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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US marines in Afghanistan launch first energy efficiency audit

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US marines in Afghanistan launch first energy efficiency audit in war zone

Commandant calls for 10,000-strong contingent to be more energy efficient to save lives and money

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 13 August 2009

The US Marines Corps ordered the first ever energy audit in a war zone today to try to reduce the enormous fuel costs of keeping troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

General James T Conway, the Marines Corps Commandant, said he wanted a team of energy experts in place in Afghanistan by the end of the month to find ways to cut back on the fuel bills for the 10,000 strong marine contingent.

US marines in Afghanistan run through some 800,000 gallons of fuel a day. That's a higher burn rate than during an initial invasion, and reflects the logistical challenges of running counter-insurgency and other operations in the extreme weather conditions of Afghanistan.

"We need to understand where the fuel goes," Conway told a Marines Corps energy summit today. "The largest growing demand on the battlefield today is for electricity and how we create that."

He added: "We are going to more efficient. We have got to be."

Conway's announcement — and the summit itself, which is the first of its kind — were seen yesterday as a dramatic shift in the US military's approach to energy consumption and climate change.

The Pentagon began to acknowledge America's reliance on fossil fuels and climate change as a national security concern in 2002. A report from the Pentagon's military advisory board last May called on military bases to work to lower their carbon footprint. A number of bases inside the US have begun to tap into renewable fuel sources including wind and solar energy...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Bloody marvellous Aussies kill carbon emissions bill

James Delingpole
August 13th, 2009

Hurrah, hurrah and thrice hurrah for Aussie common sense.

Australia’s Senate - the Government’s upper house - has just voted by 42 to 30 to defeat the cap and trade legislation bill proposed by their premier Kevin Rudd.

Why did those Senators reject Rudd’s scheme, despite their prolonged drought and their bush fires? Well some - the green ones - did so because they didn’t think its emissions cutting targets went far enough. But the majority did so - duh - because they didn’t want their coal-dependent heavy industry hamstrung by still more pointless taxation and regulation, their consumers fleeced and their economy ruined in the middle of a thwacking great global recession. And, in at least the case of Senator Steve Fielding, because they’d done their research and discovered that Anthropogenic Global Warming is a figment of Al Gore’s imagination...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/n...
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Daily Telegraph

Australian PM 'won't call snap election over carbon trading scheme'

Kevin Rudd, the Australian prime minister, has said he has no intention of calling a snap election, despite parliament's rejection of his government's promised plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

14 Aug 2009

In the biggest setback to Mr Rudd's agenda since his 2007 election victory, the upper house Senate rejected his emissions trading scheme after rival conservative, green and independent politicians joined forces to oppose it.

If the Senate blocks or rejects the legislation a second time, after an interval of three months, the constitution allows Mr Rudd to hold an early poll, which would be dominated by climate change.

"I have not the slightest intention of going to an early poll. I don't think people like that. I think they want you to serve the term that you've been elected for," Mr Rudd told local radio a day after the defeat.

Penny Wong, climate change minister, said the government would bring the package back to parliament and try to push it through before a December UN meeting in Copenhagen, where world nations will try to hammer out a broad global climate pact.

But Mr Rudd challenged his majority conservative opponents to propose firm amendments to the scheme which would open the door to a negotiated outcome and passage of the laws, underpinning what would be the world's broadest emissions trade scheme...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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Daily Telegraph

UN Chief’s warning – the end of the world is nigh!

Nile Gardiner
August 12th, 2009

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has such a low profile on the world stage that he’s referred to as “the invisible man”. Perhaps in an effort to boost his press coverage he’s given a speech in Incheon, South Korea (hat tip: Drudge), that can only be described as a bizarre PR stunt, with the sort of cataclysmic environmental statements doled out in scientifically dodgy disaster movies like The Day After Tomorrow or the forthcoming 2012.

In his address to the Global Environment Forum this week (read talking shop for unelected, overpaid bureaucrats), Ban warned of impending “droughts, floods and other natural disasters”, as well as mass social unrest and violence – “the human suffering will be incalculable” - if the world’s leaders did not “seal a deal” on climate change at a summit in Copenhagen in December. In the Secretary General’s ominous words:

“We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.”

In reality, the United Nations can’t even maintain its own headquarters, manage its own books and keep its tens of thousands of peacekeepers under control, let alone save the world. The UN is an extraordinarily badly run institution, rife with corruption and mismanagement, that shields some of the most odious tyrants on the face of the earth. Surely it should be focusing on implementing some much-needed management reform, cracking down on rampant corruption within its ranks, and preventing its peacekeeping troops from raping refugees in war-torn places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and southern Sudan.

If Ban Ki-moon really wants to make a bigger impact on the world stage he should condemn North Korea’s barbaric enslavement of millions of its own people in forced labour camps, speak out against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, fraudulent elections and mass violations of human rights, and stand up to tyrannical regimes from Pyongyang to Khartoum. He should also call for reform of the UN’s ludicrous human rights organization, the Human Rights Council, which is no improvement at all over its disastrous predecessor the UN Commission on Human Rights...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/n...

Australian Senate Rejects Rudd’s Cap and Trade Emissions Plan

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Daily Telegraph

Australia's carbon reduction scheme blocked by senate

The Australian government's plan to bring in the world's most ambitious carbon emissions trading scheme has been dealt a severe blow after opposition and Green senators voted the leglistation down in the upper house.

By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
13 Aug 2009

The bill, which would have led to the introduction of a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in July 2011, will return to the senate in three months. If it is blocked again, it will give the government the trigger to call a snap election on the issue, taking the country to the polls as early as December.

Liberal politicians, who hold the largest block of votes in the Senate, joined with Green and independent senators to defeat the scheme, which will force about 1,000 of Australia's biggest polluting companies to purchase carbon permits, covering 75 per cent of national emissions.

The result was expected, after all non-government senators vowed to vote against the bill in the run-up to the debate, but the government has said it will not be defeated in the long-run.

"This bill may be going down today, but this is not the end," Penny Wong, the climate change minister, told the senate.

"We will bring this bill back before the end of the year because if we don't this nation goes to Copenhagen with no means to deliver our targets," Ms Wong said before the vote.

"It's not smart to pretend this won't leave us isolated from the rest of the world, and it's not smart to undermine our transition to a low-carbon economy," she said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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Emissions trading is a tax, no matter the name

Terry McCrann | August 08, 2009
Article from: The Australian

THE first and most important thing to note about Kevin Rudd's emissions trading scheme is that it is a tax.

It's not called a tax, but if it waddles like one, quacks like one, and most pointedly raises money like one, it's a tax. And not just any old tax -- it's a huge and continually growing tax.

It starts out in 2012-13 raising about a quarter as much as the GST. The budget in May put a number on it for the first time. Almost $12 billion in its first full year, 2012-13.

It is the equivalent of increasing the GST from 10 per cent to 12.5 per cent in that year. And in its impact on people it won't be all that different from doing exactly that...

http://www.theaustralian.news....
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Daily Telegraph

'I wish environmentalism were as much a part of a woman's gender as shopping is'

Celia Walden talks to Tamsin Omond, the climate-activist grand-daughter of a baronet.

13 Aug 2009

...Non-violent protests about all things ecological is what Climate Rush, the campaign group Omond founded last year, is all about. Some of their pranks are as inoffensive as blasting loud aircraft noise through the then Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly's letterbox, others are more perilous – notably storming Heathrow runways and handcuffing themselves to the front of private jets. "You do put yourself in danger. With the private jet, there was a big fuel tank above us and the guys had to saw through the handcuffs on our arms – there were sparks flying everywhere." Does she get a strange kick from that? "No," she insists. "I am quite boring about breaking the law, oddly." Her mother Sarah and painter father John, she admits, "were probably horrified at first, but now they are, weirdly, quite proud of me."

I point out that hers is a luxurious moral position to take, reading out a few caustic lines by Stephen Pollard, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, deriding Climate Rush "for not understanding the basic facts about climate change" and accusing her and her group of "blue blood, posh names and limited intelligence" but she merely shrugs.

"There are so many different facts and figures out there but the bottom line is that nowadays, nobody can deny that climate change exists and that it is going to be a huge problem for our future. Thirty years ago environmentalism was all hippies up trees, Swampy and worthier-than-thou characters who you wouldn't want to be sitting next to at a dinner party. I'm a normal twenty-four year old girl, and I think it helps people to see that. I go to parties and spend a week worrying about what I'm going to wear like everybody else, but what I really want is for environmentalism to be as much a part of a woman's gender as shopping is. You don't have to change your identity to get involved with something like Climate Rush. There used to be this idea that ecological campaigning was for people who had the liberty to act in a certain way without having to care about the cold realities of life."...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

Time 'runs short' on climate deal

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BBC News

Monday, 10 August 2009

Time 'runs short' on climate deal

By David Shukman
Environment correspondent, BBC News, Bonn

Time is running short to agree a new treaty on global warming amid deep divisions over key issues, according to the UN's top climate official.

Speaking at the start of the latest round of UN discussions, Yvo de Boer said the political signals were positive, but progress still too slow.

About 1,000 officials are meeting in Bonn for a week of informal talks.

The aim is to clear the way for the adoption of a new UN climate treaty in Copenhagen in December.

"We've got a 200-plus-page text riddled with square brackets (where issues are unresolved)," Mr de Boer told BBC News. "And it worries me to think how on earth we're going to whittle that down to meaningful language with just five weeks of negotiating time left."...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci...
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Is it time to start worrying about Copenhagen?
The gap between rich nations and emerging economies over carbon emissions targets is beginning to look unbridgable.

James Murray, from BusinessGreen.com, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 12 August 2009

I am starting to get very worried.

This week, another round of the UN's climate change talks gets underway in Bonn, Germany and once again all the key factions look as far from reaching a meaningful agreement on carbon emissions targets as they ever were.

It is far too early to give up hope on a deal being reached, particularly given that any exercise in international diplomacy is always characterised by the kind of posturing and brinkmanship we can expect to see again over the next five days. But with just 117 days to go until the start of the Copenhagen conference, major breakthroughs are needed soon if we are to have anything to celebrate this Christmas.

The problem is that all of the key negotiating teams are beginning to sound like broken records as they demand that others move first to deliver targets before they make any commitment.

China, India and the other emerging economies are not unreasonably demanding that rich nations follow the dictats of the latest climate science and agree to cut emissions 40 per cent by 2020 on 1990 levels. But even assuming this is an opening gambit and they might accept the EU's conditional offer of a 30 per cent cut, they are still asking for reductions that are an order of magnitude larger than the four per cent cut on 1990 levels proffered by the Obama administration as part of its climate change bill – which, by the way, has not yet been passed...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Global warming causing birds to shrink

Global warming is making birds smaller, according to new research from the Australian National University.

12 Aug 2009

A study of museum specimens found eight Australian species have reduced in size by between two and four percent over the past century.

Climate change is being blamed because varieties of the same birds tend to be smaller near the equator and larger closer to the poles to help them conserve heat more efficiently.

The findings published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B follows research showing fish have lost half their average body mass as a result of global warming over the past 20 to 30 years.

A recent study also showed a herd of wild Soay sheep in the Outer Hebrides had decreased by five per cent in the last 24 years for exactly the same reason...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

Scientists Accept Gaia Theory?

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This one doesn't.

Not only is that a philosophical absurdity it is also counter the established theory for how this planet came to be the way it is today.

Ask the next Gaia worshipping moron you encounter how the oxygen in our atmosphere came to be?

If they know anything about microbiology (Ha! As if) they should answer that the oxygen is mainly the product of primordial photosynthetic oxygen-tolerant micro-organisms. If they know anything about Oxygen they would know that this single event would have wiped out most of the preceding primordial facultative ANaerobic species. Why? Because facultative ANaerobic microorganisms cannot defend against super-oxide radicals -- a potently toxic 'high-energy' form of oxygen produced by aerobic organisms. It is an unavoidable byproduct of their metabolism.

These selfish aerobic microorganisms literally terra-formed the planet to their own requirements. And their descendants flourished and still do so today. No evidence of Gaia punishing them for their microscopic genocide on the poor defenseless Anaerobes who now languish in soils and the oxygen-poor ocean depths!

Just think: before these phototrophic bacteria started oxygen was maybe 1-2% of the atmosphere. Now it is 21% and the planet is still here and in a handsome shade of green too... instead of the purple or orange or brown that the anaerobic cultures that I've worked with take on.

This is all part of the fossil record BTW! No record of Gaia (aka 'The Force') there. Maybe the reporter meant that all 40-year old virgin Star-Wars Fan-boys believe in Gaia. The article is in The Guardian so that one is plausible...

As George Carlin opined: The planet is fine, it's the people who are fucked - in the head!

Global Warming, a Mass Mania

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Quadrant Magazine

August 11, 2009

Global Warming, a Mass Mania
by Walter Starck

Throughout history episodic eruptions of mass manias have swept societies. These outbreaks embody the dissatisfactions, fears and hopes of their times while offering a shining path to a bright new future. They are characterised by a millenarian nature, wherein threat of punishment for past sins is accompanied by promise of salvation through a new faith.

The power of mass manias is reinforced by severe disapproval of any questioning of their certain truth. Any doubt is seen not just as error needing correction but as conscious deliberate evil deserving expulsion or extermination. With adherents permitted only to support the established dogma, these movements tend to gather followers rapidly. But they also soon become afflicted with a growing disconnect from reality which they can neither acknowledge nor adjust for...

http://www.quadrant.org.au/blo...
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Canada Free Press

Dangerous Deception?

By Dr. Tim Ball
Monday, August 10, 2009

“Half the work done in the world is to make things appear what they are not.” E.R. Beadle.

Motive

It is difficult and dangerous to impute motive. How and why a person acts in a certain way is usually difficult to determine. A particular course of action may be taken with the best of intentions yet cause considerable problems. However, certain actions although not definitive may expose the motive...

http://canadafreepress.com/ind...
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NZCPR Guest Forum

2020 Emission Targets – An Appeal to Reason
Barry Brill
9 August 2009

The government is about to announce a formal “Target” for reduction in New Zealand’s 2020 tonnage of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), expressed as a percentage above/below those of 1990.

This Target will be tabled in upcoming negotiations for a post-Kyoto treaty - and may then translate to a formal Liability to purchase that quantity of international emissions permits (Offsets), at the going international price.

How much will that cost? Nobody knows. ..

http://www.nzcpr.com/guest158.htm
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India shouldn't rely on the west to fund its solar energy plan

The developed world may be at fault for producing more carbon, but India harms the environment by playing the blame game

Gaia Vince
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 11 August 2009

India announced its ambitious solar energy plan last week: 20GW of clean, sun-produced power by 2020. The problem is though, India won't be paying for any of it. A planned $20bn (£12.1bn) of government investment, which appeared in the draft documents, has been scratched because it contradicts India's political position that developed nations should bear the costs of clean technologies. There is currently no funding at all for this otherwise laudable plan.

Climate change is already happening and further warming is now inevitable because of the amount of carbon already in the atmosphere. Most of this carbon was released by rich countries over the past 50 years. Nevertheless, it is people in the developing world who are, and will continue to be, disproportionately impacted by climate change. One estimate suggests that climate change is responsible for 300,000 deaths a year.

By removing the only current source of funding for the solar programme, the Indian government is playing a dangerous political experiment with its people's future. If it genuinely wants to meet the challenge of climate change, it cannot afford to hand responsibility for solving the problem to the developed world, it needs to take an active role now...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Scientists Accept Gaia Theory?

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"'Gaia theory', while once ridiculed, is now accepted by most scientists, so many of its predictions having objectively been seen to come to pass."

I'm really hoping that things have not gotten that bad in biology. Most likely this is just another Progressive-viro lie in order to dispirit the opposition by regarding the Green Revolution as a fait accompli.

It's a mixture....

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...between being mistaken due to flawed models and wishful thinking.

'Wishful thinking' in the sense that they have been philosophically primed to think that mankind's wealth and industry is evil and that he must be punished for it.

A very Christian notion that has been adopted by non-believing left-wingers. Many may have dropped the Christian God in the name of science, but they still have not dropped its evil philosophical underpinnings.

Here's a question

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""The world has less than 10 years to halt the global rise in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences for people and the planet."

I've been hearing that since 1988, and haven't seen hide nor hair of these catastrophic consequences yet.

So here's a question: Are warmists like a monkey on a typewriter -- who will eventually be able to type a correct prediction -- or are they more like the projectors of the Soviet Five Year Plans, who predicted great things for this Plan in the full knowledge that every one of the earlier dozen had been an abject failure?

In other words, are they mistaken? Or are they frauds?

Ban Ki-moon warns of catastrophe without world deal on climate

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Daily Telegraph

Ban Ki-moon warns of catastrophe without world deal on climate change

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, has warned of "catastrophic consequences" unless a new international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions is reached.

By Jon Swaine
10 Aug 2009

Climate change is "simply the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family", Mr Ban said in a speech on Monday in Seoul.

He urged international leaders to reach a deal to limit their countries' carbon emissions at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December.

A replacement for the 1997 Kyoto protocol, which expires in 2012, is supposed to be negotiated at the summit. Mr Ban said the leaders had a "once-in-a-generation opportunity".

"We have a chance to put in place a climate change agreement that all nations can embrace, which will be equitable, balanced, comprehensible," Mr Ban said.

"The world has less than 10 years to halt the global rise in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences for people and the planet."

He called on governments to "seal the deal in the name of humankind" through a "renewed multilateralism, a compassionate multilateralism."...

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BBC News

Friday, 7 August 2009

Climate fixes 'pose drought risk'

By Judith Burns
Science reporter, BBC News

The use of geo-engineering to slow global warming may increase the risk of drought, according to a paper in Science journal.

Methods put forward include reflecting solar radiation back into space using giant mirrors or aerosol particles.

But the authors warn that such attempts to control the climate could also cause major changes in precipitation.

They want the effect on rainfall to be assessed before any action is taken.

Gabriele Hegerl of the Grant Institute at University of Edinburgh and Susan Solomon of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at Boulder, Colorado, write that "if geo-engineering studies focus too heavily on warming, critical risks associated with such possible "cures" will not be evaluated appropriately".

They argue that climate change is about much more than changes in temperature. So using temperature alone to monitor the effects of geo-engineering could be dangerous...

http://www.solopassion.com/nod...

Good point about ACT Marcus.

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Good point about ACT Marcus. I've incorporated that into a post to Bernard Hickey's blog this morning.

http://www.interest.co.nz/rate...

To quote myself Smiling

On another thread I have given a link to all the peer reviewed studies that cast doubt on anthropogenic global warming, and the increasing pace of these articles (combined with the fact the earth is now cooling). Man made global warming is a myth, those who have peddled it for their own gain, such as Al Gore who has turned himself into a billionaire on the back of it through his investment arm, are frauds.

Interviewed by Larry Williams yesterday, Nick Smith admitted our ETS will do nothing toward changing the environment in any telling way, but ‘we have responsibilities’ and should be seen as ‘leading the world’.

A very famous preacher (Preacher Ike) once said, talking to his black congregation in the States, the best way to help the poor, is not to become one of the poor. Yet here we have an anti-business National Government, with an environment minister who would sit quite comfortably with the hard line socialists of the Greens whose every edict advocates force, determined to make New Zealand one of the poor nations. On the course we’re on, probably in thirty years we’ll have our arms out for aid from that bureaucratic monstrosity, the UN.

Perhaps that will be a good slogan for National in the next election: ‘We are leading the World, in the race to become poor’.

And Rodney Hide, where the hell are you? This surely is a coalition buster isn’t it? According to your electioneering?

Thanks Mark...

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...for the update.

What does ACT have to say to all of this?

After all their anti-GW pre-election promises I think they will be leaving the coalition now, no?

Key is another Luddite

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Key is another Luddite retard.

http://www.newstalk.co.nz/news...

Quote: '10/08/2009 16:28:02

The Government is setting an ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next ten years.

It is aiming to get them 10 to 20 percent below what they were in 1990. They are already 24 percent above that level.

The reduction programme will see items such as petrol and electricity cost more. Prime Minister John Key says anything less would undermine this country's clean, green environmental reputation.

Mr Key says the target will be a big ask for New Zealand, but believes it carefully balances environmental responsibilities with a realistic assessment of the economic costs.'

Bye bye economy, and quickly if agriculture is included from the outset.

Chris Horner Global Warming Smackdown!

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The Books Interview: James Lovelock

As the 90-year-old father of Gaia prepares to blast off from Earth on the inaugural Virgin Galactic flight, he reflects on his own mortality, the future of our planet and wind farms – 'Monstrously silly!'.

Euan Ferguson
The Observer, Sunday 9 August 2009

Tolkien would have been happy here, or one of his hobbits. We are in low, comfortable seats in a quiet study in a house in a hollow in Devon. There is tea coming, and biscuits. But we are talking endgames; his and ours. It is one of the most terrifying conversations I have ever had.

James Lovelock, who turned 90 at the end of last month, knows his own endgame could be looming. He is booked on the inaugural flight of Virgin Galactic, a gift from Richard Branson: a flight into space from New Mexico, final tests for which are under way. His doctors have advised him that the risk is too high and he tells me in passing that he had a heart attack in 1971 – he'd been smoking for 34 years until that day – but he is determined to go, come what may. "To see the Earth, from above, before it vanishes."

He must surely, I ask, trying to be tactful while his wife, Sandy, is busy in the kitchen, have pondered on the high chance he won't come back; may not even survive the G-forces? "Hell, yes! But what a way to go! So much better than dying slowly of some hateful disease. And I get to see what I've always wanted to see."

What he's always wanted to see, since he formulated the theory back in the Sixties and Seventies, was Gaia: the Earth as an entity which could be described as "living". "Gaia theory", while once ridiculed, is now accepted by most scientists, so many of its predictions having objectively been seen to come to pass.

Gaia is the idea of a self-regulating Earth. Earth is not habitable because of "luck", but because life maintains its habitability. Living organisms, consciously or not, manipulate the oceans and atmosphere, even the (eventual) composition of rock, in order to maximise the conditions for the continuance of life...

"Some of the more recent green hysteria is plain wrong. I know what there is to be worried about and what not to. Flying is not a major problem, not compared with all the CO2 being given out all the time by us and our pets. Flying's only got this reputation because often greening mixes with the bad side of the left, which is to do with envy. A lot of people have closed their minds to arguments against wind farms. But they are monstrously silly! A 500-ton concrete base support and 4,000 of them needed to equal the output of one coal-burning station – how is that helping? There was a report in Der Spiegel saying that in Germany, where they've got 17,500 of the things, the amount of CO2 now being produced in the country is greater than ever."...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/book...

