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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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Trump speech withdrawing from Paris Climate Accord – Video

IceAgeNow - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 19:24

Video of entire speech

1 Jun 2017 – “We’re getting out,” says President of the United States Donald Trump. The agreement “disadvantages the United States.”

Thanks to Viv Forbes for this video


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Oops – Polar ice not receding after all

IceAgeNow - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 11:22

In fact it may be standing at its greatest extent in at least 97 years.

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Al Gore predicted that the Arctic ice cap could completely disappear by 2014.

However, new data released by NASA reveals that the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since satellite measurements began in 1979.

Considering that the late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive at that time than they had been since at least the 1920s.

This indicates that not only is polar ice not receding, it is now quite possibly at its greatest extent in at least 97 years.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2015/05/19/updated-nasa-data-polar-ice-not-receding-after-all/#579116d82892

Thanks to Dale for this link


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Forget climate change – It was a BAD DEAL – Video

IceAgeNow - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 20:24

Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, defends President Trump’s decision to exit Paris accord.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com


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Exiting the Mad Hatter’s climate tea party

IceAgeNow - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:33

President Trump has rejected and exited the Paris climate treaty – walked America away from the Mad Hatter tea party that was the entire multi-decade, often hysterical and always computer model-driven UN climate process.

This article by Paul Driessen explains why this bold move was the 100% right, ethical, moral and scientific thing to do: for the economic security of American workers and families … and the betterment of all mankind.

The Heritage Foundation says Paris restrictions would cost average US families $30,000 in cumulative higher electricity prices over the next decade.
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Exiting the Mad Hatter’s climate tea party

Trump was 100% right (not just 97%) to show real leadership and walk away from Paris

By Paul Driessen

I can guess why a raven is like a writing-desk, Alice said. “Do you mean you think you can find out the answer?” said the March Hare. “Exactly so,” said Alice. “Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on. “I do,” Alice replied. “At least I mean what I say. That’s the same thing, you know.”

“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might just as well say, ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’!” “You might just as well say,” added the Dormouse, ‘I breathe when I sleep’ is the same thing as ‘I sleep when I breathe’!” “It IS the same thing with you,” said the Hatter.

Can you imagine stumbling upon the Mad Hatter’s tea party, watching as the discussions become increasingly absurd – and yet wanting a permanent seat at the table? Could Lewis Carroll have been having nightmares about the Paris climate treaty when he wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?

President Trump was 100% correct (not just 97%) when he showed true leadership this week – and walked America away from the madness laid out before him and us on the Paris climate table.

From suggestions that Earth’s climate was balmy and stable until the modern industrial era, to assertions that humans can prevent climate change and extreme weather events by controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels – to claims that withdrawing from Paris would “imperil our planet’s very survival” – the entire process has been driven by computer models and hysteria that have no basis in empirical science.

No convincing real-world evidence

There is no convincing real-world evidence that plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide has replaced the powerful natural forces that have driven Earth’s climate from time immemorial. Moreover, even if the United States totally eliminated its fossil fuels, atmospheric CO2 levels would continue to climb. China and India are building new coal-fired power plants at a feverish clip. So is Germany. And China is financing or building dozens of additional coal-burning electricity generators in Africa, Asia and elsewhere.

Plus, even if alarmists are right about CO2, and every nation met its commitments under Paris, average planetary temperatures in 2100 would be just 0.2 degrees Celsius (0.3 F) lower than if we did nothing.

They want America to shackle its economy

But “our closest allies” wanted Trump to abide by Obama’s commitment. Some did, because they want America to shackle its economy and drive energy prices into the stratosphere the same way they have. Others dearly want to follow a real leader, and walk away from the mad Paris tea party themselves.

But even poor countries signed the Paris treaty. Yes, they did – because they are under no obligation to reduce their coal, oil or natural gas use or their CO2 emissions. And because they were promised $100 billion a year in cash, plus free state-of-the-art energy technologies, from developed nations that would have become FMCs (formerly rich countries) as they slashed their energy use and de-industrialized.

But the Paris climate treaty was voluntary; the United States wouldn’t have to do all this. Right. Just like it’s voluntary for you to pay your taxes. China, India and poor developing countries don’t have to do anything. But the USA would have been obligated to slash its oil, gas and coal use and carbon dioxide emissions. It could impose tougher restrictions, but it could not weaken them. And make no mistake: our laws, Constitution, legal system, the Treaty on Treaties and endless lawsuits by environmentalist pressure groups before friendly judges would have ensured compliance and ever more punishing restrictions.

