Climate

Chill of An Early Winter

Featured image At Watts Up With That, Christopher Monckton highlights the astonishingly partisan dimension, in the U.S., of the global warming controversy: One of the most interesting statistics from the recent mid-terms was the New York Times’ exit poll, showing that more than two-thirds of “Democrat” voters thought climate change was a serious problem. Five-sixths of Republicans didn’t. That’s really stark. I wonder whether any other issue would fall along equally partisan »

More Yummy, High-Fat Election Schadenfreude

Featured image The last two paragraphs of the New York Times story today on how Tom Steyer’s campaign spending was a bust are worth savoring with a nice glass of single-malt, or whatever is your favorite beverage to restore the tissues: Just as liberal groups run ads linking candidates to Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers, and the their opposition to climate change policy, conservative groups have now started »

Environmentalists Show How to Make the Best Comics Epically Unfunny

Featured image How do you take the best comics in the country and make them duller than wet cardboard?  You dragoon them into plying their chops on behalf of environmental organizations, which the NRDC did this week at their “night of comedy.”  The three-minute clip below really makes you feel sorry for Seth Meyers, Larry David, et al. Here’s a sample of the comic fare from the actual event, from Seth Meyers: “Let’s »

Steyer, Steyer, Pants on Fire

Featured image Tom Steyer is delusional. Or living in a parallel universe where Al Gore is emperor. Probably comes with hanging out with Nancy Pelosi in Pacific Heights too much. He tells the San Jose Mercury News that “I feel as if we did better than we expected.” The story adds: Steyer and his camp stress that they have created an infrastructure — which includes identifying 250.000 “climate voters” — for the »

Climate Change? An Issue for Losers

Featured image Ross Douthat nails it in his NY Times blog post-mortem: And nobody, but nobody, cared how many millions liberal billionaires spent trying to make climate change an issue. Andrew Restuccia notes in Politico: For Tom Steyer and other environmentalists, $85 million wasn’t enough to help Democrats keep the Senate blue or win more than a single governor’s mansion in Tuesday’s toughest races. The billionaire’s super PAC and other green groups »

Does Cloud Cover Explain Recent Temperature Trends?

Featured image Climate science is in its infancy, and much of what drives the Earth’s climate is understood poorly if at all. It is clear, however, that clouds have a significant impact on temperatures. A recent paper by Australian physicist John McLean suggests that cloud cover, combined with the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, explains temperature trends from 1950 to the present. Anthony Watts summarizes the paper’s findings: Key points of the paper: * »

A 97 Percent Footnote

Featured image Pointing out the fraudulence and superficiality of the climatistas “97 percent!” campfire slogan is a tedious business, but someone has to do it. (My most complete analysis of it is here.) The distinguished climate economist Richard Tol has been all over the original Cook paper, and has a fresh takedown up on his website right now. If you’re not familiar with Tol, he is one of the pre-eminent economists in »

Who’s The Warmest of Them All?

Featured image The climatistas are already wetting their pants with the news that 2014 is supposedly on track to be the warmest year evah! The AP’s environmental “reporter” Seth Borenstein (who is really just an environmental activist with a byline, like most environmental “reporters”*) has told us so. Not so fast, says Dr. Roy Spencer, who is, as you may recall, one of the inventors of the NASA satellite systems that give »

I Am the Walrus—Not!

Featured image John has already done a good debunking three weeks ago about the latest climate hysterics over walruses stranding themselves on the beach instead of planting themselves on ice floes, but in case you missed it or would like another helping, our friends at the Global Warming Policy Foundation in Britain have released this three-minute video that calmly shows how the climatistas once again ran away with unfounded claims merely to »

Why Climate Negotiations Are Like Arms Control

Featured image News out of Europe yesterday is that the EU has adopted an ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target, calling for a 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions by the year 2030. But the announcement was larded with lots of talk of “flexibility” and contains so many contradictory elements that it is clear this is not serious. My favorite condition is this one: A 27% renewable energy target that is binding »

Happer on the Hapless Climatistas

Featured image The Puffington Host is up this afternoon with the headline “Another Month, Another Heat Record Broken.”  Get ready for whoops of celebration from the 97 percent: we’re back in business!  The “pause” is over!  Hand over your car keys! While we await the familiar refrain, you might want to take in the presentation below from Will Happer, given last week at the George Marshall Institute in Washington.  Who is Happer? »

Tornado Blind Alley

Featured image Everyone knows—or at least geniuses like Al Gore, Barbara Boxer, and John Kerry know—that global warming climate change means more severe weather. Like Sharknados! Or at least tornadoes. Science magazine reports on the subject this week, and since you can’t get any more 97 percenty than Science, this is worth passing along. “Increased Variability of Tornado Occurrence in the United States” finds no increase in the total number of tornadoes »

Today’s Climate Comics: Hide Your Cat

Featured image Apparently feeling outflanked by Naomi Klein’s climate comic book This Changes Everything, the other Naomi (Oreskes)—author of the original version of the “97 percent” canard—and her sometimes co-author Erik Conway are out with a new climate comic book with the less than subtle title The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. You might want to keep this tome from these would-be Spenglers handy, because some of their »

More Problems for the Deep Ocean Warming Theory

Featured image New study from NASA last week: NASA Study Finds Earth’s Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, analyzed satellite and direct ocean temperature data from 2005 to 2013 and »

Quote of the Day

Featured image It comes from Richard Feynman, one of the pre-eminent scientists of modern times, via the Science and Environmental Policy Project: You cannot prove a vague theory wrong. If the guess that you make is poorly expressed and the method you have for computing the consequences is a little vague then ….. you see that the theory is good as it can’t be proved wrong. If the process of computing the »

Curry at Slow Boil

Featured image The climate change argument has been repetitive for years now, but so is the back and forth of a tennis game. Slow changes in scientific opinion, and subtle shifts in scientific findings, will make no difference to the climatistas who are invested in the catastrophic climate scenario, nor to the grasping politicians who pant to take control of the energy marketplace. Still, it is worth taking note of new research »

Deep Six the Deep Ocean Theory?

Featured image Another week, another pile of climate change news, much of it nonsensical as usual. You knew that Ebola would be connected to climate change, right? Actually, this immediate default theme in the media was even too much for the true believer climatistas at ClimateProgress.org: Media Jumps to Conclusions on Ebola and Climate Change If you read Newsweek or CNBC this week, you may be under the impression that one of »