Florida, the warm-weather getaway for many snowbirds from up north, recorded its coldest December ever to close out 2010. Historic winter storms blanketed much of the US and Europe, shutting down airports from New York to Moscow, stranding untold numbers of holiday travelers. You can bet there weren’t very many with Global Warming on their mind.
But President Obama’s administration is still looking to use the fallacious crisis to seize even more control of our daily lives. EPA officials, with teeth chattering as they make their way to work through the bitter cold, “prepares regulations that would force companies to get permits to release greenhouse gases” according to a recent Fox News article.
Of course it’s not just last month’s brutal cold snap that debunks the long-running arguments of Global Warming alarmists like Al Gore and Michael Moore. The scientists who have collected hundreds of billions of dollars in government research grants did more damage to their cause last year than any cold snap could. That’s when hackers released emails stolen from the climate so-called-scientists who’ve perpetrated this massive fraud for decades. The emails revealed manipulation or omission of data that called their hypotheses into question.
Reasonable people recognized that Global Warming was a sham. But the tantalizing promise of rewards from continuing the crisis, in the form of wealth and power, kept the alarmists and their bureaucrat buddies on course. Rather than hang their heads in shame, they came up with a new name for the supposed warming that resulted in cooler temperatures. They chose the name “Climate Change” to replace the no longer convincing “Global Warming.” Brilliant!
The new name could be applied to ANY turn in the weather. A cold snap? The result of “Climate Change!” A warm front? “Climate Change” caused it! Strong winds? Let’s blame them on “Climate Change!” Tornadoes in Kansas? “Climate Change” to blame! Earthquakes and mudslides in California? “Climate Change” did it! We could go on, but you get the idea.
The EPA even changed its phraseology to the more flexible “Climate Change” and abandoned the now unpopular (and debunked) “Global Warming.” But the agencies arguments to address “Climate Change” are the exact same arguments they used to deal with “Global Warming!”
The agency’s web page devoted to “Climate Change” is fronted by flipping through the following phrases, all backed by photos intended to bolster their argument that the Earth is warming…
“Glaciers around the world are shrinking, and the amount of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has decreased since the 1970s.”
“Average sea level worldwide is projected to rise up to two feet by the end of this century. This rise would eliminate approximately 10,000 square miles of land in the United States.”
“Hurricanes in the Atlantic are likely to become more intense as ocean temperatures rise.”
“As temperatures rise, some migratory birds are spending the winter an average of 35 miles further north than they did 40 years ago.”
“From heat waves to melting glaciers, the signs of a changing planet are documented in a new EPA report presenting 24 indicators of climate change.”
The left-wing control freaks that used Global Warming as an argument for overreaching regulatory power grabs by government agencies just won’t give up, even when confronted with incontrovertible evidence their conjectures are wrong!
One thing’s sure, new regulations WILL increase costs for business and industry and those costs WILL be passed on to consumers. That’s why Obama couldn’t pass the same policies legislatively, even with huge Democrat majorities in the House and Senate.
This is a fight that needs to be taken up by the new GOP members elected to Congress! And it needs to be taken up immediately. Left-wing, liberal, Democrat policies have already raised the cost of nearly every necessity. It needs to stop now.
Those snowbirds that come to Florida to escape the cold up north would probably be grateful for a little Global Warming right now.
Tags: Climate Change, Global Warming, EPA, Regulation, Carbon, Emissions, Election 2010, Pollution, Al Gore, Winter Storm 2010, Environment
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By Paul Driessen at Townhall.com
Environmental justice demands that the United States address global warming, the gravest threat facing minority Americans, insist the EPA, Congressional Black Caucus and White House. Are they serious?
The alleged threat pales next to unwed teen motherhood, school dropouts, murder and other crime. But even assuming human carbon dioxide emissions will cause average global temperatures to rise a few degrees more than they have already since the Little Ice Age ended, it is absurd to suggest that any such warming would harm minorities more than policies imposed in the name of preventing climate change.
Human activities have not replaced the complex natural forces that drove climate change throughout Earth’s history. But even if manmade greenhouse gases do contribute to planetary warming, slashing US emissions to zero would bring no benefit, because steadily rising emissions from China, India, Brazil and other rapidly growing economies would almost instantly replace whatever gases we cease emitting.
Most important, fossil fuels power the economic engine that ensures justice and opportunity in America today. Policies that make energy less reliable and affordable reduce business revenues and profits, shrink investment and innovation, imperil economic recovery, and hobble job creation, civil rights, and the pursuit of happiness and the American dream.
