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Sunday, November 25th 2012, 2:06 PM EST
“Global warming” just isn’t as cool as it used to be. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference opens Monday for the 18th time to a world far less enthusiastic about grand wealth redistribution schemes meant to buy a chilled climate. When money is tight, smart folks sit on their wallets.
The conferees’ private jets have landed in Doha, Qatar, where expectations are subdued. For the past three years, purveyors of the global warming theory have urged the 194-nation body to hammer out a mechanism for establishing a $100 billion Green Climate Fund by 2020 so that “rich” countries can pay Third World nations to mitigate the supposed warming caused by carbon-dioxide emissions. However, a global economic slowdown has left the formerly wealthy United States and European Union strapped. The previous gatherings concluded with pledges but no cash. The current strategy seems to be to temper hopes and reach a funding agreement by 2015.
The 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which laid the framework for a pact limiting man-made carbon dioxide expires at the end of this year with no new agreement signed to replace it. The United States as the world’s foremost industrialized nation never signed the original treaty, and newly emerging economic titans like China, India, South Africa and Brazil have rejected a new deal that would hamper their industrialization.
Wednesday, November 7th 2012, 12:50 PM EST
Michael Mann can’t take the heat, assaults free speech
Liberals are hot under the collar, but this has more to do with the election than the planet warming up. The presidential candidates didn’t say a word about global warming during the debates, so advocates of that theory are looking for a bit of attention.
Late last month, Penn State climate professor Michael Mann turned to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to sue several individuals who dared satirize his work. Mr. Mann became famous three years ago when leaked Climategate emails referenced Mr. Mann’s “trick” used to “hide the decline” in global temperatures, inspiring countless parodies and scathing commentary.
The global-warming proponent was particularly peeved at a National Review article by columnist Mark Steyn and a Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) blog post containing verbal jabs labeling his work as fraudulent. “It is one thing to attempt to engage in discussion about debatable topics,” wrote Mr. Mann in his complaint. “It is quite another to discredit consistently validated scientific research through the professional and personal defamation of a Nobel Prize recipient.”
Thursday, November 1st 2012, 11:09 AM EDT
Sandy was terrible, but we're currently in a relative hurricane 'drought.' Connecting energy policy and disasters makes little scientific sense.
Hurricane Sandy left in its path some impressive statistics. Its central pressure was the lowest ever recorded for a storm north of North Carolina, breaking a record set by the devastating "Long Island Express" hurricane of 1938. Along the East Coast, Sandy led to more than 50 deaths, left millions without power and caused an estimated $20 billion or more in damage.
But to call Sandy a harbinger of a "new normal," in which unprecedented weather events cause unprecedented destruction, would be wrong. This historic storm should remind us that planet Earth is a dangerous place, where extreme events are commonplace and disasters are to be expected. In the proper context, Sandy is less an example of how bad things can get than a reminder that they could be much worse.
In studying hurricanes, we can make rough comparisons over time by adjusting past losses to account for inflation and the growth of coastal communities. If Sandy causes $20 billion in damage (in 2012 dollars), it would rank as the 17th most damaging hurricane or tropical storm (out of 242) to hit the U.S. since 1900—a significant event, but not close to the top 10. The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 tops the list (according to estimates by the catastrophe-insurance provider ICAT), as it would cause $180 billion in damage if it were to strike today. Hurricane Katrina ranks fourth at $85 billion.
Wednesday, October 17th 2012, 6:33 AM EDT
Mitt Romney quipped in the first Presidential debate that the problem with the Obama Administration’s green energy investing isn’t that it tried to pick winners and losers, but that “you pick the losers.” He was being generous. Another big green Administration favorite went belly-up on Tuesday with the Chapter 11 filing by battery-maker A123 Systems Inc.
Massachusetts-based A123 is — or was — part of President Obama’s grand design to build a U.S. electric-car industry more or less from scratch. The company was founded by entrepreneurs in 2001 to make lithium ion phosphate batteries and attracted private investment from the likes of Sequoia Capital and GE. Then Washington picked up the green energy fad.
As Mr. Obama put it in August 2009, the government would create an “infrastructure of innovation” by doling out “$2.4 billion in highly competitive grants to develop the next generation of fuel-efficient cars and trucks, powered by the next generation of battery technologies, all made right here in the U.S. of A.”
Sunday, October 14th 2012, 4:47 PM EDT
It's coming on Italy the long-awaited wave of bad weather that evening until Tuesday morning hit a bit 'all the regions with strong thunderstorms and heavy rains. In addition to the bad weather, there will be a sharp drop in temperatures with snow on the mountains abundant recreational and even some of the Apennines.
But first things first: the weather will begin tonight at the north / west, with thunderstorms especially in Liguria, where the night we expect authentic storms species between Genoa and La Spezia. During the night the storm will intensify throughout the north, with heavy rain and thunderstorms in Lombardy intense central Alps and Switzerland, where it will start to snow initially only above 1,900 meters.