But hundreds of companies say we should have remained in Paris. Of course they do. Follow the money.

$4-trillion-per-year global carbon tax

If we are to avoid a climate cataclysm, “leading experts” say, the world must impose a $4-trillion-per-year global carbon tax, and spend $6.5 trillion a year until 2030 to switch every nation on Earth from fossil fuels to renewable energy. That’s a lot of loot for bankers, bureaucrats and crony corporatists.

But, they assure us, this transition and spending would bring unimaginable job creation and prosperity. If you believe that, you’d feel right at home in Alice’s Wonderland and Looking Glass world.

Who do you suppose would pay those princely sums? Whose jobs would be secure, and whose would be expendable: sacrificed on the altar of climate alarmism? Here’s the Planet Earth reality.

Right now, fossil fuels provide 80% of all the energy consumed in the USA – reliably and affordably, from relatively small land areas. Wind and solar account for 2% of overall energy needs, expensively and intermittently, from facilities across millions of acres. Biofuels provide 3% – mostly from corn grown on nearly 40 million acres. About 3% comes from hydroelectric, 3% from wood and trash, 9% from nuclear.

Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and other states that generate electricity with our abundant coal and natural gas pay 8 to 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. California, Connecticut, New York and other states that impose wind, solar and anti-fossil fuel mandates pay 15 to 18 cents. Families in closely allied ultra-green Euro countries pay an average of 26 US cents per kWh, but 36 cents in Germany, 37 cents in Denmark.

Cutting back on food to pay for electricity

EU manufacturers are already warning that these prices could send companies, factories, jobs and CO2 emissions to China and other non-Euro countries. EU electricity prices have skyrocketed 55% since 2005; 40% of UK households are cutting back on food and other essentials, to pay for electricity; a tenth of all EU families now live in green energy poverty. Elderly people are dying because they can’t afford heat!

The Paris treaty would have done the same to the United States, and worse.

Would cost average US families $30,000

The Heritage Foundation says Paris restrictions would cost average US families $30,000 in cumulative higher electricity prices over the next decade. How much of their rent, mortgage, medical, food, clothing, college and retirement budgets would they cut? Paris would eliminate 400,000 high-pay manufacturing, construction and other jobs – and shrink the US economy by $2.5 trillion by 2027. Other analysts put the costs of remaining in Paris much higher than this – again for no climate or environmental benefits.

Big hospitals like Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, NC and Inova Fairfax Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Northern Virginia pay about $1.5 million per year at 9 cents/kWh – but $3 million annually at 18 cents … $5 million at 30 cents … and nearly $7 million at 40 cents. How many jobs and medical services would those rate hikes wipe out?

Malls, factories and entire energy-intensive industries would be eliminated. Like families and small businesses, they would also face the new reality of having pricey electricity when it happens to be available, off and on all day, all week, when the wind blows or sun shines, instead of when it’s needed. Drilling and fracking, gasoline and diesel prices, trucking and travel, would also have been hard hit.

Americans are largely prohibited from mining iron, gold, copper, rare earth and other metals in the USA. Paris treaty energy prices and disruptions would have ensured that American workers could not turn metals from anywhere into anything – not even wind turbines, solar panels or ethanol distillation plants.

Most of the “bountiful” renewable energy utopia jobs would have been transporting, installing and maintaining wind turbines and solar panels made in China. Even growing corn and converting it to ethanol would have been made cost-prohibitive. But there would have been jobs for bureaucrats who write and enforce the anti-energy rules – and process millions of new unemployment and welfare checks.

All pain, no gain, no jobs, no future

Simply put, the Paris climate treaty was a terrible deal for the United States: all pain, no gain, no jobs, no future for the vast majority of Americans – with benefits flowing only to politicians, bureaucrats and crony capitalists. President Trump refused to ignore the realities of this economic suicide pact, this attempted global government control of American lives, livelihoods and living standards.

That is why he formally declared that the United States is withdrawing from the treaty. He could now submit it for advice, consent – and rejection – by the Senate. He could also withdraw the United States from the underlying UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, or negotiate that reflects empirical science and is fair to America and its families and workers. But what is really important now is this:

We are out of Paris! President Trump is leading the world back from the climate insanity precipice.

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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Snowing in Moscow on June 2 – And it’s all Trumps fault

IceAgeNow - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:21

An extremely rare occurrence in the summer.

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2 June 2017 – Wet snow is falling in the center of Moscow today, an Interfax correspondent reported.

