climate change

Panic is setting in at Al Gore’s posh seaside mansion near Santa Barbara. Sea levels and public support for the Goracle’s scam have both stubbornly refused to rise as predicted.

We imagine that Laurie David rolled over in bed one morning, looked into the former Vice President’s puffy eyes and whined, “My ex-husband is on television. Why aren’t you on television.”

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Al Gore reveals how many squares of toilet paper Laurie David allowed him to use this morning

Environment & Energy Publishing has Gore’s response:

Former Vice President Al Gore today will announce a new 24-hour global campaign aimed at recharging the climate change debate.

Dubbed “24 Hours of Reality,” the Sept. 14-15 event will feature messages from more than 3,000 scientists, celebrities, activists and Gore himself on the dangers of rising global temperatures. Speaking in dozens of countries in every time zone, they will be live-streamed worldwide, and their messages will be translated into several languages.



3,000 scientists in 24 hours? That’s less than 30 seconds per scientist if the idiotic program included nothing but the scientists. But you know it will include hour after hour of desperate pleas for money and plenty of Al Gore facetime. So we estimate that each scientist is going to get about two seconds to present his or her case.

You may say that’s not much time. But it’s actually two seconds more than they’ve ever given any scientists on the other side of the argument.

To launch the 24 Hours of Reality program, Gore renamed his nonprofit advocacy group from the Alliance for Climate Protection to the Climate Reality Project. The daylong live and online event will focus largely on the connection between extreme weather events and rising global temperatures.

It will, of course, ignore the connection between global warming hysteria and the money in Al Gore’s bank account.

H/T: National Review

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If warmists were like normal people, they’d be embarrassed by the series of revelations about their fraudulent science. But, no, nothing seems to embarrass these charlatans.

For example, the most recent IPCC report said, “Close to 80 percent of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies.”

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IPCC Charlatan-in-Chief Rajendra Pachauri

You may be surprised by that rosy prediction, but rest assured that the 80% figure was determined by very precise, highly scientific computer modeling. Well, at least it was very precise and highly scientific by IPCC standards.

National Review reviews the science:

It turns out that to get to that 80 percent number the folks at the IPCC threw out 163 scenarios where their models did not give them the answer they wanted. Only on the 164th try did they finally get an answer they liked. Moreover, the report the IPCC used as the basis for its claim turns out to have been written by Greenpeace activists in conjunction with a lobbying group for renewable energy. No real scientists or engineers were involved. But the story gets even better. For the IPCC model to work, they researchers had to assume the world will be using less energy in 2050 than it is today. By that date there may be 2 billion more people on the planet, all clamoring for their fair share of energy resources. But somehow the IPCC thinks we will be using less energy!

In a similar vein, we went through 164 headlines for this article before we settled on the one above. The first 163 all involved variations of words beginning with the letter F.

Source: National Review

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It’s almost funny. No, it is funny. Very damn funny, in fact. One might even say uproarious.

The same global warming fanatics who told us that burning coal is one of the main causes of global warming are now explaining away a decade of cooler temperatures by blaming it on – you guessed it – burning coal.

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Better get yourself a sweater. The Chinese are burning more coal.

The BBC manages to explain it all without even cracking a smile:

The lull in global warming from 1998 to 2008 was mainly caused by a sharp rise in China’s coal use, a study suggests.

The absence of a temperature rise over that decade is often used by “climate sceptics” as grounds for denying the existence of man-made global warming.

But the new study, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concludes that smog from the extra coal acted to mask greenhouse warming.

Aha! It must be true because it says so in a study. A study presented in a journal with a very long name. That’s good enough for us and we’re confident that it’s good enough for any reasonable person.

China’s coal use doubled 2002-2007, according to US government figures.

Although burning the coal produced more warming carbon dioxide, it also put more tiny sulphate aerosol particles into the atmosphere which cool the planet by reflecting solar energy back into space.

In other words, the problem is also the solution. If it’s warmer, it’s the result of burning coal. If it’s getting cooler, it’s the result of burning coal.

