The deafening sounds of silence


Some remarkable news hit the wires this past week but, not surprisingly, it has been completely ignored by  the mainstream media. What has happened is that scientists have finally proven that the theory of anthropogenic global warming is nothing more than misguided nonsense. Of course, true scientists would never say it quite as bluntly as I do but then this is my opinion and is not subject to peer-review.

The original news broke in Nature when preliminary results of an experiment dubbed CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets were unveiled. Conducted by scientists at CERN, Europe’s high-energy physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, the experiment attempts to replicate atmospheric conditions by filling a custom-built chamber with ultrapure air and chemicals believed to seed clouds: water vapour, sulphur dioxide, ozone and ammonia. They then bombard the chamber with protons from the same accelerator that feeds the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle smasher. As the synthetic cosmic rays stream in, the group carefully samples the artificial atmosphere to see what effect the rays are having. You can read about it here.

To understand what it all means, however, one must refer to sources who are less reticent about interpretation of the results of the experiment. Over at the Financial Post, Lawrence Solomon is unequivocal: “New, convincing evidence indicates global warming is caused by cosmic rays and the sun — not humans,” he writes.

Another interpretation takes the form of a video clip on the LaRouche Political Action Committee web site. Presented by Oyang Teng of the LaRouche Basement Research Team. Suggesting these experiments have proven the fallibility of current climate models, he says that, “…rather than revise current models, it’d probably be better to scrap them altogether and rebuild climate science on a whole new basis of actual experimental work.” You can watch the clip here.

Today there are indisputably more than a handful of genuine climate scientists – as opposed to the politicians and sycophants who make up the UN’s IPCC – who feel thoroughly vindicated for their opposition to the IPCC-sponsored climate orthodoxy. But being proper scientists, they probably won’t say “I told you so”, so I’ll do it on their behalf by quoting the title of the first Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) report on the subject: “Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate”.

Perhaps now we can consign to the annals of history, the completely idiotic idea that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) is the cause of climate change. In years to come, we will probably be look back on that idea in a similar way to how we  now look back on the era of bleeding patients in western medical science: It’s as crude and as misguided.

Lunatics to the left and right


Colour me cynical but ever since they were caught red-handed corrupting scientific process to stoke the panic about “climate change”, I’ve been suspicious of the holier-than-thou green brigade – or, as my friend Ivo calls them, the ecomentalists. So when some of the usual suspects started making noises about “fracking up the Karoo“, I was suspicious.

Unfortunately, I haven’t have much time for personal crusades lately so I wasn’t able to ferret out the truth. Fortunately, Ivo did find the time and you can find the results of his investigation in his column about the subject on The Daily Maverick.

In typical fashion, the picture alongside misrepresents the situation by showing the fracking zones directly beneath underground aquifers. As Ivo points out: “Ordinary boreholes are seldom more than 100m deep. Major water supply boreholes may go to 300m. Drinkable water aquifers may occur as deep as 500m, but below this, the water is typically brackish.

“These shallow water supplies contrast starkly with typical shale gas operations at depths of 2,500m or more.”

But that’s not all that perturbed me this morning. In the other lunatic fringe here in Mzansi, we have the ANCYL, which released its “we want everything and we want it now” economic policy document yesterday. Steven Grootes has also written about it on The Daily Maverick.

Has the whole world gone crazy? I feel like I’m stuck in the middle of a song: “…clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you…”

Nuts. Between them, these idiots are doing their very best to constrain this country’s already limited growth prospects. With the “official” unemployment rate standing at 25% of the economically active population and the real rate estimated at around 44%, that can only end badly. We need to create jobs; We can’t do that without direct foreign investment. And if either of the lunatic fringes have their way, FDI is exactly what we’ll lose. I wonder how long it will take our people to lose their patience after that.

Carbon trading goes tits up

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Excellent news just picked up courtesy of an email from my brother Nigel: it seems that Saint Gore’s carbon trading scam has gone tits up. Interestingly, although not entirely surprisingly, it went out with barely a whimper. Indeed, Steve Milloy has blogged about it here. For the uninitiated, the MSM he refers to is the mainstream media. It’s a great article to read in its entirety but, for the time-constrained among you, here are a few key bits:

In a little reported move, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) announced on Oct. 21 that it will be ending carbon trading — the only purpose for which it was founded — this year.

… a funny thing happened on the way to the CCX’s highly anticipated looting of taxpayers and consumers — cap-and-trade imploded following its high water mark of the House passage of the Waxman-Markey bill. With ongoing economic recession, Climategate, and the tea party movement, what once seemed like a certainty became anything but.

Despite ending carbon trading, the CCX isn’t vanishing altogether. It intends to transition into the murky world of dealing in carbon offsets. Once again, however, with the tide leaving on carbon regulation and increased concerns about fraudulent carbon offsets, the future of that market is quite uncertain.

Good riddance. For my money, that we have the thieves and bean-counters who precipitated the global financial crisis to thank for this and the general decline in climate hysteria gives new relevance to an old adage: set a crook to catch a crook.

Climate change religion

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I’ve long been of the opinion that anthropogenic global warming alarmism is more religion than science. It has all the hallmarks: a convincing narrative, plenty of symbolism, beliefs that cannot be scientifically proven, and practices that are supposed to give meaning to the convert’s life.


None so blind…

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There is a wonderful old idiom: None so blind as those who will not see. It is well illustrated by the UK Guardian’s environment correspondent, David Adam, when he writes: “The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is unlikely to have any significant impact on climate but has caused a small fall in carbon emissions, experts say.”


No surpises on East Anglia

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I must confess that I really didn’t expect Britain’s partisan politicians investigating the leaked email saga at climate alarmist headquarters in East Anglia to amount to much more than a thinly disguised attempt to sweep everything under the carpet. It seems that I was right to be sceptical.


Climate expert speaks

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There’s a revolution happening in the climate science business: voices are beginning to be heard that, until recently, were drowned out by the posturing of those who believe the theory that man-made CO2 is causing the planet to overheat.

Last year I read a fascinating book (which I reviewed for a local trade publication) by Dr Roy Spencer, a climatologist and former NASA scientist. In a mere 270-odd pages and in plain English, he completely debunks the theory that man’s activities could have any lasting effect on the planet’s climate system. More recently, I read – and am reviewing for a local magazine – Christopher Booker’s more detailed debunking of the idea that CO2 is the villain causing the planet to overheat.

These voices have now also been joined by a renowned American weatherman, John Coleman, but he has restricted himself to the medium on which he is best known: television. Click the image to be redirected to his video on the subject.

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