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We should be glad the US is out

IceAgeNow - 1 hour 49 min ago

“We Are Still In” actions will hurt America’s working-class families.
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Following President Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate Treaty, a number of states, cities, universities, companies and institutions formed a “We are still in” consortium. Its members insist that they remain committed to Paris and are determined to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and prevent climate change.

As this article by Paul Driessen and David R. Legates explains, this is all puffery and belief in tooth fairies. “We Are Still In” ( WASI ) members ought to be ashamed and embarrassed for spending countless billions of other people’s dollars to prevent an undetectable and irrelevant 0.01 degrees of global warming.

Driessen and Legates also ask whether jurisdictions within WASI states can take the “progressive” route and declare themselves sanctuary cities or counties, to protect their jobs and families against WASI dictates. Perhaps this article will persuade more Americans to make their voices heard, ask hard questions – and start resisting The Anti-Trump Resistance.

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We should be glad the US is out

States that claim they’re committed to Paris do nothing for the climate and ill serve their citizens

By Paul Driessen and David R. Legates

Ten states, some 150 cities, and 1,100 businesses, universities and organizations insist “We are still in” – committed to the Paris climate agreement and determined to continue reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing climate change. In the process, WASI members claim, they will create jobs and promote innovation, trade and international competitiveness. It’s mostly hype, puffery and belief in tooth fairies.

Let’s begin with the climate. When Delaware signed on to WASI, for example, Governor Carney cited rising average temperatures, rising sea levels, and an increase in extreme weather events. In Delaware, sea level rise is almost entirely due to subsiding land resulting from compaction of glacial outwash, isostatic response from the retreat of the ice sheets more than 12,000 years ago, and groundwater extraction.

The biggest threat to homes, roadways and wildlife habitats lies not in sea level rise – but in the effects of nor’easters, tropical storm remnants and other weather events that impact Delaware’s sand-built barrier islands. Moreover, not a single category 3-5 hurricane has struck the US mainland for a record 11.5 years.

Climate models have long overstated the supposed rise in air temperature. Recently, even alarmist scientists like Ben Santer have agreed that a warming hiatus has kept air temperatures unchanged for over 15 years, even as plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere rose to 400 parts per million.

Insisting that cyclones, tornadoes, floods, droughts must be caused by humans reflects a denial of basic climate science

No trends exist in tropical cyclones, tornadoes, floods, droughts or other weather extremes. Contentions that these changes will pose health risks and threaten our economy are purely scare tactics. Climate has always changed and weather is always variable, due to complex, powerful natural forces. Insisting that these events must be caused or exacerbated by human activity reflects a denial of basic climate science.

Full adherence to the Paris Treaty by all nations would prevent an undetectable 0.3°F (0.2°C) rise by 2100 – assuming that all climate change is driven by humans and not by natural forces. This meaningless achievement, by switching to 100% renewable energy, would cost $12.7 trillion to $93 trillion by 2030.

Better uses for that money

Surely, WASI members and the rest of the world have better uses for that money than chasing climate chimeras. Paying their massive state debt, pension, welfare and retirement obligations, for instance; in developing nations, getting electricity and safe water to people and ending their poverty and disease.

But substantially reducing CO2 emissions will create jobs, won’t it? For every job these mandates and subsidies create, multiple jobs will be lost in businesses that require affordable, reliable energy. Your local or statewide CO2 emissions may decrease. But in 150+ countries that are under no obligation under Paris to reduce their fossil fuel use, emissions will increase. WASI groups may take pride in “resisting Trump,” but their actions really hurt America’s working class families, who had no vote on the matter.

Residential electricity rates are already outrageous

WASI members California, Connecticut, Hawaii and New York already have among the worst unfunded pension liabilities. Their residential electricity prices are already outrageous: 17 cents a kilowatt-hour in NY, 19 in CA, 20 in CT and 29 in HI – versus 9 cents in North Dakota. Honoring “Paris commitments” would send rates skyrocketing to German and Danish levels: 37 cents per kWh. Expensive energy will hurt poor and minority families the most and send jobs to countries where energy costs less.

Will kill jobs

Just imagine what your WASI actions would do to households, hospitals, businesses, factories, malls and schools. How it would kill jobs and swell unemployment and welfare rolls – while creating a lot of low-pay, largely part-time jobs. Rather than producing jobs, the Paris Treaty is a job-killer for the USA.

For all these reasons, we should be glad we are out! We ask those who have told their constituents they are “still in,” How exactly will you meet your Paris commitments, and what exactly will you achieve?

How will you slash your CO2 emissions by 26-28% by 2025, as required for the USA under the Paris pact?  The United States reduced CO2 emissions by 12% between 2005 and 2015. But that was accomplished by a downturn in the economy and increased reliance on natural gas, most of which is produced by hydraulic fracturing. Will you support fracking and build more gas-fired power plants?

Or will you build new nuclear and hydroelectric power plants to reduce your fossil fuel dependence? You cannot rely on wind and solar, as they currently account for barely 2% of overall US energy needs and the mining required to get rare earth metals, cadmium, iron, copper, limestone and other raw materials for these technologies has extensive, often horrendous environmental, health and human rights impacts.

