The year from hell for Global Warmists

2013 has been the year from hell for global warming fanatics says Lawrence Solomon:

Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the cause of global warming

2013 has been a gloomy year for global warming enthusiasts. The sea ice in the Antarctic set a record, according to NASA, extending over a greater area than at any time since 1979 when satellite measurements first began. In the Arctic the news is also glum. Five years ago, Al Gore predicted that by 2013 ?the entire North polar ice cap will be gone.? Didn?t happen. Instead, a deflated Gore saw the Arctic ice cap increase by 50% over 2012. This year?s Arctic ice likewise exceeded that of 2008, the year of his prediction. And that of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Weather between the poles has also conspired to make the global warming believers look bad. In December, U.S. weather stations reported over 2000 record cold and snow days. Almost 60% of the U.S. was covered in snow, twice as much as last year. The heavens even opened up in the Holy Land, where an awestruck citizenry saw 16 inches of snow fall in Jerusalem, almost three feet in its environs. Snow blanketed Cairo for the first time in more than 100 years.

2013 marks the 17th?year of no warming on the planet. It marks the first time that James Hansen, Al Gore?s guru and the one whose predictions set off the global warming scare, admitted that warming had stopped. It marks the first time that major media enforcers of the orthodoxy ? the Economist, Reuters and the London Telegraph ? admitted that the science was not settled on global warming, the Economist even mocking the scientists? models by putting them on ?negative watch.? Scientific predictions of global cooling ? until recently mostly shunned in the academic press for fear of being labeled crackpot ? were published and publicized by no less than the BBC, a broadcaster previously unmatched in the anthropogenic apocalyptic media. ?

In business this would be called fraud…in politics lying. When are the global warming advocates going to be held to account?

So called green energy also took one in the chook for 2013.

2013 was likewise bleak for businesses banking on global warming. Layoffs and bankruptcies continued to mount for European and North American companies producing solar panels and wind turbines, as did their pleas for subsidies to fight off what they labelled unfair competition from Chinese firms. Starting in 2013, though, their excuses have been wearing thin. China?s Suntech, the world?s largest solar panel manufacturer, has now filed for bankruptcy, as has LDK Solar, another major firm. Sinovel, China?s largest manufacturers of wind turbines and the world second largest, reported it lost $100-million after its revenues plunged 60%, and it is now closing plants in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

While these no-carbon technologies get buried, carbon rich fuels go gung ho. Last month Germany fired up a spanking new coal plant, the first of 10 modern CO2-gushers that Europe?s biggest economy will be banking on to power its economy into the 21st?century. Worldwide, 1200 coal-fired plants are in the works. According to the International Agency, coal?s dominance will especially grow in the countries of the developing world, helping to raise their poor out of poverty as they modernize their economies.

But important as coal is, the fossil fuel darlings are indisputably shale gas and shale oil. This week the U.K. sloughed off the naysayers and announced it will be going all out to tap into these next-generation fuels. Half of the UK will be opened up to drilling to accomplish for the U.K. what shale oil and shale gas are doing for the U.S. ? drastically lowering energy costs while eliminating the country?s dependence on foreign fuels. China, too, has decided to tap into the shale revolution ? in a deal with the U.S. announced this week, it will be exploiting what some estimate to be the world?s biggest shale gas reserves, equivalent in energy content to about half the oil in Saudi Arabia.