February 2009 Archives

The Magical Misery Tour

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MinnesotaBudgetSolutions.com

State legislators have concluded their 24-city "Misery Tour", otherwise known as "listening sessions." The series of town hall-style meetings were promoted as opportunities for citizens to provide their input and ideas on Minnesota's projected $6-7 billion budget deficit.

By Elmer Beauregard

When I did this experiment on Feb. 1 the stimulus package included $400 million for Global Warming research. Now that number is up to $2.8 Billion. I think the money only goes to people who are trying to prove Global Warming however, not disprove it like my experiment did.

WorldNetDaily

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama plans to include in his 2010 budget the introduction of a massive energy cap-and-trade system designed to raise $300 billion a year for the federal government in a bid to get industry to curtail emissions of so-called "greenhouse gases."

The plan would force companies to buy permits from the government for greenhouse gas emissions above a certain cap. Acknowledging that businesses would have no choice but to pass their costs on to customers, resulting in skyrocketing utility bills for homeowners and offices, the administration is pledging to redistribute most of the revenue back to in the form of government relief.

The remaining revenues would cover his proposals for $15 billion a year in spending and tax incentives to develop alternative energy sources, administration sources say.

EPA to Rule on Global-Warming Risk

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By Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

Washington (AP) - For Lisa Jackson, the new EPA administrator,
the next step for the agency when it comes to climate change will be
decided by a single question: Do heat-trapping gases pose a risk?

In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Jackson said she was closer to having an answer.

She said the Environmental Protection Agency will soon decide whether greenhouse gases are a danger to human health and welfare, the legal
trigger for regulation under federal law.

 "We are going to be making a fairly significant finding about what
these gases mean for public health and the welfare of our country,"
Jackson said.

wattsupwiththat.com

This is a bit disturbing, though in retrospect, not surprising. One of our local IPCC wonks at Chico State University, Jeff Price, is a biologist, but lectures me about climate all the same. - Anthony

by Paul Chesser, Climate Strategies Watch

I had intended to return to this point when I originally posted about this debate last week, but time got away from me. Thankfully, my colleague Roy Cordato brought it up today:

During the question and answer session of last week's William Schlesinger/John Christy global warming debate, (alarmist) Schlesinger was asked how many members of United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were actual climate scientists. It is well known that many, if not most, of its members are not scientists at all. Its president, for example, is an economist.

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Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC - trained initially as a railway engineer

Former president cautions 'Today' viewers economic and terrorism crises are short-term and climate is real long-term threat.

By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute

So much for the end of the politics of fear, especially when it comes to the hot-button issues of the day.

Former President Bill Clinton appeared in an interview with Ann Curry on NBC's Feb. 16 "Today." Curry asked him if the greatest threat to the United States was the economic crisis and whether it outweighed the threats of terrorism.

"In the short term," Clinton replied. "In the medium term because I think we'll come out of the economic crisis, terror and the spread of weapons of mass destruction are. In the long-term, the prospect that the climate will crater and we won't be able to preserve civilization."

Breaking News: Plants Love Greenhouse Gas

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by Elmer Beaureguard

In a recent study at the University of Illinois they just discovered something that I learned in 6th grade, that plants love CO2. In fact they can't get enough of it, they need it to survive and grow. The more CO2 there is the more they convert it into Oxygen for us to breath. It's a beautiful symbiotic relationship between man and plants called Photosynthesis.

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The study, from researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, appears this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"The enhanced respiration is likely to support greater transport of
sugars from leaves to other growing parts of the plant, including the
seeds,
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In 2003 in a similar study scientists set out to prove the effect of greenhouse gasses on trees. They planted trees in New York City and trees way out in the woods. To their surprise, the trees planted in the city grew twice as rapidly as the ones in the country.
link to article.

The Deadline To Sign Up Is This Friday

I just signed up now there are only 20 people signed up out of a possible 100.

On Wednesday Feb. 18, two films will be shown back-to-back, each representing a different point of view. First Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" will be shown, which shows the Global Warming theory, followed by Martin Durkin's "The Great Global Warming Swindle" which shows the skeptical side of the argument. The event will be hosted by Jeff Witta.

These will be shown at the
DISTRICT SERVICE CENTER
5621 County Rd 101, Minnetonka, MN 55345
District Service Center Community Room
February 18 at 6:30 to 9:00

The project is through Minnetonka Community Education.
It is free, but you must register by Feb.13, Course #89 845 W2
(952-401-5000)

We're A Hit, Kinda

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By Elmer Beauregard

Yesterday, I uploaded to youTube our newest parody "Two Below Honey" and it really took off. It got over 7,000 views in one day a lot blogs were blogging on it, radio shows like Quinn & Rose, Steve Malsberg in New York played it, it was going to be our greatest hit. Thanks to people like Noel Sheppard at Newbusters.org, bitsandpieces, TomNelson, LookTrueNorth, FreedomDogs and CoinidenceTheories.

But this morning we were notified by youTube that Van Morrison and Exile Productions said the song was a copyright violation so youTube pulled it. There was a silver lining to however I was interviewed on Breitbart.tv. And if you Google "Remove 'Two Below Honey' Satire" you get 698 entries and we are getting a ton of hits, so we are getting some publicity, just not the kind I wanted.


by William Wallace, Coincidence Theories

Not surprisingly, Van Morrison/Exile production has silenced a global warming critic-at least for the time being.

Yesterday, Minnesotans for Global Warming (M4GW) released two below honey, a parody of the Van Morrison song Tupelo Honey, on youtube.(Wallace 2009) It quickly garnered thousands of views.

But within 1 day of uploading the song, YouTube removed it and replaced it with the disclaimer displayed on the right.

2 Below Honey

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Happy Groundhog Day

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After 2 nice days above freezing this weekend, we went right down into the deep freeze again this morning, so I hope I don't have to relive this day over and over again.

New In Town - A Must See...

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Even If Your Not From Minnesota

A Review By Elmer Beauregard

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I went to see the new movie "New In Town" that takes place in New Ulm Minnesota starring Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. last night. The theater was packed and the audience seemed to love it, they laughed they cried.

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