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These items caught my eye – 2 March 2014

1: Not Right; 2: AGW cause, “down the drain” …; 3: Renewable energy in decline, less than 1% of global energy; 4: Greenpeace Is A Religious Cult; 5: Robert Bryce Testimony for a U.S. Senate Committee Hearing: Killing Wildlife in the name of saving the planet; 6: Guest Post: Invasive Research is Alive and Well in Canada; 7: The debate is over and all that; 8: Thick Ice Prevents Resupply At Mawson Station; 9: Woodrow Clark: Thin Nobel Gruel; 10: If the Square Peg Doesn’t Fit – Get a Hammer!; Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context..

Not Right

Posted on March 2, 2014 by Ozboy

I feel like a bit of a semantic quibble today. It concerns the term “right-wing”.

As most of you are probably already aware, the terms “left-wing” and “right-wing” have their origins in the États Généraux, the old French Legislative Assembly, back in the days of the Revolution of the late 18th century. The revolutionaries, or republicans, generally of the Third Estate, sat on the left of the Chair, while the monarchists, clerics and other traditionalists were on the right. As I understand it, to prevent debate being interrupted, the more extreme one’s views, generally the further from the chair one was seated; hence centre-right, far-right, and so on. – Click here to read the full article

AGW cause, “down the drain” …

Posted on March 2, 2014 by pindanpost

The climate change global warming climate disruption agenda is all over bar the politics. When ‘former warmist’ climate scientist Judith Curry’s links are mostly about how the debate has changed, the links say it all. It’s only political science that’s left!

When the White House Science advisor, eugenicist John Holdren goes on the attack with a missed science agenda, the end is nigh. Professor Pielke Jnr, a Climate Scientist with a doctorate in Political Science is attacked, you know the AGW movement is finished. – Click here to read the full article

Renewable energy in decline, less than 1% of global energy

Posted on March 2, 2014 by Steve Goreham

The global energy outlook has changed radically in just six years. President Obama was elected in 2008 by voters who believed we were running out of oil and gas, that climate change needed to be halted, and that renewables were the energy source of the near future.

But an unexpected transformation of energy markets and politics may instead make 2014 the year of peak renewables.

In December of 2007, former Vice President Al Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize for work on man-made climate change, leading an international crusade to halt global warming. In June, 2008 after securing a majority of primary delegates, candidate Barack Obama stated, “…this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…” Climate activists looked to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference as the next major step to control greenhouse gas emissions. – Click here to read the full article

Greenpeace Is A Religious Cult

Posted on March 2, 2014 by Frank Davis

Or so says Patrick Moore, one of its twelve founder members:

MOORE: It is a powerful convergence of interests among a very large number of elites, including: Politicians, who want to make it seem as though they’re saving the world; environmentalists, who want to raise money and get control over very large issues like our entire energy policy; media, for sensationalism; universities and professors for grants. You can’t hardly get a science grant these days without saying it has something to do with climate change. It is a kind of nasty combination of extreme political ideology and a religious cult all rolled into one.Click here to read the full article


Robert Bryce Testimony for a U.S. Senate Committee Hearing: Killing Wildlife in the name of saving the planet

Posted on March 2, 2014 by Quixotes Last Stand

(Editor’s note: This is a long read but well worth the time! Thanks to M. K. Barton for the find. – DQ)

Written Remarks for a Hearing of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, Dirksen Senate Office Building, February 25, 2014.

Good afternoon.

The focus of this hearing is on the economic benefits of ecosystems and wildlife and how they “are valuable to a wide range of industries,” including tourism. The purpose is also to examine “how the Administration is preparing to protect” ecosystems “in a changing climate.”

The facts show that federally subsidized efforts that are being undertaken to, in theory, address climate change, are damaging America’s wildlife. Furthermore, those same efforts have, for years, been allowing an entire industry to avoid federal prosecution under some of America’s oldest wildlife laws.

