The sun is like a teenager that cycles through mood swings – from dramatic to chill and back again – roughly every eleven years. But this time it’s different. It now appears the sun is heading for a rare, super-chill period that threatens to add some unexpected drama to today’s climate change discussion. –Michael Guillen, Fox News, 16 July 2017
Usually, we like our politicians to get down amongst the minutiae of government, but not when it comes to climate change. This is what happened when the EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt discussed the global temperature hiatus of the past 20 years. In written comments to the U.S. Senate about his confirmation hearing on the 18th of January he wrote, “over the past two decades, satellite data indicates there has been a leveling off of warming.” Despite the vigorous debate about the hiatus in the peer-reviewed literature, this was seen by some as such an incorrect statement that a response had to be made, and fast. Ben Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was quick off the mark. – David Whitehouse, GWPF Observatory, 17 July 2017
If the climate alarmists weren’t still so politically powerful and represented in Congress by their devoted cult members, it would almost be easy to pity them. Why? Because they’re so spectacularly wrong about so many things. After so many swings and misses, while attempting to predict doomsday as being just around the corner, the alarmists have decided to provide themselves a little cover. Climate alarmist James Hansen’s prediction of Manhattan being underwater by 2018 seems to not be happening, so he’s moving his own goal posts and saying “50 to 150 years” now. That’s the beauty of being one of the “we believe in science” people: there’s never any penalty for being wrong. Every prediction that doesn’t come true isn’t a cause for reflection about perhaps adjusting the conclusion; it’s merely an opportunity to pull a new prediction out of thin air. —Independent Journal Review, 16 July 2017
Scaremongering is what Al Gore does best, and fear is the business model that has made him rich, though his every apocalyptic scenario has failed to materialize. “Unless we take drastic measures the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years,” he told us then. Wrong. In fact, the world has just been through almost 20 years in which there has been a hiatus in global warming, even as carbon dioxide has increased: an “inconvenient pause” as some wags put it. Around the world, people are waking up to the fact that their leaders have been crying wolf, while their electricity bills go through the roof. –Miranda Devine, Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2017
President Macron believes that he may have persuaded President Trump to reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the UN Paris agreement on curbing climate change. “Donald Trump listened to me. He understood the sense of my approach,” the French leader said after the state visit to Paris ended on Friday. “He told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months. We talked in detail about what could enable him to come back into the Paris accords.” –Charles Bremner, The Times, 17 July 2017
The 2017 Associated Press (AP) yearly style guide is out, and it boasts numerous changes where the wire service again favors liberal biases over impartiality or conservative ideals. With each edition, AP’s covert bias becomes more pronounced, none more so than this year. Even climate change has been updated. Having previously told journalists to refer to global warming as “climate change” and to call climate change skeptics “doubters,” AP is ready to move on and squash the climate resistance once and for all. In the new edition, the AP Stylebook tells journalists to stop calling climate change skeptics “deniers.” Avoid use of skeptics or deniers.” Despite that none of the catastrophic global warming predictions are coming true, AP is as resolute as ever in its issuance of these stylistic guidelines. Writers, meet your new science overlords. –Thomas Richard, PoliZette, 13 July 2017
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