Global Warming: still the ‘Greatest Scam in History’


Blackleaf
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Mark Steyn: Global warming's glorious ship of fools

Has there ever been a better story? It's like a version of Titanic where first class cheers for the iceberg

Mark Steyn
11 January 2014
The Spectator
Est 1828: The oldest continuously published magazine in the world


The view from the trapped ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy

Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain, America and continental Europe.

But still: you’d have to have a heart as cold and unmovable as Commonwealth Bay ice not to be howling with laughter at the exquisite symbolic perfection of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ‘stuck in our own experiment’, as they put it. I confess I was hoping it might all drag on a bit longer and the cultists of the ecopalypse would find themselves drawing straws as to which of their number would be first on the roasting spit. On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardian reporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint.

But alas, eating one’s shipmates and watching one’s extremities drop off one by one is not a part of today’s high-end eco-doom tourism. Instead, the ice-locked warmists uploaded chipper selfies to YouTube, as well as a self-composed New Year singalong of such hearty un-self-awareness that it enraged even such party-line climate alarmists as Andrew Revkin, the plonkingly earnest enviro-blogger of the New York Times. A mere six weeks ago, pumping out the usual boosterism, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that, had Captain Scott picked his team as carefully as Professor Chris Turney, he would have survived. Sadly, we’ll never know — although I’ll bet Captain Oates would have been doing his ‘I am going out. I may be some time’ line about eight bars into that New Year number.

Unlike Scott, Amundsen and Mawson, Professor Turney took his wife and kids along for the ride. And his scientists were outnumbered by wealthy tourists paying top dollar for the privilege of cruising the end of the world. In today’s niche-market travel industry, the Antarctic is a veritable Club Dread for upscale ecopalyptics: think globally, cruise icily. The year before the Akademik Shokalskiy set sail, as part of Al Gore’s ‘Living On Thin Ice’ campaign (please, no tittering; it’s so puerile; every professor of climatology knows that the thickest ice ever is a clear sign of thin ice, because as the oceans warm, glaciers break off the Himalayas and are carried by El Ninja down the Gore Stream past the Cape of Good Horn where they merge into the melting ice sheet, named after the awareness-raising rapper Ice Sheet…)


Where was I? Oh, yeah. Anyway, as part of his ‘Living On Thin Ice’ campaign, Al Gore’s own luxury Antarctic vessel boasted a line-up of celebrity cruisers unseen since the 1979 season finale of The Love Boat — among them the actor Tommy Lee Jones, the pop star Jason Mraz, the airline entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, the director of Titanic James Cameron, and the Bangladeshi minister of forests Somebody Wossname. If Voyage of the Gored had been a conventional disaster movie like The Poseidon Adventure, the Bangladeshi guy would have been the first to drown, leaving only the Nobel-winning climatologist (Miley Cyrus) and the maverick tree-ring researcher (Ben Affleck) to twerk their way through the ice to safety. Instead, and very regrettably, the SS Gore made it safely home, and it fell to Professor Turney’s ship to play the role of our generation’s Titanic. Unlike the original, this time round the chaps in the first-class staterooms were rooting for the iceberg: as the expedition’s marine ecologist Tracy Rogers told the BBC, ‘I love it when the ice wins and we don’t.’ Up to a point. Like James Cameron’s Titanic toffs, the warm-mongers stampeded for the first fossil-fuelled choppers off the ice, while the Russian crew were left to go down with the ship, or at any rate sit around playing cards in the hold for another month or two.

But unlike you flying off to visit your Auntie Mabel for a week, it’s all absolutely vital and necessary. In the interests of saving the planet, IPCC honcho Rajendra Pachauri demands the introduction of punitive aviation taxes and hotel electricity allowances to deter the masses from travelling, while he flies 300,000 miles a year on official ‘business’ and research for his recent warmographic novel in which a climate activist travels the world bedding big-breasted women who are amazed by his sustainable growth. (Seriously: ‘He removed his clothes and began to feel Sajni’s body, caressing her voluptuous breasts.’ But don’t worry; every sex scene is peer-reviewed.) No doubt his next one will boast an Antarctic scene: Is that an ice core in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

The AAE is right: the warm-mongers are indeed ‘stuck in our own experiment’. Frozen to their doomsday narrative like Jeff Daniels with his tongue stuck to the ski lift in Dumb and Dumber, the Big Climate enforcers will still not brook anyone rocking their boat. In December 2008 Al Gore predicted the ‘entire North Polar ice cap will be gone in five years’. That would be December last year. Oh, sure, it’s still here, but he got the general trend-line correct, didn’t he? Arctic sea ice, December 2008: 12.5 million square kilometres; Arctic sea ice, December 2013: 12.5 million square kilometres.