Global warming theory is like one of those Snuggies you see advertised on late night TV – one size fits all.

Source: BBC

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Hard to believe, but it was a mere six years ago the Goracle descended from on high to warn mankind that global warming would inevitably lead to more hurricanes and stronger hurricanes.

He foresaw nothing but death and destruction and a little more jingly in his pocket.

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Al Gore descended to earth to warn mankind. And to make a few bucks in the process.

CommonDreams.org quotes the Goracle back in 2005:

… the science is extremely clear now, that warmer oceans make the average hurricane stronger, not only makes the winds stronger, but dramatically increases the moisture from the oceans evaporating into the storm – thus magnifying its destructive power – makes the duration, as well as the intensity of the hurricane, stronger.

Last year we had a lot of hurricanes. Last year, Japan set an all-time record for typhoons: ten, the previous record was seven. Last year the science textbooks had to be re-written. They said, “It’s impossible to have a hurricane in the south Atlantic.” We had the first one last year, in Brazil. We had an all-time record last year for tornadoes in the United States, 1,717 – largely because hurricanes spawned tornadoes.

Don’t look now, Al, but Anthony Watts reports that your prediction was about 180 degrees off. Hurricane activity is now near an all-time low.

During the past 6-years since Hurricane Katrina, global tropical cyclone frequency and energy have decreased dramatically, and are currently at near-historical record lows. According to a new peer-reviewed research paper accepted to be published, only 69 tropical storms were observed globally during 2010, the fewest in almost 40-years of reliable records.

Furthermore, when each storm’s intensity and duration were taken into account, the total global tropical cyclone accumulated energy (ACE) was found to have fallen by half to the lowest level since 1977.

Paging Al Gore. Paging Al Gore. The 2011 hurricane season started June 1. Has anyone seen Al Gore lately?

H/T: Andrew Bolt

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We’ve always thought it odd that the scientists who are officially responsible for measuring sea levels around the world are located a mile high in Colorado. We took it as a sign of their very real fear that sea levels are rising.

The University of Colorado’s Sea Level Research Group is supposed to be an impartial scientific organization dedicated to the search for truth. Turns out that they consider truth to be a subjective matter.

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Al Gore's oceanfront Montecito estate: Sea levels aren't rising, but the bullshit is getting deeper

Fox News reports the Rocky Mountain mayhem:

“Gatekeepers of our sea level data are manufacturing a fictitious sea level rise that is not occurring,” said James M. Taylor, a lawyer who focuses on environmental issues for the Heartland Institute.

Steve Nerem, the director of the widely relied-upon research center, told FoxNews.com that his group added the 0.3 millimeters per year to the actual sea level measurements because land masses, still rebounding from the ice age, are rising and increasing the amount of water that oceans can hold.

“We have to account for the fact that the ocean basins are actually getting slightly bigger… water volume is expanding,” he said, a phenomenon they call glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA).

Taylor calls it tomfoolery.

“There really is no reason to do this other than to advance a political agenda,” he said.

Apparently the University of Colorado is conducting its research based on a scientific principle known as “Making crap up as you go.”

Climate scientist John Christy, a professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, said that the amount of water in the ocean and sea level were two different things.

“To me… sea level rise is what’s measured against the actual coast,” he told FoxNews.com. “That’s what tells us the impact of rising oceans.”

Taylor agreed.

“Many global warming alarmists say that vast stretches of coastline are going to be swallowed up by the sea. Well, that means we should be talking about sea level, not about global water volume.”

Al Gore warned us that sea levels would rise twenty feet in the next hundred years. That is far scarier than saying the ocean is going to get twenty feet deeper in the next hundred years.

Bottom line: If the facts don’t prove your theory, change the facts.

Source: Fox News

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We take climatology and global warming seriously here at IHateTheMedia.com because we have bets on which eco-celebrity’s beachfront property will be flooded first by the rising oceans.

Unfortunately our path to riches was recently dealt a setback by space.com:

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Sunspot big. Earth small. 'Nuff said.

