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Global warming - Spain this time

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From the Majorca Daily Bulletin:

Snow falls in Spain after long drought and early heat wave
Snow fell in parts of northern Spain on Friday after months without any rain and high temperatures which made it feel more like summer than spring.

The freak snowfall happened in La Raya, a mountainous area of Asturias, while hailstones and heavy rain fell in Mediterranean parts of Spain including Catalonia and Valencia after months without a drop of precipitation.

It's that nasty anthropogenic global warming again ... climate change ... climate crisis ... whatever

Looks like the ocasional competent person slips through every so often.
From The Epoch Times:

Federal Reserve Governor: Climate Change Doesn’t Pose ‘Material’ Risk to US
Federal Reserve Gov. Christopher Waller said that climate change does not present a “sufficiently unique” risk to the U.S. financial system.

Regarding climate change, or the theory that the Earth’s temperatures are warming due to human activity, “I do not believe it poses a serious risk to the safety and soundness of large banks or the financial stability of the United States,” Waller said in a conference in Spain on Thursday.

“Risks are risks … my job is to make sure that the financial system is resilient to a range of risks. And I believe risks posed by climate change are not sufficiently unique or material to merit special treatment,” Waller added, according to multiple news outlets.

Yep - not a crisis.

Like I said - I will believe that there is a crisis when the people telling me that there is a crisis start acting like there is a crisis.

Too many plutocrats and ex-Presidents have oceanfront mansions.

Just stand up and say no.

These people are using junk science to push an agenda.They know all to well that if they tried to implement their complete slate, we would cast them into the world of hellfire and slam the door. So, they are operating incrementally - a little nudge there, a sugestion here. Bumping our Overton Window a little bit further each time.

They are now pushing us out of our petrolium powered cars and into electric cars.
Wave of the future.  Best thing for the planet.
Until the next click of their ratchet.  From Issues and Insights:

We’re Taking Bets: How Long Before Environmentalists Start Attacking EVs?
Today, you’re not allowed to say a bad word about electric cars. They’re planet savers, after all. Environmentalists tell us so. But there will come a day — in the not-too-distant future — when the climate change fanatics will decide that EVs are planet killers, too.

We’ve seen this bait-and-switch tactic before.

Back in 2007, energy producers pumped money into environmental groups to promote natural gas. The Sierra Club used the funds to mount a “Beyond Coal” campaign touting the benefits of gas. Joe Romm, a climate advocate at the Center for American Progress, declared that natural gas “may be the single biggest game changer for climate action in the next two decades.”

Then came the fracking revolution, and the resulting abundance of natural gas caused power plants across the country to switch to gas from coal. Then environmentalists decided natural gas wasn’t so good after all. By 2015, they were at war with it. The motto for the Sierra Club’s new “Beyond Natural Gas” was “Dirty, Dangerous, and Run Amok.”

Environmentalists tried to stop fracking, opposed new pipeline development, and then started pushing for bans on gas-fueled appliances.

And EV's?

So our prediction is this: As soon as automakers have gone over the edge with EVs, and as soon as government mandates start to kick in, environmentalists will declare them “dirty, dangerous, and run amok.”

We’re already seeing the early stages of this bait-and-switch. This week, the Los Angeles Times blasted GM killing off its compact Bolt to make room for battery-powered EVs. The Times said that “Replacing the Chevy Bolt with electric SUVs would be a climate tragedy.”

Wait. Climate tragedy? Really?

Turns out, only certain EVs are now acceptable to environmentalists.

And of course, the logical progression:

At some point, no electric car will be good enough. Environmentalists will “discover” that building car batteries is massively damaging to the environment. They will be shocked to learn that EVs aren’t “zero emission” at all, because the electricity used to charge them still largely comes from fossil-fuel-powered generators. They will decry the fact that EVs are making human-right-abusing despots fabulously rich. They will say EVs aren’t doing nearly enough to stop the climate “crisis.”

The only solution, they will say, is that we give up private ownership of cars, move to “15-minute” cities, cram into public transportation — until they decide that these encumbrances aren’t sufficient to fight “climate change.”

Unlike predictions of climate doom, we are 100% certain that this future will come to pass if we keep trying to placate the climate zealots on the left.