Engineered by the global-warming fanatics

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Daily Telegraph

At last, man-made climate change is a threat - engineered by the global-warming fanatics themselves

By Gerald Warner
August 7th, 2009

The lunatic ambitions of the “man-made” climate change fanatics are reaching new heights. They also pose a serious danger to human survival – the very objective they claim to champion. Among the latest Frankenstein proposals are “cloud ships” to generate more cloud and deflect the sun’s rays. This scheme envisages 1,900 wind-powered ships cruising through the world’s oceans creating bad weather.

Scientists insist the effects would be purely local (how can climate interference be localised, without a domino effect?) and that it could be reversed. This would cost a mere $9 billion, compared to the $395 trillion it would cost to launch mirrors into space to deflect the sun. We should count ourselves lucky this fruitcake scheme to switch off the light that sustains life on earth is too expensive to be implemented.

Man-made global warming is a fantasy. Climate change is occurring – as it always has – and is harmless. The same cannot be said for the unspeakably irresponsible proposals of scientists whose egos have far outstripped their knowledge. For now the danger is that man-made climate change will genuinely take place - engineered by the global warming alarmists themselves, who cannot leave well alone...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/n...
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Swiss villagers pray for glacier

Swiss villagers who prayed for centuries for a glacier to stop expanding are seeking permission from the Vatican to pray instead for the ice flow to stop receding as a result of climate change.

By Nick Squires in Rome
07 Aug 2009

Since the 17th century the Roman Catholic inhabitants of the Alpine villages of Fieschertal and Fiesch have offered prayers against what seemed like the unstoppable advance of the Great Aletsch glacier, Europe's longest.

But with global warming now causing the once-feared glacier to melt, they have formally applied to Pope Benedict XVI for permission to reverse the prayer and have requested an audience at the Vatican.

"The residents of Fiesch and Fischertal hope that this will happen in September or October and are optimistic that the Holy Father will decide in their favour, as he has repeatedly spoken out about climate change," they said in a statement...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

'Cloud ship' scheme to deflect the sun's rays

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Daily Telegraph

'Cloud ship' scheme to deflect the sun's rays is favourite to cut global warming

Ships with giant funnels which travel the world's seas creating more clouds to deflect the sun's rays could help cut global warming, say scientists.

07 Aug 2009

The "cloud ships" are favoured among a series of schemes aimed at altering the climate which have been weighed up by a leading think-tank.

The project, which is being worked on by rival US and UK scientists, would see 1,900 wind-powered ships ply the oceans sucking up seawater and spraying minuscule droplets of it out through tall funnels to create large white clouds.

These clouds, it is predicted, would reflect around one or two per cent of the sunlight that would otherwise warm the ocean, thereby cancelling out the greenhouse effect caused by Carbon Dioxide emissions.

The unmanned ships would be directed by satellite to areas with the best conditions for increasing cloud cover, mainly in the Pacific and far enough away from land so as not to affect normal rainfall patterns.

Other ideas, such as sending mirrors into space by rocket to deflect the sun's rays, and scattering iron powder into the seas to boost CO2-absorbing plankton, have been dismissed as unfeasible or too expensive...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
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From Times Online
August 7, 2009

Quick climate changes fixes come with huge dangers, warn scientists
Hannah Devlin

Plans to reduce global warming by blasting jets of water into the atmosphere or placing mirrors in space could have devastating consequences, two climate scientists warn today.

They say that while such ideas may be highly effective, they could lead to severe droughts.

Susan Solomon, a climate scientist at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Gabi Hegerl, a climate scientist at the University of Edinburgh, caution against the entrepreneurial “we can fix this thing” approach and say that a calm, methodical inquiry is needed.

“We’re not against climate engineering but we need to understand the consequences better than we do now before rushing into such a massive experiment,” Professor Hegerl said.

They say in the journal Science that climate modelling has focused largely on temperatures and that current models do a poor job at predicting rainfall...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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Northern Ireland's finance minister in 'anti-racism industry' row

David Batty
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 6 August 2009

Northern Ireland's finance minister has accused anti-racism groups of exaggerating the scale of the racism to gain public funding. Sammy Wilson, who is also a Democratic Unionist MP, claimed there was an "anti-racism industry".

He was accused by the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (Nicem) of playing into the hands of racists. About 100 Romanians were forced from their homes in south Belfast earlier this year.

Wilson had already been criticised for saying jobs should go to people born in Northern Ireland before economic migrants. Yesterday he said anyone attempting to have "an honest debate on the issue" was "immediately (...) accused of being racist". Organisations like Nicem needed to keep raising this issue, because that was "one way of perpetuating their own existence," he told the BBC.

He was previously criticised when, as environment minister, he denied that humans were responsible for global warming.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2...

Psychological barriers hobble climate action

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Reuters

Psychological barriers hobble climate action
Wed Aug 5, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Psychological barriers like uncertainty, mistrust and denial keep most Americans from acting to fight climate change, a task force of the American Psychological Association said on Wednesday.

Policymakers, scientists and marketers should look at these factors to figure out what might prod people take action, the task force reported at the association's annual convention in Toronto.

While most Americans -- 75 percent to 80 percent in a Pew Research Center poll -- said climate change is an important issue, it still ranked last in a list of 20 compelling issues such as the economy or terrorism, the task force said.

Despite warnings from scientists that humans need to make changes now if they want to avoid the worst effects of climate change, "people don't feel a sense of urgency," the association said in a statement.

Numerous psychological barriers are to blame, the task force found, including: uncertainty over climate change, mistrust of the messages about risk from scientists or government officials, denial that climate change is occurring or that it is related to human activity...

http://www.reuters.com/article...
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Daily Telegraph

Wind turbine firm wins court order to end sit-in

Vestas Wind Systems, the owners of a wind turbine factory being occupied by workers, won a possession order on Tuesday as the protest spread to a second factory.

04 Aug 2009

The company took legal action to end the two-week protest by workers at its factory in Newport, Isle of Wight.

The plant was due to close last Friday, with the loss of hundreds of jobs but it was delayed because of the sit-in.

The company successfully applied for a repossession order at Newport County Court on Tuesday.

Judge Graham White said he was satisfied that legal papers had been served on the group of 11 workers who have barricaded themselves into the factory.

The decision was greeted with boos and jeers by scores of climate change activists and members of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union, who staged a protest outside the court...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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Let battle commence! Climate change denialist ready for the fight

Ian Plimer has agreed to answer written questions to defend his viewpoint that humans aren't warming up the world

Success!

Professor Ian Plimer, author of the book Heaven and Earth, is the new champion of the climate change deniers. After I wrote an article attacking his claims, he challenged me to a public debate. Last week I told him that I would accept his challenge as long as he accepted mine. I would take part in a face-to-face debate with him as long as he agreed to write precise and specific responses to his critics' points - in the form of numbered questions that I would send him - for publication on the Guardian's website. Plimer rejected my challenge.

I wrote an article accusing him of cowardice. I sent him the URL in the hope that it would provoke him into changing his mind. It worked. He wrote back, suggesting that he would now answer my questions. So here's the letter I've just sent him. If Plimer answers them and accepts my condition that we can cross-examine each other, we will move on to his challenge - a face-to-face debate. Let battle commence!...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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From The Times
August 6, 2009

Ban sales of poorly insulated homes, says Energy Saving TrustBen Webster, Environment Editor

Owners of poorly insulated homes should not be allowed to sell or rent them until they have invested in energy efficiency measures, the Government’s advisory body on domestic energy use says.

The Energy Saving Trust said that the 5.5 million homes in the lowest two bands for energy performance — more than a fifth of all homes — should also be subject to higher council tax bills and additional stamp duty. It believes that tough measures will be needed to achieve the Government’s target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from home heating by 29 per cent by 2020 and to “almost zero” by 2050.

The trust estimates that 85 per cent of the homes in bands F and G could be made fit to sell for less than £5,000. However, owners of the remaining 15 per cent face paying as much as £10,000 to upgrade their homes to a new minimum standard...

http://property.timesonline.co...

Not spin, a lie.

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"The claim will be that, although reductions haven't been made, the increase was less than it would have been without all of the 'awareness' permeating the green-o-sphere."

Frediano, it wouldn't take spin, it would take a lie.

They have often said that the current CO2 reductions are not enough to prevent global warming. They have to actually, because otherwise they can not continually increase their demands. If they can't increase their demands then they are out of a job.

They would have to rewrite what they had previously said.

Of course there are so many green and Governmental groups making different claims, at least one of them may be able to honestly claim they were right with some sort of credibility, um, I mean, credulity!

30 minutes or it's free

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Ma Yong, director of the legal service centre at the federation, told the Associated Press the case would open in early September.

Sure, but, will they deliver?

And, even if they win, won't they just want to sue again an hour later?

Will a warmer world make us sicker?

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Will a warmer world make us sicker?

Roberta Kwok.
From Conservation magazine, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Monday 3 August 2009

In the late 1990s, a set of alarming maps created a stir in the scientific community. Based on predictions by a team of Dutch and Australian researchers and initially published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the maps charted how global warming could increase the risk of malaria in seemingly unlikely locales: northern countries such as Poland, the Netherlands, and Russia.

Over the next several years, versions of the maps continued to appear in journals and at scientific meetings as researchers raised the disquieting possibility that climate change could trigger an expansion of disease. An article in Scientific American reprinted one iteration of the maps and declared that "by the end of the 21st century, ongoing warming will have enlarged the zone of potential malaria transmission from an area containing 45 percent of the world's population to an area containing about 60 percent." Statements like these added to the popular perception that a warmer world will automatically be a sicker one.

But what if this isn't true, or is only partially true? Kevin Lafferty, an ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, is among a handful of scientists now raising these questions and rethinking conventional wisdom. Lafferty recently published a controversial article in the journal Ecology suggesting that, while climate change may shift the ranges of certain diseases, it won't necessarily increase the total amount of territory they affect. (1) And Sarah Randolph, a parasite ecologist at the University of Oxford, has reviewed recent disease outbreaks—some of which have been attributed to global warming—and concluded that human actions and other factors may have played a larger role than climate...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

China insists West must go further to tackle climate change

China has insisted that rich countries should commit to large cuts in their emissions of greenhouse gases, while declining to put a ceiling on its own emissions.

By Malcolm Moore in Beijing
05 Aug 2009

Four months away from the Copenhagen negotiations, which aim to produce a successor to the Kyoto treaty, China's chief climate change negotiator confirmed that the world's leading polluter was holding out for developed countries to reduce emissions by 40 per cent by 2020 from 1990 levels.

"We have all along believed that due to the historical responsibility of the developed nations, they must continue to take the lead with large reductions beyond 2012," said Yu Qingtai.

He added we "have demanded that developed nations reduce emissions by 40 percent... this is fair and reasonable... China's position has not changed."

While China has taken dramatic steps to develop its green energy industries and has placed the environment at the heart of its domestic strategy, it has also resisted any regulations that would dampen industrial growth. Under the UN Framework on Climate Change, China is not required to set emissions cuts, since its emissions per-capita are still far lower than those in Western countries...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
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Chinese to launch first ever green lawsuit against government

'Breakthrough' hailed as Chinese judge says residents may prosecute government over pollution claims

Tania Branigan in Beijing and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Friday 31 July 2009

China should see its first lawsuit by an environmental group against authorities within weeks, state media reported today.

A member of the All-China Environmental Federation - which is backed by the central government - said a judge in Guizhou province had accepted its claim on behalf of residents who complain they have suffered from pollution.

Residents allege that the Qingzhen land resources bureau leased land to a drinks factory in 1994, but construction of the factory has not been completed and they believe the site is damaging two adjacent lakes from which they draw drinking water. They want the government to take back the land and remove construction materials.

Ma Yong, director of the legal service centre at the federation, told the Associated Press the case would open in early September.

"The case will serve as a warning for government departments and companies that damage the environment, as we're stepping up efforts to play a supervisory role," Ma Yong said. He added that he hoped it would pave the way for other organisations to file public-interest lawsuits.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Green groups are undeterred by mere facts...

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Green groups and the UN keep reporting that CO2 reductions haven't been made and that CO2 is still rising.,

Facts do not matter to political scientists, it's all desconstructed spin. The claim will be that, although reductions haven't been made, the increase was less than it would have been without all of the 'awareness' permeating the green-o-sphere. CO2 might still be rising, but it won't have risen as much without all the, you know, cute polar bears on the bottles of Coke, otherwise known as personal containers of new CO2 release.

They should just number the 'El Nino' warning, call it 'speech #6.' Not as severe as 1998? When CO2 bucking trends rear their politically incorrect little heads, that's because of that damned 'natural variability...'

Global cooling...er...Global warming....er....Global climate change....oh, fuggit, let's not worry about either the sign or magnitude and just call it 'Weather We Don't Like' and be done with all the voodoo priest guessing...

New El Niño threatens world with weather woe

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Independent

New El Niño threatens world with weather woe

Forecasters say this one is brewing up to be the second-strongest on record

By Michael McCarthy, Environment editor

Monday, 3 August 2009

A new El Niño has begun. The sporadic Pacific Ocean warming, which can disrupt weather patterns across the world, is intensifying, say meteorologists.

So, over the next few months, there may be increased drought in Africa, India and Australia, heavier rainfall in South America and increased extremes in Britain, of warm and cold. It may make 2010 one of the hottest years on record.

The cyclical phenomenon, which happens every two to seven years, is a major determinant of global weather systems. The 1997-98 El Niño combined with global warming to push 1998 into being the world's hottest year, and caused major droughts and catastrophic forest fires in South-east Asia which sent a pall of smoke right across the region.

At present, forecasters do not expect this El Niño to equal that of 1998, but it may be the second-strongest, and concerned groups, from international insurance companies to commodity traders, to aid agencies such as Oxfam, have begun to follow its progress anxiously. Its potential for economic and social impact is considerable.

Professor Chris Folland, of the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, said: "We are likely to see more global warming than we have seen in the past few years, which have been rather cool. In fact, we are already seeing it."...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...
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From The Times
August 3, 2009

India looks to the sun for ambitious surge in green power

Jeremy Page in Delhi

For centuries Hindus have revered the sun god, Surya, as a source of health and prosperity, building lavish temples and holding festivals in his honour across a country with more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

Now India is putting its faith in the sun in a more literal sense by revealing what experts describe as the world’s most ambitious plan to develop solar energy over the next three or four decades.

Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister, will chair a meeting today to decide whether to approve a National Solar Mission designed to curb India’s carbon emissions and ease its crippling power shortages. It proposes boosting India’s solar power generation capacity from almost zero to 20 gigawatts (20 billion watts) by 2020, 100GW by 2030 and 200GW by 2050, according to a draft seen by The Times. The entire world can generate about 14GW of solar power today...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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California must prepare for climate change, official report warns

Communities should rethink development, reinforce levees and conserve water, says the California Natural Resources Agency

Associated Press
guardian.co.uk, Monday 3 August 2009

Even if the world is successful in cutting carbon emissions in the future, California needs to start preparing for rising sea levels, hotter weather and other effects of climate change, a new state report recommends.

It encourages local communities to rethink future development in low-lying coastal areas, reinforce levees that protect flood-prone areas and conserve already strapped water supplies in the most populous US state.

"We still have to adapt, no matter what we do, because of the nature of the greenhouse gases," said Tony Brunello, deputy secretary for climate change and energy at the California Natural Resources Agency, who helped prepare the report. "Those gases are still going to be in the atmosphere for the next 100 years."

The draft report to be released today by the agency provides the state's first comprehensive plan to work with local governments, universities and residents to deal with a changing climate. A final plan is expected to be released in the autumn.

The report was compiled after the governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed agencies in November to devise a state climate strategy. It comes three years after the Republican governor signed California's landmark global warming law requiring the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Why can't the champion of climate change denial face the music?

Ian Plimer may come across as a brave maverick, but when challenged to a debate online he lost his bounce

George Monbiot
Monday 3 August 2009
guardian.co.uk

Is Professor Ian Plimer a chicken? After I attacked some of the crazy claims he made in his book Heaven and Earth, the good professor challenged me to a face-to-face debate. At first I wasn't interested: judging from his responses to his critics, he appears to be impervious to reason. I can picture him standing up to his neck in water, still telling us not to worry about global warming — it's all been dreamed up by a global conspiracy.

More importantly, it seems to me that he's a grandstander, who wants nothing more than to make as much noise as possible in the hope that it will drown out the precise refutations published by his book's reviewers. As far as I can discover, he has yet to produce any specific response to the very serious allegations they have made, preferring to heap insults on them instead. To resolve these issues, we need to establish the facts and provide references. This is why I want him to answer them in writing; ideally in electronic format, so that people can follow the links. I was concerned that a face-to-face debate, with all its bluster and generalisations, would let him off the hook.

But then it struck me that there was no reason why we couldn't do both. Last week I wrote to Professor Plimer accepting his challenge, on the condition that he accepts mine. I would take part in a face-to-face debate with him as long as he agreed to write precise and specific responses to his critics' points — in the form of numbered questions that I would send him — for publication on the Guardian's website. I also proposed that there should be an opportunity at the debate for us to cross-examine each other.

This morning I received a message from Professor Plimer, rejecting my challenge. So much for his enthusiasm for debate...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Monbiot later revealed in discussion,

Here is the supposed rejection e-mail:

Dear Mr Monbiot,

I agree to your first condition (the debate will be a joint Guardian/Spectator event) subject to agreement from The Spectator. Any questions that you may have regarding the hypothesis of human-induced global warming can be put to me at that debate for my refutation. I will also be putting questions to you in this debate hence your points 2 and 3 are superfluous and not in the spirit of a public debate. This means that both challenges can be dealt with in front of the debate audience.

Kind regards,

Ian Plimer

[Doesn't look like a rejection to me!]

That would be a tough sell Frediano...

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"When pols pull out their flame engulfed hair and claim that something called 'the Global temperature' is going to rise by 5 deg C by some date certain, but then it doesn't, they simply claim that is because of actions they recommended to do something, anything."

Green groups and the UN keep reporting that CO2 reductions haven't been made and that CO2 is still rising.

Unless they find a way to fiddle their stats later, they can hardly claim to have done something to lower the temperature.

They are actually following a different strategy as this news story from sky shows. In fact the temps are lower than predicted due to natural variability, but in the future boy, together with man-made CO2 they will be sky high!
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Natural Factors Could Cause Global Warming
Yesterday, 12:25 pm

A warmer sun, combined with other natural factors, could increase global temperatures over the next five years by more than scientists previously predicted, according to new research.

...The hottest year on record so far is 1998. Then, a very active sun was just one of the reasons temperatures across the world soared.

However, the relatively cool years since have prompted some to suggest global warming is not happening.

The new study, carried out by Judith Lean, of the US Naval Research Laboratory, and David Rind, of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, says the opposite may be true.

Gareth Jones from the Met Office told Sky News Online: "Over the next five years, different factors will affect our climate.

"Human activities and carbon dioxide emissions will cause warming, but there will also be other factors over short-time scales.

"A volcanic eruption and the dust produced could have a cooling effect for example while the sun could get brighter and cause more warming."

The Met Office is predicting that after 2010, half of all years should be warmer than the hottest ever on record...

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/200...

Interpretation of the weather

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Marcus:

When warmer temperatures are predicted, and cooler temperatures are observed, that is called 'normal variability.'

When warmer temperatures are predicted, and warmer temperatures are observed, that is called 'man made global warming.'

The social scientists have mastered this form of sophistry in many fields.

When a pol intends to spend an extra trillion, but only spends an extra 500 billion( units don't really matter to this form of logic) that is called a 500 billion spending cut. Never mind, all they had to do was intend to spend an extra two trillion, and that could just as well be a 1,500 billion spending cut...

When our economies(even as they call them 'The Economy') lose 600,000 jobs this month, but they predicted a 700,000 job loss, that is a gain of 100,000 new jobs. Never mind that all they had to do was predict an 800,000 job loss, and that would be a gain of 200,000 new jobs...

Edit: Today's latest example:

Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Manufacturing in the U.S. shrank less than forecast as stimulus-induced gains in demand worldwide helped resuscitate factories from the worst slump in three decades.

Huh? Say what? This is from Bloomberg, not CollegeHumor.com. I couldn't make this stuff up. Today's shrill headlines could be copied directly into Atlas Shrugged, untouched.

When pols pull out their flame engulfed hair and claim that something called 'the Global temperature' is going to rise by 5 deg C by some date certain, but then it doesn't, they simply claim that is because of actions they recommended to do something, anything. (It could just as well be a suggestion to breathe through the soles of our feet, it doesn't matter.) If, instead, 'the'[sic] temperature were to actually rise by 5 deg C, they can claim they were right. If 'the[sic]'' temperature actually goes down, then the efficacy of their suggestions was greater than hoped for, and if something in between, then we must stay the present course, because we are on the precipice of near disaster....

Note that, recently, when the G8 laughingly agreed to 'limit Global temperature rise by 2 deg C', as absurd as that sounds, it was even more absurd. They were referring to a closed, virtual system -- the predicted outcome of their tweaked climate models, based on the never observed myth of "CO2 is King!" So, what they were saying, without saying it, was "We agree to limit real world CO2 targets to values that our virtual model predict will result in only a 2 deg C rise in the output of the virtual models..." And then, no matter how CO2 and/or temperature changes or doesn't change, they will simply claim that things would have been much worse without their hamfisted 'Run The Economy' nonsense...

No matter what 'the'[sic] temperature does, the voodoo priests are never superfluous, and rest assured, those social scientists have a steady hand on the throttle of both 'The Economy' and 'The Global Climate...'

This isn't really new. If voodoo priests danced around the base of the volcano, and next year's harvest was a failure, they could always blame the purity of the sacrifice. If, however, the harvest was bountiful, they could take credit. Either way, one thing was certain; nobody in the tribe has a prayer of eating any corn next year without paying tribute to the voodoo priests and their little dance. The Tribe is more or less assuaged by this scam, else we'd hang these parasitic free-riders by their necks, so we tolerate their nonsense, even as it is we who work the fields...

For insight into where today's voodoo priests learn the modern chants, see "The Department of Political Economics" at Princeton University, and ask for Nobel Prize winning voodoo priest Paul Krugman.

Barack Obama wanted too much

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From The Sunday Times

August 2, 2009

Barack Obama wanted too much

Irwin Stelzer: American Account

It started out like a song ... we knew we had a good thing going. And if I wanted too much, was that such a mistake?

President Barack Obama’s answer to composer Stephen Sondheim’s question would be “yes”, were he the sort who readily admits error — which he most definitely is not.

We are six months into the Obama reign, and he did have a good thing going until very recently. He pushed through what voters thought was a stimulus bill. He held numerous press conferences at which an adoring media allowed him to display his rhetorical skills — no mumbling George W Bush, he. He toured the world, to the applause of adoring masses from London to Paris to Cairo. He tackled perceived global warming by urging Congress to pass a cap-and-trade bill aimed at showing he could lead the way to a cooler, greener world. He bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, rewarding the United Auto Workers for delivering key states to him in last year’s election.

