What Is A “Normal” Climate?

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

There is a form of argument called reductio ad absurdum. If you can reduce a position to the absurd, it was absurd in the first place. It doesn’t work as well as it used to because there is an embarrassment of absurdity in today’s world. However, there are arguments that are exposed by such an approach.

Al Gore’s fairy tale movie, An Inconvenient Truth claimed global temperature was “just right.” It is as Goldilocks said about porridge, “Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.” The movie fully deserved the Oscar because it was a fairy tale produced in Hollywood, the land of make-believe. The great Goracle declares we must maintain this normal

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THE SMALL PRINT What the Royal Society Left Out

From a Briefing Paper of the Global Warming Policy Foundation

About this briefing
In December 2014 the Royal Society published A Short Guide to Climate Science, a layman’s introduction to the key issues in the subject. The guide was accompanied by a video and was widely reported in the media.
The authors who wrote the guide were not identified. Nor were the members of the Royal Society asked whether they endorsed it or not. So in referring to it herein as the ‘Royal Society’ guide we only mean to indicate who published it. We have no way of knowing how many Royal Society Fellows actually agree with it.

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #172

The Week That Was: March 14, 2015 – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

Witch Hunt Intensified: Immediately after President Obama’s successful re-election, his campaign organization was transformed into an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) non-profit organization named Organization for Action (OFA). The IRS quickly granted OFA its non-profit status as a 501-c-4 organization, even though the IRS consistently held up such non-profit status for political opponents.

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Chaos & Climate – Part 1: Linearity

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

clip_image002“…we should recognise that we are dealing with a coupled nonlinear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.”

– IPCC AR4 WG1

 

 

Introduction:

The IPCC has long recognized that the climate system is 1) nonlinear and therefore, 2) chaotic. Unfortunately, few of those dealing in climate science – professional and citizen scientists alike – seem to grasp what this really means. I intend to write a short series of essays to clarify the situation regarding the relationship between Climate and Chaos. This will not be a highly technical discussion, but an even-handed basic introduction to the subject to shed

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John Kerry: Secretary of Mis-State?

Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

The Washington Examiner headline says, “John Kerry calls climate change deniers members of ‘Flat Earth Society’.” It typifies all reports about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s head-on attack on scientists trying to practice properly skeptical science. I challenge John Kerry to produce a single person who studies climate who denies climate change. Apparently everybody, except John Kerry, knows that climate changes all the time, it always has and it always will.

In statements made to support his political agenda, Kerry manages to perpetuate a series of errors, myths and slurs. One is the claim Al Gore made before the US Senate in 2007 that the “science is settled” and the “debate is over.” Kerry said,

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