Facepalm! Gore’s “dirty energy = dirty weather” claims about the US are laughable in the context of other countries

Al Gore, is his usual incompetent persona, is bloviating weapons grade nonsense again.

A few prior examples: On TV, Earth’s core is millions of degrees, in AIT, snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro will gone due to global warming, except the snows are growing, and Gore’s 24  hours of Climate Reality “high school science” that is so solid it has to be faked in post production.

Gore’s got a new schtick, he is now complaining about “dirty energy” making “dirty weather”.

From the Daily Caller there’s this:

Former Vice President Al Gore showed that he isn’t giving up on sounding the alarm on global warming and its catastrophic consequences in an appearance on Current TV’s “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” on Thursday.

Gore, who owns CurrentTV and appeared alongside former Obama administration “green jobs czar” Van Jones, explained that “dirty energy and dirty money” are thwarting a green economy. And that, according to the former vice president, is behind “dirty weather” due to “extreme climate events.”

“Let me add if I could briefly,” Gore said, “As Van said, it’s the intersection of dirty energy and dirty money. And we can’t forget it’s creating dirty weather because the extreme climate events that the scientific community has been telling us are connected to global warming are getting worse. We had 12 events last year here in the U.S. that cost more than a billion dollars that were connected to climate. And it’s getting worse. And now, we have this extensive drought in big areas of the country, dramatic floods, stronger storms — completely consistent with what people have been predicting.”

I just want to grab him by the collar and Three Stooges style, slap some sense into him  –  Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck!

Gore’s claims about floods, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, or any aspect of weather aren’t supported no matter how you look at it. I could go on and on, but this post right here says it all:

Why it seems that severe weather is “getting worse” when the data shows otherwise – a historical perspective

Bouziotas et al. presented a paper at the EGU (PDF) and concluded:

Analysis of trends and of aggregated time series on climatic (30-year) scale does not indicate consistent trends worldwide. Despite common perception, in general, the detected trends are more negative (less intense floods in most recent years) than positive. Similarly, Svensson et al. (2005) and Di Baldassarre et al. (2010) did not find systematical change neither in flood increasing or decreasing numbers nor change in flood magnitudes in their analysis.

Be sure to follow the link and read the entire essay if you have not already.

Al is unable to separate the signal from the noise, because he himself is a noise generator. His detector is swamped. That, and its the next phase of keeping his gravy train alive with the help of the Rommulans and the McKibbenites. Get people to fear the weather and you’ve got a powerful tool to control people. They’ve been successful at spreading this disinformation, for example:

Interestingly, almost all of those hits in the first several pages talk about the USA and its “dirty energy”. Gore himself focuses on the USA and its “dirty energy”, ignoring the rest of the world, because that’s where he wants to change policy in his profit favor.

But if “dirty energy = dirty weather” places like this should have terrible catastrophic weather, right?

No, that’s not the result of a volcanic eruption. Here’s another:

Yes, that’s snow under that soot. Nothing says Christmas like black snow. Have you guessed where this is yet?

You’re getting warmer:

Yep. Russia. Specifically Prokopevsk. Prokopevsk is a coal mining city where boiler houses work all year around. It shows. Source: http://englishrussia.com/2012/04/09/dirty-dirty-prokopevsk/ There are many more shocking photos there.

So let’s look for severe “dirty” weather connections in and around Prokopevsk. Should be easy to find right? Surely, as ex-Rommulan Brad Johnson (who made Vermin Supreme a household name with climate followers) asserts, there has to be divine payback for such dirty sins:

So, I searched for the obvious posited connection being pushed by Gore, Romm, McKibben, and Johnson. There were only a few results:

Of of them was this one, from Rommulan correspondent Dr. Jeff Masters, who I thought sure would be making a strong connection between dirty Prokopevsk and severe weather:

No such luck, it turned out to be an off-topic comment about some explosions heard in Prokopevsk:

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2035&page=4

And none of the other 234 results panned out either, there just doesn’t seem to be severe weather in Prokopevsk that I can find. But Al says “dirty energy” equals “dirty weather” in the context of severe weather, so unless dirty snow is severe weather, there seems to be none there. So I thought to myself, maybe I’m searching wrong, if severe weather is happening in that area due to the “dirtiness” it might be better for an image based search. Surely there would be pictures of divine weather retribution like Brad Johnson says.