Just say no.  The environmental movement started out with good intentions but it has been hijacked by the WEF / One World Governemnt / Social Marxism crowd for their own slimy purposes and is now just a political agenda masquerading as an environmental concern.

We need to bring back the pillory.  I can think of a couple hundred people who need to be locked in a public square somewhere and loudly mocked and pelted with rotting vegetables. Restore some sense.

The cluelessness boggles the mind

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Rising sea levels? So where do they put their Climate Crisis Campus?
From the New York Times:

They must have King Canute on their payroll.

Once again, I will believe that there is a climate crisis when the people who are telling me that there is a climate crisis start acting like there is a climate crisis.

Wonderful news - about time...

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Make the little idiots think twice about throwing a tantrum.
From the London Daily Mail:

Judge throws the book at Just Stop Oil protesters: Eco activists who scaled a bridge over the Dartford Crossing and caused 40 HOURS of gridlock are jailed for five years in record sentence for climate action
Two Just Stop Oil protestors who scaled a bridge over the Dartford Crossing and caused 40 hours of gridlock have been jailed for five years in a record sentence for the climate group.

Morgan Trowland, 40, and Marcus Decker, 36, blocked one of the busiest stretches of road in the country during their climate protest on October 17 last year.

The pair hoisted a banner between two pillars of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, which links the M25 in Essex and Kent, and slept in hammocks in freezing temperatures overnight.

The road beneath was closed by police for fears over their safety, causing traffic chaos - they were eventually arrested after coming down the following day.

Trowland and Decker were jailed for three years, and two years and seven months respectively yesterday at Southend Crown Court, after being found guilty of causing a public nuisance.

Good - stand up to them. Make them live in our world.  Do not accept their narrative as valid.

Just for reference, here is a website dedicated to all of the scary climate predictions that have failed to come true.  Eleven pages and counting. Meticulously researched:

Failed Prediction Timeline

Here is one made by a "NASA Scientist" in 1986 - so far?  Crickets...


Widespread storms

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'Tis the season but still...  Looking at the Power Outage website:


Quite the difference

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Prayers to the people of Mississippi

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Massive tornadoes last night - 23 dead so far.

About the environment - Bill Maher

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From a month ago - he really skewers the environmentalists:

Climate claims - the new indulgences

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Climate change happens - our Sun is a variable star and its output drives the heat-engine that makes our weather and long-term climate.  Where I am sitting (Pacific Northwest) was once under the half-mile thick  Laurentide Ice Sheet.  This was only about 22,000 years ago.  An eyeblink to the cosmos.  Our planet has been home to at least five major ice ages in its history.

To think that us humans could upset this natural cycle is pure hubris on our part.  Influence it a few percent? Yes. Be the sole cause for a catastrophic perturbation? No.

The people who preach that we are doing this are a cult.  A cult which unfortunately is useful to other people who want power and are willing to use the claim of Global Warming to manipulate people to their own ends.  At times, this makes for interesting stories. 

Here is one from SourceMaterial.   First, from their About page:

SourceMaterial was founded in 2017 to carry out investigations around climate change, corruption and democracy. We look for stories where these topics intersect, and for gaps where public-interest stories have been underreported.

Our aim is always best-practice reporting: we work to a strict editorial code and our partners in the mainstream media rely on us for accuracy, fairness and a commitment to ethical journalism.

And the article that caught my eye:

The Carbon Con
The world’s biggest companies, from Netflix to Ben & Jerry’s, are pouring billions into an offsetting industry whose climate claims appear increasingly at odds with reality

In 2019, Elias Ayrey, an idealistic scientist freshly armed with a doctorate in forest conservation, flew from his home in Maine to California and drove deep into the woods. In a timber-framed house dwarfed by giant redwoods, he and his host sat late into the night thrashing out the blueprint for a business with real impact on climate change.

The owner of the house was Diego Saez-Gil, an Argentinian tech entrepreneur who would become chief executive of Pachama, a company that offers to help industry reduce harmful impact by offsetting fossil fuel emissions with carbon credits.

Ayrey was filled with excitement when Saez-Gil invited him to sign on as Pachama’s chief scientist. “It was beautiful,” he said.

