Feb 24

New Chevy commercial features new Volt owner: “I’ve found that the fire really helps me get to my destination faster, for fear of my life”

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Feb 21

In his HuffPo confession, Peter Gleick made some statements that only bring up more questions:

At the beginning of 2012, I received an anonymous document in the mail describing what appeared to be details of the Heartland Institute’s climate program strategy. It contained information about their funders and the Institute’s apparent efforts to muddy public understanding about climate science and policy.

Gleick continues:

I do not know the source of that original document but assumed it was sent to me because of my past exchanges with Heartland and because I was named in it.

You sure about that Mr. Gleick?  Certainly the letter came in an envelope.  Certainly that envelope had a dated postmark indicating the post office that received it.  And certainly this postmarked envelope could possibly help defend yourself against the accusations that you produced the “Fake Memo”.  So if it did indeed come anonymously, wouldn’t any prudent person including you save the envelope?  Of course you would.  So please provide us a copy.

Also, Mr. Gleick, can you please tell us whether or not there was any accompanying cover letter in the envelope?  If so, surely you have that document too.  Please provide us a copy of that too, please.

We’ll be anxiously awaiting your reply, Peter.

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Feb 20

Peter Gleick, February, 2009, in a piece accusing the Heartland Institute of cherry-picking data to show a supposedly non-existent recent cooling trend:

Their irresponsible actions in this cherry-picking exercise substantially diminish even further Heartland’s claim to be any kind of honest broker of serious scientific skepticism on the topic of climate change.

The shoe is on the other foot, Peter.

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Jan 24

That’s the logical conclusion, right?

I mean, if a stray bird from warmer parts of the northern hemisphere is found much farther north in traditionally cooler climes, and it is blamed on global warming

A bird of prey spotted flying over Larne Lough has been confirmed as the first sighting of the rare Montagu’s harrier in Northern Ireland.

And the birdwatcher who caught sight of the harrier believes climate change may have played a part in bringing it to more northerly climes.

The birds may be starting to appear further north because of climate change, he said.

“As the temperature goes up, they are getting pushed further and further north. There are things happening – it’s definitely global warming that is pushing them further north,” he said.


…then the inverse must be true too, right?

An example:

SEATTLE (AP) — A ribbon seal commonly found in the frigid waters off the coasts of Alaska and Russia has been spotted twice in the Seattle area.

It’s quite unusual to observe the animals this far south, said Peter Boveng, leader of the polar ecosystem program with the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, part of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. “There are not many people who see these regularly.”

The ribbon seal, likely a young adult male, appears to be in good shape, though not as fat as expected, said Boveng.

The seal first showed up one morning earlier this month on the dock of a Seattle woman, who lives about a mile up the Duwamish River south of downtown.

Then last Friday, it was spotted on a snow-covered dock in Marysville, about 35 miles north of Seattle. A snow and ice storm had hit the state, leaving snow piled high in many parts of the region.

Ribbon seals inhabit the northern North Pacific Ocean and sub-Arctic and Arctic seas. They are found in the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska and the Sea of Okhotsk off Russia. They have distinctive white bands or ribbons that encircle the head, base of the trunk and two front flippers over a dark coat.

Since it is commonplace among the media to blame  any finding of species farther north than they normally would be (or south in the Southern Hemisphere) on global warming, is there any speculation by the media that this ribbon seal swam 1500 miles south to escape global cooling?  None.

To be sure, I’m not suggesting that this ribbon seal swam to Seattle to escape global cooling.  In fact, I have no idea why that ribbon seal showed up in Seattle, or why a Montagu’s harrier would show up in Northern Ireland, but I suspect it has less to do with global warming/cooling, and more to do with their freedom, i.e. animals with no citizenship, no borders, and even more importantly no sense of their own range habitat as pronounced by some wildlife biologist in a text book.  They can go where ever their bodies are capable of carrying them to – scientists’  habitat range maps be damned.

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Nov 23

Dr. Douglas Maraun performs time series analysis, extreme value statistics, and analysis of precipitation extremes at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

…he also actually pondered, “how do we avoid sounding religious or arrogant?”, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Dr. Douglas Maraun, a scientist at the Climatic Reasearch Unit at the University of East Anglia wrote to his colleages in an e-mail on October 24, 2007.  Dr. Maraun, who seems to have more of a conscience than many of his colleagues, had some concerns which he wished to address in a “discussion seminar” to be held in the coffee room that afternoon.  Among Dr. Maraun’s points he wished to discuss were:

-How should we deal with flaws inside the climate community? I think,
that “our” reaction on the errors found in Mike Mann’s work were not
especially honest.

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Sep 02

I first posted this five-part video series in November, 2008 because I felt that Svensmark was truly on to something very important in climate research.  As the debate over Svensmark’s research intensified, I posted it again in July, 2009 for the same reason.  Recently, Svensmark’s research was validated in the CERN experiment which makes this video series more relevant than ever, and casts further doubt on Al Gore’s theory of castastrophic man-made climate change.  So, for the third time, I present this five-part video series just as I did back in 2008:

This is a five-part video series featuring Danish scientist Henrik Svensmark, author of The Chilling Stars.

Svensmark’s has researched the effects that cosmic rays have on cloud formation. His theories contradict Al Gore and the IPCC’s theory of an anthropogenic cause for the global warming we experienced in the latter part of the 20th century. Therefore, Svensmark has been ignored by the climate alarmists.


“Instead of thinking of clouds as a result of the climate, it’s actually showing that the climate is a result of the clouds, because the clouds take their orders from the stars.”

This is GORE LIED must-see-TV. The videos are in order from top-to-bottom – #1 is on top & #5 is on the bottom.

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Mar 02

Yes, it has backfired.

In a surprisingly honest appraisal of the current state of the environmental movement,  Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus of the Breakthrough Institute declared in a speech at Yale University titled, The Long Death of the Environmnental Movement, that:

…today, environmental efforts to address climate change and build a green economy lie in ruins.

Shellenberger and Nordhaus offer Twelve Theses for a Post-Environmental Movement (heh, a 12-step program) to reboot the environmental movement, of which “we need to stop trying to scare the pants off of the American public” (as noted in the headline above) comes in at #2.

S&N even admit that their side has massively outspent “fossil fuel interests” in their failed effort:

In the wake of the crash [of the environmental movement], environmentalists pointed their finger at the usual bogeymen. They claimed that the problem has been that fossil fuel interests have massively outspent underdog environmental groups, funding skeptics to mislead the public and duping the media into giving too much credence to skeptical views about climate change.

In reality, the environmental lobby massively outspent its opponents. In just the last two years, by our rough estimate environmental organizations and philanthropies spent somewhere north of $1 billion dollars advocating for climate action. In contrast, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Exxon-Mobil, the Koch Brothers, Big Coal, and the various other well publicized opponents of environmental action might have spent, when all was said and done, a small fraction of that.

Indeed, much of the U.S. energy industry, including the largest utilities, helped write and lobbied for U.S. climate legislation.

And then there’s this precious nugget:

The truth is that the disparate crew of academics and bloggers who make up the skeptic community have toiled in relative obscurity and have been largely ignored by the mainstream media. That skeptics have nonetheless succeeded in raising substantial doubt among many Americans about the reality of global warming suggests, at the very least, that the environmental community has profoundly misframed the issue.


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