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Morano, Marc (EPW) <Marc_Morano@epw.senate.gov>

Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 1:56 PM

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Gore in Tin-Foil Hat? – Warming Goes ‘Poof!’ – ‘Scientific Malpractice’ at UN– ‘Collapse’ of Environmentalism? – Arctic Ice Up 31%! – Warming ‘Bubble’ – Round Up

Sampling of articles in past few days – October 20, 2008

Must see video: Al Gore Spoof – Complete with Gore wearing Tin-Foil Hat! – By impressionist Frank Caliendo of Frank TV

Excerpt: Impressionist Frank Caliendo does his best Al Gore basically admitting that, “it’s the sun, stupid” – but Gore goes all alarmist, of course. […] We don’t normally consider Al Gore a laughing matter — but what the heck else can you do with him? Frank TV: New Al Gore Movie – Supernova! It’s comin’ y’all! – Impressionist Frank Caliendo does his best Al Gore basically admitting that, “it’s the sun, stupid” – but Gore goes all alarmist, of course.

http://www.climatechangefraud.com/content/view/2513/218/

Global Cooling? – ‘Thirty years of warmer temperatures go poof’ – National Post – October 20, 2008

Excerpt: In early September, I began noticing a string of news stories about scientists rejecting the orthodoxy on global warming. Actually, it was more like a string of guest columns and long letters to the editor since it is hard for skeptical scientists to get published in the cabal of climate journals now controlled by the Great Sanhedrin of the environmental movement. Still, the number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly. Because a funny thing is happening to global temperatures — they’re going down, not up. […]  It may be that more global warming doubters are surfacing because there just isn’t any global warming.

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/10/20/lorne-gunter-thirty-years-of-warmer-temperatures-go-poof.aspx

UN IPCC = ‘Worst case of scientific malpractice in history’ says Climate Scientist Dr. Spencer
[ Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Roy W. Spencer, formerly a senior scientist for climate studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where he received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, is currently principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. ]
Spencer Excerpt: I find it astounding that the IPCC has ignored the potential role of natural climate variability in global warming.  In any other realm of science we are careful to look for alternative explanations for some phenomenon…but today, mankind is the only allowable reason for climate change.

I predict that the IPCC experience will end up being the worst case of scientific malpractice in history.  Not that the scientists are at fault, I think they have just been led around by some politically savvy, almost charismatic, leaders.

http://thechillingeffect.org/2008/10/19/exclusive-bestselling-climate-conference-author-talks-with-chilling-effect/

MIT Climate Scientist Exposes ‘Corrupted Science’ in Devastating Critique – Sep 24, 2008

Excerpt: MIT Meteorology Professor Richard S. Lindzen, confirms how Al Gore and his minions used Stalinist tactics to subvert, suborn and corrupt a whole branch of science, citing chapter and verse in his report entitled “Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?” His answer:  A resounding “NO!”

Detailing the corruption, he names a series of names.  Until reading this I did not know that: “For example, the primary spokesman for the American Meteorological Society in Washington is Anthony Socci who is neither an elected official of the AMS nor a contributor to climate science. Rather, he is a former staffer for Al Gore.” Page 5

Although a bit lengthy, this very important report is highly readable and revealing.  While some of the paragraphs are a bit technical, I encourage AT readers to wade through them because their purpose is to provide specific examples of how a radical cabal is forcing scientists to ignore or amend measurements that undermine the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming. Scientists are literally forced to include sentences in their papers that indicate their support of AGW, even if these sentences are non-sequiturs, or even if they conflict with the overall thrust of the paper. In this way, Al Gore’s uneducated political commissars are able to deliver the “consensus” he so craves.

How is this possible you might ask?  Prof. Lindzen gives considerable background history. […] I naively thought that the National Academy of Sciences could impose some quality-control on an errant discipline.  Prof. Lindzen notes that event this august body has been penetrated by eco-activists by exploiting loopholes in its nominating procedures. Fortunately, in science “truth will out”.  The long term faith of the American public in science, a trust built up since WWI is at stake. Next it will be important to see whether a prominent scientific journal publishes this revelation.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/09/corrupted_science_revealed.html

Full Lindzen paper here: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0809/0809.3762.pdf

New Paper: Global Warming was natural, not man-made! – New Paper from Roy Spencer: PDO and Clouds – Global Warming as a Natural Response to Cloud Changes Associated with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) – October 19, 2008

Key Quote: “New evidence that most of the warming could actually be the result of a natural cycle in cloud cover”

[ By Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Roy W. Spencer, formerly a senior scientist for climate studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where he received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, is currently principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. ]

Excerpt: For those who have followed my writings and publications in the last 18 months (e.g. Spencer et al., 2007), you know that we are finding satellite evidence that the climate system could be much less sensitive to greenhouse gas emissions than the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) climate models suggest. To show that we are not the only researchers who have documented evidence contradicting the IPCC models, I made the following figure to contrast the IPCC-projected warming from a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide with the warming that would result if the climate sensitivity is as low as implied by various kinds of observational evidence. The dashed line represents our recent apples-to-apples comparison between satellite-based feedback estimates and IPCC model-diagnosed feedbacks, all computed from 5-year periods (Spencer and Braswell, 2008a): The discrepancy between the models and observations seen in Fig. 1 is stark. If the sensitivity of the climate system is as low as some of these observational results suggest, then the IPCC models are grossly in error, and we have little to fear from manmade global warming. But an insensitive climate system would ALSO mean that the warming we have seen in the last 100 years can not be explained by increasing CO2 alone. This is because the radiative forcing from the extra CO2 would simply be too weak to cause the ~0.7 deg. C warming between 1900 and 2000… there must be some natural warming process going on as well. Here I present new evidence that most of the warming could actually be the result of a natural cycle in cloud cover forced by a well-known mode of natural climate variability: the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/10/19/new-paper-from-roy-spencer-pdo-and-clouds/

