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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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How refreshing! A President with common sense!

IceAgeNow - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 18:27

And one who keeps his word! President Trump has reportedly told confidants that he will the quit Paris climate deal.

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According to Reuters, the President has privately told several people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave the Paris agreement on climate change.

Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, came under concerted pressure from European leaders to honor the Paris agreement. 

Withdrawing from the Paris deal would be a huge step toward unraveling Obama’s economy-destroying climate policies.

Three cheers for the President!

Report: Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal

Also see:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-climate-idUSKBN18O00J

Also see:
https://www.axios.com/scoop-trump-tells-confidants-he-plans-to-leave-paris-climate-deal-2424446776.html

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Land, energy and mineral lockdowns

IceAgeNow - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 15:23

An unconscionable number energy resources regulated, restricted, prohibited or under attack. 
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President Trump’s decision to have recent land withdrawals under the Antiquities Act reviewed, to determine whether some should be reversed or reduced in size, was an important step in bringing more rational thinking to our nation’s public land policies.

Well over 410 million acres are effectively off limits to mineral exploration and development. That’s 66% of the nation’s public lands – an area equal to Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming combined. Because of processes unleashed by plate tectonics and other geologic forces, these lands almost certainly contain numerous world-class deposits of the metals and other resources that are essential for modern technologies and civilization. Keeping them under lockdown impairs our national security and the economic wellbeing of our western states and Alaska.

 

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Land, energy and mineral lockdowns

Too many oil, gas, coal, rare earth and other vital resources are still off limits

By Paul Driessen

President Trump has directed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review recent land withdrawals under the 1906 Antiquities Act, to determine whether some should be reversed or reduced in size.

The review is long overdue. The act was intended to protect areas of historic, prehistoric or scientific value, with areas designated as monuments to be the smallest size compatible with the proper care and management of objects or sites to be protected. The first designation, the 1,347-acre Devils Tower National Monument (NM) respected that intent, as have most designations since then.

However, some were enormous withdrawals; several were made with poor public outreach or inadequate consultation with people who would be most directly and severely affected; 26 of the 27 monuments to be reviewed are over 100,000 acres in size; and the final one involves deficient consultation.

Arguably the two greatest Antiquities Act abuses affected Utah. The 1,880,461-acre Grand Staircase Escalante NM was designated by President Clinton in large part to make billion-dollar coal deposits off limits. Even Utah Governor Michael Levitt did not learn of it until it was a done deal (Chapter Twelve). President Obama designated the 1,351,849-acre Bear Ears monument three weeks before leaving office, many Utahans say to make still more energy resources off limits to exploration and development.

Grand Staircase alone is equal to Delaware and Rhode Island combined. It and Great Bears together are larger than Connecticut. They are far larger than any of the national parks in Utah. And they are in addition to Utah’s five other national monuments, five national parks, four national recreation and conservation areas, thousands of miles of national trails, six national forests, 31 national wilderness areas, and millions of acres in other restrictive land use categories.

Some of these areas truly are unique, beautiful, spectacular. I’ve visited and hiked in many of them in Utah, other western states and Alaska. Our national parks in particular should be protected. But we have gone overboard, and far too many areas have been put in lockdown specifically to block energy and mineral development. Forest Service officials and Sierra Club officers have said so right to my face.

Eastern and Midwestern residents cannot imagine the extent or impact of Federal Government ownership, management and control of lands in the eleven westernmost states and Alaska. While federal agencies own just 0.3% of Connecticut and Iowa, and 0.6% of New York, they own, manage and control 63% of all land in Utah; 61% in Alaska and Idaho; 80% in Nevada; 29% to 53% in the other western states.

That means virtually every revenue-producing, recreational and other activity is regulated, restricted, prohibited or under attack in courts and other venues. No timber cutting in national forests, fostering massive wildfires. No vehicles, wheelchairs, energy or mineral exploration in wilderness and many other areas. Even grazing and watershed management are under assault throughout the West.

All of these restrictive designations should be reviewed by Congress and Executive Branch agencies.

