Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cold feet, cold temperatures.

The Hive suggests the government are getting "cold feet" on their proposed emissions trading regime.  Good.

Perhaps I can recommend replacing the whole nonsense with a very special kind of carbon tax, one that would recognise, for example, news that Arctic sea ice is not going anywhere and that the Northern Hemisphere is in the grip of its coldest winter for years.

UPDATE: Scientist Lubos Motl points the latest numbers mean we have "a new winner" in the global warming hit parade ... but not the way warmists would like to tell you:

   Just a small curiosity. January 2008 was the coldest month since January 2000 following RSS MSU and the coldest month since May 1995 according to GISS. The new numbers from HadCRUT3 [ HTML, data, graph ] identify January 2008 as the coolest month since February 1994.
If the temperatures [continue to] drop ... in a few months, most of the 20th century warming - and virtually all of warming that can be sanely attributed to the industry - may be simply gone.
   Nature is capable to do such things in an elegant way - without paying tens of trillions of dollars, without introducing a new totalitarian ideology, without scaring children, without elevating stomachs in the movie theaters, and without awarding a Nobel peace prize to an annoying, fat, and power-thirsty crank.
   Nature rules. And cools. It is simply cool. And yes, that's a rule.

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Anonymous hemi said... that Arctic sea ice is not going anywhere...

Really? I suppose you might come to that conclusion from looking at that extremely misleading graph on the Telegraph page - but it only shows one year of loss and recovery? What's the point?

If you actually go to the site that Booker references to 'prove' that sea ice isn't retreating, you get this graph...

...which shows that, in fact, nearly 2 million sq/km of ice has been lost since 1979. Sure, there's years where winter growth outstrips the summer melt-off, but the general trend is continuing downwards. Not since 1988 has the ice been up to 15m sq/km, and not since 2004 has it been above 14m sq/km.

2/21/2008 01:18:00 pm  
Anonymous LGM said...


So what. The climate changes. Always has, always will. Get over it.


2/21/2008 04:31:00 pm  
Anonymous hemi said...

So what. The climate changes. Always has, always will.

LGM, well, yes it does - who's saying otherwise?

My point was that the claim that the Arctic sea ice 'isn't going anywhere', based on the sources linked to by PC, is demonstrably incorrect, using the very same source.

Do you, or do you not agree with the research that shows there has been a 2m sq/km loss of sea ice since 1979?

2/22/2008 11:07:00 am  

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