But a year later alarm bells were beginning to sound, even as Pachama’s business boomed. Ayrey was becoming uneasy that the soaraway success was built on a fundamental conflict of interest—one that meant Pachama, far from providing a solution to climate change, was fuelling an industry fast becoming part of the problem.

Fast forward and:

A nine-month investigation by SourceMaterial, The Guardian and Die Zeit suggests that the flaws identified by Ayrey at Pachama—which he continues to believe is one of the more conscientious offsetters—are rife in an industry whose claims to mitigate climate change are significantly at odds with reality.

Our analysis of nearly 100 million carbon credits found that only a fraction of them resulted in real emissions reductions. It raises questions for the organisations that many of the world’s biggest companies, and the consumers who buy their products, rely on to set the standard for effective carbon offsetting—in particular the biggest of them, Verra.

“The implications of this analysis are huge,” said Barbara Haya, head of the Carbon Trading Project at the University of California, Berkeley. “Companies are making false claims and then they’re convincing customers that they can fly guilt-free or buy carbon-neutral products when they aren’t in any way carbon-neutral.”

And some numbers:

Our analysis suggests that only 5.5 million of those credits, or 6 per cent of the total, were real emission reductions. Of the 29 projects, only eight reduced any emissions at all.

And this:  Verra is a Swiss company now based in Washington, D.C. with 80+ employees.  They independently "verify" or bless the offsets.

SourceMaterial then used Verra’s database to compare this with the number of credits each project actually received in the same timeframe. The disparity is stark: 94 per cent of those credits are likely to be worthless, the calculations showed.

Companies who bought the credits include Disney, United Airlines, Air France, Samsung, Liverpool Football Club, Ben & Jerry’s, Netflix and Chevron.

What these corporations are doing is selling Indulgences.  Disney, United Airlines, Air France, et. al. are paying serious money to these corporations to gain a veneer of green.  There is no real science happening here.  There is no real effort to practice what they preach.  It's all about the Benjamins. The money.

The name of this business caught my eye: Pachama.  As they were founded by an Argentinian, I can only assume that this is a reference to Pachamama.  I have a big problem with that.  There is a lot of evil walking this Earth these days.  Satanic churches, various signs and sigils in public view. The lives of our elites are proving to be rife with corruption and dissipation.

Pachamama is being billed today as a benevolent "Earth Mother" but this is a mother with sharp teeth.  If you look into the history, child sacrifice (The Capacocha Ritual) was an intrinsic part of her cult. 

From the entry:

In pre-Hispanic culture, Pachamama is often a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices

Sacrifices which were massive in scope:

Hearts Ripped from 140 Children and 200 Llamas in Largest Child Sacrifice in Ancient World
The largest child sacrifice on record took place after a torrential rainfall, when about 140 children and 200 young llamas likely had their hearts ripped out by the ancient Chimú culture in A.D. 1450, in what is now Peru.

An entity that has fed on that much innocent blood will be very very thirsty for more

News from the environment

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Heads up - the environment is doing just fine.  The environmentalists however...
From California's The Mercury News:

California storms: A 2-inch fish is limiting how much water can be captured for cities and farms
The most drenching storms in the past five years have soaked Northern California, sending billions of gallons of water pouring across the state after three years of severe drought.

But 94% of the water that has flowed since New Year’s Eve through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a linchpin of California’s water system, has continued straight to the Pacific Ocean instead of being captured and stored in the state’s reservoirs.

Environmental regulations aimed at protecting a two-inch-long fish, the endangered Delta smelt, have required the massive state and federal pumps near Tracy to reduce pumping rates by nearly half of their full limit, sharply curbing the amount of water that can be saved for farms and cities to the south.

The move has angered Central Valley politicians of both parties along with agricultural leaders, who have been arguing for many months that someone must help farmers suffering terribly during the drought. Now they are frustrated that the state Department of Water Resources and the federal Bureau of Reclamation aren’t capturing more water amid the record rainfall.

“It’s like winning the lottery and blowing it all in Vegas,” said Jim Houston, administrator of the California Farm Bureau Federation. “You have nothing to show for it at the end of the day.”

Add to this that California has not built any new infrastructure to retain water in over forty years.  This despite an increase in population from 23.8M to 39.2M - a 164% growth.