Update: Ice Reality Check: Arctic Ice Now 31.3% Over Last Year, plus Scientists Counter Latest Arctic ‘Record’ Warmth Claims as ‘Pseudoscience’ – 10-18-08

Excerpt: 10/17/2007 5,663,125 square kilometers – 10/17/2008 7,436,406 square kilometers – Δice = 1,773,281 sqkm or 31.3% more than last year – Source data here: http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/seaice/extent/plot.csv (Excel file)

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/10/18/ice-reality-check-scientists-counter-latest-arctic-record-warmth-claims-as-pseudoscience/

Scientists Counter Latest Arctic ‘Record’ Warmth Claims as ‘Pseudoscience’ – Comprehensive Arctic Data Round Up – October 17, 2008

Excerpt: Arctic Reality Check: Why isn’t the cooling Antarctic considered ‘an indicator of what might happen to the rest of the world?’

By Climate Scientist Dr. Ben Herman.

Herman Excerpt: First of all, the Arctic sea ice is at its minimum in September, not October or November as the scientists in the McClatchy article states. As Arctic ice experts, they certainly should have known this. Another point is that the Arctic temperatures do not “naturally peak in October or November”. They peak in mid Aug ust generally. Also the article states that since the world’s climates are interconnected, what happens in the Arctic may be an indicator of what will happen in the rest of the world. How about what happens in the Antarctic then? Since its ice area has been increasing, is this also an indicator of what might happen in the rest of the world?

http://icecap.us/images/uploads/Scientists_Counter_Latest_Arctic.pdf

Flashback: Alert: National Ice Center says satellites interpreting Arctic ice as open water! – By Andrew Revkin – NY Times Dot Earth Blog – September 6, 2008

Excerpt: And one of the groups focusing most closely on possible Arctic shipping lanes, the National Ice Center operated by the Navy and Commerce Department, says flatly that the satellites are misreading conditions in many spots and that there is too much ice in a critical spot along the Russian coast (highlighted in the smaller image above) to allow anything but ice-hardened ships to get through. In an e-mail message Wednesday, Sean R. Helfrich, a scientist at the ice center, said that ponds of meltwater pooling on sea ice could fool certain satellite-borne instruments into interpreting ice as open water, “suggesting areas that have substantial ice cover as being sea-ice free.” The highlighted area is probably still impassible ice, including large amounts of thick old floes, he said. I sent the note to an array of sea-ice experts, and many, including Mark Serreze at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, concurred.

http://icecap.us/images/uploads/Scientists_Counter_Latest_Arctic.pdf

OBAMA’S CARBON ULTIMATUM: “Would-be President intends to blackmail — or rather, greenmail — Congress into falling in line with his climate agenda.”

Excerpt: The coming offer you won’t be able to refuse. Liberals pretend that only President Bush is preventing the U.S. from adopting some global warming “solution.” But occasionally their mask slips. As Barack Obama’s energy adviser has now made clear, the would-be President intends to blackmail — or rather, greenmail — Congress into falling in line with his climate agenda. […] Normally a democracy reaches consensus through political debate and persuasion, but apparently for Mr. Obama that option is merely a nuisance. It’s another example of “change” you’ll be given no choice but to believe in.

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=1ac2500f-802a-23ad-4029-39982b1b8ba0

Paper: ‘The next commodity to collapse will be mass-marketed environmentalism’ – National Post – October 17, 2008

Excerpt: The next commodity to collapse will be mass-marketed environmentalism, which will come to be disdained – Stock market indexes have plummeted from their inflated peaks. Oil and other commodities have likewise plummeted. The next commodity to tumble from unsustainable peak levels: environmentalism. In part, I am making this prediction because, in my 30 years as an environmentalist, I have never seen so many governments and so many corporations so profusely espousing so many environmental causes. Where promoting environmentalism was once seen as daring and counter-cultural, today it has become banal, no longer the exclusive preserve of a Body Shop chain, but of every retailer down to Wal-Mart. For the same reason that clothes go out of fashion after the masses embrace them, mass-marketed environmentalism will come to be disdained. […] A third reason for my prediction that environmentalism has peaked is the instinct for self-preservation among the political leadership. Thinking they could raise revenues while appearing green, opportunistic politicians have been promoting environmental taxes without having a credible case to make. The result, increasingly, is political ruin.

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/10/17/wal-mart-environmentalism.aspx

Global Warming Bubble? Investment guru ‘sees a bubble forming around global warming’ – By Self-described “Internet tycoon” and venture capitalist Bob Metcalfe

Excerpt: In energy, government mandates favored the production of corn ethanol, which has created a food versus fuel debate that has brought criticism of biofuels. “When you muck with fuel markets, you are mucking with feeds and fuels also, we just found out,” he said. With the influx of venture capital going to fund clean, or green, tech start-ups, many people are concerned that there is an investment bubble. Metcalfe sees a bubble forming around global warming, where there is a movement of consumers and businesses to address the problem. But bubbles are a good thing, Metcalfe said. “From Internet history, we know that bubbles are normal. Bubbles are an accelerator of technology progress. Bubbles go against the status quo. We should encourage bubbles,” he said.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10070107-54.html

Brazilian Meteorologist Scoffs at Notion Mankind impacts climate more than Sun and Oceans

Excerpt: On the same day (Sept. 5) that areas of southern Brazil were recording one of their latest winter snowfalls ever and entering what turned out to be their coldest September in a century, Brazilian meteorologist Eugenio Hackbart explained that extreme cold or snowfall events in his country have always been tied to “a negative PDO” or Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Positive PDOs — El Ninos — produce above-average temperatures in South America while negative ones — La Ninas — produce below average ones. Dr. Hackbart also pointed out that periods of solar inactivity known as “solar minimums” magnify cold spells on his continent. So, given that August was the first month since 1913 in which no sunspot activity was recorded — none — and during which solar winds were at a 50-year low, he was not surprised that Brazilians were suffering (for them) a brutal cold snap. “This is no coincidence,” he said as he scoffed at the notion that manmade carbon emissions had more impact than the sun and oceans on global climate.

