Sunday, June 02, 2013
Lomborg: Getting One Inch Less of Sea Level Rise By The End Of The Century Would Cost $500 Billion Anually!
Using Warmist assumptions and methods
EPA regs shut down DC ambulance. Patient dies
DC's ambulance service is coming under fire again. This time, a City Councilman is calling for a full investigation as to why an ambulance carrying a critically injured patient shut down on a highway .
Ambulance 19, carrying 34-year-old Nathaniel McRae never made it to the hospital. That's because it shutdown on 295 for an emissions standard called a 'regen process'
A second ambulance had to be called but the delay cost the patient 5-7 minutes. "That's unacceptable, seconds count.'
Firefighters Union President Ed Smith says newer model ambulances in the DC fleet are outfitted with a system to reduce diesel smoke
It's a 4 level warning system that goes from orange to red, and solid to flashing lights before the engine shuts off.
There are usually hours between level one and three to clean the emissions system. But that wasn't the case for ambulance 19. According to Smith, the first 2 warnings never sounded.
This particular vehicle went to the third stage and left little time. It slowed to a crawl and the engine subsequently shut down.
And what's disturbing, is that it shouldn't have been a surprise. "This issue has been reported three times prior to the incident yesterday."
But the critical question, did the 5-7 minute delay cost the patient his life?
DC Councilman Tommy Wells leads the judiciary and public safety committee. He's called for a full investigation. "this is unacceptable and we need to find out what happened so this doesn't happen again. These newer ambulances are only about three years old."
The Environmental Protection Agency gave flexibility for engine fire trucks and ambulances for this regen process. But DC Fire went ahead and ordered 10 more newer model ambulances. They will arrive this summer.
Smith, "We've had numerous failures and this is another embarrassing incident where it cost timely response and care."
Here is the EPA's response to the incident:
"A properly working and maintained vehicle should not shut down without adequate warning, and pollution control equipment does not have this general impact - as evidenced by the millions of vehicles on the road that have been operating with this technology for years. That said, to provide additional flexibility to municipalities and emergency responders, EPA last year established an exemption for new and in-use emergency vehicles that allows manufacturers and their authorized dealers to install modifications to emissions control systems so they can be operated as intended, without reduced performance during emergency situations."
Past The Tipping Point : 2014 High School Seniors Have Seen No Global Warming During Their Life
Children have been force fed Al Gore propaganda since they started public school, yet none of them have actually experienced any global warming.
Home insulations down 97 per cent in blow to British Coalition's 'green deal'
Despite government attempts to improve Britain’s fuel efficiency, industry figures show that installations of cavity wall insulation were down by 97 per cent in April compared with the same month last year.
There were 1,138 cavity wall insulations installed last month, down from 49,650 in April 2012, according to the figures from the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency, an industry monitoring group.
The Coalition government has tried to highlight the potential for a national insulation scheme to reduce energy use and prevent household bills from rising over the next decade.
Currently millions of homes do not have full double-glazing and most lack adequate insulation, efficient condensing boilers and proper heating controls, the Financial Times reported.
Last year, there was an average of 40,000 installations of cavity wall insulations a month under two government programmes that have since ended – the community energy savings scheme and the carbon emissions reduction target.
Companies had to insulate a certain number of homes under these schemes over a given period of time, but both ended on December 31, 2012, to be replaced by the green deal and the energy company obligation (ECO).
The ECO will force energy companies to make people’s homes more efficient through insulation and improved heating systems, and is targeted at people on benefits or on low incomes, like its predecessors.
Under the green deal, however, there is no obligation for participation, and households are simply encouraged with a £250 ‘cash back’ offer to take part in insulation schemes.
Luciana Berger, Labour’s shadow minister for climate change, said the fall in installations was a “disaster for our economy”.
She said: “Labour warned nearly a year ago that the number of cavity wall installations would plummet because of structural problems with the green deal. “The fact this has now became a reality is all the more damaging.”
It was also a blow to small businesses across the country, she warned.
