Monday, 27 April 2015

OCEAN WARMING MUCH GREATER IN MEDIEVAL WARM PERIOD

This piece refers to a very interesting paper which produces evidence that the oceans were about a degree C warmer during the Medieval Warm Period than in the Little Ice Age. If true this is a remarkable find, since scientists are currently arguing over changes of as little as 0.01C. If the oceans have changed as much as 1 degree in the fairly recent past then the tiny changes being argued over are, in comparison, pretty inconsequential. No wonder this paper has received no publicity.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

ACTIVIST LINKS BOAT DEATHS TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Here are the depths to which some climate activists will go to further their "cause". It is interesting to read the comments, which I am surprised to see have not been removed (so far).  I am sure such tactics will backfire, but it is still amazing that anyone would think of using such tragedy in this way.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

USA OIL INDUSTRY KEEPS INNOVATING AND PRICES FALLING

This piece in the Telegraph explains how oil keeps pouring out of its wells with ever increasing efficiency, so much so that the Middle East is struggling to keep up. This, like so much else, was not predicted by the experts in government. The result could be that fossil fuels will remain abundant and cheap for years to come.

Friday, 24 April 2015

THE GW PAUSE WILL LEAD TO A FEEBLE CLIMATE DEAL IN PARIS

According to this article in the Daily Express. While most world leaders continue to pat lip-service to the climate change orthodoxy, they are likely to refrain from making any tough binding commitments. This will further marginalise the few ultra-greens who risk punishing their people by giving them expensive energy. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

2015 - IS IT THE WARMEST START EVER?

This article on GWPF website looks at the hype around 2015 being the hottest start ever and concludes that it is more what the alarmists hope and even if there is a record it is likely to be within the margin of error. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

WHY FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT IS POINTLESS

This piece explains the reasons. It is hard to understand why those advocating this are not aware. In fact they really are aware and it is just one more pointless gesture, just like the attempts to reduce fossil fuel use, knowing that there are currently no reasonable alternatives. We are currently living in the era of pointless (though very costly) gestures.

Here is a piece from a few months back where a university decides not to divest itself of its fossil fuel shares.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY IN THE UK - THE DEBATE

This TV recording is of an election debate between the five political parties taking part in the UK general election. It features their energy spokesmen and the debate is around energy and climate change policy. Unfortunately only one party has a sensible policy and they have no chance of putting it into practice.

Monday, 20 April 2015

EVEN OBAMA'S TAX BILLIONS FAIL TO SPEED UP THE CHANGE TO RENEWABLE ENERGY

This article gives the details of the latest prediction of energy sources up to 2040, when renewables will still account for less than 4% of the total energy used in the USA. It must make hard-pressed taxpayers wonder what is the point of all the subsidies.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

LORD MONCKTON WILLING TO BET $500,000 THAT ICE SHEETS WON'T MELT IN A DECADE

This article gives the details. He is challenging a prediction made by a scientist who stated that the whole of the Antarctic and the Greenland ice sheets would melt in a decade. It is a laughable prediction and I am astonished that any reputable scientist would make it.  

Saturday, 18 April 2015

UK OIL FIND NEAR GATWICK MUCH LARGER THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT

Here is the good news for us hard-pressed Brits. Time to open the champagne, except that the hard bit is still to come - keeping the eco fanatics from getting in the way.

Friday, 17 April 2015

CHINESE WATER TO TORTURE THE CLIMATE?

This article gives the details of the rising number of desalination plants being built in China, with the resultant increase in energy required, leading to the inevitable rise in CO2 emissions. So what are the Chinese to do, have clean water or reduce CO2 emissions? It is obviously a no-brainer, but those who really believe that increases in CO2 will lead to Armageddon have a problem; is it really right to save the planet by condemning people to live unhealthy and miserable lives without clean water? 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

FRANCE'S GREEN SOCIALISTS 'BURIED SHALE REPORT'

France’s refusal to countenance exploiting shale gas deposits will cost it up to €293 billion and 225,000 jobs over the next three decades, according to a confidential government report. The report, which came down in favour of waterless fracking, was leaked to the media yesterday after it had been shelved by President Hollande’s Socialist-led cabinet. France’s radical shale gas laws make it an offence even to look for the fuel. “Shale gas is no longer on the agenda,” said Ségolène Royal, the environment minister, who is Mr Hollande’s former partner. --Adam Sage, The Times, 8 April 2015

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

GERMANY HEADING FOR POWER CRISIS

The economic viability of some 53 percent or 39 of the power plants planned for construction in Europe’s largest economy by 2025 has been called into question, German energy industry association BDEW said in a statement on Monday. The association said investors were nervous because of lacking profitability for coal- and gas-fired power stations because of competing energy supplies from subsidised renewable power, and a tougher carbon emissions regime. Germany, which is due to phase out nuclear energy by 2022, could face supply bottlenecks in the next few years. --Vera Eckert, Reuters, 13 April 2015

Germany's Irsching gas-fired power plant, one of Europe's newest, is to be shut down in April next year, its operators said on Monday, as competition from renewable energy pushes conventional stations out of business. Irsching is one of many power stations in Germany that are running at a fraction of the time needed to be profitable, replaced by solar and wind energy which has priority access to the grid. The statement, which puts pressure on the German government to come up with a solution for modern but loss-making power plants, did not say what impact the decision would have on jobs. --Reuters, 30 March 2015

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

PUBLIC SUBSIDIES FOR WIND FARMS OUTLAWED BY UK PARLIAMENT

This post gives the details, which I was unaware of. I don't know whether this decision can be overturned, but even so it is an encouraging gesture. Note the low turnout shown by the vote. A lot of MPs were not there for the vote.

Monday, 13 April 2015

INDIA SHUTS DOWN GREENPEACE, FREEZES FUNDING, SUSPENDS LICENCE

 The Hindu, 10 April 2015

Devesh Pandey

Greenpeace India's all seven bank accounts have been frozen with immediate effect. 

Citing various grounds for the suspension of the FCRA registration of Greenpeace India and the freezing of its accounts, the Union Home Ministry on Thursday alleged the organisation did not inform the authorities concerned about transfer of foreign contributions received in the designated account to the FCRA utilisation account and then to five other accounts.

The seven accounts in IDBI Bank, ICICI Bank and Yes Bank have been frozen with immediate effect.

Listing the alleged violations, the order said the NGO under-reported and repeatedly mentioned incorrect amount of foreign contributions. It's foreign account opening balance for 2008-09 was incorrectly reported nil in the auditor's certificate. Greenpeace India had later described it as a typographical error.

The MHA also charged the NGO with incurring over 50 per cent of foreign donations on administrative expenditure during 2011-12 and 2012-13 without prior approval; and wilfully suppressing details on salary payment by Greenpeace International to “Greenpeace activist” Greg Muttitt, who worked on secondment with Greenpeace India for over five months in 2013-14.

Economic interest hurt

Stating that acceptance of foreign contributions by Greenpeace India has prejudicially affected the public and the economic interest of the country in violation of the Section 12 (4)(f)(iii) and Section 12(4)(f)(ii) of the FCRA, the government said the act also amounted to violation of the conditions of grant of registration certificate.

Accordingly, the Central government has suspended the registration of the organisation, including its branches and units, under the FCRA, for six months beginning Thursday. The organisation can make a representation in this regard within 30 days.

The order comes against the backdrop of MHA reports raising concerns that the United Kingdom has been showing interest in the organisation's India operations. “The UK Parliament had invited Greenpeace India to 'testify' against the Indian government in a formal hearing. A UK-based TV channel had also sought to internationalise related issues last year,” said an MHA official.

