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January 21, 2023 2:36 am

Khan’s ULEZ isn’t at all popular

“”The Mayor of Croydon has dealt a major blow to Sadiq Khan’s plans to expand ULEZ this year after the borough refused to install cameras.

Croydon Council will “do everything it can” to resist the rollout of Transport for London (TfL) traffic cameras as the Ultra-low Emission Zone is expanded to cover the whole of London, the borough’s mayor has said. It comes as the South London council has joined with other outer London boroughs to explore what legal action it could take against Transport for London’s £12.50 daily charge for some drivers.””

Most Londoners are opposed, but the froth of Khan knows what is best whether we like it or not

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Dave Andrews
Reply to  strativarius
January 21, 2023 9:06 am

The last expansion of ULEZ brought in £96m for TfL in less than a year. Now why would anyone want to expand it further?

Dave Andrews
Reply to  strativarius
January 21, 2023 9:53 am

The last expansion of ULEZ brought in £96m for TfL in less than a year. Now why would anyone want to expand it again? 🙂

It doesnot add up
Reply to  Dave Andrews
January 21, 2023 3:27 pm

Well quite. Council tax revenues are now almost £4bn for London. If people move themselves and businesses out of London it could a lot of damage to that revenue.

Richard Greene
January 21, 2023 2:41 am

It’s time to ban the measurement and compilation of the global average temperature

The benefits:

Ends the debates about global average temperature accuracy

Ends the expense of measuring, adjusting, readjusting, re-readjusting, homogenizing, pasteurizing and infilling numbers yntil they support the preferred climate narrative.

Ends the abuse of historical temperature numbers to scaremonger about the future climate.

No one lives in the global average temperature anyway

What difference does it make what the global average temperature was in 1850, 1923 or 1975? It was what it was, and there’s nothing we can do to change it.

The current almost total waste of money for temperature data collection and adjustment by grossly overpaid bureaucrats will end — they can all be fired.

I will do the work for free using the thermometer on my front porch

I will read the thermometer every morning at 8am and multiply the number by the special fudge factor to estimate the global average temperature for that day.

I will post that number on a sign in my front yard that can be read by journalists from their news helicopters for the morning news.

The everyone can be happy — they get that VERY important global average temperature of the day on the morning news — and then they can relax and move on with their lives.

This comment is serious and did not follow the consumption of six beers. I only had five beers for breakfast today — I’m on a diet.

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Reply to  Richard Greene
January 21, 2023 4:00 am

You could be far more creative than a sign in your front yard to get some spectacular attention. Maybe a drone light show that gets attention then displays the daily number for maybe 5 minutes the same time every evening:

Climate change is about religion. You need to grab attention and make the message attractive. You would need to find funding for the production but it appears a worthwhile cause to inform everyone of the daily global average temperature. Then at the end of each month, the monthly and the annual average on New Years eve would be much anticipated. Sort of like Dr Roy’s UAH monthly deposit but with serious showmanship.

People would flock from all over the world to see the nightly display and it would become widely broadcast.. No need to tell anyone that the measurement comes from the back yard. You just make a few hints that you are flying drones across the globe to get the measurement.

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Reply to  RickWill
January 21, 2023 11:15 am

And of course no charges, only donations. Pass the basket regularly. It helps the sinners release their guilt.

Reply to  Richard Greene
January 21, 2023 4:59 am

Small beer mate as I’m getting right into whip arounds for battery gigafactories as the big new thing-
I can get you in early and we can talk about fiddling that dooming temp up as part of the promo.

Richard Greene
Reply to  observa
January 21, 2023 5:31 am

I take my porch thermometer seriously. I will have a vicious junkyard dog guarding it 24/7 for when those pesky leftists try to sneak up and hold a match under the thermometer. Spike the Junkyard Dog will bite their foot off if they try to tamper with the world’s officiel global average temperature measurement instrument on my front porch.

Reply to  Richard Greene
January 24, 2023 4:28 pm

Funny story.

Worked in an office where the staff could not control the temperature of the HVAC system. This was in Vegas and during the summer the set temperature was reasonable, i.e. a regular man didn’t need to strip to his undies to be comfortable, probably around 75 degrees F or so, plenty
cool since the relative humidity was very low generally.

Women often wore sweaters but one much older gentleman, in his 80s always wore a jacket but still was too cold, so he would put a bag of ice on top of the Tstat. It took a couple of days of HOT temperatures for us to first notice the bag, and thereafter we kept an eye out for it. If we found another bag, we would heat water in the microwave, which was conveniently within 10 feet of the Tstat and take turns holding the steaming water under the Tstat. After a while he got the message and stopped the game.