Some unusual solar readings, including fading sunspots and weakening magnetic activity near the poles, could be indications that our sun is preparing to be less active in the coming years.

… the recent findings indicate that the activity in the next 11-year solar cycle, Cycle 25, could be greatly reduced. In fact, some scientists are questioning whether this drop in activity could lead to a second Maunder Minimum, which was a 70-year period from 1645 to 1715 when the sun showed virtually no sunspots.

We thought the “Maunder Minimum” was the cover charge at a cheesy nightspot, but it’s something worse:

The Maunder Minimum coincided with the middle — and coldest part — of the Little Ice Age, during which Europe and North America were subjected to bitterly cold winters. Whether there is a causal connection between low sunspot activity and cold winters has not been proven; however, lower earth temperatures have been observed during low sunspot activity.

Those folks should’ve used windmills and driven their SUVs less. Oh, wait….

We don’t deny earth’s climate is changing because it’s constantly changing. And we don’t deny human activity affects climate because humans are part of the ecosystem. We do, however, deny that ceding control of our lives to politicians and pinheads is going to change that.

They also know this, but a successful conman never reveals the con.

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: Space.com, Answers.com

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Obviously, we exaggerate. Not about green cars not being green, but about red faces in the Obama administration. This bunch proved long ago that they are beyond being embarrassed by any of their actions.

But let’s get back to the green car myth with The Australian:

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"It's for the environment" has joined "It's for the children" in the pantheon of plaintive liberal wails

Electric cars could produce higher emissions over their lifetimes than petrol equivalents because of the energy consumed in making their batteries, a study has found.

How is that possible? We’ve been told that electric cars would cure all our ills.

An electric car owner would have to drive at least 129,000km before producing a net saving in CO2. Many electric cars will not travel that far in their lifetime because they typically have a range of less than 145km on a single charge and are unsuitable for long trips. Even those driven 160,000km would save only about a tonne of CO2 over their lifetimes…

The study was commissioned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, which is jointly funded by the British government and the car industry. It found that a mid-size electric car would produce 23.1 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime, compared with 24 tonnes for a similar petrol car. Emissions from manufacturing electric cars are at least 50 per cent higher because batteries are made from materials such as lithium, copper and refined silicon, which require much energy to be processed.

Electric cars. The vehicles we’ll all drive on the road to ruin.

H/T: The Australian

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For some time now it has been the standard operating procedure for some on the left to equate “climate-change deniers” to Holocaust deniers. We’re not sure whose clever idea this was. We are sure that it really wasn’t all that clever.

As is often the case with the progressives this rhetoric could only exist for so long before it was no longer progressive enough. Now, it seems, there is at least one guy willing to ditch the talk of Holocaust deniers and fantasize about incorporating the tactics of the very guys that brought that particular horror about.

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Global warming Nazis are on the march

Australian Broadcaster and Sydney Morning Herald columnist Richard Glover explains:

Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies. Not necessarily on the forehead; I’m a reasonable man. Just something along their arm or across their chest so their grandchildren could say, ”Really? You were one of the ones who tried to stop the world doing something? And why exactly was that, granddad?”

On second thoughts, maybe the tattooing along the arm is a bit Nazi-creepy. So how about they are forced to buy property on low-lying islands, the sort of property that will become worthless with a few more centimetres of ocean rise, so they are bankrupted by their own bloody-mindedness? Or what about their signed agreement to stand, in the year 2040, lashed to a pole at a certain point in the shallows off Manly? If they are right and the world is cooling – ”climate change stopped in the year 1998” is one of their more boneheaded beliefs – their mouths will be above water. If not …

Achtung non-believer.

– Written by Kip Hooker at TheVitaminPress.com

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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Can we call actress Cate Blanchett a Hollywood hypocrite? We think it’s a reasonable appellation, because while she may live in Australia, but her global warming hypocrisy reaches all the way to Tinseltown.

