February 2011 Archives

Editorial, Detroit News

Disruption in Middle East oil supplies makes it necessary to ease restrictions on domestic production

Gasoline prices are jumping toward the "Oh my God!" level, and if they continue upward, will soon have an unpleasant impact on consumer behavior. An economy still struggling to recover can't afford for Americans to get nervous about spending.

High pump prices have that effect. The huge 2008 run-up in oil prices throttled consumer spending, hitting the automobile industry -- and thus, Michigan -- particularly hard.

The turmoil in the Middle East has pushed oil above $100 per barrel again, and gasoline prices are following suit. In Metro Detroit, many stations are posting prices above $3.30, with predictions that they will move higher unless oil supplies increase.

Unfortunately, at the same time foreign supplies are falling, domestic production is being curtailed by policies of President Barack Obama's administration.

Rest of the story.

by Robert Bluey, BigGovernment.com

As oil prices continue to climb, a backlog of more than 100 offshore drilling plans for the Gulf of Mexico are awaiting approval from the Obama administration, according to federal data.

The federal government has not approved a single new exploratory drilling plan in the Gulf of Mexico since lifting its deepwater drilling moratorium on Oct. 12. There are currently 103 plans awaiting review by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

The information reveals that the Obama administration -- not the oil industry -- is the culprit for the slowdown of drilling activity in the Gulf. The Gulf of Mexico accounts for more than 25 percent of domestic oil production.

oil.jpg"These new findings prove that BOEMRE cannot claim it isn't receiving job-creating plans from oil exploration and production companies," said Gregory Rusovich, chairman of the Business Council of Greater New Orleans and the River Region. "The plans are there. Until BOEMRE reviews the 103 plans awaiting approval, our economy's stability remains in jeopardy."

Every two weeks Greater New Orleans Inc. releases a Gulf Permit Index based on publicly available federal data. Thursday's index revealed an 88 percent decline in deepwater permits compared to the historical average. Not a single deepwater permit was approved in January.

Even shallow-water permits have taken a hit in the Gulf, despite not being subject to the administration's moratorium last year. Only two new shallow-water permits were approved by BOEMRE in January. Permit issuance is down 30 percent from the historical average.

The decline in drilling is having an economic impact on the Gulf region and also threatens to exacerbate the problems with rising oil prices.

It also means less money for the federal government. With production in the Gulf of Mexico expected to drop this year by 220,000 barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, that equals about $3.7 million in lost revenue each day (based on the $90/barrel oil and the royalty rate of 18.75 percent).

Original Article.

By Ben Storrow, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, FoxNews

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U.S. Sen. John Kerry encountered a loud and often angry crowd during a town hall meeting at the Northampton Center for the Arts on Saturday, as area residents grilled him about his support for the war in Afghanistan, federal spending and the federal government's response to the recession.

And in what might have might been the most bizarre exchange of the two-hour gathering, Kerry apologized to one woman who claimed he had called her a Neanderthal for not believing in global warming.

Kerry said he was referring generally to those who do not believe in the science of global warming and not the one woman in particular.

"The biggest fight we have on the environment right now in Washington is not going forward, it is preventing these Neanderthals, troglodytes, whatever you call them, from going backward - preventing them from attacking the EPA, preventing the EPA from doing anything about clean air for the next few years," Kerry said.


John Holdren's IPCC Myths

Here is a great post by Donna Laframboise, the creator of NOconsensus.org (Toronto, Canada)

This is a great article about the IPCC and how it should be defunded.


Here is an excerpt:

PROBLEMS #1, 2, and 3

The IPCC's conclusions are not based solely on painstaking studies. Nor is the IPCC's source material all published in peer-reviewed journals. In fact, 30% of the references in the IPCC's 2007 report (5,587 out of 18,531) are to grey literature - including press releases, magazine articles, and advocacy material produced by groups such as Greenpeace. Furthermore, the genuinely peer-reviewed material cited by the IPCC amounts to several thousand studies. Simple arithmetic indicates that only a fraction could possibly have appeared in the world's leading journals.

Read the complete article here.

House Votes To Defund IPCC

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By Elmer Beauregard

On February 19, the war on the Global Warming Hoax Scored a stunning victory. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate U.S. funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Republican majority, said that it no longer wishes to have the IPCC prepare its comprehensive international climate science assessments.