Reply to  Richard Greene
January 21, 2023 7:29 am

You can get a pretty good proxy estimate of global temperature deviations from your front porch by monitoring CO2 rate of change year over year. Using this method you’ll find there has been no change for over a decade.

Beta Blocker
Reply to  Richard Greene
January 21, 2023 11:10 am

Richard, if you, your front porch thermometer, and your data extrapolation method become the world’s sole source provider of global mean temperature data, then enormous pressure will be brought upon you to go beyond mere data collection and to also supply a prediction for where that data will be trending in the future.

If your past writings on this topic are any indication, you wouldn’t normly be inclined to do this sort of thing.

However, the powers that be might make you an offer you can’t refuse. Maybe Hollywood would offer you a starring role in a 2023 remake of 2008’s Clint Eastwood film ‘Gan Torino’ which takes place in Highland Park, Michigan, not too far from where you live.

If you take up their offer and begin supplying predictions for where trends in your front porch thermometer data are going, then might I suggest that a prediction of +2C over 1850 pre-industrial by the year 2100 has some good bit of justification.

Richard Greene
Reply to  Beta Blocker
January 22, 2023 1:25 am

I don’t do climate predictions anymore. They are never scientific anyway — real science requires at least 4 decimal places. In 1997. I predicted the climate would get warmer, unless it got colder. I can’t top that one.

I would hire Kamala “the word salad queen” Harris for predictions.
She will spout some word salad, and no one will be able to figure it out. But since she is a mixed race and a woman, no one will complain about the usual word salad. They will parse her announcement like it they from Fed Chair Jerome Powell.

Here is a sample Kamala’s latest words of confusion:

Kamala Harris: Dealing with the various issues that we are dealing with when we come across the climate crisis. The thing about water policy. Diversifying water policy. Understanding that we must have the ability to diversify our approach and our resources… We’re going to have days of immense water, of rain, of storms, of flooding. And then at the same time, we’re a state that has experienced for generations drought.
Kamala Harris Caught on Camera Babbling Like a Complete Idiot Again (

Reply to  Richard Greene
January 27, 2023 1:16 pm

Also you can always find something, anything in the salad that matches reality.

Reply to  Richard Greene
January 21, 2023 12:18 pm

Mr. Green, you say “What difference does it make what the global average temperature was in 1850, 1923 or 1975? It was what it was, and there’s nothing we can do to change it.” Actually, these records are changed all the time. Please go to for proof. Ollie Humlum keeps a record of the changes made to past temperature records year by year. You will see that NASA and NOAA regularly change past records, generally to decrease the values prior to about 1970, so that more recent warming looks proportionally larger than it is. They call it “homogenization.” I call it fraud.

Richard Greene
Reply to  Denis
January 22, 2023 1:46 am


The frequent adjustments and constant infilling are one strong reason why the historical global average temperature is just a guess that does not matter. The biggest adjustment was to delete almost all 1940 to 1975 global cooling.

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January 21, 2023 3:26 am
Ron Long
Reply to  galileo62
January 21, 2023 4:35 am

Thanks for the recommendation, galileo62, the video is right on. Maybe there is hope?

Reply to  Ron Long
January 21, 2023 4:46 am

And from my limited experience what the guy said is true. This time last year I was on holiday in Cuba and I asked several Cubans if they are worried about Climate Change? They all looked at me blankly not having a clue what I was on about. I even asked the Russian’s staying in my hotel (they are the worst people I have ever encountered, just drunken pigs) and they gave the same response.

Reply to  galileo62
January 21, 2023 5:36 am

It will please me more when decent, sober people give the same response.

Reply to  quelgeek
January 21, 2023 6:39 am

But in vino veritas.

Reply to  quelgeek
January 21, 2023 11:19 am

My experience is that some significant fraction of true believers are almost the same. They know there are Deniers about but don’t actually have any idea of what any of the controversy is about.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  galileo62
January 21, 2023 7:29 am

It’s also on YouTube where I watched it and I agree- it’s very good.

David Wojick
January 21, 2023 4:16 am

The calves are coming! Right whale babies that is.

Nice pictures of mother-calf pairs.

