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Josh 85

More cartoons by Josh here.


As if things weren't bad enough

The EU continues its efforts to deindustrialise the entire continent:

Europe's climate chief has beaten off intense lobbying from businesses to secure a key victory in the battle over greenhouse gas targets.

Connie Hedegaard, the EU climate change commissioner, published on Tuesday afternoon her long-awaited report into how the EU can toughen its climate targets in a cost-effective manner, with a proposal that the EU could raise its current targets on emissions cuts from 20% emissions cuts to 25% cuts by 2020.

I think this is going to turn out very badly.



Josh 84

To go with this post at WUWT.


Aiding and abetting

An article by Chris Horner looks at the question of whether Michael Mann was involved in deletion of emails during the aftermath of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report. Mann was apparently asked whether he was involved, directly or indirectly, in any such actions. His reply was that he deleted nothing.

Horner's point is that we now know from the investigation of Wahl that Mann was involved. As he helpfully paraphrases:

PSU: This is potentially very grave. We must know: Did you do A or B?

Mann: I did not do A.

PSU: Ah. There we go. It appears there is no evidence he did A or B.



Enviromentalists trashing the environment (again)

A few months back there was a report that the low-energy lightbulbs demanded by environmentalists and served up by a complicit government are causing dangerously high levels of mercury in children's bedrooms. Now, in strangely similar news, it is reported that recycled cardboard is causing some foods to have dangerously high levels of mineral oils.

Researchers found toxic chemicals from recycled newspapers had contaminated food sold in many cardboard cartons.

The chemicals, known as mineral oils, come from printing inks.

Cereal firm Jordans has stopped using recycled cardboard and other firms are to ensure their recycled packaging does not contain any toxic oils.


Ask a Green a question

Questions have been invited for a Green question time at the University of Oxford this Thursday. The panel features Myles Allen amongst others and the theme is on John Beddington's "Perfect Storm" theory, which supposes that if sufficient funds can't be raised from the prospect of global warming then it should be possible to drum up interest from scaremongering on other fronts (I'm paraphrasing here somewhat).

Final Session: Perfect Storm "Question Time Panel" 5.30pm Thursday 10 March 2011

Please send your questions to: by 12pm Wednesday 9 March 2011


  • Professor Myles Allen, Professor-elect of Geosystem Science, SoGE, and Leader, Climate Dynamics, Department of Physics, University of Oxford
  • Professor Jim Hall, Director ECI, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks, University of Oxford
  • Dr Steve Jennings, Head of Programme Policy Team, Oxfam
  • Professor Chris Leaver CBE, Emeritus Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Mr Colin Tudge, Author and co-Founder, Campaign for Real Farming



Tim Flannery on Andrew Marr

The BBC is back to full frontal global warming propaganda, with Tim Flannery given the promotional treatment on Start the Week this morning. By happy chance, I switched the radio off this morning before the show started.

Someone recently noted that it doesn't matter how often the Flanneries of the world are wrong, or how wrong (and Flannery has banged on endlessly about drought in Australia). They will always get a sympathetic hearing on the BBC.



I may have a fix for the commenting problem. It's DNS related so may take 24-48 hours to take effect.

Fingers crossed.


Josh 83

Josh writes: "her actual quote was 'If we are to overcome the climate crisis we must move on to the equivalent of a war footing' and she then likened the leadership this would require to Tony Blair's in taking us to war in Iraq"


Schmidt calls IPCC "fraudsters"

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, that is, not Gavin.

The climate policy adopted by many governments is still in its infancy. The publications provided by an international group of scientists (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC) have encountered skepticism, especially since some of their researchers have shown themselves to be fraudsters (Betrüger). In any case, some governments' publicly stated targets are far less scientific, but rather politically endorsed.

Full story here.


Hammond brought to Booker

Christopher Booker has picked up on the suggestion by Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond that onshore wind pays its way, an extraordinary error that was picked up BH readers earlier in the week. Booker is similarly unimpressed.

Talking on the BBC last week about wind turbines, which are at the centre of our Government’s energy policy, the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, said “onshore wind doesn’t need subsidy any more, onshore wind can pay its way”. This was so laughably untrue that one has to wonder whether Mr Hammond was being deliberately untruthful or whether, which is almost worse, he is so ignorant that he actually believed what he said.


The litmus test

Some time ago somebody asked Andy Revkin if he had read the Hockey Stick Illusion, a request that was met with what I felt was a fairly silly reply: (a) he said that he was too busy and (b) he gave a pointer to Tamino's RealClimate "review". As I pointed out in my response it was odd to see a reputable journalist pointing to such a travesty of an article - I certainly can't think of many other quotations out of context quite so outrageous as the one Tamino pulled on me.

A couple of days ago, Revkin was asked exactly the same question, and interestingly he gave a somewhat different response.

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Things can only get dearer

Also in Standpoint, a look at Britain's energy policies.

In private, the best-informed analysts now agree that Britain's environmental policies have put the country on track to have the world's most expensive electricity.

It feels to me like we are heading for crunch time.


Of droughts and flooding rains

Clive James, writing in Standpoint magazine, looks at the shifting sands of the global warming narrative as presented to Australians.

Before the floods, proponents of the CAGW view had argued that there would never be enough rain again, because of Climate Change. When it became clear that there might be more than enough rain, the view was adapted: the floods, too, were the result of Climate Change. In other words, they were something unprecedented. Those opposing this view — those who believed that in Australia nothing could be less unprecedented than a flood unless it was a drought — took to quoting Dorothea Mackellar's poem "My Country", which until recently every Australian youngster was obliged to hear recited in school. In my day we sometimes had to recite it ourselves, and weren't allowed to go home until we had given evidence that we could remember at least the first four lines of the second stanza, which runs like this. 

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror —
The wide brown land for me.


Breaking the ice

The Gulf of Finland is in danger of grinding to a halt from a lack of ice-breaking capacity.

The Gulf of Finland is covered by thick ice from the Estonian mainland to Osmussaar, making it possible for only large ships to reach Muuga Harbour. Recently, eight vessels were icebound near Kunda and Sillamäe. The situation has been no different on the Gulf of Riga, where the port authority is working its icebreaker Varma non-stop, and still needs help. Chaotic conditions have been reported.

EUReferendum has the story.