The Great Global Warming Swindle!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2007-03-10 19:12

Surprise, surprise.

You can watch the entire thing now - for free - already on Google Video.
Watch it while you can, here is the link below.

The Great Global Warming Swindle

The Great Global Warming Swindle.

This astounding documentary was aired last Thursday night (8th of March) in the UK.
What it illustrates both clearly and definitively is that global warming through human activity is the most contrived pseudo-science of the last 30 years. The scale of the swindle is both frightening. As the film narrator boldly states:

“Everywhere you are told that man-made climate change is proved beyond doubt, but you are being told lies. Each day the news reports grow more fantastically apocalyptic. Politicians no longer dare to express any doubt about climate change.
This is the story of how a theory about climate turned into a political ideology.
It is the story of the distortion of a whole area of science. It is the story of how a political campaign turned into a bureaucratic band-wagon. This is a story of censorship and intimidation. It is a story about westerners invoking the threat of climatic disaster to hinder vital industrial progress in the developing world. The global warming story is a cautionary tale of how a media scare became the defining idea of a generation.”

This film proceeds to completely strip away the emperor clothes of the theory of global warming caused by man-made CO2. It’s main points against the theory are that:

1) “We are told that the earth’s climate is changing, but the earth’s climate is always changing. In earth’s history there have been countless periods when it was much warmer and much cooler that it is today. When much of the world was covered by tropical forests or else vast ice sheets. The climate has always changed, and changed without any help from us humans.”

“The polar bears obviously survived that period, they are with us today, they are very adaptable and these warm periods in the past posed no problem for them.” Says Professor John Clark – Dept of Earth Sciences – University of Ottawa.

2) If you take the percentage of CO2 in the atmosphere of all gases, it is 0.054%. The proportions that human are adding is even smaller, the main source in fact coming from the world’s oceans. CO2 is a relatively minor greenhouse gas. The geological records show that in fact CO2 does not precede warming, but lags behind it by some 300 years. So as Gore rightly says in his film “An Inconvenient Truth” that there is a correlation between CO2 and temperature. However it is not a positive one, but a negative one, in fact often an inverse correlation.

3) The atmosphere is made up of a multitude of gases and a small percentage of them are the greenhouse gases. And of that small percentage, 95% of it is water vapour, and that is by far the most important greenhouse gas often in the form of clouds. Further, solar activity is the most accurate way of predicting climate changes on earth. The interplay between water vapour and solar activity being the main determinants of earth’s climate and human beings have almost no influence upon.

4) If greenhouse warming were presently occurring you would get more warming in the troposphere, because greenhouse gases trap heat from escaping the atmosphere in the troposphere. However, that is just not the case. The data collected from satellites and weather balloons show that the earth is in fact warmer than the atmosphere. This evidence damns the theory of greenhouse effect upon climate through CO2.

Surprising is the origins of this political scandal. Apparently it originated from a desire of Margaret Thatcher in the eighties to discredit fossil fuels in favour of nuclear power.

Even more shocking is that the entire present global warming lobby, hijacked from Thatcher by neo-Marxists and Environmentalists, has become in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats an evil “gravy train” of the millions of tax dollars pocketed in this disgusting “global warming” industry which is based upon a lie.

“Fact of the matter is that tens of thousands of jobs depend on Global Warming right now. It’s a big business.” Says Professor Patrick Michaels – Dept of Environmental Sciences – University of Virginia.

“Climate scientists need there to be a problem in order to get funding.” Says Dr Roy Spencer – Weather Satellite Team Leader – NASA.

As the film spells out for us:

Man-made global warming is no ordinary theory. It is presented in the media as having the stamp of authority of an impressive international organisation. The UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change or IPCC.

“The IPCC like any UN body is political. The final conclusions are politically driven. It’s become a great industry in itself and if the whole global warming farrago collapsed, there would an awful lot of people out of jobs and looking for work.” Says Professor Philip Scott – Dept of Biogeography – University of London.

“This claim that the IPCC is the worlds top 1500 or 2500 scientists: you look at the bibliographies of the people and it is simply not true. There are quite a number of non-scientists. Those people that are specialists but don’t agree with the polemic and resign, and there are a number of them I know of, they are simply put on the author list and become part of this “2500 of the worlds top scientists”. We have a vested interest in causing panic, because then, money will flow to climate science.” Says Professor Paul Reiter – IPCC and Pasteur Institute of Paris.

“And to build up the number to 2500 they have to start taking reviewers and Government people and so on, anyone who has been close to them. And none of these people are asked if they agree, many of them disagree. People have decided that you have to convince other people that since no scientist disagrees - you shouldn’t disagree either. But whenever you hear that in science you know that it is pure propaganda.” Says Professor Richard Lindzen – IPCC and M.I.T.

Unfortunately as the Times notes, the whole Global Warming bandwagon has evolved into “less an issue and more a doom-laden religion demanding sacrifice to Gaia for our wicked fossil fuel-driven ways.”

“There is such intolerance. This is most politically incorrect thing possible to doubt this climate change orthodoxy.” Says Lord Lawson of Blaby (In 2005 a House of Lords enquiry was set up to examine the scientific evidence of man-made cause of Global Warming and Lord Lawson was a member of it.) He goes on to comment - "We had a very thorough enquiry and took evidence from a whole lot of people expert in this area and we produced a report. What surprised me was to discover how weak and uncertain the science was. In fact there are more and more thoughtful people, some of them a little bit frightened to come out in the open. But who quietly privately and some of them publicly are saying ‘hang on, wait a moment, this simply just does not add up’."

“I often heard it said that there is a consensus of thousands of scientists on the global warming issue and that humans are causing a catastrophic change to the climate system. Well I am one scientist and there are many that simply think that is not true.” Says Professor John Christy – Lead Author IPCC

And finally the definitive comment of the documentary must belong to Nigel Calder – the Former Editor of the New Scientist.

“I have seen and heard their spitting fury at anybody that might disagree with them, which is not the scientific way. The whole global warming business has become like a religion and people who disagree are called heretics. I am a heretic. The makers of this programme are all heretics.”

After this documentary and more publicity, hopefully not heretics for much longer!!!

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Lunacy says Happer...pure propagandist poppycock botheration

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 “This is George Orwell. This is the ‘Germans are the master race. The
Jews are the scum of the earth.’ It’s that kind of propaganda,” Happer,
the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, said in an interview.
“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Every time you exhale, you exhale
air that has 4 percent carbon dioxide. To say that that’s a pollutant
just boggles my mind. What used to be science has turned into a cult.”

Full story here


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The Contradictions of the Garnaut Report

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Quadrant Magazine

The Contradictions of the Garnaut Report
Tim Curtin

The present world financial crisis has seen the great economist John Maynard Keynes making a comeback, with even a fiscal conservative like Kevin Rudd espousing Keynesian deficit finance. Keynes is also remembered for his remark that “madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back”. That is an apt description of the climate change mantras that led to the appointment of the Garnaut Review, and the Review’s Final Report itself exhibits frenzy distilled from not a few scribblers of the past, including Malthus, Jevons and Arrhenius of the nineteenth century, Paul Ehrlich, the Club of Rome and the IPCC’s John Houghton of the last century, not forgetting James Hansen (of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies) and his acolyte Al Gore.

Ehrlich and the Club of Rome confidently predicted exhaustion of all mineral resources by 2000 if not before, and the Garnaut Report merely extends the final date to 2100. Malthus earned fame with his theory that while population grows “geometrically”, for example by doubling every twenty-five years (we would say exponentially) food production grows only “arithmetically”, that is, by the same absolute amount in every time period.

Arrhenius took over this formulation in his celebrated paper of 1896 that remains the cornerstone of the anthropogenic global warming (or climate change) movement, by asserting that while atmospheric carbon dioxide “increases in geometric progression, augmentation of the temperature will increase in nearly arithmetic progression”. Arrhenius won a real Nobel for proceeding to calculate that if carbon dioxide increased by 50 per cent from the level in 1896, global average temperature would increase by between 2.9 and 3.7 degrees, depending on season, latitude and hemisphere, with a global annual mean of 3.42 degrees. The level of carbon dioxide has nearly increased by 50 per cent since 1896—faster it is true than Arrhenius expected—but global temperature according to the Goddard Institute has increased by just 0.73 degrees...

Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age

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Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age

The earth is now on the brink of entering another Ice Age, according to a large and compelling body of evidence from within the field of climate science. Many sources of data which provide our knowledge base of long-term climate change indicate that the warm, twelve thousand year-long Holocene period will rather soon be coming to an end, and then the earth will return to Ice Age conditions for the next 100,000 years.

Ice cores, ocean sediment cores, the geologic record, and studies of ancient plant and animal populations all demonstrate a regular cyclic pattern of Ice Age glacial maximums which each last about 100,000 years, separated by intervening warm interglacials, each lasting about 12,000 years.

Most of the long-term climate data collected from various sources also shows a strong correlation with the three astronomical cycles which are together known as the Milankovich cycles. The three Milankovich cycles include the tilt of the earth, which varies over a 41,000 year period; the shape of the earth’s orbit, which changes over a period of 100,000 years; and the Precession of the Equinoxes, also known as the earth’s ‘wobble’, which gradually rotates the direction of the earth’s axis over a period of 26,000 years. According to the Milankovich theory of Ice Age causation, these three astronomical cycles, each of which effects the amount of solar radiation which reaches the earth, act together to produce the cycle of cold Ice Age maximums and warm interglacials.

Elements of the astronomical theory of Ice Age causation were first presented by the French mathematician Joseph Adhemar in 1842, it was developed further by the English prodigy Joseph Croll in 1875, and the theory was established in its present form by the Serbian mathematician Milutin Milankovich in the 1920s and 30s. In 1976 the prestigious journal “Science” published a landmark paper by John Imbrie, James Hays, and Nicholas Shackleton entitled “Variations in the Earth's orbit: Pacemaker of the Ice Ages,” which described the correlation which the trio of scientist/authors had found between the climate data obtained from ocean sediment cores and the patterns of the astronomical Milankovich cycles. Since the late 1970s, the Milankovich theory has remained the predominant theory to account for Ice Age causation among climate scientists, and hence the Milankovich theory is always described in textbooks of climatology and in encyclopaedia articles about the Ice Ages...

Looneytunes # 3167????????? Googling aint Green

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Soon we'll be buying Googlesearch Carbon Credits by the bushel.

I never thought that the absurdity of this BS would have me laughing...but I cant contain myself any longer. ROFL

Revealed: the environmental impact of Google searches   Full story here

Alex Wissner-Gross says that performing two Google searches uses up as
much energy as boiling the kettle for a cup of tea

here for how to reduce the footprint of the Web

Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the
same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea,
according to new research.

While millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment,
a typical search generates about 7g of CO2 Boiling a kettle generates about
15g. “Google operates huge data centres around the world that consume a
great deal of power,” said Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University
physicist whose research on the environmental impact of computing is due out
soon. “A Google search has a definite environmental impact.”

Google is secretive about its energy consumption and carbon footprint. It also
refuses to divulge the locations of its data centres. However, with more
than 200m internet searches estimated globally daily, the electricity
consumption and greenhouse gas emissions caused by computers and the
internet is provoking concern. A recent report by Gartner, the industry
analysts, said the global IT industry generated as much greenhouse gas as
the world’s airlines - about 2% of global CO2 emissions. “Data centres are
among the most energy-intensive facilities imaginable,” said Evan Mills, a
scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Banks
of servers storing billions of web pages require power.


I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll


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Daily Express


Wednesday January 7,2009
By Anna Pukas

FOR several years now we have been told that mankind faces no bigger challenge than global warming.

Indeed, some scientists have gone so far as to say that the global warming poses a greater threat than terrorism.

All very alarming, but have any of them looked out of the window lately? There is snow on the garden.

You’re going to have to scrape the frost off your car windscreen before you can drive to work. Children are building snowmen before they go off to school. The council has had the gritters out because the roads are icy.

It’s freezing out there and for once, the term is properly used to describe precisely the weather conditions...

Dr David Bellamy has felt the chill wind of derision for more than a decade, ever since he declared that he did not believe the planet was warming up.

Rather, he argues that the Earth has been heating and cooling for 13,000 years and that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have nothing to do with it.

“Climate change is happeneing and it has been happening all the time there has been a climate. The Earth is always going through cycles of change. Ten thousand years ago, this country was under ice. Two thousand years ago after the Romans conquered Britain, they grew red grapes on the Scottish border.

"They were not putting out carbon dioxide on the modern scale. The Middle Ages were warm too, and then it got cold again for about 400 years. In that period, the Thames would freeze over so solidly that they held markets on it. We came out of that mini-Ice Age in around 1850, and now we heading for another cool-down.

“There is official data available showing that world temperatures have been getting colder every year since 1998. In 2002, Arctic ice actually increased. The ice-caps are getting bigger. Why don’t we hear about that?

“I have seen newspaper reports of strawberries in December and frog spawn in February - not from 2008 but from 1868 and no one was blaming global warming then.

“Carbon dioxide levels were much lower in previous centuries yet the climate still changed, so how can CO2 be the driver of climate change now?”

Besides, he adds, carbon dioxide - the principal greenhouse gas - is not the killer gas demonized at the Earth Summits of Rio and KYoto but one of the most beneficial and necessary things on the planet.

It is the most important airborne fertiliser in the world. Plants breathe it in and exhale oxygen, which is vital to us humans.

When plants combine CO2 with water and sunshine, they produce complex carbon compounds which we either eat or feed to our livestock or build with or simply admire for their beauty. Without CO2 the world would have no greenery.

“Increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, double it even, and this would produce a rise in plant productivity,” says Dr Bellamy. That doesn’t sound like much of a killer gas to me. “

Indeed, if carbon dioxide were removed from he atmosphere, the temperature would be likely to fall by only 0.3 per cent.

"There is no proof that carbon dioxide is anything to do with any impending catastrophe. The science has, quite simply, gone awry. In fact, it’s not science - it’s anti-science. “

Dr Bellamy accuses supposed experts such as the former US vice-president Al Gore, of “cherry-picking“ the models which help to substantiate their argument.

“Yes, the lakes in Africa are drying up, but that’s not global warming. They’re drying up for the very simple reason that most of them have dams around them. So the water that used to be used by local people is now used in the production of cut flowers and vegetables for the supermarkets of Europe.

"Any noticeable warming is more likely to be linked to sun spot activity on the sun, which is getting hotter as it ages.

“They [the sun spots] are enormous eruptions, an atomic powerhouse. You can actually see them. At least half of the temperature rise that we have seen correlates with these sun spots.“

What we really should be worried about is killing off biodiversity - that delicate, impeccable-functioning balance which Nature maintains so perfectly, just as long as we don’t meddle with it. That is where the billions poured into greenhouse gas control would be far better spent.

For voicing such “heretical” views, some extremists have called for climate sceptics such as Dr Bellamy to be tried for crimes against humanity. Scaring people to death buy telling them we’re all going to die and there is nothing we can do about it now appears to be acceptable.

And yet, the explanation for this week’s weather from the global warming faction and the sceptics would probably be the similar: sometimes the weather is weird just because it is.

It was Sir David King, the Government’s chief scientific adviser who warned that climate change was an even more serious problem.

