Sunday, April 10, 2022

Earth's CO2 levels to hit alarming milestone

For comparison. The global temperature has been plateaued since 2015. NOAA anomaly figures below:


This is an amusing article. The steady rise in CO2 despite all the Greenie hoo-ha speaks of some natural process. And the major point is that temperature has not tracked CO2 levels. Temperature changes have been very erratic, with the last few years showing no trend.

As David Hume pointed out long ago, constant conjunction is needed for a cause-effect relationship to exist -- and that has been notabley absent for the supposed temperature/CO2 relationship. That relentless CO2 rise makes Warmist claims absurd

Monthly average carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are very likely to hit or even exceed 420 parts per million during the month of April, according to readings at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.

Why it matters: This is a new record high for human history, and very likely the highest level seen in 4.1 million to 4.5 million years.

Scientists tell Axios that the sustained year-to-year growth rates in CO2 concentrations are unprecedented.

Driving the news: The amount of CO2 in the air continues to increase as people burn fossil fuels and chop down rainforests for agriculture, among other activities.

Observations made in the relatively pristine air atop Mauna Loa have taken place since 1958, starting out at 316 ppm.

Context: The data plotting the increase in CO2 is known as the Keeling Curve, named after Charles Keeling, who started and maintained the observations.

Charles Keeling's son Ralph continues his father's legacy by extending the data. Ralph Keeling told Axios the first few days of April have shown CO2 levels at or above 420 ppm, and based on month-to-month growth rates, this will be the first month to eclipse this milestone.

"I think it's virtually a done deal," he said of the monthly average, noting it will increase further in May.

What they're saying: "CO2 is still rocketing up. If you look at the record, it's just relentless. So as much as people have been working hard and need to be working hard to slow the growth rate, we have to be honest that we haven't done much yet to actually curb the build-up," Keeling said.

Pieter Tans, who tracks greenhouse gases for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the speed of the CO2 increase is striking. Tans said CO2 will be "over 420 ppm" during April.

Coming out of the last ice age, he said, CO2 went up by about 80 ppm during 6,000 years. Yet now it's increasing by more than 2 ppm "every single year."

The 400 ppm milestone was eclipsed less than a decade ago, in 2013, and 440 ppm isn't far off, he warned. He described the growth rate as "an explosion" from a geological perspective.


3 Recent Examples of Government’s Environmental Extremism

Environmental extremism in government is increasingly becoming unhinged, both domestically and internationally.

Here are three recent examples of this extremism:

1. John Kerry, the Biden administration’s special presidential envoy for climate, has made alarming remarks regarding climate change and the war in Ukraine.

As reported in National Review, “Kerry fretted that the conflict [in Ukraine] might distract from the threat of climate change, and expressed his ‘hope’ that ‘[Russian President Vladimir] Putin will help us to stay on track with what we need to do for the climate.’”

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., rightly put this extremism in perspective, “Is he unaware that widespread war is now possible in Europe for the first time in 77 years? This man is not the secretary of defense; he’s not the secretary of state. John Kerry has a made-up position as international climate scold.”

Americans should be shocked by Kerry’s statement. After all, a leading Biden administration official went on the world stage and suggested that climate change regulation is on par with, or more important than, a war in Europe. Worse still, he publicly hoped for help from the war’s instigator (Putin) for his climate crusade.

2. Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack rejected an effort to increase domestic food production to mitigate the threat of a global food shortage due to the war.

As background: Ukraine is a critical exporter of key agricultural commodities to certain countries, especially in North Africa and the Middle East. The war threatens Ukraine’s ability to export available food and to plant and harvest future crops.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the U.S. Department of Agriculture pays American farmers to not farm their land under the Conservation Reserve Program.

Naturally, agricultural groups requested that Vilsack allow the farming of land idled by the Conservation Reserve Program, but he rejected the idea, arguing that doing so would cause “a significant and detrimental impact on producers’ efforts to mitigate climate change and maintain the long-term health of their land.”

So instead of making it possible to increase food production to address a potential global food crisis, Vilsack appears to be more concerned with climate change.