Big Climate is slowly being crushed by a hard, icy reality: if you’re heading off to university this year, there has been no global warming since before you were in kindergarten. That’s to say, the story of the early 21st century is that the climate declined to follow the climate ‘models’. (Full disclosure: I’m currently being sued by Dr Michael Mann, creator of the most famously alarming graph, the ‘hockey stick’.) You would think that might occasion a little circumspection. But instead the cultists up the ante: having evolved from ‘global warming’ to the more flexible ‘climate change’, they’re now moving on to ‘climate collapse’. Total collapse. No climate at all. No sun, no ice. No warm fronts, except for the heaving bosoms in Rajendra Pachauri’s bodice-rippers. Nothing except the graphs and charts of ‘settled science’. In the Antarctic wastes of your mind, it’s easier just to ice yourself in.

Mark Steyn: Global warming's glorious ship of fools » The Spectator
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Blackleaf
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Gerald Warner: Global warming’s deranged disciples


Global warming's disciples are impoverishing Europe, argues Gerald Warner. Picture: TSPL

by Gerald Warner
12 January 2014






CLIMATE change is real and it is happening very fast. The climate of opinion, that is, regarding the rapidly imploding fantasies of the global warming alarmists.

After a decade in which sane commentators have been angered and frustrated by the purblind adherence to the warmist superstition by followers of the Al Gore cult – prominent among them our own esteemed First Minister and President for Life Designate – the whole climate change scam has finally degenerated into a joke, provoking widespread derision.

That has not deterred the climate Gnostics, sustained by their mystical insight into inner truths hidden from sceptics (“deniers” in their language of anathema) and, increasingly, from scientists who have not taken the IPCC shilling. The cultists can rely on the support of politicians since non-existent global warming furnishes the pretext for all-too-existent and exorbitant taxes, which is what the whole myth is all about. Thus, during discussion of the recent floods in the Commons last week, David Cameron was prompted by the Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron to attribute the problem to climate change. The Prime Minister dutifully replied: “Colleagues across the House can argue about whether that is linked to climate change or not. I very much suspect that it is.”

That statement was overdue as it was seven weeks since he had been reported as telling his colleagues “We have to get rid of the green crap”, an exceptionally long period for Dave to entertain a consistent opinion. Unfortunately, Owen Pat­erson, the Environment Secretary and a climate change skeptic, refused to endorse his leader’s view. Then the Met­eorological Office intervened to contradict Dave: “At the moment there’s no evidence to suggest that these storms are more intense because of climate change.” That was a significant development because formerly the Met Office could be counted upon to support climate alarmism. Clearly it is now conscious of reputational damage and is hedging its bets.

It is not alone. Very subtly, unobtrusively, other institutions and individuals are backing away from the discredited orthodoxy of warmism. The process began some time ago when the Royal Society declared its switch to a more neutral stance in the climate debate. Scientists not committed to the cause by financial considerations are growing aware that the imposture is disintegrating so fast it could achieve Piltdown status within their own career spans. It is a measure of the bogus nature of the alleged climate crisis that the last time warming occurred there was a majority Tory government in office under John Major (“Oh, yes!”).

Recently the collapse of the scam has accelerated. The Christmas holiday period was enlivened by the hilarious pantomime “Anthropogenic Global Warming On Ice”, when 52 AGW believers led by Professor Chris Turney embarked on the Russian ship Akademik Shokalsky to study the melting of Antarctic ice. In reality, as they would have known before they set out if they had read Nasa reports, Antarctic sea ice is currently at its largest extent since records began: 19.5 million square kilometres. Their ship became embedded in the ice, as did the Chinese icebreaker sent to rescue them. When their situation became potentially life-threatening, these pioneering climate change gurus experienced the humiliation of having to rely on the leading climate sceptic Anthony Watts and his colleagues for accurate Antarctic weather information to facilitate their rescue by helicopter.

Meanwhile, the United States was in the grip of a “polar vortex”, with temperatures in all 50 states below freezing and a low of –43C recorded in one area. The Niagara Falls froze into stalactites of ice. This was hailed by True Believers as conclusive evidence of global warming – after all, everything is. As a Greenpeace activist famously expressed it: “Global warming can mean colder.” A heatwave, a flood, a drought, a blizzard, an away win by Partick Thistle – all will be determinedly conscripted as “evidence” of man-made climate change. These people are beyond help. The climate imposture is doomed to end not with a bang but a belly-laugh.

What is totally unamusing, however, is the harm these fanatics and complicit politicians have done, raping the landscape with their hideous wind turbines and imposing crippling taxes. Fuel poverty is killing the elderly. Every winter more people die of hypothermia in Scotland than in Finland. Although the climate madness will have the most lethal consequences in the developing world, it also threatens to impoverish Europe. A government study has shown the lifetime cost of meeting “renewables” targets across the EU will be £290 billion, more than a quarter of which will be contributed by the UK. Denmark already has the dubious distinction of being the first country where green taxes account for more than 50 per cent of an electricity bill. It is not global warming that is killing us but its deranged disciples.


Gerald Warner: Global warming’s deranged disciples - The Scotsman
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Zipperfish
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I don't understand the bit about the wind turbines. Are nuclear power plants prettier? Coal fired thermoelectric facilties. Dams can actually look kind of nice.

There's no such thing as a free lunch. Whne you extract woirk from the ecosystem, you necessarily degrade the ecosystem. Second Law of Thermodynamics. Wish they'd teach that in school. Not that it would make much difference. Everyone is so caught up in the stupid politics of it all.
 