Nope. Just 13 images, none about severe weather in that area.

Of course all this is tongue in cheek, and just as ridiculous as the claims that Al Gore makes, or Romm makes, or McKibben makes. But, it does underscore one very important point.

Due to environmental regulations in the USA, you won’t find dirty snow of that scope, breadth, and magnitude in any USA city caused by coal-fired power plants. I’ve looked.

I grew up in a Midwestern town fueled by coal, we had coal furnace in our basement (like the house in the classic movie A Christmas Story), we had coal furnace at school, and a coal-fired power plant generating electricity in our town. Even before the first EPA regulations of the 70’s, our town never looked like that in winter. I’ve been unable to find any USA city today in the shadow of a coal-fired power plant that looks as bad as those scenes in Prokopevsk in the winter. If there was, you can be sure the Gores, Rommulans, and McKibbenites would be sure to blast it everywhere.

But we have art to help visualize the problem. Gotta love the coal stains on the tops of the cooling towers. Obviously the artist has no idea about what cooling towers emit. Hint – it isn’t soot filled smoke.

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‘No Globes’ Fill Up With Dirty Coal When You Shake Them

by , 05/24/12

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Smog, environmental destruction, Dorothy UK, No globes, Dirty Coal, united nations Climate Change Conference

The design team at Dorothy in the UK has created a souvenir of environmental destruction. Their “No Globes” are tongue-in-cheek snow globes that riff off the familiar tchotchke’s form while criticizing the dirty coal industry. The knickknack is a powerful- yet cute – way of drawing attention to the worldwide problem of pollution caused by the burning of coal and fossil fuels.

Read more: ‘No Globes’ Fill Up With Dirty Coal When You Shake Them | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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In the USA, environmental regulation have done the job, but the enviros always want more.  Even the best environmental regulations in the world aren’t enough for them. When they succeed in shutting down every coal-fired power plant in the USA they’ll go after something else, probably natural gas fired power plants

One final note, I’ve been puzzling over this perennial hotspot in GISS over Russia for some time. From GISS, NOAA, GHCN and the odd Russian temperature anomaly – “It’s all pipes!”

As most readers know by now, the problematic GISTEMP global temperature anomaly plot for October is heavily weighted by temperatures from weather stations in Russia.

gistemp_after_october_correction

GISTEMP 11-12-08

From that post:

…Posters at Watts Up have commented on the ongoing consistently high anomalous temperatures from Russia. I have noticed this too.  In light of the erroneously posted data for October, I took a look at the monthly NCDC climate reports back to January 2007.  By my eyeball estimate the results from Russia are almost all on the high side. .  Some I classified as very highs are massively high.  Of the 21 months reported, only 2 appeared to be below average.

Category 2007 2008 (9 months)
Very high                     6                        4
High                            3                        1
Average                      2                        3
Low                            0                        1
Very Low                    1                        0

I did find a study they posted that seems to point to a significant warm temperature anomaly in Russia during winters between 1961 to 1998:

ru_temp_anomaly

Fig. 1. Linear trend coefficient (days/10 years) in the series of days with abnormally high air temperatures in winter (December-February), 1961-1998.

From the Russian study they write:

For the winter period 1961-1998, most of the stations under considerations exhibit a tendency for fewer minimum temperature extremes. Maximum (in absolute value) coefficients of the linear trend were obtained in the south of the country and in eastern Yakutia.

Like in the USA, weather stations tend to be distributed according to population density, with the more populated western portion of Russia having more weather stations than the less populated eastern areas such as Siberia. To illustrate this, here is a plot of Russian Weather Station locations from the University of Melbourne:

russian_met_stations

With dark, dirty winter albedoes like we’ve seen in scenes in Prokopevsk in the winter, I wonder if the temperature anomaly in Russia isn’t driven by soot on the ground?

I have not been able to locate a map of Russia’s coal-fired power plants, but if anyone knows of one, I’d be interested if you can leave a comment.

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63 thoughts on “Facepalm! Gore’s “dirty energy = dirty weather” claims about the US are laughable in the context of other countries

  1. …if they hadn’t been printing so much dirty money….it wouldn’t have cost over a dirty billion

  2. > And that, according to the former vice president, is behind “dirty weather” due to “extreme climate events.”