Save the Whales from OSW.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  David Wojick
January 21, 2023 9:53 am

An unusually high number of endangered whales (including one calf) have been showing up dead on the shore of NY and NJ recently. Some of the speculation surrounding the cause is of course offshore wind turbines and the surveys being done in preparation for them. Recall that the NY State govt wants to install offshore wind turbines in their effort to get to NUTZERO.

“If the offshore wind energy activities are deemed the cause, a moratorium should continue until stringent protection measures are established,” Brady said. “These are endangered species.”

The Clean Ocean Action Coalition also attributes this sudden rise in whale deaths to the planned offshore wind development, especially through pulse-making survey boats.


Of course, we won’t know for sure what the cause of these deaths is until the investigation is complete (and maybe not even then). Nonetheless, I still say KILL WIND TURBINES, NOT AVIAN AND MARINE WILDLIFE.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
January 21, 2023 9:35 pm

Her’s an oldie on whales and seismic

January 21, 2023 5:34 am

Was talking to a friend who is the sales manager for an international copper company. He was lamenting the fact that no one in power seems to understand the coming shortage of copper that will come from EVs and renewables being piled on top of the traditional demand load for copper. In my opinion, the current group of world leaders is the worst of my lifetime.

Reply to  Windsong53
January 21, 2023 8:20 am

Leaders have original, actionable ideas and plans that benefit their citizens.

Ergo, there are no leaders in the world today.

Reply to  Mr.
January 21, 2023 8:29 am

I believe that Jacinda Ahern just had an original, actionable idea and plan that may benefit the people of New Zealand. (I say “may”, because we don’t know how good her successor will be.)

Erik Magnuson
Reply to  Windsong53
January 21, 2023 8:55 am

I know of at least two huge proposed copper mines in the US that have been shut down by the greenies (no offense intended to R. Greene…). I suspect there have been a lot of other proposed mines for producing metals needed for the “Green Revolution” that have also been stymied by the same people who are demanding “renewable energy”.

The mind boggles.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Windsong53
January 21, 2023 8:58 am

“In my opinion, the current group of world leaders is the worst of my lifetime.”

Definitely. Referring specifically to Western leaders, they are all caught up in the same climate change delusion. It’s Mass Delusion in the Leadership Class.

Non-Western leaders are also very bad for the governed but not in the same way as Western leaders.

Human-caused Climate Change is the biggest science scam in human history, and from the way things are going, it is also going to be the most destructive scam in human history.

Our Western Leaders have just a short time to pull their heads out, or they are going to seriously damage everything in our societies, including impovershing us all. And they will be handing the field over to the authoritarians like the Chinese communists, who will be around to pick up the pieces of a once-dynamic, free, Western society, destroyed by the delusion that CO2 is an existential threat.

January 21, 2023 6:33 am

Imagine this, insulating a home has only short term benefits, according to a Cambridge study:

January 21, 2023 7:16 am

If climastrologists are serious they will ardently support the construction of a fleet of new nuclear power plants and the planting of a billion trees. We need to call their bluff at every opportunity.

Malthusian Marxists are hiding behind the toxic sanctimony of “climate change”. In fact, they want to cull the population by 20% or more and force the survivors into serfdom, forbidden to travel more than 25 miles from where they were born. They want to limit all serf activities to daylight hours and have them subsist on rice and bugs.

Arguing the fine points of their pseudoscientific claptrap just plays into their hands, buying them the time they need to destroy the First World.

Russell Cook
January 21, 2023 9:04 am

For those who saw Charles Rotter mentioning my name at the very top of his January 12th “New Harvard Study Proves Exxon Scientists Far Superior at Predicting Climate than the IPCC or James Hansen” WUWT guest post about Geoffrey Supran’s Science paper – here’s my GelbspanFiles blog post response: “Belief in The Supran Being (Big Mistake if He Believes in His Own Publicity).” Something mighty fishy about Naomi Oreskes’ not-to-bright assistant suddenly getting a ton of worldwide publicity, when the man has been apparently spoon fed disinformation about the notion of ‘industry orchestrated disinformation campaigns’ by Oreskes ever since he met Oreskes.

Paul Hurley
January 21, 2023 9:07 am

Today I’ll be preparing a spiced devil’s food cake and a baked ziti with my gas range. I may not survive. 😆

Reply to  Paul Hurley
January 21, 2023 9:57 am

It would be polite to go outside if your cooking has that effect on your digestive system 🤣

Tom Abbott
January 21, 2023 9:20 am

I heard a meteor blasting through the atmosphere a couple of nights ago. I didn’t see it, but I heard it.

