The Atlantic: Is it OK to enjoy Warm Winter Weather?

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Atlantic is worried that a few pleasantly warm days at the end of winter may be prompting “anxiety and unease” amongst the climate obsessed.

Is It Okay to Enjoy the Warm Winters of Climate Change?

The weather is nice, but it reminds us of the problems to come.


FromD.C.toDenver, fromCharlottetoChicago, towns and cities across the United States have posted strings of record-breaking summery days in what is normally the final month of winter. Wednesdaywas only the third time since 1880that Green Bay, Wisconsin, cracked 60 degrees Fahrenheit in February. Ice on the Great Lakescovers only a quarter of its normal surface area. And parts of Oklahoma and Texas have both already been scorched by 90-degree afternoons.

All in all, the United States has already set more than…

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A Trifecta of Green Lunacy: The law of unintended consequences kicks in

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Green Lunacy #1: £450 Million Lost Over Failed Green Power That Is Worse Than Coal
The Times, 23 February 2017
Ben Webster

Northeast of Drax, author Paul Glazzard, source Wikimedia Northeast of Drax, author Paul Glazzard, source Wikimedia

Britain is wasting hundreds of millions of pounds subsidising power stations to burn American wood pellets that do more harm to the climate than the coal they replaced, a study has found.

Green subsidies for wood pellets were championed by Chris Huhne when he was energy and climate change secretary. Mr Huhne, 62, was jailed in 2013 for perverting the course of justice/ LEON NEAL/ AFP/ GETTY IMAGES

Chopping down trees and transporting wood across the Atlantic Ocean to feed power stations produces more greenhouse gases than much cheaper coal, according to the report. It blames the rush to meet EU renewable energy targets, which resulted in ministers making the false assumption that burning trees was carbon-neutral.
Green subsidies for…

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Bill Nye, Fake Facts & the New York Times

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I’m aware oftwo occasions in which Bill Nye has misled the public. But the New YorkTimes says he’s saving the rest of usfrom misinformation.


Eleven days ago, the New York Times ran a story headlined: “In an Age of Alternative Facts, Bill Nye’s New Show Brings Real Ones.” How charmingly naive. If you’re in a rush, and wantto know about Nye’s misleading video as well as his misleading article in the very sameNew York Times, scroll downtothe navy-coloured text below. But the longer storyis entertaining.

The notionthat some people are asourceof real facts, while others are a source of fake/alternative facts, is currentlybeing pushed hard bythe mainstream media. Journalists have decided that a major part of their job is to tell the rest of us who to believe.

Their message isn’t that skepticism is always necessary, and that even smart peopleare often wrong. Rather, this is…

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An oddity in the Karl et al. 2015 buoy data adjustments

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Frank Lansner writes via email:

I just want to make sure that people are aware of this little maybe-oddity regarding argumentation for ERSSTv4 data changes due to the shift from ship measurements to buoys.

We are all focusing on the data changes ERSSTv3b to ERSSTv4 after year 2003 as these affect the pause.

And so the argument goes, that it’s the shift to buoys that makes warm-changes necessary in ERSSTv4.

But if so, what about the period 1986 to 2003 ? In this period we have an increase from around 8% to 50% use of buoys.

So why is it not necessary to warm adjust 1986-2003, just like 2003 – 2016 ?

I’m aware that this may have been addressed many times, but I just have not noticed.

Data of buoy fractions In % are estimates from this article:

Until 2006 percentage values are read from the graphic in…

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Even more on the David Rose bombshell article: How NOAA Software Spins the AGW Game

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Guest essay by Rud Istvan

The disclosures by Dr. Bates concerning Karl’s ‘Pausebuster’ NOAA NCEI paper have created quite the climate kerfuffle, with Rep. Smith even renewing his NOAA email subpoena demands. Yet the Karl paper actually is fairly innocuous by comparison to other NOAA shenanigans. It barely removed the pause, and still shows the CMIP5 models running hot by comparison. Its importance was mainly political talking point pause-busting in the run up to Paris.

Here is an example of something more egregious but less noticed. It is excerpted from much longer essay When Data Isn’t in ebook Blowing Smoke. It is not global, concerning only the continental United States (CONUS). But it is eye opening and irrefutable.

NOAA’s USHCN stations are used to create the US portion of GHCN. They are also used to create state-by-state temperature histories accessible on the NOAA website. A 2011 paper[1]

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Vox: “A lukewarmer isn’t much different than an outright denier”

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Vox has just demonstrated their intolerance for any but the most extreme climate views – even positions which are within the bounds of official IPCC climate science.

Don’t expect climate action from Rex Tillerson. He’s a lukewarmer.

Updated by David Roberts Feb 2, 2017, 9:15am EST

The Secretary of State doesn’t seem to think the US should lead on climate change.

Rex Tillerson, until very recently the CEO of the world’s largest private oil company and a close chum of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is now the US secretary of state. This is not some ham-handed satire or lurid dystopian novel. It’s real life.

This makes Tillerson’s views on climate change a matter of great interest. Most countries in the world send their minister of the environment (the equivalent of our EPA administrator) to represent them at international climate talks. The US…

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