EU Commits Suicide
The EU has just adopted a resolution mandating elimination of cars from cities and a 50% reduction in low-cost flights to southern Europe:
The European Commission on Monday unveiled a "single European transport area" aimed at enforcing "a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers" by 2050.
Translation: we've tried to convince all y'all; now we're going to make you.The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail.Top of the EU's list to cut climate change emissions is a target of "zero" for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU's future cities.Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insisted that Brussels directives and new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto "alternative" means of transport.
Good luck with that. What's the over/under on EU breakup happening before 2050?
California Governor cancels drought
This is getting reported kind of all over. What's not getting reported is why. The Sierra-Nevada mountains didn't just get record snowfall this winter, they got twice the normal snowfall:
It is called “Miracle March 2011” in the Sierra. At Boreal, near Donner Summit, as of a few days ago, they had received 217 inches this March bringing the seasonal snowfall to 762 inches. The previous record was 662 inches in 1994/95. The recent prolonged storm brought 6-7 feet of snow. The normal for the season is around 400 inches. Their snowbase is between 275 and 375 inches (20-30 feet).The downside? There will be so much fresh water that there will be enough for even hippies to shower ...
The Snow Water Equivalent is well above normal and bodes well for both agriculture and coastal cities which rely on the melting snow for irrigation and drinking water. There have been battles for decades over how much water the farmers should get to use in the long dry growing season.
Gallup: US Public doesn't really care about Global Warming
This is me, looking shocked. Shocked:
With Earth Day about a month away, Americans tell Gallup they worry the most about several water-related risks and issues among nine major environmental issues. They worry least about global warming and loss of open spaces.
Maybe the hysterical shrieking of the last decade - combined with the collapse of all past predictions of higher temperatures in the face of a decade of cooler weather - has something to do with it? Nah - got to be those Big Oil funded Deniers! Go take a shower, hippy.
" One in 2000 year flodding event" in Oz story based on fabricated data
This is me, looking shocked. Again:
EXTREME rainfall so rare it happens on average once every 2000 years has been "invented" by the government operator of a major Queensland dam as part of its explanation for releasing huge volumes of water that caused most of Brisbane's January flood.Look, guys, don't be too hard on them. All the data supporting Global Warming is dodgy. All of it. These guys are just following climate science "Best Practice". First the sentence, then the trial ...
The claim by SEQWater in its official report that a "one-in-2000-year" rainfall event occurred over the Wivenhoe Dam at a critical stage on January 11 has been widely reported in the media and cited by senior public servants to justify the near loss of control of the dam at the time.
But no such rainfall event was measured by any rainfall gauges.
Instead, the claim was manufactured by SEQWater after it modelled the rapid rise of levels in the dam, repositioned rainfall data to an area immediately upstream of the dam, and then doubled it.
Boy, it's a good thing that the US public isn't paying much attention to that, or you'd have even less of them worried about Global Warming ...
How the sausage is made
Offered without comment, because none is really needed.
Inspired by Adams, and offered for your approval:
Most stolen from Watts Up With That, 'cause I'm kind of busy.