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What modulates our Sun? The majority of science work on the principle that the Sun is self modulating and each solar cycle is a product of a random number generator. There are others that suspect the Sun is modulated by the planets with a special emphasis on Uranus & Neptune. Thanks to Carl Smith who has recently left us we have new knowledge that significantly adds to Jose, Landscheidt & Charvàtovà's work.

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There is NO war on coal? Really? – Videos

IceAgeNow - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:17

This is in response to a top EPA official telling us that “There is no war on coal.” These videos show otherwise.
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Hillary Clinton: “We Are Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners & Coal Companies Out Of Business”
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Obama: If you want to build a coal power plant, I’ll bankrupt you
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Shorter version
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Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these videos

I posted about the “No war on coal” assertion here:
https://www.iceagenow.info/draining-swamp-top-epa-official-resigns/

I posted the Obama video back in 2011, but the videos somehow magically disappeared from YouTube. I’m glad to see they’re back.

https://www.iceagenow.info/obama-plan-electricity-rates-skyrocket-video/
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Australian temperatures plunge after BOM orders fix

IceAgeNow - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:59

Weather stations were programmed to put a limit on how low temperatures could be recorded in official weather data.

Excerpts from an article by Graham Lloyd in The Australian on August 4:

“The BoM (Bureau of Meteorology) said it had taken immed­iate action to replace the Thredbo station (and several other stations) after concerns were raised that very low temperatures were not making it onto the official record. Controversy has dogged the bureau’s automatic weather station network since Goulburn man Lance Pigeon saw a -10.4C reading on the BoM’s website on July 2 automatically adjust to -10C, then disappear.

“BoM initially claimed the adjustments were part of its quality control procedures. But bureau chief executive Andrew Johnson later told Environment Minister Josh­ Frydenberg that investigations had found a number of cold-weather stations were not “fit for purpose” and would be replaced.

“It has been reported online that electronic smart cards were allegedly fitted to the BoM’s automatic weather stations, which put a limit on how low temperatures could be recorded in official weather data.

“On her website yesterday, Dr Marohasy said it was not the recording­ devices that were at fault. “To be clear, the problem is not with the equipment; all that needs to be done is for the smart-card readers to be removed,” Dr Marohasy said.”

TEMPERATURE READINGS PLUNGE AFTER AUSTRALIA’S BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY ORDERS END TO ‘TAMPERING’

Thanks to Stephen Bird, Glenn Cuthbert and Vance van Raab for this link
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Draining the swamp – Top EPA official resigns

IceAgeNow - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:16

Says President Trump’s climate policies prompted her resignation.   “Or,” as Breitbart News so aptly puts it, “as we climate realists prefer to put it — #winning.”

Elizabeth “Betsy” Southerland, who had worked at the EPA for thirty years, resigned on Tuesday.

Southerland said in her letter that “the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth.”

But as Breitbart explains, if you read her entire letter, it’s really a blessing that she’s gone.

“The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is NO economic crisis caused by environmental protection, and climate change IS caused by man’s activities,” Southerland wrote, directly rejecting many of Trump’s claims.

No war on coal? Wow! Is it really possible that someone in such a position of power could be that clueless?  (She was director of science and technology in the Office of Water.)

See James Delingpole’s insightful take on her resignation:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/04/delingpole-but-climate-change-wails-epa-official-in-resignation-letter/

http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/energy-environment/344825-top-epa-official-resigns-over-direction-of-agency-under

Thanks to Laurel for this link
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The cat is out of the bag – Al Gore’s latest film BOMBS

IceAgeNow - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:05

Gore’s movie sequel goes bust. Fans allege sabotage, but Americans may be smarter than he thought.

‘This was not supposed to happen’: Gore’s sequel comes in dismal 15th in weekend ratings at the box office. Investors are screaming at the studio for not doing more to promote it.

“Fact is the cats out of the bag,” says Centurion. “Every prediction Gore has made has been wrong and the science is also catching up with him. The lies are being openly discussed and the fabrications are being noted often enough by sound scientific authorities that the Climate Change argument is loosing steam.

“The real problem>>> few people are ready for the cold. That is what is scary.”

http://www.climatedepot.com/2017/08/07/under-performance-gores-sequel-comes-in-dismal-15th-at-box-office-gore-fans-allege-film-was-sabotaged-by-paramount/

Thanks to Marc Morano, Wm. Craig Barnard, Centurian, Bill and Laurel for these links
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 An overweight resource-abusing blowhard

“The goracle and many other ex pollies etc all have the same motto,” says Laurel. “NEVER let the Truth get in the way of a good story AND a way to make more money!”

“Actually explains why the Pope is so willing to agree also. They gotta find a way to raise even more money from the poor to pay for their errant “brothers” who couldn’t keep themselves TO hemselves.