Sure, we should go out of our way to preserve the environment but the Delta Smelt fish is not unique to that particular area - it is found in lots of places.  The environmentalists are saying that this is a special sub-species that deserves it's own protection.

Watermelon - green on the outside and red on the inside.  Very self-righteous about proclaiming their love for the environment but their real agenda is to use environmental legislation to cripple industry and capitalism.  Classic Cloward-Piven move from the socialists - overwhelm the system, crash it and in the ensuing chaos, institute their own form of tyranny.  They love their Goretex and Starbucks and their iPhones and laptops but they want Western productivity to go back 200 years. Useful idiots.

From Cliff Mass comes this little bit of cheer:

Ice Storm, Heavy Rain, Cold Wave, Warm Wave, and Now A Powerful Storm Approaches
First, we had unusual cold, then a freezing-rain ice storm, then heavy rain, and then unusual warmth.

But the weather gods are not through with us
A powerful storm may develop off our coast on Tuesday.

In such circumstances during ancient days, folks would ask themselves why the gods were angry and ask their priests to intercede with an appropriate prayer or sacrifice. Today, our modern weather priests often blame such storminess on sins of carbon emission and predict doom without the proper response.

Human nature hasn't changed. But in this blog, let's stick to the science.

Developing offshore Tuesday morning. Very low pressure so strong winds.

Here we go again - wheeeeeee!!!

More information tomorrow as the system develops.

Power outages

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Yikes - looks like the storm is hitting the East Coast hard.
From Power Outage:


Gonna have to use that one - great logic

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Happy happy, joy joy - winter weather

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Winter Storm Warning — From Mon 10 pm until Tue 4 pm PST
WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 12 inches.
WHERE...Cascade mountains and valleys of Whatcom and Skagit Counties, including Maple Falls, the Mount Baker Ski Area, Newhalem, Lyman, and Concrete.
WHEN...From 10 PM this evening to 4 PM PST Tuesday.
IMPACTS...Plan on very difficult travel.

Fun fun fun...

Prayers to Florida - Hurricane Ian

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Strengthened to a CAT4 last night.  From Breitbart:

Hurricane Ian Just Shy of Category 5 as It Nears Florida
Hurricane Ian rapidly intensified off Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday morning, gaining top winds of 155 mph (250 kph), just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status. Damaging winds and rain lashed the state’s heavily populated Gulf Coast, with the Naples to Sarasota region at “highest risk” of a devastating storm surge.

U.S. Air Force hurricane hunters confirmed Ian gained strength over warm Gulf of Mexico water after battering Cuba, bringing down the country’s electricity grid and leaving the entire island without power. Ian was centered about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west-southwest of Naples at 7 a.m., swirling toward the coast at 10 mph (17 kph).

“This is going to be a nasty nasty day, two days,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said early Wednesday. “This is going to be a rough stretch.”

It has been a very quiet hurricane season so far — until today...  Florida is well prepared.

Just wonderful - Polar Vortex

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From Severe Weather Europe:

An early disruption event is starting for the Polar Vortex, with pressure anomalies setting the stage for something bigger later in Winter
The Polar Vortex has just begun to form for the 2022/2023 weather season, but it is already facing its first disruptive event. Strong pressure systems in the lower atmosphere will send energy upwards into the Stratosphere, affecting the Polar Vortex and disrupting its early development process.

These early disruption processes can have an important effect as we get closer to Winter. Weather is linked to the stratospheric Polar Vortex, especially during the Winter. So it matters in what shape or form the Polar Vortex is as we enter the season.

But besides directly affecting the Polar Vortex, the pressure anomalies in the next days/weeks will also put another process in motion that can be even more disruptive for the Winter polar circulation. You will see how having more snow in October can mean more snow and cold in the Winter.

Just in time for Europe to face fuel shortages.  All over politics. The military-industirial complex.

Hurricane Ian - a sign

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Floridians have a certain sense of reality about this - two images:



The tail end of Ian is going to pass right over my new house in NC - emailed the insurance broker today to check that everything was OK.