One industry executive put the slow start to the green deal and ECO down to early teething problems and red tape, saying: “The guidance we have to comply with is 176 pages long.”
The Department for Energy and Climate Change said the early signs for the green deal had been “encouraging”, with more than 18,000 assessments carried out – official figures are set to be published by the end of June.
The department said cavity wall insulation was just one of 45 energy saving measures available under the green deal, which was first promised three years ago.
More talk, talk. That's all Warmists are good at
China and the US, the world’s two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, pledged to cooperate in addressing climate change amid stalled international talks on protecting the environment.
The two nations in April established a climate-change working group, National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua said today after meeting Todd Stern, the US special envoy on climate change. The working group will report its findings to US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue talks in July, Stern said.
“We will further move forward the climate change process of the world,” under the framework of the United Nations, Xie, China’s lead climate negotiator, said in Beijing. “We hope that this can become a new highlight of the China-US bilateral relationship.”
China has been reluctant to cap its carbon emissions, which scientists link to global warming, over fears doing so will curb economic growth. The country has drafted plans to put emission-intensity targets and caps in its five-year plan through 2020, the 21st Century Business Herald reported May 20.
Action by China and the US “is particularly important as we intensify efforts in the multilateral negotiations on a new climate agreement for the post 2020-period,” Stern said.
International negotiations on a climate-protection deal have so far failed to secure commitments. Envoys from more than 190 nations are scheduled to next meet at an annual UN climate summit in Warsaw in November to take forward talks on a global greenhouse-gas reduction treaty. The deal, which they aim to agree by 2015, would come into force from 2020.
Stern will return to Beijing on June 18 for more talks, Xie said.
Submitted Written Testimony of Climate Depot’s Marc Morano at Congressional Hearing on Climate Change
I want to thank Congressman McKinley for hosting this Congressional field hearing on global warming. It is so rare to see a climate debate anywhere in the world, let alone a balanced hearing like this one. I am not a scientist, although I do occasionally play one on TV . My background is in political science, which happens to be an ideal background for examining man-made global warming claims. I have been passionate about environmental issues since I began my career in 1991, having produced a documentary on the myths surrounding the Amazon Rainforest in 2000 and I was a fully credentialed investigative journalist who reported extensively on environmental and energy issues such as deforestation, endangered species, pollution and climate change.
The scientific reality is that on virtually every claim — from A-Z — the claims of the promoters of man-made climate fears are failing, and in many instances the claims are moving in the opposite direction. The global warming movement is suffering the scientific death of a thousand cuts.
Global temperatures have flat lined for more than a decade and the peer-reviewed literature is now scaling back predictions of future warming. The U.S. has had the longest spell since the Civil War without a Category 3 or larger hurricane making landfall. Strong F3 or larger tornadoes are in decline since the 1950s. Global sea ice (both poles) area is currently above normal. Antarctic Sea Ice has been at record expansion in 2013. Despite claims of snow being a thing of the past, cold season snowfall has been rising to record levels in recent years. Sea level rise rates are failing to show the acceleration and have been steady for over a century.
Droughts and floods are not historically unusual nor caused by mankind and there is no evidence we are currently having any unusual weather. Polar bears, once the poster child of the man-made climate fear movement, are at or near their historical population highs. Cholera and Malaria are also failing to follow global warming predictions.
The mainstream media cannot maintain the official man-made global warming narrative any longer. With the lack of warming and the failure to shift the climate debate to “extreme weather”, warmists are now losing once stalwart members of the media in promoting man-made climate fears. These are not good times for the promoters of global warming. Earth is failing to follow global warming predictions and the new study claiming current temperatures are the “hottest ever” may be facing a full scientific retraction.
The great warmist retreat has officially begun.
The idea that CO2 is the tail that wags the dog is no longer scientifically tenable. In the peer-reviewed literature we’re finding hundreds of factors influence global temperature, everything from ocean cycles to the tilt of the earth’s axis to water vapor, methane, cloud feedback, volcanic dust — all of these factors influence climate as well as CO2. New studies are countering the simple story we’ve been told of our SUVs creating a dangerously warm planet. In the proceedings of the National Academy of Science, there was a study blaming Chinese coal use for the lack of global warming. So, in an ironic twist, global warming proponents are now claiming that that coal use is saving us from dangerous global warming.
