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By: Ian Cameron                 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

2018-04-16

 

Voters Don’t Like Climate Crusading

Lawrence Solomon notes that Democrat members of Congress helped push through a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that contained funding for programs dear to them. But nowhere in the bill’s 2,232 pages do the words “climate change” or “global warming” appear. That’s because polls show that Americans consistently are unwilling to support climate policies if there’s a cost attached. Britain’s largest independent social research agency, Netcen, surveyed 35,000 people in 18 European countries and found that fewer than one-quarter were either “extremely worried” or “very worried” about global warming. 
 
The press once cared about climate change; politicians did, too-whenever it appeared to further their political careers. But the public may never have truly cared. If election results, rather than public opinion polls, are the measure. Canada was a pioneer in proving how little the public cared, when in 2008, Liberal leader Stéphane Dion vowed to introduce a carbon tax if elected prime minister, thereby earning the Liberals’ worst defeat since Confederation. There won’t be any downplaying in Justin Trudeau’s next election, though in 2019, when his carbon taxes will be front and centre.
 
In a separate piece Ross McKitrick forecasts that a Doug Ford victory in Ontario’s June election will change national climate policy in a big way. The reason is Mr. Ford’s willingness to declare the climate change issue as secondary to basic economic priorities. That view may inspire others to join him and is supported by the IPCC’s report in the impact of climate change on economic activity, welfare and development.
 
<http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/lawrence-solomon-trudeau-will-learn-a-painful-lesson-voters-really-dislike-climate-crusading>
<http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/doug-ford-is-about-to-change-climate-change-policy-for-the-whole-country-and-its-about-time#comments-area>
<http://ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/wg2/WGIIAR5-Chap10_FINAL.pdf>
 

Canadian Auditors-General Report on Adapting to Climate Change

Auditors-general from the federal government and nine provinces (Quebec sensibly opting out of this one) issued a report Perspectives on Climate Change Action in Canada-A Collaborative Report from Auditors General-March 2018. The report begins with the usual mantra about the severe impacts of a warming climate and extreme weather events. It then notes that Canada missed two emission-reduction targets (1992 Rio, 2005 Kyoto), will likely miss the 2009 Copenhagen target and will also likely miss the 2030 Paris target by 20%. More than half of the governments had no overall emissions targets, and of those that did, only two were on track to meet them.
 
In an interview of federal environment and climate change minister Catherine McKenna, the interviewer points out that the UN says that under the current plan, Canada will fail to meet its 2030 target. The minister promises additional measures, such as “investments in public transit, … clean technologies, carbon sinks” will enable Canada to meet its goal. Three times in the interview she mentions her basic talking point about increasing forest fires and floods as justification for emissions reductions. In a YouTube video the minister is pressed to respond to a simple question on the emissions-reduction effect of the government’s $50/t carbon tax, but is unable to answer.
 
<http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-climate-change-report-plan-risks-1.4594971>
<http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_otp_201803_e_42883.html>
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y55cEZiN0Sk>
 

Will a Federal Carbon Tax Survive the Supreme Court?

Facing the prospect of opposition to Ottawa’s proposed national carbon tax by three provinces, Catherine McKenna bluntly stated, without producing any constitutional basis, that they would lose in court. A Toronto Sun story argues that section 92 of the Constitution give provinces the exclusive exclusive jurisdiction to regulate the activities of the companies and businesses in their provinces. Also, the provinces may be able to successfully argue that the actual effects of the proposed carbon tax legislation is the imposition of  taxes which will have no effect on positively affecting climate change and regulating the environment.  
 
In a CTV News piece Minister McKenna, in effect, promises the voters of Ontario and Alberta that if they throw out their present governments, the feds will impose a carbon tax and rebate the revenue directly to taxpayers.
 
<http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/guest-column-dont-be-so-sure-a-carbon-tax-will-survive-the-supreme-court?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1522964227>
<https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/don-martin-blog/don-martin-political-hot-air-to-blame-for-pending-carbon-pricing-failure-1.3873205>
 

Rolling Back Fuel Economy Standards Could Mean Bigger Cars

The LA Times has noticed that  gas prices have been so low in recent years that more Americans are choosing to buy bigger vehicles, meaning less progress in the “fight against climate change.” The only thing reining in consumer appetite for trucks and SUVs has been tough fuel economy standards adopted several years ago by California and the Obama administration. Now that the Trump administration has declared that these standards are too onerous for the auto industry and should be weakened. 
 
The feds and California are currently negotiating about a compromise regarding the rules that require automakers to meet fleet-wide averages of more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025 (35 mpg in real-world driving conditions.) If they can’t agree the US auto market would face two different standards, with California and 12 other states operating differently than the rest of the country, not to mention years of court battles.
 
<http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fuel-economy-impacts-20180406-story,amp.html>
 

Polar Bears and the New York Times

The NY Times published a piece titled Climate Change Denialists Say Polar Bears Are Fine. Scientists Are Pushing Back, that targets Susan Crockford for departing from the polar bear party line. The author of the screed, Erica Goode, is a former environmental editor of the Times, who “knows” that the experts concerned about the long-term prospects of polar bears are correct and that any dissenting voices who think the bears are doing well are wrong.
 
