Gas is not an “ideal” energy source but better than coal, the EU’s internal market chief Thierry Breton said in an interview published by Die Welt over the weekend. “If you don’t want nuclear power, you have to be pragmatic and not afford ideological doggedness.” “Atomic energy and natural gas will help us meet our climate goals,” Breton said. “That is why we in the Commission are counting on presenting a taxonomy that includes nuclear power and natural gas.”
Marc Morano, a former senior staffer on the Senate environment and public works committee and publisher of the energy blog ClimateDepot, told me he thinks Democrats in the city are taking a course of action that will only harm everyday citizens. He sees the natural gas ban as inevitably going to burden New Yorkers after months of economy inhibiting lockdowns. “New York City took ‘a historic step’ in further punishing its citizens by restricting energy, creating shortages, and promoting price spikes,” Morano said. “After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, it appears the city government has still not reached the limit to how much it is willing to destroy the lives of New Yorkers.”
“The climate won’t notice the city’s ban on natural gas, but New Yorkers sure will,” Morano said.
Mark J. Perry, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, displayed a similar sentiment to me. Perry described how switching to electricity from gas will still use lots of natural gas. “In 2021, more than 38 percent of electricity was produced with natural gas, along with 23 percent from coal,” Perry said. “Also, the substitution of natural gas for coal to produce electric power is the main reason that CO2 emissions fell last year to the lowest level since 1983. So, the NYC ban on natural gas won’t reduce CO2 and its main result will be to raise the cost of energy for New Yorkers!”
USA Today features warmist John Cook, Facebook advisor who claims: "One element of climate misinformation that seems to be particularly prominent on social media is culture war type posts that attempt to paint people concerned about climate change as belonging to some separate social group intent on impinging on people’s freedoms," Cook said. "This is a particularly damaging form of misinformation as it exacerbates public polarization on climate change, making progress more difficult."
Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore responds to USA Today: "We skeptics are responsible for the 'public polarization' about the climate? Who is using the word 'denier' as if we skeptics want to send the true believers to the gas chambers? They are the ones foaming at the mouth with doomsday language. We are basing our opinions and facts on historical data and sound science." ... "Since we began using fossil fuels and making cement, the long decline of CO2 over the millennia has miraculously been halted. There is no reason to believe that if we had not unintentionally reversed the downward trend in CO2 that all life on Earth would have been threatened with eventual extinction when CO2 fell below 150 ppm. We have returned a balance to the global carbon cycle. There is no reason to prevent this from continuing up to 800 ppm and beyond."
Larry Hamlin: NOAA published its global climate report for year end 2021 highlighting that its global temperature anomaly measurements showed 2021 being the sixth highest of its recorded measurements. NOAA’s global annual measurement for 2021 was 0.84 degrees C. ... NOAA has exaggerated the importance of both monthly and annual temperature anomaly changes with as small a difference as +0.01 degrees C as a basis for climbing “hottest temperature ever” hype as was done for the July 2021 temperature anomaly data even though the confidence level for this measurement is +/-0.19 degrees C as discussed in WUWT articles here and here. ...
In addition to NOAA’s global temperature anomaly decline since year end 2016, all other global temperature anomaly measurement systems used by climate scientists worldwide all show declining global temperature anomaly measurements during the period from 2016 through 2021 as shown in the graphs below for surface global temperature anomaly measurement systems from NASA GISS and UK Met Office and for satellite global temperature anomaly measurement systems from UAH and RSS respectively.
Jo Nova: Surprisingly, the World War I era temperatures are still changing. Mornings that seemed nippy at the time are now susceptible to frosts. Someone should warn the farmers — except they’re all dead. ... “The bureau has now remodeled the national temperature dataset three times in just nine years." ... Correcting thermometer records from 1913. ... Who knew all those old thermometers were so wrong?
The bureau said changes were made to 20 sites on the basis of statistical analysis. According to the bureau, statistical analysis is used to identify an abrupt warming or cooling at a particular site, relative to other sites in the region. ... The BOM refuses to tell us exactly how they do this — admitting that they can’t train anyone outside their sacred guild. Which reminds us of the old axiom, “if it can’t be replicated, it isn’t science”.
Yahoo News: The snowstorm that battered the South this weekend, leaving thousands without power, was likely exacerbated by climate change, according to leading climate scientists. ... "The storm that crippled the South has now made its way north, dumping up to a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast."
Jennifer Francis, senior scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center in Massachusetts: “Climate change is causing the jet stream to take more of these southward dips and northward swings,” Francis said. Each southward dip causes a rebound with an adjacent northward swing. So extreme weather events like cold snaps and storms in one location can be accompanied by dry spells and heat waves somewhere else...Climate change also can lead to stronger snowstorms because of increased precipitation and ocean warming.