Month: April 2018

HuffPost Notices Academic Climate Hypocrisy

Green Pass

Nobody seems to mind, if a “Green” clocks up a lot of air miles.

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Huffington Post has noticed that many university academics are utter climate hypocrites, that many of them rate their personal importance by how many professional air miles they can accumulate every year.

The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics

By Nives Dolšak and Aseem Prakash
03/31/2018 09:00 am ET

Recently, we witnessed a fascinating conversation among a few of our professorial colleagues about their frequent flyer status on a prominent airline. Two of them had achieved “Diamond” status ― the very top of the priority boarding pecking order. They spoke the most and were the loudest. The others, with either Platinum or Gold frequent flyer medallions, also noted how “busy” they were with “all this travel.”

The group casually mentioned the various benefits ― such as seating upgrades and access to airport lounges ― that come with their statuses, but the bragging was not really about those perks. It was about importance and recognition. After all, only the most successful academics fly around the world, attending conferences, participating in workshops and giving lectures. Congratulations all around!

But while these universities are working to help their communities take on climate change, academics are accumulating big carbon footprints with their jet-setting professional styles. As The New York Times noted, “Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel.”

This is a notable disconnect between what universities preach and what their culture incentivizes and their star professors do. Academics are probably among the people most aware of the threats posed by climate change. But might their own carbon-profligate lifestyles undermine their moral authority to demand that coal miners, Teamsters working on oil pipelines and mining-dependent Native American tribes sacrifice their own economic well-being to fight climate change?

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-dolsak-prakash-carbon-tax_us_5abe746ae4b055e50acd5c80

The author notes that in 2014, University of Washington academics submitted claims for 136 million miles of professional travel – enough for a return trip to Mars on a good day.

This issue goes beyond feeling outraged at the blatant climate hypocrisy.

Why should any of us take academic warnings about anthropogenic CO2 seriously, when behind closed doors those same academics demonstrate their true level of concern by competing with each other to create the largest possible professional carbon footprint?

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April 1, 2018 at 03:09AM

‘Renewables Are Cheap’ Myth Busted: Full Cost of Wind & Solar Simply Staggering

South Australia is renowned as a renewable energy ‘superpower’: by some strange coincidence, it’s also renowned for having the highest retail power prices in the world. Wind and sun worshippers keep telling us that by plugging into nature’s wonder fuels we’ll soon enjoy power at 1970s prices. Except that that mantra is part myth and … Continue reading "‘Renewables Are Cheap’ Myth Busted: Full Cost of Wind & Solar Simply Staggering"

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April 1, 2018 at 02:30AM

Bipolar Fraud Disorder

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.

  • George Orwell

All month, climate experts have been telling the press that both poles have near record low amounts of sea ice, and that record hot temperatures are melting the ice.

In fact, the Antarctic sea ice edge is very close to the 1981-2010 median, and extent is 41% higher than the same date last year.

2017        2018

Arctic sea ice volume is rapidly increasing and much higher than the previous two years, and there has been a massive expansion of thick ice over the past decade.

2008      2018

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Arctic sea ice extent is almost identical to all recent years.

Ocean and Ice Services | Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

And both poles are extremely cold.

Climate Reanalyzer

As is normally the case with climate, scientists and the press are intentionally deceiving the public and are engaged in the biggest scam in history.

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April 1, 2018 at 01:36AM