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Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Al Gore Changes Climate Goalposts

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 25, 2017

Former Vice President Al Gore is one poster child of what’s wrong with Washington.  After being a career politician, Gore became very wealthy, including a stint with investment bankers Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers.  He is reportedly worth in excess of $100 million and owns mansions, as well as flies in private jets.  Not a bad gig for a public servant.

Gore has not been shy about tooting his own horn.  During a 1999 interview, Gore took credit for the development of the Internet stating: “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

Gore is most known for his positions on man-made global warming and climate change.  In 2006 he released the famous documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”.  It included bold predictions of imminent worldwide calamities due to climate change, stating that, “the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years” without worldwide “drastic measures” significantly diminish man-made global warming.  Given we are 11 years post Gore’s prediction, it is reasonable to ask where he went wrong.  Certainly the world has not taken drastic measures.  At best, there have been baby steps.  Therefore, either we have not yet reached the point of no return, meaning Gore was wrong, or we have passed the point of no return and further corrective actions will be ineffective.

Gore, like most Progressives who promise to save the world from imminent catastrophes, is unrepentant by his failed prediction.  He is releasing a sequel titled “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

During a promotion for the sequel, Gore was asked in an interview: “Looking back on that prediction, why did you make the prediction at the time and are you making a new one right now given the current circumstances?”  While his answer was evasive, video below, it was also telling when he said: “Well, first of all, we’ve seen a lot of progress since the first movie came out.  We have the Paris agreement now.  The cost of renewable energy has come down so quickly that people are switching over.  Unfortunately, some elements of the Earth system have crossed a point of no return.”  First he claims some nebulous progress and then moves the goalpost by of creating multiple points of no return.

Irrespective of where one stands on the theory man-made global warming, it is evident that what Gore promotes is not science, but a neo-religious movement.  The fact that he is become wealthy off of these efforts and is a huge user of carbon-based energy, indicates a charlatan.

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John Kerry Equates the Dangers from Climate Change and Terrorism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 24, 2016

Perhaps no one in the Obama Administration better epitomizes the loony-left then Secretary of State John Kerry.  This past week Kerry was at his “best” when he compared the dangers from terrorism with climate change.

On Thursday, Kerry attended a conference at the State Department to Counter ISIL.  Two days later he was in Vienna attending a climate change conference when he referred to both meetings saying: “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what you are doing here right now is of equal importance, because it has the ability literally to save life on this planet.”

As seen in the video below, Kerry first refers to the terrorist organization as ”DASH”, a term rarely used.  The need to obfuscate seems genetic with those who are supposed to be representing the People.

Then, in typical Progressive-elitist fashion, Kerry calls the American people stupid given that their concerns for safety are more focused on terrorists then climate change.  It is likely that Kerry’s lack of personal concern against terrorists emits from the fact that he is protected by armed guards 24-7.  Similarly, his wealth allows him to avoid the personal pain that is proposed policies inflict on the common man through increased cost of energy and other necessities.

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Department of Justice would Punish People for their Scientific Ideas

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 16, 2016

Townhall.com reported on a story that should bring chills down any American’s spine, irrespective of their political views.  In congressional testimony earlier this year, Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch stated that the Justice Department (DOJ) is considering punishment for some including academics and others in the fossil fuel industry for denying climate change.

Irrespective of where one comes down on the climate change discussion, we should all be outraged by the DOJ even considering such outrageous action.  Sacrosanct to what is America is the Constitution and freedom of speech.  For the DOJ to use intimidation and possibly the law to stifle free speech is not only illegal, but the start of a slippery slope that is reminiscent of actions of totalitarian governments.  Governments that attempt to control the thoughts of its citizens have often become enemies of the citizens.  The results are often ugly.

A few centuries ago the then “powers to be” persecuted those who did not believe the earth was flat.  The US Department of Justice is now one of the “powers to be”.  History repeats itself.

