News that doesn't receive the necessary attention.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Massive number of record low temperatures in US on 6/27/12 the media won't tell you about

6/29/12, "Massive number of record lows – In Summer," iceagenow.info

"While the mainstream media screamed about the number of record highs during the last WEEK, they somehow forgot to mention the massive number of records lows.

Here’s a list of record lows in the United States on just one DAY – 27 Jun 2012.

State Location Date New Record(°F) Previous Record(°F)

AL Centreville, 6 miles SW of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 58 61 in 1962

CA Redding Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 52 57 in 1968

FL Daytona Beach Intl Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 66 68 in 1938

FL Jacksonville Intl Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 66 67 in 1957

FL Mayo Wed, 27 Jun 2012 60 61 in 1933

FL Plant City Wed, 27 Jun 2012 53 63 in 1933

FL Quincy, 3 miles SSW of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 63 64 in 1940

GA Alma Bacon Co Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 63 65 in 1946

GA Ashburn, 3 miles ENE of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 60 61 in 1946

GA Augusta Bush Fld Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 56 61 in 1946

GA Brooklet, 1 miles W of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 60 63 in 1946

GA Camilla, 3 miles SE of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 60 64 in 1907

GA Colquitt, 2 miles W of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 64 64 in 1940

GA Cordele Wed, 27 Jun 2012 56 64 in 1946

GA Elberton, 2 miles N of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 52 59 in 1940

GA Helen Wed, 27 Jun 2012 54 54 in 1976

GA Macon Middle Ga Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 57 63 in 1954

GA Milledgeville Wed, 27 Jun 2012 58 59 in 1951

GA Sandersville Wed, 27 Jun 2012 58 60 in 1973

GA Savannah Intl Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 61 63 in 1946

GA Siloam, 3 miles N of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 55 59 in 1941

GA Valdosta, 2 miles S of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 64 64 in 1889

GA Warrenton Wed, 27 Jun 2012 56 58 in 1947

GA Waynesboro, 2 miles S of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 59 60 in 1954

HI Kula Branch Stn 324.5 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 54 54 in 1968

ID Garden Valley Wed, 27 Jun 2012 32 32 in 1943

ID Middle Fork Lodge Wed, 27 Jun 2012 33 34 in 1965

ID Stanley Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20 25 in 1961

IL Brookport Dam 52 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 54 55 in 1971

IL Cairo, 3 miles N of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 56 56 in 1959

IL La Harpe Wed, 27 Jun 2012 49 49 in 1935

IL Normal, 4 miles NE of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 48 49 in 1959

IN New Castle, 3 miles SW of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 48 48 in 1971

KY Barbourville Wed, 27 Jun 2012 49 49 in 1941

KY Jackson Wso Wed, 27 Jun 2012 54 54 in 1971

KY Lexington Bluegrass Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 51 53 in 1935

KY Mt Sterling Wed, 27 Jun 2012 49 49 in 1894

KY Paducah Barkley Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 54 54 in 1971

KY Paintsville, 1 miles E of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 50 50 in 1955

KY Rochester Ferry Wed, 27 Jun 2012 51 52 in 1959

KY Stearns, 2 miles S of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 47 48 in 1957

KY West Liberty, 3 miles NW of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 46 47 in 1925

MD Sines Deep Creek Wed, 27 Jun 2012 41 43 in 1922

MO Cape Girardeau Faa Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 53 53 in 1971

MS Columbus Wed, 27 Jun 2012 61 63 in 1962

MS Greenville Asos Wed, 27 Jun 2012 59 60 in 1925

MS Hickory Flat Wed, 27 Jun 2012 52 52 in 1941

MS Independence, 1 miles W of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 54 55 in 1941

MS Tylertown, 5 miles ESE of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 56 57 in 1941

MT Bozeman Montana St U Wed, 27 Jun 2012 32 32 in 1916

MT Divide Wed, 27 Jun 2012 32 32 in 1978

NC Cape Hatteras Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 61 61 in 1952

NC Charlotte Douglas Ap Wed, 27 Jun 2012 56 59 in 1946

NC Elizabethtown, 3 miles SW of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 54 56 in 1952

NC Laurinburg Wed, 27 Jun 2012 58 58 in 1946

NC Lincolnton, 4 miles W of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 53 53 in 1946

NC Longwood Wed, 27 Jun 2012 57 57 in 1951

NC Marshall Wed, 27 Jun 2012 46 46 in 1946

NC New Bern – Asos Wed, 27 Jun 2012 56 60 in 1922

NC Ocracoke Wed, 27 Jun 2012 61 65 in 1941

NC Roxboro, 7 miles ESE of Wed, 27 Jun 2012 50 50 in 1946

NC Tapoco Wed, 27 Jun 2012 49 52 in 1948"...

(The list goes on at the link.)




via Climate Depot

Extended frost hit Argentina citrus crops, emergency and disaster declared

6/27/12, "Agricultural emergency declared in NEA Argentina," atcitrus.com/english

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Serious frosts in NEA Argentina have led to a declaration of agricultural emergency and disaster for the region.

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Entre Ríos governor Sergio Urribarri said he had met with president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to set out a diagnosis of the situation and plan short-to-medium term goals. He said around citrus 2,000 growers have been affected by the frosts, which impacts on 12,000 workers.

“Mindful of the social dimensions of this situation, we are committed to managing this both at the provincial level and before the national authorities with the measures necessary to partner with the sector, which is suffering from the consequences of an unheard of phenomenon for this time of year, Urribarri was quoted as saying.

Urribarri is expected to hold roundtable talks with people from affected areas this week, with a group comprising of growers, mayors and his own government team.

Frosts of -5°C (23°F) hit the departments of Feliciano, Federal, Federación, Concordia and Colón on Jun. 7, 8 and 9, registering a duration of 12 cold hours.

The story reported the frosts affected 50,000 hectares of citrus fruit including oranges and mandarins, as well as lemons and grapefruit to a lesser extent.

Entre Ríos Citrus Federation president Elvio Calgaro, told the website the damage done by the frosts was “enormous” and the industry would need to work with the government to move forward.

He said on the affected land around 80% of crops were impacted by the weather event."

