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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A Diesel in the Shed

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:37

Question: “What did South Australians have before candles?”
Answer: “Electricity”.

A Diesel in the Shed

By Viv Forbes
13 April 2017

You can have your solar panels
and your turbines on the hills;
You can use the warmth of sunshine
to reduce your heating bills.

You can dream you’re self-sufficient
as you weed your vegie bed;
As long as you make sure to keep
A diesel in the shed.

When I was a kid on a dairy farm in Queensland, we relied on green energy – horses and human muscles provided motive power; fire-wood and beeswax candles supplied heat and light; windmills pumped water and the sun provided solar energy for growing crops, vegies and pastures. The only “non-green” energy used was a bit of kerosene for the kitchen lamp, and petrol for a small Ford utility.

Our life changed dramatically when we put a diesel in the dairy shed. This single-cylinder engine drove the milking machines, the cream separator and an electricity generator, which charged 16 lead-acid 2 volt batteries sitting on the veranda. This 32 volt DC system powered a modern marvel – bright light, at any time, in every room, at the touch of a switch.

There were no electric self-starters for diesels in those days – just a heavy crank handle. But all that effort, noise and fumes were superseded when every house and dairy got connected to clean silent “coal power by wire”. Suddenly the trusty “Southern Cross” diesel engines disappeared from Australian sheds and dairies.

In just one life-time, candles and kerosene were replaced by diesel, which was then replaced by clean silent ever-ready electricity.

Today, after Aussies have enjoyed decades of abundant reliable cheap electricity from coal, green energy gambling has taken Australia back to the era which kept a diesel in the shed.

Tasmania is the greenest state in Australia. It once had a vibrant economy that created mines, saw-mills, farms, orchards, oil and metal refineries, dams, hydro-power and railways. It is now a green no-go land. Greens have stopped new hydro developments, opposed mining, crippled the timber industry, prevented new wood-chip developments and will probably celebrate when their last refinery closes.

Tasmanians get their electricity mainly from hydro assets created long ago by their more productive ancestors. But recently a long drought caused a shortage of Tasmanian hydro-energy – they became reliant for up to 40% of their electricity needs on the Bass-link undersea cable bringing electricity from reliable coal-fired stations in Victoria and NSW. However the overloaded Bass Link cable failed, and an old gas-powered station was brought back into service (importing gas from Victoria) to keep the lights on. Subsequently their politicians hurriedly put 150 diesel generators in their shed (costing A$11 million per month).

South Australia is the next greenest state in Australia, hosting about 35% of Australia’s wind turbines. These were force-fed into existence by mandatory green energy targets and tax benefits. In a burst of green destruction they also closed their gas-fired power stations and demolished their coal-fired station. However wind power failed recently and a storm tore down their life-line bringing reliable coal power from Victoria. Now Premier Weatherill is planning to install up to 200 megawatts of diesel generators in his shed. Many residents are following his lead.

As some wag said:
Question: “What did South Australians have before candles?”
Answer: “Electricity”.

The UK has been badly infected by the green energy virus. Engineers warned that this intermittent and unpredictable supply had increased the risk of blackouts, so the UK government offered subsidies for emergency backup power. This subsidy, plus consumer concerns, put so many diesels in British sheds that they now provide a major backup capacity for UK electricity.

Many Spaniards found a diesel in the shed was very profitable. Their government had been drinking green-ale and offered attractive subsidies for solar power produced. The subsidy was very successful – so successful that someone eventually noticed that some suppliers were even producing “solar” power at night. It was coming from diesels in their sheds.

Finally, our green media likes to feature some green energy enthusiast who is “off the grid”. But it usually emerges later in the show that there is a diesel in their shed too.

Those who remember the days of relying on a noisy smelly diesel in the shed have no wish to be dragged back there by green zealots.

Viv Forbes
Rosevale   Qld Australia

Further Reading

Tasmania’s Bass Link cable fails. Gas imports boom:

Tasmania puts some diesels in the shed:

South Australia demolishes their last coal power station:

South Australia puts some diesels in the shed:

UK offers subsidies to put some diesels in the shed:

The Sun in Spain shines better at night:

All about diesel back-up Generators:

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Solar Roadways Busted! – Video

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:27

Another money pit.

