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Climate: Cancel the Boiling Oceans

Featured image Another week, another anomalous climate science finding in a mainstream journal. One of the major suppositions of climate science is that a lot of the CO2 going into the atmosphere—and the temperature increase that is supposed to be coming with it—is going missing in the oceans. Taking the temperature of the entire ocean is just as difficult, and maybe more difficult, than taking the air temperature for the entire planet, »

Cloudy Outlook for Climate Models

Featured image Anyone who tries to keep up with climate science will know that the biggest question mark concerns the most important aspect of forecasting future warming—the computer climate models. And if you are a glutton for punishment and read (as I do) the chapters on climate models in the periodic reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change you will know that the single biggest problem for climate models is understanding »

Climate Change: California Hypocrisy Turned up to 11

Featured image Readers may be vaguely aware that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and two other AGs filed suit again ExxonMobil alleging that “they knew” about climate change decades ago, but have been practicing “deception” ever since. These lawsuits all came with subpoena demands for thousands of pages of documents, no doubt hoping to turn up . . . what exactly? This is a transparent attempt to turn policy disagreements into »

“Drive Fast, Freeze a Yankee!”

Featured image It is now well understood that the “energy crisis” of the 1970s was entirely the product of bad government policy. If you need a primer on this point, see Peter Grossman’s fine book from Cambridge University Press, U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure. Federal price and allocation controls meant that disruptions in the oil market by OPEC were magnified here at home, with the result being artificial shortages. Everyone »

Green Weenie of the Week: Weather Disaster Forecasting

Featured image E&E News reports a significant step forward in climate change and weather event attribution today: Researchers can now blame warming for individual disasters Actually the story rambles on a long long time without ever delivering a specific breakthrough as implied in the headline. Instead you get mush like this: And as the science continues to mature, it may have ramifications for society. Legal experts suggest that attribution studies could play »

Cold Snap

Featured image We spent the weekend in my home town in South Dakota, visiting my 96-year-old father. This is what greeted us yesterday morning: Now, that’s cold! It was cold across much of the U.S., leading President Trump to tweet this on Thursday: In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, »

The CIA on Climate Change

Featured image Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado notes that the State Department now has a searchable online database of historic documents, and Roger decided to see what a search for “climate change” would cough up. The very first thing is a CIA assessment from August 1974 on the dire consequences of . . . global cooling. Guess what? The world was going to come to an end! We were »

Today in Climate Comedy

Featured image Add this to the list of things that climate change will cause or affect: Could Climate Change Lead to Tastier Chocolate? . . . This new chocolate study set out to find whether certain external forces can have an effect on the tastiness of cocoa beans. To do that, they measured the chemical composition—phenols (flavor), fat content, and antioxidant content—in samples taken from Bolivian cacao trees under different growing conditions. . »

More Global Warming Fraud: This Time, It’s Sea Level

Featured image Via No Tricks Zone, another instance of fraud perpetrated by global warming alarmists who have charge of data. This time, they are changing sea level measurements to make it appear that sea level is rising abnormally, when it isn’t: In a new paper published in Earth Systems and Environment this month, Australian scientists Dr. Albert Parker and Dr. Clifford Ollier uncover evidence that Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) »

Will Bitcoin Destroy the World?

Featured image I have to admit that I don’t understand bitcoin. Go ahead: read the Wikipedia entry for how bitcoins are “mined” and see if you can understand it. The price of it is soaring again on the market today, to over $15,000 now $18,000 now $19,000 (this movement happening as I write this item!) in what looks like a classic bubble. I think I’ll stick with my hypothesis that bitcoin, and its »

The Fire This Time (Updated)

Featured image As it happens I attempted to drive down to Los Angeles yesterday to take in the Gary Oldman Churchill vehicle Darkest Hour (which is only playing right now in LA and New York for Oscar buzz purposes), but had to turn back when the I-5 was closed because of a sudden fire around the Newhall area. Right below is a pic of the fire from a distance taken out the »

Where the Global Warming Debate Stands

Featured image The scientific debate over Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming continues to rage. In my opinion, the realists are thrashing the hysterics, but for a more neutral view, check out this essay by Rupert Darwall, the author of The Age of Global Warming: A History (2013) and Green Tyranny: Exposing the Totalitarian Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex (2017). Darwall’s essay is balanced and thorough. You really should read the whole thing. »

The Corruption of the Climatisatas

Featured image Here’s a paradox that few people in the fawning green media seem to perceive: the more serious you think the problem of global warming may be in the future, the more farcical and unserious are the policy prescriptions of the “climate change community.” In fact I’ll go further: if perchance we do experience catastrophic, man-made global warming many decades from now, historians will look back and blame the environmental community »

The Never Ending Climate Hustle

Featured image The climatistas and their toadies in the media can’t stop scratching their heads and asking/demanding why conservatives/Republicans refuse to credit “the science” about climate change. Maybe because of articles like the one in the New York Times today, which makes clear that the left sees climate change as an excuse for a massive political power grab: The Climate Crisis: It’s Capitalism, Stupid By Benjamin Y. Fong . . . The real »

Today in Climatista Power Grabbing

Featured image There’s another UN world climate conference under way over in Germany right now, which I have resolutely ignored because life is too short, and besides, Trump has doomed the planet by withdrawing from the Paris Accord, so what’s the point? However, I do have some friends who are gluttons for punishment and are attending. One of them sends along this note: I had just purchased my morning cup of tea »

Climate Change Alarmism Is Founded On Dishonesty

Featured image I’ve said many times that I believe global warming alarmism to be the worst fraud in the history of science. What follows is just one of many illustrations of that point. The No Tricks Zone reminds us of how NASA GISS, keeper of temperature data for the U.S., has changed historical records to serve the political agenda of the alarmists: As recently as 1990, it was widely accepted that the »

About That “Climate Consensus”

Featured image The most tiresome cliché of the climatistas is that “97 percent of scientists ‘believe’ in human caused climate change,” though I am always grateful for how they used the term “believe,” since the whole matter has taken on the attributes of religious commitment, if not fanaticism in many cases. The backup for this refrain is exceedingly weak. One study purporting to establish the “97 percent” consensus figure, from John Cook of the »