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France’s top TV meteorologist writes skeptic book, gets told not to come to work

UPDATED: Twitter address and a Petition

Phillipe Verdier, Climate skeptic,

Phillipe Vernier, France 2

Philippe Verdier is a household name in France where he does the weather on the nightly news on “France 2″. He’s releasing a book “Climat Investigation” being launched right now, outing himself as very much a skeptic, saying top climate scientists “have been “manipulated and politicised”. He decided to write the book because a year ago he was horrified when the French Foreign Minister got all the weather presenters together and urged them to use the term “climate chaos” in their broadcasts.

The France-2 response to force him off air is the best publicity his book could get. The Streisand effect will do his book sales a big favour. But lets hope wisdom prevails, and he is able to keep doing his job. Send feedback to “France 2″ about this forced holiday — what better proof that free speech hangs by a thread, and the edifice of the Great Global Warming Scare is only maintained by bullying and intimidation. About half of all meteorologists are skeptics. How many of them don’t speak up out of fear? The 97% consensus is not created by science but by coercion.

France’s top weatherman suddenly  off air, because of skeptical book questioning climate change

Telegraph

In a promotional video, Mr Verdier said: “Every night I address five million French people to talk to you about the wind, the clouds and the sun. And yet there is something important, very important that I haven’t been able to tell you, because it’s neither the time nor the place to do so.”

He added: “We are hostage to a planetary scandal over climate change – a war machine whose aim is to keep us in fear.”

His outspoken views led France 2 to take him off the air starting this Monday. “I received a letter telling me not to come. I’m in shock,” he told RTL radio. “This is a direct extension of what I say in my book, namely that any contrary views must be eliminated.”

The book has been released at a particularly sensitive moment as Paris is due to host a crucial UN climate change conference in December.

Dear Phillipe, welcome to the club of scientific dissidents. It’s a big group and growing fast.

The 330-page book also controversially contains a chapter on the “positive results” of climate change in France, one of the countries predicted to be the least affected by rising temperatures. “It’s politically incorrect and taboo to vaunt the merits of climate change because there are some,” he writes, citing warmer weather attracting tourists, lower death rates and electricity bills in mild winters, and better wine and champagne vintages.

The book was criticised by French newspaper Le Monde as full of “errors”. “The models used to predict the average rise in temperatures on the surface of the globe have proved to be rather reliable, with the gap between observations and predictions quite small,” it countered.

Read the rest in the Telegraph

UPDATE: His twitter account, for starters: @philippeverdier. As Ian says, get in touch!

UPDATE 2: Tweet —   @france2tv  #JeSuisPhilippe    Le changement climatique est une religion! @JoanneNova   (Thanks for the suggestion Rex)

UPDATE 3: A note about a petition

Dear Jo, dear all, we (collectif des climato-rélaistes) have launched a (worldwide) petition to support Philippe Verdier, in the name of freedom of speech, and also because most of us share his views on the climate change (pseudo-)science and on the (dys-)functioning of IPCC. Please join the petitioners The webpage gives you more details (in french and English).

On behalf of Philippe, many thanks in advance for your support

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    el gordo

    We can ignore Le Monde, its part of the green leftoid collective.

    ‘An unprecedented alliance of news publishers including the Guardian, El País, Le Monde and China Daily have agreed to share climate change content to raise awareness in the runup to the next UN summit.’

    Guardian

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    Another Graeme

    Je suis Phillipe (No disrespect to the fallen intended)

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    Rollo

    It’s good to hear a sceptical voice from the world centre for postmodernist drivel.

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      Andrew McRae

      Not the first from France though.
      Philippe Verdier is late in catching up to Vincent Courtillot.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG_7zK8ODGA
      That presentation is a rapid fire grab-bag of facts inconvenient to IPCC adherents, and is highly recommended.

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        TdeF

        Excellent. Actually his correlation between cosmic ray intensity and cloud cover supports Lord Monckton’s paper that lack of cloud cover caused the heating in the 1980s. What they have done is to show that solar activity directly affects cloud cover and this alone can produce warming. Simple.

        You have to love his spike in Europe’s temperatures in 1988, the year the IPCC was formed. Otherwise the real data shows flat either side. He says for 12 years, but this was 2011, so 16 now and 40 before.

        He also says the real data from the US shows that 1930 was the hottest year, the years of the terrible dust storms which devastated the US. Possibly our real data would put it around 1900 in the Federation drought, but the BOM refuses to consider the data with which it was entrusted in 1909.

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          TdeF

          Actually, to be perfectly fair to him, he only claims very high correlation, not causality.

          It was also interesting how different the climate in the US was to that in Europe. His skepticism about a Global Temperature was clear. It is a construction. I was amazed, as he was, that the ClimateGate people refused to release their data, but he was still able to put the picture together. The step function in Europe in 1986 has to be explained. My guess is that it may correlate very well with a dramatic change in technology in the Stephenson Screens and consequent homogenization.

          He also said his team were beyond firing, which is the only way they could do the work. No one else with his scientific views would get a job in the area. This is a damning comment on the state of Climate science in Europe.

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        TdeF

        As an aside, Vincent Courtillot is a geophysicist, so not qualified as a ‘climate scientist’. Unlike our Tim the Giant Dead Kangaroo specialist, he can never have an opinion which counts. Phillipe however is a fair dinkum meteorologist, so he must be part of the 3% who are wrong.

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    PeterS

    The AGW scam has now gone so far people will now be sacked for being a skeptic. The exact same treatment has been given to many scientists who have cast doubt about the Darwinian theory of evolution for the past several decades. Sad to see such draconian actions applied simply because someone dares to have another opinion. One wonders if the secular scientists are so convinced about what they believe is true with global warming, what are they afraid of when someone disagrees and wants to debate it? Are they afraid that they will lose the argument or something?

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      Geoff Sherrington

      PeterS,
      One can think of the sceptical book writer as a parasite on the rump of the larger cagw movement.
      There are many instances of mutual benefit, some even following predator-prey mathematics.
      In predator-prey, each entity cannot live without the other. If the predator eats too much prey, it will become hungry. If the prey kills too many hosts, it will also become hungry.
      In the context of M. Verdier, the host has just given him a big meal and his effect can now afford to be well beyond that before.

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        Rollo

        Geoff let’s give the guy the benefit of the doubt and trust that the book was written in good faith. If there is some evidence that he is merely scamming the scammers, let’s see it. I think that cynicism can be taken too far.

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          Geoff Sherrington

          Rollo,
          My bad for being too cryptic.
          I meant to convey two thoughts -
          First that the alarmist crowd the rump, have to live with smaller inconvenient creatures
          Second, that people like M. Verdier can, by taking this course, have their views amplified.
          I had in mind the danger inherent in neglecting the flea.
          Do not be inhibited in taking the Verdier course because you think your voice is too small to be heard.

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        GeeANGRY

        Hmm are you saying that he has used his minor media profile to his own advantage by producing a climate book f some sort? Some might call it a a sceptics handbook

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          That’s right GeeAye, “to his advantage” — he’s risked a lucrative long career to write a book the loud mouths in his profession hate.

          Do the maths. If he wrote a Climate Scare book instead, he might not sell as many copies (because it would be so boring) but he’d win prizes, grants, be put on advisory committees and boards, and if his work was loopy enough, he might be offered a bonus from The Royal Society too. Panasonic and or GE might invite him to be their professor.

          I know it’s a new idea for you, but some people do things because they believe it’s the right thing to do. Perhaps if you tried it sometime, you might not assume all people are driven by money?

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            OriginalSteve

            I often wornder if Ghandis tactics of peaceful resistance would mean that the CAGW has to imprison everyone, or let loose a war to divert peoples attention.

            The same globalists who hold the levers of power also have the power to ( foolishly ) label skeptics as “terrorists”….then you could synergistically capitalize on The Big Lie ( CAGW ) with the The Big Scare ( “Terrorists under every bed” ).

            All I can think of is “V for Vendetta” playing out in front of us right now….. I guess the eco-loonies are the new Finger Men.

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            Perhaps if you tried it sometime, you might not assume all people are driven by money?

            you do see the hypocrisy you’ve introduced with the word “assume”?

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            sophocles

            … or if he satirised CAGW …

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      gnome

      Do you have any evidence that any sane challenger of the Darwinian theory of evolution has been in any way harassed or disadvantaged? Mostly it seems to be the religious loonies making life difficult for people whose willingness to consider the science offends their beliefs.

      This is a climate sceptic site, with a marked inclination to scientific questioning of the evidence, not a religious looney site. Ante up or shut up.

      Who are the 24 (at 7.45PM EST)who gave this a thumb up? Are you seriously aligning yourself with this type of belief without evidence?

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        PeterS

        Yes gnome there is plenty of evidence of scientists losing their positions and funding. However, this is not the appropriate forum for such discussion. As you stated this is a climate skeptic site, so why did you jump on me by going on about it? Have I touched a raw nerve? I only tried to illustrate how skepticism is healthy in any area of scientific endeavor, and any attempt to stamp it out is bad in the name of science. Whether evolution is true or not is not the point. The approach to searching for the truth is the point. It appears you would agree with the approach used by the Roman inquisition to silence Galileo in front of the secular scientists and the church of the day. I prefer to listen to all sides, analyze the evidence then decide for myself. I don’t like being told what’s true or not just purely on faith value.

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          gnome

          I can’t see how you can equate support for “intelligent design” or “Creation Science” with global warming scepticism.

          It isn’t as if debate about Darwin’s theories has been suppressed ever since it became public, nor has ” Darwinism” remained unmodified. When someone comes up with new data it is considered, debated, and if it seems appropriate, its implications are imposed on the Darwinian model. That’s how science is done, but if someone wants to import religious beliefs to challenge science, they are better fitted to mainstream “climate science” than to science.

          And when the current “climate science” is finally, publicly and overwhelmingly discredited, yes- I do want its exponents sacked from every academy, institution and government position.

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            PeterS

            Again gnome you are putting words in my mouth. I did not equate the two – I simply outlined the approach to silence skepticism by threatening the livelihoods of anyone who dares to speak out against secular thinking is not new, and should be discouraged at all costs.

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      Robert O

      Weren’t some of the early astronomers having problems with the church because they realised the earth orbited the sun? Copernicus, Galileo? Nothing changes much does it.

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        Ryan

        Eh, Galileo wasn’t harassed for saying Copernicus was right. Lots of people thought Copernicus was right and there was lively debate among intellectuals on the subject. Galileo got in trouble because he was a jerk about it. In 16th century Rome you couldn’t just go around calling the Pope an idiot.

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          Angry

          The current Pope certainly is an idiot and a disgrace to all Catholics…….

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          James Bradley

          I say the Pope doesn’t have the conviction his faith requires if he believes beings created to use resources provided specifically for them by their creator can damage anything in a universe that was created specifically for them to inhabit.

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        While Eratosthenes of Cyrene calculated the slightly smaller circumference of the Earth in 240 BC his mate Archimedes said “Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth.”.
        While some have assumed he was talking about levers he may have intended to use mirrors and photon propulsion the way the moon repels us with the light it cyclically reflects and we absorb. While the “church” gets the blame for loosing this knowledge i think some of the blame rests on pre church Rome and later offshoots like it’s “church” and it’s club.

