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  • Global Warming Out Debated

    Oxford Union Chooses Economic Growth Over Climate Change

    Debate Win for CFACT Advisor Lord Christopher Monckton

    Last week the Oxford Union, one of the world’s premier debate societies, chose economic growth over climate change by a vote of 133-110.  The vote by students at an elite U.K. university illustrates the continued shift of  public support away from the global warming scare.

    The proponents of global warming policy always seem to lose whenever they encounter a fair forum where both sides receive equal time.  Key warmists such as Nobel Laureate Al Gore and the IPCC’s Rajendra Pachauri avoid debate at all costs.   Lord Monckton has repeatedly offered to debate Mr. Gore.  Mr. Gore if you truly want us all to agree to massive restrictions to our freedom and a lower standard of living it’s time you step up and debate.

  • Mother Earth sells carbon indulgences in Chicago

    ROGER HELMER, MEP

    Rather to my surprise, I bumped into Mother Earth at the Heartland Climate Conference in Chicago (May 17th).  There she was, large as life, in her green gown with a wreath of ivy in her hair (when I first saw the green gown I feared she might be a Warmist saboteur who had slipped past Security, but my worries were unfounded).  And she was selling (or strictly speaking, giving out) Carbon Indulgences (that’s the white rectangle in the photograph).  Fascinated, I read the text:

    “This indulgence serves as a remittance of all carbon sins.  You are forgiven for *** Flying in airplanes *** Driving in cars *** Using electrical kit *** Taking hot showers *** Exhaling CO2 *** making things in factories *** Growing food with tractors *** Eating meat *** Running aircon *** Attending international Conferences”.

  • Climate Questions for Kerry & Lieberman

    PAUL DRIESSEN

    The new Kerry-Lieberman climate bill mandates a 17% reduction in US carbon dioxide emissions by 2020. It first targets power plants and refineries that provide reliable, affordable electricity and fuel for American homes, schools, hospitals, offices and factories – and then, in six years, further hobbles the manufacturing sector itself.

    The House-passed climate bill goes even further. It requires an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. Once population growth and transportation, communication and electrification technologies are taken into account, this translates into emission levels last seen around 1870!
    House Speaker Pelosi says “every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory,” to ensure that America achieves these emission mandates. This means replacing what is left of our free-market economy with an intrusive Green Nanny State, compelling us to switch to unreliable wind and solar power, and imposing skyrocketing energy costs on every company and citizen.

    Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency is implementing its own draconian energy restrictions, in case Congress does not enact punitive legislation.  It’s time to ask these politicians some fundamental questions.

  • Lord Monckton Testifies Before Congress

    May 6, 2010

    The Select Committee, in its letter inviting testimony for the present hearing, cites various scientific bodies as having concluded that
    1. The global climate has warmed;
    2. Human activities account for most of the warming since the mid-20th century;
    3. Climate change is already causing a broad range of impacts in the United States;
    4. The impacts of climate change are expected to grow in the coming decades.

    The first statement requires heavy qualification and, since the second is wrong, the third and fourth are without foundation and must fall. The Select Committee has requested answers to the following questions:

  • 700 Papers Supporting Climate Realism

    The list continues to grow.  The consensus continues to collapse.

    The good folks at Popular Technology are now up to 700 scholarly papers challenging the theory of man-made global warming.  Here they are.  Here is CFACT’s coverage of the original 450.

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    A 2000-year global temperature reconstruction based on non-treering proxies (PDF)
    (Energy & Environment, Volume 18, Numbers 7-8, pp. 1049-1058, December 2007)
    – Craig Loehle

  • Connie Hedegaard Riposte

    E.U. Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard  responds to CFACT

    CFACT’s response: Let’s not go back to the dark ages.

    CFACT has been participating in an energy debate sponsored by the National Journal.