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/10/20/lorne-gunter-thirty-years-of-warmer-temperatures-go-poof.aspx

UK Scientist: – ‘Climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables’ Not Just CO2!

By UK Professor Emeritus of Biogeography Philip Stott of the University of London

Excerpt: As I have said, over and over again, the fundamental point has always been this: climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically-selected factor is as misguided as it gets. I wonder if we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the ‘global warming’ nonsense? I really do hope so, although I could do without a cold phase to prove it.

http://web.me.com/sinfonia1/Global_Warming_Politics/A_Hot_Topic_Blog/Entries/2008/8/27_Wot%21_No_Sunspots_At_All%21.html

Oops! Propagandists at RealClimate.org  Let Truth Slip Out! – ‘The actual temperature rise is an emergent property resulting from interactions among hundreds of factors’ – September 20, 2008

Excerpt: The Physics of Global Warming is Complicated: Physicist and historian, Spencer R. Weart, recently penned an article for the popular blog RealClimate.org in which he explained: “Physics is rich in phenomena that are simple in appearance but cannot be calculated in simple terms. Global warming is like that. People may yearn for a short, clear way to predict how much warming we are likely to face. Alas, no such simple calculation exists. The actual temperature rise is an emergent property resulting from interactions among hundreds of factors. People who refuse to acknowledge that complexity should not be surprised when their demands for an easy calculation go unanswered.” This is an admission that we are nowhere near a scientifically proven result with regard to the effect of CO2 on our climate.

http://jennifermarohasy.com/blog/2008/09/the-physics-of-global-warming-is-complicated-barry-moore/

MIT Scientist’s study finds: Data may be ‘insufficient to compute mean sea level trends’ – Decadal Trends in Sea Level Patterns: 1993-2004 – By Dr. Carl Wunsch, MIT et al. in Journal of Climate – October 12, 2008

Excerpt: Conclusion: At best, the determination and attribution of global mean sea level change lies at the very edge of knowledge and technology. The most urgent job would appear to be the accurate determination of the smallest temperature and salinity changes that can be determined with statistical significance, given the realities of both the observation base and modeling approximations. Both systematic and random errors are of concern, the former particularly, because of the changes in technology and sampling methods over the many decades, the latter from the very great spatial and temporal variability. It remains possible that the database is insufficient to compute mean sea level trends with the accuracy necessary to discuss the impact of global warming – as disappointing as this conclusion may be. The priority has to be to make such calculations possible in the future.

http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/decadal_trends_in_sea_level_patterns_19932004

Scientist shows Medieval Warm Period ‘warmer than 20th-century temperatures’

Excerpt: Also in September, American Craig Loehle, a scientist who conducts computer modelling on global climate change, confirmed his earlier findings that the so-called Medieval Warm Period (MWP) of about 1,000 years ago did in fact exist and was even warmer than 20th-century temperatures. Prior to the past decade of climate hysteria and Kyoto hype, the MWP was a given in the scientific community. Several hundred studies of tree rings, lake and ocean floor sediment, ice cores and early written records of weather — even harvest totals and censuses –confirmed that the period from 800 AD to 1300 AD was unusually warm, particularly in Northern Europe. But in order to prove the climate scaremongers’ claim that 20th-century warming had been dangerous and unprecedented — a result of human, not natural factors — the MWP had to be made to disappear. So studies such as Michael Mann’s “hockey stick,” in which there is no MWP and global temperatures rise gradually until they jump up in the industrial age, have been adopted by the UN as proof that recent climate change necessitates a reordering of human economies and societies. Dr. Loehle’s work helps end this deception.

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/10/20/lorne-gunter-thirty-years-of-warmer-temperatures-go-poof.aspx

Prominent Geologist: ‘It’s practically a slam dunk that we are in for about 30 years of global cooling’

Excerpt: Dr. Don Easterbrook, a geologist at Western Washington University, says, “It’s practically a slam dunk that we are in for about 30 years of global cooling,” as the sun enters a particularly inactive phase. His examination of warming and cooling trends over the past four centuries shows an “almost exact correlation” between climate fluctuations and solar energy received on Earth, while showing almost “no correlation at all with CO2.” An analytical chemist who works in spectroscopy and atmospheric sensing, Michael J. Myers of Hilton Head, S. C., declared, “Man-made global warming is junk science,” explaining that worldwide manmade CO2 emission each year “equals about 0.0168% of the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration … This results in a 0.00064% increase in the absorption of the sun’s radiation. This is an insignificantly small number.” Other international scientists have called the manmade warming theory a “hoax,” a “fraud” and simply “not credible.”