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    Kevin Lohse

    I’m not underestimating Jo’s contribution to climate sanity, but there’s an increasing number of knowledgeable people “coming out”, and standing up to the politicised violence of the CAGW believers. I’m wondering just how much has been let loose by Mark Steyn’s “A Disgrace to the Profession”, and his principled championing of free speech. Is that book the snowflake that will release the avalanche to bury climate activism? I hope the bulk of Jo’s faithful readership have been able to scrape a few pennies together and buy,”Disgrace’. Mark’s fighting for all of us. Meanwhile, let’s press for an English version of Phillipe’s book.

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      Bulldust

      Can’t wait for the chorus of it hasn’t been peer pal reviewed! TBH that’s irrelevant in this case. A guy is told to leave his job because his views are not politically correct. If there’s any justice in France he should be able to take his employer to the cleaners. Given how robust the labour laws are in France (in favour of the employee) it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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        Bulldust

        I stand corrected – he hasn’t been fired… yet. I guess he will be kept in the back room until retirement/resignation or he repents, whichever comes first. Nobody expects the Climate Inquisition! Their weapons are fear, surprise and fanatical devotion to the IPCC!

        I suspect he will be forced to sit in the comfy chair from now on…

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          William

          Not the comfy chair!!!

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          Ryan

          This is France. You can’t fire someone in France unless they stab a coworker or defaecate in the mail room.

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            RB

            True. I had a boss in a chemistry lab in France who went around smoking cigars (this century). People wet themselves as I started to panic as I could smell smoke.

            But this is much, much worse.

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        Frank

        Well named Bulldust,
        You attack peer review because it rejects the guff printed by nonscientists, maybe Phillipe could criticise astronomy, medical research or chemistry and wonder equally at the rebuttals he would receive.

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          john robertson

          Idiot, Peer review, does not apply.
          Mighty nice of you to gulp the bait Bulldust was chumming.

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          Angry

          peer review?
          More like OLD PAL review…..

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          Bulldust

          Peer review accepted many fallcious computer-generated garbage papers. Yes, peer review is working perfectly… That’s not even touching on the incestuous pal review where buddies pass each others’ papers through to publication even though they are riddled with garbage. Having been on the iside of academia, I have a pretty good idea of how it works.

          When I started my PhD I read a few hundred papers and theses … maybe 1 in 50 was really good… most were dross. There is a publish or perish mentality in academia which forces academics to churn out irrelevant papers in order to get their counts up. It doesn’t serve science very well. It’s even worse when you have metric boatloads of money being poured into a field such as climate science. It sucks all the oxygen out of the proverbial room. Hence we get nutters like Lew publishing tangential papers from his field of psychology to attract cliamte science funding. It’s a complete sideshow.

          But as I said… the main criticism is that his logic (based on the abstract) is so bad it is laughable. He seems to dwell in a world of his own imagining. I would recommend he get help, but he provides so much mirth for the rest of us. In truth he is a unwitting weapon for climate sceptics. Funny on many levels.

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        Rod Stuart

        And, as Eric Worrall says, so soon after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Sacre Bleu! Zee French have a short memory!

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      Kevin Lohse, Re your comment.

      Meanwhile, let’s press for an English version of Phillipe’s book

      I say let’s not wait it for the English version, let’s support the guy and buy the French version as soon as it comes out. I’m going to. .. and then brush up on my schoolboy French.
      By the way, I purchased ‘Disgrace’ and read it – a complete and reasoned condemnation of the hockey stick. The compelling part was that many of the criticisms of the hockey stick were from people who would not be classified as anthropogenic global warming skeptics.
      I encourage everyone to go on line and buy both books – Mark Steyn’s book, ‘A Disgrace to the profession’ and Phillipe Verdier’s book, ‘Climat Investigation’.

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    Dennis

    Add another climate change sceptic scalp to the Church of Climate Change thought police scoreboard.

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      john robertson

      Possibly another entrant to the Hall of smarter than average public figures.
      That this man immersed in the heart of UNIPCC propaganda, is able to see right through it, get angry enough to research the evidence and write a book that confounds his political masters..
      Seems to me we are in the last stages of Cult deprogramming, the over reaction of his employer is a boon to his book sales and the sceptics call.
      Now we are almost 6 years out of the CRU emails revelations, this is a sign of progress as it takes 7 years for a bureaucracy to respond to any correction.

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        OriginalSteve

        Ah yes the most “dangerous” of all people in politics – an honest man….

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        Greg Cavanagh

        He’s in good company with Buzz Aldrin and Patric Moore.

        There are so many “sane” voices against CAGW yet it continues forward like a monolithic train wreck driven by screaming madmen “We’re all gonna die!”.

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          Power Grab

          Heh…it makes for effective theater.

          I wrote 3 skits this summer for Vacation Bible School. They all had a character who yelled “We’re all gonna die!” The high school kids who performed them, and the younger kids who watched them both seemed to enjoy them.

          Kids these days prefer edgier entertainment than when I was little. You can’t get their attention unless it involves the end of the world.

          I’m beginning to think CAGW is all just one massive theater production. The players are all either actors or promoters. It’s not based on reality. They have been trained to stick to their scripts, no matter what.

          When it’s run its course, they’ll just snicker and say, “Ha! Fooled you!”

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    Didier

    Another recent French publication by a mathematics consultancy…Société de Calcul Mathématique SA – web http://www.scmsa.eu – runs to about 200 pages – a PDF – pointed to by Dr Judith Curry.

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    pat

    the first and last “qualified” paras made me smile:

    15 Oct: SMH: Nicole Hasham: Adani Carmichael: Australia’s largest coal mine to proceed after Greg Hunt gives approval
    The nation’s largest coal mine will proceed after Environment Minister Greg Hunt MP approved it with “the strictest conditions in Australian history”, in a decision declared “a disaster” by environmental groups…
    The decision would help the company deliver mine, rail and port projects in Queensland and deliver 10,000 direct and indirect jobs, and $22 billion in taxes and royalties to be reinvested into community services, Adani said. The jobs figure has been disputed by critics
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/adani-carmichael-australias-largest-coal-mine-to-proceed-after-greg-hunt-gives-approval-20151015-gk9wof.html

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    toorightmate

    Congratulations and thank you Phillipe – you are a truly good human being.

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    mmxx

    Je suis Philippe!

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    Dennis

    I drove through Oatland Tasmania today and noted the prototype wind turbine used for grinding wheat into flour and wondered how the Green Land fantasy of renewable energy could have been sold in modern times. Now if the old timers had only installed a generator and batteries they could have kept the mill grinding after hours and on still days. If the ratepayers had been willing to pay extra for their flour.

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    warcroft

    It is easier to fool someone than it is to convince someone they have been fooled.

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    TdeF

    What a top guy! He knew the risks if he spoke out, be even he was shocked at the speed and severity of the response to offering his own expert opinion. Instant dismissal. Like Prof Murry Selby from Newcastle. Left in Europe with no return ticket or working credit card or job.

    We can just hope Phillipe’s book sells well. I would happily buy the book not only to support Phillipe but also to read what is being said in Europe on Man Made Climate Global Carbon Dioxide Warming Polar Bears. There are thousands of those awful death preventing windmills even in the North Sea and in the Baltic. The irony is that the Nederlands are already under sea level! Ha!

    Actually Anthropogenic Global Warming sounds much more scientific and important, like real science. You could think no one could make this stuff up, but they have. Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was just too early but he did well enough. Leading social scientists like Tom Cruise and John Travolta agree. You need a science fiction writer for AGW. At least our own Tim Flannery saw the chance. Is there a Nobel prize for science fiction? Maybe the IPCC can create one from Malcolm Turncoat’s Carbon tax?

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      el gordo

      ‘We can just hope Phillipe’s book sells well.’

      Fortunately the weather forecast is for blizzard conditions in Europe, so come the Spring I expect nothing less than a French revolution on climate change.

      Phillipe’s book should sell well under such circumstances.

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        RogueElement451

        For many people snow will be a rare and exciting event. I am sure it will be for the majority of immigrants flocking to Europe.

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      TdeF

      Not fired yet. On forced holiday according to the Telegraph article.

      Trying to buy the book. French would be interesting but not yet in the US from Amazon.
      Amazon UK two copies, one new and one used, which is odd for a book released on 1 Oct 2015.
      Both 45 pounds?

      Tried to order the new book but it is actually shipped from a store in France and they will not ship to Australia.

      All getting too hard. Will wait. Would rather have it on Kindle anyway.

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      RB

      is there a Nobel prize for science fiction?

      Some of us have a short memory. Its called the Nobel Peace Prize.

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        TdeF

        Good point! Nobel prizes were for Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, Physiology or Medicine. Economics was tacked on by a bank in 1968.

        So Gore’s Global Warming was not Literature or Chemistry or Physics. A very good point, an inconvenient truth?

        Mahatma Gandhi did not receive a Peace prize but billionaire Al Gore did.

        Notable recent Peace Prize Laureates: Al Gore (2007), Barack Obama (2009), Jimmy Carter(2002). Is there a pattern?

        How’s that Syria/Libya/Iraq/Egypt/Iran thing going anyway? Al’s 220,000 windmills have at least contributed to World Peace, somehow. Or is that just more hot air?

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          Greg Cavanagh

          It’s change Jim, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it; captain.

          Giving a Nobel Piece prize to Yasser Arafat for not killing anybody for a couple years was the shark jumping moment for me. It’ll never have any meaning again for such utter stupidity.

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    pat

    ABC unattributed piece, not one positive voice quoted:

    15 Oct: ABC: Adani gets federal re-approval for Carmichael coal mine
    Mr Hunt said all measures must be approved before mining could start.
    “I have the power to suspend or revoke the approval and strict penalties apply if there is a breach of the strict conditions,” he said…
    Minister again fails Australians: conservationists
    The Mackay Conservation Group long challenged the project on environmental grounds and continued to claim the project did not stack up economically.
    The group’s co-ordinator Ellen Roberts said Adani repeatedly exaggerated the mine’s economic impacts…
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-15/adani-carmichael-coal-mine-federal-re-approval/6857538

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    pat

    Adani round-up. MSM all negative:

    15 Oct – ABC – Greg Hunt: Adani mine green-lighted again
    PM by Jesse Thompson
    Depending on which figures you believe, the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine will bring billions of dollars to Queensland and power to millions of underprivileged Indians.
    Or, it will destroy a pristine environment in central Queensland and boost our carbon emissions…

    Green groups attack nod for Qld Adani mine
    SBS – ‎1 hour ago

    Adani granted approval for Carmichael mine
    The Australian Financial Review – ‎1 hour ago‎
    The federal government has re-approved Indian energy giant Adani’s $16.5 billion Carmichael mine with strict conditions, but the project is expected to be subject to a new legal challenge from environmental groups…

    Greg Hunt approves controversial Carmichael mine
    The Australian – ‎38 minutes ago‎

    Australia approves controversial Carmichael coal mine
    BBC News – ‎37 minutes ago‎

    Reuters – While a push in India to rely more on solar and wind power and domestic coal has raised questions over the viability of the project, Adani has said ***the majority of Carmichael production had been pre-sold, guaranteeing revenue.