I was in bed and it was about 3:30am, and I was awakened by what I at first thought was the rumble of thunder, and I thought to myself that there was no forecast of rain that night, and thought it strange, but the rumble just kept going and going and going, to the point that I thought maybe I was hearing a low-flying jet aircraft.

In the morning, I saw on the news that the meteor had awakened a lot of people in my area and porch cams caught the action.

So now I know what a meteor sounds like as it disintegrates in the lower atmosphere over my house.

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Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 21, 2023 12:11 pm

You don’t live next door to Paul above do you?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Mr.
January 21, 2023 2:11 pm

We could be neighbors. I live in Oklahoma and around here the natural gas companies will encourage people to use natural gas and pay people to install a new natural gas stove or hot water heater.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 21, 2023 2:44 pm

You should be able to catch the track on ASGard site.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Yirgach
January 22, 2023 4:43 am

That is an interesting site. I couldn’t pick my particular meteor out.

A search of “Oklahoma and meteor” will show a lot of porch cams showing the fireball.

Dave Andrews
January 21, 2023 9:47 am

Grauniad 19th Jan 2023, p24

‘Schwab now ‘unaccountable’ as head of Davos, employees claim’

Group of current and former WEF employees say “Klaus….a law unto himself” and “There isn’t much of a future for the WEF beyond Klaus not just because there isn’t a clear successor but also because his managing board is such a viper’s nest that senior leadership will be at each other’s throats the moment the old man pops off”


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Tom Abbott
Reply to  Dave Andrews
January 22, 2023 4:45 am

“Group of current and former WEF employees say “Klaus….a law unto himself”

That’s the kind of person you would expect to head an organization like this.

January 21, 2023 9:59 am

Ohhk, time for the boring radiation stuff. So we can understand what’s not happening.

Kirchhoff’s law of heat radiation states that the emissivity of radiating bodies is equal to their absorptivity.

For global climate discussion, the radiating body of interest is the bulk atmosphere.

In climatological models, the Kirchhoff law, according to which radiators are simultaneously absorbers, is ignored.

The change in the radiative flux due to CO2 molecules alone is taken in climatological models, instead of the change in the total bulk radiative flux of the atmosphere.

This results from neglecting the absorption of emitted radiative fluxes by water molecules and water microdroplets of liquid and solids.

Change in total radiative flux Δ = Δc + Δw + Δd

Δc = CO2
Δw = water vapor
Δd = drops of ice and liquid suspended in the atmosphere

For net absorption of 4 Wm-2 by Δc, the bulk radiating body Δw + Δd emits approximately 4 Wm-2.

The bulk of OLR originates from outside the CO2 band. 

Peak flux density of spectra to space corresponds to a temperature at the triple point of water. This is not a coincidence.

On Earth the strength of the so-called greenhouse effect, surface net radiation, is fixed to OLR/2.

This relationship remains true irrespective of trace atmospheric constituents. Emission spectra, and corresponding thermodynamics, is dominated by the water cycle.

Surface net radiation = OLR/2 = flux of tangible and latent heat.

If one seeks to understand climate change, it is essential to study the water cycle in great detail. For the LW radiative effects are not a free variable.

The so-called greenhouse effect is the result of flux of heat into the atmosphere, not re-radiation.

The temperature measured at 2m height near the surface is dependent on the ratio of tangible heat flux to latent heat flux. Increase the proportion of tangible heat, and the mercury will rise.

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Richard M
Reply to  JCM
January 21, 2023 12:35 pm

Very nice. Since the “greenhouse effect is the result of flux of heat into the atmosphere“, then it can only be changed by solar energy or ocean energy changes. That’s why ENSO is the biggest factor in yearly temperature changes. While energy from the sun is fairly constant, it also changes from albedo changes. These can also be driven by the oceans.

John, Al, Greta, and Brandon, pay attention. It’s the oceans. Follow the science (physics).

Reply to  Richard M
January 21, 2023 1:55 pm

While energy from the sun is fairly constant,

This is incorrect and also misguided. It is not the average solar energy that is important but the peak solar intensity over any location as that drives the peak temperature. And it assumes that Earth orbits the sun rather than the barycentre of the solar system.

The attached compares the measured temperature in the southern portion of the Nino34 region with calculated solar intensity variation based on actual changes in solar intensity due to the movement of the sun around the barycentre altering the distance to Earth as well as the orbital eccentricity and the nutation of Earth’s axis changing axis obliquity and declination of sun due to the changing plane of the Moon’s orbit.