As of 1994, when consulting geologist Courtland Lee and I prepared a detailed analysis, over 410 million acres were effectively off limits to mineral exploration and development. That’s 66% of the nation’s public lands – an area equal to Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming combined. The situation is far worse today – posing a critical public policy problem.

Because of processes unleashed by plate tectonics and other geologic forces, these mountain, desert and other lands contain some of the most highly mineralized rock formations in North America. They almost certainly contain numerous world-class deposits of oil, gas, gold, silver, platinum, molybdenum and rare-earth metals – essential for modern civilization. They wait for us to find them, using modern prospecting technologies that can be carried in airplanes and backpacks, leaving barely a trace – but letting us know what is there, so that we can make informed land management decisions.

Environmentalists claim that even a single mine or oil well in these areas would destroy their wilderness character and ecological value. That is absurd, considering that many of these areas are the size of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont or even West Virginia. Moreover, unlike wind turbine and solar panel installations across thousands or tens of thousands of acres in perpetuity, modern mines and drill pads are comparatively small – and are restored back to natural conditions when the operations have concluded.

Equally important, wind and solar generate minuscule amounts of electricity, unreliably, at unpredictable times – and require far more land and workers per unit of output – than coal or natural gas. In fact, Coal generated an incredible 7,745 megawatt-hours of electricity per worker; natural gas 3,812 MWH per worker; wind a measly 836 MWH for every employee; and solar an abysmal 98 MWH per worker. That’s part of the reason why oil, gas and coal still provide 80% of America’s and the world’s energy.

America’s national security situation was affected when we depended on often unfriendly foreign sources for oil – before hydraulic fracturing unleashed record production from state and private lands.

Now we are dependent on different, still often unfriendly foreign suppliers for rare earth metals and other raw materials that are essential for smart phones and smart bombs, stealth fighters, digital cameras, computer hard drives, wind turbine magnets, photovoltaic solar panels, hybrid and electric car batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, catalytic converters, and countless other modern and future technologies.

China produces 97% of the world’s rare-earth oxides, largely controls world markets, and increasingly uses rare earths in-house, to manufacture products for sale overseas. That means most jobs stay in China, even though the rare earths are mined, processed and turned into finished products under environmental and worker health and safety standards that would get operations shut down instantly in the USA.

However, China’s estimated reserves are only one-third of known global reserves, and much less than that of potential economically producible rare earth resources – many of which could be in the United States. In fact, one of the largest known rare earth deposits is near California’s Mojave Desert. It had been in production, but legal actions, excessive regulations and low foreign prices forced a long suspension of operations, and Molycorp filed for bankruptcy in 2015, citing a heavy debt load and other problems.

That deposit underscores the enormous potential for finding billion-dollar deposits of numerous vital minerals right here in the USA – if we are permitted to look for them.

President Trump’s decisions to review Antiquities Act land closures, ease restrictions on onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling, and end stalemates over the Dakota and Keystone Pipelines are excellent steps in implementing his vision for American job creation and economic revitalization.

The President and Congress could also explore ways to get more oil flowing to the Trans Alaska Pipeline, which needs certain minimal amounts in the pipe for the oil to move during frigid weather. Recent discoveries along the North Slope have helped, and perhaps Prudhoe Bay’s declining oil production can be spurred some more by fracking. Ultimately, though, more Alaskan areas must be opened for drilling, and that will require White House, federal agency and congressional action.

Congress should also take a leadership role, by launching discussions about how much western state land really needs to remain under federal control, and how many of our best energy and mineral prospects really need to be kept off limits. Those land use policies severely affect job creation and economic opportunities for states, communities, families and our nation as a whole, for little environmental benefit.

Modern industrialized civilizations cannot long exist without the vital resources that come out of holes in the ground. Even wind turbines, solar panels, electric cars and internet services require a plethora of metals and other minerals – plus fossil fuel energy to extract those resources and convert them into usable products. It’s time to have a civil conversation about all of this.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.Cfact.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death. He has degrees in geology, ecology and environmental law.

 

 

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Dilbert does AGW

IceAgeNow - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 15:10

Excellent description of today’s “climate science” in just eight frames.