<https://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2018/04/13/polar-bears-and-the-sleazy-new-york-times/>
< https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/10/climate/polar-bears-climate-deniers.html>
<https://www.thegwpf.com/polar-bear-specialist-mitch-taylor-on-accountability-in-polar-bear-science/>
 

HuffPost Notices Academic Climate Hypocrisy

Recently two academics at the University of Washington were appalled to hear professional colleagues bragging about their frequent flyer status-the result of jetting around the world to attend conferences, participate in workshops and give lectures. In a Huffington Post article the authors write that in 2014 U. of Washington academics submitted claims for 136 million miles of professional travel – enough for a return trip to Mars, and thereby creating 23,811 tonnes of CO2. They deplore the noticeable disconnect between what universities preach and what their star professors do.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/04/01/huffpost-notices-academic-climate-hypocrisy/>
<https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-dolsak-prakash-carbon-tax_us_5abe746ae4b055e50acd5c80>
 

Court Case to Force Shell to “Reinvest” More in Renewables

Shell’s long term policy of cultivating green friends seems to have come unstuck. A Friends of the Earth lawsuit insists that Shell’s re-investing 5% of its profits in renewables simply isn’t good enough. Friends of the Earth Netherlands on April 4 demanded the Anglo-Dutch company revise plans to invest only 5% in sustainable energy and 95% in greenhouse-gas emitting oil and gas. In the Netherlands in 2015, greens won a shock court victory – Dutch courts ruled that the government had to do more to cut CO2 emissions. The Dutch government was forced to live up to its green rhetoric. The lawyer who won that case is now coming after Shell.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/04/04/court-case-to-force-shell-to-reinvest-more-in-renewables/>
 

A New Coal War Emerges in SE Asia

A joint report by Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and CoalSwarm indicates that Southeast Asia will be the new epicentre of coal power production. The region accounts for 85% of new coal power development in the world’s top 20 coal producing countries, with China the leader of the pack. However, Beijing’s foremost strategic competitor in Asia, Japan, is being forced to step up efforts to combat its shrinking influence in the region. The booming energy sector of Southeast Asia, especially coal, is proving to be the new front line in the geopolitical rivalry between Asia’s two industrial giants. 
 
<http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2139667/new-coal-war-frontier-emerges-china-and-japan-compete-energy?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e173cecd48-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-e173cecd48-20168513>
 

India Slashes Plans for New Nuclear Reactors by Two-thirds

The Indian government had set an ambitious goal of 63 GW of nuclear power additions by 2031-32, but has cut it to 22 GW, or about one-third. While the Department of Atomic Energy did not specify the reasons for the change, it is likely that India has come face-to-face with the same reality as other developing nations seeking rapid construction of nuclear power-challenges due to lack of funding, a reliable supply chain to handle the huge increase in orders, and a trained workforce to build and operate the new plants. Currently two-thirds of India’s electricity comes from coal, and with the cut in planned nuclear power the country will rely even more heavily on coal.
 
<http://energypost.eu/17408-2/>
 

Battery Wastage

The Global Warming Policy Foundation has issued a paper explaining why battery storage for rooftop solar doesn’t pay, at least in the UK. First, batteries are expensive but are warranted only for a certain number of duty cycles, meaning that the stored energy cost exceeds present electricity prices. (The paper used a warranty of 3,000 - 4,000 cycles over five years for a 4-kWh lithium-ion battery.) A rooftop solar array without any battery storage can reduce grid power by about 40%. Consumers can easily shift their load peaks to coincide with solar production peaks. Finally, in winter solar generation is so low that there is little possibility that a realistic battery store can affect grid energy import.
 
<https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2018/04/Aris2018.pdf?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0b1b909cab-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-0b1b909cab-20168513>

 

2018-03-24

 

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe Tries to Scare Canadians with Threats of Warmer Temperatures

As the IPCC Cities Conference progressed in Edmonton, March 5-8, 2018, Canada’s energy center was not going to be left out. The Calgary Climate Change Symposium featured “Climate George” – George Marshall, activist and author of the UK, and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe of the Political Sciences department at Texas Tech University. Dr. Hayhoe charmed the audience with her folksy presentation telling us how her mother’s tulips were coming up in March instead of April and how this had never happened in all the time she was growing up in Ontario.  This would normally be termed an anecdotal commentary, not scientific evidence, but this is the path the “Alberta Narrative” has taken.
 
Dr. Hayhoe tends to defer to social scientists. “They’ve found that more education doesn’t change people’s perceptions—that in fact, the people with the highest degree of science literacy aren’t the ones who are most concerned, but rather, the most polarized. Because those people can muster evidence to explain why they’re right, too.”
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/13/dr-katharine-hayhoe-tries-to-scare-canadians-with-threats-of-warmer-temperatures/>
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/21/im-a-little-worried-the-us-is-falling-behind-katharine-hayhoes-template-for-climate-persuasion/>
 

The Coming Carbon Tax Showdown

In December 2016 the Canadian federal and nearly all the provincial leaders signed the pan-Canadian framework to meet the country’s 2030 emissions targets. It rested on the bargain that Canada would build a pipeline or two, and the citizens would do penance in the form of carbon taxes that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today, that bargain is looking shaky. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley imposed a carbon tax, and the feds approved the TransMountain pipeline expansion, which is resolutely opposed by the British Columbia government and activists. Ms. will probably lose her job next year because she has delivered carbon taxes but no pipeline. Her replacement is planning to abolish the carbon tax as soon as he beats her. In Ontario, the anti-carbon-tax crusader Doug Ford could well become premier in next June’s election.
 
Within a couple years it is possible that five provinces (Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia) will have governments opposed to a carbon tax. Manitoba’s current Conservative regime is a lukewarm supporter, at best. This sets the stage for a carbon tax war between the feds and provinces representing more than half the country’s population.
 
<https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-coming-carbon-tax-showdown/>
<http://www.c2cjournal.ca/2018/03/carbon-credit-where-credit-is-due/>
<http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/kevin-libin-trudeaus-carbon-tax-is-close-to-blowing-up-in-his-face>
 

A Billion-dollar Plan No One Should Follow

In its March 19 Speech from the Throne, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government asserted, “you cannot be serious about lowering emissions and fighting climate change without a price on carbon pollution.” Nowhere did the speech specify what this supposed pollution actually is. That’s probably because, if it did, millions of Canadians would realize that the Wynne government is wasting billions of dollars trying to control a non-pollutant in the forlorn hope that reducing the province’s minimal contribution to worldwide emissions of this non-pollutant will have a beneficial effect on Earth’s complex and ever-changing climate.
 