Commenting on Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, Russian President Vladimir Putin joked that Trump’s move made him a convenient person to blame for any spell of bad weather, including wet snow in Moscow on Friday, an extremely rare occurrence in the summer.

“Now we can dump it all on him and American imperialism,” Putin said.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/93309423/vladimir-putin-likens-claims-of-russian-meddling-in-us-election-to-antisemitism

http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?id=757898

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links


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A common-sense President

IceAgeNow - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:34

“YES ! YES ! YES ! Trump may be an ego manic but he’s at least got common sense,” says reader Lee Holsen. (In response to Trump withdrawing us from the Paris climate agreement.)

“Since the hysterical media cannot seem to promote the idea that decreasing the temperature by at most one degree at the cost of 100 trillion to the USA is a good idea, the mantra seems to be that the USA will miss out on all the green energy jobs and industry that the rest of the world will gain.

“This is why the media are people you should never pay attention to.

“If green energy were COMPETITIVE with other energies, then it wouldn’t need the taxpayers pay for it thru subsidies.

“If green energy were COMPETITIVE with other energies, there would be companies all over the USA making profits and hiring people instead of going out of business whenever the govt isn’t giving them money.

“Anyone thinking Exxon wouldn’t rather build solar panels than drill extremely expensive wells if they could make more money off of solar panels is an idiot.”


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Finland – Coldest May in nearly half a century

IceAgeNow - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:20

According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), the last time May daytime temperatures were this low was in 1969.

Daytime highs for the month are already unusually low, said Yle meteorologist Seija Paasonen. “Between April and May we generally have the kinds of temperatures we are seeing now.”

According to FMI, May temperatures across northern Finland – from Kainuu in the east to northern Ostrobothnia in the west – were nearly three degrees Celsius below the long term average.

In Rovaniemi average temperatures were three degrees lower than usual – reaching just five degrees Celsius. In Savukoski, Lapland temparatures deviated from the long term average by 2.7 degrees, making the average come in under four degrees.

http://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finland_endures_coldest_may_in_nearly_half_a_century/9643712

Thanks to Richard I for this link


 

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Paris agreement is cunningly evil

IceAgeNow - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:25

We should have no part of it.

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Paris agreement is cunningly evil

it would actually harm the Earth’s environment
By John from Michigan

The Paris agreement, if fully implemented by those nations who signed on to it would actually harm the Earth’s environment.

Oregon-based physicist Gordon Fulks sums it up well: “CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea-level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea ice melt that is not occurring . . . and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring.

There are two facts here (and they are facts) that climate change (global warming) proponents choose to ignore.

1) CO2 is NOT a pollutant, it is a beneficial gas in the atmosphere (It’s plant food)

2) There isn’t even the slightest tinge of evidence that CO2 causes global warming, because, simply put, it doesn’t.

Reducing CO2 in the atmosphere will cause only one thing — it will harm the health of our plant life and, carried to an extreme, cause the death of our trees and other vegetation. If the latter occurs, Earth will become a lifeless Mars-like planet.

The whole Paris/global warming plan is for the UN to take over the decision-making sovereignty of the world’s nations, destroy capitalism, and give us a dictatorial socialist replacement. It is cunningly evil and we should have no part of it.
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Au Revoir Paris Agreement – Video

IceAgeNow - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 17:24

Three cheers for President Trump! 

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President Trump announced this afternoon that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

The announcement makes good on Trump’s campaign promise to withdraw from the agreement, which he repeatedly mocked during the campaign.

“As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I cannot in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States,” said Trump. “The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”

“The bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” said Trump.

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump continued. “I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America’s interests.”

I hope this is the beginning of the end of this country’s self-destructive and almost inexorable decline into socialism.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/01/politics/trump-paris-climate-decision/index.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-withdrawing-us-paris-climate-agreement/story?id=47767077


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Ivanka – Anyone who tells you we’re enduring “unprecedented global warming” is lying or woefully misinformed.

IceAgeNow - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:23

It is colder right now than throughout almost all of history.

I understand that you’ve been lead to believe that global warming is a problem, but that is not true.

Please look at this chart. The blue line shows temperatures for the past 600 million years.

Look at the far right side of the chart (today), and you’ll see that temperatures have plunged to their lowest point in almost 250 million years.

There have been only two periods in the past 600 million years when it has been colder than today.

We are now living through one of the coldest periods in geologic history. The last few year’s minor rise in temperature is too minuscule to even show up on the chart.

