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24 November 2009 LSN NewsBytes – Climate Change/ Environmentalism

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Compiled by Steve Jalsevac

LA Times Changes Its Mind: Science Doesn't Matter On Climate Bill (Newsbusters)
On November 22, while responding to the growing scandal about alleged proof that global warming is a hoax, the Times brushed it off with a puzzling claim that science should have no bearing on climate legislation.

Global Warming Promoter 'Dismayed and Deeply Shaken' by ClimateGate (Newsbusters)
One of the world's leading promoters of the anthropogenic global warming myth claimed Monday he is convinced the e-mail messages involved in the growing international scandal ClimateGate "are genuine," and he's "dismayed and deeply shaken by them." So said George Monbiot, a writer and environmental activist many consider to be Great Britain's Al Gore.

Monbiot accurately said there's "no use pretending that this isn’t a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging"

VIDEO: Glenn Beck Skewers Scientists Involved In ClimateGate (Newsbusters)
As Beck pointed out Monday, those involved also conspired to prevent viewpoints counter to their own from getting published in scientific journals or becoming part of IPCC reports.

Climategate: Final Nail in Coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'? (Telgraph UK)
If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit.

Unfortunately, we’ve a long, long way to go before the public mood (and scientific truth) is reflected by our policy makers. There are too many vested interests in AGW, with far too much to lose either in terms of reputation or money, for this to end without a bitter fight. But if the Hadley CRU scandal is true,it’s a blow to the AGW lobby’s credibility which is never likely to recover.

Climategate (National Post)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and various government agencies have been cooking the books to make the case for man-made global warming. Here is a sampling of some of the exchanges.
* From: Phil Jones, July 5, 2005 – “If anything, I would like to see the climate change happen, so the science could be proved right, regardless of the consequences. This isn’t being political, it is being selfish.”

Oil's Expanding Frontiers by George Will
"careful examination of the world's resource base … indicates that the resource endowment of the planet is sufficient to keep up with demand for decades to come." Such good news horrifies people who relish scarcity because it requires — or so they say — government to ration what is scarce and to generally boss people to mend their behavior: "This is the police!" Put down that incandescent bulb and step away from the lamp!"

Today, there is a name for the political doctrine that rejoices in scarcity of everything except government. The name is environmentalism.

21 Nov 09 LSN NewsBytes – Climate Change/Global Warming

* Disclaimer: The linked items below or the websites at which they are located do not necessarily represent the views of They are presented only for your information.

Compiled by Steve Jalsevac, 21 November 2009
* HIGHLY RECOMMENDED VIDEO: Lord Christopher Monckton Speaking in St. Paul
 – Mocton's slides do not show in the video but can be seen here. 
 – Also see next article, "Is World Uniting in Copenhagen" (below) which provides more details about the talk

With slides:
Is the World Uniting in Copenhagen? International climate treaty feared for impact on liberties Lord Monckton told the audience of some 700 attendees. "I read that treaty and what it says is this: that a world government is going to be created. The word 'government' actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity."

He has warned the proposal would cede U.S. sovereignty, mandate a massive wealth transfer from the United States to pay reparations for "climate debt" to Third World countries and create a new "world government" to enforce the treaty’s provisions.

Radical Environmentalism: Global Warming Stalls–Live by the Computer Model, Die by the Computer Model – Wesley J. Smith Global warming has apparently stalled, and the usual media suspects are getting restless. First, there was the heresy from the BBC, and now a major German news magazine is showing some sign of coming out the reverie.

Hacked E-Mails Reveal Global-Warming Fraud?
Top climate scientists disc

uss hiding contrary data, marginalizing dissenters.
Officials at a key global warming research center in the United Kingdom have authenticated a series of e-mails and other documents apparently taken from their computer system by a hacker, but they cannot explain what scientists in internal exchanges meant by references to a "trick" that would "hide the decline" of global temperatures nor by instructions to delete contrary data.

Author James Delingpole writes in a London Telegraph column the most damaging revelations indicate climate-change scientists may have "manipulated or suppressed evidence in order to support their cause." One e-mail said: "I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd (sic) from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline." Myron Ebell, of the website says the documents "raise a huge number of questions about the integrity of a lot of people in the alarmist community.