Then he did what Sondheim warned of — he “wanted too much” — and Congress went into recess without passing the president’s so-called reform of the nation’s healthcare industry, a $1 trillion (£600 billion) restructuring that would turn effective control of one-sixth of the American economy over to government bureaucrats. Too many congressmen learnt that almost 90% of Americans are satisfied with their healthcare, that a majority of voters think the deficit is already the nation’s biggest worry, and that 42% of Americans think the Obama plan is a bad idea, and only 36% that it is a good idea (22% have no opinion).

It is too early to say that the presidential agenda is dead in the water. But it is not too early to say that he made some serious errors...

http://business.timesonline.co...
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Daily Telegraph Blog

The Met Office has lost its authority on global warming

Daniel Hannan
August 2nd, 2009

So much for the “barbecue summer” forecast by our state meteorologists. Not that this is the first time they have been mistaken. Unless my memory is playing tricks, 2007 and 2008 were forecast to be warm and dry summers. In the event, they were nothing of the sort. The Met’s repeated predictions of of temperature rise have, so far, proved demonstrably false.

The chap responsible for the bish was on television just now explaining that his office had only ever predicted a 65 per cent likelihood of warm sunshine. Fair enough. But if his staff can’t accurately forecast the weather two months in advance, why should we let them speak with such sacerdotal authority about what the temperature will be a century from now?

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/n...

Weather records are a state secret

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Daily Telegraph

Weather records are a state secret

The IPCC's computer models have proved just as wrong in predicting global temperatures as the Met Office has been in forecasting those mild winters and heatwave summers, says Christopher Booker.

By Christopher Booker
01 Aug 2009

Everyone has enjoyed the discomfiture of the Met Office, caught out over its April forecast that we were in for a "barbecue summer" – not least because this is the third year running that our weathermen have got their predictions for both summer and winter hopelessly wrong. In 2007 and 2008 they forecast that summers would be warmer and drier, and winters milder than average – just before temperatures plunged and the heavens opened, deluging us with abnormal rain or snow according to season.

One cause of the blunders that have made the Met Office a laughing stock is less widely appreciated, however. It is that the multi-million pound computer it uses to assist its short-term forecasting for Britain is also one of the four main official sources of data used by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to predict global warming. In this respect the IPCC's computer models have proved just as wrong in predicting global temperatures as the Met Office has been in forecasting those mild winters and heatwave summers.

Back in 1990, Mrs Thatcher, temporarily under the spell of the prophets of runaway global warming, authorised lavish funding for the then-head of the Met Office, Sir John Houghton, to set up its Hadley Centre in Exeter, as a "world-class centre for research into climate change". It was linked to the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, to create a record of global temperatures based on surface weather stations across the world, a data set known as HadCrut. Sir John himself played a key role at the top of the new IPCC as chairman of its scientific working group.

Sir John was a fervent believer in the theory that the cause of global warming is man-made CO2, and the HadCrut computer models, run by his CRU ally Professor Phil Jones, were programmed accordingly. Sir John (and the Hadley Centre) continued to play a central part in the running of the IPCC, selecting many of the contributors to its reports that were the main driver of global warming alarm. He and Prof Jones were also prominent champions of the IPCC's notorious "hockey stick" graph, which rewrote climate history by suggesting that global temperatures had suddenly shot up in the late 20th century to easily their highest level in history.

In recent years, however, the whole theory has come under increasing fire because, as CO2 levels continue to rise, temperatures have failed to follow suit as the IPCC's computer models predicted they should. Part of the reason why the Met Office has made such a mess of its forecasts for Britain is that they are based on the same models which failed to predict the declining trend in world temperatures since 2001...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...
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From The Sunday Times

August 2, 2009

It’s no secret — the weathermen are just guessing

Rod Liddle

...The weather centre had merely said that there was a 65% chance of August being sunny and the press had gone overboard — phew wot a scorcher, millions to die of skin cancer, dogs roasting in locked cars etc.

Well, maybe. But if you’d asked me in January what the weather was going to be like in August, I would have said, oh, I reckon it’ll probably be sunny, you know? You want me to put a figure on it? Okay, 60, 65% chance it’ll be nice and sunny. It might rain a bit, though.

No balloons, no satellites, no intimation of scientific brilliance. Just a guess. Same as it is every year: hot bits here and there (the hottest since records began!) followed by damp bits (the wettest August on record!) and then a clear warmish spell leading into September (our Indian summer is harbinger of global warming, say experts!). Same every year.

Needless to say, as soon as the Met Office had issued its revised forecast and Fishy had been put back in his disgruntled weatherman box with his jumper, the clouds scurried from the sky as if chased by panthers, the sun came out and dogs started to roast in cars.

“It’s going to be sunny all day!” my local TV weatherman yelped at me on Friday, before singing Follow the Yellow Brick Road and pouting at a depression heading west from Ukraine.

Listen: the Met Office is okay, although by no means brilliant, at giving you the weather forecast for the next five or six hours. It can do this marginally better than you or I would manage simply by looking out of the window and sniffing the wind. Over a time period of a month or more it has a strike rate of correct predictions that could be achieved by throwing a coin up in the air.

So if you booked your holiday in Britain as a consequence of anything emanating from the Met Office, more fool you, frankly.

Summer in Britain will be the usual summer for a temperate maritime country: coolish, unpredictable, damp for uncertain periods. Nothing to do with global warming — and not really the fault of the Met Office.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

Scientists hit back at climate scepticism

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Sydney Morning Herald

Scientists hit back at climate scepticism

Marian Wilkinson Environment Editor
August 1, 2009

...Dr Raupach, who monitors greenhouse gas emissions globally, said the scientists joined together because of their growing concern about climate scepticism in the Australian debate.

‘‘It’s a concern that I think is widely felt among many climate scientists in Australia,’’ he said. He referred to sceptics’ claims that the earth was cooling and that solar flares and sunspots were responsible for increasing warming, not human-caused emissions from burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests. ‘‘These arguments keep being recycled even though they have been rebutted in public many times,’’ Dr Raupach said. ‘‘We felt the need to state the evidence-based position as we see it.’’

Last week the senior shadow cabinet member Tony Abbott repeated many climate sceptics’ claims in The Australian, even though he argued the Liberal Party should pass the Government’s emissions trading scheme for political reasons.

Leading National Party figures, including the party’s Senate leader, Barnaby Joyce, are vocal climate sceptics, as is the Liberal Party Senate leader, Nick Minchin.

The Family First senator, Steve Fielding, returned from a conference in Washington in June, at which scepticism about climate science was discussed, to express his doubts about human-induced climate change.

The Senate is due to debate the Government’s emissions trading scheme within the next fortnight.

The scientists are particularly concerned about claims that the earth is cooling because temperature increases since 2002 have not happened as fast those in the previous few years.

‘‘Some people have seen that as evidence that the whole game is off, that climate change is not an issue,’’ Dr Raupach said. ‘‘In fact it’s normal climate variability.’’

The overall warming trend has been inexorably upwards, the scientists say.

http://www.smh.com.au/environm...
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Sahara Desert Greening Due to Climate Change?

James Owen
for National Geographic News

July 31, 2009
Desertification, drought, and despair—that's what global warming has in store for much of Africa. Or so we hear.

Emerging evidence is painting a very different scenario, one in which rising temperatures could benefit millions of Africans in the driest parts of the continent.

Scientists are now seeing signals that the Sahara desert and surrounding regions are greening due to increasing rainfall.

If sustained, these rains could revitalize drought-ravaged regions, reclaiming them for farming communities.

This desert-shrinking trend is supported by climate models, which predict a return to conditions that turned the Sahara into a lush savanna some 12,000 years ago...

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Government's big scientific experiment

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BBC News

Greenland's climate benefits

The story of Greenland and the threat it faces from global warming is probably one you have heard countless times, but what about the opportunities being offered by the thaw?

The BBC's Stephen Sackur filed this special report.

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Global poll finds 73% want higher priority for climate change

Britons among the most enthusiastic about action to stop global warming, while Americans among least willing to put environment first, according to global public opinion poll

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 30 July 2009

A majority of peoples around the world want their governments to put action on climate change at the top of the political agenda, a new global public opinion poll suggests.

Unfortunately for Barack Obama though, who has put energy reform at the top of his White House to-do list, Americans are not necessarily among them.

Only 44% of Americans thought climate change should be a major preoccupation for the Obama administration, the survey co-ordinated by the University of Maryland's Programme on International Policy Attitudes said. The only other two countries unwilling to see their governments make climate change a top focus were Iraq and the Palestinian territories. In 15 other countries though there was strong support for governments to do more to deal with climate change.

Britons were among the most enthusiastic supporters for greater government intervention, with 77% urging officials to do more. Germans, however, think their government has already done enough. Some 83% think their government has already adopted climate change action as a top priority; 27% would like the government to turn its attention elsewhere.

"The public is pulling for more — a lot more, no, but a bit more, yes. There is definitely political capital there to move the ball forward and that is pretty much universal," said Steven Kull, the director of the survey which drew on data gathered by academic and marketing polling organisations in the respective countries. Overall about 73% of those polled believe governments should make climate change a top priority...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Maldives is much ado about nothing Sandi

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They keep saying it's going to flood, but that is just a prediction not based on the facts of the real world.

Their new President keeps making noises about an 'evacuation' plan just becuase he wants money hand-outs from the western world.

Keep up the good work Sandi.

You could reply: you guys have put the 'dick' back in the word 'prediction'. Smiling

"You ignorant dickhead"

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I have a hatchback car and on the rear window I have a custom made statement in large letters, which reads...
"Global Warming is Bullshit"

I usually receive a toot or a thumbs up from passers-by, from all walks of life and indeed all age groups.
Today in a carpark in Newmarket Auckland, some bright spark left this on my front windscreen.

Not under our backyard, say Germans, in blow to CO2 plans

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Not under our backyard, say Germans, in blow to CO2 plans

German carbon capture plan appears to be a victim of 'numbyism' - not under my backyard

Terry Slavin and Alok Jha
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 29 July 2009

...Many countries continue to use coal for generating power as it is the cheapest and most readily available fuel in the world. It will probably power the development of China and India. But coal is also seen as the dirtiest fuel. So, Vattenfall's Schwarze Pumpe project in Spremberg, northern Germany, launched in a blaze of publicity last September, was a beacon of hope, the first scheme to link the three key stages of trapping, transporting and burying the greenhouse gases.

The Swedish company, however, surprised a recent conference when it admitted that the €70m (£60.3m) project was venting the CO2 straight into the atmosphere. "It was supposed to begin injecting by March or April of this year but we don't have a permit. This is a result of the local public having questions about the safety of the project," said Staffan Gortz, head of carbon capture and storage communication at Vattenfall. He said he did not expect to get a permit before next spring: "People are very, very sceptical."

The spread of localised resistance is a force that some fear could sink Europe's attempts to build 10 to 12 demonstration projects for carbon capture and storage (CCS) by 2015. The plan had been to transport up to 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the power plant each year and inject it into depleted gas reservoirs at a giant gasfield near the Polish border.

Scientists maintain that public safety fears are groundless: the consequences of escaping CO2 would be to the climate, not to public health. Many big environmental groups support CCS, both off and onshore, as a necessary evil in the battle against climate change...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Independent

Why good weather is hard to predict

By Paula Fentiman, Press Association

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Forecasters warned today of the pitfalls of predicting the weather a long way in advance after the British summer has so far failed to live up to expectations.

The warning came as the Met Office was set to issue a revised forecast following its claim in April that the UK was "odds-on for a barbecue summer"...

Philip Eden, vice president of the Royal Meteorological Society, criticised the Met Office for using the "barbecue summer" phrase.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The key is that these are experimental forecasts. That's fine by me - it's exactly what they should be doing.

"They should be doing research into long-range forecasts.

"The problem is that we don't actually know very much about the forcing factors, the outside influences which affect the weather during a period of, say, a month or three months ahead.

"The big problem with these forecasts was the spin that was put on it by the Met Office's press office - the 'barbecue summer' bit."

He pointed out the wording of the forecast was "unambitious" and had a "very wide target".

"They simply predicted that temperatures for the summer quarter would be above average," he said.

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

Global warming is the new religion of First World urban elites

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Global warming is the new religion of First World urban elites

Geologist Ian Plimer takes a contrary view, arguing that man-made climate change is a con trick perpetuated by environmentalists

By Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

Ian Plimer has outraged the ayatollahs of purist environmentalism, the Torquemadas of the doctrine of global warming, and he seems to relish the damnation they heap on him.

Plimer is a geologist, professor of mining geology at Adelaide University, and he may well be Australia's best-known and most notorious academic.

Plimer, you see, is an unremitting critic of "anthropogenic global warming" -- man-made climate change to you and me -- and the current environmental orthodoxy that if we change our polluting ways, global warming can be reversed.

It is, of course, not new to have a highly qualified scientist saying that global warming is an entirely natural phenomenon with many precedents in history. Many have made the argument, too, that it is rubbish to contend human behaviour is causing the current climate change. And it has often been well argued that it is totally ridiculous to suppose that changes in human behaviour -- cleaning up our act through expensive slight-of-hand taxation tricks -- can reverse the trend.

But most of these scientific and academic voices have fallen silent in the face of environmental Jacobinism. Purging humankind of its supposed sins of environmental degradation has become a religion with a fanatical and often intolerant priesthood, especially among the First World urban elites...

http://www.vancouversun.com/ne...
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Human activity is driving Earth's 'sixth great extinction event

'Population growth, pollution and invasive species are having a disastrous effect on species in the southern hemisphere, a major review by conservationists warns

Ian Sample, science correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 28 July 2009

Earth is experiencing its "sixth great extinction event" with disease and human activity taking a devastating toll on vulnerable species, according to a major review by conservationists.

Much of the southern hemisphere is suffering particularly badly, and Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring Pacific islands may become the extinction hot spots of the world, the report warns.

Ecosystems in Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia need urgent and effective conservation policies, or the region's already poor record on extinctions will worsen significantly.

Researchers trawled 24,000 published reports to compile information on the native flora and fauna of Australasia and the Pacific islands, which have six of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Their report identifies six causes driving species to extinction, almost all linked in some way to human activity.

"Our region has the notorious distinction of having possibly the worst extinction record on Earth," said Richard Kingsford, an environmental scientist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and lead author of the report. "We have an amazing natural environment, but so much of it is being destroyed before our eyes. Species are being threatened by habitat loss and degradation, invasive species, climate change, over-exploitation, pollution and wildlife disease."...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

US and China vow closer ties to lead global recovery

The United States and China promised greater cooperation on climate change and the environment on Tuesday but an agreement signed by the two countries failed to mask Beijing's unease about America's ballooning deficit and the health of its economy.

By Alex Spillius in Washington
29 Jul 2009

...Though no breakthroughs were expected, the lack of detail in the memorandum of understanding on energy and the environment underscored how far the two sides are from meaningful collaboration.

The two nations, by far the biggest emitters of carbon, which is blamed for global warming, pledged to put the fight against climate change at the heart of their relationship.

However, few details were offered beyond agreeing to set up a joint committee on environmental cooperation aimed at smoothing the path toward a new global treaty on climate change in Copenhagen in December.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fin...

Climate Fixers' Hard Sell

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Washington Post

Climate Fixers' Hard Sell

By George F. Will
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Unfortunately, China's president had to dash home to suppress ethnic riots. Had he stayed in Italy at the recent Group of Eight summit, he could have continued the Herculean task of disabusing Barack Obama of his amazingly durable belief, shared by the U.S. Congress, that China -- and India, Brazil, Mexico and other developing nations -- will sacrifice their modernization on the altar of climate change. China has a more pressing agenda, and not even suppressing riots tops the list.

China made this clear in June, when its vice premier said, opaquely, that China will "actively" participate in climate change talks on a basis of "common but differentiated responsibility." The meaning of that was made clear three days later, at a climate change conference in Bonn, where a Chinese spokesman reiterated that his country's priority is economic growth: "Given that, it is natural for China to have some increase in its emissions, so it is not possible for China in that context to accept a binding or compulsory target." That was redundant: In January, China announced that its continuing reliance on coal as its primary source of energy will require increasing coal production 30 percent in the next six years.

In Bonn, even thoroughly developed Japan promised only a 2 percent increase of its emission-reduction obligations under the 1997 Kyoto agreement. Japan's decision left Yvo de Boer, the slow learner who is the U.N.'s climate change czar, nonplussed: "For the first time in my two and a half years in this job, I don't know what to say."

Others did. They said: On to Italy! The Financial Times reported, "Officials are now pinning their hopes" on the G-8 summit.

Which has come and gone, the eight having vowed to cut emissions of greenhouse gases 80 percent by 2050, which is 41 years distant. As is 1968, which seems as remote as the Punic Wars, considering that more than half of all living Americans were born after 1966. If you do not want to do anything today, promise to do everything tomorrow, which is always a day away.

Still, sternly declaring that they will brook no nonsense from nature, the eight made a commitment -- but a nonbinding one -- that Earth's temperature shall not rise by more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit over "preindustrial levels." That is the goal. Details to follow. Tomorrow...

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World will warm faster than predicted in next five years, study warns

New estimate based on the forthcoming upturn in solar activity and El Niño southern oscillation cycles is expected to silence global warming sceptics

Duncan Clark
guardian.co.uk, Monday 27 July 2009

The world faces record-breaking temperatures as the sun's activity increases, leading the planet to heat up significantly faster than scientists had predicted for the next five years, according to a study.

The hottest year on record was 1998, and the relatively cool years since have led to some global warming sceptics claiming that temperatures have levelled off or started to decline. But new research firmly rejects that argument.

The research, to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, was carried out by Judith Lean, of the US Naval Research Laboratory, and David Rind, of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The work is the first to assess the combined impact on global temperature of four factors: human influences such as CO2 and aerosol emissions; heating from the sun; volcanic activity and the El Niño southern oscillation, the phenomenon by which the Pacific Ocean flips between warmer and cooler states every few years.

The analysis shows the relative stability in global temperatures in the last seven years is explained primarily by the decline in incoming sunlight associated with the downward phase of the 11-year solar cycle, together with a lack of strong El Niño events. These trends have masked the warming caused by CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

As solar activity picks up again in the coming years, the research suggests, temperatures will shoot up at 150% of the rate predicted by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Lean and Rind's research also sheds light on the extreme average temperature in 1998. The paper confirms that the temperature spike that year was caused primarily by a very strong El Niño episode. A future episode could be expected to create a spike of equivalent magnitude on top of an even higher baseline, thus shattering the 1998 record...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

A Case Against Precipitous Climate Action

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Quadrant Magazine

“Today’s debate about global warming is essentially a debate about freedom. The environmentalists would like to mastermind each and every possible (and impossible) aspect of our lives.”

Vaclav Klaus
Blue Planet in Green Shackles

Resisting climate hysteria
by Richard S. Lindzen

July 26, 2009

A Case Against Precipitous Climate Action

The notion of a static, unchanging climate is foreign to the history of the earth or any other planet with a fluid envelope. The fact that the developed world went into hysterics over changes in global mean temperature anomaly of a few tenths of a degree will astound future generations. Such hysteria simply represents the scientific illiteracy of much of the public, the susceptibility of the public to the substitution of repetition for truth, and the exploitation of these weaknesses by politicians, environmental promoters, and, after 20 years of media drum beating, many others as well. Climate is always changing. We have had ice ages and warmer periods when alligators were found in Spitzbergen. Ice ages have occurred in a hundred thousand year cycle for the last 700 thousand years, and there have been previous periods that appear to have been warmer than the present despite CO2 levels being lower than they are now. More recently, we have had the medieval warm period and the little ice age. During the latter, alpine glaciers advanced to the chagrin of overrun villages. Since the beginning of the 19th Century these glaciers have been retreating. Frankly, we don’t fully understand either the advance or the retreat.

For small changes in climate associated with tenths of a degree, there is no need for any external cause. The earth is never exactly in equilibrium. The motions of the massive oceans where heat is moved between deep layers and the surface provides variability on time scales from years to centuries. Recent work (Tsonis et al, 2007), suggests that this variability is enough to account for all climate change since the 19th Century. Supporting the notion that man has not been the cause of this unexceptional change in temperature is the fact that there is a distinct signature to greenhouse warming: surface warming should be accompanied by warming in the tropics around an altitude of about 9km that is about 2.5 times greater than at the surface. Measurements show that warming at these levels is only about 3/4 of what is seen at the surface, implying that only about a third of the surface warming is associated with the greenhouse effect, and, quite possibly, not all of even this really small warming is due to man (Lindzen, 2007, Douglass et al, 2007). This further implies that all models predicting significant warming are greatly overestimating warming. This should not be surprising (though inevitably in climate science, when data conflicts with models, a small coterie of scientists can be counted upon to modify the data. Thus, Santer, et al (2008), argue that stretching uncertainties in observations and models might marginally eliminate the inconsistency. That the data should always need correcting to agree with models is totally implausible and indicative of a certain corruption within the climate science community)...

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From The Times
July 27, 2009

Climate study puts Incas’ success down to 400 years of warm weather

Hannah Devlin

Supreme military organisation and a flair for agricultural invention are traditionally credited for the rise of the Incas. However, their success may have owed more to a spell of good weather — a spell that lasted for more than 400 years.

According to new research, an increase in temperature of several degrees between AD1100 and 1533 allowed vast areas of mountain land to be used for agriculture for the first time. This fuelled the territorial expansion of the Incas, which at its peak stretched from the modern Colombian border to the middle of Chile.

“Yes, they were highly organised, and they had a sophisticated hierarchical system, but it wouldn’t have counted a jot without being underpinned by the warming of the climate,” says Dr Alex Chepstow-Lusty, a palaeo-ecologist from the French Institute for Andean Studies in Lima, Peru.

As the treeline moved higher up the mountains, the Incas re-sculpted their landscape to maximise agricultural productivity. They carved terraces into the mountainsides and developed a complex system of canals to irrigate the land.

Although the climate remained dry, the gradual melting of glacial ice meant that they had a constant supply of water to nourish their crops.

The resultant surplus of maize and potatoes freed a large part of the growing population for activities outside food production, such as constructing roads and buildings, and serving in an increasingly ambitious army.

“It was the perfect incubator for the expansion of a civilisation,” says Dr Chepstow-Lusty, who led the study...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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[Hat-tip to Jeff Perren]

From The Times
July 24, 2009

Blunt warning about greens under the bed

Antonia Senior

...His band of angry young men would find Gore where once they found Marx. Blunt evokes a febrile atmosphere in which each student felt his own decision had the power to shape the future. Where once they raged about the fleecing of the proletariat and quaked at the march of fascism, Blunt and his circle, transposed to today’s college bar, would rage about the fleecing of the planet and quake at its imminent destruction. If you squint, red and green look disarmingly similar.

Both identify an end utopia that is difficult to dispute. The diktat “from each according to his ability, to each according to his means” sounds lovely on paper. Greens promise a world in which we actually survive a coming ecological apocalypse. A desirable outcome, undoubtedly.

