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April 22, 2010

Hope ‘n climate change from Canada’s churches

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 11:06 am
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Perhaps this is how it will end for the both United Church and Anglican Church of Canada: an ever increasing obsession with bogus causes by an ever decreasing band of eccentrics struggling to have their communities of congruence taken seriously:

“We have to work together in communities of congruence…. We must be prepared to speak the truth even in the midst of denial and even in the midst of ridicule,” said Mardi Tindal, moderator of the United Church of Canada.

Tindal said that in the course of advocating for climate change action, she has learned that “there is a deep hunger for hope” among people, and that “you and I are actually in a position to offer it.”

Meanwhile, to remind Mardi Tindal who is really in charge:


March 27, 2010

My tribute to earth hour

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 7:45 pm
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March 22, 2010

Arctic winds responsible for much of the loss of sea ice

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 10:29 pm
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In December 2009, the Anglican Church of Canada implored its membership – whose size is diminishing far more rapidly than Arctic ice – to petition parliament to combat melting sea ice in the Arctic:

What was, only a few years ago, seen as one possibility among several has now become an undisputed fact: Climate change is real and is having increasingly serious impacts on the environment and people. More worrisome, its impact is stronger and faster than was predicted even a short time ago. Artic [sic] ice is melting much faster than expected, so are the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. In Canada, we see impacts of changing climate in the melting of permafrost in the North and weather- related events such as floods and droughts in the South. The changes are taking place at an increasing speed and the predictions are repeatedly turning out too optimistic.

Oops. It appears that strong winds are causing much of the loss of Arctic sea-ice:

Strong winds and not global warming are to blame for much of the record-breaking loss of ice in the Arctic Ocean in recent years, new research reveals.

Ice blown out of the Arctic area by winds can explain the one-third drop of sea ice since 1979, scientists believe.

The study helps to explain the huge loss of ice in the region during the summers of 2007 and 2008, after which some commentators suggested the Arctic Ocean would be ice-free during the summertime within a decade.

Still, there is probably enough wind generated by the ACoC to blow all the ice back again.

What I am going to do for earth hour

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 6:58 pm

The Anglican Church of Canada is asking:

Will you be joining nearly a billion people around the world in turning off the lights on Sat., March 27, at 8:30 p.m.?

Here’s my plan for March 27th, 8:30 p.m.

Update: I see others have the same idea. I’m considering buying a couple of 2KW floodlights to illuminate the sky above my house during Earth Hour.

March 11, 2010

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 10:28 pm
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In case anyone has any doubts about where the heart of the Anglican Church of Canada’s is, these three articles published today in quick succession by the Anglican Journal will give you a clue: it’s in eco-babble:

Waste not, want not

‘Planet Matters’ an environmental advocacy engine

Many faith traditions active in environmental advocacy

I found it particularly interesting to note that the second article recommends watching An Inconvenient Truth; the ACoC must surely be one of the few organisations left that is gullible enough not to have recognised the Al Gore money machine for what it is.

February 15, 2010

Carbon evangelism

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 12:09 am

Or how to be a Christian pain in the arse.

Kairos is suggesting a Carbon Fast for Lent; it even has a calendar of suggestions.

Among them are (with helpful study notes):

Observe heat use at school or work and make a suggestion for increased energy efficiency.  Don’t mess around with underlings: take your concern straight to the top. When you go to collect your weekly dole, make sure you walk.

Reduce the idling time of your vehicle to a minimum or speak of your concern to someone who is idling excessively. Make sure you point out the excessive carbon footprint of the next idling police car you see.

If you have two cars, discuss becoming a one-car family. Resolve not to travel in a car for one day or one full week, whatever is a challenge for you. Convince your wife that she doesn’t need her car.

If you have children in your life, inventory their toys with them. How many do they actually use? Discuss, at an appropriate level, the negative effects of over-consumption.  Good plan: blame global warming on your children. They’ll thank you for it later.

Arrange for KAIROS to give a Carbon Sabbath Initiative (CSI) workshop at your church. This will stimulate church growth: by comparison, it will make the vicar’s sermons seem really interesting.

Inventory the amount of time you spend with loved ones. Decide to spend at least two days a month in 2010 enjoying activities that will bring you closer together. This could be tricky: after doing all the other suggested activities you probably won’t have any loved ones.

February 14, 2010

Climategate: director of the Climatic Research Unit admits he “is not well organised”

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 12:04 am

What a surprise:

Phil Jones, the professor behind the “Climategate” affair, has admitted some of his decades-old weather data was not well enough organised.