"What I've seen there is a very strong effort to manage the issue by scientists and not as a scientific issues. Delingpole observes the world "is currently cooling; electorates are increasingly reluctant to support eco-policies leading to more oppressive regulation, higher taxes and higher utility bills; the tide is turning against Al Gore's Anthropogenic Global Warming theory. The so-called 'skeptical' view is now also the majority view."

The global warming scandal of the century By Michelle Malkin
EU president wants Copenhagen to give us “global management”
The Climate Conference in Copenhagen is another step forward towards the global management of our planet…
Big Brother and PC In Holland: A Mileage Tax That Varies on Car Type and Time of Day Driven

Climate Change an 'international priority' Harper Says
The international community must work together on a climate-change deal to "reduce the risk to the planet," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Saturday, but both developed and emerging economic powers must be on board so that some countries do not benefit economically while others suffer.

Radical Environmentalism: The People Aren’t Swallowing the Hysteria – Wesley J. Smith
Well, this is good news: There has been no country whose people have been more subjected to the global warming propaganda bombardment than the UK. A new Times poll here shows that less than half now believe in man-caused global warming.

Leaders Agree Copenhagen Summit Will not Produce New Worldwide Global Warming Treaty
U.S. President Barack Obama and nearly two dozen fellow leaders from Canada, Asia and Europe agreed Sunday that next month's much-anticipated international climate change meetings will be a way station — not the end point — in the difficult and so-far elusive search for a new worldwide treaty to tackle global warming.

Russia's Medvedev Warns of Climate Catastrophe

Climatologists Baffled by Global Warming Time-Out
Climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years. Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others explain it through ocean currents.,1518,662092,00.html
What Happened to Global Warming? – BBC
This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might the fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998. But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures., 27October2009,]
Fidel Castro Praises Obama on Climate Change; 27October2009,]

U.S. Media Ignoring About Face by Leading Global Warming Proponent
Imagine if the Pope suddenly announced that the Catholic Church  had been wrong for centuries about prohibiting priests from marrying. Would that be considered big news? Of course.

And yet something like that has happened in the field of global warming in which a major scientist has announced that the world, in contrast to his previous belief, is actually cooling. So why was a speech last week by Prof. Mojib Latif of Germany's Leibniz Institute not given more prominence?

Yet last week in Geneva, at the UN's World Climate Conference–an annual gathering of the so-called "scientific consensus" on man-made climate change –Latif conceded the Earth has not warmed for nearly a decade and that we are likely entering "one or even two decades during which temperatures cool."; 27October2009,]

NY Times Writer Worries That Mother Nature Not Cooperating With Global Warming Agenda

/2009/09/22/ny-times-writer-worries-mother-nature-not-cooperating-global-warming-a ; 27October2009,]

Think Globally, Cull Locally by Mark Steyn
The anti-western anti-human totalitarianism of the environmental movement grows ever more explicit. ; 27October2009,]
Radical Environmentalism: Justifying a Chinese Style Population Control Tyranny – Wesley J. Smith
From the column “Fewer British Babies Would Mean a Fairer Planet:” ; 27October2009,]

Contraception Seen Vital in Cimate Change Fight
Leo Bryant, a lead researcher on a World Health Organisation study on population growth and climate change, said the stigma attached to birth control in both developing and developed countries was hindering vital progress.

Bryant's study of climate change adaptation plans by governments in the world's 40 poorest countries showed that almost all of them link rapid population growth to environmental impact, but only six had proposed steps to tackle it.

Bryant's comments echo those by the head of Britain's science academy Martin Rees, who told Reuters this month that the stigma holding women back from getting access to birth control must be removed to reduce the impact of rising populations on climate change. ; 27October2009,]

Radical Environmentalism: Pretext for Power and Money Grab by Would Be One World Governors – Wesley J. Smith
I used to think that people worried about one world government were more than a little paranoid.  No more. Indeed, the global warming hysteria is being mounted, at least in part, as a pretext to impose the beginning of one world government – which would be rule by bureaucrats.  Indeed, the head of the UN, the hopelessly radical Utopian Ban Ki-moon, has stated he wants the beginning of one world governance to be agreed upon at the Copenhagen Treaty ; 27October2009,]

