Category Archives: global warming

Trump EPA Transition Point Man Myron Ebell in Portland for Talk

Myron Ebell is one of the people I always go-to for expertise on climate/global warming issues. And at a time when the Trump Administration is considering pulling out of the Paris Accords pertaining to global warming, his viewpoint couldn’t be more timely.

The Oregon born, Competitive Policy Institute’s global warming expert, served as the Trump transition point man at the Environmental Protection Agency.

The left calls him a climate “denier,” but he likes to think of himself as a skeptic, you know, like science is supposed to be.

Climate fabulists bray that their viewpoints are based exclusively on science. It’s science all right: political science.

On Thursday, June 8th, he’ll be the guest of Cascade Policy Institute in Portland for a talk on what he’s been up to lately.

Sign up to go here. 

Environy: Global Warming Event Postponed Due to Snow

The same people who were in lock step with Al Gore as he predicted the “true planetary emergency point of no return“–for 2016, the sea levels wiping out American beach front homes, increasing tornadoes, hurricanes, melting Arctic ice caps and the extinction of the polar bears, had to cancel an event late last week.

It turns out that the people who believe that man is so powerful that he can change the weather, couldn’t get the weather to cooperate with their global warming news conference.

You’ll note that the news release (compliments of Lars Larson) shows that the global warming crowd has now included in their list of man-made horribles earthquakes. 

Anything to keep the money rolling in, I guess.

 

 

POSTPONED: Mayor Hales and Community Activists to Celebrate Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Ban

Portland, Oregon – Mayor Charlie Hales will join community leaders and activists immediately following the anticipated passage of a new city ordinance that renews Portland’s commitment to strong climate action, lower carbon emissions, effective seismic resilience, a safer Columbia River Gorge, and a safer environment for those in and around Portland. This policy also sends a strong signal about the seriousness of Portland’s commitment to green infrastructure and a transition to clean, renewable energy sources.

The ordinance prohibits the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure that has the capability to transload fossil fuels or is larger than two million gallons in capacity and forbids existing terminals from expanding in size, preventing any further potential damage to their local environment.

This victory is the result of over two years of organizing from local activists and community members committed to the betterment of Portland’s environment and the protection of our neighbors’ health and safety. The ordinance is an important step forward for Portland and should serve as a model for other municipalities and states.

All speakers will be available for a brief question and answer session and interviews immediately following the press conference.

What: Mayor Hales and Community Activists to Celebrate Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Ban

When: To be determined

Where: Portland City Hall Atrium (1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR)

This policy was worked on by 350PDX, Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Riverkeeper, Climate Action Coalition, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Oregon PSR (Physicians for Social Responsibility), Center for Sustainable Economy, the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club, and more.

The very same people who predicted world wide calamity this year due to man’s influence on the weather, couldn’t get enough cooperation to get rid of the snow.

Remember when the world laughed at Christian charlatans who predicted the world’s demise?

 

Political Vanguard: Why Jerry Brown’s Water Plan Isn’t Serious

California’s Problem of Long Standing is a Shock! Shock, I Tell You! to Pols in Sacramento.

Divining Rod - Photo provided by  Victoria Taft

In response, our savvy Sacramento swashbuckling legislators have now taken out their mighty divining rods, put their ears to ground, put a wet finger in the air, assessed the political climate and determined that now is the time to rip up our lawns and shorten our showers — or else.

As any 5th grader can tell you, California is comprised of eleven different types of climates which can be simplified into four basic categories: Mediterranean Dry, Look at the Trees, Why Is it So Foggy Here, and, Hella Hot. The Mojave Desert is often the hottest place in the country in the summer. We’re in year four of a drought. But, as Tom Del Beccaro points out here in Forbes, we’re still ‘enjoying’ the wettest century California has had in 7,000 years. In short, the problem is not new.

The question then becomes, what have our elected leaders done about it?

Recently, lawmakers have spent time trying to put Sea World out of business, given money in energy grants to build solar arrays that make birds explode in mid-air — pfft! — incentivized people who aren’t even citizens of California (or the country) to come and receive ‘free’ stuff taken from taxpayers, and planned to spend $68 billion on a slo-mo train to nowhere.

Apparently legislators think money grows on the trees farmers haven’t been forced to rip out in the Central Valley for lack of water.