But the means to these ends seem similarly insurmountable. Both routes demand an immediate suspension of human nature...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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Scared to death? The REAL worry is today's culture of fear

By Lorna Martin
27th July 2009

...Add in all the other worries - crime, global warming, growing unemployment, stranger danger and toxic chemicals in our food - and it's a wonder any of us manage to get out of bed in the morning.

But are we really living in unusually dangerous times - or have our fears got the better of us? Have we become a more suspicious and paranoid nation, intent on scaring ourselves to death? Daniel Freeman is a consultant clinical psychologist at King's College London and author of Paranoia: The 21st-Century Fear.

From his research, he has come to some simple but fascinating conclusions about human beings: we are not very good at thinking logically and we are not very good at assessing risk.

As a result, we end up living in fear of events that almost certainly won't happen (our children being abducted by paedophiles; terrorist attacks) rather than those that possibly will (our children will become fat, neurotic and socially-retarded because we're too scared to let them out; we will die prematurely from heart disease).

We have completely lost all sense of perspective.

According to Freeman, cancer kills more than 200 times the number of people who are murdered, but murder gets almost twice the amount of news coverage. Likewise, your chances of dying of heart disease are approximately 2,400 times greater than your chances of being killed in a terrorist attack, but we are bombarded with stories about terrorism .

'The way we think about the world is hugely influenced by the number of times we hear about an event and by the magnitude of its emotional impact on us,' Freeman says.

'Objective facts cut much less ice. We're susceptible, suggestible, suspicious creatures, easily moved by the appearance of things, and much less influenced by the way things actually are.

'This means we're vulnerable to all kinds of irrational, unjustified fears - to paranoia, in other words.'

The real downside of this, according to Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at Kent University and author of numerous books including Culture Of Fear and the soon-to-be-published Wasted: Why Education Isn't Educating, is that it sucks so much of the pleasure and enjoyment out of the one short life we have.

'These days we live in constant fear,' he says. 'It is always lurking in the background. We live in terror of disease, abuse, stranger danger, environmental devastation, terrorism, even the sun. We cannot even enjoy the most simple pleasure - the sun - without hearing these warnings about skin cancer.

'Likewise eating and food has become a morally charged activity. The massive growth of fear-mongering campaigns and crusades during the past quarter- century is unprecedented. The result is that it diminishes our experience of being alive, it forces us to engage with the world as pathetic individuals who can't cope with the problems of everyday life.'

As he points out, we enjoy an unprecedented level of personal safety. Compared with our predecessors and the developing world, those of us living in Western societies have much less familiarity with pain, suffering, debilitating disease and death.

But we have become obsessed with theoretical risks - 'what if' or 'what might' happen. We want to control what we can't control...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem...

Global cooling hits Al Gore's home

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Daily Telegraph

Global cooling hits Al Gore's home

Nashville, the home of leading global warming prophet Al Gore, has enjoyed the coolest July 21 on record, observes Christopher Booker.

By Christopher Booker
25 Jul 2009

It was delightfully appropriate that, as large parts of Argentina were swept by severe blizzards last week, on a scale never experienced before, the city of Nashville, Tennessee, should have enjoyed the coolest July 21 in its history, breaking a record established in 1877. Appropriate, because Nashville is the home of Al Gore, the man who for 20 years has been predicting that we should all by now be in the grip of runaway global warming.

His predictions have proved so wildly wrong – along with those of the Met Office's £33 million computer model which forecast that we should now be enjoying a "barbecue summer" and that 2009 would be one of "the five warmest years ever" – that the propaganda machine has had to work overtime to maintain what is threatening to become the most expensive fiction in history...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...
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Ignoring Science
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, July 24, 2009

Climate Change: A new scientific paper says that man has had little or nothing to do with global temperature variations. Maybe the only place it's really getting hotter is in Al Gore's head.

Because he must be getting flustered now, what with his efforts to save the benighted world from global warming continually being exposed as a fraud.

The true believers will not be moved by the peer-reviewed findings of Chris de Freitas, John McLean and Bob Carter, scientists at universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Warming advocates have too much invested in perpetuating the myth. (And are probably having too much fun calling those who don't agree with them "deniers" and likening skeptics to fascists.)

But these scientists have made an important contribution to the debate that Gore says doesn't exist.

Their research, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, indicates that nature, not man, has been the dominant force in climate change in the late 20th century.

"The surge in global temperatures since 1977 can be attributed to a 1976 climate shift in the Pacific Ocean that made warming El Nino conditions more likely than they were over the previous 30 years and cooling La Nina conditions less likely" says co-author de Freitas...

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Vestas dispute: Red and green coalition forms to fight wind plant closure

Terry Macalister
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 23 July 2009

A unique "red and green" army of trade union and environmental campaigners was on the march in an attempt to save from closure Britain's only major wind turbine manufacturing plant.

Up to 500 people are expected outside the Vestas plant at Newport on the Isle of Wight tomorrow night where 25 workers are engaged in a sit-in, while further demonstrations are being planned simultaneously outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change in London.

Greenpeace said the Vestas dispute promised a historic change from a situation where the labour movement and environment activists have found themselves on different sides of the fence, with one wanting to shut down polluting industries and the other defending jobs.

"Although we have always tried to highlight the employment opportunities that could flow from a low-carbon economy, historically there has been animosity between the two sides. If we can build this new alliance and break down those perceived barriers then there all sorts of exciting opportunities," said John Sauven, UK executive director of Greenpeace...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Peer-Reviewed Study Rocks Climate Debate!

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'Nature not man responsible for recent global warming...little or none of late 20th century warming and cooling can be attributed to humans'

'Surge in global temps since 1977 can be attributed to a 1976 climate shift in the Pacific Ocean'

By Marc Morano – Climate Depot

A new peer-reviewed climate study is presenting a head on challenge to man-made global warming claims. The study by three climate researchers appears in the July 23, 2009 edition of Journal of Geophysical Research.

July 23, 2009

Nature not man responsible for recent global warming

Three Australasian researchers have shown that natural forces are the dominant influence on climate, in a study just published in the highly-regarded Journal of Geophysical Research. According to this study little or none of the late 20th century global warming and cooling can be attributed to human activity.

The research, by Chris de Freitas, a climate scientist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, John McLean (Melbourne) and Bob Carter (James Cook University), finds that the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a key indicator of global atmospheric temperatures seven months later. As an additional influence, intermittent volcanic activity injects cooling aerosols into the atmosphere and produces significant cooling.

"The surge in global temperatures since 1977 can be attributed to a 1976 climate shift in the Pacific Ocean that made warming El Niño conditions more likely than they were over the previous 30 years and cooling La Niña conditions less likely" says corresponding author de Freitas.

"We have shown that internal global climate-system variability accounts for at least 80% of the observed global climate variation over the past half-century. It may even be more if the period of influence of major volcanoes can be more clearly identified and the corresponding data excluded from the analysis.”

Climate researchers have long been aware that ENSO events influence global temperature, for example causing a high temperature spike in 1998 and a subsequent fall as conditions moved to La Niña. It is also well known that volcanic activity has a cooling influence, and as is well documented by the effects of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption.

The new paper draws these two strands of climate control together and shows, by demonstrating a strong relationship between the Southern Oscillation and lower-atmospheric temperature, that ENSO has been a major temperature influence since continuous measurement of lower-atmospheric temperature first began in 1958.

According to the three researchers, ENSO-related warming during El Niño conditions is caused by a stronger Hadley Cell circulation moving warm tropical air into the mid-latitudes. During La Niña conditions the Pacific Ocean is cooler and the Walker circulation, west to east in the upper atmosphere along the equator, dominates.

"When climate models failed to retrospectively produce the temperatures since 1950 the modellers added some estimated influences of carbon dioxide to make up the shortfall," says McLean...

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Swine flu and feverish media coverage

Lucy Mangan
The Guardian, Saturday 25 July 2009

So, if the figures are right, we will all be dead by the time you (don't) read this next Saturday. Or so I gather from the latest roaring headlines, extrapolations and special graphs (whose dots, I like to think, are in fact tiny little illustrations of pig snouts) drawn up by what must be an increasingly frowny-faced team of health experts from the Ministry of Pandemic-Spotting And Then Trying Not To Shriek In Terror When You Find One. Our best-case scenario apparently lies somewhere between Defoe's, "The living were not able to bury the dead" and, "You remember that recent remake of Terry Nation's Survivors? Well..."

I remain remarkably sanguine. This is an unexpected but highly enjoyable benefit of living most of my life at maximum anxiety capacity. When an ordinary day is filled with choking panic about skin cancer and global warming (if sunny), or roof leaks and flooding, leading to bankruptcy, homelessness and more likely both (if wet); when you rise in the morning with tears in your eyes about what you are going to do if your parents ever die (No more fish pies! No more occasional loads of washing done to help you catch up! No more highly conditional love!); and when you go to bed with a head full of lists of the domestic, professional and moral failings you have demonstrated that day, there is just not enough energy to spare for fretting over disease transmission patterns. If the brain is a computer, my worry RAM is full...

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Daily Telegraph

Wind farms risk becoming 'redundant symbols' warns CPRE

Wind farms risk becoming "redundant symbols" of Government efforts to combat climate change, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has warned.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
24 Jul 2009

Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, wants to build thousands more onshore wind turbines as part of plans to boost the amount of energy generated from renewable resources.

However, Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive of the CPRE, said there was a risk that wind turbines will become a symbol of a token effort to tackle climate change while neglecting to make more difficult choices...

Trish Pemberton, of the National Association of Wind Action Groups, said the "human right" to enjoyment of the countryside was at risk.

"What is going to happen is we will end up with these monstrosities in the landscape when other renewables have been developed and they will not take them down," she said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

Is George 'Jello' Monbiot too chicken to debate 'Global Warming'

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James Delingpole is a writer, journalist and broadcaster who is right about everything. He is the author of numerous fantastically entertaining books including Welcome To Obamaland: I've Seen Your Future And It Doesn't Work, How To Be Right, and the Coward series of WWII adventure novels. His website is www.jamesdelingpole.com

Is George 'Jello' Monbiot too chicken to debate 'Global Warming' with an expert?

By James Delingpole
Last updated: July 23rd, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, you may have seen, I wrote a piece in the Spectator which drove the global warming alarmists almost insane with frothing indignation. It was an interview with the Aussie geology professor Ian Plimer whose bestselling book - Heaven And Earth - is being hailed as the great turning point in the debate on anthropogenic global warming.

Methodically, rigorously and above all scientifically, it carefully demonstrates to the lay reader truths that to large swathes of the scientific community are already quite obvious: viz that “climate change” has been happening for 4,567 million years, regardless of man’s presence on earth; and that “climate” will go on changing regardless of what idiotic, ineffectively and mind-boggling expensive ploys man adopts to try to stop what is in fact a perfectly natural process.

Enough detail: read the piece; then read the book; then make up your own mind.

The climate change alarmists, though, do not even want you to do that. What they’d much rather you did was go onto the internet, find a page of nit-picking quibbles put up by a parti-pris computer modeller from the “man is doomed, it’s all our fault and we must spend gazillions on windmills now” brigade, write Professor Plimer off as a complete crank.

It’s what they do to Christopher Booker; its what they do to Professor Pat Michaels at the University of Virginia; its what they do to Marc Morano at the marvellous Climate Depot website; it’s what they do to Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick who exposed the “Hockey-Stick curve”; it’s what they to do anyone who produces inconvenient truths which undermine their cause and threaten their claim that there is any kind of scientific “consensus” on climate change...

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From Times Online
July 23, 2009

Wind turbine protesters continue sit in as police accused of blocking food

Chris Smyth and Ben Webster, Environment Editor

A handful of men - tired, hungry and soon to be unemployed - stood cheering on the balcony of a wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight, in what has become an unlikely front line of a clash over the future of Britain’s green economy.

About 25 workers were last night still inside the Vestas plant outside Newport, three days into a sit-in which has grown increasingly bitter. The occupiers of Britain’s only significant wind farm factory have accused managers of trying to starve them out and yesterday three people were arrested as protesters outside tried to deliver food supplies.

Last night the workers said managers had given them a new ultimatum to leave immediately or face arrest, prosecution and the loss of their redundancy payments when they do finally emerge. One of them, Mark Smith, told The Times: “We told them we’re not coming out. It was unanimous.”

...Last week The Times revealed that the factory was closing down its production line within hours of the Government pledging a five-fold increase in the number of wind turbines in Britain. More than 600 people are due to be made redundant on July 30 - 525 in Newport and 100 at a related facility in Southampton.

The company has blamed the closure on the UK planning system’s obstruction of wind farms...

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From The Times
July 24, 2009

Barack Obama counts the cost of his ambition

Six months ago the new President’s momentum seemed unstoppable. Today he is struggling to sell his trillion-dollar plans to an increasingly sceptical electorate

Tim Reid

...If Mr Obama fails to get a healthcare Bill, he will look a very different President. He has invested enormous personal and political capital into getting legislation passed, and failure could destroy his hopes of curbing global warming or revolutionising the education system.

I suspect that Mr Obama will eventually prevail in this debate, get a watered-down Bill, sign it to great fanfare, declare victory and press on. But that will not end his problems. Support for his policies is sliding quickly because of one signature failing: his unwillingness, or inability, to take on the liberal veterans in his own party who now run Congress and the key spending committees.

A series of polls this week showed support for Mr Obama’s legislative agenda dropping sharply, but what should be ringing the greatest alarm bells inside the White House were two statistics buried in a Gallup survey. First, the number of moderates who voted for Mr Obama who no longer approve of the job he is doing; and second the level of concern at America’s soaring debt...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

Wind farms will be a monument to an age of stupidity

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Christopher Booker

Wind farms will be a monument to an age when our leaders collectively went off their heads

15th July 2009

Let us be clear: Britain is facing an unprecedented crisis. Before long, we will lose 40 per cent of our generating capacity.

And unless we come up quickly with an alternative, the lights WILL go out. Not before time, the Confederation of British Industry yesterday waded in, warning the Government it must abandon its crazy fixation with wind turbines as a way of plugging this forthcoming shortfall and instead urgently focus on far more efficient ways to meet the threat of a permanent, nationwide black-out.

There are a few contenders for the title of the maddest thing that has happened in our lifetime.

But a front-runner must be the way in which politicians of all parties have been seduced by the La-La Land promises of the wind power lobby.

If you still haven't made your mind up about wind power, just consider some of the inescapable facts - facts which the Government and the wind industry do their best to hide from us all.

So far we have spent billions of pounds on building just over 2,000 wind turbines - and yet they contribute barely one per cent of all the electricity that we need.

The combined output of all those 2,000 turbines put together, averaging 700 megawatts, is less than that of a single, medium-sized conventional power station.

What's more, far from being 'free', this pitiful dribble of electricity is twice as expensive as the power we get from the nuclear, gas or coal-fired power stations which currently supply well over 90 per cent of our needs - and we all pay the difference, without knowing it, through our electricity bills.

But despite its best efforts to conceal the fact that wind turbines expensively and unreliably generate only a derisory amount of electricity, the Government keeps on telling us of its megalomaniac plans to build thousands more of them - at a cost of up to £100billion...

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Bye bye black sheep – climate change making sheep change colour

Global warming is not only making the wild sheep of Soay to shrink but it is also making them change colour, claim scientists.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
22 Jul 2009

First scientists discovered that the milder winters were shrinking the sheep in the Outer Hebrides at a rate of 3.5 ounces (100g) a year as smaller, weaker lambs were surviving in the warmer weather.

Now they have discovered the same process is turning the dark coats of Soay sheep on Hirta in the St Kilda archipelago lighter.

On the isolated windswept island in the Outer Hebrides about three quarters of sheep have dark brown coats, while the remainder have light sandy ones.

But despite the fact that the dark-coated Soay sheep are larger, which is usually linked to survival and reproductive success, the frequency of light-coated sheep has increased over the last 20 years, while the climate has warmed in the North Atlantic.

Dr Shane Maloney, an animal researcher whose findings are published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, said: "If environmental effects are the cause of the decline, then we can expect the proportion of dark coloured Soay sheep to decrease further."

He said in colder environments, mammals with darker coats absorb more solar radiation and so need to expend less food energy keeping warm than do their lighter counterparts.

When the climate warms, as is occurring worldwide, the advantages of darker coats in colder environments will wane, leading the number of dark coloured sheep to fall, and to reduce further as the weather trend continues...

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Daily Mail

Cameron may do U-turn and drop opposition to third runway at Heathrow, hints senior Tory

By Daniel Martin
22nd July 2009

A senior Tory has hinted for the first time that David Cameron is poised to drop his pledge to oppose a third runway at Heathrow.

Mr Cameron surprised Westminster when he announced last year that the Tories would fight plans to expand Britain's biggest airport, because of its impact on the environment.

Senior figures in the party were believed to be vociferously opposed to axing the extra runway - saying it would put Britain's economy at risk and leave us open to competition from European neighbours.

Now Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the party's trade spokesman, has become the first frontbencher to voice the concerns, saying the Conservatives may have to 'revisit' the policy before the next election...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

Thanks Linz...

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...quite often after I post articles from UK newspapers here, the next day they turn up on several of the anti-global warming blogs.

Don't know if its just a co-incidence, but its probably still having an effect.

I always tell folk ...

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... Marcus's thread is the world's best battle-kit against this bullshit. He'll be at 50,000 before you can say "sunspots." Smiling

Is the Sun Missing Its Spots?

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Is the Sun Missing Its Spots?

By KENNETH CHANG
Published: July 20, 2009

The Sun is still blank (mostly).

Ever since Samuel Heinrich Schwabe, a German astronomer, first noted in 1843 that sunspots burgeon and wane over a roughly 11-year cycle, scientists have carefully watched the Sun’s activity. In the latest lull, the Sun should have reached its calmest, least pockmarked state last fall.

Indeed, last year marked the blankest year of the Sun in the last half-century — 266 days with not a single sunspot visible from Earth. Then, in the first four months of 2009, the Sun became even more blank, the pace of sunspots slowing more.

“It’s been as dead as a doornail,” David Hathaway, a solar physicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., said a couple of months ago...

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India says no to emission reduction

Ramesh suggests a three-pronged approach for India–US collaboration on climate change as a way forward.

From SciDev.net, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 July 2009

India's minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh has ruled out the country's agreeing to specific targets for reducing carbon emissions.

"There is simply no case for the pressure that we [India] — who have among the lowest emissions per capita — face to reduce emissions," Ramesh told visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday (19 July).

"And as if this pressure was not enough, we also face the threat of carbon tariffs on our exports to countries such as yours," Ramesh said. These tariffs are charges levied on companies for the carbon dioxide they produce while manufacturing goods...

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UN panel to study impact of climate change on poor countries

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change determined to increase understanding of regional effects of warming

Ed Pilkington in New York
guardian.co.uk, Monday 20 July 2009

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body of scientists drawn from around the world, will use its next assessment due in 2014 to look at how the impact of global warming is falling unequally on the poorest developing countries.

Two hundred key members of the IPCC met in Venice last week to begin scoping out its fifth assessment. Rajendra Pachauri, the body's chairman, told reporters at the UN building in New York today that the panel was determined to increase its understanding of local and regional impacts of rising temperatures.

There was an awareness, he said, that in Africa in particular there was insufficient scientific and modelling fire-power to be able to predict in any detail what was likely to happen under global warming. "It's critically important that we create the capacity in Africa to be able to assess the impact of climate change."...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

I feel like...

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...Mr Smith goes to Washington, talking on the Senate floor until I'm hoarse in order to filibuster this bullshit! Smiling

Inexhaustible, Marcus!!

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44,444 reads... it's like watch the odometer ticking over. I wonder how many more miles we have to travel before the Warm Mongerers blow a head gasket.

Barack Obama eager to convince voters he will not bankrupt them

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From The Times

July 21, 2009

Barack Obama eager to convince voters his healthcare plan will not bankrupt America

Tim Reid in Washington

...If the President fails to get a Bill passed by Christmas, he will struggle even more in 2010, when politicians up for re-election will be less likely to risk backing controversial and expensive legislation. A collapse of such a signature issue would threaten Mr Obama’s other aims, such as curbing global warming and reforming the education sector...

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Daily Telegraph

India is right to rebuff the US on global warming

India doesn't need lectures from the US on global warming

By Martin Hutchinson,
21 Jul 2009

A hard cap on emissions, desired by Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, would unfairly stunt growth for India, a relatively low emitter. And US carbon tariffs could damage its exports. But the populous country matters to global emissions goals. The US should compromise - a carbon tax could be India's best option.

Jairam Ramesh, India’s environment minister, is right to reject the US line. India is the world’s fourth largest emitter of carbon dioxide overall. But even in aggregate, its emissions amount to less than a quarter of those from the US or China. In per capita terms, India's emissions are just a fraction of the other top global culprits'. Significantly, even its emissions per dollar of GDP (on a purchasing power parity basis) are in line with those of the US and far below those of Russia and China.

India is poor and needs rapid economic growth to improve living standards. Capping its emissions at or near current levels - as the US wants - is unjustified. There is also no rational basis for US threats to impose carbon tariffs on Indian exports, when India’s emissions per dollar of output are no worse than what the US achieves and far better than many other countries manage...

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IPCC chief: Benefits of tackling climate change will balance cost of action

The cost of tackling climate change will be paid for by benefits that would come from better energy security, employment and health, Rajendra Pachauri says ahead of major announcement on 2013 reports

Damian Carrington
guardian.co.uk, Monday 20 July 2009

Measures needed to tackle global warming could save economies more money than they cost, the world's top climate change expert said today.

Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told the Guardian: "The cost could undoubtedly be negative overall." This is because of the additional benefits that reducing greenhouse gas emissions could bring, beyond limiting temperature rises.

Until now, estimates of the price of preventing dangerous climate change have all indicated significant costs. The most authoritative study, the 2006 Stern report, concluded that 1% of global GDP would be required, and he has since said 2% is now more likely.

Pachauri's comments came ahead of a press announcement in New York today about the IPCC's plans for its next series of reports in 2013. He said these would include a greater emphasis on the economics, as well as ethical and humanitarian concerns...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Carbon emissions trading

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Carbon emissions trading system 'seriously flawed'

• Report by campaign group Sandbag critical of scheme
• Hot air carbon credits preventing actual emissions cuts

Damian Carrington
The Guardian, Monday 20 July 2009

The system of trading carbon emissions at the heart of the ambitious low-carbon plan announced by the government last week is seriously flawed and close to becoming irrelevant, according to researchers behind a new analysis.

So-called "hot air" carbon credits – those which do not result in any actual emissions cuts – could be so numerous that companies covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme would not have to make any cuts to their own emissions until 2015, says the report from climate campaign group, Sandbag. The hot air permits result from the over-allocation of emissions allowances and from those going unused as the recession cuts economic activity.

