The Obama administration’s top environment regulator, after visiting Aspen’s X Games on Thursday, said neither falling oil prices nor Congress will block economic gains to be made by addressing climate change.
But in Colorado, a potentially devastating shift from snow to slush has begun.
“That’s why we’re here. People here do know the climate has changed. It’s been a notable change in how much snow is falling,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a Denver Post phone interview. “If we don’t take action now, that change will be a lot more extreme.”
Surging oil supplies and falling prices will not delay a transition away from fossil fuels in favor of renewable wind and solar energy, McCarthy said. “The work we’re doing with states, to think through our clean-power plan to regulate pollution from power plants, will really provide opportunities for significant investment in renewable energy,” she said.
In Colorado, she stood by Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola with Aspen Skiing Co. chief Mike Kaplan and warned that shorter winters and poor snow will hurt business. “Aspen could resemble Amarillo by 2100,” McCarthy said, according to her prepared remarks.
Icecap Note: Amarillo had 12 - 14” of snow this week.
EPA officials calculated that snow-related recreation contributes $67 billion a year to the U.S. economy, supporting 900,000 jobs.
Snowboard stars Gretchen Bleiler and Alex Deibold joined McCarthy at Aspen. The EPA has partnered with the nonprofit Protect Our Winters to enlist athletes and ski industry officials as advocates for climate-change action.
Please contact Bruce Finley: 303-954-1700, firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/finleybruce and tell him where he is going wrong.
2007/08 set all time snow record for much of North America from Alaska to Oregon to Utah and Colorado and Wisconsin to New England.
4 of the top 5 snowiest years for the hemisphere have occurred since 2007/08.
In the eastern US, major metros and ski areas have seen more major snowstorms this decade than any decade since record taking began in the 1950s.
By Anthony Sadar
Questioning global warming is no longer tolerated.
After hearing Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy speak at this month’s annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix, Arizona, I realized that the United States is truly in a world of trouble from too much pollution - not the “carbon” kind, but the ideological kind.
Ms. McCarthy’s presentation consisted of not only the typical derision of skeptics of man-made climate change and the distortion of climate reality, but included a rather delusional self-assessment.
Early in her talk, as usual, Ms. McCarthy denigrated any challengers to the so-called settled science of anthropogenic global warming as akin to “flat earth” believers. She went on to claim that our biggest danger is in not taking action to stop an evident climate catastrophe.
Ms. McCarthy declared that “science” is under attack as it has never been before and elaborated that there is an “all-out attack on science in D.C. right now.” Part of her solution is for scientists to be “more vocal,” supposedly to help her in the fight to save the planet.
For her part, Ms. McCarthy claimed that politics has “nothing zero” to do with her assessment of the science behind climate change. However, by all appearances, politics has everything to do with the issue. Much of her career has been closely tied to politics - apparently the kind aligned with statism - especially as an active state and federal bureaucrat.
Ms. McCarthy’s position of authority and her enthusiastic personal commitment and demeanor demands our attention, or perhaps, even our subservience. Make no mistake, the Obama administration is practically a driving force in climate science at the present time. The feds set the tone and those who are still honestly unconvinced of a looming disaster (aka “deniers") will not be tolerated. On the other hand, a fountain of federal funding is flowing for projects to evaluate weather and climate data with respect to how it proves that humans are altering the atmosphere. The compliant expectation of continued global warming is still the modus operandi in the atmospheric science field, even though, in spite of confident climate outlooks and a slight increase of global average temperature in 2014, readings have essentially leveled off for more than a decade and a half.
Studies in heat-related stress are in, studies in cold-related stress are out, regardless of the fact that fatalities from cold snaps can beat fatalities from hot spells by a wide margin.
There are many experienced atmospheric science practitioners like myself who have a different perspective, represent no corporate interests and are not connected with fossil fuel industries (except to enjoy the comfortable benefits afforded by modern energy sources). In my deliberations with numerous environmental professionals, so many have expressed some doubt (most much doubt) that humans are largely responsible for long-term global climate change.
