Political Climate
Mar 07, 2008
NY Climate Conference: Journey to the Center of Warming Sanity

By Marc Sheppard, American Thinker

If you rely solely on the mainstream media to keep informed, you may not have heard that the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change concluded in New York City on Tuesday.  And if you have heard anything—this being primarily a forum of skeptics—it was likely of a last gasp effort by “flat-Earthers” sponsored by right-wingers in the pockets of big-oil to breathe life into their dying warming denial agenda. Well, having just returned from the 3 day event, I’m happy to report that the struggle against the ravages of warming alarmism is not only alive, but healthier than ever.

Granting a long overdue forum to noted dissenting scientists, economists and policy experts from around the world, the Heartland Institute-sponsored symposium at the Marriott Marquis offered welcomed reasoned analysis as alternative to last December’s hysterical circus which was Bali. If you rely solely on the mainstream media to keep informed, you may not have heard that the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change concluded in New York City on Tuesday.  And if you have heard anything—this being primarily a forum of skeptics—it was likely of a last gasp effort by “flat-Earthers” sponsored by right-wingers in the pockets of big-oil to breathe life into their dying warming denial agenda. Well, having just returned from the 3 day event, I’m happy to report that the struggle against the ravages of warming alarmism is not only alive, but healthier than ever.

That is, until you’re reminded of what the alarmists are planning. Which I quickly was at Tuesday morning’s final political forum.  For openers, CEI senior fellow Marlo Lewis painted a harrowing picture of an America in which CO2 had been declared a pollutant by the EPA.  He warned of an extension of Clean Air Act section 165 (preventing significant deterioration of air quality) to limit building and expansion permits for hotels, restaurants or any structure using natural gas for heating or cooking.  He then coined the phrase “policy terrorism” to describe potential EPA extortion—accept cap and trade or we’ll blow up your economy. Nice.

Marc Morano reminded us of the global Carbon tax urged by a panel of UN experts at Bali.  And of the words of MIT climate scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen: “Controlling Carbon is a bureaucrat’s dream. If you control carbon you control life.” As an example of just how scary green policy may soon become, Morano noted “If polar bears are listed under the Endangered Species Act, then someone running a lawnmower in Miami could, theoretically, be cited for endangering the polar bear.” Dr. Michael R. Fox then pointed out how lessons learned by the nuclear industry—after its assault at the hands of “energy illiterate” activists—must be appreciated in dealing with the current attack by “climate illiterates.”

Earlier that morning, the president of the Czech Republic, Hon. Vaclav Klaus, received a standing ovation when he declared Europe’s emission reduction goals impossible to meet without lowering populations or creating widespread poverty. So, they’re wrong on the science. They’re wrong on the solutions. And, implementing their wrong solutions will impede freedom, retard growth and, ultimately, destroy economies.  All while changing global mean temperatures not one single degree. Not one.

As I hopped on the train headed for home, it struck me—I may well have just left the only place on Earth where walked, however briefly, more sane-thinkers on the subject than not. The chill the thought sent up my spine is not completely gone.  Read more of Marc’s detailed conference summary here.



Mar 05, 2008
Sydney’s Coolest Summer in 50 Years Leaves Empty Cafes, Gloom

By Shani Raja and Simeon Bennett, Bloomberg

Sydney residents and tourists are cursing La Nina as the harbor city says goodbye to the summer that wasn’t. While the La Nina weather pattern is delivering rain to farmers after the worst drought in a century, it’s cutting profits for cafe owners, travel agents and insurers. Insurance Australia Group Ltd., the nation’s largest home insurer, last week posted a sixth straight profit decline after hail storms cost it A$105 million ($97 million). The yearly `Symphony in the Park,’ which usually attracts 80,000 people, had 700 this year as the orchestra played behind a tarpaulin during a downpour.

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Sydney’s famous Opera House courtesy www.greeatbuildings.com

“Everyone always thinks Australia is the best place for perfect weather, but I’m not sure I’ll believe it any more,” says Minsoo Seo, a 28-year-old marketing executive from Korea’s Jeju Island, as he gazes at the waves crashing toward Bondi Beach on Australia’s last day of summer. “The wind’s too strong,” he says after deciding against surfing on a grey, gusty morning.

After four years of water restrictions, Sydney saw about 50 percent more rain than usual this summer, according to Mike De Salis, a spokesman at Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. No day topped 31 degrees celsius (88 degrees fahrenheit) for the first time since 1956. Average daily sunshine totaled 6.7 hours, an hour less than normal and the lowest since 1991-92. The average maximum temperature was 25.2, the coolest since 1996-97.



Mar 04, 2008
Weather Channel Founder Blasts Network; Claims It Is ‘Telling Us What to Think’

By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute

The Weather Channel has lost its way, according to John Coleman, who founded the channel in 1982. Coleman told an audience at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change on March 3 in New York that he is highly critical of global warming alarmism. “The Weather Channel had great promise, and that’s all gone now because they’ve made every mistake in the book on what they’ve done and how they’ve done it and it’s very sad,” Coleman said. “It’s now for sale and there’s a new owner of The Weather Channel will be announced - several billion dollars having changed hands in the near future. Let’s hope the new owners can recapture the vision and stop reporting the traffic, telling us what to think and start giving us useful weather information.’’

Coleman also told the audience his strategy for exposing what he called “the fraud of global warming.” He advocated suing those who sell carbon credits, which would force global warming alarmists to give a more honest account of the policies they propose. The Weather Channel has been an outlet for global warming alarmism. In December 2006, The Weather Channel’s Heidi Cullen argued on her blog that weathercasters who had doubts about human influence on global warming should be punished with decertification by the American Meteorological Society.

Earlier at the conference Lord Christopher Monckton, a policy adviser to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, told an audience that the science will eventually prevail and the “scare” of global warming will go away. He also said the courts were a good avenue to show the science.  Read more here.



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