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The Bears Are Doing Just Fine! Really! by The Elephant's Child
June 28, 2009, 9:31 pm
Filed under: Environment, Science/Technology | Tags: ,

polar bears

New headlines will soon be featured in the world’s newspapers, as long as they are not still overshadowed by the death of Michael Jackson and the affair of Mark Sanford.  Watch for them, they will report something along the lines that “scientists say that vanishing Arctic ice threatens the extinction of our beautiful polar bears.”

There is a conference in Copenhagen of the Polar Bear Specialist Group under the auspices of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission, and at the very tippy top of their agenda will be the need to produce a report designed to increase fears that polar bears are being threatened with extinction by man-made global warming.  Financial support and donations from polar bear enthusiasts will hopefully be forthcoming if the report is sufficiently scary.

Dr. Mitchell Taylor, a leading world expert on polar bears, had obtained funding to attend this week’s meeting,  but he has been impolitely dis-invited.  He is known to have signed the Manhattan Declaration — the statement by 500 scientists that climate changes are natural, and not caused by CO2, but by changes in the activity of the sun and in ocean currents — and that just simply won’t do.

Dr Taylor has been researching the state of the polar bear population around the Arctic Circle for 30 years as a government employee and an academic.  His work has made headlines  by insisting that polar bear numbers are much higher than they were 30 years ago and of the 19 different polar bear populations almost all are increasing or at optimum levels.  Only two have modestly declined, for local reasons.  He has also noted that the Arctic has been warming, but not as warming activists claim, from CO2, but from current changes bringing warmer water into the arctic from the Pacific. And here it is, nearly midsummer and the temperature is still below zero, and with the cooling climate the summer melt will probably be less.

Dr. Taylor was told that his views running “counter to human-induced climate change are extremely unhelpful.”  The science, you see, is not of interest.  It is the agenda that matters.  So please, just shut up!



Secrets Going On Behind the Scenes of Waxman-Markey. by The Elephant's Child
June 28, 2009, 7:54 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Environment | Tags:

Here are some things you might not know about the Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade Climate Bill.  A suppressed EPA study says that old UN IPCC data ignore the decline in global temperatures and other “inconvenient truths.”  Internal e-mail messages, released by the EPA indicate that the report was suppressed because of pressure to support the administration’s agenda of reducing carbon dioxide.  PowerLine reproduces copies of the e-mails.  The full EPA study is available here.

The report says that the EPA, by simply adopting the UN’s 2007 “Fourth Assessment” report, is relying on outdated research by its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  The research is three years out of date in a rapidly changing field and ignores the most recent scientific findings.  The report was kept under wraps and it’s author was silenced because of the administrations rush to see the legislation approved.

“Given the downward trend in temperatures since 1998 (which some think will continue until at least 2030) there is no particular reason to rush into decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data” the report said.

The author was told that “The administrator and the administration have decided to move forward on endangerment, and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision… I can only see one impact of your comments given where we are in the process, and that would be a very negative impact on our office.”  Not half as negative as the evidence that the EPA is suppressing science in order to advance a very damaging ideology.

That’s not as harsh as Mark Morano’s comments in a Climate Depot Editorial.  “The methods and manner that the Pelosi-led House achieved final passage represents nothing more than unrestrained exercise of raw political power, arm-twisting, intimidation and special interest handouts.  The House of Representatives passed a bill it did not read, did not understand.  A bill that is based on crumbling scientific claims and a bill that will have no detectable climate impact (assuming climate fear promoters are correct on the science and the bill is fully implemented — both implausible assumptions)…A May 2009 scientific analysis of the bill revealed its temperature impact to be scientifically meaningless.”

Morano went on to say ” President Obama made the completely scientifically indefensible claim that the Waxman-Markey climate bill would stop global temperature increases of up to 5 degrees! “Obama said on June 25, “A long-term benefit is we’re leaving a planet to our children that isn’t four or five degrees hotter.” How can the President of the U.S. be so misinformed and full of hubris that he somehow believes he can sign a bill that acts as a thermostat for Earth’s temperature?

Kleiner Perkins , one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms expects to profit hugely from the carbon legislation that it is helping the Obama administration to craft.  Al Gore is a partner. A Florida congressman got a pledge for $50 million for a hurricane research lab in his district. And we don’t know who besides Nancy Pelosi has investments in energy firms that expect to profit.

President Obama said back during the campaign that his presidency would be” the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal.”  Apparently he actually believes in his own divinity.  Watch what the man does.  The words of his mouth are not to be trusted.



A Very, Very Bad Bill, Passed Without Understanding. by The Elephant's Child

What were they thinking?  President Obama said in his Saturday morning weekly address that :

For more than three decades, we have talked about our dependence on foreign oil.  And for more than three decades, we have seen that dependence grow.  We have seen our reliance on fossil fuels jeopardize our national security.  We have seen it pollute the air we breathe and endanger our planet.  And most of all, we have seen other countries realize a critical truth; the nation that leads in the creation of a clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy.

With all due respect, this is absolute nonsense.  The Waxman-Markey Climate bill attempts to switch our need for electricity from (evil) coal to “clean” wind and solar power. This has nothing whatsoever to do with our dependence on “foreign oil” which powers our transportation, not our electric power.  We are completely energy independent in our use of electric power.  Electricity generation accounts to a scant 1.5 percent of our petroleum use.

Our reliance on fossil fuels has not jeopardized our national security.  Oil from our own country, Canada and Mexico accounts for around 60 percent of our needs.  We buy 10 percent from Saudi Arabia and 7 percent from Venezuela, who could be considered somewhat unfriendly, but need the cash. The rest is scattered around the world market, but jeopardizing our security?  Let’s not exaggerate.

“Make no mistake,” the President said, “This is a jobs program.”  Spain has had vast experience with wind power, and an aggressive “green jobs” program. No other country has given such broad support to the construction and production of electricity through renewable resources.  A study by economist Dr. Gabriel Calzada of Rey Juan Carlos Universidad found that each new wind energy job cost $754,000, mostly installing towering turbines.  Switching to wind power destroyed 2.2 regular jobs for each “green job” because pricey “renewable” electricity caused employers to lay off employees.

New onshore wind power in the U.S. is 37 percent more expensive than new advanced coal technologies.  Solar-photo-voltaic technology is 300 percent more expensive.  And we have enough coal to last more than 300 years.  Mr. Obama has said several times that he wants to bankrupt coal companies.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported in 2008, on a dollars per MWh basis, the U.S. Government subsidizes wind power at $23.34 — compared to such reliable energy sources as natural gas at 25¢; coal at 44¢; hydro at 67¢; and nuclear at $1.59.

“This will lead to the creation of new businesses and entire new industries.  And that will lead to American jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced”  Mr. Obama said.  But critics say that the bill’s restrictions will cause many American manufacturers to shift their operations overseas.  A look at the costs enumerated here shows why.

The Senate may not pass the bill so easily, or with such disgraceful shenanigans as dumping a 300 page addition to the bill at 3:00 am just before the vote that does not integrate the changes into the original bill.  Nobody has read the whole bill.  It was not made available.   The phone lines were simply shut down before the vote.

This bill must be defeated in the Senate.




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