After the solar roadways project made all these claims that they were basically ready to start manufacturing their solar roadway panels… turns out, that merely 4 years ago, the thought it would take ~50 million USD.

This is ignoring all the other issues they had:

-no functional road surface
-no plan for road manufacture
-no cost realistic plans for implementation of power transport systems.

Thanks to John the 1st for this video

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New poll shows 47 percent Trump approval rating

IceAgeNow - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 14:00

As opposed to what the mainstream media is trying to tell you, President Trump appears to be doing something right after all.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.”

See more:

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Solar Road Costs $4.3 Million – Generates Enough Power To Run ONE Microwave

IceAgeNow - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:37

“Idaho’s Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways project generated an average of 0.62 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day since it began publicly posting power data in late March.“To put that in perspective, the average microwave or blow drier consumes about 1 kWh per day.

“The panels have been under-performing their expectations due to design flaws, but even if they had worked perfectly they’d have only powered a single water fountain and the lights in a nearby restroom.”

Read entire article:

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Early snow in Australia

IceAgeNow - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:26

Big ski resorts awoke to a winter wonderland this morning, two months before the official start of the ski season.

With up to 20cm of snow overnight in the Snowy Mountains, snow arrived early in the High Country.

Thanks to John Topal for this link

“Global warming snow has come 2 months early in Southeast Australia,” says John. “These subtle gradual changes in weather are key indicators for future long-term climate pattern changes as my humble opinion.”


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Very late freeze moving across Europe – Could hurt crops

IceAgeNow - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 14:42

10 Apr 2017 – Over the next 10 days, two significant cold blasts are expected to push into east-central Europe.

“Both GFS & ECMWF models show a very late freeze moving over Europe for next week pushing spring back to next month!” says reader Guy Wilson.

“Can only imagine what will happen to crop growth again, as large swaths lost winter vegetables for their winter harvest!” says Guy.

Thanks to Guy Wilson and Don Brown for this link

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Off to a bumbling start at Interior

IceAgeNow - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:11

“The Endangered Species Act has become a powerful weapon for controlling land use and obstructing projects.” – Paul Driessen

“Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a tough job, especially with so many Green and Obama ideologues burrowed deep into his department,” writes Paul Driessen. “However, he and his immediate staff let a clever environmentalist ploy slip past them. By allowing the US Fish & Wildlife Service to finalize a last-minute Obama FWS rule designating the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species, they may have unleashed an onslaught of radical actions to delay, block or bankrupt numerous infrastructure, development, agricultural and other projects across hundreds of millions of acres in the Northeast, Midwest and beyond.”

In this article, Driessen details the scope of the problem and outlines what Interior and Congress can and should do now to keep the problem from getting worse.



Off to a bumbling start at Interior

If this is the kind of housecleaning and swamp draining we’re going to get, we’re in real trouble

By Paul Driessen

Was it because there were too few senior Trump Administration officials in place to catch and stop it? Or because Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was new on the job, and had so much on his plate, that this decision just slipped right past him?

Maybe it was because the new Administration faces so many battles with environmental activists already that it didn’t want another one?  Or perhaps Interior was intimidated by environmentalist lawsuits challenging President Trump’s 60-day delay of newly-issued Obama Administration regulations?

Whatever the reason, Trump’s Interior Department opened a real can of worms when it let the Obama Administration’s last-minute endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee (RPB) take effect March 21 – exactly 60 days after President Trump issued his regulatory Executive Order.

The designation has serious adverse implications for Mr. Trump’s ambitious plans for infrastructure improvements, economic growth, job creation, and reining in regulatory abuse and overreach.

Already, officials in the Minneapolis area have delayed a road construction project – purportedly near a patch of potential RPB habitat – while they look for signs that the bees are actually nesting there. Another Minnesota group is trying to use hypothetical threats to RPBs to delay construction of a wastewater treatment plant that would prevent pollution from reaching sensitive state waterways!

And this is just the beginning. It will happen again and again as anti-development agitators use this designation to theorize that construction projects and even farming operations could risk harming an “endangered” bee species or its possible habitats.