But instead of pointing at the budget priorities of the state he leads, instead of acknowledging the actual California climate, instead of wagging a reproving forefinger at the environmentalists who have driven the natural resources agenda which diverts water to bait fish over people, Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday blamed something else:

“I can tell you, from California, climate change is not a   hoax. We’re dealing with it, and it’s damn serious.”

Gov. Jerry Brown - Photo Credit Victoria Taft

… said the man who proposed the $68 billion choo choo but killed an $11 billion water storage bill proffered by State Senate Republicans in 2014 because it would ‘break the bank’.

Cue dead pac mac music.

Jerry Brown wants you to believe the cyclical California drought is new-and-worse-than-ever-and-how could he possibly have known? 

Let’s go to the tote board where a cursory check of expenditures yields these figures used for water programs in just the last few years:

2006: $660 million (flood diversion)

2014: $870 million

2014: (voters) $7.5 billion (only $2.7b of which would be used for water storage)

2015:  $20 mil from Feds to farmers

2015: $1billion (including for food baskets for workers in the Central Valley who have lost their jobs due to environmentalists succeeding in diverting water it for the restoration of the ‘delta smelt’ and ruining farms.)

People rightly wonder why the expended billions have not resulted in new reservoirs and desalination plants either started or in the pipeline. That’s because water for people, while a basic function of government, has been taken for granted.

Conservationists have done magnificent things to improve air and water quality in California, but as environmental advocacy has turned into Big Green, they’ve also stood in the way of getting water to people. Under environmental law, individuals have standing to bring lawsuits against anything. The environmental review process takes years to navigate and lawsuits add time and expense. The private desalination plant in Carlsbad was subjected to 14 lawsuits, for example. At long last, notwithstanding attempts to kill it by environmentalists, the plant is coming on-line in the fall — just in time to deliver more water to people.

Environmentalists have overseen the removal of 12 dams in the state from through 2014 in an attempt to return rivers back to their wild state, but that also potentially means less water for people.

Government inertia is also responsible for lack of water. While Governor Brown promises he’ll fast-track water projects this time under his executive order, his administration still hasn’t put in motion half the projects from Emergency Drought Relief passed by the legislature last year.

California also loses 10% of its water from leaky pipes, according to state figures. Last week, 82,000 gallons of water spilled from Santa Clarita after a series of earthquakes. Last July, a water main break near UCLA sent 20 million gallons down the drains along Sunset Boulevard.

Conserving water is the right thing to do, of course. I’ve lived in California on-and-off since the 1980’s and conservation efforts have been a part of the message from water departments since then, if not before. This is California, after all.

Short showers, turning off the water while I brush my teeth, re-using dog water to water plants, low flow everything are just part of life for me. I took those habits with me when I moved back to Oregon, where water is plentiful.

But I have a solution to ease the pain for citizens subjected to Brown’s deputizing of the water police to go after lawn waterers, car washers and people with green lawns.  While Brown is ripping up the earth to put in the slo-mo train to nowhere, he can count it against the 50 million square feet of lawns he demanded be ripped out to conserve water.

That’s something at least.

 

Global warmists now claim climate psycho trauma!

Purveyors of climate claims including: new ice age, population bomb, warming, cooling, change and chaos now warn of climate trauma

When a kid guilelessly tells a global warming purveyor on camera that he rides a bike to school to save the polar bears, is it any wonder there’s climate trauma

Portland kid claims to ride bike to school to "save polar bears" in 2012 bicycle propaganda film.
Portland kid claims to ride bike to school to “save polar bears” in 2012 bicycle propaganda film.

C’mon, Al Gore and his acolytes–the boy’s teachers–have been telling the kid global warming caused by gassing up his mom’s car is killing those fuzzy, cute polar bears. The kid is told riding his bike will save them. Between hating his mom for having a car and the guilt of not riding his bike on rainy days, this kid could someday be a walking psycho ward. ‘If only I had ridden in October and November, I might have been able to save more! There they go…on that little bitty ice chunk… And then the day after tomorrow the waves are going to crash over Manhattan!’

Of course the polar bear population has grown but, shhhhhh, don’t tell anybody, especially that kid.

group touting this new psycho malady claims the climate chaos will cause trauma but that the resilient human race will be able to pull through….IF WE ACT IN TIME!