The ETS covers 50% of the UK and EU's carbon emissions, mainly in the energy, cement, steel, glass and manufacturing sectors. Companies in these sectors are allocated allowances for the carbon they emit, with the total number shrinking over time, theoretically forcing companies to buy additional permits to pollute if they do not cut their emissions.

A large proportion of the UK's promised cut of 34% by 2020 will come via British companies in the ETS. Globally, the carbon trading market was worth €92bn (£79bn) in 2008, trading 5bn tonnes.

However, the large number of carbon permits that have been allocated and a fall in emissions due to the recession, have made the trading system less effective...

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Daily Telegrpah

BNP to use EU taxpayers' money to fund chosen causes

The BNP is to funnel tens of thousands of pounds in taxpayers' money to its chosen causes, as the far-right party attempts to boost its support in the run-up to the next election.

...Mr Griffin also said he planned to use his new role as a member of the Parliament's Environment Committee to challenge the consensus that man-made global warming was a threat.

"There's also been global warming on Mars," he said, "so it's not down to SUVs (sports utility vehicles) or people who refuse to be vegetarians ... It's not going to happen or become a disaster [soon] – it's about 80 years before the polar bears start drowning."...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

How can wind turbines generate so much lunacy?

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How can wind turbines generate so much lunacy?

To meet our peak demand of 56 gigawatts of electricity would require 112,000 turbines covering 11,000 square miles, or an eighth of Britain's entire land area, says Christopher Booker.

By Christopher Booker
18 Jul 2009

It would be hard to beat the sad gullibility with which the media last week reported the plans of Lord Mandelson and our Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband to cover our countryside and sea with 10,000 more huge wind turbines. According to one newspaper, it would need "an area of only 70 square miles to generate Britain's total power requirements".

Well, no, actually. To meet our peak demand of 56 gigawatts of electricity would require 112,000 turbines covering 11,000 square miles, or an eighth of Britain's entire land area.

Another newspaper solemnly reported that a new study shows that "a well-placed turbine could make enough energy to power 825,000 homes". Well, no, actually. The figure for a single 2 megawatt turbine would be just 825 homes, meaning that the newspaper was only 100,000 per cent wrong...

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Climate scientists warn of wild weather in the year ahead as El Niño begins

El Niño expected to increase drought, floods and other extreme events, and cause a hot summer in the UK

John Vidal, environment editor
guardian.co.uk, Monday 13 July 2009

Climate scientists have warned of wild weather in the year ahead as the start of the global "El Niño" climate phenomenon exacerbates the impacts of global warming. As well as droughts, floods and other extreme events, the next few years are also likely to be the hottest on record, scientists say.

In the UK, a Met office spokesman said yesterday that the El Niño event was likely to cause a hot, dry summer, following a warm June, but said could have other unpredictable effects on weather in Britain and north west Europe. "Much depends on how much the El Nino deepens in the next few months."

El Niño - "the child" in Spanish - was named by fishermen in Peru and Ecuador because the phenomenon arrives at Christmas there. It is part of a natural meteorological cycle that happens roughly every 3-7 years and affects weather worldwide for a year or more. It is caused by changes in ocean temperatures, with the first sign being abnormal warming in the Pacific...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

When it comes to global warming, talk of treason is in the air

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Daily Star

When it comes to global warming, talk of treason is in the air
By Bjorn Lomborg

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Discussions about global warming are marked by an increasing desire to stamp out “impure” thinking, to the point of questioning the value of democratic debate. But shutting down discussion simply means the disappearance of reason from public policy. In March, Al Gore’s science adviser and prominent climate researcher, Jim Hansen, proclaimed that when it comes to dealing with global warming, the “democratic process isn’t working.” Although science has demonstrated that carbon-dioxide from fossil fuels is heating the planet, politicians are unwilling to follow his advice and stop building coal-fired power plants.

Hansen argues that, “the first action that people should take is to use the democratic process. What is frustrating people, me included, is that democratic action affects elections, but what we get then from political leaders is greenwash.” Although he doesn’t tell us what the second or third action is, he has turned up in a British court to defend six activists who damaged a coal power station. He argues that we need “more people chaining themselves to coal plants,” a point repeated by Gore.

The Nobel laureate in economics Paul Krugman goes further. After the narrow passage of the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill in the US House of Representatives, Krugman said there was no justification for a vote against it. He called virtually all of the members who voted against it, “climate deniers” who were committing “treason against the planet.”

Krugman said that the “irresponsibility and immorality” of the representatives’ democratic viewpoints were “unforgivable” and a “betrayal.” He thus accused almost half of the democratically elected members of the House, from both parties, of treason for holding the views that they do – thereby essentially negating democracy...

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National Review

July 13, 2009

Global Cooling Chills Summer 2009
Let the cold times roll.

By Deroy Murdock

As cap-and-trade advocates tie their knickers in knots over so-called “global warming,” Mother Nature refuses to cooperate. Earth’s temperatures continue a chilling trend that began eleven years ago. As global cooling accelerates, global-warmists kick, scream, and push their pet theory — just like little kids who cover their ears and stomp their feet when older children tell them not to bother waiting up for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Consider how the globe cooled last month:

June in Manhattan averaged 67.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.7 degrees below normal — the coldest average since 1958. The National Weather Service stated on July 1: “The last time that Central Park hit 85 in May . . . but not in June was back in 1903.”

In Phoenix, June’s high temperatures were below 100 degrees for 15 days straight, the first such June since 1913. In California’s desert, Yucca Valley’s June average was 83.5, 8.5 degrees below normal. Not far away, downtown Los Angeles averaged 74.5 degrees, five below normal...

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Britain's green grave

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Britain's green revolution will power economic recovery

Gordon Brown
The Observer, Sunday 12 July 2009

Two centuries ago, Britain was at the forefront of a new industrial age that transformed our small island into the workshop of the world and a global economic powerhouse.

Now we must once more harness the expertise of our engineers and scientists - and the ambition of our entrepreneurs - to embrace a green revolution that will significantly change the way we all live and work. At a historic summit in Italy last week, G8 leaders agreed to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels and cut their emissions by 80% by 2050.

I know that, for many people, these summits can feel like grand talking shops with abstract arguments about issues of little relevance to their daily lives. But climate change will affect every individual, every family, every community, every business, every economy and every government. And I am determined that Britain will be at the forefront of the transition to low-carbon societies. Not only because it is our moral duty to future generations and because climate change, caused largely by the richest nations, hits the poorest and most vulnerable hardest. But because this new approach will underpin our push towards economic recovery - providing new growth, new jobs, new industries and new opportunities...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Caught out by carbon capture

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Caught out by carbon capture

Article from: Herald Sun

Terry McCrann

July 15, 2009

KEVIN Rudd's carbon "coup" is actually a damning if unintended admission that the 'climate change game' is over.

Game, set and match to carbon - and more specifically, carbon dioxide emissions.

Three things came out of last week's G8 summit and the so-called 17-member Major Economies Forum in Italy.

These meetings were supposed to deliver irresistible momentum to binding cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions at the "all-important Copenhagen summit" in December, to quote one of the acolytes, The Age environment reporter Adam Morton.

Instead they've delivered all the acceleration grunt of a Toyota Prius.

One outcome was utterly fatuous. "An historic agreement . . . that global warming should be limited to 2 degrees," as the same Morton breathlessly described it.

Well, somebody named Canute tried something similar a few hundred years ago - ordering the tide not to come in. With one big difference: he knew it couldn't be stopped.

Which is more depressing: that Presidents Obama and Szarkozy, Prime Minister Brown, Chancellor Merkel et al don't know how silly their "agreement" is? Or that they do?...

http://www.news.com.au/heralds...
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Daily Mail

PETER SISSONS: I drove out of Television Centre for the final time last month... and I don't have a pang of regret
By Peter Sissons

15th July 2009

...The other episode happened more recently. On a wintry Saturday last December, there was what was billed as a major climate change rally in London.
The leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, went into the Westminster studio to be interviewed by me on the BBC News channel. She clearly expected what I call a 'free hit'; to be allowed to voice her views without being challenged on them.

I pointed out to her that the climate didn't seem to be playing ball at the moment. We were having a particularly cold winter, even though carbon emissions were increasing. Indeed, there had been no warming for ten years, contradicting all the alarming computer predictions.

Well, she was outraged. I don't have the actual transcript, but Miss Lucas told me angrily that it was disgraceful that the BBC - the BBC! - should be giving any kind of publicity to those sort of views.

I believe I am one of a tiny number of BBC interviewers who have so much as raised the possibility that there is another side to the debate on climate change.

The Corporation's most famous interrogators invariably begin by accepting that 'the science is settled', when there are countless reputable scientists and climatologists producing work that says it isn't.

But it is effectively BBC policy, enthusiastically carried out by the BBC environment correspondents, that those views should not be heard - witness the BBC statement last year that 'BBC News currently takes the view that their reporting needs to be calibrated to take into account the scientific consensus that global warming is man-made'.

Politically the argument may be settled, but any inquisitive journalist can find ample evidence that scientifically it is not.

I was not proud to be working for an organisation with a corporate mind so closed on such an important issue. Disquiet over my interview with Miss Lucas, incidentally, went right to the top at the BBC although, naturally, they never sought to discuss it with me.

For me, this is not an issue about the climate, it is an issue about the duty of the journalist.

The truth of the matter is that for all the above reasons, I was no longer comfortable at BBC News. It remains an iconic organisation, but it stands at the crossroads.

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The folly of pretence

We must not preserve the myth of God – it was a useful crutch, but we've outgrown it

Daniel Dennett
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 16 July 2009

As I explain in the chapter by that title in Breaking the Spell, "belief in belief" is a common phenomenon not restricted to religions. Economists realise that a sound currency depends on people believing that the currency is sound, and scientists recognise that the actual objectivity of scientific studies on global warming is politically impotent unless people believe in that objectivity, so economists and scientists (among others) take steps to foster and protect such beliefs that they think are benign. That's acting on belief in belief.

Sometimes the maintenance of a belief is deemed so important that impressive systems of propaganda are erected and vigorously defended by people who do not in fact share the belief that they think is so important for society to endorse...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm...
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Daily Telegraph

Tories accuse Labour of stealing green ideas

The Conservatives' approach to Britain's future energy requirements is broadly similar to the Government plans outlined yesterday, the shadow energy secretary has said.

By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
16 Jul 2009

Greg Clark even accused Labour ministers of copying many of their ideas from a Conservative energy paper published earlier this year.

David Cameron's party has sought to claim the environment as a Conservative issue, and the Tories, like Labour, want to increase the share of Britain's energy generated from renewable sources.

That would mean the number of wind turbines would continue to grow sharply under a Conservative government...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

Sarah Palin writes in Washington Post and UK Guardian!

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Drill, baby, drill

Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan threatens our economy and national security. We need to tap America's sources of energy

Sarah Palin
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 14 July 2009

There is no shortage of threats to our economy. America's unemployment rate recently hit its highest mark in more than 25 years and is expected to continue climbing. Worries are widespread that even when the economy finally rebounds, the recovery won't bring jobs. Our nation's debt is unsustainable, and the federal government's reach into the private sector is unprecedented.

Unfortunately, many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges. So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be:

I am deeply concerned about President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm...

The 'Cap And Tax' Dead End

By Sarah Palin
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
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Climate change:
Steve Fielding says Al Gore is wrong

Article from:
news.com.au

July 14, 2009

THIS is the chart climate change sceptic Family First Senator Steve Fielding hopes will convince environmental campaigner Al Gore that global warming is not real.

Senator Fielding is trying to score a one-on-one meeting with Mr Gore, who is in Australia promoting several environmental causes, to prove to him that climate change sceptics are right...

http://www.news.com.au/courier...
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From The Times
July 15, 2009

Miliband promises more green jobs but Vestas wind turbine plant is closing

Ben Webster, Environment Editor

One of Britain’s biggest employers in the green energy industry is to cease production within hours of a government announcement today pledging as many as 400,000 green jobs by 2015.

Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will claim that Britain will become a world leader in low-carbon technology and manufacturing. He will argue that raising household energy bills to pay for investment in wind, solar and tidal power is justified not only by the dangers of global warming but also the opportunity to build a new “green economy”.

However, tomorrow morning the Vestas factory in Newport, Isle of Wight, Britain’s only significant manufacturer of wind turbines, will produce its last batch of seven-tonne blades. More than 600 people employed at the plant, and a related facility in Southampton, will be made redundant at the end of the month. All 7,000 turbines that the Government will commit today to installing over the next decade will be manufactured overseas, mainly in Germany, Denmark and China...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

Temperatures are normal, it’s the Politics that are Wrong

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Canada Free Press

Temperatures are normal, it’s the Politics that are Wrong

By Dr. Tim Ball Monday, July 13, 2009

In a massive irony President Obama spoke of global warming at the G8 on July 8, the same day his political hometown of Chicago recorded the coldest July 8 in 118 years.

Global temperatures are declining but politicians keep speaking of warming. After sea level rise the biggest alarmism and misinformation is about global temperatures. Unlike sea level threats temperature data is more easily understood and difficult to ignore, but that doesn’t stop extremists or politicians with a narrow political agenda.

A few events are easily dismissed as weather, but a pattern indicates a climate trend. Reports of record cold began in the Southern Hemisphere 20 years ago but became global over the last 10 years. This contradicts predictions of warming and indicates the claimed cause of human produced CO2 is wrong...

http://canadafreepress.com/ind...
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We will protect air travel for the masses, says Ed Miliband

Nicholas Watt and Tim Webb
guardian.co.uk, Monday 13 July 2009

Mass air travel will be preserved even in a low-carbon Britain because the government will find deeper emissions cuts in other areas, the climate change secretary Ed Miliband said today.

Dismissing demands for punitive sanctions to curb flying, Miliband said the government was determined to ensure that airline travel remains affordable for ordinary people.

In a Guardian interview, ahead of the publication of a white paper on climate change, Miliband said air travel would become more expensive as Britain tries to meet a G8 target to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050. But he said it would be wrong to impose the target on airlines, which will be covered by the European Emissions Trading Scheme from 2012 if they fly to and from the EU.

"Where I disagree with other people on aviation is if you did 80% cuts across the board, as some people have called for on aviation, you would go back to 1974 levels of flying," he said. "I don't want to have a situation where only rich people can afford to fly."...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

EFSA Launches Project to Predict the Effect of Climate Change on

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Those clever boffins have their fingers in the lolly jar again:

13/07/09

"The European Food Safety Authority has launched a call for proposals to study the potential increase in aflatoxin B1 in cereals in the EU as a result of climate change. Aflatoxin B1 is a mycotoxin produced by moulds which grow on certain cereals including maize, wheat and rice. It is particularly prevalent in hot and humid climates and is carcinogenic.

Based on different climate change scenarios, the aim of the project is to gather and analyse data on aflatoxin B1 in order to build predictive models, define scenarios and create maps highlighting potential future contamination of cereal crops. The results will help to inform any future work in this area by EFSA and give an indication of potential emerging food contamination by mycotoxins in the EU due to climate change.

The project is being coordinated by EFSA’s Emerging Risks Unit, which has identified this issue as a potential area of concern. Scientific organisations designated by the EU member states have until 7 September 2009 to submit proposals. The selected applicant[s] will receive a grant of up to €250,000 from EFSA."

Make your home greener or pay higher council tax, Government say

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Daily Mail

Make your home greener or pay higher council tax, Government says
By Daniel Martin

13th July 2009

Householders should face higher council tax and stamp duty if they refuse to make their homes greener, Government advisers say.
Those who do not have double glazing or insulation would be hammered under proposals drawn up by an environmental pressure group which will be considered by ministers.

They want the punishments to be brought in alongside 'green mortgages', under which homeowners can apply for loans to spend on energy-efficient equipment such as new boilers and even solar panels...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...
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Independent

CBI demands an overhaul of Britain's energy policy

Business group wants more clean coal and nuclear to end risky reliance on foreign gas

By Sarah Arnott

Monday, 13 July 2009

Business leaders are calling for a major shift in the Government's energy policy to avoid a dirty and dangerous reliance on foreign-sourced gas in two decades' time.

The current approach is both jeopardising the achievement of climate change targets and undermining future energy security, says a Confederation of British Industry report published today, just days before the launch of the Government's Renewable Energy Strategy (RES).

Incentives focused on ramping up wind power will draw investment away from other low-carbon energy sources such as nuclear and clean coal, the report warns. And the need to keep the lights on will force utilities to build extra gas power stations to fill the short-term gap left by the decommissioning, from 201 5, of ageing infrastructure. The result, according to consultants at McKinsey, is that by 2030 the UK energy mix will be unduly reliant on imported gas and not in line with carbon emissions reduction targets...

http://www.independent.co.uk/n...

It is brilliant political hucksterism

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I used to think that all this shrillness going nowhere fast could be the death-throes of early 20th century hubristic constructivism.

But, they've made a sucker bet.

If there is no species ending catastrophe, they will claim it is because they reduced CO2 emissions by whatever amount they do. That actual amount is immaterial, becuase no matter what amount that is, they will claim the amount of CO2 would have been much higher still. So, higher CO2, lower CO2, same CO2, makes no difference to this 'political science' argument in the least.

If there is a catastrophe, noboby will much care one way or the other, the world will be in full blown panic mode.

If there is no clear cut outcome, something between, they will endlessly claim to be figthing a delicate balance on the edge of a species ending catastrophe. IOW, exactly what they have been doing.

So, the fix is in on this scam, for as long as it is tolerated by free people as an excuse to tax them into oblivion.

This scam has been the dream of voodoo priests for thousands of years, trying to build the New Serfdom to The State. They've latched onto cargo cult science with a vengeance, and are going to ride it for as long as the tribe tolerates it.

Whatever 'the' temperature is in 50 years, the world totalitarian government will simply claim that it would have been 2 deg C warmer if they hadn't have enacted a totalitarian world government. (The Obama administration is applying the exact same formula to unemployment in 'the economy' in the US. Whatever it is, it would have been worse, and the mythical difference is attributable to his fat fingering.)

History isn't over, however.

Retiring newsreader Peter Sissons: "BBC standards are falling."

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Peter Sissons: BBC standards are falling - and bosses are too scared to do anything about it

By Mail On Sunday Reporter
11th July 2009

Peter Sissons, the veteran newsreader who announced his retirement last month, has launched a withering attack on the BBC - claiming standards have fallen and accusing producers of being too mired in political correctness to do anything about it...

In a wide-ranging attack, he also claims it is now 'effectively BBC policy' to stifle critics of the consensus view on global warming. He says: 'I believe I am one of a tiny number of BBC interviewers who have so much as raised the possibility that there is another side to the debate on climate change.

'The Corporation's most famous interrogators invariably begin by accepting that "the science is settled", when there are countless reputable scientists and climatologists producing work that says it isn't.

'But it is effectively BBC policy... that those views should not be heard.'...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...
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Daily Telegraph

Climate change: The sun and the oceans do not lie

Even a compromised agreement to reduce emissions could devastate the economy - and all for a theory shot full of holes, says Christopher Booker.

By Christopher Booker
11 Jul 2009

The moves now being made by the world's political establishment to lock us into December's Copenhagen treaty to halt global warming are as alarming as anything that has happened in our lifetimes.

Last week in Italy, the various branches of our emerging world government, G8 and G20, agreed in principle that the world must by 2050 cut its CO2 emissions in half.

Britain and the US are already committed to cutting their use of fossil fuels by more than 80 per cent. Short of an unimaginable technological revolution, this could only be achieved by closing down virtually all our economic activity: no electricity, no transport, no industry.

All this is being egged on by a gigantic publicity machine, by the UN, by serried ranks of government-funded scientists, by cheerleaders such as Al Gore, last week comparing the fight against global warming to that against Hitler's Nazis, and by politicians who have no idea what they are setting in train....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...
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EU must lead the world on climate change

Martin Luther King would never have made the impact he did if he started his famous speech with the words: "I have a nightmare". It is hard to enthuse people about the need to combat climate change through fear.

By Roland Rudd
11 Jul 2009

"If we don't act now, this is how terrible the world will be" is hardly a great rallying call for action. Yet there are reasons for optimism.

In the US, the world's greatest polluter, half the population do not believe in Darwin's theory of evolution. However, 70pc believe in climate change. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the first significant global challenge which is completely understood by the world. So the question is not how to persuade people for the need for action. It is how do we get the world to change in order to avoid the catastrophic level of climate change projected to occur as early as 2050?

The answer has to be through the European Union acting first. The Kyoto treaty, committing industrialised countries to reducing their collective emissions of greenhouse gases by more than 5pc (for the EU, the target is 8pc) below their 1990 levels, would never have been signed but for the EU determination to act as one body, with one negotiator...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fin...
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Independent

The planet's future: Climate change 'will cause civilisation to collapse'

Authoritative new study sets out a grim vision of shortages and violence – but amid all the gloom, there is some hope too

By Jonathan Owen

Sunday, 12 July 2009

An effort on the scale of the Apollo mission that sent men to the Moon is needed if humanity is to have a fighting chance of surviving the ravages of climate change. The stakes are high, as, without sustainable growth, "billions of people will be condemned to poverty and much of civilisation will collapse".

This is the stark warning from the biggest single report to look at the future of the planet – obtained by The Independent on Sunday ahead of its official publication next month. Backed by a diverse range of leading organisations such as Unesco, the World Bank, the US army and the Rockefeller Foundation, the 2009 State of the Future report runs to 6,700 pages and draws on contributions from 2,700 experts around the globe. Its findings are described by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, as providing "invaluable insights into the future for the United Nations, its member states, and civil society"...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

The G-8 Economic Suicide Pact

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The G-8 Economic Suicide Pact
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, July 09, 2009

Climate Change: Channeling King Canute, G-8 leaders agree to wreck the world's economy, and ours, by pledging to prevent temperatures from rising more than 4 degrees by 2050. What if the Earth has other plans?

Canute was the legendary king whose sycophantic followers praised his power and wisdom. He was The One of his time. He once stood on the shore and commanded the waves to halt. As the story goes, he was exercising his ego when in fact he was giving his followers a dose of reality — the power of man over nature is finite and inconsequential.

We were reminded of this as members of the G-8 met in Italy on Wednesday to agree in principle to cut their emissions of greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050. The aim is to hammer out a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012. In December, the U.N. is convening a meeting in Copenhagen to forge a binding consensus on reduction targets.

The announced goal, which President Obama has signed on to, is to keep the earth's average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). That should not be a problem. While the warm-mongers tout 1998 as a record warm year, no year since has been as warm as the earth has, in fact, cooled during an unusually quiet solar cycle.

Last August was the first month in nearly a century in which the sun was completely devoid of sunspots, an indicator of solar activity. While the earth's temperature charts nicely with the solar cycles over time, it correlates not at all with rising CO2 levels. In fact, the earth has been cooling even as these levels rise, and the earth is no warmer than it was in 1979.

