Arctic Ice September Strong

The image above shows ice extents for yesterday, day 244, from 2007 to 2017.  Particularly interesting is the variation in the CAA (Canadian Arctic  Archipelago), crucial for the Northwest Passage.  (The region is located just north of the word “Extent” in gold.)  While 2016 was a fine year for cruising with the passage completely open at day 239 that was not the case in 2014, and this year also had places frozen solid. By September 1, ice is still clogging some channels.

The graph of August NH ice extents shows 2017 has remained above the decadal average in recent days. (Ten-year average is for 2007 to 2016 inclusive).

This year is now 600k km2 greater than 2016 and exceeds the 10 year average by 50k km2.  SII (Sea Ice Index) 2017 is closer now, only 200k km2 lower.  2007 is running 400k km2 lower.  A previous post Beware the Arctic Storms of August discussed how late summer storms have dramatic impacts, and the graph shows both 2012 and 2016 plummeting in late August.  Note that just 2 weeks ago 2012 was tied with 2017, and then lost 1.6M km2.  2016 lost 1.3M km2 in the same period.

The table below compares 2017 with 2007 and the 10-year averages for Arctic regions.

Region 2017244 Day 244
2017-Ave. 2007244 2017-2007
 (0) Northern_Hemisphere 4934548 4884191 50357 4525136 409412
 (1) Beaufort_Sea 424479 542957 -118477 629454 -204974
 (2) Chukchi_Sea 204972 225008 -20036 96232 108740
 (3) East_Siberian_Sea 314746 348577 -33831 196 314550
 (4) Laptev_Sea 216679 182883 33796 245578 -28899
 (5) Kara_Sea 34099 45628 -11528 74307 -40208
 (6) Barents_Sea 16638 23603 -6965 11061 5577
 (7) Greenland_Sea 142702 183941 -41239 288223 -145521
 (8) Baffin_Bay_Gulf_of_St._Lawrence 55689 24864 30825 32804 22885
 (9) Canadian_Archipelago 384879 294120 90759 234389 150490
 (10) Hudson_Bay 3848 23575 -19727 28401 -24553
 (11) Central_Arctic 3135439 2988097 147342 2883201 252238

2017 has deficits mainly in BCE, especially Beaufort Sea, but those are more than offset by surpluses in Central Arctic and CAA (Canadian Arctic Archipelago).  As shown in the post Arctic Heart Beat Central Arctic and CAA are the two regions providing most of the ice extent at annual minimum.


Some people unhappy with the higher amounts of ice extent shown by MASIE continue to claim that Sea Ice Index is the only dataset that can be used.  This is false in fact and in logic.  Why should anyone accept that the highest quality picture of ice day to day has no shelf life, that one year’s charts can not be compared with another year?  Researchers do this, including Walt Meier in charge of Sea Ice Index.  That said, I understand his interest in directing people to use his product rather than one he does not control.  As I have said before:

MASIE is rigorous, reliable, serves as calibration for satellite products, and continues the long and honorable tradition of naval ice charting using modern technologies.  More on this at my post Support MASIE Arctic Ice Dataset

via Science Matters

September 3, 2017 at 10:29AM

Has Al Gore Remade Silicon Valley in his Image?

Guest essay be Leo Goldstein

The story of Silicon Valley’s embrace of climate alarmism and all things hard Left went from mystery to crime thriller.  In fact, Al Gore played an enormous role in Silicon Valley’s transformation from technological marvel into marketing/finance/software/censorship hub, animated by Leftist passion for destruction and deep-ecology anti-humanism, both amplified by artificial intelligence.

No, this is not because Al Gore invented the internet.  In fact, he has never said he did.  Al Gore made a much stronger statement: “I took the initiative in creating the Internet” (1999 video). Inventing is only a small part in creating.  Thus, Al Gore pretended to be almost a Creator of the Internet.  Of course, it is not true.  But he has done a lot to remake the technological industries and the whole U.S. economy in his own image.

Al Gore has been involved in the tech since his vice presidency and after that. From Forbes, 2013:

“Along with cultivating Current [TV], Gore, 64, joined the board of Apple in 2003 and served as a senior adviser on green issues to Google beginning in 2001, three years before the company went public.   As of February, Gore, who is still an Apple director, held more than $35 million in stock and options in the Cupertino, Calif. technology firm.”