Premier Wynne’s ‘carbon pollution’ mistake is dangerous because it dumbs down a vitally important science debate, inappropriately sways millions of people, and ultimately drives terrible government policies.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/24/a-billion-dollar-plan-no-one-should-follow/>
 

Canadian Government: “Consider the gendered impacts of climate change”

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, is urging environmental activists to address the “gendered impacts” of climate change, especially its effects on women and girls. In a recent post on Twitter, the minister called on followers to “consider the gendered impacts of climate change on women, girls and children” while praising Canada’s leadership in training “women negotiators” in the fight against manmade global warming.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/10/canadian-government-consider-the-gendered-impacts-of-climate-change/>
 

US Federal Court Holds First-ever Hearing on Climate-change Science

On March 7 US District Court judge William Alsup ordered a proceeding for March 21 featuring lawyers for Exxon, BP, Chevron and other oil companies pitted against those for San Francisco and Oakland that have accused fossil fuel interests of covering up their role in contributing to global warming. For this hearing the judge posed a list of eight questions on climate science, and these are posted on RealClimate’s website. After a five-hour tutorial on global warming, Judge Alsup dismissed a core section that plaintiffs brought in the case — that oil companies conspired to cover up global warming science.
 
In a Watts Up With That? article Joseph Bast provides a postmortem of the case, pending the transcript from the court. Lawyers for Chevron submitted a PowerPoint (adopted by all the other defendants), which Mr. Bast critiques. Much of the PowerPoint relies on IPCC reports.
 
<http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article203842234.html>
<http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2018/03/alsup-asks-for-answers/>
<http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/21/federal-judge-conspiracy-exxon-chevron/>
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/23/a-postmortem-on-the-rejected-exxonknew-case-in-san-francisco-federal-court/>
<http://blogs2.law.columbia.edu/climate-change-litigation/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/case-documents/2018/20180321_docket-317-cv-06011_na.pdf>
 

Growing German Opposition to Wind Farms

Fritz Vahrenholt, Hamburg’s former environmental senator, was one of the pioneers of Germany’s Energiewende. Today, he finds its implementation miserable and believes that the new federal government urgently needs to change course in response to growing public resistance against more and more wind turbines. Mr. Vahrenholt’s  main criticism of Energiewende: “With our move towards intermittent wind and solar energy we have reached a dead end. Correcting the undesirable developments by imposing ever-increasing costs on households and drivers, that smells like a planned economy.” He notes the the falling cost of wind turbines is no longer relevant. Rather it’s the exorbitant cost of storing intermittent wind and solar power.
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/fritz-vahrenholt-german-opposition-to-wind-farms-is-growing/>
 

Global Warming: Real or Groupthink?

A report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation examines groupthink, the tendency for members of groups of like-minded people to bolster their collective view and ignore or rubbish alternative views. The three “rules” of groupthink are: (1) A group of people come to share a particular view or belief without a proper appraisal of the evidence; (2) This leads them to insist that their belief is shared by a ‘consensus’ of all right-minded opinion; (3) Because their belief is ultimately only subjective, resting on shaky foundations, they then defend it only by displaying an irrational, dismissive hostility towards anyone daring to question it.
 
According to the report’s author: “Future generations may look back on the late-20th and early 21st-century panic over man-made warming as one of the strangest episodes in the history of either science or politics. But they will only be able to understand how such an extraordinary flight from reality could have taken place by reference to the peculiarities of collective human psychology, and in particular to the rules defining the nature of groupthink.”
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/global-warming-alarm-real-or-groupthink/>
<https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/features/56212/global-warming-real-or-groupthink-/>
 

MIT Report: It Will Take up to 400 Years to Transform to “Clean” Energy

The MIT Technology Review has published a report on “the real reasons we’re not building clean energy near fast enough.” Fifteen years ago a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution calculated that the world needed to add about a nuclear power plant’s worth of CO2-free energy capacity (1,100 MW) every day from 2000 to 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change (i.e., keep the global temperature rise to less than 2°C.) Instead, the capacity being added is only 151 MW/day. At that rate, substantially transforming the energy system would take, not the next three decades, but nearly the next four centuries.
 
The reason for the holdup: “Beyond the vexing combination of economic, political, and technical challenges is the basic problem of overwhelming scale. There is a massive amount that needs to be built, which will suck up an immense quantity of manpower, money, and materials.” To achieve the required scale would require World War II-type government intervention in the economy, when the US government nationalized parts of the steel, coal and railroad industries and forced automakers to produce aircraft, tanks and jeeps, instead of cars. “But how do you inspire a war mentality in peacetime, when the enemy is invisible and moving in slow motion?”
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/15/mit-report-it-will-take-400-years-to-transform-to-clean-energy/>
<https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610457/at-this-rate-its-going-to-take-nearly-400-years-to-transform-the-energy-system/>

 

2018-02-23

 

Tim Ball’s Free-Speech Victory over Andrew Weaver

In 2011, Andrew Weaver, then a climate modeller at the University of Victoria and now leader of the Green Party in the British Columbia legislature, sued Dr. Ball over an article published in the Canada Free Press. Among other things the article said Dr. Weaver was “was “lacking a basic understanding of climate science,” Arguments on the case were heard in the fall of 2017, and on February 13 the judge dismissed all charges in the lawsuit.
 
In a Watts Up With That article, Dr. Ball describes the history of the Weaver lawsuit, as well as one still outstanding brought by Micheal Mann.
 