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Bernie Sanders Blames Climate Change for Causing Terrorism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 15, 2015

During the Democratic presidential candidate debate Saturday evening, Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont showed nativity to the extreme when it comes to terrorism and its causes.  When asked by the moderator whether he stuck to his previously made claim that climate change is the greatest threat to national security, Sanders answered “absolutely”.  Not satisfied to leave that bit of ignorance to stand on its own, Sanders than went on to claim: “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”

Let’s see, the clash between Islam and the West has been ongoing since the Crusades, which started 1,000 years ago, approximately eight centuries before the beginning of industrialization that the zealots claim is the prime cause of climate change.  For Sanders to now blame Islamic terrorism on climate change is incredulous.  More troubling is that Sanders is currently the Democrat’s second choice to be president of the United States.  That’s scary!

 

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Global Warming Science Remains Unsettled

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 3, 2015

Intellectual debate on the theory of man-made global warming is heresy to those who believe in a narrative that has taken on the trappings of a neo-religion.  When skeptics question cause and effect, they are shut down with the claim that the science is absolute and not open for debate.  These folks should be reminded that strong claims were once made by the entire scientific community about the earth being flat and at the center of the universe.  Those who opposed these false narratives were labeled heretics.

The science behind the theory of man-made global warming is not settled.  This reality was brought to the forefront once again with a release of a recent NASA study.  It concludes that the snow accumulation in the Antarctic that began 10,000 years ago continues and at a pace that on a yearly basis adds enough ice to the continent to more than offset any thinning of its glaciers.  The NASA study also disagrees with other studies’, including the well-publicized 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC), that concluded Antarctica has a net ice loss.  The NASA study states:

We’re essentially in agreement with other studies that show an increase in ice discharge in the Antarctic Peninsula and the Thwaites and Pine Island region of West Antarctica.  Our main disagreement is for East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica – there, we see an ice gain that exceeds the losses in the other areas.”  The study further concluded that in East Antarctica from 1992 two 2008, ice mass gain from the thickening averaged 200 billion tons per year, over three times the 65 billion tons per year of loss in West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula.

NASA also concludes: “The good news is that Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise, but is taking 0.23 millimeters per year away.  But this is also bad news.  If the 0.27 millimeters per year of sea level rise attributed to Antarctica in the IPCC report is not really coming from Antarctica, there must be some other contribution to sea level rise that is not accounted for.”  This inconvenient truth will be buried by the mainstream media and their partners in Progressive governments.

While the science is not settled on man-made global warming, that does not stop those with vested interests in promoting it using draconian tactics to quash dissent.  For example, last week renowned French weatherman, Philippe Verdier, was fired for publishing a book that questions the man-made global warming theory.  His book, Climate Investigation, accuses promoters of the theory of misleading the public.  According to Verdier his concerns began when he and other French meteorologists were called into a meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who instructed them to push the man-made global warming narrative, irrespective of the facts.

Why are man-made global warming theory advocates so adamant about stopping debate?  The uneducated masses have good intent, convinced and scared by junk science.  There are others with less benign motivations.  The scientific community at the university level receives significant funding from governments.  That funding would be at risk if they do not tow the Progressive line on the environment.

As for governments, their motivations are age-old; power and money.  By creating an enemy with cataclysmic potential, governments can increase their power by promising corrective action, irrespective of any benefits from those actions.  Of course, saving us requires significant funding and redistribution of assets.  As has been said throughout history, when in doubt, follow the money

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Former Obama Energy Department Official Talks Common Sense on Climate Change

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 23, 2014

Dr. Steven E. Koonin was undersecretary for science in the Department of Energy during Obama’s first term. His credentials include a PhD in physics and provost at Caltech. As chief scientist for BP his work focused on renewable and low-carbon energy sources. With such credentials one might expect Dr. Koonin to be a global warming zealot. Instead, he offers clear-thinking and open-mindedness, as indicated in his op-ed posted in the Wall Street Journal titled Climate Science Is Not Settled.

