Fake Polar Bear Scare Unmasked: The Saga of a Toppled Global Warming Icon

Watts Up With That?

In spite of claims that polar bear populations are facing pressure from loss of Arctic summer sea ice, their numbers have in fact grown. Video follows.


Guest essay by Dr. Susan Crockford

For more than ten years, we’ve endured the shrill media headlines, the hyperbole from conservation organizations, and the simplistic platitudes from scientists as summer sea ice declined dramatically while polar bear numbers rose.

Now, just in time for International Polar Bear Day, there’s a video that deconstructs the scare. It runs about 8 minutes, written and narrated by me, produced by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

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Richard Lindzen Petition to President Trump: Withdraw from the UN Convention on Climate Change

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Dr. Richard Lindzen has sent a petition to President Trump, asking the President to withdraw the United States from the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

The petition contains the names of around 300 eminent scientists and other qualified individuals, including physicists, engineers, former Astronauts, meteorologists, immunology specialists, marine biologists, chemists, statisticians, doctors, military weather specialists, geologists, accountants, a former director of NASA, economists, soil specialists, mathematicians, hydrologists, environmental scientists, computer modelling specialists, and many more. It is a long list.

Let us hope that President Trump acts quickly on Dr. Lindzen’s request.

If anyone you know claims the climate debate is over, show them a copy of Dr. Lindzen’s petition.

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Latest Data From MASIE


By Paul Homewood

As well as their main dataset of sea ice extent, NSIDC also have Arctic data from MASIE, (Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent).

The two datasets are not directly comparable as they are calculated in different ways. In addition, MASIE data only starts in 2006.

Nevertheless, as even NSIDC themselves accept, it is MASIE which is the more accurate product.



When we compare data for 21st Feb, we find that current extent is higher than 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2015:



Moreover, the year with the greatest extent was 2014, and this was only 1.9% higher than this year. Clearly Arctic sea ice is much more stable than we are told.

Temperatures in the Arctic have been plummeting this month, so it is likely that sea ice will continue to grow for a while yet.



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A Trifecta of Green Lunacy: The law of unintended consequences kicks in

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Green Lunacy #1: £450 Million Lost Over Failed Green Power That Is Worse Than Coal
The Times, 23 February 2017
Ben Webster

Northeast of Drax, author Paul Glazzard, source Wikimedia Northeast of Drax, author Paul Glazzard, source Wikimedia

Britain is wasting hundreds of millions of pounds subsidising power stations to burn American wood pellets that do more harm to the climate than the coal they replaced, a study has found.

Green subsidies for wood pellets were championed by Chris Huhne when he was energy and climate change secretary. Mr Huhne, 62, was jailed in 2013 for perverting the course of justice/ LEON NEAL/ AFP/ GETTY IMAGES

Chopping down trees and transporting wood across the Atlantic Ocean to feed power stations produces more greenhouse gases than much cheaper coal, according to the report. It blames the rush to meet EU renewable energy targets, which resulted in ministers making the false assumption that burning trees was carbon-neutral.
Green subsidies for…

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Coal Power Prevents Thousands of Germans from Freezing as Wind & Solar Output Plummets

And yet Merkel is to lecture Trump on renewables:


I don’t suppose the BBC will point out the hypocrisy.


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A couple of weeks back 90,000 South Australian families found themselves powerless and boiling in a heat wave when its 1,576 MW of wind power capacity started the day producing more than 1,000 MW, but which later collapsed suddenly to a trifling 70 MW, sending the grid into meltdown.

Meanwhile in Germany, it was a threat of freezing to death that sharpened the focus of German generators, as wind power output plummeted there, too.

However, unlike South Australians, fortunately Germans were able to tap into adequate coal-fired base-load generation to keep their lights on and their homes warm, albeit at a staggering cost.

German coal, gas plant output at 5-year high in January
London (Platts)
Andreas Franke & Alisdair Bowles
3 February 2017

* January average coal output at 17.3 GW, highest since Feb 2012

* Coal, gas ramped up to offset nuclear outages, low wind, demand gains


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Bill Nye, Fake Facts & the New York Times

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I’m aware oftwo occasions in which Bill Nye has misled the public. But the New YorkTimes says he’s saving the rest of usfrom misinformation.


Eleven days ago, the New York Times ran a story headlined: “In an Age of Alternative Facts, Bill Nye’s New Show Brings Real Ones.” How charmingly naive. If you’re in a rush, and wantto know about Nye’s misleading video as well as his misleading article in the very sameNew York Times, scroll downtothe navy-coloured text below. But the longer storyis entertaining.

The notionthat some people are asourceof real facts, while others are a source of fake/alternative facts, is currentlybeing pushed hard bythe mainstream media. Journalists have decided that a major part of their job is to tell the rest of us who to believe.

Their message isn’t that skepticism is always necessary, and that even smart peopleare often wrong. Rather, this is…

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Santa’s Christmas present for wind farms

Worth repeating, wind farm operators paid £274m not to produce electricity.


By Paul Homewood

h/t Hugh Sharman

With recent events in mind, it is worth reposting this article from from the Renewable Energy Foundation, published om 30/12/16:

Over the Christmas period, high winds accompanying Storms Barbara and Conor combined with low demand for electricity to deliver a £7 million gift to the owners of wind farms in the form of constraint payments. Constraint payments occur when wind farms are paid not to generate, usually in periods when wind generation is surplus to demand. The bulk of these payments are made when wind generation cannot be used in Scotland, and there is insufficient grid capacity to export the energy to England. The cost of these payments is borne by electricity bill payers throughout the United Kingdom.

The peak payments over the current holiday season were made on Christmas Day, as summarised in the following table drawn from the REF datasets:

The big…

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Public Accounts Committee Criticise Lack Of Control Of Levy Control Framework


By Paul Homewood

h/t Philip Bratby



A damning report by the Public Accounts Committee on green energy schemes:

The recommendation comes in a report examining the Levy Control Framework, which is intended to help control the costs of three government schemes to support low-carbon generation.

The Framework sets yearly caps on the forecast costs of the Renewables Obligation, Feed in Tariffs, and Contracts for Difference—schemes funded through levies on energy companies and ultimately paid for by consumers via energy bills.

The Committee concludes the Framework has “suffered from a lack of transparency, rigour and accountability” and forecasting of its costs has been poor.

£110 expected to be added to household energy bills in 2020

The government department responsible (formerly the Department of Energy & Climate Change, now the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) continues to expect to overspend the Framework budget.

The report states that as a…

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Germany’s Monumental Environmental Fail: CO2 Emissions Rise Despite €Trillions Blown on Subsidised Wind & Solar



In Germany, around €190 billion has already been burnt on renewable subsidies; currently the green energy levy costs €56 million every day. And, the level of subsidy for wind and solar sees Germans paying €20 billion a year for power that gets sold on the power exchange for around €2 billion.

Energy poverty is a feature of daily life for hundreds of thousands; the promise of millions of groovy ‘green’ jobs is little more than a cruel hoax; and, adding insult to injury, the pretext for the insanity – the reduction of CO2 emissions in the electricity sector – hasn’t quite panned out as Green edicts predicted: emissions are, instead, rising fast.

If the justification for subsidies that will top €1 tillion was cutting CO2 gas emissions, the report card for 2016 on Germany’s Energiewende should score a big fat ‘F’.

Failure…Hundreds Of Billions For Nothing As Germany CO2 Reductions…

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