Undoubtedly an eminent man in his field, in 2004, Sir David made the chilling prediction that unless Man got to grips with global warming then the only continent we would be able to live on by the end of this century was Antarctica.

With the winter we’re having so far, we should feel right at home...

Wouldn't it be good?

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International Energy Agency 'blocking global switch to renewables'

International Energy Agency accused of consistently underestimating potential of wind, solar and sea power while promoting oil, coal and nuclear as 'irreplaceable' technologies

David Adam, environment correspondent, Friday 9 January 2009

The international body that advises most major governments across the world on energy policy is obstructing a global switch to renewable power because of its ties to the oil, gas and nuclear sectors, a group of politicians and scientists claims today.

The experts, from the Energy Watch group, say the International Energy Agency (IEA) publishes misleading data on renewables, and that it has consistently underestimated the amount of electricity generated by wind power in its advice to governments. They say the IEA shows "ignorance and contempt" towards wind energy, while promoting oil, coal and nuclear as "irreplaceable" technologies.

In a report to be published today, the Energy Watch experts say wind-power capacity has rocketed since the early 90s and that if current trends continue, wind and solar power-generation combined are on track to match conventional generation by 2025.

Rudolf Rechsteiner, a member of the Swiss parliament who sits on its energy and environment committee, and wrote today's report, said the IEA suffered from "institutional blindness" on renewable energy. He said: "They are delaying the change to a renewable world. They continue touting nuclear and carbon-capture-and-storage, classical central solutions, instead of a more neutral approach, which would favour new solutions."...

Stansted protesters sentenced to community service amid threat of £2m damages claim

• Ryanair acts over airport closure and missed flights
• 'Honestly-held beliefs' no justification, says judge

Rachel Williams and John Vidal
The Guardian, Thursday 8 January 2009

A group of climate change protesters who brought Stansted airport to a standstill after occupying a taxiway in December were sentenced yesterday, as it emerged that they and others who joined them face the threat of being sued for more than £2m in damages.

Most of the 22 campaigners, who are members of the group Plane Stupid, were ordered to do between 50 and 90 hours community service after admitting aggravated trespass. The incident closed the airport in Essex for five hours.

Each of the protesters must pay compensation of £60 to cover £3,000 worth of damage to the perimeter fence, which they cut through in the early hours of 8 December, and orders made for court costs totalled £570.

The district judge, John Perkins, said he accepted that the defendants wanted to put forward honestly-held beliefs that concerned them greatly, but their protest, which had involved chaining themselves to metal fencing near the runway, had caused substantial disruption to the airlines, airport and travelling public. This meant it deserved harsher punishment than a conditional discharge.

"Substantial loss was caused to the authorities that were carrying out lawful activities," Perkins told Essex magistrates court. "I accept there is an honourable tradition of peaceful protest in this country, and long may it continue. But that does not justify the sort of activity that you were involved in."...

Ryle, from Hornsey, north London, said: "It's pretty scary, what's happening now. Most of us haven't got any money and a fair few of us are at university and already have big debts. If Ryanair wins we'll be paying money to Michael O'Leary for decades, and all because we think our parents' generation failed us, so we decided to actually do something about climate change.

"We're just a bunch of young people trying to do something about the massive environmental damage done by aviation."

Ah but Warmoholics...

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...would hate if the world were not actually warming. They wouldn't have anything to shout about anymore!

Huffington post

Harold Ambler
Posted January 3, 2009

Mr. Gore: Apology Accepted

You are probably wondering whether President-elect Obama owes the world an apology for his actions regarding global warming. The answer is, not yet. There is one person, however, who does. You have probably guessed his name: Al Gore.

Mr. Gore has stated, regarding climate change, that "the science is in." Well, he is absolutely right about that, except for one tiny thing. It is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind.

What is wrong with the statement? A brief list:

1. First, the expression "climate change" itself is a redundancy, and contains a lie. Climate has always changed, and always will. There has been no stable period of climate during the Holocene, our own climatic era, which began with the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago. During the Holocene there have been numerous sub-periods with dramatically varied climate, such as the warm Holocene Optimum (7,000 B.C. to 3,000 B.C., during which humanity began to flourish, and advance technologically), the warm Roman Optimum (200 B.C. to 400 A.D., a time of abundant crops that promoted the empire), the cold Dark Ages (400 A.D. to 900 A.D., during which the Nile River froze, major cities were abandoned, the Roman Empire fell apart, and pestilence and famine were widespread), the Medieval Warm Period (900 A.D. to 1300 A.D., during which agriculture flourished, wealth increased, and dozens of lavish examples of Gothic architecture were created), the Little Ice Age (1300 to 1850, during much of which plague, crop failures, witch burnings, food riots -- and even revolutions, including the French Revolution -- were the rule of thumb), followed by our own time of relative warmth (1850 to present, during which population has increased, technology and medical advances have been astonishing, and agriculture has flourished).

So, no one needs to say the words "climate" and "change" in the same breath -- it is assumed, by anyone with any level of knowledge, that climate changes. That is the redundancy to which I alluded. The lie is the suggestion that climate has ever been stable. Mr. Gore has used a famously inaccurate graph, known as the "Mann Hockey Stick," created by the scientist Michael Mann, showing that the modern rise in temperatures is unprecedented, and that the dramatic changes in climate just described did not take place. They did. One last thought on the expression "climate change": It is a retreat from the earlier expression used by alarmists, "manmade global warming," which was more easily debunked. There are people in Mr. Gore's camp who now use instances of cold temperatures to prove the existence of "climate change," which is absurd, obscene, even...


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An alcoholic is all for alcohol - a warmaholic is not for warming.


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Dimwits! Those bright sparks over in Brussels have decided to stop you buying old-fashioned light bulbs

By Christopher Booker
07th January 2009

...No doubt there are still wild-eyed 'greenies' who will cheer at this revolution in our lives. But the more we look into the story of how this revolution came about, the more it looks like one of the maddest flights from reality that the political class which now rules over us has ever taken.
The crucial decision was made at a gathering in March 2007 of the 27 Prime Ministers of the European Union, including Tony Blair.

This meeting of the European Council marked the high point of the EU's infatuation with the idea that it should lead the world in 'the fight against climate change'.
Sitting round in a grand room in Brussels, they cheerfully nodded through a whole set of proposals designed to save the planet.

Twenty per cent of all our energy was by 2020 to come from 'renewables', such as thousands more wind turbines.
Vast areas of farmland were to be switched from food production to growing crops for ' biofuels'.

The EU's industries would be forced to pay tens of billions of euros for the right to emit CO2 (the bill to be passed on to all of us).

Also chucked into their wish list was a proposal that the EU should follow the lead set by the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro by banning the sale of incandescent light bulbs as early as 2009.
What a bizarre example of gesture politics that summit now looks to have been. In practical terms, not one of the proposals those politicians agreed to now looks remotely achievable.
Even Sir David King, at the time our government's chief scientific adviser, later admitted how surprised he had been to discover what they had signed up to, indicating that they had not been properly briefed.
And as soon as the proposed light bulb ban was announced, lighting experts and electrical engineers rushed to point out all the reasons why it was hopelessly impracticable...

The warmaholics' fantasy

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The warmaholics' fantasy

Jon Jenkins | January 06, 2009
Article from: The Australian

THE warmaholics are fond of using the phrase "official records going back to 1850", but the simple facts are that prior to the 1970s, surface-based temperatures from a few indiscriminate, mostly backyard locations in Europe and the US are fatally corrupted and not in any sense a real record.

They are then further doctored by a secret algorithm to account for heat-island effects. Reconstructions such as the infamously fraudulent "hockey stick" are similarly unreliable.

The only precise and reliable temperature recording started with satellite measurements in the 1970s. They show minuscule warming, all in the northern hemisphere, which not only stopped in 2000 but had completely reversed by 2008 (see graph).

The warmaholics also contend that global mean temperature and sea level rises are at the upper range of the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change's projections. Well, no, actually they are not.

Sea level rises since 1900 are of the order of 1-2mm a year, which is indistinguishable from tectonic movement, and the IPCC computer projections are simply completely wrong.

The warmaholics argue that they have been able to model all of the complex processes occurring on the earth, below the oceans and in the atmosphere, and yet also admit in the same breath that they cannot predict the single biggest transfer of energy that dwarfs all others on the planet: ElNino.

How can the two statements be resolved? They can not: the computer models cannot predict either weather or climate.

Some scientists argue that human-induced changes to CO2 levels are more sudden, but this also does not stand up to scrutiny...

Bush or Obama, what's the diff?

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From Times Online
January 6, 2009

Bush creates largest marine protection zone in the world

"...The protection of the Mariana Trench will give a boost to Mr Bush's environmental credentials, long battered by criticism that he has not done enough to combat air pollution or global warming.

However two years ago he made a huge swath of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a national monument, barring fishing, oil and gas extraction and tourism from its waters and coral reefs."

Puppets-R-Us..The fall and fall of fraudster Hansen

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Here you read can the full story and even follow a link to the staged letter Barack just had to obvious antici...pation.

Hopefully someone may follow the money on Gore's trick less magician this year and snuff his fraudulent wailing for good.  

Hansen refers to coal-fired power stations as "factories of death."
Isn't that pleasant? But he wants a moratorium and phase out of these
"death factories."

But my favorite suggestion is to enact a tax
on carbon emissions. But not just any tax .. a tax that would take
money from the evil rich and give the proceeds to the less fortunate.
Don't ya just love that phrase? Here's the basic gist .. Hansen wants a
carbon tax and 100% dividend. Carbon would be taxed at the source --
aka. those people who produce more would pay more .. we are assuming
the evil rich are in this category. But then the revenue from this tax
would be equally distributed among all tax payers. So the "less
fortunate" who don't produce as much carbon would be making money from
the exploits of the evil rich. Sounds like wealth redistribution to me!


I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll


Ice maker

The poor little polar bears have no more ice to float on ..LOL

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 Rapid growth spurt leaves amount of ice at levels seen 29 years ago.

to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal
those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close. Full article here


I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

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IPCC Hockey Stick-Gate for Dummies

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This article explaining the hockey stick graph hoax is worth a read for those who still doubt the IPCC BS. This year has all the makings of the demise of the AGW fraud

late 20th century appears to be nothing special by comparison. It is
easy to see why this graph was a problem for those pushing the global
warming alarm. If the world could warm so much on such a short time
scale as a result of natural causes, surely the 20th century climate
change could simply be a natural effect as well. And the present
climate change could hardly be considered unusually hazardous if even
larger climate changes happened in the recent past, and we are simply
fluctuating in the middle of what nature regularly dishes out?


I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

More hot air from Met Office

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Daily Telegraph

More hot air from Met Office

Temperate predictions have been comically inept, writes Christopher Booker.

By Christopher Booker
03 Jan 2009

Last week, as Britain shivered in sub-zero temperatures, the Met Office predicted that 2009 would be one of ''the five warmest years on record''.

This statement entertained various US climate experts, such as Dr Roger Pielke Sr of Colorado University, who recalled how last September the Met Office forecast that this winter in the UK would be ''milder than average'', just before we enjoyed the coldest autumn and winter for decades.

Dr Pielke also recalled the Met Office's prediction two years ago that 2007 would be globally ''the warmest year on record'', beating the ''peak'' year of 1998 (see the Watts Up With That website). Even as they made that prediction, temperatures began their steepest plunge since they toppled off that 1998 highpoint, dropping by nearly 0.7C – equivalent to the entire net warming of the 20th century.

The reason why US scientists take a particular interest in the forecasting skills of the UK Met Office is that, through its Hadley Centre, its temperature data are one of the four official sources on which the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change bases all those projections of global warming which have the Western world's politicians under such a spell...

From The Sunday Times
January 4, 2009

EU denounces socialite’s carbon offset project
Michael Gillard and Mark Olden

A PIONEERING climate change project in Africa run by Robin Birley, the socialite, has been accused by the European commission, its main donor, of making unsubstantiated claims about its environmental impact.

The project has received more than £1m in public grants and money from celebrities in the music and film business. They include Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones and Brad Pitt, the actor.

The project attempts to offset an individual’s carbon footprint by paying poor farmers in Mozambique to plant trees, which absorb CO2, and to protect existing forests.

The commission’s criticism comes amid increased concern about the worth of these fashionable but largely unregulated carbon offset schemes. Critics say it is almost impossible to guarantee that the trees will survive the length of time needed to offset any significant carbon emissions...

ANDREW ALEXANDER: Politicians, power and a new religion

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ANDREW ALEXANDER: Politicians, power and a new religion
02nd January 2009

Since this is the moment in the year when forecasts are demanded, I shall pick a sad certainty. Parliament will create more offences, lots of them.

The Government, astonishingly, has apparently created a new imprisonable offence every four days for the past decade. Curiously little row has been made about this, least of all by what passes for the parliamentary Opposition.

Many of the new offences in the coming year are sure to stem from the new religion: global warming.

Its extent and scale may still be an issue among scientists, but politicians have latched on to this crusade fervently. The reason is simple. It increases the power of government.
Never, never underestimate this urge. Anyone wanting to understand politics must understand this. And when it comes to global warming - it is a politicians' dream. The scope for governmental interference and pious lectures is limitless.

Industry can be splattered with new regulations. The private citizen can be subjected to constant hectoring on how this or that might save the planet.

Politicians can appear in the media, unquestioned, in their mission. And new fields of supposed expertise in the media can be created.

The subject can be ordained for the schoolroom. Parents now find themselves being sternly rebuked by their children over carbon emissions.

The cult of planet-saving is, however, even more fascinating for a variety of reasons...

More from the age of unreason...

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UK faces court case over air pollution breaches

• EU angered by diesel engine infringements
• Government wants more time to meet targets

John Vidal, environment editor
The Guardian, Friday 2 January 2009

The European Union is planning to take Britain to court for consistently breaching air pollution laws, which could result in unlimited daily fines.

Air pollution near many roads averages well over twice the UN's World Health Organisation maximum recommended level, which has led to constant infringements of EU air quality laws.

In particular, diesel engines emit large quantities of minute, sooty particles known as PM10s which are linked to asthma and heart disease. The government's own figures estimate they result in 12,000 to 24,000 premature deaths a year in the UK.

The EU environment commissioner, Stavros Dimas, said that PM10 pollution was particularly bad in London. "There are PM10 exceedances in London along more than 200km of roads," he wrote to Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman,

In his letter Dimas revealed that legal proceedings were being prepared. "The commission services are now preparing the launch of infringement proceedings against the UK. In view of the serious consequences of high concentrations of PM10, the commission expects the UK to ensure a speedy reduction."...

Nasa climate expert makes personal appeal to Obama

James Randerson, science correspondent
The Guardian, Friday 2 January 2009

One of the world's top climate scientists has written a personal new year appeal to Barack and Michelle Obama, warning of the "profound disconnect" between public policy on climate change and the magnitude of the problem.

With less than three weeks to go until Obama's inauguration, Professor James Hansen, who heads Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, asked the recently appointed White House science adviser Professor John Holdren to pass the missive directly to the president-elect.