In issuing the “endangered” designation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) advised that “The rusty patched bumblebee is likely to be present in scattered locations that cover only 0.1% of the species’ historical range.” Thus, government agencies need only be consulted or issue a permit for developers to “take” (disturb, harm or kill) the bees in these limited areas.

However, 0.1% of the RPB’s historic range is still an area of roughly 6,000 square miles: 3.8 million acres – equivalent to all of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. And that’s just the beginning.

The real kicker is that no one knows where that 0.1% area might be, scattered in tiny bits and pieces all across the 13 Northeast and Midwest states where the rusty patched bumblebee has supposedly been observed (by amateur entomologists) since 2000. That’s 378 million acres: equal to the combined land area of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana!

That’s partly because the Obama FWS issued the endangered species designation without developing any protocols for actually identifying the ground-dwelling bee’s nesting sites. They could be anywhere in that 13-state area – which means environmentalists could delay, block or bankrupt every new power line, bridge, highway, pipeline, housing development, plowing operation or other project in the affected states.

The decision gives eco-obstructionists another powerful weapon against projects they oppose. They’ve already proven they are smart, determined, coordinated, well-funded opponents of President Trump’s infrastructure, energy, job and economic improvement agendas. Why give them more power?

Even worse, this insect designation opens the floodgates. Whether Secretary Zinke realizes it or not, waiting in the obstructionist wings, right behind the rusty patched bumblebee, are two more bumblebee species whose potential habitats spread across 40 states. The yellow-banded bumblebee has been found all the way from Montana east to New England, and down the Atlantic coast to Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. The western bumblebee’s range includes the entire block of eleven western states plus parts of Alaska: nearly a billion acres.

Put together, we’re talking about nearly half of the United States!

That’s a monstrous new complication for property owners, states and communities – and for the Trump Administration’s economic plans – at the end of a long, painful decade of economic doldrums that require concerted efforts to get job and economic growth back on track. And there’s even more to come.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says over one-fourth of 47 native North American bumblebee species face possible extinction. Other radical greens now claim hundreds of wild bee species are “threatened with” or “headed for” extinction. The Center for Biological Diversity asserts that 749 wild bee species are in decline, and half of them face serious risk of extinction.

Real entomologists dispute this. A recent article notes that the CBD report was not peer-reviewed and presented no methodologies or data sources. It quotes Sam Droege, one of North America’s top wild bee experts, who calls the report “extremely misleading” and full of “statistical, taxonomic and natural history problems.” Assertions that some species are in decline are simply false and not based on any evidence, Droege explained. For other species, there simply is not enough data to make any accurate assessment.

This is the Pandora’s box that Secretary Zinke’s Department of the Interior has unleashed, by failing to keep a lid on the FWS actions or review the Obama Administration’s politically motivated, hurry-up designation. In fact, Zinke’s department had ample reason to revise the rusty patched bumblebee designation on January 9, when Team Obama announced its plans. The DOI just bumbled it.

When the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation originally petitioned the FWS for an RPB endangered species designation, it said the species’ decline was due to habitat loss and disease – specifically an intestinal parasite that was accidentally imported to the USA from Europe in the 1990s, during experiments on managed bumblebee hives. But Obama’s FWS arbitrarily contorted its justifications to blame pesticides (specifically advanced-technology neonicotinoid pesticides, a key target du jour of the Environmental Left) for the bee’s decline. There is virtually no evidence to support that.

“The exact cause for the loss of the rusty patched is unclear,” says University of Virginia biology professor T’ai Roulston, “but it’s almost certainly related to disease: the Nosema bombi fungal gut parasite, which can shorten the lives of worker bees and disrupt mating success and survival of queens and males.”

Even more absurd and outrageous, the same Obama USFWS has given wind turbine companies permits to kill hundreds of bald and golden eagles – and thousands of raptors, other birds and bats, many of them threatened or endangered – every year for the next 30 years. So now the mere possibility that insect species could inhabit tiny areas across hundreds of millions of acres can be used to shut down projects, but the FWS will ignore wind turbines that are “incidentally” or “accidentally” killing eagles.

Now that Secretary Zinke has let the rusty patched bumblebee endangered species designation take effect, what should he do? To paraphrase the physician’s oath, “First, do no more harm.”