Source: freshfruitportal.com
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Ed. note: Weather it's too hot or too cold, it's proof of CO2 poisoning mostly caused by Americans who must pay billions even though US CO2 emissions have plummeted without a UN treaty and without cap and trade:

6/29/12, "US Carbon Output Forecasts Shrink Again," American Interest, Walter Russell Mead



via Tom Nelson

UN IPCC relies on UK Met Office whose new computer coupled with 'expert judgment' predicted the exact opposite of last 3 months weather

6/29/12, "US Carbon Output Forecasts Shrink Again," American Interest, Walter Russell Mead. Without UN treaties and without cap & trade.
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6/30/12, "The EU has opted to do nothing and die," UK Telegraph, Christopher Booker

"OK, we got 2012 wrong – but trust our forecast for 2100

Much fun has been had in contrasting the Met Office’s forecasts of our weather during the past three months with what actually transpired. Its prediction on March 26 “slightly favoured drier than average conditions for April-May-June”, with April as the driest month. This forecast, the Met Office assured us, was based on observations, several numerical models and expert judgment. What happened, as we know, was that we have had more rain

  • than at any time since records began in 1766,
  • with the wettest April and June in 100 years.

What is timely to recall, however, is the admission made to MPs in March 2010 by Professor Julia Slingo, the Met Office’s chief scientist, that the “numerical models” used by the Met Office to make its short-term weather forecasts are exactly the same as those “we use for our climate prediction work”.

The Met Office’s projections of future climate change are viewed by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with total reverence. So the £33 million super-computer which failed to predict the wettest April in more than a century is one of those on which the IPCC relies for its predictions of what the weather will be like in 100 years’ time. It is hard to know which has become more discredited in the past two years, the UK Met Office or the IPCC, both of which rest their faith on computer models as dodgy as one of those proverbial nine-bob notes."



via Tom Nelson

Bad news for Colorado fire CO2 profiteers, US CO2 continues to drop, projections revised drastically downward, latest EIA report per NRDC

"Reducing U.S. emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 is well within reach." No signed treaties and no cap & trade needed. NRDC notes little media coverage of this news, most people know nothing about it.

6/26/12, "The Incredible Shrinking Carbon Pollution Forecast - Part 2," switchboard.nrdc.org, Dan Lashof

"Back in February I posted about a surprising development: Despite the failure of comprehensive climate and energy legislation in 2010, U.S. carbon pollution emissions and projections of future carbon pollution have been coming down ever since. A new forecast out this week continues that trend.

While there has been some press coverage of these facts (see here and here) I continue to find that most people are surprised to learn about this progress.

My previous post was based on the “Early Release” version of the 2012 Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook and I noted at the time that the final version was likely to include a downward revision. On Monday EIA released its full Annual Energy Outlook 2012 (AEO 2012), and I get to say I told you so (see figure).

The Reference case projection for 2020 was reduced by 2.1 percent, while the forecast for 2035 was reduced by less than 1 percent. The official forecast for 2020assuming no new policies—is now for carbon emissions to be 9.4 percent lower than they were in 2005. This is a huge contrast to the forecast made by EIA just seven years ago: the AEO 2005 projected that emissions would increase by 25 percent between then and 2020.

The full version of the AEO also includes a number of “sensitivity” cases, which examine how the forecast changes in response to changes in various assumptions. EIA is very conservative in how it defines “current” policy—it generally only includes final regulations in its Reference case, even when additional standards are almost certain to be established. That’s the case with passenger vehicle fuel economy (CAFE) and carbon standards for 2017-2025 model year vehicles. The Obama administration proposed those standards last year and they have been embraced by automakers and environmental advocates alike, so they are almost certain to be finalized without major changes this year. Nonetheless, these standards are not included in the Reference case, but their effect is analyzed in the “CAFE” case shown in the figure (the previous round of vehicle standards for model years 2011-2016, which are final, are included in the Reference case).

EIA projects that this second round of vehicle standards will reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 1.5% in 2025 and 3.4% in 2035. (This is about half of the impact I had expected based on an offline analysis of the standards. EPA and the Department of Transportation expect a larger impact that EIA, and EIA notes that it has not fully incorporated information from the record of the proposed standard into its model).

Another version of what could be considered “current” policy is provided by what EIA calls its “Extended Policies” case. This case assumes implementation of the 2017-2025 vehicle standards and that further improvements are required from 2026 through 2035. This case also assumes that the Department of Energy continues to update energy efficiency standards for appliances as required by law and consistent with the Department’s strategic plan. (This case does not assume carbon pollution standards for power plants or other stationary sources, which EPA is also required by law to issue). The Extended Policies case reduces emissions by 1.3 percent relative to the Reference case in 2020 and 8 percent in 2035. The resultant forecast is for U.S. carbon pollution emissions to be 10.5 percent below 2005 levels in 2020 and 11.7 percent below 2005 levels in 2035.

I discussed various reasons for this incredible shrinking carbon pollution forecast in my previous post, which I won’t repeat here. What does bear repeating is that this means that the target embraced by President Obama of reducing U.S. emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 is well within reach."

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Comments to NRDC post note earlier CO2 projections were 'seriously' inaccurate:

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Stan ScobieJun 26 2012 05:52 PM

Is there a comparable projection set for CO2e?

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Dan LashofJun 29 2012 05:48 PM

Good question Stan.
As far as I know the most recent official forecast of total heat-trapping pollution in CO2e was released in June 2010 as part of the Fifth U.S. Climate Action Report (available from http://www.state.gov/e/oes/rls/rpts/car5/). That forecast used the 2009 Annual Energy Outlook for energy-related CO2 and projected that under business-as-usual total emissions in CO2e would increase by 4.3 percent between 2005 and 2020.

I consider that forecast to be seriously out of date at this point."





via Instapundit, Walter Russell Mead

Two Florida cities reach record low temperatures in June 2012 (must be global warming so need more taxes)

6/28/12, "Orlando, Daytona Beach reach record-low temperatures," Orlando Sentinel

"Record low temperatures were shattered in Orlando and Daytona Beach overnight after a cool front moved through the area.

According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne the temperature dipped to 64 degrees at Orlando International Airport,

  • shattering the previous record of 66 set in 1920.
Daytona Beach also set a new record-low temperature when the mercury dipped to 64 degrees. The previous record of 67 was set in 1950."




via Climate Depot

Friday, June 29, 2012

Extreme weather isn't man-caused climate change says Rutgers climate scientist. CO2 in US down steadily since 2005

Update, 6/29/12, "Four additional military MAFFS air tankers activated," Wildfiretoday.com
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Update #2, 6/29/12, "US Carbon Output Forecasts Shrink Again," American Interest, Walter Russell Mead
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CO2 in the US has steadily decreased since 2005. If weather is warmer in some places in the US it's not because of CO2. Colorado climatologist says 2012 looks much like 1910 when warm temperatures hit early and many fires were experienced.