He said this contributed to his refusal to share raw data with critics – a decision he says he regretted.

His colleagues said that keeping a paper trail was not one of Professor Jones’ strong points. Professor Jones told BBC News: “There is some truth in that”.

The thing is, if the data was not well-organised enough to show to critics, how could it be well-organised enough to be fed into a program and produce graphs?

In a BBC interview, Jones admits there were rates of global warming from 1860-1880, 1910-1940 and 1975-1998 that were essentially identical and that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming. It has been cooling since 2002, although that is not long enough to be statistically significant.

Of the now infamous email where Jones referred to a “trick”, he says it was:

“a convenient way of achieving something”, in this case joining the earlier valid part of the tree-ring record with the recent, more reliable instrumental record.

Lord Monckton points out, though, that the computer program used to process the raw data has the comment:

“These will be artificially adjusted to look closer to the real temperatures.”

Liberally sprinkled through it – a bit of a giveaway. This goes to show that you should not put comments in your computer programs other than: “this code was hard to write; it’s *supposed* to be hard to understand”.

Poor Professor Jones says that his life has been awful since the emails were exposed. Based on this interview, I don’t think it is about to get much better; I found his protestations of innocence quite unconvincing.

Even if the climate is not heating up, the scandal over climategate is: Nature editor Philip Campbell was forced out of an independent panel after saying there was nothing to suggest a cover up by scientists at the University of East Anglia.

In contrast, here in Canada climate experts who question global warming are still vilified and ostracised; we are so politically correct.

A member of an independent panel to investigate claims that climate scientists covered up flawed data on global warming has been forced to resign after sceptics questioned his impartiality.

February 9, 2010


Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 12:25 am

The global warming debacle continues with an admission of yet another climate hoax:

A LEADING British government scientist has warned the United Nations’ climate panel to tackle its blunders or lose all credibility.

Robert Watson, chief scientist at Defra, the environment ministry, who chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997 to 2002, was speaking after more potential inaccuracies emerged in the IPCC’s 2007 benchmark report on global warming.

The most important is a claim that global warming could cut rain-fed north African crop production by up to 50% by 2020, a remarkably short time for such a dramatic change. The claim has been quoted in speeches by Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC chairman, and by Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general.

This weekend Professor Chris Field, the new lead author of the IPCC’s climate impacts team, told The Sunday Times that he could find nothing in the report to support the claim. The revelation follows the IPCC’s retraction of a claim that the Himalayan glaciers might all melt by 2035, dubbed ‘Glaciergate’ by commentators.

I suppose one good thing about all this is that it should lay to rest the absurd canard that scientists are above corruption, pristinely objective, fastidiously apolitical and immune to the myriad frailties that assail mere mortals. Scientists are just as untrustworthy as everyone else.

February 5, 2010

Greening Sacred Space Awards

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 9:24 pm

Is humanity a cosmic stage where the armies of righteousness battle the fallen powers of darkness until the Final Battle when the Beast will be cast into the Lake of Fire, the dead will be raised and Christ will return to claim his own?

Or is it all about installing a bike rack, eating local and holding recycling bin classes?

Well, the winner of the Greening Sacred Space Award has the answer:

St James has had a walkthrough audit, they have held 2 eat local feasts, they have bought a bike rack, they offer regular recycling/composing/green bin use education to the community at large. They are part of the newly formed Eco-Churches of West Hamilton and they are heavily involved with climate change action (350, Copenhagen). The have helped develop a green cleaning products guide that FCG have adapted.

Personally, I am proud to announce that St. Hilda’s, ANiC is doing its bit to become green. While CGI simulated congregations from the Diocese of Niagara were occupying the worship space, they didn’t look after it very well; the orange carpet was afflicted with damp, became mouldy and turned a verdant shade of green in parts. To combat global warming, the greening of the carpet will be encouraged to flourish.

UN global warming apparatchik loses his composure

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 4:44 pm

As we all know, climate science is rational, dispassionate, non-political and irrefutable. That’s why the UN’s climate chief suggested that anyone who questions him should rub Add an Imagehis face in asbestos:

Rajendra Pachauri, the besieged head of the U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change, told the Financial Times on Wednesday that he is the victim of a “carefully orchestrated” campaign to block climate change legislation.