The government also took exception to Greenpeace India's participation at the Istanbul Coal Strategy Conference-2012. “At the Istanbul Conference, US-based funding agencies projected India as the primary target for thermal power plant activism,” said the official.

Sponsored by US-based Climate Works Foundation (CWF) and World Resources Institute, the Conference had identified 999 thermal power plant sites in the world, of which about half were in India.

The official said the Conference had resolved to focus on the Singrauli region in India.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

CAPITALISM VERSUS THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Another thought-provoking article from the Scientific Alliance looks at the idea put out by some writers, that capitalism must be overthrown in the third industrial revolution. What these writers seem to overlook is that this revolution is not being driven by the "masses" at the bottom end of society, but by the philosophers at the top. I don't see how this revolution can succeed if it is not a popular mass up-rising. People will not fall so easily for these latter-day Karl Marx's with their ideas of utopia. However they can do a lot of damage trying.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

JAPAN'S NEW ENERGY POLICY - MORE COAL

Japan has 43 coal power projects either under construction or planned, representing combined capacity of 21,200 megawatts, according to a statement from the Kyoto-based Kiko Network. The projections would account for about half of what Japan could emit in 2050 under the current government’s target to cut emissions by 80 percent by that date, the group said. -- Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg, 9 April 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015

INDIA TO DOUBLE COAL PRODUCTION

India Won't Bow To Western Pressure On CO2 Emissions, Modi Says
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government aims to double Indian coal production to 1.5 billion tons by 2020. The Modi government, which came to power in May last year, is desperate to increase coal production to facilitate economic growth. The International Energy Exchange projects annual coal consumption in India to grow by 177 million tons, or an average 5% a year, through 2019. --Rosemary Marandi and Kiran Sharma, Nikkei Asian Review, 3 April 2015 (http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Modi-looks-to-double-coal-production-by-2020)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

INTRODUCING THE BRITISH UNIVERSITIES INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ASSOCIATION

No, I've never heard of it either, but a look at this website  reveals that they are deeply into the climate change boondoggle. Don't you just love the discussion on "Trade unions and climate change in the UK: prisoners of neoliberalism or swords of climate justice?" at their forthcoming seminar. What on earth does it mean? (any answers in the comments please.)

When you scratch the surface, you soon find another organisation, usually, though not exclusively, left wing, which has transformed itself into a bastion of climate change. Perhaps they have found a lucrative source of government (or EU) funding. Never mind the science, this subject has now become a must for any organisation, or so it seems.  This is not just confined to the UK, it is all over Europe and the USA as well. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

NATIONAL TRUST JUMPS ON CLIMATE CHANGE BANDWAGGON

This article looks at the new campaigning stance being taken by the NT. They may put off some of their existing members, who expect them to stick to preserving our heritage, and not spending charity money on political activism.

Roger Helmer discusses this in more detail.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

GLOBAL WARMING, SOME GOOD SLIDES FOR A SCEPTIC

I came across these slides the other day and thought they were worth sharing with readers. The first one was shown in the film, The Great Global Warming Swindle. It shows the Earth's temperature going back a billion years. A simple set of slides that tell a story. The climate is much more complex than climate alarmists are prepared to admit. And they don't want you or I to know about it. 

Monday, 6 April 2015

OBAMA'S CO2 REDUCTION PLEDGE TO THE UN COULD BE HALTED BY LEGAL ACTION

This piece looks at the legal action being applied to try and stop the latest Obama pledge to cut CO2 emissions in the USA. Even if the legal process only slows it up it could then be overturned by a new less enthusiastic president. 

Sunday, 5 April 2015

TORNADO INCREASE - ANOTHER CLIMATE MYTH

This article gives the statistics about tornado activity in the USA, and it shows that there is no trend towards an increase, let's tell it to the alarmists.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

THE TIP OF THE CLIMATE SPENDING ICEBERG

This article gives a good idea of what those of us who believe alarmist climate predictions are wrong, are up against. It is massive and it will require great effort and determination to try and counter it. The challenge is still worth making. Like any massive task it has to done bit by bit. By exposing the weakness of the alarmist case and the huge damage it is inflicting on ordinary people's lives, gradually people will understand that it has no substance. Just like an iceberg in the ocean it will melt away, very slowly! 

Friday, 3 April 2015

UK CLIMATE POLICIES TO COST £90 BILLION BY 2020

Here are the facts which show that the huge cost will accumulate between now and 2020. This equates to £3485 for every household in the country. I wonder why the government has not informed us of this?

Thursday, 2 April 2015

CLIMATE POKER AS MOST GOVERNMENTS DELAY UN CLIMATE PLEDGES


Reuters, 29 March 2015

Alister Doyle and Valerie Volcovici

OSLO/WASHINGTON - The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December.

The U.S. submission, on Monday or Tuesday according to a White House official, adds to national strategies beyond 2020 already presented by the 28-nation European Union, Mexico, Switzerland and Norway.

Together, they account for about a third of world greenhouse emissions. But other emitters such as China, India, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Australia say they are waiting until closer to a Paris summit in December, meant to agree a global deal.

"It's not the ideal situation," said Niklas Hoehne, founding partner of the New Climate Institute in Germany which tracks submissions, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

In 2013, the United Nations invited INDCs by March 31, 2015, from governments "ready to do so" - the early, informal deadline was meant to give time to compare pledges and toughen weak ones.

Late submissions complicate the Paris summit because it will be far harder to judge late INDCs.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A USA POLITICIAN RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT WHO SPEAKS AGAINST CLIMATE ALARM

This video shows a politician running for the Republican nomination for President in 2016 being interviewed. The whole interview is worth watching, but in particular a section from around 15 minutes in, when he explains his thoughts on global warming. He has the courage to say what he believes, which is that it is not a cause for alarm. How refreshing to see a politician running for this high office who is prepared to do that. If only we had someone like that leading one of our major parties. Does he stand a chance - I certainly hope so.  

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

THE RETURN OF THE ARCTIC ICE

This week's Booker column looks at the incredibly harsh winter endured by Canadians. While, as he says, this is severe weather, not climate change, it is remarkable that we have seen none of it on our UK TV news bulletins, whereas if there are any heat related stories they are given ample coverage. I wonder why this is?

Monday, 30 March 2015

EDUCATION REINFORCES OUR VIEWS ON GW

Seventy-four percent of Republicans with a college degree say it is exaggerated, compared with 57% of those with high school education or less saying the same. Democrats are much less likely in general to say that the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated, but those with a college degree (15%) are significantly less likely to say this than those with a high school education or less (27%). The relationship between education and views of global warming among independents is generally similar to that shown among Republicans.

These opposing trends by party suggest that higher levels of education reinforce core partisan positions; in this case, Republicans' strong tendency to question or deny global warming and Democrats' inclination to affirm it. The trends also suggest that partisanship rather than education is a main lens through which Americans view global warming and its effects, particularly for those who claim allegiance to one of the two major political parties.

These results come from an aggregation of more than 6,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup's annual Environmental Poll conducted each March from 2010 to 2015. Over that time, Americans' views about the seriousness of global warming have been steady: 43% on average have said it was generally exaggerated, 24% generally correct and 31% have said it was generally underestimated. Longer term (http://www.gallup.com/poll/107593/Partisan-Gap-Global-Warming-Grows.aspx?utm_source=riley%20dunlap&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=tiles) , though, Republicans' and Democrats' views about global warming have increasingly diverged.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

INDIA TO BE THE BIGGEST WORLD IMPORTER OF COAL

The tides of the world's seaborne coal trade are shifting rapidly as top consumer China seeks to rely more on domestic output while cutting its use of the polluting energy source.