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/10/20/lorne-gunter-thirty-years-of-warmer-temperatures-go-poof.aspx

Prominent Climate Scientists: ‘Variations in global temperatures since 1978 … cannot be attributed to carbon dioxide’

Excerpt: While not stooping to such name-calling, weather-satellite scientists David Douglass of the University of Rochester and John Christy of the University of Alabama at Huntsville nonetheless dealt the True Believers a devastating blow last month. For nearly 30 years, Professor Christy has been in charge of NASA’s eight weather satellites that take more than 300,000 temperature readings daily around the globe. In a paper co-written with Dr. Douglass, he concludes that while manmade emissions may be having a slight impact, “variations in global temperatures since 1978 … cannot be attributed to carbon dioxide.” Moreover, while the chart above was not produced by Douglass and Christy, it was produced using their data and it clearly shows that in the past four years — the period corresponding to reduced solar activity — all of the rise in global temperatures since 1979 has disappeared.

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/10/20/lorne-gunter-thirty-years-of-warmer-temperatures-go-poof.aspx

EU climate change push in disarray – Countries rebel against costly plans

Excerpt: Europe’s commitment to ambitious green goals became the latest victim of the global financial crisis yesterday when a growing number of EU countries rebelled, claiming that the plans were now too expensive. Plans for binding European legislation by December were dropped as the EU watered down the carbon dioxide blueprint that it had announced with a fanfare 18 months ago. The revolt by eight countries, led by Italy and Poland, left the EU’s self-proclaimed mission to shape a global, postKyoto agreement on greenhouse gases in disarray. President Sarkozy of France, which holds the rotating EU presidency, led the way in appealing to all 27 countries to stick to their targets. But tempers flared at the quarterly European Council in Brussels, with Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, clearly furious at the pressure being applied. During a stand-up row behind the scenes, he told Mr Sarkozy that the targets would crucify Italian industry. “Our businesses are in absolutely no position at the moment to absorb the costs of the regulations that have been proposed,” Mr Berlusconi said later.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article4957408.ece

Global warming leads India tigers to village attacks

Excerpt: KOLKATA (Reuters) – The number of tiger attacks on people is growing in India’s Sundarban islands as habitat loss and dwindling prey caused by climate change drives them to prowl into villages for food, experts said on Monday. Wildlife experts say endangered tigers in the world’s largest reserve are turning on humans because rising sea levels and coastal erosion are steadily shrinking the tigers’ natural habitat.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081020/india_nm/india360510

LCV’s ‘Environmental Scorecard’ Marred by Partisan Politics, Inhofe Says – October 17, 2008

Excerpt: .S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today commented on the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) 2008 National Environmental Scorecard. “The LCV is one of the most liberal partisan special-interest groups that make up the Democratic Party,” Senator Inhofe said. “It should come as no surprise that I and many fellow Republicans have never received high marks from this Washington, D.C., liberal special-interest group. LCV simply measures the greenness of politicians by how many federal laws they impose on the American people.

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=0beb0325-802a-23ad-4d7f-9eba79eeff5b

Russia skeptical that carbon trading will slow climate change – Greenwire – October 20, 2008

Excerpt: Russia doubts carbon trading will solve global climate woes because recent swings in stocks and commodities markets show the volatility of global markets amid the current financial crisis, according to an official Russian document. The document, outlining views on a new U.N. climate pact to be adopted in December 2009, also expressed skepticism at the tough international targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, saying any deal should not punish violators.[…] “The latest events in the global stock market or food market show that we have not entered yet an era when the global market can become a reliable regulative mechanism of the international efforts in answering global challenges of … mankind.” Many industrialized nations are having second thoughts about costly commitments to fight climate change amid the global financial crisis. Many countries view carbon trading as a cornerstone to a future treaty.

http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/rss/2008/10/20/6 (subscription required)

Another Dissenter: Ecologist says CO2 revealing ‘close to zero correlation with temperature’ – October 18, 2008

By Dr John R Etherington, formerly Reader in Ecology at the University of Wales.  B.Sc., A.R.C.S., Ph.D., D.I.C.

Excerpt: Ian Baxter cites the Nasa temperature record in accusing me of propagating a myth of no recent global temperature increase. (Letters October 15).

The Meteorological Office’s Hadley Centre data show that from 2002 to 2007, the annual anomaly versus the long-term average has been about plus 0.4C with no statistical trend. This is only a few years and no conclusion could be drawn about temperature trend, but what Mr Baxter ignores is that carbon dioxide, supposedly the major driver of man-made climatic warming, has inexorably and uniformly risen in concentration for every one of these years, with close to zero correlation with temperature. The previous three years 1998-2000 also show no temperature correlation with change, but 1998 was an atypically warm El Niño year. We are making some of the most expensive global decisions ever, on the basis of what atmospheric physicist James Peden has described as “computerized tinker toys with which one can construct any outcome he chooses”.

http://news.scotsman.com/opinion/Climate-debate-hots-up.4605439.jp

Cold Reality: ‘Warm mongers are rapidly losing credibility’ – Investor’s Business Daily – October 17, 2008

Excerpt: But unlike climate projection models, which are often wrong but endlessly thrown in our faces as examples of hard science, they are real world events wholly contrary to the story the alarmists have been spreading. Global warm mongers are rapidly losing credibility. Mainstream journalists will still believe them because climate change fits the narrative they’ve so carefully nurtured. But eventually the error will have to admitted. It won’t happen publicly, though, because by the time they come to their senses, the issue will have been long forgotten by the public.
http://www.investors.com/editorial/editorialcontent.asp?secid=1501&status=article&id=309135716919866

‘We still have a blank sun’ – AccuWeather.com – October 20, 2008

Excerpt: We still have a blank sun. Image from earlier today, courtesy of SOHO. As you can see from the image above, the sun remains very inactive in terms of sunspot activity. This has been a common image of the sun for quite some time now. The chart below shows the individual years over the past century with the highest total of spotless days. This particular chart was dated in late September, so 2008 in now solidly in fifth place all by itself.

http://global-warming.accuweather.com/2008/10/the_quiet_sun_and_some_great_p.html