See Dilbert cartoon:
http://dilbert.com/strip/2017-05-14

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link


 

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Train of Thoughts

IceAgeNow - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:59

“If the (relatively) few trains can’t keep on the track, what may happen when millions of autonomous cars are supposed to be on the road?” – Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Train of Thoughts

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Am I reading right? A (railway) train jumped the tracks, right in a major city’s main train station? Perhaps I misread that (reminder to myself: get an eye-checkup forthwith!) —that must be a MISPRINT!

Doesn’t everyone know that we now live in the 21st century, with all the promises of “autonomous cars” (and everything else) “connected” to the mysterious “internet of things”? And trains run on a couple of tracks, not like cars that can meander all over the road and further afield? If the (relatively) few trains can’t keep on the track, what may happen when millions of autonomous cars are supposed to be on the road – I shudder to think of it.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Yes, computers, cell phones, and many other electronic systems certainly make life easier, especially for those who prefer to live in the fast lane and be connected 24/7/365 to the “net.” But even for occasional users, the internet offers communication possibilities that were unavailable – even unheard of—a few years ago. Surely, that’s progress. But not all that glitters on the net is helpful.

In fact, I find that an increasing amount of time is needed to separate the wheat from the chaff, to delete misleading, false or fake reports, and so on. That is after the internet service provider and the email program is already dealing with much of that by holding it back altogether, marking it as spam, containing malicious code, etc.  I suspect many of my readers have similar observations. The amount of nonsense, not to mention “phishing” attempts to divulge critical information is rapidly increasing. Clearly, the internet system is not infallible.

The “Internet of Things”

When it comes to the internet’s touted ability to link everything in real time (e.g., from mousetraps to smart bombs), I have my doubts, both about the technology itself and, more importantly, the underlying data it needs to rely on in order to function correctly. I’ve experienced that problem on different occasions and in entirely different contexts, for example, with GPS systems that come with rental cars.

Current is Good

When there is a sudden need for lane or road closure, like due to physical breaks of underground pipes, no GPS system can be updated in time for you to take an alternate route when you are in close proximity to it. In situations of that kind, more likely than not, you are being misdirected, or advised to “Turn around, immediately!” I remember one occasion when the new road bridge across a river had been installed and opened for traffic. However, the old road was still the information that the GPS-map relied on and the “GPS-lady’s” voice was very adamant about my perceived mishap. Perhaps “she” thought that I was in the process of drowning.

No doubt, the modern GPS systems are a technological wonder. They even tell you when to switch lanes for the upcoming exit and everything else to find your way. However, all that information is failing when lacking real-time information. As soon as the “real-time-facts” differ from the stored data, all bets are off. That’s when your GPS advice can get you into a nearly inescapable loop or, as an old German proverb says, “send you from Pontius to Pilatus.”

The adage used to be “keep it simple, …”  I think that adage needs to be “updated” to “keep it current.”

Facts are out and tweets are in

With time, it may even be possible to provide nearly “current” information to the millions or billions of GPS users. Most definitely, that would be a step in the right direction. I don’t know how realistic that hope may be, time will tell. Any system that relies on timely information that changes from weeks, to days, then to minutes or less relies on an exponentially increasing network of sensors and observations, computing power and means of data transmission, reception and interpretation. IMHO, that’s, where the “dog lies buried.” Actually, there is more, the data needs to be not just timely but also correct.

Correct is Better

I’d prefer correct data over false but “timely” data anytime. And it doesn’t matter what type of data (“numbers”) one looks at. In many cases, you may be able to note that some “out-of-line” data are wrong. Whether they are due to transmission problems, computer error, or other (possibly human) error is irrelevant. If you need to rely on a number that may be faulty, you’ll need to choose between trusting that number or not. Sometimes it’s difficult to decide.

I get a lot of data from all kinds of sources, more or less continuously. In addition, I do study recent publications in numerous scientific journals, etc. In short, I have some knowledge and a few decades of experience in that. So, it may not come as a surprise that I send emails to various authors, university public relations agents, and so on, simply trying to verify a few details of one claim or another.

