Tuesday, May 3, 2016

No Academy Award...But

For the first time in my 68+ years on this planet I went to the movies on a Monday night.  I typically like to see romantic comedies (Sleepless in Seattle) that have happy endings.  But last night was different.  I went to see Climate Hustle, an advocacy film showing the other side of the Climate Change debate.  Will it sway the zealots who believe Man (fossil fuels) is the driver of our current warming CYCLE?   I doubt it.  What it should do is get some folks thinking why the zealots oppose any different views than their own.   It showed why they attack the messenger instead of the message.  Let me repeat for the ump-teen time, Climate has ALWAYS been changing and very few dispute the current warming CYCLE.   The debate should be about what is causing the current warming.  One side believes it’s CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels.  Fair enough.    However,  past history indicates CO2 was way higher than now and the planet went through warming and cooling despite the higher levels of CO2.  The zealots want you to believe, if we cut CO2 emissions, we’ll stop the climate from warming.   But to do that would require enormous amounts of money(higher taxes) without any guarantee that would change anything.   There is no “97% consensus”  unless you believe that 75 out of 77 climate scientists worldwide( that’s all that turned in the survey) make the debate settled.   C’mon,  75 guys on the whole planet control what the other 7 Billion of us should believe?     Of course there are many more who believe the 75 are correct, however, there are many thousands of scientists who believe that CO2 cannot be the driver of our current warming CYCLE.   But instead of any debate, the zealots through PR firms, continue to churn out story after story trying to silence any opposing viewpoints.  I’m not here to try to change your viewpoint.  I am here to try to get you to think, to do some research, to understand why our government would allow only one side of the story to be told.    It ultimately goes back to Money, Power & Control.   If you saw the Al Gore movie (An Inconvenient Truth) and thought the debate is over, you need to see Climate Hustle.   It is an opposing viewpoint.  Real Science debates different viewpoints & theories.    We should not allow politicians (Al Gore/Sarah Palin) to get involved in Science.  Politicians have AGENDAS.  Scientists seek the TRUTH.  Agendas rarely seek the truth.

 

I was back at Ch. 8 today working with David Bernard on our annual hurricane special.  It will air on June 1st, the start of the 2016 hurricane season.  See you then.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Is there no Hope?

Yikes!  Another day without sunshine.  That was bad enough until I opened my morning Advocate to see blaring headlines about how we’re all gonna drown, based once again on computer models 50-100 years away.  Alarmist’s sea level rises coming so the article says.    I consider Bob Marshall an excellent environmental reporter, but he NEVER shows any data from an opposing viewpoint.   Like…computer models have been WRONG/INCORRECT on predicting sea level rises since 1988 when James Hansen went before Congress.  Yes sea levels are rising, but nowhere near the levels Hansen predicted.  So why should we believe the new numbers might be correct?  Most of us won’t be on the Planet in 2050 to verify this forecast.  Why can’t the Alarmists say in 5-10 years the sea levels will increase X number of inches or feet?   Then we could VERIFY their accuracy.  But noooooo.  They have to go 50-100+ years from now.    In addition, sea levels are NOT rising uniformly in all oceans.  This is a complex Earth we live on yet I’m constantly amazed by the arrogance of man thinking he can control/stop the climate from changing.   But the avalanche of Alarmist’s fears continue.  WeatherUnderground last Friday highlighted future food shortages to be caused by droughts & floods due to  global warming.  Today’s Advocate also had a story about ocean acidification killing fish & coral reefs.  Is there no let up?   Do any of you wonder who is feeding these reporters all these alarmist’s stories?    Better yet,  do any of you wonder why our government has to hire PR firms to promote their agenda?  But our government wouldn’t lie to us, would they?   That’s what Walter Cronkite thought back in the late 60s during Viet Nam !   Then I caught Sam Champion on The Weather Channel promoting more climate change agenda.   Then it rained all afternoon.   I was feeling totally hopeless.   Thank goodness for my evening chardonnay or today would be totally in the dumper!

 

FYI…the 9.89” of rain at MSY for April made this the 8th wettest since record keeping began back in 1946.  My house in Metairie had almost 5” in the past 2 days with several  rounds of storms possible on Monday.   Finally a real pattern change is coming that will drive a cool front through by Tuesday PM.  Much drier air will make it feel better allowing for cooler nights & very pleasantly warm afternoons.  This may be the last real front until October?  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Was it Over-Hype?

It’s easy to “Monday morning quarterback”, but it appears the Storm Prediction Center’s forecast for a PDS (particularly dangerous situation) was incorrect.   SPC came out over the weekend with a moderate risk for tornadoes and the media ran with it.  The Weather Channel sent Cantore out with the storm chasers and the local media in Oklahoma followed.  In fact, my youngest son lives in Oklahoma City and he says the local stations stayed on wall to wall each showing the same things over and over.   Blame us for watching such drama.  My concern is we will see another tragic scene of multiple deaths when storm chasers get too close to a shifting tornado.  My other concern is the same concern I have for the 7 day “ forecast”.  SPC issued their convective outlook 3 days ahead of time…good for emergency managers, but bad for the general public since they believe an outlook is a forecast.    Some may say…”better safe than sorry”.  However, what I have seen over the years is a public that, time after time hears the media cry wolf, and tunes them out when real danger threatens.    The forecasters at SPC are really good and I have never remembered them missing on a one day convective outlook area.   However, coming out 3 days ahead of time and then missing or over-hyping does not strengthen confidence in the forecast.  It’s the same thing with the 5 day hurricane forecast, but at least NHC has their cone of error to show the UNCERTAINTY.  That’s what most folks don’t understand, the uncertainty of any forecast.

 

Which ties in to the daily hype on Climate Change.  We can’t go a day or two without another story detailing how the climate is changing.   There is little debate about the fact the last 30 years have seen a warming cycle with 2 strong El NiƱo’s.   The debate is what’s driving the warming?   Many government funded scientists believe it’s CO2 (Man made) while many more operational forecasters, climatologists, geologists, chemists etc. believe it’s something else.  What we see is only the side that wants to change how we live.  Do you know how many billions are spent funding studies on climate change?   Those scientists are not about to end that gravy train of money.  Money, Power, Control…that’s what it’s all about.  One story I read says that 40% of climate change is due to the world’s animals (methane).  Gets you thinking doesn’t it?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Another Golden Voice is Silenced

I can’t tell you how many times when  I’m out in the community someone says…” I know your voice”.   Seems after 38 years I made an impression on many folks.  Soo too did Charlie Matkin, except his voice was “golden”.   I met Charlie back in the 80s when I added radio to my TV schedule.   He was a radio announcer with “the pipes”.  It was only many years later I discovered Charlie was way more than an announcer, he was a gifted singer.   Whether it was Opera or show tunes, Charlie could carry his own.  He even gave me a CD of his recordings which I treasure to this day, maybe even more so since last week Charlie died.    Charlie & Jean lived in a great house filled with memorabilia from his broadcasting & theater years.   I feel so lucky to have known them.  I may have a distinctive voice, but I can’t sing.  Oh, could Charlie sing and his voice will live on every time I play his CD.

 

It was a terrific weekend to be outdoors as the humidity stayed low making the warm sun feel good.  We all know that won’t last much longer but I hope we can squeeze another weekend of mostly dry weather for the 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest plus the Zurich Golf Classic.  These are 2 great events that showcase our city’s hospitality & food.    I’ll be out watching the golfers with my golf partner Marvin.  I’ll see some of you there.