Since Al Gore released his feature-length cartoon "An Inconvenient Truth" in October 2006, the Earth has cooled about 0.74 F, almost the same amount that the U.N.'s climate panel, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, claims was gained in the entire 20th century.

Steven Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute has actually sat down and crunched the numbers to find out what an 80% reduction actually means. An 80% reduction from 1990 levels means that in 2050 we cannot emit more than 1 billion tons of CO2. The last time U.S. emissions were that low, Hayward estimates from historical energy data, was in 1910...

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/I...
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Senate Democrats push back deadline on Obama climate change agenda

• Barbara Boxer tries to balance regional interests
• EPA head likens environment issue to space race

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 9 July 2009

Barack Obama hit a snag in his ambitious climate change agenda today when Senate Democrats pushed back their deadline to product a draft bill until September.

Barbara Boxer, the chair of the environment and public works committee who is spearheading the Obama environment agenda, said she had scaled back plans of writing a first draft of a climate change bill before Congress goes on its August recess.

"We will do it as soon as we get back," she told reporters.

She insisted that the delay would not jeopardise chances of getting climate change legislation through Congress this year. But the move comes amid signs of rising opposition to the bill in the Senate from moderate Democrats as well as Republicans.

Boxer would not guarantee that Congress would be able to pass legislation before December, when Obama is due to attend an international summit on climate change at Copenhagen.

"I want to take this as far as we can take it," she said. "The more we can do the better."

The downshifting in the Democrats' agenda comes a day after a meeting of Obama's energy and climate change team at the White House, and marks an acknowledgement by the Administration of the daunting challenge of getting enough votes for the bill in the delicately balanced Senate. Boxer tried and failed a year ago to pass a climate change bill...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worl...
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Daily Telegraph

Household energy bills 'to rise by up to £230 'to pay for green revolution'

Household energy bills could rise by up to £230 a year to pay for the new "green revolution" which will be announced by the Government next week.

11 Jul 2009

The Renewable Energy Strategy will state that more than £100 billion needs to be invested in infrastructure, including 7,000 wind turbines, by 2020.

It is estimated in the strategy that energy bills will have to rise by about 20 per cent to cover the cost.

The average household pays about £1,150 a year for electricity and gas, so the cost of converting to renewable energy and modernising the power supply could add about £230 to bills.

The Government is legally tied to cutting CO2 emissions by 34 per cent over the next 11 years and 80 per cent by 2050.

That means it must increase the amount of energy generated from renewable sources from 2 per cent, the amount currently produced, to 15 per cent by 2020...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

G8's climate change targets are meaningless.

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Independent

The Big Question: Will it really be possible to meet the G8's climate change targets?

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Friday, 10 July 2009

...Why shouldn't that be realistic?

Because it is not at all clear what "80 per cent" means; it sounds like a terrific reduction, but 80 per cent of what? It might be taken to mean cutting emissions back to 80 per cent of what they are today, or what they were in 2000, say; while what UN climate scientists and environmental campaigners think is necessary, is to cut them back to 80 per cent of what they were in 1990, and that's a much tougher call (though it should be said that Britain has pledged to do this). Have a close look at the wording of the G8 communiqué issued after the agreement.

So what is the key part of the communiqué?

The leaders say in paragraph 65: "We also support a goal of developed countries reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in aggregate by 80 per cent or more by 2050 compared to 1990 or more recent years [our italics]." Those last four words, put in to keep all parties happy, especially the more reluctant ones, and make sure agreement was reached, in effect render the commitment so imprecise as to be meaningless...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...
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Spectator

Meet the man who has exposed the great climate change con trick

James Delingpole
Wednesday, 8th July 2009

James Delingpole talks to Professor Ian Plimer, the Australian geologist, whose new book shows that ‘anthropogenic global warming’ is a dangerous, ruinously expensive fiction, a ‘first-world luxury’ with no basis in scientific fact. Shame on the publishers who rejected the book.

Imagine how wonderful the world would be if man-made global warming were just a figment of Al Gore’s imagination. No more ugly wind farms to darken our sunlit uplands. No more whopping electricity bills, artificially inflated by EU-imposed carbon taxes. No longer any need to treat each warm, sunny day as though it were some terrible harbinger of ecological doom. And definitely no need for the $7.4 trillion cap and trade (carbon-trading) bill — the largest tax in American history — which President Obama and his cohorts are so assiduously trying to impose on the US economy.

Imagine no more, for your fairy godmother is here. His name is Ian Plimer, Professor of Mining Geology at Adelaide University, and he has recently published the landmark book Heaven And Earth, which is going to change forever the way we think about climate change...

http://www.spectator.co.uk/the...
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Daily Mail

Hysteria is the real threat, not global warming

By Andrew Alexander
09th July 2009

With Tony Blair launching his own plan to save the world (groans), and the G8 leaders also unveiling their thoughts about global warming, this is a big week for environmental fanaticism.

Whatever he or they offer, it will not be enough to quell the warmists' semi-religious fervour.
They are like medieval preachers, proclaiming to baying crowds that the end of the word is nigh...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/deb...
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Luetkemeyer Bill Would Save Taxpayers $12.5 Million, Denies Funding for UN's Junk Science
07/08/09

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) today introduced legislation that would save taxpayers $12.5 million this year and millions more in the future by prohibiting the United States from contributing to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is fraught with waste and is engaged in dubious science.

“We all know that the UN is incompetent when it comes to spending money, and that is why American taxpayers should not be forking over millions more to one of its organizations that not only is in need of significant reform but is engaged in dubious scientific quests,” Luetkemeyer said. “Folks in Missouri and across the country are tired of this never ending government spending spree, and my goal is to deliver some of our people’s hard-earned money back into their pocketbooks instead of spending it on international junk science.”

Luetkemeyer’s legislation would prohibit U.S. contributions to the IPCC, which is nothing more than a group of U.N. bureaucrats that supports man-made claims on global warming that many scientists disagree with....

http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/?...

I believe you're right...

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A graph was corrected and the Wunsch parts were removed. That was due to him threatening legal action, although Channel 4 would have won the case. But I think Durkin sensibly decided if Wunsch was unhappy he shouldn't be in it.

Consequently the DVD version is shorter. The question is whether the Channel 4 legal team are happy if free copies of the original or DVD version are posted for free. Probably not, although before it was available on DVD they didn't seem to mind as the original version was left on Google Video for many months.

I could be wrong about this...

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...but my understanding is, the commercial version on DVD is not the same as the originally aired documentary. I thought that some parts weret removed via lawsuit or threat of lawsuit or somesuch, specifically, parts of what Prof. Wunsch contributed in the original documentary.

Full length un-edited versions on YouTube and elsewhere seem to come and go; this is a much despised documentary among the religious zealots.

Prince Charles: next generation faces 'living hell'

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He should know from experience! Evil
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Daily Telegraph

Prince Charles: next generation faces 'living hell' unless climate change tackled

The Prince of Wales has warned the next generation face a "living hell" unless governments tackle climate change urgently.

By Urmee Khan, Digital and Media Correspondent
09 Jul 2009

Delivering this year's Richard Dimbleby Lecture, the Prince said: "In failing the Earth, we are failing humanity."

Drawing parallels with the global financial crisis, he said Nature was the "biggest bank of all", warning the Earth is on ethe bring of environmental disaster.

"Just as our banking sector is struggling with its debts... so Nature's life-support systems are failing to cope with the debts we have built up there too," he said. "If we don't face up to this, then Nature, the biggest bank of all, could go bust. And no amount of quantitative easing will revive it." ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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From The Times

July 8, 2009

Al Gore invokes spirit of Churchill in battle against climate change

Ben Webster, Environment Editor and Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor

Al Gore invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill yesterday when he urged political leaders to follow the example of Britain’s wartime leader in the battle against climate change.

The former US Vice-President accused governments around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid taking difficult decisions.

Speaking in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, sponsored by The Times, Mr Gore said: “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War Two. We have everything we need except political will, but political will is a renewable resource.”

Mr Gore admitted that it was difficult to persuade the public that the threat from climate change was as urgent as that from Hitler...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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From The Times
July 9, 2009

G8 leaders claim historic breakthrough on new deal to tackle global warming


Stephen Harper of Canada, President Obama, President Sarkozy of France and Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, are put in their places in L'Aquila for a photo call

Philip Webster, Political Editor, in L’Aquila

President Obama and other leaders backed historic new targets for tackling global warming last night in an agreement designed to pave the way for a world deal in the autumn.

For the first time, America and the other seven richest economies agreed to the goal of keeping the world’s average temperature from rising more than 2C (3.6F).

They also agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 as they strove for a worldwide deal at Copenhagen in December.

The moves were designed to put the squeeze on the world’s developing nations, most of whose leaders will join the G8 for a debate chaired by President Obama today.

There were signs last night that the G13 — the eight joined by China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Brazil — would today also sign up to the 2C limit.

Hopes of an international deal remain on a knife edge because earlier yesterday China and India declined to support the objective of halving their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and Hu Jintao, the Chinese President, flew home to deal with growing problems in his own country.

While there are signals that India may be prepared to move, the G8 leaders do not expect agreement from the developing countries to halve emissions...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

Thanks gregster...

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After it was aired, the makers wanted it out there and didn't have a problem with it being online.

Now they have the DVD out on sale most places, including Amazon.

Linz, shall we edit the article to link to Amazon instead (you can get paid for linking to it, no?) and say that one can now watch it on DVD?

That reminds me Fred

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I have my own copy too on a CD as a .avi file. I'll have to load it on to my Mac and see if it's the uncut version. Then I'll put it on youtube again.

Mr. Hansen, as everyone

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Mr. Hansen, as everyone ascendancy this solar wise knows, is the teacher of NASA's Goddard Institute now Space Studies. Starting drag 2004, he launched a exploration castigate the Bush administration, trial true was censoring his global-warming thoughts further
fiddling with the science. It was unimpaired a stir of a hoot, habituated Mr. Hansen was today a world-famous nut of the profession of man-made global warming, a trait earned with some 1,400 speeches he'd given, plentiful bit plan seeing Mr. Bush. But sound gave Democrats a pleasant speech point, matchless the Obama band to come picked up. Glasgow and Fife

So emphatically since that onliest of President Barack Obama's boon acts was a memo to agencies defiance heavier transparency esteem government, again science. The nominee to prong the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa Jackson, joined in, exclaiming, "As administrator, I consign safeguard EPA's efforts to superscription the environmental crises of present-day are profound character three indispensable values: science-based policies besides program, adherence to the command of law, also flashy transparency." In paragon anyone minus the point, Mr. Obama took new shot at his predecessors network April, vowing that "the days of tip-off sightly a backseat to ideology are over."

Original documentary

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A while back, when the complete 'The Great Global Warming Swindle' first came out, it was available in a 1:13 minute complete version.

Then, the concerted effort to expunge it from existence began in earnest. There was a period when it was easy to find lame criticisms of 'TGGWS' on youtube, but not the actual documentary. To me, some of the most compelling support for the POV expressed in TGGWS was the total lameness of the critics arguments.

The documentary owners, I think, were beaten down in court, and a commercial version was released and available on their website, though watered down from the original.

Professor Wunsch caved to the very pressure described in the documentary! I saw the original email inquiries asking him to be part of the documentary--still available here. http://ocean.mit.edu/~cwunsch/... ie, from Prof Wunsch's very own website.

Particularly, the following email, at the end of his 'response' and request to disavow his participation:

From: jo locke
Sent: 19 September 2006 16:22
To: Carl Wunsch
Cc: Eliya Arman
Subject: Climate Change Documentary

and it is clear that he wasn't 'duped' in the least. As well, he said nothing at all controversial in the documentary. Kind of made me ashamed to have once gone to MIT. He said much more damning things on his own, here. http://royalsociety.org/page.a...

His main complaint, after participating, was being associated with something so effective. He sold out, so he wouldn't lose his membership in The Borg. It was weasely, and pathetic.

I still have a copy of the original 1:13 version, as a 223MB .MOV file, which I downloaded from youtube back when the complete version was still available. It's been hard to find -- and seldom seen --ever since.

The EPA Silences a Climate Skeptic

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WSJ

JULY 3, 2009.

The EPA Silences a Climate Skeptic

The professional penalty for offering a contrary view to elites like Al Gore is a smear campaign.

Wherever Jim Hansen is right now -- whatever speech the "censored" NASA scientist is giving -- perhaps he'll find time to mention the plight of Alan Carlin. Though don't count on it.

Mr. Hansen, as everyone in this solar system knows, is the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Starting in 2004, he launched a campaign against the Bush administration, claiming it was censoring his global-warming thoughts and fiddling with the science. It was all a bit of a hoot, given Mr. Hansen was already a world-famous devotee of the theory of man-made global warming, a reputation earned with some 1,400 speeches he'd given, many while working for Mr. Bush. But it gave Democrats a fun talking point, one the Obama team later picked up.

So much so that one of President Barack Obama's first acts was a memo to agencies demanding new transparency in government, and science. The nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa Jackson, joined in, exclaiming, "As administrator, I will ensure EPA's efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and program, adherence to the rule of law, and overwhelming transparency." In case anyone missed the point, Mr. Obama took another shot at his predecessors in April, vowing that "the days of science taking a backseat to ideology are over."

Except, that is, when it comes to Mr. Carlin, a senior analyst in the EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics and a 35-year veteran of the agency. In March, the Obama EPA prepared to engage the global-warming debate in an astounding new way, by issuing an "endangerment" finding on carbon. It establishes that carbon is a pollutant, and thereby gives the EPA the authority to regulate it -- even if Congress doesn't act...

http://online.wsj.com/article/...
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Q and A on the Climate Bill

By David A. Fahrenthold and Steven Mufson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, July 5, 2009

The climate bill approved by the House last month started out as an idea -- fight global warming -- and wound up looking like an unabridged dictionary. It runs to more than 1,400 pages, swollen with loopholes and giveaways meant to win over un-green industries and wary legislators.

Here are answers to some key questions about the bill...

Would this bill stop climate change?

No. Even if it works exactly as planned -- delivering a 17 percent reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared with 2005 levels -- it might not slow down the rate of climate change by very much.

That is because emissions are a global problem: Greenhouse gases contribute to the Earth's warming whether they are emitted in China or in Chevy Chase. Even if the United States meets the legislation's goals for 2020, the world's total emissions would be reduced by about 3 percent, according to Energy Department projections.

That would be a start, environmentalists say. Usually emissions grow as the economy grows, so a 17 percent cut would be a huge feat for the energy industry. But scientists say that far deeper cuts are needed to head off disaster from warming temperatures, rising sea levels and other climate changes. The legislation would require reductions of 42 percent by 2030 and 83 percent by 2050...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

No worries: Climate change debate goes nowhere fast

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No worries: Climate change debate goes nowhere fast

Nevil Gibson | Wednesday July 1 2009

Did you stop worrying about climate change when the credit crunch and global recession got serious? Then listen up, things have changed for the better.

In the past year or so since you last worried about it, the climate change debate has moved on. In fact, it is in danger of extinction as the scientific “consensus” disappears and international agencies and governments backpedal on draconian measures to stamp out use of carbon.

In New Zealand and Australia, the political climate has turned decidedly frosty against moves to impose heavy costs on business or consumers.

A carbon emissions trading system is stymied in the Australian Parliament and in New Zealand the government has announced it will embark on a programme of public consultation before going any further.

In the US, the House of Representatives has narrowly passed President Obama’s climate change bill, adopting a “cap and trade” system for carbon emissions. But it must still get through the Senate, an unlikely event without major changes, according to most observers...

http://www.nbr.co.nz/opinion/n...
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Matt Taibbi on how Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression
MATT TAIBBI

Posted Jul 02, 2009

...Fast-forward to today. It's early June in Washington, D.C. Barack Obama, a popular young politician whose leading private campaign donor was an investment bank called Goldman Sachs — its employees paid some $981,000 to his campaign — sits in the White House. Having seamlessly navigated the political minefield of the bailout era, Goldman is once again back to its old business, scouting out loopholes in a new government-created market with the aid of a new set of alumni occupying key government jobs.

Gone are Hank Paulson and Neel Kashkari; in their place are Treasury chief of staff Mark Patterson and CFTC chief Gary Gensler, both former Goldmanites. (Gensler was the firm's co-head of finance.) And instead of credit derivatives or oil futures or mortgage-backed CDOs, the new game in town, the next bubble, is in carbon credits — a booming trillion- dollar market that barely even exists yet, but will if the Democratic Party that it gave $4,452,585 to in the last election manages to push into existence a groundbreaking new commodities bubble, disguised as an "environmental plan," called cap-and-trade. The new carbon-credit market is a virtual repeat of the commodities-market casino that's been kind to Goldman, except it has one delicious new wrinkle: If the plan goes forward as expected, the rise in prices will be government-mandated. Goldman won't even have to rig the game. It will be rigged in advance.

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Warmists scaring up a storm!

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Devastation in Zambia as climate change brings early flooding

The Red Cross warns that global warming will lead to more disasters along the Zambezi river basin

David Smith, Africa correspondent, in Mongu, Zambia
The Guardian, Monday 6 July 2009

The ceremony is called Kuomboka, meaning "moving out of the water". Every year the king of the Lozi people journeys from the flooded plains to higher ground. Thousands gather to dance, feast and watch the royal barge rowed by dozens of oarsmen beneath a giant replica elephant.

The Kuomboka is traditionally the cue for local people to follow the king in escaping the rising waters, but the reality of climate change is catching up with this colourful ritual. The most recent flood came too soon and too strong, killing at least 31 people in Zambia's impoverished western province. The devastating aftermath has left people starving and homeless.

"Flooding here is an annual event, but it came earlier than expected and people were caught off guard," said Raphael Mutiku, a public health engineer for Oxfam in Mongu.

The Red Cross recently warned that global warming will lead to more disasters and suffering along the entire Zambezi river basin, where floods have increased dramatically in recent years...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Climate change shifting seasons is causing widespread hunger

Millions of people could starve because climate change shifts the timing of the seasons, according to a leading international aid agency.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
06 Jul 2009

The regular arrival of the rains or a dry period to harvest staple crops ensures the majority of people around the world can grow enough food to eat.

But a new report by Oxfam has found that poor farmers in developing countries are increasingly finding the growing season is changing as a consequence of climate change.

The rains are coming too early or not at all and unexpected periods of drought or downpours are wiping out crops, leaving millions more people suffering hunger, the research said.

In a separate report, entitled Technology for a Low Carbon Future, Tony Blair, the former prime minister, said the technological solutions to global warming were "well within our grasp" and required only the political will to implement them.

Mr Blair said that a series of crunch meetings this year - including the Major Economies Forum in Italy this week and the Copenhagen climate change summit in December - should see the fight against global warming move from the campaigning stage to "practical policy making"...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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From The Times
July 6, 2009

Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed demands action on climate change

Mark Henderson, Science Editor

Global warming should be seen not as an environmental crisis but as a human rights issue that risks the lives, livelihoods and homes of millions of people, the President of one of the countries that is most vulnerable to climate change said yesterday.

Mohammed Nasheed, the President of the Maldives, told The Times that defending his island nation against rising sea levels was a humanitarian challenge as critical as defending Poland against Nazi Germany in 1939.

“We feel that climate change is not an environmental issue, it’s a security issue, it’s a human rights issue,” the country’s first democratically elected leader said at the launch of The Times World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

“If you thought that defending Poland was important, defending the Maldives is important. If you can’t save the Maldives today you can’t save yourself tomorrow.” ...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

Buzz Aldrin sceptical of Global Warming

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Buzz Aldrin calls for manned flight to Mars to overcome global problems

The NASA astronaut Buzz Adrin has called for the world to press on with establishing a human settlement on Mars to offer the younger generation much-needed objectives.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
03 Jul 2009

...But while trying to spread the word about the possibilities of space, Dr Aldrin said he was sceptical of climate change theories.

"I think the climate has been changing for billions of years," he said.

"If it's warming now, it may cool off later. I'm not in favour of just taking short-term isolated situations and depleting our resources to keep our climate just the way it is today.

"I'm not necessarily of the school that we are causing it all, I think the world is causing it."

Dr Aldrin was in London to promote the publication of his memoirs Magnificent Desolation - a title taken from his comment when setting foot on the moon: "Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation."

The world watched the astronaut and his mission commander Neil Armstrong become the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1960, as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sci...
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Daily Telegraph

Mirrors and wildebeest could save the planet

Covering the Sahara desert with mirrors and making livestock behave like herds of wildebeest were among the proposals put forward on Saturday as ways of helping to tackle climate change.

By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
04 Jul 2009

Scientists and environmental campaigners presented the plans at the Manchester International Festival as ways of reducing green house gas emissions.

The proposals are to be examined by a panel of experts and the best will be compiled into a report that will be sent to deligates at the United Nations United Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen later this year.

Dr Gerry Wolff, formerly from the University of Wales, Bangor, said mirrors placed in parts of the Sahara Desert in Africa could be used to capture energy from the sun...

Chartered accountant and farmer Tony Lovell from Queensland, Australia, told the conference that huge amounts of carbon could be stored by farming cows in a manner that mimics wild herds.

He explained that the world's natural grasslands when grazed naturally by animals such as wildebeest, could lock in or sequester massive amounts of carbon.

But traditional farming methods meant livestock graze in a totally different manner which damages the landscape and actually releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere instead...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

Obama to seek climate deal in Moscow

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Obama to seek climate deal in Moscow

After success with China, US targets Russia in strategy to reach separate agreements with world's biggest polluters

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 3 July 2009

Barack Obama will move to seal a deal with Russia for joint action on climate change during his summit in Moscow next week, the Guardian has learned.

Obama arrives in Moscow on Monday at the start of a trip to Russia, Italy and Ghana that will focus heavily on energy and climate change. From Moscow, Obama travels on to Italy for a meeting of the G8 and a gathering of the major polluting countries.

Administration officials are still working out the broad outlines of an agreement that would see the US offer its expertise and technical support to Russian efforts to make its industries more energy efficient. In return Moscow would sign on to international efforts to scale back the emissions that cause global warming at a crucial UN summit in Copenhagen in December.

The overture to Russia — the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after America and China — furthers the strategy adopted by the Obama administration to enter into separate deals for action on climate change with each of the world's biggest polluters.

The administration sees such deals as crucial groundwork ahead of the Copenhagen meeting. They dismiss suggestions that the US is trying to undermine the UN process...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Daily Telegraph

Could Gordon Brown save the Earth from climate change?

A deal to halve global emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050 is supposed to be agreed in September, says Geoffrey Lean.

By Geoffrey Lean
03 Jul 2009

Could Gordon Brown be doing something right? I know that's a pretty unlikely proposition after months in which his cackhandedness has only been rivalled by his tin ear for the public mood and his ability to put his foot in it. But bear with me, if you can, and I'll try to make the case for it.