<https://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/climate-scientist-sues-skeptic-for-libel/>
<http://joannenova.com.au/2018/02/tim-ball-wins-andrew-weaver-drops-libel-case-after-7-years/>
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/14/tim-balls-victory-in-the-first-climate-lawsuit-judgment-the-backstory/>
<http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/18/02/2018BCSC0205.htm>
<https://judithcurry.com/2018/02/14/update-libel-cases-and-the-climate-wars/#more-23823>
 

Polar Bear Battle in Toronto: Good Science vs Climate Do-gooders

Two events on February 27 in Toronto will juxtapose conflicting conclusions on the current health and future for polar bears. In the city’s swanky Yorkville district, it’s the 2018 Polar Bear Showdown, an international display of conflicting views on the state of polar-bear science. Are the great, charismatic creatures, all white, cuddly-looking and dangerous, caught in the death grip of climate change? At another corner, exactly one block away, in the Founders’ Room at the down-market Toronto Reference Library, the Global Warming Policy Foundation of London, England will launch a new report on the state of polar bears by Susan Crockford, adjunct professor at the University of Victoria. There will be no entertainment, and no food, but the science will be far superior.
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/polar-bear-battle-in-toronto-its-good-science-vs-climate-do-gooders/>
<https://www.thegwpf.org/state-of-the-polar-bear-report-2017/>
 

Chevron and Exxon Fight Back against Climate Suits

Chevron, which together with BP, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Shell, is facing climate lawsuits from San Francisco and Oakland, and is now suing Oslo-based Statoil, calling it “one of many” oil producers that should help foot the bill if the industry is found liable. Adding foreign companies to the litigation is a tactical maneuver to keep the dispute out of state court, where the cities have more favourable prospects, and force it into federal court. A federal judge in San Francisco is scheduled to decide whether the cases should stay there or proceed in the superior courts of Alameda and San Francisco counties.
 
Exxon Mobil has targeted at least 30 people and organizations, including the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts, hitting them with suits, threats of suits or demands for sworn depositions. The company claims the lawyers, public officials and environmental activists are “conspiring” against it in a coordinated legal and public relations campaign.
 
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-08/chevron-fights-cities-climate-suits-with-creative-lawyering>
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-13/exxon-sues-the-suers-in-fierce-bid-to-defeat-climate-lawsuits>
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/17/exxon-hits-back-hard-at-gore-mckibben-inspired-attorney-general-witch-hunt/>
 

NYU Law Professor:“Cross-examination is going to be brutal”

Richard Epstein, director of New York University’s Classical Liberal Institute, was interviewed about the California counties and municipal litigation against energy companies and predicts that the plaintiffs are going to lose. California is both a big producer and consumer of the same fossil fuels the litigation claims are sowing the seeds of imminent climate change disaster. The cities and counties omitted any mention of their dire climate change predictions in their bond offerings. Prof. Epstein says that the cities and counties “are now in a tough position” because if officials admit their litigation claims were flawed, they kill their own lawsuits. But if they admit they lied to or withheld information from investors, they open themselves up to potential fraud liability,
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/cross-examination-is-going-to-be-brutal-nyu-law-prof-says-climate-change-litigation-is-a-loser/>
 

Electricity Prices Fell for 40 Years in Australia, then Renewables Came

Joanne Nova’s blog has a graph of real electricity prices in Australia for 1955-2018, indexed and adjusted for inflation. During the coal boom, prices declined decade after decade. As renewals and energy bureaucracies grew, so did the price of electricity. Today, all the hard-won efficiency gains of the fifties, sixties and seventies have effectively been reversed in full.
 
<http://joannenova.com.au/2018/02/electricity-prices-fell-for-forty-years-in-australia-then-renewables-came/>
 

George Soros Makes $160 Million Investments in Oil, Gas & Coal Companies

In 2017 the billionaire underwrote the “Peoples’ Climate March” to mark the 100th day of the Trump Administration, having donated $36 million to the march’s organizations between 2000 and 2014. He also agreed to give Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection $10 million over a three-year period. Mr. Soros founded and operates his own climate change advocacy group called the Climate Policy Initiative. He pledged to give at least $100 million in 2009 to the initiative over ten years and in 2015 he gave $26.5 million to the group.
 
Nevertheless Mr. Soros is hedging his bets by making $160 million in investments in for-profit fossil fuel over the last quarter of 2017. These include; $87 million in Alerian, MLP, a fund that solely invests in “energy infrastructure” consisting of pipelines, storage tanks and processing plants for crude oil and natural gas; $30 million in Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oil exploration and drilling companies; $4.7 million into Peabody Energy Corporation, the largest “pure play coal company” in the US.
 
According to the president of the free-market Energy and Environment Legal Institute: “These global elitists try to wrap themselves in this ‘sky-is-falling, fossil fuels are bad, climate change is real mantra,’ but the fact of the matter is they are doing that to manipulate markets.”
 
<http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/19/george-soros-fossil-fuel-investments/>
 

Environmentalists Push Global Wealth Distribution

The environmental movement wants to make the rich West much poorer so that the destitute can become richer. In an article for Nature Sustainability, the four authors apply a top-down approach (i.e., international technocratic tyranny) to distribute shares in planetary resources among nations on a per-capita basis. The authors use the term “democratic quality” nine times, but they don’t mean it. They prescribe an international technocratic tyranny that would take from the successful to give to those in need to prevent their increased use of natural resources. As the authors put it: “If all people are to lead a good life within planetary boundaries, then our results suggest that provisioning systems must be fundamentally restructured to enable basic needs to be met at a much lower level of resource use.”
 
<http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/456138/environmentalists-push-global-wealth-redistribution>
<https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-018-0021-4.epdf?referrer_access_token=l_lXkL7RZnHo1wsUWNdl59RgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0NINAtj47DSpAGKNW0NM9VbNO_t3SEDceQKKBNfJB06hPwIwnO1xK92q1HO5OIfep4d9-oDQYYmdFqiSl4doD09tBv1qxfP46mIYmIayMwQpxuW4J-WV_gI_g7cgmUcOVovxCdEP0Qa7A0Jqrbb8QfvEhYEdGeEZabn5dOo12DKu4t79an0UYvh300kqEgCJ77cJJtdQCI1IsL8efqfMKfZwoSm9cp8hEzLdDFJwrFz71fNnHumrfKrQhYji0kUdhg%3D&tracking_referrer=www.latimes.com>
 

“Sinking” Pacific Nation Is Getting Bigger

The Pacific nation of Tuvalu-long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels-is actually growing in size, new research shows. A University of Auckland study examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu's nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery. It found eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu's total land area by 2.9%, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average.
 
