‘Existential’ climate crisis? Alarmist nonsense, mate

By Richard Alston

The Australian, June 29, 2022

Most people don’t have time to research issues, let alone complex and confusing ones such as climate change. They therefore become vulnerable to doomsday proclamations

The term existential was popularized in the 20th century by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, who believed that because there was no god, existence was absurd, life had no meaning and the individual therefore faced an existential crisis. In psychology, existential crises are inner conflicts characterised by the impression that life lacks meaning.

But in the climate wars a word that once had settled harmlessly in the realm of philosophy has become weaponised, wheeled out by climate catastrophists to herald imminent doom.… Read more

Worried about another ‘heat dome’? Don’t be—they’re rare

A letter to the Victoria Times Colonist (June 21, 2022) by Steven Murray has the facts on the dreaded “heat dome”

Re: “Last year’s heat deaths? Stop blaming the heat,” editorial, June 17. The editorial argues that we should stop blaming the heat for the hundreds of deaths in last June’s heat dome. While there were some failures in planning and policy, the editorial ignores the exceptional nature of this event.

Many people, including your editorial writer, still don’t seem to grasp just how extraordinary and rare an event this was. Weather historian Christopher Burt described it as “the most anomalous regional extreme heat event to occur anywhere on Earth since temperature records began” roughly 150 years ago with the beginnings of modern meteorology.… Read more

Global warming is only about 50% of what models predict

By Dr. Roy Spencer, from his blog Global Warming, April 22, 2021.

Dr. Spencer is a curator of one of the four major climate monitoring sites, the satellite-based University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH). In this post, he discusses computer models that predict ocean warming at twice the warming that has actually occurred. He concludes that, based on the facts, claims of a climate crisis are exaggerated.

The claim by the Biden Administration that climate change has placed us in a moment of “profound crisis” ignores the fact that the energy policy changes being promoted are based upon computer model simulations which have produced average warming rates at least DOUBLE those observed in the last 40+ years.… Read more

We are not facing a climate crisis: Swedish scientist

Lennart Bengtsson is a Swedish climate scientist who has just published a book (in Swedish) against climate catastrophism and urging governments and others to look at the beneficial effects of global warming as well as the problems. This is part of an interview with Dr. Bengtsson by Die Welt (The World), a German newspaper, on June 15, 2022.

WELT: Mr. Bengtsson, are we living in a climate crisis?

Lennart Bengtsson: I don’t think the current warming should be called a crisis. Global food production, for example, is increasing. And despite a rapidly growing population and continuing warming, far fewer people die as a result of extreme weather than in the past.… Read more

The next alarmist goal: Stifling debate on costs of green energy

Wall Street Journal editorial, June 14, 2022

Progressives first demanded that social-media platforms silence critics of climate alarmism. Now White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy wants them to censor content on the costs of a force-fed green-energy transition.

 A few years ago, Facebook enlisted third-party “fact checkers” to review news stories about climate. That didn’t satisfy Democratic Senators who howled about a “loophole” for opinion pieces. Facebook then began appending fact-checks to op-eds, including by Wall Street Journal contributors Bjorn Lomborg and Steven Koonin, that criticized apocalyptic climate models and studies. The goal was to restrict readership.

 Now progressives are moving to censorship phase two, which is shutting down debate over climate “solutions.”… Read more

News article gets facts wrong on heat-related deaths

By Paul MacRae

A June 13 Times Colonist article from Associated Press, “Phoenix hits record as scorching heat grips American southwest,” informs readers that “excessive heat causes more deaths in the U.S. than other weather-related disasters, including hurricanes, floods and tornadoes combined.”

As usual with so many “global warming” disaster stories, the article has its facts wrong, in this case the claim that heat kills more people than cold. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website has the following on deaths due to hot weather in the U.S.:

“Between 1979 and 2018, the death rate as a direct result of exposure to heat (underlying cause of death) generally hovered between 0.5 and 2 deaths per million people….

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The price of ‘Green’ energy—ruinous costs and ruined lives

Below is a screenshot of the latest roundup of articles found in Britain’s Net Zero Watch daily email. As you will see, in Great Britain, Europe, and even Australia, the cost of “green” energy has been devastating, while offering little or no actual benefit in terms of “fighting” climate change. Energy bills for a pub of almost £30,000 ($47,224 CDN) every three months? And aren’t we in Canada experiencing the same pain with record gasoline prices that, to add insult to injury, include a carbon tax? And it’s only going to get worse….

The climate alarmist/Green idea that the conversion to “sustainable” energy will be mostly painless is complete nonsense.… Read more