New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism – James Taylor – Endpoint Analysis – Forbes

New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism

Jul. 27
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NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA’s Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

“The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show,” Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release. “There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans.”

In addition to finding that far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted, the NASA satellite data show the atmosphere begins shedding heat into space long before United Nations computer models predicted.

The new findings are extremely important and should dramatically alter the global warming debate.

Scientists on all sides of the global warming debate are in general agreement about how much heat is being directly trapped by human emissions of carbon dioxide (the answer is “not much”). However, the single most important issue in the global warming debate is whether carbon dioxide emissions will indirectly trap far more heat by causing large increases in atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds. Alarmist computer models assume human carbon dioxide emissions indirectly cause substantial increases in atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds (each of which are very effective at trapping heat), but real-world data have long shown that carbon dioxide emissions are not causing as much atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds as the alarmist computer models have predicted.

The new NASA Terra satellite data are consistent with long-term NOAA and NASA data indicating atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds are not increasing in the manner predicted by alarmist computer models. The Terra satellite data also support data collected by NASA’s ERBS satellite showing far more longwave radiation (and thus, heat) escaped into space between 1985 and 1999 than alarmist computer models had predicted. Together, the NASA ERBS and Terra satellite data show that for 25 years and counting, carbon dioxide emissions have directly and indirectly trapped far less heat than alarmist computer models have predicted.

In short, the central premise of alarmist global warming theory is that carbon dioxide emissions should be directly and indirectly trapping a certain amount of heat in the earth’s atmosphere and preventing it from escaping into space. Real-world measurements, however, show far less heat is being trapped in the earth’s atmosphere than the alarmist computer models predict, and far more heat is escaping into space than the alarmist computer models predict.

When objective NASA satellite data, reported in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, show a “huge discrepancy” between alarmist climate models and real-world facts, climate scientists, the media and our elected officials would be wise to take notice. Whether or not they do so will tell us a great deal about how honest the purveyors of global warming alarmism truly are.

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Environment & Climate News.

Ouch.. that’s gotta hurt the “Green Machine”.. Communists were convinced that using the cover of “Global Man Made Climate Warming” was the holy grail for the imposition of “Drastic Measures” to justify wealth extraction and drastic reduction in personal liberty. Blowing the cover off their “man made” need for a “global response” to the problem shows the contemptible depths to which power hungry Statist’s will go to dominate otherwise free people.

Obama and the debt crisis: The spectacle of a secret plan | OregonLive.com

Obama and the debt crisis: The spectacle of a secret plan

Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 4:00 AM

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By Rich Lowry

They used to say that Richard Nixon had a “secret plan” in the 1968 presidential campaign to end the Vietnam War. President Barack Obama outdid Nixon with a secret plan to control the deficit.

He kept telling us of all the virtues of his plan. It was balanced, responsible, courageous and fair. It was just very, very secret.

Obama favored a $4 trillion “grand bargain” that now looks dead. It allegedly contained $3 trillion in cuts and $1 trillion in new revenues over 10 years. But no one could learn with any certainty what the specific new cuts were, or the specific new revenues. They were the great mystery at the heart of the debt-limit debate.

How extraordinary is the spectacle of the president of a country beset with a debt crisis who claims to have a big, game-changing plan to alleviate it — that he keeps all to himself. He’d whisper it in the ear of House Speaker John Boehner behind closed doors in the White House, but the erstwhile champion of transparency didn’t dare make it public.

Why was the president who rode into the White House on a wave of overexposure, who wrote two memoirs and is constantly on TV, so shy and retiring about this one matter? Few things would be more galvanizing in the nation’s budgetary politics than a liberal Democrat breaking ranks on entitlements. It would make possible changes heretofore unthinkable and partly redeem Obama’s promise of post-partisan government.

Surely the cuts Obama bragged about in the abstract wouldn’t have quite materialized in the particular. If they had, he’d have faced an intra-party revolt. If you’re the president at a time of massive red ink and you want to be an effective leader, you either need to be the head of a party that cares about the debt, or you need to be brave. Obama is neither.