India, the world's second-largest coal consumer, is stepping into the breach, pulling in more coal cargoes amid a price slump.

India's coal imports could rise by more than 8% this year to 170 million metric tons, research firm Wood Mackenzie estimates, putting them almost on a par with those of China, which imported 207 million tons last year.

"India is [now] at the center of the seaborne thermal coal market, given Chinese demand is slowing down," said Prakash Sharma, research director for Pacific coal markets at Wood Mackenzie.

India's coal reserves in the ground are among the largest in the world. But production by state-owned Coal India Ltd. has failed to keep pace with demand growth, which has increased the need for imports.

Full story (http://www.wsj.com/articles/india-rises-as-importer-of-coal-1427452063)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

A RATIONAL ENERGY POLICY FOR THE UK

Here is a refreshing change - an energy policy that makes sense. Unfortunately it is not from either of the Parties that will form our next government.

Friday, 27 March 2015

A PRIEST WHO SPEAKS AGAINST THE CLIMATE RELIGION

Here is an interesting piece which shows there are religious people who have not been taken in by the global warming brigade.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

SEX, LIES AND DECEIT - WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT GLOBAL WARMING COULD ENCOMPASS ALL THIS?

My headline refers to the goings on of the recently resigned head of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC as it is usually known. Donna Laframboise has been covering the events in some detail as they have unfolded. I have seen virtually nothing of the story in the press and none at all on television news bulletins. I know Mr Pachauri was not a household name, but neither was Dominic Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF who had similar problems, but in his case there was lots of coverage. I find it strange that the media have decided to be so shy about this. While his behaviour has no bearing on the actual science of global warming, it undoubtedly does have a bearing on how the public perceives the integrity of the IPCC. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

NEW USA FRACKING REGULATIONS TO INCREASE COST OF POWER

The administration's new rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands will add to the cost of shale oil and gas drilling operations and hamper an industry that's been front and center in the economic recovery. Given this president's allegiance to the environmental lobby, this may be the whole point of the new rules - to stop fossil-fuel development in order to make expensive renewable energy the only alternative. But a new study from the Brookings Institution - hardly conservative in its orientation - suggests the biggest victims of these new rules will be the poorest Americans, who'll have to pay higher energy costs. --Editorial, Investor's Business Daily, 24 March 2015 (http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/032315-744736-epa-fracking-regulations-costly-to-poor.htm)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

USA REPUBLICANS TO DELAY OBAMA'S NEW POWER PLANT REGULATIONS

House Republicans are preparing a bill that would delay implementation of the Obama administration's climate rule for power plants and let state governors veto compliance plans. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's panel on energy and power, unveiled the draft legislation Monday that he worked on with Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the full committee chairman, and other members. The draft bill would delay the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule until all court challenges are over and let governors block any plans to implement the regulation - whether from the state or imposed by the EPA - if they think it would significantly increase electricity rates or harm reliability. --Timothy Cama, The Hill, 23 March 2015 (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/236656-house-gop-seeks-to-delay-epa-climate-rule-gives-states-vetoes)

Monday, 23 March 2015

THE CLIMATE PROPAGANDA WAR HOTS UP OVER CYCLONE PAM

This piece highlights the exaggerations being put out as facts by activist climate scientists. This is desperate stuff and may well be counter-productive as more of the public realise they are being fed with propaganda rather than given balanced information.

Christopher Booker has also commented on this in his weekly column in the Telegraph.
 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

HAGUE'S CLIMATE ADVISOR IN RANT AT SHELL BOSS

William Hague was the UK's Foreign Secretary until quite recently and the man who wrote this was his senior Climate Change Advisor for six years. You may well be asking at this point why on earth our top politician on foreign affairs need a climate change advisor at all. It also begs the question, what other advisors do our ministers have and how much do they get paid; who appoints them and does the minister take any notice of them? Perhaps they have astrologers - who knows? Putting all these issues to one side, just look at what this man is saying and ask yourself, is this the sort of thing a leading international politician should be listening to? Remember he was in post for six years and even from this one article one can get a good idea of his train of thought. This is not the sort of scientific advice that would be of any use to a balanced politician. Either Hague, a bluff Yorkshire man, ignored him for six years, in which case why didn't he get rid of him after a few weeks? Or he has been brainwashed by him, in which case let's hope his successor is someone with a stronger mind.

Here is a short extract:
"The story of the world is as old as antiquity. It is the story of the writing on the wall. The warning to the last King of Babylon at his last great feast that he has been weighed in the balance, as it is written in the Book of Daniel.The high carbon, resource-profligate modernity you helped build is a new Babylon. Every bite from its fruit poisons the tree from which we pluck it.King Belshazzar of Babylon plundered goblets of gold from the Temple of Solomon. We take our plunder from an ecological fabric we no longer recognize as our first Temple. But if it crumbles we die both in body and in spirit."

He sounds more like a religious fundamentalist who might have been found speaking at Hyde Park Corner, or walking down the street waving a placard warning that "the end of the world is nigh!" Of actual science in his article there was none, and remember he was the Foreign Secretary's chief advisor on Climate Change. I wonder what other advisors he has on this subject. Time to get rid of them, I say.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

THE WEAKNESS OF THE NEXT CLIMATE TREATY

This article from the Scientific Alliance looks at the attempts by the EU to bring about a new World agreement to lower CO2 emissions. It is clear from the article that it is doomed to failure and despite the enormous financial cost the level of CO2 is certain to increase, as the developing nations will not give up their aim to industrialise their economy.

Friday, 20 March 2015

PACIFIC ISLANDS SEA LEVELS - A COMPLICATED PICTURE

This article looks at the details and it does not show any correlation with CO2 levels. In fact sea levels around Vanuatu have varied by as much as 18 inches during the last 20 years showing no definite trend as shown in the graphs in the article.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

HOW DRIVERS MAY FIND THEY LOSE CONTROL OF THEIR VEHICLES BY STEALTH

This article looks at the coming technology of "intelligent vehicles" that will make motoring increasingly safe by letting computers take over critical decisions from us. While this sounds very good, it has possible sinister spin-offs which we will not like. Big Brother is alive and well in the future of motoring.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

JAPAN POWERS AHEAD ON COAL

Having sensibly ditched their suffocating CO2 emission reduction targets, Japan is now giving the green light to new coal-fired power stations and so cutting the price of its energy. They will be hoping that this will lead to a renaissance of the world's third largest economy. Here is the story which we can only envy.  

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

EU SLIPPING BEHIND AS GREEN POLICIES START HURTING

This article gives the details of how the EU is losing ground to not only the USA which has energy prices at half the level, but also the emerging economies. Things will only get worse until the EU learns the reality of competition. How much more will it take, and how many more jobs will have to disappear?

Monday, 16 March 2015

FOSSIL FUELS WILL SAVE THE WORLD, SAYS MATT RIDLEY

Here is Matt's compelling article which explains the reality of how the world depends on fossil fuels and that there is no way that renewables can replace them. The figures are incontrovertible, we have un almost unlimited supply of fossil fuels, they are by far the most cost effective form of energy and they are also the most concentrated and reliable form of energy. Until some new cheaper form is invented or discovered there is no way we are going to change.  

Sunday, 15 March 2015

THE WORLD'S CLIMATE, A FULLER SUMMARY

This short guide to the climate has just been published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) in response to a guide produced by the Royal Society (RS). The GWPF has attempted to include all the points that were either glossed over or left out by the RS. The result is a very readable and thorough document that should be read by all those interested in this controversial subject, including students and reporters.  The report has been endorsed by a number of very prominent climate experts and simply cannot be dismissed.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

LABOUR CONTROL FREAKS TO CONTROL ENERGY PRICES

Here are the details. This is a step too far and it will drive investment away just when it is needed. Will the public see it like that, or will they believe that Mr Miliband is going to be their champion against the evil capitalists? It is hard to tell. It may be that they will fall for his promise. No wonder political leaders continue to pursue such policies, despite knowing that they will be damaging.