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Sunset at Havannah Harbour marks that moment when the sun sets on Cate Blanchett's credibility

Blanchett’s latest purchase might make one think she doesn’t believe her own line of global warming hysteria:

The movie star-turned-eco warrior is believed to have recently bought a plot of land in Vanuatu, one of the countries hardest hit by global warming….

Blanchett is thought to have bought some waterfront property in or around the luxury area of Havannah Harbour during a visit last year…

Other sources said she bought property around Havannah Harbour, where the property market for international celebrities and other jetsetters is booming…

The Vanuatu travel and luxury magazine Pacifique breathlessly opined: “Cate Blanchett’s purchase in Havannah Harbour has everyone rethinking this tropical paradise.”

Far as we can tell, there are only two possible conclusions that can be drawn from this story:

1. Blanchett has made the worst real estate investment in history because her new purchase will soon be under water due to the global warming Blanchett rails against, or

2. Blanchett is just the latest in a long line of global warming hypocrites.

Seems clear to us.

H/T: Andrew Bolt

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Let’s say you’re an artist. A hack artist, perhaps. Your work really isn’t very good and under normal circumstances you’d either starve to death or have to go get a real job. What to do? What to do?

This is the post-television age. The iPod age. The iPad age. All an artist need do is figure out a good scam and hornswaggle the media into promoting your “art.”

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Interesting that Coreth created his latest ice sculpture in Australia, because it looks far more like a wombat than a polar bear

News24 offers a case in point:

A ten tonne polar bear camping out at Sydney’s majestic Circular Quay isn’t likely to survive for more than a day or two.
The bear, made of solid ice, will slowly melt into a great puddle of water under Sydney’s 20°C winter sun, and sculptor Mark Coreth is just fine with that.

In fact, he hopes this slow and painful “death” will remind people of the plight of the real thing.

Here comes the part we love. The part where he tells us he was inspired by the noble native:

“When I was [in the Arctic], the Inuit guides were saying look, you can sculpt a polar bear, that’s fine, but how on earth are you going to sculpt the real issue we got, and that’s the warming arctic?” Coreth said in front of Sydney’s Customs House.



Turns out the Brit has been traveling the world with these frozen polar bear sideshows since 2009. He’s got the spiel down cold, you might say:
“Sitting in the sun, it’s going to melt that bear, that’s the natural warming of the planet, as is happening,” he said.



“But when people touch it, when they touch that bear, they melt it, you can feel it melt under your hand, that’s a human impact. Big hard touch, big hard melt.”

But don’t get the impression Coreth is some kind of starving artist. He may love the hell out of the polar bears, but as AFP notes, he’s figured out how to turn a profit by melting hearts with his melting art.

Bypassers can pay Aus$2 to touch the creature, feeling “the ice melting under your hand,” said Coreth, who hopes to raise awareness about global warming and its effect on polar bears, an endangered species.

Touch the creature. Sounds like an online conversation with Anthony Weiner.
H/T: Mike Power

Source: News24, AFP

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We try to give you an amusing take on the day’s news here at IHateTheMedia.com. Sometimes we’re funny, and sometimes we’re not.

But the simple fact of the matter is that nothing we sweat bullets to create can possibly compare to the unintentionally funny crap that comes from the mouths of Hollyweirdos.

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Sigourney Weaver: Still kind of hot, still completely nuts

Take, for example, actress Sigoruney Weaver explaining how global warming discriminates against some very unexpected victims:

Over the past month, I have been speaking to women in Canada and the American Midwest about a powerful force that discriminates against us. I am not talking about the glass ceiling or sexists bosses, although we all know those still exist. I am talking about climate change.

You might think that a force as sweeping as global warming would be an equal opportunity threat: that it would endanger men and women alike. But the fact is climate change exacts a heavier toll on women.

Women produce up to 80 percent of the food in the developing world. Drought and unpredictable rains brought on by climate change will make this work far more precarious. Women will have to labor harder and longer to ensure their families have food, fuel, and water…

Far be it from us to express a strong opinion, but that Alien chick is nuttier than Aunt Dodie’s fruitcake.

