ALARMISM INDUSTRY THREATENED

The SMH’s Marian Wilkinson, a few weeks ago:

Australia had its hottest January on record, in line with a pattern that has seen the country’s average temperature rise over the past five decades under the impact of global warming.

That “pattern” didn’t hold for Sydney:

“In terms of rainfall it’s been the wettest summer for six years,” said Shannon Symons from the bureau’s climate centre …

Remarkably, not one day this summer pushed past 31 degrees.

“That’s only happened three times in the past (in 149 years of the bureau’s weather records), with the last being 1956 – it’s quite significant,” Ms Symons said.

Same chilly deal for most of the state – and elsewhere. Here’s Klaus Rohrich:

If this cooling trend continues for say, another four or five years, it’s going to make it difficult for the climate alarmist industry to continue advancing their agenda.

Considerations such as these usually have no effect on people whose worldview is seen through the lens of a disaster movie. They will merely move on to yet another catastrophic scenario with which to fill their otherwise mundane lives.

Good point; most types prone to shrieking about the end of the world do tend to lead dull lives. Imagine how boring your life must be to find excitement in turning off lights.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/29/2008 at 04:31 AM
    1. ‘Bout the only things these events prove is that things can get strange every now and then.

      Posted by mythusmage on 2008 02 29 at 05:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. Look the world is coming to an end, lets face it.

      Heres my proof:  The best golfer is a black guy; the best rapper is a white guy and the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese.

      Weather or not, we’re all doomed.

      DOOMED I TELLS YA!

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2008 02 29 at 05:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. My Missus gets excited about turning off lights, usually when I get on the pop I pass out and leave the place looking like the strip at Vegas; don’t know why she gives a shit, because I pay the power bill anyway.

      Posted by Habib on 2008 02 29 at 05:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. In the future, when all things are perfect in the left wing global utopia, eco-celebrations will utilise silent fireworks that that create no light.

      Nevertheless, these harmless, joyless firecrackers of the future will be banned by a zealous pressure group for the greater good.

      Posted by Penguin on 2008 02 29 at 05:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Sounds crazy, I know, but some scientists believe the sun, of all things, affects Earth’s temperature.
      >> If the sun remains this quiet for another a year or two, it may indicate the star has entered a downturn that, if history is any precedent, could trigger a planetary cold spell that could bring massive snowfall and severe weather to the Northern Hemisphere.>>
      Come back, global warming! We need you!

      Posted by arrowhead ripper on 2008 02 29 at 05:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. I don’t think the Alarmists are in for a rough time really.

      They have all their “facts” leading them to their conclusion. You can take away each of these facts, one at a time, until none are left. All that does remains is their unshaken belief.

      The only threat to them is that other people stop believing. Alarmists deal with this by simply turning up the volume.

      Posted by Toiling Mass on 2008 02 29 at 05:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. Environmentalists have used facts in the way that prostitutes use their clients.

      Whatever happens to climate, climate alarmists will always be there to tell us that climate models predicted whatever extreme weather very accurately after the event happens.

      Sydney’s weather has been amazingly bad for the time of year. Perhaps Sydneysiders should start selling carbon credits for the electricity not frittered away on airconditioning.

      Posted by John A on 2008 02 29 at 05:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. This is completely sad but completely serious: I will always maintain that if Howard could have held the election 4 months later, he would have scraped in.  The rain and cooler summer would have saved him.

      Posted by murph on 2008 02 29 at 05:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. “Good point; most types prone to shrieking about the end of the world do tend to lead dull lives.”

      Oh, I know! Like these Rapture Xtians. I mean, when will they INTEGRATE!

      Posted by Vincennes on 2008 02 29 at 05:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. OT
      A few items from The Australian

      “Frank Devine is unwell”

      No link to this item only mentioned in the print version.
      While the below link:first_byte

      How confusing – there are two ABCs. One does childcare and the other does propaganda. For the sake of clarity, can we call the broadcaster the ALBC, for Australian Labor Broadcasting Corp? Allan Caton Mt Martha, Vic
      Would Matthew Hayden have been charged with making detrimental public comments if he had called Harbhajan Singh a precious little petal? Judi Cox Springfield, Qld

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 29 at 06:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. Murph:

      This is completely sad but completely serious

      An interesting observation. I’d see a serious side of your comment relating to the damage that will be done to the economy as the leftards move onwards with their stifling agenda.  And even if the sun remains inactive and we experience colder years, as pointed out by TM, the leftards will turn up the volume as they ration our energy ‘for our own good’ of course, or for ‘the children’ or something else.