Radical Environmentalism: The Cure is More Deadly Than the Disease – Wesley J. Smith
We have gone mad. That is the only way to explain it.  The UK passed a bill to cut the dreaded carbon dioxide emissions last year that is so draconian, it will cost far more than the benefits to be derived–and impoverish the country. ; 27October2009,]
Nothing Will Deter Global Warming Ideology – Wesley J. Smith
The entire climate change agenda is as much about ideology and politics as it is about science.  My fear is that in their zeal, they will not only destroy the economies of the developed world, but cause tremendous harm to the currently impoverished by stifling their development. ; 27October2009,]
Radical Environmentalism Is Driving the World Nuts – Wesley J. Smith ; 27October2009,]
Climate chief Lord Stern: Give up Meat to Save the Planet  ; 27October2009,]

Thomas Friedman's Global Warming Fears: Straight Out of a Disaster Movie ; 27October2009,]

Arctic Ice Thickens: NYT Environment Writer Commits Global Warming 'Heresy' Again  ; 27October2009,]

United Nations Copenhagen Climate Conference – Financial Post
Its authors say transferring wealth is exactly what they aim to do. It proposes in plain language an arrangement that will see nations such as Canada guarantee to send billions of dollars every year for decades to the developing world as payment of a "climate debt" owed for our long history of emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The Copenhagen treaty calls for the payment by rich countries of what can probably best be described as climate reparations.

These are some of the understandings proposed in the treaty's current working version: Industrialized countries should compensate developing nations for not just the cost of preventing and adapting to climate change, but for "lost opportunities, resources, lives, land and dignity" triggered by it; industrialized countries are to commit "at least 0.7%" of their annual GDP, above and beyond existing foreign aid commitments, to compensate the developing world for lost dignity and other distress (in Canada's case, roughly $10-billion a year, based on current GDP levels, on top of the $4-billion already spent on foreign aid); and that the money will be deliverable to the United Nations, which will be in charge of handing it all out.

If Ottawa signs on to Copenhagen, the size of our resource-based export economy means Canada may pay more dearly for the UN's latest climate-change arrangement than almost any other country on the planet.


n Donnelly, president of the Vancouver-based Greenhouse Emissions Management Consortium, an industry association aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. If Canada does sign the treaty, she warns, we "will lose all control over our sovereignty and resource base in a matter of years."

"Any elected leader who signed the climate treaty would be signing the death warrant of his nation's democracy," Lord Monckton says.

Under the proposed treaty, developing countries — which would include such Canadian trade competitors as China, South Korea, India, Brazil and Mexico — are under far looser obligations to reduce emissions than wealthier nations like Canada

What is certain is that a Conservative minority government will face immense pressure from opposition parties, and environmental groups, to commit Canada to the Copenhagen treaty.  ; 27October2009,]

Hollywood follows 'fad' of global warming
An Australian author is tackling the U.S. government and Hollywood in his latest book.
Ian Plimer is the author of Heaven and Earth: Global Warming – The Missing Science. As the United States Senate gears up for a debate on cap and trade, Plimer contends that there has been no scientific debate on the issue, and that is what he hopes to generate with his book. Hollywood, he says, has been interested in promoting climate alarmism because of the sensationalism. ; 27October2009,]
Earth Approaching Sunspot Records
Perry said there is a feeling from some in the scientific community the Earth may be entering into a grand minimum, which is an extended period with low numbers of sunspots that creates cooler temperatures. The year without a summer, which was 1816, was during a grand minimum in 1800 to 1830 when Europe became cooler, Perry said. Another grand minimum was in 1903 to 1913.

However, Perry said snow in Buenos Aires and southern Africa, the best ski season in Australia and a cooler Arctic region are some of the anecdotal evidence for a cooling period. So, Perry said, sunspots may have a far greater impact on weather than previously thought.