And hey, fears always worked so well for so many religions,
goracle is just using the same system himself. His imagination sees him as the planet’s crusader/saviour of mankind, while everyone else sees him now, and increasingly, as an overweight resource-abusing blowhard and an annoying git who doesn’t know when to stuff and leave whiles he’s ahead.”

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Snowing in Colorado – in AUGUST

IceAgeNow - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 13:26

At least a couple inches of snow fell on Colorado’s Monarch Pass Thursday, August 3. according to posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Brad Shilling, who lives in Gunnison, took photos en route to Lamar. Cars started to fishtail and lose control in what he described as “slush-snow-rain.”

See photos:
http://www.postindependent.com/priority/main-headline/snowing-in-august-on-colorados-monarch-pass/

http://www.fox13memphis.com/news/trending-now/yes-it-snowed-in-colorado-in-august/582523476

http://www.9news.com/weather/weather-colorado/its-august-and-there-was-snow-on-monarch-pass/

Thanks to Hugo De oliveira and Stephen Bird for these links

“Expect it in July next year,” says Stephen.

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Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality

IceAgeNow - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 20:59

“Mr. Gore conveniently ignores even well known climate change and weather events of past centuries,” says Paul Driessen.

“Gore’s new movie promotes his tired assertion that every climate fluctuation and extreme weather event of recent years is the result of our “mortal sin” of using fossil fuels to power civilization and lift billions of people out of abject poverty. Even the preview is excruciating to watch. But even Pope Francis still believes the most destitute people on Earth are threatened more by “dangerous manmade climate change” than by the malnutrition and disease that kill millions of them every year.

“Thankfully, Climate Change: The Facts 2017, a new book by Australia’s Institute of Public Affairs, offers a readable, levelheaded antidote to Mr. Gore’s shameless climate and weather fear-mongering.”

The following commentary by Paul Driessen reviews some of the book’s important messages and responds to the Pope’s poorly informed analysis.

 

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Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality

Al Gore pedals climate and weather scam. CFACT film and Aussie book present Climate Facts.

By Paul Driessen

Before I could enjoy a movie last week, I was forced to endure five minutes of climate and weather fear-mongering, when the theater previewed Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Sequel.” His attempt to pin every weather disaster of the past decade on humanity’s fossil fuel use felt like fifty minutes of water boarding.

Mr. Gore has made tens of millions of dollars pedaling this nonsense and his demand that modern society undergo a “wrenching transformation” from oil, natural gas and coal to a utopian make-believe world powered by biofuels, wind and solar power, electric vehicles and batteries.

Every alarmist prediction has been falsified by actual events: from soaring temperatures to an ice-free Arctic to monstrous hurricanes that have not hit the USA since 2005. His attempt to blame New York City floods during Superstorm Sandy ignored inconvenient truths like construction that narrowed the Hudson River by hundreds of feet, forcing any incoming water to rise higher … and flood Manhattan. Mr. Gore conveniently ignores even well known climate change and weather events of past centuries. No wonder this devotee of SUVs, private jets and multiple homes doesn’t have the spine to debate anyone over these issues. When he lectures us, he won’t even take questions that he has not preapproved.

Scores of whacky predictions that never came true

Thankfully, those seeking an antidote or healthy dose of reality have alternatives. The Climate Hustle documentary film debunks scores of whacky predictions that never came true and presents solid evidence-based science from dozens of scientists who don’t accept “manmade climate crisis” claims. A new Australian book presents detailed and expert but fast-paced, readable material on key climate issues.

Climate Change: The Facts 2017 is the third in a series. Dedicated to the memory of the late, eminent Aussie geologist and climate scientist Bob Carter, its 22 chapters cover climate changes through the ages, the multiple natural forces that primarily drive climate and weather fluctuations, devious tricks that alarmist researchers have used to modify and “homogenize” actual temperature data, attempts to silence experts who focus on natural causes of climate change or on adaptation rather than costly “prevention,’ the historic context behind climate debates, and coral reef resilience amid alleged ocean “acidification.”

Assumed coral, shellfish and other asserted disasters from even slight changes in ocean pH are based on computer simulations that often extrapolate from laboratory experiments. John Abbott, Peter Ridd and Jennifer Marohasy point out that some of those experiments actually added hydrochloric acid to fish tanks to simulate acidification presumed to result from slight increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide!

Carbon dioxide has been demonized because it is a byproduct of fossil fuel use, and many activists want to eliminate the oil, natural gas and coal that provide over 80% of US and global energy. Moreover, while it helps trap solar heat and keep Earth inhabitable, CO2 is the polar opposite of a “dangerous pollutant.”

Rising CO2 levels are helping to “green” the planet

CO2 is vital plant food and fertilizer, essential for photosynthesis. Without it, life on Earth would cease to exist. In conjunction with slightly warmer global temperatures since the Little Ice Age ended (and modern industrial era began), rising atmospheric CO2 levels are helping to “green” the planet, by spurring crop, forest and grassland plants to grow faster and better, Craig Idso and Matt Ridley explain. 25-50% of vegetated parts of our planet have gotten greener over the past 33 years, from the tropics to the Arctic, and 70% of that greening is due to higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Only 4% has gotten browner.