<https://phys.org/news/2018-02-pacific-nation-bigger.html>
<http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/02/09/sinking-pacific-island-touted-prime-climate-change-victim-actually-rising-study/>
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/09/remember-when-the-island-of-tuvalu-was-going-to-be-inundated-by-sea-level-rise-never-mind/>
 

Warnings of an Unusually Inactive Sun: Will We Face a Little Ice Age?

Studies by the University of California San Diego and Northumbria University claim that in the 2021-2050 period, the Sun is expected to become cool as it undergoes a “grand minimum”, similar to the Maunder Minimum of 1646-1715. In a 5-minute video researcher Valentina Zharkova from Northumbria explains her discovery of two solar magnetic waves, or dynamos, which will offset each other during Cycle 25, which peaks in 2022. During Cycle 26 between 2030 and 2040, the waves will become out of sync, causing reduction in solar activity by as much as 60%.
 
Dr. Zharkova said that climate scientists approached the Royal Astronomical Society in an effort to suppress a news release about her findings. The RAS refused to do so, telling the climate scientists to collaborate with Dr. Zharkova and her team.
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/scientists-warn-of-unusually-inactive-sun-will-we-face-a-little-ice-age/>
<http://www.ibtimes.co.in/scientists-warn-mini-ice-age-that-could-hit-earth-freeze-major-rivers-by-2030-754819>

 

2018-02-09

 

Cyclists Are Collateral Damage in the Climate Change Wars

Believing that climate change looms large as a threat to the planet, many city politicians and planners are combatting the automobile by aggressively promoting the bicycle as an alternative, despite immense infrastructure costs. However, as the European Transport Safety Council, in a report in aid of developing a cycling strategy for the EU, stated: “… an increase in cycling might, at least at first, lead to an increase in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured.’” The Netherlands’ Institute for Road Safety Research, which assessed what would happen if just 10% of car trips shorter than 7.5 km were replaced by bike trips. It found that cyclists in the Netherlands would suffer some 500 serious road injuries requiring hospitalization, untold numbers of lesser injuries and four to eight deaths.
 
The West’s aging populations add another serious safety risk. As the Dutch study found, the only demographic group that stood to be safer by switching from the auto to the bike was 18- and 19-year-old males, who tend to be reckless behind the wheel of a car. With all other demographics, and especially with those older than 35, a shift from the car to the bike elevates risk.
 
In the war against climate change, cyclists are becoming cannon fodder. The more cities succeed in their quest to save the planet, the more they will fail to protect their own people.
 
<http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/lawrence-solomon-cyclists-are-just-bloody-collateral-damage-in-the-climate-change-wars/wcm/2f50e2ee-5a7c-4002-82ae-5cbdcc409951>
 

The US State of the Union: Both Parties Omit Climate Change

The Huffington Post is not surprised that President Trump neglected to mention the “climate crisis” in his State of the Union address on January 20, but is upset that the Democratic rebuttal by Rep. Joe Kennedy omitted global warming, sea-level rise and the rise in global CO2 emissions. The Huff Post claimed that 2017 was the world’s second-hottest year on record, that the US racked up $306 billion in climate-related damages and fossil fuel emissions reached an all-time high.
 
<http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/democrats-rebuttal-trump-state-of-the-union-climate-change_us_5a7146bce4b0ae29f08c0a7c>
 

Germany to Pay for Renewables and Missing EU Emissions Targets

Germany will have to purchase greenhouse gas emissions allowances for the years 2019 and 2020 from other European Union members. The extent of the shortfall in these two years will only be known two years after this period, and the permits will then be purchased bilaterally from an EU-country at a yet to be determined price at the expense of German taxpayers. The country was supposed to cut CO2 emissions by 14% below 2005 levels by 2020.
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/green-flop-germany-will-have-to-pay-for-renewables-failing-eu-emissions-targets/>
 

IPCC Communications Handbook

The IPCC is worried that the general public does not sufficiently appreciate the alarmist messages in its reports. As the Forward to the Principles for effective communication and public engagement on climate change: A Handbook for IPCC Authors puts it: “As several decades of awareness-raising and initiatives to engage the public have shown, climate change doesn’t communicate itself .” The handbook goes on to explain how its authors at Climate Outreach turned to social science to enable IPCC scientists “… to feel confident in going about public engagement in the best possible way, based on the best possible evidence.”
 
On page 6 it alludes to Stephen Schneider’s “double ethical bind”-scientists may have to make a personal choice between being effective, and telling the truth. The handbook recommends six principles for public engagement: (1) Be a confident communicator; (2) Talk about the real world, not abstract ideas; (3) Connect with what matters to your audience (obviously, not affordable and reliable energy); (4) Tell a human story; (5) Lead with what you know (i.e., downplay uncertainty); (6) Use the most effective visual communications. 
 
<https://climateoutreach.org/resources/ipcc-communications-handbook/>
 

Exxon Concludes that Climate Policies Will Have Little Impact on It

In response to shareholder pressure regarding business risks of stricter climate-change policies, Exxon Mobil released a report on how it would fare in a low-carbon world. It concluded that even aggressive climate policies pose little risk to its investments. The company stressed that it expected healthy demand for its products for decades to come, regardless of how strongly countries move to cut emissions.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/02/hilarious-exxon-concludes-climate-policies-will-have-minimal-impact/>
<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/climate/exxon-global-warming.html>
<http://cdn.exxonmobil.com/~/media/global/files/energy-and-environment/2018-energy-and-carbon-summary.pdf>
 

Scott Pruitt: Global Warming Has Been Good for Humanity

Mr. Pruitt, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, was asked in an interview if the climate is changing, whether humans are affecting the climate and should we be alarmed. He agreed with the first two questions, but said that humans have flourished most during warming trends. No one has defined what the climate should be in 2018 or 2100. Mr. Pruitt called for an open debate so that the American people can be informed. 
 