Source: Huffington Post

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Who tries to predict how many Atlantic hurricanes we will see each year? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA for short.

Whose predictions have been correct only twice in the past 7 years? NOAA.

Who is one of the leading advocates for the global warming issue? NOAA.

Who funds this multi-billion dollar federal agency? Those suckers otherwise known as the American taxpayers.

Last year we bet on a trained chimp with a pair of dice to predict how many hurricanes we would see. The chimp almost beat the NOAA experts.

This year we’re putting our money on a pair of fifth grade kids.

Who would you bet on? A multi-billion dollar, taxpayer funded agency that cannot get things right more than 29% of the time or a couple of kids with a 50/50 chance of making the right prediction.

– Written by Whiskeyriver

– Written by Whiskeyriver

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Based on this story, we’re going out on a limb and assuming that Al Gore’s global warming movie didn’t do boffo box office in Greenland. Turns out that if you ask a Greenlander about global warming, his response will probably be, “Bring it on.”

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When global warming has turned Hawaii into a barren wasteland, Greenland will be a tropical paradise

The Washington Post has a story that warms the cockles of our hearts:

Few places on Earth have seen starker changes in weather than this icebound island straddling the Arctic Circle. With that in mind, America’s top diplomat arrived here this week intent on calling attention to the perils of climate change.
The problem was that Greenlanders aren’t exactly complaining.

In fact, as Secretary of State of Hillary Rodham Clinton toured snow-covered fjords on Thursday, there were awkward reminders of Greenland’s embrace of the rise in temperatures that began two decades ago. Rather than questioning global warming, many of this island’s 60,000 inhabitants seem to be racing to cash in.

This is where the Greenlanders went wrong. They didn’t understand the rules. Only Al Gore and his army of pseudo-researchers are allowed to cash in on global warming.

Bad Greenlanders.

Source: Washington Post

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Damn it! Damn it to hell! Satellite measurements show that sea levels aren’t rising like the warmers predicted, so a NASA-funded group has come up with its own scientific theory to explain the shortfall. And by “scientific” we mean “making crap up as they go along.”

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Nature in balance: Land masses are rising almost as fast as sea levels are rising!

Forbes has the latest global warming “facts”:

Satellite measurements, however, show global sea level rose merely 0.83 inches during the first decade of the 21st century (a pace of just 8 inches for the entire century), and has barely risen at all since 2006. This puts alarmists in the embarrassing position of defending predictions that are not coming true in the real world.

The University of Colorado Sea Level Research Group is coming to their rescue. The NASA-funded group claims glacial melt is removing weight that had been pressing down on land masses, which in turn is causing land mass to rise. This welcome news mitigates sea-level rise from melting glacial ice, meaning sea level will rise less than previously thought. However, it is very inconvenient for alarmist sea level predictions. Therefore, instead of reporting the amount by which sea level is rising in the real world, the Sea Level Research Group has begun adding 0.3 millimeters per year of fictitious sea level rise to “compensate” for rising land mass.

In other words, they’re twisting the facts to make them fit the theory. Kind of like they did with tree ring data and the hockey stick.

Seems to us that those same precise satellite measurement devices that are capable of measuring a miniscule rise in sea levels should also be capable of measuring any corresponding rise in land masses.

We’ll just sit here and wait for the University of Colorado Sea Level Research Group to deliver that data.

Oh, wait. What were we thinking? They’re the Sea Level Research Group. That data will probably have to come from another NASA-funded organization called the Land Mass Level Research Group.

Source: Forbes

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This is not the kind of news Al Gore likes to read as his personal chef is preparing his eggs benedict. No, not at all. Turns out there is a global warming consensus, but it’s not the one Gore was hoping for.

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Al Gore personally leads the fight against global warming by using three 30-inch HD monitors instead of four

CNS News offers up the details:

Most of the human race does not see global warming as a serious threat, according to a Gallup poll released last week that surveyed individuals in 111 countries.

Respondents were asked: “How serious of a threat is global warming to you and your family?” They were given the options of anwering: not at all serious, not very serious, somewhat serious or very serious.