Anyone who tries to tell you that we’re enduring “unprecedented global warming” is lying or woefully misinformed.

Your father’s instincts about the global warming hoax are absolutely spot on. Please, please do not try to push him in the opposite direction.

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If this doesn’t convince you, please look at this chart from the past 8,000 years:

You will see that the last millenium, from 1000AD to 2000AD, has been the coldest millennium of the entire Holocene interglacial.

Again, anyone who tries to tell you that we’re enduring “unprecedented global warming” is flat out wrong.

So please, please do not try to push your father in the wrong direction.
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Top graph from “Climate and the Carboniferous Period”
http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/Carboniferous_climate.html

2nd graph from “Now the coldest millennium in 8,000 years”
https://www.iceagenow.info/now-coldest-millennium-8000-years/

See also:
Greenpeace co-founder –
Carbon dioxide is a hero, not a villain – Video

Dr Patrick Moore uses a similar graph in this video:
https://iceagenow.info/greenpeace-co-founder-carbon-dioxide-is-a-hero-not-a-villain/


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Adelaide – Coldest start to winter since 1943

IceAgeNow - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:29

The mercury plummeted to 2.9C in Adelaide yesterday, making it the city’s coldest start to winter since 1943.

Elsewhere in South Australia temperatures dropped even lower, with Yunta -4.7C, Renmark -3.2C and Loxton, Snowtown and Murray Bridge -1.9C, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/adelaide-weather-coldest-start-to-winter-since-1943/news-story/c5c8deb73589c21a902fd6e150a28d07

Thanks to Laurel for this link


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Snow in Idaho on Memorial Day weekend

IceAgeNow - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 21:57

This year camping over Memorial Day weekend in Southern Idaho was a little different than it has been in past.

“Reservoir beaches are under water. New creeks have formed where creeks previously didn’t exist, and you may have woken up to snow. ”

The pictures (see link) were taken on May 27th near Alturas Lake, which is located 30 miles northwest of Ketchum.

See pictures:
http://kezj.com/more-snow-in-idaho/

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link


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President expected to withdraw from Paris accord

IceAgeNow - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 09:48

A victory for honest science.

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President Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, says CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett.

Such a withdrawal will fulfill his campaign promise to “cancel” the agreement.

The President has also talked about renegotiating the climate pact. Whatever that means I do not know..

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/president-trump-expected-to-withdraw-from-paris-climate-agreement/ar-BBBJlAm?li=BBnb7Kz

ALERT: Trump to pull U.S. out of UN Paris Climate Pact – A Victory for Science!

Thanks to Marc Morano for this link


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Open letter to President Trump – Please Exit the Paris Climate Treaty

IceAgeNow - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:11

They want to take our money while shackling our economy with ever more bureaucratic control. If we stay, consumers and households will get skewered.

Please Exit Paris. Those who voted for you will remember and approve. Those who detest and resist you will still detest and resist you if you Remain.

Mark Carr and Paul Driessen have written an open letter to the President, urging him to Exit Paris … and giving him multiple reasons for doing so.
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Dear Mr. President: Please Exit Paris

Are you are still wondering whether to Exit Paris? Overseas and US officials, environmentalists and bureaucrats urge you to Remain. But you promised voters you would Exit. Please keep your promises.

Exit Paris isn’t about the environment. It’s about letting us utilize our fossil fuel energy to create jobs, rebuild our economy, and Make America Great Again. It’s about avoiding immense transfer payments from the USA to foreign governments, bureaucrats and parties unaccountable to Trump-voting taxpayers.

Worse, even if the USA Remains, and the repulsive payments flow, Paris offers no help in removing real air pollutants. Carbon dioxide isn’t one of them, by the way: it’s plant food, not poison.

Exit Paris: Business

Some high profile American companies recently signed a note urging Remain. Follow the money. Many leaders of those companies didn’t support your election and voted Hillary. And they expect to get billions from us taxpayers and consumers, for locking up our fossil fuels and switching to renewable energy.

We who voted Trump, your base, want Exit. Just as you promised.

Remain, so that we maintain markets for American energy technologies? Some companies will make off like bandits. The rest of us will get skewered. Global buyers of energy systems understand the benefits of America’s world-beating fossil technologies. They understand the life-cycle value of after-sales support poorly delivered by our international competitors. Trust Chinese warranties? We don’t either.

Why ask corporations about Remain or Exit Paris? They pass Remain-driven energy costs on to consumers. Instead, ask consumers about ever-increasing energy bills. You’ll get a different answer.

