Global warming alarmists over at Think Progress have found a new measuring stick for the world’s warming temperatures – cow milk production.
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington concludes that milk production in dairy cows could fall dramatically in some areas of the U.S. due to climate change.
The researchers showed that cows, like humans, are sensitive to heat stress. In certain hot and uncomfortable conditions, cows must devote more of their body’s resources to cooling down and devote less energy to milk production. The problem is exacerbated in humid conditions. Because cows perspire to cool down, higher concentrations of water in the air makes it more difficult for sweat to evaporate. Thus, as hot and humid climates become more extreme, they threaten the productivity of dairy cows.
So, this study shows a correlation between milk production in cows and increases in heat and humidity. With that correlation in mind, we present the following chart that shows that milk production on a per-cow basis has steadily increased over the last ten years.
And this trend isn’t just in the United States. Just a couple of months ago, the U.S. Dairy Export Council was discussing softer milk prices due to “swelling milk production” worldwide.
Now, if global warming brings less milk, then more milk must equate to global … cooling? That’s it! The only explanation for the steady increase in milk production – based on the logic presented by Think Progress – is worldwide cooling temperatures!
Better dust off that old edition of Time…
Normally, I wouldn’t point to anything this ignorant because it doesn’t warrant a response. But I was strangely drawn to this piece in the same way that one is drawn to a car wreck on the highway.
Here we have a Huffington Post column claiming that not only is global warming real, but that it is apparently racist.
Who knew global warming was a Tea Partier?
H/t Weasel Zippers:
This summer 34,500 people were forced to evacuate their homes in my home state of Colorado. I watched as a dozen wildfires raged through the state with some contained in days or weeks, while others are still not extinguished.
The extremely hot weather, dry climate and dramatically reduced water supply that all led to the wildfires are part of a pattern that has been unfolding for more than a decade. In fact, the past 10 years have been unequivocally the hottest on record in the history of weather record keeping. But even that heat is dwarfed by what we’ve seen this year. According to the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the first six months of 2012 have been the hottest January-through-June period on record for the contiguous United States.
The national temperatures averaged “4.5 degrees above the long-term average,” the NOAA said in a statement last week.
None of this is a coincidence. It is the result of a manmade pandemic that could very well destroy the planet. It’s called climate change and it is very real and it is happening right now.
Make no mistake, this is a black issue.
The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice program has found that African Americans are at a higher risk for the short- and long-term effects of global warming. Cities will be hit harder by climate change because of what’s known as the “heat island” effect. Urban areas are covered in surfaces like asphalt and concrete that retain heat and as a result temperatures in these areas are higher, especially during heat waves.
Heat waves have stronger effects on urban populations and especially the urban poor. African Americans are more than twice as likely as whites to live in the inner city and nearly twice as likely as whites to live in poverty.
I’d like to point out to the author that the claim this is ‘a black issue’ is backed up by statements that ‘urban populations and especially the urban poor’ would be more readily susceptible to the effects of global warming.
Yet, in the paragraph before that he claims that global warming could “very well destroy the planet”.
He doubles up on that assertion later in the article saying:
This is how it starts.
It ends with seas and oceans rising to engulf entire cities, states and eventually countries.
If the planet is destroyed there Chicken Little, that would mean everyone has perished.
Which in turn would mean that global warming is very obviously NOT racially biased. After all, if the planet has been wiped out it would mean the end of blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, cats, dogs, goldfish, unicorns, the three little pigs, etc.
The whole premise that global warming harms blacks disproportionately is out the window.
Much like the Huffington Post’s credibility in publishing this piece…
Journalism Today: AP Says Heat Waves Are Sign of Global Warming, Even Though It May Not Be Global Warming
Holy hell, did the Obama administration’s penchant for saying one thing on a given day, and the complete opposite the next, rub off on the Dissociated Press this week?
This is one of the most unintentionally funny articles I’ve read in some time.
First, the record heat temperatures in the United States are definitely a sign of global warming:
If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.
Horrendous wildfires. Oppressive heat waves. Devastating droughts. Flooding from giant deluges. And a powerful freak wind storm called a derecho.
Second, the report immediately took the heat off of their own argument by saying this:
These are the kinds of extremes climate scientists have predicted will come with climate change, although it’s far too early to say that is the cause. Nor will they say global warming is the reason 3,215 daily high temperature records were set in the month of June.
Scientifically linking individual weather events to climate change takes intensive study, complicated mathematics, computer models and lots of time. Sometimes it isn’t caused by global warming. Weather is always variable; freak things happen.
Finally, they start delving into the fact that the assessment can’t even be made on the global level, because weather extremes such as these have been witnessed … locally.
And this weather has been local. Europe, Asia and Africa aren’t having similar disasters now, although they’ve had their own extreme events in recent years.
Thanks for going through all of that to tell me that summer is hot.
You know what else is hot? The second closest planet to the sun – Venus – which experiences blazing surface temperatures due to an atmosphere consisting mostly of carbon dioxide, which causes a greenhouse effect.
How did the carbon dioxide get on an uninhabitable planet? Um, naturally… Not by man surprisingly enough.
But global warming alarmists would have you believe it’s because Venusian businesses don’t have to adhere to the Kyoto Protocol.
The only thin air that’s causing problems in Major League Baseball is the thin air between McCarver’s ears.