6/28/12, "Are Colorado's wildfires caused by global warming?" CSMonitor.com, Stephanie Pappas

"The immediate driver of these fires is a lack of moisture and a ridge of heat that has settled over the central United States, said New Jersey state climatologist Dave Robinson, who also directs the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University. After record snowpack last year, the Rocky Mountains did a 180 this year, Robinson said, seeing little moisture and early snowmelt.

"March and April are supposed to be your snowy months [in Colorado], and they weren't," Robinson told LiveScience. "Thus, the fire danger."

Meanwhile, a high-pressure system in the central part of the country is preventing cloud formation and allowing the sun to bake the ground, heating things up...."You can't say it's climate change just because it's an extreme condition," said Colorado state climatologist Nolan Doesken. So far, Doesken told LiveScience, the spring of 2012 looks much like the spring of 1910, when warm temperatures hit early.
  • That year, he said, was a bad one for fires."...

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4/21/12, "Why [CO2] Emissions Are Declining in the U.S. But Not in Europe," by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, newgeography.com

"As we note below in a new article for Yale360, a funny thing happened: U.S. emissions started going down in 2005 and are expected to decline further over the next decade."

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5/6/12, "US Leads EU in CO2 Reductions," Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

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"Ten years ago, the feds had a fleet of 44 firefighting planes. Today, the number is down to nine for the entire country. Last summer, Obama's National Forest Service canceled a key federal contract with Sacramento-based Aero Union just as last season's wildfires were raging. Aero Union had supplied eight vital air tankers to Washington's dwindling aerial firefighting fleet. Two weeks later, the company closed down, and 60 employees lost their jobs. Aero Union had been a leader in the business for a half-century."

6/20/12, "How Obama Bureaucrats Fueled Western Wildfires," Michelle Malkin, Townhall.com, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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6/16/12, The fire was started by lightning on June 4 but wasn't reported to feds until June 9. Part of it is on federal forest land so the federal government had to be consulted. Then the Obama official decided congress had to be consulted. All this while fires continued. "Vilsack praised Congress for allowing the government to contract additional aircraftparticularly heavy tankers — to fight wildfires across the West." Our fire fighting air fleet had dwindled to almost nothing yet Obama canceled a fleet of 6 or 7 able tankers in 2011 knowing they were badly needed. The GOP didn't stop him.

6/16/12, "Wildfire destroys most homes in Colo. history," AP via CBS News

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Man who accidentally started forest fire couldn't report it for awhile because there was no cell phone reception in the area:

5/19/12, "Feds say Colorado wildfire started on camp stove," AP

"There is no cell phone service in the area where the fire started....Hundreds of firefighters are battling a blaze fueled by warm, dry weather in northern Colorado that federal officials say started with a camp stove."...

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The federal government says "it can't afford to" do life-saving necessary thinning.

6/20/12, "Forest-thinning strategy credited for saving Alpine from 2011 fire," Arizona Republic, S. McKinnon

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6/29/12, UK Guardian vs CS Monitor, two different takes on Colorado fires





via Tom Nelson

Prince Charles' taxpayer funding up again, takes over 2 million pounds in 2011-BBC

6/29/12, "Prince Charles's funding from the taxpayer increases by 11%," BBC

"Taxpayer funding for Prince Charles increased by 11% in the last financial year, new figures show.

Clarence House accounts showed the funding rose from £1,962,000 to £2,194,000.

Details to follow."

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6/28/11, Charles's taxpayer funding up 18%



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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Welcome to the United Slave States of America courtesy of John Roberts

6/28/12, "The United Slaves Of America?" CNS News, Craig Bannister

"The Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare and the health insurance mandate (by renaming it a tax) has ruled that the federal government can force every American to do whatever it pleases by threatening a tax.

As Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a longtime member of the Judiciary Committee, told CNSNews.com, if the Supreme Court deems Democrats’ health-care reform constitutional - empowering the federal government to force Americans to buy health insurance “then there is literally nothing the federal government can’t force us to do.”

Apparently, lawmakers can now, if they choose, impose a million dollar tax on anyone who doesn’t:

  • Buy an electric car,
  • Buy, and prove they’ve eaten, a proper serving of broccoli every day,
  • Buy a home gym and exercise at least 16 hours a day (leaving eight hours to earn wages to pay other taxes),
  • Have an abortion, if the government decrees it would benefit society"

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In 2005 Obama voted against confirming his buddy John Roberts:

9/29/2005, "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 109th Congress - 1st Session"


NAYs ---22
Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)

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1/21/09, "To avoid any constitutional problems, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administers the oath of office a second time with Barack Obama in the Map Room of the White House on Wednesday, January 21, 2009." White House photo

Bonus, George Bush nominates Obama angel John Roberts, 9/5/05:



So. Does EJ Dionne Jr.still think Justice Roberts is a right wing lobbyist who shouldn't be 'catered to?'

3/28/12, "Judicial activists in the Supreme Court," EJ Dionne, Jr., Washington Post

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Ed. note: The left doesn't yet realize how they've misjudged George Bush. George Bush is one of them. John Roberts is one of them.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 26 court ruling on EPA regulations explicitly states it did not examine 'the science,' said 'is not our role'

6/27/12, "US appeals court upholds rules curbing greenhouse gases," Nature.com, Helen Thompson

"In the end, petitioners are asking us to re-weigh the scientific evidence before EPA and reach our own conclusion. This is not our role, said the panel of three judges in a sharply worded 82-page brief."

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Chris Mooney in apparent denial:

6/27/12, "Puzzler: After the D.C. Circuit court explicitly said that they didn't "re-weigh the scientific evidence before EPA and reach our own conclusion", English major Chris Mooney suggests that they subjected "denier" claims




via Tom Nelson

US Rep. Waxman takes tip from ClimateGate Jones in attempt to get more taxpayer billions, blame Colorado fires on CO2 in face of evidence to contrary

6/26/12, "EPA, Dems cheer climate ruling," The Hill, Geman

"It’s time to stop denying science. Extreme events like the wildfires in Colorado and the floods in Florida are going to get worse unless the Republican-controlled Congress changes course soon,” (Rep. Henry) Waxman said in a statement."

