Good news on a changing climate for coal
IS global warming headed for extinction? Time keeps proving the computer models wrong.
Hold the wake for the polar bears - and coal.
"Earth has gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, the largest increase on record," wrote skeptic Steve Goddard on Saturday.
"There is more sea ice now than there was on this date in 2002."
Then there is Al Gore, who won a Nobel Prize mainly for linking global warming to hurricanes.
Days after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Gore exploited it.
"Now, the scientific community is warning us that the average hurricane will continue to get stronger because of global warming," Gore told the Sierra Club.
"A scientist at MIT has published a study well before this tragedy showing that since the 1970s, hurricanes in both the Atlantic and the Pacific have increased in duration, and in intensity, by about 50 percent."
But hurricane activity has died down in recent years.
"Andrew Revkin reported in the New York Times, leaked drafts of the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change seem to reflect a reduced scientific certainty that global warming will make storms stronger and more frequent," reported Time magazine this month.
When IPCC officials and Gore received that Nobel Prize they shared in 2007, why did the IPCC officials not take Gore aside and correct him?
Gore has not in the six years since the prize toned down his rhetoric.
Recall what Nobel physicist Richard Feynman said of theories.
"If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong," Feynman said.
Which explains why the scientific consensus on man causing global warming looks more and more like a fiction concocted by people with ulterior political motives.
Global warming believer John Cook of the University of Queensland in Australia led a team of fellow climatologists who reviewed 11,944 scientific papers on global warming over a 20-year period.
Two-thirds of the papers came to no conclusion one way or another, which means the consensus is we don't know.
But too many people benefit from global warming financially for anyone in the business to admit they are wrong.
Instead, those who question the science are smeared as if they were holocaust deniers.
Universities rake in millions from government grants, and the government gives BP and other big companies subsidies and tax rollbacks worth billions.
Solyndra's plurality owner was billionaire George Kaiser, who raised huge sums of money for President Obama.
But there is hope that science will win out.
British Member of Parliament Matt Ridley wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the IPCC's next report likely will dial back the alarm as warming has paused.
"The most plausible explanation of the pause is simply that climate sensitivity was overestimated in the models because of faulty assumptions about net amplification through water-vapor feedback," Ridley wrote.
"This will be a topic of heated debate at the political session to rewrite the report in Stockholm, starting on Sept. 23, at which issues other than the actual science of climate change will be at stake."
A rational reconsideration of global warming would bode well for West Virginia because as the weather proves the computer models wrong, coal is looking better and better.
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