Global Warming Follies


An old joke.

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on July 29, 2008

There is an old joke about a headline in the New York Times that says: “World to end tomorrow. Minorities and poor will be most effected.” Believe it or not, that old headline is no longer a joke when it comes to global warming and the majority whip of the US House of Representatives.

Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue. It’s now an issue of race, according to global warming activists and policy makers.

“It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said July 29.

The culture of victimhood strikes again!

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Messiah complex

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on July 29, 2008

If you needed another reason to take the election this fall seriously, just consider this quote from Nancy Pelosi?

“I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”

Don’t distract Nan with trivia like our oil supply while she carries out her God-given duty to “save the planet”. Nancy Pelosi, the woman “who takes away the sin of the world”.  Between her and Barack I think we have two too many Saviours.

 

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No smoking hot spot

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on July 28, 2008

(Thanks to my bro John for tipping me off to this article.)

Writing for The Australian, David Evans, a former consultant to the Australian Greenhouse Office from 1999 to 2005, says that:

1. There is no greenhouse signature in the atmosphere;

2. There is no evidence that greenhouse gasses have caused global warming;

3. The globe hasn’t heated since 2001 and has recently cooled .6 degrees centigrade to 1980 levels; and,

4. Ice core samples of previous warmings show temperatures rising BEFORE carbon levels raising big questions about cause and effect. 

Then Mr. Evans raises some interesting points:

The last point was known and past dispute by 2003, yet Al Gore made his movie in 2005 and presented the ice cores as the sole reason for believing that carbon emissions cause global warming. In any other political context our cynical and experienced press corps would surely have called this dishonest and widely questioned the politician’s assertion.

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So far that debate has just consisted of a simple sleight of hand: show evidence of global warming, and while the audience is stunned at the implications, simply assert that it is due to carbon emissions.

In the minds of the audience, the evidence that global warming has occurred becomes conflated with the alleged cause, and the audience hasn’t noticed that the cause was merely asserted, not proved.

So when will the press demand proof of the assertions made by the GW crowd? Don’t hold your breath.

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Global warming may increase kidney stones: researchers

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on July 15, 2008

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about!!!!

More Americans are likely to suffer from kidney stones in the coming years as a result of global warming, according to researchers at the University of Texas.
Kidney stones, which are formed from dissolved minerals in the urine and can be extremely painful, are often caused by caused by dehydration, either by not drinking enough liquid or losing too much due to high heat conditions.

Now, of course, there’s no new science in the global warming field here. This is simply a bunch of grant seeking kidney stone researchers looking for more funding by jumping onto the GW bandwagon. They assume that GW will happen then ask: “What could happen if the climate warms?”  The press loves this becase they can repeat the GW mantra again in yet another scary way.

They can even tell you how much worse it will get:

If global warming trends continue as projected by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007, the United States can expect as much as a 30 percent growth in kidney stone disease in some of its driest areas, said the findings published in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

And where:

One formula showed an increase in the southern half of the country, including the already existing “kidney stone belt” of the southeastern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The other showed that the increase would be concentrated in the upper Midwest.

“Similar climate-related changes in the prevalence of kidney-stone disease can be expected in other stone belts worldwide,” the study said.

“Stone belts”???   Amazing.

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Rep. Ed Markey(D) “reveals his ignorance”.

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on July 13, 2008

Maybe he thought he could get away with it because he was talking to kids. As despicable as that is I hope that’s it. Because then he’s just revealed himself as another lying politician. The other, more likely and more scary explanation? ….he believes it.

Rep. Ed Markey is chairman of the House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee so I hope he knows that what he told the kids about Katrina, Darfur, Black Hawk Down and Women’s Suffrage wasn’t true. If he believes it we really are in trouble.

A top Democrat told high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday that climate change caused Hurricane Katrina and the conflict in Darfur, which led to the “black hawk down” battle between U.S. troops and Somali rebels.

How does a supposedly intelligent man arrive at such spectacularly ridiculous conclusions? Let’s let the man himself tell us.

“In Somalia back in 1993, climate change, according to 11 three- and four-star generals, resulted in a drought which led to famine,” said Markey.

“That famine translated to international aid we sent in to Somalia, which then led to the U.S. having to send in forces to separate all the groups that were fighting over the aid, which led to Black Hawk Down. There was this scene where we have all of our American troops under fire because they have been put into the middle of this terrible situation,” he added.