    POSITIVELEY SPEAKING:

    Adani group stocks rally up to 13% as Australia gives environmental nod to …
    Economic Times (India) – ‎1 hour ago

    15 Oct: Daily Mercury, Mackay NQ: Federal Environment Minister re-approves Carmichael Mine
    Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said that workers and business operators throughout Central and North Queensland will be breathing a sigh of relief.
    “The way is now clear for Adani to get on with the job of building the Carmichael mine and the associated rail infrastructure, and that means jobs and investment dollars will start to flow,” Mr Christensen said.
    “We are still waiting on a decision regarding the expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal, and I hope we would hear about that by early November.”…
    FOLLOWED BY 11 PARAS OF CRITICISM FROM ENVIRONMENTALISTS.
    http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/minister-approves-carmichael-mine/2808195/

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      Bob Malloy

      “Adani round-up. MSM all negative”:

      You expected something different?

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      toorightmate

      The environmental and land rights issues were addressed and resolved several years ago during the study phases of the project.
      The new traditional owners are not the recognised and accepted original land owners. This was addressed several years ago.
      The port shenanigans were all Queensland Ports doings – not Adani’s.
      The hold ups have been for the purpose of disruption – nothing else.
      Despite this, the project will struggle to be financially viable. However, NO ONE uses today’s coal prices in feasibility studies.

      And on the issue of banks not being prepared to fund the development – no Australian bank has ever funded a large scale Australian resource project – too much risk for our big banks – they are not risk takers.

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    pat

    a single positive reaction from Queensland Resources Council president Michael Roche; SIX negative reactions.
    by convenient time-posting, GetUp gets the first ten paras.

    15 Oct: Brisbane Times (Fairfax): Tony Moore: Adani mine approved: reaction
    Queensland peak bodies and others react to the Federal Government’s approval of the controversial Adani coal mine in the Galilee Basin
    3:46pm: Lobby group GetUp has called on the general public to donate to fund the next round of legal challenges to save the Great Barrier Reef from global warming.
    Get Up’s Queensland representative Sam Regester said GetUp members had already funded legal challenges against Adani’s monster Carmichael coal mine.
    “This coal mine is the dumbest, most dangerous and uneconomic development in Australia,” he says.
    “Mining and burning this coal will cook the Great Barrier Reef.
    “The mining and burning of coal causes reef waters to warm and become more acidic. This mine’s coal will be a massive contributor to dangerous global warming and push us over the two-degree (warming) limit.
    “Australia can have the Reef or it can have the Carmichael coal mine.
    “Our Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt chose a dirty polluting coal mine.”
    Mr Regester called on on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to step in and reject the project…
    3:30pm: Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters says the Turnbull government’s Adani approval had continued the “Abbott-era coal obsession”…
    ???”The rest of the world is turning away from coal, including India, which plans to end coal imports by 2017, and the future for Queensland is in clean energy.”…
    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/adani-mine-approved-reaction-20151015-gk9zqi.html

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    pat

    now to Philippe:

    (rather poor google translations)

    14 Oct: Rue 89: Philippe Verdier : “I am not climatosceptique but …”
    After the publication of our article “Go, stop : stop inviting climate skeptics “, we received the following response right Philippe Verdier, the “Mr. weather” of France Télévisions.
    Rue89 put my book in the camp of climate skeptics . I categorically refutes this slanderous statement. It is written in my investigation that global warming is a reality that we must address before it does take care of us.
    The positive aspects of warming in France are deliberately shown to balance catastrophic systematically information on this subject . Our country is one of the few able to quickly adapt to climate risks . We proved with heat waves now less deadly. The IPCC was wrong in its forecasts . No one knows with certainty the face of French climate within a year and for the coming decades.
    The lack of humility before nature of the protagonists of the COP 21 relayed by some media , including yours , stifles debate.
    The survey Climate Investigation restores rather different opinion of the official discourse in the hands of States. My survey illuminates the dark side of the contradictions of science. Prohibit skeptical of expression is a violation of the debate and freedom . Many scientists outside the IPCC have many discoveries and revelations bring us.
    This is not my case, I am simply a journalist on these matters no more, no less.
    I am not climatosceptique but skeptical about the statements of the protagonists of the COP 21 who speak too much on the climate. “Any contrary opinion will be eliminated ” warns my investigation. The debate on this question seems closed. It becomes impossible in our country to expose an open opinion on this matter without being stigmatized or insulted .
    This is also the case of Ring Publishing, a journalist UPS (Vincent Coquaz ) to kill my book , dared ranked close to the extreme right as they also were editing Laurent Obertone…ETC
    http://rue89.nouvelobs.com/2015/10/14/philippe-verdier-suis-donc-climatosceptique-261660

    14 Oct:Le Figaro: Philippe Verdier “shocked” to be ruled by France Télévisions
    According to France Télévisions, contacted by our colleagues puremédias, Philippe Verdier is on leave until October 26 for the promotion of his book Climate Investigation…Absent from the antenna since Monday, the weather presenter for France 2 was keen to set the record straight on RTL with Marc-Olivier Fogiel.
    “I was on leave until last Friday and normally I should be on the air since Monday. At the moment, I should prepare the bulletin tonight. I am very shocked, it touches me. This is not a decision for me,” he said …
    Philippe Verdier added that it is a decision of France Télévisions to put on forced leave. “I have had no maintenance since the book came out, I did not return to France Télévisions, he said. I received a letter asking me not to come. This has nothing to do with my job but it is directly related to my book.” For now, he does not know and is awaiting further clarification…
    “I did not come here as a victim. This is a direct extension of what I describe in the book to say that everything otherwise be eliminated, he said. I put myself through this investigation, on the road to COP 21 (UN climate conference, ed) which is a bulldozer. Here is the result. “Philippe Verdier blamed the government and the involvement of Francois Hollande to whom he had addressed an open letter.
    “Is what I can express, as a citizen, my feelings towards the Head of State?, he responded about it. Reproached me my freedom of expression. [...] I want to go back to work in France 2. It’s my job, I do it for 20 years and I want to go back to the viewers to do my job, which is to present the weather. And also in my skills, to talk about the climate. There I can be crossed a yellow line to some makers or certain protagonists of the COP 21.”
    Philippe Verdier revealed to have hired a lawyer to defend its rights. “When I wrote this book, I warned my direction, everyone knew for months about how it would be promoted, he assured. I did not expect support from the drafting of France Télévisions from the book that I made independently. I do not expect that attack me… I expected that there is a resonance, it may not be to everyone and we can criticize. But today I’m dirty, I was attacked in my job and I’m not sure I can continue to do so tomorrow or in the coming years.”
    He concluded: “I wrote in my book that I will become a pariah. I think I expected a little part of events happening… ”
    http://tvmag.lefigaro.fr/le-scan-tele/polemiques/2015/10/14/28003-20151014ARTFIG00369-philippe-verdier-choque-d-etre-ecarte-par-france-televisions.php

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    manalive

    … a year ago he was horrified when the French Foreign Minister got all the weather presenters together and urged them to use the term “climate chaos” in their broadcasts …

    In a sense the climate of the planet is chaotic and always has been as the IPCC states in WG1: “The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible …” i.e by definition unpredictable.
    They can’t mean more chaotic because ‘chaotic’ is a non-comparative or absolute adjective, although in Climate Change™ newspeak it could make sense for instance as in “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”.

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    I think I have mentioned before. I received an email from HR/Communications in one of the windfarm companies I worked for saying “stop posting anti renewables comments on social media”.

    I threatened to have it arbitrated in the Fair Work Commission and they let it go, but its happening out there all the time.

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      KinkyKeith

      You have my admiration.

      But be careful

      KK

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      Peter C

      Beat Post as Savante Callender 2 next time!

      Take care. The vicious intolerance of our opponents has surprised me, even now!

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      Dennis

      Well done.

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      Rod Stuart

      Can I have three guesses is the first two don’t count? Hydro Tas. Moi Aussi. Only more subtle.

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        Its a non Australian company with “family” links to Tasmania.

        The irony of the whole thing was. I posted on the Wind Energy group on Linkedin saying that I thought once Abbott got in, the days of tax payer funded construction of wind assets would not only be over in 5 minutes, but that you could kiss goodbye any chance of meeting the RET targets that were set at the time. It was a funny debate because I got completely flamed by the obvious audience who said I had no idea what I was talking about. However I can only assume one of them was worried enough about how right I was and called my work and asked for me to be silenced.

        The first I knew was I got a phone call from the Comms. Manager asking me to please stop. I told him I had no intention of letting the company dictate my thoughts and if he wanted to take it further he should put it in writing. Within hours I had an email from HR that read a lot like a formal warning, but wasnt worded precisely that way. I replied and said, fine lets take it to Fair Work and see what they reckon. HR replied, no need for that (back peddling at 100kmh) and they let it go.

        I say irony, because it turns out I was right. The original RET target has not been met and neither will the new one. So… neeeeyah neeeyah lol…

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    KinkyKeith

    Je suis Phillipe (No disrespect to the fallen intended)

    Je suis aussi KinkyKeith et aussie Dan.

    KK

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    Sunray

    Thank you Jo, but why are we not surprised!?!

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    pat

    Fairfax & ABC would be lost without a couple Nature studies a day:

    15 Oct: SMH: Andrew Darby: Trouble at the edge of the world as Antarctica’s glaciers are undermined by warm water
    Walk into your street, and step out five metres along the footpath.
    Mark that spot, return tomorrow and step out an extra five metres. Do this every day, and you’ll keep pace with warm sea water as it seeps under a West Antarctic glacier…
    This week a landmark study in Nature found global warming of 2 degrees would trigger a collapse of Antarctica’s critical floating ice shelves, making runaway sea level rise almost impossible to stop.
    But we don’t have to wait centuries to see this unfold. In West Antarctica’s Amundsen Sea, it’s happening already. There, rapid ice loss to climate change has been declared “unstoppable”…
    Children born today will be alive in 2100, when under the worst of his projections, West Antarctic Ice Sheet melt alone would increase global sea level by 20 centimetres.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/antarctica-trouble-at-the-edge-of-the-world-20151013-gk7w4m.html

    15 Oct: ABC: Australia could lose mangroves to sea level rise, research warns
    By National Environment Reporter Sara Phillips
    Parts of Australia could lose their coastal mangroves to sea level rise before the end of this century, according to new research.
    The loss of the quintessential coastal tree with built-in snorkels could have major knock-on effects for fisheries and nearby communities.
    “Without mangrove forests, fish decline, there’s reduced coastal protection, there’s reduced coastal carbon sequestration,” lead researcher Catherine Lovelock, who is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Queensland, said…
    A rough estimate of the value of the services they provide to Australians has been put at $194 billion each year…
    The research was published in Nature.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-15/australia-could-lose-mangroves-to-sea-level-rise-research/6855290

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      old44

      Parts of Australia could lose their coastal mangroves to sea level rise.

