February 2009

Crank of the Week - February 23, 2009 - Gaia Vince

“Alligators basking off the English coast; a vast Brazilian desert; the mythical lost cities of Saigon, New Orleans, Venice and Mumbai; and 90 per cent of humanity vanished. Welcome to the world warmed by 4 °C.” Thus begins this week's featured article from New Scientist, the left-of-center British science news weekly.

NASA Carbon Dioxide Satellite Fails On Launch

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite failed to reach orbit after its 4:55 a.m. EST liftoff Feb. 24 from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. The spacecraft did not reach orbit and likely landed in the ocean near Antarctica, according to the program manager for the Taurus XL launch vehicle. The OCO was to bt the first earth science observatory able to create a detailed map of atmospheric carbon dioxide sources and sinks around the globe.

UN Chief: "Climate Change will continue for centuries!"

America, what's the UN doing now? All this hysteria about Global Warming; notice the green folks no longer use the term global warming. Uh-uh! The new-term is "Climate Change." Jian Liu, Chief Of The Division Of Enviornmental Policy Implementation's Climate Change Adaptation Unit Of The United Nations Enviornmental Program (How about that for a title, fellow tax payers?

California Greens Oppose Transmission Line for Solar & Geo Power

The Sunrise Powerlink is a proposed power transmission line that would wind its way 150 miles, from Imperial County east of San Diego, through Anza-Borrego State Park, and down into San Diego. Proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the line is needed to transport wind and solar energy from projects in Imperial County to San Diego. You would think that the eco-lobby would be 100% behind a transmission line dedicated wholly to carrying “Save the Earth” solar and geothermal power from plants in the desert to power users in San Diego—unfortunately the green lobby doesn't agree.

Disappearing Arctic Ice Is Latest Climate Falsehood

In May, 2008, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) predicted that the North Pole could be ice free during last years melt season. The disappearing northern sea ice has been pointed to by global warming alarmists as visible proof that the Earth was doing a melt down. Today, however, the NSIDC announced that they have been the victims of “sensor drift” that caused them to underestimate the Arctic ice extent by as much as 500,000 square kilometers. It turns out that the demise of the arctic ice was greatly exaggerated.

Northern Ireland Bans British Global Warming Ads

Northern Ireland's environment minister, Sammy Wilson, announced Monday he has banned British government TV ads on climate change and denounced their energy-saving message as “insidious propaganda.” Wilson said the Act on CO2 ads were “giving people the impression that by turning off the standby light on their TV, they could save the world from melting glaciers and being submerged in 40 feet of water.”

Town's Schools first to be Heated by Burning Cattle

A town in Norfolk, UK, has begun heating many of its buildings, including the schools, by burning oil made from melted-down cow and pig carcasses. Around 30 properties in the North Norfolk town—including both the primary and the secondary school—are taking part in test trials, which started in December. The 12-month heating trial is being sponsored by the University of East Anglia (UEA), whose Low Carbon Innovation Centre was instrumental in setting up the plan.

TRE Author Al Simmons Interviewed by Rockport Pilot

An interview with Allen Simmons, co-author of The Resilient Earth, appears in the latest edition of the Rockport Pilot. Quoting Simmons, “We are not challenging weekly weather models, nor those which predict the paths of hurricanes. We are challenging computer models which predict Earth's temperature 100 years in the future. So the main purpose of the book was to uncover the who, how and why these long-range predictions of Earth's temperature were being made.”

Sweden Reverses Course on Nuclear Power

In a victory for Nordic pragmatism, the Swedish government agreed to scrap a three-decade ban on building new nuclear reactors, citing the need to avoid producing more greenhouse gases. Sweden is a leader in renewable energy but has struggled to develop sufficient alternate energy sources, like hydro and wind, to meet growing demand.

London Freezes Its Buns In Deep Snow

Global warming my arse!! The biggest bloody snowfall to hit London in 18 years has idled the city's buses and trains on the first day of Feb 2009. Thousands of Brits in the city and more at airlines in the burbs asked the vexing question, "What the hell is this? Are we reliving a damn Dickens novel?" This idiot chap Gore from across the pond better shut his trap. He's looking more like the fool, he is, with his chicken-little whine about Earth in danger from global warming.