My starting point is a speech he made at London Zoo, of all places, a week ago. You won't have noticed it, despite best-laid plans to get wall-to-wall publicity: with infelicitous timing, he delivered it on the morning after Michael Jackson's death. But it contained an important initiative, designed to break the deadlock in international negotiations on a new treaty to combat global warming. And, believe it or not, it stands the best chance so far of doing so...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...

Let’s Debate the Science of Global Warming!

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On June 16, 17, and 18, The Heartland Institute ran three full-page ads in the Washington Post calling for an open debate over the science of global warming. You can click on the images below to see the ads [not here though]. Please forward links to this page to friends and colleagues, and/or post these ads on your blog or Web site...

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From The Times

July 3, 2009

Latest threat from global warming: shrinking sheep

Hannah Devlin

The scientists returned to the remote Scottish island again and again and counted enough sheep to send even the most dedicated researchers into a sound slumber.

Yet by the end of the exercise, they had confirmed a remarkable phenomenon. The sheep were shrinking. Quite rapidly.

Over the 25-year period of their study the Soay sheep on the island of Hirta in the Outer Hebrides had shrunk by about 2cm (0.8in) or 81g (2.9oz) per year, amounting to about 5 per cent of their body mass.

The scientists attributed the change to short-term changes in climate rather than to the long-term pressures of natural selection, which would favour a larger — not a smaller — body size.

Previously the smallest lambs would have perished in the cold conditions of early spring. But shorter, milder winters and warmer springtimes mean that more small lambs survive and pass their “small” genes on to their offspring, according to the study, which is published today in the journal Science.

The sheep studied were completely untended and the authors say that the effect is unlikely to be seen in farmed populations. Farmers tend to select strongly for larger sheep, to maximise profits. This would mask any trends caused by environmental change...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

Desperation as warmists are on the attack again!

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From The Times

July 2, 2009

Canada and Japan blocking climate-change deal, Sir David King warns Hannah Devlin

London Canada and Japan were blocking a possible deal on climate change at the Copenhagen summit, Sir David King, the former Chief Scientific Adviser, warned yesterday.

Speaking at the World Conference of Science Journalists, Sir David said that the two countries had stepped into the breach left by the Bush Administration, which had strongly resisted cutting CO2 emissions.

“Copenhagen is faltering at the moment,” said Sir David. “The Americans are now fully engaged. But several countries are blocking the process.”

Governments previously were able to hide behind the US’s intransigence on climate change, he said, but the pro-climate policies being launched by the Obama administration means this is no longer possible. “The time has come for people to reveal their cards,” he told delegates.

Gordon Brown has said he will be pushing for an agreement at Copenhagen in December which pegs global warming to 2 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels, a widely agreed target among climate scientists. He has committed to cut emissions in the UK by 80 per cent, compared to 1990 levels, by 2050.

Canada’s position is widely believed to be driven by its powerful industry lobby, which is keen to exploit oil reserves in the country’s tar sands. “These people are very outspoken, aggressive lobbyists,” said Dr Robert Falkner, a specialist in international relations at the London School of Economics. “They are gung-ho about rising oil prices and want to exploit that.”

The low profile of science in the Canadian and Japanese governments — both countries have recently scrapped the role of chief scientist — is also contributing to their stances, according to Sir David...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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ExxonMobil continuing to fund climate sceptic groups, records show

Records show ExxonMobil gave hundreds of thousands of pounds to lobby groups that have published 'misleading and inaccurate information' about climate change

David Adam, environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 1 July 2009

The world's largest oil company is continuing to fund lobby groups that question the reality of global warming, despite a public pledge to cut support for such climate change denial, a new analysis shows.

Company records show that ExxonMobil handed over hundreds of thousands of pounds to such lobby groups in 2008. These include the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) in Dallas, Texas, which received $75,000 (£45,500), and the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, which received $50,000.

According to Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, at the London School of Economics, both the NCPA and the Heritage Foundation have published "misleading and inaccurate information about climate change."...

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Why climate change deniers love to hear they are committing treason

They love to see themselves as brave victims of McCarthyism, standing up against a wave of pseudo-scientific indoctrination

Posted by Leo Hickman
Wednesday 1 July 2009
guardian.co.uk

Strong words from Paul Krugman, the Nobel-prize winning Princeton economist, in his column for the New York Times this week. After watching the debate in the House of Representatives last week before the vote on the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill, Krugman said he was appalled by the claims made by some of the climate change deniers who reside within the Grand Old Party.

As I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn't help thinking that I was watching a form of treason – treason against the planet … If you watched the debate on Friday, you didn't see people who've thought hard about a crucial issue, and are trying to do the right thing. What you saw, instead, were people who show no sign of being interested in the truth. They don't like the political and policy implications of climate change, so they've decided not to believe in it – and they'll grab any argument, no matter how disreputable, that feeds their denial.

One sight in particular seemed to rile Krugman: representative Paul Broun of Georgia standing before the floor and grandly stating that the climate change "hoax" has been "perpetrated out of the scientific community". What's more, his statement generated a somewhat stilted ripple of applause, as can be seen on this YouTube clip. Broun's views on climate change have been aired before – he has renamed the Waxman-Markey bill on his Twitter feed [6] as the "Wacky-Marxist Tax and Cap Bill" – but to find this sort of crackpot denial being aired in the House ahead of a pivotal vote, as opposed to in some dark corner of the internet, left Krugman angry:

Is it fair to call climate denial a form of treason? Isn't it politics as usual? Yes, it is – and that's why it's unforgivable. Do you remember the days when Bush administration officials claimed that terrorism posed an "existential threat" to America, a threat in whose face normal rules no longer applied? That was hyperbole – but the existential threat from climate change is all too real. Yet the deniers are choosing, willfully, to ignore that threat, placing future generations of Americans in grave danger, simply because it's in their political interest to pretend that there's nothing to worry about. If that's not betrayal, I don't know what is.

Krugman is not the first person to raise the spectre of climate change denial being an actionable crime. Mark Lynas, for example, has speculated in the past about "what sentences judges might hand down at future international criminal tribunals on those who will be partially but directly responsible for millions of deaths from starvation, famine and disease in decades ahead". James Hansen has also argued that the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies that actively spread doubt about climate change should be put on trial for "crimes against humanity and nature"...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Politicians are saving mankind - by controlling his every move

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Climate change: Just one way politicians are saving mankind - by controlling his every move

By Andrew Alexander
01st July 2009

Natural catastrophes have an allure for politicians which we ignore at our peril.

For such events, large or small, real or imaginary, current or predicted, will invariably enlarge the role of government and the importance of those in power.

This is not to say that the spectacle of fire or flood brings any pleasure in itself.

But as we know, ministers will soon be on a damaged site and in front of the much-loved TV camera - usually getting in the way of the emergency services - and offering views about causes and cures better left to longer thought.

The average politician's preoccupation with publicity and power explains the huge and pleasurable excitement provided by global warming.
It also explains why they latch on to the gloomiest predictions available, since these demand the need for the most far-reaching powers.

Yet climate change remains, still, a controversial area. The scientists at Nasa, the U.S. space programme, have innumerable satellites which measure size, temperatures and currents across the globe.

Their findings cast serious doubt on the conclusions of those addicted to computer modelling...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/deb...
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Daily Telegraph

Al Franken wins Senate seat paving way for Obama's Democratic agenda

President Barack Obama was handed a major boost to his efforts to push an ambitious array of legislation through Congress when Democrat Al Franken was declared the winner of an eight-month battle over a Minnesota Senate seat.

By Alex Spillius in Washington
01 Jul 2009

After several recounts and hearings in lower courts over the inclusion of absentee ballots, the Minnesota supreme court rejected arguments by Norm Coleman, the Republican incumbent, and ruled that Mr Franken had won the November poll by a mere 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast.

Mr Franken, a former comedian who once starred in Saturday Night Live, said: "We have a lot of work to do in Washington. I am going to fight hard to make quality health care affordable and accessible for Minnesotans."

The 58-year-old senator-elect is likely to be sworn when Congress reconvenes next week, giving the Democrats the 60 Senate votes needed to break through the archaic delaying tactic of filibustering, which allows Senators to talk down the time allotted for debate on a bill. Neither party has enjoyed the "super-majority" for 30 years.

With a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, Mr Obama moves closer to winning difficult debates over climate change and health care...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
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"EPA May Have Suppressed Report Skeptical Of Global Warming"

No may have about it; Powerline has the actual emails from the researchers supervisor ordering him to drop the whole issue and stay mum, which also state the motive: that the Administration was committed to a policy of "endangerment" and the researchers report showed there was insufficient evidence to support it, and much evidence against it.

EPA May Have Suppressed Report Skeptical Of Global Warming

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June 26, 2009

EPA May Have Suppressed Report Skeptical Of Global Warming

Posted by Declan McCullagh

The Environmental Protection Agency may have suppressed an internal report that was skeptical of claims about global warming, including whether carbon dioxide must be strictly regulated by the federal government, according to a series of newly disclosed e-mail messages.

Less than two weeks before the agency formally submitted its pro-regulation recommendation to the White House, an EPA center director quashed a 98-page report that warned against making hasty "decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data."

The EPA official, Al McGartland, said in an e-mail message to a staff researcher on March 17: "The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward... and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision." ...

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2...
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Sen. Inhofe Calls for Inquiry Into 'Suppressed' Climate Change Report

Republicans are raising questions about why the EPA apparently dismissed an analyst's report questioning the science behind global warming.
By Judson Berger

FOXNews.com

Monday, June 29, 2009

A top Republican senator has ordered an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's alleged suppression of a report that questioned the science behind global warming.

The 98-page report, co-authored by EPA analyst Alan Carlin, pushed back on the prospect of regulating gases like carbon dioxide as a way to reduce global warming. Carlin's report argued that the information the EPA was using was out of date, and that even as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have increased, global temperatures have declined.

"He came out with the truth. They don't want the truth at the EPA," Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla, a global warming skeptic, told FOX News, saying he's ordered an investigation. "We're going to expose it."...

http://www.foxnews.com/politic...
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Daily Express

BROWN MOVE WILL PUSH UP AIR FARES

Saturday June 27,2009

GORDON Brown yesterday sparked fears of new air-fare hikes as he called for a £60billion-a-year international fund to help poor countries fight global warming. Brown move will push up air fares...

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'King of Poop' storming the green charts! #2

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Michael Jackson's biggest selling UK single wasn't Thriller or Billie Jean — but a song about the environment

Earth Song was a cloying anthem about dead elephants and deforestation but that didn't stop it being Christmas number one

Leo Hickman
Friday 26 June 2009
guardian.co.uk

It would certainly rank fairly low down my own list of Michael Jackson classics – give me something from Off the Wall anytime of the day - but it is often forgotten that his somewhat cloying environmental anthem Earth Song was actually his biggest selling single in the UK – over a million copies sold and six weeks at the top of the charts, including the 1995 Christmas number one.

The song is a very rare thing: a hit record with a powerful message about our impact on the environment. How many others can you think of? Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi? Marvin Gaye's Mercy Mercy Me? The Pixie's Monkey Gone to Heaven? All great records, but none of them come close in terms of sales when compared to Earth Song.

Although never released in the US as a single, the song became the defining, closing song on Jacko's HIStory tour, especially when it climaxed with scores of children joining Jackson on stage to sing the song's rousing finale. It was a sight of such pomposity - which included Jackson striking a Christ on the crucifix-like pose - that it famously sent Jarvis Cocker over the edge at the Brits Awards in 1996 and led him to jump up on stage and start gesturing at Jackson before being bundled away by security guards.

And then there was the video – among the most expensive ever made - which starts with a long tracking shot through a lush rainforest that then cuts to a scene showing a sombre Jackson walking through a scorched, desolate landscape. The environmental emoting then comes thick and fast: dead elephants, evil loggers, belching smoke stacks, snared dolphins, seal clubbing, and hurricane winds.

Here's what Jackson himself said of the song:

I remember writing Earth Song when I was in Austria, in a hotel. And I was feeling so much pain and so much suffering of the plight of the Planet Earth. And for me, this is Earth's Song, because I think nature is trying so hard to compensate for man's mismanagement of the Earth. And with the ecological unbalance going on, and a lot of the problems in the environment, I think earth feels the pain, and she has wounds, and it's about some of the joys of the planet as well. But this is my chance to pretty much let people hear the voice of the planet. And this is 'Earth Song'. And that's what inspired it. And it just suddenly dropped into my lap when I was on tour in Austria...

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Maybe it's time to ditch the tight T-shirts, Harrison Ford!

Full horror of 67-year-old action hero's moobs revealed!

By Daily Mail Reporter
25th June 2009


Before: The actor reveals his toned physique in a television campaign to spread the word about the effect of deforestation on global warming last year


Tight fit: Hollywood actor Harrison Ford was displaying some noticeable man boobs as he stepped out for lunch in New York

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs...

Polar bear expert barred by global warmists

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Polar bear expert barred by global warmists

Mitchell Taylor, who has studied the animals for 30 years, was told his views 'are extremely unhelpful’ , reveals Christopher Booker.

Christopher Booker
27 Jun 2009

Over the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place in Copenhagen. Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (set up under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a suitably scary report on how polar bears are being threatened with extinction by man-made global warming.

This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN's major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one of the world's leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week's meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group.

Dr Mitchell Taylor has been researching the status and management of polar bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, as both an academic and a government employee. More than once since 2006 he has made headlines by insisting that polar bear numbers, far from decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Of the 19 different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum levels, only two have for local reasons modestly declined.

Dr Taylor agrees that the Arctic has been warming over the last 30 years. But he ascribes this not to rising levels of CO2 – as is dictated by the computer models of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and believed by his PBSG colleagues – but to currents bringing warm water into the Arctic from the Pacific and the effect of winds blowing in from the Bering Sea...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...
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WSJ

The Climate Change Climate Change

The number of skeptics is swelling everywhere.

Steve Fielding recently asked the Obama administration to reassure him on the science of man-made global warming. When the administration proved unhelpful, Mr. Fielding decided to vote against climate-change legislation.

If you haven't heard of this politician, it's because he's a member of the Australian Senate. As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to pass a climate-change bill, the Australian Parliament is preparing to kill its own country's carbon-emissions scheme. Why? A growing number of Australian politicians, scientists and citizens once again doubt the science of human-caused global warming.

Among the many reasons President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority are so intent on quickly jamming a cap-and-trade system through Congress is because the global warming tide is again shifting. It turns out Al Gore and the United Nations (with an assist from the media), did a little too vociferous a job smearing anyone who disagreed with them as "deniers." The backlash has brought the scientific debate roaring back to life in Australia, Europe, Japan and even, if less reported, the U.S.

In April, the Polish Academy of Sciences published a document challenging man-made global warming. In the Czech Republic, where President Vaclav Klaus remains a leading skeptic, today only 11% of the population believes humans play a role. In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to tap Claude Allegre to lead the country's new ministry of industry and innovation. Twenty years ago Mr. Allegre was among the first to trill about man-made global warming, but the geochemist has since recanted. New Zealand last year elected a new government, which immediately suspended the country's weeks-old cap-and-trade program...

http://online.wsj.com/article/...
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Victory on climate change boosts president's position

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
The Observer, Sunday 28 June 2009

The epic battle over universal health care is still to be fought, but Barack Obama moved to capitalise on a defining moment of his presidency yesterday - a vote in Congress to act on global warming - saying the time had arrived for America to show international leadership on climate change.

The White House shifted the topic of Obama's address from healthcare to energy after the vote, seeking to build momentum for the ambitious climate change bill ahead of its next hurdle in the Senate. The first round, in the house of representatives on Friday night, barely went to Obama. The Democratic leadership, despite making concessions to dissidents from oil and coal states, eked out only a 219-212 victory. A total of 44 Democrats opposed the bill.

But environmentalists claimed the vote as a milestone: the first time either house of Congress had acted to reduce the carbon emissions that cause climate change. It was also a validation of Obama's powers of persuasion. The president put energy reform at the heart of his White House agenda and jumped into a furious lobbying effort for its passage...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

'King of Poop' storming the green charts!

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Forbes Magazine

Heated Fights On Climate Change

Brian Wingfield, 06.26.09

Key business groups are fighting multiple battles on climate change.

They've lost an early battle, but some influential members of the business community are still waging a two-front war to prevent the government from limiting carbon dioxide emissions.

By a vote of 219-212 Friday evening, the House of Representatives passed a landmark bill that would establish a so-called "cap-and-trade" system limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Until the last minute, influential industry groups like the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were lobbying fervently to defeat the bill.

"It allows Congress to select winners and losers," wrote NAM's top lobbyist, Jay Timmons, in a letter to every member of the House on the eve of the vote. The Chamber's lobbying chief, Bruce Josten, says it "would impose 397 new regulations and 1,060 new mandates on the American public."...

http://www.forbes.com/2009/06/...
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Daily Telegraph

Gordon Brown's bid to lead world on global warming

Gordon Brown yesterday bid to lead the world in tackling global warming by launching a groundbreaking initiative to set up a 100bn dollar-a-year fund, rescuing deadlocked international negotiations on a new climate treaty.

By Geoffrey Lean
27 Jun 2009

In a landmark speech in London the Prime Minister publically broke with the position of other developed countries by proposing that they provide "around 100 billion dollars" (£60bn) a year to help developing nations combat climate change and adapt to its effects.

It would be used to help fund their measures both to reduce their emissions of the pollution that causes global warming and to defend themselves against the consequences of increasing temperatures and rising seas.

Such financial aid is one of the key Third World demands in the negotiations, but until now no rich country has been prepared to make a concrete response. It has been one of the main reasons why talks convened by the United Nations – which two weeks ago concluded their second abortive session so far this year in Bonn, Germany – have so far failed to make progress.

Setting out the Government's manifesto for international climate change talks in Copenhagen at the end of the year, the Prime Minister said it was essential to cap damaging carbon emissions in order to stabilise global warming.

Speaking at the manifesto launch at London Zoo, Mr Brown committed Britain to paying its "fair share" of the global total and said he expected other developed countries to do the same...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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Washington Post

Tilting at Green Windmills

By George F. Will
Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Spanish professor is puzzled. Why, Gabriel Calzada wonders, is the U.S. president recommending that America emulate the Spanish model for creating "green jobs" in "alternative energy" even though Spain's unemployment rate is 18.1 percent -- more than double the European Union average -- partly because of spending on such jobs?

Calzada, 36, an economics professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, has produced a report that, if true, is inconvenient for the Obama administration's green agenda, and for some budget assumptions that are dependent upon it.

Calzada says Spain's torrential spending -- no other nation has so aggressively supported production of electricity from renewable sources -- on wind farms and other forms of alternative energy has indeed created jobs. But Calzada's report concludes that they often are temporary and have received $752,000 to $800,000 each in subsidies -- wind industry jobs cost even more, $1.4 million each. And each new job entails the loss of 2.2 other jobs that are either lost or not created in other industries because of the political allocation -- sub-optimum in terms of economic efficiency -- of capital. (European media regularly report "eco-corruption" leaving a "footprint of sleaze" -- gaming the subsidy systems, profiteering from land sales for wind farms, etc.) Calzada says the creation of jobs in alternative energy has subtracted about 110,000 jobs elsewhere in Spain's economy...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Peter Schiff Discusses Ridiculous Climate Change Bill

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Barack Obama urges Congress to back climate change Bill

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Thanks Becky. Spread the word!
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From Times Online
June 25, 2009

Barack Obama urges Congress to back climate change Bill
Tom Baldwin in Washington

President Obama today put his weight behind frantic last-minute efforts to push Congress into backing fiercely contested legislation on climate change as he declared: “We cannot be afraid of the future, we cannot be prisoners of the past.”

The American Clean Energy and Security Act would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent over the next decade — far less than reductions being made in Europe but still the first significant step towards countering global warming from a country that has long been the world’s biggest polluter.

Although Democratic leaders say that they have enough votes for the Bill to be passed in the House of Representatives tomorrow, they are still working overtime to force some of their ranks, particularly fiscal conservatives and those from farming states, into line...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...
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Independent

Miliband: 2020 is year of no return for emissions

Minister's stark warning in run-up to crucial climate change summit

By Mike McCarthy, Environment Editor

Friday, 26 June 2009

The world's emissions of the greenhouse gases causing global warming should peak in 2020 and then start to decline, the British Government is proposing in the run-up to the global climate conference taking place at Copenhagen in December.

Emissions from developed nations such as Britain and the US should reach their highest point even earlier, by 2015, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, suggested to other countries in a meeting in Mexico this week, in the first move to make the crucial issue of a "carbon peak" an official target of the Copenhagen agreement.

Emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide have been rising at a far faster rate than was predicted even a decade ago, and research published by the UK Met Office last year showed that the point at which they begin to decline as a whole is absolutely vital in bringing rising temperatures under control.

A few years' delay in the peak can mean the world is committed to a significantly higher rise than would otherwise be the case, and computer simulations by the Met Office Hadley Centre indicate that for every ten years the peak is postponed, another half degree of temperature increase becomes unavoidable...

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...
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Daily Telegraph

Government pamphlet urges people to walk to work to stop climate change

Catastrophic floods and droughts caused by climate change could be prevented simply by putting less water in the kettle, according to new Government advice.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
26 Jun 2009

A new pamphlet, to be placed in every public library in the country, warns that the UK faces summer heat-related deaths, sea level rises and food shortages by the end of the century as a result of global warming.

But ordinary citizens can make a difference by making simple changes to their lives such as hanging out clothes to dry rather than using a tumble dryer, cutting food waste, taking showers rather than baths and switching off the television at night. The leaflet also gives advice on more costly changes people can make such as insulating their home and using energy-saving light bulbs.

It is estimated that if everyone in the UK stopped using standby on household appliances for a year, it would save the same amount of CO2 caused by the entire population of Glasgow flying to New York and back. If the whole world followed suit, it would avoid one per cent of global CO2 or 240 million tonnes.

It was issued by the Department for Energy and Climate Change to coincide with a statement by Gordon Brown on the UK's role in climate change...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

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Just dedicated some time to watching "Swindle" and thought it was very good, very consumable for the general public. (At times I wanted to start cheering!)
I posted the link on my social media pages with this message: "If you spent time watching Inconvenient Truth, I'm begging you to spend time watching this."
Hopefully some folks I know will watch.
I think I'll continue to post the link in reply to anyone who posts a story about polar bears or ice caps...

Hansen and Hannah arrested

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Shame they couldn't lock them up and throw away the key too! Smiling
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Hansen and Hannah arrested in West Virginia mining protest

Protesters arrested for blocking a road near Massey Energy coal processing plant in Raleigh County, southern West Virginia

Associated Press
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 24 June 2009

Actor Daryl Hannah and Nasa climate scientist James Hansen were among 31 people arrested yesterday as they protested against mountaintop removal mining in southern West Virginia.