      That’s the big thing about mangroves, they are unable to cope with an extra 20cm rise in sea levels on top of the 4.5 metre high/low tide difference at Mackay.

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        Having lived in Darwin for 11 years and being both a keen professional and recreational fisherman. I was always pretty impressed with the way mangrove trees can basically live under water for about 6-12 hours per day. Its a 5-7m tide in most parts of the NT and if you fish a creek mouth for a full turn, you see trees go from hundreds of meters from the shoreline, to completely submerged for hours. I have a strong feeling mangroves are pretty tolerant of sea changes.

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        Angry

        No loss.
        They just breed sandflies and mosquitoes……

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      Dean

      Mangroves are a new species of plant.

      They are completely different to the mungroves which inhabited the coastlines of the world some 25000 years ago when sea levels were approx 130 metres lower in the last glacial period.

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    KinkyKeith

    Got lost after the first few lines but this is him:

    http://www.delitdimages.org/climat-investigation-de-philippe-verdier/

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    pat

    15 Oct: The Local, France: ‘Climate sceptic’ French weatherman taken off air
    France’s most famous weatherman has been sent on “forced holiday” by state TV France Televisions after releasing a book in which he accuses climatologists of “taking the world hostage”…
    The “Monsieur Météo” was conspicuous by his absence this week after being sent on a “forced holiday” by his bosses, with his future as a weatherman up in the air, as he stands accused of being a climate sceptic.
    Verdier has been taken off air after releasing a book accusing the world’s leading climatologists and political leaders using dodgy data to convince the public about climate change…
    While rumours of what punishment he could face swirl around the French media, France 3 has so far refused to comment.
    “He’s on holiday,” the channel said, without specifying when he would return…
    Perhaps Verdier would have got away with his outspoken statement if France and the French government hadn’t been in the middle of preparing for the crucial UN climate change conference in December.
    The success of the conference is seen as crucial not just to François Hollande’s presidency but to the image of France itself…
    Verdier also wrote a critical letter to Hollande, lambasting the president for pretending to save the planet.
    It was published by a French news site which further riled his bosses at France2.
    Verdier accepts that he has caused problems for his employer given that the state owns France Televisions.
    He said he was moved to write the book after France’s Foreign Minister held a meeting of weather presenters and asked them to stress climate change in the broadcasts.
    “What is shameful is this pressure placed on us to say that if we don’t hurry, it’ll be the apocalypse,” he said.
    http://www.thelocal.fr/20151015/climate-change-climate-sceptic-weatherman-ditched-france

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    handjive

    Australian PM Turnbull builds $95,000 97% Global Warming sea level rise marker:

    Malcolm Turnbull spending $95,000 for a private jetty at his Point Piper mansion
    . . .
    Wouldn’t you build a $95,000 jetty 2 metres higher if you had the CSIRO advising you on sea level rise?

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      Dennis

      But he needs a jetty now that he has a new entertainment complex across on the other side of the Harbour.

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      Dennis

      But he needs a jetty now that he has a new entertainment complex across on the other side of the Harbour.

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    KinkyKeith

    Rather than buy Philippe Verdiers book for $28 and considering he was probably on over $AUD 200 grand I’ve bought some chocolate instead.

    Keep the homefires burning.

    KK

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    Check out this article just released by Adelaide University about the World’s oceans “Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse”.

    https://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news81042.html

    I can’t find any hard evidence for what they are “suggesting” in the article. They are saying that all whales and sharks are going to be wiped out by an increase in the production of the “smallest plankton” due to “climbing human CO2 emissions”!
    Well, I never………..what will they think of next?

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    Robert O

    The problem of political correctness is an insidious part of the AGW agenda. How many scientists of the the CSIRO and BOM have changed their opinion on global warming after retirement? Perhaps they weren’t instructed to emphasise global warming per se, as the French meteorologists were, but still there has been a lot of covert pressure. Why would you discard pre 1900 temperature readings when they were recorded by an army of community minded citizens? The old thermometers were accurate to half a degree farenheit, and we are only looking at 3/4 degree celsuis change since the mid 1800′s. Perhaps it a bit warmer now, but it was also pretty warm in the late 1800′s e.g. Bourke.

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    Another pyrrhic victory for the enemies of free speech. By all accounts he’s a popular broadcaster in France and his treatment is not going down well with the ordinary viewer. Standby for some great book sales numbers LOL.

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/the-age-of-unenlightenment/

    Pointman

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    Ruairi

    With the Emperor due on parade,
    For the Paris C.O.P. climate charade,
    One French weather buff,
    Wrote a book that such bluff,
    Like the climate was never man-made.

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    Philip Ford

    The way that Philippe Verdier has been treated by his employers is outrageous. If he has any sense he’ll take legal action. It might be a good thing to have this nonsense forced into a court of law. Of course, one expects nothing less that illiberal totalitarianism from the hopelessly pro-EU French Government, but it is still quite shocking to see such authoritarianism at work. Climate ‘science’ as practised by the IPCC and its troughers is little short of working with rainbows and unicorns, after all.

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      It might be a good thing to have this nonsense forced into a court of law

      Dangerous, since such things are not decided on objective empiricism. There is almost no precedent for a Court to follow. That leaves individual judicial prejudice masquerading as respected power

      Simply observe the never-ending judicial knuckle-dragging with the Steyn case. The Courts have no intention of examining this in full public glare – it just drifts on and on without decision, in the expectation that one or other of the protagonists will run out of money

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    jaymam

    New scary paper in Nature titled ‘The multi-millennial Antarctic commitment to future sea-level rise’.
    “In order to restrict global warming to 2°C, and prevent the more dangerous consequences of climate change, the United Nations climate change meeting in Paris later this year must agree to reduce global CO2 emissions to zero before the end of the century,” adds Professor Naish.
    “Missing the 2°C target will result in an Antarctic contribution to sea-level rise that could be up to 10 metres above present day,” says Dr Golledge.

    http://www.victoria.ac.nz/news/2015/10/the-lasting-legacy-of-climate-change

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      Bill

      so where is the data? Show us the calculations and assumptions!

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        jaymam

        The paper is here but you’ll have to pay for it:
        http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v526/n7573/full/nature15706.html

        The summary doesn’t seem to mention the 10 metre sea level rise or the need to cut global CO2 emissions to zero (is that even possible?!). But Professor Naish said all that in a lengthy TV programme last night, and many newspapers have copied his claims.

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        bobl

        I did the calculations and determined that the melting they suggest by 2100 required a MINIMUM of 12Watts per square meter to 50W per square metre (given the uncertainty range). I have written to the authors and requested they either amend or retract the article given that the conclusion they come to is energetically impossible. Jo, do you want to publish my letter and any reply I might get?

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      gai

      Professor Naish should lead by example as should ALL those going to the Paris Conference, All the national leaders, and all the rank and file warmists who agree with Naish that CAGW is a threat.

      They can start their campaign by ceasing to breath out.

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        shortie of greenbank

        Prevention is better than cure… they shouldn’t breathe in to start with!

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        AndyG55

        I don’t mind if they breathe..

        They just shouldn’t eat anything that is produce using photosynthesis at any stage in its production.

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          AndyG55

          That is the most absolutely moronic thing about this..

          Not one of the climate cultists would ever eat food that was chemically produced in a laboratory using pseudo-photosynthesis…… gotta be “organic”

          Yet they want to stall the one natural chemical reaction that feeds them and every other creature on this green, carbon based planet of ours..

          It truly is the most basic, low-level idiocy I have ever seen in my life !

          Hint to the climate glitterati and brain-dead followers….

          “organic” means carbon based.

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      Roy Hogue

      To the goal of reducing carbon emissions to zero I can only say a very sarcastic “good luck” and you better start practicing holding your breath.

      Where do these ideas come from? And maybe no one should answer me. The origin might be a little too much for this family friendly blog.

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    pat

    (google translation)

    14 Oct: L’Express: The “weatherman” of France climatosceptique private Antenna TV : “Possible whether the Elysée”
    Thursday morning in the Grand Morandini Direct (Europe 1 radio), the weather service chief said “do not know from where comes” this initiative layoff. “It is possible that it was the Elysee which intervened in the case. When someone goes through the road to COP21, it bothers the Elysee. If Nicolas Sarkozy was in power, I would have written the same letter. This is not a letter against Francois Hollande. I myself am not attack him. I invited him to plant an oak tree in the courtyard of the Elysee…

    TWEET: #Verdier On Twitter had to remove all reference to his current employer , France Télévisions pic.twitter.com/FKEVuR7eCu
    http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/meteo/le-monsieur-meteo-climatosceptique-de-france-televisions-prive-d-antenne_1725912.html
    — Hervé G. (@hervegg) October 14, 2015

    For a week, the book was the subject of criticism in the press and led Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, former Minister of Ecology of Nicolas Sarkozy, to attack virulently to climatosceptiques on Canal +, raising a parallel between “those who say in fact climate change does not exist or it does not matter, it’s great, we usually go to the beach” and “the people” of the tobacco industry or the asbestos industry that “for decades” denied the danger…
    Unanimity of experts and scientists
    Climate experts say unanimously that in the long-term consequences of climate change will have dramatic consequences if nothing is done to contain the warming, whose speed is unprecedented .
    Philippe Verdier, who is not a climatologist, said against him his “freedom of expression” within weeks of COP21, the planned conference in late 2015 Paris-Le Bourget where a global agreement to limit global warming expected…
    http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/meteo/le-monsieur-meteo-climatosceptique-de-france-televisions-prive-d-antenne_1725912.html

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    15 Oct: Breitbart: James Delingpole: France’s Top TV Weatherman Suspended For Expressing ‘Wrong’ Views On Climate Change
    For good measure, he has also written an open letter to French president Francois Hollande attacking the forthcoming climate talks in Paris:
    “I scarcely hear in your words any sincerity, any intention of acting truly for the environment in a manner measured and constructive…
    “In two months, France welcomes the COP21, the conference of nations united for the climate. Your political strategy team has told you that it will all come to nothing, like the 20 before it. Then why continue to pretend to be saving the planet?
    You, president of the Republic, cannot support the ultra-politicized scientists of the GEIC, the corporate lobbyists, the NGO environmental groups, nor the self-proclaimed apostles of the new religion of climate.”…
    Verdier was inspired to write his book out of disgust at the actions of his foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who last year summoned France’s weathermen and asked them to mention “climate chaos” in their forecasts.
    “I was horrified by this discourse,” Mr Verdier told Les Inrockuptibles magazine. Eight days later, Mr Fabius appeared on the front cover of a magazine posing as a weatherman above the headline: “500 days to save the planet.”
    Mr Verdier said: “If a minister decides he is Mr Weatherman, then Mr Weatherman can also express himself on the subject in a lucid manner.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/10/15/frances-top-tv-weatherman-suspended-expressing-wrong-views-climate-change/

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      gai

      This comment should not be lost in the outpouring at Beitbart

      artemis in france
      …In fact generally the French are more skeptical about climate change because they’re more involved with the countryside and even the youngest are more aware of agriculture and farming methods through family and better education than in Britain. Also the French are generally skeptical of politicians. But there are some daft people who’ve fallen for it, but it isn’t something that people mention much and most hate wind turbines!
      http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/10/15/frances-top-tv-weatherman-suspended-expressing-wrong-views-climate-change/#comment-2308618232

      Looks like the French government may have really miscalculated in going after this guy. They were probably emboldened by the ‘success’ of the attacks on Willy Soon here in the USA.

