Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CO2 is beneficial, there is no climate crisis

So says Greenpeace co-founder, Patrick Moore in his latest publication.  From the conclusions:
... Despite a great deal of evidence to the contrary, much of Western society has been convinced that a global warming and a climate change crisis is upon us. The idea of catastrophic climate change is a powerful one, as it encompasses everything and everywhere on Earth. There is nowhere to hide from “carbon pollution.” There is also the combination of fear and guilt: we are fearful that driving our cars will kill our grandchildren, and we feel guilty for doing so. A powerful convergence of interests among key elites supports and drives the climate catastrophe narrative. ...
... Lost in all these machinations is the indisputable fact that the most important thing about CO2 is that it is essential for all life on Earth and that before humans began to burn fossil fuels, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 was heading in a very dangerous direction for a very long time. Surely, the most “dangerous” change in climate in the short term would be to one that would not support sufficient food production to feed our own population. ... The best outcome would be that CO2 does cause some measure of warming, but somewhat lower than that suggested by extreme predictions.  We should ask those who predict catastrophic climate change, including the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, some pressing questions regarding the outcome if humans had not intervened in the carbon cycle. 
• What evidence is there that we are not already past the maximum global temperature during this Holocene interglacial period? 
• How can we be certain that in the absence of human emissions the next cooling period would not be more severe than the recent Little Ice Age? 
• Given that the optimum CO2 level for plant growth is above 1,000 ppm and that CO2 has been above that level for most of the history of life, what sense does it make to call for a reduction in the level of CO2 in the absence of evidence of catastrophic climate change?
• Is there any plausible scenario, in the absence of human emissions, that would end the gradual depletion of CO2 in the atmosphere until it reaches the starvation level for plants, hence for life on earth? 
• What evidence or argument is there that the global climate would not revert to another glacial period in keeping with the Milankovitch cycles as it has done repeatedly during at least the past 800,000 years?
These and many other questions about CO2, climate and plant growth require our serious consideration if we are to avoid making some very costly mistakes.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

"If you see something, say something!"

Mike Huckabee on the Obama counter- terrorism strategy:
... At the same time that the Obama Administration was arguing for the right to gather electronic data on every US citizen, including reporters, it was abandoning real leads, killing a serious terrorist investigative unit and deleting its files, and removing experts and training materials on how to identify threats, all because those things might be seen as culturally insensitive to Muslims. This is how political correctness kills, and it just set a new US record. 
To sum up, the Obama Administration’s counter-terrorism strategy in 13 words:

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Socialism for the Uninformed

Thomas Sowell:
Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster. ...

Friday, May 27, 2016

Den Tandt "praises" his long time target, Stephen Harper ...

And, as might be expected, his praise is very faint praise indeed.  Some excerpts [with Den Tandt's amplifying thoughts]:
... a good prime minister [Let's try to keep the hyperbole down, shall we?]

... a smart, basically decent, hard- working guy who, for all his flaws ... [You could say that about 70+% of Canadians, so let's concentrate on those flaws!]

... a better-than-fair steward [Right, "good", but "nothing great"]

... he is not ... the ogre he has been made out to be [by his partisan opponents, especially we in the Media Party]

... For all his failings, ran a broadly stable ship [So let me remind you, again, of all those failings.]

... nothing at all like the extremism we were led to expect [Not as extreme as his partisan opponents, especially we in the Media Party, led you to expect]
In the print version Den Tandt's column was titled: "Canada lucky to have had Harper" [Yes, after all, we could have had someone like, say, Vladimir Putin]
One supposes this is Den Tandt's idea of  a polite farewell to a favourite target.  In contrast, here are a couple of sample comments from people who begged to differ:
Best Prime Minister in 70 years, maybe more. He get's Canada. On the flip side, Zoolander says Canada has no culture or identity and is the worlds first postnational state. What an arrogant stupid insulting prick.
Harper, a pragmatic Canadian, for all Canadians. Now Zoolander is intent on picking his interest groups at the expense of the Canadian taxpayer and reversing Harper's policies for the benefit of all Canadians, even his insane left wing detractors. Irrational immigration decisions, FN secrecy, complacency regarding energy, complacency regarding prairie fires, outrageous and damaging deficits, increasing union powers at the expense of taxpayers,
 And in further contrast:

Monday, May 23, 2016

Trudeau and a turtle on a fence post

What do they have in common?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ontario's Leap towards economic oblivion

Rex Murphy:
Remember the Leap Manifesto? That was the wild-eyed ultra-greenist, anti-capitalist dogma-sheet that Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein dragged out ...

... Kill oil. Kill all fossil fuels. No pipelines. No refineries. Cripple the economy. Deny the poorer nations ... a cascade of unexamined and baseless assertions, a manifest distaste for reality, a raw pulse of dogmatic certitude, and a set of prescriptions that would obliterate a modern economy, push hundreds of thousands out of work, and bring the industrial age back to the days of horse cart and covered wagons for transportation. ...

The authors of Leap were ... merely projecting as it were private fantasies into the public arena. If, however, they had presented in Ontario, if they had urged Ontario’s government with the dreams they urged ... I suspect they would have been mocked as timid, restrained, unimaginative, even perhaps, regressive. For the Wynne government’s recently revealed plans for the ‘transformation of the Ontario energy industry,” is of a reach and scope, depth and range, that defies all comparison.

Even if there were good evidence that alarmists are right (and there isn't) Canada's contribution to global CO2 emissions is tiny and it's effect on global climate un-measurable.  But politicians like Wynne (and Trudeau and ... ) behave as if the world's fate hinges on Canada (or Ontario or ...) taking the lead in sacrificing their citizens' standard of living to Gaia. This is insanely reckless.  Canada has no obligation, moral or otherwise, to move any faster on this than the least committed of the largest GHG emitting nations.  Doing so is not only climatically pointless, it unnecessarily risks wrecking our economy.  We are being led either by nitwits or by cynical tax-grabbers or both.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Climate Change in 12 Minutes - The Skeptic's Case

Why climate models fail:

Modellers need to fully appreciate that Garbage In = Garbage Out, not Gospel Out!

CAGW = ‘computer-aided global warming’