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Climate Change

Date posted - May 6, 2014

Today, The U.S. Global Change Research Program released the “National Climate Assessment”. The following link will take you to the comprehensive report; you may read the entire report, or the executive summary, along with U.S. regional implications.


I find this a useful read for anyone interested in the foreseeable impact of our changing climate. Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions.



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33 Responses to “Climate Change”

  1. Doug says:

    You lost me in the first paragraph….”Temperatures at the surface, in the troposphere (the active weather layer extending up to about 5 to 10 miles above the ground), and in the oceans have all increased over recent decades (Figure 2.2). Consistent with our scientific understanding, the largest increases in temperature are occurring closer to the poles, especially in the Arctic.”

    Especially when I got to this….”Snow and ice cover have decreased in most areas” considering the fact that the Antartic ice shelf was thicker than it had ever been recorded when the tree huggers got trapped down there last December.

    And where is the proof that sea levels are also increasing? There must be entire islands dissappearing somewhere. Has Hawaii vanished?

    You probably can’t find this on your favorite liberal websites. Warren Buffet says insurance against natural disasters has been profitable for his insurance companies….

    To use the administrations party line, “there’s no there – there”. Take the money factor out of the equation, and it’s over. Try following the money for a change. Who stands to profit from the implementation of new guidelines? Who’s already made billions? Who loses? It certainly isn’t the middle class gaining from the lost jobs and sending billions of US dollars to the United Nations abyss.

    Maybe this will help you discover what heats and cools the earth. It may be an old and outdated belief by now that you cannot find in any Common Core curriculum.

    Looks to me like the earth has gotten cooler… Of course, solar activity would have nothing to do with this. It’s believed to have been caused by a purple haze coming out of Colorado.

  2. Common Man says:

    Two words on this topic: WHO CARES?

    • Doug says:

      We all should care when US jobs are lost and energy costs go up because power companies are shut down due to EPA rules co-written by an EPA imposter who also claimed to be an undercover FBI employee and had no education or credentials for air quality in his background.

  3. Ignorance is Bliss says:

    Rabble Rabble…Climate change is a myth created by Obama to take away our guns and rights….Rabble Rabble

    • Comfortably Numb says:

      I believe anything the High Priests of Global Warming tell me. The would surely not lie for the sake of filthy lucre. Just look how Al Gore has shunned the modern carbon intensive lifestyle as an example for us parishioners of the cult of Global Warming.

      • Ignorance is Bliss says:

        At the end of the day, can a person truly believe it is better in the grand scheme of things to do nothing about pollution? Do people honestly believe that continuing to pump carbon into the atmosphere has no impact on the environment? Are humans causing a lot of harm? Ninety-nine percent of climate scientists agree that is the case. Even if you think that Obama, or the left, is using this issue as a tool to win elections, you can’t deny the fact that pollution is retrograde to our long-term existence on the earth. Whether or not the harmful effects are happening today or will happen in future generations, isn’t it in the best interest of humanity to fix this issue sooner than later?

      • Jon says:

        No, but you’ll believe anything your politicians and fox news tell you, you’ll mistake weather for climate, and you’ll ignore actual data from NOAA of the weather, of the ice levels, and of trends over time because it doesn’t fit with your denial. Now, the real data certainly doesn’t fit neatly with a climate change model either because weather is decidedly unpredictable and varies year to year. The question is has man contributed to the natural cycles or hasn’t he and how great is this contribution. I would say that we know that releasing huge amounts of carbon (too much for the plants to handle as “food,” especially if we do not responsibly replace what we deforest) into the atmosphere, that it can have an effect. How great is that effect? Do we really want to risk it? We know that despite a current boom in natural gas that any and all fossil fuels are finite resources. So should we, a culture that depends on electricity and the use of fossil fuels for our very existence today, not want to be good stewards both of the earth and of these precious and finite resources so that we can sustain our needs? Why not take advantage of other sources of energy production? Why not minimize our consumption of resources? We do have to deal with the question of the best way to go about being good stewards. I suppose we should be willing to trust that people choose on their own to do what is for the greater good of all people, that even making some small changes, you can have a big impact. We should also allow freedom for people to do nothing to take care of their environment and be good stewards of this planet. That’s fine too. People don’t have to care about the impact they have, whether it be good or bad, on the world and their community. At any rate, despite the spewing of Rush Limbaugh and others about the “religion of climate change,” rhetoric only used out of desperation and meant to shift focus from actual science, it really isn’t a bad thing if people drive a Prius, if they want solar panels, if they want wind energy. That isn’t a religion, it really is a demand that many people have, which might not include you, and economics has a way of supplying that demand. We can have conversations about the role of government in effecting change and forcing others to make changes. That’s fine. That’s a debate worth having, but not if you’ve already made up your mind and have bought into the idiotic denial of the right or the dictating from the left.

