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A Little Clear Thinking and Perspective on the Houston Flood and Climate Change

As Houston still struggles through the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history we can be thankful that wealth, technology, planning, and generous help from neighbors has kept the loss of life to a minimum so far.  The Galveston hurricane of 1900 killed around 8,000 and Katrina tragically took over 1,800 lives.  Thankfully Harvey’s total is less than 1/50 of Katrina’s total so far. I was actually pleasantly surprised that I didn’t see much climate alarmist blaming the first few days of the tragedy but now that that is over we need to inject some facts and logic to show that...

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This time we are three years from climate disaster: Being an alarmist means never having to say you’re sorry.

Considering climate alarmist’s history of alarmingly false predictions, it’s curious that their forecasts continue to accepted as credible by so many.  Here’s the most recent headline from a few days ago: “We Have 3 Years to Save the Planet From Climate Disaster, Experts Warn.” The frightening letter, published in the journal Nature, was signed by more than 60 “climate experts” that included former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, ex-Irish President Mary Robinson, business people, investment managers and environmental campaigners.  I guess holding an alarmist position on global warming automatically makes you a “climate expert.” And I guess being an alarmist expert means you...

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Why Are 600 Demonstrators News?

The Star Tribune reports on a demonstration in downtown Minneapolis, which it considers to be newsworthy: "Hundreds turn out in Minneapolis for march opposing Trump administration's policies on climate." Hundreds? Really? In what way is that newsworthy? Hundreds of people may turn out for a high school soccer game. Hundreds is a big number for a book club, but a pathetically small number for a demonstration. The Strib says: Minneapolis police estimated up to 600 demonstrators at the beginning of the march around 3 p.m., although more people joined in as it continued. Let's assume that the crowd ballooned to a whopping 800...

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Camp Ripley Takes Aim at Global Warming

Our military used to boast about its fire power. These days the brass brags about its solar power. The Minnesota National Guard has just unveiled the latest weapon in the war on global warming. It's a 60 acre solar panel farm at Camp Ripley in north central Minnesota. Row upon row of 120,000 solar panels standing in precise military formation, the biggest solar installation at any National Guard base in the country.  But as turns out to be the case more often than not in Minnesota, sunshine proved to be elusive for the occasion. There was more wind than sun at this...

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Why Green Energy Subsidies Don’t Pay

Look for renewable energy subsidies to get much closer scrutiny under a new administration in Washington and new legislative majorities in St. Paul. But a recent Star Tribune story celebrating taxpayer-subsidized green energy projects in Twin Cities suburbs demonstrates how far we have to go. Fortunately American Experiment's Kim Crockett sets the record straight in a rebuttal headlined "How Much is 'Green Bling' Costing Your Town or City?" in today's editions. It's based on a 2014 study American Experiment conducted to audit claims that feel-good solar and projects make economic and environmental sense. Currently, cities are using federal and other grants to offset the...

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

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.

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

Considering climate alarmists history of alarmingly false predictions, it’s curious that their forecasts continue to be 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...

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

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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