Global Warming Follies

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?



3 Responses to 'Rep. Ed Markey(D) “reveals his ignorance”.'

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  1. Dan said,

    Ah, teh new global warming fad.

  2. Dassin said,


  3. Dave said,

    An idiot or a liar? How about a lying idiot? That works!

    Great site by the way; found my way here by way of the Neatorama shameless plug post. Definitely bookmarked!

    Also, FYI; on your About page it looks like you inadvertently invoked an emoticon in the second paragraph. Probably a zero followed by a right parentheses. Just thought I’d let you know.


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