June 2011 Archives
Benjy Sarlin, TalkingPointsMemo.com
Tim Pawlenty went full climate denier on Tuesday, embracing fringe claims that the vast international consensus on the issue is "bad science."
"So there is climate change, but the reality is the science of it indicates that most of it, if not all of it, is caused by natural causes," Pawlenty told FOX News. "And as to the potential human contribution to that, there's a great scientific dispute about that very issue."
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RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has gotten a warm welcome in New Hampshire.
The Minnesota congresswoman spokes at a house party in Raymond on Tuesday. She called for cuts to government spending and corporate taxes. She said the capital gains and estate taxes should be eliminated.
She received applause and cheers when she restated her opposition to the idea that human activity causes climate change and touted her concealed-carry gun permit.
Bachmann is heading to South Carolina for more campaign stops.
A Des Moines Register poll published Sunday showed Bachmann and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney far out front in Iowa.
DICK AHLSTROM, Irish Times
IT MAY seem perverse but cleaning up our air pollution problem is going to increase global warming. The cleaner the air over our cities, the more pronounced the warming effect, according to research.
An Irish scientist at NUI Galway originally initiated the research into how air pollution has a hidden beneficial side. It shows the haze that forms due to pollution, the tiny particles discharged by motor transport, and smoke from burning help to reflect back some of the solar radiation that is warming our climate.
If we manage to clean up the pollution we may also ramp up warming, said Prof Colin O'Dowd, professor of physics at Galway and also director of the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at the Ryan Institute.
by Russell Cook, Wattsupwiththat.com
When the public learns about huge faults in the skeptic scientist accusation, combined with the faults in the IPCC, the result may send AGW into total collapse.
I'm preaching to the choir here when I say appearances of people hiding AGW's problems beg for clichés - the emperor has no clothes, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, nothing to see here, move along. But I'm not a scientist, nor do I have a scintilla of expertise to say with any authority that the IPCC is wrong and skeptic scientists are right.
The one thing I can do is offer an ordinary citizen's informed view of what the barrier is preventing skeptics' viewpoints from being heard, and how that barrier can turn from the paper-thin success story it is into a cancer that has the potential to wipe out the entire ideology of AGW.
Notice that I said 'informed view'. I watch the mainstream media, but I also read sites like this one, while a large chunk of the public does not. Therein lies the problem, as evidenced by this example: On October 12, 2007, the PBS NewsHour aired a glowing broadcast about Al Gore winning the Nobel Prize, in which IPCC scientist Michael Oppenheimer offered scary scenarios rivaling those in Gore's movie. Two days prior, a UK judge ruled there were nine errors in the movie and it could only be shown in UK schools "with guidance notes to prevent political indoctrination". Yet, I defy anybody to locate a solitary mention of this in any NewsHour broadcast.
by James Delingpole, The Telegraph
And how are you feeling today, all you Greenies, after your most embarrassing week (well, one of the most embarrassing: the competition, it must be said, has been pretty stiff these last 18 months) since Climategate?
Just in case your only information sources are RealClimate or Guardian Environment let me explain, briefly, what has been happening out here on Planet Reality. In a nutshell, you've been caught with your trousers down yet again, viz:
An official IPCC report bigging up renewable energy as the power source of the future turns out to have been lead-authored by an activist from Greenpeace and based not on solid science but a wish-fulfilment fantasy scenario devised by, you guessed it, Greenpeace.
By Elmer Beauregard
Looking for something to do on the 4th of July? How about going downhill skiing?
Because of last winters record snowfall many ski areas still have tons of snow and are still getting more. So some ski areas are going to be open for the fourth of July.
The melting record snow from the Rockies is causing all kinds of havoc with flooding. Al Gore is trying to blame it on Global Warming but I say you can blame it on a a very cold and long winter.
Here is a partial list of skis areas that will be open this Fourth of July.
So grab your sparkles and head for the hills, who knows there might even be fireworks.
By Elmer Beauregard
The FDA yesterday came out with new horrific warming labels to put on cigarette packages. I don't smoke and don't think it's a good idea but these labels are ridiculous and gruesome.
This is what happens when the Liberal Nanny State starts to take over. The LNS is starting to control every aspect of our lives, they are even telling us what light bulbs to use.
