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World Climate Report

» A Classic Tale of Global Warming Alarmism

» More Evidence Against a Methane Time Bomb

» Agriculture: Tropical Cyclones are Welcome Visitors

» Sea Level Acceleration: Not so Fast

» Hansen Is Wrong

» Earth’s Carbon Sink Still Strong and Growing

» Wild Speculation on Climate and Polar Bears

» Illiteracy at NASA

» The Heat Was On—Before Urbanization and Greenhouse Gases

» What’s to Blame for the Rains on the Plains?

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NewsBusters - Global Warming

» WashPost 'Humorist' Tries to Decide If Caveman Conservatives Belong in 8,000 B.C. or 3,000,000 B.C.

» CBS Shamelessly Hypes Climate Change Will Cause More Turbulence For Airplanes

» Imagine That: 45 Days After Predicted 'Irreversible Collapse,' Antarctic Sea Ice Sets New Record

» NYT: Scientists 'Startled' at Great Lakes' Rise; Another Warmist Prediction Is Biting the Dust

» As Wind Farm Gets Permit to Kill Eagles, AP's Scott Smith Claims Wind Energy Has 'Exploded' Under Obama

» Column: It's the Global Warming Alarmists Who Are the Real 'Deniers'

» ‘Big Three’ Networks Ignore Supreme Court Ruling on EPA’s Emissions Regulations

» President Obama Mocks Climate Deniers In UC Irvine Commencement Address

» Obama and Showtime Admit to Exploiting Extreme Weather Events to ‘Shift’ Public Opinion

» AP Reports Another Data-Free South Florida Rising Sea Fable

» PBS Anchor: 'Why Does the White House Rub Salt Into the Wound' of Red-State Democrats With EPA Emissions Crackdown?

» Politico Produces 5,900 Words on 'Less in Control' Obama; All Scandals Except HealthCare.gov Unmentioned

» Daily Show Targets Anti-Vaxxers As ‘Left-Leaning Idiocy’

» ABC Spends Twice As Much Time on Hedgehogs Than New EPA Regulations

» Jake Tapper Takes on EPA Head Over New Climate Change Regulations, Lack of Dem. Support

» CBS Hails 'Groundbreaking' New EPA Regulations on Climate Change, Skips Job Risk

» NY Times' Davenport Nudges Obama from Left to Lead World on Global Warming By Crippling US Coal

» 'Everyone Panic!' WashPost Humorist Mocks 'Ice Melt of Doom' Forecast

» Climate Change Crusader Brian Williams Admits 'Inexact Business of Any Forecast Beyond Five Days'

» CNN: 'Climate Change Deniers Aren't Listening to Scientists...Not Reading the Bible'

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Science and Public Policy Institute

» Growth Response of Grassland Species to Elevated C02 When Water Stressed

» Effects of Increased C02 on Herbaceous Plant Pests

» Medieval Warm Period in Northern Europe

» Loblolly Pines Defy the Progressive Nitrogen Hypothesis

» Response of Crustaceans to Ocean Warming

» Energy Inefficiencies of Biofuels

» Response of Marine Plants to Changes in Temperature

» Biofuels: The Carbon Debt They Owe

» Medieval Warm Period in Japan

» Response of Corals to Ocean Acidification

» Interactive Effects of C02 and Water Stress on the Growth of Woody Plant Species

» Biofuels: Land and Water Concerns

» Medieval Warm Period in Upper North America

» Can Plants Evolve Fast Enough to Cope with Increased Drought?

» Health Promoting Effects of Elevated C02 on Common Food Plants

» Response of Corals to Ocean Acidification

» Effects of Ocean Acidification and Warming on Marine Echinoderms

» Effects of Elevated C02 on Soil Carbon Sequestration

» Biospheric Productivity in South America

» Killing Wildlife in the Name of Climate Change

» Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting Resources and Economies

» The Interaction of C02 and Non-Ozone Air Pollutants on Plant Growth

» Global Cooling

» The Final Final IPCC AR5 WGI Report

» Rising Atmospheric C02 and Soil Erosion

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Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr. Research Group

» Roger Pielke Sr. is now on Twitter!

» 2012 Climate Science Weblog in Review by Dallas Jean Staley – A Guest Post

» The Weblog Is Retiring

» Publication Of “Reply to “Comment On ‘Ocean Heat Content And Earth’s Radiation Imbalance. II. Relation To Climate Shifts’ ” by Nuccitelli Et Al. By Douglass and Knox 2012

» Q&A From A Group Of Retired NASA Personnel And Associates

» The Importance of Land Use/Land Practices On Climate – A Perspective From Jon Foley

» Interview With James Wynn In The English Department At Carnegie Mellon University

» University Of Alabama At Huntsville October 2012 Lower Tropospheric Temperature Analysis

» USA Election Day 2012

» New Paper “Climatic Variability Over Time Scales Spanning Nine Orders of Magnitude: Connecting Milankovitch Cycles With Hurst–Kolmogorov Dynamics” By Markonis And Koutsoyiannis

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» Was Lawson Right about the UK Floods?