He offered a dead-on-arrival budget this year, then revised it with a gauzy speech impossible for the Congressional Budget Office to evaluate. A few months ago, he demanded that the debt limit be increased with no spending reductions whatsoever. Senate Democrats famously have passed no budget for more than two years. The Democrats are a self-styled governing party that can’t truly govern because their predilections are so unsuited to the new era.

Obama and his team have warned repeatedly during the past few weeks that a failure to increase the debt limit could lead to a disastrous downgrade of our debt by the rating agencies. That’s only half the story. The ratings agencies are warning that failing to do something serious about the underlying debt will itself bring a downgrade. For almost three years, Obama made worse the very problem that will lead to a version of his disaster scenario.

Even if he thought deficit spending was necessary to fight the recession he inherited, he could have simultaneously taken action to address the long-term debt. Instead, he added a couple more unsustainable health-care entitlements. In the cause of fighting for additional government programs, he identified and fought for $500 billion in Medicare cuts. Then he was relatively specific and inarguably bold. Now he has the plan that dare not speak its name.

Appropriately enough, the locus of the negotiations over the debt limit has passed from the White House to Capitol Hill, where House Republicans have produced a plan for matching spending cuts to an increase in the debt limit. It is only their adamantine insistence on beginning to deal with the debt that made Obama’s initial preference for no cuts whatsoever a nonstarter. If there are substantial cuts without a tax increase, it will be a tribute to their notorious “inflexibility.”

Of course, the cuts will fall short of the $6 trillion over 10 years that Republicans voted for in the Ryan budget. Obama’s specific counter to that budget is … nonexistent. On the debt, he’s an expert at letting others lead by default.

Reach Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, at comments.lowry@nationalreview.com.

What.. still no budget from the President? Shocking. I suppose there’s little time for such nonsense when your so busy being a “community organizer”.. Actually performing in the capacity of an executive is so.. well.. mundane. We need o retire this pretender.. fast.

Roanoke County’s ties with sustainability group questioned (Agenda 21)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Roanoke County’s ties with sustainability group questioned

Speakers at a board of supervisors meeting said a worldwide group is using global warming as an excuse to meddle in local government.

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Correction (July 27, 2011: 3:45 p.m.): A story on Tuesday’s Roanoke County Board of Supervisors’ meeting incorrectly reported when the county joined ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability. The county joined that organization in 2007.

The story also incorrectly reported no one had spoken previously before the board in opposition to the ICLEI affiliation. In fact, speakers did raise the issue at the two immediately preceding meetings of the board. | Our corrections policy

A political group that claims credit for helping persuade the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors not to adopt new urban development planning rules last month was back before the board Tuesday.

This time, about 10 speakers, many mentioning ties to the tea party movement, put pressure on the board to disaffiliate from an international organization the speakers said helps promote those types of regulations.

The county has been affiliated with ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability since 2007, adopting initiatives for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and other conservation causes. The group was founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.

Speakers voiced opposition to the affiliation at the two previous supervisors’ meetings.

Apparently at the urging of the Roanoke Tea Party’s leadership and Web page, which predicted an end to the connection if people expressed their concerns, speaker after speaker called on the board to abandon its $1,200-a-year affiliation with the group.

Lawrence Alldridge summed up the concerns of many by linking ICLEI to what he called the “questionable theory of man-made global warming.”

He warned of the group’s links to the United Nations, which was roundly condemned for trying to take over control of local government.

“I strongly object to this dubious agenda and that ICLEI can dictate to you. Do not doubt that you are being dictated to by ICLEI.”

The group’s policies promoting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and controlling development “have taken away our rights. You’re allowing the camel’s nose under the tent.”

Other speakers claimed that affiliation with ICLEI was tantamount to letting a foreign government dictate local policies and stripping them of freedoms guaranteed by the state and federal constitutions.