In it, he praises Obama's campaign rhetoric about "a planet in peril", but says that how the new president acts in office will be crucial. Hansen lambasts the current international approach of setting targets through "cap and trade" schemes as not up to the task. "This approach is ineffectual and not commensurate with the climate threat. It could waste another decade, locking in disastrous consequences for our planet and humanity," the letter from Hansen and his wife, Anniek, reads...

The Independent

Climate scientists: it's time for 'Plan B'

Poll of international experts by The Independent reveals consensus that CO2 cuts have failed – and their growing support for technological intervention

By Steve Connor, Science Editor and Chris Green
Friday, 2 January 2009

An emergency "Plan B" using the latest technology is needed to save the world from dangerous climate change, according to a poll of leading scientists carried out by The Independent. The collective international failure to curb the growing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has meant that an alternative to merely curbing emissions may become necessary.

The plan would involve highly controversial proposals to lower global temperatures artificially through daringly ambitious schemes that either reduce sunlight levels by man-made means or take CO2 out of the air. This "geoengineering" approach – including schemes such as fertilising the oceans with iron to stimulate algal blooms – would have been dismissed as a distraction a few years ago but is now being seen by the majority of scientists we surveyed as a viable emergency backup plan that could save the planet from the worst effects of climate change, at least until deep cuts are made in CO2 emissions.

What has worried many of the experts, who include recognised authorities from the world's leading universities and research institutes, as well as a Nobel Laureate, is the failure to curb global greenhouse gas emissions through international agreements, namely the Kyoto Treaty, and recent studies indicating that the Earth's natural carbon "sinks" are becoming less efficient at absorbing man-made CO2 from the atmosphere...

Environment minister Sammy Wilson: I still think man-made climat

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Environment minister Sammy Wilson: I still think man-made climate change is a con

Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Spending billions on trying to reduce carbon emissions is one giant con that is depriving third world countries of vital funds to tackle famine, HIV and other diseases, Sammy Wilson said.

The DUP minister has been heavily criticised by environmentalists for claiming that ongoing climatic shifts are down to nature and not mankind.

But while acknowledging his views on global warming may not be popular, the East Antrim MP said he was not prepared to be bullied by eco fundamentalists.

“I’ll not be stopped saying what I believe needs to be said about climate change,” he said.

"Most of the people who shout about climate change have not read one article about it

“I think in 20 years’ time we will look back at this whole climate change debate and ask ourselves how on earth were we ever conned into spending the billions of pounds which are going into this without any kind of rigorous examination of the background, the science, the implications of it all. Because there is now a degree of hysteria about it, fairly unformed hysteria I’ve got to say as well.

“I mean I get it in the Assembly all the time and most of the people who shout about climate change have not read one article about climate change, not read one book about climate change, if you asked them to explain how they believe there’s a connection between CO2 emission and the effects which they claim there’s going to be, if you ask them to explain the thought process or the modelling that is required and the assumptions behind that and how tenuous all the connections are, they wouldn’t have a clue.

“They simply get letters about it from all these lobby groups, it’s popular and therefore they go along with the flow — and that would be ok if there were no implications for it, but the implications are immense.”...

EU Greenies be afraid, be very afraid....

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Fears as Czech Republic takes over helm of EU

• Concern grows over ability to cope with crises
• President is Eurosceptic and government weak

Ian Traynor in Brussels
The Guardian, Thursday 1 January 2009

The Czech Republic becomes the first former Soviet satellite to run the European Union today, as it takes over the EU presidency from President Nicolas Sarkozy after six months of dynamic crisis management.

With its centre-right government weak and unstable and the country's head of state, President Václav Klaus, the strongest Eurosceptic in office anywhere in the EU, fears are widespread that Prague might struggle to lead Europe at a time of multiple and fast-moving international crises.

In the first move of the Czech presidency the foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, will go to the Middle East this week to try to mediate in the Gaza crisis, after voicing support for Israel's onslaught against Hamas.

The run-up to the Czechs' six months in charge has already been embroiled in rows between Prague and western Europe. Klaus used his Christmas message to attack Sarkozy and the other stronger powers of western Europe.

"They have absolutely no right to wave Europe in our face," said Klaus, who enjoys a reputation as a brawler - particularly on Europe, one of his pet subjects.

The head of state, who engineered the peaceful break-up of Czechoslovakia and successfully steered the new Czech Republic from communism to capitalism in the 1990s as finance minister and prime minister, cannot stomach Brussels.

The European Union is the new Soviet Union, environmentalism is the new communism, climate change is a myth and there is nothing wrong with the international economy that a bit of patience will not fix, according to Klaus. While influential, however, he has little real power as head of state.

Alexandr Vondra, the deputy prime minister in charge of European policy, admits that the challenges are immense and it will be tricky following the presidency of Sarkozy, whose period in charge turned into a mammoth exercise in crisis management.

Vondra, a seasoned diplomat and the brain behind the country's integration into the EU and Nato over the past decade, will seek to make the most of the presidency by striking deals and mediating between the bigger EU states.

Sarkozy ended his presidency last month with a successful summit that took three big decisions: an EU accord on the world's first big climate change package, agreement on European fiscal stimulus measures to try to counter recession, and a deal with Ireland to force a second referendum on the ill-fated Lisbon Treaty reforming the EU, in return for concessions to Irish sensitivities.

It will fall to the Czechs to manage implementation of these accords and oversee the run-up to European elections in June. Klaus has contemptuously dismissed all three and his aides are expected to launch a new party of eurosceptics this month to contest the European ballot.

"This [Lisbon] treaty must be rewritten somehow or other," Klaus declared. "The current ratifications are no longer valid. A new vote is needed in every country."

The economic crisis, he added, was the kind of affliction which is over in a week if you went to the doctor and over in seven days if you didn't. The world economy would recover "with or without Mr Sarkozy, the G20 summit, or the expensive rescue packets of Paulson and Bernanke [in the US]".

As for global warming, the Earth had had the same climate for 10,000 years. The problem was not climate change, but "climate change ideology". Klaus warned: "We will not be campaigners for the climate package."...

Global warming: Reasons why it might not actually exist

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Global warming: Reasons why it might not actually exist

2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved, according to the Telegraph's Christopher Booker. Sceptics have long argued that there are other explanations for climate change other than man-made CO2 and here we look at some of the arguments put forward by those who believe that global warming is all a hoax.

30 Dec 2008

Temperatures are falling, not rising

As Christopher Booker says in his review of 2008, temperatures have been dropping in a wholly unpredicted way over the past year. Last winter, the northern hemisphere saw its greatest snow cover since 1966, which in the northern US states and Canada was dubbed the "winter from hell". This winter looks set to be even worse.

The earth was hotter 1,000 years ago

Evidence from all over the world indicates that the earth was hotter 1,000 years ago than it is today. Research shows that temperatures were higher in what is known as the Mediaeval Warming period than they were in the 1990s.

The earth's surface temperature is not at record levels

According to Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies analysis of surface air temperature measurements, the meteorological December 2007 to November 2008 was the coolest year since 2000. Their data has also shown that the hottest decade of the 20th century was not the 1990s but the 1930s.

Ice is not disappearing

Arctic website Crysophere Today reported that Arctic ice volume was 500,000 sq km greater than this time last year. Additionally, Antarctic sea-ice this year reached its highest level since satellite records began in 1979. Polar bear numbers are also at record levels...

People I Don't Want to Hear About in 2009

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
People I Don't Want to Hear About in 2009

By Alan Caruba

If I had the power, there are any number of people from whom or about whom I would not want to hear, see, or read anything in 2009. Here’s a short list!

Al Gore. This pusillanimous fraud, a leftover from the Clinton administration who was defeated for president in 2000, has devoted his time to issuing warnings against global warming, the greatest hoax of the modern era. He tends to be most vocal during blizzards.

Dr. James Hansen. Right behind, with his nose deeply buried in Al Gore’s posterior, is the man who started the global warming hoax when, in the 1980s, he testified to Congress that the whole world is doomed. To his name I add the hundreds of other alarmists.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi. The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is quite possibly the most stupid person to have ever held that post...


Natural disasters 'killed more than 220,000 in 2008'

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Barmy claim followed by a rejoinder!

Daily Telegraph

Natural disasters 'killed more than 220,000 in 2008'

Natural disasters killed more than 220,000 people in 2008, making it one of the most devastating years on record and underlining the need for a global climate deal, a large reinsurer has said.

30 Dec 2008

Although the number of natural disasters was lower than in 2007, the catastrophes proved to be more deadly and more expensive, Germany-based Munich Re said in its annual assessment.

"This continues the long-term trend we have been observing. Climate change has already started and is very probably contributing to increasingly frequent weather extremes and ensuing natural catastrophes," Munich Re board member Torsten Jeworrek said.

Most devastating in terms of human fatalities was Cyclone Nargis, which lashed Burma in early May, killing more than 135,000 people and leave more than one million homeless.

Just days later an earthquake shook China's Sichuan province, leaving 70,000 dead, 18,000 missing and almost five million homeless, according to official figures.

Around 1,000 people died in a severe cold snap in January in Afghanistan, Kyrgystan and Tajikistan, while 635 perished in August and September in floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh...

Monday, December 29
Global Warming is Not Tied to Natural Disasters and Other Extreme Weather Phenomenon

Natural disasters 'killed over 220,000' in 2008
by Simon Sturdee

Natural disasters killed over 220,000 people in 2008, making it one of the most devastating years on record and underlining the need for a global climate deal, the world's number two reinsurer said Monday.

What I find particularly funny is, the article talks mostly about non-global warming caused disasters. For instance, 70,000 of those deaths were caused by an earthquake in China:

Just days later an earthquake shook China's Sichuan province, leaving 70,000 dead, 18,000 missing and almost five million homeless, according to official figures, Munich Re said.

He then talks about how COLD weather caused 1000 deaths in Afghanistan. Ya know I looked and looked, but I just couldn't find where in the dictionary a "cold snap" was listed as a natural disaster:

Around 1,000 people died in a severe cold snap in January in Afghanistan, Kyrgystan and Tajikistan, while 635 perished in August and September in floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh...


Britain braces itself for New Year 'big freeze'

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Britain braces itself for New Year 'big freeze'

Britain should brace itself for a New Year 'big freeze' as forecasters predict temperatures plunging to as low as -13C (8.6F).

By Murray Wardrop
28 Dec 2008

At least two weeks of widespread frosts are expected as a cold front sweeps in from Siberia.

New Year revellers will need to wrap up with overnight temperatures expected to be as low as -6C (21.2F) forecast for the coming week.

Daytime temperatures will barely rise above zero in many areas, the Met Office said.

It also warned that there is a "significant risk" of a "very cold snap" towards the end of the next fortnight.

This could means snow and sleet across the country and temperatures as low as -13C overnight...

2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved

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2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved

Looking back over my columns of the past 12 months, one of their major themes was neatly encapsulated by two recent items from The Daily Telegraph.

By Christopher Booker
27 Dec 2008

The first, on May 21, headed "Climate change threat to Alpine ski resorts" , reported that the entire Alpine "winter sports industry" could soon "grind to a halt for lack of snow". The second, on December 19, headed "The Alps have best snow conditions in a generation" , reported that this winter's Alpine snowfalls "look set to beat all records by New Year's Day".

Easily one of the most important stories of 2008 has been all the evidence suggesting that this may be looked back on as the year when there was a turning point in the great worldwide panic over man-made global warming. Just when politicians in Europe and America have been adopting the most costly and damaging measures politicians have ever proposed, to combat this supposed menace, the tide has turned in three significant respects.

First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the scare. Last winter, as temperatures plummeted, many parts of the world had snowfalls on a scale not seen for decades. This winter, with the whole of Canada and half the US under snow, looks likely to be even worse. After several years flatlining, global temperatures have dropped sharply enough to cancel out much of their net rise in the 20th century.

Ever shriller and more frantic has become the insistence of the warmists, cheered on by their army of media groupies such as the BBC, that the last 10 years have been the "hottest in history" and that the North Pole would soon be ice-free – as the poles remain defiantly icebound and those polar bears fail to drown. All those hysterical predictions that we are seeing more droughts and hurricanes than ever before have infuriatingly failed to materialise.

Even the more cautious scientific acolytes of the official orthodoxy now admit that, thanks to "natural factors" such as ocean currents, temperatures have failed to rise as predicted (although they plaintively assure us that this cooling effect is merely "masking the underlying warming trend", and that the temperature rise will resume worse than ever by the middle of the next decade).

Secondly, 2008 was the year when any pretence that there was a "scientific consensus" in favour of man-made global warming collapsed. At long last, as in the Manhattan Declaration last March, hundreds of proper scientists, including many of the world's most eminent climate experts, have been rallying to pour scorn on that "consensus" which was only a politically engineered artefact, based on ever more blatantly manipulated data and computer models programmed to produce no more than convenient fictions...

Nasa hunts for its rubber ducks

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Doh! Maybe they're all frozen in?

Nasa hunts for its rubber ducks

Andrew Clark in New York
The Guardian, Monday 22 December 2008

Sailors, fishermen and cruise passengers should be on the alert. If anybody spots a yellow rubber duck bobbing on the ocean waves, Nasa would like to know.

The US space agency has yet to find any trace of 90 bathtub toys that were dropped through holes in Greenland's ice three months ago in an effort to track the way the Arctic icecap is melting. Scientists threw the ducks into tubular holes known as "moulins" in the Jakobshavn glacier on Greenland's west coast, hoping they would find their way into channels beneath the hard-packed surface, to track the flow of melt water into the ocean.

"We haven't heard anything from them yet," Nasa robotics expert Alberto Behar told the BBC.

Also missing is a football-sized floating robotic probe equipped with a GPS positioning transmitter and powered by hi-tech batteries. It has failed to communicate its position. "We did not hear a signal back, so it probably got stuck under the ice somewhere," said Behar...

From The Times
December 27, 2008

The war on carbon
Arguments of 2009: Can Copenhagen save the planet?

At the last full-scale United Nations conference on global warming, in Bali, the man in charge broke down and wept. American opposition to mandatory carbon cuts had been implacable. Canada and Japan had joined the US in demanding cuts from the big developing economies before promising any themselves. Then China accused Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, of a minor breach of protocol. After two weeks of trying and failing to save the world, it was the last straw. He had to be escorted from the building.

Next December Mr de Boer will submit himself to a similar ordeal in Copenhagen. Thanks largely to Barack Obama, he stands a better chance than last time of maintaining his composure. But if he and his fellow negotiators are to create realistic global defences against rising carbon levels, temperatures and sea levels, they will need all their stamina and more courage than they have shown so far...

Scaring the children

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It's bad enough that parents perpetuate the Santa hoax (I was guilty myself and regret it now), but this has taken the practice of lying to children to a new low.

The truth is this year Lapland had a healthy snowfall (145") and enjoyed the second most days of skiing in the last 30 years.

The top ten Lapland snowfalls since 1978 were:

1. 1997 = 189" ~ 123 skiing days
2. 1993 = 187" ~ 122 skiing days
3. 1994 = 185" ~ 113 skiing days
4. 2003 = 180" ~ 140 skiing days
5. 2001 = 163" ~ 109 skiing days
6. 1996 = 162" ~ 127 skiing days
7. 2007 = 146" ~ 103 skiing days
8. 2008 = 145" ~ 133 skiing days
9. 1999 - 140" ~ 100 skiing days
10. 1998 = 136.5" ~ 130 skiing days

Clearly the 70's and 80's were warmer.