“I would say [there are] nefarious designs behind people trying to attack me with lies, falsehoods,” he told the paper, swatting away allegations that his India-based climate institute, TERI, has benefited from decisions made by the IPCC, which he also chairs.

Climate change skeptics “are people who deny the link between smoking and cancer; they are people who say that asbestos is as good as talcum powder,” he said.

“I hope that they apply it (asbestos) to their faces every day.”

I’ve come to the conclusion that there are actually no scientists claiming that anthropological global warming is a reality. After all, scientists are supposed to be sceptical, yet anyone who expresses scepticism is told by the chief UN tinpot alchemist to rub his face in asbestos.

January 30, 2010

Osama bin Laden places the final nail in the coffin of global warming theories

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 12:58 pm

The well-respected climatologist, Osama bin Laden dispatched this warning from his high-tech weather monitoring station deep in a cave somewhere in the mountainous region of Afghanistan:

“Speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury — the phenomenon is an actual fact,” the tape says according to al-Jazeera. “All of the industrialized countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility for the global warming crisis.”

“George Bush junior, preceded by [the US] congress, dismissed the agreement to placate giant corporations. And they are themselves standing behind speculation, monopoly and soaring living costs.”

“They are also behind ‘globalisation and its tragic implications’. And whenever the perpetrators are found guilty, the heads of state rush to rescue them using public money.”

Having set the world straight on climate change, George Bush, large corporations, industrialised countries and globalisation, Osama will be focussing his energy on US health care reform; it will be called Osama-care.

January 17, 2010

A Post Copenhagen Jeremiad

Filed under: Global Warming,United Church — David Jenkins @ 5:47 pm
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The Moderator of the United Church of Canada has written this lament on the dismal failure of the climate conference. It cheered me up immensely:

An open letter to all Canadians from the Moderator of The United Church of Canada.

This letter was born in Copenhagen where, heartbroken, I watched the international climate talks fall apart.

Heartbroken because it was clear to me, as it was to many of you, that the talks in Copenhagen needed to succeed, that it is no longer safe for us to go on as we have before.

I believe this is a unique time in humanity’s fretful reign on Earth, a rare moment that will have historic significance.

And yet the Copenhagen talks failed. We have no plan to reduce deadly emissions of carbon dioxide. Emissions that are a symptom of our broken relationship with the web of life.

I don’t remember ever having a relationship with the web of life let alone breaking it; still, if I do discover it, I’ll be sure to emit copiously all over it to ensure that we become disentangled at its earliest convenience.

December 31, 2009

A green response to terrorism

Filed under: Global Warming,Political Correctness — David Jenkins @ 8:05 pm
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December 29, 2009

In the Anglican Church of Canada, climate change has replaced sin

Once upon a time The Anglican Church of Canada used to believe that the biggest threat to humanity’s well-being was sin – mankind’s deliberate rebellion against God, causing estrangement from him and from one’s fellow man. According to the Book that the Anglican Church used to use as a reliable guide to How Everything Fits Together, sin has infected not only every person, but the entire creation; the only remedy for individuals is to accept the free gift of redemption offered through Christ’s atoning death on the cross, where he bore the punishment for your sins and mine. The remedy for creation is in Christ’s second coming when entropy will be reversed and there will be a new heavens and a new earth. 2 Peter 3:8ff

A caboodle of Anglican illuminati, including Michael Ingham – who obviously does believe in something other than marrying homosexuals – has signed a declaration that states:

As faith leaders, we believe that unchecked climate change is one of the greatest threats to peace and prosperity for our world.

These Anglican priests have thrown their hand in with David Suzuki, who appears to be an agnostic; an agnostic is a more honest variant of non-believer that an atheist, since an atheist claims to know that God does not exists – something, as Bertrand Russell observed, that cannot be known without knowing everything that is knowable. It is an uneasy alliance, since the betrayal of these Anglican priests has more in common with the dishonesty of the atheist than the scrupled bewilderment of the agnostic. Much as I disagree with David Suzuki, I almost feel obliged to warn him about the brood of vipers that has chosen to associate with him.

December 28, 2009

A prominent climate scientist uses a naughty word on TV

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 12:06 am

Professor Andrew Watson – who bears an eerie resemblance to Richard Dawkins – is a professor in the University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences; thus everything he says is weighed dispassionately in the scales of scientific methodology and evidence. In this exchange, Professor Watson demonstrates the clinical objectivity of a scientist by calling Marc Morano an “asshole’.

The least Watson could have done is use the Queen’s English and say “arshole”.

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