ozone have declined modestly. Ozone damage in particular is lessened by rising CO2. No clear trend has been reported for pathogen or insect damage but experiments suggest that in many cases rising CO2 enhances plant resistance to both agents. There is strong evidence from the United States and globally that forest growth has been increasing over recent decades to the past 100+ years. Future prospects for forests are not clear because different models produce divergent forecasts. However, forest growth models that incorporate more realistic physiological responses to rising CO2 are more likely to show future enhanced growth. Overall, our review suggests that United States forest health has improved over recent decades and is not likely to be impaired in at least the next few decades.
The study is behind a paywall, but you can get the gist of it from this, and this bit from the conclusion.
The health of United States forests is of increasing concern among scientists and policymakers who predict that CO2-induced climate change will have negative effects on forest establishment and growth. However, when considered over long time frames, drought area does not appear to be increasing in the United States as a whole, though local and periodic excursions are to be expected and do occur. Multiple types of historical data indicate increasing forest productivity. Long-term data on trends for insect and disease incidence and impacts are mostly lacking. . . The IPCC (AR5, WGII p. 305) has reached a similar conclusion, stating: “There is low confidence that climate change is threatening the temperate forest carbon sink directly or indirectly.”
Forest Ecology and Management will probably not be anyone’s favorite bedtime reading, but we skeptics gather up whatever evidence we find to annoy the climate loonies. They are true believers, a sort of religion, and they are quite passionate about it. But wrong.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Environment, Free Markets, Freedom, Global Warming, Junk Science, Politics, Progressives, Science/Technology | Tags: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, EPA Power Grab, Neil deGrasse Tyson
In an interview with celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy laughs about how she and her family would throw their trash right out of the car window.
Some people did. We picked up the candy wrappers that people dropped outside our family place of business. When there is no evidence that it is usual to throw things on the side of the road or in the parking lot, more people don’t. It’s called deterrence. Some Americans used to dump their garbage in any vacant lot if there was a little trash there already. Because our timber came down close to the highway, we had to post signs saying “private property, cut no trees,” around Christmas time. Deterrence worked.
I am deeply offended by the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to seize control of ever more private land for the agency’s own power and federal government control. The public lands belong to the people as a whole, not to the government. The federal government is the designated caretaker, but they don’t do a very good job of it.
Gina McCarthy can laugh ruefully at herself and her family for past environmental abuse. I just thought it was funny. We learn and change our ways. What Ms. McCarthy has not learned is that CO2 is a benign gas necessary to life on Earth. It is not a pollutant, and not the cause of catastrophic global warming — which is not happening. Consult Dr. Istvan Marko just below.
(h/t: Climate Depot)
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Education, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics, Science/Technology | Tags: Lifegiving CO2, Plant Fertilizer, Post Paris COP21
Dr, Istvan Marko, Professor of Chemistry at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, discusses the need for CO2 on Earth.
We keep telling them and telling them, but the global warmists aren’t interested in facts or evidence. It is their religion, and they believe absolutely.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Domestic Policy, Energy, Global Warming, Junk Science, Regulation | Tags: Ethanol and Politics, Renewable Fuels Standard, The Iowa Caucuses
Back in the dim reaches of the 20th Century, when scientists discovered the eternally expanding global warming grant proposal that gave them prestige; fun world conferences; better furnished departments; assistants and best of all they became Climate Scientists instead of just some PhD in an obscure part of the science building—the IPCC was founded, the EPA was founded and equipped with the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, so someone or other decided it would be a good idea if we started adding large quantities of Iowa corn to our gas tanks as a biofuel called Ethanol.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 established the first Renewable Fuels Standard that required 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended into gasoline by 2012. The idea was that it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as reducing reliance on imported oil.
Sounded like a good idea. But ethanol has also raised the cost of driving. It seems that the renewable fuel has cost drivers an extra $83 billion to fill their gas tanks while doing little if any good for the climate. 40 percent of the corn grown in the United states goes into ethanol. Current ethanol blends produce fewer miles per gallon, so drivers pay more to go the same distance.
Ethanol adds more CO2 to the atmosphere than it eliminates by replacing fossil fuels. Beyond that it has led farmers to plow up more land to grow corn. And thanks to shale gas and fracking, America no longer needs renewable fuels to reduce dependence on foreign oil. We are the richest oil producing state in the world. Farmers and ethanol producers were hoping to increase the amount of ethanol required in gasoline to 15% or more, but automobile engines cannot take that amount without damage.
If we replaced the 18 billion gallons of ethanol required under the EPA’s 2016 RFS, it would reduce the oil glut and improve the nation’s carbon footprint even more. Nevertheless, this is an issue in the campaign in Iowa. You will be hearing about corporate welfare.