I went to the Rescue Santa's Runway site and emailed the big guy to say as much. I hope those twits at the "Love" agency read it. Smiling

Child Abuse!

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Daily Telegraph

Children cut emissions to stop Santa's home melting

Thousands of children have pledged to cut their carbon emissions as part of an online effort to stop the home of Father Christmas from melting.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
24 Dec 2008

A website has been set up by creative agency LOVE and film production company, Chief Productions. The site claims that Lapland, the home of Father Christmas, is being affected by global warming. The situation is so bad that the “runway” used by the reindeers is in danger of melting, meaning the sleigh full of presents will not be able to take off.

It invites children to sign up to a number of pledges designed to cut carbon emissions including walking to school at least once a week, turning off the television when it is not being watched and taking baths instead of showers, in order to help slow global warming. So far more than 11,000 people have signed up...

This story is quite amusing in a way...

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"Dr Bittner is under investigation by the California Department of Public Health because it is illegal in the state to use human medical waste to power vehicles."

Did the Government in California actually spend time thinking up this sort of law in advance?

I'm not sure Dr Blubber was not doing it as a piss-take, he probably believes his own green-hype. There are enough nutters out there buying in to the whole AGW scam as it is!

See Marcus, it's a lose lose

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Dr Bittner was having a lark but he satirises the anti-human motivation of the environMENTALISTS.

I would have thought piling even corpses high for fuel would be desirable. The mighty UN must agree and issue directives forthwith.

(lose/lose because they want their cake and eat it too)

From the great, the good and the bizarre....

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From The Sunday Times
December 14, 2008

Chill out, you beautiful people, the Versace beach is refrigerated

Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor

Versace, the renowned fashion house, is to create the world’s first refrigerated beach so that hotel guests can walk comfortably across the sand on scorching days.

The beach will be next to the the new Palazzo Versace hotel which is being built in Dubai where summer temperatures average 40C and can reach 50C.

The beach will have a network of pipes beneath the sand containing a coolant that will absorb heat from the surface.

The swimming pool will be refrigerated and there are also proposals to install giant blowers to waft a gentle breeze over the beach.

The scheme is likely to infuriate environmentalists. The revelation comes as more than 11,000 politicians, green campaigners and others are gathered in Poznan, Poland, for the latest talks on cutting greenhouse gas emissions...

From Times Online
December 24, 2008

Doctor used 'human fat to power car'

Joanna Sugden

A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who claims to have turned fat, extricated in liposuction, into biofuel for his car has skipped town after US officials raided his surgery in an investigation into his procedures.

Dr Craig Alan Bittner, who runs the Liposculpture clinic on Rodeo Drive, said that he had created “lipodiesel” with his patients’ excess subcutaneous fat.

The cosmetic surgeon told that he used the blubber to power two cars including his four-wheel-drive Ford.

Dr Bittner is under investigation by the California Department of Public Health because it is illegal in the state to use human medical waste to power vehicles.

He reportedly wrote about the practice on his website,, which has since been shut down. "The vast majority of my patients request that I use their fat for fuel - and I have more fat than I can use,” he wrote.

"Not only do they get to lose their love handles or chubby belly but they get to take part in saving the earth.”...

No Matter What Happens, Someone Will Blame Global Warming

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Fox News

No Matter What Happens, Someone Will Blame Global Warming
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Global warming was blamed for everything from beasts gone wild to anorexic whales to the complete breakdown of human society this year -- showing that no matter what it is and where it happens, scientists, explorers, politicians and those who track the Loch Ness Monster are comfortable scapegoating the weather. takes a look back at 10 things that global warming allegedly caused — or will no doubt soon be responsible for — as reported in the news around the world in 2008.

1. Cannibalism

In April, media mogul Ted Turner told PBS's Charlie Rose that global warming would make the world 8 degrees hotter in 30 or 40 years. "Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state, like Somalia or Sudan, and living conditions will be intolerable," he said.

Turner blamed global warming on overpopulation, saying "too many people are using too much stuff."

Crops won't grow and "most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals," Turner said.

2. The Death of the Loch Ness Monster

In February, Scotland's Daily Mirror reported that 85-year-old American Robert Rines would be giving up his quest for Scotland's most famous underwater denizen.

A World War II veteran, Rines has spent 37 years hunting for Nessie with sonar equipment. In 2008, "despite having hundreds of sonar contacts over the years, the trail has since gone cold and Rines believes that Nessie may be dead, a victim of global warming."...

The ETS: Completely unnecessary

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The ETS: Completely unnecessary
19 December 2008

David Evans

Rudd has failed to see through the vested interests that promote anthropogenic global warming (AGW), the theory that human emissions of carbon cause global warming. Though masquerading as "science based", the promoters of AGW have a medieval outlook and are in fact anti-science. Meanwhile carbon is innocent, and the political class is plunging ahead with making us poorer because they do not understand what science really is or what the real science is.

The Renaissance began when the absolute authority of the church and ancient texts was overthrown. Science then evolved as our most reliable method for acquiring knowledge, free of superstition and political authority. Suppose you wanted to know whether big cannonballs or small cannonballs fell faster. In medieval times you argued theoretically with what could be gleaned from the Bible, the works of Aristotle, or maybe a Papal announcement. In the Renaissance you ignored the authorities and simply dropped cannon balls from a tower and observed what happened - this was science, where empirical evidence trumps theory.

From 1975 to 2001 the global temperature trended up. How do you empirically determine the cause of this global warming? It turns out we can learn a lot simply by observing where the warming occurred: each possible cause of global warming heats the atmosphere differently, heating some parts before others. The pattern of warming is the cause's "signature".

The signature of an increased greenhouse effect consists of two features: a hotspot about 10 km up in the atmosphere over the tropics, and a combination of broad stratospheric cooling and broad tropospheric warming. The signature of ozone depletion consists just of the second feature. These signatures are theoretically derived by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and are integral to our understanding of how the atmosphere works. [1]

We have been observing temperatures in the atmosphere for decades using radiosondes - weather balloons with thermometers that radio back the temperature as the balloon ascends through the atmosphere. The radiosonde measurements for 1979-1999 show broad stratospheric cooling and broad tropospheric warming, but they show no tropical hotspot. Not even a small one. [2]

Empirically, we therefore know that an increased greenhouse effect was not a significant cause of the recent global warming. (Either that or the signatures from the IPCC are wrong, so its climate models and predictions are rubbish anyway.)

Human carbon emissions were occurring at the time but the greenhouse effect did not increase. Therefore human carbon emissions did not increase the greenhouse effect, and did not cause global warming. So AGW is wrong, and carbon is innocent. Suspect exonerated - wrong signature...

Facts melted by 'global warming'

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Facts melted by 'global warming'

Something very odd had happened to the daily updated graph on the official Nansen website last weekend, writes Christopher Booker.

21 Dec 2008

Last weekend, that heroically diligent US meteorologist Anthony Watts noticed that something very odd had happened to the daily updated graph on the official Nansen website that shows how much sea-ice there is in the Arctic. Without explanation, as he reported on his Watts Up With That website, half a million square kilometres of ice simply vanished overnight.

This might have brought cheer to all those, such as Al Gore and the BBC, who have been obsessively telling us that the Arctic ice will soon disappear altogether. They were dismayed enough last winter when, after reaching its lowest point in 30 years, the ice bounded back to near "normal". This winter the freeze has been even faster and greater, making the extent of the ice, according to the other main Arctic website, Crysophere Today, 500,000 sq km greater than this time last year. How better to maintain the chosen narrative than to lose that half-million square kilometres simply by "adjusting" the graph downwards?...

Sydney Morning Herald

Column - The 10 worst warming predictions

Andrew Bolt
Friday, December 19, 2008 at 12:16am

GLOBAL warming preachers have had a shocking 2008. So many of their predictions this year went splat.

Here’s their problem: they’ve been scaring us for so long that it’s now possible to check if things are turning out as hot as they warned.

And good news! I bring you Christmas cheer - the top 10 warming predictions to hit the wall this year.

Read, so you can end 2008 with optimism, knowing this Christmas won’t be the last for you, the planet or even the polar bears.


TIM Flannery, an expert in bones, has made a fortune from books and lectures warning that we face global warming doom. He scared us so well that we last year made him Australian of the Year.

In March, Flannery said: “The water problem is so severe for Adelaide that it may run out of water by early 2009.”

In fact, Adelaide’s reservoirs are now 75 per cent full, just weeks from 2009.

In June last year, Flannery warned Brisbane’s “water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months”.

In fact, 18 months later, its dams are 46 per cent full after Brisbane’s wettest spring in 27 years.

In 2005, Flannery predicted Sydney’s dams could be dry in just two years.

In fact, three years later its dams are 63 per cent full, not least because June last year was its wettest since 1951.

In 2004, Flannery said global warming would cause such droughts that “there is a fair chance Perth will be the 21st century’s first ghost metropolis”.

In fact, Perth now has the lowest water restrictions of any state capital, thanks to its desalination plant and dams that are 40 per cent full after the city’s wettest November in 17 years.

Lesson: This truly is a land “of drought and flooding rains”. Distrust a professional panic merchant who predicts the first but ignores the second.


PROFESSOR Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, of Queensland University, is Australia’s most quoted reef expert.

He’s advised business, green and government groups, and won our rich Eureka Prize for scares about the Great Barrier Reef. He’s chaired a $20 million global warming study of the World Bank.

In 1999, Hoegh-Guldberg warned that the Great Barrier Reef was under pressure from global warming, and much of it had turned white.

In fact, he later admitted the reef had made a “surprising” recovery.

In 2006, he warned high temperatures meant “between 30 and 40 per cent of coral on Queensland’s great Barrier Reef could die within a month”.

In fact, he later admitted this bleaching had “a minimal impact”.

In 2007, he warned that temperature changes of the kind caused by global warming were again bleaching the reef.

In fact, the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network last week said there had been no big damage to the reef caused by climate change in the four years since its last report, and veteran diver Ben Cropp said this week that in 50 years he’d seen none at all.

Lesson: Reefs adapt, like so much of nature. Learn again that scares make big headlines and bigger careers.

IN April this year, the papers were full of warnings the Arctic ice could all melt.

“We’re actually projecting this year that the North Pole may be free of ice for the first time,” claimed Dr David Barber, of Manitoba University, ignoring the many earlier times the Pole has been ice free.

“It’s hard to see how the system may bounce back (this year),” fretted Dr Ignatius Rigor, of Washington University’s polar science centre.

Tim Flannery also warned “this may be the Arctic’s first ice-free year”, and the ABC and Age got reporter Marian Wilkinson to go stare at the ice and wail: “Here you can see climate change happening before your eyes.”

In fact, the Arctic’s ice cover this year was almost 10 per cent above last year’s great low, and has refrozen rapidly since. Meanwhile, sea ice in the Southern Hemisphere has been increasing. Been told either cool fact?

Yet Barber is again in the news this month, predicting an ice-free Arctic now in six years. Did anyone ask him how he got his last prediction wrong?

Lesson: The media prefers hot scares to cool truths. And it rarely holds its pet scaremongers to account...

Greenies go ga-ga over emissions

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Greenies go ga-ga over emissions

Miranda Devine
December 18, 2008

APOPLECTIC apocalyptic greenies threw shoes at an effigy of Kevin Rudd, broke into a woodchip mill in Tasmania and threatened to move to Europe as part of an orchestrated dummy spit against the Prime Minister's emissions scheme announced this week.

The tantrums from Australia's screeching environmental banshees have barely abated since the Government revealed its plan to cut Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from between 5 and 15 per cent by 2020, an amount deemed too small by green groups.

"It's a decision to see the Great Barrier Reef die before our very eyes," said Greens Senator Christine Milne.

Rudd must be rubbing his hands with glee as the more crazed greenies give him the appearance of being a safe pair of hands on climate change - doing just enough to placate green-aware citizens but not enough to wreck the economy.

But his scheme is a more radical proposal than any other country has adopted...

US bird brains!!!

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US government 'protects' penguins against global warming

The US government has acknowledged the threat that global warming poses to penguins by proposing to give protected status to seven species...

By Tom Leonard in New York
18 Dec 2008

None of the penguins actually live in the US but activists say that listing them will raise awareness about their problems and could prompt America to protect them in international talks on issues such as the environment and fishing.

Other species that will be listed include the yellow-eyed penguin, white-flippered penguin, Fiordland crested penguin, Humboldt penguin and erect-crested penguin, along with some southern rockhoppers.

"Penguin populations are in jeopardy, and we can't afford to further delay protections," said Brendan Cummings, the oceans programme director for the Tucson-based Centre for Biological Diversity, which had requested protection for 12 species....

If Del Boy was around today, he'd be trading in carbon offsets

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If Del Boy was around today, he'd be trading in carbon offsets

19th December 2008

From the New York Times, December 12: Soviet scientists on board an icebreaker drifting just 300 miles from the North Pole have concluded that the world is getting hotter.
Warm-water fish are appearing in increasing numbers in Arctic seas as temperatures have risen, melting the ice caps.

The Russian explorers believe that very soon ships will be able to sail right across the Pole.

This news will be welcomed by ‘global warming’ campaigners — except that it first appeared on December 12, 1938, and has just been republished on a website run by a former TV meteorologist, who treats the whole ‘climate change’ racket with a healthy dose of sea salt.
The Soviet scientists also concluded that the warmer weather was almost certainly down to the rays of the sun.

And they added it would be rash to prophesy the duration of these higher temperatures, since the Ice Age was followed immediately by a period of much hotter summers than they were experiencing in the Thirties — the warmest decade of the 20th century, as it turned out.
A few short years later, by 1947, the ice caps were restored to their former glory and Britain experienced one of the harshest winters on record, lasting well into March.
We’re going through another one this year. November was the coldest for three decades.

We even had snow in October, on the day the Commons was debating its ludicrous, self-important ‘climate change’ bill.
That was the same month China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its ‘worst snowfall ever’.
Across the world, temperatures have plummeted. There was snow in Las Vegas this week. Much of North America has been hit by an ice-storm. I
n Canada, there’s 30 per cent more ice than last year and the polar bears, who are supposed to be on the brink of extinction, are breeding at an alarming rate.
None of this has in any way deterred the ‘global warming’ fascists. They dismiss this glaring, incontrovertible evidence as a ‘blip’ and continue to insist the world is burning up...

ETS a big pain for little gain

Bob Carter | December 19, 2008
Article from: The Australian
THE Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change model of dangerous, human-caused climate change has failed. Independent science relevant to supposed human-caused global warming is clear, and can be summarised in four briefpoints.

First, global temperature warmed slightly in the late 20th century and has been cooling since 2002. Neither the warming nor the cooling were of unusual rate ormagnitude.

Second, humans have an effect on local climate but, despite the expenditure of more than $US50 billion ($70 billion) looking for it since 1990, no globally summed human effect has ever been measured. Therefore, any human signal must lie buried in the variability of the natural climate system.