Most, including Roanoke Tea Party President Chip Tarbutton, demanded that the county sever all ties to the group.

Although ICLEI wasn’t on the supervisors’ agenda, the speakers took advantage of the usual spot open to any public comments during the meeting’s evening session.

The board took no action on ICLEI, and only Charlotte Moore, the Cave Spring District representative and a proponent of the group and its local component, RC-CLEAR, even mentioned it in her closing remarks.

Even skeptics of man-made global warming, she said, “do believe if we don’t preserve and sustain what we have, we may not be able to leave clean air, clean water and a nonpolluted valley” to the next generation.

The other contentious topic of the day was the first reading of proposed new regulations for the utility-scale generation of wind energy.

As with ICLEI, there was no public hearing scheduled on the topic — the only action was a procedural motion to set a public hearing date for Aug. 23 on the proposals.

Chairman Butch Church allowed five speakers at the afternoon session to voice their concerns to the board.

Four more speakers addressed that topic at the evening session, all opposed to a plan to put utility-scale wind turbines on Poor Mountain. No specific application for such a wind farm has been made, but Chicago-based Invenergy is widely known to be planning a project there.

Although Windsor Hills District Supervisor Ed Elswick made an impassioned plea for continued study of the subject and the regulations that have been recommended by the county’s planning commission, he voted with the others to advance the issue for the public hearing on Aug. 23.

That will be the board’s next meeting date, and it will include other public hearings as well — including one on regulations for the shooting of pneumatic guns in the county — which caused the board to move up that evening’s meeting time to 6 p.m.

The word is beginning to get out… this Agenda 21 is a radical plan that must be stopped.

State of Oregon Government Salaries, Wages, and Benefits | GovDocs


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TREASURY, OREGON STATE CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER SCHMITZ RONALD D $15,503.64 $37,249.44 $265,512.00 $318,265.08
HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE/MANAGER J DIAMOND MARK $15,947.52 $40,524.60 $240,000.00 $296,472.12
HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE/MANAGER I DAVIDSON PETER J $15,947.52 $33,904.80 $231,992.76 $281,845.08
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CLINCIAL DIRECTOR SHELTON STEVEN $15,608.64 $30,599.52 $229,332.00 $275,540.16
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI DEGNER GEORGE G $15,608.64 $46,167.60 $208,056.00 $269,832.24
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI PUERINI MICHAEL T $15,860.88 $43,969.20 $208,056.00 $267,886.08
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI VARGO JOHN M D O $13,317.84 $43,995.00 $208,056.00 $265,368.84
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI GULICK GARTH $15,957.72 $36,409.80 $208,056.00 $260,423.52
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI RUTHVEN DARYL S $15,235.08 $36,409.80 $208,056.00 $259,700.88
TREASURY, OREGON STATE SR INVESTMNT OFCR EQUITIES NORDHILL KEVIN M $15,850.68 $29,148.60 $208,056.00 $253,055.28
TREASURY, OREGON STATE SR INVESTMNT OFCR EQUITIES FEWEL JOHN B JR $15,598.44 $27,760.68 $208,056.00 $251,415.12
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI LYTLE GREG $15,860.88 $41,888.40 $188,772.00 $246,521.28
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI SAZIE ELIZABETH $15,608.64 $41,888.40 $188,772.00 $246,269.04
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI VAN HOUTEN GRANT $14,836.44 $32,214.36 $198,180.00 $245,230.80
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI DRAVIS DONALD $15,924.96 $27,765.00 $198,180.00 $241,869.96
TREASURY, OREGON STATE SR INVESTMNT OFCR REAL ESTATE CHILD S BRADFORD $14,604.72 $27,915.00 $198,180.00 $240,699.72
POLICE, OREGON STATE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER GUNSON KAREN L $15,598.44 $26,442.84 $198,180.00 $240,221.28
TREASURY, OREGON STATE SR INVESTMNT OFCR FIXED INCOME LIM PERRIN $14,931.48 $26,446.92 $188,772.00 $230,150.40
ADMINISTRATIVE SRVCS, DEPT OF PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE/MANAGER H KORESKI JOHN G $15,503.64 $50,391.12 $163,128.00 $229,022.76
CORRECTIONS, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS PHYSICIAN SPECIALI WALIA SUNIL K $15,608.64 $31,464.36 $179,796.00 $226,869.00