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    I think something on the order of “we stand with Philippe” say “Avec Philippe” or a similar statement that holds together in French would be good as “je suis Philippe” could really be taken wrong due to the loss of life with Charlie Hebdo. In addition, a Climate Skeptics Legal Defense Fund, might be in order.

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    William Astley

    We are at the end of the end of the climate wars. It is not possible to push CAGW when the planet is abruptly cooling.

    There are dozens of independent observations and analysis results that support the assertion that the surface warming for a doubling of atmospheric CO2 is less than 0.2C. The majority of the warming in the last 150 years was due to solar cycle changes, not due to the increase in atmospheric CO2. In addition the majority of the CO2 rise in the last 30 years was due to natural causes, not due to anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Double whammy.

    The solar cycle has been interrupted, as opposed to a solar slowdown. There are now astonishing rapid changes occurring to the sun (changes to solar coronal holes which is interesting as coronal holes are caused by a solar core phenomena). The warming of the last 150 years will be reversed over 2 to 3 years.

    The politicians and scientific community will be forced to explain why have been told more than a 100,000 times that the science is settled when it appears ever dang statement made by the IPCC was incorrect.

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      gai

      William can you elaborate or point to info on your statement:

      “… There are now astonishing rapid changes occurring to the sun (changes to solar coronal holes which is interesting as coronal holes are caused by a solar core phenomena)…”

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        Hello. Sure can. I am working a series of articles which I will present when there is significant cooling. This is a 10,000 meter explanation of a couple of key components.

        There is a physical reason for everything that has happened in the paleo record. Just as rocks do not jump up hill the earth’s climate does not jump or tip from one state to another. There is a massive forcing function that caused past climate changes.

        The glacial/interglacial cycle is not caused by orbital changes in solar insolation at 65N. A single simple observation to support that assertion is the fact that the Younger Dryas abrupt climate change which occurred 11,900 years ago, at which time the planet went from interglacial warm to glacial cold with 70% of the cooling occurring in less than a decade and the cold period remaining for 1200 years, occurred at a time when solar insolation at 65N was maximum. Solar insolation at 65N is currently the same as it was during the coldest period of the last glacial period.

        The Younger Dryas abrupt cooling was not caused by an interruption to the North Atlantic drift current and has not caused by a comet impact (A comet impact would cool the planet for a few years not a decade. The pattern of the Younger Dryas burn marks could not possibly be caused by a single comet or a break up a single comet). The cooling due to a complete stoppage of the the Atlantic drift current is a factor of 7 too small to explain the Younger Dryas cooling. Regardless there is recent evidence that there is no discrete deep water return current to interrupt. There was a massive melt pulse of fresh water into the Atlantic 1000 years before the Younger Dryas and absolutely no evidence of cooling. There are piles of urban myths hanging around climate science, as there is no cause to observed cycle climate change and the glacial/interglacial cycle.

        There have been 22 glacial/interglacial cycles. Interglacial periods end abruptly not gradually. Those are facts, not theories.

        The sun is the cause of the past and recent climate change. If that assertion is correct the sun is significantly different than the standard model. There are also 200 astronomical paradoxes and anomalies that are directly related to how the sun is different than a simple large fusion engine and how the sun caused what has happened in the past.

        Comment:
        An observational hint that the sun is different than a simple fusion engine, is the fact that coronal holes’ rotational speed does not change with solar latitude. The solar surface plasma high latitude rotational speed is roughly 40% less than the rotational speed of the solar equator. Sunspots float on top of the solar plasma and hence rotate at the same speed as the plasma.

        The coronal holes are caused by high speed protons that are emitted from regions deep within the sun. There is now obvious observational evidence that something has changed deep within the sun as there are patches appearing in the coronal holes which indicates that what was causing the high speed proton emission has been interrupted. The coronal holes had started to weaken and as they weakened they started to cover vast regions of the sun (up to roughly 25% of the solar surface region in the earth direction) prior to the occurrence of patches in the coronal holes.

        http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0004-637X/763/2/137/pdf
        “ROTATION RATES OF CORONAL HOLES AND THEIR PROBABLE ANCHORING DEPTHS
        For different latitude zones between 40◦ north and 40◦ south, we compute rotation rates and find that, irrespective of their area, the number of days observed on the solar disk, and their latitudes, CHs rotate rigidly. Combined for all the latitude zones, we also find that CHs rotate rigidly during their evolution history. In addition, for all latitude zones, CHs follow a rigid body rotation law during their first appearance. Interestingly, the average first rotation rate (∼438 nHz) of CHs, computed from their first appearance on the solar disk, matches the rotation rate of the solar interior only below the tachocline.”

        http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-6596/440/1/012001/pdf/1742-6596_440_1_012001.pdf

        The peculiar solar cycle 24 – where do we stand?

        The cooling will be most sever over the ocean as there are less cloud forming micro particles over the ocean and a significant portion of the cooling is due to increased evaporation caused by an increase in wind speed. The paleo record shows past cooling in specific Atlantic ocean regions of up 10C. There is a tenfold increase in dust particles deposited on the Greenland ice sheet during the abrupt cold periods which is caused by the increased jet speed. The GCR cooling is greatest in the 40 degree to 60 degree latitude region due to orientation of the geomagnetic field as explained by Svensmark in his book.

        http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-13/surging-jet-stream-winds-hinder-u-s-bound-flights-from-europe

        The solar cycle has been interrupted which is different than a slowdown in the solar cycle.

        There are cycles of warming and cooling in the paleo record which correlate with past solar cycle changes. Roughly every 6000 to 8000 year, the warming cycle is followed by an abrupt cooling phase when the solar cycle restarts.

        Greenland Ice Sheet Temperatures Last 100,000 years
        http://www.hidropolitikakademi.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/4.gif
        There are abrupt geomagnetic field changes that correlate with both the solar cycle changes and the abrupt climate changes. What is missing is the mechanism(s) that causes the changes and explains the correlation.

        The geomagnetic field intensity is currently dropping at 5%/decade (starting in the late 1990s, the field intensity was previously dropping at 5%/century) which is ten time faster than a core based change is theoretically capable of causing. (A back emf is generated which resists core based changes). There is no physical reason why there would suddenly in the 1990s be a massive movement of liquid in the core to cause the sudden drop in the geomagnetic field and regardless even if there were a massive movement of liquid in the core of the earth, the back emf would limit the speed of the field change.

        This NOVA documentary interviews some of the key geomagnetic field scientists that discuss the unexplained current sudden change in the geomagnetic field.

        http://www.shift.is/2014/07/nova-documentary-earths-coming-magnetic-pole-shift/
        The geomagnetic specialists note in the above NOVA documentary that it appears possible based on the fact that the North pole drift velocity increased by a factor of ten, from 15 km/yr to 55 km/yr starting in the mid 1990s (the abrupt change to north magnetic pole drift velocity was discussed in a previous NOVA documentary which also discussed the discovery of archeomagnetic jerks – sudden changes in the tilt of the geomagnetic field of 10 to 15 degrees – by analyzing ancient fired floor tiles) and the geomagnetic field intensity drop has increased by a factor of ten from 5% per century which it had been dropping at for the last 200 years or so, to 5% per decade (this is the finding of the European SWARM satellite analysis which shows that the drop is over a large region of the earth, concentrated over the North and South America continents) also starting sometime in the 1990′s that a geomagnetic excursion appears to be starting which may lead to a geomagnetic reversal.

        The European’s launched a set of three satellites to which provide laboratory measurement accuracy of the entire geomagnetic field intensity and orientation. The data from the SWARM set of satellites confirmed the geomagnetic field intensity is dropping at 5% per decade.

        http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-s-magnetic-field-flip-could-happen-sooner-than-expected/

        http://sciences.blogs.liberation.fr/home/files/Courtillot07EPSL.pdf
        “Are there connections between the Earth’s magnetic field and climate? Vincent Courtillot, Yves Gallet, Jean-Louis Le Mouël,Frédéric Fluteau, Agnès Genevey
        We review evidence for correlations which could suggest such (causal or non-causal) connections at various time scales (recent secular variation approx 10–100 yr, historical and archeomagnetic change appox. 100–5000 yr, and excursions and reversals approx. 10^3–10^6 yr), and attempt to suggest mechanisms. Evidence for correlations, which invoke Milankovic forcing in the core, either directly or through changes in ice distribution and moments of inertia of the Earth, is still tenuous. Correlation between decadal changes in amplitude of geomagnetic variations of external origin, solar irradiance and global temperature is stronger. It suggests that solar irradiance could have been a major forcing function of climate until the mid-1980s, when “anomalous” warming becomes apparent. The most intriguing feature may be the recently proposed archeomagnetic jerks, i.e. fairly abrupt (approx. 100 yr long) geomagnetic field variations found at irregular intervals over the past few millennia, using the archeological record from Europe to the Middle East. These seem to correlate with significant climatic events in the eastern North Atlantic region. A proposed mechanism involves variations in the geometry of the geomagnetic field (f.i. tilt of the dipole to lower latitudes), resulting in enhanced cosmic-ray induced nucleation of clouds. No forcing factor, be it changes in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere or changes in cosmic ray flux modulated by solar activity and geomagnetism, or possibly other factors, can at present be neglected or shown to be the overwhelming single driver of climate change in past centuries. Intensive data acquisition is required to further probe indications that the Earth’s and Sun’s magnetic fields may have significant bearing on climate change at certain time scales.”

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          el gordo

          The YD cosmic impact seemed to be the only rational explanation for the abrupt drop in temperatures, so I just did a little more reading and found to my horror there was no dust spike in the Greenland ice core.

          Steffensen et al (2008) … ‘no dust spike simultaneous with the transition. Instead, the increase in dust lags behind changes in deuterium and oxygen isotopes.’

          Another good theory bites the dust.

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          KinkyKeith

          Thanks for that item William’

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          gai

          Thank you for all the new information.

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      Philip Ford

      The politicians and scientific community will be forced to explain why have been told more than a 100,000 times that the science is settled when it appears ever dang statement made by the IPCC was incorrect.

      The thing which irritates me is how, when it all becomes apparent as you mention, some of the biggest pro-CAGW cheerleaders and propagandists such as the BBC will sneakily report on this reversal in a ‘matter-of-fact-we-knew-it-all-along-and-it-was-expected’ sort of way. This is how slippery climate zealots work. When their models don’t pan out (and they never, ever, do) they just call ever weather event ‘climate change’ and slip past, whistling surreptitiously whilst hoping nobody notices.

      Words cannot describe here (I’m far too polite) my complete disdain for these people.

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        gai

        Al you have to do is look at who was pushing the 1970s we are all going to die from the cold stuff that the warmists are now denying and trying to sweep under the rug.

