"Today, we live some 100 times better than did our ancestors at the end of the 18th century. The luxuries that we take for granted — abundant food on demand, clean running water, electricity, electronic communications and media, advanced medical care, inexpensive clothing, home and office heating, rapid transportation, universal basic education, free libraries, and dozens of other important advances — are linked to warming temperatures that have afforded enough surplus food to support educators, scientists, inventors, technicians, physicians, and the suppliers of so many of our modern conveniences." ...
"Global food production has exploded since 1970, due in part to a favorable climate. For the first time in human history, we live in an age during which it is not necessary for large numbers of human beings to go hungry."
JunkScience.com's Steve Milloy responds: "'Warmest year' claim is silly.
1. The 'record' only starts ~1880. 2. Recent warming began ~1650. 3. Was as warm 1,000 yrs ago. 4. 'Record' biased by urban heat islands. 5. 'Record' manipulated by activists. 6. Global temp not known to 0.01C precision."
Paul Homewood rebuts: "Since 2000, the trend in the number of disasters has actually been downwards, clearly debunking any pretence that weather is getting worse because of global warming. The report even specifically accepts this:
...Put simply, many more disasters are recorded nowadays because of better reporting systems. But this does not mean more are actually occurring."
The row was triggered by the new report on “Human Cost of Disasters”. The report announced a “staggering rise in climate-related disasters over the last twenty years”. However, the same report contains a graph showing that the number of climate-related disasters has actually decreased by 15 percent since 2000. ...
“This is a huge, embarrassing blunder,” said Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Forum, a British think tank. “The United Nations must immediately withdraw this report and apologise for misleading the public.” Roger Pielke Jr, a renowned American scientist in the field of natural disasters – and anything but climate denier – also regrets the sharp position by the UNDRR. In an e-mail to De Telegraaf he says that the authors have drawn “flawed conclusions”
“Science is about learning from new data and vigorous debate,” Altmaier said. “Instead, for the first time, we have had people claiming to be ‘following the science and the data’ who are in fact merely imposing their opinions on us by fiat, with catastrophic consequences for children’s education and people’s livelihoods.”
David Nabarro, World Health Organization special envoy for Covid-19: “We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Nabarro told The Spectator in an interview aired on Oct. 8. “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
Via Epoch Times: Nabarro pointed to the collateral damage that lockdowns are having worldwide, especially among poorer populations. “Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry, for example in the Caribbean or in the Pacific, because people aren’t taking their holidays. Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world because their markets have got dented. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. Seems that we may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition because children are not getting meals at school and their parents, in poor families, are not able to afford it,” Nabarro said.
“This is a terrible, ghastly global catastrophe, actually,” he said. “And so we really do appeal to all world leaders: Stop using lockdown as your primary control method, develop better systems for doing it, work together and learn from each other, but remember—lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer."
(Dr. David Nabarro, former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change...David is currently Co-Director (since mid-2019) and Chair of Global Health at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London...From March 2020, David is appointed Special Envoy of WHO Director General on COVID-19.)
In response to a question from a CNN reporter, Biden said: “Eventually we’re going to have to [get rid of] oil, but we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels. We’re getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time… It will not be gone for … probably 2050,” Fox News reported.
Attempts have been made to pull these diverse causalities into one model. A group of South African actuaries advised their government that a lockdown would cost 29 lives for every one life saved from the virus. A U.K. government study estimated more conservatively that the ratio would be four-to-one — with lockdowns causing 200,000 fatalities while saving only 50,000 people from death by COVID-19. ...
Marc Morano, publisher of the influential Washington DC-based Climatedepot.com, responds, “Joe Biden’s version of the Green New Deal will include a redux from the Obama Administration of ‘investing’ in ‘green’ energy. This will once again sink billions of taxpayers’ dollars into picking winners and losers in the energy industry. We can expect a new round of boondoggles like the failed Solyndra ‘investments’. More money pumped into a future attempt to alter the climate. The only thing we can be certain of is that the climate will not be impacted.” ...
“Having wealthy nations ‘pay’ poor nations not to develop their natural resources as the countries see fit is not something to brag about being a ‘champion’ of. In many cases, paying off countries not to develop their natural resources also leads to enriching politicians while the citizens continue to suffer from lack of development and economic growth.”
Michael D Higgins will today call for a new approach to economics that incorporates the “radicalism” of climate activism. Part of the worldwide response to climate change should be framed around the principles of “redistribution, social consumption and social investment”, the president will say. Mr Higgins will call for a new approach to economics, one that “combines the radicalism that is in the consciousness of climate activism” with the “consciousness of egalitarianism.
One that “combines the radicalism that is in the consciousness of climate activism, with the consciousness of egalitarianism and the programmes of inclusion activists”. It should be “framed around the three implicit goals of welfare states: redistribution, social consumption and social investment and characterised by gender equality, income redistribution, a reconfigured social consumption,” he will say.
CNN: "Sharks have killed 7 people in Australia this year, the most since 1934. Climate change could be a factor."
