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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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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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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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Climate Fraud of the Century? – Video

IceAgeNow - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 19:22

Michael Mann, creator of the infamous “hockey stick,” filed suit against Canadian climatologist Dr. Timothy Ball after Ball said Mann “belongs in the state pen, not Penn.

Dr Ball called into question Mann’s research and Dr. Ball showed that CO2 trails global temperatures, not leads them. 

However, Mann refused to show his publicly funded research and how he came up with the “hockey stick” so was slapped with a contempt of court charge.

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Mann’s version of history somehow makes the Medieval Warm Period disappear and shows a pronounced rise in temperature in the late 20th century (the ‘hockey stick’).

Ball’s graph, which used more reliable and widely available public data, shows a much warmer Medieval Warm Period, far hotter than today.

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Graph source:
http://principia-scientific.org/breaking-fatal-courtroom-act-ruins-michael-hockey-stick-mann/

See also:
https://www.iceagenow.info/looks-like-michael-hockey-stick-mann-sabotaged-lawsuit-dr-ball/

Thanks to Don Brown for these links

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Biofuel justifications are illusory 

IceAgeNow - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 16:52

Terminate the subsidies.

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“Federal laws for Renewable Fuel Standards require that refiners blend steadily increasing amounts of ethanol into gasoline, and expect the private sector to produce growing amounts of cellulosic, biomass-based and “advanced” biofuels,” says Paul Driessen. “Except for corn-based ethanol, the production expectations have been mostly fantasies. The pollution, oil import and climate change justifications for renewable fuels were exaggerations then, and are indefensible now.”

“Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a previously unheard of proposal: to reduce the RFS total target for 2018 below its 2017 level. It’s an almost imperceptible reduction, but it’s a start. This article explains why it’s time to apply tough, realistic energy, economic and environmental standards to “renewable” fuels … as well as to wind, solar and electric vehicle mandates and subsidies – and terminate all of them.”
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Biofuel justifications are illusory 

It’s time to really cut, cut, cut ethanol and other renewable fuel mandates – maybe to zero

By Paul Driessen

The closest thing to earthly eternal life, President Ronald Reagan used to say, is a government program.

Those who benefit from a program actively and vocally defend it, often giving millions in campaign cash to politicians who help perpetuate it, while those who oppose the program or are harmed by it are usually disorganized and distracted by daily life. Legislative inertia and obstruction of the kind so graphically on display in the Senate over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) also help to perpetuate program life.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), created under the 2005 Energy Policy Act and expanded by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, is a perfect example. It has more lives than Freddy Krueger.

The laws require that refiners blend steadily increasing amounts of ethanol into gasoline, and expect the private sector to produce growing amounts of “cellulosic” biofuel, “biomass-based diesel” and “advanced” biofuels. Except for corn ethanol, the production expectations have mostly turned out to be fantasies. The justifications for renewable fuels were scary exaggerations then, and are now illusions.

Let’s begin with claims made to justify this RFS extravaganza in the first place. It would reduce pollution, we were told. But cars are already 95% cleaner than their 1970 predecessors, so there are no real benefits.

The USA was depleting its petroleum reserves, and the RFS would reduce oil imports from unstable, unfriendly nations. But the horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) revolution has given the United States at least a century of new reserves. America now exports more oil and refined products than it imports, and US foreign oil consumption is now the lowest since 1970.

Renewable fuels would help prevent dangerous manmade climate change, we were also told. This assumes climate is driven by manmade carbon dioxide – and not by changes in solar heat output, cosmic rays, ocean currents and other powerful natural forces that brought ice ages, little ice ages, warm periods, droughts and floods. It assumes biofuels don’t emit CO2, or at least not as much as gasoline; in reality, over their full life cycle, they emit at least as much, if not more, of this plant-fertilizing molecule.

Moreover, contrary to the hysteria, computer models and Al Gore’s new movie, humanity and planet are not experiencing unusual or unprecedented climate or weather. Inconvenient to Mr. Gore’s theme, in fact not a single category 3-5 hurricane has struck the US mainland since October 2005, a record 11 years, 9 months. He simply presents a seemingly endless stream of weather calamities – what Australian science writer Jo Nova aptly refers to as “primal weather porn” and suggests that these events are unprecedented and caused by humans. The claim reflects deliberate distortion of the truth, abysmal grasp of science (by a man who received a C and a D in his only two college science courses), or both.