<http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/07/pruitt-global-warming-a-good-thing/>
 

Global Investment in Renewable Energy Has Stalled

Global investment in renewables has stalled in the US, in Europe, and in many markets across the world. From 2004 to 2011, global renewable energy investment grew at a 26.7% compounded annual rate. By the end of 2012, more than 200,000 wind turbines were operating worldwide. But, from 2011 to 2017, global green energy investment grew at only 0.7% per year—essentially flat. The reason for the faltering investment is that, after electricity prices in various European countries climbed to three or four times the US price, subsidies and mandates are being cut.
 
<http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/06/stop-the-stall-its-time-to-get-energetic-about-energy/>
<https://capital.com/tesla-s-hong-kong-sales-fall-off-a-cliff>
 

The Inconvenient Truth about EVs in Cold Weather

A Tesla Model 3 recently drove from Los Angeles to New York City in 50 hours and 16 minutes, of which about 10 hours were spent recharging the car’s battery at Supercharger stations along the way. The occupants had to wear multiple layers of clothing as they drove through the worst winter weather the US has seen in decades without the comfort of cabin heat. The website fleetcarma.com studied the effect of cold weather on the range of various EVs (Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Ford Connect EV). All three vehicles lost 50% of their advertised range when the temperature hit -10°C, due to both cabin heating (which is essentially “free” with the waste heat of gasoline vehicles) and lower component efficiency (battery and drive mechanism).
 
<http://driving.ca/tesla/auto-news/news/314908>
 

William Happer: Climate Models “Don’t Work”

In a 5-minute video Princeton University physicist William Happer talks about climate models that attempt to predict the future temperature of the planet. A number of factors influence climate: the Sun, Earth’s orbital properties, oceans, clouds, and human industries. Climate essentially involves the interaction between the atmosphere (which holds large amounts of water) and the oceans. Water, in all its phases, has huge effects on atmospheric heating and cooling, while CO2 is a minor contributor. Predicting what the two fluids will do on a planetary scale over decades is close to impossible. Dr. Happer points to example of Hurricane Irma last summer: even with massive amounts of real-time data, the models could not predict the hurricane’s path two days in advance.
 
<http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/05/princeton-physicist-points-out-the-obvious-climate-models-dont-work/>
 

Peter Ridd Hits Back

Around the world, much has been said about the impending extinction of the Great Barrier Reef as a result of climate change. When Prof. Ridd, who has been studying the reef for the past 30 years and authored over 100 scientific papers, called into question the published science and wrote that scientific institutions can no longer be trusted, his employer, James Cook University, served Prof. Ridd with a gag order. He went to court in November, and the university back away from firing him, but issued a “Final Censure” in his employment file, telling him to be silent about the allegations against him and not to repeat comments about the unreliability of institutional research. Rather than comply, Prof. Ridd is pursuing the matter in court.
 
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/08/peter-ridd-hits-back-at-jcu-james-cook-university-hard/>
<http://joannenova.com.au/2018/02/jcu-bans-prof-peter-ridd-from-criticizing-scientific-institutions-defiant-he-refuses-fights-on/>

 

2018-01-23

 

Alberta Government Cool to FoS Speaker at Agricultural Conference

Friends of Science Communications Manager, Michelle Stirling, was invited to appear as one of the speakers at the 2018 Agricultural Service Board Conference in Grande Prairie on January 17. The topic of Ms. Stirling’s talk was Climate Plan and Coal Phase Out. This did not sit well with the Alberta government, which was surprised to hear that that the ASB, as a recipient of government grants, would book a speaker on a controversial topic so contrary to government policy.
 
There’s a link to the YouTube video of the presentation. Radio station CHQR’s Danielle Smith, noticing the controversy, did a radio interview with Ms. Stirling.
 
<http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/friends-of-science-agricultural-service-board-conference-grande-prairie-michelle-stirling-1.4494032>
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWL6-nm1g_U&feature=youtu.be>
<https://omny.fm/shows/danielle-smith/friends-of-science>
 

Alberta Won’t Hit Emissions Target

According to the latest progress report on Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, quietly released in December, the province is likely to fall well short of meeting its share of Canada’s emissions target for 2030. This target would require Alberta to reach a level of 163 Mt by then, However, even with the CLP initiatives the province’s 2030 emissions will be 254 Mt, which is only 20 Mt less than the reported level for 2015. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips downplayed the significance of the report, saying: “We are putting in policies that get results. We are less interested in theoretical targets; we are more interested in actual action.”
 
<https://www.pressreader.com/canada/calgary-herald/20180118/281496456697186>
<https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/CLP-progress-report-2016-17.pdf>
 

Pentagon: Global Warming No Longer a National Security Threat

The Pentagon released a National Defense Strategy that, for the first time in more than a decade, does not mention man-made global warming as a security threat. An 11-page summary of the new National Defense Strategy makes no mention of “global warming” or “climate change,” according to a keyword search by the Huffington Post. The document reflects the Trump administration’s focus on “energy dominance” over climate.
 
<http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/19/mattis-takes-global-warming-out-of-the-national-defense-strategy/?utm_source=site-share>
<http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/pentagon-climate-trump_us_5a611feae4b01d91b254278d>
 

Fossil-fuel Divestment Crusade Hurts Poor and Middle Class Most

Responding to demands that big institutional investors dump there holdings of oil and gas stocks, Mark Milke, a contributing writer to Canadians for Affordable Energy, argues that the notion that building subsidized wind turbines and solar panels can replace the jobs, exports and tax revenues of a long-profitable energy sector is folly. From Newfoundland to northern British Columbia, there are 300,000 people directly employed in the oil and gas business with 650,000 spinoff jobs. Oil and gas products represent $136 billion in exports to the US and $22 billion in annual tax revenues to governments. Between 2006 and 2014 Ontario spent $35 billion on above-market subsidies to wind solar and other alternatives.
 