CO2 at 400 ppm is not alarming
Scientists note that geologically speaking, the Earth is currently in a ‘CO2 famine’ and that the geologic record reveals that ice ages have occurred when CO2 was at 2000 ppm to as high as 8000 ppm. In addition, peer-reviewed studies have documented that there have been temperatures similar to the present day on Earth when carbon dioxide was up to twenty times higher than today’s levels.
Scientists point out that there are literally hundreds of factors that govern Earth’s climate and temperature – not just CO2. Renowned climatologists have declared that a doubling or even tripling of CO2 would not have major impacts on the Earth’s climate or temperature.
Scientists also note that geologically speaking, the Earth is currently in a “CO2 famine” and that the geologic record reveals that ice ages have occurred when CO2 was at 2000 ppm to as high as 8000ppm. In addition, peer-reviewed studies have documented that there have been temperatures similar to the present day on Earth when carbon dioxide was up to twenty times higher than today’s levels. And, a peer-reviewed study this year found that the present day carbon dioxide level of 400 ppm was exceeded — without any human influence — 12,750 years ago when CO2 may have reached up to 425 ppm.
Princeton U. Physicist Dr. William Happer and NASA Moonwalker & Geologist Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt wrote on May 8, 2013 in the Wall Street Journal: “Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That’s simply not the case.”
Coal saving the world from dangerous global warming?! Reference: Peer-Reviewed Study: Coal use has helped save the world from dangerous global warming! ‘Boston University’s Robert Kaufmann and colleagues recently published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examining the causes of the recent dearth of ‘global warming.’ They concluded that it’s simply natural variability, augmented by increasing sulfate emissions from dramatically growing coal consumption by China.’
The UN, Congress, carbon taxes or the EPA cannot control the weather!
Movement ‘was bound to fail’
A movement that had Al Gore – one of the most divisive political figures – as the face of the movement, was bound to fail. A movement that utilized the scandal ridden United Nations – which is massively distrusted by the American people – as the repository of science, was doomed to fail. Gore and the UN IPCC are now reduced to pointing to every storm, flood, hurricane or tornado as proof of man-made global warming. The UN has been reduced to blaming man-made global warming for prostitution. See: Climate Astrology — ‘It Has Been Foretold’ of Extreme Weather: ‘UN IPCC science has a status similar to interpretations of Nostradamus and the Mayan calendars’ & Climate Astrology borrows from the past: ‘Before That Witch Moved Into The Neighborhood, We Never Had Bad Weather Or Disease’
But a scientific moment of clarity is now prevailing: The UN and the U.S. Congress do not have the power to legislate, tax or regulate the weather. See: Princeton University Physicist Dr. Will Happer: ‘The idea that Congress can stop climate change is just hilarious’ – Warns of ‘climate change cult’ – July 8, 2009 – Prominent scientists continue to challenge the alleged “consensus.” See: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Who Endorsed Obama Dissents! Dr. Ivar Giaever Resigns from American Physical Society Over Group’s Promotion of Man-Made Global Warming
The global warming movement continues to lose scientists, many formerly with the UN IPCC. See: More Than 1000 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims – Challenge UN IPCC & Gore — See: Top Swedish Climate Scientist Says Warming Not Noticeable: ‘The warming we have had last a 100 years is so small that if we didn’t have climatologists to measure it we wouldn’t have noticed it at all’ – Award-Winning Dr. Lennart Bengtsson, formerly of UN IPCC: ‘We Are Creating Great Anxiety Without It Being Justified’
‘Gaia’ scientist James Lovelock reverses himself: I was ‘alarmist’ about climate change & so was Gore! ‘The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago’
German Meteorologist reverses belief in man-made global warming: Now calls idea that CO2 Can Regulate Climate ‘Sheer Absurdity’ — ‘Ten years ago I simply parroted what the IPCC told us’
