How bout that weather?

by Aaron Wherry

Tim Harper wonders whether extreme weather and U.S. policy could put pressure on the Harper government to change its approach to environmental policy. The Washington Post’s editorial board notes that 2012 was the warmest on record in the United States and makes a suggestion.

Scientists can’t yet know to what extent man-made emissions influenced the heat and calamitous drought. But the result is nevertheless ominous, “a huge exclamation point on the end of several decades of fairly consistent warming,” as NOAA’s Deke Arndt put it. The year offers a vision of what will happen more often on a planet that is heating — slowly and fitfully, not every year warmer than the last, but inexorably.

There is still uncertainty. Though they have a range of estimates, scientists still do not know exactly how sensitive the global climate system is to human carbon emissions and exactly how steep the long-term temperature line will be. Predicting the consequences of a given temperature rise is also difficult. That’s an argument not for doing nothing but for managing the risks, spending now to avoid the likelihood of much greater costs later, as any good business would do in the face of certain threats of uncertain magnitude.

The smartest hedge would be a national carbon tax. It would marshal the market’s power to wring carbon out of the economy, putting decisions about the direction of energy and manufacturing in the hands of consumers and businesses that meet their demands, not Congress and interest groups that lobby lawmakers. When people must pay something for their pollution, they pollute less and invest in cleaner alternatives. A carbon tax would provide more certainty to industry and investors who currently can only guess at what climate policy will look like year to year.




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How bout that weather?

  1. Daily Mail Jan 2013
    Dr David Whitehouse … ‘If you were to pick any period in history, you would soon find an example of an unusual weather event — maybe a heat wave in Russia or fires in Australia. Somewhere in the world, a weather record is being broken almost every day. This is normal. What’s not normal is when people try to impose on it some kind of invented trend.’

    ———–
    The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, warming to 1941, cooling to 1964, warming to 1998 and cooling through 2011. The warming rate from 1964 to 1998 was the same as the previous warming from 1911 to 1941. Satellites, weather balloons and ground stations all show cooling since 2001. The mild warming of 0.6 to 0.8 C over the 20th century is well within the natural variations recorded in the last millennium.

    http://friendsofscience.org

    • Tony…..it does no good to change your name and gender on here, if you keep posting the same stuff.

      At the moment you’re Vicky Pollard.

      • I am fitting into progressive Canada where gender is just a social construct.

        • LOL I don’t mind your gender change…..it’s the mutton-headed reposting of all the same old stuff. I’m assuming you still work for the auto industry….so I guess like Upton Sinclair said….your salary depends on your not understanding it.

          Good thing the Pentagon and NASA do….but it means nobody with brains will invest in the car industry.

          • Hey, how did you figure that out? I should have known of course…selective quotes, absence of context, and as you pointed out with the Upton quote…completely oblivious to unintended irony. Some how he/she has more credibility as a women. Guess I’m still in the Stone Age when it comes to gender bias.

          • psst … arsenal crest

          • Are you saying women don’t have the right to support the gunners:) Always miss the obvious …sigh

          • Are you gooner, kcm2? If you are, what do you think of Wenger?

          • Sorry, always a Spurs man, couldn’t he tell you who plays for em anymore though – do they still have Jimmy Greaves?

          • I was suspicious on his first post…but the second one clinched it. Something about rotten Libs, I think…and being anti-abortion and an irrelevant quote. So I checked it out….and then said ‘Morning Tony….and of course he replied! LOL

            The only goof he hasn’t made is saying ‘my Mrs’

  2. Upton Sinclair ~ It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it
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    BBC Interview with Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit

    Q) Do you agree that according to the global temperature record used by the IPCC, the rates of global warming from 1860-1880, 1910-1940 and 1975-1998 were identical?

    A) So, in answer to the question, the warming rates for all 4 periods are similar and not statistically significantly different from each other.

    Q) Do you agree that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming?

    A) Yes, but only just.

    • Still abusing that quote, eh Tony? You and Hannity.

      “Contrarians claim that Jones was saying the Earth is not warming. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jones is simply answering a very narrow question about how much temperatures have increased during the past 14 years and only the past 14 years. During this very short time period, human-induced warming has caused the planet to remain quite hot compared to its average for the past century. But with only 14 years worth of data, it is hard to achieve a high level of significance in any trend. By contrast, data collected over the past 100-plus years show an unmistakable warming trend”

      http://www.usclimatenetwork.org/resource-database/resource-database/ucs-factcheck-misuse-of-phil-jones-interview

  3. Glo-Bull Warming is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated in human history.

  4. First “Global Warming”, then “Climate Change”, now “Extreme Weather”. Next they’ll be claiming that the fact that the sun rises in the morning is proof we need to reduce carbon emissions. Thankfully most people with a bit of common sense have started to realize that the hysterics coming from the AGW zealots is entirely overblown rhetoric meant to scare people based on very flimsy pseudo-Science. That said, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth is a laugh riot to watch in hindsight. That power-point presentation alone will discredit the Nobel Peace Prize for years!

      • Hell, the PRIME MINISTER is on record calling Climate Change the greatest threat currently facing humanity.

        • In fairness (if that’s the right term), that WAS a few years back when Mr. Harper said that. However, it’s important to note that the CPC still pays lip service to climate change (and, it would seem, directly in contradiction of true-blue supporters like Rick).

          So, either Kent’s lying through his teeth or Rick’s on the wrong side of his own party.

          • Kent just reads the script handed to him from the MoE bureaucrats.

          • You cite the Star?

            Bwa ha ha ha ha ha

          • Nobody in that collection of mindless ciphers in the Harper cabinet reads anything in public that isn’t approved by the frat boys in the PMO…and you know it.

          • Gonna go hang with Tommy the Commie and the rest of the left at their big gab fest?

          • At least they’d be a classier crowd than your ilk.

    • That’s right. When the IPCC was founded 25 years ago it was called the IPGW. Unfortunately, the climate conspiracy is so powerful and pervasive that they’ve managed scrub all evidence of the original name for the web.
      I suggest you take screenshots before all evidence of the IPCC name is disappeared.
      Laugh-riot indeed.

      • ???

        Intergovernment panel on Global Warming

        Intergovernment panel on Climate Change

        GW produces CC

        You see a conspiracy there???

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