Friday, 13 March 2015

SWISS VOTERS REJECT CARBON TAX TO REPLACE VAT BY 92% TO 8%

Here is the story which you will not see on the main stream news. I wonder why? I find it rather compelling and it would be good to hear the views of the Swiss people. They just don't seem to be interested in reporting this type of story. What they love is "human interest" stories instead where they can get interviews with tearful friends or relations. Sad that the news has become a sort of documentary, but that is what the broadcasters think the public wants.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

WILL THE UN BRING IN A GLOBAL CLIMATE COURT?

Here is the detail of the latest attempt by the UN to gain power over national governments. Here is the key proposal:

An “International Climate Justice Tribunal in order to oversee, control and sanction the fulfilment [sic] of and compliance with the obligations of Annex I and Annex II Parties under this agreement and the [1992 UNFCCC climate treaty].” The Senate must forcefully declare that the
Paris deal is invalid if it purports to bind us, in any way, without ratification. This breathtaking power grab is cause to act.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

HEAD OF EPA EXPOSED IN INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR

This you tube video shows the head of the USA Environmental Protection Agency being grilled over her request for an increased budget. She evaded answering questions on the rate of global temperature rise compared with model predictions. She was exposed in a way you don't often see the establishment exposed. Good to watch. Not something I have seen here in the UK from politicians. 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

EU ADOPTS NON-BINDING CO2 TARGET FOR PARIS SUMMIT

Here are the details showing that the EU is prepared to sacrifice its industry in the hope that it will persuade others to follow. You will have noticed the words "non-binding" in the headline and there is the get-out clause if they have the sense to use it. Also in the article I note that the diplomats state that they are unlikely to reach agreement as to how these cuts are to be shared out within the member states. Quite a big stumbling block I would have thought. It will be interesting to see what other commitments are received by 31 March. Also what agreement is made in December in Paris. I expect it will be a fudge.

Monday, 9 March 2015

MORE CLIMATE PROPAGANDA ON THE BBC


This piece looks at a recent climate change programme on BBC4 (which only has a small number of viewers). I saw the programme myself and totally agree with the article. It was a blatant attempt at one-sided propaganda with no balance.  The clever idea was to use mathematicians to present the programme, possibly because climate scientists are not trusted very much after the leaked emails. However it soon became apparent that this was a "hard sell" of the orthodox climate change doctrine. Any contrary ideas, if mentioned at all, were summarily dismissed.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

QUAKER'S FORTUNE MISUSED TO FUND TERRORISTS AND CLIMATE ACTIVISTS

This article looks at the way the Rowntree fortune is being lavished on various left wing causes which it is very doubtful that Mr Rowntree himself would have approved. It just shows that if you are going to leave a fortune in trust, you must make sure you specify precisely what your money should be used for.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

"IT'S OK TO LIE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE" - YALE PROJECT

Here is another revealing piece. It shows that some leading people in the movement to promote climate alarmism are quite prepared to lie. Here is a key quote:

There have been a number of studies that have shown that some people will change their views of climate change based on extreme weather. It’s not enough to simply experience a heat wave — it then needs to be contextualized. It needs to be interpreted by thought leaders and trusted people in a community and by the media and scientists saying, ‘This is an indication of global warming”

So now we know!

Friday, 6 March 2015

CHRISTIAN AID SUPPORTS LEFT WING MARXIST POLICIES

Here are the details of this shocking disclosure. It is yet another indication of the forces that are attempting to overthrow western free market economies. While I accept that the West is not perfect, it is certainly the most pleasant way of life and for Christian Aid to try and bring about its demise is a real concern considering how widely respected and supported it is. I am surprised that this is not more widely exposed in the mainstream media.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

UN TRUE AIM OF WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION REVEALED

This article reminds us of the ultimate aim of those at the United Nations who push climate change alarmism. Despite this aim being stated quite openly, it is never stated in the main television news, or in any programmes focusing on climate change, so the majority of the public are unaware of it. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

THE UK POLITICIANS MAKING A KILLING OUT OF CLIMATE POLICIES

Christopher Booker reminds us of the big money that politicians are making, quite legally, from bein hired by green energy firms which benefit from the very policies that these same politicians are pushing through parliament. It is odd that such an obvious conflict of interest is allowed to go unchallenged.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

RENEWABLE ENERGY BOSS GETS INTO FORMULA 1

Just because someone earns a living promoting renewable energy does not mean that they necessarily lead a low energy life-style. Here is a case in point. Business is business and outside work this man obviously does not practice a planet-saving way of life. Good for him, I say. As long as he does not try to preach to the rest of us. I'm sure some of his customers would disagree, the kill-joys.

Monday, 2 March 2015

IPCC IN DRASTIC NEED FOR REFORM

IPCC Needs To Transform To Scientific Organisation – Think TankSputnik International, 26 February 2015

Daria Chernyshova

Global Warming Policy Forum urged drastically reform of UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change following the resignation of the IPCC chairman amid sexual harassment allegations.
 
Sputnik

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — One of the world’s most influential organizations in the sphere of climate change — the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — should be drastically reformed, the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) urged Wednesday following the resignation of the IPCC chairman amid sexual harassment allegations.


“[The] IPCC is seen as a green lobby-group rather than a scientific authority. And that is a problem because governments themselves need to trust this organization,” GPWF director Benny Peiser told Sputnik news agency Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Rajendra Pachauri stepped down as the chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC. He was accused of sexual harassment by a researcher. The IPCC unites presidents and prime ministers attempting to tackle climate change, and the IPCC chairman is seen as one of the most influential people advising governments in the area of energy and climate policy. Pachauri was at the IPCC helm for over 13 years.

In his resignation letter, Pachauri said that “For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma.”

Interpreting the letter, the GPWF director stressed it is very alarming that [the outgoing IPCC chairman sees] “the whole issue of climate change as [a] religion.” He noted that the IPCC has been one-sided and not objective, as it pushed out all those who disagreed with the “group’s religion.”

“The organization is extremely one-sided, it has pushed out anyone who has not accepted the general philosophy, the gist of the organization and instead of issuing balanced and objective reports, it has tended over the years to exaggerate the issue,” Peiser told Sputnik adding that the IPCC should include critical scientists, who are not a part of the organization at the moment.

At the same time, Peiser noted that the organization’s reports were quite good, but the “leadership cherry-picked the negative aspects and ignored the positive aspects that were also covered in the reports.”

“The lack of moderation, lack of balance and the lack of credibility – that is at the core of the problem and all we are asking the governments to do is to make the IPCC a more reliable and less alarmist organization that the governments could trust,” Peiser said.

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

IS THE EU BACKTRACKING ON ITS CLIMATE COMMITMENTS?

“Watering Down” EU Climate Targets Risks Undermining UN Climate DealResponding to Climate Change, 26 February 2015

Ed King

The European Commission’s latest set of proposals for a UN climate deal could “severely undermine” efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, UK climate and energy chief Ed Davey has warned.

He said the UK strongly objected to plans – released on Wednesday – that would see naturally occurring carbon sinks like forests and wetlands used to meet the EU’s emissions reduction target of 40% on 1990 levels by 2030.

In a letter to European climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, dated February 24 and seen by RTCC, Davey said Brussels’ credibility as a climate leader is under threat.