        • Tim says:

          Two thing I took from your “spewing” first that fox news is responsible for all the problems facing our world due to climate change….and that Rush L. who ever he also reponcible for all the neg about the world……give me a break..get real…site some REAL facts other than blame conservatives for all the negativity. Maybe the universe is just taking care of itself…ever think of that? Ok….go a head…walk yourself back to the 15th century…..with all the technology come consequenses…good and bad. DEAL with it…don’t blame conservatives..I am tired of it.

  4. Jon says:

    Yes, the Great Lakes region was cold, but across the globe, this was the fourth warmest January on record: February was the 21st warmest on record: The following is the analysis of 2013. Note that ALL of the top ten with the exception of 1998 are within the last 13 years.

    Here is the trend in Arctic ice. Note that it is a pattern of climate that ice will fluctuate in a relatively cyclical manner year over year.

    In the Antarctic, you’re right, SEA ICE has been increasing, but land ice has been decreasing. The reason that sea ice is increasing is due in large part to strong winds that push ice away from the land, leaving open sea in the coldest part of the area, which in turn freezes. This creates more sea ice, this in spite of the fact that the overall temperature trend has been ticking upward.

    • Free Man says:

      “New Research Confirms That Urban (UHI) Warming Accounts For Over 50% Of All Climate Warming
      Regions of the world that exhibit significant warming over recent decades is likely the result of a robust urban heat island effect – South Korea’s warming climate provides evidence.”

      “Chinese Scientists Document That Urban Heat Island Impact Can Explain As Much As 44% of Recent Warming.”

      “Faux Global Warming Is Caused By Concrete: Idaho Provides Vivid Example of Urban Heat Island Heat Impact.”

      “Urban Heat Islands: Bursting the IPCC Myth That ‘UHI Isn’t Important’ In Global Warming Records”

      ” The 2007 IPCC report went out of its way to diminish the importance of the urban heat island (UHI) effect on global warming. In typical Climategate-style research, the IPCC had to strengthen its case that human CO2 was the primary cause of recent global warming, and the only way to accomplish this was to marginalize and reduce the impact of other factors, including UHI.”

      “New Peer-Research Finds CO2 Warming Not Critical: Mexican Metropolitan Areas Experiencing A Critical 9.0+°F UHI Effect Instead.”

      “Are Global Temperatures Severely Contaminated With Urban Heat Island Bias? New Research Suggests ‘Yes'”

      “How Much Did Phil Jones Underestimate The UHI Effect In South Africa? Borders On Fraud”

      “The ‘Global Warming’ Boogeyman: It Only Comes Out At Night, Scientists Confirm”

      “Multiple studies are indicating that any global warming that is occurring happens mostly during night hours. The global average temperature is actually an average of the maximum daily temperature and the minimum daily temperature, and what studies are revealing is that daily maximum temperatures are not rising but the minimum temperatures are. The reason? Human caused land-use change (urban heat island is one example) is radiating more heat at night, thus impacting the daily minimum temperatures being measured near the surface. The large impact on minimum temperatures can be seen in the chart on the left when comparing a recently urbanized area with a more rural area. In contrast, note how the daily maximum temperature differences in the chart on the right have stayed remarkably close for the two different areas. This is not a result of human CO2 emissions; it’s a result of humans changing the earth’s terrain and landscape.”

      Read all these and more at this link;

  5. Doug says:

    Let’s discuss tangibles.

    Prior to the 70’s, every business, house, auto, ship, and train on the planet released emissions burning fossil fuels, including coal, fuel oil, or wood, cobs, paper, etc. Can anyone remember shoveling coal, or cobs, or wood into their furnace before it was converted to a fuel furnace?

    Since the 70’s, virtually every home, business, and vehicle in the United States has been updated or replaced to be powered by clean burning natural gas or propane, or electricity generated by hydro-electricity, geo-thermal, nuclear, wind, solar or some combination of those derivatives.

    Look around you. See the smokestacks. They are gone.

    But now we must pay? The citizens of the United States must pay? What about the rest of the world? Why now? Why not 40 years ago? Where are the rising sea levels? Wouldn’t a rise in Atlantic sea levels also result in Pacific levels? Is Hawaii disappearing? I don’t think so.

    Your link contains this…”In Antarctica, sea ice grows quite extensively during winter but nearly completely melts away during the summer”. The tree huggers were trapped in the ice at the end of the summer down there, and the ice shelf was as thick as it ever has been in recorded history which completely debunks the claim “nearly completely melts away during the summer”.

    There is no scientific proof…

    And when you can’t use science to prove your point, smear the opposition…

  6. Pastafarian says:

    What are you talking about? Pumping thousands of tons worth of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere doesn’t have any consequences. It’s just a coincidence that there were 90 tornados in only one day the other week. All of the toxic chemicals we now breath, expecially in bigger cities, has always been there. There is absolutely no risk.
    I guess “scientists” will say their is a giant hole in the ozone layer too. I have never seen that hole, so therefore, there isn’t one.
    Psh, global warming…. It was pretty cold in Sheldon the other week if you ask me. You can’t explain that.
    Liberals and their “scientists”, independant thinking, and higher education can’t understand nothing is true unless the Bible says it’s true.

