American Elephants

Meet Dr. John Christy, Renowned Climate Scientist. by The Elephant's Child
November 15, 2009, 9:49 pm
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Science/Technology | Tags: , ,

Dr. John Christy is a prominent University of Alabama in Huntsville climate scientist.  He has testified before Congress many times, and often begins a speech by reminding his audience that “consensus is not science.” Dr. Christy spoke to the Huntsville Rotary last week, and the Huntsville Times outlined his basic argument, clear and simple, which is worth sharing:

* The data being used to predict catastrophic warming is suspect.

* Models generated from that data “overstate the warming” actually taking place. The earth is warming, but not that much, and it has warmed and cooled for eons.

* The Earth’s atmosphere is nowhere near as sensitive to carbon dioxide as some environmentalists believe.

* Any “solution” to perceived global warming must balance the growing worldwide demand for energy against cutting carbon dioxide output.

* Fleet mileage requirements now proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency “would reduce global temperatures by about 1/100th of a degree,” Christy said.

* You would need to replace 1,000 coal-fired power plants with 1,000 nuclear plants to change global climate even .15 of a degree, he said.

” This is the scale (of global climate) we are talking about,” Christy said.

In his talk, Christy also took aim at several other widely discussed pronouncements.

* One cost of mandating harsh energy controls is the migration of industry to areas where requirements are less, Christy said.

* Temperatures in the Arctic have increased over the last 100 years, he agreed, but that’s only because 100 years ago “was the coldest it’s been in a long time.”

* Arctic ice has melted, but ice has grown in Antarctica. Between the two, there’s about as much ice as always.

* There are more polar bears now, not fewer. Canada issues 800 bear-hunting permits each year, he pointed out.

* Temperatures may be warmer in Greenland, but scientific experiments with ice fields show “that 4,000 years ago, it was warmer in Greenland than it is today.

* Greenland did not melt,” Christy said.

* Why is the apocalyptic view of climate change so widespread?

“Funding comes if you have an alarming story,” Christy said.

He also cited “group think” and said scientists revel in the attention their views about climate brings. “It’s almost a drug,” Christy said.


Humor Break! by The Elephant's Child
November 15, 2009, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Politics, Television

This seems to be a French TV commercial.  I don’t know what else to say about it except that it is highly creative, and seems to be advertising the creator of the commercial.  I thought we needed at least a brief  break from disapproving of the policies of the Obama administration.

Besides, it’s funny.

“America’s First Pacific President” by The Elephant's Child

President Barack Obama is heavily invested in his “colorful personal narrative,” a turn of phrase that I shamelessly stole from the gentlemen at Power Line because it is so accurately descriptive. The claim, however, that he is America’s first “Pacific President” is goes a little too far.

John J. Pitney Jr., the Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics at Claremont McKenna College, took on the claim:

It is true that the president was born in Hawaii (sorry, birthers), lived from ages six to ten in Indonesia, and attended a Honolulu prep school. But he is not our first Pacific president. Richard Nixon was born in California in 1913, and spent much more of his life in the Pacific region than the current president has. Moreover, while Barack Obama made his career in Chicago and Springfield, Ronald Reagan made his in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

And the incumbent is hardly the first chief executive to have lived in another Pacific Rim country. William Howard Taft was governor-general of the Philippines. Dwight Eisenhower had military postings in the Philippines and the Panama Canal Zone. Herbert Hoover worked as a mining engineer in Australia and China; he even learned to speak Mandarin. Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Bush 41 all served in the Pacific during the Second World War. What they did as adults was perhaps more consequential than what Obama did as a child.


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