Worldwide, only 42 percent told Gallup they believed global warming was either a “somewhat serious” or “very serious” threat.

As highly-trained experts in advanced mathematics, we have been able to determine that that means 58% don’t think it’s a serious threat.

In the United States, 53 percent of those surveyed think global warming is a “somewhat serious” or “very serious” threat. Gore shouldn’t celebrate those numbers, though, because that’s down from 63% in 2008.

Only 10% of the residents of Somaliland think global warming is a somewhat serious or very serious threat.

Greece is is the nation most afraid of global warming. Perhaps that nation’s economic woes can be attributed to the fact that 87% of Greeks spent all their money on Gore’s snakeoil.

Source: CNS News

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Al Gore now compares his global warming battle to the civil rights battle, If that’s the case, we can only assume that he pictures himself filling the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, the fiery preacher who moved the masses with his religious loquacity.

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Saint Al Gore compares the civil rights battle to his global warming battle

TheHill.com has the details of Gore’s historical allusion illusion:

Al Gore told young green energy advocates Friday that progress on global warming must come from a strong grassroots movement that can counter the oil and coal lobbies, which he alleged have “paralyzed” governments.

Gore – who compared action on global warming to the Civil Rights movement – was the keynote speaker at Power Shift 2011, a Washington, D.C. conference attended largely by college students.

“It’s true that governments by and large have been politically paralyzed because the energy companies, the coal companies, the oil companies, the coal-burning utilities, they have spent enormous amounts of money and they have succeeded in many countries in paralyzing the political process,” the former vice president said.

… Gore said the Civil Rights movement was fueled by youth questioning their parents about legal discrimination, and he drew a link to climate change.

“When they could not answer that moral question coming straight from the conscience of young people, that is when the laws began to change,” Gore said. “You need to ask, ‘tell me again why its al right to put 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every 24 hours, 20 percent of it will still be there in 20,000 years.’”

As we recall our 1960s history, the civil rights movement was marked by a series of marches. Seems to us that Gore’s fat, flabby, flaccid body could benefit immensely from some marching.

So it is strictly with Gore’s health in mind that we say, “Hit the road, Al.”

Source: TheHill.com

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Damn it. We were so sure our investment in a summer resort in the Arctic was going to pay off in a big way. But now the predictions for an ice-free Arctic have been pushed back. Yet again.

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Ice breaker on its way to IHTM's summer resort in the arctic

The BBC has the new, improved ice free prediction:

Scientists who predicted a few years ago that Arctic summers could be ice-free by 2013 now say summer sea ice will probably be gone in this decade.

The original prediction, made in 2007, gained Wieslaw Maslowski’s team a deal of criticism from some of their peers.

Now they are working with a new computer model – compiled partly in response to those criticisms – that produces a “best guess” date of 2016.

Best guess. That’s a highly scientific term that means “making shit up as we go along.”

Source: BBC

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No matter where you go around the world, global warming shills repeatedly make fools of themselves with alarmist predictions that never come to pass. Now a particularly embarrassing one has come back to haunt the water department in Melbourne, Australia.

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Some people knew it was a lie from the get-go

Back in 2009, Melbourne Water explained that there was no reason to invest in dams because:

“Why aren’t we building another dam? Our reservoirs need steady rain over days and weeks, to wet the ground and then generate runoff.

“Unfortunately, we cannot rely on this kind of rainfall like we used to.”

Of course, this frightening pronouncement was made at the depth of the worst drought to hit Australia in a century. Typical of the global warming hysterics, they decided that what was will always be.

Melbourne Water then followed the siren call of Al Gore and decided that what the Australian state of Victoria really needed was a $5.7 billion desalination plant instead of $1.4 billion dam. A dam, by the way, that would have provided three times the water of the desal plant at one-third of the cost.

