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Ulster Poppy

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 8, 2008


I’ll have to save this one for St Patrick’s Day next year to gig my Catholic friends.

Have a good day, I have a series of important meetings to attend, and won’t be blogging again until tomorrow.

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A Climate of Belief

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 8, 2008

Interesting article full of references about the unreliability of climate models. A taste:

So the bottom line is this: When it comes to future climate, no one knows what they’re talking about. No one. Not the IPCC nor its scientists, not the US National Academy of Sciences, not the NRDC or National Geographic, not the US Congressional House leadership, not me, not you, and certainly not Mr. Albert Gore. Earth’s climate is warming and no one knows exactly why. But there is no falsifiable scientific basis whatever to assert this warming is caused by human-produced greenhouse gasses because current physical theory is too grossly inadequate to establish any cause at all.

Nevertheless, those who advocate extreme policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions inevitably base their case on GCM projections, which somehow become real predictions in publicity releases. But even if these advocates admitted the uncertainty of their predictions, they might still invoke the Precautionary Principle and call for extreme reductions “just to be safe.” This principle says, “Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.34 That is, even if we don’t fully know that CO2 is dangerously warming Earth climate, we should curtail its emission anyway, just in case. However, if the present uncertainty limit in General Circulation Models is at least ±100 degrees per century, we are left in total ignorance about the temperature effect of increasing CO2. It’s not that we, “lack … full scientific certainty,” it’s that we lack any scientific certainty. We literally don’t know whether doubling atmospheric CO2 will have any discernible effect on climate at all.

Source: Skeptic
Hat Tip: Al Fin

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Environmentalists’ Wild Predictions

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 8, 2008

Climate Changes In Cycles
The latest from Walter E. Williams on the failed predictions of doom by a legion of lying lefties (but I repeat myself):

Now that another Earth Day has come and gone, let’s look at some environmentalist predictions that they would prefer we forget.

At the first Earth Day celebration, in 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder warned, “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.” C.C. Wallen of the World Meteorological Organization said, “The cooling since 1940 has been large enough and consistent enough that it will not soon be reversed.” In 1968, Professor Paul Ehrlich, Vice President Gore’s hero and mentor, predicted there would be a major food shortage in the U.S. and “in the 1970s … hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death.” Ehrlich forecasted that 65 million Americans would die of starvation between 1980 and 1989, and by 1999 the U.S. population would have declined to 22.6 million. Ehrlich’s predictions about England were gloomier: “If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”

In 1972, a report was written for the Club of Rome warning the world would run out of gold by 1981, mercury and silver by 1985, tin by 1987 and petroleum, copper, lead and natural gas by 1992. Gordon Taylor, in his 1970 book “The Doomsday Book,” said Americans were using 50 percent of the world’s resources and “by 2000 they [Americans] will, if permitted, be using all of them.” In 1975, the Environmental Fund took out full-page ads warning, “The World as we know it will likely be ruined by the year 2000.”

Harvard University biologist George Wald in 1970 warned, “… civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” That was the same year that Sen. Gaylord Nelson warned, in Look Magazine, that by 1995 “… somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”

It’s not just latter-day doomsayers who have been wrong; doomsayers have always been wrong. In 1885, the U.S. Geological Survey announced there was “little or no chance” of oil being discovered in California, and a few years later they said the same about Kansas and Texas. In 1939, the U.S. Department of the Interior said American oil supplies would last only another 13 years. In 1949, the Secretary of the Interior said the end of U.S. oil supplies was in sight. Having learned nothing from its earlier erroneous claims, in 1974 the U.S. Geological Survey advised us that the U.S. had only a 10-year supply of natural gas. The fact of the matter, according to the American Gas Association, there’s a 1,000 to 2,500 year supply.

Source: Walter E. Williams (please read the whole thing)

Commentary

My favorite passage from the column is the following Glittering Jewel of Colossal Ignorance:

Harvard University biologist George Wald in 1970 warned, “… civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” That was the same year that Sen. Gaylord Nelson warned, in Look Magazine, that by 1995 “… somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”

It is the same with the Global Warming Hoax, and lefties (and their useful idiots) try to use that lie to enact various schemes designed to kill capitalism and institute socialism in it’s place…even trying to use carbon as currency.

It is my hope that we can hold them off long enough for the effects of the current cooling cycle to become evident to all…and wake people up that the very efforts of lefties to stave off Global Warming will only worsen the effects of the coming cool down of the globe.

We should be Exploring and Drilling for Oil, mining coal, building oil refineries, coal gasification plants, coal and nuclear power plants as fast as humanly possible to mitigate the catastrophe that will see bitterly cold winters, and shorter growing seasons that may see millions starve.

Liberalism and it’s sister ideology of Communism aren’t satisfied with 100 million dead in the 20th century…their false gods demand millions more in the 21st.

Previously:

Global warming Update: Spring Snow in Britain

The Sun is Dimming and Scientists Fight for Funding to Study for Harbingers of New Ice Age

Russian scientist says Earth could soon face new Ice Age

More Inconvenient Truth for Algore
Warming Much Less Than Previously Thought

Fire and Ice–Journalists Can’t Decide

A Global Temperature Chart
Not in Al Gore’s Movie

There’s more…but you get the picture.

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New Letter From HK Edgerton

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 8, 2008

This is a few days late, but I have put up the latest guest commentary from HK Edgerton on WNC Citizens Blog.

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Less Air Pollution Killing Amazon Rain Forest

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 8, 2008


LONDON (Reuters) – Cleaner air due to reduced coal burning could help destroy the Amazon this century, according to a finding published on Wednesday that highlights the complex challenges of global climate change.

The study in the journal Nature identified a link between reduced sulphur dioxide emissions from coal burning and increased sea surface temperatures in the tropical North Atlantic that boosts the drought risk in the Amazon rainforest.

With the rainforest already threatened by development, higher global temperatures could tip the balance, they said.

“Generally pollution is a bad thing but in this case improving the air may have ironically led to a drying of the Amazon,” said Peter Cox, a researcher at the University of Exeter in Britain, who led the study.

The Amazon — the world’s largest tropical rainforest — plays a critical role in the global climate system because it contains about one tenth of the total carbon stored in land ecosystems.

The researchers used a climate-carbon model to simulate the impacts of future climate change on the Amazon and compared it to data from a 2005 drought that devastated a large chunk of the rainforest.

They estimated that by 2025 a drought on the same scale could happen every other year and by 2060 such a crisis could hit nine out of every ten years — enough to turn the rainforest into savannah grassland, Cox said.

Source: Reuters

Commentary

So, the very efforts of Liberals to ‘save the earth’ are actually contributing to ever worsening conditions, both on a planetary scale, and in what were formerly Free Markets.

I think Quinn’s First Law sums this up quite nicely:

Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent. Similarly, government bureaucracies never solve problems, they manage them and exacerbate the ones they created by interfering with market forces and processes.

They say that there used to be an advanced civilization in the Sahara region thousands of years ago, and the area used to be lush, and green. If this is so, then we need to consider the possibility that liberals just might be responsible for creating the Sahara Desert. It’s something to think about.

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Join Us In The Halls of Valhalla on A Newt One

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 8, 2008

Grassroots, Patriotic, and excellent conversation. Listen on Blog Talk Radio from 8pm to 10pm tonight!

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