My discussion will focus largely on the wind-energy sector, an industry that has been getting federal subsidies since 1992, and the impact that the wind-energy business is having on wildlife.[i]

There are two key questions that must be addressed:

Click here to read the full article


Guest Post: Invasive Research is Alive and Well in Canada

Posted on March 2, 2014 by Kelsey Eliasson

This is a guest post by Kelsey Eliasson, who blogs at Polarbearalley, with his thoughts on the issue of the invasive research involved in polar bear mark-recapture studies around Churchill, Manitoba — which, as you’ll see, is a far different situation than I described for Nunavut (previous posts here, here, and here on this topic. Map below to get you oriented).

Kelsey is a writer, artist and polar bear guide who has spent 14 bear seasons watching the polar bears of Churchill. For five years, he ran Churchill’s monthly newspaper published occasionally, the Hudson Bay Post. Currently, he divides his year between the Yukon, Churchill and, occasionally, Riverton, home of Manitoba’s largest moose statue. – Click here to read the full article

The debate is over and all that

Posted on March 1, 2014 by Trust, yet verify

Since some years I have grown a thicker skin when it comes to reading climate communications. That is certainly needed at this side of the debate. I thought I had seen it all. That was until I saw this video: Crossing the 2014 Climate Divide: Scientists, Skeptics & the Media, starring Suzanne Goldenberg (U.S. Environment Correspondent, The Guardian) and Dr. Naomi Oreskes, (Professor of History of Science, Harvard University). One mispresentations after the other and I only just listened to the first part were Goldenberg explains about her stance on skeptics.

Basically it went like this: the debate is over, science is settled. Now we have to go on and work out solutions in stead of devoting time to the skeptics that are already far behind the issue. – Click here to read the full article

Thick Ice Prevents Resupply At Mawson Station

Posted on March 1, 2014 by Paul Homewood

News from the Australian Antarctic Division, a week ago.

Changes to the Antarctic shipping schedule

19th February 2014

Heavy sea ice conditions near Mawson research station have resulted in further changes to the Australian Antarctic Division’s shipping schedule.

Voyage 4, the current voyage, was due to resupply Mawson. However, as happened in 2011, the sea ice in the area is unseasonably thick. This has prevented the ship from entering the harbour at Mawson and doing the resupply.

Sea ice is affected by such things as sea temperature, wind patterns, ocean currents, freshwater melt from the ice cap and snow fall, and so patterns vary each year and are inconsistent between areas.Click here to read the full article

Woodrow Clark: Thin Nobel Gruel

Posted on March 1, 2014 by Donna Laframboise

A fake Nobel keynote speaker played an embarrassingly minor role in the IPCC.

How scant can a person’s contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) be before they start imagining they’re a full-blown Nobel laureate? The case of Woodrow (Woody) W. Clark II is instructive.

Clark is the keynote speaker at an upcoming Toronto trade show called All-Energy 2014. Last week, organizers issued a press release describing him as a Nobel Peace Prize winner. This is called false advertising. Anyone who has purchased a ticket on this understanding deserves a refund.

I’ve previously explained why Clark is unequivocally, absolutely, and conclusively not a Nobel recipient (see here). What I didn’t mention was the embarrassingly paltry nature of Clark’s actual IPCC contribution. – Click here to read the full article

If the Square Peg Doesn’t Fit – Get a Hammer!

Posted on February 28, 2014 by Jeff Id

It seems like I just got done writing a post which incorporated the point that Real Climate leaves much to be mocked, and low-and-behold Gavin Schmidt deals us a whopper. A fantastic new paper was written as a comment for Nature called “Reconciling Warming Trends”, which proports to explain the lack of observed warming which directly contradicts the bulk of the climate models. The first thing the media should take note of is that these scientists have finally noticed what us evil skeptics have been telling you for several years –the predicted level of warming didn’t happen! It is warming, but not enough to be a problem, and that IS a big problem for the multi-billion dollar climate industry.

As recently as February 2013, Real Climate had their heads in the sand on models with this quote: – Click here to read the full article



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