James Taylor discusses global warming on PBS Frontline in October 2012. Video appears here.
James Taylor discusses global warming on PBS NewsHour in May 2012. Video appears here.
James Taylor ticks off Alan Colmes in an October 2007 global warming debate on Hannity & Colmes. Video of the program is available here.
James Taylor discusses global warming on the Glenn Beck show in July 2007. A link to the video is here.
Arctic sea ice experienced record 60-percent growth in August 2013 compared to August 2012. Global warming alarmists now tell us they predicted this, despite our collective memories to the contrary.
Remember all those claims last year about accelerating Arctic ice loss and an ice-free Arctic by 2015 or 2020? Well, actually you don’t, because nobody ever made those claims. In fact, you heard exactly the opposite. You may think you heard claims about accelerating Arctic ice loss and an imminent ice-free Arctic, but they were merely figments of your imagination. You were merely hallucinating. How do I know this? Global warming alarmists just told us so.
Writing in Monday’s UK Guardian, alarmists John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli claim global warming alarmists predicted this year’s record growth in Arctic sea ice. And all those claims of doom-and-gloom predictions about Arctic sea ice in 2012? They were apparently just figments of our collective imagination.
So when you click on this article published by the very same UK Guardian last September 17, you really aren’t reading the article title that you think you are reading:
“Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years.”
You really aren’t reading this gem of a quote from the story’s central “expert,” either.
“This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates.”
When you click on this New York Times article, you also aren’t seeing what you think you see, because global warming alarmists apparently told us last year the 2012 Arctic ice season was unlikely to be repeated in 2013.
According to our collective hallucination in the September 19, 2012 New York Times:
“‘The Arctic is the earth’s air-conditioner,’ said Walt Meier, a research scientist at the snow and ice center, an agency sponsored by the government. ‘We’re losing that. It’s not just that polar bears might go extinct, or that native communities might have to adapt, which we’re already seeing — there are larger climate effects.’”
“Now, some scientists think the Arctic Ocean could be largely free of summer ice as soon as 2020,” the Times continued, according to our collective hallucination.
“Scientists said Wednesday that the Arctic has become a prime example of the built-in conservatism of their climate forecasts. As dire as their warnings about the long-term consequences of heat-trapping emissions have been, many of them fear they may still be underestimating the speed and severity of the impending changes,” the Times apparently never reported.
Of course, the UK Guardian and the New York Times are just two of many publications that warned us about rapidly accelerating Arctic ice loss and an imminent loss of the entire polar ice cap. Er, I mean, the UK Guardian and the New York Times are just two of many publications that we falsely think warned us about rapidly accelerating Arctic ice loss and an imminent loss of the entire polar ice cap.
These hallucinations are strikingly similar to when we erroneously believe alarmists warned us about less snowfall, more hurricanes, shrinking Antarctic sea ice, the Gulf Stream shutting down, etc. When the earth’s climate reacts exactly in the opposite manner as predicted by global warming alarmists, they pretend they never made such scary predictions in the first place.
No, alarmists never predicted Arctic sea ice would recede this year. They all predicted record Arctic sea ice growth, instead. Any such memories to the contrary are mere hallucinations. We know this because if the alarmists ever had made such doom-and-gloom predictions, it would prove to be yet another epic fail in the annals of silly and disproven global warming predictions.
Two of the Colorado legislature’s most aggressive advocates of renewable power mandates lost their Senate seats last night in a historic recall election. Gun control legislation took center stage in the national media coverage of the recall election, but Sens. John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) strongly alienated voters earlier this year championing costly renewable power mandates.
Legislators’ Activist Credentials
Morse, the sitting Senate President, sponsored Senate Bill 252, which doubled the percentage of costly power rural electric customers are required to purchase. The bill, which the Senate passed on a party-line vote, pleased environmental activist groups and liberal elites in Denver and Boulder while alienating Democratic, Republican, and independent voters in the rest of the state. Even the very liberal Denver Post urged the Colorado legislature to reject the bill.
Giron took Morse’s bill and ran with it, frequently championing the electricity restrictions and related global warming claims in public events. For example, Giron spoke in favor of electricity restrictions and posed for photographs last month at a rally held by the environmental activist group I Will Act on Climate.
Strong Message Delivered
The recall of Morse and Giron sends a particularly strong message given the strong Democratic majorities in their respective districts. In Morse’s Senate district, registered Democratic voters outnumber registered Republican voters by a 56-to-44 percent margin. In Giron’s Senate district, registered Democratic voters outnumber registered Republican voters by a greater than 2-to-1 margin. Blue collar Democrats in large numbers joined independent and Republican voters to defeat Morse and Giron.