In the op-ed, Koonin uses the scientific method and logic to offer an open and unbiased discussion on climate change and the role that man-made carbon dioxide plays in its trajectory. His statements include:

  • “The idea that ‘Climate science is settled’ runs through today’s popular and policy discussions. Unfortunately, that claim is misguided. …. it also has inhibited the scientific and policy discussions that we need to have about our climate future.”
  •  “The crucial scientific question for policy isn’t whether the climate is changing. That is a settled matter: The climate has always changed and always will. ….. Nor is the crucial question whether humans are influencing the climate. That is no hoax: There is little doubt in the scientific community that continually growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, due largely to carbon-dioxide emissions from the conventional use of fossil fuels, are influencing the climate. There is also little doubt that the carbon dioxide will persist in the atmosphere for several centuries. ….. Rather, the crucial, unsettled scientific question for policy is, ‘How will the climate change over the next century under both natural and human influences?’ Answers to that question at the global and regional levels, as well as to equally complex questions of how ecosystems and human activities will be affected, should inform our choices about energy and infrastructure.” 
  • “Even though human influences could have serious consequences for the climate, they are physically small in relation to the climate system as a whole.” 
  • “We often hear that there is a ‘scientific consensus’ about climate change. But as far as the computer models go, there isn’t a useful consensus at the level of detail relevant to assessing human influences.” 
  • For the latest IPCC report (September 2013), its Working Group I, which focuses on physical science, uses an ensemble of some 55 different models. Although most of these models are tuned to reproduce the gross features of the Earth’s climate, the marked differences in their details and projections reflect all of the limitations that I have described.”
  • Although the Earth’s average surface temperature rose sharply by 0.9 degree Fahrenheit during the last quarter of the 20th century, it has increased much more slowly for the past 16 years, even as the human contribution to atmospheric carbon dioxide has risen by some 25%. This surprising fact demonstrates directly that natural influences and variability are powerful enough to counteract the present warming influence exerted by human activity.” … “The models roughly describe the shrinking extent of Arctic sea ice observed over the past two decades, but they fail to describe the comparable growth of Antarctic sea ice,mad-scientist which is now at a record high.” … “Even though the human influence on climate was much smaller in the past, the models do not account for the fact that the rate of global sea-level rise 70 years ago was as large as what we observe today—about one foot per century.” …. This led Koonin to conclude: “These and many other open questions are in fact described in the IPCC research reports, although a detailed and knowledgeable reading is sometimes required to discern them. They are not “minor” issues to be “cleaned up” by further research. Rather, they are deficiencies that erode confidence in the computer projections.

Dr. Koonin offers two key conclusions. First, calling the science “settled” chills unrestricted scientific discussion.  In addition, while proponents of the man-made global warming theory are willing to discuss scientific “certainties”, they ignore the uncertainties, a disservice to climate science.

Dr. Koonin should be acclaimed for a willingness to bring back the discussion and study of global warming to the scientific method. Unfortunately, this subject has been so politicized by the Left to promote an agenda of wealth redistribution; it would not be surprising to see Koonin attacked by Progressives who fear a real scientific discussion on this important subject. After all, Koonin is a heretic when it comes to the new religion of global warming.

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Climate Change in George Will’s Words

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 19, 2014

Syndicated columnist George Will was on Chris Wallace’s talk show this past weekend and ably articulated the real motivations behind many of the zealots who have closed the book and their minds on reasonable debate concerning the causes of climate change.  As has been said on many occasions, when in doubt, follow the money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMYshWO5kHk#t=32

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UN Report on Climate Change Manipulated by Progressives

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 22, 2011

Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, recently made a presentation to the U.N. Security Council.  The presentation prompted a United Nations’ official to offer a dire warning that climate change could result in “sudden and abrupt” problems and have “far-reaching implications for global stability and security“.

While the United Nations’ press release is dire and by its source implicates the culprit as carbon-based global warming, a review of Mr. Steiner’s findings tells another story.

  • While some natural resources would be “at increasing risk from climate change and its impacts“, climate change would offer new access to other natural resources in the Arctic of “major untapped reserves of oil, gas and mineral.”
  • There can be little doubt today that climate change has potentially far-reaching implications for global stability and security in economic, social and environmental terms which will increasingly transcend the capacity of individual nation states to manage.”  However, he then goes on to state that there was “no reason” why these issues could not be mitigated with effective responses.
  • While Steiner referred to the droughts occurring in the Horn of Africa, he also said it was difficult determine whether they had been caused by greenhouse gases.  Most importantly Steiner said: “There may be a climate change signature, but there is also natural variation and wider environmental change underway, such as deforestation, land degradation and over exploitation of other natural resources such as freshwaters“.  It is refreshing to hear such candid words from a United Nations’ bureaucrat instead of the typical politically correct junk-science.

