This is no suprise.
While the new federal report (prepared by 13 agencies and the White House) paints a dire picture of climate change’s impacts, Dr. Pielke says that the authors of this new report, like those of previous reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Stern Review, cherrypick weak evidence that fits their own policy preferences.
The new federal report on climate change gets a withering critique from Roger Pielke Jr., who says that it misrepresents his own research and that it wrongly concludes that climate change is already responsible for an increase in damages from natural disasters.
Actually, according to Pielke and the federal Climate Change Science Program findings of last year:
1. Over the long-term, U.S. hurricane landfalls have been declining.
2. Nationwide there have been no long-term increases in drought.
3. Despite increases in some measures of precipitation . . . there have not been corresponding increases in peak streamflows (high flows above 90th percentile).
4. There have been no observed changes in the occurrence of tornadoes or thunderstorms
5. There have been no long-term increases in strong East Coast winter storms (ECWS), called Nor’easters.
6. There are no long-term trends in either heat waves or cold spells, though there are trends within shorter time periods in the overall record.
You can visit Dr. Pielke’s blog here.
Pizza Hut is changing it’s name to The Hut. Please make note.
Here’s the first thing that needs to be cut to begin balancing the California State budget.
When not in a capital gripped by budget crises, state Sen. Ron Calderon can be found touring his San Gabriel Valley district in a Cadillac STS V8 Luxury Sports Sedan that the state bought for $54,830.
The Democrat from Montebello spent an average $83 per week on gasoline last year, charged to California taxpayers on a state-issued card.
When legislators’ cars need maintenance or are in accidents — even with spouses or offspring at the wheel — taxpayers also pay, state records show.
The cost of providing lawmakers with Cadillacs, Lincoln Town Cars, Priuses and Lexuses, keeping the vehicles full of gas and fixing them when they crash was $3.2 million during the last three years.
Read the rest here.
Christianity Today provides a list of Ten Theology Books for Your Beach Bag.
Also, they have an interesting article on The Changing Face of Apologetics.
Peta is upset with Obama over the fly swatting incident.
My friends and family know I have a love/hate thingy for dogs. Mostly, my love has to do with the dogs themselves, whereas my hate has more to do with dog owners. It irks me that so many dog owners apply “human” characteristics to their dogs, the most common one that dogs “love” people. No, dogs do not love, since love requires a choice, something dogs (which merely act on instinct) cannot do.
Anyway, here’s an article on whether or not dogs can talk.
As I note on the main page, TDC has been going through a growth spurt of late. Already, as of this date, page views are higher than all of last year. If things keep going this way, it won’t be long before I have to upgrade my web hosting plan.
I have decided to start a TDC blog once again. Years ago, before blogs were even around, I had a page on the main site where I linked newspaper and magazine articles dealing with current affairs, and which weren’t of sufficient length for the topic pages. The main reason I stopped blogging was because I had simply fallen into linking things readily available on any number of other sites, and didn’t feel my blog was contributing anything unique to the blogosphere. Now, with the continuing growth of TDC, I thought I would give it one more shot.
None of the three or four blogs I have had in the past had the ability to allow comments, so this will be a new experience for this site. For now, I will need to approve all comments, but I may change this in the future, depending on how things go. I am not interested in turning this into a debate site.
I will be posting topics which may not fit the traditional focus of this site, but one of my goals this time around will be simply to post things interesting, and maybe even a little “quirky.”