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These items caught my eye – 28 May 2013

Subjects covered: Arctic melting? Not yet; France in for a cold summer; How the gullible youth are being manipulated; How the rich get the perks for electric cars; Ocean Heat and warmist fiction; The climate debate: follow the money. Same old, same old. Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context.. If you follow a site that is, maybe, a bit off the beaten track and think it would be of interest, please contact me and I’ll take a look.
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Cold Hard News…

Posted on May 28, 2013 by chiefio

That Arctic Sea Ice seems firm enough:

Russian explorers headed home Thursday after proving it is possible to drive from Russia to Canada across the North Pole, in buses with bloated tires over drifting ice, using a pickaxe to clear the way.

Their two-and-a-half-month hitherto untried odyssey aimed to road test the hand-crafted vehicles on ice and water, conduct a few scientific experiments, and bring together a band of adventurers drawn to the vast and pristine Arctic, expedition leader Vassili Ielaguine said during a stopover in Ottawa.

At the “speed of a (farm) tractor” or about 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles/h) and carrying three tonnes of donated diesel fuel and supplies, they traveled more than 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) in 70 days from the Russian archipelago Severnaya Zemlya (or Earth North), after being dropped off by a Russian icebreaker, to the pole and then to Resolute Bay in Canada’s far north.

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A year without a summer?

Posted on May 27, 2013 by Verity Jones

According to Météo France, 2013 could be one of the coldest and wettest summers for some time.

After a long, cold winter, France is experiencing its coolest spring for 20 years. There was sleet at low level in Southern Belgium last week, and the seasonal forecast for summer provides little optimism.

Apparently the main numerical models suggests a likely (70%) scenario of the persistence of a cold anomaly during the 3 months of summer (June, July, August) combined with normal rainfall. This does not preclude short warm spells but overall the pattern that emerges is that of a “rotten summer” in Western Europe. According to the forecast there is just a 1.5% risk of a summer heatwave.

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Young Greens Say the Darndest Things

Posted on May 27, 2013 by Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise

Donna
Laframboise

Students in the fossil fuel divestment movement employ venom and vitriol, but little persuasive argument.

On February 24, the student association at Vassar College made an important decision. By a margin of 23-1, these young people passed a resolution urging their school to withdraw investment funds from fossil fuel companies.

According to a news report, a member of the Vassar Greens later declared that the vote

means we have the student body’s support behind us…We’re presenting this as something Vassar students want. [ellipsis in the original]

So what arguments were advanced by campus activists before this decision got made? A December 2012 opinion piece published in the student newspaper is a good place to start. Titled Vassar must take lead in fossil fuel divestment, it was written by three individuals – two co-presidents of the Vassar Greens as well as the person who appears to be the primary author of the divestment resolution itself.

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CONGRATULATIONS!! Some Rich Californian Thanks You For Helping Pay For His New Tesla

Posted on May 27, 2013 by Climate Change Sanity

Tesla electric cars

Tesla electric car

Now the Tesla is a sweet looking car with some impressive stats. Perhaps not as good as advertised, see this posting, but still right up there with the best.

And while you may not be able to afford one—early models went for over $109,000 and the new S model goes for about $70,000—some people, wealthy ones anyway, are buying them.

Tesla sold an estimated 9,650 S models by the end of April this year. Things are going so well that Tesla made a profit in the first quarter.

Lets look at the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) breakdown of what was the cause of this big first quarter:

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Heidi’s Weather On Steroids

Posted on May 27, 2013 by Paul Homewood

WUWT ran a post yesterday about CBS’s Face The Nation programme, which featured extreme weather/climate change the other day.

Unfortunately, the programme seemed to be pretty much a fact free zone. The tone was set at the start by the presenter, Bob Schieffer:-

“Doctor Shepherd, I want to start with you because we’ve had floods. We’ve had droughts. We’ve had tornadoes. We’ve had superstorms. It’s cold when it ought to be warm and it’s warm when it is supposed to be cold. I guess, you know, if it starts raining frogs that’s probably the only thing we haven’t had so far. What is happening? Is this something different? Is this just a cycle? What’s going on here?”

Dr Marshall Shepherd just happens to be President of the American Meteorological Society, so you would have thought he would have calmly and cogently presented the facts, but that was apparently too much to expect. Instead he waffled for a bit about climate change, while admitting that “I think it’s a bit premature to say that there is a definitive link between that Moore tornado last week and– and– and climate change. But I think more research is needed there.”

More research? What on earth does he think the tornado experts at NOAA have been doing for the last 40 years?

As the good doctor seemed to be reluctant to give the audience the facts, perhaps I should.

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NODC Provides 1st Quarter 2013 Ocean Heat Content Update & Alarmist Writes Science Fiction

Posted on May 26, 2013 by Bob Tisdale

This morning I found two emails in my inbox about an alarmist blog post that claims Big Jump in Ocean Warming, in response to the NODC’s recent quarterly update of their Ocean Heat Content data. (Thanks, Anthony and Marc.) The alarmist blogger, David Appell, is a self-described freelance science journalist. Some might think he’s an author of science fiction after reading the opening to his post (my boldface):

Ocean heat content numbers are in for the first three months of 2013, and they show the 0-2000 meter layer increasing more than in any previous observed period…</p?

First we have to assume David Appell is discussing the ARGO-era data, because the NODC presents the ocean heat content data for 0-2000 meters prior to the ARGO era only in pentadal form—as a result, it shows no quarterly wiggles due to the smoothing. Once we agree on that, then David Appell appears to have difficulty reading time-series graphs, or he purposely overlooked the sharp rise in the 0-2000 meter data near the beginning of the ARGO era.

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The climate debate: follow the money

Posted on May 26, 2013 by Roger Helmer MEP

I’ve had a fairly astonishing 65 comments (and counting) on my recent blog on Green Energy.

Martin Lack lists all the learned organisations that accept the climate orthodoxy, as though that proves something, and seems quite upset at my suggestion that some scientists’ views may be affected by the availability of research funds. Meantime Ken Gallowglaich, in a wonderfully snivelling and sarcastic paragraph, suggests that sceptics should read what Shell has to say about the future of renewables.

Odd, isn’t it? It seems to be an article of faith amongst green campaigners that climate sceptics are money-grubbing, mendacious hypocrites who are only taking a counter-consensual position because of the brown envelopes stuffed with cash which they receive from “Big Oil”. Yet they are horrified at the suggestion that climate orthodoxy might also be something to do with money and career advancement. In fact there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence that scientists who take a sceptical view on climate are denied publication, denied tenure, denied research funds. And we saw in the ClimateGate leaks the way in which the “Hockey Team” deliberately sought to exclude sceptics from publication, and even to remove editors who showed any sympathy towards sceptics. Not so much scientific enquiry, more witch-hunt.

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