    From faces being palmed, we go to jaws being dropped at Pierre Gosselin’s No Tricks Zone

    http://notrickszone.com/2012/05/26/luning-austrian-study-showing-fewer-weather-extremes-today-causes-jaws-to-drop/

    Pierre writes and translates:

    Lüning: Major Austrian Study Showing “Fewer Weather Extremes Today” Causes Jaws To Drop

    Yesterday I posted on a new study written by Reinhard Böhm of Austria’s Leading Weather and Climate Agency ZAMG.

    No increased weather variability in Austria, new study shows. (Photo credit:Hanno Sandvik – Wikipedia)

    His comprehensive, peer-reviewed paper found that there has been no increase in weather extremes in the Austrian Alps – surprising the world’s climate scientists. This study in my view is really big, and is upsetting the Climate Establishment in Europe. Dr. Böhm is quickly becoming the new enfant terrible.

    Geologist Sebastian Lüning now provides additional details at his Die kalte Sonne website. I’ve translated his essay (with some editing).

    ===============================================
    Surprise! Fewer Weather Extremes in the Alps Region
    By Dr. Sebastian Lüning

    The climate is going crazy and everything is getting more extreme. It’s only a question of time before the planet gets destroyed. This is what experts close to the IPCC have been telling us for some years now. But now a scientist has taken a closer look at the hard data and has found something truly amazing. Reinhard Böhm of the Central Administration for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna has examined dataseries from 58 locations in the Alps, some of which go back to the year 1760. All the data is available in the Internet. Böhm published the study in the European Physical Journal.“

    Austrian newspaper Die Presse here wrote:
    Whether it is snowfall, heavy rains, storms or dry spells: After every notable weather event the media and experts are quick to explain that the increased frequency of extreme events of the recent past and of the coming future is due to man-made climate change. Hardly anyone questioned this claim – except for one person: Reinhard Böhm […]. In his recent research work, he evaluated up to 250 years of old weather data of the Alps region. The result even surprised him. The core message: An increased frequency of weather extremes caused by climate change – at least in the Alps region – could not be detected.”

  3. Given:

    Gore, …, explained that “dirty energy and dirty money” are thwarting a green economy. And that, according to the former vice president, is behind “dirty weather” due to “extreme climate events.”

    So all we need to do is implement a money laundering scheme and we’ll be half done?

  4. Heartland should have put Gore’s face on the billboard, with a bunch of dollars as a halo.

    The man is the laughing-stock of CAGW. My goodness, what a bungler.

  5. I have often thought that Al Gore represents the best argument against an inherited aristocracy that there is. It appears that even our (not terribly questioning) MSM are giving Mr. Gore a wide berth these days. Must be nice to own your own TV show where you can make idiotic statements knowing that absolutely no one on the staff will question your most insane statements.

  6. If Al Gore’s going to go on about “dirty energy”, then he needs to change his advertising plan:

    http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/do-digital-billboards-waste-energy/

    According to a study (http://www.scenic.org/storage/documents/Digital_Signage_Final_Dec_14_2010.pdf), electronic billboards, like the one that Climate Reality Project used in Chicago during the Heartland conference (message: “Who to believe on climate? Heartland … or EVERY National Scientific Academy in the world?”) are some of the most wasteful forms of advertising.

    An excerpt from the study states that the average US home uses about 11,040kwh annually, while some signs (such as an Optec Displays LED) uses as much as 323,773kwh annually.

    “…LED units generate heat, and cannot function well in heat which reduces the unit’s life expectancy. As a result of the tremendous amount of heat generated in LEDs , and the additional impact of hot weather on the signs, an air conditioning unit is incorporated to cool the components. The energy drawn from the grid is highest during the summer months when the heat from the sun coupled with the heat generated by the higher brightness of the LED unit requires increased demand on the air conditioning system installed for cooling the LED unit. This energy use corresponds directly with maximum peak demands from businesses and residences. Utility companies now provide a discount for homeowners if they can disconnect their air conditioners from the grid during the peak load demands. There is no discussion or plan that we are aware of to disconnect LED air conditioners or darken signs during periods of high demand. If traditional billboards continue to be replaced by LED signs, the growing draw of energy during peak hours could negate the efforts of Utility companies to reduce demand during peak times…”

    So when Chief Executive of Climate Reality Project Maggie Fox said their message served as “a small reminder of who is really on the fringe”, maybe she’s right.