The amendment was sponsored by second-term Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri),


Luetkemeyer: Scientists manipulated climate data, suppressed legitimate arguments in peer-reviewed journals, and researchers were asked to destroy emails, so that a small number of climate alarmists could continue to advance their environmental agenda.

Since then, more than 700 acclaimed international scientists have challenged the claims made by the IPCC, in this comprehensive 740-page report. These 700 scientists represent some of the most respected institutions at home and around the world, including the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense, U.S. Air Force and Navy, and even the Environmental Protection Agency.

By Phillip Suderman, Washington Examiner

One of the issues coming out of the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget is the funding level for the Environmental Protection Agency. President Obama, in a move to try and appease both the business community and those concerned about the deficit, agreed to a reduction in the EPA's budget of $1.3 billion. The resulting $9 billion budget is still too much for Republicans, who are looking to reduce the agencies funding by an additional $1.5 billion to $7.5 billion.

The real problem here, though, isn't how much money the EPA is receiving, but the authority that EPA has to regulate. If Republicans are looking to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, for instance, simply cutting funds isn't enough.

Read the rest of the article.

By Elmer Beauregard

MinnesotaStillLife.jpgWe just finished a nice thawing period here in Minnesota that came in the middle of February. We usually get this in the middle of January, we call it a "January thaw" and it happens pretty regularly, in fact 2011 will be the first year we haven't had a January thaw in over 30 years.

It was a very cold January, in fact it never reached 32º the whole month. So we finally got are thaw it was just a month late. Now it looks like winter is coming back with a vengeance, we are supposed to get another foot of show this weekend.

Maybe something Minnesota should consider

Washington Post

HELENA, Mont. -- A Montana legislator is proposing the state embrace global warming as good for the economy.

Republican Rep. Joe Read of Ronan aims to pass a law that says global warming is a natural occurrence that "is beneficial to the welfare and business climate of Montana."

Reaction by scientists and environmentalists to House Bill 549 has been harsh. University of Montana climate change professor Steve Running calls it an indefensible attempt to repeal the laws of physics.

The bill was to be heard in the House Natural Resources Committee Friday.

Another climate change bill by Read was also being heard Friday. House Bill 550 would claim the state has authority over the EPA when it comes to regulating greenhouse gases.

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Michael Buerk the presenter of the BBC radio program the 'Moral Maze' said in his intro to a debate about Multiculturalism in the UK:

"not long ago to question multiculturalism....

....risked being branded racists and pushed into the loathesome corner with pedophiles and climate change deniers"

Listen here.

I guess those Brits are a gullible bunch, 83% of them still believe in global warming.

Found on Realclimate.org

By Elmer Beauregard

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You've all probably seen this chart from Mauna Loa by now, it shows how the earth's CO2 is ever increasing. It goes from 315 ppm to 385 ppm in 50 years, an increase of about 70 PPM.

What you may not know is, mankind is only responsible for 3% of that increase, nature produced the rest, the oceans being the worst culprit by far.

If you take 70ppm and multiply it by .03 (3%) you get 2.1 or 2 parts per million, which is all that mankind is responsible for. That's it, that's what all the hubbub is about.

The magic number set by the Greeny Weenies is to get CO2 levels back down to 350 PPM, like it was in the mid 80's. But if you were to totally eliminate mankind off the face of the earth it would only bring it down 2PPM to 383 which is what it was in 2008.

Here is my version of the Mauna Loa Chart where I pan out to show a whopping 1% of the earth's atmosphere. By zooming out to show more of the atmosphere it shows that this increasing CO2 is maybe not so bad after all. Especially because it's what makes plants grow which in turn make Oxygen for us.

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Propane Methane Rogaine

Extra Bonus Video


I had the film in the camera, the cast was up for it, had the song in the can, had to do it.

Kansas City Business Journall

Attorneys general in Kansas and Missouri want the U.S. Supreme Court to put an end to the use of public nuisance lawsuits that target electric utilities thought to contribute to global warming.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Missouri counterpart Chris Koster joined 20 other attorneys general in filing a "friend of the court" brief to the U.S. Supreme Court imploring it render greenhouse regulation a political question rather than one solved by litigation.

The brief is sent to the court in an attempt to convince justices, but it has no binding effect. The brief said lawsuits seeking past damages for greenhouse gas emissions and injunctions against future emissions undercut state regulatory guidelines crafted by elected officials.

