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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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Net worth goes from $2 million to $300 million

IceAgeNow - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 02:37

The global warming gravy train seems to be producing great results for Al Gore.

“Not counting the $432 a month Gore spends on his Green Power Switch indulgences, the green extremist shells out about $22,000 a year to pay his electric bills.”

“Spending more than $1,800 a month on an energy bill would sink most Americans, but it’s pocket change to Gore. He has manipulated environmental concerns into a big business. When his term as vice president ended in 2001, Gore’s net worth was less than $2 million. Today, Gore is worth an estimated $300 million.”

See entire article:
http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/02/exclusive-al-gores-home-devours-34-times-more-electricity-than-average-u-s-household/
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Stevens Point, Wisconsin hasn’t seen temperatures of 90F or higher since August 2013!

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:12

An example of how summer temperatures in the Midwest have been declining for years now.

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Thanks to Ryan Green for this info
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Al Gore’s hypocrisy knows no boundaries

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 16:57

“Gore’s hypocritical home energy use and ‘do as I say not as I do’ lifestyle has plunged to embarrassing new depths.” 

“In just this past year, Gore burned through enough energy to power the typical American household for more than 21 years, according to a new report by the National Center for Public Policy Research. The former vice president consumed 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) at his Nashville residence, which includes his home, pool and driveway entry gate electricity meters. A typical family uses an average of 10,812 kWh of electricity per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.”

See entire article:
http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/02/exclusive-al-gores-home-devours-34-times-more-electricity-than-average-u-s-household/

Thanks to Dean Koehler and flaxious for this link

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The Little Ice Age is here – Cold and soggy July breaks Ottawa rainfall record

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 14:35

Wettest July on record – Also wettest May on record airport.

Almost 250 millimetres (9.84 inches) of rain fell at the Ottawa airport — the most since they started recording the weather there in 1938.

The average rainfall for July is 89 millimetres.

In addition to being the wettest July, it was also one of the coolest in recent memory.

This on top of a record-setting rainfall in May

With more rain yet to come, Ottawa also endured record rainfall for the month of May. As of May 30, the city had already surpassed the 164 millimetres that fell in May 1986 to set a new record, and more than doubled the May average of 83 millimetres.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/july-record-rainfall-cold-summer-2017-1.4230822

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/may-rain-wettest-month-record-ottawa-1.4137615

Thanks to Caroline Snyder for these links

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Australia BOM Caught Tampering With Climate Data

IceAgeNow - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 16:58

Eight degrees of cooling magically disappears. “Temperature records are ‘propaganda’ and not science.”

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Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after it was caught tampering with data in several locations.

Meteorologist Lance Pidgeon watched the 13°F Goulburn recording from July 2 disappear from the bureau’s website, says a bombshell article on dailycaller.com.

“The temperature dropped to minus 10 (13 degrees Fahrenheit), stayed there for some time and then it changed to minus 10.4 (14 degrees Fahrenheit) and then it disappeared,” Pidgeon said, adding that he notified scientist Jennifer Marohasy about the problem, who then brought the readings to the attention of the bureau.

“A similar failure wiped out a reading of 13 degrees Fahrenheit at Thredbo Top on July 16, even though temperatures at that station have been recorded as low as 5.54 degrees Fahrenheit.”

In 2014 the agency was accused of tampering with the country’s temperature record to make it appear as if temperatures had warmed over the decades, according to reports in August 2014.

Marohasey claimed at the time that BOM’s adjusted temperature records are “propaganda” and not science. She analyzed raw temperature data from places across Australia, compared them to BOM data, and found the agency’s data created an artificial warming trend.

Marohasey said BOM adjustments changed Aussie temperature records from a slight cooling trend to one of “dramatic warming” over the past century.

“The BOM admits temperature adjustments are secret and thus completely unscientific,” says joannenova.com. “The Australian climate is a national crisis, but the Bureau won’t publish it’s methods in full, aren’t doing basic quality control checks, and can’t employ even one person to answer questions about its secret methods?”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/31/australia-weather-bureau-caught-tampering-with-climate-n umbers/

http://joannenova.com.au/2017/08/scandal-australian-bureau-of-meteorology-caught-erasing-cold-temperatures/

Thanks to Jimmy Walter, Dean Koehler and Tom0Mason for these links

“Adjusting raw data just to suit the AGW dogma is not science it is FRAUD,” says Tom.

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Coldest July in Montreal in 25 years but media ignores it

IceAgeNow - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 11:43

Quebec reader questions why media has ignored the cold and snow.
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Coldest July in Montreal in 25 years

By Dany Mtl.

Here in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, we had a July 2017 without any tropical heat day (30 C+), which is a first since 1992.

February 2015 was the coldest February ever here with an average 24 hours temp of -15 C, which is 7.5 C below normal and the 2nd coldest month ever – all months included.

On July 11th of this year it snowed in Baie James (north-western Québec). On the 12th it snowed in Schefferville, Northeastern Québec (Labrador) where snow is rare but not unheard of in early July. Nonetheless it was a new record: the latest snow ever recorded in July in this big province (2.5 times the size of France).

Nothing in mainstream news, only locally, because it doesn’t fit the global warming religion!

(Montreal lies about 50 miles north of the U.S. border.)

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