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Asked how to overcome global warming skepticism, top ClimateGate figure Jones said, 'Make more of Greek fires,' though some were 'started deliberately:"

On 9/6/2007, ClimateGate Director Phil Jones was asked by European Peoples Party official Kremer for advice on overcoming global warming skepticism. Among Jones' suggestions via email was "to make more out of the Greek fires" even though "some may have been started deliberately."

11/23/11, "
Climategate 2.0: Jones says 2-degree C limit ‘plucked out of thin air’," Junk Science, Steve Milloy

"From the Climategate 2.0 collection, to a European Peoples Party official who is trying to eliminate skepticism from the EPP’s position paper on climate....

The e-mail exchange is below:...

"—–Original Message—–

From: Phil Jones [mailto:p.jones@uea.ac.uk]
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2007 6:40 PM
To: ckremer@epp.eu
Subject: Re: EPP Document on Climate Change

Christian,

There is not a lot wrong with the science part of your document (the first 10pp).
It is, after all, based on the IPCC Reports from earlier this year....A few thoughts....perhaps you need to make more of the Greek fires. I know
some may have been started deliberately
, but the conditions made them
worse. There might be some monetary costs of these (in addition to the human deaths),
as well as saying what resources will be needed to replant and how long
it is going to take (>30 years probably) to get the forests back.

Cheers

Phil...

Christian Kremer
Deputy Secretary General
European People’s Party

Handelsstraat 10
B-1000 Brussels
phone +32-2-285.41.48
fax +32-2-285.41.41
[1]ckremer@epp.eu
[2]www.epp.eu"

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May 2012 Colorado wildfire started by forest camp stove of CSU staffer, no cell phone service in area to call for help to put out fire:

5/19/12, ""Feds say Colorado wildfire started on camp stove," AP, via CNS News

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June 2012 Colorado wildfires set by human, Southwest US official says most wildfires are set by humans

6/13/12, "Park County wildfire set by human," ColoradoConnection.com

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6/5/12, "Lightning blamed for northern Colorado wildfire," AP via ColoradoConnection.com

"Larimer County sheriff's officials say lightning started a 227-acre wildfire that has damaged two outbuildings in northern Colorado....

In eastern Colorado, authorities think a cigarette thrown from a passing car may have ignited a 4-acre fire near Akron."...

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2011 largest fire in Arizona history was caused by abandoned campfire in a forest not CO2. 2 men charged:

8/24/11, "Feds charge 2 in devastating Wallow fire," AP, East Valley Tribune

"Federal charges have been filed against two cousins accused of accidentally causing the largest forest fire in Arizona's history by leaving a campfire unattended."...

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US had fleet of 44 firefighting planes 10 yrs. ago, now down to 9, Obama has known this since Jan. 2009, even canceled air tanker contract in 2011:

6/20/12, "How Obama Bureaucrats Fueled Western Wildfires," Michelle Malkin, Townhall.com, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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The federal government says "it can't afford to" do life-saving necessary thinning.

6/20/12, "Forest-thinning strategy credited for saving Alpine from 2011 fire," Arizona Republic, S. McKinnon

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6/5/12, "Politician should check her research," Las Vegas Sun, Letter to the Editor, Sanford Cohen, Prescott, Ariz.

"On the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, where thinning is practiced, the tribal lands are in far better shape."

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Al Qaeda magazine suggests starting huge forest fires in the US
, says wooded areas like Montana are good:

5/2/12, "Al Qaeda Magazine Calls for Firebomb Campaign in US," ABC News, R. Kreider

"The men who launched al Qaeda's English-language magazine may have died in a U.S. missile strike last fall, but "Inspire" magazine lives on without them -- and continues to promote jihadi attacks on Western targets, offering detailed advice on how to start huge forest fires in America with timed explosives and how to build remote-controlled bombs....

But issue nine carries equally lethal advice, with "It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb," which gives detailed instructions on how to ignite an "ember bomb" in a U.S. forest, recommending Montana because of the rapid population growth in wooded areas.

"In America, there are more houses built in the [countryside] than in the cities," says the writer, who uses the pseudonym The AQ Chef. "It is difficult to choose a better place [than] in the valleys of Montana."

Issue eight has an eight-page article on how to construct remote-controlled explosives, with a laundry list of parts and ingredients and photos showing proper assembly."...

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July/August 2011, "Terrorists in the Woods," Wildfire Magazine, Dick Mangan

"Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, much of the world's focus has been on the issue of terrorism. The tragic deaths of thousands of Americans in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., coupled with hundreds of deaths in Spain and Bali at the hands of terrorists, has led to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the expenditure of billions of dollars (that's billions with a capital “B”) to improve security and reduce the risks from terrorists and their weapons of mass destruction.

The massive increases in the federal budget for protection from terrorism mostly have been sent to police and structural fire departments. But what about the threat of terrorist-caused wildland fires in our forests, community watersheds and wildland-urban interface? Who's worried about that threat, what are they doing about it, and how much is being spent to fund the efforts to prevent it?

The history of fire as a tool of warfare is well-documented: Native Americans used fire against their enemies, both other tribes and the expanding Europeans; the Aboriginal people of Australia used fire to discourage the incursion of the British settlers onto their island. In World War II, the Japanese launched “fire balloons” against the western United States. While largely unsuccessful, they started a few fires and killed six people in Oregon. The Palestinians in the latter half of the 20th century used fire to try to destroy Israel's carefully planted pine plantations....

The real question that lingers for fire managers at risk from terrorists is what are you planning to do to prevent terrorist-ignited wildfires intended to destroy resources, kill innocent civilians and disrupt normal life? Are you prepared to deal with multiple terrorist-ignited wildfires under the worst possible conditions?

Legislators in the countries that are being targeted by terrorists: What are you going to do to ensure that the wildland fire agencies in your areas are trained, equipped and financed to address these threats?"

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Trillions are strangled out of ordinary Americans and their economy but we're berated 24/7 for "not taking action" on an imaginary 'climate' problem:

In the US, "compliance with such (EPA) regulations costs the U.S. economy more than $1.75 trillion per year." And $55.4 billion more in policing and administration. EPA's prohibition on light bulbs will cost $10.9 billion a year:

8/23/11, "The Alarming Cost Of Climate Change Hysteria," Forbes, Larry Bell

"The U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) can’t figure out what benefits taxpayers are getting from the many billions of dollars spent each year on policies that are purportedly aimed at addressing climate change.