State police sergeant Michael Baylous said all were released after being cited for impeding traffic and obstructing an officer after they blocked a road near a Massey Energy subsidiary's coal processing plant.

Another woman, who was among a crowd of mining industry supporters, was charged with misdemeanour battery, Baylous said.

The arrests followed a rally involving several hundred protesters outside an elementary school about 90m away from the plant's coal storage silo. After the rally, protesters marched quietly to the plant and attempted to enter the property, but were blocked by several hundred coal miners shouting, "Go home."...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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American Thinker

June 24, 2009
Obama's EPA Makes a Mockery of Due Process
Marc Sheppard

Surely climate alarmists enjoy enough unfair advantage over their rational counterparts, what with the mainstream media shamelessly suppressing the findings of the latter for political purposes. But now there’s compelling evidence that alarmists within our government have also taken unfair advantage, suppressing the results of their own climate study for the same nefarious reasons.

Sixty days ago yesterday, EPA chief Lisa Jackson released the Proposed Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. The proposal initiated a statutory period of public commentary – ending yesterday – providing a forum to experts and interested parties on both sides of the “CO2 as pollutant” issue prior to any regulatory action.

But on the final day of the public commentary period, a dispatch was submitted to the EPA accusing them of attempting to cover-up an internal study that imperiled the outcome predetermined by both the agency and its puppeteers – the Obama administration. And the intraagency emails attached to the letter -- submitted by Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) general counsel Sam Kazman [PDF] -- leave little room for doubt...

http://www.americanthinker.com...
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Reason clouded by carbon obsession

Peter Schwerdtfeger | June 23, 2009

The Australian

ALTHOUGH there are many doubters of man-made climate change, I am not yet one of them. But I remain unconvinced that carbon dioxide is the sole bete noire. Two decades ago, I pored over the spectral properties of the infra-red radiation of this gas, which is essential to plant life, and found that it was almost completely overshadowed by the radiative properties of water vapour, which is vital to all forms of life on earth.

Repeatedly in science we are reminded that happenings in nature can rarely be ascribed to a single phenomenon. For example, sea levels on our coasts are dependent on winds and astronomical forces as well as atmospheric pressure and, on a different time scale, the temperature profile of the ocean. Now, with complete abandon, a vociferous body of claimants is insisting that CO2 alone is the root of climatic evil.

I fear that many supporters of this view have become carried away by the euphoria of mass or dominant group psyche. Scientists are no more immune from being swayed by the pressure of collective enthusiasm than any other member of the human race. I do not believe for one moment that undisciplined burning of fossil fuels is harmless, but the most awful consequence of the burning of carboniferous fuels is not the release of CO2 but the large-scale injection ofminute particulate pollutants into the atmosphere...

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Even eco-NAZIs think Obama is dickless!

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Obama's climate change silence

The new report on the effects of global warming makes it clear we need to act. But a bill won't pass without a push from Obama

Kate Sheppard
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 20 June 2009

The top scientific advisers in the Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled a startling new report on what the latest climate science tells us is both already happening and likely to happen in the near future if planet-warming emissions continue unhindered. The report is astounding – in the foreseeable future, the United States could witness the submersion of the Florida Keys, up to 100 days of more-than-100-degree heat in places like Texas and the end of a domestic maple syrup industry.

For those who were paying attention, these were shocking findings. But it's not quite clear who, if anyone, is actually paying attention. Obama himself has been notably absent from the conversation, when his attention is likely the only voice that could move this issue forward...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm...
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Obama administration criticised over failure to disclose coal dump locations

Administration turns down senator's request to make public the list of 44 dumps, which contain arsenic and metals

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 June 2009

A rift has opened between the Obama administration and some of its closest allies - Democratic leaders and environmental organisations - over its refusal to publicly disclose the location of 44 coal ash dumps that have been officially designated as a "high hazard" to local populations.

The administration turned down a request from a powerful Democratic senator to make public the list of 44 dumps, which contain a toxic soup of arsenic and heavy metals from coal-fired electricity plants, citing terrorism fears.

The refusal has put the Obama administration at odds with some of its strongest supporters over an emerging area of environmental concern in America...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...
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Security trumps environment as Obama gives green light to US consumption of Alberta’s oil.

Posted by Chris Fellingham on June 21, 2009 at 19:23
Canada, Energy

President Obama, in close discussions with Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is to give the green light for US consumption of oil sand oil, or rather the import of fuels considered among the “dirtiest” in the fuel market. In a meeting last week, President Obama decided that the Canada’s oil sands represented an important part of national security supplies for petroleum in America’s near future.

The move is not without immediate precedent, as Francois Cardinal at cybercress.ca notes, both Hillary Clinton had offered support for oil sands at a recent conference on energy security, and Obama’s national Security adviser General Jim Jones was similarly adamant that the US would be foolish to reject the possibility of a stable source from a close partner in Canada.

The move will disappoint many in the green movement, given Obama has previously been less supportive of oil sands, noting that the US needed to ween itself off dirty and dangerous oil supplies. In particular at a recent summit with Canada, President Obama described US coal as equivalent to Alberta’s oil sands, given environmentalists hope that the US would take a tough line demanding far reaching cleanup efforts if the oil sands were ever to be imported...

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Barack Obama's climate envoy dismisses calls at major economies summit for US and other rich nations to cut emissions by 40% by 2020

Jo Tuckman in Jiutepec, Mexico
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 24 June 2009

President Barack Obama's climate envoy has rejected calls for the US and other rich nations to make radical greenhouse gas cuts over the next decade.

Speaking at the end of a ministerial level meeting of the world's most polluting countries in Mexico yesterday, Todd Stern dismissed the idea that the US might comply with calls for industrialised nations to cut carbon emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2020.

"In our judgment [this kind of cut is] not necessary and not feasible given where we are starting from," he said. "So it is not on the cards."

Stern had earlier showered praise on the flagship US climate change bill expected to be debated by Congress this week calling it "an enormously ambitious proposal for the United States." The bill calls for a 17% reduction in US emissions from 2005 levels by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050.

The demands of developing countries and campaigners for a 40% minimum emissions cut by rich countries has been a constant theme in the run up to the crucial December summit in Copenhagen which is supposed to produce an agreement to replace the Kyoto protocol that runs out in 2012. Scientists have also recommended that averting catastrophic global warming requires industrialised countries to cut carbon emissions by 25% to 40%.

"It is disappointing that the Obama administration is not supporting rigorous scientific standards for battling climate change," said Daniel Kessler of Greenpeace. "The administration now has just a few months before Copenhagen to rectify its position and lead the world to a fair, equitable and adequate climate agreement."...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

Polar Bears are not dying out, say scientists in book

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Daily Telegraph

Polar Bears are not dying out, say scientists in book on popular 'scare stories'

Polar bears are not dying out and Turkey Twizzlers are fine, according to a new book from scientists wishing to challenge science "scare stories"

By Chris Irvine
22 Jun 2009

It is widely thought that the polar ice caps will melt, causing sea levels to rise, resulting in the loss of cities along the coast, as well as a the majority of polar bears.

And if global warming does not kill us, then obesity or heart disease will thanks to an addiction to junk food and salt.

But a new book, compiled by Stanley Feldman, a professor of anaesthetics at London University, and Vincent Marks, a former professor of clinical biochemistry and dean of medicine at the University of Surrey, are questioning the end of the world and healthy eating tips.

Writing in The Daily Mail, the pair discuss Global Warming And Other --------: The Truth About All Those Science Scare Stories, where they examine the "facts" behind global warming, the future of polar bears and chef Jamie Oliver's nemesis, Turkey Twizzlers...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sci...
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Daily Express

£5,000 POWER BILLS SHOCK

Monday June 22,2009
By Louise Barnett, Consumer Editor

ENERGY bills will hit a shocking £5,000 a year to strike a blow to millions of struggling families, experts warned last night.

Consumer champions said the massive sum was a “wake-up call”, marking the end of cheap electricity and gas.

Bills will rise by up to 42 per cent ayear over the next decade - with the biggest single increase an eye-watering £1,280.

But they said this will be boosted by a yearly £548 to help overhaul the UK’s out-of-date energy supply system.

And they warned that the huge rise would stretch household budgets to breaking point and dump hundreds of thousands more people into fuel poverty.

Experts at uSwitch.com said that average annual bills have more than doubled from £580 five years ago to £1,243 today.

Over the next decade customers will suffer even steeper price rises with fees quadrupling by 2020, they warn. Investment in outdated infrastructure and new green energy policies will drive bills higher...

http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/...

Global Warming And Other Bollocks

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Daily Mail

Turkey Twizzlers are GOOD for you and polar bears AREN'T dying out!

By Stanley Feldman and Vincent Marks
22nd June 2009

Melting ice caps,global warming,our favourite foods giving us cancer. The doom-mongers love to tell uswe're all going to hell in a handcart. But don't panic! A new book uncovers some inconvenient truths that give the pessimists pause for thought ...

The overwhelming scientific consensus is that we are all going to hell in a handcart.

Climate change - the inexorable warming of Earth's atmosphere caused by mankind's addiction to fossil fuels - is to blame for what we are told will be a parched and inhospitable future. The polar ice caps will melt, causing sea levels to rise. Vast swathes of the world will flood, drowning some of our greatest cities - and a great many polar bears.

It gets worse: we also face a plague of obesity, heart disease and diabetes as we consume a growing mountain of fatty fast food.

And if that weren't enough, increasing amounts of chemicals and radiation in our environment are causing an epidemic of cancer.

This is the consensus view and to question it is, at best, to be labelled naive and, at worst, a heretic.

But a stubborn band of thinkers persists in questioning this grim, accepted view, pointing to inconvenient truths which do not fit the doom-and-gloom narrative.

Indeed, this group of prominent scientists is picking holes in the doomsday consensus...

Global Warming And Other Bollocks: The Truth About All Those Science Scare Stories by Professor Stanley Feldman and Professor Vincent Marks, to be published by Metro on July 8

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci...
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NY Times

June 18, 2009

U.S. Climate Report Assailed
By John Tierney

The new federal report on climate change gets a withering critique from Roger Pielke Jr., who says that it misrepresents his own research and that it wrongly concludes that climate change is already responsible for an increase in damages from natural disasters. Dr. Pielke, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, asks:

[Why] is a report characterized by [White House] Science Advisor John Holdren as being the “most up-to-date, authoritative, and comprehensive” analysis relying on a secondary, non-peer source citing another non-peer reviewed source from 2000 to support a claim that a large amount of uncited and more recent peer-reviewed literature says the opposite about?

You can check out Dr. Pielke’s blog for a detailed rebuttal of how the report presents science in his area of expertise, the study of trends in natural disasters and their relation to climate change. While the new federal report (prepared by 13 agencies and the White House) paints a dire picture of climate change’s impacts, Dr. Pielke says that the authors of this new report, like those of previous reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Stern Review, cherrypick weak evidence that fits their own policy preferences...

http://tierneylab.blogs.nytime...

The US needs a Margaret Thatcher!

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Never thought I'd have to write that. Italy, France or even Germany - but now the US too - strangled by the power of unions under 'Obama the dickless'!
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NY Times

A Move to Put the Union Label on Solar Power Plants

SACRAMENTO — When a company called Ausra filed plans for a big solar power plant in California, it was deluged with demands from a union group that it study the effect on creatures like the short-nosed kangaroo rat and the ferruginous hawk.

By contrast, when a competitor, BrightSource Energy, filed plans for an even bigger solar plant that would affect the imperiled desert tortoise, the same union group, California Unions for Reliable Energy, raised no complaint. Instead, it urged regulators to approve the project as quickly as possible.

One big difference between the projects? Ausra had rejected demands that it use only union workers to build its solar farm, while BrightSource pledged to hire labor-friendly contractors.

As California moves to license dozens of huge solar power plants to meet the state’s renewable energy goals, some developers contend they are being pressured to sign agreements pledging to use union labor. If they refuse, they say, they can count on the union group to demand costly environmental studies and deliver hostile testimony at public hearings.

If they commit at the outset to use union labor, they say, the environmental objections never materialize...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06...
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From The Sunday Times
June 21, 2009

Ecologists’ own goal: ozone saver is global warmer

Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor

THE green movement’s greatest triumph – the abolition of ozone-destroying CFC gases in the 1980s – may become its biggest embarrassment because of research showing that their replacements are sharply accelerating global warming.

CFC, or chlorofluorocarbon, gases were widely deployed in air-conditioning and refrigeration units before they were found to destroy the ozone layer and banned under the 1987 Montreal protocol.

They were replaced by HFCs – hydrofluorocarbons – gases that have far less effect on ozone but have since been revealed as extremely powerful greenhouse gases.

A ton of HFC23 used in refrigeration has the same global warming potential as 14,800 . tons of CO2 A ton of HFC-134a, widely used in vehicle air-conditioning units, is equivalent to 1,430 tons of CO2. The problem has been increased by the rising demand for refrigeration and air-conditioning because of economic expansion and population growth in Asia.

A study out this week will warn that, by 2050, HFCs could account for up to 19% of global warming. “By 2050, the contribution of HFCs to global warming will be more than that of current global CO2 emissions from houses and office buildings,” said Guus Velders of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, who did the research...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t...

New York 'carbon counter'

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Doesn't anyone in the media spot the irony of the umbrellas in Summer? Smiling
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New York 'carbon counter' sign shows greenhouse gases in real time

Adam Vaughan
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 June 2009

New Yorkers leaving Penn station and the tenor Andrea Bocelli's concert at Madison Square Garden stadium were confronted with an unusual advert yesterday – a huge sign showing greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere.

Updated in real time, using projections from monthly measurements of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Carbon Counter is designed to get everyone to reduce their emissions.

Kevin Parker, the global head of Deutsche Bank's asset management division, which put up the 21-metre sign, said: "Carbon in the atmosphere has reached an 800,000-year high. We can't see greenhouse gases, so it is easy to forget that they are accumulating rapidly."

Yesterday the counter, which uses 40,960 low-energy LEDs and carbon-offsets its electricity usage, gave a figure of 3.64tn tonnes...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

George MondeBlot

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"I am writing this (such are the wonders of mobile broadband) on a promenade bench in a windy Welsh seaside town. I can't sit indoors because the signal's not strong enough. I've buttoned up my jacket and raised the collar, but I'm still freezing."

I'm sure I'm not the only one wishing an unseasonal tidal wave would wash this twat out to sea.

Climate change will 'transform our lives' says minister

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He's right but not the way he means. Our lives will be transformed through our enslavement to a repressive regime like his claiming ownership of our lives based on a fiction!
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Daily Telegraph

Climate change will 'transform our lives' says minister

Summers with temperatures above 104F (40C) and heatwaves that could kill thousands will become normal for Britain "within our children's lifetimes", the Environment Secretary has warned.

By Louise Gray, Environment
19 Jun 2009

The most comprehensive climate change projections ever produced show the UK is facing temperature rises of between 3.6F (2C) and 10.8F (6C) by 2080.

Droughts will become commonplace in the South East by 2040 and there will be less rain in the summer and more in the winter, with more storms leading to widespread flooding, particularly in the North of the country.

Presenting the findings of the UK Climate Projections 09 study, Hilary Benn said the predicted changes would "transform the way we live".

He said that the heatwave that killed 2,000 people in 2003 would become "normal". Infectious diseases in humans and animals are likely to become more widespread because bugs will not be killed off during the winter.

Mr Benn warned that health authorities, councils, developers and farmers would all have to change the way they worked to deal with the problems of climate change. Buildings would have to be made more able to cope with hotter summers and flooding while water metres would have to be installed to help cut use...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...
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Why the Mediterranean climate message is all wrong

We have a job to convince people of the gravity of climate change if the worst that is predicted for the UK is a future of balmy Mediterranean summers.

George Monbiot
Thursday 18 June 2009
guardian.co.uk

The problem with persuading people in the UK to take climate change seriously is that, as far as we are concerned, it sounds quite attractive. The government's new climate projections predict drier summers and a possible 5C temperature rise in the south of England by 2080. Isn't this what we have spent our lives hoping and praying for?

I am writing this (such are the wonders of mobile broadband) on a promenade bench in a windy Welsh seaside town. I can't sit indoors because the signal's not strong enough. I've buttoned up my jacket and raised the collar, but I'm still freezing. It looks as if the great British summer has struck again. Even as I demand drastic action to forestall the events the government predicts, a small, guilty part of me hopes that they come to pass.

Aside from heavier winter rainfall, sea level rises, storm surges and assorted extreme events (admittedly a pretty big aside), we'll have a climate, if the projections are correct, pretty much like that of the Mediterranean coast. It sounds horrific, doesn't it? In 2080, if the Guardian or journalists or Wales still exist, your correspondent will be sitting here in swimming trunks, sheltering from the sun beneath a palm tree as he sends his dispatch...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...

MIT's unscientific, catastrophic climate forecast

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MIT's unscientific, catastrophic climate forecast

Kesten C. Green And J. Scott Armstrong, Financial Post
Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

...When one looks at long series of Earth's temperatures, one finds that they have gone up and down irregularly, over long and short periods, on all time scales from years to millennia. Moreover, science has not been able to tell us why. There is much uncertainty about past climate changes and about the strength and even direction of causal relationships. To wit, do warming temperatures result in more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere or is it the other way round -- or maybe a bit of both? Does warming of the atmosphere result in negative or positive feedback from clouds? There are many more such questions without answers. All this strongly suggests that a no-change forecast is the appropriate benchmark long-term forecast.

With Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, we found that simply predicting that global mean temperatures will not change results in quite small forecast errors. In our validation study that covered the period 1851 to 2007, we compared the no-change forecast with the IPCC global warming forecast that temperatures will climb at a rate of 0.03C per year. We compared the IPCC projection of 0.03C per year with what actually happened after 1850. The errors from the IPCC projection were 12 times larger than no-change benchmark. Consider the accuracy of the no-change model: On average the 50-years ahead forecasts differed by only 0.24C from the global mean temperature as measured by the Hadley Centre in the U. K.

Based on our analysis, we expect the annual global mean temperature for every year for the rest of the 21st Century to be within plus-or-minus 0.5C of the 2008 mean...

http://www.financialpost.com/s...
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Daily Telegraph

White issues 'unequivocal' warning on climate change in the US

America is already experiencing the harmful effects of global warming with hotter temperatures, retreating glaciers and rising sea levels, according to the first climate change report from the Barack Obama presidency.

By Tom Leonard in New York
17 Jun 2009

In the strongest language ever to come out of the White House on the issue, the US Global Change Research Programme gave an "unequivocal" warning that climate change would intensify over the next century and "challenge the ability of society and natural systems to adapt".

The study's authors, who include the White House science adviser and other senior officials and academics, painted a far more ominous picture of the effects of global warming than has ever come from a US government...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ear...

Obama targets US public with call for climate action

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Obama targets US public with call for climate action

Climate impacts report warns of flooding, heat waves, drought and loss of wildlife that will occur if Americans fail to act on global warming

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 June 2009

The Obama administration unveiled the most authoritative report to date on the effects of global warming in America today in an effort to persuade the public of the need to act now to prevent the sweeping and life-altering consequences of global warming.

Americans have been living with the heavy downpours, rising sea levels, and blistering summer heat waves produced by man-made climate change for 30 years said the report, which was produced by more than 30 scientists working across 13 government agencies.

The effects of climate change will be even more severe by the end of the century.

"The projected rapid rate and large amount of climate change over this century will challenge the ability of society and natural systems to adapt," the report said.

Today's release of the study, titled Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, was overseen by a San Francisco-based media consulting company, and was part of a carefully crafted strategy by the White House to help build public support for a climate change bill that has run into opposition from some Democrats as well as Republicans in Congress.

The nearly 200-page study was scrubbed of the usual scientific jargon, and was given a high-profile release by Obama's science advisor, John Holdren, and the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Jane Lubchenco...

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Daily Telegraph

Met Office predict likelihood of climate change on your doorstep

The most detailed set of climate change projections ever produced will show the risks of sea level rise, droughts and floods in Britain over the next 80 years to within 16 miles of your front door.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
14 Jun 2009

The set of predictions from the Met Office will forecast temperature, rainfall, sea level rise and even sunshine up until 2099.

It is the most comprehensive climate change forecast to be produced anywhere in the world, showing details of how each area will be affected down to a 25km (16 mile) square grid.

Local authorities, the Environment Agency, primary health care trusts, insurance companies and property developers are all eagerly awaiting the content to be revealed to the House of Commons by Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, this week.

It is expected the results will not only affect larger building projects and flood defences but property prices and insurance claims for people living near the coast or on flood plains. It will also inform health authorities planning for heat waves or new infectious diseases and farmers deciding which crops to plant in the future.

James Murphy, Head of Predicting Climate Change at the Met Office, said the UK is now "tied into" climate change whatever measures are taken to reduce greenhouse gases because there is so much carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. Therefore it was possible to predict a range of possibilities for each area, from the best to the worst case scenarios, based on climate models...

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Scared silly over climate change

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Scared silly over climate change

We are frightening children with exaggerations – they believe they don't have a future and that the world is going to end

Björn Lomborg
guardian.co.uk, Monday 15 June 2009

...Exaggeration also wears out the public's willingness to tackle global warming. If the planet is doomed, people wonder, why do anything? A record 54% of American voters now believe the news media make global warming appear worse than it really is. A majority of people now believe – incorrectly – that global warming is not even caused by humans. In the United Kingdom, 40% believe that global warming is exaggerated and 60% doubt that it is man-made.

But the worst cost of exaggeration, I believe, is the unnecessary alarm that it causes – particularly among children. Recently, I discussed climate change with a group of Danish teenagers. One of them worried that global warming would cause the planet to "explode" – and all the others had similar fears.

In the US, the ABC television network recently reported that psychologists are starting to see more neuroses in people anxious about climate change. An article in the Washington Post cited nine-year-old Alyssa, who cries about the possibility of mass animal extinctions from global warming. In her words: "I don't like global warming because it kills animals, and I like animals." From a child who is yet to lose all her baby teeth: "I worry about [global warming] because I don't want to die."...

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Paul McCartney backs 'Meat Free Monday' to cut carbon emissions

Former Beatle, Chris Martin and Sheryl Crow launch campaign to reduce meat consumption to tackle climate change

Adam Vaughan
guardian.co.uk, Monday 15 June 2009

Sir Paul McCartney has followed in the footsteps of the world's leading climate scientist and a small Belgian town by calling on people to go meat-free one day a week and cut carbon emissions.

Backed by celebrities ranging from Chris Martin to Sheryl Crow, McCartney today launched his Meat Free Monday campaign asking households to cut out meat on Mondays and slow global warming.

"I think many of us feel helpless in the face of environmental challenges, and it can be hard to know how to sort through the advice about what we can do to make a meaningful contribution to a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier world," said McCartney. "Having one designated meat free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once."

Reducing meat consumption didn't just slow climate change, he said, but would help to fight global hunger and improve the welfare of animals...

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