Wen Stephenson on those who deny global warming: 'These are crimes. They are crimes against the Earth, and they are crimes against humanity.' - 'F*ck Earth Day. No, really. F*ck Earth Day. Not the first one, forty-four years ago, the one of sepia-hued nostalgia, but everything the day has since come to be: the darkest, cruelest, most brutally self-satirizing spectacle of the year. F*ck it. Let it end here. End the dishonesty, the deception.'
In the survey, respondents were asked how confident they were in a range of scientific statements. The ones in which they had fullest confidence were:
Smoking causes cancer - 82 per cent extremely/very confident
Mental illness is a medical condition that affects the brain - 71 per cent
Inside our cells there is a complex genetic code that helps determine who we are - 69 per cent
Overusing antiobiotics causes the development of drug resistant bacteria - 65 per cent
The universe is so complex there must be a supreme being guiding its creation - 54 per cent
Childhood vaccines are safe and effective - 53 per cent
The average temperature of the world is rising, mostly because of man-made heat-trapping greenhouse gases - 33 per cent
Climatologist Dr. Pat Michaels: 'There is a very interesting inverse relationship over time between the IPCC reports and how well the computer models for global warming have performed. The more reality diverges from their initial projections, the more the IPCC is convinced of the certainty of their conclusions.'
'While the number of people in the middle (Gallup calls them the “mixed middle”) has fallen by one-quarter. This means that all of the people who have shifted out of the “mixed middle” have gone over to skepticism, and none to the Al Gore camp...Finally, Gallup’s general environmental survey, conducted in March each year, finds once again that Americans rank global warming dead last on their list of environmental concerns. Moreover, public concern about the environment is at a 15-year low'
Simon: 'There is every scientific reason to be joyful about the trends in the condition of the Earth, and hopeful for humanity’s future, even if we are falsely told the outlook is grim. So Happy Earth Day.'
Lomborg notes 'global warming has dramatically slowed or entirely stopped in the last decade and a half' - 'When politicians around the world tell the story of global warming, they cast it as humanity’s greatest challenge. But they also promise that it is a challenge that they can meet at low cost, while improving the world in countless other ways. We now know that is nonsense...Climate change has been portrayed as a huge catastrophe costing as much as 20% of world GDP, though brave politicians could counter it at a cost of just 1% of GDP. The reality is just the opposite: We now know that the damage cost will be perhaps 2% of world GDP, whereas climate policies can end up costing more than 11% of GDP.'
Scientists concede global warming 'pause' - But now say 'we appear to be measuring the wrong thing' - 'Unusually strong trade winds in the Pacific Ocean, which have buried the surface heat deep underwater'
For cold political fury (the GOP) has nothing on Terry O'Sullivan, who runs the Laborers' International Union that represents a half-million construction workers. "This is once again politics at its worst," Mr. O'Sullivan said in a public statement that deserves to be quoted at length. "In another gutless move, the Administration is delaying a finding on whether the pipeline is in the national interest based on months-old litigation in Nebraska regarding a state level challenge to a state process—and which has nothing to with the national interest. They waited until Good Friday, believing no one would be paying attention. The only surprise is they didn't wait to do it in the dark of night."
According to the Institute for Energy Research, “solar energy provides two-tenths of one percent of the total energy consumed in the United States. While the amount of solar electricity capacity in the U.S. has increased in recent years…it still only accounts for 0.1% of net electricity generated…the least among the renewable sources of hydroelectric, biomass, wind and solar.”
'Countries with access to more energy have populations that are healthier and live longer and also have higher environmental quality than energy-poor countries,” CEI' Myron Ebell added. “And coal, oil, and natural gas are not yesterday’s fuels; they remain the basis of global prosperity and continue to contribute to a healthier, cleaner environment.”
'The most important is in fact indoor air pollution.
One-third of the world’s people — 2.9 billion — cook and keep warm burning twigs and dung, which give off deadly fumes. This leads to strokes, heart disease and cancer, and disproportionately affects women and children. The World Health Organization estimates that it killed 4.3 million people in 2012. Add the smaller death count from outdoor pollution, and air pollution causes one in eight deaths worldwide.'