From whom will they take the money?

Growing populations mean more energy will be needed. Do you expect wind and solar to grow to cover the new demand? These highly expensive technologies require vast land areas, much of it taken from wildlife habitats – and huge government/taxpayer subsidies. From whom will you take this money?

The impact will be devastating

What will you get for your efforts? The cost is enormous, for minimal benefits. Higher electricity prices will affect businesses, hospitals, jobs and families in your state. The impact of 30, 40 or 50 cents per kilowatt-hour electricity will be devastating – especially for the poor, minority and blue-collar workers and families you say you care deeply about. They will be forced to choose among energy, food, clothing, shelter, health and safety. How will this serve climate and environmental justice?

An un-measurable decrease in air temperature

By contrast, a change in global air temperature of about 0.01°F will have zero impact. That’s how much reduced warming the world is likely to see from all the sacrifices imposed by “We are still in” programs. Storms, floods and droughts are not linked to CO2 concentrations, so your actions will have no effect in these areas. Avoidance of an un-measurable increase in air temperature is simply not worth the cost.

How do they propose to pay for it?

Governors who have committed their states to this climate-centered resistance movement have done so without approval from the legislature or their constituents. How do you propose to pay for this unilateral executive decision? With tax increase and soaring energy costs? How will your constituents react to that?

The “We are still in” press release proudly proclaims that its members contribute $6.2 trillion a year to the US economy. That’s one-third of the United States $18.5 trillion GDP in 2016.

Under the Paris formula, the United States is to contribute $23.5 billion per year initially to the Green Climate Fund – with the US contribution rising to some $106 billion per year by 2030, based on the same percentages. Your one-third WASI share of that would be $7.8 billion in 2017, rising to $35 billion a year by 2030. Is this part of your vaunted commitment to the Paris treaty? How do you anticipate paying that?

Can individual cities and counties opt out of your pact, and become sanctuary cities or counties, to protect their jobs and families against runaway energy costs, climate fund payments and more autocratic actions?

Will drive up energy costs

By deciding that their schools will stay in the Paris Treaty, college and university presidents will drive up energy and other costs on their campuses. Did you consult with and get approval from your boards of trustees, legislators, taxpayers, students and parents – or was this simply another executive decision?

Delaware gets 95% of its electricity from natural gas, coal and oil. How exactly will the University of Delaware slash its fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by the 26-28% required by Paris? How will George Mason University, with Virginia getting 63% of its electricity from fossil fuels?

Have you calculated how much this will cost?

Will you make up the difference by increasing tuition? How will you compensate those who can least afford these increasing expenses? In the interest of integrity, accuracy, transparency and ethics, have you made those analyses public (if they exist)?

Are you the real climate deniers?

Did all you “socially responsible” companies and organizations in WASI get approval from your boards of directors, shareholders, customers and clients before committing to stay in Paris? Did you analyze and discuss the likely economic and employment ramifications? Or are you the real climate deniers – denying the costs of anti-fossil fuel, renewable energy commitments, regulations, subsidies and mandates?

Finally, for the millions of voters, taxpayers, citizens, students, workers and consumers who are being impacted by “We are still in” states, cities, colleges, universities, businesses and organizations, we ask:

Are you still in with expending trillions of dollars to have an undetectable effect on Earth’s future climate? If not, perhaps it’s time you made your voices heard – and started resisting The Resistance.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.

David R. Legates is professor of climatology at the University of Delaware and a former Delaware State Climatologist.

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Russia – Snow and ice cover Tatarstan and Murmansk

IceAgeNow - 2 hours 17 min ago

Local residents called this month “jubrem”

25 June 2017 with video – Residents complain of the cold apartments because central heating has already been shut down. in some areas there is no hot water.

In late June, the temperature dropped sharply, hail and snow fell. Residents complain about the cold – apartments in the summer are not heated.

https://kloop.kg/blog/2017/06/25/leto-v-rossii-grad-i-sneg-posredi-iyunya/

https://3vd8q441d43nufp9o3y6x1tn-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/murmansk-iyun.jpg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVrZ8yXFx8k/

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link


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Bone-chilling cold in New Zealand

IceAgeNow - 2 hours 31 min ago
26 June 2017 – It’s been a bone-chilling start to the week for some, with temperatures dipping to negative 7 degrees Celsius.

The chilly low was recorded in Hanmer Springs, with many other parts of the lower South Island plunging to -6C.

In coastal Canterbury the temperatures fell to -4C and inland Otago dipped to -3C.

At Pukaki, the temperature dipped to -6C, St Arnaud was -5.9C, Dunedin hit -4.5C, Alexandra was -4.4C and Christchurch was -3.5C.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/94068892/bitterly-cold-start-as-overnight-temperatures-plunge-below-freezing

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link


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Argentina – Some areas running out of firewood and bottled gas

IceAgeNow - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 20:38

:Intense cold increases demand, and half of  Río Negro province is covered with snow.

24 June 2017 – The storm affected 11 million hectares, with snow accumulations of 20 to 80 cm  (8 to 28 inches)

The snow knocked down many poles that now must be replaced. There are still problems in El Manso, El Foyel and the El Bolson area.