Claims from the Biden administration that land under the Conservation Reserve Program is “marginal,” and not likely to help with crop production, ignore that about 25% of the idled land is considered prime farmland. Further, even for “marginal” land, farmers, not federal bureaucrats, are best positioned to know whether farming the land is appropriate because they care the most about “the long-term health of their land.”

3. Looking abroad, the International Energy Agency’s new report, “A 10-Point Plan to Cut Oil Use,” misses the point 10 times.

To address the possibility that Russia would stop exporting oil and natural gas to Europe, the report doesn’t discuss the obvious solution: increasing oil and gas production. That’s because the solution wouldn’t align with the International Energy Agency’s goal to achieve a “pathway towards zero emissions by 2050.”

Instead, according to the International Energy Agency, the public needs to change how they live. In fact, the report explains, “Most of the proposed actions in the 10-Point Plan would require changes in the behavior of consumers, supported by government measures.”

Here are just five of the 10 recommendations:

* Reduce speed limits on highways by at least 10 kilometers per hour.

* Work from home up to three days a week where possible.

* Car-free Sundays in cities.

* Alternate private car access to roads in large cities (this recommendation would restrict the number of days that can be driven in large cities).

* Use high-speed and night trains instead of planes where possible.

The report doesn’t argue against the extremist policies that got Europe into this mess and instead seeks to fundamentally alter peoples’ way of life. It presumes that the public needs to change and stop enjoying ordinary things like going to work or driving on Sundays.

The International Energy Agency’s report is an example of environmental “gaslighting.” It shames the public into believing that the harm imposed upon them by government policies is their fault and not the result of environmental extremists wielding power.

Nobody should feel guilty for enjoying the benefits arising from human ingenuity and energy abundance. Society should continually seek improved standards of living, not impoverished ones, and policymakers who think otherwise need to stop imposing their dour ideology on the public (even as they likely don’t follow what they preach).

Policymakers should stop treating environmentally extreme policies from the Biden administration and certain international circles as anything other than an extremist ideology whose first victim is common sense.


Woka-Cola and Bill Nye Teach World to Greenwash
Jeffrey Clark

Bill Nye the Science Guy went from pushing climate change to helping sell more Cokes for possibly the largest plastic polluter in the world, Coca-Cola.

If there were a greenwashing awards show, Bill Nye would be its host and Coca-Cola would be the winner.

Greenwashing is when companies attempt to trick “consumers into thinking they are helping the planet by choosing” certain products, according to the BBC. The Coca-Cola Company’s (Coca-Cola’s) YouTube channel posted a video on April 5 called The Coca-Cola Company and Bill Nye Demystify Recycling.

The short video featured Nye as a cutesy character made out of recycled plastic and donning a Coca-Cola themed red and white bowtie. He beamed, “When we use recycled material, we also reduce our carbon footprint. What’s not to love?” Nye all but preached from Coca-Cola’s woke pulpit: “By closing the loop [through recycling] we can create a world without waste. But with refreshing taste!” And according to Nye, the world can thank none other than “the good people at the Coca-Cola Company [who] are dedicating themselves to addressing our global plastic waste problem.”

Bill Nye As it turns out, there is quite a lot “not to love” about Coca-Cola’s propaganda short.

The Coca-Cola Company was the world’s worst plastic polluter for the fourth year in a row in 2021, according to the environmental group Break Free From Plastic’s annual report. Not that anyone would know that from Coca-Cola’s short ad.

Nye also failed to mention that most plastics are thrown away, not recycled. The Environmental Protection Agency reported in 2018 that the recycling rate was a measly 8.7 percent.

Nye’s video partnership with Coca-Cola is just one small part of the company’s overall extreme green agenda. Coca-Cola linked to an environmental, social and governance (ESG) report on its website under the tab Sustainable Business. The Great Reset author Longtime talk radio host Glenn Beck explained that ESGs are like Chinese Communist Party-style social credit scores for businesses. Creating “A World Without Waste” is just one of Coca-Cola’s six stated goals, which include reaching “net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” according to the beverage company’s 2020 ESG report.