Sigh - the heat wave

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It was 80°F outside around 8:00PM - it is now 82°
This little word of encouragement from Cliff Mass:

The Big Cooling is Weakened and Delayed. And some amazing temperatures today
I hate to tell you this, but the model solutions have shifted during the past several runs: the result is that the major cooling will be delayed for several days. Not good.

What has changed you ask?

The forecasts from a few days ago had a sharp trough of low pressure moving through on Monday, forcing cooling from off the ocean (see the upper-level (500 hPa) forecast made Wednesday afternoon for Monday at 5 AM).

I know it only happens once/year but still...

From 90 Miles:


Can't get a break - power outages

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Was checking the US Power Outage website and saw that the midwest was still having problems.  There was a Derecho that knocked out Ohio four days ago - looks like they are going through another tranche of stormy weather:



Actually looking forward to moving there soon.  Grew up with weather like this - the weather out here is wimpy.  I miss a good t-storm...

Stormy weather - power outages

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Go hand in hand.  A guilty pleasure is watching the national power outage website.
Tonight was above and beyond:


Checking the lightning site offers an explanation:


The ocean is looking very oily - something is moving in.  From Cliff Mass:

A Winter Storm is Approaching: In May!
This May we are experiencing winter-like levels of precipitation, winter-like increases in the snowpack, and record-breaking cool temperatures.

The only thing missing is a winter-like Pacific storm, with deep low pressure and strong winds.

Well, it won't be missing tomorrow: a strong Pacific cyclone will make landfall on the British Columbia coast and gusty, damaging winds could batter the coast and Northwest Washington.

Even Puget Sound country will get a piece of it.

The low center will be making landfall on northern Vancouver Island at about 8 AM tomorrow (Wednesday), as shown by the predicted sea level pressure map at that time (see below).

The worst of it is going to hit to the North but still — the fun never stops... From

Gale Warning
From Wed 5 am until 5 pm PDT


WHAT...South winds 25 to 35 kt.

Out of the south so my house will be protected but still - going to be a fun blow.

Oh Noooeessss...  A three-fer - first from the London Daily Mail:

Mystery Antarctic 'swarm' of 85,000 earthquakes 'was triggered by magma from a long-dormant underwater volcano'
A 'swarm' of 85,000 earthquakes in Antarctica that lasted about six months in 2020 was triggered by magma from an underwater volcano, a new study says.

The swarm occurred at Orca Seamount, a deep-sea volcano near King George Island in Antarctica, in the Bransfield Strait, which has been inactive for 'a long time'.

Researchers have used seismometers and remote sensing techniques to determine how long the swarm lasted, and what caused it.

Swarm quakes mainly occur in volcanically active regions, so the movement of magma in the Earth's crust is therefore suspected as the cause.

During the swarm, ground on neighbouring King George Island moved 4.3 inches (11cm) - suggesting a 'finger' of magma almost reached the surface, the scientists report in their new study.

And the area of interest:


Second?  From Newsweek:

Huge Earthquake Swarm Detected in Antarctica as Inactive Volcano Awakens
A huge earthquake swarm was detected in Antarctica, which researchers say was likely the result of a long-dormant volcano awakening.

An earthquake swarm refers to incidents in which many seismic events occur in the same small area over a relatively short period of time without an accompanying main shock.

According to a study published in the Nature journal Communications Earth & Environment, the swarm affected the Bransfield Strait—a body of water around 60 miles wide that is located between the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

And this little nugget:

While it may seem like Antarctica is totally devoid of volcanic activity, there is substantial evidence of volcanoes below the Antarctic Ice Sheet, according to NASA's Climate Change and Global Warming website. Some of these are currently active or have been in the recent geologic past.

The exact number of volcanoes in Antarctica remains a mystery but one recent study identified 138 of them in West Antarctica alone. Despite this, it appears from the available evidence that there have been no dramatic volcanic eruptions in the region in the recent geologic past.

Actually, there is a lot of well-known volcanic activity in West Antarctica.  (August 12, 2017November 17, 2013August 18, 2021    That is where all of the massive ice sheets are breaking off into the ocean.  The media puts all the cause on anthropogenic global warming but having 20-30 active volcanoes underneath the ice might be a contributing factor as well.