That’s where other problems start: with the communication channels. Despite all technological advances, many established communication systems appear to fail; facts are out and tweets are in. An observer ”from Mars” might conclude that social media “tweets” are all that counts. I beg to differ.

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Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc. He is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles.

Dr. Kaiser has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts
convenientmyths.com

Dr. Kaiser can be reached at: mail@convenientmyths.com


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Demolishing the link between CO2 and climate

IceAgeNow - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 21:40

A meteorologist and an analytical chemist teamed up explore the claims that CO2 levels drive climate. (They also mention the role of underwater volcanoes, a drum that I have been beating for more than 20 years.)

In their newly published paper, ‘Role of atmospheric carbon dioxide in climate change‘, meteorologist Dr Martin Hertzberg and analytical chemist Hans Schreuder cite a plethora of data concerning what is known – and currently accepted – about the role of carbon dioxide in climate change (global warming).

The data examined includes:

(a) Vostok (Antarctica) ice-core measurements;

(b) rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere;

(c) temperature changes that precede CO2 changes;

(d) global temperature trends;

(e) satellite data;

(f) effect of solar activity.

The two highly qualified scientists found that:

“Nothing in the data supports the supposition that atmospheric CO2 is a driver of weather or climate, or that human emissions control atmospheric CO2.”

Any changes in CO2 levels are “overwhelmingly natural.”

Looking at the relationship between CO2 and climate over the past 400,000 years, the data indicate that human-caused CO2 emissions had no influence on the Earth’s temperature,

Even though CO2 levels doubled during warming periods in the past 400,000 years, any change in climate  could not have come from human emissions, which were essentially nil.

“Empirical evidence does not support the claim that anthropogenic CO2 emissions cause global warming and/or climate change.

“The preponderance of evidence suggests that human emission is not a significant factor in the increase (of CO2 levels).”

“Fossil fuels are not a significant source of atmospheric CO2,” the authors insist. Instead, forces and motions in the oceans and atmosphere are driven mainly by the following:

•   The motions of the Earth relative to the Sun

•   Variations in solar activity

•   The distribution of land and water on the Earth’s surface,

•   Motions within the Earth’s oceans that determine moisture content and ocean surface temperatures (El Nino and La Nina).

•   Volcanic eruptions

•   Underwater volcanic eruptions, including ‘black smokers’ that spew super-heated water continuously. Underwater volcanoes are expected to number in the hundreds of thousands.

The two long-time scientists also found that changes in temperature almost always preceded changes in CO2 levels, meaning that global warming alarmists have it backward. Carbon dioxide levels do not drive the climate. Instead, CO2 levels respond to climate.

Even during the last 59 years, the authors found a negative correlation between CO2 levels and climate.

See entire paper:
http://principia-scientific.org/publications/Role_of_CO2-EaE.pdf

Martin Hertzberg was first trained as a meteorologist at the US Naval Postgraduate School and served as a forecasting and research aerologist at the Fleet Weather Central in Washington DC. He subsequently obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Stanford and later served as a Fulbright Professor.

Dr Hertzberg established and supervised the explosion testing laboratory at the U. S. Bureau of Mines facility in Pittsburgh (now NIOSH). Test equipment developed in that laboratory has been widely replicated and incorporated into ASTM standards. Published test results from that laboratory are used for the hazard evaluation of industrial dusts and gases. He is an internationally recognized expert on combustion, flames, explosions and fire research with over 100 publications in those areas. While with the Federal Government he served as a consultant for several Government Agencies (MSHA, DOE, NAS) and professional groups (such as EPRI). He is the author of two US patents: (1) sub-micron particulate detectors, and (2) multi-channel infra-red pyrometers.

Hertzberg is also a long time climate writer and is a well-published skeptic of anthropogenic global warming/climate change.

Hans Schreuder trained as an analytical chemist in The Hague and spent 15 years working in that field, testing pharmaceutical products as well as researching the recycling of plastics and rubber. For another 15 years, he gained extensive experience as an international technical contractor, including writing quality control manuals whilst working in South Africa. He was accepted as a member of MENSA after passing the relevant tests.

