Celebrities, the UN & Ad Agencies

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Celebrities are making public pronouncements about the upcoming climate summit in Paris. Just as they did about the Copenhagen summit six years ago.

Ben Pile draws our attention to Action/2015 – which describes itself as a “movement to end poverty, inequality and dangerous climate change.” Its website includes an open letter signed by a suite of celebrities including Ben Affleck, Bono, Matt Damon, Mia Farrow, Annie Lennox, and Sting.

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Addressed to world leaders, the letter declares that humanity is at a “turning point.” If said leaders make the wrong decisions this year, it says, we may “regret it for generations to come.” This is a “historic chance” to do the right thing. There should be no “sleep-walking…towards one of the greatest failures of recent history.”

Here’s how the letter ends:

Let’s be clear: the actions we take in 2015 will decide which way the world turns for…

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Breaking: U.S. National Academies Find Greenhouse Effect Doesn’t Exist


This story is huge. America’s prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and related government bodies found no greenhouse effect in Earth’s atmosphere. Evidence shows the U.S. government held the smoking gun all along –  a fresh examination of an overlooked science report proves America’s brightest and best had shown the White House that the greenhouse gas effect was not real and of no scientific significance since 1979 or earlier.*

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Unwittingly, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council have all dealt climate alarm it’s biggest ever blow. Their killer evidence had been hidden in plain sight for 33 years until uncovered by a team of maverick climate researchers.

All those global warming skeptic Christmas wishes have come at once wrapped in the NAS document, ‘Carbon Dioxide and Climate: A Scientific Assessment, a joint publication from 1979 commissioned on…

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Want skyrocketing power prices? Just add Wind Power


electricity-price-rise Add wind power – and the only way is UP.

With the Coalition’s review of the insanely expensive and utterly ineffective Renewable Energy Target (ineffective if the object was meant to be reducing CO2 emissions in the electricity sector) headed up by a team of hard-nosed economic rationalists, ready to take an axe to most ludicrous energy policy ever devised, the wind industry and its parasites have been spinning tall tales about the wonders of wind power with an earnestness not seen before.

They’ve recently trotted out “studies” by their pet consultants – like Schneider Electric and SKM that have made $millions working for wind power developers and stand to lose out on much, much more if the RET is scaled back or scrapped – making the usual wild and unsubstantiated claims about the thousands of “green” jobs that the wind industry has generated (try a few hundred, Australia wide…

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Kiehl and Trenberth Debunk Climate Alarm

Climate of Sophistry

Most everyone knowledgeable on this subject has heard of the “K&T Energy Budget”.

faq-1-1-figure-1-l Kiehl and Trenberth (1997).

So how did Kiehl and Trenberth help debunk climate alarm?

We have energy incoming from the Sun…that’s the 342 W/m^2.  Well sure, the Sun is a source of energy, it is powered by nuclear reactions which liberate energy.

And then we have energy incoming from “greenhouse gas backradiation”.  There’s 168 + 67 = 235 absorbed energy coming from the Sun…and then there’s 324 coming from the atmosphere, 38% more energy than from the Sun.

It just magically appears over there, on the right hand side of their diagram.

Now the sun has a nuclear power source of energy.

The atmosphere has no source of energy, no source of power, has no chemical or nuclear reactions going on to liberate energy.

It is thus impossible for the atmosphere to be a source of energy, let…

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amazing Twitter

I joined Twitter over a year ago and I had no idea what I was missing out on. It’s a lot of fun. It does take time to get used to though.

I wish I realised when I joined that a long handle was awkward, due to the limitation in characters (140).  No matter though, as I changed my handle from @CarbonFooledYa to @cbfool.

Another thing I didn’t realise is that if I make a tweet starting with a handle, e.g. @XXX, it doesn’t appear in others Twitter feed unless you preface it with a dot or other punctuation or make the @handle after some other words.

I highly recommend reading up on exactly how Twitter works before joining, like I didn’t.  Another frustrating thing is that there are various ways people can block you and these mechanisms aren’t all clear to me, even at this stage — you don’t always know when you are blocked.

But despite the limitations it’s cool to use and keeps me up to date much more quickly to the stuff I like to follow.

Greenpeace: We Spit on Your Sacred Spaces

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Desecrating cultural and religious monuments is normal Greenpeace behaviour.

Nasca_lines_greenpeace screengrab from the BBC website (click)

Activism is about persuasion. It’s about using moral arguments to change people’s minds which, in turn, changes the world.

For moral arguments to be successful, we need to already inhabit the same approximate moral universe. Some things are sacred. The ends don’t justify the means. This isn’t rocket science, but apparently it’s news to Greenpeace.

In Peru, where a UN climate summit is currently taking place, the Ministry of Culture says Greenpeace activists have desecrated an important cultural monument.

The NazcaLines are a collection of approximately 300 figures etched into the Peruvian desert more than 1,500 years ago. In the words of vice-minister Luis Jaime Castillo, an archeologist by training, the figures

are absolutely fragile. They are black rocks on a white background. You walk there and the footprint is going to…

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