  7. “Clean Energy” is a myth. It takes more “dirty” resources to create a given amount of green energy, hence the massive subsidies to make it viable. The cost of green energy is profound: higher energy costs for us all, and a huge amount of pointless down the drain govt spending (this is a prime cause of the European financial crisis!).
    Now ‘clean’ energy becomes another means to further demonize our normal, trusted, essential energy sources like oil and gas. It is another front opened up in their war on energy.
    Yes, it’s a war on energy alright. And it has nothing to do with climate, and the leftist prosecutors of this war understand that global warming, er… climate change, is little more than a pretense to facilitate this war on energy, on industrial civilization. And “clean energy” is just a facade used by the fear-mongers to obscure the fact that they are against energy in any form.

    “In searching for a new enemy to unite us … the threat of global warming.. fit the bill….It does not matter if this common enemy is a real one or….one invented for the purpose.” -Club of Rome
    “Isn’t the only hope for this planet the total collapse of industrial civilisation? Is it not our responsibility to ensure that this collapse happens?” -Maurice Strong, ex UNEP Director
    “A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States… [we] must design a stable, low-consumption economy.” -John Holdren (1973), Obama’s Science Czar
    “We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster… to bomb us into the stone age, where we might live like Indians…” -Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalogue

  8. Perhaps a snow globe with a wind turbine inside. When you shake it, the blades spin and it lights up an LED.

    Instead of snow swirling around, we could have tiny raptors.

  9. Al is simply trying desperately to remove himself from the irrelevant idiot pool. Unfortunately he never learned to swim, so just bobs up and down and splashes a lot hoping to draw the attention of the lifeguard, who is otherwise occupied with saving bikini clad damsels from sunburn.

  10. Ric Werme says:
    May 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Given:

    Gore, …, explained that “dirty energy and dirty money” are thwarting a green economy. And that, according to the former vice president, is behind “dirty weather” due to “extreme climate events.”
    ===========================
    So all we need to do is implement a money laundering scheme and we’ll be half done?

    Its already being done – its called ‘Green Energy’. Politicians pass ‘dirty’ taxpayers’ money as subsidies for windmill and solar panel companies run by political lobbyists and party donors – who return (some of) it all squeaky clean as political donations.

  11. History repeats itself: first as tragedy, then as farce.

    Gore’s early ventures into the climate debate were tragic because they misinformed so many gullible people. Now they are farcical, and becoming fodder for comedy routines.

    They ought to rename CurrentTV. They should call it CircusTV.

  12. Anthony, you’re using the humour weapon against them. You know that’s not fair, because they’ve all had the humour bypass operation …

    Pointman

  13. Soviet/Russian coal production fell by nearly half in a little over a decade after the fall of the Soviet Union.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_power_in_Russia

    In addition, Russia gained access to western pollution control technology, and in a market economy the pervasive waste of resources that characterized the Soviet Union would have reduced substantially.

    Overall there would have a significant reduction in air pollutants from coal burning.

    From the Russian study,

    The greatest number of days with abnormally high temperatures falls on July.

    I’d say this is an increased solar insolation effect from reduced aerosol pollution and aerosol seeded clouds.

    Also note the increased winter rainfall in the Russian study. Its well documented that aerosols from combustion impede rainfall.

    http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/ch7s7-5-2-1.html

  14. I wonder if the temperature anomaly in Russia isn’t driven by soot on the ground?

    No, it’s driven by the AO, like most of mid and high NH latitudes.

  15. Al Gore’s family became RICH on fossil fuels. See Oxidental and Gore Senior.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occidental_Petroleum

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occidental_Petroleum#Libya

    There is I believe a website called algorelied.com. It is dedicated to his telling of the ‘truth’.

    Don’t be fooled by Al Gore. He is trying to pull a fast on on people to become even richer on the backs of naive Warmists. He has a SECOND HOME (large villa) on the beach front with only SIX FIREPLACES. I could go on and on………………………..