A May 20 report noted that while annual federal funding for such activities has been increasing substantially, there is a lack of shared understanding of strategic priorities among the various responsible agency officials. This assessment agrees with the conclusions of a 2008 Congressional Research Service analysis which found no “overarching policy goal for climate change that guides the programs funded or the priorities among programs.”

According to the GAO, annual federal climate spending has increased from $4.6 billion in 2003 to $8.8 billion in 2010, amounting
  • to $106.7 billion over that period. "...

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Southwest droughts caused by particulate matter from Asia, not by CO2 and not even by Americans:

5/18/12, "CO2 Not to Blame for Southwest Droughts?" World Climate Report

"According to Allen et al.:

“Our analysis strongly suggests that recent Northern Hemisphere tropical expansion is driven mainly by black carbon and tropospheric ozone, with greenhouse gases playing a smaller part.”...

The authors argue that there is a good likelihood that black carbon emissions have been underestimated—especially those arising from Southeast Asia....

The bottom line is that the primary influences on a major component of the earth’s atmospheric circulation and thus general weather patterns turns out to be, on further examination, not atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration changes, but rather black carbon (soot) and tropospheric ozone. And one impact from the forced atmospheric circulation changes is a tendency for more aridity across the Southwestern U.S."...

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Waxman and others constantly say we aren't doing anything about 'climate.' This is a lie, but the average American doesn't know that. Climate is a multi-trillion dollar industry. For certain people nothing is ever enough:






via Climate Depot

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Skyrocketing electricity prices in Germany leave the poor unable to pay-Die Welt

6/26/12, "German Pols Now Demanding Energy Welfare For Its Citizens – 800,000 Have Had Their Electricity Cut Off!" P. Gosselin, NoTricksZone

"Energy poverty is sweeping over modern Germany like never before.

Flagship German newspaper Die Welt has an online report titled: Fast 800.000 Deutsche können Strom nicht bezahlen. In English: Almost 800,000 Germans cannot pay for electricity.

As Germany subsidies wealthy homeowners and businesses owners to install solar panels on their homes and commercial buildings, low income families living in rented apartments are getting stuck footing skyrocketing electric bills. Many can no longer afford to pay for electricity, and so the utilities are cutting off their power."...via Tom Nelson




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Rio was by no means a failure, and Hillary Clinton says you're a mental case if you don't want the US to agree to the UN Law of the Sea Treaty

6/24/12, "FAILURE AT RIO+20? NO, THAT'S THE GREEN MASK,"
DemocratsAgainstAgenda21.com

"You'll read that Rio was a failure. It wasn't.

The 20th anniversary UN Agenda 21 conference in Rio de Janeiro that just ended will be posed as a failure--a failure to get wealthy nations to make contributions to poor nations, a failure to protect pristine lands from development, a failure to impose stricter regulations and provide greater power to the UN.

That's the Green Mask.

What Rio+20 did was consolidate power in non-governmental organizations and solidify partnerships with corporations. Capacity building.

$513 billion in commitments between non-governmental orgs, corporations, and governments so far. Transferring power to unelected groups while giving the appearance of empowering the weak: women, children, minorities populations, and the poor.


UNelected boards and commissions directing your federal, state, and local government to impose regulations, statutes, restrictions, ordinances, laws, and policies on you. Now. In your town.

Don't be misled by the the media lament that Rio+20 was a failure. It wasn't. It's a very effective smokescreen to convince you that it's a weak, powerless, ineffectual, bumbling mass of bureaucrats.

That's the Green Mask.

Secretary of State Clinton is still pushing the UN Law of the Sea Treaty. LOST. With provisions that will tax production of minerals through seabed mining, the International Seabed Authority will transfer money from developed nations to undeveloped nations. Sounds good doesn't it? IF there is a dispute among nations it will be decided by a 5 member tribunal. Two members are chosen from each of the two sides and then the fifth deciding vote is chosen by...The UN. Loss of sovereignty. Regulation and control by the majority voting block in the UN. Mob rule. Still sound good? Hilary said that those of us who object to a treaty that could have the world charging us with the 'crime' of heating up the ocean have 'black helicopters' hovering over our heads. Sounds like she's delusional. Unlike us, she's seeing things that aren't there. "





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Monday, June 25, 2012

New Antarctic study published in Geophysical Research Letters finds computer models predicting melting grossly inaccurate, reality is no ice loss

5/25/12, "Two years of oceanic observations below the Fimbul Ice Shelf, Antarctica," Geophysical Research Letters
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6/25/12, "Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show," UK Register, Lewis Page

"Twenty-year-old models which have suggested serious ice loss in the eastern Antarctic have been compared with reality for the first time - and found to be wrong, so much so that it now appears that no ice is being lost at all.

"Previous ocean models ... have predicted temperatures and melt rates that are too high, suggesting a significant mass loss in this region that is actually not taking place," says Tore Hattermann of the Norwegian Polar Institute, member of a team which has obtained two years' worth of direct measurements below the massive Fimbul Ice Shelf in eastern Antarctica -

  • the first ever to be taken.

According to a statement from the American Geophysical Union, announcing the new research:

It turns out that past studies, which were based on computer models without any direct data for comparison or guidance, overestimate the water temperatures and extent of melting beneath the Fimbul Ice Shelf. This has led to the misconception, Hattermann said, that the ice shelf is losing mass at a faster rate than it is gaining mass, leading to an overall loss of mass.

The team’s results show that water temperatures are far lower than computer models predicted ...

Hatterman and his colleagues, using 12 tons of hot-water drilling equipment, bored three holes more than 200m deep through the Fimbul Shelf, which spans an area roughly twice the size of New Jersey. The location of each hole was cunningly chosen so that the various pathways by which water moves beneath the ice shelf could be observed, and instruments were lowered down.

The boffins also supplemented their data craftily by harvesting info from a biology project, the Marine Mammal Exploration of the Oceans Pole to Pole (MEOP) effort, which had seen sensor packages attached to elephant seals.

"Nobody was expecting that the MEOP seals from Bouvetoya would swim straight to the Antarctic and stay along the Fimbul Ice Shelf for the entire winter," Hattermann says. "But this behaviour certainly provided an impressive and unique data set."

Normally, getting sea temperature readings along the shelf in winter would be dangerous if not impossible due to shifting pack ice - but the seals were perfectly at home among the grinding floes.