» George Zimmerman’s Libel Lawsuit

» Abram et al 2014 and the Southern Annular Mode

» Mann’s new paper recharacterizing the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation

» Threats from the University of Queensland

» IOP: expecting consistency between models and observations is an “error”

» The Cleansing of Lennart Bengtsson

» Mann Misrepresents the EPA – Part 1

» Turney in the Climategate Dossier

» Radiocarbon calibration and Bayesian inference

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Watts Up With That?

» Of mountains, molehills, and noisy bumps in the sea-ice record

» New climate alarm mascot – white ringtail possums

» Claim: Antartica record high sea ice partially an artifact of an algorithm

» Mann’s Hockey Stick Goes Zombie

» ‘Goldilocks zone’ exoplanets would not be habitable without an ocean

» Claim: natural variation ‘masked’ global warming, creating ‘the pause’

» Claim: we should all be vegetarians to stop global warming

» Deep Oceans Are Cooling Amidst A Sea of Modeling Uncertainty: New Research on Ocean Heat Content

» Sea Ice News Volume 5 Number 4 – Are polar satellite sea ice sensors going wonky?

» Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

» Lewandowsky and Oreskes Are Co-Authors of a Paper about ENSO, Climate Models and Sea Surface Temperature Trends (Go Figure!)

» A courtesy note ahead of publication for Risbey et al. 2014

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Global Warming News

» How Undemocratic Is EPA’s Clean Power Plan?

» Solar Thermal: Hazard for Pilots?

» Platts Energy Week Review: Rep. Olson Shines, Ambassador Pascual Demonstrates Futility of Climate Diplomacy, U.S. Lucky to Lose the Great Global Green Race, and More

» James Delingpole Interviews CEI’s Myron Ebell on Climate Policy

» Law Professors to House Panel: “Race to the Bottom” Is a Myth (so why does EPA exist?)

» Solar Thermal Electric Generation: Still Not Cheap, Not Green?

» Weekend Media Roundup

» My Las Vegas Slide Show on the Bogus Keystone XL Controversy

» Cooler Heads Digest 11 July 2014

» Leahy-Cornyn Bipartisan FOIA Reform Doesn’t Go Far Enough; Congress Should Exempt EPA from FOIA b(5)

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Fox News - Climate Change Stories

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Michelle Malkin - Enviro-Nitwits

» Guy who operates dozens of jets and a spacecraft fleet to help save planet by giving up… hamburgers

» You’ll never guess what might have contributed to the current Iraq crisis

» Obama declares large areas of Pacific off limits so divers can retrieve his sunken approval rating

» With Iraq on the brink, John Kerry draws a red line on the oceans with help from Leonardo DiCaprio

» Obama slams climate change ‘deniers’ before firing up Air Force One to go play golf

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DailyTech Michael Asher`s blog

» Will the Real Antarctica Please Stand Up?

» Global Warming May Decrease Hurricanes, Research Suggests

» Japanese Report Disputes Human Cause for Global Warming

» Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979

» A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the (Climate) Forum

» Climate Report Downgrades Ice Loss; Media Reports Opposite

» Princeton Physicist Calls Global Warming Science "Mistaken"

» Defying Predictions, Sea Level Rise Begins to Slow

» Electric Car Sales in Freefall; Industry Risks Collapse

» Glaciers in Norway Growing Again

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C3 - Climate Cycles Change

» Latest Research: "Extreme" Climate Change & Recent Weather Disasters Don't Correlate

» NASA Research Indicates Pre-1950 Climate Change Greater - Modern Global Warming Tepid

» NOAA Confirms: Climate Warming Due To Temperature Fabrication, Not Empirical Measurements

» “While the planet burns” – Elites & Cronies Deny Empirical Science, Push Climate Policies To Enrich Themselves

» Extreme Climate Change: Abrupt, Accelerating & Unequivocal Global Warming - Ooops, UK Confirms Not Happening

» Connect The Dots: Is CO2 Turning Earth's Atmosphere Into A Venus Cauldron As Predicted?

» CO2 Emission Reductions: Since Kyoto Protocol Of 1997, U.S. Outperforms Major World Regions

» State-Of-The-Art Satellite Technology Provides Proof: CO2's Almost Non-Existent Global Warming Influence

» NOAA Confirms: Huge CO2 Emissions Have Zero Impact On U.S. Maximum Temperatures

» Climate Change FactCheck: UK Analysis Confirms CO2 Emissions Not Producing Unprecedented, Irreversible & Accelerating Global Warming

» Those Stubborn Facts: NOAA's Empirical Climate Records Reveal Truth, Modern Warming Same As Pre-1950 Natural Warming

» Straight-Talking Obama/Democrats’ Climate Plan: All Cost, No Benefit & Mucho Pain

» Newest Research: NOAA Adds Extreme Global Warming Bias To U.S. Climate Records

» Obama's Claim That Modern Severe Weather Is "Unprecedented" Due To CO2 Is Empirically False

» Extreme Drought: New Research Confirms Human CO2 Not Causing A Global Drought Increase

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CATO - Global Warming

» Why Putin's Proxy War an Abject Failure

» Sweden and School Choice

» An Exceptional America Is More than Just American Exceptionalism

» Government Corruption on the Rampage

» The Child Migrant Crisis Is Just the Latest Disastrous Consequence of America’s Drug War

» U.S. Should Stay out of Latest Sectarian Civil War: Leave Islamic Radicals to Iraq and Its Neighbors

» Just One Way to Stop Corporate Inversions: Cut Taxes

» The Threat to the Scientific Method

» Reflections on the Misery Index

» The Fed Can't Fix What Ails the Economy

» Meeting Terrorists Is a Journalist’s Duty, Not Sedition

» Obama Says He Ended the "War on Drugs." Don’t Believe Him

» Reform Conservatism's Blind Spot: Foreign Policy

» A Case for the Libertarian

» Why Aren't Child Migrants Fleeing to the U.S. From Nicaragua?

