Climate

You Knew This Was Coming [With Comments by John]

Featured image Oh what the heck, we might as well hit for the cycle today. Headline in the Puffington Host this afternoon: Is Climate Change To Blame for the Northeast Snow Storm? You can guess the answer: Of course it is, you ninny, because climate change does everything, remember.  I’m sure the connection between climate change and the New England Patriots’ under-inflated footballs is mere moments away. JOHN adds: The key point »

Hottest Year Claim Becomes Hot Potato

Featured image Oh, well, since I’m on a climate jag today, might as well pass along the following clarification offered by environmental reporter stenographer Seth Borenstein of the AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 16, The Associated Press reported that the odds that nine of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000 are about 650 million to one. These calculations, as the story noted, treated as equal the possibility of »

Advice to Climatistas: Stop Sniffing Model Glue

Featured image Science Daily summarizes a new study in Geophysical Research Letters, one of the leading climate science journals, about how climate models are struggling (to put it mildly) to explain decade-by-decade climate variability.  On the one hand, the study seems to attempt to downplay the significance of the recent temperature “pause,” but at the price of inadvertently undermining the climate models themselves.  At least that’s how I read this summary: A »

Climate Cliche Watch, Chapter 1

Featured image It’s about time someone—why not Power Line?—developed a Climate Change Cliché Counter: a checklist and score sheet for the number of mindless clichés that appear in articles or statements about climate change. The idea occurred to me when I noted “A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change” in the pages of the National Interest, a normally sober-minded foreign policy journal nowadays published by the Nixon Center. It »

When Climate Heretics Speak. . .

Featured image . . . They usually mop the floor with the climatistas. That’s one reason why the climate campaign has resorted to rank conformism and outright bullying. Matt Ridley offered his observations about the state of things in an article in the London Times a few days ago entitled “My Life as A Climate Lukewarmer.” I am a climate lukewarmer. That means I think recent global warming is real, mostly man-made »

2014 Was One of the 3% Coldest Years in the Last 10,000

Featured image Climate alarmists play a number of tricks to try to make their catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory seem plausible. One of the most important is that they focus on a ridiculously short period of time, beginning either in the late 19th century or at the beginning of the 20th. This is, of course, not even the blink of an eye in geologic time. Given that the Earth began emerging from »

Romney Regresses On Climate

Featured image Mitt Romney is never a dollar short, but he is often a day or more late. This week, he showed that he has not been keeping up with developments in climate science: As he considers a third presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that one of the country’s biggest challenges is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it. “I’m one of those Republicans who thinks »

The Ultimate Climatista Farce

Featured image If the Olympics ever make Shark-Jumping an official sport, the climatistas will dominate the medals. It seems the desperate climatistas are really getting serious now: they’re going to hold a “Live Earth” rock concert!  Whoa—the planet is surely saved now!  Well, okay, so this is reported in Rolling Stone, which means it has less than a 50/50 chance of being accurate. But let’s give them the doubt of the benefit. »

Happy Days Are Here Again!

Featured image If you’re a climatista, that is. The news that 2014 is the hottest year EVER!* has the climatistas wetting their drawers: we’re back in business! Amazing what two one-hundredths of one degree will do for the hard up. John has already noted the general weakness of this case, but if you think John beats down on it, check out NASA’s Dr. Roy Spencer: I’ve addressed the “hottest year” claim before »

On Polar Bears, Don’t Buy the Hype

Featured image Global warming hysterics have adopted the polar bear as a mascot, even though I believe it is undisputed that polar bear populations are robust. One false claim about the bears after another is debunked, yet the misrepresentations take on a life of their own and are endlessly repeated. A case in point: the Washington Post published a piece, reprinted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about the bears’ purported woes. Most »

Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year Ever?

Featured image The New York Times features one of the most misleading headlines ever: “2014 Was the Warmest Year Ever Recorded on Earth.” The first paragraph drives the hysteria home: Last year was the hottest in earth’s recorded history, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring scientific warnings about the risks of runaway emissions and undermining claims by climate-change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped. It would be hard to pack more misinformation »

Eighteen Years, Three Months With No Global Warming

Featured image To the embarrassment of global warming alarmists everywhere, the Earth stubbornly refuses to get warmer. In 2009, Kevin Trenberth, one of the leading alarmist scientists, wrote in an email: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” Since then, things have only gotten worse for the warmists. The Earth has now gone for 18 years »

Guess What, Mom? Trees Like CO2

Featured image To wonder whether higher levels of carbon dioxide might stimulate more rapid plant growth—perhaps even in the tropics!—is one of those heresies that brings down instant condemnation from the climatistas, and yet a few brave scientists have decided to study and measure the topic. Last week the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published “Effect of increasing CO2 on the terrestrial carbon cycle,” by two professors from CalTech »

The Medieval Warm Period Lives!

Featured image The climatistas hate the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), when global temperatures were in all likelihood as high or higher than they are today—yet there were no SUVs around to drive up greenhouse gas levels. Which means our current warming may not be unprecedented, and may have more to do with factors besides or in addition to greenhouse gas emissions. So the climatistas have tried to claim that the MWP was »

RFK Jr: Okay, Now He’s Just Trolling Us

Featured image Robert F. “Little Bobby” Kennedy Jr, winner of multiple Green Weenie Awards (most recently for suggesting the Koch brothers be jailed as war criminals or something) is now out with a column singing the praises of Cuba. That is so 1980s, dude! Can’t you do better than “literacy” and “universal health care”? Despite its poverty, Cuba has managed some impressive accomplishments. Cuba’s government boasts the highest literacy rates for its »

Climate: For Whom the Bell Tols

Featured image   Richard Tol, a European-based academic, is one of the pre-eminent environmental economists of our time, but he is not well known in the U.S. When the politicized “Stern Review” came out from the UK government in 2006 claiming that economic damages from climate change were already substantial, it cited Tols’ work several dozen times, prompting Tol to say that if a first year graduate student had submitted the Stern »

Dr. Roy’s Top 10 List

Featured image We really should highlight Dr. Roy Spencer‘s climate science observations more often than we do, and by all means we should have brought notice yesterday to his Top 10 Climate Discoveries of 2014, which I reprint here in full (but do bookmark his site for future reference): 10. Weather did not even occur before Henry Ford automated the production of the automobile. No, really, look it up. 9. Climate modelers discovered that »