UK Climate Researcher Lord Monckton urges candidate to abandon ‘scientifically discredited’ global warming views – American Thinker – October 18, 2008

Excerpt: At both Poles, it was warmer only half a century ago than it is today. For temperatures in the Arctic, see Soon et al. (2004). For the Antarctic, see Doran et al. (2002). During the Maunder Minimum, a period of more than half a century ending in 1700 when there were no sunspots on20the surface of our Sun, a Little Ice Age occurred all over the world (Hathaway, 2004). In 1700 there began a recovery in solar activity that has continued ever since, culminating in the 70-year Solar Grand Maximum that seems recently to have ended. During the Grand Maximum, the Sun was more active, and for longer, than during almost any previous similar period in the past 11,400 years (Solanki et al., 2005; and see Usoskin et al., 2003; and Hathaway, 2004). A symposium of the International Astronomical Union [2004] concluded that it is the Sun that was chiefly responsible for the warming of the late 20th century.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/an_open_letter_from_the_viscou_1.html

Danish Alarmist asked to apologize for using incorrectly using Greenland glacier as “proof” of global warming – October 17, 2008

Excerpt: Connie Hedegaard (Danish Climate minister) was asked to apologise to the 21 world leaders she “tricked” into believing that the gletcher retreat was caused by AGW, but she says she will carry on showing the “effects of global warming”. From Nature.Com Published online: 28 September 2008: Acceleration of Jakobshavn Isbræ triggered by warm subsurface ocean waters by David M. Holland1, Robert H. Thomas2, Brad de Young3, Mads H. Ribergaard4 & Bjarne Lyberth5 Observations over the past decades show a rapid acceleration of several outlet glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica1. One of the largest changes is a sudden switch of Jakobshavn Isbræ, a large outlet glacier feeding a deep-ocean fjord on Greenland’s west coast, from slow thickening to rapid thinning2 in 1997, associated with a doubling in glacier velocity3………..Here we present hydrographic data that show a sudden increase in subsurface ocean temperature in 1997 along the entire west coast of Greenland, suggesting that the changes in Jakobshavn Isbræ were instead triggered by the arrival of relatively warm water originating from the Irminger Sea near Iceland.

http://co2sceptics.com/news.php?id=1967

Solar activity the primary driver of global temperature rise – By Dr. Kelvin Kemm, formerly a scientist at South Africa’s Atomic Energy Corporation – October 17, 2008

Excerpt: The period of global warming that we have experienced on our planet over the last century, which has seen a rise in temperature of some 0,6 oC, does not correlate at all with a rise in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), but is does correlate with solar activity. Indications are that solar activity is the primary driver of the variation in global temperature. Even more compelling is the fact that there exists a well-documented Roman Warm period from the time of the Roman Caesars, and a Medieval Warm Period, both of which correlate with solar activity, but certainly can have nothing whatever to do with CO2 produced by any human industrial activities.

http://co2sceptics.com/news.php?id=1965

Church of Global Warming: Hydro-climatologist accuses scientists of making ‘spectacular leaps of faith’ for ‘doctrine of climate change’ – Hydro-climatologist Stewart – September 12, 2008

By Hydro-climatologist Stewart Franks, an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Newcastle in Australia whose research has focused flood and drought risk and seasonal climate prediction. Franks is president-elect of the International Commission on the Coupled Land – Atmosphere System. Franks is featured in the U.S. Senate report of over 400 – now over 500 and growing dissenting scientists – More than 10 times number of UN IPCC scientists who worked on Summary for Policy Makers – See: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.SenateReport ]

Excerpt: Numerous politicians, environmentalists and especially scientists have made spectacular leaps of faith in their adherence to the doctrine of climate change over recent years, too many to document here. However, the most literally fantastic claim on climate change must go to Kevin Rudd, who has guaranteed that rainfall will decline over coming decades; one can only assume he’s based his view on deficient climate models and bad advice. […]  Given the uncertainty of El Nino and La Nina behaviour, one clearly cannot predict the future. There is no direct evidence of CO2 impacts on the drought, nor is there any rational basis for predicting rainfall in 30 years time. One just hopes that sensible and sustainable management from our leaders will enable struggling rural communities to weather the vagaries of climatic and political extremes.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24331854-7583,00.html

Skeptical AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE SCIENCE COALITION LAUNCHES

Excerpt: AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE SCIENCE COALITION LAUNCHES Announcing the official launch of the Australian Climate Science Coalition (ACSC). Over the weekend, guests at the Australian Environment Foundation’s (AEF’s) third Annual Conference were among the first to be introduced to the newly formed coalition.

With its mission to promote open scientific debate on the causes of climate change, the ACSC has been formed by a group of professional people interested in encouraging continued scientific research into the world’s climate and, in particular, into the effects of increased concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

http://www.auscsc.org.au/images/PDF/climatesciencelaunch.pdf

R.I.P. carbon tax, a bad idea badly sold – The Hill Times, October 20th, 2008
Excerpt: Carbon tax anyone? It was a bad idea and badly sold – Yet newsroom enthusiasts promoted the carbon tax with platitudes plucked from campaign literature. As backdrop there was global warming and ‘catastrophic predictions from a sometimes hysterical mass media,’ as The Mennonite Brethren Herald put it. Displaying start of article containing 959 words – R.I.P. carbon tax, a bad idea badly sold. It is in the graveyard of doomed political schemes alongside national daycare (died in 2006), Senate reform (1993) and tax-deductible mortgages (1980). With Stéphane Dion as its spokesman it never had a chance. “The man has the charisma of Jell-O,” sighed The Chatham Daily News.

http://www.thehilltimes.ca/members/login.php?fail=2&destination=/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2008/october/20/korksi/&c=2

