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Global Warming: Hot Topic, Cold Reality

Posted: 03/09/2009 - After George F. Will wrote a column last month questioning the faulty premises and apocalyptic predictions of global-warming alarmists, he caught holy heck from America’s “eco-pessimists.” He and his editors at The Washington Post were blasted with thousands of angry e-mails, most of which challenged Will’s assertion that global sea ice levels have not been dramatically reduced by man-made global warming, as environmentalists claim, but are essentially the same as they were in 1979. Will, who had used data from the Arctic Climate Research Center as his source, also was accused of multiple inaccuracies by The New York Times’ Andrew Revkin. Will wrote a second column defending his data and returning fire at Revkin.

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Southwest Drought?

Posted: 03/09/2009 - Science magazine claims in a recent article (attached) by Benjamin Somers and Becky Ham: “Drought in the American Southwest, already decades old, could soon be exacerbated as rainfall plummets.” Yet according to the people who really know and work with the data every day and not models, Roosevelt Lake in Arizona has reached highest level ever and the all time record level is even prompting SRP water releases.

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Former VP Gore Tries On 'Emperor's New Clothes'

Posted: 03/09/2009 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography is awarding its first-ever Roger Revelle Prize to former Vice President Al Gore. (Icecap note: [Long time meteorologist] John Coleman’s station in San Diego KUSI covered the event live. But then the station ran John’s two and one-half minute report on the irony of the award since Revelle had changed his mind about CO2 before he died.)

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An Actual Global Warming Debate !

Posted: 03/09/2009 - I write to report on a debate that defeated the motion “This House Believes Global Warming is a Global Crisis” during a meeting of the St Andrews University Debating Society. It is difficult to arrange a debate of anthropogenic (that is, man-made) global warming (AGW) because few proponents of AGW are willing to face such debate. They know from past experience that they always lose such debates because there is no evidence that AGW exists and much evidence that it does not.

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Anti-CO2 Campaign Like An Atom Bomb On U.S. Economy

Posted: 03/09/2009 - The CO2 wars have begun. Presumably following White House directions, the EPA is ready to issue an “Endangerment Finding” on carbon dioxide, paving the way for regulations to control CO2 emissions. But with over one million “major stationary sources,” a full-blown application of the Clean Air Act would be the equivalent of an atomic bomb directed at the US economy - all without any scientific justification. Hence there is speculation that the White House strategy is to use the threat of EPA regulation to force Congress to take action. But why reduce CO2 emission at all? � CO2 is not a “pollutant.” � The climate has not been warming since 1998 - in spite of steadily rising CO2 levels. Ultimately, ideology may be what’s fueling the CO2 wars.

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Where’s the Global Warming?

Posted: 03/09/2009 - The United States has shivered through an unusually severe winter... Earlier this year, Europe was gripped by such a killing cold wave... Last week, satellite data showed three of the Great Lakes - Erie, Superior, and Huron - almost completely frozen over... In Washington, D.C., what was supposed to be a massive rally against global warming was upstaged by the heaviest snowfall of the season, which paralyzed the capital... None of this proves conclusively that a period of planetary cooling is irrevocably underway... Isn’t it possible that the most apocalyptic voices of global-warming alarmism might not be the only ones worth listening to?... There is no shame in conceding that science still has a long way to go before it fully understands the immense complexity of the Earth’s ever-changing climate(s)... But for many people, the science of climate change is not nearly as important as the religion of climate change... When Al Gore insisted yet again at a conference last Thursday that there can be no debate about global warming, he was speaking not with the authority of a man of science, but with the closed-minded dogmatism of a religious zealot.

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High winds rake Illinois, Indiana

Posted: 03/09/2009 - High wind warnings are still posted in portions of Indiana after a day of damaging thunderstorms.

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March 9 Hazardous Weather Outlook

Updated: 03/09/2009 - THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST ALABAMA... SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL GEORGIA...AND THE FLORIDA BIG BEND AND PANHANDLE...AND ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

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New storm brewing in the Central U.S.

Posted: 03/08/2009 - As one storm departs by early Monday morning, another storm will begin to gather itself in the center of the country.

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NASA launches telescope to scout for Earths

Posted: 03/08/2009 - NASA launched a pioneering telescope on Friday to survey a corner of the galaxy in hopes of learning if other planets like Earth exist.