How’s that working out, you might wonder, now that the drought has broken and Australia has had two consecutive years of historic rainfall and flooding? Melbourne’s The Age newspaper follows up:

AUSTRALIA’s biggest desalination plant, at Wonthaggi, is six to 12 months behind schedule, with cost over-runs and big financial penalties now threatening to deny the builder a return on the multibillion-dollar project…

Electrical Trades Union Victorian secretary Dean Mighell said that under the desal work schedule, 500 electricians should have been on site by last August… He agreed that heavy rain was the key cause of delays.

The ultimate irony: the desalination plant built because of drought has been delayed by heavy rain.

The Goracle strikes again.

H/T: Andrew Bolt

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Spineless, brainless and chinless. That’s our Congresswoman, the esteemed Lois Capps (D-CA). She’s said a lot of stupid things over the years, but this time she sped right past stupid and went directly to delusional.

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Lois Capps, IHateTheMedia.com's esteemed Congresswoman, demonstrates her typical deer in the headlights expression

Here’s how The Hill tells the story:

Just hours before a vote Wednesday on a GOP plan to block Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) called climate change a bigger public health threat than AIDS, malaria and pandemic flu.

Capps and several other liberal Democrats spoke out Wednesday morning in opposition to the legislation, authored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

The lawmakers, who were joined by officials from the American Lung Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the Upton bill would harm public health.

Capps pointed to a 2009 article in The Lancet, a medical journal, that said climate change could be the “biggest global health threat of the 21st century.”

“That makes climate change a bigger public health problem than AIDS, than malaria, than pandemic flu,” Capps said. “That’s why we need to take steps to address this cause behind this growing public health problem.”

Far be it from us to inject a little reality into this discussion, but the World Health Organization reveals that Capps doesn’t know what she’s talking about, a not uncommon situation.

According to the latest WHO statistics, AIDS killed 2,040,000 people in 2010. Malaria killed 781,000 in 2009. And it’s estimated that somewhere between 250,000 to 500,000 people die each year from influenza.

On the other hand, the number of people who have died of global warming is (drum roll, please) zero. Nada. None. Zip. Zilch.

Unfortunately, this is as close as Capps has come to being correct on any issue since she was elected to Congress in 2002.

Source: TheHill.com, World Health Organization

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California Democrat Barbara Boxer has long held the unofficial title of World’s Dumbest Senator. But now it looks like she may have a little competition from Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill.

McCaskill’s glass was half full, but her brain was half empty when she spoke to the Georgetown University College Democrats on March 28. That’s when she revealed that there’s a silver lining to the recession: The lack of economic activity has reduced those pesky greenhouse gasses.

It does appear, however, that the bullshit and resultant methane emissions were rather heavy that day at Georgetown.

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The Gospel According to Saint Al said that snow was a thing of the past. Looks like somebody forgot to tell Mother Nature.

“This entire winter season has really been an embarrassment of snow riches for several ski resorts throughout California especially around Lake Tahoe,” according to Weather.com. “Three Tahoe resorts, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley, have reported that their season snow totals now exceed 600 inches. That’s more than 50 feet of snow!”

Puh-leeze. These are not photos of snow. They are photos of extreme weather conditions brought on by worldwide climate change.

A snowbank at the Mammoth Mountain ski resort

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There’s a building under there somewhere at Alpine Meadows

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Skiing stopped at Alpine Meadows when the snow level reached the height of the lift

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A walkway cleared through the snow at Heavenly Valley

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Big deal, you say, it’s not unusual for snow level to reach mid-window at Mammoth Mountain. Then you find out this is a third story window.

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The road near Lake Tahoe

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How’d you like to clear the snow out of this driveway near Tahoe-Donner?

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Source: Weather.com

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We didn’t know there were any rogue academics willing to risk their careers by speaking out against ClimateGate. We were wrong.

Here’s Professor Richard A. Muller – from Berkeley, of all places – explaining the real problem with Michael Mann’s “hide the decline trick” and the ClimateGate emails.

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Think of it as bad cop and badder cop. Republican Senators James Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Barrasso of Wyoming teamed up on Obama Science Guru John Holdren, who had predicted global cooling back in the ‘70s.