In the case of incandescent light bulbs, they didn't put grotesque images on the packaging they just made them outright illegal. Soon people will be selling incandescent light bulbs from the back of pickup truck.
The stupid thing is, the light bulbs they're forcing us to buy are worse for us and the environment than the old ones. I think they should put a warming label on the CFL bulbs showing how bad Mercury poising is.
By Brian K. Sullivan - Bloomberg
The calendar says summer starts tomorrow in the Northern Hemisphere. The snow falling in the mountains of Colorado tells a different story.
A storm that has prompted a tornado watch across Nebraska and Kansas today also left 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Rocky Mountains, said Joe Ramey, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Junction, Colorado.
"It is unusual," Ramey said. "Here it is the last day of spring."
A winter storm advisory has been posted in the mountains of Colorado above 10,000 feet until 6 p.m. local time, and at least one tornado was reported in Kansas, according to the weather service. The Northern Hemisphere summer starts at 1:16 p.m. New York time tomorrow.
American Tradition Institute's Environmental Law Center today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in the District of Columbia to force the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to release ethics records for taxpayer-funded global warming activist Dr. James Hansen - specifically records that pertain to his outside employment, revenue generation, and advocacy activities.
ATI seeks to learn whether NASA approved Hansen's outside employment, which public financial disclosures and other documents reveal to have brought him at least $1.2 million in the past four years. This money comes in addition to - and, more troubling from an ethics and legal perspective, is all related to - his taxpayer-funded employment. Dr. Hansen's outside employment commenced when he increased his "global warming" activism from his perch at NASA.
Which means they are the Final Arbiter of everything we do, because everything we do creates CO2.
Kurt Nimmo, Prison Planet.com
The lawsuit targeted four private companies and the federal Tennessee Valley Authority. The private defendants in the suit are American Electric Power Co. of Ohio, Cinergy Co., now part of Duke Energy Corp. of North Carolina; Southern Co. Inc. of Georgia, and Xcel Energy Inc. of Minnesota, reports the Associated Press.
According to the high court, only the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to mandate a reduction in emissions. In December, the EPA said it will issue new regulations next year on power plants and carbon dioxide.
The court said the states and conservation groups can appeal in federal court under the Clean Air Act if they object to any eventual decision made by the EPA.
In Mark Dayton's Inaugural Speech he mentions "Working Together" 13 times. He even said that if the legislature put a balanced budget on his desk without raising taxes he would sign it. That is exactly what the Legislature did, and they even increased spending by 5%, but Mark Dayton didn't sign it like he said he would. Later on in his inaugural speech we find out why, he said he would insist that Minnesota's tax burden becomes more "Progressive". So much for "Working Together".
By Jonathan Blake, Opinion StarTribune.com
Gov. Mark Dayton released his plan for a state government shutdown earlier this week, outlining the staff and services that his administration considers essential. The plan was filed in Ramsey County District Court, since the courts will play a major role in any shutdown planning.
While the governor's office says it considers all government services to be essential at some level, the shutdown plan includes only those "critical services to protect the lives and safety of Minnesotans."
The administration also emphasizes that the courts will ultimately determine which services are "critical." But the shutdown recommendations offer a telling glimpse of this administration's priorities and motives.
Dayton's plan is appalling -- not only for the services it deems "critical" but, more important, for those it does not. For example, the governor plans to stop all aid payments to schools.
By Elmer Beauregard
Mitt also admitted he didn't have any science to backup his beliefs
"I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," Romney said. "I can't prove that"
At least Mitt knows more about the science than Michael Mann because he says that it used to be warmer.
"I don't know how much our contribution is to that, because I know there's been periods of greater heat and warmth than in the past, but I believe we contribute to that.
It sounds like Mitt thinks our ancestors caused the Medieval Warming Period with their emissions a millennium ago, and then they caused the Little Ice Age and the warming since the little Ice age.
Mitt's childlike belief in Global Warming has made him a favorite with the liberal media however. CNN likes him so much that they said he won the debate even though their own online poll had Ron Paul winning it. And they avoided embarrassing Mitt in front of a national audience by asking questions about his believes in Global Warming, so they asked if he preferred his chicken wings "Spicy or Mild". I guess chicken wings flavoring must be one of the most challenging issues of our time.