That same report revealed that The Coca-Cola Foundation spent $4.7 million on social justice related issues. The company paid out a whopping 519 grants in the year 2020 alone, including one $25,000 grant to the radical Ackerman Institute for the Family to support “transsexual and gender expansive children” in the New York area.

Almost makes a guy want “to buy the world a Coke,” right, Coca-Cola shareholders? Not that they or Bill Nye necessarily need the money, that is. Nye has a net worth of $8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

If only climate hypocrisy could be packaged, bottled, sold and recycled, but then The Coca-Cola Company would probably try to sell that, too.


Australia: "Climate 200" organization faces accusations of white privilege after rejecting former Tibetan refugee

Climate 200 is facing accusations of white privilege after the campaign funding group twice knocked back a Tibetan human rights advocate seeking support for the upcoming election.

Kyinzom Dhongdue, a refugee and former MP in the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan parliament-in-exile, is running on a platform ­advocating a hardline stance against Chinese interference and strong action on climate change in the Sydney seat of Bennelong.

Ms Dhongdue said she ­believed her repeated requests for endorsement were rejected in part because she did not fit the Climate 200 mould of a white, upper middle class candidate.

“If you look at Climate 200’s candidates they are a predominantly white, upper middle class cohort of candidates,” she said. “The knockback, it really exemplifies the lack of representation, which is primarily why I’m running, to promote representation and diversity.”

Liberal MP Dave Sharma, whose father is an Indian ­migrant, said he was not surprised Climate 200 turned down Ms Dhongdue. He believes the decision exposes the hypocrisy of a movement run by elites and bankrolled by millionaires.

“Climate 200 is the party of white privilege – just look at the candidates they are running, and their leader, Simon Holmes a Court – so the fact they turned down a candidate of diversity does not surprise me,” Mr ­Sharma said. “It also reveals the hypocrisy of a movement which claims to be ‘grassroots’. It is run by elites and for elites, with no ­interest in people who have done genuine community service.”

Mr Sharma is facing a challenge from independent Allegra Spender in the Sydney seat of Wentworth, which he holds on a margin of 1.3 per cent. He is the first MP of Indian-origin; Dave is short for his birth name Devanand, after popular Bollywood star Dev Anand.

Ms Spender comes from Liberal pedigree. She is the daughter of the late fashion designer Carla Zampatti and politician John Spender, who spent 10 years as the Liberal member for North Sydney. Sir Percy Spender, her grandfather, served as a cabinet minister under Robert Menzies and Arthur Fadden.

Mr Holmes a Court, the Climate 200 founder, is the son of Australia’s first billionaire, Robert Holmes a Court. He is supporting more than a dozen candidates and hoping to raise a war chest of $20m.

While claiming not to be a formal political party, the group uses a centralised funding money and campaigns on similar policies, centred on climate and integrity.

Nearly all of its lower house candidates are women seeking to unseat Liberal men.

Monique Ryan is running against Josh Frydenberg in Kooyong; Zoe Daniel against Tim Wilson in Goldstein; Nicolette Boele against Paul Fletcher in Bradfield, Sophie Scamps against Jason Falinski in Mackellar; and Kylea Tink against Trent Zimmerman in North Sydney. Independents Zali Steggall, Andrew Wilkie and Rebekha Sharkie, from the Centre Alliance group formed by Nick Xenophon, are also receiving its support.

Ms Dhongdue said she was first knocked back by Climate 200 because she wanted to run for the Senate. However, Climate 200 is supporting David Pocock’s tilt to take Liberal Zed Selselja’s ACT Senate seat and the Tasmanian Senate campaign by Leanne Minshall of the Local Party.

Ms Dhongdue then decided to run as MP in Bennelong and ­approached Climate 200 again, but was told it was no longer supporting new candidates so close to the election. It has since confirmed another three candidates.

Ms Dhongdue has spent years in Canberra advocating for Tibet, and has built relationships across the political spectrum. When asked by The Weekend Australian, a number of politicians vouched for her character.

She is now running in Bennelong for the newly registered minor party Democratic ­Alliance. Headed by China critic Drew Pavlou, the Democratic ­Alliance’s other candidates include Hongkonger Max Mok and Uighur-Australian woman Intezar Elham.




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