And third - FOX News:

Is there a supervolcano buried in Antarctica waiting to erupt?
Antarctica is behaving oddly. Like its North Pole counterpart, it’s being affected by our changing climate. But not in ways science expects.

It has lakes. It has rivers. All of liquid, flowing water. It’s just that they’re beneath the ice sheet. Not on top. How did they get there?

A new NASA study is adding evidence to a theory that there is an enormous geothermal heat source sitting beneath the ice.

Too many people pushing the agenda and not sticking their heads outside with a thermometer to actually get some hard data.  Computer models are one tool in a toolbox but they need to be reconciled with actual data and adjusted if there is no match.  The global warming people have these fancy forecasts.  We have over 200 years of very good global historic data.  The global warming forecasts do not work with this data.  They do not hindcast. They always show warming when zero warming has happened...

The volcano will be interesting if it goes.  Keep telling people that we need to prepare for a period of global cooling - this would greatly exacerbate things.  More people die from cold than from heat.

One thing that is certain about Malthusian predictions - they never, ever come true. For every limit that some pundit can imagine, human ingenuity always comes up with a solution.  For every climate catastrophe that the pundit can imagine, they always seem to overlook something that was outside their little bubble and was deemed unimportant at the time. Scary stories get publicity and if your prediction is sufficiently far in the future, people will not remember when it fails to transpire.

To aid your memory, here is a list of 50 of the more egregious howlers.
From Mark Perry at American Enterprise Institute:

50 years of failed doomsday, eco-pocalyptic predictions; the so-called ‘experts’ are 0-50

1. 1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975
2. 1969: Everyone Will Disappear In a Cloud Of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
3. 1970: Ice Age By 2000
4. 1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
5. 1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
6. 1972: New Ice Age By 2070
7. 1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
8. 1974: Another Ice Age?
9. 1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life (data and graph)
10. 1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
11. 1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In Lakes (additional link)
12. 1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend (additional link)
13. 1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
14. 1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
15. 1988: Maldive Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
16. 1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
17. 1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
18. 2000: Children Won’t Know what Snow Is
19. 2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
20. 2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024

30 more at the site. The media still prints this garbage and people still lap it up.

Rinshot! Climate change

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Like I keep saying:

I will believe that there is a crisis
when the people who are telling me that there is a crisis
start ACTING like there is a crisis.


Earth Day - something to think about

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It goes back to that old saying:

I will believe that there is a crisis
when the people who are telling me that there is a crisis
start ACTING like there is a crisis.

Same event, two different news articles:

New Scientist (which used to be a really good publication):

Carbon removal project in Iceland suffers setback due to harsh winter
The world’s biggest facility for removing carbon dioxide directly from the air is running behind schedule in Iceland, after punishing Arctic conditions froze machinery and forced the Swiss company behind it to make modifications.

Launched in September 2021, the Climeworks “Orca” plant to the east of Reykjavik was hailed by Iceland’s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir as a “milestone in the fight against climate change”.

And Carbon Herald:

World’s Largest Carbon Removal Plant ‘Orca’ Freezes Over In Iceland
The world’s largest carbon removal plant located to the east of Reykjavik, Iceland, has frozen, putting its operations behind schedule.

Climeworks, the company behind the ambitious plant named ‘Orca’, had set out to capture 4,000 metric tons of CO2 every year directly from the air – a process known as direct air capture or DAC.

By the end of the decade, in fact, the project’s capacity is expected to reach as much as 1 million tons of carbon dioxide.

However, as it became apparent, the plant was not equipped to handle the harsh weather conditions in Iceland and some of the machinery froze.

One Million Tons of CO2 - just as a heads up, 2016 is the last year I have positive numbers and in 2016, world citizens emitted 35,753,305,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide.  All the money spent on this plant, all the environmental impact of this plant, will only ameliorate 1/35,753 of this supposed problem.

Me?  I smell grift.  I smell me a big 'ole grift.  Someone made a lot of money in this feel-good/do-nothing project.  All it had to do was appear to work during the ribbon cutting ceremony and then the principals laugh all the way to the bank.
Solyndra anyone? I can name a few others if you want.