The regression coefficient is only 23% but it does capture the timing of the annual swings and the peaks in the temperature.

The peak solar energy arriving at top of the atmospheres varies from a low of 1250W/m^2 when the sun is most distance and up to 1476W/m^2 when the sun is closest. And this is in the present era. The variation has been much greater when the orbital eccentricity has been higher.

The assumption that solar energy input to Earth is constant is not applicable if you wish to understand real climate change.

Understanding how the solar forcing changes across the globe over time and location is at least important as understanding the water cycle.

Reply to  Richard M
January 21, 2023 3:26 pm

the result of flux of heat into the atmosphere can only be changed by solar energy or ocean energy changes.

Expressed succinctly, there can only be one fundamental degree of freedom governing the system, the ratio of solar input into the system F vs the dissipating effects of total turbulent flux K. Flux of heat and mass in association with solar available. F/K.

Reply to  JCM
January 21, 2023 1:25 pm

If one seeks to understand climate change, it is essential to study the water cycle in great detail.

I agree with this and add that it is not just the surface and atmospheric component of the water cycle. The medium term climate trends up to say 2000 years are strongly influenced by heat storage in the oceans. The longer term climate trends in the 100,000 year range are dominated by storage of water on land and the drop in sea level. The plus million year climate trends are dominated by movement of the land that opens up or closes interconnections between large bodies of water..

Reply to  RickWill
January 21, 2023 3:18 pm

Quite so.

Transfers of radiant energy to-and from the global latent heat reservoirs is a fundamental climate process, subject to internal and external forces.

These thermodynamic processes, acting in concert with fluid dynamic motions, act on all timescales.

Hamsap Lo
January 21, 2023 10:38 am

This is a STORY TIP! As far as I know I am the only person on the planet to realize that the idea of mass killings by gas stoves is a crop of doggie poo!

I have a comment on those dangerous items we use as gas cooking stoves.

The papers that say that they generate lots of NOx’s are invalid as they did not use a control. A control would be, for example, an electric stove.

NOx is formed from nitrogen+oxygen + heat. Cooking gas is methane which has neither of these elements. It’s not the gas that causes the pollution, but the heat acting on the gases in air.

Therefore, electric stoves would have the same problem. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. What a f—— concept. Follow the science man!!!!!!!!!!!! Follow Fauci and Biden!!!!!!!!!! Get a Ph.D and make a fortune from doing crap experiments that feed into the narratives that scare the shit out of people.

I am very disappointed that a Stanford research group would publish crap like this, probably just to get research funding from…well, we’ll leave it there.

Have a nice day everybody.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Hamsap Lo
January 21, 2023 12:51 pm

It is my understanding that the production of NOx is directly related to temperature. That is why it is a problem with internal combustion engines. Gas gets hotter than hot plates.

However, you are correct that it is poor science to not have controls on the measurements or experiments.

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
January 22, 2023 8:44 am

Simple answer, use an induction hob! However NOx is not really a problem at normal levels wherever it comes from, have a look at the data particularly from NASA when they were testing rocket engines. Even liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fuel produce NOx products in the flame tail.

Beta Blocker
January 21, 2023 11:26 am

Windsong53: Was talking to a friend who is the sales manager for an international copper company. He was lamenting the fact that no one in power seems to understand the coming shortage of copper that will come from EVs and renewables being piled on top of the traditional demand load for copper.

Erik Magnuson: I know of at least two huge proposed copper mines in the US that have been shut down by the greenies (no offense intended to R. Greene…). I suspect there have been a lot of other proposed mines for producing metals needed for the “Green Revolution” that have also been stymied by the same people who are demanding “renewable energy”.

In that vein of thought comes this conversation from the Manhattan Contrarian blog about the Inflation Reduction Act and its Net Zero transition loan guarantees:

jill said: Huge plans for spending 370 billion dollars….they call it “hard work”? Jigar Shah (from the capital venture cartel) is now in charge of giving away 250 billion dollars of government guaranteed loans: The make-or-break moment for America’s energy transition Getting a climate bill passed was just the start. Jigar Shah and Katherine Hamilton explain the hard work ahead for kick-starting the era of mass deployment.

My response to Jill was this:

The entire interview with Jigar Shah and Katherine Hamilton is very informative in revealing the level of delusional thinking which permeates the minds of those in the federal government who are in charge of the Net Zero transition.