There is still no official report on the mortality of animals, although there may be a small number of them killed.

http://www.rionegro.com.ar/sociedad/mas-de-la-mitad-de-rio-negro-esta-cubierta-de-nieve-KC3040185

JOSÉ DE SAN MARTÍN (ADNSUR) – Twelve people isolated by the snow were rescued by agencies of the Government of Chubut in  the areas of El Molle and Cushamen.

Pablo Garcia, Undersecretary for Citizen Protection of the Province, reported: “11 people, including an 80 year old man, were isolated by snow and were rescued in the El Molle area and Tres Picos in the vicinity of José de San Martín.”

http://www.adnsur.com.ar/2017/06/rescataron-12-personas-estaban-aisladas-la-nieve/
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21 June 2017: Parts of the South Region rionegrina remains covered with snow and ice. Yesterday morning in Maquinchao the thermometer marked 18.5 degrees below zero. In the rest of the region the mercury dropped  to 8 and the 13 under zero and for most of the day temperatures remained zero.

The streets of the various localities remain covered with ice, creating a great danger for motorists and pedestrians.

The intense cold increased the demand for firewood and gas. In some places they distributed what little they had left. The municipality of Jacobacci awaits the arrival of a shipment of firewood for the next few hours and in Los Menucos the arrival of bottled gas.

http://www.rionegro.com.ar/sociedad/el-frio-polar-no-le-da-tregua-a-la-region-sur-18-5-en-maquinchao-EE3017886

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Then Senator Obama On Illegal Immigration – Video

IceAgeNow - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:02

Flashback 2005 – Short video speaks for itself.


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Many US temperature sensors improperly placed

IceAgeNow - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:36

“Nearly every single weather station the U.S. government uses to measure the country’s surface temperature may be compromised.”

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From the article”
(Click on highlighted city for photo of compromised sensor):

• A sensor in Tahoe City, Calif., sits near a paved tennis court and is right next to a “burn barrel” that incinerates garbage.

• A sensor in Marysville, Calif., sits in a parking lot at a fire station right next to an air conditioner exhaust, a cell phone tower and a barbecue grill.

• A sensor in Redding, Calif., is housed in a box that also contains a halogen light bulb, which could emit warmth directly onto the gauge.

See article:
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2010/02/26/climate-data-compromised-by-heat-sources.html

Thanks to Harold J. Satterfield for this link


 

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Katla volcano earthquake activity continues

IceAgeNow - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:58

“It is unclear at the moment if this is going to result in a eruption but at the moment it is my view that chances of an eruption happening soon (maybe in matter of hours) is high.” – Blogger Jón Frímann
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21 June 2017 – The past few days have seen a swarm of tremors around Katla volcano, with some reaching up to 3.6 magnitude.

“Earthquake activity continues in Katla volcano,” writes Frímann.”It is unclear at the moment if this is going to result in a eruption but at the moment it is my view that chances of an eruption happening soon (maybe in matter of hours) is high.”

Katla is a large subglacial volcano located beneath the Mydalsjokull glacier in southern Iceland. It has been dormant  for almost 100 years, but with twenty documented eruptions between 930 and 1918 at intervals of 13 – 95 years it is considered very active.

Earthquake activity in Katla volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met Office.

Although Katla hasn’t erupted forcefully enough to break through the ice since 1918, its present dormancy is among the longest in known history. Because of that long period of dormancy, many think the current seismic activity is a sure sign of a pending eruption.

Such an eruption could prove to be significant.

Katla’s 1918 eruption, a major eruption, lasted almost a month and extended the southern coast by 5 km due to lava flow deposits.

The Icelandic Met Office, which is closely monitoring the volcano, ssures that there are no definite tell tale signs of a looming eruption.

https://www.sott.net/article/354362-Earthquakes-and-tremors-continue-around-Katla-volcano-in-Iceland

Katla volcano earthquake activity – Update 2

Thanks to Sonya Porter and Laurel for these links


 

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EPA’s Suspect Science 

IceAgeNow - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:51

“EPA’s analysis is a dishonest, purposeful scam …. Is it ignorance? malignance? eco-professional propaganda? Yes, yes, and yes.”
– John Rafuse

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been roundly criticized in recent years for numerous errors of omission and commission, for secret email accounts designed to hide questionable official dealings and activities, and for being increasingly dictatorial in implementing policies that are often rooted in highly “liberal” interpretations of federal laws and scientific research. What many people don’t realize is that problems like these have plagued the agency since its inception in 1970.

Energy and environmental consultant John Rafuse presents some of the unsavory details in this fascinating article.

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EPA’s Suspect science 

Its practices have defiled scientific integrity, but proposed corrections bring shock and defiance

By John Rafuse

President Trump’s budget guidance sought to cut $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1 billion expectation. Shrieks of looming Armageddon prompted Congress to fund EPA in full until September 2017, when the battle will be joined again.

Then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would prioritize Superfund cleanups based on toxicity, health-impact and other factors. The ensuing caterwauling suggested that EPA had no priorities since Bill Ruckelshaus (EPA’s first administrator, 1970-1975). But consider some standard EPA practices:

  1. 1. EPA advocates claim the US is unhealthy and dirty. They won’t admit that US water quality has improved dramatically since 1970. They deny that factories, cars and power plants are far more efficient and clean. They ignore that, while most nations continue to cut down forest habitats for fuel, the Lower 48 states have more forest coverage than when the Pilgrims landed in 1620.