Corporations have shareholders in the USA, of course, and some of them elected you. But corporations also have European shareholders. Corporations there must survive political economies aligned with Paris’s unaccountable bureaucratic control of energy, jobs, economic growth and living standards. You have to choose: shareholders, entrepreneurs, consumers and families – or rent seekers and bureaucrats.

Renewable energy lobbyists, Obama holdovers – and misguided souls in your own administration – say Remain, to keep a seat at the table. That’s nonsense. Businesses were flogged by the past administration and no longer recognize their obligations to shareholders, much less to societies they are supposed to serve with reliable, affordable power that creates and preserves jobs.

Those companies responded to incentives in a massively hostile American political economy. Those hostilities represent decades-long campaigns by anti-energy groups that got rich while claiming to represent shareholders, and by foreign governments seeking transfer payments. You promised change.

Exit Paris: Group of Seven

Mr. President, you’ll be pressured mightily at the G7 to Remain Paris. Hugely-invested and conflicted world leaders will give you no peace. Your delegation will hound you. Keep your Exit staff close. Why?

Because America got snookered into signing the Arctic Council’s May 11, 2017, Fairbanks Declaration. Now the same pro-Remain forces will claim America wants that language. What language?

Start with Perambulatory Paragraphs 8 & 9: “Reaffirming the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the need for their realization by 2030.” And this: “U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 13.a: Implement the commitment undertaken by developed country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation, and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible.”

They want to take our money, while they shackle our economy. But there’s more.

Paragraph 31 (p. 6): “…we welcome the updated assessment of Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic, note with concern its findings, and adopt its recommendations.…The Arctic states, permanent participants, and observers to the Arctic Council, should individually and collectively lead global efforts for an early, ambitious, and full implementation of the Paris COP21 Agreement….”

Your State Department Obama-carry-overs slipped this one past their boss, Secretary Tillerson – and you, by extension. This is where the real art of the deal comes in. Take a leadership role and terminate this. Don’t get sandbagged. Don’t sandbag the people who voted for you. Resist the pressures you’ll face in Sicily. Anything but Exit Paris undermines your credibility and betrays voter trust and America’s future.

Exit Paris: Diplomacy

One reason cited to Remain Paris and Remain UNFCCC and their climate treaties is to “avoid diplomatic blowback.” There certainly will be that, but it’s a cost far more easily borne than the sum of what we paid yesterday and will be told we must pay tomorrow in lost energy, jobs and money. Follow the money:

Emerging nations want the USA to Remain because they expect billions in cash from us every year – plus free technology transfers – at US corporate, taxpayer and consumer expense. Advanced countries want us to Remain because we will inadvertently fund and sign onto programs that they use to seize ever-greater bureaucratic control over energy, resources, jobs and living standards, within their own borders and ours.

The Chinese want us to Remain because it protects access to our market for energy technologies. Do you believe Chinese press releases and speeches that claim they are switching massively to renewable energy? Neither do we. But we see them building more coal-fired power plants in China, Africa and elsewhere.

Europeans want us to Remain in Paris to ensure that our fossil fuels, energy prices, economy, jobs, living standards and ability to compete globally are as shackled by climate insanity as theirs already are.

Some say Remain Paris for a seat at the table. Will the planet otherwise forget American leadership? Better that the deal crumbles without us making huge transfer payments and shackling our economy. Even better is that you lead America and the world back from the climate hysteria precipice.

Anti-America, anti-energy forces unite at the UN and its UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Its director, Ambassador Espinosa of Mexico, spoke recently at Georgetown University – to advocate greater bureaucratic control over energy, natural resources, jobs, living standards and human lives. The past administration was in lock-step with this. You should absolutely be against every part of it.

Exit Paris: Science

Paris is a horrible idea, since unassailable empirical evidence demonstrates that: Carbon dioxide makes plants grow faster and better. Atmospheric CO2 levels trail rather than lead warming. Water vapor is a much more potent greenhouse gas. Thanks to carbon dioxide, agricultural productivity has increased over recent decades by over $3.2 trillion. Scientists project up to $10 trillion more in improved crop yields over the coming decades.

Climate science is absolutely not settled. Smart scientists who support you prove there’s no credible path to climate cataclysm due to fossil fuel use and CO2 increases. Doomsayers have gotten rich by peddling false, alarmist, anti-scientific claims, while the rest of us have suffered. This must not continue.

