Icing The Hype
Dec 17, 2007
NY Times Reporter Andrew Revkin’s Note: The Politcal Communicator

Marc Morano quotes in Andrew Revkin’s New York Times dotearth blog

Marc Morano is the director of communications for Senator James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who has long contended that dangerous human-driven global warming is a hoax, attended the talks on behalf of his boss. Some of the concerns he expresses below were addressed in my Week in Review story today.

The UN climate conference in Bali revealed a few things:
1) The UN certainly knows how to throw a party and choose an exotic island paradise venue.
2) The UN once again displayed its intolerance for dissenting opinion as it squelched a team of scientists attending the conference who were promoting an abundance of peer-reviewed scientific data debunking the IPCC predictions. In addition, the UN and the much of the media shamefully ignored a letter debunking climate fears signed by over 100 prominent scientists (including renowned scientists like Dr. Reid Bryson, “the father of meteorology” and Dr. Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists (more on the letter is here). This follows UN leaders saying it was “immoral” to question predictions of climate doom. The media’s failure to cover many significant issues at the conference underscores the need for news outlets like the Inhofe EPW Press Blog.
3) If the UN were serious about reducing worldwide emissions, it would incorporate the developing worlds’ emissions into its plans. As Senator James Inhofe (Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee has consistently said, technology promotion and sharing are the only real way to achieve meaningful reductions in the future, not a failed Kyoto 2 approach.
4) Once again, the UN conference revealed that politics and the preservation of its bureaucracy are more important than “solving” the so-called “climate crisis.” The idea of a global carbon tax was urged at the conference as well as calls for massive “redistribution” of wealth.
5) After spending a whole week in Bali, I can say one thing with absolute certainty: If we were facing a man-made climate catastrophe and the United Nations were our only hope to solve it, we would all be doomed.


Dec 17, 2007
Fortnight Of The Undead: Bali Diary

By Lord Christopher Mockton in Nusa Dua, Bali

I nearly didn’t go to Bali. The UN, which had not wanted any dissent at this carefully-staged event, rejected my journalistic credentials out of hand, and without explanation. However, a non-government organization came to the rescue and the high priests didn’t dare to say No a second time. That would have looked too obvious. I proved my journo-cred by writing a major article in the Jakarta Post on day 1 of the conference, cheekily claiming my share of the Nobel Prize because the IPCC had made a correction to its latest Holy Book at my suggestion, and concluding that, since our influence on the climate is a non-problem, and the correct approach to a non-problem is to do nothing, my fellow-participants should have the courage to do nothing and push off home.

The Post circulated the article to all delegates and syndicated it worldwide, provoking weeping and gnashing of dentures among the zombies at my challenge to the scientific accuracy of the Holy Books of the IPCC. I don’t think the UN will dare to question my journalistic credentials again. The UN’s sinister bureaucrats were furious that their attempt to stop me writing in the newspapers from the conference had failed. So they interrupted a presentation by me to delegates, threatened to have me thrown out by Security if I addressed any meeting open to the Press in the conference venues, and cancelled without reason a room they had previously booked for our team’s daily conferences.

Bryan Leyland, the leader of our delegation and an engineer far too highly-qualified to be an IPCC reviewer, asked the IPCC lead author how many more years of temperatures failing to rise as predicted would convince him to give up the pretence that the IPCC’s predictions have any connection with reality. Answer came there none. Read full diary account here.


Dec 16, 2007
Politics Posing as Science

By Kenneth P. Green, Joel M. Schwartz, Steven F. Hayward

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of its Synthesis Report (SR) should be taken with several chunks of salt. The summary itself is a political document that downplays assessments of uncertainty from the scientific reports written by the main body of the IPCC, which themselves are far more subjective than the IPCC would have one believe. Equally important, both the IPCC’s summaries and main reports omit much contrary evidence. In several cases, the SR disagrees with the reports on which it is based, and it fails to take account of cautionary publications in the scientific literature that were available early enough to have been incorporated into the SR. Climate change and climate policy are key issues for future human welfare, but that concern should translate into sober analysis and actions that are likely to do more good than harm. The people of the world should not let themselves be steamrolled by a report that reflects the IPCC’s interest in promoting climate change fears, rather than in conveying the weight of the scientific evidence.

In other words, the SPMs contain what the IPCC’s political leadership wishes to emphasize about climate change, and this political leadership has never been shy about affirming that its ostensibly dispassionate scientific reviews are intended to serve the political goal of stimulating the world’s governments to impose deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Commenting on the then-upcoming release of the WG I SPM, IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said, “I hope that [the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment] will shock the governments so much that they take action."According to Der Spiegel, “When Renate Christ, the secretary of the IPCC, is asked about her opinion of reporting on climate change, she refers to articles that mention ‘climate catastrophe’ and calls them ‘rather refreshing.’” Read the full report here.