For just one example, Jigar Shah notes that the US mining industry isn’t taking advantage of the loan guarantees being offered under the Inflation Reduction Act to increase the production of critical strategic minerals needed to support the manufacture of green energy technologies.

Shah attributes this situation to an overly burdensome loan application process and to a lack of trust by the mining industry in the federal government’s commitment to allowing their mineral development projects to go forward unimpeded by overly burdensome regulations.

Part of Shah’s proposed solution is to eliminate much of the loan application investigation & assessment process which was imposed after the Solyndra collapse.

He proposes streamlining the application investigation process not only for the mining companies, but also for every other applicant for a Green New Deal loan.

Assuming every bad loan will be forgiven, the federal government will be giving away many billions of dollars to any company, corporation, NGO, or local community agency which claims it can assist in the Net Zero transition.

However, what is not being said is just how other regulatory barriers now being imposed by other agencies of the federal government will be reduced or eliminated in order to facilitate the move into a green energy economy. Does anyone really expect the EPA to approve a mine application permit for extracting a strategic mineral commodity just because Jigar Shah says it is important for the Net Zero transition?

Jigar Shah and Katherine Hamilton also note that the 370 billion of the IRA is only a down payment on their estimate of ten trillion dollars for the United States to achieve Net Zero. They expect private industry to pony up the bulk of that ten trillion dollars as a matter of making smart investment decisions in the future of clean energy.

For the last year, I’ve been harping on the fact that the Biden Administration hasn’t offered anything in the way of a credible plan for reaching Net Zero on their highly ambitious schedule.

Net Zero cannot happen on anyone’s schedule unless unless a carrot and stick approach is being used to enforce a drastic reduction in America’s consumption of energy.

The carrot would be lucrative government subsidies for green energy projects; the stick would be a highly coercive regulatory framework which severely punishes any private corporation which doesn’t get fully on board with Net Zero.

In other words, if you aren’t sitting at the table, you will be on the menu.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Beta Blocker
January 22, 2023 4:14 am

“For the last year, I’ve been harping on the fact that the Biden Administration hasn’t offered anything in the way of a credible plan for reaching Net Zero on their highly ambitious schedule.”

There is no credible, non-destructive plan for reaching Net Zero. Period.

That’s why the Biden administration has not offered a comprehensive plan. That’s why no politician in the Western world has offered a credible plan to reach Net Zero. Everyone of them is shooting in the dark and playing it by ear, to the detriment of the economies and people they govern.

January 21, 2023 11:42 am

The other day I saw a yacht in the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle MX marina with the name “Watts Up” and wondered if it was Anthony’s, I doubt it, but thought it was a nice play on what’s up, just like A.

January 21, 2023 12:52 pm

A little bit of pushback?

OK, he doesn’t challenge warming itself by comparing UAH with HADCRUT etc., or talk about urban heat islands, but it’s a start. Softly softly catchee monkey?

Tomorrow in The Mail on Sunday: “Why net zero 2050 will leave us poorer, colder and hungrier”

ethical voter
January 21, 2023 12:58 pm

Here’s a few points to ponder for the many who lament the sorry state of governments today.

The western world is governed by democratically elected governments. So something is wrong with the system.

Every political party is a political union This means that all parties are built of communist bricks. This includes far right parties.

The opposite of communism is not capitalism. Capitalism is a nonsense word. The opposite of communism is individualism.

Individualism in democracy translates to independent voters voting for independent representatives.

The first step in this process is a key part. If you are not voting for a party vassal and the hubris and bribes they offer. Who are you going vote for? If not a party then it has to be an independent. So what can an independent offer? Well independence of course but also conscience.

It is a fact that no person can represent another unless they first represent themselves.

So the worlds political shambles can be laid at the feet of the voters. They are the problem and only they can fix it. It is in the power of every individual voter.

Reply to  ethical voter
January 21, 2023 3:54 pm

It is not the elected individuals who wield the power. It is government grown from academic institutions supported by the lobbyists with the biggest funding.

Washington DC is infested with do gooders feathering their own nest. They are not public servants. The public is there to do their bidding.

US has a presidential system that brings in new administrative blood at least every 8 years but, as Trump found out, the swamp is deep and slippery. It needs to be constantly cleaned out; drained and refreshed. No representative seat should have more than two terms.

No government employee or academic should have tenure for more than 10 years. And they cannot move from a government role to an academic role or academia to government. They must spend some time in the real world at least every decade.

There needs to be a formal process that is constantly refreshing the streams of power to prevent the swamp from developing. Look at Biden, he oozes slime. He has been mired in the swamp for far too long.

