Majority of Australians still oppose Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon tax
By Malcolm Farr
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon pricing scheme is opposed by three out of every five voters and they are demanding an early election to see it dumped, polling has found. (news.com.au)
Online polls yield even worse results for the government – these results from about 2pm Wednesday (Australian Eastern Standard Time = GMT+10):
Australians demand carbon tax vote
AUSTRALIANS have given the carbon tax the thumbs down, with 68 per cent saying it will leave them worse off and 63 per cent calling for Julia Gillard to bring on an early election.
The exclusive Galaxy Poll for the Herald Sun – the first major survey since the release of the carbon tax package on Sunday – also found 60 per cent of voters opposed the tax, 29 per cent were in favour and 11 per cent undecided. (Herald Sun)
Please explain, Prime Minister
YOU know the PM and her carbon tax are in trouble when she can’t find a friendly audience, even on ABC1′s Q&A program. Sure, there were a few “thank you” comments from corners you’d expect, such as the Youth Climate Coalition. But back in the real world, important questions still have not been answered. So let’s try again. (The Australian)
Poll: Most see disasters, few climate turn
NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) — Three-quarters of Americans say natural disasters are on the increase, but fewer than ever believe the climate is heating up, a new poll finds. (UPI)
So, Climatologists—Whatever Happened To Global Warming?
One of the many great pleasures for those of us on the “Realist” side of the debate over man-made global warming has been watching the contortions of the “Warmists” as they try to explain away a very inconvenient truth: There has been no statistically significant global warming in more than a decade.
Yes, you read that right: “global warming” stopped in around 1998.
This, as you can imagine, has proved somewhat of an embarrassment for all those various interest groups—grant-hungry scientists, rent-seeking businesses, publicity-grabbing environmental NGOs—whose livelihood depends on the public’s continued belief that a) the world is getting hotter and b) it’s all our fault. (Business Insider)
To Kill IPCC, Cut the Cash
by Dennis Ambler
UN climate chief promotes carbon trading in Africa
I would suggest that many people think that the UN policies on “global warming/climate change/wealth re-distribution, emissions trading, etc” emerge only from the annual Conferences of the Parties, (COPS), such as Copenhagen and Cancun, but I would guess that not many are aware of the regular policy forums and meetings which occur almost on a monthly basis, driving forward the climate agenda, regardless of the serious and frequent blows dealt to the purported science behind that agenda.
If you thought the nonsense was all over, forget it. Take a look at the UNFCCC website where they are already in preparation for the COP 17 event in Durban, South Africa, from November 28th 2011 to December 9th 2011. Read the press release from the UN Climate Change Conference held last month in Bonn: (SPPI)
Gore (Re)Sells A Lie
Climate Fraud: Al Gore is going to “connect the dots” between climate change and severe weather. Given that the former vice president has been coloring outside the lines for years, there’s no reason to believe what he’ll say.
Gore launched Tuesday the latest phase of his attempt to save man from himself. Through the Climate Reality Project, he intends “to reveal the complete truth about the climate crisis.”
Earth’s most famous global warming alarmist, whose selection as a Nobel Laureate lowered the bar for that prize, expects that on Sept. 14 the world will listen raptly to his group’s narrative on the “climate crisis.”
During this 24-hour slice of “reality,” the Climate Reality Project’s website says, the world will focus “on the full truth, scope, scale and impact of the climate crisis. To remove the doubt. Reveal the deniers. And catalyze urgency around an issue that affects every one of us.”
Busybody Gore hasn’t done too little. But he is too late. The global warming scare that he’s helped gin up is growing as cold as a morgue slab.
Rather than being so fixed on the Sept. 14 event, Gore should have been keeping up with the news. Had he done so, he would have learned that there has been no statistically significant warming since 1995. This isn’t the claim of some crackpot “denier,” but of Phil Jones, a credentialed alarmist who is director of research at East Anglia University’s Climatic Research Unit.