Seattle to Fund Climate Change Art – October 20, 2008

Excerpt: What a waste of cash.  I hope all the residents of Seattle call your mayor about this one.  The city of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in conjunction with Seattle Public Utilities, is hosting a competition for artists in Washington state to submit art to bring attention to global warming and its effects on water supply and drainage utilities.  From the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs web page: “in 2007, the city invested nearly $1.7 million to support 243 artists and cultural organizations.”  So the city would rather spent your tax money on starving artists to create scenes of doom-and-gloom instead of spending the cash on something that may solve the problem if it even exists?  That, my friends, is a government that has stretched its tentacles too far into your lives.

http://www.skepticsglobalwarming.com/global-warming-myth/government-intervention/seattle-fund-climate-change-art

Carbon Dioxide Regulation Under the Clean Air Act – Heartland Institute

Excerpt: At time when the financial markets are crashing and a downturn in the economy looms, this plan will end free enterprise as we know it. It is bad for American taxpayers and a blow to democracy.

http://icecap.us/images/uploads/Carbon_Dioxide_Regulation_Under_the_Clean_Air_Act.pdf

Mind-Reader Morano [Edward John Craig] – Monday, October 20, 2008 – National Review’s – Planet Gore

Excerpt: I was just about to post another National Post item — this one, from Lorne Gunter — when it popped in from Marc Morano. An excerpt below . . . […]Don Easterbrook, a geologist at Western Washington University, says, “It’s practically a slam dunk that we are in for about 30 years of global cooling,” as the sun enters a particularly inactive phase. His examination of warming and cooling trends over the past four centuries shows an “almost exact correlation” between climate fluctuations and solar energy received on Earth, while showing almost “no correlation at all with CO2.”

http://planetgore.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MzE0NzczMzY0NDg0ZGVkZmQ0OGQ0M2Q2MzkzNzQwYzU=

Our Orwellian Future? –  Meteorologist Art Horn on Icecap.US

Excerpt: Barack Obama has let it be known that he will allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon Dioxide as a dangerous pollutant if elected president. Last years supreme court ruling makes this possible. The court ruled that the EPA may use the Clear Air Act of 1990 to regulate carbon dioxide as “pollution”. This was of course a terrible ruling. Carbon dioxide is essential for life on earth as we know it. If carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere fall below about 200 parts per million trees stop growing and agriculture grinds to a halt. Carbon dioxide is plant food. If you own a greenhouse and you want your plants to glow faster you pump in three times as much carbon dioxide as exists in the air, up to 1000 parts per million. Something in the air that brings life to the world is not pollution.

http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/our_orwellian_future/

Advocacy Journalism! – Green Journalism At Society of Environmental Journalists Conventions

Excerpt: The Society of Environmental Journalists conducts its annual conference this week in Roanoke, Va., and the best thing that can be said about it is that this bunch won’t be on the beat somewhere trying to report something — especially about global warming. But then again these journalists couldn’t call it that since the planet’s mean surface temperature has not increased over the last eleven years. Instead they’ve adopted the catchall identifier used by their fellow alarmism activists: “climate change.” It’s all over SEJ’s web page for members, which they call “A guide to the information and disinformation.” This is allegedly where they tell their members how to do a fair and balanced job.

http://www.spectator.org/archives/2008/10/16/green-journalism

More Skeptics Speaking Out Almost Daily – Officials Should Look Deeper At Climate Change – October 17, 2008

Excerpt: Number of Dissenting Scientists Rapidly Increases As Earth Fails To Warm! For sampling of recent views of man-made global warming dissenters also see this October 2008 report: More Skeptics Speaking Out Almost Daily – http://icecap.us/images/uploads/More_Skeptics_Speaking_Out_Almost_Daily.pdf

http://icecap.us/images/uploads/More_Skeptics_Speaking_Out_Almost_Daily.pdf

1) Another Prominent Dissenter: ‘Earth has Cooled Since 1998’ – ‘in defiance of the predictions by the UN-IPCC’ – October 14, 2008 (Climatologist Dr. Richard  Keen) (LINK)

2) Another Dissenter: Finnish Scientist who was former Greenpeace member says ‘no proof’ CO2 is driving global temps! – October 10, 2008

http://www.factsandarts.com/articles/no-significant-global-warming-since-1995/ & http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5582

3) Another Dissenter: Chemist declares himself ‘skeptic’ – ‘No uncontrolled, runaway greenhouse effect has occurred in the last half billion years’ – June 2008

Chemist Dr. Kenneth Rundt, a bio-molecule researcher and formerly a research assistant and teacher at Abo Akademi University in Finland

http://www.factsandarts.com/articles/global-warming-man-made-or-naturalm/

4) Another Dissenter: We ‘do not know enough about the atmospheric changes’ to ‘draw any conclusions about global warming’ says Prof. Hocking

[ University of Western Ontario physics professor Wayne Hocking heads the Atmospheric Dynamics Group and co-editor of the 1990 book “The Earth’s Middle Atmosphere”

http://communications.uwo.ca/com/western_news/stories/global_warming_change_part_of_bigger_picture_20081009442923

5) Scientist: Climate fear promoters ‘woefully misinformed’ – September 27, 2008

[ Walter Starck is one of the pioneers in the scientific investigation of coral reefs. He grew up in the Florida Keys and received a PhD in marine science from the University of Miami in 1964

http://www.newsweekly.com.au/articles/2008sep27_g.html#

6) New Study: Algerian Scientist: ‘We think that natural climatic oscillations contribute more to earth climatic disturbances’ – Presented July 2008 at the Global Conference On Global Warming, July 6-10, 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey – By Prof. Ahmed Boucenna of the Physics Department and Science Faculty at Ferhat Abbas University in Setif, Algeria

http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0808/0808.0897.pdf

7) Another Dissenter: Atmospheric Scientist says’It does not follow logically that CO2 emissions drive a warming trend’ – October 6, 2008