Walter
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Another opinion.

The fraud in global warming science | Behind The Black
 
Walter
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Right on, George.

George Will: When Someone Says The Debate Is Over, The Debate Is Raging And He's Losing | Video | RealClearPolitics
 
Walter
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Well written.

Charles Krauthammer: The myth of ‘settled science’ - The Washington Post
 
petros
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All these polar vortexes are getting annoying.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Right on, George.

George Will: When Someone Says The Debate Is Over, The Debate Is Raging And He's Losing | Video | RealClearPolitics

sorry wally.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

sorry wally.

About what?
 
EagleSmack
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Richard Branson: Global warming deniers ‘get out of our way’ | The Daily Caller

Yet...

Branson’s airlines emitted 7.1 million metric tons of CO2 | The Daily Caller


Do as you say... not as you do...




This must be the new tactic for the uber wealthy with unsustainable businesses like Apple and Virgin. Give lip service.
 
Walter
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Apollo Astronaut: Climate Alarmism Is the ‘Biggest Fraud in the Field of Science’ | CNS News
 
petros
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But but but...The graphs man. The graphs.
 
Locutus
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Climate News ‏@ClimateNewsCA

Breaking news: The sun drives global #climate -Dr Habibulo Abdussamatov (Space Research Sector, Pulkovo Observatory)



 
Walter
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Guess we save the world.
We've got 5 years to save world says Australia's chief scientist Professor Penny Sackett
 
waldo
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Guess we save the world.
We've got 5 years to save world says Australia's chief scientist Professor Penny Sackett

talk about alarmist media presentation, hey Walter! The article's only direct quote included reads "If the earth's temperature rose 2C, she warned, there would be risks that were "difficult and dangerous". So... we go from her described "difficult and dangerous risk"... up to a titled "save world" reference (which could be the author, although, typically, editors control titles) and the article author's use of the word "disastrous".

good job Walter... we need to flush out these liberties taken by media purveyors of alarmism. Good on ya Walter, good on ya!
 
petros
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Was life difficult and dangerous when at the 4C warmer average life is accustomed to?
 
waldo
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Was life difficult and dangerous when at the 4C warmer average life is accustomed to?

you really want to say something about the 'Holocene optimum'... why not just say it? Why are you such a tease? By the by, what was the cause(s) of warming during that period... and how does that apply in relation to today's relatively recent warming?
 
petros
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Go read NASA's take on "my pet theory" in the other thread ya low life unemployed climate drywaller alarmist.
 
waldo
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Go read NASA's take on "my pet theory" in the other thread ya low life unemployed climate drywaller alarmist.

oh my! Was my question too pointedly direct for you? And which of your pet theories are you talking about here; specifically? Is there a list of them?
 
petros
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Oh my is real science that tough to understand?

It has graphs and everything.
 
waldo
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Oh my is real science that tough to understand?

a "real" scientist like you should have no difficulty with my question - wassup!
 
petros
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What are you afraid of? It's NASA and it has NASA graphs.

Quote: Originally Posted by waldo View Post

a "real" scientist like you should have no difficulty with my question - wassup!

Did you ever answer the question from a first year geology exam?
 
waldo
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why are you feverishly distracting from my questions?
Quote: Originally Posted by waldo View Post

you really want to say something about the 'Holocene optimum'... why not just say it? Why are you such a tease? By the by, what was the cause(s) of warming during that period... and how does that apply in relation to today's relatively recent warming?

 
petros
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Solar Variability and Terrestrial Climate - NASA Science

http://trs-new.jpl.nasa.gov/dspace/b.../1/98-1743.pdf
 
waldo
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no need for another of your go-fetch routines... simply answer the questions. You've repeatedly thrown down this "Holecene 4 degree warmer statement"... of course, you never elaborate on it, you just do a "ta da" drop of the statement. Now, when you're actually asked to answer a couple of questions relative to the Holecene Optimum warming cause(s) and how you presume to correlate that to today's relatively recent warming... why... you go all DrDistracto! Is there a problem... for you?
 
petros
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Go fetch or f-ck off and leave this to the educated.
 
waldo
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Go fetch or f-ck off and leave this to the educated.

you clearly are the GreatPoser! You drop a workshop report... hundreds of pages in length... with yet another grand "ta da" of yours! You don't say a single thing about the report... not one thing! You don't try to indicate what significance the report holds... particularl significance to "present" warming/climate... you just go "ta da" and insultingly say "go fetch"! Of course you do.

rather than simply going "ta da; go fetch", is there a particular point you'd like to emphasize within that workshop report... one relative to "present" warming/climate?
 
petros
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Are you done reading the bullsh-t pet theory NASA is spewing?


Need help?
 
waldo
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Are you done reading the bullsh-t pet theory NASA is spewing? Need help?

oh wait... what's this... are you now claiming you weren't trumpeting that NASA workshop report as some type of vindication for your pet-theories? Are you now... NOW... distancing yourself from it? Make up your mind! Come on; come out of the vague shadows you clearly prefer! Poser!
 
Locutus
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