The mental stresses of climate change have so far been overlooked beyond climate expert burnout and criticisms of too many climate disasters in the media desensitising people. However, the stresses of dealing with climate change are a public health concern that needs to be more widely addressed.

So far I’m tracking with these guys. I’ve OFTEN warned of the social costs of the so-called “Smart Growth”, as they insist on calling it, by cramming people into boxes, working to take cars away, no yard for their children to play, pricing them out of independence through higher taxes and regulation and even fining them for using resources. But, you didn’t think they’d toss this out and agree with those who have been criticizing them for years, did you? Not when there’s another fear to dangle in front of you, they won’t! 

Climate impacts on mental health include trauma, shock, anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, relationship strain, substance abuse, and a sense of loss and lack of control.

But that’s not all, it gets worse, natch.

Climate impacts on physical health include severe physical trauma, death, broken bones and cuts, disease, reduced access to health care, increased exposure to pests and toxins, allergies, asthma, impaired fetal development and changes in general fitness as climate impacts change daily routines.

But IF YOU ACT NOW you can help stop these horribles. Good grief, are you still standing there???!!! DO something! And, as luck has it, they helpfully provide a list,

Things you can do to reduce the stress of dealing with climate are:

  1. Give people confidence we can prepare for and mitigate climate change
  2. Communicate solutions
  3. Highlight the co-benefits of acting on climate
  4. Acknowledge the normality of emotions around climate
  5. Use personal stories to connect
  6. Be careful with too many disaster images causing a sense of hopelessness
  7. Focus on local impacts
  8. Emphasise the power of collective action
  9. Help people interpret their experiences
  10. Connect the dots from impacts to solutions

I like number 6. Now that’s absolute Al Gore Gold.

Only if you stop the climate (ice age, population bomb, cooling, warming, change, chaos) will you be able to PERSONALLY feel better. It’s all about you. Think globally, act personally.

You have to love the chutzpah. They’re now warning the result of their own decades-long fear mongering in our schools and freedom restricting laws and regulation and disguising it as another climate chaos fall that can only be solved if you do what they say. Again. Naturally.

 

Al Gore uses internet invention* to announce the anniversary of another first

algoreGlobal warming, smart meter, tobacco and Al GoreZeera mega mogul, Al Gore, has used his invention of the internet* to announce the anniversary of another one of his firsts: The first member of congress to nationally broadcast a speech from the house chamber.

Gore made the announcement via Twitter with a hashtag of #tbt (truth be told) with the odd verbiage, “A bit early for #tbt…” I don’t even know what that means except maybe he’s hedging in case someone discovers his claim is as reliable as his claim to have invented the internet* or that he isn’t milking global warming for a buck, that the oceans will rise by six meters, Hurricane Katrina was man made or than Antarctica is melting. It actually appears that Tip O’Neill spoke before Gore, but what are a few words when we’re talking HISTORY!

Gore sent out a link to the speech that harkens back to when he was just a tobacco trust fund baby,

*
http://youtu.be/RDxnFaM8sIo

Global Warming is to Blame, We’re Sure…

Cold kills 500 penguins

Pretoria – Nearly 500 African penguins died in 24-hours because of cold and wet weather at Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape, SA National Parks (SanParks) said on Tuesday.

SanParks spokesperson Megan Taplin said: “The chicks, aged between a few weeks and two months, are covered only with down feathers. They succumbed to the cold and wet weather that has hit Bird Island.”
The rest of the story is here.

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Global Warming is to Blame, We’re Sure…

Cold kills 500 penguins

Pretoria – Nearly 500 African penguins died in 24-hours because of cold and wet weather at Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape, SA National Parks (SanParks) said on Tuesday.

SanParks spokesperson Megan Taplin said: “The chicks, aged between a few weeks and two months, are covered only with down feathers. They succumbed to the cold and wet weather that has hit Bird Island.”
The rest of the story is here.