Charles Clough is an atmospheric scientist and was Chief of the Atmospheric Effects Team with the Department of the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground from 1982 until 2006. Air Force serving as a meteorologist. He retired from the position as Chief of the Aberdeen Test Center Meteorology Team

http://www.dcexaminer.com/opinion/columns/guestcolumnists/Officials_should_look_deeper_at_climate_change.html

For a full report on the growing dissent see 2007/2008 U.S. Senate Report on over 400 (now 500 and growing) skeptics. See: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.SenateReport ]

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CLIMATE SCIENCE IN AN ERA OF NEGATIVE DISCOVERY – PRESENTATION

October 7, 2008 (uploaded to ICSC site 20/10/08): Hear ICSC Executive Director Tom Harris’ presentation at the 13th Annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Waterborne Transportation (read excerpts from program).  View slides shown during the talk.

http://www.climatescienceinternational.org

Scientist develops software to understand aliens from outer space! – October 20, 2008

Excerpt: Alien Life Form is a software package that compares alien language sounds with those of 60 human languages in the hope that there is a common thread. John Elliott of Leeds Metropolitan University said his software will decipher the structure of their language and be the first step in understanding what any space creatures are saying.His theory is that even an alien language far removed from any on Earth is likely to have recognizable patterns that could help reveal how intelligent the life forms are.

http://www.itexaminer.com/scientist-develops-software-to-understand-aliens.aspx

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Marc Morano

Communications Director

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Inhofe Staff

202-224-5762

202-224-5167 (fax)

marc_morano@epw.senate.gov

www.epw.senate.gov

Defenders of Wildlife’s Partisan & Misleading Ads on Aerial Wolf Hunt

Follow up to Report Exposing Green Groups as Democratic Party ‘Machines’

This report is part of an ongoing oversight investigation into the funding and partisan political activities of environmental groups.

In September 2008, the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund launched a graphic television ad condemning Senator McCain’s Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, and her support for aerial wolf hunting.  This ad has been both a virtual cash machine for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, as well as a targeted attack at one of their political adversaries.  The group claims to have raised $600,000 in the first six hours after the ad was released. To date they have raised a total of $1 million from the ad. [See September 25, 2008 report about the questionable political activities of environmental organizations that are often disguised as environmental causes. Inhofe Report Exposes Environmental Groups as ‘Massive Democratic Political Machines’]

Defenders of Wildlife’s 2005 IRS 990 form, the most recently available, shows the organization’s total revenue in 2005 was $1.7 million and total expenses were $2.1 million. With one political campaign ad, the organization has raised over half of their 2005 budget in less than one month. This is a significant source of income from a politically driven campaign.

The facts presented in the ad are questionable. Here is an excerpt from the ad:

    • “The more voters learn about Sarah Palin (R-AK), the less there is to like.  As Alaska governor, Sarah Palin actively promotes the brutal and unethical aerial hunting of wolves and other wildlife,” the narrator says.

    • “Using a low-flying plane, they kill in winter, when there is no way to escape.  Riddled with gunshots, biting at their backs in agony, they die a brutal death.  And Palin even encouraged the cruelty by proposing a $150 bounty for the severed foreleg of each killed wolf.  And then introduced a bill to make the killing easier,” the narrator says.  “Do we really want a vice president who champions such savagery?”

Though the ad is graphic, it provides an incomplete picture, and attempts to place doubts in voters’ minds about electing Sarah Palin as Vice President. The ad presents a clear example of environmental groups engaging in political activity, with only the veil of an environmental cause.

The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is registered as a 501(c)(4), operating as a tax- exempt organization. Unlike 501(c)(3) organizations, donations to 501(c)(4) organizations are not tax deductible. Under the scope of promoting the general welfare, the 501(c)(4) organizations can engage in political activities with fewer restrictions than a 501(c)(3). For example, a 501(c)(4)’s general lobbying efforts are almost unlimited.  Additionally, a 501(c)(4) can promote a candidate for office, as long as campaigning is not the organization’s primary purpose according to the IRS.

It appears Defenders of Wildlife’s purpose is political campaigning. From looking at the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund IRS Form 990’s and their publicly available information on their website, it is not clear that they spend any of the money they raise on behalf of wolves actually helping wolf populations.

‘Replace Problem Officials’ in DC

The group’s own website highlights their political activities, stating that the organization focuses on stopping the alleged anti-conservation policies of the Bush administration and, in the past, the alleged anti-conservation policies of the Congress. It educates the public about the legislative records of members of Congress through its Conservation Report Card. According to their website, the group lobbies to defeat bad policies and enact good ones, and runs public education campaigns designed to hold Representatives and Senators accountable for their actions.

Rodger Schlickeisen, CEO of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, says it best, “In this political era, the worst enemy of responsible environmental protection and conservation continues to be our elected leaders in Washington. It is not enough for the environmental community to focus on persuading elected officials to be good stewards of our land, air and water; it must hold accountable and replace problem officials themselves [emphasis added]. The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund does just that.”

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund receives an IRS tax-exempt status, despite the fact that the group is dedicated to “replac[ing] problem officials” – those they do not agree with.  These basic facts raise the question of how an organization can generate so much of its funds from political campaigns and make political statements and NOT be primarily focused on political campaigning. According to the IRS, 501(c)(4)s can promote a candidate, as long as campaigning is not the organization’s primary purpose.

