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NASA Data: 13 Of 13 Antarctic Peninsula, Island Stations Show Cooling Trend Over Past 21 Years!

By Kirye
and Pierre Gosselin

A few days ago we looked at 19 stations scattered across Antarctica and found no unusual climate trends taking place there over the past 31 years.

Today we focus on 13 crucial stations located on and around the Antarctic Peninsula, which alarmists say is threatening to melt down and cause sea level rise to accelerate rapidly, and plot the data from NASA going back to 1998, i.e. 21 years.

13 of 13 Antarctic Peninsula/island stations cooling

The following map shows the location of the stations:

What now follows are the mean annual temperature plots of the 13 stations, using NASA Version 4 unadjusted data:

13 of 13 Antarctic Peninsula and nearby island stations show cooling over the past 21 years. There hasn’t been any warming there so far this century. Data source: NASA GISS, Version 4 unadjusted. 

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January 24, 2020 at 11:43AM

Climate Assembly UK

By Paul Homewood

 

 

We saw this coming a few months ago:

 

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Climate Assembly UK has 110 members selected through a process known as ‘sortition’ or a ‘civic lottery’ to be representative of the UK population. They include include engineers, health workers, parents and grandparents.

 

How does a civic lottery work?

From 6 November 2019, 30,000 letters were sent to people up and down the country inviting them to take part in Climate Assembly UK.

To ensure the most representative sample, 80% of those receiving an invitation were randomly selected from every UK household address in Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File. The remaining 20% were randomly selected from the most deprived areas within the Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File, simply because response rates are estimated to be lower from these postcodes.

People receiving an invitation could RSVP by phone or online. This created a pool of potential participants free on the relevant dates.

We then used random stratified sampling, undertaken by a computer, to select the 110 participants who together are representative of the UK population aged 16 years and over in terms of:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Educational qualification
  • Ethnicity
  • Where in the UK they live
  • Whether they live in an urban or rural area
  • Attitudes to climate change

The computer also ensured that a maximum of one person from any single household was selected to participate.

https://www.climateassembly.uk/detail/recruitment/

 

As I queried a while ago, the key here is that the membership of this assembly is effectively self determined, as it is selected only from the people who have bothered to respond. In other words, it is far from being the “representative citizens assembly” it is pretended to be.

And of those who bother to respond, how many are eco-loons? I think we can all take a pretty good guess!

So just what will this assembly do? This is what their website says:

 

Climate Assembly UK will bring together people from all walks of life to discuss how the UK can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. At the assembly, participants will learn about climate change and how the UK can address it, take time to discuss this with one another, and then make recommendations about what should happen.

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In June 2019, six Select Committees of the House of Commons called a citizens’ assembly to understand public preferences on how the UK should tackle climate change because of the impact these decisions will have on people’s lives. A Select Committee is a group of MPs from different political parties – they examine policy issues, hold the Government to account and make proposals for new laws.

The six Select Committees involved are Business Energy and Industrial Strategy; Environmental Audit; Housing, Communities and Local Government, Science and Technology; Transport; and Treasury.

The citizens’ assembly was launched before the dissolution of Parliament for the general election, to ensure that the assembly’s report will be available to the new Parliament as it begins its work.

‘Climate Assembly UK: the path to net zero’ will consider how the UK can meet the Government’s legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. This means that by 2050 the UK will have to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases it produces to a much lower level than today. It will also have to balance any remaining emissions by absorbing the same amount from the atmosphere. The actions required to do this will change the way we heat our homes, what we buy, how we travel, and many other aspects of our lives, as all of these result in emissions in some way. What exactly these impacts are will depend on what the UK does to meet its target, and how it does it.

Climate Assembly UK participants will discuss these questions. They will be selected from different walks of life, shades of opinion, and from throughout the UK to form a representative sample of the UK’s population.

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The outcomes of their discussions, which will be held in central Birmingham from January to March 2020, will be presented to the six select committees. The committees will use them as a basis for detailed work on implementing the assembly’s recommendations, which will also be debated in the House of Commons. This provides an unprecedented opportunity for the public to contribute to climate change debate, and to influence action taken by Government and Parliament.

The six House of Commons Select Committees who commissioned Climate Assembly UK are Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Environmental Audit; Treasury; Housing, Communities and Local Government; Science & Technology; and Transport.

https://www.climateassembly.uk/about/

 

This is an extremely dangerous development, which stands to ride roughshod over the democratic rights of the rest of the country.

According to the blurb:

This provides an unprecedented opportunity for the public to contribute to climate change debate, and to influence action taken by Government and Parliament.

It does nothing of the sort. It merely empowers a tiny clique of climate activists to control the agenda.

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January 24, 2020 at 11:06AM

Merkel says she wants to talk to skeptics. I’ll believe it when I see it

Merkel is trying to look statesman like, by saying the obvious:

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – The world needs an open dialogue about climate change to heal the gap between sceptics and believers since time is running out to cut the emissions that drive global warming, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

This may seem important after thirty years of skeptics being shut out and called deniers, but it is just relevance-deprivation-syndrome at work.  The US people elected a skeptic, and he and Saint Greta have stolen her limelight:

The first two days of the annual Davos gathering were dominated by the back-and-forth between the 73-year-old former businessman Trump and 17-year-old campaigner Greta Thunberg, with corporate leaders caught in the middle, concerned that as well as words, there was a need for concrete decisions.

Statements like this provide cover for the reality which is rampant social ostracism, exclusion, coercion and bullying. But it’s soothing theatre for the Davos crowd who would love to be seen to be diplomatic. They are clapping their own generous image.

She drew applause from the Davos audience when she said opposing sides in polarised debates such as that on […]

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January 24, 2020 at 11:03AM

DONALD TRUMPIS RIGHT TO BE OPTIMISTIC

This address by Donald Trump hits the right note on energy and the case for optimism. I only wish our own leaders here in the UK could do the same. He ends his address with these words:

"We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country or eradicate our liberty. America will always be the proud, strong and unyielding bastion of freedom.

In America, we understand what the pessimists refused to see. That a growing and vibrant market economy, focused on the future, lifts the human spirit and excites creativity: strong enough to overcome any challenge, any challenge by far."

I hope he is right.

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January 24, 2020 at 10:28AM