Now that’s a trick. Claiming that eleven unnamed “three and- four- star generals” blamed climate change for famine. I wonder why he didn’t name them. Perhaps he couldn’t find their names in his notes. More likely they don’t exist. So if it wasn’t global warming what was it that caused that drought?

But Myron Ebell, director of Energy and Global Warming Policy at CEI, told Cybercast News Service that Markey’s remarks reveal his ignorance about the science of global warming.

“Yes, that part of the world is subject to drought at times, but it has very little to do with global warming,” said Ebell. “It is subject to drought whether the global average temperature is going up, down, or staying the same. To say you know the conflict was caused by global warming is to show how really ignorant you are of the scientific issues involved.”

I like a straight talking man. Don’t you? Next Ed moves on to Katrina.

Markey also told the students that there no longer exists any debate about whether or not disasters like Katrina are caused by climate change.

“There now is no question that this harm is being caused by human activity,” said Markey. “It’s warming up the planet and melting the glaciers. There is an underwater heat wave going on. The waters get warmer and warmer and that intensifies the storms and creates even greater havoc when those storms reach land.”

“The planet is running a fever. It’s heating up but there is no emergency rooms for planets,” he said.

He must have completely forgotten about this “Never Mind” we posted back in April.

One of the most influential scientists behind the theory that global warming has intensified recent hurricane activity says he will reconsider his stand.

The hurricane expert, Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, unveiled a novel technique for predicting future hurricane activity this week. The new work suggests that, even in a dramatically warming world, hurricane frequency and intensity may not substantially rise during the next two centuries.

The research, appearing in the March issue of Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, is all the more remarkable coming from Emanuel, a highly visible leader in his field and long an ardent proponent of a link between global warming and much stronger hurricanes.

That’s a pretty important fact for chairman of the House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee to “forget”. So why does he continue to say that “there no longer exists any debate about whether or not disasters like Katrina are caused by climate change”. Let’s not eliminate either of the two explanations posited earlier.

But wait. We’re not done with Ed yet. His closing remarks were just as silly.

Markey finished his talk by comparing the debate against global warming to the 20th century fight for women suffrage. “Back 100 years ago, women rose up and said we want the right to vote, and they were successful,” he said. “Now, you are like the green generation and you are rising up and saying we must ensure the planet does not suffer the worst consequences of climate change.”

Do you think the Suffragettes would like him comparing their struggle for the vote to a crackpot conspiracy theory that nature is causing our troops to be attacked? Neither do I. I also want to know how his analogy is supposed to work. Global Warming and the right to vote? I guess its the “rising up” part. That’s it!

So which is it faithful readers? Does he believe it, in which case he’s an idiot, or doesn’t he, which makes him a liar?

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Priceless send up of “Imagine”

Posted in Funny by tjgavin on July 13, 2008

“Imagine”, John Lennon’s sappy  liberal fantasy song gets a nice redo by a group called Minnesotans for Global Warming:

Imagine there’s no Global Warming

How’s that again?

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on July 11, 2008

Cleaner skies explain surprise rate of warming

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Study links global warming to more smog

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Cow burps back in the Global Warming news…Thank God!

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on July 10, 2008

Argentine scientists are taking a novel approach to studying global warming — strapping plastic tanks to the backs of cows to collect their burps.

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Attaching a red plastic tank to a cow’s back and connecting it through a tube to the animal’s stomach, scientists say they can trap bovine burps and analyze them.

“When we got the first results, we were surprised. Thirty percent of Argentina’s (total greenhouse) emissions could be generated by cows,” said Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology.

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At least 10 cows are being studied, Berra said, including some in a corral whose burps are collected in yellow balloons hanging from the roof.

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From the land of fruits and nuts!

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on July 7, 2008

California is making it mandatory for cars to be labeled with global warming scores, figures that take into account emissions from vehicle use and fuel production.

Will it also take into account the emissions from incomplete digestion of the driver? 

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Sometimes “silly” just doesn’t quite describe it!

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on July 3, 2008

An architect has come up with an innovative answer to rising sea levels – a city that floats around the world.

The self-contained ‘Lilypad’ city will be home to around 50,000 ‘climate refugees’ from the worst hit areas – including London.

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