COPENHAGEN – December 8 – As the Copenhagen Climate Talks get underway and hopes of a meaningful deal continue to fade, a global protest is building against the failure of world leaders to make progress on this critical issue.
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…up to 50,000 expected on the streets of New Delhi
Phi Beta Iota: India is joined with China and Brazil and Russia in opposing climate change controls that will diminish the prospects of the poor. If the 50,000 materialize, they will have been paid to show up and clueless about the facts.
* Facts about Global Warming Reality Check
* The IPCC 2007 Forecast
* Impact Assessment Needs
* How to Identify Bias
* IPCC Forecast Vs. Reality
* Forecast is Not Huge
* Was the Earth Warmer before?
* What Should We Do?
* What Should We Not Do?
* Issues of Disagreement?
* Skeptics View of Consensus?
* Consensus View Of Skeptics?
* Is Global Warming Bad?
* Polar Bears/Polar Ice?
* CO2 so high we can’t breathe?
In an interview that will air on MSNBC at 1:00 pm ET today, Al Gore rebutted Sarah Palin’sWashington Post op-ed and Facebook postings that question the science on climate change given the “Climate-gate” controversy.
In response, Gore said that “the deniers are persisting in an era of unreality. The entire North Polar icecap is disappearing before our eyes… What do they think is happening?”
The G77’s chair, Lumumba Stanislaus Di Aping of Sudan, went on the attack again today, telling journalists that the Danish text “seemed to secure 60 per cent of the global atmospheric space for 20 per cent of the world’s wealthiest nations”.
“We absolutely recognize our historic role in putting emissions in the atmosphere, up there, but the sense of guilt or culpability or reparations, I just categorically reject that,” Stern said in response to a reporter’s question.
I refer them to the death threats and actual physical attacks that their side, which wholly relies upon intimidation of one kind or another, have been administering for years against those who would dare stand up for their scientific discipline. They are compiled in “Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed.” Incidentally, in the chapter “Stupid Science Tricks” I also name the ClimateGate actors by name and detail what they now admit to have been doing to get this hysterical campaign where it is. ClimateGate does not provide revelations, they are affirmations.
* One week before the conference, it was revealed that the European-based carbon trading schemes have been used for massive financial fraud costing hundreds of millions of euros. The most common form is called “carousel” fraud, whereby criminals buy carbon credits in countries where there is little or no value-added tax, and sell them in countries such as Denmark, which has a 25% VAT. The fraudsters charge their customers the VAT, pocket the money, and disappear without paying the tax authorities.
In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” But instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante. He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a “deal.” Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people. What Obama really hopes to bring home from Copenhagen is more pressure to pass the Democrats’ cap-and-tax proposal. This is a political move. The last thing America needs is misguided legislation that will raise taxes and cost jobs — particularly when the push for such legislation rests on agenda-driven science.
A CNN poll released Monday say that only 45 percent of Americans believe that global warming caused by humans is caused by human activity, down from 56 percent two years ago. Mainstream physicists at Princeton University are tellingCBSNews.com that the science has become politicized. And Republican senator James Inhofe, a skeptic of the man-made warming theory, told CNN this week that the Democratic cap and trade bill was dead.
Palin, who was in Montana on Tuesday signing copies of her bestselling book Going Rogue, does not question the occurence of global warming, saying, in fact, she created a sub-Cabinet post to help address its problems such as permafrost melting and coastline erosion.
Then, she adds: “But while we recognize the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can’t say with assurance that man’s activities cause weather changes.
“We can say, however, that any potential benefits of proposed emissions reduction policies are far outweighed by their economic costs. And those costs are real.”
Science czar John Holdren, who will testified on Capitol Hill last week at a hearing on Climategate, infamously hyped weather catastrophes and demographic disasters in the 1970s with his population control pals Paul and Anne Ehrlich.
He [also] made a public bet against free-market economist Julian Simon, predicting dire shortages of five natural resources as a result of feared overconsumption. He lost on all counts. No matter.