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        el gordo

        ‘…they just call every weather event ‘climate change’ and slip past, whistling surreptitiously whilst hoping nobody notices.’

        After a few short years of cool wet summers and freezing winters in Europe, the Klimatariat should lose the debate.

        Massive model failure won’t galvanize the people to revolt against the status quo, whereas a nasty cool change in seasonal weather will capture the public imagination.

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    Owen Morgan

    “The France-2 response to force him off air is the best publicity his book could get.”

    Well, except that it’s remarkably difficult to get hold of his book. It’s not a surprise that I can’t get it on Kindle, because tax laws complicate e-book purchases in the UK (paper book purchases are tax-free, in the UK, but electronic book purchases are not). I am finding it rather hard to get hold of a paper copy of Verdier’s book. I certainly can’t find one via Amazon.

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      KinkyKeith

      Owen it is available for 18 Euro on Amazon France

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        Owen Morgan

        No, it isn’t. Amazon won’t deliver the book to my address, even though I have ordered successfully from Amazon.fr quite a few times before.

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          Owen Morgan

          “Désolés, cet article ne peut pas être expédié à l’adresse que vous avez sélectionnée. Plus d’informations. Vous pouvez modifier l’adresse de livraison ou supprimer l’article de votre commande. Vous pouvez également voir si l’article est disponible à l’expédition sur votre adresse auprès d’un autre vendeur.”

          We’re sorry, but that item cannot be forwarded to the address you have selected. Further information. You can change the delivery address or remove the item from your order. You can also see if the item is available to be sent to your address via a different vendor.

          I’ve re-entered my address in full, “Royaume Uni” and all, but get the same result. I love that typically French bit, that I can fix the problem with my order by deleting it.

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    Martin

    Je suis Charlie…

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    pat

    Schofield writes: “Mr Verdier has been publicly condemned by just about everyone.” really? lol.
    Schofield makes sure it’s known Verdier is “not a climatologist”, gives little detail, doesn’t link to anything more substantial.

    15 Oct: BBC: Inside Europe Blog: Hugh Schofield: French climate change leaves top weatherman out in cold
    There is still more than a month to go until the Paris UN climate conflab, but already you sense its impending presence. Day by day the news in France is being taken over by “big environment”…
    (WAFFLES ON UNTIL PARA SEVEN!)
    But those two pieces of positive greenery risk being submerged in what is, frankly, a far “sexier” media story: the suspension of state TV’s top weatherman for daring to question the ethics of COP21 and the whole climate change establishment.
    Philippe Verdier is not a climatologist, but he has covered the weather for more than 20 years in various capacities and has attended the climate conferences at Bali, Copenhagen and Cancun…
    You can imagine the tearing-out of hair at the Elysee, as the country’s Mr Weather openly challenged the official pieties on COP21, which Mr Verdier says are doomed to fail.
    But worse, he then wrote an open letter to the president, essentially accusing him of hypocrisy for turning the environment to political ends.

    ???Mr Verdier has been publicly condemned by just about everyone. And he’s been taken off air.

    But he says that just proves his point: that nothing can challenge the official view
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-eu-34543588

    from a comment on Bishophill, it seems Schofield’s piece was also broadcast on BBC radio. however, Alec j who made the comment thought it was “a very balanced piece”. i don’t think so. check the comments for le monde hatchet job on verdier, etc:

    14 Oct: Bishophill: Top French weatherman suspended for forbidden views
    from comments:
    http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2015/10/14/top-french-weatherman-suspended-for-forbidden-views.html

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    pat

    mostly spin, little substance:

    15 Oct: UK Independent: Alexandra Sims: French weatherman Philippe Verdier sparks anger over book questioning climate change
    The book’s release comes just before a UN climate change conference is due to be held in Paris
    The book has sparked fierce criticism since its release.
    French newspaper Le Monde said Mr Verdier’s book was full of “errors”, adding: “The models used to predict the average rise in temperatures on the surface of the globe have proved to be rather reliable.”…
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-weatherman-philippe-verdier-sparks-anger-over-book-questioning-climate-change-a6695726.html

    15 Oct: France24: France’s top weatherman says he was placed ‘on leave’ for stance on climate change
    Philippe Verdier, head of the weather service at state broadcaster France Télévisions, has not appeared on screen since Monday amid a growing furore over his book “Climate Investigation”, published earlier this month.
    His employer has said Verdier was “on leave” without divulging further information. But the weatherman has disputed this, saying France Télévisions sent him a letter “asking me not to come in”…
    Though Verdier concedes that global warming is a real phenomenon, he questions claims by climate scientists that temperatures will continue to rise if no action is taken.
    “We are undoubtedly on a plateau in terms of warming and the cyclical variability of the climate doesn’t allow us to foresee if the natural rhythm will tomorrow lead us towards a fall, a stagnation or a rise (in temperature),” he writes in his book…
    Verdier said he did not know how long the suspension from France Télévisions would last, adding that he was “shocked” and “hurt” by the decision and was considering legal action.
    http://www.france24.com/en/20151015-france-top-weatherman-row-over-climate-change-book-philippe-verdier-cop21

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    pat

    just up on The Guardian.
    7 extremely brief AFP paras, alleging the book was “timed to coincide” with COP21 and not, as Verdier claims, inspired by his disgust at the actions of foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who last year summoned France’s weathermen and asked them to mention “climate chaos” in their forecasts, as reported elsewhere:

    16 Oct: Guardian: AFP: French weatherman taken off air after questioning climate change
    France 2 channel’s Philippe Verdier told not to return to work for foreseeable future after writing book which throws doubt on findings of leading scientists
    In the book, Verdier throws doubt on the findings of leading climate scientists and political leaders, saying they have “taken the world hostage”. ***It is timed to coincide with France’s hosting of a major UN climate summit in December.
    France Télévisions said its rules “prevent anyone using their professional status … to push forward their personal opinions.”
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/philippe-verdier-french-weatherman-question-climate-change

    still not a word from ABC or Fairfax or the Murdoch press that I can find.

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    pat

    US “mainstream press” is also avoiding this story like the plague, but Alex Newman gives a very thorough account at New American:

    15 Oct: The New American: Alex Newman: Top French Meteorologist Persecuted for Debunking Climate Hysteria
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/21766-top-meteorologist-persecuted-for-debunking-climate-hysteria

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    Angry

    Clearly the followers of the CHURCH OF CLIMATOLOGY have no respect for free speech or truth…………

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    Angry

    The latest STUNT by the Church of Climatology
    ==============================================

    A bit OT but has anyone heard of the latest STUNT by these global warming NUTJOBS?

    No doubt it is intended to try and put pressure on Australia to sign this communist (one world government) Paris agreement !

    On no account must Australia sign anything !!

    http://www.peoplesclimate.org.au/about

    By the way checkout their “supporters” list…….

    http://www.peoplesclimate.org.au/endorse#avaaz

    It is also interesting to see this organization “avaaz” is helping to promote this ANTI AUSTRALIAN STUNT….

    Alternative marches should be held to show the TRUTH !

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      I know… unions, god botherers, tree huggers and most damning of all, men with beards.

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      crakar24

      Angry,

      First up i think the agenda 21 crowd is more of a socialist thing rather than a communist one. I find it strange that even though a small minority of people are snowed in (pardon the pun) with all that evidence of AGW they still feel the need to “raise awareness” by marching somewhere chanting slogans.

      Unfortunately i will be in Woomera on those dates so cannot play the role of agent provocatuer perhaps some else can fill in for me.

      Its been a while since i last visited this site, some things have changed but i find it refreshing that GA is still posting the usual disconnected ramblings. I would assume some people would be union members, believers in a diety, eco tards will be there for sure and most of these people will have white beards.

      I would have much preferred GA went out on a limb here and predict a tribe of dyslexic African pygmies recently converted to catholism to lead the march carrier a banner that read “Is there a Dog?” and below that the statement “We must stop WAG”.

      But alas once again GA dissapoints.

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      Angry October 16, 2015 at 10:10 am

      The latest STUNT by the Church of Climatology
      ==============================================

      Alternative marches should be held to show the TRUTH

      Indeed, passive voice, where is the one you are leading? :-(

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    Rod Stuart

    Hurry, hurry hurry. This is the last day for applications.
    THE ABC NEEDS YOU!
    We need as many realists as we can get on this influential JoNova folks on this council as is possible.
    The old joke is that ABC stands for “all but conservatives”. Well here’s the chance to change that by applying to fill one of the vacancies on the broadcaster’s Advisory Council. There are no guarantees, of course, but a smattering of Quadrant/Catallaxy/JoNOva readers might just make for interesting meetings.
    My application has been submitted.

    Thanks Rod! :-) Golly that would be a national service. – Jo

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      Geoff Sherrington

      About 6 years ago, I went through all the required procedures to become one. I did not receive a single page in reply. Not even acknowledgement of my application.
      So, good luck.

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    Crowbar

    I find it interesting that it was the French FOREIGN Minister who told the weather presenters to start using “Climate Chaos” as a new meme. Why the Foreign Minister? Why is our Australian Foreign Minister leading the charge for a deal in Paris? Hmmmm? Why not the Environment Minister?

    The answer has 2 letters – U and N.

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    pat

    Angry – plenty of Unions listed too.

    love the slight against “white male” tradies…whilst in the same breath claiming some are with the “climate justice movement”!

    13 Oct: Climate&Capitalism: Steve Ongerth: Unions and the climate justice movement
    An IWW supporter discusses how can radical activists and environmentalists work with conservative workers and unions
    One would expect the Building Trades and most heavy industry based unions in the United States, many of which are still largely dominated by white male workers, to be least supportive of climate justice (or even likely to swallow the rhetoric of climate denialism) and conversely expect the service unions, many of which are predominantly composed of women and People of Color to be most supportive of it, and in some cases that’s true, but not always! The actual “geography” of where unions stand on climate justice is actually quite complex, inconsistent, and in some instances contradictory…
    What Would Winning Look Like? In matters of climate justice, winning isn’t just desirable, it’s essential! There are no jobs on a dead planet, and capitalism cannot be reformed. Fortunately, the changes that are necessary to transform human civilization into one more ecologically sustainable will necessarily bring about the end of capitalism and the transformation of the economic sphere into one that is more democratic and approaching the utopian visions put forward by Marxists and anarchists alike (Marxists and anarchists can debate the particulars of their respective visions elsewhere).
    An inspiring vision of what this transformation might look like is proposed by the organization Trade Unions for Energy Democracy in this short video:…
    http://climateandcapitalism.com/2015/10/13/unions-and-the-climate-justice-movement/

    u have to laugh. seems they expect Govt to CREATE the million climate jobs – taxpayers should be pleased!

    could it actually be true they SOLD the pamphlets? wouldn’t surprise me:

    8 Oct: Climate&Capitalism: UK unions and greens demand one million climate jobs
    New pamphlet calling for “One Million Climate Jobs” will be launched at the House of Commons, 6pm Thursday 14 October…
    The “Million Climate Jobs” pamphlet has ***SOLD thousands of copies across the Trade Union movement, receiving the backing of the PCS, TSSA, UCU and CWU unions…
    http://climateandcapitalism.com/2010/10/08/uk-activists-demand-a-million-climate-jobs/