They never mention that the US did not sign the 1992 Kyoto Accord, nor that it is the only nation to meet its Kyoto targets. Is it ignorance? malignance? eco-professional propaganda? Yes, yes, and yes.

The U.S. is one of the cleanest, healthiest nations on earth

The United States is one of the cleanest, healthiest nations on earth. Our progress will continue because we rejected the Paris Accord and thus will not cripple our economy, jobs or environmental progress. Other nations must work hard to catch us. They may work hard, but they won’t catch up, and they’ll blame us.

  1. Eco-militants at EPA tricked the Supreme Court into letting it label plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide a pollutant. Meanwhile, professional enviros demand “zero tolerance” for pollutants – because they claim “any dose kills.”

CO2 is not a pollutant

However, CO2 is plant fertilizer, the trace gas that makes plant and animal life possible on our planet. Atmospheric CO2 is just 400 parts per million (ppm), or 0.04% of the air we breathe, compared to 21% oxygen and almost 1% argon.  Classrooms average 1,000 to 2,000 ppm; US nuclear submarines average 5,000 to 8,000ppm. We inhale 400 ppm and exhale 40,000 to 50,000 ppm.

That means 100 to 125 times the “fatal dose” of a “zero tolerance pollutant” is always in our lungs.  We don’t die, because CO2 is not a pollutant and because real scientists know that dosage, not microscopic presence, is the key.

EPA keeps cheating

EPA keeps cheating, but dosage always determines poisonous impact. In fact, EPA experiments illegally exposed human test subjects to 10 and even 30 times the levels of fine soot particles that EPA claims are lethal. No one got sick or died, and yet EPA continues its “standards” and lies.

  1. DDT saved millions in World War II from death by typhus. By 1970 DDT had helped wipe out malaria in 99 countries, including the USA. Administrator Ruckelshaus appointed a scientific committee to examine claims that the pesticide caused cancer and other problems. The experts said it did not, because dosage determines effect.

Ruckelshaus ignored them, never attended a minute of their hearings, never read a page of their extensive report. He simply banned DDT in 1972.  He later said he had a “political problem” due to Rachel Carson’s misinformed book Silent Spring and pressure from the Environmental Defense Fund, and he needed to “fix it.”

Other nations followed suit, banning DDT. Since 1972, some 40 million children and parents have needlessly died from malaria. Today DDT is partially reinstated, but P.A. Offit, Pandora’s Lab, Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong, quotes Michael Crichton, MD: “Banning DDT is one of the most disgraceful episodes in twentieth century America. We knew better, and we did it anyway, and we let people around the world die, and we didn’t give a damn.”

EPA’s analysis a dishonest, purposeful scam

  1. EPA knowingly relies on fake science. Data from point-source “pollution” are used to “project” thousands of asthma cases and cancer deaths. EPA “validates” the analyses by “assuming” that each projected death and illness happened to someone who had spent every second of a 70-year life at the point-source – within 6 feet of the measurement point. But Newton’s Law of Inverse Squares proves that dosage wanes by the inverse square of the distance; 5 units of distance cuts dosage impact to 1/25 what it was at its source. At 10 units, the impact is 1/100th.  EPA’s analysis is a dishonest, purposeful scam.

The 70-year/6-foot/no-movement assumption makes a joke of all its calculations and projections. EPA has relied on that scam for decades to “prove” need for a non-scientific regulatory remedy for every newly invented threat.

  1. EPA colludes with professional environmentalists to “fix” “inadequate” draft regulations. EPA then “settles” cases, pays co-conspirators’ fees with taxpayer funds and wins excessive regulatory powers it sought from the beginning. Parties who oppose the decision never get a day in court, and the “sue-and-settle” cases ensure high costs but provide no health or environmental benefits.
  2. EPA covers up crimes. As the auto industry cratered since 2000, Flint, Michigan has lost 25,000 citizens and become poorer and more minority. The 2010 Census Report concluded that 42% of the population was in a “level of poverty and health … not comparable to other geographic levels of these estimates.” Yet EPA (and state and local authorities) did nothing to protect them. What happened?

The 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act delegated compliance to EPA, which typically approves a State Compliance Plan, re-delegates authority, and oversees State and local enforcement. Flint’s drinking water has been lead-poisoned for three years – ever since state and local officials switched water sources to save money with no hearings, approvals or notifications to EPA or affected citizens.

Drinking, tasting and smelling nauseating newly-brown water alerted residents to potential dangers. An EPA expert tested the water in 2014 and wrote repeated warnings to Agency officials. A February 2015 Detroit News report said EPA’s Regional Administrator knew the facts but claimed her “hands were tied.”

Then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy forbade the staff expert from meeting, writing or speaking about the issue, and reassigned him.  Thus the two most senior and directly responsible EPA officials “washed their hands” of the problem.