From the London Daily Mail:

Don't you know who I am? Pompous Penn State professor tries to shame Marriott on Twitter for showing Fox News in NYC hotel gym while bragging that he has more followers than chain

    • Michael Mann, a professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, went on the Twitter rant Saturday, blasting Marriott for showing Fox News in the hotel gym
    • The professor was staying at Marriott Times Square in New York City
    • Mann claimed that he only one TV was showing news, and it was Fox News
    • He said the conservative network promotes anti-American, pro-Russian propaganda
    • When Mann asked to changed the channel, he said he was told that employees were not allowed to change the channel
    • Mann continued to post on Twitter, tagging the hotel, in hopes of a response, while bragging about his follower count in an ego-crazed manner
    • Nearly 24 hours after his initial rant, Mann said he had a response from Marriott
    • Mann said he was informed by Marriott that it is not the hotel's policy to have one single news channel on the TVs in the gym
    • He added that contrary to what the employee said Saturday, the channels can be changed in response to the requests of their guests

Mann was the guy who came up with the infamous "global warming" graph in 1998 - the Hockey Stick:


People started asking for his data and his methods and he stonewalled.  Since this work was produced through Federal (taxpayer) funding, by law, these are public domain and should have been released.

A number of people have found serious flaws in this work and in subsequent work from this moke.  A wonderful book was compiled by Mark Steyn called: A Disgrace to the Profession

The "hockey stick" graph of global temperatures is the single most influential icon in the global-warming debate, promoted by the UN's transnational climate bureaucracy, featured in Al Gore's Oscar-winning movie, used by governments around the world to sell the Kyoto Accord to their citizens, and shown to impressionable schoolchildren from kindergarten to graduation.

And yet what it purports to "prove" is disputed and denied by many of the world's most eminent scientists. In this riveting book, Mark Steyn has compiled the thoughts of the world's scientists, in their own words, on hockey-stick creator Michael E Mann, his stick and their damage to science. From Canada to Finland, Scotland to China, Belgium to New Zealand, from venerable Nobel Laureates to energetic young researchers on all sides of the debate analyze the hockey stock and the wider climate wars it helped launch.

Yeah - Michael Mann displayed a profound lack of scientific rigor - his paper showed what he wanted it to show.  He wanted to reinforce the narrative.  It is especially funny in that Mann filed a lawsuit against Steyn and lost. A bit more with some excerpts and additional materials can be found here: Mark Steyn’s new book on Michael Mann

Dr. Mann was also in the news for claiming to have won the Nobel Prize.  He did not.
From National Review:  Mike’s Nobel Trick

Getting bitter in his old age.  Hey Mike?  Your fifteen minutes were over in 1999. 
Time to give it a break. Everyone is on to the climate scam. It's over. - the hidden costs

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A few years old but a great exploration of just how practical solar and wind can be:

OK - Done: Climate Change

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A bit of weather over there

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Looks like our new home is in for a spot of winter weather -

WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.
WHERE...Cherokee and Clay Counties.
WHEN...From 4 AM to 1 PM EST Saturday.
IMPACTS...Snow and ice covered roadways are possible, mainly across the higher elevations, secondary roadways, bridges and overpasses.

From what I heard talking to people, the whole county will shut down if there is even a dusting on the ground.  Not used to it.  The whole East Coast is getting hit - London Daily Mail:

More than 20M people are under winter weather warnings as powerful 'bomb cyclone' storm heads toward the Northeast: New York and New England to bear the brunt while South and Midwest brace for treacherous mix of thunderstorms and snow

    • Snowfall totals range from 1-3 inches in Alabama and Mississippi to more than a foot in northern Maine
    • The storm is heading from the central US to the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast
    • Georgia, the Panhandle and the Carolinas could get severe thunderstorms
    • More than a foot of snow is possible in places like New York and New England
    • Schools from Kansas City to Pittsburgh have announced weather closures
    • A cold front on Friday is bringing temperatures down by 30 degrees below average from Texas to Minnesota

Certainly could use some of that Global Warming about now.  Where's Al Gore these days?