Schreuder has long been a staunch and highly regarded critic of the greenhouse gas theory and outspoken commentator, using his two websites as a publishing hub for fellow scientists critical of the theory. Schreuder has written many articles on the subject and in May 2009 submitted a 109-page written report, supplemented with a 45-min oral submission, to the Northern Ireland Climate Change Committee.


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More snow for Wyoming

IceAgeNow - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 21:10

Cold low pressure will cross Wyoming today and bring periods of
snow to portions of the mountains today and tonight. The highest amounts of snow will be above 8500 feet.

Absaroka Mountains-Teton and Gros Ventre Mountains-
Wind River Mountains West-Wind River Mountains East-

May 26 2017…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THIS MORNING TO MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT…

* TIMING…Snow will begin in the Tetons around daybreak and
spread east during the day. Snow will taper off during the
evening.

* TOTAL SNOWFALL…4 to 10 inches.

* MAIN IMPACT…Mountain passes will become slick and snow
covered. Visibility may be reduced to under one half mile at
times.

http://www.weather.gov/riw/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link


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George Noory to appear live in Seattle

IceAgeNow - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:34

And I’ll get to appear with him! Saturday evening, July 29, 2017
Click on video (below) to view George Noory’s invitation.

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

The show will be held in Everett, Washington, just a few miles north of Seattle.

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

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4103621/george-noory-live-everett-everett-theatre?language=en&country=US&searchType=venue

The Historic Everett Theatre
2911 Colby Ave
Everett, Washington 98201
425-258-6766

 

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Record snowfall raises fears of flooding in Teton County

IceAgeNow - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:28

Jackson Hole Wyoming (24 May 2017) – Snowfall this past winter measured 600 inches (1524 cm), the most snowfall on record,according to data from the Bureau of Reclamation, the USGS and Mountain Weather.

The water content of the snow is approximately 165 percent of average.

The National Weather service is now predicting high snowmelt potential in the the Snake River because continuing cold weather has delayed most of the run-off.

However, officials are playing it low-key, pointing out that temps are still low enough in the mountains to maintain a steady, slow snowmelt.

However, if temperatures reach 70 degrees in the valley and 50 in the mountains for about three days straight, well, then, there could be a problem.

http://planetjh.com/2017/05/24/the-buzz-2-dam-concerns/

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


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Now the coldest millennium in 8,000 years

IceAgeNow - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:20

Please, will someone show this graph to President Trump?


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Now the coldest millennium in 8,000 years

The reversion to a true ice age is almost overdue
By Ed Hoskins

The last millennium, 1000AD – 2000AD, has been the coldest millennium of the entire current Holocene interglacial.

Graph by Ed Hoskins

Each of the notable high points in the Holocene temperature record, (Holocene Climate Optimum – Minoan – Roman – Medieval – Modern), have been progressively colder than the previous high point.

For its first 7-8000 years the early Holocene, including its high point known as the “climate optimum”, temperatures have been virtually flat, with an average drop of only ~0.007 °C per millennium.

But the more recent Holocene since a “tipping point” at around 1000BC, 3000 years ago has seen temperature fall at about 20 times that earlier rate at about 0.14 °C per millennium .

The Holocene interglacial is already 10 – 11,000 years old and judging from the length of previous interglacial periods, the Holocene epoch should be drawing to its close: in this century, the next century or this millennium.

But the slight beneficial warming at the end of the 20th century to the Modern high point has been transmuted into the “Great Man-made Global Warming Scare”.

The recent warming since the end of the Little Ice Age has been wholly beneficial when compared to the devastating impacts arising from the relatively minor cooling of the Little Ice Age, which include:

• Decolonisation of Greenland
• Black death
• French revolution
• Failures of the Inca and Angkor Wat civilisations
• etc., etc.

As global temperatures have already been showing stagnation or cooling over the last nineteen years or more, the world should now fear the real and detrimental effects of cooling, rather than being hysterical about limited, beneficial or probably now non-existent further warming.

Warmer times are times of success and prosperity both for man-kind and the biosphere.