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    pat

    ugly cartoon video, as could be expected:

    16 Oct: Canberra Times: Mark Kenny: Malcolm Turnbull can afford to dump the Abbott script
    VIDEO CARTOON: I’ll be watching you, Malcolm Every move Turnbull makes, Abbott is watching. Denis Carnahan and Rocco Fazzari, with apologies to The Police.
    So, how significant is this expectation problem? For the first time, its scale can be quantified. Nationwide polling commissioned by The Australia Institute, an ***independent think tank, shows voters across the board do indeed have high expectations of Turnbull, and crucially, they do want him to act. It means Turnbull is already behind the eight ball.
    Taken from September 28 to October 9, the Research Now poll asked: “Do you think Malcolm Turnbull should take stronger action in the following areas, even if there is opposition within his own party?” The question was applied to five key policy fields: humane refugee policies; marriage equality; climate change; renewable energy; extra funding for school education.
    In every single category, the majority answered yes. More humane policies on refugees registered a 55 per cent approval; marriage equality 61 per cent; climate change 67 per cent; renewable energy 81 per cent; and more money for schools, 76 per cent.
    Even among Liberal voters, support is at or above 50 per cent on each issue. That is, half of Liberal voters think Turnbull could be more humane to asylum seekers – presumably if it could be done without reviving the people smuggling trade.
    On renewable energy, the desire for “stronger action” is 81 per cent, and drops by a mere 6 points when Liberals alone are counted. “The research shows that Malcolm Turnbull has considerable support, both in the wider community and in the Coalition voter base, to do more on issues like renewables, refugees, equal marriage, and Gonski,” ***Ben Oquist, the executive director of The Australia Institute, said…
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/malcolm-turnbull-clear-on-break-with-abbott-policies-but-still-finding-his-way-20151014-gk9fik.html

    ***”independent think tank”/”ben oquist”?

    ***29 June: TheFifthEstate: Ben Oquist new Australia Institute executive director
    Former Greens strategist Ben Oquist has been appointed executive director of think tank The Australia Institute, following Richard Denniss stepping down after eight years…
    Prior to his career with The Australia Institute Mr Oquist was chief of staff for former Greens leaders Christine Milne and Bob Brown, with his departure from the party in 2013 rumoured to be linked to a failed push to replace Ms Milne with then deputy Adam Bandt.
    Mr Oquist also made headlines when it was revealed he was behind the unlikely pairing of Clive Palmer and former US vice-president and climate campaigner Al Gore to drive support for the Renewable Energy Target…
    http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/jobs-news/ben-oquist-new-australia-institute-executive-director/75120

    another Unbelievable Oquist poll?

    25 Sept: SMH: Most oppose denying environmental groups charity status, says poll
    Voters have overwhelmingly rebuffed the government’s so-called “vendetta” on green groups, with new polling showing 70 per cent oppose any move to deny charity status to environment groups.
    But new polling conducted by the ***Australia Institute shows 68 per cent of people support the right of green groups to conduct environmental campaigns and advocate policy changes, while also claiming charity status…

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    crakar24

    Really this turn of events should not come as a surprise, think about it. Recent RICO excursions into madness and several other calls to jail sceptics are all part of a clandestine attack on free speech modelled on the Holocaust laws.

    There are many countries that ban discussion of the holocaust, even making mention of it could lead to a jail term (luckily i live in Australia), these people are often cited as “denying” the Holocaust ever existed, this is mostly untrue but it matters none.

    So it makes sense that we sceptics are labelled “deniers” in a deliberate attempt to link us to Holocaust denial, in fact some twerps have even gone as far to suggest we are one the same.

    Once this fictional link has been implanted into the slushy mind of the eco tard herd it’s a very simple exercise to enact legislation to make us criminals and deserving of jail.

    There is a history of this behaviour, some say the Montreal protocol was not only a scam but more importantly the fore runner, a practice run if you will to learn how to implement Agenda 21.

    What we are seeing here is the final implementation of that plan, the treatment of Willie Soon is another example and there are many more. I suspect the terrorism laws (which accomplish nothing but the arrest and lengthy detainment of mostly innocent people) will be tweaked to accommodate our future incarceration.

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    I am Charlie Hebdo
    I am Philippe Verdier

    Or

    Je suis Charlie Hebdo
    Je suis Philippe Verdier

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    pat

    still nothing on Verdier from taxpayer-funded ABC, but they find space for this!!!

    15 Oct: ABC: Meet my eye: Experiment seeks to bring human connection to public space
    By Nicolas Perpitch
    Photo caption: Daisy Kermode (left) and Rati Richards (right) stared into each other’s eyes for more than 10 minutes.
    Complete strangers have silently stared into each other’s eyes for at least one minute in the centre of Perth as part of a global experiment to bring human connection back to public spaces.
    About 100 people sat across from each other in Forrest Place and held each other’s gaze, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, and sometimes with little expression at all.
    It was the idea of the Perth-based group Liberators International, who also instigated moving train parties and the blind trust experiment, where a blindfolded Aboriginal girl stood on Broome’s Cable Beach inviting people to hug her…
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-15/experiment-seeks-to-bring-human-connection-to-public-world/6858834

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      KinkyKeith

      That all sounds a little bit spooky Pat.

      Can see a lot of ways it could go wrong.

      On a similar topic, heard on the radio yesterday of a woman stating that the level of trust between people in Britain was at a very low ebb.

      Government not holding people to account for small things may seem liberating but eventually it collapses into mistrust apparently, at least according to this woman, in London.

      KK

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    John Watt

    Seriously courageous and selfless human being. Could we get him to talk with our Aussie weather presenters? Would we let him in?

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    pat

    MSM loves Shani Tager!

    15 Oct: ReutersCarbonPulse: Stian Reklev: Australia reapproves gigantic Adani coal mine, Indian CO2 emissions to soar
    Coal from the mine will cause annual CO2 emissions of around 128 million tonnes – roughly similar to the combined GHG emissions of Norway and Sweden – although those emissions will take place in India, where the coal will be exported to.
    Indian owner Adani has estimated coal from the mine will create 3 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions over its 60-year lifespan.
    “With regard to the impacts of the emissions caused by the use of the coal from the mine, recipient nations will need to meet their obligations under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change,” Australia’s Environment Ministry said…
    “Fortunately for the Reef, and the climate, Carmichael has been rejected by 14 major banks, Queensland’s treasury department has described the project as ‘unbankable’ and no other investors are prepared to get behind a project that needs $16.5 billion,” Greenpeace campaigner ***Shani Tager said.
    “And that’s not surprising because it fails the triple bottom line — it would be an environmental disaster for the climate and the Great Barrier Reef, it would not make a profit, and it does not have social licence from the community.”
    http://carbon-pulse.com/australia-reapproves-gigantic-adani-coal-mine-indian-co2-emissions-to-soar/

    ***BBC radio had lengthy interview with Greenpeace’s Shani Tager on Adani this morning & interviewed no-one else.

    2012: The myth of the ‘professional protester.’
    The article focuses on the report written by Shani Tager, a campaigner with the Six Degrees Coal and Climate Campaign at Friends of the Earth (FoE) Brisbane, on accusations directed at urban professional protesters in Australia.
    http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/78122193/myth-professional-protester

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      pat mentions this: (my bolding here)

      Coal from the mine will cause annual CO2 emissions of around 128 million tonnes

      Pretty obvious that the writer of this article either has no comprehension of maths, or didn’t even bother to check, just blindly copying what he probably saw somewhere else.

      The article opens up with the blurb that this mine will export 60 Million tonnes of coal a year, and then goes on to say it will lead to CO2 emissions of 128 Million tonnes a year, and then goes on to add that this will be a total of 3 Billion tonnes of CO2 over its 60 year life span.

      Hmm!

      If one tonne of coal being burned results in an average of 2.86 Tonnes of CO2, then the yearly emissions from 60 million tonnes should amount to 170 million tonnes.

      Even at his quoted 128 million tonnes a year, and its 60 year life span, then that works out to 7.7 Billion tonnes of CO2, and not his quoted 3 Billion tonnes, and if the correct emissions level is used, then it’s 10.2 Billion tonnes of CO2.

      Incidentally, that 60 million tonnes of coal a year exported from this Adani mine is enough for only ten new large scale coal fired power plants, a small percentage of India’s proposed new coal fired plants.

      Tony.

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        … 60 million tonnes of coal a year …

        60mtpa is actually quite an operation. Production of that magnitude will not be achieved overnight. Ramping to that figure will take some years and the greenies will become increasingly apoplectic

        10-15mtpa is currently considered a large operation in Aus. I look forward to watching the management of 60mtpa in action (serious comment, it will be intensely interesting)

        The rail line to be built will also service other proposed operations in the Galilee as the Q’ld Govt has sensibly decreed that only one line is needed for the entire range of proposed operations. The duration of this (quite some years) promises to become fascinating

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    pat

    lengthy…read all:

    15 Oct: Carbon Brief: The Carbon Brief Interview: Dr Gavin Schmidt
    On the so-called slowdown in global warming: “This so-called ‘slowdown’…it’s really not clear that that ever existed.”…
    (The interview was conducted by Roz Pidcock via Skype and videoed by Ros Donald at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York on 16 September 2015.)
    CB: So, when is NASA going to call 2015’s temperature? Is it going to be the hottest on record?
    GS: That’s something that our lab puts together, and we do the end of year summary in January, and we’ll wait until January. I mean the indications are that 2015 will be a record year. I did a quick calculation a couple of days ago based on the January-August amount, the anomaly that we have so far. It looks like it’s got about a 90% chance of being the hottest year on record, given the past relationship between the year and that particular period. It doesn’t look like it’s going to cool down any time soon…
    CB: And what do you think about when people say 2015 being the hottest year on record, and indeed 2014, what do you think about when people say that signals the end of the so-called slowdown in surface warming?
    GS: So…this so-called “slowdown”…it’s really not clear that that ever existed. I think you have to think a little bit in terms of the different timescales. If you think about the longest timescales, you know multiple decades, there’s no evidence for a change in the underlying trend. If you look at shorter timescales then, yeah, there’s timescales when it’s going down, timescales when it’s going up, and there’s variation because of things like El Niño, because of things like the Pacific Decadal Oscillation…
    CB: So, is it fair to say, then, that whether or not there’s a “hiatus”, whether or not people think there is one, it depends quite a lot on the definition?
    GS: Well, people have been very loose about what they’ve defined it as, and so, if you’re interested in short-term trends, then you can attribute those, you can dive in and say, why was one year warmer than the other, why were these five years cooler than those five years? …
    CB: Do you think it was a problem then that the IPCC in its last report gave quite a focus on the hiatus, and even used the term “hiatus”, when before that it existed in the media really. Do you think the IPCC was right then to do what they did in the last report?
    GS: So, I think the IPCC might have been better off just talking about the difference between short-term trends and long-term trends, and how the different attribution works for those. The problem with the IPCC trying to keep up with a kind of moving story is that they’re constrained to only be looking at the literature that came out before the report came in…
    http://www.carbonbrief.org/the-carbon-brief-interview-dr-gavin-schmidt/

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    John Watt

    Off topic but Geoff Cousins of ACF sent a e-mail looking for people for a “Peoples March” tomorrow. Greg Hunt/Adani are upsetting him.