Whether they take the form of cap-and-trade, carbon taxes, restrictions on drilling and coal mining, or EPA rules under its claim that carbon dioxide “endangers” human health and welfare, anti-energy policies frustrate the natural desire of poor and minority Americans to improve their lives.
As to coping with higher temperatures, restrictive energy policies send electricity prices skyrocketing, making it harder for low-income households to afford air conditioning, and putting lives at risk. They send poor families back to pre-AC misery of bygone eras, like the 1896 heat wave that killed 1,300 people in New York City’s sweltering tenements. In wintertime, they make heating less affordable, again putting lives at risk.
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by John Allison III, editor
Oh the bloated bureaucracy better known as the federal government never ceases to amaze us with its ability to disappoint.
The myriad of federal agencies spend thousands of billions (that’s TRILLIONS) of our tax dollars to generate plans for how best to step in and respond when disaster strikes, how best to protect us from the evils of big business and our wicked wealthy brethren. Uncle Sam confiscates our hard earned money while he’s telling us how his handling it will somehow make our lives better, make us feel safer, more protected.
Good ole Uncle Sam promises to be there when the chips are down. When disaster strikes, Uncle Sam has a plan for how to deal with it.
Like the plan the US Government had for dealing with a disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Developed in 1994 and signed off on by US Coast Guard Captain J. W. Calhoun, it appears the “In Situ” Burn plan was designed for spills such as resulted from the Deepwater Horizon rig catastrophe.
If it is impractical or unsafe to contain an accidental or deliberate burn of spilled oil, it may still be possible to eliminate a major portion of the spill at or very close to the spill source. Sudden “batch” releases of oil (e.g., tanker accidents) or ongoing high-volume flow rates (e.g., oil well blowouts or pipeline ruptures) may result in the temporary accumulation of relatively thick oil layers. Particularly when winds and currents are low and/or when oil can be burned in the lee of a large object (e.g., vessel, island, etc.), it may be possible to sustain effective combustion.
The plan involves the towing of a special, patented fire retardant boom by two vessels that gather the oil to be burned. Once gathered and, if necessary, towed to a safe location away from the spill source or other hazards, the oil inside the boom is ignited and permitted to burn.
According to the plan, this method could potentially remove the 5000 barrels of oil spewing from the damaged well, and more…
It is evident that a 500-footlong fire boom (with backup replacement sections as needed) could be used in a U configuration to intercept oil and eliminate it at approximately 400 to 500 gallons/minute or about 15,000 barrels/day.
By now, you must be wondering why this plan hasn’t already been implemented. Why aren’t we seeing billowing black clouds of smoke pour into the sky to save the coastal environment in the Gulf? The plan is right there, in black and white, all laid out 16 years ago. Why the inaction in response to what promises to become an environmental disaster of epic proportion?
Simple really. It’s the government silly.
That’s right. The same government that spent who-knows-how-much to come up with this plan has failed to implement it because…are you ready for this…
The US government didn’t have the necessary equipment in the Gulf when the accident occurred. It didn’t have 10 fire booms, not 5 fire booms, not even one fire boom that might have harnessed the destruction about to be visited on the shores of our southern states.
The plan has been in place for 16 years and the geniuses in our government tasked with enacting it had to contact the company in Illinois that makes the booms to purchase one. (“Uh…could you overnight that please?”)
Fortunately, Elastec/American Marine had one boom in stock and shipped it when the government bureaucrats called. (Thank God for capitalism and private companies! If the government was in charge of manufacturing the booms, it likely would have just now been firing up the assembly line.) But this isn’t something the UPS driver can deliver. It’s 500 feet long and it will take a few days to deliver and put into use.
Jeff Bohleber, Elastec’s chief financial officer says, “If they had six or seven of these systems in place when this happened and got out there and started burning, it would have significantly lessened the amount of oil that got loose.”
Since Elastec can’t just throw one of these booms together in a day, the mighty US has now been reduced to asking the company’s foreign customers if we can borrow booms they purchased to be prepared for events like this in their own country. Bohleber says there are six more being shipped in. “Hopefully, they will be here by Wednesday to be available for use on Thursday. Bear in mind, two days ago, we thought they would be here today,” he said.
The US government had a plan, it was just too incompetent to put the equipment in place to implement it.
Tags: Deepwater Horizon, Environment, In Situ, EPA, Elastec/American Marine, Elastec, Oil Spill, Oil Slick, BP, Transocean
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Constructed free of charge by the daughter and grandchildren of Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe (R). And constructed using 100% Global Warming residue (snow) which is more plentiful this year than any ardent follower of the former Vice President expected!