    • Free Man says:

      There have always been outbreaks of severe weather throughout history. To blame them on man made “Climate Change” is laughable.

    • Doug says:

      Yep, just a coincidence…..

      Before Common Core, I learned that plants need carbon dioxide to make oxygen. The earth’s air, is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and less than 4 tenths of 1% percent carbon dioxide… Have your lungs been able to detect a change yet? Why aren’t you worried about the nitrogen?

      Me thinks your concern for Co2 levels has been influenced by the nitrogen levels that DC has converted into fertilizer.

    • Doug says:

      Yep, just a coincidence…..

      Before Common Core, I learned that plants need carbon dioxide to make oxygen. The earth’s air, is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and less than 4 tenths of 1% percent carbon dioxide… Have your lungs been able to detect a change yet? Why aren’t you worried about the nitrogen?

      Me thinks your concern for Co2 levels has been influenced by the nitrogen levels that DC has converted into fertilizer.

  7. Free Man says:

    “’600 page litany of doom’: Weather Channel Co-Founder John Coleman slams Federal climate report: A ‘total distortion of the data and agenda driven, destructive episode of bad science gone berserk’”

  8. Free Man says:

    “Climategate 3.0: Blogger Threatened for Exposing 97% “Consensus” Fraud”

    “In what is nearly a replay of the Climategate e-mail scandal of the University of East Anglia, independent climate blogger Brandon Shollenberger has been threatened with a lawsuit and arrest if he releases data that climate alarmists left online unencrypted showing their claim that 97.1 percent of climate scientists “endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming” is false — and a huge fabrication. The lawsuit threat is the latest development in a drama that began a little over a year ago, when Shollenberger scooped the global establishment media and the world scientific community to expose one of the biggest science frauds of all time.”

    The fraud of Global Warming just keeps unraveling.

  9. fox says:

    I’d like to continue additional dialogue about ‘climate change’. There
    have been recent posts prompting this desire. I must congratulate one
    of the regular commenters on his ability to find so many sources to
    support his stance; some may find the following link interesting.

    Feel ‘Free’ to comment further on the topic.


    • Doug says:

      Dear Fox, or Lazlo Tu, or Confused, or Whatever Your Name Is Today?

      What would it take for you to understand the .8 degree increase in the Earth’s temperature over the last 150 years is due to the Sun in our solar system?

      The climate has been changing for thousands of years.

      If all of the regulations and money connected to climate change were erased, there’d be nothing left to talk about. It’s a power and control machine.

      Puppet much?

  10. Free Man says:

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise. More conflict of interest when it comes to Global Warming and the proponents ready to profit.

    “Retired military officers deeply involved in the climate change movement — and some in companies positioned to profit from it — spearheaded an alarmist global warming report this month that calls on the Defense Department to ramp up spending on what it calls a man-made problem.”

    “The report, which the Obama administration immediately hailed as a call to action, was issued not by a private advocacy group but by a Pentagon-financed think tank that trumpets “absolute objectivity.” The research was funded by a climate change group that is also one of the think tank’s main customers.”

    I bet if the profit motive was taken away from the Global Warming shills it would fold up like a cheap suit. Follow the money and you will see what is driving the shrill warnings of impending doom, none of which has even remotely came true.

    • LazloTu says:

      All you’ve done is find and parrot all the radical-right sites and the gibberish presented as fact. Sometimes ignorance is blissful.

      • Free Man says:

        Maybe your next handle should be “Ad Hominem”.

      • Doug says:

        Typical liberal bullying tactic. You offer nothing in the way of evidence other than you yourself parroting “news” from a highly connected think tank mouthpiece under the guise of a news organization that publishes studies from an obscure “researcher” with no published credentials from an otherwise unknown university.

        Then you disparage anyone who resists your “science”.

        Still no proof. Still no disappearing islands.

        • LazloTu says:

          Ahh, but you are one of those radical conservatives refusing to consider the overwhelming majority of the scientific community. And, as usual, you, as a for-right conservative, are angered to the point of repeatedly bashing anyone leaning left.
          You are a bit of a master at the ‘copy / paste’ art. You’ve got more so-called ‘news’ sources than anyone, and you simply use your keyboard to do what is essentially just another form of plagiarism.
          The tgop will continue to stoop to new lows – if you make stuff up and keep repeating it, it becomes real (to you).
          Good luck with that….

      • Doug says:

        Perhaps you could check with green-energy magnate Al Gore and his partners Democratic Finance Committee chair Philip Murphy, Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum, if they have funded any climate change projects with the funds derived from selling off Current TV to oil-funded Al Jazeera. With all of his projects and energy consciousnesses, he probably has something “cooking” for you to use.

        If nothing else, maybe he would donate toward the cause of a hardhat for you….or an umbrella to keep the sun from overheating your thinker.