Morse and Giron benefited from a massive advantage in campaign funds, outspending recall supporters by a 6-to-1 margin. Wealthy out-of-state liberal activsts such as Michael Bloomberg donated heavily in support of Morse and Giron, but the Democrats’ wealth disparity over recall supporters did them little good at the polls.
With the defeat of Morse and Giron, Democrats now hold a razor-thin 18-to-17 majority in the Colorado Senate. Prior to the recall elections, the Democratic 20-to-15 edge gave the party a substantial cushion to ram through controversial legislation such as stringent gun control laws and costly renewable power mandates.
This week marks the halfway point of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, yet not a single hurricane has formed anywhere in the Atlantic. This year’s lack of hurricanes continues an ongoing, beneficial trend of fewer hurricanes coinciding with moderately warming temperatures as the planet continues its recovery from the Little Ice Age. The decline in hurricanes also coincides with global warming alarmists ramping up a deceptive public relations campaign designed to convince the public that global warming skeptics are causing more hurricanes.
In my weekly Forbes column, available here, I explain several remarkable aspects of the ongoing decline in hurricanes. I also call out global warming alarmists for making false hurricane claims and launching personal attacks against people who tell the truth about hurricanes.
Global warming alarmists frequently assert that drought is becoming more frequent and severe as a result of global warming, but objective data show the opposite to be true.
Over 100 years of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data, presented by University of Alabama at Huntsville climate scientist John Christy, show no trend toward more drought or exceptional wetness.
A 2004 study in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Climatology finds growing conditions are improving as the earth modestly warms. “The terrestrial surface is both warmer and effectively wetter … A good analogy to describe the changes in these places is that the terrestrial surface is literally becoming more like a gardener’s greenhouse,” states the peer-reviewed study.
A 2006 study in the peer-reviewed Geophysical Research Letters reports, “Droughts have, for the most part, become shorter, less frequent, and cover a smaller portion of the country over the last century.”
A 2006 study in the peer-reviewed Journal of Hydrology reports, “Evidence indicates that summer soil moisture content has increased during the last several decades at almost all sites having long-term records in the Global Soil Moisture Data Bank.”
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “A number of tree-ring records exist for the last two millennia which suggest that 20th century droughts may be mild when evaluated in the context of this longer time frame. The evidence from long tree-ring records is augmented with paleodrought records from other proxies, such as lake sediments that reflect changes in salinity and precipitation/evaporation balances.”
Even a 2011 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on extreme weather events states there is “a lack of direct observations and a lack of agreement in the available scientific studies” regarding global warming and drought.
Sure, droughts will continue to occur from time to time in various places, just as they have always occurred. However, scientific evidence shows droughts are becoming less frequent and less severe as our planet modestly warms. If droughts are becoming less frequent and less severe, how can one logically say global warming is causing drought?
The decline in drought and other harmful severe weather events is also apparent in crop production. Since 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. farmers have set record per-acre crop yields for barley, beans, canola, corn, cotton, flaxseed, oats, peanuts, potatoes, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugarbeets, sunflowers and wheat.
Global crop yields also are registering impressive gains as our planet modestly warms. Global grain harvests have nearly tripled during the past 50 years and nearly every important global crop has attained record productivity during the past five years.
Droughts have always occurred and will always occur. If global warming is having any influence on droughts, however, it is making droughts less frequent and less severe.
Global warming alarmists frequently claim receding Arctic sea ice demonstrates an ongoing global warming crisis. These alarmists conveniently forget to mention that Antarctic sea ice in the Southern Hemisphere has been steadily growing for several decades and sets new records virtually every year.
The amount of new sea ice in the Southern Hemisphere is almost exactly the same as the amount of sea ice that has receded in the Northern Hemisphere. For most of 2013, global sea ice has been above the average extent of sea ice tracked by NASA satellites since the satellites began precisely measuring polar ice extent in 1979.
The Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, and global sea ice history can be viewed here.
Global warming alarmists often make the claim that global warming is causing a rash of dangerous high temperature records. Objective data from the U.S. Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) tell a completely different story.
Climate scientist John Christy, who oversees the NASA satellite instrument program that precisely measures global temperatures, recently posted a chart showing the USHCN record high temperature data going back more than a century. The chart, linked here, shows quite clearly no increase in recent high temperature records. Indeed, many more high temperature records were set between 1900-1955 than were set between 1955-2013.