Always enlightening.. lotsa “belt tightening” in Salem these days… mostly around the necks of hapless taxpayers.

Michelle Malkin: The Creepy Enablers of Wu

Wu-hoo! Welcome to another freaky ethics fiasco brought to you by the D.C. den of dysfunctional Democrats. This one comes clothed in a Tigger costume, wrapped in blinders and bathed in the fetid Beltway odor of eau de Pass le Buck.

Liberal David Wu is a seven-term Democratic congressman from Oregon who announced Tuesday that he’ll resign amid a festering sex scandal involving the teenage daughter of a longtime campaign donor. He won’t, however, be vacating public office until “the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis.” Translation: Call off the U-Haul trucks. Wu’s staying awhile.

Wu’s sexually aggressive, alcohol-addled and erratic outbursts stretch over decades. He admitted in 2004 that he engaged in “inexcusable behavior” as a 1970s undergrad at Stanford University. School officials disciplined Wu after his ex-girlfriend told campus police he attempted to rape her and stifle her screams with a pillow after they broke up. Last fall, Wu’s senior campaign staff quit en masse after confronting him about his ongoing drinking problem, watching him throw hissy fits at the Portland International Airport and at a local Democratic Party event, and receiving the now-infamous e-mail photo of him smiling in a Tigger costume.

Wu’s staff received another photo of him seemingly passed out on a bed in the same costume in the wee hours of the morning, along with incoherent e-mails from his official government BlackBerry signed in the names of his tween-age children. The staffers so feared what Wu might do next that they kept him hidden from public view in the final days of the campaign. Gotta love that new era of transparency. In February, Wu’s advisers publicly demanded he get treatment.

House Democrats — whose fundraising arm poured more than $80,000 into Wu’s re-election coffers last cycle — remained silent and took no action. Not until this weekend’s revelations about Wu’s alleged teenage victim were published by The Oregonian newspaper did Nancy “Drain the Swamp” Pelosi call for an investigation by the House ethics committee. Note: The victim called Capitol Hill in May to complain, months after Wu’s own staff demanded he get help and several left-leaning newspapers published editorials calling for his resignation.

On Tuesday afternoon, White House spokesman Jay Carney claimed ignorance of Wu’s decision to (eventually) resign when convenient. He then downplayed the scandal as a sad personal tragedy about one “troubled individual,” rather than a systemic ethics morass.

Bull. This is as much a scandal for Pelosi and her failed leadership as it is a scandal for Wu. We’re talking about the same proud feminist leadership and the same dysfunctional ethics panel that have dragged their feet on cleaning Capitol Hill’s mountain of other dirty laundry while providing cover to other predatory Dems:

They slapped New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel on the wrist for serial tax-cheating.

They have yet to bring California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters to trial after charging her last year with three violations related to her crony TARP bailout intervention on behalf of minority-owned OneUnited Bank in Los Angeles.

They are just now looking into former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s possible abuse of government resources while sending lurid messages and photos to young women across the country.

And they have only recently reauthorized a probe into the aftermath of allegations that former New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa sexually harassed several young male staffers.

In that case, you’ll recall that Pelosi’s office and Democratic Rep. Barney Frank’s office had both been told by Massa’s top aides of the out-of-control abuse of underlings — but said and did nothing for months.

Wu’s a creep. But the pattern of malign neglect on the part of his Washington enablers is even creepier.

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Wu is a disgrace to Oregon and to the office (and that’s quite a feat)