Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, Politics | Tags: Bush's "16 Words" Were True, Obama Gets a Free Pass, Thirteen Words
At Powerline, John Hinderaker recalls George W. Bush’s “famous 16 words.” They came from Bush’s 2003 State of the Union speech, where Bush said “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” That was a true statement, but the Left quickly made it a matter of immense controversy which took years to die down, and some still believe that it was false in spite of the evidence.
Ten years later, at President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union , where he said: “Heat waves, droughts, wildfires and floods — all are now more frequent and intense.” That statement was demonstrably false, as the Science and Environmental Policy Project makes clear:
The claim is so factually challenged that it is a wonder it got by the White House staff. Looking at the weather stations that have 80 years of data shows heat records were set in the 1930s, the Palmer drought index shows the 1930s and the 1950s were hotter and drier with the 1930’s dust bowl lasting a decade. … Increased floods are not supported by the data, and, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, wildfires are declining.
Obama added about Hurricane Sandy: We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy….a freak coincidence…” He was wrong about that one as well:
Sandy was neither unique nor extreme. Hurricane direct hits on NYC occurred in 1815, 1821 and 1893 in prior active periods. The damage was caused by a storm surge, not the hurricane itself.
Fred Singer, President of SEPP suggested 3 questions to ask about global warming/climate change:
1. Please explain to me why there has been no warming for more than a decade, even though atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to rise? The question is supported by graphic evidence. Phil Jones, head of HadCRU has admitted that there has been no statistically significant surface warming for at least 15 years.
2. Can you explain why the Antarctic has been getting colder and GAINING ice? (2.1 tons/yr for past 150 years)? The scientific articles were cited.
3. Could the Sun (or cosmic rays) be responsible for he major warming of the 20th century? A graph by E. Fris-Christensen and K. Lasses, published in Science, shows a strong relationship between the temperature anomaly and the sunspot cycle length while the relationship between temperature anomaly and CO2 concentration is weak. The IPCC has admitted that cosmic ray changes can affect earth’s clouds and climate.
Global warming has always been more a matter of religious belief, accepted because of the Left’s teachings that the West is deeply flawed, and can expect to fail. Deeply emotionally charged beliefs are hard to give up. Those who believe that mankind is a blight upon the earth, and we should return mother earth to the Pleistocene, aren’t open to simple scientific arguments. The problem is the people and all their works.
This video interview came from the “Forward on Climate” rally on the National Mall, Feb. 17th, to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, sponsored by 350.0rg and the Sierra Club. Now the pipeline has been approved by Governor Heineman of Nebraska, and by the State Department which must approve cross-border projects, and is back on Obama’s desk.
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