Climate

Are The Oceans Warming?

Featured image We’re reported previously (here and here, among others) about one of the leading explanations for the current lull in global warming climate change, namely, that the heat is going into the oceans—particularly deep in the ocean, where, convenviently for the climatistas, we have very little data—instead of the atmosphere.  It is a plausible hypothesis, and while there is some data to support ocean warming, it is very incomplete and over »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image The Wall Street Journal editorial page today rightly celebrates Australia’s repeal of its carbon tax, noting that by adding about $10 a month to the average household’s energy bill, the tax was—imagine this!—unpopular. But Philip Hutchings, writing over at WattsUpWithThat, brings our attention to a detail that reveals how corrupt these carbon management schemes come to be—even ones that are as supposedly simple and straightforward as a carbon tax.  Now, »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image Last month we noted the epic hypocrisy of Greenpeace flying a senior executive to and from his home in Luxembourg to company HQ in Amsterdam.  No worries about carbon footprints for him: he’s too important. Today there’s an even better story out of the UK reported in The Telegraph: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Use More Electricity By Matthew Holehouse People who claim to worry about climate »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image It’s really hard to settle on the latest embarrassment for the climatistas (or “Thermageddonites”—hat tip to Lord Monckton). On the technical side, there’s an interesting article by a team of Indian scientists in the current Journal of Geophysical Research about climate models and their ability to predict future precipitation amounts on a regional basis.  This is important because it bears on the claim, repeated almost daily, that climate change will »

On Global Warming, Follow the Money

Featured image There is a real irony in the Left’s repeated insinuation that climate realists must be funded, somehow, by the oil industry. In truth, there is plenty of money being distributed to climate scientists, but just about all of it comes from governments, and all government money goes to alarmists who promote government power. From this week’s The Week That Was, from the Science and Environmental Policy Project: Based US government »

The “97 Percent” Straw Man Revisited

Featured image This past week was the Heartland Institute’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas.  As I was teaching my summer school graduate course at the Ashbrook Center in Ohio last week I wasn’t able to attend, but you can take in videos of most the sessions here. We’ve commented here before about the climatistas’ dishonest, bad faith argument that “97 percent of scientists ‘believe’ in climate change,” as »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment—Not The Usual

Featured image Today’s New York Times (sigh) carries an article from Justin Gillis wringing has hands about what do about climate change—especially methane emissions.  But take in the second sentence of his lede very slowly and carefully: Climate scientists long ago settled among themselves the question of whether human emissions of greenhouse gases are a problem, concluding that we are running some grave risks. But the field still features vigorous debate about »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image Salon.com (yes, I know) is celebrating that the BBC has decided to go full Pravda on us and cease allowing “climate deniers” on the air.  Well, it is a government-run media establishment.  But that would be the same BBC that refused to allow Churchill to broadcast his “appeasement denial” views back in the 1930s.  Yup, same slimy people. Anyway, quoth a jubilant Salon: Good news for viewers of BBC News: you’ll »

Why Does Obama Want to Reduce CO2 Emissions?

Featured image As his policies, foreign and domestic, are collapsing on pretty much every front, President Obama has increasingly sought refuge in talk about global warming. He wants the U.S. to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide, and the EPA has done its best to bring this about via increasingly stringent regulations on coal-fired power plants. The Democrats wanted to enact cap-and-trade, but couldn’t get it through Congress, so Obama is doing »

Today’s Climate Scandal

Featured image I’ve decided to upgrade today’s climate embarrassment to a Category 1 climate scandal.  But there’s a back story to go with it. About ten years back I organized a high level conference in Washington, with participants from Europe and Asia as well as the U.S., on the arcane subject of greenhouse gas emissions forecasting.  Forget for the moment the intricacies of computer climate modeling and temperature forecasts—what estimate do you plug »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image A reader up in the Great White North directs our attention to the fact that Manitoba and Saskatchewan are both suffering from severe flooding at the moment, which automatically sets off talk of . . . now wait for it, darn it . . . climate change!  There’s just one inconvenient problem: a careful study reported yesterday in the National Post finds that extreme precipitation events in the region are »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment [With Comments and Video By John]

Featured image For a while now we’re heard that the steadily dropping level of the Great Lakes is yet another sign of—wait for it now—global warming . . . er, climate change . . . er, climate “disruption,” or whatever we’re supposed to call it this week.  The hotlink to “Great Lakes drop” on The Warmlist has gone dead, and by the way, is there still some snow and ice in the »

The Week’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image Tough competition for the most egregious embarrassment of the week for the Climatistas.  But you can add one more thing to The Warmlist’s 883 items caused by global warming climate change: the rise of ISIS in Iraq.  So says Slate.com: Could there be a connection between climate change and the emerging conflict in Iraq? The short answer is a qualified yes . . . You know, I’m really not interested »

I’d Rather Get Advice from Pat Paulson

Featured image Henry “Hank” Paulson, President Bush’s hapless treasury secretary who undoubtedly made the panic of 2008 worse by his own public flop sweat over the collapse of Lehman Brothers (he had been known at Goldman Sachs more as a pure salesman than as an analyst or nitty-gritty dealmaker), takes to the pages of the New York Times today to draw parallels between the panic and crisis of 2008 and . . »

Non-Carbon Energy Sources Aren’t Growing

Featured image Global warming alarmists have been trying to browbeat the world into giving up carbon-based energy for several decades now. Yet, despite the war on coal that has been carried on not just here in the U.S. but in many countries, despite the endless vilification of oil as “dirty” energy, despite all of the obstacles that have been erected against development of fossil fuel resources, despite a seemingly bottomless pit of »

The war Obama believes in

Featured image In the adjacent post, I say that when your project is the “fundamental transformation” of the United States, as Obama’s is, you can’t necessarily divulge all the details. On one front of the transformation, however, Obama and his crew have been relatively forthright. They openly profess a “war on coal.” Indeed, it may be the only “war” they believe in. In the video below, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy openly professes »

Climate Mafia Chronicles

Featured image Okay, this Obama guy is really starting to annoy me.  John has already noted Obama’s risible comments about “climate deniers” in the commencement address he gave at UC Irvine the other day, and as I argued last week in the Weekly Standard, Obama and the rest of the climatistas are swatting after the thinnest of straw men, as there is virtually no one who is saying climate change doesn’t happen.  »