Anybody who has watched baseball over the last 50 years (the timeframe McCarver refers to in the video clip below) realizes that the most significant factor contributing to the increase in home runs has been steroid use. There were well over 80 players with 40 or more home runs in a single season during the steroid era, which was by far more than any other era in baseball history. Since the new steroid rules have been enacted, that number has dropped down again to about 50.
McCarver however, thinks that more home runs are caused by thinning air due to global warming…
McCarver blamed global warming for more home runs in baseball during a Major League Baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium this afternoon.
Hackbarth has the transcript here…
Tim McCarver: “[T]he air is thinning…. There have been climatic changes over the last 50 years…. I think that’s one of the reasons balls are carrying much better now.”
Joe Buck [Fox Sports play-by-play announcer]: “So that’s your ‘inconvenient truth’ about it?”
McCarver: “You’re going to find it out one of these days, yes.”
The question is kind of a ‘chicken or the egg’ type of issue. Does global warming make you go nuts, or do you have to be nuts to buy into global warming?
Via Gateway Pundit:
Another day… Another attack on the “deniers.”
Radical, nutty, propagandist Professor Kari Norgaard has followed the lead of all the other Liberals who can’t use data and facts to win their argument. Professor Norgaard, from the University of Oregon, says to deny Global Warming junk science is “racism.” But, it’s even more absurd than that. If you reject the junk data, corruption, and blatant grab for power that is the Green Movement she wants you diagnosed with a disease. And treated.
Scepticism regarding the need for immediate and massive action against carbon emissions is a sickness of societies and individuals which needs to be “treated”, according to an Oregon-based professor of “sociology and environmental studies”. Professor Kari Norgaard compares the struggle against climate scepticism to that against racism and slavery in the US South.
According to an Oregon uni statement announcing the paper:‘Resistance at individual and societal levels must be recognized and treated …
“This kind of cultural resistance to very significant social threat is something that we would expect in any society facing a massive threat,” [Norgaard] said.
The discussion, she said, is comparable to what happened with challenges to racism or slavery in the U.S. South.’
The biggest result won’t be a stemming of alleged man made global warming, it will be the rise in unemployment in states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Via Free Enterprise:
The Environmental Protection Agency is close to issuing the first limits to cut U.S. greenhouse gases from power plants, with an announcement possible as soon as today, according to people familiar with the matter.
The rules from President Barack Obama’s administration would set emissions for all power plants at the level established for a natural-gas plant, or about half what is released from a coal-burning facility. Any new coal plants would need expensive carbon-capture equipment, according to the people, who declined to be identified before an announcement.
The proposed nationwide standards would be the first by the EPA for carbon-dioxide from power plants, the largest source of those emissions in the U.S. Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club are pressing the Obama administration to issue tight standards to head off an increase in global warming that they warn could be catastrophic.“It will make it nearly impossible to build a new coal plant,” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in an interview. “The market has been moving in this direction already” so the rule “captures the end of an era.”
This comes as no surprise to anybody who paid attention to the President’s intentions prior to his election, in which he promised to bankrupt the coal industry.
Obama, January 2008: “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
When Obama talks of having a laser focus on the economy, what he means is having a laser focus on putting ideology above economy.
Earlier this month, Sean Hackbarth reported on the effects that the administration’s extreme environmental agenda is having, with the announcement of more plany closings:
Yesterday, GenOn Energy, the third-largest U.S. independent power producer, announced they were shutting down power plants, because “forecasted returns on investments necessary to comply with environmental regulations are insufficient.” That’s financial-speak for “Regulations make it too costly to keep them running.”
Shutdowns will begin in June at the units, which don’t generate enough profit to cover the costs of complying with the rules, Houston-based GenOn said today in a statement. The plants, located at eight sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey, generate 3,140 megawatts in the wholesale market overseen by PJM Interconnection. Except for one unit, all of the plants burn coal, according to GenOn’s website.
Jeff Ostermayer at Shopfloor.org reminds us that “These closings will again result in the loss of jobs and have a negative impact on the local communities. Often we forget about the ripple effect of these regulations and how it can impact a small town and community.”
Thank goodness, seeing as a recent report shows that the planet hasn’t warmed in 15 years.
From the New York Times via the Times Union:
Insurance commissioners in New York, California, and Washington state will require that companies disclose how they intend to respond to the risks their businesses and customers face from increasingly severe storms and wildfires, rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change, California’s commissioner said Wednesday.
Laughably, they single out the forward-looking skills of the Califronia insurance industry:
California, which has the ninth-largest economy in the world, has led the way on this push to make a traditionally backward-looking industry anticipate and respond to the business liability presented by a changing climate. These new state regulations will focus attention on the insurance industry’s role in mediating the country’s response to climate change.
And to punctuate that point:
“Global warming presents unique risks, and it is vital that our insurance industry adequately account for the impacts of climate change,” Benjamin M. Lawsky, superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services, whose portfolio includes insurers, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the industry to address these important and growing risks.”
And nothing quite says adequately accounting for the future and forward-thinking than trying to predict the impact of something that hasn’t happened in 15 years – an assessment reported by the East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (yes, Climategate University).
The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.
The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.
Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.
Way to be on top of things, insurers. While you’re at it, could you please provide detailed reports of a possible outbreak of the Bubonic plague, or the threat of stampeding mastodons? We really need to get on top of that.