Molly Rapert, Inhofe’s daughter, and the Senator’s grandchildren built the abode pictured below and adorned it with signs reading “Al Gore’s New Home” and “Honk if you (heart) Global Warming.”
Not all saw the humor, or the significance, in the frozen edifice.
With snow and ice covering the US from New England to Texas, some Global Warming alarmists (including the infamous Nobel laureate Gore) are apparently hibernating, awaiting the spring thaw to shout from the mountaintops the coming calamity that will result from the climate change due to Global Warming. The office of the mouthpiece for Global Warming didn’t return calls from the Wall Street Journal seeking comment. Others don’t have that much common sense.
Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign, sarcastically stated “Now if some entrepreneur would just ship all this snow to Vancouver, Greenland and the arctic, where it is so clearly needed.” A New York Times article penned by John Broder implies the record snowfall in the Eastern US is a direct result of rising global temperatures!
Using research discredited in the recent scandal surrounding uncovered emails between leading proponents of the theory of man made Global Warming, data manipulating scientists put forth the argument their hypothesis is bolstered by virtually any weather event. In other words, they claim they’re right when it’s hot, cold, or in between.
Luckily, US residents aren’t so easily convinced that record cold and snowfall confirm conjectures or man made Global Warming.
Just wondering aloud after logging onto Drudge and seeing the following headlines:
- Winter Could Be Worst in 25 Years for USA…
- CHILL MAP…
- Britain braced for heaviest snowfall in 50-years…
- GAS SUPPLIES RUNNING OUT IN UK…
- Elderly burn books for warmth?
- Vermont sets ‘all-time record for one snowstorm’…
- Iowa temps ‘a solid 30 degrees below normal’…
- Seoul buried in heaviest snowfall in 70 years…
- 3 die in fire at Detroit home; power was cut…
- Midwest Sees Near-Record Lows, Snow By The Foot…
- Miami shivers from coldest weather in decade…
Looks like a lot of people might be happy to see a little global warming about now.
Under the blanket of a blinding blizzard, negotiators in Copenhagen charge ahead with efforts to forge an international agreement that will stem the tide of what they now call “Climate Change.” (Formerly known as Global Warming.) The winter storm wasn’t all these Global Warming alarmists were ignoring as they donned coats, hats, scarves and gloves to demand action that they believe will lower temperatures.
Protesters, “green” organizations, and worst of all, delegates representing member states of the UN continued to ignore the words of leading scientists that have led some to call “Climate Change” the “worst scientific scandal of our generation.”
It’s understandable the nutcase treehuggers who hold no real job didn’t notice that the whole idea of man-made climate change is a fabricated hoax. They spend their entire lives protesting at some conference for some left wing cause or another. The “green” organizations know the science is junk. They’ve always known it. They use it to convince citizens of the world that cow farts, SUVs, and even our own breathing are turning the Earth into a boiling cauldron, not because of some burning desire to save the world, but to extort money from those who swallow their left-wing line and those who don’t.
The extortion from sympathizers, believers, and followers comes in the form of donations to the left-wing organizations that support the professional protesters who pass through this life throwing rocks, breaking windows, and turning over cars in the street. Those who don’t run for their lives when the radical left nut jobs play Chicken Little with issues like Global Warming…uh…I mean Climate Change…don’t voluntarily hand over their hard earned cash to the liberal loons so the extortion takes a little more effort where they’re concerned. These involuntary victims of the leftist liberals are stripped of their worldly possessions for the good of the cause by taxation and/or government imposed mandates.
Those taxes and mandates were exactly what the shivering ambassadors from 193 countries sought to agree on at Copenhagen. But negotiators seemed stymied, unable to reach an agreement as rich countries (those who would be required to pay said taxes) didn’t seem to want to part with as much of their wealth as poorer countries (those who would benefit from yet another liberal scheme to redistribute wealth) planned to take. Then, US President Barack Obama arrived in the winter wonderland anomaly.
Believers and extortionists can now claim Obama’s powers of persuasion, though no longer capable of hypnotizing a majority of Americans, worked wonders on the chilly conference representatives’ ability to compromise. With a flurry of last minute arm twisting, which included the President breaking protocol by bursting into a meeting of Chinese, Brazilian, Indian and South African leaders to demand they not negotiate in secret (funny how he doesn’t hold Democratic Senators to that standard on health care), the President forged an agreement between the US and those four countries that permitted him yet another opportunity to describe his accomplishment with his favorite adjective.
If Global Warming/Climate Change/[whatever the next name for the nonexistent threat propagated by the left] is real, the results of his “unprecedented” accomplishment must have been instantaneous, because the President had to leave Denmark before the agreement could be considered by the full conference in order to beat another blinding snowstorm descending on Washington, DC.