But Flint Medical Center tested for lead in the water and sounded the alarm. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added powerful voices. Flint’s mayor and Michigan’s governor took heat until the state’s attorney general initially charged five Flint and Michigan officials with wrongful issuance of permits, and tampering, altering and falsifying evidence. That has now expanded to more than 50 criminal charges against 15 state officials; including one of involuntary manslaughter (an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease took 12 lives).

The two “clean-handed” EPA officials kept mum until June 12, 2016, when Gina McCarthy wrote to Michigan’s governor and Flint’s mayor. Citing “major challenges” and her “long-term” clean water goal, she blamed state and local staffs and old and (newly) over-large piping. She said EPA had no money to help. Will Michigan’s AG indict EPA officials involved in the EPA cover-ups?  That would be logical, but don’t bet on it.

McCarthy’s was a nasty letter from a culpable official. Later in 2016, Congress voted $110 million to repair Flint’s drinking water, no thanks to EPA. The work will go on for years as Flint residents get bottled water from EPA and the state.

President Trump’s budget guidance exposed decades-old EPA abuses. The evidence exposes EPA’s lack of mission, commitment and integrity. If EPA would use honest, evidence-based science to protect the nation’s health, it would be a welcome and long overdue change – perhaps a miracle. What’s your bet?

Independent consultant John Rafuse worked for government agencies, a think-tank and an international oil and gas company on energy, trade, environmental, regulatory and national security issues.   


 

 

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Snowing in Murmansk on June 20

IceAgeNow - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:55

Heat wave? Not in Russia.

“In Moscow we have had repeated waves of cold (practically every week) since April and the social networks are full of jokes on “global warming”, writes Moscow reader Alexey Parkhomenko.

“Here are the links to the news about snow in Murmansk.”

https://news.mail.ru/society/30140408/?frommail=1

https://twitter.com/sZ3eR5rOV2CBIXy/status/877412175610032128/photo/1

MURMANSK, June 21 – RIA Novosti.

Arctic cyclone brought snow on the Kola Peninsula, the temperature dropped to +1 degrees, said Murmansky Met.

https://news.mail.ru/society/30140408/?frommail=1

See video:
“Evening of June 20 2017. In Murmansk quietly pours snow”
https://vk.com/videos14718824?z=video14718824_456241399%2Fvideos14718824%2Fpl_14718824_-2


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Is this heat really unprecedented?

IceAgeNow - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:34

Here’s some historical perspective on today’s heat. Look at how temperatures soared in many states in 1936. 

“During 1936, 117F temperatures were common from Texas to North Dakota,” says Tony Heller. “South Dakota was over 120F. North Dakota was over 119F. Nebraska was 118F. Iowa was 117F. Missouri was 118F. Oklahoma was 120F. Texas was 119F. Arkansas was 117F.”

Can you believe that?

Over 119F in North Dakota? North Dakota is right up there adjacent to the Canadian border.

Over 120F in South Dakota? Now that’s a heat wave,.

See more from Tony Heller:
https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Image969_shadow.png

Thanks to McLovin’ for this link


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Freak June blizzard shuts down bike relay

IceAgeNow - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:15

First time in the race’s history.

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For the first time in its 25-year history, the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay was officially shut down by a freak June blizzard. The blizzard left the road covered in black ice and several inches of snow.

Many cyclists who had camped near Haines Junction, Yukon, on Friday night woke up to near-freezing temperatures and heavy snow. Some tents collapsed under the weight of the snow.

“This was totally shocking,” said Jason LaChappelle of the Wayward Salamanders, who had camped out for the night.

Four men on unicycles were the only team – out of more than 1,300 participants – to complete the route.

Even for the Yukon, a snowstorm in mid-June is unusual.

The race stretches some 148 miles (238 km) from Haines Junction, Yukon, to Haines, Alaska, with an elevation gain of more than 1,300 feet (400 m).

See several photos:
http://nationalpost.com/g00/news/canada/four-men-on-unicycles-only-team-to-finish-gruelling-249-km-yukon-relay-after-it-was-shut-down-by-blizzard/

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link


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In 1995 it was 15.4°C – Today we are told it is 14.8°C – a new record!

IceAgeNow - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 21:28

“For decades, it was assumed the average temp of the 20th century on the planet was 15°C,” says reader Martin Siebert.” But suddenly this year it was reported by all means that 2016 hit a new heat record: 14.8 ° C!”

“The situation of climate reports is so confused that it is obvious that when the media starts to forge false news, the truth comes out.

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“Climate Church: Cooler is the new warmer!” snorts the headline on eike-klima-energie.eu.

“What A Mess!” reads the headline on NoTrickZone. “Spiegel Reveals Scientists Don’t Know Real Temperature Of The Planet.”

“Do you still believe in Santa Claus? Or the Easter Bunny? Or both? Well, then you would be well cared for in the Church of Global Warming,” the first article begins.

Video from the Klimamanifest of Heiligenroth (in German) about the development of the global medium temperature “from measurements” going from a “hot” 15.4 ° C to even hotter today 14.8 ° C.

Anyone who has learned the small 1 x 1 at school will agree that 14.8 ° is 0.6 ° C cooler than 15.4 ° C.

