Remembering the Blizzard of 1978 with this ABC-News story featuring meteorologist John Coleman from Good Morning America (and founder of The Weather Channel).

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Energy Answer?

I read this article this morning about a new kind of nuclear energy facility that actually uses spent nuclear waste in a way that makes “old” nuclear technology obsolete. This sure looks promising to me. Spread the word and the link!

A Universally Acceptable and Economical Energy Source?

Transatomic Power’s Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor
| Kent Beuchert writes:

Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie, as Doctoral candidates in the nuclear department at MIT, produced a modified design of a reactor technology that first appeared many decades ago : the molten salt reactor, originally designed, built and tested at Oak Ridge Tennessee during the 1950’s 60’s and 70’s.

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Cool Summer So Far

Officially, we have experienced only three 90°F days so far this year, well behind normal. All three of those instances occurred in the month of June. There were no 90°F days in July or so far in August. In fact, the warmest temperature seen so far in the first 11 days of August has been only 84°F.

Needless to say, it has been a cool and somewhat we summer. That was precisely what we forecast for the summer months. We still have time to see a few more 90°F days, but soon, that chance will close.

The cool pattern persists through August 19th:

Hang in there. We may see a temporary turnaround to warmer than normal for the end of the month:

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CO2 Is NOT Our Boogeyman

New Climate Report Finds Global Warming Causes
‘No Net Harm’ to Environment or Human Health

Independent review of peer-reviewed climate science brings
balance to biased, ‘alarmist’ views of United Nations report

WASHINGTON (April 9, 2014) – The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) today released Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The 1,062-page report, published by The Heartland Institute, contains thousands of citations to peer-reviewed scientific literature — and concludes rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels are causing “no net harm to the global environment or to human health and often finds the opposite: net benefits to plants, including important food crops, and to animals and human health.”

Click here to read the full report in digital form (PDF). An 18-page Summary for Policymakers isavailable here. Individual chapters of the full report can be downloaded at the Climate Change Reconsidered Web site. (Look at middle of page and scroll down.)

The following statements about today’s release may be used for attribution.

“Although the IPCC claims to be unbiased and to have based its assessment reports on the best available science, that is obviously not the case. Whether the subject is the effects of warming and rising CO2 on plants, animals, or humans, the latest UN report invariably highlights the studies and models that paint global warming in the darkest possible hue, ignoring or downplaying those that don’t.

“It is most fortunate, therefore, that the NIPCC report provides tangible evidence that the CO2-induced global warming and ocean acidification debate remains unsettled on multiple levels. There are literally thousands of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that do not support a catastrophic, or even problematic, view of atmospheric CO2 enrichment. You can learn about them in Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts.”

Craig D. Idso
Founder and chairman
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
Lead author, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts

“This new report from NIPCC makes it clear that there is no scientific consensus on the human role in climate change. It further makes it clear that future warming is likely to produce more benefits than costs. Global warming is not a crisis. It’s time to start repealing unnecessary and inexpensive policies that were adopted at the height of the global warming scare.”

Joseph Bast
The Heartland Institute
Publisher, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts

To schedule interviews with authors, editors, and reviewers of the latest NIPCC report, please contact Heartland Institute Director of Communications Jim Lakely at or 312-731-9364 (cell).

Among the findings in Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts:

  • Atmospheric carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. It is a non-toxic, non-irritating, and natural component of the atmosphere. Long-term CO2 enrichment studies confirm the findings of shorter-term experiments, demonstrating numerous growth-enhancing, water-conserving, and stress-alleviating effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 on plants growing in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • There is little or no risk of increasing food insecurity due to global warming or rising atmospheric CO2 levels. Farmers and others who depend on rural livelihoods for income are benefitting from rising agricultural productivity around the world, including in parts of Asia and Africa where the need for increased food supplies is most critical. Rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels play a key role in the realization of such benefits.
  • Rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels do not pose a significant threat to aquatic life. Many aquatic species have shown considerable tolerance to temperatures and CO2 values predicted for the next few centuries, and many have demonstrated a likelihood of positive responses in empirical studies. Any projected adverse impacts of rising temperatures or declining seawater and freshwater pH levels (“acidification”) will be largely mitigated through phenotypic adaptation or evolution during the many decades to centuries it is expected to take for pH levels to fall.
  • A modest warming of the planet will result in a net reduction of human mortality from temperature-related events. More lives are saved by global warming via the amelioration of cold-related deaths than are lost due to excessive heat. Global warming will have a negligible influence on human morbidity and the spread of infectious diseases.

The Nongovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or NIPCC, is a panel of scores of climate scientists from around the world that act as independent auditors of the work of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC.

Previous volumes in the Climate Change Reconsidered series were published in 200820092011, and 2013. Those volumes are widely recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative critiques of the reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In June 2013, a division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences published a Chinese translation and condensed edition of the 2009 and 2011 volumes.

These reports have been endorsed by leading scientists from around the world, been cited in peer-reviewed journals, and are credited with changing the global debate over climate change. No corporate or government funding was solicited or received to support production of these reports or NIPCC.

The Heartland Institute is a 30-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.

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John Coleman Speaks

John Coleman, the very first on-air meteorologist for Good Morning America in the 1970s and 1980s, and founder of The Weather Channel presented an interesting “paper trail” when it comes to the climate debate. This 30-minute program should be mandatory material for all high school and college students. Please pass it on.

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