Friday, October 8, 2010

James Hansen...Forecasting Doom, Again

I have been slacking off this week, but this story just cried for attention. James Hansen came to Canada to vilify and attack the Alberta Oil Sands project. It appears they aren't doing the right thing by shutting down or installing carbon capture technology. I think this whole AGW scam is about to be done in though.

Oilsands expansion 'fool's gold,' scientist warns

By Sheila Pratt

EDMONTON — Expansion of Alberta's oilsands must be avoided if the world is going to avoid disastrous effects of climate change, says one of the world's leading climate scientists.

James Hansen, of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, travelled from New York to appear Tuesday at the Energy Resources Conservation Board hearing into the proposed Total Joslyn North mine near Fort McMurray. The open-pit mine is slated to produce 100,000 barrels a day.

The Joslyn project is the first new oilsands megaproject to seek approval in several years. An upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan to serve the mine was approved last month.

Hansen said he chose to come to the hearing because stopping expansion of the oilsands is critical in the battle against global warming.

"To achieve a safe level of carbon emissions, we cannot have more coal-fired plants, no more oilsands or shale oil," he told the hearing.

"Of course we need energy, and this looks like a gold mine. But it's fool's gold." [SNIP]

I have to stop right there. Yes we need more energy. Every time you turn around though useful idiots are blocking new power stations, fighting against alternate forms of energy, nuclear is a big example, and other "green" projects.

All of this to stop "Global Warming". I have come to despise that phrase, and cringe whenever some idiot starts arguing about how mankind is going to doom the earth. I still say all this AGW garbage is sheer hubris.

Anyway, first mini rant done, back to the article:

[SNIP]
Hansen told the panel a scientific paper he wrote in 1981 accurately predicted the melting of ice in the Northwest Passage that began in the past decade.

At this point, carbon in the atmosphere is 389 parts per million, while the safe level is 350 ppm, he says. To get to the lower level, the world has to phase out fossil fuel and look to nuclear and renewable energy, Hansen said.

"Otherwise we're going to hand our children and grandchildren a situation that is out of control."[SNIP]

Hansen is full of himself. He's been predicting doom and gloom for decades. A quick question I have though, is how does he know that 350 ppm of carbon dioxide is a safe amount? There's so much out there about all this AGW junk science it's hard to keep up. Yes I am an official denier. I don't deny climate change. It does happen naturally. History is full of tales of cold winters, and warm winters. What is a normal climate for our world anyway.

Anyway, enough about Hansens doom and gloom about the "overheating" world. I ran across this article the other day from a Russian news service. I don't know how much stock to put into it but it's funny in a strange short of way.

Scientists: Winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years:

CLEVELAND - If you are planning a trip to Europe this winter, better pack the winter woolies. Several scientists there say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years.

Why this dire prediction? Polish scientists say the coming cold is connected to the speed of the Gulf Stream. That's the warm current of water that travels from the Tropical Atlantic up along the US East Coast and over to Europe. the Gulf Stream effectively brings warmer temperatures to Europe, especially during the cold season. Figure 1 photo shows an active Gulf stream back in 2009. Note the active streams of warmer water (reds and yellow streaks) moving northeast thru the Atlantic Ocean. Figure 2 shows the active warm water streams as of September 1st, 2010. they are substantially weaker!

The Gulf Stream has really slowed down in the past two years. Its now moving at just half the speed it was just a couple of years ago. The scientists believe that this means the stream will not be able to add that extra heat to the European Countryside and compensate for the cold, Arctic winds. These scientists also believe, when the Gulf Stream stops completely, a new Ice Age will begin in Europe...[SNIP]
Click through for the image they are talking about.

I don't know about you folks, isn't a warmer world a better world?

1 comment:

  1. Reminds me of whats-his-name Monboit (or moonbat or whatever) breaking his sancrosanct vow to never ever ever fly in a plane again so he could fly from the UK to Canada to let you Canucks how dumb you are for exploiting the oil sands.....

    HIS carbon footprint was OK because he could fly around and enlightened the stupid and ignorant masses that he wanted to confine to a marginal 3rd world existence...

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