Warming: Local versus Global

So many unfortunate events are attributed to global warming (or climate change) these days! However, there are times when any real connection simply falls apart in the face of The Facts. My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a post looking at the facts behind the origins of the current wildfires in Australia. In many cases, the local warming in Australia is the result of arson.

Various leftists have declared that it is a “conspiracy theory” — a “coordinated misinformation campaign” spread by “climate denial traitors” using Twitter “bots” — to call attention to the role played by arsonists in the Australian brush fires. The facts are still the facts, however, and indisputable facts are never “misinformation.”

Well, yes, but The Facts often conspire with Reality against the Left.

Who’s Watching Who?

Greta Thunberg, the current poster child for the Climate Change Requires Socialism movement, made a speech at the UN. Here’s an except, presented with fisking.

My message is that we’ll be watching you.

<fisking>I’ll get back to this later.</fisking>

This is all wrong, I shouldn’t be up here, I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.

<fisking>This is the one sensible thing she says. Of course, if the school she attended in Sweden actually teaches the distorted worldview she believes, it has done more harm than good.</fisking>

Yet, you all come to us young people for hope, how dare you.

<fisking>She’s addressing this question to the wrong people. AFAIK, the only people who look too Ms. Thunberg and her children’s crusade colleagues are leftist warmmongers (not misspelled) who are exploiting her. How dare they? Well, exploiting her is simple one of the whatever-means-necessary to advance their cause.</fisking>

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet I’m one of the lucky ones.

<fisking>Again, she address the wrong audience. The Real World isn’t the source of the empty words that have been poured into her head.<fisking>

People are suffering, people are dying.

<fisking>Where? Why do Central Americans come north rather than go south to the socialist paradise in Venezuela? Why is there no mass migration from Africa to Russia? Why aren’t people fleeing from Hong Kong to the mainland?</fisking>

Entire ecosystems are collapsing.

<fisking>Which ones? The ecosystem that supported malaria, which was on the point of collapse, is flourishing again.</fisking>

We are in the beginning of a mass extinction …

<fisking>Not every mass extinction is a bad thing. Consider, the smallpox virus …</fisking>

… and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.

<fisking>It’s economic growth over the past centuries that has enabled the world’s poor to stop cutting down trees to stay warm in the winter. It’s economic growth over the past few decades that funded the reductions in childhood mortality. It’s the fairytale of socialist top-down planning that caused the ecological devastation of the Aral Sea.</fisking>

Now, to get back to who’s watching who … Ms. Thunberg would do well to carefully watch all of us. She should carefully note who is flying about in private jets and who has more modest carbon footprints. She should carefully watch which nations are making actual progress in cleaning up and maintain the environment and which are the major polluters. Of course, that doesn’t seem likely unless she can break away from her handlers and exploiters.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Watt’s Up With That? reports that Los Angeles is spending $40,000 per mile to paint streets white in order to fight global warming.

Two points—

First, tires are abrasive. How long do they think the paint will last?

Two, most highway-grade paint is petrochemical-based. Did they consider the carbon footprint of the project from manufacturing the paint all the way through to application and maintenance?

Oh, one more thing … there are 6,700 miles of roadways in LA. Doing the whole network would cost something north of a quarter-of-a-billion bucks. What if that money were spent on something like schools or housing for the homeless?

UPDATE—The Daily Mail reports that the product being smeared on LA’s streets is CoolSeal. (H/T, Stephen Green). According to the manufacturer’s website, it is a water-based asphalt sealant designed “for lightly trafficked areas,” so it’s not exactly highway-grade. They may need to find something else to use on roads such as Century Boulevard.

UPDATE 2—Won’t this make the white lines between lanes and defining crosswalks hard to see?

A Canadian and a Hockey Stick

Infamous climate “scientist” Michael Mann has sued various people who have challenged the credibility of his global  warming claims as backed up by his “hockey stick” temperature graph. (H/T, Artisan Craft BlogPrincipia Scientific International reports that Mann now appears to be on the verge of losing a suit he filed in British Columbia against Canadian scientist Tim Ball. Mann has refused to hand over the data set which backs up his research.

Michael Mann, who chose to file what many consider to be a cynical SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) libel suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Vancouver six long years ago, has astonished legal experts by refusing to comply with the court direction to hand over all his disputed graph’s data.

A finding that Mann is in contempt of court could result a quick end to the lawsuit in the defendant’s favor.

Maybe he should have kept his hockey stick on ice.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Voting for Donald Trump will cause global warming. Mother Jones says so. It has a post up titled Why a Donald Trump Victory Could Make Climate Catastrophe Inevitable.

Global geopolitics and the possible rightward lurch of many countries (including a potential deal-breaking election in the United States that could put a climate denier in the White House) spell bad news for the fate of the Earth.

Read the whole thing. It’s an interesting analysis. Wrong. But interesting.

Opaque Transparency

Remember Obama’s promise to run the most transparent administration ever? Obama White House showed ‘bad faith’ in global-warming case, judge rules.

Mr. Holdren’s [Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology] staffers first said they couldn’t find many documents. They then tried to hide their release by saying the documents were all internal or were similar to what was already public.

Each of those claims turned out not to be true.

Read the whole thing.