Yet, the marching orders from the president with his administrationís rhetoric and the new Climate Action Plan are to promote and finance dubious renewable energy and carbon sequestration projects while warring against purportedly evil, but reliable, abundant, cheap, poverty-alleviating, job-creating and job-sustaining fossil fuels. Mother Earth must be defended at all costs - her children, not so much.
Forget the ethereal nature of long-range global climate predictions. The administration seems to have found a solid, scary problem to hype, “solve,” and leave as a legacy. Besides, Ms. McCarthy reminded the meteorological society audience that President Obama has claimed “climate change is a moral issue.” Moral for sure, because unfortunately, if the administration’s command and control of climate science persists, in years to come we’ll discover too late that the legacy was one of expanding poverty, contracting liberty and misdirecting science.
Anthony J. Sadar, a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, is author of “In Global Warming We Trust: A Heretic’s Guide to Climate Science” (Telescope Books, 2012).
Last Friday, NOAA and NASA officially declared 2014 as the hottest year in 134 years of record keeping, with an expected annual global temperature 0.68C above the 20th century average according to NOAA’s ‘dataset’.
In 2014, seven out of 12 months tied or topped previous monthly global temperature records. Oceans in particular experienced record warmth, with seven consecutive months- May through November - setting new records for surface ocean heat. Most importantly, 2014 sets the new global temperature record in the absence of an El Nino, a phenomenon which raises global temperature. Many of the previous hottest years on record have occurred during El Nno years, including 2010 and 2005, which now share the record for second hottest year.
As for the U.S., 2014 saw five new monthly heat records and was the 18th year in a row where the nationwide annual temperature average was hotter than usual.
ICECAP Note: Does this look like a warm year for the contiguous US?. After the coldest December to March since 1872 in places like Chicago and cool spring, July and 16th coldest November? This is the data that goes into the models and reanalysis - it is without the homogenization and other adjustments that NOAA and NASA use to support the politicos. Remember in this projection the higher latitudes are stretched. 90N and 90S are just a points of land but are stretched to appear as long as the equator.
And Alaska, Arizona, California, and Nevada each had their warmest year on record. Notably, California’s annual average temperature was an amazing 2.3C (4.1F) above the 20th century average, shattering the old record of 1.3C (2.3F) by 1C.
The record heat in 2014 is just the latest development as global warming turns up the heat at an alarming rate. February 1985 was the last month where global temperature fell below the 20th century monthly average, making December 2014 the 358th consecutive month where the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was above average. Each of the last three decades has been much warmer than the decade before.
On Friday, climate experts from NOAA and NASA will announce the new data on 2014 global temperatures during a media teleconference at 11 am EST. Media can participate by calling 800.593.7128 and the password “globe.” Or listen to the livestream.
For a more comprehensive run-down of the science, please check out our new backgrounder online here
For additional insights, the following experts are available for comment:
Michael Oppenheimer - Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University.
Radley Horton - Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University[s Center for Climate Systems Research
Michael E. Mann - Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University
Phone (cell): 814-777-3136
Climate Nexus is a strategic communications group dedicating to highlighting the wide-ranging impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the U.S.
In actual fact, it was the 9th warmest since 1979 in the far more accurate and non contaminated and non manipulated satellite data sets (RSS and UAH merged).
The pause in temperatures the last 18 years has occurred even as CO2 has continued to rise over 11%.
Winters have cooled for 25 years here in the United States, accelerating in the last decade and this year will continue or even increase the downtrend. The only reason that they can make the claim that every month since 1985 is warmer than average is that they cooled off the early 50 years of the century by 0.3F or more degrees with their ‘corrections’. See the difference between the National Academy of Sciences temperatures from 1975 versus the 2014 NASA GISS plot courtesy of Steve Goddard.