With the failure of the Copenhagen climate fiasco Australia is bracing for a visit from its PM Kevin Rudd. Kevin was excluded from the inner circle at Copenhagen for final deliberations which would have hurt especially since Rudd was an official "Friend of the Furniture" at Copenhagen. The talks failed even with the bribes on offer to poorer nations. All in all a good outcome for common sense. Australians need to now take stock and make sure clowns like Kevin Rudd will not attempt to destroy their national economy and way of life in a vain attempt to stop the climate changing.
Well it sure has been fun watching the unproductive antics of the climate fools. What better way of getting oneself into the festive spirit than watching Global Climate Lunatics live on YouTube. It started with delegates freezing for 8 hours in a queue to get into the conference and ended with massive amounts of hot air being expended by politicians and their lackeys just before a cold snap in Copenhagen, the UK, US and Australia. President Obama landed in the US to be greated by a massive snow storm. That is poetry. To top it all off no binding agreement was reached. King Canute would have been proud.
COP15 was the world's last chance according to climate alarmists; well at least until next time. See you all in Mexico for a replay!
Housekeeping Update: Due to a hard drive failure this blog will be a little slow for the next couple of weeks as I put together a more robust and massively redundant system. I will also be "upgrading" a lot of software.
One thing is very obvious with Windows 7 v. XP - I need to "upgrade" nearly all my software which is going to cost several thousand dollars just to be able to do the same thing I did before. I will be investigating some open source alternatives however so all may not be lost.
This blog is a about Anthropogenic Global Warming(AGW) which is global warming caused by the activities of man. The core issues are:
- Is the climate warming, - Is the warming outside of historic norms - Is it caused by anthropogenic CO2 - Will it result in global disaster as the IPCC insists
Only the first has been satisfactorily answered in part and the qualification is that the data upon which the IPCC claims are based has not been made available for full scrutiny as yet. The average terrestrial land temperature experienced slight warming this century. In some regions such as Antarctica it has cooled. The earth has been recovering from the Little Ice Age since 1650 (see Akasofu 2007 & 2009) which is one reason this warming trend is expected. It appears that this is not outside of historic norms (see Medieval Warm Period) and that the IPCC and some scientists have attempted to downplay the Medieval Warm Period and the effects of the Little Ice Age. The later two issues are not settled despite UN and government spin towards the contrary. For some excellent background from a real climatologist not implicated in the recent CRU revelations see the links to Dr Roy Spencer's blog below who discusses these issues as a professional.
Australia Joins China and Iran in Net Censorship - Nanny State Cometh
Pearls of Wisdom & Otherwise
Glenn Reynolds (USA - Instapundit.com): "I'll believe its a crisis when the people who tell me it's a crisis start acting like it's a crisis."
Nick himself (Counting Cats in Zanzibar blog): "Is it just me or has the spam-trade been entirely taken-over by performance poets on Arts-Council grants?"
Dr. Kiminori Itoh (Phd UN IPCC Scientist Award-winning environmental physical chemist): "When people know what the truth is the will feel deceived by science and scientists."
Dr. Stephen Schneider (Stanford professor of climatology, Lead author on many IPCC reports, in an interview with Discover Magazine 1989): "We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest."
Former US Vice President Al Gore (now, chairman and co-founder of Generation Investment Management- a London-based business that sells carbon credits, in an interview with Grist Magazine 9 May 2006 re his book An Inconvenient Truth) "Nobody is interested in solutions if they don't think there's a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous (global warming) is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are..."
New readers may be interested to peruse two of my earlier posts concerning the Fear of Global Cooling which was popular in the late 1970's. I have posted a copy of a Newsweek article together with comments here and here.