The new Interior team needs to make doubly sure that no more of these dubious “endangered species” designations slip past them, especially when the less onerous and disruptive, but still protective, status of “threatened species” is available. Secretary Zinke should also take a long, hard look at the supposed justifications for the RPB’s endangered designation, and modify or reverse it as warranted. Terminating or “clean-desking” a few Fish & Wildlife ideologues and IED makers would also be in order.

Meanwhile, the House and Senate should evaluate this designation and its employment, economic and land use implications, pass a “joint resolution of disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act, and send it to the White House. President Trump should sign it forthwith, and support one more vital action.

In the hands of agitators, ideological bureaucrats and friendly judges, the Endangered Species Act has become a powerful weapon for controlling land use and obstructing projects. Reforming the act, to curb this kind of nonsense and abuse, would be a good next step once these immediate problems are fixed.

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




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Euro Studies Support Global Cooling – Video

IceAgeNow - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 16:07

Four major European institutions all come out saying that this grand solar minimum will soon lower earth’s temperature by at least half a degree Celsius, if not more.

The four institutions, the Physical Meteorological Observatory Davos (PMOD), the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), ETH Zurich and the University of Bern, all have come out admitting that the sun dominates the earth’s climate.

They also admit that burning fossil fuels is less important than computer models first suggested. They even refer to previous times in history when abrupt climate change was brought on by the sun.

According to their calculations, it is going to cool from now until at least 2040. They attribute the cooling to what is known as the 60-year Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO).

Everything that you’ve been hearing about “the earth is going to keep warming to infinity” has just been proven wrong.

The video goes on to warn that, as a result of the cooling, food prices could soon double.

“This has wiped out societies every time it comes, not because it’s so cold, but because of the erratic growing and harvesting.”

Thanks to Don Brown for this video

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Snow knocks out power to thousands in Ontario

IceAgeNow - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 20:50

7 Apr 2017  – As central Ontario dug out from a spring snowfall.
Hydro One reported power outages for thousands of people around Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay.

Environment Canada says about 12 cm of snow fell in the Barrie area overnight. Reports also show that 14 cm fell in Aurora, 12 in Haliburton and 27 in Algonquin Park.

A rainfall warning also cautioned of wind gusts of up to 70 km/h for the region.

Meanwhile, Toronto and the GTA are under a special weather statement due to winter-like conditions.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Winter from hell in Mammoth Lakes

IceAgeNow - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:58

More than 30 collapsed roofs.

“In Mammoth Lakes (California) for us locals it’s been the winter from hell,” says reader Howard S.

“Water equivalent has been well over 200% of normal. Berms in the residential areas 20 feet high were common just a few weeks ago.

“Over 30 collapsed roofs. Snow related property damage in the millions.”

“In shoveling my roof in early March, I had to shovel “up” instead of down. In snowshoeing behind my house, I could reach up and touch the telephone lines on the poles.”

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MORE on Newfoundland – Video

IceAgeNow - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:50

“HOLY CRAP!!” says reader.

Gander Newfoundland received a little spring snow. 

Thanks to Caroline Snyder for this video

In case video doesn’t display, you can also view it here:

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Author to appear on stage with George Noory – Video

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:08

Live, just north of Seattle. Saturday evening, July 29, 2017
Click on video (below) for George Noory’s invitation.

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George Noory is host of Coast to Coast am, heard on more that 550 radio stations across the U.S and Canada.

Click below for tickets and more information
Or call the box office at 425-258-6766

The Historic Everett Theatre
2911 Colby Ave
Everett, Washington 98201


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More heavy snow for the Sierra

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 11:08

Winter – WINTER ! – storm warning. Up to 4 feet (120 cm) of snow.

National Weather Service Reno NV
Apr 6 2017

Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Including South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline and Incline Village


* Timing: Heavy wet snow will develop Thursday night in the
Sierra. Snow will spread to lake level by Friday night through
Saturday. Snow should taper to showers on Saturday.

* Snow Levels: Snow levels starting 6500-7500 feet Friday, falling
to 4500 feet by Saturday morning. Snow levels may fluctuate
around Lake Tahoe level during the day on Friday.