To get far more complete, factual, honest climate science, see the Climate Hustle documentary instead.

Moreover, with China, India, the rest of Asia, Africa, Poland and even Germany burning more and more coal – and more gasoline and natural gas – total atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise. But meanwhile, Greenland just had the coldest July temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere, and global average temperatures are back to the 1998-2017 hiatus they had before the 2015-16 El Niño.

Regardless, the immortal RFS is still with us. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a previously unheard of proposal: to reduce the RFS total target for 2018 below its 2017 level. It’s a tiny 0.2% reduction, and EPA is not planning to roll back the 15-billion-gallon obligation for “conventional” biofuel, mostly ethanol from corn. But it suggests that a little healthy realism may finally be taking root.

The reduction is for cellulosic biofuel. The federal statutory target is 4.25 billion gallons in 2018. (Set a target, it will become reality, is the mindset.) EPA proposes to reduce the regulatory target to 24 million gallons for 2018, down from 31 million for 2017. But actual production and use of this fuel in 2015 was a meager 2.2 million gallons. This minuscule reduction is a good first step, but far greater reductions in statutory and regulatory targets are realistic and needed, along with a full overhaul of the RFS program.

A little over 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol were produced in 2016 – but only 143 billion gallons of gasoline were sold. That means using all the ethanol would require blends above 10% (E10 gasoline) – which is why Big Ethanol is lobbying hard for government mandates (or at least permission) for more E15 (15% ethanol) gasoline blends and pumps. Refiners refer to the current situation as the “blend wall.”

But E15 damages engines and fuel systems in older cars and motorcycles, as well as small engines for boats and garden equipment, and using E15 voids their warranties. You can already find E15 pumps, but finding zero-ethanol, pure-gasoline pumps is a tall order. Moreover, to produce ethanol, the United States is already devoting 40% of its corn crop, grown on nearly 40 million acres – along with billions of gallons of water to irrigate corn fields, plus huge amounts of fertilizer, pesticides and fossil fuels.

Much of the leftover “mash” from ethanol distillation is sold as animal feed. However, the RFS program still enriches a relatively few corn farmers, while raising costs for beef, pork, poultry and fish farmers, and for poor, minority, working class and African families. Ethanol also gets a third less mileage per gallon than gasoline, so cars cannot go as far on a tank of E10 and go even shorter distances with E15.

Ethanol sales also involve the complexities – and sometimes fraudulent practices – of buying and selling Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs: certificates and credits for ethanol. Large integrated oil companies blend more gasoline than they refine, so they collect more RINs than they need, allowing them to hoard RINs and drive up the prices they charge to independent refiners that must buy these RINs to comply with the law. Large retail businesses like Cumberland Farms, Sheetz, Wawa and Walmart blend fuel and collect RINs, but have no RFS obligation; they use RINs as subsidies and their large volumes to command lower prices from refiners, and thereby gain an unfair advantage over small gas station owners.

The net result is that small mom-and-pop gas stations are squeezed hard and often driven out of business. Small refiners, and those on the East Coast that don’t have large wholesale and retail businesses are forced to buy pricey RINs from integrated oil company competitors, which puts those smaller outfits at a disadvantage and threatens their ability to stay in business. That means steel and refinery jobs and employee benefits are at risk. All told, the RFS presents a lot of problems for illusory benefits.

All these hard realities almost persuaded the US Senate Environment Committee to vote on a recent bill that would have revised some of the outdated and outlandish RFS mandates. It didn’t happen, but the political machinations suggest that even some progressive Democrats are beginning to question the RFS.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are becoming increasingly popular in some states and countries. To cite the perspective of “progressive ethicists” like Peter Singer, perhaps it’s time to apply the same principles to government programs that have outlived their usefulness or should never have been born.

At the very least, politically spawned, politically correct energy programs – founded on questionable, exaggerated or fabricated climate, environmental, consumer or security scares – should no longer get free passes on land use, habitat and wildlife impacts, environmental quality or consumer and employment issues. They need to be subjected to the same tough legislative, regulatory, activist and judicial assessments that we insist on for oil, gas, coal and nuclear programs

This should apply to wind and solar, electric vehicle and battery proposals, as well as to Renewable Fuel Standards. It would restore some much-needed integrity and accountability to our government.