Suing to Shut People Up

Lawfare is not limited to pro se thugs with personal grudges. Several U. S. states and a territory may be about to try to chill free speech about an important scientific question. What’s Up With That? takes a look at a proposal to use RICO laws to go after people who do not believe the “settled science” concerning climate change.

An Inconvenient Truth

An Oscar and a Nobel Peace Prize (just like Barack Obama’s) not withstanding, it’s an inconvenient truth that the predictions made in Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth have almost universally failed. The snows of Kilimanjaro are still there, and the North Pole is still covered with ice. Michael Bastasch takes a look at Gore’s failure over at The Daily Caller.

Watching “An Inconvenient Truth” is sort of like going back in time. Back to a world where flip phones were cool and “Futurama” was still putting out new episodes. A world where a bitter presidential candidate was trying to rebrand himself as an environmental crusader.

But have Gore’s warnings, which were alarming to many in 2006, come true?

Nope.

Read the whole thing.

Freedom From Information?

Although President Obama issued an executive order on this first full day in office back in 2009 requiring federal agencies to be as transparent as possible when dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests, the federal government is now denying more requests than ever. Jeff Dunetz has a post over at The Lid about what it took to get information about the debunked claims about global warming causing more severe winter weather made by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Hogewash! has made several FOIA requests to government agencies, and I can verify that a couple of agencies have been quite slow to respond in spite of the official guidance issued by Attorney General Holder that “in the face of doubt, openness prevails.”

But that commitment to transparency has been flouted throughout the government, especially in Holder’s own Justice Department. In March 2014, the Associated Press reported that “more often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act [FOIA].” Similarly, The Wall Street Journal concluded that this is “the least transparent administration.” The situation has continued to worsen in 2014 and 2015, according to the Associated Press.

Read the whole thing.

27 Inches of Global Warming

This time last week, folks were running around buying up all the bread, milk, and toilet paper in town because of the coming Snowpocalypse. Most of this past Monday was spent digging out from a near-record snowfall.

I was reading a piece at NRO by David French that deals with the failure of the apocalyptic environmental predictions we get from the pseudoscientific left while I was drinking my coffee this morning and looking out across a lawn that still has a foot or so of global warming on it. He does a nice job of comparing the prophets of ecological doom to preachers predicting the imminence of the Rapture. The preachers come out ahead of the ecozealots, who never seem to walk the walk they’re selling.

They’re like a drunk preacher screaming about the evils of demon rum.

Read the whole thing.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

As you read this, remember that Al Gore was next in line to be Commander-in-Chief for 8 years.MarkBosloughAssuming that Gore is not being misquoted, this represents a complete about face on global warming climate change. DEFCON 5 is the lowest state of readiness and engagement for the Armed Forces. (SAC was put on DEFCON 2 during the Cuban Missle Crisis. No other units have ever been past DEFCON 3.)

Or maybe it represents … oh, never mind.

Coal-fired Transportation

I can remember riding on a train pulled by a coal-fired steam locomotive when I was a kid. I didn’t think I would ride on a coal-fired vehicle in my old age, but WaPo has an article up about electric cars and the coal that runs them.

UPDATE—The real-world effects on the power grid caused by electric vehicles makes my choice of a VW diesel look even more socially/environmentally responsible.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Gina McCarthy, the head of the Obama Administration’s EPA, wants to help fight global warming by reducing the efficiency of air conditioning. She wants to further restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons which are used as the working fluids in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. There are substitutes such as ammonia, but they are less efficient.

So the way to fight global warming is to reduce the efficiency of air conditioning so that even more energy will be required. We’re gonna need a whole lot of windmills to handle that.

Environmentalist Losers

David Harsanyi has an essay over at The Federalist titled Environmentalists Will Lose, And That’s Great News For Mankind. Taking a critique of a recent piece by Jonathan Chait as his starting point, Harsanyi debunks the idea that climate change is our biggest bugaboo since the Second World War. He points out that the significant improvements in living conditions around the world had been almost completely driven by market forces bringing the benefits of technology to an increasingly greater share of the world’s people and that command economies have stunted economic progress, holding billions in poverty.

Now, unlike coal, oil, gas, and market economics, an environmentalist has never lifted anyone out of poverty. But if you’re convinced that every wildfire and tornado is the fault of Koch Brothers, Ayn Rand and a recalcitrant GOP Congress, this moral structure probably makes some sense to you. If you believe the moral magnitude of climate change falls somewhere short of the killing of 70 million people (we don’t know the exact number World War II took), but is a more a pressing problem than mass hunger or disease or war, I can understand why you think doing nearly anything to stop it is okay. Like emulating one-party authoritarianism, for instance.

Not many people are going to volunteer for a life of poverty. The numbers are not on the environmentalists’ side.

Read the whole thing.

What Happened to Global Warming?

Matt Ridley asks that question over at WSJ. (H/T, Instapundit) It seems that global warming really has been on hold for at least the last 15 years.

Most science journalists, who are strongly biased in favor of reporting alarming predictions, rather than neutral facts, chose to ignore the pause until very recently, when there were explanations available for it. Nearly 40 different excuses for the pause have been advanced, including Chinese economic growth that supposedly pushed cooling sulfate particles into the air, the removal of ozone-eating chemicals, an excess of volcanic emissions, and a slowdown in magnetic activity in the sun.

I note this climate trend began to take hold in the early years of this century. The cause is obvious.

I blame Bush.