“Implying that the land-use sector is included has the potential to severely undermine ambitions, as land is a sink and could impact ambition by 1-2%,” he wrote.

“This is not insignificant and the inclusion or not of land within the -40% was very clearly not agreed in the October [2014] Council.”

A perception the EU is trying to wriggle out of its climate commitments could impact alliances with other countries in the run-up to Paris, where a UN deal is set to be agreed in December, he added. [...]

European officials released the ‘Road to Paris’, outlining the bloc’s proposed contributions for the UN pact, on Wednesday.

At the launch Canete called them “ambitious” and said they proved the EU was “leading the way”. Europe would be the first major emitter to deliver its climate pledge to the UN, he said.

But civil society observers who have closely analysed the documents issued by Brussels say they contain loopholes and ignore past decisions made by member states.

In addition to land use and the 40% target, concerns have been raised over the Commission’s claim that domestic EU commitments cannot be increased ahead of Paris.

There is also concern that the Commission has downgraded the Europe’s 2050 emissions reduction goal from 80-95% to 80%.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

BIG SETBACK FOR EU SHALE GAS

Putin’s Victory As Chevron Gives Up All European Shale-Gas InterestsThe Wall Street Journal, 21 February 2015

Selina Williams

In a setback to Europe’s nascent shale-gas industry,Chevron Corp. said Friday it is relinquishing its interests in shale-gas concessions in Romania, the U.S. oil giant’s last shale-gas project in Europe.

It follows Chevron’s announcement last month that it was quitting shale-exploration activities in Poland. Last year Chevron terminated shale-gas agreements in Lithuania and Ukraine.

“That leaves Romania, where we are in the process of relinquishing our concession interests,” a Chevron spokesman said.

The spokesman didn’t say why Chevron was giving up the Romanian concessions.
As in many cases with energy projects, Chevron negotiated a contract with the government for the concessions, which the company is now relinquishing.

Chevron’s pullback on European shale development will be disappointing to some European governments that have been eager to replicate the U.S. shale-gas boom, hoping to reduce reliance on imported gas supplies, in particular from Russia.

But progress has been slow. Disappointing exploration results in Poland and local opposition to hydraulic fracturing, the technique used to release the gas from the rock, have stymied efforts elsewhere.

Countries with promising geology, such as France and Germany, have imposed a moratorium on fracking.

In the U.K., which lifted a moratorium on fracking at the end of 2012, companies have to apply for as many as seven permits and go through a lengthy planning application process before they can drill and frack. So far in Britain, only a handful of wells have been drilled and just one fracked in 2011.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

ANOTHER CLIMATE GESTURE

This week a new EU Ecodesign Directive brings in mandatory energy efficient standards for domestic ovens, cookers and cooker hoods. The change would (allegedly) save the average consumer €50 a year or €230 over the lifetime of an oven. Obviously this suggests the modern oven or cooker is not expected to last very long! The reason for these changes is to reduce CO2 emissions, and thus save the planet from Armageddon due to global warming. But how effective is this going to be, when considered in the wider context of the whole planet?

 In 20 years, there will be 1.6 billion more people on the planet, according to the latest predictions. That’s more than three times today’s total population of all 28 EU Member States. But the world economy is set to grow faster still, doubling in size, with GDP per capita being 75% higher than today. According to the  BP Energy Outlook 2035 just published this week, primary energy consumption is set to increase by 37%, growing by an average of 1.4% each year. 96% of this growth will be outside the OECD, with energy consumption up 2.2% annually.  Fossil fuels will still account for 81% of our energy needs, a drop of only 5% from 2013.

Of course these new standards are not really going to make any measurable difference to the world's CO2 emissions, or to the temperature of the planet. They are simply a gesture designed to show that something is being done, and to persuade the public that they need to take action.

The above summary is taken from the latest Scientific Alliance newsletter 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

MILIBAND PROMISES TO END FOSSIL FUEL ELECTRICITY BY 2030

Yes you did read that headline correctly, here is the article he wrote for the Guardian. Not content with banning coal-fired power stations, he is now going to ban all the gas-fired ones as well. So there will be no back-up for when the wind doesn't blow - you have been warned! There are still gas-fired power stations being planned to be built. This man is seriously mad and yet he could end up as prime minister in May. Are the voters mad as well? No, they are simply badly informed, so let's hope that the other parties will see to it that this changes in the next few weeks. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

PACHAURI STEPS DOWN AS CHAIRMAN OF IPCC

Here is the article from the Indian press giving the story. It seems there were ongoing allegations of sexual impropriety. So he was not sacked for the errors in the IPCC reports. However he has been caught up in a number of controversies including claims of making money from the climate fear that he constantly pedalled. Will this change the way the IPCC operates or will it simply find another just like him? We will see, but I suspect it will carry on as before.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

THE CLIMATE PARASITES

Here are the accounts of the Winchester Action on Climate Change charity which show they have received significant public funds to further their cause. I have no objection to people being free to raise money from the public directly for any charitable purpose, but this lot seem to be getting the vast majority of their funds directly from taxpayer funded bodies such as councils and the local university. Of course one cannot blame groups like this for applying for public funds; the blame lies with the tax-funded councils and institutions for giving taxpayers money away. If any publically funded body is still able to give its money away like this then it is being over-funded.

This group are not far from me and so I have a special interest, but they are just one example of a huge number of parasitic organisations sucking out funds from the public purse. Here is a post from 2008 referring to larger organisations. While these are the worst offenders, those like the Winchester group are more numerous and their cumulative effect will be to take money away from other important areas of work.

Monday, 23 February 2015

GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS BANNED FROM ENTERING INDIA

The New Indian Express, 18 February 2015

NEW DELHI: The Centre has so far banned 13 foreign activists of Greenpeace International from entering India including nine from the UK, three from the USA and an Australian national.

These activists have been blacklisted as their activities were found to be in violation of visa rules and they were found to be training, motivating and organising Greenpeace India’s activists to create field level protests near thermal plant and coal mine locations, apart from other activities that would damage India’s energy security interests, Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has told the Delhi High Court.

The MHA on the basis of intelligence inputs has suggested that Greenpeace UK office has  keen interest in promoting the growth of Greenpeace India’s ground level protests. Home Ministry has also raised suspicion over the funding pattern of Greenpeace International.

According to the MHA, it had been noted the Netherland-headquartered Greenpeace International was focusing on  India’s energy plants in the next couple of years. This was believed to be at the behest of foreign interests against the overall national interests of India.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

EU ENERGY DOCUMENT LEAKED

 The Energy Collective, 18 February 2015

Roman Kilisek

Last week, the European Commission held its first orientation debate on the Energy Union in the college of the Commission. “It was the first time that all commissioners together had an in-depth discussion on the issue. And I can tell you that there was very broad agreement on the main features of the future Energy Union, an Energy Union that puts citizens at its core,” the Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said in his opening speech at the Energy Union Conference in Riga (Latvia).

Thanks to Alice Stollmeyer – an excellent source for the latest transpiring news on EU energy and climate policy in Brussels – who granted access on her website to an internal Commission discussion paper on the Energy Union (dated January 30) leaked to her, we are in a position to catch a glimpse of the preliminary outline of the future EU Energy Union. According to Ms. Stollmeyer, the EU Commission is expected to adopt this ‘Framework Strategy’ on February 25.