(The opportunity for signing up to present oral testimony at EPA’s August 1 public hearing on the 2018 biofuel standards has passed. However, written statements and supporting information submitted to EPA by August 31 will be given the same weight as comments and materials presented at the hearing.)

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.

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Intense Hail Storm In Istanbul – Video

IceAgeNow - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:23

“Wow!” says reader Alan Akai. “Can’t believe we are witness this in our lifetime. The climate become aggressive.”

28 July 2017 – I wonder what the driver was thinking when the hail broke his/her windshield.

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Thanks to Alan Akai for this video

More You Tube clips from Argiris Diamantis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDdYeBUMK_w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5y4yEemLMs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPNVclNkEH4

“Nothing in the Dutch MSM,” says Argiris. “There are many people of Turkish origin living in the Netherlands, but the MSM keeps this silent. Every wildfire in Australia is headline news, but a hailstorm in Istanbul is not considered to be news we need to know about.”

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Another Icelandic volcano showing unrest

IceAgeNow - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 21:45

“Is Iceland About to experience its biggest volcanic eruption yet?” asks the Independent. 

More than 500 earthquakes have hit the areas around Fagradalsfjall in the last few days, leading to fears that a volcanic eruption could be imminent.

The average depth of the earthquakes is 8 to 2 kilometers.

The magma climbed 5 km ( 3 miles) in about 4 hours, which, according to some is “certainly a new world record.”

If an eruption should occur, it would not be explosive, says expianetadidio.blogspot.it. “Lava fountains would be up to a few tenths of a meter in height, probably spreading into a long series of splits as they witnessed during the ” Bardarbunga eruption between 2014-2014.

The Icelandic Met Office is currently not concerned about a major eruption, calling the seismic activity “normal for an active region.”

From what I’ve been able to learn, the volcano dates back to the Pleistocene, to the last glaciation.

The Pleistocene lasted from about 2½ million years to 11,700 years ago, spanning the world’s most recent period of repeated glaciations.

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/iceland-volcano-eruption-biggest-ever-fagradalsfjall-reykjavik-a7865431.html

http://expianetadidio.blogspot.it/2017/07/una-crisi-vulcanica-in-arrivo-in-islanda.html

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First ‘summer-less’ July in Denmark in 38 years

IceAgeNow - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 16:34

A ‘summer day’, which is defined as any day in which temperatures top 25C (77F) at least somewhere in Denmark.

According to the Danish Meteorology Institute (DMI), July is likely to end without reaching 77F anywhere in the country.

If that prediction holds up, it will mark the first time that Danes will have suffered through a summer-less July in nearly four decades.

“There are only three years in our records in which July contains a big fat zero when it comes to summer days and temps above 25C. That’s 1962, 1974 and 1979,” climatologist John Cappelen said on the DMI website.

DMI’s database goes back to 1874.

https://www.thelocal.dk/20170726/denmark-faces-first-summer-less-july-in-38-years

http://www.dmi.dk/nyheder/arkiv/nyheder-2017/juli/foerste-gang-i-38-aar-juli-kan-ende-uden-sommerdag/

Thanks to David Mulberry and Jim S for these links

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On stage with George Noory

IceAgeNow - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 16:10

The show was sold out! More than 800 attendees.

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Last night I appeared on stage with George Noory, host of the popular radio talk show Coast-to-Coast am.

Here’s a cell-phone shot.

And here’s a shot from the balcony.

What a blast!

And what a surprise! Even though the show was held in a very liberal area of the country. the audience erupted into spontaneous applause – and cheers – when I said I did not believe in man-made global warming.

Not everyone cheered, of course, but I’m guessing that well over half of the croud agreed.

Maybe there is yet hope for common sense.

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Yellow alert for Iceland’s most powerful volcano

IceAgeNow - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 15:36

Tremors at Katla volcano and a glacial river flood in Múlakvísl prompted the Icelandic Met Office to raise the volcano’s status from green to yellow,

according to the Iceland Monitor.

A yellow alert means that although the volcano is active, nothing points to an imminent eruption. If the color code should move to orange, that would mean an eruption is becoming likely.