Why the world will never run out of energy – Oil, nuclear power remain abundantly available  ; 27October2009,]

The founder of The Weather Channel wants to sue Al Gore for Global Warming fraud.
It is "an inconvenient truth" for Al Gore that the world is currently experiencing some of the coldest weather in decades.
"Man is Not a Cancer On the Planet" – Wesley J. Smith
It isn't "bad tactics" that is the problem with the radicalization of naturalism: It is the movement's fundamental and fervent rejection of human exceptionalism.  Once you depose us as the unique and special species, it inevitably unleashes a drive to turn people into mere fauna , which leads directly to the self destructive nihilism against which Ball reacts.
Global warming? Temps on an 8-year decline

Commandeered by Climate Alarmists
Did the chief executives of a few Western states hijack the staff and resources of their regional coalition, against the will of most of their fellow governors, all to promote their vision for a regional cap-and-trade agreement? It sure looks that way.
CNN METEOROLOGIST TO LOU DOBBS: GLOBAL WARMING THEORY IS "ARROGANT." CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers suggests that the Sun affects the warming of our planet more than people. Snow falling in Las Vegas, Malibu, and the Arizona desert is evidence that we are in the middle of a cooling, not warming weather cycle. In the 13th Century, the earth temperature averaged 7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today; the temperatures during the Revolutionary War era were cooler than the temperatures we feel now., 12-18-08.

31,000 Scientists Reject 'Global Warming' Agenda: 'Mr. Gore's movie has claims no informed expert endorses'
More than 31,000 scientists across the U.S. – including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s in fields such as atmospheric science, climatology, Earth science, environment and dozens of other specialties – have signed a petition rejecting "global warming," the assumption that the human production of greenhouse gases is damaging Earth's climate.
"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate," the petition states. "Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
The Petition Project actually was launched nearly 10 years ago, when the first few thousand signatures were assembled. Then, between 1999 and 2007, the list of signatures grew gradually without any special effort or campaign.
But now, a new effort has been conducted because of an "escalation of the claims of 'consensus,' release of the movie 'An Inconvenient Truth' by Mr. Al Gore, and related events," according to officials wi

th the project.

"Mr. Gore's movie, asserting a 'consensus' and 'settled science' in agreement about human-caused global warming, conveyed the claims about human-caused global warming to ordinary movie goers and to public school children, to whom the film was widely distributed. Unfortunately, Mr. Gore's movie contains many very serious incorrect claims which no informed, honest scientist could endorse," said project spokesman and founder Art Robinson.
WND submitted a request to Gore's office for comment but did not get a response.
Robinson said the dire warnings about "global warming" have gone far beyond semantics or scientific discussion now to the point they are actually endangering people.
"The campaign to severely ration hydrocarbon energy technology has now been markedly expanded," he said. "In the course of this campaign, many scientifically invalid claims about impending climate emergencies are being made. Simultaneously, proposed political actions to severely reduce hydrocarbon use now threaten the prosperity of Americans and the very existence of hundreds of millions of people in poorer countries," he said.
In just the past few weeks, there have been various allegations that both shark attacks and typhoons have been sparked by "global warming."
The late Professor Frederick Seitz, the past president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and winner of the National Medal of Science, wrote in a letter promoting the petition, "The United States is very close to adopting an international agreement that would ration the use of energy and of technologies that depend upon coal, oil, and natural gas and some other organic compounds."
"This treaty is, in our opinion, based upon flawed ideas. Research data on climate change do not show that human use of hydrocarbons is harmful. To the contrary, there is good evidence that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is environmentally helpful," he wrote.
Accompanying the letter sent to scientists was a 12-page summary and review of research on "global warming," officials said.
"The proposed agreement would have very negative effects upon the technology of nations throughout the world, especially those that are currently attempting to lift from poverty and provide opportunities to the over 4 billion people in technologically underdeveloped countries," Seitz wrote.
Robinson said the project targets scientists because, "It is especially important for America to hear from its citizens who have the training necessary to evaluate the relevant data and offer sound advice."
He said the "global warming agreement," written in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, and other plans "would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind."
"Yet," he said, "the United Nations and other vocal political interests say the U.S. must enact new laws that will sharply reduce domestic energy production and raise energy prices even higher.
"The inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness include the right of access to life-giving and life-enhancing technology. This is especially true of access to the most basic of all technologies: energy. These human rights have been extensively and wrongly abridged," he continued. "During the past two generations in the U.S., a system of high taxation, extensive regulation, and ubiquitous litigation has arisen that prevents the accumulation of sufficient capital and the exercise of sufficient freedom to build and preserve needed modern technology.
"These unfavorable political trends have severely damaged our energy production, where lack of industrial progress has left our country dependent upon foreign sources for 30 percent of the energy required to maintain our current level of prosperity," he said. "Moreover, the transfer of other U.S. industries abroad as a result of these same trends has left U.S. citizens with too few goods and services to trade for the energy that they do not produce. A huge and unsustainable trade deficit and rapidly rising energy prices have been the result.
"The necessary hydrocarbon and nuclear energy production technologies have been available to U.S. engineers for many decades. We can develop these resources without harm to people or the environment. There is absolutely no technical, resource, or environmental reason for the U.S. to be a net importer of energy. The U.S. should, in fact, be a net exporter of energy," he said.
He told WND he believes the issue has nothing to do with energy itself, but everything to do with power, control and money, which the United Nations is seeking. He accused the U.N. of violating human rights in its campaign to ban much energy research, exploration and development.
"In order to alleviate the current energy emergency and prevent future emergencies, we need to remove the governmental restrictions that have caused this problem. Fundamental human rights require that U.S. citizens and their industries be free to produce and use the low cost, abundant energy that they need. As the 31,000 signatories of this petition emphasize, environmental science supports this freedom," he said.
The Petition Project website today said there are 31,072 scientists who have signed up, and Robinson said more names continue to come in.
In terms of Ph.D. scientists alone, it already has 15 times more scientists than are seriously involved in the U.N.'s campaign to "vilify hydrocarbons," officials told WND.
"The very large number of petition signers demonstrates that, if there is a consensus among American scientists, it is in opposition to the human-caused global warming hypothesis rather than in favor of it," the organization noted.
The project was set up by a team of physicists and physical chemists who do research at several American institutions and collects signatures when donations provide the resources to mail out more letters.
"In a group of more than 30,000 people, there are many individuals with names similar or identical to other signatories, or to non-signatories – real or fictional. Opponents of the petition project sometimes use this statistical fact in efforts to discredit the project. For examples, Perry Mason and Michael Fox are scientists who have signed the petition – who happen also to have names identical to fictional or real non-scientists," the website said.
The petition is needed, supporters said, simply because Gore and others "have claimed that the 'science is settled' – that an overwhelming 'consensus' of scientists agrees with the hypothesis of human-caused global warming, with only a handful of skeptical scientists in disagreement."
The list of scientists includes 9,021 Ph.D.s, 6,961 at the master's level, 2,240 medical doctors and 12,850 carrying a bachelor of science or equivalent academic degree.
The Petition Project's website includes both a list of scientists by name as well as a list of scientists by state.
[May 19, 2008, WND Exclusive HEAT OF THE MOMENT, By Bob Unruh,