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ClimateGate Fall Out: Change the Subject from CO2 to …

…other green house gasses. I find this piece in the LAT HERE today slightly amusing because there’s no mention of going after the biggest green house gas of all: water vapor. Which is pretty much what their arguments have turned into. (See Lew’s previous posts about increases of CO2 and their impact on the planet in the past and our previous posts too numerous to post here)
After the leaked emails showed that temperature data were fudged, fabricated and trotted out as the truth, after the data to justify their ‘science’ was “lost,” after it was shown “The Team” threatened to withhold their own papers from publications if science journals published “deniers'” papers and revealed that they had couldn’t understand why their own models wouldn’t work, after they colluded to prevent other scientists from getting their data via FOI, now they change the subject from CO2 to the other green house gasses. Check out that first sentence. See that term “black carbon?” You’ll be hearing an awful lot about that from now on. How could you not when it has such a malevolent sounding name? The media won’t be able to resist:

Those sources include so-called black carbon, soot from incompletely burned fossil fuels and biomass, including that produced by ships and cooking stoves that collects in the atmosphere and on ice and prevents sunlight from being reflected back into space; hydrofluorocarbon chemicals, known as HFCs, used in refrigerators and air conditioners worldwide; and methane, which emanates from coal mines and landfills.
Many scientists and environmentalists say reducing the “forgotten 50%” of pollutants will be faster, easier and substantially cheaper than cutting carbon dioxide, and could buy the world time in its climate clock race.
“We can eliminate — not just cut — one of the six greenhouse gases this week,” said Durwood Zaelke, a longtime environmental lawyer who is president of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. “This can buy us more than a decade of delay” against the worst effects of climate change, he said.

Forgotten 50%? Who writes their material, Yogi Berra? What about water vapor which comprises 90% of greenhouse gasses? Oh, yeah, that would make the warmists sound like kooks. Who would want to get rid of water or its vapor for heaven’s sake? (here) Maybe the same folks who think CO2 is a pollutant.

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ClimateGate Fall Out: Change the Subject from CO2 to …

…other green house gasses. I find this piece in the LAT HERE today slightly amusing because there’s no mention of going after the biggest green house gas of all: water vapor. Which is pretty much what their arguments have turned into. (See Lew’s previous posts about increases of CO2 and their impact on the planet in the past and our previous posts too numerous to post here)
After the leaked emails showed that temperature data were fudged, fabricated and trotted out as the truth, after the data to justify their ‘science’ was “lost,” after it was shown “The Team” threatened to withhold their own papers from publications if science journals published “deniers'” papers and revealed that they had couldn’t understand why their own models wouldn’t work, after they colluded to prevent other scientists from getting their data via FOI, now they change the subject from CO2 to the other green house gasses. Check out that first sentence. See that term “black carbon?” You’ll be hearing an awful lot about that from now on. How could you not when it has such a malevolent sounding name? The media won’t be able to resist:

Those sources include so-called black carbon, soot from incompletely burned fossil fuels and biomass, including that produced by ships and cooking stoves that collects in the atmosphere and on ice and prevents sunlight from being reflected back into space; hydrofluorocarbon chemicals, known as HFCs, used in refrigerators and air conditioners worldwide; and methane, which emanates from coal mines and landfills.
Many scientists and environmentalists say reducing the “forgotten 50%” of pollutants will be faster, easier and substantially cheaper than cutting carbon dioxide, and could buy the world time in its climate clock race.
“We can eliminate — not just cut — one of the six greenhouse gases this week,” said Durwood Zaelke, a longtime environmental lawyer who is president of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. “This can buy us more than a decade of delay” against the worst effects of climate change, he said.

Forgotten 50%? Who writes their material, Yogi Berra? What about water vapor which comprises 90% of greenhouse gasses? Oh, yeah, that would make the warmists sound like kooks. Who would want to get rid of water or its vapor for heaven’s sake? (here) Maybe the same folks who think CO2 is a pollutant.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

ClimateGate Saturday: We’ll Release AGW Data. ClimateGate Sunday: Climate Data Destroyed

The Global Warmists told the Competitive Enterprise Institute that data upon which much of the global warming claims were based has been destroyed. As we’ve reported to you here and here and here. But in Saturday’s London Times the scientists ideologues at the University of East Anglia claimed they would release the data!

In a statement welcomed by climate change sceptics, the university said it would make all the data accessible as soon as possible, once its Climatic Research Unit (CRU) had negotiated its release from a range of non-publication agreements. 

Alas, Sunday came and all hopes were dashed again.