» Driverless Cars Yes, V2I No!

» U.S. Abides Global Trade Rules...Just Ignore the Steel Protectionism, Antidumping Abuse, WTO Violations, Etc.

» A Titan Falls

» China Courts South Korea: Opportunities and Risks for the United States

» Without Obama Being Charged with Impeachment, Who Are We As Americans?

» Why the Rand Paul-Rick Perry Feud over Iraq Is Good for U.S. Policy

» Private Schools Should Learn from Charter Schools without Adopting their Regulatory Scheme

» Is Obamacare Working?

» How Congress Lost Control of Government Spending

» Blasphemous Oppression in the Name of Islam: Hold Pakistan Accountable for Persecuting Religious Minorities

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CanadaFreePress - Global Warming

» Are There “Mulligans” in Climate Policy?

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»Listen Now: Climatologist Dr. Tim Ball on the Corruption of Climate Science
»Warmists now trying to erase record Antarctica sea ice growth! Say ice growth due to data ‘processing’ error – Climatologist Rebuts Claims
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»‘The large increase in Antarctic sea ice since 2002 is real’
»Claim: Antartica record high sea ice partially an artifact of an algorithm – ‘Much of the increase measured for S. Hemisphere sea ice could be due to a processing error in the satellite data’
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»Wash Post profiles another Dissenter: ‘This weathercaster has earned farmers’ trust. He also believes climate change doesn’t exist.’
Brian Bledsoe, chief meteorologist at KKTV in Colorado Springs: 'If you go back through history, the ...
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»Greenland Was Much Warmer During The Medieval Warm Period
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»Intellectual and Practical Foolishness: The Precautionary Principle
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»2014 Global SST Not Looking Like a Record…So Far
I was perusing Bob Tisdale’s analysis of global average sea surface temperatures (SST) through ...
»Heartland’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change: A Skepticism Tipping Point?
I’ve been thinking about the recent “skeptics conference” in Las Vegas. First of a ...
»My ICCC9 Presentations
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»The Ivanpah Solar Energy Plant
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»ICCC9: Familar Faces in Las Vegas
The 9th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9), organized by the Heartland Institute, is ...
»The EPA Now Trying to Garnish Citizens’ Wages
On the day we celebrate our liberties, it is ironic — and troubling — that the EPA is at ...
»Hurricane Arthur: Latest Satellite & Radar
Refresh the page for the latest: Latest radar loop: Our Hurricane Arthur page at Weatherstreet.com.
»UAH Global Temperature Update for June, 2014: +0.30 deg. C
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»Lake Superior Water Level Sees Fastest Rise in 98 Years
As a result of unusually heavy precipitation, the water level in Lake Superior has increased rapidly ...


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»Computer Models as “Evidence”
Cross-posted from Coyoteblog The BBC has decided not to every talk to climate skeptics again, in par ...
»Another Plea to Global Warming Alarmists on the Phrase “Climate Denier”
Cross-posted from Coyoteblog Stop calling me and other skeptics “climate deniers“.  No o ...
»My Thoughts on Steven Goddard and His Fabricated Temperature Data Claim
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»The Thought Experiment That First Made Me A Climate Skeptic
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»Explaining the Flaw in Kevin Drum’s (and Apparently Science Magazine’s) Climate Chart
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»If You Don’t Like People Saying That Climate Science is Absurd, Stop Publishing Absurd Un-Scientific Charts
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»Climate Goundhog Day
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»Amherst, MA Presentation, March 7
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»Climate De-Bait and Switch
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»Leading Climate Scientist Defects: No Longer Believes in the ‘Consensus’
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»Global Warming and Settled Science
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»The Tragedy of Earth Day
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»Climate scientist’s emails are shielded from disclosure, Virginia Supreme Court says
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»Global Warming’s Upside-Down Narrative
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»George Zimmerman’s Libel Lawsuit
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»Growth Response of Grassland Species to Elevated C02 When Water Stressed
As the air's CO2 content continues to rise, nearly all of earth's plants should exhibit increases in ...
»Effects of Increased C02 on Herbaceous Plant Pests
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»Medieval Warm Period in Northern Europe
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»Response of Crustaceans to Ocean Warming
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»Energy Inefficiencies of Biofuels
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»Response of Marine Plants to Changes in Temperature
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»Biofuels: The Carbon Debt They Owe
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»Medieval Warm Period in Japan
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»Response of Corals to Ocean Acidification
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»Australian taxpayers have a miniscule win as Paralana geothermal project in outback SA is shelved
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»Your chance to vote in support of the GreenLabor plan for an Emissions Trading Scheme or ETS
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»Carbon tax repeal today but at what cost – what strings attached
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»“National Night-time Hotspot” (NNTHS) errors still in BoM temperature anomaly maps 2002-2007
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    This weathercaster has earned farmers’ trust. He also believes climate change doesn’t exist

    This is a rather idiotic reporter from WaPo --  A business reporter.  Seems to think every Warmist believes any bad weather is part of AGW trend.  Reporter goes to absurd lengths to make skeptic look like lone extremist.  Despite all peer reviewed studies and data showing extremes having no trend or declining

    Bledsoe has cultivated a strong following among the tough men and women with whom he’s able to identify.