  16. I’d add that the increasing winter minimums in the Russia study is high likely to be a solar insolation effect. Minimum temperatures occur sometime after dawn and are particularly sensitive to changes in solar isolation in the early morning. Because the sun is near the horizon for significant period of time at this time of year and these latitudes, changes in low levels clouds and low level particulate pollution have a large effect on solar insolation and hence minimum temperatures.

  17. Fitting. Al Gore conspiring w/van Jones, a rabid Communist. The US has become a bit too “tolerant”.

  18. Rhoda R says:
    May 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I have often thought that Al Gore represents the best argument against an inherited aristocracy that there is. It appears that even our (not terribly questioning) MSM are giving Mr. Gore a wide berth these days. Must be nice to own your own TV show where you can make idiotic statements knowing that absolutely no one on the staff will question your most insane statements.
    ___________________
    For a moment there, I thought you were going to say ‘absolutely no one’ is watching…

  19. Mike McMillan says:
    May 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Perhaps a snow globe with a wind turbine inside. When you shake it, the blades spin and it lights up an LED.

    Instead of snow swirling around, we could have tiny raptors.
    ********************************************************************

    I would definitely buy one of those.

  20. Might I request just a little caution about the figure showing the distribution of weather stations in Russia. The map projection used stretches the high latitudes excessively and hence reduces the station density consistently as one goes to higher latiitudes. I’m not saying that the density is not lower, just that the map distorts the picture.

  21. In Australia our chief climate change commissioner “GAIA brain” Timmy Flannery has just come up with a masterstroke.
    We should pull teeth that have fillings from corpses before they are buried, because of the mercury that may leak into the soil and environment.
    These are the numbskulls who’ve inflicted those useless new lightglobes on us that also contain mercury and shouldn’t be disposed of by throwing in the bin. Or so they hope.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/flannerys_latest_eco_plan_pulling_teeth/#commentsmore

  22. Here’s GAIA brain Tim’s famous interview about his beloved totalitarian world, where we all think the same ( like ants) and individualism is a dirty word. It’s all about the earth developing a brain don’t you know? This embarrassing ratbag is our govt’s numero uno spokesman on climate change and travels OZ explaining to the electorate ( the great unwashed) the many perils of CAGW.
    You may have HIPPO Al but we’ve still got Timmy.

  23. If Gore didn’t do something stupid on occasion, we’d all just forget about him. (I really wish he’d quit doing stupid things.)

  24. While the reference appears somewhat disputable, several years ago the Drudge Report indicated that Al Gore was blaming smokers for global warming in a UN speech of some sort! See:

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/gore_cigarette_smoking_causes_global_warming/

    If true, that would be a **DEFINITE** “Facepalm”! (For comparison I once compared the total tonnage of tobacco leaves burned in the 5 trillion cigarettes being smoked globally with an estimated tonnage of vegetable matter burned in the world’s annual forest fires. Cigarettes were well under the 1% mark, and possibly down around 1/100th of 1%. And forest fires are certainly not the ONLY source of other pollution out there!)
    – MJM

  25. Well, I’m pretty sure Gore knows a lot more than I do about dirty money. His father was known as the Senator from Occidental (Armand Hammer bragged that he had him in his back pocket), and Gore, Jr., well, that apple didn’t fall far from the tree. He was known as the Senator from Likud before it was fashionable.

  26. Gore lost all his reputation long ago and Van jones has been shown the door as a Czar because of his radical left-wing views. So,what else is new?

  27. Off topic, but maybe the Moderators will understand:

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    No charge for WUWT readers [if you like, you can always donate a few dollars to support Anthony's "Best Science" site]. For those who have already ordered, I’ll be sending them out on Tuesday because of the holiday weekend.

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  28. Mike McMillan says:
    May 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Perhaps a snow globe with a wind turbine inside. When you shake it, the blades spin and it lights up an LED.

    Instead of snow swirling around, we could have tiny raptors.
    _______________________________
    Just make sure the ground around the windmill is littered with bloody broken raptors to make it realistic.

  29. When ever I see another Al Gore flub, I can not help thinking that people wanted this guy to be the president of the USA….

    I think I am going to be sick.

  30. theduke says:
    May 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Btw, isn’t Gore one of the world’s most voracious consumers of “dirty energy?”
    ________________________________
    Yes, at least he was but that does not seem to stop his worshipers who defend him. I consider it a sure sign they are either brain washed or brain dead.