Third, we live on a dynamic planet; change occurs in Earth's geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and oceans all the time and all over the world. No substantive evidence exists that modern rates of global environmental change (ice volume; sea level) lie outside historic natural bounds.

Last, cutting carbon dioxide emissions, be it in Australia or worldwide, will likely result in no measurable change in future climate, because extra increments of atmospheric CO2 cause diminishing warming for each unit of increase; at most, a few tenths of a degree of extra warming would result from a completion of doubling of CO2 since pre-industrial times.

These facts notwithstanding, the Rudd Government is poised to introduce a CO2 taxation bill on doubly spurious grounds. It presumes, first, that dangerous warming caused by human emissions is occurring, or will shortly occur. And, second, that cuts to emissions will prevent significant amounts of future warming.

There is, therefore, now a dramatic disjunction between scientific reality and the stranglehold that global warming alarmism has on planned Australian climate policy.

Today's public views about climate change are based upon 20 years of promulgation of dangerous global warming by what has become a hugely powerful coalition of self-interested groups and agencies.

Beneficiaries of warming alarmism include individual scientists, managers of research centres, morally pretentious environmental non-government organisations, prestigious science academies and societies, bureaucrats from government greenhouse and climate agencies, big businesses poised for carbon trading (think Enron and Lehman Brothers), alternative energy providers, those in the media who remorselessly promulgate environmental alarm stories, and, last but not least, those uninformed politicians who seek political advantage from cynical exploitation of the public's fear of global warming.

The Australian Government does not possess a national climate policy; instead, it has an imaginary global warming policy, based on sub-prime science, sub-prime economics and sub-prime politics...

A blow against Anarchy in the UK!

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Legal move to crack down on climate protesters

Afua Hirsch and John Vidal
The Guardian,
Thursday 18 December 2008

The attorney general is considering asking the courts to clamp down on high-profile, direct-action protests on issues such as climate change, the Guardian can exclusively reveal.

Six Greenpeace protesters, who were acquitted in September of criminal damage for their demonstration at the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station in Kent, now face having their case referred to the court of appeal in what is believed to be an attempt to increase convictions for direct-action protests.

The six were acquitted after they successfully persuaded a jury that the demonstration, in which they scaled a 200 metre chimney in an attempt to paint Gordon Bin It , was intended to prevent greater damage to property from the imminent threat of global warming.

The defence centred particularly on plans for the new-generation station - Kingsnorth II - planned for the site.

The jury accepted the defence of lawful excuse after an eight-day trial which included evidence from the ecologist Zac Goldsmith and Professor Jim Hansen, the Nasa scientist regarded as one of the world's leading climate change experts.

Jurors were shown maps of the Kent region depicting coastal areas where property and land would be at risk of being submerged by rising sea levels and heard from a representative of Greenland's Inuit community who described watching their villages "eroding into the sea".

Although the verdict received international acclaim, described in the New York Times this week as one of 2008's "ideas of the year" and endorsed by former US vice-president Al Gore, prosecutors are believed to have been angered at the acquittal. According to a letter seen by the Guardian, the attorney general is considering using her power to refer cases to the court of appeal to "clarify a point of law". It is believed to be an attempt to limit the circumstances in which protesters could rely on "lawful excuse".

If successful, the referral could prevent juries finding in favour of such "lawful excuse" arguments. Prosecutions of protesters against GM crops, incinerators, new roads and nuclear, chemical and arms trade companies have all collapsed after defendants argued that they had acted according to their consciences and that they were trying to protect property or prevent a greater crime...

"Rudd sounds more and more like John Howard every day"

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Blessed change in the climate

Janet Albrechtsen | December 17, 2008
Article from: The Australian

EVERY now and then you have to be grateful when you discover our political leaders have told a deliberate, calculated lie. Monday was such a day. Kevin Rudd's announcement of a carbon emissions reduction target of 5 per cent by 2020 demonstrated that his pre-election claim that climate change was the great moral issue of our time, and demanding that Australia lead the way, was what Winston Churchill would call a terminological inexactitude: a whopper, a piece of bare-faced duplicity of epic proportions. But thank goodness Rudd and his colleagues deceived us.

And deceive us they did. At the election last year, Rudd said Australian wanted real action on climate change. And Rudd acted, in a real symbolic kind of way. He ratified the Kyoto Protocol. More symbolism when he promised to cut emissions by 60 per cent on 2000 levels by 2050, 41 years away.

While most of the media has failed to take Rudd to task, the truth is that if the Rudd Government genuinely believed climate change to be the greatest moral threat facing humanity, and if it fully accepted the findings of the UN panel that laid down a minimum target cut of 25 per cent to 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 to prevent catastrophic climate change, then we now would have bigger cuts. A true believer in those claims could do no less.

To a true believer, policy responses to a temporary global financial crisis could not compete with the sort of policies required to stem permanent, irrevocable damage caused by climate change.

But, thank God, Rudd and his ministers are not in fact true believers. Rudd's higher carbon reduction target of 15 per cent is predicated on other key economies committing to target reductions comparable to Australia. In other words, Australia follows, rather than leads. Rudd's caution on targets is unquestionably driven by, dare one use the word, scepticism about the world's ability to reach consensus on tackling climate change. In other words, Rudd sounds more and more like John Howard every day.

The alternative - that Australia lead the climate change parade rather than sitting comfortably in middle of the pack - is the kind of moral narcissism only the Greens and like-minded eco-fundamentalists can afford...

Global Warming and Muslim terrorism are natural bedfellows!

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Daily Telegraph

Glasgow bomb plot: Profile of airport terrorist Kafeel Ahmed...

By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
16 Dec 2008

Kafeel left Bangalore on May 5 to travel to Britain, telling his family he was involved in a "confidential project."

According to Indian security sources, he told his family: "I am involved in a large scale confidential project. It is about global warming. I cannot reveal the details.

"It involves a lot of traveling. I have to present a lot of papers at various places. The project has to be started in the United Kingdom.

Cooling on Global Warming

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DECEMBER 15, 2008
Cooling on Global Warming

Germany and the rest of Europe are getting more rational on climate change...

Above all, Europe's politicians have recognized that green taxes have turned into liabilities that may undermine economic stability and their chances of re-election. As German radio Deutsche Welle put it last week: "With the recession tightening its grip on the German economy, [Chancellor Angela] Merkel is betting that job reassurance is more important to the average worker than being a pioneer in tackling climate change."

Nowhere has the fundamental change of the political landscape been more pronounced and less expected than in Germany. For more than 20 years, Europe's economic powerhouse has been the major bastion of green politics.

In the 1990s, Angela Merkel steered and implemented Europe's Kyoto policy as Germany's first environment minister. Now serving as chancellor, she was hailed as Europe's climate savior after playing host to last year's G-8 summit in Heiligendamm. Only 18 months later, however, she no longer wears a halo. As a result of a concerted campaign by Germany's heavy industry, as well as growing opposition from within her Christian Democratic party, Mrs. Merkel has been forced to abandon her green principles and image.

The deepening economic crisis seems to transform the mood of the German public. Next year's general election looms large, and voters right now are worried about the economy and jobs, and not green issues. In early December, more than 10,000 angry metal workers and trade unionists -- most of them from Germany -- protested outside the European Parliament in Brussels against the EU's climate policy, which they fear will increase unemployment.

For many international observers, the ease with which Mrs. Merkel overturned her celebrated climate policy has come as a shock. But she was almost the last member of her Christian Democratic party willing to accept that a change in strategy was necessary given the immense costs of the EU's original climate plans. In fact, her party demanded that Mrs. Merkel veto the climate package if German industry did not receive an exemption from the Emissions Trading Scheme's auctioning of carbon credits. The exemption was duly granted...

American Spectator

Truth, Economics, and Politics
By Paul Chesser on 12.12.08

Someone please tell me it's about to end. That it's O-V-A-H in New England. That's it's D-U-N in Rio Linda. That it's fini in France and finito in Italy.

I've experienced a build-up of evidence that undermines climate change alarmism, and I'm at the tipping point. My head has formed a canopy of truth-trapping that can only contain so much before my circuits overheat, blood pressure elevates, and my faith in broad-based common sense melts away. So please: polish it off in Poznan -- wishful thinking, you might think, but signs point to the beginning of that end. Read on...

Hot air from Obama

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Hot air from Obama

Bjorn Lomborg | December 15, 2008
Article from: The Australian

IN one of his first public policy statements as America's president-elect, Barack Obama focused on climate change, and clearly stated both his priorities and the facts on which these priorities rest. Unfortunately, both are weak, or even wrong.

Obama's policy outline was presented via video to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Governors' Global Warming Summit, and has again been shown in Poznan, Poland, to leaders assembled to flesh out a global warming road map. According to Obama, "few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change".

Such a statement is now commonplace for most political leaders across the world, even though it neglects to address the question of how much we can do to help America and the world through climate policies v other policies.

Consider, for example, hurricanes in America. Clearly, a policy of reducing CO2 emissions would have had zero consequence on Katrina's devastating effect on New Orleans, where such a disaster was long expected. Over the next half-century, even large reductions in CO2 emissions would have only a negligible effect...

Australia announces plan to cut greenhouse gases

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Daily Telegraph

Australia announces plan to cut greenhouse gases

15 Dec 2008

As part of the most sweeping carbon trading scheme outside Europe, prime minister Kevin Rudd said the country would cut emissions by 15 per cent if the rest of the world signed up to an effective climate pact. If not, Australia would cut its emissions by 5 per cent - compared to 1990 levels - by 2020.

We are starting the scheme with appropriate and responsible targets, targets that are broadly consistent with other developed countries," he said.

"Climate change is an inconvenient truth and an inconvenient truth that we can no longer ignore."

Mr Rudd said his Labor government was still on track to hit a reduction target of 60 per cent by 2050, promised during the election campaign.

But green campaigners, who lobbied for months for a 2020 reduction target to be set at a minimum of 25 per cent, said the decision would spell catastrophe for the environment...

Climate change summits like Poznan and Brussels will cost us

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Climate change summits like Poznan and Brussels will cost us the earth

Short of a breakthrough in non-carbon energy, the only affordable response to fears of global warming is to adapt to the consequences, argues a former chancellor.

By Nigel Lawson
14 Dec 2008

And so the great climate change circus moves on. Over the past few days we have had the European Union climate summit in Brussels and the United Nations climate summit in Poznan.

The EU summit was intended to confirm Europe's much-proclaimed "world leadership" on the issue by reaffirming its earlier "20-20-20" commitment: that by 2020 it would have reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent and raised to 20 per cent the proportion of its energy generated by non-nuclear renewable sources.

This commitment, which had been made in 2007, had latterly been called into question as the seven accession states and Italy declined to accept their share in it.

The outcome was a compromise, hailed as "quite historic" by President Sarkozy, under which the targets would be nominally retained but the means of achieving them – sharp rises in the cost of carbon-based energy – abandoned.

This was a great relief in particular to Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who had made clear her unwillingness to allow her country's important energy-intensive industries to be harmed in this way in the current harsh economic climate. In addition, it was agreed that the EU commitment would be provisional at this point, and reviewed in 2010.

So onto Poznan, where, despite this example of "quite historic" EU leadership, all that emerged on the global warming front was a great deal of hot air, and an agreement that a serious global accord on drastic, mandatory, enforceable and enforced cutbacks in greenhouse gas emissions, to succeed the Kyoto Agreement which expires in 2012, would be concluded in Copenhagen next year.

If you believe that, you will believe anything. It is abundantly clear that the whole Kyoto approach is a nonsense...

Disgusting second-hander!!!

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Daily Mail

Millionaire behind Stansted climate change protest owns shops at AIRPORTS around the world

By Robert Mendick and Nigel Rosser
12th December 2008

The tycoon bankrolling the anti-aviation activists who stormed Stansted owns shops in airports around the world.

Mark Constantine, the owner of Lush Cosmetics, was today accused of profiting from airline passengers while funding groups whose actions can severely disrupt their journeys.

Lush has contributed £20,000 to anti-aviation organisations including Plane Stupid, which masterminded the protest at Stansted by more than 50 activists that brought flights to a standstill for two hours on Monday, reports London's Evening Standard...

Green lobby cry foul as biggest polluters get more time

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From The Times
December 13, 2008

Green lobby cry foul as biggest polluters get more time to clean up

Summit criticised as missed opportunity for giving heavy industry concessions over carbon emissions

David Charter in Brussels and Lewis Smith

Heavy industry won extra time to go green yesterday as fears of factory closures during the economic crisis led Europe’s leaders to water down climate change proposals.

The EU stuck to its target to cut 20 per cent of greenhouse gases by 2020 and boost renewable energy, winning praise from John Kerry, Barack Obama’s envoy to a UN climate change summit in Poznan, Poland.

The goals are the world’s most ambitious and the EU hopes that Mr Obama will use them to steer the US towards a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.

But big concessions for polluting industries such as steel and cement, under pressure from the German Government, led to accusations that yesterday’s EU summit in Brussels was a missed opportunity...

EU accused of subsidising climate change after 'watered-down' deal

Emissions target agreed, but only after concessions granted to 'dirty' industries

By Andrew Grice, Political Editor in Brussels
Saturday, 13 December 2008

Green groups accused the European Union of watering down its trail-blazing pledge to tackle climate change last night, after EU leaders made concessions to "dirty" industries in Germany and eastern Europe.

The compromise allowed the EU to agree on its commitment to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 20 per cent by 2020. Its leaders said the deal, and the election of Barack Obama, will boost the prospects of a historic global agreement on climate change in talks in Copenhagen in a year's time.

Without a common EU front, the UN-led global negotiations would have collapsed. If there is an agreement in Copenhagen, the EU will raise its emissions cut target to 30 per cent.

A two-day EU summit scaled down its original plans, bowing to Germany, which wanted to protect its big manufacturing sector in the recession, and Poland and Hungary, which depend on coal. Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, greeted cameras with a victory sign as he left the meeting...

Sa d l y

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I think what's-his-name Key will screw up here.

There are not enough rational lobbyists to nail that motherfucker.

Edit: I may be proved wrong and in that case I retract that language.

New Zealand Leading the world back to sanity

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Leading the world back to sanity

Act proposal provides chance for rethink of doomsday policies.

Tom Harris in Ottawa

Climate scientists from around the world will be watching closely to see how the new National-led government will implement Act’s proposal to “hear competing views on the scientific aspects of climate change from internationally respected sources and assess the quality and impartiality of official advice.”

Such a step is crucial,climate specialist Professor Tim Patterson of Carleton University in Ottawa told Canadian government hearings on climate change in 2005, “otherwise, policy becomes disconnected from science, and we may waste billions of dollars going in entirely the wrong direction.”

Sa d l y, the new Conservative government of Canada, and those of most other countries as well, have done the exact opposite of Professor Patterson’s recommendation, specifically excluding competing science from climate change hearings and the resulting policy formulation processes.

New Zealand now has an opportunity to set an example to the world and help restore a more rational approach to climate policy, one based on a full understanding of the relevant science, not just that which supports politically convenient views.

Prime Minister John Key’s promise that “we’re putting all things on the table” in the climate hearings must include the science, not as an afterthought, but first and foremost.