One should think of the Holocene interglacial epoch as a whole with its progressively cooler and cooler warm episodes:

• the Holocene Climate Optimum
• the Minoan warming
• the Roman warming
• the Medieval warm period
• recent modern warming, 1975 – 2000.

For example during the Roman warm period the climate was warmer and wetter so that the Northern Sahara was the breadbasket of the Roman empire .

According to the Ice Core records, each of these successive Holocene warm periods have been cooler than the one previously and a tipping point towards accelerated global cooling occurred at about 1000BC.

The coming end of the present Holocene interglacial will in due course again result in a mile high ice sheet over much of the Northern hemisphere. As the Holocene epoch is already about 11,000 years old, the reversion to a true ice age is almost overdue and would be the real climate catastrophe.

With the present reducing Solar activity, significantly reduced temperatures, at least to the level of another Little Ice Age are predicted for later this century .

Whether the present impending cooling will really lead on to a coming glacial ice age or not is still in question.

This point is more fully illustrated here:
https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/the-holocene-context-for-anthropogenic-global-warming-2/


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Heavy snowfall buries road in Rocky Mountain National Park

IceAgeNow - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:01

Park officials not sure when Trail Ridge Road will re-open.

Train Ridge Road – 22 May 2017 (National Park Service)

24 May 2017 – The National Park Service closed Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park after last week’s snowstorm buried the road.

http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_31010040/snow-buries-trail-ridge-road-rocky-mountain-national

Thanks to Andrew Stranglen for this link


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Ice core records show profound temperature decline

IceAgeNow - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:15

Look at the unmistakable trend on this graph!
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“The Modern Warming phase began around 1690 or so,” says reader. “This means, if going by past long warm cycles, it is almost over.”

Graph by Ed Hoskins

“The warmth seems to last around 350 years or so. Not only that, we are near the time for a big dip in the temperature in the Northern Latitudes as well, since they happen around a 1,000 years apart and it has been about a 1,000 years now since the last big dip.

“Notice how they happen right after a long warming phase ends?”

https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/51047-1.png

Thanks to Sunset Tommy for this link, and to Ed Hoskins for the graph


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Trump approval numbers pop back up

IceAgeNow - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:43

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rasmussen Reports shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_may24


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Cold Butt at Crater Lake

IceAgeNow - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:39

Last week I posted an article about the eruption of Oregon’s Mount Mazama some 7,700 years ago that formed Crater Lake. What I didn’t mention is that I was visiting the area at the time. This is what it it looked like on May 18, 2017. Brrrr!

Crater Lake “men’s room” 18 May 2017 – © Robert Felix

After visiting the Mt. Shasta area to photograph Whitney Glacier (which is growing, by the way), I decided to drive north to Bend, Oregon. According to the map, it looked like I could easily drive along the west side of Crater Lake.

Oops. Maybe not.

As I got closer and closer to the lake, the snowbanks got higher and higher. Can you even see the automobile in this photo?

Near Crater Lake – 18 May 2017 – © Robert Felix

Upon reaching the fee booth for Crater Lake National Park, I learned that I could drive only as far as the visitor center, a distance of 7 miles. Then I would need to retrace my path because the roads around the lake were completely closed.

Too much snow, you see.

According to the ranger on duty, the West Rim Drive won’t open until “sometime in June.” The East Rim Drive “will likely remain closed by snow until mid-July.”

So much for global warming.

Crater Lake – 18 May 2017 – © Robert Felix

 

With a depth of 1,949 feet (594 m), Crater Lake is the deepest lake  in the United States.  It measures 5 by 6 miles (8.0 by 9.7 km) across.

 

Crater Lake – 18 May 2017 – © Robert Felix

I didn’t especially like retracing my path, but still, the drive was worth it. The area is absolutely stunning.