    The comparision of these two houses is worth reading for a great chuckle BTW: http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/house.asp

  31. I’m sure Vice President Gore means well but he’s got it all wrong. In Albury, NSW, Australia we know the real cause of “global warming”.
    <img src="
    Our fearless defender of “the science” the CSIRO is understood to be developing daylight saving pollution reduction regulations, which the Gillard government will enforce by introduction of a tax commencing at $23 per daylight saving hour, per person, per day.

  32. The truth about globull warming and record temepratures:

    Indianapolis 500 records
    Highest Race Temperatures
    Races with air temperatures equaling or surpassing 90°F (32°C)
    Year Degrees Race Winner Notes
    °F °C
    1937 92° 33° United States Wilbur Shaw
    1953 91° 33° United States Bill Vukovich
    With anecdotal, “unofficial” testimony placing air temperature at the track during
    the race near or surpassing 100°F / 38°C, potentially the hottest race in history,
    with at least one fatality, United States Carl Scarborough, due to heat exhaustion
    1919 91° 33° United States Howdy Wilcox
    1978 90° 32° United States Al Unser
    1977 90° 32° United States A.J. Foyt
    Note 96°F / 35°C, claimed for the start of the 2010 race, but subsequent data reviews
    indicate an inaccurate reporting

    Coldest Temperature at Start of Race:
    51°F / 11°C, 1992
    References
    ^ National Weather Service archives for Indianapolis, up to 26 May 2012.

  33. This is Jennifer “making sure people don’t vote repeatedly or under other people’s names is treasonous” Granholm.

    For those who doubt that it’s always political. Perhaps it shouldn’t be, but it always has been.

  34. ferd berple says:
    May 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Note 96°F / 35°C, claimed for the start of the 2010 race, but subsequent data reviews
    indicate an inaccurate reporting

    It’s just hard for me to have any confidence that it was a “mistake” after all that’s happened.

    I know you didn’t imply that, but we’re expected to make that assumption and I don’t think it’s warranted anymore.

  35. Bob in Castlemaine says:
    May 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I’m sure Vice President Gore means well but he’s got it all wrong. In Albury, NSW, Australia we know the real cause of “global warming”.
    <img src="
    Our fearless defender of “the science” the CSIRO is understood to be developing daylight saving pollution reduction regulations, which the Gillard government will enforce by introduction of a tax commencing at $23 per daylight saving hour, per person, per day.

    Bob, that Chris Hill in the image’s post surely just omitted the /sarc tag? He can’t be serious …
    >;-/

  36. ferd;
    It’s possible to make readable tables in these boxes, if you use the <pre> tag to force acceptance of spaces:

    Year Degrees    Race Winner     Notes
               °F   °C              
    1937  92°  33°  United States  Wilbur Shaw
    1953  91°  33°  United States Bill Vukovich

    Don’t use tabs, though.

  37. Hm. Seem to have some trailing spaces on previous line:

     Year   Degrees  Race Winner    Notes  
                 °F °C 
    1937    92° 33°  United States   Wilbur Shaw
    1953    91° 33°  United States   Bill Vukovich 

    Don’t use tabs, though.

  38. Last try:

     Year   Degrees  Race Winner    Notes  
             °F °C 
    1937    92° 33°  United States   Wilbur Shaw
    1953    91° 33°  United States   Bill Vukovich 

    Don’t use tabs, though.

  39. I just love this sort of description:

    ‘Reinhard Böhm of the Central Administration for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna has examined dataseries from 58 locations in the Alps, some of which go back to the year 1760. All the data is available in the Internet.’

    A rigorous study using vast amounts of data over a long time period, all readily available to those that want to see for themselves and, if they wish, check the results. It is amazing that studies like this never seem to detect the cAGW signal. However, using a few specially selected data sets, obscure and unjustified methods of calculation and then hiding the data from the curious does seem to find that cAGW signal. Have I missed something?

  40. Gore…explained that “dirty energy and dirty money” are thwarting a green economy.

    Translation: my investments are in a death spiral…

  41. He who is first to comment on a nasty aroma is usually the source of it.

    A mind obsessed with its own dirt sees it everywhere else than where it really is.