The discussion paper starts out explaining why the EU needs an Energy Union and lists a slew of ‘ills’ as they relate to energy procurement in the EU:

“We import 53% of our energy, which makes us the largest energy importer in the world, at a cost of 400 billion euro a year. Many Member States – especially those dependent on a single supplier or a single supply route – remain too vulnerable to supply shocks. 90% of our housing stock is energy inefficient. 94% percent of transport relies on oil products, of which 90% is imported. Collectively, we spend almost €110 bn per year – directly or indirectly – on energy subsidies, often not justified. Our energy infrastructure is ageing, and often not adjusted to the increased production from renewables. There is a need to attract investments, but the current market design and national policies offer insufficient predictability to potential investors. Our internal energy market is far from complete. Energy islands continue to exist and many markets, for instance in South-East Europe, are not properly connected to their neighbours. From 2012 to 2013 post-tax electricity prices for households increased on average 4.4%, while at the same time wholesale prices fell considerably. (…) For European companies, electricity prices are 40% above the US, and gas prices are even three to four times higher than in the US, which impacts the competitiveness of our industry, in particular our energy-intensive industries.”

This extensive list leads to only one conclusion; namely, that “Europe has no choice: if it continues on the present path, the unavoidable challenge of shifting to a low-carbon economy will be made harder by the economic, social and environmental costs of having fragmented national energy markets.” As a consequence, the “move away from a fragmented system characterized by uncoordinated policies based on narrow national interests, leading to national barriers and energy-isolated areas,” is inevitable.

So, what is “The Way Forward” in the Commission’s view? These are actually the most interesting paragraphs in the leaked discussion paper. The ‘energy security’ dimensions that need to be worked on read more like a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with respect to well-known, persistent but often latent issues, than a real actionable strategy. It begs the question of why something will get done this time, given these issues have persisted for at least a decade.

First, it should not come as a surprise that “energy security depends on solidarity and trust between the Member States.” The paper states that “[j]oint approaches in the field of energy can make all parts of the European Union stronger, for instance in case of supply shortages or disruptions.” In general as well as in theory, that makes perfect sense. However, it is not conducive to solidarity if Germany pays effectively lower prices for Russian natural gas – admittedly because of long-term supply contracts – than Eastern European countries.

Furthermore, the paper recognizes that European gas supply needs to be diversified – perhaps modeled along the lines of Northern Europe’s ‘multiple suppliers structure’: “Work on the Southern Gas Corridor must be intensified to enable Central Asian countries to export their gas to Europe. We will equally explore the full potential of liquefied gas, including as a back-up insurance.”
Leaving the project funding part aside, the fact that the Southeastern flank of Europe is very much in geopolitical flux is often underappreciated. Greece is attempting to – at the very least – emancipate itself from Brussels and the EU’s tentacles with regard to Greek post-financial crisis economic policy, which includes stringent labor-market reforms and austerity. Additionally, Turkey’s EU membership has hung in the balance, with Ankara left to ponder its “candidate country” status for over a decade.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

AUSTRALIAN PRESS SLATES THEIR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE PROPAGANDA

Here is a piece on the article in The Australian. There is a definite increase in the amount of press coverage for articles questioning the so-called consensus. Clearly the consensus is starting to crumble. The more the government and their captive institutions make bold claims that the science is rock solid, when the facts show that global warming is still at a stand still, the more sceptical the public will get and the bolder will the press become in pointing out the obvious mis-match between claims and reality.

Friday, 20 February 2015

USA "NEXT GENERATION" SCIENCE STANDARDS FORCE OUT SCEPTIC VIEWS ON GLOBAL WARMING

Here is an account of what is happening. New science teaching standards are being adopted in many states which prevent teachers from allowing any doubt about the hypothesis that man is responsible for potentially serious global warming. Some states are having strong debates over whether to adopt these strict standards as, quite rightly they believe that this is not a truly scientific approach, but is a way of shutting down debate and preventing students from looking at the evidence for themselves. The climate tyrants are tightening their grip.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

NEW WAY TO EXTRACT SHALE GAS USING CO2

I recently came across This article and though it is a few months old, I thought it was of interest. The fact that I have seen no other reference to it might suggest that it is not progressing very quickly. We will just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

WHICH IS MOST DIFFICULT TO SOLVE - STOMACH ULCERS OR THE CHANGING CLIMATE?

Remember a few years ago when the medical world consensus was that stomach ulcers were caused by stress? Then along came some new research that proved that it was in fact caused by a type of bacteria that could live in the acidic environment of the stomach; something that experts believed to be impossible. This is a good story to bring up when faced with people who believe a "consensus" on the cause of global warming is bound to be right. Here Roy Spencer brings this up as an argument in favour of scepticism when discussing an alarmist article in the New York Times.  

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

NOW ALARMISTS PREDICT DROUGHT FOR USA WEST

Here's another doom-laden computer prediction which seems to fly in the face of the real data. One cannot help thinking that the authors are coming up with findings that fit the scenario that corresponds with global warming alarm. 

Monday, 16 February 2015

UK PARTY LEADERS SIGN CLIMATE CHANGE PLEDGE

Here is the text of the pledge made by the leaders of the Conservatives, Lib Dems, and Labour.

"To seek a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2C.
To work together, across party lines, to agree carbon budgets in accordance with the Climate Change Act.
To accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low carbon economy and to end the use of unabated coal for power generation."

How on earth they can possibly know that temperatures will keep below 2C is anyone's guess. As for a competitive low carbon economy, that is an oxymoron.

 So as far as spending 18 billion per years for the next 35 years is concerned there is no difference between these three parties. Needless to say the Greens and the Nationalists also agree. UKIP is the only party offering a sensible energy policy, though they are highly unlikely to be able to put it into practice. 

Sunday, 15 February 2015

GERMANY APPROVES FRACKING

This piece explains the softening of the German government on this issue. They are finally realising that cheaper energy is a must if industry is to be maintained. As in the UK they will have to overcome the rent-a-mob mentality of the green extremists.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

ARE THE OCEANS REALLY WARMING?

That is an important question, as it is possibly the last refuge for the "missing heat" that global warming alarmists keep looking for. When you read this article by David Whitehouse you will see that the temperature changes being measured are so small that they are probably less than the margin of error in measuring them. I say probably because the alarmists seem very reluctant to state what they are. I wonder why.

Friday, 13 February 2015

DATA WARS - HOW WARMISTS ARE COOLING THE PAST

There has been a great deal in the past fortnight about the adjustments made to historical temperature records. Here is one of many posts by the excellent Paul Homewood, who has made a significant contribution to uncover this. It appears that the climate scientists responsible for this alteration are just going to keep quiet and wait for the fuss to die down. There seems to be no attempt to rebut the allegations of fiddling. Perhaps there is no good argument to put. What about our politicians? Will they be asking awkward questions? I fear that most are out of their depth as they have little scientific training.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

BRAZIL STEEL INDUSTRY DOUBLES ITS CO2 EMISSIONS BY FOLLOWING "GREEN POLICY"

Here is the article covering this. The moral of the story is that some policies that are claimed to save CO2 emissions are just wrong. We cannot trust these people. I believe we will find that wind energy is another idea that will not save anything like as much CO2 emissions as is claimed by the government.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

COUNTRY FILE ON WIND ENERGY

The BBC nature programme, Country File, had a ten minute segment on wind energy. You can view the programme here . The section on wind is from 10  minutes in to around 20 minutes in. Some objectors to on-shore wind farms were given a few seconds to give their view, but on the whole it was slanted in favour of wind with the cost of constraint payments (paying the wind farm owners when they are asked to switch off, as the electricity is not needed) being dismissed as too small to worry about. What did not get mentioned at all was the point about back up being required at short notice for when the wind was not blowing. Interestingly the programme also featured in another segment the fact that bird populations were declining, and yet no mention was made of the fact that wind turbines are also "bird choppers". Funny that in a nature programme.   