    “We give this guy a little more credence than we do others because he comes from a ranch family,” says Larry Fillmore, who owns some 15,000 acres of high plains, and has been pasturing his herd in South Dakota through the drought. “He knows the environment, and he knows the problems we have.” His neighbor, Dwight Watson, nods agreement. “It’s more than just a computer.”

    That’s fine, when Bledsoe is telling farmers when to plant and what kind of winter to expect. But inevitably, he gets asked whether any of the withering dryness they’ve been through over the past decade has to do with that thing they’ve been hearing about on the news — global warming. His answer: Not the man-made kind.

    “If you go back through history, there were droughts that lasted decades. Something drove the Anastasi out of the Southwest,” Bledsoe explains, talking about how tree ring data suggests the late 1800s were a dry time too. “If someone comes to me and says, ‘Do you believe man is changing and driving our climate and how it works?’ I’m just not there, because I see other drivers as being much bigger governors in where we go.”

    Even as the rest of the nation has started coming around to the idea that human activity has contributed to the extreme weather of the past few years, Bledsoe is among the holdouts, spreading climate skepticism in person, on the air, and online — and he’s not alone. According to one 2011 survey, more than a third of weather casters deny that pumping carbon dioxide into the air has anything to do with the increasingly extreme conditions they’re reporting. And they’re as close to scientific expertise as many households get.

    The meteorologist profession has cast a weather eye on the idea of anthropogenic climate change ever since the 1980s, when it was a crackpot theory in a NASA lab. Doubts really took root in the 1990s, when President Bill Clinton first invited weathercasters to the White House, to try to win their support for the U.S.’ bid to negotiate a global treaty on climate change (a trick that President Barack Obama tried recently as well). As the Columbia Journalism Review chronicled, many of them reacted negatively to the idea of a politician getting them to buy into a scientific conclusion and a policy prescription, all at once.

    “Climate change and global warming are so value-laden,” says Bob Henson, a spokesperson at the Boulder, Colo.-based University Center for Atmospheric Research, who published a history of broadcast meteorology in 2010. “People think it’s not referring to the physical effect so much as it is to the policy response.”

    Henson says the outright refusal to acknowledge global warming has softened somewhat in recent years. At the annual meeting of the American Meteorologists Association, the issue has been so contentious that attendees requested small group sessions to talk through it, but this year the voices of climate denial weren’t as loud. “The dialogue is much more, ‘what does it mean?’” Henson says.

    That may have something to do with an outreach campaign by weathercasters able to model how to talk about climate change effectively, even in the 2-minute weekend forecast format. Since climate is a complicated and nuanced subject, broadcasters are also encouraged to take their message  to Facebook or blogs, where they can explain at more length.

    When Bledsoe blogs, though, his message just becomes more anti-climate change, not less. And often, because of the pairing of climate science and the policies deemed necessary to address it, that’s what his conservative rural audience wants to hear. On his blog last November, he recounted being asked about climate change during a speaking engagement at a California Beef Improvement Association conference in Reno, Nev.

    “I told them that I think it is a economic and political agenda that has nothing to do with climate or protecting the environment,” Bledsoe wrote. “I told them it has to do with taxes and control…They said it was refreshing to hear that from a scientist, as almost all of those that attended believe it is nothing but a hoax.” Bledsoe opposes Colorado’s renewable energy mandates, which he says will raise electricity costs for drought-stricken farmers, and it’s easier to do that when you don’t think there’s anything wrong with the status quo.

    But Bledsoe isn’t just pandering. He also feels he’s well-grounded in the science, having closely studied ocean currents, which he says are stronger drivers of the current warming trend.

    “I see both sides fudging the data. What I try to do is take all that out of the way, and show them what I believe are the natural drivers of our climate, because our climate has been changing forever,” Bledsoe says. “The misinformation campaign is being run at a high level, and a high speed, and most people are too busy to do the research for themselves.”

    That’s why Mike Nelson, chief meteorologist at ABC 7NEws in Denver, thought Bledsoe was worth trying to win over. Two summers ago, he invited the younger weathercaster to meet with climate scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, so they could hash out the science. A healthy exchange of opinions followed, but both parties went home with their minds unchanged.

    “Brian Bledsoe is the one I respect the most — he’s not just throwing back the normal Fox News talking points,” Nelson says. “He’s just unconvinced that the increase in greenhouse gas emissions is going to be outweighed by these deep ocean circulations.” Nelson figured they’d agree to disagree, and the two haven’t talked since.

    Ultimately, Bledsoe probably isn’t harming the farmers who trust his advice — in the medium term, his forecasts look similar to those of someone who thinks the greenhouse effect is causing the longer dry spells, not ocean currents. He’s still telling people in Southeast Colorado to buckle down for another couple decades of drought, and not to have any illusions that the rainfall of the 80s and 90s will return anytime soon.