Leaders of developing countries angrily accused rich nations of cutting them out of the negotiations at the Copenhagen climate summit after the leak of a secret draft agreement.
“It is a fundamental reworking of the UN balance of obligations, being done in secret,” one diplomat said. “Clearly the intention is to get Obama and the leaders of other rich countries to muscle it through when they arrive next week. It effectively is the end of the UN process.”
On Tuesday, just two days into this marathon two-week summit meeting here, increasingly loud rumblings were emanating from the camps representing heavily forested countries, small island nations and Africa’s mostly poor states that a demonstration of defiance may be necessary to focus the world’s attention on their plight.
The Tip of the Climategate Iceberg
Most of the participants in Copenhagen seem intent on rushing headlong into a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. But it would seem more fruitful at this point to redouble our efforts to figure out what we do and don’t know about the climate’s past, present and future. That includes casting some much-needed sunshine on the data on which so much importance is being placed, but which so far has remained shielded from public view.
This conference cannot end with hollow commitments of developed countries, which cannot be fulfilled like its predecessors.
“China’s position on this issue is very clear — the Bali Roadmap must be fully respected,” said Xie. Therefore, it is not necessary for the voluntary emission reduction actions taken by developing countries to be “measurable, reportable and verifiable.”
Under the Treaty Clause in Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, the President of the United States is only empowered to make treaties with other nations only after obtaining the consent of a two-thirds supermajority of the United States Senate. This has not yet happened, nor will it before Obama goes to Copenhagen with the EPA declaration. Yet the Obama administration has indicated that the President will sign a binding treaty which will force the U.S. to commit to a twenty percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.
I grimace at the thought, because the study of climate change, under the aegis of “dangerous global warming caused by human carbon dioxide emissions,” has long since been captured by the small group of well connected, well networked and well funded atmospheric scientists and computer modellers who advise the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and whose nearly every utterance confirms their ignorance of the true course of climate history and change on our planet – a topic that is the domain of geologists, not meteorologists and computer jockeys.
The mass balance concept is based on the fundamental physical principle that matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Therefore, the mass of inputs to a process, industry or region balances the mass of outputs as products, emissions and wastes, plus any change in stocks, hence the term ‘mass balance’ is used to describe this type of analysis. When applied in a systematic manner this simple and straightforward concept of balancing resource use with outputs can provide a robust methodology for analysing resource flows.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool used to evaluate the potential environmental impact of a product, process or activity throughout its entire life cycle by quantifying the use of resources (“inputs” such as energy, raw materials, water) and environmental emissions (“outputs” to air, water and soil) associated with the system that is being evaluated.
LCA is Not Risk Assessment. This is because LCA does not consider exposure, which is critical for assessing risk. LCA quantifies emissions, but the actual impacts of those emissions depend on when, where and how they are released into the environment.
Al Gore meets with President Obama on climate change Obama met with Academy Award Winner and fellow Nobel laureate, Al Gore, on Monday afternoon to discuss the climate change issues in Copenhagen. Gore, according to AFP, will help by briefing Pres. Obama before his meetings with the business and environmental leaders.
ClimateGate is Watergate redux The real scandal is not the email archive, or even how it was acquired, sorted, and uploaded to a Russian server, but rather the emerging evidence of a coordinated international campaign to target and harass climate scientists, break and enter into government climate labs, and misrepresent climate science through a sophisticated media infrastructure on the eve of the international climate talks.
ClimateGate and the UN: Red Scare Over Green Lies Believe it or not, the UN just whined that climategate is the Russian’s fault. It appears that the United Nation’s position is that the obvious cover-up of the false doctrine that is global warming perpetrated by global warming “scientists” is not the fault of the lying scientists, but that of the assumed “paid” Russian hacker that hacked the globaloney scientist’s emails and exposed the cover-up to the world. Convoluted reasoning, no?