"But there’s another possible culprit: the climate crisis. As oceans heat up, entire ecosystems are being destroyed and forced to adapt. Fish are migrating where they’ve never gone before. Species’ behaviors are changing. And, as the marine world transforms, sharks are following their prey and moving closer to shores popular with humans."
'Climate change has been blamed before for shark attacks:
Marc Morano comment: "Dr. Morner is a huge loss to sea level expertise in the science world. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Dogged determination, vitality, and relentless pursuit of the scientific truth were his hallmarks. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with Dr. Morner at many international conferences. Most recently in Morocco in 2016 and Germany in 2017. My prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends."
Dr. Morner featured in the 2016 film Climate Hustle
Christopher Monckton of Brenchley: "Professor Nils-Axel Mörner, who died on Friday October 16 aged 83 after a short illness, knew more about sea level than did Poseidon himself. He wrote more than 650 papers on the subject in his long and distinguished career. He became even more well-known after his retirement than before it, because he decided to take the risk of publicly opposing the false notion, profitably peddled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change et hoc genus omne, that global warming would cause many meters of sea-level rise."
UN Paris pact could be used to levy carbon taxes, block infrastructure projects.
Chris Horner: Rejoining the UN Paris climate treaty will immediately subject U.S. energy policy — and thereby economic and to some extent trade policy — to a UN “climate conciliation commission”... Already, as the United Kingdom has shown, developed nations’ courts can be expected to cite the Paris climate treaty in blocking infrastructure development. The UK’s Court of Appeal ruled earlier this year that Heathrow Airport cannot be expanded because that would violate the UK’s ‘net zero’ commitment under Paris.
Then, Canada offered a reminder how progressive politicians will raise taxes in the name of complying with Paris: In Ottawa, “The parliamentary budget officer says the federal carbon tax would have to rise over the coming years if the country is to meet emission-reduction targets under the Paris climate accord.” Now we are reminded that the U.S. can also expect a forum for antagonistic nations to bring their complaints about U.S. policy and claims of non-compliance with Paris’s required “Net Zero” agenda for resolution. ...
Paris requires, and mandates the U.S. revisit and tighten “Green New Deal”-style policies every five years. This is among the many reasons why the Paris climate agreement is a treaty, and also why it never would have been ratified. However, very soon, Americans may nonetheless be subject to its long-envisioned climate court."
On January 24, 2020, speaking to a New Hampshire voter, Biden said he would stop fracking. The woman voter asked, “But like, what about, say, stopping fracking?” Biden answered, “Yes.” Woman voter: “And stopping pipeline infrastructure?” Biden: “Yes.” #
In the July 2019 debate on CNN, Biden said, “We would make sure it’s eliminated,” in response to a question about whether his administration would find any place for “fossil fuels, including coal and fracking.”
On January 24, 2020, speaking to a New Hampshire voter, Biden said he would stop fracking. The woman voter asked, “But like, what about, say, stopping fracking?” Biden answered, “Yes.” Woman voter: “And stopping pipeline infrastructure?” Biden: “Yes.” # On March 15, 2020, a Democratic presidential debate between Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders was hosted by CNN:
Biden: "No more, no new fracking." Also in that debate, Biden stated, “Number one, no more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, end, number one.”
EPA October 2020: From 2005 to 2018, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 12 percent. And while the U.S. became the number one energy producer in the world. In contrast, global energy-related CO2 emissions increased over 23.8 percent. And since 1990, U.S. natural gas production has increased by 71 percent. Over that period, methane emissions across the natural gas industry have fallen by 24 percent. The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis. In fact, U.S. emissions are now down almost 1 gigaton from our peak in 2000, marking the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions by any other country over that period (International Energy Agency). Overall, U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions declined by 2.8% in 2019 (EIA).
Steve Milloy: "The only hope the oil-and-gas industry would have in a Biden administration is that there is no substitute for fracking. Power plants could switch out of coal and into natural gas during the 2010s, but they won’t be able to switch out of natural gas and back into coal during the 2020s. On the other hand, American politics are more irrational now than they were during the Obama years. And it isn’t clear that Biden administration regulators would care about relevant realities. A fracking ban? No. Death by a thousand cuts? Bank on it."
Former NYT Reporter Alex Berenson: "A lead investigator on the Danish mask study - the ONLY (as far as I know) randomized trial to see if masks protect from #COVID - was asked when it would be published.
His answer: 'as soon as a journal is brave enough.'
If you think that means the study shows masks work..."
"During a town hall meeting Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden again assured shale producers that he wouldn’t ban fracking if elected. Then, in virtually the same breath, he touted his $2 trillion clean-energy plan, which aims to edge natural gas out of the power mix within 15 years...Biden has been careful not to make an enemy of the industry, especially in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, home to the largest U.S. shale-gas field. His policies may even, in the short-term, support the gas market."
"Biden's goal of a carbon-neutral grid would severely curb, if not destroy, gas’s share of the pie in favor of cheaper, cleaner renewables."
Cobalt is an expensive metal used in electric car batteries, costing about $35,000 per ton. 59% of cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Cobalt mining in the Congo is often done by children — as many as 40,000 — working in brutal and unsafe conditions. A euphemism for these children is ‘informal’ workers.