    “The thing that’s got me as much traction as it has, is I’ve been right,” Bledsoe says.”I want to show you what the weather’s going to be like going forward, so you can deal with it. It’s knock-down, drag-out depending on who you talk to. And I hate that, because it really sucks the science out of it.”

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    Hunt for oil and gas to begin off East Coast

    The Obama administration opened up the Atlantic to oil and gas exploration for the first time in nearly four decades on Friday.

    The announcement from Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) allows the use of air guns and sonic sensors to search off of the East Coast.

    It is a major step toward allowing future drilling in the Atlantic, which has remained off-limits for over 30 years.

    While the decision doesn't guarantee that lease sales for drilling in Atlantic waters will be included in the Interior Department's five-year plan for 2017-2022, it is a step in that direction.

    "After thoroughly reviewing the analysis, coordinating with Federal agencies and considering extensive public input, the bureau has identified a path forward that addresses the need to update the nearly four-decade-old data in the region while protecting marine life and cultural sites,” acting BOEM Director Walter D. Cruickshank said.

    Geophysical research companies contracted by the oil and gas industry will still need to apply for individual permits before conducting tests and undergo strict environmental reviews.

    Still, the decision is a win for industry, which will get a chance to prove the potential in the Atlantic for oil, gas, and renewable energy.

    Environmentalists, on the other hand, expressed frustration with the administration for allowing testing, which they argue is harmful to marine life in the Atlantic.

    "For more than 30 years, the Atlantic coast has been off limits to offshore drilling. Today, our government appears to be folding to the pressure of Big Oil and its big money," said OCEANA spokeswoman Claire Douglass.

    Green groups say the tests could kill thousands of marine mammals, injuring dolphins and endangered whales.

    The Natural Resources Defense Council called seismic testing the "gateway drug to offshore drilling."

    While the decision favors the industry, oil and gas companies aren't getting everything they want.

    The American Petroleum Institute said Interior is keeping in place "arbitrary" restrictions that "lack scientific support," and that will "discourage" exploration.

    BOEM doesn't expect surveys to begin until early next year but will consider permit applications as they come in.

    After a permit is issued, the contractor will have one year from that date to conduct tests.

    The decision comes after the release of an environmental impact study in February that detailed precautions companies should take when conducting tests.

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    The sun has gone quiet…solar cycle 24 continues to rank as one of the weakest cycles more than a century

    Overview

    Ten days ago, the sun was quite active and peppered with several large spots. Now the sun has gone quiet and it is nearly completely blank. It appears that the solar maximum phase for solar cycle 24 may have been reached and it is not very impressive. It looks as if this solar cycle is “double-peaked” (see below) which is not all that uncommon; however, it is somewhat rare that the second peak in sunspot number during the solar max phase is larger than the first. In fact, this solar cycle continues to rank among the weakest on record which continues the recent trend for increasingly weaker cycles. The current predicted and observed size makes this the smallest sunspot cycle since Cycle 14 which had a maximum of 64.2 in February of 1906. Going back to 1755, there have been only a few solar cycles in the previous 23 that have had a lower number of sunspots during its maximum phase. For this reason, many solar researchers are calling this current solar maximum a “mini-max”. Solar cycle 24 began after an unusually deep solar minimum that lasted from 2007 to 2009. In fact, in 2008 and 2009, there were almost no sunspots, a very unusual situation during a solar minimum phase that had not happened for almost a century.

    Consequences of a weak solar cycle

    First, the weak solar cycle has resulted in rather benign “space weather” in recent times with generally weaker-than-normal geomagnetic storms. By all Earth-based measures of geomagnetic and geoeffective solar activity, this cycle has been extremely quiet. However, there is some evidence that most large events such as strong solar flares and significant geomagnetic storms tend to occur in the declining phase of the solar cycle. In other words, there is still a chance for significant solar activity in the months and years ahead.

    Second, it is pretty well understood that solar activity has a direct impact on temperatures at very high altitudes in a part of the Earth’s atmosphere called the thermosphere. This is the biggest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere which lies directly above the mesosphere and below the exosphere. Thermospheric temperatures increase with altitude due to absorption of highly energetic solar radiation and are highly dependent on solar activity.

    Finally, if history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a negative impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom-most layer of Earth’s atmosphere - and where we all live. There have been two notable historical periods with decades-long episodes of low solar activity. The first period is known as the “Maunder Minimum”, named after the solar astronomer Edward Maunder, and it lasted from around 1645 to 1715. The second one is referred to as the “Dalton Minimum”, named for the English meteorologist John Dalton, and it lasted from about 1790 to 1830. Both of these historical periods coincided with below-normal global temperatures in an era now referred to by many as the “Little Ice Age”. In addition, research studies in just the past couple of decades have found a complicated relationship between solar activity, cosmic rays, and clouds on Earth. This research suggests that in times of low solar activity where solar winds are typically weak; more cosmic rays reach the Earth’s atmosphere which, in turn, has been found to lead to an increase in certain types of clouds that can act to cool the Earth.