Ian Plimer, Ken Ring and Nicola Scafetta discuss natural climate cycles and the long planetary and human experience with major climate changes and weather events. Nothing seen today is unprecedented, and most is far more benign than in the past, they note. Bjorn Lomborg and other authors explain why we must end our obsession with the “climate crisis” and other exaggerated threats, and with false solutions to fabricated climate disasters. We need to spend our limited time, money and resources on the many real, pressing problems that confront mankind in developed and developing nations alike.

My chapter in The Facts addresses those pressing humanity problems, largely in the context of Pope Francis’s Laudato Si encyclical. For countless millennia, I note, humans endured brutal, backbreaking lives cut short by malnutrition and starvation, wretched cold and poverty, foul air, filthy water, myriad diseases, absent sanitary practices, and simple wounds that brought gangrene, amputation and death.

Thanks to fossil fuels, billions of people
have doubled their life spans

Then, in just two centuries, via discovery and progress powered by fossil fuels, billions of people doubled their life spans and became healthy, well fed, prosperous, increasingly mobile, and able to afford wondrous medical and other technologies, foods, services, luxuries and leisure-time activities that previous generations could not even imagine.

Mechanized agriculture – coupled with modern fertilizers, hybrid and GMO seeds, irrigation and other advances – enable smaller numbers of farmers to produce bumper crops that feed billions, using less land, water and insecticides. Improved buildings keep out cold, heat, and disease-carrying rodents and insects, and better survive earthquakes and extreme weather. Electricity transformed every aspect of our lives.

“How can we not feel gratitude and appreciation for this progress, especially in the fields of medicine, engineering and communications?” His Holiness asks. Unfortunately, he then presents romanticized references to consistently mild climates, benevolent natural worlds and idyllic pastoral lives that never existed. He insists that Earth’s poorest people will soon face “grave existential risks” from planetary warming, if we do not quickly and significantly reduce fossil fuel use.

The Pope ignores real-world evidence

He ignores the absence of Real World evidence that greenhouse gases are causing climate chaos – and the compelling evidence that fossil fuels continue to bring enormous benefits.

Over the past three decades, oil, gas and especially coal have helped 1.3 billion more people get electricity and escape energy and economic destitution. China connected 99% of its population to the grid, mostly with coal. Average Chinese are now ten times richer and live 32 years longer than their predecessors did barely five decades previously. India is building numerous coal power plants to electrify its vast regions.

But more than 1.2 billion people (more than the USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe combined) still do not have electricity; another 2 billion have electrical power only sporadically and unpredictably. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 700 million still cook and heat with “renewable” wood, charcoal and animal dung.

Hundreds of millions get horribly sick – and five million die – every year from lung and intestinal diseases, due to breathing smoke from open fires and not having refrigeration, clean water and safe food. Hundreds of millions are starving or malnourished. Nearly 3 billion survive on a few dollars per day.

These destitute masses simply want to take their rightful, God-given places among Earth’s healthy and prosperous people. Instead, they are being told that “wouldn’t be sustainable.” They’re being told that improving their health, living standards and life spans is less important than avoiding the “looming climate cataclysm” that “threatens the very survival” of our wildlife, civilization and planet.

These claims – and the false solutions being offered to dire problems that exist only in alarmist movies, press releases and computer models – examine only far-fetched risks that fossil fuels supposedly might cause. They never consider the numerous dangers and damages those fuels reduce, prevent or eliminate. These attitudes are anti-science, anti-human, unjust, unethical – and genocidal.

Noted observer of popular culture Clive James wraps up this fascinating book. Proponents of man-made climate catastrophe asked us for so many leaps of faith that they were bound to run out of credibility in the end, he says. And yet it would be unwise to think mankind’s capacity to believe in fashionable nonsense can be cured anytime soon. When this “threat” collapses, it will be replaced with another.

Al Gore, the IPCC, alarmist modelers and researchers, and EPA’s “social cost of carbon” scheme and carbon dioxide “endangerment” decision have all depended on the climate bogeyman. Eternal vigilance, education and pushback by the rest of us will be needed for years to come.

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. (July 2017)

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More ice in the Arctic now than in 1971

IceAgeNow - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 14:36

“The mainstream press will not report this because they are not interested in facts or real science,” says reader Martin Siebert.

“There is not much left now, it’s just a matter of time … a little time, and governments are not yet prepared for ‘climate change’ that will lower global temperatures by 1 – 2 ° C.

“It seems little 1 – 2 ° C less but this is too much for agriculture and already it happened during the minimum of Maunder.”

When you get to this site (link below), scroll down in order to see the 2017 map superimposed on the 1971 map.
https://sandcarioca.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/artico-mais-gelo-agora-que-em-1971/

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link
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