In February 2013, global warming activists were stunned by the retreat of one of their former UN scientists. Top Swedish Climate Scientist Dr. Lennart Bengtsson, formerly of the UN IPCC, declared CO2”s “heating effect is logarithmic: the higher the concentration is, the smaller the effect of a further increase.” Bengtsson noted that global warming would not even be noticeable without modern instruments. “The warming we have had last a 100 years is so small that if we didn’t have climatologists to measure it we wouldn’t have noticed it at all’ — Award-Winning Dr. Lennart Bengtsson, formerly of UN IPCC:
In addition, New Zealand Climate Scientist Chris de Freitas revealed on May 1, 2009 that “warming and CO2 are not well correlated.” de Freitas added, “the effect of CO2 on global temperature is already close to its maximum. Adding more has an ever decreasing effect.” Dr. Chris de Freitas: ‘Current warm phase…is not unprecedented’ — ‘From the results of research to date, it appears the influence of increasing CO2 on global warming is almost indiscernible. Future warming could occur, but there is no evidence to suggest it will amount to much’
Australian Geologist Dr. Ian Plimer wrote on August 8, 2009: “At present, the Earth’s atmosphere is starved of CO2.” Plimer, who authored the skeptical book Heaven and Earth, added, “On all time scales, there is no correlation between temps and CO2. If there is no correlation, then there can be no causation.”
Professor Dr. Doug L. Hoffman, mathematician, computer programmer and engineer, wrote on August 24, 2009: “There have been ice ages when the levels of Co2 in Earth’s atmosphere have been many times higher than today’s.” Hoffman, who worked on environmental models and conducted research in molecular dynamics, co-authored the 2009 book, The Resilient Earth.
Other studies have shown carbon dioxide does not control the Earth’s temperature, but it is actually the reverse. See: New Paper: Danish Physicist Dr. Henrik Svensmark’s Cosmic Jackpot: ‘Svensmark stands the currently popular CO2 story on its head…Climate and life control CO2, not the other way around’ – ‘Some geoscientists want to blame the drastic alternations of hot and icy conditions during the past 500 million years on increases and decreases in carbon dioxide, which they explain in intricate ways. For Svensmark, the changes driven by the stars govern the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Climate and life control CO2, not the other way around…’The UK Royal Astronomical Society in London publishes Svensmark’s latest paper’
Many skeptical scientists point out that temperature leads CO2 in the ice core data. See: ‘The ice core data clearly reveal temperature increases generally precede increasing CO2 by several hundred to a few thousand years’
‘Temperature drives CO2’
Ivy League geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack, former chair of Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke out in 2007 against fears of rising CO2 impacts promoted by Gore and others. Giegengack noted “for most of Earth’s history, the globe has been warmer than it has been for the last 200 years. It has rarely been cooler.” (LINK) “[Gore] claims that temperature increases solely because more CO2 in the atmosphere traps the sun’s heat. That’s just wrong … It’s a natural interplay. As temperature rises, CO2 rises, and vice versa,” Giegengack explained. “It’s hard for us to say that CO2 drives temperature. It’s easier to say temperature drives CO2,” he added. (LINK) ”The driving mechanism is exactly the opposite of what Al Gore claims, both in his film and in that book. It’s the temperature that, through those 650,000 years, controlled the CO2; not the CO2 that controlled the temperature,” he added. (LINK)
Meteorologist Tom Wysmuller: ‘The Recent Temperature and CO2 Disconnect’ – Even going back ten centuries, there have been total disconnects between temperature and the CO2 impact, or lack thereof. From 1000AD to 1800, over a period of relatively stable CO2 values that bounced around the 280ppm level, temperatures plummeted in the Little Ice Age (LIA) and then rebounded over a century later. CO2 values neither led nor followed the temperature declines and recoveries…CO2 seems to have had little impact in EITHER direction on the observed temperatures over that 10k year period…If CO2 is to be considered a major driver of temperatures, it is doing a counterintuitive dance around the numbers.’
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