Dr. Roy Spencer: The wording is ambiguous. But the authors decided Pruitt meant “there has been zero warming” for exactly 20 years. They proceeded to evaluate this interpretation with a statistical analysis of the various satellite temperature datasets, as well as with climate models. The result is a peer-reviewed study which took less than one month to sail through peer review. Wow. If I only knew earlier that I could get peer-reviewed scientific papers by evaluating the silly climate claims made by politicians (Al Gore, Barack Obama, et al.) over the years. Oh, that’s right. I’m on the wrong side of the issue. The reviewers would have said, “C’mon, that’s a politician generalizing. You can’t get a peer-reviewed scientific paper out of that!”
Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue: 'A concerted effort has been made in recent years to discount the hiatus as an insignificant statistical artifact perhaps based upon bad observational data, or a conspiracy theory to distract the public and climate policymakers. Even acknowledging the existence of the “hiatus” is sufficient to be labeled as a climate change denier...Climate scientists still need to know how variability (natural and anthropogenic) in the climate system works to attempt to model its changes through time regardless of political inconvenience.'
Happer: “Heretical,” off-message science has been ruthlessly suppressed to reassure policymakers that they had the backing of “97 percent” of the scientific establishment. It is time to do an honest job on the science of climate. Regarding policy, Americans never felt compelled to sign up for international folly in the past. We should once again show leadership and walk away from the Paris Agreement.
The vast majority area of Greenland has seen surface snow and ice gain over the past 9 months. Moreover, Arctic temperatures for now are below normal.
Winter snow and ice cover trend for the Northern Hemisphere has in fact been trending upwards since statistics started. And when one applies the 30-year weather mean used to define climate, the winter trend since 1987 is strongly upwards. So is the autumn trend. This 2017 winter was well above average, ranking in the top 10.
The vast majority area of Greenland has seen surface snow and ice gain over the past 9 months. Moreover, Arctic temperatures for now are below normal...The big development in recent Arctic news is the “recovery” of Arctic sea ice extent, which now is back in the normal range.
The study found that if global warming isn't slowed by the end of the century, scorching temperatures could cost Americans several hundred million nights of lost sleep each year...University of Miami scientist Laurence Kalkstein, an expert on the impacts of heat waves on human health who was not involved in the study, complimented the research. "Increased nighttime temperatures can lead to other health problems, including increased emergency room visits and even increased heat-related deaths … the authors acknowledge that other negative health-related factors can be affected by higher overnight temperatures,” he said.
Marc Morano – a skeptic of catastrophic man-made global warming – is not even confident that Trump will make up his mind after the summit. "One of the additional worrisome factors for Trump actually staying in the treaty is the fact that given all the uproar over the Russian issues and the FBI firing – the domestic stuff – Trump may try to win points, possibly with foreign leaders – especially the G7 leaders – by announcing he's going to stay in as a sort of way to have some allies on his side … because he's facing hostility from all different directions," Morano explained. Morano adds that even for those who are concerned about the environment, the deal does nothing to reduce global average temperature by the end of the century.
Staying in UN Paris deal 'would concede to a global pressure campaign to make U.S. energy policies increasingly unaccountable to Americans and beholden to the demands of foreign bureaucrats. Staying in the Paris agreement is also irreconcilable with Trump's energy agenda, which includes rolling back the Environmental Protection Agency's harmful Clean Power Plan.'
The Trump administration has proposed eliminating nearly $1.6 billion in international programs aimed at promoting green energy and fighting global warming...The White House said this proposal is in line with President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to “cease payments to the United Nations’ climate change programs.” The budget “fulfills that pledge,” according to budget documents. The Obama administration gave nearly $1 billion to the GCF in 2016. The Trump administration proposed eliminating that funding, along with zeroing out funding for three other climate programs.
Will American conservatives hold the president’s feet to the fire when he does the opposite to his pre-election promise or will they stay quiet? So far, with the notable exception of Marc Morano, publisher of the influential Washington DC-based Climatedepot.com, and a handful of others, they have mostly stayed quiet.
A United Nations report published Wednesday highlights the legal risks that opponents say President Donald Trump faces if he does not withdraw from Paris climate agreement. The Paris Agreement could be used to force governments, including the Trump administration, “that have adopted climate-oriented laws to implement them,” reads the UN Environmental Program report on global warming litigation. The report claims that litigation “has arguably never been a more important tool to push policymakers and market participants” to fight global warming.
Chelsea Clinton: “[We] carry multiple concerns in both our head and our heart. Just listening to the concerns around education and climate change, women’s health, child marriage, access to technology, all of those are of course interconnected. We have to focus on each of them in their interconnectedness.”