Dec 14, 2007
Skeptical Scientists Kicked Off UN Press Schedule in Bali … Again

PRNewswire-USNewswire/—For the second time this week, the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) was kicked off the press schedule for the United Nations’ climate conference in Bali, Indonesia. The ICSC is a group of scientists from Africa, Australia, Europe, India, New Zealand, and the U.S. who contend sound science does not support the outrageous claims and draconian regulations proposed in Bali.

The ICSC team leader, Bryan Leyland, an expert in carbon and energy trading, reported, “This morning I confirmed we had the main conference hall for 9:00 AM tomorrow. At 4:30 PM today, I found that Barbara Black bumped us off the schedule and closed further bookings. I’m fuming.” Black is NGO liaison officer for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali.

Earlier in the week, UN officials in Bali closed down the ICSC’s first press conference there. Black interrupted the press conference and demanded the scientists immediately cease. She threatened to have the police physically remove them from the premises. Black’s efforts are part of the United Nations’ ongoing censorship of dissenting voices at Bali. ICSC scientists have been prevented from participating in panel discussions, side events, and exhibits. 


Dec 13, 2007
Gore: US Blocking Climate Talks Progress. US Response: Gore Wrong

Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday the United States is “principally responsible” for blocking progress at the U.N. climate conference in Bali. Gore urged delegates at the conference to take urgent action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. “My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali,” said Gore, who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for helping alert the world to the danger of climate change. The United States has opposed including in a final conference document a suggestion that industrialized countries reduce emissions by between 25 percent and 40 percent by 2020.

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Earlier Thursday, European nations threatened to boycott U.S.-led climate talks next month unless Washington accepts a range of numbers for negotiating deep reductions of global-warming emissions. See more here. See US response here.


Dec 13, 2007
It is No Longer Science…It Is a Circus !

By Eugenio Hackbart, METSUL Weather Center, Brazil

Should we have any doubt that global warming hysteria has reached an all-time high ? “If the worst projections regarding climate change in Northern Europe prove to be correct, Santa Claus will dress in Bermuda shorts and is going to travel with a sleigh pulled by camels instead of reindeers”. This is the initial sentence of a report (link below) published today in the popular news site of Latin America Terra, based on a newswire by agency AFP, concerning global warming. Later, the report states that the worst forecast point to a warming of 8C until the year 2080 and that the average temperature in the area of Rovaniemi – the supposed home address of Santa Claus - would top to 8C below zero in the end of the century (not exactly shorts and camel weather)

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People are being bombarded everyday by freaky reports. This is no longer a scientific issue. Global warming definitely became a circus. Report in Portuguese is here.


Dec 09, 2007
In “Biting Cold”, Disappointing Attendance at London Global Warming Protest

By Tom Nelson

Carrying banners with slogans like “cut carbon not forests” and “actions speak louder than words” protesters in London marched in torrential rain and biting cold past parliament and through Trafalgar Square to rally in front of the U.S. embassy.  Update: Check this out--Reuters has now removed ”and biting cold” from the above sentence: Carrying banners with slogans like “cut carbon not forests” and “actions speak louder than words” protesters in London marched in torrential rain past parliament and through Trafalgar Square to rally in front of the U.S. embassy.

Note also the paragraph about disappointing attendance: British police said 2,000 people took part in the march. Organisers said they estimated the number at 7,000. Note that organizers had hoped for a vastly greater turnout: Organisers say they hope up to 40,000 people could attend the rally. “Last year we attracted 35,000 people and we hope this will be bigger,” said Phil Thornhill of the Campaign Against Climate Change, which is organising the event. 


Dec 07, 2007
Tussle on Global Warming

By Brandon Larrabee, Savannah Morning News

Georgia lawmakers set up a meeting, which included members of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee and the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee, to hear testimony on whether cars, power plants and other human activities contribute to climate change by belching out greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, questioned the scientific consensus that the Earth is warming. He pointed out that most scientists in Christopher Columbus’ day believed the Earth was flat and that a squadron of fighter planes lost over Greenland in 1942 was found in the 1990s under 250 feet of ice, even as the world was reportedly getting warmer. Seabaugh said he believed the theory of man-made climate change was being pushed by industries that could benefit financially.

In a separate presentation, self-proclaimed global warming skeptic Harold Brown, an agricultural scientist and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, said many were worried about “global cooling” as recently as the 1970s. He also said some of the direst effects of a warming world, such as an increase in the number of deaths because of heat-related illnesses, might not be as bad as some feared, even if climate change were to continue.

“Global warming is a wonderful environmental disease,” he said sarcastically. “It has a thousand symptoms and a thousand cures and it has tens of thousands of practitioners with job security for decades to come unless the press and public opinion get tired of it.” Read more here.


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