Archive for November, 2008

How Hansen measures temperature in Napa

11/30/2008


Klosed in Kalamazoo

Climate change caused the Mumbai massacre

11/30/2008

You knew this was coming:

“A few hours from now, the world will witness the next UN Climate Negotiations take place in Poznan, Poland. A few hours ago – Mumbai, the financial capital of India was struck by a terrorist attack – one the most coordinated acts of terror the world has seen till date.

Though on the outset, the two events have nothing in common … the cause and consequences of the two are in some way pretty much the same. …

Climate Change in India is also the story of inequitable distribution of resources and uneven consumption patterns. … Climate Change for India is also the story of costlier technology transfer and non-availability of the right technology at the right place and time.

The kind of coordinated terrorism we are witnessing in the country no doubt comes from outside, but is able to find base in India because the development in the country has been uneven.” “Terrorism, climate change and India

The confluence of anthropogenism and misanthropism

11/30/2008

“Human degradation of the environment has the potential to stall an ongoing process of planetary evolution, and even rewind the evolutionary clock to leave the planet habitable only by the bacteria that dominated billions of years of Earth’s history, Harvard geochemist Charles Langmuir said Thursday (Nov. 13).” “Humanity May Hold Key For Next Earth Evolution

Antarctica: slight cooling in last 30 years

11/30/2008


“Overall trend since 1979 for Antarctica is slightly negative. Now, take a gander at this chart, use your common sense, and then you tell me whether or not the melting of the South Pole is about to doom us all.” “2008 update on Antarctic temperatures — RSS

How Hansen measures temperature in Napa

11/30/2008


Klosed in Kalamazoo

Enviro-assisted suicide

11/30/2008

“If the holder of the most powerful office in the world proposed a policy guaranteed to inflict untold damage on his own country and many others, on the basis of claims so demonstrably fallacious that they amount to a string of self-deluding lies, we might well be concerned. The relevance of this is not to President Bush, as some might imagine, but to a recent policy statement by President-elect Obama. …

Mr Obama begins by saying that “the science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear”. “Sea levels,” he claims, “are rising, coastlines are shrinking, we’ve seen record drought, spreading famine and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season.”

Far from the science being “beyond dispute”, we can only deduce from this that Mr Obama has believed all he was told by Al Gore’s wondrously batty film An Inconvenient Truth without bothering to check the facts. Each of these four statements is so wildly at odds with the truth that on this score alone we should be seriously worried. …

For 300 years science helped to turn Western civilisation into the richest and most comfortable the world has ever seen. Now it seems we have suddenly been plunged into a new age of superstition, where scientific evidence no longer counts for anything. The fact that America will soon be ruled by a man wholly under the spell of this post-scientific hysteria may leave us in wondering despair.” “President-elect Barack Obama proposes economic suicide for US” h/t Benny Peiser, CCNet

Realism in Canada

11/30/2008

In his first major speech since taking the post of federal environment minister, Jim Prentice signalled his government will not stir greater troubles in Canada’s economy with strident environmental policies.

“We will not – and let me be clear on this – we will not aggravate an already weakening economy in the name of environmental progress,” Prentice said in a speech to business leaders at the Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum Friday morning.

“If this means re-examining the way forward in the face of present-day economic realities, then so be it.”” “Environment Minister places economic priority over environment” h/t Benny Peiser, CCNet

Greedy UK government rips off airlines and consumers

11/30/2008

“Airlines and tour operators have reacted angrily to this week’s pre-Budget announcement, warning that plans to increase green taxes on the “cash cow” of travel will hasten the end of low-cost flights.

Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, said on Monday that air passenger duty charges on long-haul flights would more than double by 2010, making a trip to Australia £45 more expensive in economy class and £90 more in business. Meanwhile, the cost of European flights will also rise, with flights to Spain £2 more in economy and £4 in business.

In a calculation made on behalf of Times Travel, the Association of British Travel Agents estimated that the move would raise an extra £1 billion in revenue in 2010, on top of the £2 billion that the tax already brings in to the Treasury.

A spokesman said: “The Government has always said that this is an environmental tax, but that has never been the case. The money is not spent on the environment. Travel is being used as a cash cow.”” “Green tax is the end of low-cost flights” h/t Benny Peiser, CCNet

The assault on hydrocarbon fuels continues

11/30/2008

“Even more egregious will be the directives to a nationalized Detroit. Sen. Charles Schumer, the noted automotive engineer, declared “unacceptable” last week “a business model based on gas.” Instead, “We need a business model based on cars of the future, and we already know what that future is: the plug-in hybrid electric car.”

The Chevy Volt, for example? It has huge remaining technological hurdles, gets 40 miles on a charge and will sell for about $40,000, necessitating a $7,500 outright government subsidy. Who but the rich and politically correct will choose that over a $12,000 gas-powered Hyundai?

The new Detroit churning out Schumer-mobiles will make the steel mills of the Soviet Union look the model of efficiency.

The ruling Democrats have a choice: Rescue this economy to return it to market control. Or use this crisis to seize the commanding heights of the economy for the greater social good. Note: The latter has already been tried. The results are filed under “History, ash heap of.”” “Job One: Wean The Economy Off Of Politics

Climate change caused the Mumbai massacre

11/30/2008

You knew this was coming:

“A few hours from now, the world will witness the next UN Climate Negotiations take place in Poznan, Poland. A few hours ago – Mumbai, the financial capital of India was struck by a terrorist attack – one the most coordinated acts of terror the world has seen till date.

Though on the outset, the two events have nothing in common … the cause and consequences of the two are in some way pretty much the same. …

Climate Change in India is also the story of inequitable distribution of resources and uneven consumption patterns. … Climate Change for India is also the story of costlier technology transfer and non-availability of the right technology at the right place and time.

The kind of coordinated terrorism we are witnessing in the country no doubt comes from outside, but is able to find base in India because the development in the country has been uneven.” “Terrorism, climate change and India