    “Hi Geoff,

    Doubt that you will bother to answer but the evidence is mounting that CO2/coal has very little effect on the “impact” you are referring to. What you should be doing is setting out a “man-in -the -street” explanation of the source of your concerns . If it has its origins in IPCC publications then I would like to see that you really have your head around the physics/mathematics at the heart of the models that IPCC rely on. If you haven’t then how can you be sure you are not guilty of misleading the rest of us? Is that what ACF represents? I hope not.

    Better to direct your efforts at finding the real drivers of climate variations. If and when we find these drivers we will be in a much better position to develop strategies to co-exist with our environment. Who knows we may need the 24/7 energy that coal can provide to survive what the “environment ” has in store for us.

    Yes.

    Minister Hunt has made a decision which will have a huge impact on life on Earth…it can produce jobs and income and energy…all necessary for life on Earth… a blatant sign of concern for the Community.

    So don’t march. Do something productive like make the intellectual effort to understand what CO2 really does in the real atmosphere as opposed to the Gore/IPCC version of a “model” atmosphere.

    Cheers

    John Watt”

    Geoff needs a session with Phillippe.

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    scotsmaninutah

    France’s top weatherman suddenly off air, because of skeptical book questioning climate change

    You can’t make this stuff up :o

    and some other news … from the climate obsessed State of California.
    The LA school district The nation’s second largest school district has just been hit with a $1 billion class-action lawsuit alleging it conducts “witch hunts” against older teachers in a “shrewd” effort to save money on retirement benefits.. oops !

    perhaps California should stop wasting money on trying to change the Earth’s climate ?

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    pat

    no cost is too great for CAGW shills like the BBC:

    15 Oct: BBC: £1bn tidal lagoon ‘desperately needed’, Edwina Hart says
    By David Dulin and Paul Martin
    Agreement on the subsidy for the £1bn Swansea tidal lagoon project is “desperately needed”, the Welsh Economy Minister has said.
    Edwina Hart said without “certainty” on subsidy it was difficult for the project to attract investment.
    The UK government said it was too early for the strike price to be agreed as it was carrying out checks on the project.
    The firm behind the scheme has told BBC it would be “catastrophic” if the delayed project collapsed over funding.
    Addressing AMs at a business committee meeting in Swansea, Mrs Hart said: “There is an elephant in the room.
    “The tidal lagoon project, if they can’t get certainty on strike price it’s going to be very difficult for investment…
    Ioan Jenkins, Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) development director, said the company “have to be confident” the UK government will pay the subsidy they want for power generated by the lagoon, but he would not reveal the figure.
    TLP is asking for a higher subsidy than wind turbines, solar power and nuclear…
    A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman said: “Tidal Lagoon Power are seeking a significant amount of financial support from consumers for their proposed project in Swansea Bay and we need to carefully consider whether it is in the best interest of bill payers…
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-34531680

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    pat

    read the comments:

    14 Oct: Financial Times: John Gapper: Germany has to show that its energy is clean
    Country is on a path to achieving the hard task in renewables while flunking the simple one in coal
    Germany’s reliance on lignite and coal as it phases out nuclear power stations undermines one of the project’s main aims — to reduce greenhouse emissions. Instead, despite the surge in renewable energy, these emissions are rising…
    The perversity of the Energiewende is that Germany is on a path to achieving the hard task while flunking what should be the simple one — reducing its coal production. Its increase in carbon emissions despite throwing itself into fighting global warming will be an embarrassment for Angela Merkel, chancellor, at the climate change summit in Paris in December…
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e93916b6-70d1-11e5-9b9e-690fdae72044.html

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    pat

    November Issue: The Atlantic: James Bennet: ‘We Need an Energy Miracle’ (Interview with Bill Gates)
    Bennet: On the limits of wind power and solar photovoltaic cells…
    Gates: …So my view is that the biggest problem for the two lead candidates is that storage looks to be so difficult. It’s kind of ironic: Germany, by installing so much rooftop solar, has it that both their coal plants and their rooftop solar are available in the summer, and the price of power during the day actually goes negative—they pay people to take it. Then at night the only source is the coal, and because the energy companies have to recover their capital costs, they either raise the price because they’re not getting any return for the day, or they slowly go bankrupt…
    Bennet: On the self-defeating claims of some clean-energy enthusiasts:
    Gates: They have this statement that the cost of solar photovoltaic is the same as hydrocarbon’s. And that’s one of those misleadingly meaningless statements. What they mean is that at noon in Arizona, the cost of that kilowatt-hour is the same as a hydrocarbon kilowatt-hour. But it doesn’t come at night, it doesn’t come after the sun hasn’t shone, so the fact that in that one moment you reach parity, so what? The reading public, when they see things like that, they underestimate how hard this thing is. So false solutions like divestment or “Oh, it’s easy to do” hurt our ability to fix the problems. Distinguishing a real solution from a false solution is actually very complicated…
    Bennet: On the dangerous certainty of environmentalists:
    Gates: The heating levels have not tracked the climate models exactly, and the skeptics have had a heyday with that. It’s all within the error-bar range. To me, it’s pretty clear that there’s nothing that relieves this as a big problem. But when people act like we have this great certainty, they somewhat undermine the credibility. There’s a lot of uncertainty in this, but on both the good and the bad side.
    By overclaiming, or even trying to ascribe current things more to climate change than to other effects, environmentalists lend weight to the skeptics…
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/11/we-need-an-energy-miracle/407881/

    companion piece:

    15 Oct: Atlantic: Venkatesh Rao: Why Solving Climate Change Will Be Like Mobilizing for War
    And even then, victory is far from guaranteed.
    In other words, we are contemplating the sorts of austerities associated with wartime economies. For ordinary Americans, austerities might include an end to expansive suburban lifestyles and budget air travel, and an accelerated return to high-density urban living and train travel…
    What (Bill) Gates and others are advocating for is not so much a technological revolution as a technocratic one…
    The proposed climate change war—and no other term is suitable given the scale, complexity, and speed of the task—requires a level of trust in academic and energy-sector public institutions (including international ones) comparable to the trust placed in military institutions during times of war.
    The significant political difference is that climate change offers up no conveniently terrifying dictator, against whom to rally the troops and general population…
    What climate change does offer in place of an evil dictator though, is a powerful appeal to parental instincts…
    I’d also like claims to professional authority on the part of frontline actors to be based on visible accomplishments rather than credentials…
    http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/why-only-a-technocratic-revolution-can-win-the-climate-change-war/410377/

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    Egor TheOne

    The ‘Climate Borg ‘ are at it again !

    Policy by forced CONsensus ……’ Medieval Pre Enlightenment !

    If the Facts don’t Fit the Faith , then the Facts get Fudged !

    And then off go the Presstitutes on their CAGW/CACC Flog !!!

    How can we ever get out of the ‘Dark Ages ‘ with this superstitious nonsense and global fraud running rampant !

    There needs to be a big cleanout of Climate Crappists …..get the prisons and straight jackets ready …….Where are you Goldman and Sachs of it , and Green Party Eco – Loons

    Look >>> their New World Order Uniform ( one size fits all )>>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straitjacket#mediaviewer/File:Straitjacket-rear.jpg

    http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/climate-change-warnings-over-the-years.jpg

    Round up all the kooks and fraudsters at the upcoming Paris Marxists’ True B’lver Hajj !
    All the nutters will be in one place at the same time ready for an airdrop of straight jackets !

    The same attire for all the group – loons !

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9bEOB3x0dQ

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      AndyG55

      ISIS knows that it cannot afford to allow the UN totalitarian powers, and with all the socialist world leaders there, the Paris climate conference will be a prime target.

      No-one with a brain in their head would not go anywhere near Paris this December.

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    Harry Twinotter

    “The 97% consensus is not created by science but by coercion.”

    I disagree with that claim.

    Has he published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature? If he hasn’t, then he would not of been included in the consensus studies.

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    el gordo

    Blair Trewin (BOM) was on ABC news today and claimed the warm conditions in southern Australia at the moment is because the Sub Tropical Ridge (STR) is too far south.

    I believe him.

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    AndyG55

    Just sent to Liberal party HQ

    “If Mr Turnbull signs ANYTHING that locks Australia into carbon payments to the UN or the banksters…

    … the Liberals WILL be absolutely destroyed at the next election, because once Liberal Party voters WILL NOT vote for them.

    The ONLY WAY that “Lord” Malcolm can be ever be elected PM is if he follows the Mr Abbott “its all crap” line on the farce of climate change.”

    I invite all of you to send something similar to their local member..

    Yes.. even you, HT et al !! ;-)

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    Bonjour,

    Vous avez exprimé votre opinion à propos d’une émission de la Rédaction de France 2.

    Je vous remercie d’avoir pris le temps d’écrire à la chaîne pour faire part de votre réaction.

    J’ai transmis votre mail au médiateur de l’information France 2, Nicolas Jacobs, afin qu’il en prenne connaissance.

    La question que vous posez est en effet de sa compétence. Celui-ci est votre interprète auprès de la rédaction de France 2. Il se fait l’écho de vos remarques concernant l’information de la chaîne, c’est à dire : les journaux télévisés, 13h15 le samedi et le dimanche, Envoyé spécial, Mots croisés, Complément d’enquête, Un oeil sur la planète, la Météo.

    Pour une prochaine fois, si vous souhaitez le contacter directement, voici ses coordonnées :
    http://www.france2.fr/mediateur-info/

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    [...] top TV meteorologist writes skeptic book, gets told not to come to work” [link] [...]

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    henri Masson

    Dear Jo, dear all,

    we (collectif des climato-rélaistes) have launched a (worldwide) petition to support Philippe Verdier, in the name of freedom of speech, and also because most of us share his views on the climate change (pseudo-)science and on the (dys-)functioning of IPCC.
    Please join the petitioners at:

    https://www.change.org/p/remy-pfimlin-président-de-france-télévisions-pour-que-philippe-verdier-soit-confirmé-dans-son-emploi-à-france-télévisions

    The webpage gives you more details (in french and English).

    On behalve of Philippe, many thanks in advance for your support

    [I'll update that post to include it. Thanks! - Jo]

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    There are a two petition efforts about this.

    The bigger one is a change.org petition. WUWT has a decent intro and discussion, see
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/10/16/petition-for-climate-skeptic-philippe-verdier-to-be-reinstated-in-his-job-at-france-televisions/

    The other seems to be more “local,” more French, but happy to add others’ names to their “Collectif des climato-réalistes.” Start with Pierre Gosselin’s
    http://notrickszone.com/2015/10/16/meterologist-verdier-fights-back-petition-against-laurent-fabiuss-orwellian-style-tactics-and-fear-of-climate-chaos/

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