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.
It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

The “Team,” as the Warmists call themselves, talked about the data in the emails. They conspired to block the data from FOI requests and talked of “hiding the decline” in temperatures which got in the way of their Warmism.
Let’s bring back this goodie from a week or so ago put on the blog by Lew.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

ClimateGate Saturday: We’ll Release AGW Data. ClimateGate Sunday: Climate Data Destroyed

The Global Warmists told the Competitive Enterprise Institute that data upon which much of the global warming claims were based has been destroyed. As we’ve reported to you here and here and here. But in Saturday’s London Times the scientists ideologues at the University of East Anglia claimed they would release the data!

In a statement welcomed by climate change sceptics, the university said it would make all the data accessible as soon as possible, once its Climatic Research Unit (CRU) had negotiated its release from a range of non-publication agreements. 

Alas, Sunday came and all hopes were dashed again.

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.
It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

The “Team,” as the Warmists call themselves, talked about the data in the emails. They conspired to block the data from FOI requests and talked of “hiding the decline” in temperatures which got in the way of their Warmism.
Let’s bring back this goodie from a week or so ago put on the blog by Lew.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Throw Down: Dr. Tim Ball (PhD Climate Science) v David Appell (Science Writer)

Dr. Ball says he’d be glad to spar with you on the air. We could do on Friday, Monday, or Tuesday.

What day will work for you? It would probably be in the 7pm hour.

If he’s such a has been as you suggest this should be a piece of cake for you.

—–Original Message—–

From: David Appell [mailto:appell@nasw.org]

Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 1:12 PM

To: Victoria Taft

Subject: Re: talk suggestion: hockey stick

victoria@kpam.com wrote:

> Because he’s my expert and he’s awesome.

But why is he “your expert?”

Is it independent of his views? Is there something about the way he does science? Does it matter to you that he doesn’t do real research anymore, never did much of anything impressive when he was a practicing scientist, is no longer a practicing scientist, doesn’t attend the field’s major conferences, no longer publishes papers, and is hardly in the inside loop of the climate science profession?

David

> —–Original Message—–

> From: David Appell [mailto:appell@nasw.org]

> Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:50 PM

> To: Victoria Taft

> Subject: Re: talk suggestion: hockey stick

>

> victoria@kpam.com wrote:

>> Congratulations! Scientific American? That’s awesome. Come on and

>> debate it

> > with Tim Ball. Then at least it will be a fair fight.

>

> Sure — call or email me, and I’ll be on your show. I’ll even come

> into Portland to do it in person.

>

> But why would you (1) have me, a journalist, when there are plenty of

> climate scientists in Oregon deeply involved in the subject, and (2)

> why would you have Tim Ball, who is not an active researcher in the

> field and who has not published any papers since 1995 (that I’m aware of).

>

> David

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Throw Down: Dr. Tim Ball (PhD Climate Science) v David Appell (Science Writer)

Dr. Ball says he’d be glad to spar with you on the air. We could do on Friday, Monday, or Tuesday.

What day will work for you? It would probably be in the 7pm hour.

If he’s such a has been as you suggest this should be a piece of cake for you.

—–Original Message—–

From: David Appell [mailto:appell@nasw.org]

Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 1:12 PM

To: Victoria Taft

Subject: Re: talk suggestion: hockey stick

victoria@kpam.com wrote:

> Because he’s my expert and he’s awesome.

But why is he “your expert?”

Is it independent of his views? Is there something about the way he does science? Does it matter to you that he doesn’t do real research anymore, never did much of anything impressive when he was a practicing scientist, is no longer a practicing scientist, doesn’t attend the field’s major conferences, no longer publishes papers, and is hardly in the inside loop of the climate science profession?

David

> —–Original Message—–

> From: David Appell [mailto:appell@nasw.org]

> Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:50 PM

> To: Victoria Taft

> Subject: Re: talk suggestion: hockey stick

>

> victoria@kpam.com wrote:

>> Congratulations! Scientific American? That’s awesome. Come on and

>> debate it

> > with Tim Ball. Then at least it will be a fair fight.

>

> Sure — call or email me, and I’ll be on your show. I’ll even come

> into Portland to do it in person.

>

> But why would you (1) have me, a journalist, when there are plenty of

> climate scientists in Oregon deeply involved in the subject, and (2)

> why would you have Tim Ball, who is not an active researcher in the

> field and who has not published any papers since 1995 (that I’m aware of).

>

> David

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