Overall, according to the team, their field data shows "steady state mass balance" on the eastern Antarctic coasts - ie, that no ice is being lost from the massive shelves there. The research is published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

This is good news indeed, as some had thought that huge amounts of ice were melting from the region, which might mean accelerated rates of sea level rise in future."

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Earlier report now disproved about East Antarctica:

11/22/2009, "World's largest ice sheet melting faster than expected," UK Guardian, Ian Sample

"East Antarctic sheet shedding 57bn tonnes of ice a year and contributing to sea level rises, according to Nasa aerial survey"

"The scientists used a computer model to take account of ongoing movements in the Earth's surface caused by the retreat of glaciers at the end of the last ice age. Uncertainties in the model gave the scientists only a broad estimate of ice loss in the East Antarctic ice sheet of between 5bn and 109bn tonnes a year."



above map from bbc




via Climate Depot

Climate research must shift focus to natural causes says Res. Council of Norway, away from well financed 'political needs regarding science results'

"Surprisingly, the worldwide scientific effort to increase our understanding of the natural variations is very limited."

June 25, 2012, "Research Council Of Norway Recommendation: More Research On Natural Causes Of Climate Change!," P. Gosselin, NoTricksZone

"This just released prestigious report is not going to please the IPCC scientists. It calls for a profound change of course in climate research."...[text at this site same as link in case link below is temporarily not working]

June 2012, "Norwegian climate research An evaluation," The Research Council of Norway, (PDF-2 114.2 KB). (See item listed on right side of page).

page 22, "2.1.1.6 Future directions"

"For the research groups evaluated, the main motivation is to better understand the physical processes of the complex climate system. During the last decade, Norway has invested major resources in the research field and important results have been achieved. This has given Norway a prominent international position, in particular in relation to the IPCC. The building and developing of Norwegian climate and Earth system models and the development of climate services gives Norway a unique opportunity as a nation to tackle climate change related challenges.

Although the expressed political needs regarding science results primarily relate to the impact of anthropogenic greenhouse gasses, there is also a need for increased research on the impact of human activity on land cover and land-use change, especially in relation to the albedo and the biogeochemical and hydrological cycles.

Furthermore, a good understanding of the system cannot be reached without a dedicated effort to understand the contribution to
climate change from natural climate processes. The geological history very clearly documents a strong climate forcing associated with solar variability, although the exact mechanism has not been identified. This should call for a coherent international effort, but surprisingly, the worldwide scientific effort to increase our understanding of the natural variations

is very
limited,

and this is most probably related to the limited funding available for basic,

not agenda-driven research
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Therefore, in addition to implementing the recommendations of
Klima21, this committee recommends an increased effort in research on the natural causes of climate change, in particular the activity variations of the sun, the mechanism of cloud formation, and the multi-decadal variations in ocean current systems.

2.1.1.7 Summary of key findings

Largely funded by RCN, Norway has developed internationally recognised top competency in many of the scientific disciplines that are necessary for understanding current climate and its development. In particular, the numerical comprehensive climate and Earth system models are highly regarded.

Less effort has been devoted to studying and explaining the natural causes of

climate change because these have been regarded as having a relatively minor impact on the
climate system and global temperature compared with the effect of man-made greenhouse
gasses. In setting priorities, Norwegian climate research is in harmony with the mainstream of
international climate science, but, taking into account the strong competencies in a wide spectrum of disciplines, an increased effort to understand
  • the basic natural climate processes
  • could be advantageous for Norwegian climate research."...






Via 6/25/12, "Research Council Of Norway Recommendation: More Research On Natural Causes Of Climate Change!" P. Gosselin, via Tom Nelson

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Suffolk County NY wildfire in April 2012 result of lack of communication, coordination, Newsday front page



Newsday front page, Sunday, June 24, 2012.

6/23/12, "Report on Suffolk wildfire response details missteps," Newsday, E. Dooley

"Fire department units responding to the Ridge-Manorville wildfire in April ignored command procedures, stymied access to hot spots for other crews, and were slowed by incompatible radio frequencies, according to officials who have read an unreleased county report.

In addition, the more than 30-page report prepared by Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services pointed out that commanders."...(subscription).




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'UNESCO, butt out....Signing away our sovereignty to inept and unaccountable UN bureaucrats with a demonstrable track record of failure in their own countries is worse than stupid or spineless.' Starck

"Signing away our sovereignty to inept and unaccountable UN bureaucrats with a demonstrable track record of failure in their own countries is worse than just stupid or spineless. It is treasonous."...(near end of article)

6/22/12, "UNESCO, butt out!" Quadrant Online, Walter Starck (Dr. Starck is an expert on coral reefs and has a PhD in marine science)

"A recent report by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee dated 1 June 2012 expresses great concern over threats to the Great Barrier Reef from coastal development, poor water quality and climate change. It states that, 

 … there are a number of developments that, were they to proceed, would provide the basis to consider the inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The response to this report from the legions of eco-righteousness might best be described as delighted, with the news media and environmental groups widely presenting it an important problem demanding forceful action by government.

The Reef Is In Excellent Condition 
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However, like all such concerns about “threats” to the GBR (Great Barrier Reef), these are all only hypothetical possibilities that might occur but with no evidence to indicate that anything detrimental is actually happening. In reality the reef is in near pristine natural condition.
  • The human population of the region is small. Almost the entirety of the adjacent coast remains undeveloped. The port expansion at Gladstone about which the UN bureaucrats expressed great concern is over 20 Km downwind and across the prevailing ocean current from the nearest reef. Extensive experience of such dredging in GBR waters and elsewhere indicates there is no reason to expect any harm to the reef.
  • No degradation in water quality has been actually detected and use of agrichemicals in the catchment area has declined in recent years.
  • Occurrences of coral bleaching have been associated with El Niño events, not climate change. There is no indication that the frequency or intensity of such events have increased nor have floods or tropical cyclones.
  • Surface water temperatures show no significant trend over the past 60 years. Over the past decade there has been a slight cooling.
  • The maximum total catch for commercial fishing is restricted to an amount which equates with an average yearly harvest rate of only 90 g per hectare. This is about 1/1,600th of the average sustainable catch for well managed reef fisheries elsewhere.
  • The total damage to the reef from all of the shipping accidents that have ever occurred there would be only a fraction of one-precent of the natural damage which takes place naturally almost every year from tropical cyclones and that is well within the capacity of the reef to soon repair.
We Are Not in Such Great Condition
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While the reef is in great condition, our own human ecology is not. We face a worsening global economic situation of unprecedented extent and complexity. All over the Western World economies are in trouble with productive activity struggling under a growing burden of bloated government and stifling bureaucracy for which environmentalism has provided a major impetus. Pandering to Green votes and indulging ourselves in paroxysms of righteousness over matters of political and environmental correctness is a luxury we can no longer afford. It is time to cease the obsession with non-problems and begin to address the real ones. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee is only another pack of overpaid bureaucrats jetting around the world enjoying themselves on expense accounts Craig Thomson might envy.
Promoting hypothetical problems to maintain the rort is their first priority. The World Heritage mob is comprised of members from
  • Mexico,
  • Thailand,
  • Cambodia,
  • South Africa,
  • Colombia,
  • Senegal and
  • United Arab Emirates.
Senegal has no coral reefs and all of the others have badly abused ones. None of the committee members have any real expertise about reefs. They would all be well advised to go home and tend to their own problems. Their threat to list the GBR as being in danger would only make themselves look stupid. As for any effect on tourism, visitors are not going to stop wanting to see the GBR because some UN committee lists it as endangered. If anything, such listing would seem more likely to increase the desire to see it.