<http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/the-green-fossil-fuel-divestment-crusade-hurts-the-poor-and-middle-class-most>
 

Study: Europe’s Green Energy Burning Killing 40,000 People/Year

Linde Zuidema, a bioenergy campaigner at the forests and rights NGO Fern, argues that the EU’s dependence on burning solid biomass-mostly wood-to meet its renewable energy targets makes no sense environmentally. It harms the climate, and damages forests and biodiversity. She points to research by Dr. Mike Holland, a leading independent air pollution expert, whose research indicates that tens of thousands of EU citizens are dying prematurely every year as a result of exposure to air pollution from burning solid biomass.
 
<https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/opinion/the-eus-bioenergy-policy-isnt-just-damaging-the-climate-and-forests-its-killing-people/>
<http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Displacing-coal-with-wood-for-power-generation-will-worsen-climate-change-say-MIT-UMass-Lowell-and-Climate-Interactive-researchers-1002371187>
 

The Hockey Stick Goes to Court

On January 9 the City of New York filed suit against BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell, claiming that the defendants produced, marketed, and sold massive quantities of fossil fuels knowing that these fuels produced “greenhouse gas pollution.” The City wants a money judgement for costs of climate change impacts already incurred, costs for actions currently undertaken by the City, and an “injunction to abate the public nuisance and trespass that would become effective if Defendants fail to pay the court-determined damages for the past and permanent injuries inflicted.”
 
It’s sill early days for this lawsuit, but already Ross McKitrick has taken issue with statements contained in paragraph 86 of the complaint that attack his “supposed refutation” of Michael Mann’s hockey stick graph, and implying that Exxon paid money to the Fraser Institute for the refutation’s publication.
 
<http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/16/de-blasios-global-warming-lawsuit-is-riddled-with-factual-errors/>
<https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/01/18/new-yorks-silly-climate-suit/>
<http://blogs2.law.columbia.edu/climate-change-litigation/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/case-documents/2018/20180109_docket-118-cv-00182_complaint.pdf>
<https://www.rossmckitrick.com/uploads/4/8/0/8/4808045/nyc_lawsuit0.pdf>
 

Four Other Climate Change Lawsuits to Watch in 2018

The first is Citizens vs. Government of the Netherlands, which resulted in a Dutch court ordering the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by at least 25% below 1990 levels by the year 2020. The first hearing on the appeal is scheduled for March 2018. In 2015, 21 plaintiffs between 10 and 21 years old filed the Juliana vs. US. This case goes to trial in February 2018.
 
A Peruvian farmer and mountain guide is suing German energy firm RWE claiming that the company's contribution to climate change is threatening his home, and is asking RWE to take on financial responsibility for the damage. A German court decided that the plaintiff’s allegations have merit, and evidence will be heard in the case during 2018. Finally, ExxonMobil is s being sued over failing to safeguard Massachusetts communities against pollution relating to climate change impacts, and lying to the public about the risks of climate change. ExxonMobil has denied the claims, and said in a statement it would fight the lawsuit in court. A verdict is expected in 2018.
 
<http://www.dw.com/en/four-climate-change-lawsuits-to-watch-in-2018/a-42066735>
 

US Federal Court Punishes Enviros for Using Ridiculous Legal Theory to Ban Fracking

The  Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund sued to overturn Pennsylvania General Energy’s permit from the Environmental Protection Agency to store wastewater as part of its fracking operations. The CELDF used a “right of nature” argument, which Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter called an “implausible” legal theory. Her decision stated: “An attorney’s zealous advocacy for the protection of a client’s interests is certainly appropriate; however, the legitimate pursuit of justice imposes important obligations on counsel to ensure that the Court is not a mechanism of harassment or unbridled obstruction.” She ruled that the CELDF’s executive director and attorney must pay $50.000 to cover part of PGE’s legal costs. 
 
<http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/08/court-punishes-enviros-for-using-ridiculous-legal-theory-to-ban-fracking/>
 

Why Is Liberal California the Poverty Capital of America?

Nearly one in five California residents is poor, the highest of any state in the country. Despite massive anti-poverty spending by Sacramento and municipalities, they have resisted pro-work reforms, and a large stare of the aid is in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. Land-use restrictions have driven up housing costs. Extensive environmental regulations aimed at reducing CO2 emissions make energy more expensive, also hurting the poor.
 
<http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-jackson-california-poverty-20180114-story.html>

 

2018-01-11

 

“Eco-Colonialism”: Rift Grows Between Indigenous Leaders and Green Activists

Martin Louie, hereditary chief of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in north-central British Columbia, was a high-profile leader in the fight against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The $7-billion pipeline was eventually cancelled last year, but Mr. Louie didn’t want to sink the project. Rather, he really just wanted to win more money for his impoverished community than the “ridiculous” $70,000 a year being offered by the company. Mr. Louie and other First Nation leaders became the focal point of major green campaigns funded by US interests to thwart oil and gas exports.
 
Now, with the pipeline dead, First Nation leaders are describing the efforts by the green activists as “eco-colonialism.” Ken Brown, a former chief of the Klahoose First Nation in southwestern BC, said: “You are seeing a very pervasive awakening among these First Nations leaders about what is going on in the environmental community.”
 
<http://business.financialpost.com/feature/eco-colonialism-rift-grows-between-indigenous-leaders-and-green-activists>
 

Carbon Bounty (not taxes) Could Save Us from the Next Little Ice Age

While carbon taxes are intended to encourage lower emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere and thereby prevent global warming, some scientists, such as Valentian Zharkova and Habibullo Abdussamatov foresee the coming of a new Little Ice Age. In that case there should be bounties in the form of subsidies to to oil sands industries, pipelines and fracking, while eliminating subsidies to wind and solar power, as well as Tesla vehicles.
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/precautionary-principle-upside-down-how-to-save-the-planet-from-a-little-ice-age/>
 

Too Frigid for Global Warming? This is Why They Rebranded it “Climate Change”

Rex Murphy takes a poke at the alarmists and their political allies who take any unusual weather event-hot, cold, droughts, floods, etc.-as justification for keeping the grants flowing and the contradictions unexamined. 
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/too-frigid-for-global-warming-this-is-why-they-rebranded-it-climate-change/>
 

Exxon Launches Counterattack against California-based “Conspiracy” Lawsuits

Acknowledging the risks of climate change, supporting the Paris Agreement and backing revenue-neutral carbon taxes weren’t enough to prevent ExxonMobil from been targeted by state and local governments. On January 8 the company filed suit against seven cities in California that want state courts to force the oil company to pay for infrastructure improvements to help them adapt to climate change. ExxonMobil argues that it and other Texas-based energy firms have become the target of a “conspiracy” among liberal state attorneys general and other officials seeking to blame it for driving up emissions that are supposedly causing the earth’s temperature to rise.
 