One can only imagine what weather conditions would have befallen the US capitol if Obama had failed in his quest to get something on paper before he left Copenhagen. Air conditioning systems would likely be running full blast in the capitol city, creating an “unprecedented” December demand on coal-fired power plants to cool the sultry confines inside the beltway. Imagine the “unprecedented” levels of CO2 that would have been emitted by DC denizens’ efforts to combat what would almost certainly have been an “unprecedented” heat wave this weekend. So be sure to email the White House and thank the President as you’re shoveling the snow from your driveway this weekend.
Global Warming/Climate Change/[whatever the radical left wants to call it this week] is nowhere to be found this weekend, thanks to the “unprecedented” pretentiousness of our President!
Of course, it’s more likely the leaked CRU emails we’ve read about really did point to a cover up by the scientific community to help guarantee a continually growing flow of research dollars help them manufacture more junk science and there was no more truth to Global Warming than to Al Gore’s claim that he invented the internet.
by Ann Coulter at Townhall.com
As we now know (and by “we” I mean “everyone with access to the Internet”), the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) has just been caught ferociously manipulating the data about the Earth’s temperature.
Recently leaked e-mails from the “scientists” at CRU show that, when talking among themselves, they forthrightly admit to using a “trick” to “hide the decline” in the Earth’s temperature since 1960 — as one e-mail says. Still another describes their manipulation of the data thus: “[W]e can have a proper result, but only by including a load of garbage!”
Am I just crazy from the heat or were they trying to deceive us?
Global warming cheerleaders in the media were quick to defend the scandalous e-mails, explaining that, among scientists, the words “trick,” “hide the decline” and “garbage” do not mean “trick,” “hide the decline” and “garbage.” These words actually mean “onion soup,” “sexual submissive” and “Gary, Ind.”
(Boy, it must be great to be able to redefine words right in the middle of a debate.)
Also, of course, the defenders said that the words needed to be placed “in context” — the words’ check was in the mail, and they’d like to spend more time with their families.
I have placed the words in context and it turns out what they mean is: gigantic academic fraud.
The leaked e-mail exchanges also show the vaunted “scientists” engaging in a possibly criminal effort to delete their own smoking-gun e-mails in response to a Freedom of Information request. Next, the fanatics will be telling us that “among scientists,” this behavior does not indicate knowledge of guilt.
If I recall correctly, their next move should be to fire the special prosecutor late Saturday night.
These e-mails aren’t a tempest in a teapot. They are evidence of pervasive fraud by a massively influential institution that has dominated news coverage of global warming.
Keynote speaker Lord British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, gave a scathing and lengthy presentation, complete with detailed charts, graphs, facts, and figures which culminated in the utter decimation of both the pop culture concept of and the credible threat of any significant anthropomorphic ., former science adviser to
Here were Monckton’s closing remarks, as dictated from my audio recording:
At [the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in] Copenhagen, this December, weeks away, a treaty will be signed. Your president will sign it. Most of the third world countries will sign it, because they think they’re going to get money out of it. Most of the left-wing regime from the European Union will rubber stamp it. Virtually nobody won’t sign it.
I read that treaty. And what it says is this, that a world government is going to be created. The word “government” actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity. The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to third world countries, in satisfaction of what is called, coyly, “climate debt” – because we’ve been burning CO2 and they haven’t. We’ve been screwing up the climate and they haven’t. And the third purpose of this new entity, this government, is enforcement.
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You recall recently that Senator Barbara Boxer took issue with the Army general who dared address her as ma’am. Boxer believed the term didn’t communicate enough respect for her haughty stature as a member of the “ruling elite” in our country. Here’s the video in case you missed it.
Well, it seems the Senator has little respect for anyone she interrogates. Only this time it’s not her disrespect for the military that comes through, it’s her disrespect for the black race. In other words, she’s a racist–plain and simple.
Rather than address Harry C. Alford’s, Chairman of the Black Chamber of Commerce, concerns about the Cap & Trade legislation being considered, Senator Boxer speaks veeeerrrrry sloooowwwwly as she introduces the NAACP Resolution on Climate Change and quotes a statement from John Grant, CEO of 100 Black Men in Atlanta, in support of climate change legislation. Her slow speech insinuates that Alford isn’t intelligent, that he just can’t understand what she’s saying unless she slows down and stresses each and every syllable. Bringing in unscientific resolutions and claims from “black organizations” seems as if the Senator is saying, “Look boy, you need to stick with your own kind.”
This is racism and I’m glad Alford had the guts to call her on it.
John Allison III
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