    Outlook

    The increasingly likely outcome for an historically weak solar cycle continues the recent downward trend in sunspot cycle strength that began over twenty years ago during solar cycle 22. If this trend continues for the next couple of cycles, then there would likely be more talk of another “grand minimum” for the sun. Some solar scientists are already predicting that the next solar cycle, #25, will be even weaker than this current one. However, it is just too early for high confidence in these predictions since some solar scientists believe that the best predictor of future solar cycle strength involves activity at the sun’s poles during a solar minimum and the next solar minimum is still likely several years away.

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    BBC, Climate Change & Censorship: Interview With Benny Peiser

    Benny Peiser is a social anthropologist best known for his work on the portrayal of climate change. The founder of CCNet, a leading climate policy network, Peiser is co-editor of the journal Energy and Environment and director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

    Following the BBC's recent decision to uphold a complaint against comments made by climate change sceptic Lord Lawson on the Today programme, we spoke to Peiser about scientific consensus and climate change in the media.

    Q. The BBC's head of editorial complaint recently said that Lord Lawson’s views are not supported by any evidence from such things as computer modelling scientific research; thus, they should strengthen their editorial procedures to avoid misleading the public.

    Do you think there is such a thing as a unanimous scientific consensus about climate change today?

    A. I think this is irrelevant. I mean, there is a general agreement on CO2 and greenhouse gas: that we are pumping CO2 into the atmosphere and that this will have a warming effect. This is agreed by everyone so that is not the real issue. Even the sceptics agree to that. So, this is a red herring, because no one denies the basic physics, no one denies the basic facts.

    And that was not part of the discussion at the BBC anyhow. It was about the flooding this winter and whether it was caused by climate change, as well as what to do about climate change. And, of course, there is no consensus about these issues. So, the BBC is using a red herring to deny critics of climate policies and climate alarmism a forum.

    Q. A question of rhetoric then?

    A. No. It's a bit like saying, “do you accept that there is a European Union?” This is the consensus, right, and because Euro-sceptics don’t accept that there is a European Union, they shouldn’t be interviewed on the BBC because they deny the existence of the European Union.

    Q.I see.

    A. It’s an argument that no one denies, but which is used to silence critics of the policies, and the subsidies, and the billions of pounds being thrown at the problem. So I think it is basically censorship, using a scientific argument that is standing on water. No one really questions this general consensus.

    Q. So this is a problem of censorship? We know that climate change is a debate that attracts some extremely strong opinions. Why do you think this is?

    A. This is not about scientific proof. It’s about how serious is it and what should we do about it, you see. It is only the BBC who claims this is about scientific proof. As I’ve just said, no one is questioning the basic physics; no one is question the basic consensus. So this is not about denying climate change or denying the effects of greenhouse gas or that there is human contribution… this is all a red herring. This is about denying anyone who criticises the green lobbyists and the green agenda from raising their criticisms. This is what is at stake. It’s not about the science.

    Q. So do you think that, when it comes to the media, it is a one-sided kind of alarmist perception of risk that comes into question?

    A. Of course, because they are well-known for pointing out everything that is alarming and being silent on reports that show it is not as alarming. So you have a bias in favour of alarm, and a kind of ignoring any evidence that suggests that it might not be that alarming.

    It’s about people who think we are facing doomsday, and people who are thinking that the issue of climate change is exaggerated. And if you deny anyone sceptical of the apocalyptic doomsday prophecies, then you get in a position where the BBC is so biased that MPs are beginning to consider cutting the license fee, or abolishing the license fee altogether, because people are beginning to be upset by the BBC’s bias.

    This is a self-defeating policy; the BBC is digging its own grave by annoying half of the population who are known to be sceptical about the alarmist claims which are not substantiated, which are not founded on any evidence. They are only based on on some kinds of computer modelling, which is not scientific evidence.

    Q. So scientific evidence, such as computer modelling and research, is being used as an instrument in the rhetoric?

    A. Well there is a big difference between observation, what you actually observe in reality – that’s what I would call evidence – and computer models that try to model the climate in 50 or 100 years time. I wouldn’t call that evidence. There is a difference between evidence and people saying, “if we don’t act now then in 50 or a 100 years time we will face mega catastrophe”. That’s not evidence, it is speculation.

    Q. So, for example, if someone were to say, “scientific knowledge or evidence is always a requirement to express criticism toward the prevailing views on climate change as portrayed in the media,” would you agree with that kind of comment?

    A. No, of course not. Because what is scientific knowledge, you know? Who decides what scientific knowledge is? Do you have to be a climate scientist to have scientific knowledge or do you have to have enough information? Who decides who’s qualified to decide what the right policy is? Because at the end of the day, the scientist cannot tell us what is the best approach to deal with climate change.

    The scientists have no idea about costs and benefits; about policy and economics. The scientists only know the atmosphere, they know how the atmosphere functions. But if you want to decide what to do about climate change then the climate scientists are really the least likely to understand what policies or alternatives there are.

    The climate debate is not just about the science, but also about policies, about economics, costs, benefits. That’s where the scientists are unequipped, and where the economists and policy makers are those at the forefront of the debate. The BBC makes it out as if it was all about the science, but it isn’t. There are so many other questions where the climate scientists simply haven’t got the expertise, or certainly less expertise.

    Q. Do you think this is part of the reason why there was a controversy with Lord Lawson when the argument was made that he shouldn’t be censored because he had an argument more in terms of economics and policy making, rather than science?

