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12 Jun 2024 | News Roundup
  • NPR says “You don’t have to be a meteorologist to know that last summer was really hot. Many parts of the U.S. sweltered through blistering temperatures.” In fact it’s probably better if you’re not; NOAA actually says “The meteorological summer (June-August) average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 73.0°F, 1.6°F above average, ranking 15th warmest on record.” But just you wait. “2023 was the hottest year on record for many places in the U.S., and by far the hottest year for the planet as a whole. But we’re likely to see even hotter summers coming, with even more temperature records broken, says Karin Gleason with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.” Indeed “It’s already been so hot that 2024 is guaranteed to be one of the five hottest years ever recorded. As another sweltering summer approaches, the potential for climate-fueled disaster comes with it.” As in hurricanes, wildfires, whatever man. And if they don’t happen, well, just wait for 2025. Guaranteed unless not.
  • Likewise Canada is being warned of a “warm summer” with temperatures in June, July and August quite a bit higher than at other times of the year, other than June. In many areas. Yes, folks, “The Weather Network is predicting more sunshine and warmer temperatures for the summer.” And no sum is too high to pay for that kind of insight. “We’d be very surprised, very surprised, if this didn’t turn out overall as a warm summer,” according to the Weather Network’s chief meteorologist. Indeed. They usually do. Though in BC it will be warm in some places unless it’s not, and cooler in others if it doesn’t warm up.
  • More from the omnicause: Scientific American insists that “COVID’s Six-Foot Rule Made Scientific Sense at the Time”. Forget rational inquiry into science and policy. Do as you are told is the new slogan as the corruption of the scientific press by wokeness proceeds. (Meanwhile at CDN we’re old enough to remember when leftists questioned authority reflexively.)
  • From the “So, how’s that energy transition working for you?” file, The Australian Business Review warns that “Transmission line projects are running years behind their initial timetable, with the slow pace of development sharpening the risk of blackouts and price rises.” Their government wants to double “renewable” supply by 2030 and has hurled tens of billions of Australian dollars into it because they can fix the weather. It’s just stuff like running a power line that is complicated, apparently.
  • And from the “Uh, not so good actually” file, NBC screeches that “Extreme heat set to drive home cooling costs to 10-year high, advocates warn/ Distributors of federal aid expect they’ll be able to support 1 million fewer U.S. households in 2024: ‘This is more the price of climate change.’” No. It’s the price of climate change policy that has deliberately shuttered reliable conventional power plants churning out affordable power, and then goggled in horror that the new cheaper stuff was more expensive and decided to double down.
  • In keeping with which, “Half Of German Electric Car Buyers Regret Their Purchase Or Lease” and a major problem is “rising electricity prices”. Caused, no doubt, by climate change. And as for “cheaper”, even the BBC concedes that “Cost of going green sparks backlash from Europe’s voters” though naturally the art is a pretty young woman from Climate Strike since the issue is “parties on the right and far right” exploiting discontent for partisan gain.
  • According to various news outlets echoing the Associated Press, “The Gunas of Gardi Sugdub are the first of 63 communities along Panama’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts that government officials and scientists expect to be forced to relocate by rising sea levels in the coming decades.” So urgent is it that the relocation has… been on hold since 2017 while the government fails to build housing. And according to the NOAA “Relative Sea Level Trend” historical data site, nearby Cristobal, Panama, has seen the oceans surging at a massive 1.41 mm/year, though the data seems to stop in 1980 perhaps because it showed a significant decline since 1970. On the other coast, at Baloa, it’s a terrifying 1.37 mm/y over the last century although um uh since 2005 it has actually gone down. As for Gardi Sugdub, which sounds like something out of Gulliver’s Travels, it’s a speck of land just 400 yards (366 metres) by 150 (137) so 0.037 square kilometres or 0.014 square miles, with no recorded elevation, utterly covered in construction that is just possibly squashing the sand. Nobody lived there until recently (though activists can still write stuff like “home to Guna Indigenous people for over 100 years”) because it was a flat storm-hammered barren, but now due to climate change it has storms. As for “expect to be” well, wake us when it actually happens.

4 comments on “Tidbits”

  1. It seems that those having a political Left mindset are more obedient that those on the political Right. Two things are in my memory. First is that we had logical fears of a nuclear war but we didn’t give up on our futures. Second is that we were obedient but much more prone to questioning authority. The sixties was the start of student protests that were not for the sole sake of questioning authority as it is today.

  2. The left has never questioned authority, they only question other’s restrictions on government authority. But leftists have always been pro their having authority over everyone else. It really is their defining characteristic.

  3. Yes it is such a sweltering hot summer that…… I had to turn the heat back on in the house today.

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