And it’s not exactly fresh news, either. Jones, who played a major role in the climate-gate email scandal, made the statement, which was resurrected last week by James Delingpole in the London Telegraph, in 2010. (IBD)
Overplaying Heat, Underplaying Adaptation (Part II)
by Chip Knappenberger
July 12, 2011
[Editor's note: This is Part II (Part I here) of a two-part analysis examining projections of increasing human mortality to accompany projections of increases in temperature resulting from greenhouse gas emissions produced from burning fossil fuels to produce energy. Such studies typically give short shrift to the effectiveness of rather simple adaptations and the power of cheap, and reliable electricity.]
In my post yesterday, I discussed the seemingly incongruent fact: the more frequent heat waves, the fewer the number of people who die from them. This results from adaptive measures that the people who live in hot places incorporate into their lifestyles. These adaptations include access to air-conditioning which is facilitated by the availability of cheap, reliable, and abundant electricity.
Today, I’ll look more in detail at a new paper which projects a rapid rise in human mortality across Europe to accompany projections of rising temperatures there—contrary to observations. (MasterResource)
News Release – “Erratic Monsoon Rains May Be Caused By Black Carbon”
The evidence of a much more diverse range of human climate forcings continues to appear, as does the recognition that it is atmospheric circulation changes that matter much more than the global average surface temperature anomaly. The latest example of this wider view is reported in the article by Navin Singh Khadka
Is black carbon affecting the Asian monsoon? (Roger Pielke Sr.)
New Paper “Measuring Total Column Water Vapor By Pointing An Infrared Thermometer At The Sky” By Forrest M. Mims III Et Al 2011
Forrest M. Mimms III, who has provided us with insightful, critically important information on atmospheric water vapor; see
Climate Metric Reality Check #3 – Evidence For A Lack Of Water Vapor Feedback On The Regional Scale
has published a new paper with Lin Chambers and David Brooks:
Forrest M. Mims III,Lin Hartung Chambers, and David R. Brooks, 2011: Measuring Total Column Water Vapor by Pointing an Infrared Thermometer at the Sky. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 2011 ; doi: 10.1175/2011BAMS3215.1 (Roger Pielke Sr.)
The Debilitating Disease of Climate Alarmism: It has created a global epidemic of depression, anxiety and stress.
The 2010 Summer Heat Wave of Western Russia: Was it related to anthropogenic-induced global warming?
Six Decades of River Flows in the U.S. Northern Rocky Mountains: Do they yield evidence of the effects of anthropogenic-induced warming?
Challenges of Corals Living in the World’s Warmest Reefs: Perhaps the greatest are simply existing and thenreproducing.
Pearl Millet Adapting to Climate Change in the African Sahel: What occurred over the course of a 27-yearnatural experiment (followed by a three-year garden experiment)?
Flexibility in Destination Choice in Long-Distance Migratory Birds: Is it great enough for them to successfully respond to projected changes in climate?
The Nutritional Quality of Tallgrass Prairie Vegetation: How is it impacted by atmospheric CO2 enrichment?
Ocean Acidification Database
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Limpet [Patella vulgata]. To access the entire database, click here.
Plant Growth Database
Our latest results of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature are: Green Bristlegrass (Lee, 2011) and Lambsquarters(Lee, 2011).
Medieval Warm Period Project
Was there a Medieval Warm Period? YES, according to data published by 994 individual scientists from 570 research institutions in 43 different countries … and counting! This issue’s Medieval Warm Period Record comes from Cattle Pond, Dongdao Island, Xisha Islands, China. To access the entire Medieval Warm Period Project’s database, click here.