To support Exit Paris, you should reverse the absurd, scientifically unsupportable claim that carbon dioxide “endangers” our welfare. Doing that will substantially remove the ability of subsequent administrations to restore policies that demonize fossil fuels and CO2. Many of the policies addressed and corrected by your recent environmental Executive Order are vulnerable until the endangerment finding disappears. Much of the mischief and job killing of the last eight years can be laid at that doorstep.

Exit Paris, because even outgoing EPA officials admit it will not noticeably affect Earth’s temperature.

Exit Paris: US Politics

Paris intentionally provides for ever-tightening restrictions on American citizens and businesses – thus far with no vote by us or the Senate. Who rewrote our Constitution to allow a president, in his final days in office, to impose such a far reaching treaty on us without our advice, consent, approval or vote?

If you need Exit support of fellow elected officials or a constitutional avenue, submit Remain Paris to the Senate. The measure will crash on that rocky shore, giving you all the support you need to Exit Paris.

Your voters heard you promise to Exit Paris. The support you still enjoy from your voters is because we see that you are keeping your promises. Keep this one, too, Mr. President.

Please Exit Paris. Those who voted for you will remember and approve. Those who detest and resist you will still detest and resist you if you Remain.

Thank you for considering our heartfelt analysis.

Sincerely,

Paul K. Driessen and Mark J. Carr
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“The G7 summit is in full swing, say Driessen and Carr, “and President Trump is under intense pressure to Remain in Paris – to force the United States to bow to global demands contained in the treaty that former President Obama insisted is not a treaty, but will nevertheless be made binding on the USA. Many G7 leaders want him to ignore his repeated promises to the Americans who voted for him and continue to support him – by locking the United States into the extensive constraints of the Paris climate agreement.

“We want to bring our letter to his attention … to the attention of White House, State Department, EPA and other Administration officials … and to Americans everywhere – to help them understand why the United States must Exit Paris.”

Driessen is an environmental policy analyst and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death. Carr consults on energy, environmental, transportation and agricultural policy. (To contact President Trump about this vitally important Exit Paris issue, go here to sign CFACT’s Say No to Paris petition.)


 

 

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Frost advisories for North and South Dakota

IceAgeNow - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:20

One of a number of frost advisories for western ND and SD. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered. 
May. 29, 2017 – The National Weather Service in Aberdeen has issued a frost advisory in effect from 2 am to 8 am MDT Tuesday.

* Temperature… readings will dip into the mid and upper 30s with
light winds and clear skies early Tuesday morning.

* Impacts… frost can kill sensitive outdoor plants if left
unprotected.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A frost advisory means that conditions are favorable for frost
formation. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left
uncovered.

https://www.wunderground.com/US/SD/015.html

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link


 

 

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Nipping a legal problem in the bud

IceAgeNow - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 13:01

We must assess not just the alleged risks of using certain pesticides, but also the risks of not using them.
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Not long ago, Paul Driessen predicted that endangered species designation for certain bumblebees would be used to delay or block pesticide use and construction projects across the USA.

“The abuses have already begun, says Driessen, “and now a federal judge has ruled that EPA failed to consult with the Fish & Wildlife Service before approving dozens of products that contain neonicotinoid pesticides.

“The silver lining is that her decision gives the Interior Department and EPA a golden opportunity to open the consultation process to all the experts and affected parties who should be involved and could help ensure that policies and regulations are more solidly based on sound science, common sense, and proper attention to everyone who is likely to be affected by their decisions.”

This article by Paul Driessen explains how and why this should be done.
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Nipping a legal problem in the bud

Consult with all affected parties, to ensure informed endangered species and pesticide policies

By Paul Driessen

One of my recent articles predicted that the Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee would lead to its being used to delay or block construction projects and pesticide use on hundreds of millions of acres of US farmland. The abuses have already begun.

Projects in Minnesota and elsewhere have been delayed, while people tried to ascertain that no bees were actually nesting in the areas. Now a federal district court judge has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to consult with the FWS before approving 59 products containing neonicotinoid pesticides that are used primarily as seed coatings for corn, canola, cotton, potato, sugar beet and other crops.

As crops bud and grow, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt must nip this problem in the bud. Thankfully, Judge Maxine Chesney has given them the means to do so.

The Endangered Species Act requires that EPA determine whether a pesticide “may affect” a listed species, she noted, and consult with the FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS, which has no conceivable role in protecting domesticated or wild bees), before approving the 59 products, which contain the neonics clothianidin or thiamethoxam. So EPA must consult with the agencies and determine that the insecticides would have “no effect” on the species or establish stricter guidelines for using them.