      This week I received a copy of Apocalypse No! which was recommended on the Junk Science site. It is excellent viewing.  Christopher Monckton, in a brilliant presentation at the Cambridge Union, demolishes the myths surrounding the ‘Global Warming Debate’.  And whilst he says this non-problem will unravel of its own accord and the only rational approach to it is to do nothing, the real challenge will be to minimise the damage that could be caused before the scam is recognised for what it is.  Fun and games indeed!

      Posted by Wand on 2008 02 29 at 06:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Democratic Primary between Hillary and Obama is scheduled for next Tuesday for Ohio.  So I’m seeing none stop commercials for The Prophet.  They’re pissing me off in what Obama is promising:

      – 80% reduction in carbon producing gasses by 2050
      – universal health care for all

      I very much dislike Hillary but this must be nipped in the bud.  Next Tuesday, I along with my wife, mother-in-law, and son will be crossing over and declaring ourselves Democrats for this primary.  Then we’ll pull the lever for Ms. Rodham.

      Posted by wronwright on 2008 02 29 at 06:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. I had a conversation with an alarmist friend today; when I mentioned the cold weather, he replied that it would’ve been hot if not for La Nina.

      I know its not unusual, but its still surprising to hear someone excuse the mistakes of their climate models by blaming the weather…

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2008 02 29 at 06:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. #8 that and the massive grain sorghum crop currently being harvested.  He also would have looked more credible touring flooded Emerald and Mackay than the Kruddster.  But then, De-anne Kelly wouldn’t have lost her seat.  hmmm.  Well you can’t have everything.

      Posted by entropy on 2008 02 29 at 06:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. The sun is the problem.
      We must stop the sun shining so brightly.
      Could we organise a Sun Hour when we make the sun shine less brightly?

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 29 at 06:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. #13, just like 1998 would not have been as hot if it wasn’t for El Nino.

      Posted by entropy on 2008 02 29 at 06:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. La Nina delivered unpredictable summer…. Courier Mail.

      Googling “coolest summer five years” threw this up. It only about Armidale, but it’s interesting.

      Posted by kae on 2008 02 29 at 07:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. #8 Murph
      And it would have really fucked up Kevvie’s slogan.

      Posted by kae on 2008 02 29 at 07:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. “That’s only happened three times in the past (in 149 years of the bureau’s weather records), with the last being 1956 – it’s quite significant,” Ms Symons said.
      Let me express that in the approved global climate warming change manner.
      “The last time we had a summer as hot as this was in 1956.”

      Posted by lotocoti on 2008 02 29 at 07:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Okay lets give Climate scientists a break it’s not their fault that the worriers and environmentalists cherry pick data points, so there are some that over do the hollywood thing and beat it up for some gain.

      Posted by Old school on 2008 02 29 at 08:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. What we need is one of those sun blocking discs pioneered by one Charles Montgomery Burns.

      Posted by Dan J. on 2008 02 29 at 08:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. Couldn’t we send a UN task force to paint the sun black?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 02 29 at 08:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. #17 Kae, from your CM link:

      THE strongest La Nina weather system to hit Australia in two decades delivered some of the most unpredictable summer weather in years…

      I recall plenty of predictions for a wet summer and those predictions were always based on La Nina indicators.
      Maybe Roberta thinks “unpredictable” means “not to my liking”.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2008 02 29 at 09:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. From todays Pravda: “A 10-minute flurry of snow hit Mount Hotham about 4.30 pm yesterday as Victoria was hit by a sudden, sharp cold snap.” Yes folks, it’s Flannasumma.

      Posted by KK on 2008 02 29 at 09:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. #23 Skeets
      I have been delighted to hear weather forecasters pointedly correct radio hosts on ABC when they’ve asked about the “weird weather”.“It’s normal, monsoon weather. It was the norm thirty years ago….” and similar smackdowns have been belting the radio hosts. They’ve stopped asking the “weird weather” question.

      Anyway, the “Nostrodamus of weather predictions”*, Inigo Jones, predicted this rain in the early 1950s.
      *not mine, blame the 7 Brisbane weather man for that.