So the “peak” of 2016 (“warmest year on record!”) Has grown 0.6 ° colder over the last 21 years.

Have you heard anything about it from any media, before the ÖR media? No? Well, you know it now.

And 0.6°C is 3/4 (!!) the total warming of the previous century!!

http://notrickszone.com/2017/06/17/what-a-mess-spiegel-reveals-scientists-dont-know-real-temperature-of-the-planet/

https://www.eike-klima-energie.eu/2017/06/16/klimakirche-kuehler-ist-das-neue-waermer/

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The easiest article for me to read (after using Google Translate) was on sandcarioca.wordpress.com

“What a mess!” reads their headline. “Spiegel reveals to scientists not to know the real temperature of the planet”

June 19, 2017 – 3:20 PM

The “European Institute of Climate and Energy (EIKE), based in Germany, warned here that it is now clear that no one really knows what the current average global temperature is, further stating that the planet is NOT warmer and that measurements do not make any sense.

In 1995 the average temperature of the planet was 15.4 ° C. Today we are told that it is 14.8°C – a new record!

For decades it had been assumed that the average temperature of the 20th century of the planet was 15°C. But all of a sudden this year was reported by all means that 2016 hit a new record heat: 14.8°C!

ZDF reporter Benjamin Stöwe announced in January 2017 that at 14.8 ° C the year 2016 was “the hottest year” since the measurements were recorded.

https://sandcarioca.wordpress.com/

I liked the comment from Josef Kovch:

Global temperatures do not exist:
1880 is taken as a starting year by the CO2 Irrigation Community and then claimed that since then the temperatures would have risen and they would continue to rise.

To be able to prove this scientifically, one would have had to set up a world-wide measuring temperature network in 1880 with standardized places.

The places could not have changed within a radius of 2 km and the measurement procedures should not have changed over the entire period.

Everyone knows that this has not happened and therefore there can be no statements on any temperature changes and certainly no statements about global temperatures, which also had to include the world’s oceans. A measurement series of global values ​​since 1880 is always (based on) human computer values.

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Thanks to Martin Siebert and Jimmy Walter for these links


 

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Fish Stew

IceAgeNow - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:39

A reader sent me a link from a 1993 article that shows how woefully ignorant we once were when it came to underwater volcanoes. 

I actually featured this article in Not by Fire but by Ice. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 10, “Fish Stew.”

Chapter 10
Fish Stew

Underwater volcanoes affect our lives and our weather in ways we don’t understand. But how can we understand, when we don’t know how many there are? How can we understand, when we keep finding new ones by the thousands?

Marine geophysicists aboard the research vessel Melville recently discovered 1,133 previously unmapped underwater volcanoes about 600 miles northwest of Easter Island. (Easter Island is about 2,300 miles west of Chile in the South Pacific.)

And they’re huge. Some of the newly-found volcanoes rise almost a mile and a half above the seafloor. Even then, their peaks remain about a mile and a half below the water’s surface. Consisting of both seamounts and volcanic cones, they’re packed into an area of 55,000 square miles, about the size of New York state.

Scientists were shocked. “We thought we would find a few dozen new volcanoes,” said Ken Macdonald at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “Instead we found over 1,000 that had never been mapped before.” It’s the greatest concentration of geologically active volcanoes on earth. (New York Times, 14 Feb 1993, link below)

We have no idea how many volcanoes may be lurking beneath the seas. Oceanographers previously believed there were about 10,000. But now? It’s up for grabs. Only five percent of the ocean floor has ever been mapped in detail, said Macdonald.

What we do know, is that underwater volcanoes pump awesome amounts of heat into the seas.

End excerpt.

That was in 1993. Today, scientists estimate that there are more than three million underwater volcanoes.

And we wonder what is heating our seas?

http://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/14/world/a-vast-volcano-cluster-is-found-rumbling-in-depths-of-the-pacific.html

Thanks to Ray Kraft for this reminder

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How can a country prosper under this kind of nonsense? 

IceAgeNow - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:05

Question: No matter what country you live in, would you want a leader who refuses to put your own country first? Or would you want a leader who strives to build up your country?

Would you want a leader who saddles you with ever more rules, laws and regulations? Or would you want a leader who frees you from such shackles?

President Trump gave a speech on June 9th concerning regulatory reform that should have been front page news across the country. Instead, resounding silence.

Even though the media seems to hate him, ordinary Americans are thankful for a President brave enough to begin removing our chains. I am personally thankful for a President smart enough to know that the human-caused global warming nonsense is just that – nonsense.

Here are excerpts from the President’s inspiring speech.

We are here today to focus on solving one of the biggest obstacles to creating this new and desperately needed infrastructure, and that is the painfully slow, costly, and time-consuming process of getting permits and approvals to build. And I also knew that from the private sector. It is a long, slow, unnecessarily burdensome process. My administration is committed to ending these terrible delays once and for all. The excruciating wait time for permitting has inflicted enormous financial pain to cities and states all throughout our nation and has blocked many important projects from ever getting off the ground…

For too long, America has poured trillions and trillions of dollars into rebuilding foreign countries while allowing our own country—the country that we love—and its infrastructure to fall into a state of total disrepair. We have structurally deficient bridges, clogged roads, crumbling dams and locks. Our rivers are in trouble. Our railways are aging. And chronic traffic that slows commerce and diminishes our citizens’ quality of life. Other than that, we’re doing very well. Instead of rebuilding our country, Washington has spent decades building a dense thicket of rules, regulations and red tape. It took only four years to build the Golden Gate Bridge and five years to build the Hoover Dam and less than one year to build the Empire State Building. People don’t believe that. It took less than one year. But today, it can take 10 years and far more than that just to get the approvals and permits needed to build a major infrastructure project.