The oil company is asking a Texas district court to order officials from the seven cities to disclose documents and provide depositions that Exxon argues will show how they failed to provide evidence of the true risks of climate change. ExxonMobil wants the court to order a number of California local government officials to answer questions under oath that it claims will expose the basis of the argument the cities are attempting to make as erroneous and moot.
 
<http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/exxon-launches-counterattack-against-california-based-climate-conspiracy-lawsuits/article/2645352>
 

It’s All Over: German Parties Agree to Scrap 2020 Climate Target

In a potential embarrassment to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany’s would-be coalition partners agreed to drop an ambitious plan to lower CO2 emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. Instead the target would be deferred to the early 2020s, while still sticking to achieving a 55% cut in emissions by 2030. At the 2017 G20 meeting in Hamburg, Chancellor Merkel was highly critical of President Donald Trump’a withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
 
<https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-politics/german-parties-agree-to-scrap-2020-climate-target-sources-idUKKBN1EX0OW>
<http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/08/angela-merkel-lectured-trump-on-global-warming-now-germany-abandoning-its-climate-goal/?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5d83ec3e3a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-5d83ec3e3a-36424765>
 

Germany Sends Electricity to Neighbours-And Pays for It

Germany is increasingly selling electricity at negative prices. According to a report by Handelsblatt several thousand megawatt hours flowed over the borders on New Year’s Day. And not even free of charge: whoever accepted Germany’s electricity gift was paid to take it. Transmission system operators have to purchase electricity from renewable sources, even if there is no demand. In these situations, electricity prices go negative. The costs for this are transferred by the operators to the consumers.
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/german-energiewende-we-cant-afford-this-insanity-for-much-longer/>
 

Germany’s Energiewende

The World Nuclear Association has prepared an extensive report on Germany’s policy of increasing the share of renewables and phasing out nuclear power. Thanks to being given grid priority and subsidies, wind power capacity increased from 12 GW in 2002 to 45 GW in 2015 (10.4% of the world total). Solar power capacity in the same period jumped to 40 GW in 2015. With the cost of the subsidies mostly paid by small and medium-sized customers, Germany has some of the lowest wholesale electricity prices in Europe and some of the highest retail prices. 
 
Combined with shutdowns of nuclear plants (to be completed by 2022), coal-fired generation now meets half of the country’s load, and is not expected to diminish significantly by 2030. That is, large-scale deployment of renewable capacity does not translate into a substantial displacement of thermal capacity. In fact, German utilities have commissioned advanced lignite-fired stations capable of ramping up or down on 15-minutes notice to offset the intermittency of wind and solar.
 
In short, Germany’s Energiewende is a classic example of what happens when policymakers underestimate the cost of renewable subsidies and the strain they have on the grid and national economies.
 
<http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/energy-and-the-environment/energiewende.aspx>
 

Al Gore: “Bitter Cold” is What We Should Expect from the “Climate Crisis”

On January 4 Mr. Gore tweeted: “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis. http://ow.ly/Gdm230hAFv4." His Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth did not warn of record cold and increasing snowfalls as a consequence of man-made global warming. And as recently as 2009, Mr. Gore was hyping the lack of snow as evidence for man-made global warming.
 
<https://twitter.com/algore/status/949050335074582528>
<http://www.climatedepot.com/2018/01/04/al-gore-bitter-cold-is-exactly-what-we-should-expect-from-the-climate-crisis/>
 

The Population Bombers Keep On Bombing

Half a century after publication of The Population Bomb, the world is healthier, better fed, less poor, better entertained and generally living fuller lives. In this year 2018, the end is not near. The only people in need of downsizing are the predictors of doom and other purveyors of science fiction.
 
In a paper published in Bioscience, a group of scientists led by veteran Oregon State University bioactivist William Ripple call for a new global economic model to save us from hell on earth. “By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperilled biosphere.” The statement, released in November under the headline “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” has allegedly been signed by more than 15,000 “scientists,” although a large number of the signatures list “student” as a credential.
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/terence-corcoran-the-population-bombers-keep-on-bombing-and-50-years-on-they-keep-getting-it-wrong/>
 

Death of a Climate Icon

In a blog post and a five-minute video Susan Crockford responds to accusations from the consensus experts that she and other “denier bloggers” are using topics such as polar bears as proxies for AGW as part of a deliberate plan to undermine the public’s confidence in global warming. She points out that the climate science community, in collaboration with Arctic researchers and the media, set the polar bear up as an icon for catastrophic global warming. 
 
<https://www.thegwpf.com/failed-polar-bear-predictions-have-climate-change-community-in-a-panic/>
<https://polarbearscience.com/2018/01/04/failed-amstrup-polar-bear-predictions-have-climate-change-community-in-a-panic/?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4ece384c05-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-4ece384c05-36424765>
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCzwFalI8OQ>
 

Five Questions from Students about Climate Change

In late 2017 Ross McKitrick was contacted by a group of high school students in Europe asking some questions about climate change for a project they were working on. The questions were: (1) What is behind global warming? (2) What can we do the prevent global warming? (3) If we don’t do anything about it, how does it affect us and our descendants? (4) What will happen in the future, and what are the alternatives for us, if the Earth becomes unliveable? (5) How can we save Earth if it isn't too late?. 
 
Dr. Mckitrick provided common-sense and non-alarmist answers to each question.
 
<https://www.rossmckitrick.com/uploads/4/8/0/8/4808045/5questions.pdf>

 


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