The Center for Food Safety and a couple of beekeepers initiated their lawsuit to toughen restrictions on or ban use of the 59 pesticide products, because of alleged risks to bees and other pollinators. Pesticide manufacturers, their CropLife America trade association, and various farmers and beekeepers argued that these “neonic” insecticides are safe for bees, and no new measures or restrictions are needed.

Properly done, consultation would evaluate the conflicting claims and ensure more informed policies. During the Obama Administration, those consultations would likely have involved only the EPA, FWS and NMFS, where many analysts have anti-pesticide views, along with the anti-insecticide plaintiffs. The industry and other parties who intervened in the lawsuit would likely have been excluded or ignored.

But those interveners certainly bring essential expertise. So do farmers, other beekeepers, the Department of Agriculture, scientists who have been studying neonic and other threats to honeybees, and wild bee experts like Sam Droege in the Interior Department’s US Geological Survey.

Truly informed policies and regulations must involve all such experts, as well as parties who will be most affected by any EPA-DOI decisions: construction companies and unions, local government officials, conventional farmers who rely on neonics to protect their crops – and beekeepers who increasingly understand that honeybee colony losses in recent years were due to natural pests and pathogens, and that alternative pesticides are actually more harmful to bees than neonics.

Extensive studies have concluded that the actual cause of bee die-offs and “colony collapse disorders” has been a toxic mix of tiny pests (parasitic Varroa destructor mites, phorid flies, Nosema ceranae gut fungus, tobacco ringspot virus and deformed wing virus) – as well as chemicals used by beekeepers trying to control these beehive infestations. These diseases and pathogens can easily spread to wild bees.

Field studies involving crops where bees forage for pollen have consistently found no observable adverse effects on honeybees resulting from exposures to properly applied neonic seed coatings. The studies assessed neonic residues from bees and hives under actual pollinating/pollen-gathering conditions; they found that pesticide residues were well below levels that can adversely affect bees – and that neonics “did not cause any detrimental effects on the development or reproduction” of honeybee and wild bee species.

That should not be surprising. Coating seeds ensures that neonic pesticides are absorbed into plant tissues – and thus target only pests that actually feed on the crops. This reduces or eliminates the need to spray crops with much larger quantities of neonicotinoid, pyrethroid or other pesticides that definitely can kill birds, bats and beneficial insects that inhabit or visit the fields or are impacted by accidental “over-sprays.” Even organic farming can harm bees, as it often employs powerful, toxic “natural” chemicals (like copper sulfate) and spraying with live Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) bacteria.

Laboratory studies consistently overdose bees with pesticides, under conditions that do not come close to approximating what bees encounter in forests, grasslands or croplands. That makes their findings highly questionable to useless for devising responsible, science-based regulations.

These realities help explain the sudden attention to wild bees. When the hullabaloo over honeybee deaths and “colony collapse disorder” supposedly caused by pesticides (especially neonics) collapsed like a house of cards, eco-activists began raising alarums over wild bees species. That’s because so little is known that their latest “no wild bees – no food or flowers” claims cannot yet be refuted as convincingly as were claims about domesticated honeybees that have been bred and studied for centuries.

The FWS and Interior Department clearly opened a Pandora’s Box when they decided to list the rusty patched bumblebee as endangered (rather than merely threatened). That bee’s historic range covers nearly 4 million acres, scattered in unknown segments among 378 million acres across 13 Northeastern and Midwestern states. Other species that anti-pesticide activists want added to the endangered list (yellow-banded, western and Franklin’s bumblebees) were found historically in small areas scattered over more than a billion acres in 40 US states. Some nest in the ground; others in trees.

If environmentalists succeed in getting these endangered designations – especially coupled with a narrow consultation process – they could delay, block or bankrupt power lines, bridges, highways, pipelines, housing developments, wastewater treatment plants, plowing operations and other projects all over the USA. Non-organic farming, neonic-treated seeds, and other pesticide use could be particularly vulnerable.

The actual environmental benefits would be minimal – or profoundly negative, as farmers are forced to use other insecticides or switch to land-intensive organic methods. Additional ironies abound.

The constant environmentalist, court, news media and government agency attention to bees and pesticides is hard to understand in the context of policies that promote, mandate and subsidize large-scale wind turbine installations – while ignoring or exempting their impacts on raptors and other birds, bats, and even whales (NMFS should investigate that) and human health.