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

ANOTHER CLIMATE CHANGE MYTH DEBUNKED

Here is the article which links to new research that debunks the myth that hurricanes are getting more frequent. I would also add that nothing can be attributed to global warming, as there has only been 0.81 degrees Celsius in the last 134 years (since 1880) and none in the last 17 years. Even the 0.81 figure is very uncertain due to lack of thorough coverage of the Earth's surface.

Monday, 9 February 2015

UK PSYCHO-HISTORY PROFESSOR CLAIMS HE CAN MAKE US BELIEVE IN DANGEROUS CLIMATE CHANGE THEORY

Here is a link to the report. Luckily I doubt that the professor has the power, but it is a scary thought that he thinks he can. The government would love to have such powers at their disposal, particularly in the run up to the election.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

BOOKER ON THE ARCTIC DATA FIDDDLING

Here is Christopher Booker's latest article in the Sunday Telegraph. He is getting the truth out there in the major media. Eventually the public will see that the climate alarm scare is based on exaggeration and deceit. 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

MORE DATA FIDDLING - THIS TIME IN THE ARCTIC

Here is the evidence from Paul Homewood which shows how the sparse Arctic data has been adjusted to give an enhanced warming. f course there is no doubt that in the recent past there has been some warming in this region, but this has happened in the 1920s and 1930s so it is not remarkable, and that is the point, it has only become remarkable due to these adjustments.

Friday, 6 February 2015

UNDERSEA VOLCANOES MAY BE AFFECTING THE CLIMATE

Here is a new paper which reveals new studies into the effect of the huge number of undersea volcanoes on the planet. Until now little was known about them and they were assumed to have a small effect. Now we are beginning to learn that they have a much bigger role. Yet another aspect of climate that we have little understanding of.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

SOMETHING TO AVOID FOR YOUR DIARY

Continuing the theme of propaganda material Here is another example. This time it's the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts) that is putting on a series of climate change "events", including a very one-sided question time. Quite how this fits in with their promotion of art in all its forms I cannot understand. Although I am not a patron, I bet that some of my taxes will end up in their hands, and I object to charities who branch out into unrelated areas. Surely there are enough art-related projects that need their funding. If you click on the link you can go on and look at their general activities and you will find that they have a much wider remit than the arts, they are involved in numerous social projects as well as education, including running some schools.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

HOW THE MEDIA DISTORT THE FACTS TO MAKE THE CLIMATE SOUND SCARY

Here is a good example of what is going on all over the world in the media. Here is another by the BBC (if you view the programme, the reference to climate is around 28 minutes in). What is happening is that journalists and broadcasters look for scary stories. They therefore happily report all the worst case scenarios put forward by those scientists and activists who are trying to promote the idea of scary climate change. Mild, largely beneficial climate change is not a story worth reporting. It is the drip, drip of references to catastrophic events which are entering the subconscious of the public, and unless they actively seek out the truth the catastrophic picture becomes the dominant story fixed in their mind. It is a kind of brain-washing, very similar to that of religions in a bygone era. (Or of Muslims today.)

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

PRINCE CHARLES - THE CLIMATE ACTIVIST MONARCH

Prince Charles Launches Blistering Attack On Businesses That Ignore His Climate WarningsThe Guardian 28 January 2015

Jo Confino

Prince Charles has launched a blistering attack on companies that are actively seeking to delay progress on preventing runaway climate change. Highlighting the need for a radical shift in the way the economy is run, he said that over the past decade he has been met by either indifference from mainstream business leaders and economists, or outright opposition.

Pointing out that science had proved beyond doubt the terrifying impacts of inaction, he called on executives to collapse the chasm between how they acted at home and what they were prepared to do in the office.

“We need to start integrating the business public self with the private family self,” he told a meeting of the Corporate Leaders Group. “So that when you go home in the evenings, perhaps you think a little bit about what you are doing and whether it is the right way to go.”

  A decade ago, the prince said few businesses were contemplating the transformative changes required to achieve sustainability, with the majority “actively delaying progress by equating environmental action with damage to their balance sheets.”

In the more than 100 meetings and seminars he has attended since then, the prince said he had “experienced every sort of reaction to the suggestions from myself and many others that time is running out. The negative reactions have ranged from polite indifference to the pronouncement by an economist – who else - that I was ‘the enemy of the enlightenment’.”

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4) The Man Who Sees Himself The Saviour King
The Independent on Sunday, 1 February 2015

John Rentoul & James Hanning

The Prince of Wales sees himself as a saviour, others think he’ll be a meddling monarch

 
Constitutional experts fear Prince Charles could provoke a political crisis. 
 
The Prince of Wales' preparations for an activist monarchy have prompted a backlash, as a new book revealed a dysfunctional and divided court around him.

Someone who has worked closely with him said: "He is dying to have his go with the train set. He does cause concern with his outbursts. He'll struggle to restrain himself."

The book, Charles, The Heart of a King, by Catherine Mayer, claims he is a tortured individual who endures moments of "extreme despondency" and feels guilty about his privileged upbringing.

It says the Prince's court at Clarence House is riven by Wolf Hall-style intrigue and divisions. Wolf Hall is a book and TV series set in the court of Henry VIII. Mayer writes that Charles often creates unnecessary turf wars between courtiers by failing to set clear boundaries.

The Prince has stepped up the number of meetings with ministers and civil servants recently, partly in recognition of the Queen's advancing age.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on whether his "black spider" letters to ministers should be published. But some observers are concerned he is pushing for a more active role in national life even before he succeeds to the throne. Someone with close links to the Palace said: "It is no accident that he writes all those letters to ministers. He does see himself as a kind of saviour of the nation, someone who can mend the broken country. Some might see that as presumptuously messianic."

Another said: "He tends to dash off his letters without a great deal of consideration. He is far too energetic for his own good."

Constitutional experts are concerned that he could provoke a political crisis, especially if he were to become involved in discussions in a hung Parliament after an election. Civil servants have had discussions about the transition to a new monarch, and are believed to have touched on the sensitive question of what should happen if the Queen's health fails.

The Fixed-Term Parliament Act has removed virtually all the remaining elements of royal prerogative in the event of a hung Parliament but there is some anxiety that the Prince is less likely than his mother to be a largely passive onlooker.

A senior official said: "He does seem more difficult to deal with the older he gets. The age of smooth relations between the Palace and politicians, when they were all of roughly the same milieu, is not as it was."

The Prince has let it be known that he hopes other religions will be included when he accedes the throne, and over the weekend stories have emerged suggesting he wants to modernise the honours system. Jonathan Dimbleby, the Prince's biographer, commented a year ago: "A quiet constitutional revolution is afoot ... I predict he will go well beyond what any previous constitutional monarch has ever essayed."

Monday, 2 February 2015

FUNDING OF CLIMATE SCIENCE IS KEY TO DISTORTION OF THE TRUTH

This piece by William Briggs looks at the claims and counter claims over the funding of climate research and the influence of the source of that funding. We all know the expression "he who pays the piper call the tune", and it is very true. That is why it becomes so important who is paying for climate change research. William Briggs has touched a raw nerve when he rightly asserts that it is government that is paying the climate scientists to research into global warming, and it is the government that is intent on bringing in all the taxes and subsidies designed to promote renewable energy and phase out fossil fuels. It is the government that has a huge amount to lose if global warming turns out not to be a problem.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

CLIMATE DATA FIDDLING ON AN EPIC SCALE

Here is a round-up of the evidence, which has been building over a number of years over a wide range of countries. To accuse the controllers of the major data providers of colluding in a giant conspiracy seems like madness. If they had really intended to do that, then surely they should have destroyed the original data that has been used to uncover the issue?  No, it is much more sophisticated than that. By inventing some obscure reasons for "adjustments" and "homogenisation" of the data these climate scientists are hoping to brazen out any criticism. What they didn't reckon on was the sheer tenacity of a few intelligent bloggers. Now the extent of the fiddling is finally coming together. The story is beginning to trickle out into the mainstream media. For how much longer can it be ignored by the likes of the major TV channels?