Katka is partially covered by the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2017/07/29/katla_iceland_s_most_powerful_volcano_moved_to_yell/

That was yesterday. Today, everything seemed to have quieted down.

http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2017/07/30/all_quiet_on_the_southern_front_nothing_happening_a/

Thanks to Laurel for this link
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Lights will come back on soon

IceAgeNow - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 17:38

Biggest snowstorm in 50 years leaves parts of New Zealand’s North Island without electricity for nearly two weeks.

28 July 2017 – “The brutal snow dump hit on July 13 – the biggest seen in half a century, according to some,” says New Zealand website.

“Relief is in sight for those living in the snow-bound backblocks of northern Rangitikei as electricity supplier Powerco closes in on the last remaining cut-off homes.

“At the height of the storm, Taihape was cut off from the outside world and plunged into darkness.

“There are a considerable number of downed poles that need to be retrieved,” said a Powerco representative.

“Powerco was earlier forced to bring in a heavy-lift chopper to pick up flattened poles because roads were blocked.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/95215036/lights-will-come-back-on-again-soon

A snow plough clears the road in Rangitikei.
https://resources.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/k/o/y/l/r/image.related.StuffLandscapeSixteenByNine.620×349.1kose4.png/1501212202406.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis in the Netherlands for these links
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‘Rare’ early freeze in Russia

IceAgeNow - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:55

In Magadan such frosts usually do not begin earlier than the third week of August.

The first frosts are expected in the Magadan Region-Meteonovosti-RU.

“In the central regions of the Magadan region, such early frosts are rare.”

Expected to freeze to -3°C

In the central areas on July 31 … In the daytime the temperature will rise to 14..19°C, at night +2 .. + 7, with a clearing expected to freeze to -3°C (26.6°F).

In the central regions of the Magadan region, such early frosts are rare. And in Magadan itself, the frosts begin not earlier than the third decade of August. (I assume this means the third week.)

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Magadan Oblast outlined in red

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http://hmn.ru/index.php?index=1&ts=170728120250

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

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Today’s sea-level rise is BELOW normal

IceAgeNow - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 15:53

This talk of unprecedented sea-level rise is complete nonsense.
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Today’s sea-level rise is BELOW normal

By Robert Felix

During the last ice age almost all of Canada, along with parts of Europe and Asia, were buried beneath one to two miles of ice. At the same time, sea levels stood 350 to 400 feet lower than today.

Sea levels were so low that the entire continental shelf, at least in eastern North America, was above water. Many states on the eastern seaboard were twice as big as today. New Jersey’s shoreline, for example, stood 60 to 100 miles east of its present location.

Same in the west.

The land between Alaska and Asia rose out of the sea like a bridge (or rather, the sea dropped away from the land), and the Bering Strait, which today is only 18 stories deep at its deepest point, was above water. Our ancestors could have walked to Siberia. (The word bridge is misleading, because the land connection between Alaska and Siberia was almost as wide as Alaska itself.)

Why were sea levels so low? Because that’s where the water came from to create those huge ice sheets. Literally millions of cubic miles of water had turned to ice.

Then, about 10,000 years ago, the ice began to melt and sea levels began to rise.

Here’s a sea-level graph from Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever.

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Rising sea levels have been the norm

If you run the numbers (see below), you’ll find that sea levels have been rising an average of .42 to .48 inches (just under half-an-inch) per year for the past 10,000 years.

Rising sea levels have been the norm, in other words, for 10,000 years.

And that brings us to today. What are sea levels doing right now?

Sea levels now rising slower than normal

According to NASA, sea levels are rising 3.4 mm (about 1/8th of an inch) per year. That’s about the thickness of a dime and a nickel stacked on top of each other. Not the diameter of the nickels, but the thickness, In other words, sea levels are rising slower than normal.

Sea levels declined in 2010 and 2011

That doesn’t even take into account the fact that sea levels declined in 2010, in 2011, and yet again in 2016.

Yes, no matter how assiduously the media tries to ignore it, sea levels actually declined in those three years.

Where is the water going?

It’s being locked up on land as snow and ice. That’s how ice ages begin.

If we keep getting record snowfall as we have during the past few years, sea levels will begin falling and won’t begin rising again until the end of the next ice age.