Australia has Canberra for its federal swamp and every State in Australia has its own swamp.

UK has the London/Westminster swamp.

ethical voter
Reply to  RickWill
January 21, 2023 4:38 pm

The power of the lobbyist with the biggest funding is greatly reduced if not eliminated by not having two main power blocks.

The system will always tend to become fouled over time. It is the job of the voter to keep it refreshed with high Quality representatives.

I see no point in throwing the baby out with the bathwater. If someone does their job well the let them do. Otherwise get gone.

As for Biden. He is the pinnacle of a political party. Proof of my case.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  ethical voter
January 22, 2023 8:28 am

You fail to mention dark money in politics. The first order of business is to restrict ALL donations to candidates no matter the source. No more PACs with unlimited money to be given to whomever they want. The restriction should also cap the amount of money a candidate can spend. But that is simple wishful thinking, no way politicians will kill their golden goose.
Our Founding Fathers had a remedy for this: Senators were to be appointed by state legislatures not elected. Unfortunately, in 1913 the 17th Amendment was passed changing the appointment of Senators to a direct election by the people. So for the U.S.,
Repeal the 17th Amendment, impose a spending cap on each candidate and set term limits on the House and Senate.

ethical voter
Reply to  Tom in Florida
January 22, 2023 11:24 am

It becomes very difficult and expensive to buy enough individual representatives to sway law. Where the legislative body consists of a few main parties (usually two) the buying of influence is much easier.

When parties control the making of law they make laws that strengthens their grip and weakens Individuals. This is explicit in alternative voting systems. MMP in New Zealand is one example.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  ethical voter
January 21, 2023 7:05 pm

In order to vote intelligently, and in their best interest, voters must possess the facts. If the Media cherry picks, withholds information that provides context, or generally puts a spin on the news, voters cannot be expected to vote intelligently.

“The Fourth Estate has become a Fifth Column.”

ethical voter
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
January 21, 2023 7:52 pm

The voter sells their vote to the highest bidder and then moans because their representatives are rubbish does not demonstrate intelligence.

The relationship between the media and political parties is much like the relationship between pimps and whores (no offence to pimps and whores intended).

Having representation devolved to many individuals rather than a few parties puts a crimp in the media.

Government by individuals is likely to be a lot duller than by parties but this is a feature not a bug.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ethical voter
January 22, 2023 4:29 am

“The western world is governed by democratically elected governments. So something is wrong with the system.”

What is wrong with the system is the “Voice of Authority in Society”, the Leftwing Media, which serves as a propagada arm for the radical Left and is used to distort the truth and cause people to vote against their own best interests, such as electing radical leftists like Joe Biden to office, while thinking they are doing just the opposite.

Look at how many millions of people were fooled into thinking it was a good idea to elect Joe Biden. Joe Biden didn’t convince them of that. It was the Leftwing Media that did the convincing by ignoring and hiding and excusing Biden’s faults and amplifying and distorting his opponents faults.

The lying Leftwing Media is the most dangerous organization in the Western world. They will take away your personal freedoms if you give them the chance. They are doing a pretty good job of it so far. Trump was the only one who called them out for the liars they really are.

ethical voter
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 22, 2023 12:20 pm

Democracy is not an absolute thing. It comes in many flavours and strengths. The present forms are all tainted by political parties which allows for media and big money influence. These problems are reduced or eliminated when the voter is savvy enough to vote for individual candidates.

Biden was elected because he is the nominee of the Democrat party. If he had long ears and four legs he would still have won. The voters are herded into a carefully maintained trap of ” if you don’t vote for this you get that”.

I have already described the relationship between political parties and the media. Naturally, parties and their supporters hate the media when it supports the other party and when it supports their party they love the media.

As long as you think you must vote for one or the other party you are going to have a sore anus.

January 21, 2023 4:04 pm

This is worth a listen, critique of CNN stating the natural gas ban is about ending fossil fuels:

Tom Abbott
January 22, 2023 4:06 am

I got a “Nonce is invalid” error message when I tried to post a comment just now. Never seen that one before. What does it mean?

It must have something to do with registration. This comment here got the same error message until I logged out and then logged back in and then the comment was accepted.

“Nonce”? Have you looked up the definition?

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Ireneusz Palmowski
January 22, 2023 10:17 am

Extremely cold air from Siberia is moving south. North China (Mohe region) is reporting temperatures below -50 °C – one of the lowest during the measurement period.
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Allan MacRae
January 22, 2023 7:02 pm

There is a false “Warning: this link may be unsafe” to sabotage this video.

