American Elephants


Climate Science Is Not Settled, and There’s No Consensus. by The Elephant's Child

We call them “Alarmists,” or “Warmists,” because they depend on an aura of crisis to enlist you in their campaign to “save the earth.” You have heard it over and over.  The polar bears are drowning.   The seas are going to rise, Manhattan Island under water.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of disasters have been blamed on global warming.  Al Gore led it off with his movie and his power point speeches raising fears about the rise of the oceans while he purchased a waterfront condo in San Francisco.  His most recent claim was that we have only 10 years to save the world.  Global warming has been very rewarding for Mr. Gore.

Contrast the alarmist voice with the calm tone of Richard S. Lindzen, one of our most respected scientists, writing today in the Wall Street Journal. Lindzen is a professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Is there a reason to be alarmed by the prospect of global warming? Consider that the measurement used, the globally averaged temperature anomaly (GATA), is always changing. Sometimes it goes up, sometimes down, and occasionally—such as for the last dozen years or so—it does little that can be discerned.

Claims that climate change is accelerating are bizarre. There is general support for the assertion that GATA has increased about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the middle of the 19th century. The quality of the data is poor, though, and because the changes are small, it is easy to nudge such data a few tenths of a degree in any direction. Several of the emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) that have caused such a public ruckus dealt with how to do this so as to maximize apparent changes.

The general support for warming is based not so much on the quality of the data, but rather on the fact that there was a little ice age from about the 15th to the 19th century. Thus it is not surprising that temperatures should increase as we emerged from this episode.

The article is not long, and if you have worried about global warming, should make you feel much better.  Do read the whole thing.  Dr. Lindzen is marvelous at explaining how we got so far off track.



American Voters Are Very Angry at the Federal Government. by The Elephant's Child

Rasmussen Reports that 71 percent of Americans are Angry at the federal government.  That figure includes 46 percent who are Very Angry.

The latest national telephone survey finds that only 27 percent are Not Angry about the government’s policies, including 10 percent who are Not at All Angry.

Men are angrier than women.  Voters over 40 are more angry than those who are younger.  A majority of those over 40 are Very Angry.  Only 25 percent of under-30 voters share that view.  And the data suggests that the level of anger is growing.  The 46 percent who are Very Angry is up 10 percentage points since September.

Only nine percent of voters trust the judgment of America’s political leaders more than the judgment of the American people.  Americans now view being a member of Congress as the least respected job one can hold.  Ouch!

Well, polls come and go, but if I were a member of Congress debating the health care bills now being considered, these polling results might just make me stop and think — or then again, maybe not.   And that might be the very reason why voters are so very, very angry.



Andrew Klavan Sticks It to the Mainstream Media. by The Elephant's Child

(h/t: Pajamas Media)



What is the Difference Between Republicans and Democrats? by The Elephant's Child
December 1, 2009, 12:00 am
Filed under: Humor, Politics | Tags: , ,

OLD STORY, WORTH REPEATING:

A Republican and a Democrat were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. The Republican gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his business for a job. He then took twenty dollars out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person.

The Democrat was very impressed, and when they came to another homeless person, he decided to help. He walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. He then reached into the Republican’s pocket and got out twenty dollars. He kept $15 for administrative fees and gave the homeless person five.

Now you understand the difference between Republicans & Democrats.




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