These charts beside me are actually a simplified version of our highway permitting process. It includes 16 different approvals involving 10 different federal agencies being governed by 26 different statutes. As one example—and this happened just 30 minutes ago—I was sitting with a great group of people responsible for their state’s economic development and roadways. All of you are in the room now. And one gentleman from Maryland was talking about an 18-mile road. And he brought with him some of the approvals that they’ve gotten and paid for. They spent $29 million for an environmental report, weighing 70 pounds and costing $24,000 per page.

How can a country prosper under this kind of nonsense?

I was not elected to continue a failed system. I was elected to change it. All of us in government service were elected to solve the problems that have plagued our nation. We are here to think big, to act boldly, and to rise above the petty partisan squabbling of Washington D.C. We are here to take action. It’s time to start building in our country, with American workers and with American iron and aluminum and steel. It’s time to put up soaring new infrastructure that inspires pride in our people and our towns.

No longer can we allow these rules and regulations to tie down our economy, chain up our prosperity, and sap our great American spirit. That is why we will lift these restrictions and unleash the full potential of the United States of America. We will get rid of the redundancy and duplication that wastes your time and your money.

Together, we will build projects to inspire our youth, employ our workers, and create true prosperity for our people. We will pour new concrete, lay new brick, and watch new sparks light our factories as we forge metal from the furnaces of our Rust Belt and our beloved heartland—which has been forgotten. It’s not forgotten anymore.

We will put new American steel into the spine of our country. American workers will construct gleaming new lanes of commerce across our landscape. They will build these monuments from coast to coast, and from city to city. And with these new roads, bridges, airports and seaports, we will embark on a wonderful new journey into a bright and glorious future. We will build again. We will grow again. We will thrive again. And we will make America great again.

See entire speech here:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/09/remarks-president-trump-regulatory-relief


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Paris agreement would have accomplished almost nothing – Video

IceAgeNow - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 15:21

Even if its cuts to carbon dioxide emissions were fully implemented for the rest of the century, the accord would decrease temperatures by the year 2100 by just 0.023°F.  Bjorn Lomborg explains.

This is using the UN’s own climate prediction model.

The cost of the Paris Climate Accord would likely cost $1 to 2 trillion dollars every year. That means we would spend at least one hundred trillion ($100,000,000,000,000) by the end of the century. For almost nothing in return.

“Turns out that those politicians who gathered in Paris, Frace, could learn a lot from Paris, Texas,” says Lomborg.

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Bjørn Lomborg is a Danish author and adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School as well as President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. He is former director of the Danish government’s Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen.

Lomborg became internationally known for his best-selling and controversial book, The Skeptical Environmentalist.

Time Magazine declared Lomborg one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/aug/30/bjorn-lomborg-climate-change-profile

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B8rn_Lomborg

Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this info


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Yellowstone eruption could trigger global warming AND an ice age

IceAgeNow - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 13:02

In one article, The Express manages to claim that an eruption will cause both warming and cooling. How’s that for having it both ways?

Concerning the recent earthquake swarm at Yellowstone National Park, The Express warns that an eruption could cause global warming. Here’s a direct quote from the article:

“Italian geologist Mario Tozzi warned Yellowstone’s eruption could cover the entire United States, cause a the planet’s temperature to rise and a reduction of the polar ice caps. 

It would lead to a rise in sea levels worldwide – submerging Venice, New York and London.”

However, further down in the article – the same article – The Express has this to say:

“If a mega eruption of Yellowstone, one of the world’s largest supervolcanoes, happened so much toxic ash and moult on rock would be hurled into the atmosphere it could block out sunlight and trigger a nuclear-winter type effect or even a mini ice age. “

I love it. So scientific. I wonder what “moult on rock” looks like.

Just to be clear as to my stance, if Yellowstone should erupt in its supervolcano form, I think the entire planet would descend into an ice age within days.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/818294

Thanks to Periwinkle for this link – and for a good laugh.


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Intense snowfall in Argentina knocks out power to two cities

IceAgeNow - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:25

The National Meteorological Service issued an intense snowfall warning for Chubut.

The warning includes the west and center of Chubut, the cordillera area of ​​Mendoza, the west of Neuquén, the west and center of Río Negro and the cordillera area of ​​San Juan, in addition to the north of Santa Cruz. For all this sector expect more intense and persistent snowfall until at least dawn tomorrow.

In the west and center of Chubut, north of Santa Cruz and center-south of Río Negro, the accumulated snow would be between 40 and 75 cm (16 to 30 inches), with higher amounts, predicting the highest values ​​in the north center of Chubut.

