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.

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.

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.

A coherent view on global warming

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I’ve long been frustrated by the politicisation of climate change by the likes of Al “the science is settled” Gore. In fact, the science is settled only in then minds of those who are seeking to profit from the situation. Recently, I’ve come across a couple of books that spell it out clearly, one in excruciating detail while the other is a lighter but very informative read.

That said, a friend and colleague recently cut through all the bullshit (on both sides of the argument) summarised the state of climate science as we really know it. It’s a fascinating read that comes highly recommended and is likely to prompt any thinking reader into further reading on the subject – the two books above are a good starting point.

Clippy on Climate Change

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This was too good not to share. However, I got it via email so I have no idea who to thank for this brilliant piece of creativity. If it’s you, please let me know so I can credit you. As they say, many a true word is spoken in jest.

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