The deliberate murder from the toxic Covid-19 vaxxes totals 20 million worldwide to date, and it’s not over. I estimate the vaxx-caused death toll will total ~50 million by end 2023, similar to the total deaths on all sides in WW2.

Nuremberg 2.0!

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 23, 2023 1:51 am

Such a polar vortex pattern in the lower stratosphere will be at work in late January in North America.
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Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
January 23, 2023 4:00 am

Right on schedule. The U.S. usually gets about two excursions of really cold arctic air each winter.

Allan MacRae
January 24, 2023 2:26 am


Sep2019 – Got my seasonal flu shot.
Jan2020 – Studied Covid-19 full-time for 3 years since then.
29Jan2020 – Cancelled my 4Feb flight to visit Dr Larry in Thailand via China due to early news of Covid-19. Almost got stuck in China.
Feb2020 – Identified the Covid-19 “pandemic” as a scam based on credible foreign data. Typical flu – Only fatal to the very elderly and infirm.
20Mar2020 – Learned that our Alberta hospitals were EMPTY and decided to publish. The much-hyped “tsunami of Covid cases” NEVER ARRIVED!
21Mar2020 – Published that the Lockdowns were not justified and would be hugely net harmful. No rational person questions that conclusion now.
4Oct2020 – World experts published identical conclusions in their Great Barrington Declaration. Told you so six months ago!
8Jan2021 – Advised my governments to NOT release the dangerous, toxic Covid-19 injections. Twenty million vaxx-caused deaths worldwide to date, (ref Peter Halligan) and health authorities are still pushing the toxic vaxxes.
24Sep2021 – Published that “In one year, many athletes who took the Covid-19 injection will have left the game – because they are no longer competitive. Professional athletes … are the “canaries in the coal mine” and the vascular clogging caused by the injections will cause them sufficient harm to make them uncompetitive.” Since then over 1500 athletes have dropped on the playing field of heart attacks.
28Jul2022 – The Big Cull of the Elderly of Europe will happen this winter, as we predicted in 2002 and 2013 due to global cooling and ineffective green energy systems especially in Britain and Germany – made worse by the toxic Covid-19 vaxxes that cause greatly reduced natural immunity! A willful squandering of the lives of innocents. Crimes against humanity. As always, I hope to be wrong – it will depend on winter-spring weather..

Data showed the virus was only fatal to the very elderly and infirm – not younger people. We only needed to overprotect the elderly and infirm.
No significant “Excess Deaths” in Alberta or Canada in the 12 months ending 1Jul2020. The fatality profile was similar to other seasonal flu’s. Early treatment was the key.
Ivermectin, an available, powerful anti-viral that was far more safe and effective than the toxic vaccines, was banned for Covid treatment – to push the costly, ineffective and dangerous Covid “vaccines”.
Uber-Hype was identical to the Climate (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming – CAGW) scam.
[The Climate and Green-Energy scam was disproved by Kuo et al Nature 1990, MacRae 2008, and Humlum et al 2013, who proved that CO2 changes lag temperature changes in the modern data record as well as in the ice core record. “The future cannot cause the past.”]
“Be Very Afraid Yer All Gonna Die” is not sensible health policy.
The same “usual suspects“ promoted both the Climate and Covid scams and linked them:
“To solve Covid we have to solve Climate Change.”
Only uneducated Princes and Prime Ministers could be that dumb.
The Covid-19 Lockdowns were costly, harmful and ineffective.
The Covid-19 “Vaccines” were ineffective, hugely harmful and too often fatal.

Stop ALL Covid-19 injections immediately; DO NO MORE HARM!
Make available the best medical treatment to reduce harm to the vaxxed.
Make inexpensive, voluntary, over-the-counter “Ivermectin Plus” packages widely available for treatment of the Covid illness and the vaxx-injured.
Reinstate and compensate the un-vaxxed who were dismissed from their employment.
Reinstate those who were persecuted because they spoke out against the Covid-19 false narrative.
Start Nuremberg 2.0 – and include the bought media.

January 25, 2023 10:42 pm

Did the presidency of Donald Trump affect Americans’ intergroup attitudes? Converging evidence from recent experimental and longitudinal studies suggests that Trump’s political rise led his supporters to increase their reported prejudice toward traditionally minoritized racial and religious groups in the USA.


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