Al Gore made more than $30M on Apple options alone (1).  The eBay billionaire Jeffrey Skoll financed his 2006 movie The Inconvenient Truth.  But probably the most important among Al Gore’s connections to Silicon Valley was his role in Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) venture capital firm, which he joined as a partner in 2007.  He probably is not active today, but his name still appears on KPCB website.  He probably retains interest in some of the KPCB investments, and is still liable to the investors as a general partner (VCs are not limited liability corporations).  Al Gore remained politically active after he lost 2000 elections.  He considered running for President in 2008 and participated in the launch of the notorious “Attorneys General for Clean Power” witch hunt in 2016.  His party comrades also remained in the federal and state governments, especially in California and Washington.  KPCB is a legendary venture capital firm.  Its investments include Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and countless other successful companies in the Silicon Valley ecosystem.

In 2013, Larry Bell wrote in Forbes:

“In 2004, Gore co-founded London-based Generation Investment Management (GIM) with Senator Feinstein’s husband, former Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Managing Director David Blood to invest money in businesses that were “going green”. Public filings show that GIM raised profits of nearly $218 million between 2008 and 2011, split among 26 partners. By 2008 Gore was able to put together $35 million into hedge funds and private partnerships through Capricorn Investment Group, a Palo Alto company founded by his Canadian billionaire buddy Jeffrey Skoll, the first president of EBay Inc.

It was Skoll’s Participant Media company that produced Gore’s feverishly frightening science fiction 2006 film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’”

“Gore also found himself to be a sought-after star among elite Silicon Valley investors. In late 2007, he became a senior investment partner at one of the world’s most successful venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins. He was combining forces with longtime friend John Doerr in a joint mission to spur clean tech.

Doerr had won legendary status at Kleiner by betting early on the meteoric rise of Internet start-ups Google and Amazon. But by 2007, he had switched his bets to green energy and vowed to raise $500 million to invest in what he called the next ‘mother of all markets.’” – carbon credits.

How big? $10 Trillion a year. In 2010, Jo Nova wrote in ABC Australia (2):

“Commissioner Bart Chilton, … has predicted that within five years a carbon market would dwarf any of the markets his agency currently regulates: “I can see carbon trading being a $2 trillion market. … Richard L. Sandor, chairman and chief executive officer of Climate Exchange Plc, agrees and predicts trades eventually will total $10 trillion a year.”

Silicon Valley VCs did not want to miss such investment opportunity, and it is not hard to imagine them investing or divesting from unrelated tech companies based on the former vice president’s wishes.  The current crop of the “tech” tycoons seems to be a beneficiary of crony capitalism to a larger extent than it was thought.  Support for the Internet and internet businesses has been bipartisan, but Al Gore and his accomplices apparently abused their power to aid their investments in seriously unfair ways.  I can also speculate that they also influenced the internal politics of the companies in which they invested. In 2012, before being acquired by Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Washington Post wrote (4):

“Fourteen green-tech firms in which Gore invested received or directly benefited from more than $2.5 billion in loans, grants and tax breaks, part of President Obama’s historic push to seed a U.S. renewable-energy industry with public money.”

“In last week’s presidential debate, Romney criticized the $90 billion that went to promote green technology, saying a number of businesses owned by Obama campaign contributors were winners.”

“Gore’s investments coincided with the government’s largest investment in clean tech. A full 10 percent, estimated at $80 billion to $90 billion, of the 2009 stimulus package was devoted to clean energy.”

Gore’s investments did not “coincide” with the government’s ones – he and his accomplices caused flow of the taxpayer’s money into his and his buddies’ pockets.  But the focus of this article is on the GFTM and other Silicon Valley “successes” that threaten our freedom now. This is how Charley Munger, the right hand of legendary Warren Buffet, described Al Gore’s investment strategy:

“So his idea when he went into investment counseling is he was not going to put any CO2 in the air,” Meager [Munger] explained to the investors noting that Gore’s simple strategy of buying only service company stocks enabled the former Vice President to become very rich.

Meager [Munger] explained: “So he found some partner to go into investment counseling with and says we’re not going to have any (carbon dioxide). But this partner is a value investor and a good one. So what they did is, is Gore hired staff to find people who didn’t put CO2 in the air. Of course that put him into services. Microsoft and all these service companies were just ideally located. And this value investor picked the best service companies. So all of a sudden the clients are making hundreds of millions of dollars and they are paying part of it to Al Gore. Al Gore has hundreds of millions dollars in your profession. And he’s an idiot. It’s an interesting story. And a true one.”