If the hearings show that the fundamental science backing human-caused climate concerns is wrong, or even in serious doubt (as much of it is), then the rest of the debate (tax versus emissions trading, etc) is pointless and they might as well wrap up the testimonies right there....


Obama Ally Wants Delay in Cap-and-Trade

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Obama Ally Wants Delay in Cap-and-Trade

'We Can't Kill the Business Climate,' Says Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D)
Dec. 9, 2008—

One of Barack Obama's closest allies in the Senate said Tuesday that she hopes the economic downturn can induce the incoming president to delay the centerpiece of his plan for reducing carbon emissions.

"Let me speak for me here because I think this is very dangerous," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. "I would like to keep my relationship with Barack at this point. Let me speak for me."

McCaskill said she hoped Obama would delay a plan to institute a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050...

From The Times
December 12, 2008

Barack Obama's choice of energy team signals climate change intent

Tim Reid in Washington

Barack Obama has picked an energy team that includes a Nobel Laureate obsessed with fighting global warming and an acolyte of Al Gore — a clear sign that he intends to move quickly on climate change legislation despite the dire economy.

Mr Obama has chosen as his Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who won the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics and who in recent years has devoted himself to the cause of inventing alternative fuels.

The President-elect has also created a new post, a White House overseer of energy, environmental and climate policy — already known as an "energy tsar" — who will be responsible for driving his agenda on Capitol Hill. For this, he has picked Carol Browner, a former legislative director to Al Gore.

The choices, and the fact that Mr Obama is intent on co-ordinating environmental policy from inside the White House, underscores his intent to push ahead with his hugely ambitions and expensive plan to create alternative fuels, and reduce carbon emissions, despite the fierce resistance that will inevitably come from US industry.

Mr Obama is in fact exploiting the economic crisis as a way to justify much of his legislative agenda. He is arguing that economic recovery is tied implicitly to big reforms in areas such as healthcare, the environment and schools, and he appears to have a Democratic-controlled Congress willing to fund much of it...

Pre-industrial CO2 levels were about the same as today.

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Pre-industrial CO2 levels were about the same as today. How and why we are told otherwise?

By Dr. Tim Ball
Wednesday, December 10, 2008

How many failed predictions, discredited assumptions and evidence of incorrect data are required before an idea loses credibility? CO2 is not causing warming or climate change. It is not a toxic substance or a pollutant. Despite this President Elect Obama met with Al Gore on December 9 no doubt to plan a climate change strategy based on these problems. They make any plan to reduce of CO2 completely unnecessary.

Proponents of human induced warming and climate change told us that an increase in CO2 precedes and causes temperature increases. They were wrong. They told us the late 20th century was the warmest on record. They were wrong. They told us, using the infamous “hockey stick” graph, the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) did not exist. They were wrong. They told us global temperatures would increase through 2008 as CO2 increased. They were wrong. They told us Arctic ice would continue to decrease in area through 2008. They were wrong. They told us October 2008 was the second warmest on record. They were wrong. They told us 1998 was the warmest year on record in the US. They were wrong it was 1934. They told us current atmospheric levels of CO2 are the highest on record. They are wrong. They told us pre-industrial atmospheric levels of CO2 were approximately 100 parts per million (ppm) lower than the present 385 ppm. They are wrong. This last is critical because the claim is basic to the argument that humans are causing warming and climate change by increasing the levels of atmospheric CO2 and have throughout the Industrial era. In fact, pre-industrial CO2 levels were about the same as today, but how did they conclude they were lower?...

Daily Telegraph

UN Climate Change Conference will produce enough CO2 to fill 150 buses

An international climate change conference will produce the same amount of carbon dioxide as 2,200 homes produce in a year.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
10 Dec 2008

Representatives from 192 countries as well as environmental groups, aid agencies and industry groups have gathered in Poznan, Poland for the UN Climate Change Conference for talks on cutting carbon emissions.

However, 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide will be produced by the conference. This is enough to fill 150 London buses or the new Wembley Stadium six times over, according to carbon offsetting group Climate Care.

The same amount of carbon is produced every year by 2,200 homes or by powering a low energy light bulb for a year in half a million UK households, the Energy Saving Trust has calculated...

Good news!

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Gore 'rules out' environment job with Obama

By Leonard Doyle in Washington
Wednesday, 10 December 2008

The former US vice-president Al Gore met Barack Obama in Chicago yesterday as the President-elect prepares to name the next energy secretary and top environment official.

The two men discussed ways in which the next administration's environmental policies could be used to create jobs in a crippled US economy, officials said. But there were denials all round that Mr Gore discussed a job in the new administration. Such an appointment would be cheered by the Democratic Party's liberal wing, which remains furious that he was denied the White House in 2000 despite winning the popular vote.

The party's left wing is also dismayed that Mr Obama has so far appointed centre-right Democrats and Republicans to his cabinet. Democratic officials say Mr Obama is not looking to tap Mr Gore for a cabinet-level post. Nor is Mr Gore interested in such a position, it appears...

European leaders clash over pledges on global warming

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European leaders clash over pledges on global warming

Germany, Italy and Poland pull in different directions at crunch summit on climate change...

Ian Traynor in Brussels,
Thursday December 11 2008

The heart of the scheme is the "cap-and-trade" or emissions trading system which is to supply around half of the cuts in greenhouse gases. The ceiling for industrial pollution levels is progressively lowered and industries and companies pay to pollute by buying permits in an auction system.

The pay-to-pollute principle is supposed to kick in from 2013, but is hugely contentious. Germany, in particular, is demanding that 30 industrial sectors be given their permits free of charge. The sectors are responsible for 90% of emissions in the scheme. If the Germans win the argument, the incentives for going greener will be minimised and revenue from the scheme will collapse.

"The Germans have set out an extreme negotiating position," said another diplomat. "They want absolute protection for all of their industry."

The mighty industrial lobbies in Germany are complaining that their global competitiveness will be wrecked if they need to pay for the pollution permits and are threatening to move out of Europe.

Merkel this week said that the summit "must not take decisions that would endanger jobs or investments in Germany. I will see to that."

The dispute between "old" and "new" Europe is also deep, with many seeing it as the biggest obstacle to an agreement.

The poorer post-communist states of central Europe, led by Poland, feel they are getting a raw deal, that they cannot afford the package, that their economic development will be affected and that their costs of living will soar.

Poland, for example, generates more than 90% of its electricity from dirty coal. It wants its power stations exempted from buying the permits until 2019 as well as massive transfers of funds from west to east.

The subsidies are supposed to be funded from the proceeds of the permit auctions. But the pot of money will be small if Germany wins the free permits argument. Britain is leading opposition to this form of subsidy, arguing that transfers of money to central Europe should come from the EU budget.

Silvio Berlusconi, the unpredictable Italian prime minister, has also warned he could veto the package on the grounds that he was not in office when it was agreed in spring last year.

Since then, the financial meltdown and the threat of a deep economic recession have dampened enthusiasm among European leaders.

While Barroso and Gordon Brown emphasise the opportunities for investment and job creation through tackling climate change, the German and Italian leaders are spreading the gloomier message that fighting global warming will cost jobs and growth.

If a deal is struck, it will result from Sarkozy twisting arms in a series of face-to-face meetings with other leaders likely to run into the small hours of Saturday morning.

The deadline is daunting. If the laws are not enacted within a couple of months, the momentum will be lost because the current European parliament ends its term in the spring and a new European commission is due next October.

The Europeans will have forfeited the leadership role on global warming to the incoming Obama administration in Washington...

Merkel: Jobs More Important Than Climate Change

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Reality bites, yet again!!!
Deutsche Welle

Climate | 08.12.2008
Merkel: Jobs More Important Than Climate Change

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been keen to promote herself as a tough actor on climate change, but with a new EU climate deal in the making, she's issued a new caveat: It must not jeopardize German jobs.

With the recession tightening its grip on the German economy, Merkel is betting that job reassurance is more important to the average worker than being a pioneer in tackling climate change. On Monday, she vowed to fight any EU climate deal that could jeopardize German jobs.

Speaking ahead of a European Union summit starting Thursday in Brussels, Merkel told the top-selling Bild newspaper: "It must not take decisions that would endanger jobs or investments in Germany."

"I will make sure of that," she added.

During her presidencies last year of both the EU and the G8, Merkel was sharpening her profile as the "climate chancellor." She traveled to Greenland to draw attention to melting ice floes and promised that Europe would lead the way on climate issues by cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 (compared to 1990 levels.)

Now, though, the financial crisis and domestic worries are causing her to revise her message. According to an unpublished report by the economy ministry, Germany risks losing more than 100,000 jobs if the EU were to force industries to pay for pollution rights that are currently free...

From The Times
December 11, 2008

Angela Merkel turns her back on green dream of EU

David Charter in Brussels

Angela Merkel was once the Green Goddess who pushed through tough climate change targets to show that Europe could lead the world in beating global warming.

Under huge pressure to shield German industry from the cost of going green, however, she has been transformed into Frau Nein — fighting to reverse key goals that she once championed.

As EU leaders meet to complete the targets today the German Chancellor, who was so firmly in Europe's driving seat just a year ago, also seems off-message over the other main item on the agenda: the size of the recovery plan needed to beat the recession.

Berlin is being accused of resorting to national self-interest just when Europe needs to pull together. Moreover, the importance of Europe sticking to its ambitious target of cutting CO2 by 20 per cent by 2020 has never been greater, with the chance of liaising with a sympathetic new US president to push for a global successor to the Kyoto Protocol fast approaching.

“On a broad range of issues the Germans seem to think the European Union no longer advances their interests and are more prone to go their own way,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform.

“In Brussels, Paris, Washington and other capitals, one increasingly hears the same complaint: Germany is acting unilaterally.”...

Mrs Merkel arrives in Brussels today demanding free carbon credits for 90 to 100 per cent of German factories until 2020 - blowing a hole in a key climate change scheme.

Where Germany leads, others follow. Mrs Merkel's demands have strengthened calls from a group of nine former Iron Curtain countries, led by Poland, for free credits and for massive cash subsidies from Western Europe to fund green technology.

The European Commission has proposed a “solidarity fund” for the coal-dependent countries worth 7.5 billion euros (£6.5 billion) in sales of carbon credits. They want twice as much; Britain opposes the principle of the subsidy.

President Sarkozy, who holds the EU's rotating leadership until the end of the month, is determined to resolve the climate clash over the two-day EU gathering, not least to send a positive signal to UN climate change talks held at the same time in Poznan, Poland.

His relations with Mrs Merkel have been difficult and he has not been helped by a piece of clumsy diplomacy which took him to London on Monday to meet Gordon Brown and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, in what looked to some Germans like a conspiracy...

Climate change: A battle for the planet

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Tony Blair was already predicting the same thing 5 years ago. It's always five minutes to midnight according to the greens!!!

The Independent

Climate change: A battle for the planet

The Polish city of Poznan, host of this week's vital climate change summit, may become known as the place where the Earth was saved – or doomed

By Michael McCarthy
Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Summing up what many scientists, environmentalists and politicians now think about the threat of climate change is simple: the world is drinking in the last chance saloon.

Time is still available to tackle the warming of the atmosphere, which every government (including that of George Bush) today accepts is real, and being caused by human actions. But the window of opportunity is rapidly closing, and the last chance for the world to act in concert to bring the process under control is clearly visible: it is the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen scheduled for December 2009.

The international community will meet to try to agree a new global deal to cut rising emissions of greenhouse gases – the waste gases from industry and transport, principally carbon dioxide, which are retaining the sun's heat in the atmosphere and causing temperatures to rise.

But, if such a deal is not achieved in Denmark, many observers feel it will be too late subsequently to stop climate change causing devastating problems for the world in general and human society in particular, from the widespread failure of agriculture to the swamping of low-lying countries by sea-level rise...

Obama 'to pick Al Gore as environment chief' as pair hold private talks in Chicago
By Mail Comment and Paul Thompson
09th December 2008

Al Gore was today in private talks with President-Elect Barack Obama amid speculation he could be asked to join the new administration.

The pair were meeting at the transition office in Chicago where Mr Obama has been based since his election night victory.

Mr Obama is a long-standing admirer of the environmental champion and former democratic vice-president...

More embarassing moments for alarmists

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 More here and here and here and here and here


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Wireless speakers

The debate's over...yeahh's only just begun

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 "The debate is over." "The science is in."
These two statements are so easily dripped from the tongue. But the
debate is far from over. Fortunately, during a year of La Nina, the
debate itself has cooled off as well. The NASA scientists in the
following video story make two important points: (1) that they do not
believe that man is the primary cause of global warming, and (2) that
many of the so-called scientists who signed on to the study from the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were actually nothing more
than environmental activists with few science credentials. And thus a
controversy, padded with propaganda, is really not a "concensus".  Full story



I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

Power inverter

Barack Obama's coal conundrum

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Monday, 8 December 2008

Barack Obama's coal conundrum

By David Shukman
Science & environment correspondent, BBC News, West Virginia

As environment ministers from all over the world prepare for negotiations on climate change at Poznan in Poland this week, all eyes are on the future president of the United States...

Climate scientists have long argued that at the very least no new coal-fired power stations should be built - and they're heartened by the Obama plans for tough new controls on emissions.

For the mining companies these are potentially unsettling times - billboards along the highway carry the assertive message, "Yes, Coal". But in reality they're quietly confident that the new administration will come to see the essential role of coal.

They point out that Barack Obama is himself from a coal mining state, Illinois, and that his campaign brought him to regions where thousands of people depend on coal for their livelihoods.

And, as Bill Raney of the West Virginia Mining Association puts it, why would anyone "overlook the geological blessing of coal?" It's American, indigenous, and plentiful at a time when energy independence is at a premium...

Lousy second hand bastards!!!

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Daily Telegraph

Victims of global warming could sue oil and power companies

Flood victims and those affected by extreme weather conditions could soon be able to sue oil and power companies they blame for global warming, according to a climate change expert....

By Urmee Khan
09 Dec 2008

Prof Allen's team used the new technique to assess whether global warming worsened the UK floods in autumn 2000, which affected 10,000 properties, disrupted power supplies and led to train services being cancelled, motorways closed and 11,000 people evacuated from their homes – at a total cost of £1bn.

Although he would not comment on the results before publication, he said people affected by floods could "potentially" use a positive finding to begin legal action.

Prof Allen and his colleagues previously demonstrated that man-made warming at least doubled the risk of heatwaves such as the 2003 event that killed 27,000 people across Europe. However no legal action resulted from their findings but the researchers said this was partly because most of the deaths were in France, where the legal system makes such cases difficult.

Several cases been tried by US states unsuccessfully but lawyers say it is only a matter before class actions are brought. But environmental law barristers say establishing "causation" or the relationship between conduct and result would be one of the main difficulties.

This anti-flying circus is absurd

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From The Times
December 9, 2008

This anti-flying circus is absurd

The Stansted demonstration ignores the great benefits of cheap flights

Mick Hume

A hijacking disrupted flights at Stansted yesterday. Fifty posh-kid climate-change protesters, whose spokesperson was called Lily, hijacked the local campaign against the airport's expansion. The “Lily-ban” used it as a media pulpit to sermonise about the evils of man-made global warming.