Lorne Gunter: Thirty years of warmer temperatures go poof

Sunspots an omen of weather woes? The lack of sunspots this year has some scientists wondering if this could be an indicator that much colder weather is on the way.




MORE THAN 650 INTERNATIONAL SCIENTISTS DISSENT OVER MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING CLAIMS. The UN global warming conference which concluded Friday in Poland faced a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore.  A newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report was released last week featuring the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN.
The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007. The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.
The U.S. Senate report is the latest evidence of the growing groundswell of scientific opposition rising to challenge the UN and Gore. Scientific meetings are now being dominated by a growing number of skeptical scientists.

The prestigious International Geological Congress, dubbed the geologists' equivalent of the Olympic Games, was held in Norway in August 2008 and prominently featured the voices and views of scientists skeptical of man-made global warming fears.
Pro-life advocates have long mistrusted the Kyoto protocol and similar climate schemes as they are usually tied to population control, which could be implemented with the pressure coming from the alarmist claims Kyoto advocates have made in the past.
The report quotes Ivar Giaever, a Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, saying: "I am a skeptic … Global warming has become a new religion."
UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist said that warming fears are the "worst scientific scandal in the history … When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists."
Geologist Georgia D. Brown, an instructor of Geology & Oceanography at College of Lake County in Illinois, who co-authored a 1993 peer-reviewed study on the CO2 content in the magma from Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii in the prestigious journal American Mineralogist, rejected climate fears and supported the notion of a coming global cool down.

"I talk to my students about this topic every semester, not just when we are covering glacial geology, but at different points throughout the term. I want them to know that they shouldn't take every alarmist claim at face value," Brown wrote on December 13, 2006. "Fear is a means of controlling a population, and since the cold war has ended, the government needed new fuel for its control fire," Brown wrote.
See the full Senate Minority Report here:
[POZNAN, Poland, December 18, 2008,] 



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