Munger might think that Al Gore won by chance, betting on a single sector despite the ordinary wisdom of diversifying investments.  But, he is only half-right.  Al Gore and his fellow Democrats actively stifled and damaged other economic sectors. This made Gore’s investments stand out compared to the broad market. Democrats used government power to persecute almost all economic sectors, making physical goods and services: energy industries (including oil and gas exploration, extraction, transportation, and refining; coal, nuclear, and hydro-power), mining, manufacturing, pharma, health care, even staple foods.  Excuses for persecution included environmental protection, affordable health care, employees’ benefits, anti-discrimination, etc. (the effects include $20T debt, vulnerable electrical grid, losses of jobs and health insurance, but this is out of scope of the article).  The means were legislation, regulations and, the worst of all, litigation.  Silicon Valley has obviously benefited from the forced divestment from energy and infrastructure sectors – something that Trumps has vowed to fix, incurring Silicon Valley’s wrath.  Within the hi-tech sector the effects were offshoring manufacturing and the wealth redistribution from technology and infrastructure builders all over the country to the content and app providers in Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

The Al Gore’s logic in preferring companies producing digital services to those producing physical goods was that former ones consumed energy, thus contributing to “climate change” while the latter did not.  In the high school, Al Gore scored 488 out of a possible 800 in physics (5), and comments on his reasoning is unnecessary.  I guess that some scientists and engineers from manufacturing companies did not know that and argued with Gore on global warming, unknowingly sealing their fate.

Our hi-tech has been gored almost as badly as the academic science. The technology-intensive industries have been replaced almost entirely with the software mono-culture.  Physicists, chemists, mathematicians, and manufacturing engineers with various specializations have been replaced with programmers who are being replaced by ‘app developers’ and people whom Eric Schmidt calls “smart creatives.”  They are also ardent globalists, and oppose any assertion of the American sovereignty.  This combination of ignorance, anti-patriotism, and corruption leads them to sedition.

I don’t intend to lay all the blame at the feet of Al Gore and his buddies.  But I hope that this crime thriller will have a happy ending: perp walks, indictments, trials, and convictions.


  • The term Silicon Valley is used here broadly, including “similar” corporations, especially Amazon, Microsoft, and Expedia, located in the Washington state.
  • The attribution to Al Gore of the “inventor of the Internet” phrase became a strawman argument and probably spread through repetitive debunking by sundry “fact checkers.”  Internet technology was invented in 1969. The internet prototype known as ARPANET was deployed in the Department of Defense.  The word internet was coined in 1974 (RFC 675).  By 1991, the Internet already had about a million hosts.
  • I cannot get used to how quickly the Left rewrites history, and how uncritically the public accepts this re-written history.  In the fake net neutrality “Battle for the Net”, a number of special interest groups and content producers, most of which ride the Internet like fleas ride a dog, are depicted as “the team Internet”.  The companies that have built up a large portion of the Internet, such as AT&T and Verizon, are depicted as enemies of the Internet. See also Who’s behind “Battle for the Net” and Net Neutrality Realism.
  • Al Gore’s GIM claims $17B under management and describes its investment strategies as follows: “We are one Firm with four high-conviction strategies – Global Equity, Asia Equity, Growth Equity and Global Credit.”  It’s no surprise that Al Gore is against putting America First.

Disclosure: I hold short positions in GOOG, AMZN, FB, and TWTR.

via Watts Up With That?

September 3, 2017 at 09:45AM

The Bad News For Arctic Alarmists Keeps Getting Worse

The Arctic sea ice minimum this year is very likely going to be be larger than 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011 and 2007.

Charctic Interactive Sea Ice Graph | Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis

It is also likely that the minimum extent will be higher than 2010 and 2008.

Instead of reporting the huge gain in ice and massive failure of their forecasts, climate alarmists will report that extent was “8th lowest on record.”

‘Next year or the year after, the Arctic will be free of ice’ | Environment | The Guardian

Climate experts are not scientists. They are consultants paid billions of dollars to push junk science on the public.

via The Deplorable Climate Science Blog

September 3, 2017 at 08:52AM

More Stunning NOAA Fakery In South America

I’ve just discovered a spectacular new type of data fakery in the GHCN database.

NOAA only had about ten stations in South America with daily temperature data in 1950

In my previous post I showed how UHI from Buenos Aires is contaminating rural La Estanzuela.

Now we are going to look at a completely different type of data fakery in Argentina. Laboulaye Airport is about three hundred miles west of Buenos Aires, and showed cooling from 1950-2003. But then there was a sharp spike upwards after 2003.

So what happened after 2003? NOAA started losing daily temperatures. Until 2003, they have daily temperature data for almost every single day of the year. But after 2003, they started losing about half of their days.

The loss of data corresponds precisely to the spike in temperatures. And NOAA did exactly the same thing at Buenos Aires.

It could be just a million to one coincidence, but it looks very suspicious. And it is very similar to how NOAA manipulates post-1990 US temperatures, except with US data they manipulate monthly temperatures rather than daily temperatures.

via The Deplorable Climate Science Blog

September 3, 2017 at 08:22AM