This talk of unprecedented rising sea levels and catastrophic global warming is complete nonsense. It is just simply not true.

It’s not rocket science. Try it yourself. Multiply 400 by 12 and you get 4,800. That’s how many inches in 400 feet (how far sea levels have risen in the past 10,000 years). Now divide 4,800 by 10,000, and you get .48, just under ½ inch.

Just under half-an-inch. That’s how much sea levels have been rising on average per year for the past 10,000 years.

Today, sea levels are rising only 1/8 of an inch per year, LESS than normal.

And we’re supposed to throw billions, if not trillions, of dollars at it?

We’re supposed to destroy our economies over a non-issue?

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Robert Felix is author of Not by Fire but by Ice, in which he maintains that the next ice age could begin any day.
See www.iceagenow.info

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Enemies of humanity 

IceAgeNow - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 14:24

“Where DDT is used in the developing world, malaria cases and deaths often drop by 80% or more. Where it is not used, people die.” – Steven Lyazi
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Steven Lyazi, Paul Driessens’s friend in Uganda, had another brush with malaria a few weeks ago. He writes about it in his latest article, and offers his thoughts on African versus environmentalist priorities. Malaria drains some $100 billion a year from African economies, he notes, and kills over 400,000 people a year, mostly in Africa.

“And yet,” he says, “global green campaigners endlessly spend money trying to prevent Africans from using fossil fuels, promoting renewable energy and trying to sell us little solar ovens. But this great generosity does nothing to address the horrible realities of people dying now – day after day, year after year. Greens worry constantly about Africans being exposed to insecticides. We worry about dying from malaria.”

“Let’s help change the mindsets that continue to hold Africa back, by imposing harmful policies on countries that are trying to end killer diseases and raise living standards to what Americans and Europeans enjoyed 50 to 100 years ago,” says Driessen.

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Enemies of humanity 

Mosquitoes and uncaring environmental activists perpetuate poverty, disease and death

By Steven Lyazi

After being infected again with malaria last July, I spent almost a month in a Kampala hospital. Paying for my treatment was extremely difficult, as it is for most Ugandan and African families. I was lucky I could scrape the money together. Many families cannot afford proper treatment.

Where and how can they get the money to go back to the hospital again and again, every time a family member gets malaria, when they also need food, clothes and so many other things – or malaria makes them so sick that they can’t work for weeks or even months? Many parents can do nothing except watch their loved ones die in agony, and then give them a simple burial.

Far too many people still die from malaria every year in Africa, the vast majority of them women and children. Too many more die from lung and intestinal diseases, because we don’t have electricity, natural gas, clean water, or decent modern homes, clinics and hospitals.

Malaria also makes many people so weak that they die from other diseases that people in Europe and the United States rarely even hear about, like chronic dysentery. It saps people’s strength for years and leaves them with severe liver and kidney damage. Cerebral malaria causes lifelong learning and memory problems.

All these diseases create enormous barriers to Africa’s economic growth. They drain our national healthcare budgets and deepen our poverty. Malaria control and treatment alone cost Africa over $12 billion annually. Uganda alone spends $11 million a year fighting it. The disease drains an estimated $100 billion every year from the African economy.

Malaria also hits India and other countries really hard. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it drains India’s economy of as much as $2 billion every year. Billions in wages are lost, because people die or are absent from work, have low productivity due to fatigue, and have to spend so much on bed nets, insecticides, bug repellants, medicines, treatments and hospital care.

Terrible roads mean that, even when AIDS and other drugs are shipped to African countries, few people receive them. Many sit in warehouses until their expiration date passes, and then those expired drugs get sold on the black market. People buy them, and die. Other times, they take drugs until they feel better, and then sell the rest of the prescription. Then a more deadly, resistant malaria comes back and makes them even worse.

Greens worry about our exposure to insecticides.
We worry about dying from malaria.

And yet global green campaigners endlessly spend money trying to prevent Africans from using fossil fuels, promoting renewable energy and trying to sell us little solar ovens. But this great generosity does nothing to address the horrible realities of people dying now – day after day, year after year. Greens worry constantly about Africans being exposed to insecticides. We worry about dying from malaria.