Of course, not every airport expansion plan must be agreed - even Nimbyish campaigners can have a point. And we should defend the right to protest, even for miserabilist prigs. But the self-righteous zealots of the Lily-ban must be among the least supportable protest movements in history, combining killjoy neo-Puritanism with the anti-democratic elitism of the cavaliers.

Air travel is far from being the biggest cause of carbon emissions. It is singled out because it flies in the face of today's doom-laden prejudices about humanity. Flight is a stark example of human exceptionalism, a man-made wonder that shows how ingenuity and boldness can overcome natural limits - anathema to the eco-activists. Cheap flights from Stansted also symbolise the mass consumerist pleasures despised by green meanies who pray that the recession makes us too poor to travel...

Climate change protestors cause flight cancellations at Stansted

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Daily Telegraph

Climate change protestors cause flight cancellations at Stansted Airport

More than 50 climate change activists have broken in to a secure area of Stansted, causing 21 flights to be cancelled.

08 Dec 2008

The demonstrators broke into a secure area of Stansted early on Monday morning, forcing the closure of the runway.

Flights from European destinations due to land at the terminal were being held at airports across the continent while the protesters were dealt with.

Several outbound flights were also delayed or cancelled although the runway was re-opened at 8.10am. Police arrested 29 protestors

Chief Superintendent Ian Gruneberg from Stansted Airport the protesters had cut their way into the airport through a metal security fence, but added that security staff at BAA had been scouring the terminal to make sure all the protesters had been contained.

He said: "These people are criminals. What they've done to the fence is criminal damage.

"They will be arrested and dealt with by the courts. They've disrupted law-abiding people because flights have had to be cancelled."

The protest began at 3.15am when 54 campaigners occupied a runway that had been closed for maintenance work, according to Plane Stupid, which organised the demonstration.

The group are protesting over the Government's decision to allow the expansion of Stansted Airport with a second runway...

Michael O’Leary: Ryanair's rebel with a cause

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From The Sunday Times
December 7, 2008

Michael O’Leary: Ryanair's rebel with a cause

Michael O’Leary has a reputation as a tough cost-cutter and a loudmouth. Could that count against him in his second bid to buy Irish rival Aer Lingus?...

“Look,” says O’Leary, “if people are gobshites and wankers, you should call them gobshites and wankers.”

So Gordon Brown is “a liar” (for saying airport departure taxes get spent on environmental initiatives), Britain has a “f**ked–up” regulatory regime, Easyjet should be called Frequentlydelayedjet, and Ryanair’s Christmas charity stunt is a calendar of bikini-clad cabin crew. Don’t even get him started on Irish politicians, global warming, the ridiculous cost of new airport terminals, or the prospects for Europe’s smaller airlines...


From Times Online
December 6, 2008

Thousands march on Westminster to push for climate change

Simon Alford

The Cost Of Green

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The Cost Of Green
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, December 03, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Economy: Stimulating the economy with massive new investments in "green" infrastructure seems to be a popular idea, and President-elect Obama has made it a centerpiece of his program. Will it work? We doubt it.

Both Obama and congressional Democrats believe we can move to a new carbon-free future by "investing" in "green" technologies and infrastructure, while creating millions of new jobs.

As it stands, Obama is eyeing $100 billion in "green stimulus" as part of a much bigger package — as much as $700 billion or more — of conventional stimulus. He reckons this will create up to five million "green-collar jobs" and "jolt" the economy back to life.

"Clean energy is going to be a foundation for rebuilding the American economy," says Bracken Hendricks of the liberal Center for American Progress and a member of Obama's transition team.

How will the money be spent? "School repairs," according to a Bloomberg report, "could be required to meet green building standards, including low-energy boilers and weatherization. Transportation spending could emphasize public transit, and support for new power sources such as wind . . . could go hand in hand with spending on an efficient electricity superhighway."

Sounds great. But it'll take money — plus new regulations that will make it more expensive to do anything with oil, even if there are no reasonable alternatives.

Nowhere is it mentioned that these "green-collar jobs" would be terribly costly, and that the planned "investments" are really just subsidies. And, as we know, things that require subsidies aren't competitive in the market, and thus aren't profitable...

The incredulity is incredible!

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2008 will be coolest year of the decade

Global average for 2008 should come in close to 14.3C, but cooler temperature is not evidence that global warming is slowing, say climate scientists.

James Randerson,
Friday December 5 2008

This year is set to be the coolest since 2000, according to a preliminary estimate of global average temperature that is due to be released next week by the Met Office. The global average for 2008 should come in close to 14.3C, which is 0.14C below the average temperature for 2001-07.

The relatively chilly temperatures compared with recent years are not evidence that global warming is slowing however, say climate scientists at the Met Office. "Absolutely not," said Dr Peter Stott, the manager of understanding and attributing climate change at the Met Office's Hadley Centre. "If we are going to understand climate change we need to look at long-term trends."...

Daily Telegraph

Pollution 'could kill as many as climate change' warns Met Office

Pollution threatens to kill as many people as climate change in the coming years, Met Office experts will warn at an international conference next week.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
05 Dec 2008

Representatives from more than 192 countries have gathered at a UN climate change conference in Poznan, Poland, to find a way to stop global warming.

But a delegation from the Met Office said it is just as important for the world to stop pollution, which is set to kill 800 more people every year by 2020 in the UK alone.

Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change advice at the Met Office, said new scientific evidence shows pollution is a bigger problem in terms of human health than previously thought...

Countries like Italy and Poland, with heavy industries, continue to stall over making a commitment and the decision is expected to go to the 11th hour, casting doubt over the ability of the wider international community to make any decisions at the UN conference...

Electric shock as sales of green cars go into reverse

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From The Times
December 4, 2008

Electric shock as sales of green cars go into reverse
Ben Webster

Sales of electric cars have fallen by more than half this year, according to figures released two days after the Government’s climate change advisory body predicted a huge increase.

Only 156 electric cars were sold from January to October, compared with 374 for the same period last year.

Nice Car Company, one of the two main British distributors of electric cars, went into administration yesterday. Set up in 2006, the company had been selling an all-electric version of the French-made Aixam Mega. It had also planned to bring a range of new models to market by the end of the year. However, sales dropped to fewer than one car a week.

Richard Bremner, editor of, which specialises in green motoring, said: “While volumes are still tiny, any drop in electric car sales will come as a shock. Buyers could be holding off for cars from mainstream manufacturers, although they may still have years to wait.”

The Committee on Climate Change said on Monday it expected electric and hybrid vehicles to form up to 40 per cent of cars on the road by 2020...

Recycling shipped to China to be burnt as cheap fuel

Recycling is being shipped to China where it is being burnt as cheap fuel, according to a new report calling for a whole new approach to disposing of waste in the UK.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
04 Dec 2008

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) said the Government's policy of recycling as much as possible is failing to help the environment because materials are being dumped in landfill or shipped to developing countries.

Instead the experts said there should be a factory in every town or village to generate energy from waste either through burning or composting.

The Government is trying to cut the enormous amount of waste that goes to landfill every year. However the IMechE said recycling rates are not as high as ministers claim. This is because the figures are based on the amount of waste collected for recycling, rather than the actual amount of waste that is being recycled.

In fact some material collected for recycling is sent to landfill because it is not appropriate for processing or shipped to China where it is used as a cheap fuel. Furthermore the waste that is recycled in the UK uses a huge amount of energy for transport and processing, which counteracts the environmental benefits of recycling...

Scientist warns against overselling climate change

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Daily Telegraph

Scientist warns against overselling climate change

Climate change forecasters should admit that they cannot predict how global warming will affect individual countries, a leading physicist has said.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
03 Dec 2008

Lenny Smith, professor of statistics at the London School of Economics, said that scientists risk "blatantly overselling what we know. That could bring everything down and cost the world valuable time".

As the world gathers to decide a new way forward on climate change, he said the data produced by models used to project weather changes risks being over-interpreted by governments, organisations and individuals keen to make plans for a changing climate – with dangerous results...

Professor Smith, told the New Scientist magazine, said climate change negotiations should stick to the facts.

"Effective application of climate science hinges on clear communication of which results we believe are robust and which are not.

"Any discussion of such limits can be abused by those seeking only to confuse. But failing to discuss those limits can hinder society's ability to respond, and also compromise the future credibility of science.

"Let's forget the spurious certainties, and even the spurious possibilities and concentrate on what matters."

Sydney Morning Herald

Australia squibs on climate promise

Marian Wilkinson, Environment Editor
December 1, 2008

THE Rudd Government has reneged on a commitment to present its 2020 target to cut greenhouse gases to UN climate talks that start today. The back-pedalling comes amid wrangling in cabinet over how far to go with curbing emissions...

Under intense lobbying from business and on the advice of senior officials, the Government is discussing setting a range of targets to cut greenhouse emissions by 2020. The target is now expected to be cuts between 5 per cent and 15 per cent of emissions, based on 2000 levels. This is significantly below the cuts of 25 to 40 per cent being called for by the European Union and climate scientists. The European environment ministers argue that developed countries such as Australia must agree to the higher cuts if they want to secure a new global agreement that will avoid dangerous climate change.

At last year's UN climate talks in Bali, all developed countries that had signed the Kyoto Protocol, including Australia, agreed to cuts between 25 and 40 per cent. China, India and Brazil, the fastest growing greenhouse gas polluters, argue that they will not make commitments to slow their emissions if developed countries fail to agree to this level of cuts.

By delaying the announcement of Australia's 2020 target, Senator Wong will avoid intense international criticism of Australia from European negotiators and environment groups if cabinet sets a weaker 2020 target range...

The Bellamy article is

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The Bellamy article is priceless.


I wonder if the likes of Gore have started to consider the globally hot issue of their retraction speeches yet?

Govt Chief Scientists are a strange breed

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"Sooner or later, people are going to have to realise that, in climate change, we now face something far worse than world war two.”

Lord May, a former government chief scientist, is now an influential member of the British government’s climate change committee.

Yep, it'll be cold but there's no-one shooting at you.


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Saturday November 29,2008
By Anna Pukas

BANNED by the BBC, ignored by his peers and ridiculed by the alarmist green lobby, David Bellamy has launched his own bold crusade to say the unsayable - global warming is nonsense.

Recently the Daily Express published a short interview with David Bellamy, the renowned botanist. It was his first in several years. In it he controversially – and persuasively – crushed the theory that global warming is destroying our planet.

Once TV’s favourite boffin, he has not appeared on the small screen for more than a decade. Perhaps speaking out in this way is the reason why.

Gone he may be (from the media at least) but forgotten he’s not. After the article appeared an extraordinary thing happened. The Daily Express website received almost 200,000 hits – half of them on a single day – from no fewer than 190 countries.

This places the Bellamy interview easily in the top three most popular stories ever published on the site. Many of those internet visitors logged on specifically to read it, including the sole reader in the Northern Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific (population 86,616).

So far more than 105,000 in the US have read it, more than 6,000 in Canada and more than 3,000 in Australia.

Language is clearly no barrier to those eager to hear his views, including the 2,000 people in Germany, 47 in Estonia, 37 in Ukraine, right down to two devotees each in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan and the singletons in Guinea, Mali and Guadeloupe.

Scores of visitors posted comments, many of them alluding affectionately to childhood memories of Bellamy’s infectious enthusiasm...

Memo to all TV channels: you might not agree with what David Bellamy says. You may even think he’s a loony. But, please, let the man speak.

Death sentence for European car industry postponed

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EU reaches compromise deal on car emission caps

Deal gives European car makers more time to cut CO2 emissions from new vehicles and relaxes penalties for pollution but ties them into a more ambitious longer-term target.

Ian Traynor in Brussels, Tuesday December 2 2008

European leaders have agreed a deal relaxing new rules to cut car pollution and reduce the penalties for the automotive industry if their vehicles continue to spew out high levels of carbon dioxide, while setting a more ambitious longer-term target for slashing emissions from new cars.

Under the deal reached by French officials and members of the European parliament late on Monday, the big European car companies will be given a longer leeway to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars while fines levied on those breaking the new law have been dramatically cut.

Green pressure groups denounced the deal as capitulation to the powerful car lobby led by Germany. But EU officials, MEPs and European governments hailed the agreement as a breakthrough in a crucial part of the EU's ambitious climate change package...

Hilton, I spoke too soon!

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It also chimes well with Hitler's brown-shirts!

David Adam
The Guardian, Wednesday December 3 2008

The future is brown

Sick of the phoney overuse of the word green by polluting companies? Eco web-site Off Grid has an idea. It's launched "a campaign to switch to the word 'brown' - think the Brown party and Brownpeace". It says: "We need something the marketers will never want to appropriate - and that's why brown may be the new green. It's the colour of the Earth, of dirt - it reminds us that things smell as they compost, it reassures us that we do not necessarily need to put on a clean white shirt to go to work."

Global warming proved natural...but they'll have none of it

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 Humans aren't at fault

While many University of Oregon professors are in the public majority
on the global warming issue and in line with the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, an international group that compiles research
and issues reports on climate change, the voice of dissent is surfacing
in a growing number of intellectual communities.

In December 2007, a group of more than 400 scientists from more than 24
nations testified that they do not think global warming is man-made.
The group, appearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment
and Public Works, contested many of the main points that support
human-induced global warming and said their skeptical views have been
repressed by scientific journals and the mainstream media.   Full story here


I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

Aperture card scanning

Yes, Hilton. Aptly green also refers to...

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...inexperience and naiveté.

From The Sunday Times
November 30, 2008

The fool’s gold of carbon trading
A huge new market designed to solve global warming seems doomed to failure...

Jonathan Leake

"It sounds good news for everyone: governments, taxpayers, City boys and the environment. The reality is a great deal less rosy – indeed some of those closest to the carbon markets say openly that the system is doomed to failure.

Many carbon traders believe they could make the system work but fear the politicians who oversee it will never dare put a sufficiently high price on carbon emissions to make a difference.

Those millions collected by the Treasury, for example, came mainly from UK power companies, and the cost will be added directly to our bills, as will the cost of annual CO2 permits in future. More worrying still, carbon trading shows no sign of achieving its purpose: CO2 emissions have increased, not slackened, since the first trading schemes. What, then, is the point? Good question, particularly for the 10,000 politicians, policy-makers and civil servants arriving this week in Poznan, Poland, for the latest round of global climate negotiations. They will consider a proposal to make carbon trading one of the world’s main tools for cutting greenhouse gas emissions after the Kyoto protocol expires in 2012.

The incongruity of proposing that a brand new financial market might be able to save the world – when faith in every other kind of financial market is tumbling – needs no underlining. But there are plenty of other reasons for scepticism, too.

Jim Hansen, director of the Nasa God-dard space centre and a renowned critic of global measures to combat climate change, believes carbon trading is a “terrible” approach. “Carbon trading does not solve the emission problem at all,” he says. “In fact it gives industries a way to avoid reducing their emissions. The rules are too complex and it creates an entirely new class of lobbyists and fat cats.”

The Global Warming Goons Want Your Little Ones

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Great article by Doug Giles on how they are dying our kids brains green in public school. Just check the comments and you'll see the dissent is growing.

I bet Jim Jones is tooling around hell right now green with envy
over the mind manipulation the global warming greenies are wielding
upon our culture.