      Posted by kae on 2008 02 29 at 09:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. This is amuzing: Earth relatively cooler than Venus

      Some quick computations:

      Ratio of available solar energy Venus/Earth: 190%

      Earth, surface pressure: 1000 mbar; temperature: 288K
      Venus, 50km altitude pressure: 1000 mbar; temperature: 330K
      330K/288K = 114% < 190%

      Venus, surface pressure: 90,000 mbar; temperature: 735K
      Temperature of terrestrial air compressed from 288K/1,000mbar to 90,000mbar: 887K
      735K/887K = 82.9% < 190%

      Far from showing any CO2-induced global warming, Venus is much cooler than expected, likely because of the high-altitude clouds that prevent us from looking at the surface.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2008 02 29 at 09:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. (Thank PaperTiger for the pointer)

      Posted by aaron_ on 2008 02 29 at 09:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. #15   The sun is the problem.
      We must stop the sun shining so brightly.
      Could we organise a Sun Hour when we make the sun shine less brightly?

      We could try all banging on pots and pans. I understand that it works with solar eclipses. Indeed, it is 100% effective.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2008 02 29 at 10:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. We could always sent Lord Goreacle™ to the sun; all His hot air ought to get the fire blazing hotter in no time.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 02 29 at 10:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nothing’s going to burn as hot as carbon offset buyers when they realize they’ve been scammed.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 02 29 at 10:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. If this cooling trend continues for say, another four or five years, it’s going to make it difficult for the climate alarmist industry to continue advancing their agenda.

      Um, you’re forgetting – this is a religion.

      You know how when a bus full of young Christian campers crashes, then it’s God calling them to Heaven? But if a hurricane hits a gay resort, it’s divine wrath? And if you pray for something and get it, it proves prayer works, but if you don’t get it, it’s because God has a plan?

      Cooling is simply the result of Global Warming Climate Change. Any mentions of past sea-rise predictions will be met with, “The exact mechanisms of Global Climate Change are complex, but there is consensus that the problem is real and we must act now.”

      If there is one thing we should have learned by now, it’s that it’s impervious to facts and logic.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 02 29 at 01:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #22 Swinish C. that is silly, the sun is too hot. Unless, of course, they do it at night.

      Posted by Latino on 2008 02 29 at 05:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. Reporting from Ottawa, cold and snow and cold and snow and cold and snow. It’s been like this since November.

      My computer model predicts temperatures will rise 60 Centigrade in 6 months! Wow, now that’s a trend.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 02 29 at 07:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. #13, 16

      Think the climate alarmists dismiss the effect of La Nina/El Nino to easily. If it gets warm during El Nino, it is greenhouse gases. If it gets cold during a La Nina, it is just a La Nina.

      These are the El Nino years of late: 1991-1992, 1993, 1994, 1997-1998, 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007.  Hardly a break and the list contains the two “hottest” years – 1998 and 2005. Now what happens if we get a similar run of La Ninas – we’ll be in a mini ice age. The La Nina/El Nino cycle existed before the industrial era and an El Nino drought is credited with creating a famine around the time of the French Revolution.

      Posted by Contrail on 2008 02 29 at 07:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. I think it’s time we started selling lots on the imminent Australia/Antarctica ice bridge under the Pan-Antipodean Condo Option…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 02 29 at 08:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. Interesting caption from one of Tim’s links:

      Although some areas of the Northern Hemisphere experienced record cold, other areas experienced recorded above average temperatures

      The “recorded above average” part has triggered my conspiracy neurons (neurotic neurons, you might say). Is it simply an editorial blunder, or is this so-called mistake deliberately there to subliminally convey the idea that there were ‘record’ above average temperatures.

      You be the judge. I’ll be back when I’ve finished scanning my computer for CIA tracking programs.

      Posted by Dminor on 2008 02 29 at 10:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Look, alarmists will seemlessly switch from blaming warming on man made carbon emmisions to blaming cooling on the same thing without batting an eyelid and at the same time swear that they believed in coldening before they believed in warmening.

      Posted by brian_smaller on 2008 03 01 at 12:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. #33
      Strewth, Wimpy, there’ll be mass extinctions and stuff with that kind of change of temperature in only six months.Yuz are all doomed, doooooooooooooooomed I say!

      Posted by kae on 2008 03 01 at 12:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. #37 brian_smaller

      You noticed that bit of Doublethink, eh?

      I think they’ve been that way for at least 40 years. Remember the human-polution-caused “New Ice Age” hysteria of the mid-70s?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 01 at 01:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks – enjoyed Karl Rorschach’s piece, and the clip from dorky Dan and juicy Jennifer at the end.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 03 01 at 03:19 AM • permalink

 

  1. Dave S 31/

    Any mentions of past sea-rise predictions will be met with, “The exact mechanisms of Global Climate Change are complex, but there is consensus that the problem is real and we must act now.”

    In traditional Religionese, that’s “It’s a mystery, my son.”

    Posted by formerly Huck Foley on 2008 03 02 at 02:21 AM • permalink