In 2011, your federal government will spend $10.6 million a day on climate change. Annual expenditures will be about $4 billion on global warming research--now called climate change-despite the fact that there has been no global warming since 1998, says the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a British educational think tank.
Billions have been wasted so far, although periods of cooling and warming have occurred naturally throughout history. Fossil fuels--Petroleum, natural gas and coal are the assigned "villains." Yet, "no conclusive evidence shows that fossil fuels to produce energy have had any significant effect on the earth's temperature," GWPF concludes. In December 2010, more than 1,000 international scientists challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
What is inexplicable and inexcusable is the amount of our nation's money that has been spent on climate change since that UN Panel, composed mainly of research-money-seeking scientists, invented global warming. Al Gore helped dramatize it with dire warnings that terrorized school children, to his mega-million-dollar benefit. Even more confounding is that added U.S. dollars will be poured into continuing research in 2011.
The EPA is doing its part to continue the myth of worldwide disaster. On Jan. 21, the EPA announced it was awarding $25 million to the Health Effects Institute to help the agency study air pollution and climate change. The $25 million is pocket change by Washington standards. It just happens to be the most recent agency outlay. It plans to spend $169 million this whole fiscal year on climate change. But the destructive consequences of the EPA's actions are its regulations involving greenhouse gases (GHGs) because its rules are many and widespread. They involve everything from power plants to electric generating units and petroleum refineries, to natural gas, oil and coal-fired electric generating units and refineries. Climate change, brought about by greenhouse gases, seems to continue to intrigue our government--from President Obama on down.
Saw this on Moonbattery, thought it was pretty funny.
Willard "Mitt" Romney wants the political/media establishment to understand that he isn't some wild-eyed conservative but a member of the power structure who won't rock the boat, much less allow any deviations in its course toward totalitarian oligarchical collectivism. He's gone so far as to set his recent avowal of faith in the global warming hoax to music:
Climate change should be removed from the national curriculum, the government adviser conducting a review of the syllabus for five to 16 year olds in England has claimed.
Tim Oates said schools ought to choose whether or not to teach the subject as he called for the curriculum to "get back to the science in science".
Mr Oates, whose review will be published later this year, told a newspaper the syllabus should be stripped back to focus on core areas of scientific knowledge such as gravity and oxidation.
He said teachers should instead be able to make individual choices about what topics are relevant for them to cover.
"We have believed that we need to keep the national curriculum up to date with topical issues, but oxidation and gravity don't date," he said.
Rest of the article.
by Paul Chesser, nplc.org
A report on the Businessweek Web site Thursday illustrated how Chevrolet, General Motors' subsidiary which gets most of its media love these days over the hyper-sensationalized electric Volt, is building its "Green-cred" in ways other than by the vehicles it manufactures.
But just as with the tax credit program for the Volt, in which dealers were discovered to be selling the vehicles to other dealers who then claim the $7,500 credit for themselves, all is not what it appears to be.
The story is about a program Chevy announced late last year, in which the company promised to purchase carbon dioxide offsets that would fund "environmentally-friendly" projects, which would counterbalance the emissions created by the 1.9 million vehicles the company expects to sell in 2011. Among the projects Chevrolet said would be funded were forestry projects, methane capture from landfills, wind farms, solar farms, and energy efficiency projects and upgrades.
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars.com
Embedding YouTube Videos May Soon Be a Felony
Techdirt reports that Senate bill 978 - a bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes - may be used to prosecute people for embedding YouTube videos.
According to Mark Masnick, if a website embeds a YouTube video that is determined to have infringed on copyright and more than 10 people view it on that website, the owner or others associated with the website could face up to five years in prison.
Read Masnick's article here. He explains how the new law would expand copyright violations from reproducing and distributing to performing - including streaming video over the internet.
As readers of Infowars.com know, many videos are removed from YouTube after copyright owners complain about infringement. This happens with thousands of news clips every year. Most people are familiar with the now common black box replacing a video that says the video has been removed for copyright reasons.
If enacted, this law will go one step further and turn people who embed a copyrighted video into criminals. It will also set the stage to criminalize linking to copyrighted information -- like corporate media news sources -- and shut down the alternative media.
It will also make people think twice about putting up all kinds of videos, from news reports to clips from documentaries and other educational material.
It does not take a vivid imagination to realize the political implications of this legislation.
Here is the full text of the bill.