Well Known Meteorologist Gets It Wrong

From the Chicago Tribune 05/06/2102

http://blog.chicagoweathercenter.com/2012/05/ask-tom-why-1.html

Dear Tom,
I have heard that sea levels are rising. How much has occurred, and what are the forecasts for the future?

–William Levy, Chicago

Dear William,
The level of the “world ocean” is rising— an issue that will post flooding problems in the future. Studies conducted by the National Ocean Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration yield these statistics: Sea levels changed little until 1900, then rose 7.3 inches from 1900-2000. But the rate of increase has accelerated dramatically since about 1990.

An additional sea-level rise of 1-3 feet is projected by 2100, the combined result of thermal expansion of ocean water as the seas warm due to a warming climate; melting of mountain glaciers; and loss of ice from Greenland and Antarctica through melting and calving of ice into the ocean.

Tom Skilling as a meteorologist is a living legend in Chicago weather news/forecasting.  It was only about a year ago that I recall him being soundly on the “lukewarm” side of AGW.  I listen to him almost daily on a local radio show  (WGN 720 AM) and unfortunately it seems that he is buying into the AGW nonsense.

Almost all of the answer can be debunked here:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/14/sea-level-still-not-cooperating-with-predictions/

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/18/simulation-says-doom-real-world-data-says-no-worry/

I can only hope that in this case, the answer was done by an intern who just “googled” sea level.

Earth Hour 2012

http://www.earthhour.org/page/about/about-earth-hour

I despise “Earth Hour”.

It’s useless pap and nonsense.

Economist Ross McKitrick sums it up the best:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/31/earth-hour-2012-a-dissent-and-poll/

 

I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity.

Giving women the freedom to work outside the home depended on the availability of electrical appliances that free up time from domestic chores. Getting children out of menial labour and into schools depended on the same thing, as well as the ability to provide safe indoor lighting for reading.

 

Development and provision of modern health care without electricity is absolutely impossible. The expansion of our food supply, and the promotion of hygiene and nutrition, depended on being able to irrigate fields, cook and refrigerate foods, and have a steady indoor supply of hot water.

Many of the world’s poor suffer brutal environmental conditions in their own homes because of the necessity of cooking over indoor fires that burn twigs and dung. This causes local deforestation and the proliferation of smoke- and parasite-related lung diseases.

Anyone who wants to see local conditions improve in the third world should realize the importance of access to cheap electricity from fossil-fuel based power generating stations. After all, that’s how the west developed.

The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity.

Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction called “the Earth,” all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous, reliable electricity.

Make no mistake about it.

If the radical leftists/greenies truly get what they are trying to do, we will go back to living in the 19th century.

“The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity.”

The money quote !!