On Friday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivers its latest verdict on the state of man-made global warming. Though the details are a secret, one thing is clear: the version of events you will see and hear in much of the media, especially from partis pris organisations like the BBC, will be the opposite of what the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report actually says. Already we have had a taste of the nonsense to come: a pre-announcement to the effect that “climate scientists” are now “95 per cent certain” that humans are to blame for climate change; an evidence-free declaration
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Every time I read about the IPCC, or a climate change conference, I envision Tiny Tim at the podium singing ´Tip Toe Through the Tulips´with that vacant, paranoid, and slightly insane stare he had while strumming his Ukulele.
A Telegraph reader provided the best response to "greenism", or, communism without concentration camps:
"...George Carlin, the American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist and author who died in 2008 ... Are these people kidding me? Save the planet, we don´t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven´t learned how to care for one another, we´re gonna save the planet? I´m getting tired of that...I´m tired of Earth Day, I´m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren´t enough bicycle paths. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. Been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We´ve been here, what, a hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand? And we´ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the CONCEIT to think that somehow we´re a threat? That somehow we´re gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that´s just a-floatin´ around the sun? The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles ... hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages ... and we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference?
I am really perplexed by all the negative comments. If you delve into the science, climate change is undeniable. There were scientists from 195 countries collaborating on this reports. How do you explain away this statement, "The report makes clear that each of the past three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth´s surface than any preceding decade since 1850, and that 1983-2012 was likely the warmest 30-year period of the past 1,400 years."
Also, people seem to be jumping on the 95% figure, but science is rarely more definite than 95%.
It is easy for people to criticize the concept of climate change if they don´t take the time to understand the details.
The world has not warmed in almost 20 years, thus the model is bust. Full stop. They are lying. IPCC dependent-upon-climate-change-to-steal-money-from-the-hard-working clowns at the UN and the political left here have reached a "consensus" on a bunch of obvious hokum in order to keep the gravy train rolling. Newsflash: "consensus" science is the OPPOSITE of actual science.
First the IPCC and now the UN climate report and they´re all wrong.
How about these miscreants take a look at the NIPCC report? Scientists who unequivocally say exactly the opposite of the UN and IPCC?
And by the way, why did the IPCC flip from first claiming that their own stats and formulas were inaccurate to saying suddenly the reverse? Why should they be believed when they flip on a dime? Or in this case, flip on a few million in grant money to continue their bogus "reports"?
Evidence the UN is composed of assclowns and its IPCC findings are garbage is also "unequivocal". These bozos need to be kicked out of the USA. Why doesn´t moscow host these criminals for the next 50 years?
The Saudis and other bad actors who used to disrupt the proceedings of the IPCC don´t do it anymore because they know this charade is about to end. A few more years at most and they will have to admit they were wrong. All of their projections from the highest to the lowest have proved wrong. Right now temperatures are below the lowest IPCC projections and will soon be below the error estimates of the lowest low projections. That totally falsifies their models which are based on the hypothesis that man generated CO2 causes really bad atmospheric warming. It creates a little bit of atmospheric warming but is more beneficial than harmful.
It´s amazing how speculation has replaced real science for the IPCC. Their models do not match real world outcomes. Period! The Climate Alarmists admit it themselves in the Climategate emails. That means their assumptions are WRONG. CO2 has risen but temperatures are now flat. The only explanation they can come up with is "maybe" it´s in the deep oceans. There is no proof of that but people are treating it like proven fact. How can you be 95% sure of the cause of something that you don´t even understand.
They claim that there will be more and more powerful storms but we are finishing another ho hum hurricane season, few storms and NO major storms, far less than average. The rate of ocean rise is mostly consistent, not surging as predicted. The sea ice was supposed to be retreating, almost gone, but has reached record amounts this year. The Himalayan Glacier is still with use. Ice pack densities are moving around, but the overall amount of ice is more or less consistent.
This update, like most previous ones, reduces the projected "damage" from the original IPCC report. A few more updates and there won´t be anything to worry about because they will find the changes too small to matter. Who knows. Maybe they will then start to predict cooling.
All their Alarmist predictions are garbage. Yet they want us to significantly undermine our lifestyles and compromise our future to protect us from their unsubstantiated fictions.
A top lawyer at the Internal Revenue Service told congressmen quizzing him over the tea party targeting scandal ´I don´t recall´ a ´staggering 80 times in fill or partial response to the committees questions´, a letter revealed today. [Snip] The stinging letter from House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Darrell Issa and regulatory subcommittee chair Rep. Jim Jordan, read: ´Your memory consistently failed when you were asked about information you shared with the Treasury Department´, adding his testimony ´suggests either a deliberate attempt to obfuscate your involvement in this matter or gross incompetence on your part.´
America is facing a wave of strikes by its fast-food workers on Thursday a day after Barack Obama warned that inequality in the USA had soared to the point that it now posed "a fundamental threat to the American dream". Low-paid workers in McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and other fast-food outlets in 100 cities across America were due to start rolling strikes to protest at the low level of America´s $7.25 (£4.45) federal minimum wage. The strikes are the latest part of a mushrooming publicity campaign for higher wages among those working so-called "McJobs", with fast-food restaurants seen as a
Mexican police have found a truck they suspect was stolen by common thieves while carrying a dangerous radioactive medical material that the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a "dirty bomb". The truck was empty, but the radioactive material was found nearby, officials said. The truck was found on Wednesday close to where it was stolen outside Mexico City, said the official, who asked not to be identified in line with policy. The truck was stolen on Monday while it was taking cobalt-60 from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste-storage centre, Mexican officials and the
The United Nations´ nuclear watchdog issued a warning on Wednesday after a truck carrying dangerous radioactive material that could be used in a dirty bomb was stolen in Mexico. The vehicle, carrying cobalt-60, a substance used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer, was stolen on Monday while transporting the load from a hospital in Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage centre. Mexican authorities were working to locate the material, which could not be used in a conventional nuclear weapon but could in theory be put in a dirty bomb--an explosive device which would spread the substance over a large area.