We’ve got green jobs, green cars, green dogs, green houses,
green toilet paper and environmentally friendly green condoms.
Everything now must become green or it is gone, mama. I’m sure Kermit
the frog, iguanas, the Grinch, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and
Gumby are seriously ticked off regarding the liberal alarmists’
hysterical hijacking of the color they have previously owned, loved and
profited from for so many years.  Full story here


I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

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Environment Minister places economic priority over environment

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Calgary Herald
Monday, December 1, 2008

Environment Minister places economic priority over environment
Kelly Cryderman, Calgary Herald
Published: Friday, November 28, 2008

In his first major speech since taking the post of federal environment minister, Jim Prentice signalled his government will not stir greater troubles in Canada's economy with strident environmental policies.

"We will not - and let me be clear on this - we will not aggravate an already weakening economy in the name of environmental progress," Prentice said in a speech to business leaders at the Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum Friday morning...

Cold snap fails to cool protagonists of global warming

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Cold snap fails to cool protagonists of global warming

John Stapleton | November 29, 2008
Article from: The Australian

EUROPE is shivering through an extreme cold snap. One of the coldest winters in the US in more than 100 years is toppling meteorological records by the dozen, and the Arctic ice is expanding. Even Australia has been experiencing unseasonable snow.

But the stories about global warming have not stopped, not for a second...

Unthinking dogma

November 29, 2008
Article from: The Australian
Science must always be contested - even climate change

IF climate change is real -- and "if" is the operative word -- every aspect of the phenomenon needs to be picked over and analysed with the utmost rigour. It is too important for anything less. But in parts of the community, rigour and climate change have become mutually exclusive terms.

Distressingly large numbers of people have elevated climate change to something verging on a fundamentalist religion. True believers draw comfort from endlessly repeating the dogma to each other. Those who demand proof are shunned as heretics.

This approach might be fashionable, but it is dangerous. It is a reversion to a pre-enlightenment mindset that rejects the essence of the scientific method. And without the mental toughness of science, any public policy on climate change will have all the effectiveness of burnt offerings.

Science, with its questioning and testing, provides none of the comfort and certainty that comes from an article of faith. But there can be no rational response to this phenomenon without an understanding of the true nature of what the world is facing. That will only be possible if the community -- and those responsible for public policy -- are given all the facts, not just those "good" facts that support the received dogma...

President-elect Barack Obama proposes economic suicide for US

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Sunday Telegraph

President-elect Barack Obama proposes economic suicide for US
By Christopher Booker

If the holder of the most powerful office in the world proposed a policy guaranteed to inflict untold damage on his own country and many others, on the basis of claims so demonstrably fallacious that they amount to a string of self-deluding lies, we might well be concerned. The relevance of this is not to President Bush, as some might imagine, but to a recent policy statement by President-elect Obama.

Tomorrow, delegates from 190 countries will meet in Poznan, Poland, to pave the way for next year's UN conference in Copenhagen at which the world will agree a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. They will see a video of Mr Obama, in only his second major policy commitment, pledging that America is now about to play the leading role in the fight to "save the planet" from global warming.

Mr Obama begins by saying that "the science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear". "Sea levels," he claims, "are rising, coastlines are shrinking, we've seen record drought, spreading famine and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season."

Far from the science being "beyond dispute", we can only deduce from this that Mr Obama has believed all he was told by Al Gore's wondrously batty film An Inconvenient Truth without bothering to check the facts. Each of these four statements is so wildly at odds with the truth that on this score alone we should be seriously worried...

I'm no longer a fan of Bear Grylls!

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Bear Grylls: How are we going to face up to energy crisis?
By Bear Grylls
28 Nov 2008

"Beneath the surface of world instability bubbles a much more fundamental issue. How are we going to face up to the earth's energy crisis? And at what cost do we ignore that question?

When we are fighting for basic economic survival it is hard to look beyond our front door, but we must. If we are to have a world worth handing on to our children, we must have the courage to look beyond oil and conventional fossil fuelled power solutions. We must also fight against the cynicism that questions global warming and we must fight against a lethargy that says it is too late or that isn't our problem. It is not someone else's problem..."

Bravo NZ!!!

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Climate change review angers NZ environment groups

November 27, 2008

New Zealand enviromental groups are angry about the new government's plan to possibly review the science behind climate change.

They review would be part of Prime Minister John Key's election pledge to reassess New Zealand's emissions trading.

The country's carbon market is now on hold, just weeks before its planned start date...


Beware the church of climate alarm

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Sydney Morning Herald

Beware the church of climate alarm

Miranda Devine
November 27, 2008

As the Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, an economist, anti-totalitarian and climate change sceptic, prepares to take up the rotating presidency of the European Union next year, climate alarmists are doing their best to traduce him.

The New York Times opened a profile of Klaus, 67, this week with a quote from a 1980s communist secret agent's report, claiming he behaves like a "rejected genius", and asserts there is "palpable fear" he will "embarrass" the EU.

But the real fear driving climate alarmists wild is that a more rational approach to the fundamentalist religion of global warming may be in the ascendancy - whether in the parliamentary offices of the world's largest trading bloc or in the living rooms of Blacktown.

As the global financial crisis takes hold, perhaps people are starting to wonder whether the so-called precautionary principle, which would have us accept enormous new taxes in the guise of an emissions trading scheme and curtail economic growth, is justified, based on what we actually know about climate...

Swimmers take dip in 'global warming' pool

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Daily Telegraph

Swimmers appear to stroke above submerged houses and skyscrapers in a pool designed to look like a flooded city.

By Murray Wardrop
26 Nov 2008

The eye-catching swimming pool in Mumbai, India, has been built to raise awareness about the threat of sea level rises as a result of global warming.

It was constructed by attaching a giant aerial photograph of the New York City skyline to the floor of the pool.

The idea was conceived by advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, who were commissioned by banking giant HSBC to promote its £50million project tackling climate change...

Vatican installs huge solar panel energy system

The Vatican, the world's smallest sovereign state, has stepped up its fight against global warming by installing a huge rooftop solar energy system.

By Nick Squires in Rome
26 Nov 2008

The Vatican's official mouthpiece, the daily newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, said in an editorial that "the gradual exhaustion of the ozone layer and the greenhouse effect have reached critical dimensions."

Pope Benedict, like his predecessor John Paul II, has made several appeals for greater efforts to protect the environment.

Last year the Holy See announced that it would become the world's first carbon-neutral state by planting trees in a national park in Hungary in order to offset its carbon-dioxide emissions.

This latest initiative puts the Vatican at odds with Italy. The Italian government said this week that it would veto new European Union limits on greenhouse gas emissions unless it won concessions.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said a plan proposed by France's President, Nicolas Sarkozy, to cut emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, was unrealistic...

Coughing up to curb climate change

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Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Coughing up to curb climate change
Peter Lilley

The UK's Climate Change Bill, which commits future governments to cut CO2 emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050, is about to receive Royal Assent but at what cost? Peter Lilley MP asks why ministers failed to mention that the legislation could cost each family in the UK up to £10,000.

Can you spare £10,000 for a good cause? The government thinks you can - despite the recession.

Parliament passed the Climate Change Bill, which is set to receive Royal Assent in the coming days, which will force you to cough up.

This legislation binds future British governments to introduce unilaterally, even if other countries do not follow suit, massive spending programmes which could cost up to £200bn; that's £10,000 from every family in the country.

I'm not talking about rescuing the banks. That involved loans which we should eventually get back. This is real money in taxes and lost incomes - money you will never see again...

Economic slump may constrain US climate ambitions, Kerry warns

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Economic slump may constrain US climate ambitions, Kerry warns

Barack Obama's promise to write a 'new chapter in America's leadership' on the environment could be undermined by the current economic crisis, a leading figure in global climate change negotiations has warned ahead of a UN summit in Poland next month.

Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington, Wednesday November 26 2008

Barack Obama, who pledged only last week to write a "new chapter in America's leadership" on the environment, could find his hands tied by the economic crisis, a leading figure in global climate change negotiations said yesterday.

John Kerry, who will lead the Senate delegation to the UN's climate meeting in Poznan, said that America was now in a position to play a leading role on global climate change negotiations. But he also warned that the incoming Obama administration would be constrained by the economic crisis in offering incentives to countries such as India and China to commit to action to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

"We have to figure out what is achievable at Copenhagen within one year given our economic realities," Kerry told a conference call with reporters. "The bottom line is we are not going to be in the position we were two years ago in the short term to do as much technology transfer or economic assistance in terms of transitional issues that might have led other countries to participate," he said.

The caution comes amid rising anticipation on the eve of the UN meeting in Poznan about the prospects of negotiating a successor to the Kyoto protocol late next year. Kerry said there would be little actual negotiation on a treaty at Poznan and that the meeting would focus on setting out a working timetable. "This is not a negotiation session," he said. "This is a negotiation to set up a glidepath going into Copenhagen."...


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This is truly disgusting. Schwarzenegger lining up with Obama like this.

I note Matty "I'll set aside my principles for four years" Orchard has been very quiet.


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Go Bush Go

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Despite his numerous flaws (as has been publisised more than those of any man dead or alive) Bush IMO has been one of the most courageous and tenacious leaders America has ever had...especially in view of having been the only bastion left to resist the rise of the airhead.

I love it that even now as he's being ushered out of office he's still turning around in defiance and giving the liberal GW demagogues the big bird

Bush administration quietly works to torpedo global warming regulations

White House emailing mayors to oppose greenhouse gas limitsOn
his way out the door, President Bush seems to be taking one last shot
at torpedoing court-ordered action to restrict global warming.

Top Bush administration figures have been e-mailing sympathetic mayors
and other allies encouraging them to oppose Environmental Protection
Agency rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The Supreme Court last
year ordered the EPA to craft a proposal to limit the emissions under
the Clean Air Act, but the White House made clear it doesn't like the
idea.  Click here for full story


admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

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Gores acolytes lamenting the winds of change

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Now with scepticism going's amusing to watch Gore's clergymen on the back foot for once. It seems the politico article has wreaked more havoc on this religion than expected.

Climate change skeptics continue to muddy global warming debate

Despite overwhelming evidence that global warming and its causes are real,
naysayers are out there, as always is the case with any contentious
issue. But what’s unique and alarming about the global warming debate
is that journalists are actually spreading the views of these “climate
skeptics” without actually taking a look at the facts.  Click here for the entire whine


I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

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Global warming: why cut one 3,000th of a degree?

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September 30, 2008

Global warming: why cut one 3,000th of a degree?

Britain's efforts to reduce the speed of global warming will cost huge sums of money and have a pitifully tiny effect.

Bjørn Lomborg

November 26, 2008

Winter's here . . . and other reasons to be cheerful
I can't remember the last time I was so perishing cold in England

Richard Morrison

"2. But isn't it great to have a real winter again, with sub-zero temperatures, gales and even a bit of snow? I can't remember the last time I was perishing cold in England. It gives us a break from all those ecological moaning-minnies blathering on about global warming."

Report claims EU climate plan could cost 100,000 jobs
Published: 25 Nov 08

EU climate plan could cost more than 100,000 German jobs.

Germany could lose more than 100,000 jobs if the European Union makes industries pay for pollution rights that are free at present, a press report said on Tuesday, citing an unpublished economy ministry report.

Increased costs stemming from reform of the EU's pollution rights policy would make 12 German industrial sectors less competitive, the daily Die Welt quoted the study as saying...

American Thinker November

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American Thinker

November 26, 2008
Obama on the 'urgency' of combating 'global warming'
By The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

In a video shown at a costly, two-day "global warming" jamboree at the Beverly Hills Hotel, hosted by Governor Schwarzenegger of California in November 2008, Barack Obama said:

"Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We've seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season. Climate change and our dependence on foreign oil, if left unaddressed, will continue to weaken our economy and threaten our national security."

Obama said he would introduce "a federal cap and trade system to reduce America's emissions of carbon dioxide to their 1990 levels by 2020 and reduce them an additional 80 percent by 2050." He said his administration would "invest" $15 billion a year in solar power, wind power, biofuels, nuclear power and clean coal to "save the planet" by creating 5 million new "green jobs".

Few challenges facing America and the world are less urgent than combating the non-problem of "global warming"...

I don't know what happened to the blonde bombshell!

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However Boris Johnson might get a nasty shock when he finds out that all those people who voted for him, while not necessarily sceptics, liked the fact that he didn't make the global warming bullshit a high priority will now desert him at the next election!

What on earth ...

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... has possessed Boris Johnson to say, at this of all times, that GW science is now "incontrovertible"? No wonder blondes get a bad press.

Finally...GW scepticism is now mainstream

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 Global-warming skepticism has apparently gone mainstream enough to get the attention of Politico
On the cusp of getting the most progressive Congressional leadership in
history, the science used to argue for central control of energy
production may disappear along with the warming that by all accounts
stopped ten years ago:

 Full story here

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

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A Fiery Czech Is Poised to Be the Face of Europe

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NY Times

A Fiery Czech Is Poised to Be the Face of Europe

Published: November 24, 2008

PRAGUE — In the 1980s, a Communist secret police agent infiltrated clandestine economics seminars hosted by Vaclav Klaus, a fiery future leader of the Czech Republic, who had come under suspicion for extolling free market virtues. Rather than reporting on Marxist heresy, the agent was most struck by Mr. Klaus’s now famous arrogance.

“His behavior and attitudes reveal that he feels like a rejected genius,” the agent noted in his report, which has since been made public. “He shows that whoever does not agree with his views is stupid and incompetent.”

Decades later, Mr. Klaus, the 67-year-old president of the Czech Republic — an iconoclast with a perfectly clipped mustache — continues to provoke strong reactions. He has blamed what he calls the misguided fight against global warming for contributing to the international financial crisis, branded Al Gore an “apostle of arrogance” for his role in that fight, and accused the European Union of acting like a Communist state.

Now the Czech Republic is about to assume the rotating presidency of the European Union and there is palpable fear that Mr. Klaus will embarrass the world’s biggest trading bloc and complicate its efforts to address the economic crisis and expand its powers. His role in the Czech Republic is largely ceremonial, but he remains a powerful force here, has devotees throughout Europe and delights in basking in the spotlight...

Slump May Limit Moves on Clean Energy

Published: November 24, 2008

Just as the world seemed poised to combat global warming more aggressively, the economic slump and plunging prices of coal and oil are upending plans to wean businesses and consumers from fossil fuel.

From Italy to China, the threat to jobs, profits and government tax revenues posed by the financial crisis has cast doubt on commitments to cap emissions or phase out polluting factories.

Automakers, especially Detroit’s Big Three, face collapsing sales, threatening their plans to invest heavily in more fuel-efficient cars. And with gas prices now around $2 a gallon in the United States, struggling consumers may be less inclined than they once were to trade in their gas-guzzling models in any case.

President-elect Barack Obama and the European Union have vowed to stick to commitments to cap emissions of carbon dioxide and invest in new green technologies, arguing that government action could stimulate the economy and create new jobs in producing sustainable energy.

But as the United Nations prepares to gather the world’s environment ministers in Poznan, Poland, next week to try to agree on a new treaty to reduce emissions, both the political will and the economic underpinnings for a much more assertive strategy appear shakier than they did even a few weeks ago...

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