UNESCO, Pew, WWF, Greenpeace and sundry other denominations of the eco-salvation movement have found a rich ground for proselytizing in Australia. The cultural cringe has primed the chattering classes here for unquestioning acceptance of imported notions of political correctness. Whenever the latest fad or fashion arrives from overseas there is always a noisy crowd to welcome it and eagerly vie to hop aboard the bandwagon and have a go at striking an even more dramatic pose than the clowns already there. Never mind that we already have more marine protection than any other nation where it is needed least, we will add more as fast as we can.

Mindlessly swallowing the swill of lies, contradictions, misrepresentations and muddled thinking dished up by the global eco-industry is costing us dearly in our freedom, food, energy, housing, health and way of life. In terms of natural abundance and socio-economic development all of these things should be improving here. They are instead declining in availability and affordability with misguided environmentalism being a major cause.

The Deceptive Nature of Environmentalism
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It is characteristic of extremist ideologies to develop their own specialised vocabulary of words and phrases. Those denoting what they wish to be seen as unquestionably good or evil are especially favoured as are terms of emotional index conditioned to arouse fear, hatred, reverence, or righteousness. Terms used to provide a moralistic façade for less palatable truths are another favourite. Examination of such terminology can provide revealing insight into the true nature of the beast. Here are some common examples from the eco lexicon.

Concern -
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The concern so piously expressed by environmentalists about supposed threats to the environment is exposed as a sham by their immediate reaction to any suggestion that a purported problem may not actually be as serious as feared. Instead of the hopeful interest one would expect from anyone who genuinely cares about something, their response is invariably argument and even angry rejection. It is obvious their true commitment is to the threat itself, not to the environment. Threats provide meaning, purpose
  • and funding.
Nature itself is only a distant abstraction.
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The Precautionary Principle -
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As originally formulated, the concept was that if there is an apparent risk of severe or irreversible damage, preventative measures should not be withheld because of a lack of scientific certainty. Environmentalists twisted this reasonable approach to uncertainty into an imperative for full protection against any hypothetical risk. They then added a burden of proof for no harm from anyone who objects. However, as every student of Logic 101 learns, proof of a negative is not possible. In practice this means that even the most dubious hypothetical concern must be acted upon
  • and no acceptable objection is possible.
The muddled logic of the environmentalist formulation of the precautionary principal actually forbids doing anything at all. This includes precautionary measures themselves because everything we do, or don’t do, entails some possibility of risk. That this vacuous and pernicious bit of intellectual drivel has even been written into the enabling legislation of government bodies charged with environmental management only underscores the corrosive influence of environmental correctness on rational thinking. 

Love of Nature – 

This is another phony façade of the eco-saviours. The demographics of green voters clearly show that their preferred habitat is not the remote regions where nature prevails or rural areas where it remains prominent. It isn’t even the outer suburban areas where at least remnants of it still retain some influence. Despite their professed love of nature, the habitat where the majority of Greens chose to live is the tiny fraction of the planet where nature has been virtually annihilated, the inner urban heart of large cities.

The Fragile Delicate Balance of Nature –

The concept of ecology as a house of cards, susceptible to collapse at the slightest “unnatural” disturbance is still another mushy misrepresentation promoted by the environmentalists. Unnatural in this context is code for human at any societal level above Stone Age hunter gathering. The reality of nature as a constant struggle for survival in a dynamic, ever changing, often harsh, natural world has been replaced by a romantic notion of nature in a blissful state of harmony and balance, something pure and perfect where any detectable human influence is by definition a desecration.
Somehow in all this, ecology itself has also been transmuted from a scientific discipline involving a study of the interrelations of organisms and their environment into something they refer to as The Ecology. This appears to be some kind of undefined but implied spiritual entity more or less synonymous with the one they also refer to as Gaia.

This view of ecology seems to have a special appeal for those who produce nothing themselves; but, who enjoy having their sense of moral superiority untainted by any tinge of gratitude or guilt regarding those who provide their needs.

Threatened -

Threatened is an especially popular term of emotional index in the environmentalist lexicon. It even enjoys a formal status via the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Such listing is often highly political and includes numerous so-called iconic or charismatic species whose populations are large, and healthy. Such listing is aimed at support for various eco-agendas, not any real existential concern. Even the grey kangaroo was listed for a time. It was only removed when the absurdity of having to cull several million every year to prevent overpopulation threatened the Red List itself with being re-listed from misleading to meaningless.

The mother of all environmental threats has, of course, been Anthropogenic Global Warming (a.k.a. Climate Change). AGW has become the most revered of all eco threats. To doubt it is equivalent to denying the Holocaust. Accepting it and renouncing (but not giving up) the sin of fossil fuel consumption promises to save the world, punish unbelievers and bring about a fair, harmonious, balanced, sustainable restoration of Eden. The fact that every prediction of the climate “experts” has failed and climate itself is cooling is only a test of faith for the true believers. 

Sustainable

Like all the other eco buzz words, this one appears benign until it is examined more closely. As used by the eco-alarmists it is a no brainer. The less any resource is utilised the more sustainable it becomes, so the more restrictions the better. What the urban green non-producers fail to recognise is that sustainability of the industry is also important. Whatever we don’t get from one source becomes an added pressure somewhere else. 