World Temperatures Database
Back by popular demand and upgraded to allow patrons more choices to plot and view the data, we reintroduce the World Temperatures section of our website. Here, users may plot temperatures for the entire globe or regions of the globe. A newly added feature allows patrons the ability to plot up to six independent datasets on the same graph. Try it today. World Temperatures Database. (co2science.org)
EPA Gives Millions to Green Groups That Sue It; Massive Funding Advantage for Enviro Groups and Green Welfare
by HANS BADER on JULY 10, 2011
The EPA gives millions to the environmental groups that sue it. “When the EPA settles or loses those suits, it then awards the groups millions more in attorneys’ fees,” notes legal commentatorWalter Olson. “‘The EPA isn’t harmed by these suits,’ said Jeffrey Holmstead, who was an EPA official during the Bush administration. ‘Often the suits involve things the EPA wants to do anyway. By inviting a lawsuit and then signing a consent decree, the agency gets legal cover from political heat.’ Holmstead called this kind of litigation ‘sweetheart suits.’”
The EPA gave millions to groups that sued it to get it to regulate greenhouse gases, like the Environmental Defense Fund and Natural Resources Defense Council. Those groups brought a lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA (2007), which vastly expanded the EPA’s jurisdiction. More recently, they sued to compel the EPA to issue greenhouse gas “performance standards” for power plants and refineries. In a recent settlement, the EPA agreed to do just that. Critics “said the costly settlement was ‘concocted in secret’” and that other lawsuits by EPA grantees resulted in collusive settlements that cost the economy billions, increased the EPA’s powers, and gave environmental groups things that they were unlikely to win in any court ruling. (Cooler Heads)
In Anti Spending Climate, DOE Gives $4.5 Billion in Taxpayer Backed Guarantees to Solar Manufacturer
By Marita Noon
Despite a recent downward trend in the prices at the pump, overall energy costs are rising. While most people could not quote the price they are paying per kilowatt hour—as they can for a gallon of gasoline, they do know their electricity bills are skyrocketing. Most people also understand that the government policy of picking winners and losers makes taxpayers the losers. (Energy Tribune)
The transcript of my interview with climate scientist Professor Richard Lindzen, who says Julia Gillard’s tax is futile: (Andrew Bolt)
Prof. Horst Malberg: Climate Change At Most 10% Because Of CO2 – Dominated by The Sun
By P Gosselin on 8. Juli 2011
Wolfgang Mueller of the European Institute For Climate And Energy (EIKE) conducted an interview with Prof. em. Dr. Horst Malburg at the Gegenwind [Counter Wind] Conference at the German North Sea island of Sylt. A translation of the entire interview follows the video below: (No Tricks Zone)
New Article “Comments On ‘‘Observed Trends In Indices Of Daily Temperature Extremes In South America 1960–2000’’ By R. J. Stone
In 2009 I posted on an inappropriately rejected paper by Reynold Stone of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. The post was
Comment On “Recent changes In Climate Extremes In The Caribbean Region By Peterson Et Al (2002)” by R. J. Stone
As reported in that post a Comment submitted to JGR-Atmospheres titled “Recent changes in climate extremes in the Caribbean region” by lead author Dr. Thomas Peterson and 16 co-authors to the Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres was unfairly rejected by the Editor without even making it to reviewers.
Despite such bias, Reynold has thankfully persisted to present his scientific results and his new paper has successfully passed through the gauntlet of peer review of papers that present a different perspective than presented by Tom Peterson, Tom Karl and other similar individuals who are seeking to surpress research that conflicts with their studies. (Roger Pielke Sr.)
New paper finds temperatures and precipitation were higher 1000 years ago
A paper published last week in the journal Climate of the Past examines the climate of central China over the past 1800 years using two different types of proxies. The paper finds higher temperatures and precipitation were present during the Medieval Warming Period (960-1100 AD) than at the end of the 20th century. This paper adds to the published work of 986 scientists who have documented that the Medieval Warming Period was as hot or hotter than the present and was a global phenomenon. This study also shows both the rate and magnitude of the rise in temperature from the year ~ 700- 880 AD were much greater than over a comparable period including the 20th century. (Hockey Schtick)