 

By the way, it warms my heart (and backside) to report that I did not have to use the sanitary facility pictured above.
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Argentina – Hail and snow seriously affect horticultural production

IceAgeNow - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:12

19 May 2017 – In Cordoba, hail seriously affected horticultural production and it snowed in San Luis.

Heavy rains in the southern region of Misiones over the last few hours have caused flooding of urban streams and flooded homes, streets, schools and hospitals, a source in the provincial government’s Civil Protection Subsecretariat reported Monday.

https://www.clarin.com/sociedad/fuertes-lluvias-granizo-nieve-diferentes-puntos-pais_0_SJJhD9hlZ.html

Snow in San Luis:
https://www.clarin.com/sociedad/fuertes-lluvias-granizo-nieve-diferentes-puntos-pais_0_SJJhD9hlZ.html

Misiones, San Luis and Cordoba are provinces of Argentina.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misiones_Province#/media/File:Provincia_de_Misiones_-_localizaci%C3%B3n_en_Argentina.svg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

“Hey Pope, why don’t you return to the country where you came from and have a ride there in your white Pope mobile in the snow in San Luis, warning the people the dangers of global warming,” says Argiris.


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More than 50 cm of snow in Cartwright, Nfld

IceAgeNow - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:03

Snow marks unofficial start of summer for May 24 weekend – People reaching for mittens instead of sunscreen.

Cartwright, Nfld. officially received 51.6 cm (20.3″) over the weekend.

About 30 cm (12 inches) of snow fell Roddickton and Englee areas, while about 20 cm fell in La Scie.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/may-24-snow-1.4126448

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link


 

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Snowiest May 20 in St Johns since 1874

IceAgeNow - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:29

Breaks record that had stood for 143 years.

With 4.0cm of snow, yesterday was ‘s snowiest May 20th since records began in 1874.

With 4.0cm of snow, yesterday was #StJohns's snowiest May 20th since records began in 1874. #NLWx pic.twitter.com/bx3ZkBCWRs

— YYT Weather Records (@YYT_Weather) May 21, 2017

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link


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Reach for your wallet; you’re being had

IceAgeNow - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:12

|”They care for nothing other than increasing their own power.”
– Harold Satterfield

Reach for your wallet; you’re being had

By Harold Satterfield

The whole climate change issue is ginned up by politicians in an attempt to raise taxes, transfer wealth, and increase control over the populace in general.  They’re saying, in effect, “It’s an EMERGENCY, stupid! Give us everything we ask for so we can save you!” In fact they care for nothing other than increasing their own power.

Whether or not it’s an emergency, and if so what’s causing it, are at best debatable. To paraphrase Michael Crichton, the claim of consensus is historically the first refuge of scoundrels.

When someone claims consensus, that the matter is settled, and there’s no room for debate, reach for your wallet; you’re being had.


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Northern Hemisphere Winter Snow Cover Increasing

IceAgeNow - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 18:18

NH snow extent has been trending upward since at least 1967 in both North America and Eurasia. 

And yet, and yet, snow was supposed to be a thing of the past.

Here’s a graph from Rutgers University Global Snow Lab (GSL) showing Northern Hemisphere Snow Extent.

http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/chart_seasonal.php?ui_set=nhland&ui_season=1

Thanks to Peter G for this link


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“Mini Ice Age is here to stay,” says astrophysicist

IceAgeNow - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:28

“Major cold plunges hit Europe April and May 2017.”

“The developing Mini-Ice-Age is now in a NEW PHASE and here to stay 20 years” says Piers Corbyn, astrophysicist of WeatherAction.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_Jt7uCXYAA_iYO.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link


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Kill the Paris Treaty and Rip out its Roots.

IceAgeNow - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 20:58

Calling on President Trump to keep his election promise to withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty.

“All people who value freedom and prosperity must eradicate the UN Climate weeds, roots and all.” – Viv Forbes
For Immediate Release
18th May 2017

Kill the Paris Treaty and Rip out its Roots

 

By Viv Forbes
Secretary of the Clexit Coalition

The Clexit Coalition today called on President Trump to keep his election promise to withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty and stop US payments to all UN global warming programs.

The Clexit (ClimateExit) Coalition, comprising over 175 representatives from 25 countries, aims to prevent ratification or local enforcement of the UN Paris climate treaty.