The Daily Caller has the details:

The exchange started with Barrasso addressing the committee’s witness, Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Jackson.

“Forty years ago, the same scientists that are predicting the end of the world now from global warming were predicting the end of the world from global cooling,” said Barrasso. “So if we had committed the same amount of taxpayer resources and government manpower that the administration now wants us to commit to prevent global warming — if we’d done that prevent global cooling, we wouldn’t be the most prosperous nation on earth.”

He continued: “The fact is that the same doomsday predictions we were getting 40 years is the exact same thing this agency and this administration today. Only now…the problem is man-made global warming.”

… Still later, Inhofe got into the science debate by citing a 1971 study by Dr. John Holdren, who just so happens to be President Obama’s advisor on science technology. In that study Holdren wrote, “The effects of a new ice age on agriculture and the supportability of large human populations scarcely need elaboration here.” Holdren went on to write that the effects could “generate a tidal wave of proportions unprecedented in recorded history.”

A visibly satisfied Inhofe then turned to Boxer, and stated, “So even the president’s people are agreed with me, Madam Chairwoman!”

Inhofe and Barrasso must have felt like that old Steales Wheel song: “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.”

The video really is worth watching if for no other reason that to watch Barbara Boxer attempt to control events as they spiral out of control. Damn, we’re so proud to have her as our Senator.

Source: DailyCaller.com

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Okay, he’s not really a scientist per se, but he does have a solid reputation for predicting the weather. Meet Mojave Max, a 34-year-old desert tortoise who lives in Palm Desert, California.

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Noted California climate expert says says global warming has slowed to a crawl

When Max stops hibernating and crawls out of his burrow, that’s considered by locals to be the end of winter. They even have an annual contest where people try to guess when it will happen.

Thing is, Max is waking up later and later each year. Historically he rubs the sleep out of his eyes and comes out of hibernation by February 15, but this year he waited until the 22nd. Last year he barely beat the deadline, crawling out on the 13th wearing ear muffs and a look of regret on his face, but two years ago he waited until the 24th.

Seems Max is trying to tell us something: “Baby, it’s cold outside.”

Three days later weather forecasters predicted snowfall in San Francisco for the first time in 35 years. So Mojave Max knows what’s he doing.

Somebody get this guy a job at the IPCC.

– Written by J.P. Travis of JPAttitude.com

Sources: KPSP-TV, DesertTortoise.gov

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Does even a week go by when we don’t discover yet another bit of corruption in the global warming scam? Can we finally come right out and say the whole thing is the greatest scientific fraud since the Piltdown Man?

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Don't worry, little fellas, that's not global warming. That's just Al Gore blowing hot air.

The Spectator sums up the latest scandal:

In January 2009, Nature magazine ran a cover story … conveying dramatic news about Antarctica: that most of it had warmed significantly over the last half-century. For years, the data from this frozen continent – with 90 percent of the world’s ice mass – had stubbornly refused to corroborate the global warming narrative. So the study, led by Eric Steig of the University of Washington, was treated as a bit of a scoop. It reverberated around the world. Gavin Schmidt, from the RealClimate blog, declared that Antarctica had silenced the sceptics. Mission, it seemed, was accomplished: Antarctica was no longer an embarrassment to the global warming narrative.

He spoke too soon. The indefatigable Steve McIntyre started to scrutinise his followings along with Nicholas Lewis. They found several flaws: Steig et al had used too few data sequences to speak for an entire continent, and had processed the data in a very questionable way. But when they wanted to correct him, in another journal, they quickly ran into an inconvenient truth about global warming: the high priests do not like refutation. To have their critique of Steig’s work published, they needed to assuage the many demands of an anonymous ‘Reviewer A’ – whom they later found out to be Steig himself.

In a similar vein, independent critics agree that IHateTheMedia.com is the greatest website in history.

Who are those critics? We’d rather not say, but since you bring it up, it may be the Editor and the Administrator.

Now go let your gas guzzler idle in the driveway and flip on all your incandescent light bulbs. The global warming scam is over.

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