Saturday, 31 January 2015

WHY DO HYPOCRITES LOVE GLOBAL WARMING?

Here is a prime example of the type. It is unbelievable that a man who lives such an excessive life-style should seek to lecture others to get them to live simple lives. Al Gore was always the prime example, but there are many others. What these wealthy, pampered individuals just do not understand is that the measures that governments are putting forward to control the mythical future warming are going to ensure that millions of those currently in abject poverty will remain there. 

Friday, 30 January 2015

ONLY 18% OF BRITS CONCERNED ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

This report looks at a recent survey and finds that although the majority accept that the climate is changing they do not accept the apocalyptic scenario put out by the IPCC.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

THE REAL HISTORY OF GLOBAL WARMING

This graph puts the current slight warming in perspective. It illustrates just the opposite of Mann's discredited hockey stick graph as it shows just how much variation there has been in the global temperature. The graph is part of this article which includes all the data behind the graph.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

THE RAW POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE USA

There is an interesting discussion of this here  on the Judith Curry blog where Obama's speech is analysed and compared with a reply given by Senator Inhofe,  Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Unlike in the UK where the two major political parties have reached a consensus (though individual MP's do not all share it) in the USA there is a major division along party lines with Republicans generally opposed to the climate change policies of the president.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

FLAWED DATA CONCEALS THE TRUTH ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

Here's the evidence that data is being altered. Once again Christopher Booker is exposing something that regular climate blog readers already know. It is only through the work of Booker and a few others that this is ever exposed to the general public. Note that he has picked up on the great work of Paul Homewood on his excellent blog Not A Lot Of People Know That.

Monday, 26 January 2015

2014 AMONG THE 3% COLDEST YEARS IN THE LAST 10,000

This article puts the present temperatures in context. Dr Tim Ball uses a variety of evidence to back his case and produces a compelling argument that world temperatures are nothing to worry about. So relax and chill out as you go through the article.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

GREEN PARTY POLICIES COMPLETELY MAD

Read them for yourself here. To think that this load of nonsense is supported by almost 10% of the voters, according to some polls, is enough to make me question the concept of democracy. I suppose that I can console myself with the fact that, as long as they don't exceed 10% they have no chance of forming a government, but if the result is that no one has an overall majority even if they only have two or three MPs they could have much more influence than that set of nutty proposals would deserve.
Just in case readers should think this is the nuttiest party ever here's one from the 1990's that is arguably even more so. I remember they fielded enough candidates to have broadcasts on national television. Of course they did not have much support. Voters had more sense back then! 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

US SENATE VOTES THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL

Yes, they actually voted by 98 votes to 1 that "climate change is real". As if any sane person would argue that our climate is somehow fixed ( well, there was one vote for that!). I notice that in the report it goes on to say that they then tried to pass a motion to say that man is largely responsible for climate change which did not pass. At least the USA has some level-headed thinking politicians.

Friday, 23 January 2015

WIND TURBINES AT THEIR LEAST PRODUCTIVE AS COLD WEATHER BITES

Yet another example of the uselessness of wind energy showed as our coldest weather arrived. This report gives the details. No doubt the government will not be changing their policy in view of this problem, but as more and more turbines come on line more and more back up in the form of gas turbines will be needed for the occasions when the wind is not blowing.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

EU ENERGY POLICY "BARKING MAD" SAYS MEP

This article gives the details. Here is a short extract: "Aluminium has lost 42,000 jobs since 2007 (while imports rise).  Steel 80,000.  Petroleum refining 10,000 direct jobs, and an estimated 40,000 indirect.  Chemicals, glass and cement can tell similar stories.  This is what former Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani called “an industrial massacre in Europe”. This is an excellent article that succinctly sums up the position the EU is in. Barking mad is about right.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

DR ROY SPENCER'S VIEW OF THE CLAIM OF 2014 BEING THE "HOTTEST YEAR"

Here is Roy Spencer's view on this spurious claim. Roy talks, and writes, a lot of sense. He is one of the leading scientists who feels able to speak out without (so far) having to fear losing his job. Without people like Roy the climate sceptics would be greatly weakened. With advocates of his stature it is hard to ignore his words. We owe him a lot of thanks. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

THE LIFE OF A "LUKE WARMER"

Here is the latest article from Matt Ridley published in today's Times (paywalled). It describes the prejudice he faces as a climate "luke warmer". It gives a very interesting insight into what he has to go through and explains why others may opt for a quiet life rather than put their head above the parapet.

Monday, 19 January 2015

NEW SIMPLE CLIMATE MODEL PASSES STRINGENT PEER REVIEW AND FOUND TO BE MOST ACCURATE

Here is the article giving the details of this. The scientific paper was published in a prestigious Chinese science journal and passed a rigorous peer review process. The relatively simple model which can be used on a home computer or calculator gave much better predictions than all the models run by the large climate research organisations on their massive computers. It's all down to the information within the programme. 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

WHAT ARE THE REAL CHANCES OF 2014 BEING THE HOTTEST YEAR?

Here is one answer from a scientific organisation. And then there's these guys? There is a good discussion of this here at Bishop Hill. No wonder they say "lies, damned lies, and statistics!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

THE SUN CONTINUES TO GO QUIET

This article reminds us of the changes that continue to go on in the sun, largely un-noticed by the main media. If correctly interpreted, the changes in the sun's magnetic field will lead us to a period of cooling. 

Friday, 16 January 2015

GLOBAL WARMING SOLVED

That is the title of a blog I have recently come across. Here is a link. I found it a fascinating read and have put a permanent link in the list on the right hand side of the blog. It struck me as an ambitious title, but on reading it I found it was very thoroughly researched and also presented in a very readable format.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

IS THIS THE MOST INCOMPETENT PAPER EVER WRITTEN?

This piece has the details of a science psychology paper written by a notorious person called Stephan Lewandowski. Apparently he has interviewed someone over 30,000 years old as well as others who are under-age. When these errors were pointed out to him he made no attempt to correct it or explain it.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

AUSSIE MET OFFICE IN FALSE INFORMATION CHARGE

This piece gives the details. The Australian version of the UK Met Office, The Bureau of Meteorology, stands accused of putting out incorrect information concerning rainfall in Queensland. Yet again this is an example of a government organisation putting out allegedly false information which bolsters the message that the world is getting warmer. What are we to conclude?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

WAS 2014 THE "HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD"?

This piece discusses the claim and, more importantly, the reasons behind it. The conclusions show what is at stake and the lengths that those pushing the case for alarm over climate will go to. The propaganda war is hotting up, unlike the real climate!  

Monday, 12 January 2015

CLIMATE ALARMISTS APPEAR TO BE ADMITTING DEFEAT

This article written from a climate alarmist point of view, appears to concede that attempts to control emissions of CO2 are doomed. So despite the efforts of the UK government, the EU and parts of the USA, resulting in massive costs to their people, the aim is set to fail.  

Sunday, 11 January 2015

CLIMATE CHANGE LESSONS FROM THE PAST

This article points out some useful things we can learn from the Roman Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, both periods within the last 2000 years. What this article really emphasises is that there is much we don't know about the causes of these previous climate changes, though we can be certain that they were caused by natural factors. Until we fully understand them we cannot make accurate predictions about the future.