"Federal courts should not use the common law to confound the political branches' legislative and administrative processes by establishing emissions policy -- more likely, multiple conflicting policies -- on a piecemeal, ad hoc, case-by-case basis under the aegis of federal common law," the filing reads.

Full article here.

(CNN) -- An icy cold front that swept through northern Mexico over the weekend left 65 zoo animals dead, the zoo's owner told CNN on Monday.

Parrots, crocodiles and peacocks were among the victims of temperatures that dropped as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15 degrees Celsius) early Saturday morning at the Chihuahua Zoo in the city of Aldama, about an hour north of Chihuahua.

The rest of the article.

Our Newest Video

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately how 2010 is the hottest year on record, yet we seem to be freezing to death. That's when the line from Stephen Foster's song "Oh Susanna" sprang to mind "The sun so hot, I froze to death" and I decided to do this song.

Hope you like it.

Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com

The rolling blackouts now being implemented in Texas and across the country as record cold weather grips the United States are a direct consequence of the Obama administration's agenda to lay siege to the coal industry, launch a takeover of infrastructure under the contrived global warming scam, and help usher in the post-industrial collapse of America.

Planned power outages conducted by utility companies have caused outrage amongst officials at four major hospitals in Texas, at Parkland, Baylor, Methodist and Presbyterian Dallas.

"Because of the sensitive life-saving equipment, hospitals are considered "critical care facilities," and supposed to be exempt from rolling blackouts," reports CBS 11. "That's exactly what Presbyterian Dallas was led to believe. "We were of the understanding that hospitals and other critical-care providers were not supposed to be affected by planned outages," said hospital spokesman Stephen O'Brien."

Al Gore Explains 'Snowmageddon'

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By Gene J. Koprowski, FoxNews

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If the planet is warming, why is a third of America locked in a deep freeze, with record-low temperatures as far south as the Mexican border, where the thermometer in Ciudad Juarez plummeted Wednesday night to a bone-chilling 9-below zero?

Self-proclaimed planetary climate czar Al Gore thinks he has answer.

"As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now, and they say increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming," Gore write in a blog post. The Nobel Prize-winning former vice president was responding to a question posed by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who wondered on air why global warming was such an urgent science policy priority when the New York City area had become a "tundra" this winter.

Gore also indicated that he believes a rise in global temperatures is creating "all sorts of havoc," from hotter dry spells to colder winters and ever more violent storms. This is even endangering certain species of animals and leading to forest fires and floods.

But not surprisingly, some climate-change skeptics are a bit hot under the collar over Gore's "scientific" explanation.

Rest of the article.


Six More Months Of Winter

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Globe So Hot I Froze To Death

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Two dozen states in line of fire Weather.com
100 million people will be impacted by this storm.

Blizzard Hits Chicago

Storm could be one for the record books

Watches/Warmings


Airport Closed at Dallas


Via Drudge Report

By Agence France-Presse, Raw Story



WASHINGTON - Conservative senators vowed Monday to strip President Barack Obama of his power to regulate greenhouse gases, in a move that would cripple US efforts on climate change if successful.

Eleven Republican senators introduced a bill that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, which scientists blame for global warming, without explicit approval by Congress.

Under Obama, the federal agency has steadily increased standards on gas emissions. The Republicans accused Obama of circumventing Congress, where a so-called "cap-and-trade" bill to mandate emission curbs died last year.

"My bill will shrink Washington's job-crushing agenda and grow America's economy," said Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming and skeptic of climate change who is leading the effort.

"I will do whatever it takes to ensure that Washington doesn't impose cap-and-trade policies in any form."

Rest of the article.

By Paul Yeager, AOL News

Another winter storm is pounding much of the nation. Between Midwestern blizzards, record-breaking Northeast snowfall and widespread winter cold, what's with climate change and global warming?

Are the U.S. winter extremes proof that global warming isn't happening or is even a hoax, as many skeptics suggest? Are the winter extremes a product of a warming atmosphere, as many climate change advocates assert?

While opinions about climate change vary greatly, even among experts in climate science, the consensus is that short-range weather events have little to do with the climate change debate.

There's no debating that it's been cold, especially in January. According to Deke Arndt of the federal National Climatic Data Center, "January 2011 will rank among the coldest 20 percent of Januarys on record since 1895." December, although very cold in the Deep South, averaged near normal across the country since the Southern cold was balanced by warmth elsewhere.

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