    A. Of course. And in any case, if the BBC were to adhere to this policy, they would never ever again interview Ed Miliband or any MPs or Minister or policy maker on climate change, right? For example, you mention Lord Lawson, who has written extensively about climate change issues over the last six, seven years. If he can’t be interviewed because he is not a scientist, well then you cannot interview any politician.

    Q, Do you think Lord Lawson is an authoritative and representative figure of the views of climate change when it comes to critics or sceptics?

    Well of course. He’s one of the world’s leading authorities who has written, as I said, extensively on climate change. He is not a climate scientist, but I just said this was not about science. It is about what to do about climate, how Britain may again be flooded in the future. So it’s not about science, it is about what are the best ways of dealing with flooding in the future.

    Q. In the press, the argument has been put forward quite regularly that sceptics or critics are already over-represented in media coverage, which is said to be misleading the public. Is that a fact? Or do you think the BBC should give more air time to climate change critics/ sceptics?

    A. Well they haven’t in the past. Take Lord Lawson. That was the first time ever that he’s been interviewed on climate change. And if you think about the hundreds of reports over the years by the BBC, climate sceptics are a very and increasingly rare species.

    Climate sceptics are definitely not under-represented, but simply absent when it comes to the number of media outlets. However, because there is that bias in the BBC and other news organisations, they are finding their own outlets. The climate-sceptical bloggers are increasingly popular and have huge readerships, and a number of newspapers can see that there is a real market for more balanced views.

    Take for instance the Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. These newspapers have realized that the BBC and others are ignoring alternative views and so they are providing the half of the population who are sceptics an opportunity to have more balanced reporting. They can see the big opportunity that the BBC is ruling out.

    As I said, from surveys, more than half of the British public is sceptical, so if the BBC alienates more than half of the population then they only have themselves to blame if the British public don’t anymore want to pay for the BBC.

    Q. Do you think there might also be a confusion created by separating people in two strict camps: either you are a sceptic or you are a firm believer in climate change? Perhaps there could be a more constructive critic of authoritative knowledge or prevailing rhetoric?

    A. When the BBC interviewed the sceptical scientists like Professor Carter they also got complaints from those who said it was wrong, so it’s not about knowledge or because you are not a climate scientist. They don’t even interview scientists who are sceptical, and on the very rare occasion – once every two years – that they perhaps have an interview with a sceptical scientist, they also get complaints. So this is not about people not being knowledgeable, it’s that people don’t want to listen to any critics. That is as simple as that, they do not want to, or do not like the idea of a debate on this issue.

    Q. Do you think this is because it threatens the status quo and stability on the issue of climate change?

    A. Well, they realise that ‘facts’, the simple facts of climate change do not adapt to some kind of doomsday alarming scenario. That is their biggest fear. And that is what they don’t want the public to hear. They want their message to be that we are facing global disaster and unless we act now it will be too late. They don’t want to hear anyone who says, “hold on! Look out of the window, it’s not as bad as the models predict…”

    Q. So it is rhetoric of risk?

    A. At the end of the day there is a big industry behind this campaign, let’s not forget. There’s a huge green energy industry which relies on billions of subsidies on government policy. All the people who own wind farms and solar panels and bio-fuel lands all rely on government support. Without the alarm there would not be that much money going into their pockets. So there are big industrial claims behind this campaign who make hundreds of millions of pounds on the back of this alarm.

    Q. Why do you think that climate change discussion generally has divided largely along political lines? For example, some might associate scepticism about climate change with right wing politics etc.

    A. Well in Europe this is not the case. That is the case in the U.S. and perhaps in Australia. In Europe, it is really that almost all parties have signed up to the climate agenda. There is no political divide on the climate agenda. I mean, it's beginning to look as if more and more governments, both left and right, are becoming concerned because the costs are piling up and because Europe is becoming uncompetitive as a result. So there is a growing concern that Europe, through its climate policies, is damaging the economy and making energy costs ever more expensive, and that therefore European industries are becoming increasingly uncompetitive. But that is a general concern, not a left or right issue, though in the US it is, yes.

    Q.Do you think the problem of competitiveness is related to the avoidance of a more constructive debate?

    A. Well initially, 10 or 20 years ago, the Europeans thought that the climate alarm would help their economy. They thought that Europe would create or produce renewable technologies which could then be exported to the rest of the world. That was the idea, but they forgot that China and other Asian countries could produce these renewable technologies much cheaper and much quicker. So now they are concerned about the Chinese selling solar panels to Europeans, and the Europeans subsidising Chinese solar panels.

    So, there are all sorts of big problems in the whole concept that climate change policies could be good for the economy. In reality they have just added to energy costs and it’s a much bigger problem now for many governments around Europe, not least because the shale revolution has brought down the energy crisis in the U.S. and is making live industry in Europe very difficult. As I said, there are other issues involved aside from the science which make the climate debate so contentious, because you are talking about a multi-billion Euro industry that relies on governments to keep handing out money.

    If the alarm goes, a lot of green industries that rely on subsidies will go bankrupt as they rely on people being alarmed. Without the alarm, we would not have wind and solar energy; we would not have the need for renewable energy without the climate alarm.

    Q. How could the discussion about climate change be improved in the media more generally? How could we make the discussion more constructive?