Steiner concluded that the UN had no “perfect knowledge on current or future climate change” and that humans cannot plan based on “100 per cent certainty.”  This frank conclusion is also telling.

While the United Nations’ top environmentalist admits there is no proof that climate change (previously referred to as Global Warming) is related to greenhouse gases, the UN and other Progressives are all too willing to create public policy based on an unproven theory.  Those policies involve radical changes to the energy and economic policies worldwide and will likely significantly increased food and other commodity prices.  Not only will those in poorer countries go hungry as a result, but these policies will create the “far-reaching implications for global stability and security in economic, social and environmental terms” that Steiner refers to in his report.

When shooting a gun the rules are ready, aim, fire.  The same rules need to be applied to public policy.

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Climate Change; Myth, Reality, Man-made?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 1, 2011

The fact that the world did not come to an end this past weekend as predicted by Pastor Harold Camping gave relief to some.  It also caused trepidations for other followers of the good Pastor.  As for Jeff Jacoby of The Boston Globe, he wrote a thought-provoking article titled Cooler Heads Contend with Climate Panic that points to similarities between  those who follow(ed) Pastor Camping and those who follow the high-priest of man-made global warming, Al Gore.

As Jacoby points out, the Guardian.co.uk has recently proclaimed “Worst ever carbon emissions leave climate on the brink“.  Not to be outdone, Newsweek proclaimed: Worldwide, the litany of weather’s extremes has reached biblical proportions.  From these and other extreme-weather events, one lesson is sinking in with terrifying certainty.  The stable climate of the last 12,000 years is gone.”  Yikes; sounds like Pastor Camping isn’t the only one looking for the final days.  However, before anyone runs up the credit cards too far, consider that Mr. Gore may also be wrong.

Jacoby then quotes Princeton physicist William Harper who does not believe carbon dioxide (CO2) is the cause of global warming saying:  “Carbon is the stuff of life.  Our bodies are made of carbon.  Yes, atmospheric CO2 is higher today than it was before the industrial age — 390 parts per million now vs. 270 ppm then — but there was a time when CO2 levels were several thousand ppm, much higher than now.  And life flourished abundantly.

The chart below shows the radical shift in worldwide global temperatures that occurred long before the industrial age and man’s influence on the environment.  Also the 10 ice ages and their subsequent global warming’s that occurred before the industrial age give at least some reason to pause on Father Gore’s theories.  But for true believers, the book is closed and the calamity is on the way.

Progressives have learned from their past incorrect predictions, such as Y2K, Swine Flu, Bird Flu and others that included defined ending dates.  With manmade CO2 being blamed for global climate change, they rectified this timing problem with decades of legs remaining.  That gives Progressives plenty of time to realign global wealth and restructure the world, their actual motivations.

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Janet Incompetano Strikes Again with Another Nut Job Idea

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 20, 2010

Jim Mahoney forwarded this story from CNSNews.com. He also created the heading.  The incredible facts are brought to us by out of control Progressives.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has come up with some loony ideas in her two plus years in the Obama Administration.  This is the same Napolitano that declared the system to have worked when the underwear bomber misfired in a passenger plane over Detroit.  She is the same person who declared that TSA is working well as they fondle us going through airport screening.

Today Ms. Napolitano outdid herself.  In a day-long conference held at the White House on “environmental justice” she announced that the Homeland Security Department would create a task force charged with battling the effect on climate change.  It will be called the “Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force.

According to Napolitano, the task force will be explained “identifying and assessing the impact that climate change could have on the missions and operations of the Department of Homeland Security.”  In addition, Napolitano said:  “How will FEMA work with state and local partners to plan for increased flooding or wildfire or hurricane activity that is more serious than we’ve seen before?  What assistance can the Coast Guard bring to bear to assist remote villages in, for example, Alaska which already have been negatively affected by changes up in the Arctic?”

Joining Ms. Napolitano at the conference was White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.  This list tells about all we need to know about the group.

Ms. Napolitano and her Department are charged with protecting America and that includes securing our borders.  Since she is incapable of executing on this rather straight-forward task, she redefines her role to one where accountability cannot be objectively measured.  How convenient.  How Progressive.

 

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