A World War Two bomber hero who met his radio telephone operator wife when she guided his plane back to safety has celebrated 70 years of marriage. Flt Lt Steve Stevens, 91, fell in love with the calming voice of Maureen Miller, who played a vital role in the legendary Dambusters raid during her career at the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). [Snip] Mr Stevens, who joined the RAF after his own family’s home was bombed, recalled: “It was the first time I had heard a girl’s voice from the tower, so I thought I would go up and have
President Obama´s uncle has testified at his deportation hearing that he housed his famous relative for a few weeks when he was student at Harvard Law School. This statement contradicts earlier claims by the White House, which says that Barack Obama has never met his controversial uncle Onyango Obama. The 69-year-old half-brother of the president´s late father will be allowed to remain in the United States after a hearing at a Massachusetts Immigration Court on Tuesday afternoon. After listening to witnesses praise the liquor store owner´s high moral character from his friends and landlord, the immigration judge ruled that he
Joe Biden should not repeat "erroneous remarks" on China´s new air zone, Chinese state media warned, as the US vice-president arrived in Beijing. Mr Biden is in Beijing for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. His visit to Asia has been dominated by a row over China´s newly-declared air zone, which covers islands controlled by Japan. [Snip] Mr Biden attended an official welcome ceremony in Beijing´s Great Hall of the People where he met China´s Vice-President Li Yuanchao, and said China and the US should expand practical co-operation and deliver results. On Thursday he will visit
It was a sleepless night for Cile Precetaj. The Albanian mother of three, who was bracing for deportation Tuesday morning, tossed and turned in bed all night. She had brief nightmares of checking the front window and seeing immigration agents parked in vans outside, waiting to pick her up. They never came. Late Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Immigration authorities announced that they had decided to review Precetaj’s case, which called for her to be deported at 10:30 a.m. that day. [Snip] “ICE is presently conducting a review of Ms. Precetaj’s case, therefore her removal is not imminent at this time,” said
Google has been playing both sides of Washington´s streets by making contributions to conservative political groups that have left-wingers seeing red, it emerged today. But the company is largely just looking out for itself. The tech giant´s grantees include Heritage Action for America, a tea party-oriented organization that some pundits regard as the main catalyst for October´s partial government shutdown. Another is Americans for Tax Reform, led by conservative anti-tax crusader--and liberal nemesis--Grover Norquist. The left-wing Center for Media and Democracy claims that although Google is ´supposedly guided by its "don´t be evil" motto,´ the normally reliably left-wing company has
The Obama administration says its healthcare.gov website is much improved and far less crash-prone, but cybersecurity experts warn that using it is an invitation to hackers and identity thieves. David Kennedy, a former NSA analyst whose company TrustedSec is hired by big companies to test the security of their computer systems, told CNBC that the Obamacare website is a worst-case online scenario. ´It´s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn´t built into it,´ Kennedy said. ´We´re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on
´ve just returned home after six weeks on the road, and thus to six issues of the international Catholic weekly to which I subscribe, The Tablet. [Snip] All of us face the possibility of dementia in varying degrees, either in our own future lives or in the lives of those we love. Its threat is to suck out the personality of the person, leaving behind an empty husk or, worse, a familiar body filled with unfamiliar malevolence--a strange enemy where a dear friend had stood. It´s disturbing when it´s not damned terrifying. In his article Fr O´Leary dares to explore
About a decade ago, I worked with Daniel Hannan on the leader-writers´ desk at the Telegraph. You might remember an appalling suggestion then by the Labour Government that any private house that had been left unoccupied for more than a decade or so would be claimed by the state. All the leader-writers were opposed to this ludicrous idea--and, thank God, it never became law. But we were all a little languid about it because it seemed so unlikely ever to take place. Only Dan was really agitated, saying, "You don´t really believe this sort of thing can ever happen. But
The nation’s view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate. A new YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton, whose approval ratings have typically been sky high, with an unfavorable rating of 48 percent, more than the 46 percent who have a favorable opinion of her. The YouGov pollsters said that the change in American attitudes toward Clinton "suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
CNN host wondered out loud on his show this evening whether the physically unfit Chris Christie could follow the "perfect physical specimen" Barack Obama into the White House: "After the perfect Barack Obama, who´s a perfect physical specimen to many people´s eyes, does it matter?" Morgan asked his guest. "Or is actually somebody very different, someone who´s much more of a regular kind of guy who likes cheeseburgers and beer, but appears to be a straight talker, somebody perhaps more of a straight talker than it appears Barack Obama turned out to be?"
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as
Nobody could accuse the press of ignoring the fiasco-on-a-server that is HealthCare.gov. The Obamacare website’s woes are dominating coverage on the network news, the cable talk shows, the blogs and, of course, high-octane websites like POLITICO. But did the press do a good job of covering the Affordable Care Act before the health care exchanges went online—sort of—on Oct. 1? Were we adequately warned of the troubles that were to come? And now that HealthCare.gov’s problems are headline news, is the coverage of it any better? Sure, one can find a few examples of one news outlet or another warning of impending