We don’t need enemies of humanity. What we need is financial and political support to conquer malaria, lung diseases and intestinal parasites. We need clean water and affordable, reliable electricity in our villages and cities. We need modern hospitals.

We need environmental activists to realize how important fossil fuels and hydroelectric plants are to having decent, healthy living standards, lights, computers, the internet, clean hospitals, clean water, and everything else modern countries have.

We need them to support us Africans in preventing malaria in the first place – which means we need more than bed nets. We need campaigners to recognize that we have the same rights as people in modern, rich, industrialized countries to decent living standards and modern technology.

Malaria viruses are constantly mutating, making available treatments less effective. Many families cannot afford the drugs, and many of the drugs are fake, just packaged to look like the real thing. People spend money on them, they don’t help at all, and people die.

The WHO says over 3 billion people around the world are still at risk of getting malaria. In 2015, there were 212 million cases of malaria and 438,000 people died, the vast majority of them in Africa.

Allow preventive measures that work, like DDT

Many of these illnesses and deaths could be prevented if just a few simple steps were taken right now, especially by allowing and encouraging countries to use preventive measures that work, like DDT.

So many people have access to medical care only on an irregular basis. Others have never learned how to take proper care of themselves or their children. But the most fundamental problem is malaria-carrying mosquitoes that are the source of our biggest scourge. And there is a readily available life-saving solution – DDT and other pesticides to kill mosquitoes and keep them out of our homes.

To me, there is simply no substitute for DDT. It is the most affordable, longest lasting, most effective mosquito repellant in existence. Sprayed in tiny amounts on the walls of traditional homes, just once or twice a year, DDT repels mosquitoes from the entire house, kills any that land on walls, and perplexes or irritates any that are not killed or repelled, so their urge to bite is gone.

Other pesticides that some activists say we can use are not as appropriate, or they are up to six times more expensive than DDT, or they have to be sprayed much more often. Every dollar spent this way is a dollar that’s unavailable for safe drinking water, electricity and other critical needs.

No one has ever died from it

DDT for indoor residual spraying programs is rejected because it is supposedly dangerous to the environment and might be detected in our blood or on agricultural products. We use it carefully, it is less dangerous than other pesticides, and being able to detect it does not mean it is a risk to anyone. No one has ever died from it, and it can help prevent malaria and other diseases that ruin our lives and kill us.

Where DDT is used in the developing world, malaria cases and deaths often drop by 80% or more. Where it is not used, people die. If we can prevent malaria and other insect-carried diseases in the first place, we won’t have so many people sick and out of work. Families won’t have to spend their savings on treatment. Doctors and nurses won’t be overwhelmed, and will have the time and resources to address other health problems. It’s that simple.

But too many politicians and activists have made it impossible to prevent the disease by killing and repelling mosquitoes. They constantly oppose DDT use and insist that developing countries rely on insecticide-treated bed nets, larvae-eating fish and other strategies that are simply inadequate.

Malaria is no longer a killer in western countries – because they used DDT to help eradicate the disease decades ago. That may be a key reason as why many well-off westerners talk about environmental considerations being supreme, and tell Africans and other third world countries not to use pesticides because of supposed health risks and environmental damage.

Malaria has nothing to do with global warming

Malaria also has nothing to do with global warming. It existed for centuries in northern Europe and even in Siberia. The same mosquito species still live there. They just don’t carry malaria anymore, and so cannot transmit it to people. That’s what we want to do in Africa.

Americans would never tolerate being told they could not protect their children – or that they should rely on bed nets or wait more long years for new drug treatments or magic mosquitoes that cannot carry malaria. But Africans are repeatedly told we have to be content with exactly these limited safeguards, while parents and children get sick and die. That is inhumane and imperialistic.

If wealthy nations and NGOs really want to help developing nations, they should support fossil fuel power plants for reliable, affordable electricity. They should support DDT as an important part of the solution to eradicate this serial killer, so that Africans can work, spend less on malaria, have more money for other healthcare and family needs, and develop as much as rich nations have.

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Steven Lyazi is a student and worker in Kampala, Uganda. He served as special assistant to Congress of Racial Equality-Uganda director Cyril Boynes, until Mr. Boynes’ death in January 2015. He plans to attend college and help his country and Africa get the energy and other modern technologies they need.

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