The experts - Climate "Change"

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Stormy weather - WA State passes

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And the fun keeps getting funner.  From a WA State Department of Transportation email this morning:

Cross-state travel should not be attempted Thursday – passes to be closed until Saturday
As expected, extreme weather has created havoc across much of the state, leading to a number of closures including Snoqualmie, Stevens, White and Blewett passes. Conditions are so hazardous – including snow slides, trees falling and high avalanche concern – that it is too dangerous for our snow plow and avalanche control crews to be in the areas. Because of that, passes will not reopen until Saturday. Due to extreme avalanche danger we’ll need Friday to assess and clear passes once our crews can re-enter the areas.

Additionally, the two other east-west routes – SR 14 and Oregon’s I-84, which run through the Columbia River Gorge – are closed to freight traffic, with I-84 being closed to all vehicles.

The current conditions on the passes include very heavy snowfall, near-zero visibility and debris falling from the mountains onto the highway. Once the snowfall lets up, the forecast calls for heavy rain, including freezing rain, which will increase the avalanche issues.

Once we determine it is safe enough for our crews, there will still be significant work to do before we can reopen.

No place I have to be.  Working at home this afternoon.  Got a zoom meeting later but that is it.

From AccuWeather:

What to know about the next winter storm approaching the East Coast
The mid-Atlantic and New England will face the second snowstorm of the week from Thursday night into Friday. AccuWeather forecasters say accumulating snow will be disruptive across a large swath of the Northeast, including major cities from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

Winter storm watches, warnings and advisories were issued across a large corridor of the United States from the South into the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday in advance of the snowstorm.

Arctic air will surge across the Midwest into Wednesday night, and a storm will form along the leading edge of the cold air as a dip in the jet stream provides enough fuel for a new system to develop. It will be a fairly fast-moving storm that will sweep eastward into the Northeast Thursday night into Friday.

"This will be a disruptive storm, and since cold air will be preceding the storm, snow will accumulate on roads as soon as it starts,” AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.

Makes me wonder where Al is these days?  (Gore Effect)

From the Mt. Baker Snow Report:

Yesterday was one for the books. We'd like to give our crew a HUGE shoutout for getting the mountain operational by midday after a blizzard dropped 30" of snow on Baker in 24 hours. It was an epic effort from everyone on the mountain, which then made for an incredibly epic day for all those who stayed to ski and ride that pow!

With the snow continuing to stack up and moderate winds expected today, there’s more sweet powder shredding to be had!

42" in the last 48 hours. From Seattle station KOMO:

Passes reach highest snow total in 20 years, more incoming
The region, especially the passes, has had a lot of snow and more is coming.

"Snoqualmie Pass has received 236" of snow, the highest total at this point in the season in 20 years," meteorologist Kristin Clark said. "The Cascades will get caked in more heavy snow, especially on Thursday, with over 30 inches forecast by the weekend."

Meanwhile, the East coast is still digging out - Virginia has over 217K customers without power The rest of the Eastern seabord is out too - Carolinas, Georga...

Global warming? A two-fer

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From the London Daily Mail:

Freezing snow storm Frida slams into East Coast and compounds nation's COVID paralysis: One million are left without power as up to 11 inches of snow falls, closing testing centers and D.C. government offices

A perfect storm! Biden gets SNOWED IN on Air Force One as he arrives in D.C. to disastrous poll numbers, rampant inflation, a stalled agenda, nation paralyzed by COVID, a lackluster VP, and the prospect of GOP landslide in the midterms

Looks like the middle-Eastern states are having some electrical issues too:


Virginia has 317,263 customers without power. Maryland, 39K, North Carolina 41K.

Moving to a warmer climate is a very prescient thing to be doing.  The Little Ice Age, the Dalton Minimum, the Maunder Minimum - those were not flukes.  This stuff happens.  It is one thing to preach doom and gloom and use computer models to back up your narrative.  Another thing entirely to go outside with a thermometer and a notebook and see what is actually happening out there.  It's a big world and what is being reported in the media is not necessarily what is actually happening.  The map is not the territory.

Stormy weather

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The rain has started - coming down heavy.

Mt. Baker is expecting a significant snowfall this weekend. Great news for the local economy.

And here we go again - midwest weather

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Here is a realtime map of lightning strikes as of a few minutes ago:


Looks like the tornadoes were just a warm-up act.

This sort of activity has happened before and it will happen again but it still sucks to be in the middle of it.

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