    Projection. Hypocrites are particularly prone to it.

  42. beng says:
    May 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    “Fitting. Al Gore conspiring w/van Jones, a rabid Communist.”

    And a raving one at that:

    Van Jones and Gore gave speeches at the 2011 Power Shift mass rally in April last year. Also speaking were Bill McKibben and Lisa Jackson, amongst others. Ryan Maue gave a good description of the event on WUWT at the time. Al Gore is linked with Power Shift via his Climate Reality Project.

    This is from Van Jones at that event:
    “We have an energy system, a civilization powered by death. Fueled by death. Why do they call them fossil fuels? Oil – dead for 60 million years. Coal – dead for 300 million years – pulled out of the ground. Burned in industries. We burn death. We act shocked, having pulled death out of the ground, that we get death out of the skies. Let’s stop fueling death. (cheers), Let’s stop digging those holes in America. Shift the power.”

    More here:

    http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/lisa_p_jackson_epa_administrator_fulfilling_the_un_mission.html

  43. @ dennisambler says:
    May 27, 2012 at 1:38 am

    beng says:
    May 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    “Fitting. Al Gore conspiring w/van Jones, a rabid Communist.”

    And a raving one at that:

    Van Jones and Gore gave speeches at the 2011 Power Shift mass rally in April last year. Also speaking were ……………………………….

    Ah, Van Jones. Another occupant of the irrelevant idiot pool.

  44. Brian H says:
    May 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm
    ferd;
    It’s possible to make readable tables in these boxes, if you use the

     tag to force acceptance of spaces:
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    I was watching Indy pre-race on the tube and they put up a graphic showing past temperature records.  I was amazed that all the record temperatures were from many years back, with no current records.  This is completely incompatible with the notion that US temperatures are increasing.
    
    I went to Wikipedia - my bible - and while not identical I found much the same records, so I did a quick cut and past so the TV moment could be preserved.  Apologies for the formatting.  I thought about cutting out the html from the source, but quickly gave it up. 
    
    What I do find interesting is that the TV showed that current temperatures are not unusual.  If anything temperatures have DECREASED over the past 100 years at the Indy race course, which is completely at odds with the message Gore is sending.
    
    Here we have one of the premier car race facilities in the world.  If Gore is correct, if anywhere was going to be showing us the effects of fossil fuel and CO2 and dirty power, we should see it at Indy.
  45. html strikes again. I innocently cut and pasted Brian H into my reply and the results are clear (as mud).

    I was watching Indy pre-race on the tube and they put up a graphic showing past temperature records. I was amazed that all the record temperatures were from many years back, with no current records. This is completely incompatible with the notion that US temperatures are increasing.

    I went to Wikipedia – my bible – and while not identical I found much the same records, so I did a quick cut and past so the TV moment could be preserved. Apologies for the formatting. I thought about cutting out the html from the source, but quickly gave it up.

    What I do find interesting is that the TV showed that current temperatures are not unusual. If anything temperatures have DECREASED over the past 100 years at the Indy race course, which is completely at odds with the message Gore is sending.

    Here we have one of the premier car race facilities in the world. If Gore is correct, if anywhere was going to be showing us the effects of fossil fuel and CO2 and dirty power, we should see it at Indy.

  46. Merovign says:
    May 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm
    It’s just hard for me to have any confidence that it was a “mistake” after all that’s happened.
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    The person making the report probably did make a mistake. However, they were conditioned to make the mistake as a result of what they had learned – that temperatures are rising. In that fashion it wasn’t really a mistake. It was a result of the observer expectation effect that clouds much of science.

    What is important is the Indy 500 records show that the lesson is wrong. Indy shows 100 years of decreasing temperatures, with the coldest race in 1992 and the second hottest in 1919.

    Look what happens if we sort the records by year. Clearly there is a trend.
    1919 91° 33°
    1937 92° 33°
    1953 91° 33°
    1977 90° 32
    1978 90° 32°
    Coldest Temperature at Start of Race:
    1992 51° 11°

  47. Al Gore is, always has, and always will be TOP OF MY LIST of CLIMATE CLOWNS.

  48. A little OT but the EU has apparently decided that gas is now an ecologically sound fuel[ they still think nuclear is not]./www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/28/energy-policy-up-in-smoke

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