Between the start of 1997 and the end of 2014, average global surface temperature stalled. This 18-year period is known as the global warming pause, also sometimes referred to as the global warming hiatus. The rise in global temperatures that alarmed climate campaigners in the 1990s had slowed so much that the trend was no longer statistically significant. The lesson of the global warming pause is not that the greenhouse effect doesn’t exist, but rather that the computer models, which predicted an acceleration in global warming, and on which current policy is based, have proved to be inaccurate. –David Whitehouse, The Spectator, 29 June 2017
The fact that a warming hiatus does exist does not bode well for the Climate Industrial Complex, which requires dire projections and global warming scare stories to maintain its multi-billion dollar stranglehold on the federal budget. Any hint that the model projections are off and that dangerous global warming is unlikely to occur is a threat to their theory and livelihood; and, therefore, there have been a number of attempts by die-hard climate alarmists to deny, deride and destroy any and all discussion of the great 21st-century temperature pause. Those who continue to deny the existence of the current warming pause would be wise to accept the reality of the data presented by Xie et al. and elsewhere by so many others. It does exist, and it does add to the ever-growing mountain of evidence that warming due to rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations is unlikely to be dangerous. —CO2 Science, 26 June 2017
The power drunkenness of Germany’s grand coalition has no limits. Increasingly, unconstitutional and ragged laws are pushed through under cover of night. The latest outrage: Last Thursday (22 June), new ghostly rounds of shenanigans occurred in the German Bundestag. In one of its increasingly clandestine late-night meetings, parliament neutered the German Nature Protection Act and partially abolished previous species protection regulations. This was done quite obviously to enable the construction of wind turbines in regions where this has hitherto been taboo. The windmill ideologues have succeeded: Parliament and government have pushed through what the German wind lobby has been demanding since 2008, to give the interests of a subvention-savvy industry preference over wildlife protection. The prohibition of wildlife killing is being eroded in favour of wind energy projects. The draft law for the amendment of the Federal Nature Conservation Act, which was first published in December 2016, was voted through by a few dozen MPs at around 22:15. –Dirk Maxeiner, Global Warming Policy Forum, 26 June 2017
The decision by US President Donald Trump to remove the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change was met with both derision and applause. Such is climate politics in the United States in the 21st century. This talk focuses on climate politics as “Manichean paranoia,” a term used by the late US statesman Zbigniew Brzezinski to describe a worldview in which your opponent is considered to be malign and wilfully ignorant, whereas your own side is noble and uniquely enlightened. While the two sides of the contemporary US climate debate disagree on many things, they are firmly united in their Manichean paranoia. –Roger Pielke Jr, Global Warming Policy Foundation
On highly charged issues, such as climate change and endangered species, peer review literature and public discourse are aggressively patrolled by self-appointed sheriffs in the scientific community. –Keith Kloor, Issues in Science and Technology, Summer 2017
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