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Climate Change

December 19, 2008

First off, Climate Change is a hard scientific fact. The Earth’s climate has change drastically over time and odds are that it still will. Keep in mind that most of that extreme fluctuation has happened before Homo sapiens arrived on the planet and there has been recorded climate change before the Industrial Revolution.

So when “supposedly” smart people like soon to be VP Joe Bieden says that he thinks that climate change is 100% due to the effects of man, you have to wonder about just how long he’s been on crack.

With actual real science, if the facts don’t fit your theory, you change your theory. With the Cult of Algore “Global Warming” conspiracy types, there is a solid history of changing the facts to fit their so-called “theory”.

One of the early and most blatant ones was the “Hockey Stick” graph used in the infamous Al Gore propaganda film. In order to get that “Hockey Stick” graph, which they needed to “prove” their so-called “theory”, it was necessary to both edit out relevant data and hack the algorithms to edit out both the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period.

Continuing that policy of editing the facts to fit their so-called “theory”, is Seth Borenstein’s propaganda piece disguised as a “science” article. Note his very carefully selection of dates. Yup, there was a brief warm period during the Clinton years, but it has been cooling since then. A fact Borenstein is very careful not to note, except for the rather bizzare statement that a global cooling trend “actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.” No facts or cites to back that up, just an unsupported “proof by assertion.” The article also has the typical watermelon America bashing, leaving out the fact that the US has slowed it’s rate of carbon emissions more than the Western European countries that signed the Kyoto Treaty. He also engages the typical “Bush Bashing” by leaving out the fact that it was President Bill Clinton who killed the Kyoto Treaty by not sending to the Senate for ratification. President Clinton could read the writing on the wall, and the unanimous Senate vote stating that they opposed the treaty. Yup, every single democrat present (98 Senators voted) voted against the Kyoto Accords before they were presented to the Senate.

How have actual Scientists responded to Borenstein’s article? Noel Sheppard has compiled a short list:

In his latest screed, he screams: “global warming is accelerating”

How then does he explain the fact that the mean global temperature (as measured by satellite) is the same as it was in 1980?

How can global warming be “accelerating” when the last two years have seen dramatic cooling? Is this guy totally removed from all reality?????

He completely ignores any evidence contrary to his personal beliefs, and twists everything to meet his preconceived notions. — David Deming, University of Oklahoma

Global warming is not “accelerating”: global warming has stopped. There has been no statistically significant rise in (mean global temperature: MGT) since 1995 and MGT has fallen since 1998.

The Earth has been warming from the Little Ice Age (LIA) for 300 years so, of course, the warmest years happened recently. But that warming from the LIA peaked in the El Nino year of 1998. MGT has been near but below that peak for the last 10 years.

Arctic ice advances and recedes over decades. 2007 saw a minimum in Arctic ice cover in the short period that it has been monitored using satellites. But 2008 saw the most rapid growth in Arctic ice cover in that same period and Arctic ice cover is now back to the average it has had in the period. Also, 95% of polar ice is in the Antarctic and Antarctic ice is increasing.

Nobody can know if the recent halt to global warming is temporary, permanent or the start of a new warming or cooling phase. But it is certain that anybody who proclaims that “Global warming is accelerating” is a liar, a fool, or both. — Richard S. Courtney, a UN IPCC expert reviewer and a UK-based climate and atmospheric science consultant.

There is a lot more. Go read it all.

There is more at Hot Air as well.

Cutting back on pollution is a “Good Thing.” Promoting Junk Science to line Al Gore’s pockets and support Socialists put out of a job by the fall of Communism is a “Bad Thing.”

CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers chimes in with some actual rational thought on the subject.

Kyoto chickens are coming home to roost in the EU.

September 23, 2008

By way of AoSHQ is the story on how EU businesses are not happy with the restrictions placed on them by the Kyoto Protocols.

Well, now the chickens have come home to roost. European business leaders are threatening to take their businesses somewhere else where the environmental restrictions are not so damaging. They claim that the new carbon emissions offset programs amount to a “tax” (which they are, the EU just didn’t want to call it that) and that the restrictions will cost “44 billion” a year in the next seven years.

China and India have no such restrictions and are exempt under the Kyoto treaty. Germany and Italy (both with some of the highest unemployment in Europe) are starting to wonder if these EU environmental demands shouldn’t be scrapped while the head of the EU is confident that Sarkozy, with his environmental revolution campaign promise, will help ram it through the EU council.

Trouble in Canada

May 8, 2008

Dave in Texas reports in AoSHQ, that the Canadian government has “revised emission targets, claiming the ones previously agreed to are unachievable, totally unrealistic and caca poopoo.”

Canada had agreed under the international Kyoto Protocol to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to 6.0 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, but emissions have instead increased by more than 35 percent.

Last year, the government outlined a new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent, based on 2006 levels, by 2020, saying the targets agreed to by the previous administration were unattainable.

Dave then nails it shut:

I’ll add Dave in Texas’ .02 here: the revised target is also unachievable, totally unrealistic and caca poopoo.

The only way they can “reduce” emissions is to participate in the stupid ponzi game of trading carbon credits with other countries, because there’s no way in hell they’re actually gonna reduce jack shit. And if the UN overlords decide against them on registry compliance, they’ll be barred from doing that.

I’m sure the current admin is really, really worried about that.

Say what you want about Billy Jeff “Bubba” Clinton, but he isn’t stupid.
There were very good reasons he deep sixed the Kyoto Treaty by never sending it to the Senate for ratification after his VP Al Gore signed it.
One was the unanimous vote by the US Senate saying they were against what was clearly an economic treaty designed to punish the US and other first world countries.
Anybody who tries to tell you that the Kyoto Protocols were an “environmental” treaty is either ignorant or lying.

Carbon credits cause global warming

June 3, 2007

Not only are they scam of epic proportions, this result was predictable:

One senior figure suggested there may be faults with up to 20% of the carbon credits – known as certified emissions reductions – already sold. Since these are used by European governments and corporations to justify increases in emissions, the effect is that in some cases malpractice at the CDM has added to the net amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Another country figures out Kyoto

April 20, 2007

The Canadian government figures out what 98 members of the US Senate figured out.
The Kyoto Treaty was an economic transfer program from the first world to third, not an environmental treaty.

This week’s announcement by the Canadian government — that it may join a U.S.-led coalition focused on voluntary emissions cuts — could be part of a global shift away from Kyoto’s binding targets.

In a somewhat surprising development, Canada, a long-time supporter of the Kyoto Protocol, announced that it may want to join the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6), a six-nation coalition focusing on voluntary emission-reduction steps and technology transfers. Many environmentalists oppose AP6 out of a fear that it may undermine political support for the legally binding Kyoto treaty.

HT to Mr. Reynolds


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