Heavy snow is also expected on the high mountain ranges of Mendoza and San Juan, with estimated values ​​of accumulated snow of one meter (more than 3 ft). On western Neuquén and west of Rio Negro the amounts of accumulated snow are estimated between 30 and 60 cm (12 to 24 inches).

Esquel lost electricity from Thursday night until mid-morning yesterday. The service now runs intermittently. Several schools suspended activities and there are municipal holidays.

The snow accumulated in the lines that supply energy to Esquel and Trevelin, caused the cut of the supply in both cities.

Route 259 between Esquel and Trevelin is impassable due to the accumulation of snow and ice.

http://www.diariojornada.com.ar/190012/politica/chubut_con_mucha_nieve_y_mucha_lluvia/

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/2034245-chubut-un-intenso-temporal-de-nieve-y-lluvia-afecta-la-provinciahttp://bucket2.glanacion.com/anexos/fotos/17/2474117h765.jpg

http://repo.diariojornada.com.ar/imagenes/2017/6/16/387459_058_slider.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links


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Heavy snowfall disrupts rescue of mine workers

IceAgeNow - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:11

Heavy snowfall in southern Chile has complicated efforts to rescue two miners who have been trapped for a week at Mandalay Resources’ (TSX:MND) mine, after the section in which they were working was flooded.

Rescue efforts are focused on diverting the water and trying to make contact with the miners, who have about three days of air left.

It’s unknown whether the missing miners are still alive.

Cerro Bayo mine, which produced around 14,000 ounces of gold and 1.7 million ounces of silver last year, is located in Chile’s Aysén region, the country’s least populated, but one with abundance of lakes and glaciers.

http://www.mining.com/heavy-snowfall-disrupts-rescue-miners-trapped-mandalays-mine-chile/

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link


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Earthquake swarm in Yellowstone National Park

IceAgeNow - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 11:15

16 Jun 2017 – “As of 10 a.m. this morning we had located a total of 235 earthquakes in the area,” said Jamie Farrell, University of Utah research professor of seismology.

Recent Yellowstone Earthquakes as of 16 Jun 2017 – Courtesy University of Utah

Yellowstone gets about 1,500 to 2,000 earthquakes every year, so this activity is fairly normal, Farrell said.

As of Friday morning, his the University of Utah seismologists weren’t seeing anything volcanic in nature.

Molten lava lake – Courtesy Royal Holloway University of London

However, a recent article on Forbes.com revealed that a massive lake of molten carbon the size of Mexico lies beneath the super volcano, prompting at least one website to sound an alarm.

Subduction zone – Courtesy Columbia edu

The Forbes article goes on to describe how subduction could have created the lava lake (image above).

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/yellowstone_national_park/scientists-tracking-earthquake-swarm-in-northern-yellowstone-park/article_6643afcf-6dbe-5f18-ba2b-2b839d8e3f5f.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/northwest-yellowstone-area-sees-earthquake-swarm/2017/06/16/e2104df2-52a5-11e7-b74e-0d2785d3083d_story.html?utm_term=.80be1977322e

A Massive Lake Of Molten Carbon The Size Of Mexico Was Just Discovered Under The US
https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/04/30/a-massive-lake-of-molten-carbon-the-size-of-mexico-was-just-discovered-under-the-us/#21d29308420b

Yellowstone Super Volcano Being Monitored by NASA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy)
https://beforeitsnews.com/paranormal/2017/06/yellowstone-super-volcano-being-monitored-by-nasa-sofia-via-flightradar24-video-2525064.html

http://strangesounds.org/2017/06/yellowstone-awekening-m4-5-earthquake-hits-yellowstone-and-nasa-flying-the-worlds-largest-airborne-observatory-over-the-supervocano-video.html

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine, Salvatore Del Prete and Steven Rowlandson for these links

 

“That ought to put the SO2 in the stratosphere,” says Steven. “Meanwhile at the YVO geoscientists and interested individuals are watching a quake swarm in progress located ESE of Hebgen Lake since June 12th. So far it is considered to be mostly tectonic but its proximity to the Yellowstone super volcano is interesting. There are other quake swarms recorded north of the caldera near Holmes Hill and Norris Junction. This raises the question, what is putting the pressure on the rocks causing them to crack? Tectonic forces or magmatic intrusion? Or a bit of both perhaps.”

http://quake.utah.edu/monitoring-research/station-map
http://quake.utah.edu/station/heli/YMR.png
http://quake.utah.edu/earthquake-center/quake-map


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Major eruption of Bezymianny volcano

IceAgeNow - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 15:11

Propels ash more than 7 miles above sea level.

A major explosive eruption took place at Russia’s Bezymianny volcano this morning (16 June 2017), propelling ash to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. It is the strongest eruption of this volcano since September 2012.

Bezymianny, now considered one the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted for the first time in recorded history in 1955. Within six months, it produced a total volume of eruptive products over 3 cubic kilometers (0.72 cubic miles).

For comparison, the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens produced 1.3 cubic kilometers (0.3 cubic miles) of ash.

Prior to its 1955 eruption, Bezymianny had been considered extinct.

https://watchers.news/2017/06/16/bezymianny-eruption-june-16-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Thanks to Don Brown and Guy Wilson for this link


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