    Commissioner Hedegaard wrote, “Craig Rucker claims that had it not been for Denmark’s oil in the North Sea we could not afford “such feel good luxuries” as renewables like wind. Wrong. Back in 1973 Denmark experienced two oil crises and the last one, when Saudi Arabia cut off oil deliveries, was so bad that it was necessary to prohibit driving private cars on Sundays. I remember this from my childhood. Can you imagine that? That was at a time where we were 99 % dependent on imported energy. Today Denmark is self-sufficient in energy, and has been for many years already. Oil and gas supplies from the North Sea are part of the explanation but definitely also the fact that today around 30 % of Denmark’s electricity stems from wind energy. AND since putting up the first wind turbine back in the mid 70s Denmark has developed a world brand in wind technology. That means not only that the wind sector today creates thousands and thousands of jobs, often mainly in rural areas, but also that is one of our fastest growing export areas, earning billions for Denmark. The sector continued to grow its exports even in the crisis year 2009.”

    Here’s Craig Rucker’s response to the Commissioner:

  • Italian Senate Calls for Realism on Climate

    Reassessment and renegotiation

    Carlo Stagnaro of Istituto Bruno Leoni reports:

    The Italian Senate stands for climate realism. A motion passed on last Wednesday commits the Italian government to promote a sound discussion on climate policies with the European Union and the United Nations, with particular regard to the major changes that have occurred after the economic recession, the Climategate scandal, and the failure to reach a global deal in Copenhagen. In fact, the Senate asks both that the current commitments under the EU climate and energy package are re-negotiated, and that an independent investigation is started on the IPCC process.

  • CFACT Responds to Connie Hedegaard

    Anyone who tells you that restricting prosperity and redistributing wealth will alter the climate is selling something. CRAIG RUCKER EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard today posed the question, “can the U.S. afford not to have ambitious legislation that paves the way for a more energy-efficient future?” CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker responded that […]

  • Telegraph – “Climate Change: Always Room for Doubt”

    Another major daily breaks from climate change orthodoxy The Daily Telegraph editorializes today that CRU scientists got off too “lightly” in the review of their role in the Climategate scandal.  Like Der Spiegel before it, the Telegraph is rediscovering that every debate has two sides.  The voices of the climate realists are penetrating the climate […]

  • Confidential U.S. Climate Strategy Leaked in Bonn

    John Vidal

    Reveals radical global warming treaty push, efforts to “bypass” and spin media

    Guardian environment editor John Vidal obtained a confidential U.S. climate strategy document from a “hotel computer” at the Bonn climate talks.  Vidal did not reveal to CFACT’s “Mission Bonn” team what was afoot, but came to the CFACT display obviously quite excited and pumped our American members for information on the format used in the U.S. to display dates.  It appears he was seeking background for his evaluation of this strategy document.

    CFACT readers will remember Mr. Vidal as the fellow who interrupted our Climate Sense conference in Copenhagen and launched into a long point about sea level rise which was immediately rebutted  by leading expert Nils Axel-Morner.  Here’s the exchange on video.

    The document reveals a U.S. administration determined to push a radical global warming agenda that intends a binding global warming treaty, doubts its political ability to ratify a treaty in the U.S., intends to lock the U.S. into its climate policy with or without a treaty and as always cares most about perception.  Placating radical NGOs is high on the list.

    Here is the text of the leaked U.S. strategy according to Mr. Vidal.  You can evaluate it for yourself:

  • CFACT’s Reporting Live from the Bonn Climate Conference

    Lord Chistopher Monckton, CFACT EU Director Holger Thuss, CFACT blogger’s Einar Du Rietz & Edgar Gaertner and many other of CFACt’s friends and staff are reporting live from the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany.  Read about CFACT’s “free sample” international carbon credits and why the UN delegates are smiling at CFACT.TV.

  • Der Spiegel: A superstorm for global warming research

    “An entire branch of science is in crisis.” Der Spiegel has posted an in-depth article on the UN IPCC’s fall from grace as people around the world examine the exaggerations, mistakes and manipulations of climate science. Can the global warming propaganda machine go back to saying whatever it wants and suppressing all dissent?  If the […]

  • Global warming fears in Germany plummet 20%

    A poll commissioned by Der Spiegel shows fear of global warming dropped rapidly from 62% to 42% in Germany.  Scandals at the IPCC, rejection of heavy-handed warming propagandizing and a world climate that refused to follow the models is leading to a major disconnect between government officials and their electorates.  Something has to give.  We […]