Meanwhile, extensive monoculture corn and canola plantations (to produce feed stocks for ethanol and biodiesel production) replace millions of acres of food crop and wildlife habitat lands, while using vast quantities of water, fertilizer and energy to replace the oil, coal and natural gas that rabid greens want kept in the ground. These biofuel operations reduce biodiversity and the numbers and varieties of flowering plants on which wild bee species depend. In addition, over their life cycles ethanol and biodiesel generate more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels per Btu of energy produced (see here, here and here).

Broad-based consultations are therefore essential, to ensure that all these topics are addressed by experts and affected parties who can help evaluate the science and policy implications for domesticated and wild bees, as well as for farming, construction, jobs, families and other species.

They must assess not just the alleged risks of using neonics, but also the risks of not using them, risks associated with having to use other classes of pesticides, and risks that could be reduced or eliminated by using modern neonic seed coatings. They should focus on replicable, evidence-based, field-tested science, not laboratory studies; balance agricultural, consumer and environmental needs; and consider bees in the context of how we protect (or don’t protect) other valuable wildlife species.

These steps would help restore science and common sense to policy and regulatory processes – and serve as a foundation for adjusting the Endangered Species Act to minimize regulatory and litigation excesses.

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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Argentinians face snowfall while celebrating May Revolution

IceAgeNow - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:45

25 May 2017 – The 207th anniversary of the May Revolution was celebrated throughout the country.

In the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost of the country, authorities held the event on May 25 with the entire plaza covered by snow. A strong snowstorm and wind forced many people to stay in their homes.

The first snowfall of the winter season covered the city of Ushuaia white with a snow accumulation of around 12 cm.

http://www.eldia.com/nota/2017-5-25-17-21-19-ushuaia-le-hizo-frente-a-una-tormenta-de-nieve-y-festejo-la-revolucion-de-mayo–el-pais

http://cdn1.eldia.com/052017/1495743663254.jpg?&cw=640
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcZCzAA3MFY

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DArTfdSXcAEiTIv.jpg

https://twitter.com/Turismo_Ushuaia/status/867749647401574400/photo/1?

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Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links


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Heavy snowfall in Bolivia

IceAgeNow - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:25

28 May 2017 –  Two days of falling snow in Potosí punished those in high elevations, leaving several houses isolated. 

Snow in the southwest of the department accumulated up to 30 cm (12 inches) in ravines and up to 15 in flat places.

Although some roads were covered with snow, the snowfall did not cause undue problems because residents had been warned and had stored fodder for the animals,

http://www.entornointeligente.com/articulo/10026175/BOLIVIA-535-poblaciones-sufren-por-heladas-y-sequia-en-Potosi;-la-nieve-cayo-dos-dias

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link


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Argentina – Border pass with Chile closed due to snow

IceAgeNow - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:11

Cargo vehicles stranded.

29 May 2017 –  The Jama Border Pass is disabled due to and accumulation of snow and white wind in Route 27 of Chile.

Highway crews in both countries are trying to restore transitability of the border as soon as possible.

http://www.jujuyalmomento.com/post/68889/te-contamos-como-se-encuentran-las-rutas-en-jujuy.html

http://www.jujuyalmomento.com/upload/img/paso-de-jama-7_9902.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links


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A ‘Totally Unexpected’ Source of Climate Cooling

IceAgeNow - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 19:22

Methane seeps may cause global cooling, not global warming.

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Some Arctic waters absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, creating a cooling effect 230 times greater than the warming caused by methane emitted from underwater seeps, according to a new study.

The findings are a complete reversal of what scientists previously believed — that methane seeps in the Arctic Ocean were contributing to global warming.

“It could mean that methane seeps have a net cooling effect on climate, not a warming effect as we previously thought,” said John Pohlman, a U.S. Geological Survey biochemist and lead author of the study.

When the scientists measured methane and carbon dioxide concentrations off Svalbard’s coast, they found 2,000 times more carbon dioxide was taken out of the atmosphere than methane escaping from underwater vents.

The escaping methane appeared to stimulate marine phytoplankton, increasing their intake of carbon dioxide. Pohlman and his team were astounded to find such low amounts of methane above the seeps.

Instead of causing massive warming, “these areas of methane seepage may be net greenhouse gas sinks,” reads a summary of the work.

See entire article:
http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/08/scientists-found-a-totally-unexpected-source-of-climate-cooling/

Thanks to Norm Smith for this link


 

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