    A. Well, it is difficult. By and large you improve it by making it as factual, as objective, and as balanced as possible. Also, moving away from the basic scientific issues to focus on the real, big divides and problems which have to do with what we are going to do about climate change. That is where the big question mark remains. And, as you may have noticed, it is much more difficult and more complex than the simplistic way the BBC portrays the controversy.

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    Owen Paterson: I’m Proud Of Standing Up To The Green Lobby

    Like the nationalised industries and obstructive trade unions of the 1970s, the Green Blob has become a powerful self-serving caucus; it is the job of the elected politician to stand up to them

    Every prime minister has the right to choose his team to take Britain into the general election and I am confident that my able successor at Defra, Liz Truss, will do an excellent job. It has been a privilege to take on the challenges of the rural economy and environment. However, I leave the post with great misgivings about the power and irresponsibility of – to coin a phrase – the Green Blob.

    By this I mean the mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups, renewable energy companies and some public officials who keep each other well supplied with lavish funds, scare stories and green tape. This tangled triangle of unelected busybodies claims to have the interests of the planet and the countryside at heart, but it is increasingly clear that it is focusing on the wrong issues and doing real harm while profiting handsomely.

    Local conservationists on the ground do wonderful work to protect and improve wild landscapes, as do farmers, rural businesses and ordinary people. They are a world away from the highly paid globe-trotters of the Green Blob who besieged me with their self-serving demands, many of which would have harmed the natural environment.

    I soon realised that the greens and their industrial and bureaucratic allies are used to getting things their own way. I received more death threats in a few months at Defra than I ever did as secretary of state for Northern Ireland. My home address was circulated worldwide with an incitement to trash it; I was burnt in effigy by Greenpeace as I was recovering from an operation to save my eyesight. But I did not set out to be popular with lobbyists and I never forgot that they were not the people I was elected to serve.

    Indeed, I am proud that my departure was greeted with such gloating by spokespeople for the Green Party and Friends of the Earth.

    It was not my job to do the bidding of two organisations that are little more than anti-capitalist agitprop groups most of whose leaders could not tell a snakeshead fritillary from a silver-washed fritillary. I saw my task as improving both the environment and the rural economy; many in the green movement believed in neither.

    Their goal was to enhance their own income streams and influence by myth making and lobbying. Would they have been as determined to blacken my name if I was not challenging them rather effectively?

    When I arrived at Defra I found a department that had become under successive Labour governments a milch cow for the Green Blob.

    Just as Michael Gove set out to refocus education policy on the needs of children rather than teachers and bureaucrats and Iain Duncan Smith set out to empower the most vulnerable, so I began to reorganise the department around four priorities: to grow the rural economy, to improve the environment, and to safeguard both plant and animal health.

    The Green Blob sprouts especially vigorously in Brussels. The European Commission website reveals that a staggering 150 million euros (£119  million) was paid to the top nine green NGOs from 2007-13.

    European Union officials give generous grants to green groups so that they will lobby it for regulations that then require large budgets to enforce. When I attended a council meeting of elected EU ministers on shale gas in Lithuania last year, we were lectured by a man using largely untrue clichés about the dangers of shale gas. We discovered that he was from the European Environment Bureau, an umbrella group for unelected, taxpayer-subsidised green lobby groups. Speaking of Europe, I remain proud to have achieved some renegotiations.

    The discard ban ends the scandalous practice of throwing away perfectly edible fish, we broke the council deadlock on GM crops, so decisions may be repatriated to member countries and we headed off bans on fracking. Judge me by my opponents.

    When I proposed a solution to the dreadful suffering of cattle, badgers and farmers as a result of the bovine tuberculosis epidemic that Labour allowed to develop, I was opposed by rich pop stars who had never been faced with having to cull a pregnant heifer. (Interestingly, very recent local evidence suggests the decline in TB in the cull area may already have begun.)

    When I spoke up for the landscapes of this beautiful country against the heavily subsidised industry that wants to spoil them with wind turbines at vast cost to ordinary people, vast reward to rich landowners and undetectable effects on carbon dioxide emissions, I was frustrated by colleagues from the so-called Liberal Democrat Party.

    When I encouraged the search for affordable energy from shale gas to help grow the rural economy and lift people out of fuel poverty, I was opposed by a dress designer for whom energy bills are trivial concerns. [...]

    Yes, I’ve annoyed these people, but they don’t represent the real countryside of farmers and workers, of birds and butterflies.

    Like the nationalised industries and obstructive trade unions of the 1970s, the Green Blob has become a powerful self-serving caucus; it is the job of the elected politician to stand up to them. We must have the courage to tackle it head on, as Tony Abbott in Australia and Stephen Harper in Canada have done, or the economy and the environment will both continue to suffer.

    * Owen Paterson is a former secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.

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    Australia: Why is it The Greens are treated by the media as having the moral high ground?

    The snobs in the Canberra press pack tend to ignore Senator John Madigan of the DLP so chances are you won't see much of this speech he gave in Parliament reported.

    However, here, he raises some quite significant questions about the integrity of the Greens when it comes to what really motivates their "clean energy" commitment ..... $$$

    He also joins the dots between interesting figures lingering behind the scenes of The Greens and the Palmer Party.



    Senator Madigan asks a question that deserves some pondering .... why is it that The Greens are treated by the media as having the moral high ground on just about every subject?

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