The fisheries that Greens are so anxious to close down, have the lowest environmental impact of any means of food production and the health benefits of increased seafood consumption are substantial. The seafood our waters could produce but our fishermen aren’t permitted to catch, sustains only greater costs, human misery and environmental impacts on the land. The 70% of domestic sea food consumption we import and pay for by selling off non-renewable mineral resources sustains only bloated bureaucracy here and overfishing elsewhere

Impact -

In the environmentalist lexicon the consequences of natural events, no matter how devastating, are referred to with neutral sounding terms such “influence” or “effect”. However, any detectable change attributable to humans, no matter how slight, is referred to as an Impact.

If you drive down a beach in your SUV, a few of the tiny creatures who live among the sand grains might presumably be affected. In eco-speak this is an impact and should be prohibited. On the other hand, if a hurricane washes away the entire beach, that is only a natural ecological succession. However, if the storm should be attributed to climate change, it would immediately become a terrible impact and a tragic violation of nature’s delicate balance.

Stakeholder -
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A stakeholder used to be a person with something invested or something to lose. Environmentalists revised this to include themselves on the basis of their “concern” providing them a proprietary interest. With nothing invested and no experience or special knowledge to offer, they are now commonly deemed to be “stakeholders” in distant places they may have never even seen with equal standing to those whose homes, livelihood and way of life are at stake. 
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Social License -

This recent addition to the environmental lexicon seems to be mainly used to imply that primary producers must only be permitted to operate if they come hat in hand with bowed head to pay obeisance and beg humble permission from their eco-overlords. 

Behind the Eco-facade

Behind the carefully contrived facade of piety and righteousness the environmental movement is heavily infected with suppurating dishonesty, delusion and perversity. It’s the kind of maladaptive response that animal behaviourists have found may arise when strong instinctual drives are blocked. In this instance it might well be a consequence of the biologically impoverished urban environment compounded by the boredom of a non-productive parasitic lifestyle which affords little purpose or meaning. It’s not unlike the obsessive compulsive neuroticism often observed in animals living in sterile cages.

In most developed nations a large majority of the population now dwell in cities and only a minority toil to produce the goods and services which support everyone. For many urbanites in particular, the natural environment has acquired a distant, romantic, somewhat sacred, status. Though themselves voracious consumers, they are removed from the production which supplies their demands. The producers who provide their needs tend to be seen as greedy exploiters and defilers of nature. Even more ironically, their own lifestyle has virtually annihilated the natural world in a small portion of the environment, yet, that is where they choose to spend their lives.

Ecology is above all holistic

Every organism must have effects in order to exist. Like all species, the effect of our own can be either harmful or beneficial depending upon whether the net result is to decrease or to enhance the diversity, abundance and condition of life. The observable reality of natural ecosystems is that they are far less delicate, fragile and balanced than is popularly imagined. They are in fact much more robust, dynamic and fluctuating with every organism impacting on others. Aiming to maximise our beneficial effects and minimise the detrimental ones requires trade-offs and adjustments whereby we seek to spread our impacts across our whole resource base within the bounds of sustainability. Every restriction we impose unnecessarily puts more pressure on others elsewhere and makes genuine sustainability more difficult.

The future of environmentalism

All over the Western World economies are in trouble with productive activity struggling under a growing burden of bloated government and stifling bureaucracy for which environmentalism has provided a major impetus. In developing nations it has been estimated that as many as 30 million people have been driven into landless poverty as conservation refugees. In the US, UK, Germany and Australia power grids are approaching the threshold of major blackouts as a consequence of a decade long failure to invest in new generating capacity because of uncertainty regarding environmental regulations. Meanwhile hundreds of billions of dollars have been wasted on costly, inefficient and unreliable wind and solar farms which produce only trivial amounts of power and no measurable reduction in CO2 emissions. 

Without a radical change in direction, declining productivity and competitiveness in the global marketplace may soon make it impossible to maintain our vast urban resource sinks populated by large numbers of non-producers. This modern society which the environmentalists regard with such contempt looks likely to prove far more fragile and delicate than the reefs and forests about which they are so obsessed. Ironically, the sustainability they are so concerned with imposing may ultimately render they themselves and their way of life unsustainable. Even more ironic, in such circumstances their most valuable contribution to Gaia or The Ecology could well be as compost.

Of course, events don’t have to go that way. People do have a remarkable ability to abandon a strongly held belief when it becomes obvious it is costing themselves and not just others. That will be the real test of faith.

Although we all want clean and healthy air, water, and food and few do not appreciate the beauty of nature, achieving this requires knowledge, difficult decisions, costs and some trade-offs. Turning concern for the environment into another ism to serve as an opportunity for know-nothing, do-nothings to indulge in displays of self-righteousness only adds to the difficulty. Those with nothing invested and nothing to contribute but complaint
  • have earned no right to decide. 
Signing away our sovereignty to inept and unaccountable UN bureaucrats with a demonstrable track record of failure in their own countries is worse than just stupid or spineless. It is treasonous. As a liberal democracy our government is one that is supposed to be of, by and for the people. It is past time that we the people started to take back our rights and our government from those who have usurped them. It is also time to tell the UN bureaucrats to butt out, go home and deal with their own problems."


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UN rewards killer Mugabe with special tourism role-- whether formal or informal. It's sick but typical of the UN. They would not exist without the US taxpayer.

5/30/12, "Why Zimbabwe's President Mugabe was named UN 'tourism envoy'," CS Monitor
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"Zimbabwe's President Mugabe, who signed an agreement to co-host a UN tourism conference, now has an honorary position as envoy, despite a long record of human rights abuses."

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10/31/11, "UNESCO votes to admit Palestine; U.S. cuts off funding," Washington Post
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The United States provides UNESCO with more than $80 million a year, covering about 22 percent of its budget, thus making any cutoff painful."...
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UK reviewing financial donations to UN agencies, warns UNESCO
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3/3/11, "U.K. Pulls Plug on United Nations Spending, in Move That is Bound to Hearten U.S. Critics," Fox News, George Russell
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"The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was slammed for “long-lasting historic underperformance."...

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2/16/12, "Obama Wants to Restore U.S. Funding for UNESCO, After It Admitted ‘Palestine’," CNS News. P. Goodenough



via Tom Nelson, via Climate Non-conformist

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