* Snow Accumulations: 2 to 4 feet of snow above 7500 feet
elevation. 6 to 12 inches around Lake Tahoe level, including
Truckee and South Lake Tahoe with the potential for up to 18
inches if snow levels drop sooner than currently expected.

* Winds: Strong southwest winds areawide, with gusts Thursday
night through Saturday morning ranging from 45-55 mph along I-80
and near Lake Tahoe, and up to 150 mph along the higher
mountain peaks and ridges.

* Impacts: Significant travel disruptions Friday at pass
elevations including Donner, Echo, Spooner, and Mount Rose
summits. Travel disruptions affecting mountain communities
Friday night into Saturday including around Lake Tahoe. Heavy
wet snow and strong winds could lead to downed trees and power

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

Three more feet of ‘perpetual drought’ (h/t Gov. Moonbeam) to hit California’s Sierra Mountains this weekend:
Interestingly enough, NWS Sacramento also has a tweet showing what the DRIEST water years on record have been:

Thanks to H.B. Schmidt for these links

“Apparently, the years of 1924, 1931, and 1939 (all of which are well below the Mauna Loa annual CO2 average of 315 ppm first recorded in 1959) are being ignored by the MSM because it doesn’t fit with the climate change ruse they’re complicit in promoting,” says H.B..” Will NWS and other organizations eventually point out the historical norm of boom-or-bust for California’s annual total precipitation? One can only hope.”

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Huge number of icebergs blocking Atlantic shipping lanes – More than 5 times normal – Video

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 17:06

Close to where the Titanic went down in 1912.

The “unusually large swarm” of icebergs is “perhaps” caused by global warming, warns the Associated Press.

Really? And is that why the Titanic sank? Did human-caused global warming  sink Leonardo DiCaprio’s boat? 


Newfounland iceberg – Photo courtesy of Town of St Anthony

As of Monday, there were about 450 icebergs near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, writes Jennifer McDermott.

The average number of icebergs for this time of year is about 80, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol.

Experts attribute the increase in icebergs to uncommonly strong winds, and “perhaps also global warming, which is accelerating the process by which chunks of the Greenland ice sheet break off and float away,” writes McDermott.

Instead of cutting straight across the Atlantic Ocean, vessels are now detouring as much as 400 miles to avoid the icebergs.

One ship has already been pulled out of service for repairs after hitting a chunk of ice.

Fourth consecutive “extreme ice season”

Coast Guard Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath, who leads the Ice Patrol, said she has never seen such a drastic increase in such a short time and is predicting a fourth consecutive “extreme ice season.”

The icebergs, some rising as much as 30 feet above the ocean’s surface, are also affecting offshore oil activity in the area.

See entire article:

About International Ice Patrol:

Thanks to Norm Smith for these links

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“Unprecedented ice conditions” in Newfoundland

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:37

Sea ice four feet (122 cm) thick in places.

As of Monday, easterly winds had driven ice the western side of Conception Bay and Trinity Bay near St. Johns.

Newfoundland sea ice – 4 Apr 2017 – Photo courtesy Canadian Coast Guard

Much of the ice near St. John’s and along the island’s eastern shore is more than four feet thick, said Rebecca Acton-Bond, acting superintendent of ice operations for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Wind-driven sea ice in sheltered harbors is not abnormal, as similar occurrences took place in 1993, 2008 and 2014.

However, the pressure impacted upon the ice this year is much higher than normal, said Acton-Bond.

Earlier this week a whale succumbed after being trapped in the ice off Newfoundland and a ferry carrying 209 passengers,  85 commercial vehicles and 65 other vehicles was stuck in the ice off Cape Breton.

“Ice is now fully into the harbour,” says storm Hunter Mark Robinson. An older couple we just talked to said they haven’t seen anything like this since the 80’s.

See ice photos from Mark Robinson:

Thanks to scsi_joe for this link

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Whale trapped in ice off Newfoundland – Video

IceAgeNow - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 23:18

This week’s storm lead to wildlife fatalities

Whales and dolphins became stranded near shore due to the large chunks of sea ice blown by strong winds.

Unfortunately, the whale succumbed.

For a story with a happier ending, see how humans braved the blizzard in order to save dolphins trapped in thick pack ice

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