The first storms, simultaneously, will board the Sardinian north / west.
Tomorrow morning the weather will focus on the north, moving to the north / east and also in the Tyrrhenian regions, Tuscany, Lazio and Campania, will receive the first rains. In the Alps, the temperatures begin to fall and with them also the share snow in the afternoon / evening will drop up to 1,000 meters in the border areas. Just in the evening, however, the masltempo will intensify throughout the north / east, in the Tyrrhenian regions and the extreme South will stage "highlight" of the bad weather with storms of Veneto, Trentino, Friuli, Tuscany, Lazio, Campania and Sicily.
Friday, September 21st 2012, 3:38 AM EDT
Environment: For many across the U.S., it was a cruel, cruel summer. Al Gore said listening to the news was like "taking a nature hike through the book of Revelation." But how does he explain record sea ice in the Antarctic?
The summer of 2012 was a scorcher for many across the country. Naturally the global warming alarmists couldn't contain themselves.
James Hansen, whose politicized ravings are primarily responsible for the climate change scare, wrote in August that the summer was "the kind of future that climate change would bring to us and our planet."
Gore lamented the "dirty weather" created by "dirty energy" and declared on his web site that "a lot of people are saying out loud, 'I'm too hot!'"
In case anyone wondered just how people felt.
Wednesday, September 12th 2012, 5:16 PM EDT
Science: The president who said he'd slow the ocean's rise says voters can regulate the weather and stop droughts, floods, wildfires and hurricanes by backing his re-election. Never mind wrecking the economy in the process.
In 2009 President Obama modestly declared: "America, this is our moment . .. that I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
During his acceptance speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, he doubled down. No matter how much damage his war on fossil fuels has done to job and economic growth, "my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet — because climate change is not a hoax."
Our carbon emissions have declined — but due to the free market, not to any presidential plan. The Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, recently noted that energy-related U.S. CO2 emissions for the first four months of this year fell to about 1992 levels, a 20-year low.
Friday, August 24th 2012, 5:35 AM EDT
Climate Fraud: In an attempt to defend his role in the greatest scam of modern times, Climate-gate's poster child threatens to defend his tarnished reputation in court. First, hide the decline, then hide the deceit.
'Get lost" was National Review editor Rich Lowry's appropriate response to a threatened lawsuit by Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann.
NR printed a post by the great Mark Steyn, who graces these pages as well, calling Mann's famous hockey-stick graph "fraudulent." That it is indeed a fraud has been documented by many, including us.
Mann was at the heart of the Climate-gate scandal in 2009, when emails were unearthed from Britain's Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. In one email sent to Mann and others, CRU director Philip Jones speaks of the "trick" of filling in gaps of data in order to hide evidence of temperature decline:
"I've just completed Mike's nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i.e. from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline (in global temperatures)," the email read.
Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 7:41 AM EDT
So, as you might have heard, Michael Mann of Climategate infamy is threatening to sue us.
Mann is upset — very, very upset — with this Mark Steyn Corner post, which had the temerity to call Mann’s hockey stick “fraudulent.” The Steyn post was mild compared with other things that have been said about the notorious hockey stick, and, in fact, it fell considerably short of an item about Mann published elsewhere that Steyn quoted in his post.
So why threaten to sue us? I rather suspect it is because the Steyn post was savagely witty and stung poor Michael.
Possessing not an ounce of Steyn’s wit or eloquence, poor Michael didn’t try to engage him in a debate. He sent a laughably threatening letter and proceeded to write pathetically lame chest-thumping posts on his Facebook page. (Is it too much to ask that world-renowned climate scientists spend less time on Facebook?)
All of this is transparent nonsense, as our letter of response outlines.
In common polemical usage, “fraudulent” doesn’t mean honest-to-goodness criminal fraud. It means intellectually bogus and wrong. I consider Mann’s prospective lawsuit fraudulent. Uh-oh. I guess he now has another reason to sue us.
Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 5:09 PM EDT
After the driest winter on record, Sir David Attenborough wouldn't be the only Briton to blame the wettest English summer ever on global climate change, on some inexorable shift in the planetary machinery that upsets all reasonable expectation. There is a connection, although no single meteorological episode in any locality could ever be directly linked to global warming: this flood or that cyclone might have happened anyway. Even the increasing frequency worldwide of climate-related disasters, along with the lives, homes and harvests lost, cannot be entirely blamed on the steady increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Population growth and economic development each year deliver more potential victims, with more to lose. Finally, the measured increase in the intensity of extreme events – ever fiercer heatwaves, ever more violent floods – rests on an uncertain premise: if systematic weather records in many parts of the world are barely a century old, what does it mean to declare something "the worst ever" or a "once in a century" flood?