See: http://clexit.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/clexit-members.pdf

The Secretary of Clexit, Mr Viv Forbes of Australia, said that all nations will suffer from the destructive energy policies being promoted in the UN’s war on cheap, reliable hydro-carbon fuels and the backbone industries that rely on them – mining and smelting, farming, fishing, forestry, processing and manufacturing.

He was supported by Professor Will Happer, Professor of Physics at Princeton University who said today:

“Americans never felt compelled to sign up to international folly in the past. I hope the United States once again shows the common sense of its people and walks away from the Paris Agreement.”

Dr Willie Soon of Clexit USA, an astro-physicist and climate author, added:

“There is no free energy in the real world. All world leaders, not only President Trump, should stop promoting the empty game of energy poverty and deaths.”

Dr Tim Ball, the Regional Director of Clexit Canada, said:

“President Trump knows he must keep the promises made at his public rallies. For example, he made the commitment to get out of Paris in his Harrisburg Pennsylvania speech:
https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4667776/president-trump-remarks-harrisburg-pennsylvania

“This includes deals like the one-sided Paris Climate Accord, where the United States pays billions of dollars while China, Russia and India have contributed nothing and will contribute nothing.”

Mr Forbes said that the war on natural hydro-carbon fuels is denying the poorest people and nations of the world the chance of better paying jobs, cheaper energy and more abundant food.

“There is no justification for the War on carbon dioxide – CO2 does not drive global temperature and Earth’s climate cannot be tweaked by erecting windmills or putting taxes on carbon dioxide.

CO2 is naturally sequestered by oceans and the biosphere. Burning natural hydrocarbons merely recycles Earth’s carbonaceous nutrients vital to all life – already world food production and global forests have benefited from the small increases in carbon dioxide plant food in Earth’s atmosphere.

See: World forests just grew 9%:
http://mailchi.mp/thegwpf/good-news-planet-earth-covered-in-much-more-forest-than-thought? e=b4fa0c6183

“President Trump promised to exit the Paris Treaty, but he also needs to de-fund and exit all UN climate control bureaucracies.

“Tom Harris of the Canadian-based International Climate Science Coalition has said that the President needs to dig up the roots of Paris – the UN Framework on Climate Change signed by President H. W. Bush and others in Rio in 1992.

See: http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/08/killing-the-paris-agreement-is-not-enough/

“The root mass of every weed is as big as its branches. Everyone knows that pruning weeds just encourages more growth from the energised roots. All people who value freedom and prosperity must eradicate the UN Climate weeds, roots and all.

Cartoon posted by permission of Steve Hunter

“Clexit members around the world look to President Trump to add his weight to the growing momentum to withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty and the Rio UN FCCC, and to de-fund all bodies responsible for planting these climate industry weeds.”

(Apologies to those who may oppose other policies of Donald Trump, but on climate and energy he is spot on and deserves support.)

Viv Forbes
vforbes@clexit.net
Rosevale   Qld Australia
_________________________________________

 Further Reading:

42 American organisations demand that USA exit the Paris Climate Treaty:

https://americanpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/rom42groupstoPresidentTrumponParisCl imateTreaty8May2017.pdf?mc_cid=c823f0ccf2&mc_eid=cf466a8b6f

The Legal and Economic Case Against the Paris Climate Treaty:
http://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/christopher-horner-legal-and-economic.html

Paris Climate Agreement – President Trump should take us out:
http://principia-scientific.org/agreement-paris-climate-agreement/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+psintl+%28Principia+Scientific+Intl+-+Current+News%29

Bonn Climate Conference Demands an Extra $300 billion:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/05/15/un-bonn-climate-conference-demand-300-billion/

Final Quote:
“Believing carbon dioxide is the planet’s climate control knob is pretty close to believing in magic.”
– Dr. Richard Lindzen

Disclosure:

Viv Forbes has Tertiary qualifications in geology, physics and chemistry and experience in coal, oil, gas, grazing, investment analysis, cycles and mineral economics and has written widely on energy, climate and politics. He holds shares in a small Australian coking coal exporter which will benefit if the war on hydro-carbons sends more Australian industries to Asia.

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