Defenders of Wildlife is not acting in isolation as these types of activities have become quite common among many environmental organizations.

The recently released funding report, which focused on the financial intricacies and political ties of major environmental activist groups, found a number of incidents where activities were questionable and the trail of money were tied closely to inherently political activities. [See: Inhofe Report Exposes Environmental Groups as ‘Massive Democratic Political Machines’] Many of these organizations are registered as a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit groups but are clearly and substantial involved in partisan politics.

Because the IRS does not require 501(c) organizations to detail election spending or to list contributors, it is difficult to track their political activity.

Defenders of Wildlife appears to be far more interested in partisan politics than environmental causes. Stay tuned for further investigations of this growing problem in the coming days and weeks.

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Related Link:

Inhofe Report Exposes Environmental Groups as ‘Massive Democratic Political Machines’ – September 25, 2008

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Marc Morano

Communications Director

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Inhofe Staff

202-224-5762

202-224-5167 (fax)

marc_morano@epw.senate.gov

www.epw.senate.gov

Defenders of Wildlife’s Partisan & Misleading Ads on Aerial Wolf Hunt

Follow up to Report Exposing Green Groups as Democratic Party ‘Machines’

This report is part of an ongoing oversight investigation into the funding and partisan political activities of environmental groups.

In September 2008, the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund launched a graphic television ad condemning Senator McCain’s Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, and her support for aerial wolf hunting.  This ad has been both a virtual cash machine for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, as well as a targeted attack at one of their political adversaries.  The group claims to have raised $600,000 in the first six hours after the ad was released. To date they have raised a total of $1 million from the ad. [See September 25, 2008 report about the questionable political activities of environmental organizations that are often disguised as environmental causes. Inhofe Report Exposes Environmental Groups as ‘Massive Democratic Political Machines’]

Defenders of Wildlife’s 2005 IRS 990 form, the most recently available, shows the organization’s total revenue in 2005 was $1.7 million and total expenses were $2.1 million. With one political campaign ad, the organization has raised over half of their 2005 budget in less than one month. This is a significant source of income from a politically driven campaign.

The facts presented in the ad are questionable. Here is an excerpt from the ad:

“The more voters learn about Sarah Palin (R-AK), the less there is to like.  As Alaska governor, Sarah Palin actively promotes the brutal and unethical aerial hunting of wolves and other wildlife,” the narrator says.

“Using a low-flying plane, they kill in winter, when there is no way to escape.  Riddled with gunshots, biting at their backs in agony, they die a brutal death.  And Palin even encouraged the cruelty by proposing a $150 bounty for the severed foreleg of each killed wolf.  And then introduced a bill to make the killing easier,” the narrator says.  “Do we really want a vice president who champions such savagery?”

Though the ad is graphic, it provides an incomplete picture, and attempts to place doubts in voters’ minds about electing Sarah Palin as Vice President. The ad presents a clear example of environmental groups engaging in political activity, with only the veil of an environmental cause.

The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is registered as a 501(c)(4), operating as a tax- exempt organization. Unlike 501(c)(3) organizations, donations to 501(c)(4) organizations are not tax deductible. Under the scope of promoting the general welfare, the 501(c)(4) organizations can engage in political activities with fewer restrictions than a 501(c)(3). For example, a 501(c)(4)’s general lobbying efforts are almost unlimited.  Additionally, a 501(c)(4) can promote a candidate for office, as long as campaigning is not the organization’s primary purpose according to the IRS.

It appears Defenders of Wildlife’s purpose is political campaigning. From looking at the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund IRS Form 990’s and their publicly available information on their website, it is not clear that they spend any of the money they raise on behalf of wolves actually helping wolf populations.

‘Replace Problem Officials’ in DC

The group’s own website highlights their political activities, stating that the organization focuses on stopping the alleged anti-conservation policies of the Bush administration and, in the past, the alleged anti-conservation policies of the Congress. It educates the public about the legislative records of members of Congress through its Conservation Report Card. According to their website, the group lobbies to defeat bad policies and enact good ones, and runs public education campaigns designed to hold Representatives and Senators accountable for their actions.

Rodger Schlickeisen, CEO of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, says it best, “In this political era, the worst enemy of responsible environmental protection and conservation continues to be our elected leaders in Washington. It is not enough for the environmental community to focus on persuading elected officials to be good stewards of our land, air and water; it must hold accountable and replace problem officials themselves [emphasis added]. The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund does just that.”

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund receives an IRS tax-exempt status, despite the fact that the group is dedicated to “replac[ing] problem officials” – those they do not agree with.  These basic facts raise the question of how an organization can generate so much of its funds from political campaigns and make political statements and NOT be primarily focused on political campaigning. According to the IRS, 501(c)(4)s can promote a candidate, as long as campaigning is not the organization’s primary purpose.

Defenders of Wildlife is not acting in isolation as these types of activities have become quite common among many environmental organizations.

The recently released funding report, which focused on the financial intricacies and political ties of major environmental activist groups, found a number of incidents where activities were questionable and the trail of money were tied closely to inherently political activities. [See: Inhofe Report Exposes Environmental Groups as ‘Massive Democratic Political Machines’] Many of these organizations are registered as a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit groups but are clearly and substantial involved in partisan politics.

Because the IRS does not require 501(c) organizations to detail election spending or to list contributors, it is difficult to track their political activity.

Defenders of Wildlife appears to be far more interested in partisan politics than environmental causes. Stay tuned for further investigations of this growing problem in the coming days and weeks.

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Related Link:

Inhofe Report Exposes Environmental Groups as ‘Massive Democratic Political Machines’ – September 25, 2008

# # #

Marc Morano

Communications Director

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Inhofe Staff

202-224-5762