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Star Tribune common sense and the Gorsuch nomination

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Dang if the Star Tribune isn’t surprising the heck out of me with their third reasonable editorial in the span of 11 days.  Perhaps my faithful support as a paperboy and subscriber going back almost 40 years is starting to pay some dividends. First they penned “Take prudent steps to keep protests safe” where they basically agreed with Republican efforts to more effectively deter protesters from shutting down highways sent a vital message that recent protester behavior is unacceptable.  I praised it as a vital step forward toward restoring order and public safety. Then on Wednesday they communicated some important energy truth...

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Key points about the Dakota pipeline you probably never heard

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There was a surprisingly amount of energy truth contained in a November Washington Post editorial about the Dakota pipeline protests: How did the out-of-state activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline arrive at the North Dakota site? How were the sleeping bags they will use when the high plains winter arrives manufactured and shipped to the stores at which they were purchased? What are the plastics made of in the phones they have been using at Standing Rock, N.D.? The Post spoke truth to passion by explaining that oil is “energy dense and easy to transport” and “[p]ractically nothing modern Americans do — including...

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2016 El Nino Warmth Not Statistically Warmer than 1998 El Nino Year

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just reported that 2016 was the 2nd warmest year on record in the United States.  Former NASA climatologist Roy Spencer’s global satellite dataset of the lower troposphere temperature found the 2016 El Nino year to be a record, but only a statistically insignificant 0.02 degrees C warmer than the last big El Nino year in 1998.  That a slowly warming world would tie a temperature record during an El Nino year is not remarkable or alarming, and everyone expects 2017 to be significantly cooler.  With a cooler 2017 the 18 year warming pause should...

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Climate Change 12: Reasonable Balance is Needed. How Over-Regulation Kills People.

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Former NASA climatologist Roy Spencer, who continues to compile and maintain one of the global satellite temperature records, is one of the leading skeptics of climate alarmism.  As with much of his writing at DrRoySpencer.com, his recent piece on over-regulation made many important and reasonable points that never seem to be considered when the Environmental Protection Agency makes decisions that “weaken our economy and destroy jobs, with no measurable benefit to the climate system.” The overarching goal of every regulatory agency is to write regulations. That’s their reason for existence. It’s not to strengthen the economy. Or protect jobs. It’s to regulate. As a...

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Climate Change 11: Alarmists predict doom but a healthier world is reality

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Considering climate alarmists history of alarmingly false predictions, it’s curious that their forecasts continue to accepted as credible by so many.  Here’s what Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer wrote in 1990: [By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots.  … [By 1996] the Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers. … The Mexican police will round up illegal American migrants surging into Mexico seeking...

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Climate Change 10: Why we argue about it, unsettled science and the moral question.

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John Christy is a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville who maintains one of the global satellite temperature records and is one of the leading skeptics of climate alarmism.  His op-ed, Why Do We Argue About Climate Change, hits on a number of important points typically absent from the pubic debate. Christy says “we basically cannot prove anything about how the climate will change as a result of adding extra greenhouse gases to the atmosphere” so “we are left to argue about unprovable claims.” We can measure and prove that greenhouse gases are increasing. And, in the...

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Climate Change 9: How Useful (or Accurate) is a Forecast 75 Years Out That Won’t Be Noticeable for 300 Years?

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Climate scientists Patrick Michaels and Paul Knappenberger’s terrific new book exposes the “pseudoscience” that the “the debate is over” crowd relies on for their alarmist dictates.  That crowd is big and powerful, but nowhere near 97% of climate scientists (or anybody else) endorse the impoverishing policies that will change our climate in ways that won’t even be measurable 75 years from now. The book, Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, acknowledges that climate change is real and partially man-made, but shows that the mild, gradual warming we are experiencing doesn’t come close to the catastrophic levels predicted by the...

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Cops Clamp Down on Bemidji Pipeline Protesters

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The bad manners on display by pipeline protesters in North Dakota the past few months appear to have inspired their counterparts across the border this week in northern Minnesota. But maybe law enforcement agencies also learned a thing or two from the decisive action taken by their peers on the Dakota Access Pipeline, judging from the outcome of a publicity stunt by pipeline protesters in Bemidji on Tuesday. The incident unfolded at an open meeting held at a hotel by Enbridge pipeline company to outline plans to replace an aging oil pipeline that runs through northern Minnesota. Before long, however, environmental activist Winona LaDuke...

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Climate Change 8: “Pseudoscience,” Politicized Science, and the Consequences of Energy Poverty

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[caption id="attachment_5310" align="alignright" width="253"] The cover of the 2014 Third Assessment Report makes our situation look very scary.[/caption] Climate scientists Patrick Michaels and Paul Knappenberger’s terrific new book exposes the “pseudoscience” that the “the debate is over” crowd relies on for their alarmist dictates.  That crowd is big and powerful, but nowhere near 97% of climate scientists (or anybody else) endorse the impoverishing policies that will change our climate in ways that won’t even be measurable 75 years from now. The book, Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, acknowledges that climate change is real and partially man-made, but shows that...

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Climate Change 7: How Global Warming is Both a “Hoax” and a Legitimate Area of Study

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Former NASA climatologist Roy Spencer, who continues to compile and maintain one of the global satellite temperature records, is one of the leading skeptics of climate alarmism.  As with much of his writing at DrRoySpencer.com, his recent concise summary of key points in the debate was excellent.  He argues that climate change is a hoax, not because the earth is not gradually warming, but because of costly policy dictates that demonize CO2 and won’t even make a measurable difference. While it might sound cynical, global warming has been used politically in order for governments to gain control over the private sector. Bob...

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