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March 6 Hazardous Weather Outlook

Posted: 03/06/2009 - THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST ALABAMA... SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL GEORGIA...AND THE FLORIDA BIG BEND AND PANHANDLE...AND ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS

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"It's the Sun, Stupid !"

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The amount and distribution of solar energy that we receive varies as the Earth revolves around the Sun and also in response to changes in the Sun's activity Chinese imperial astronomers kept detailed sunspot records. They noticed that more sunspots meant warmer weather on Earth. Is it true then that solar radiation, which supplies Earth with the energy that drives our climate, and caused so many climate shifts over the ages, is no longer the principal influence on climate change? The most recent scientific evidence shows that even small changes in solar radiation have a strong effect on Earth’s temperature and climate. Bill Clinton used to sum up politics by saying, “It’s the economy, stupid!” Now we can fairly sum up climate change by saying, “It’s the Sun, stupid!”

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Global Warming - Missing in Action

Posted: 03/05/2009 - Michael Reilly posted an article in Discovery News that is getting a lot of internet traffic, as well it should. It brings up the possibility that warming of the planet will not resume. First, Reilly cites a new study in Geophysical Research Letters which suggests that global warming might stop for up to 30 years. Wait, in the 1970s, there was fear of an impending ice age. Newsweek published The Cooling World in 1975. Since then, the planet has warmed for, uh, about 30 years! As a scientist, I have been hesitant about the runaway warming train for one main reason: Feedback Mechanisms. Regardless of my belief in the natural cycles and variability, Earth has a way of balancing out extremes.

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Global Cooling, or Global Warming on Hold?

Updated: 03/05/2009 - For those who have endured this winter’s frigid temperatures and today’s heavy snowstorm in the Northeast, the concept of global warming may seem, well, almost wishful. But climate is known to be variable—a cold winter, or a few strung together doesn’t mean the planet is cooling. Still, according to a new study, global warming may have hit a speed bump and could go into hiding for decades.

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Opinion: Cap and Trade Ignores History’s Warning

Posted: 03/05/2009 - Despite consistently describing the economic situation as being dire, President Barack Obama is rapidly moving forward with policies that have the potential to seriously harm American industry. But the question is begged: If green energy is so wonderful, why isn’t the free market jumping at the opportunity? If the program needs the government’s hand to jump-start it, it will need government’s dollars to sustain it. And if those are ever in short supply, it will risk collapse. A good case study is ethanol. After years of promoting it as an alternative to fossil fuels, the sad truth has emerged over time that the industry is almost entirely dependent upon the government. As previously reported, there can be unintended side-effects - in the case of ethanol, government subsidies have contributed to food shortages in certain regions around the world, leading to political and economic destabilization.

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Want Green Jobs? Cut the Green Tape

Posted: 03/05/2009 - We hear a lot today about generating green jobs along with green power and fuel. But as Congress just passed a stimulus package with tens of billions of dollars in spending for clean energy and infrastructure projects, we have to ask ourselves what are the odds these projects will go forward when existing projects are being stymied.

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The Gore Effect

Posted: 03/05/2009 - The Gore Effect was first noticed during a January 2004 global warming rally in New York City, held during one of the coldest days in the city’s history. Since then, evidence has mounted of a correlation between global warming activism and severely cold weather. Theories, e.g., citing the influence of sun spot activity, have gained increasing credence as scientists have noted global warming in recent years on other planets, which presumably have been human-free. If nothing else, the Gore Effect proves that God has a sense of humor.

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Actual Science Rules Upcoming Climate Conference

Posted: 03/05/2009 - As an organizer of the conference, I have had so many impeccably credentialed scientists ask to speak that I have had to beat them off with a stick. Still other highly credentialed scientists are waiting in the wings for 2010 because we haven’t been able to fit them into the 2008 or 2009 program. Moreover, these are some of the most brilliant minds in science speaking out against the so-called global warming crisis. Among the speakers at next week’s conference are scientists from Harvard, MIT, NASA, NOAA, etc. etc.

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Cooling Continues - Where's the Coverage?

Posted: 03/05/2009 - Temperatures have plummeted to record or near-record lows in 32 states this winter. On March 2, a global warming protest in Washington, D.C. was buried by nearly a foot of snow. And a new study warns that the Earth could be in for a 30-year cooling trend. Reality is not cooperating with the network news’ global warming theme, yet reporters are unwilling to even discuss the possibility that the Earth is cooling.

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